Broken isn’t Just a Metaphor for Mosaic

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I know I talk about the splender of taking broken things and turning them into something beautiful all the time. It’s what I do, It’s what I’ve always done whether it was as a nurse through healing, through loving peoples souls back to to wholeness or as an artist in the reheirlooming process. However, today I though I would address the brokeness we all experience and acknowledge that I know it exists. It isn’t just a metaphor for mosaic, but it is real and it is painful and we all have some in our lives in one way or another, even if we don’t publicly admit it. Sometimes the pain that goes along with being broken is unbearable, we think it will never go away. Or an old pain decides to poke it’s nasty head up for no apparent reason and try to strangle you all over again with it’s nasty grip. Maybe you walked into a room and found the only piece of your late mother’s china laying crashed on the floor, the love of your life walks out on you, you lose your job, or it could be something much simpler that causes you pain, to be shattered, fall apart and come unglued. These are all things that can cause us to be broken.

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 But remember “that it doesn’t matter how broken you are, what really matters is how you put the pieces back together.

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Mosaic has a way of mending our souls in a way that is almost indescribable. It is healing and nuturing. Join me for the Mosaic Memory Bunny Girl Retreat on March 14-16 to experience how broken can be turned to beautiful.

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Love, Nancy

I Really Felt Short Changed Today

stock-footage-hands-counting-change-money-isolated-on-black-background-hd-video-xWell I started out wanting to write a post and complain about a situation I had today where I paid for something and didn’t feel as if I got any value from it. I started trying to convince myself that It may have been worth it. I was feeling bad and cheated, let down. Maybe I expected too much. These were my thoughts

initially, but this isn’t how I like to roll.

So I better give you a little back story to this to understand my mindset at this very moment. This has been a wonderfully hard year so far. I have had growth that I didn’t even have any idea that I needed and believe me it’s a lot of work. As of late, the LORD has been working on me in many areas of my life and it just keeps coming like snowballs in a good old fashion snowball fight. One after the other plopping me right upside my big redhead!

He has showed me how to change small things, like my words and thoughts, which are making big differences in my life and those around me. He is guiding me by the hand to walk by faith and not by sight. There are things that make no sense at all to me, but I am trusting him and moving forward in faith and know that this is part of the process to be obedient. I so long to hear his plans and purpose for my life and am determined to lead a Spirit led life. The past few days he has been dealing with me about my level of Gratitude.

Honestly, I have to admit to you all that it has sucked and not just a little bit. I won’t go into details now and will share at some other time but I am grateful beyond belief that I continually walk in His grace and forgiveness. I am so rich, beyond my wildest dreams already. I have been so blessed; have had so many opportunities it’s nothing short of amazing. I have been surrounded by amazing people and have had the privilege to call many of them my very best and trusted friends. And for this I am tremendously grateful.

While that’s the great news, the down side if there is one, is a responsibility to keep growing, so I am committed to keep raising the bar by continuing to grow which led to the position I found myself in earlier today and so back to my initial statement. The incredible people I surround myself with always add tremendous value for their clients and this has grown to be my norm. So when I was so disappointed in a purchase I made, I prayed, “LORD you have to show me what the blessing is in this” because I just couldn’t imagine giving so little. And the blessing is that he revealed to me, how absolutely incredibly I have been blessed. That I have taken so much for granted and exceptionalism has become my norm.Unknown2

Wow!!!! What an awesome GOD I serve. He turned my thoughts of feeling cheated, lack and scarcity over the peanuts I thought I lost into a tremendous richness and abundance for what I already have. I would say that I surely made a great investment today wouldn’t you? I am so grateful that He is always right on time, meets me right where I am and always knows just what I need and works all thing’s to my greater good because I love HIM and am called according to his purpose! Being a follower of CHRIST isn’t just about going to church, it is about a personal relationship. The deepest and most fulfilling relationship I have ever had and it gets better each and every day! I can’t imagine living life any other way.

Again he shows me“ It doesn’t matter how broken you are, what really matter’s is how you put the pieces back together” Praise JESUS.

 

 

Who Says You Have to Stay Positive?

I know many of you are reading a lot of posts these days about staying positive or being positive and the only type of stuff going through your head is stuff like; How can I stay positive I feel like crap or how can I stay positive I am flat broke. You get the idea; you recognize your own speech in these phrases.

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Well my friend, I have to tell you that you don’t have to stay positive, but if you want something to change in your life then you have to change something you’re doing and the words you speak are a good place to start. The words we speak are life giving words or life taking words. The world was formed by the spoken word. Now talk about the power to achieve by speaking.

Now I know a bunch of you are now saying, but how do I speak positive words when I feel so depressed or like crap? Well I learned a little phrase from my Pastor that I think could change your life as it has mine that I am going to share with you.

When you get a thought and are ready to speak it ask yourself if you could attach to the end of the phrase “because that’s how I want it” or “that’s the way I want it”. So if you are going to say “my kids are monsters” to your girlfriend think in your head before you speak “my kids are monsters and that’s the way I want it” before you speak. Now is that what you really want? If it isn’t then you could just not say it or check yourself by attaching the phrase. Can you see where you can apply this to everything you speak?

So I know your next question is going to be “ well then what in the world do I say, because they really are monsters”? Well short of giving you my whole parenting course that we will have save for another time, the answer is simple. Take the time to reframe your thoughts, then your words. You may say to your friend, “gees these kids really were acting like monsters the whole holiday break, but I am confident that they are becoming better and better behaved each and everyday”. Can you see where this will make a difference?

If we change our words we have the power to change our world.

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In Defense of Human Thoughts

IN DEFENSE OF HUMAN TOUGHTS

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My good freind posted this morning about how she has been upset and down for a couple days because so many of her friends have cancer and are so young. And how dare she be consumed with such mondane things as her diet when the are dying. Well I can also relate to her questioning. because I have recently experienced the same thing. I ran into a friend of a friend in the store and we chatted briefly. We started talking about how long the holiday season was and I started wrestling in my brain about getting back to work because it has been so long and I stopped myself. This Gal I was chatting with has terminal cancer also and it smacked in me in the face, How dare you even think of doing anything different then being with your precious family for every second you have the opportunity to. Di may not even see another Christmas and New Year. I know that I have to consciously always be aware of what’s important because my thoughts and imaginations will try to take over what I know is right. Self centeredness is never right for me. The word of GOD gives us the authority in the name of JESUS to cast these things down. Every moment we have with those we love is so important, because we have no idea when their time is up. However in defense of our humaness, we are spirits living in a human body in a world that is occupied by works and deeds of the human race. Our natural instinct is to think about ourselves. It is only when we work and study and pray that our thinking gets more aligned with our Christs. We have to remember not to crucify our selves for our human behavior because Christ was already crucified for it and when these things happen just run to the Cross and seek the LORD when we feel our thoughts and actions aren’t in alignment with Christ like thoughts and behaviors.

Be Authentically You Like Rudolph!

DSC_0218You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Even Rudolph flew to a beat of a different drummer didn’t he. He was authentic and himself even when he wasn’t popular! My Christmas wish for you is that you will always stay authentic to who you are and you”ll go down in history for being the best you ever!

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the reindeer loved him
And they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history!

Mosaic Mermaid in Creating Vintage Charm Holiday Edition

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Make a Heirloom Gift for No Money

Now as we roll into the holiday season I know it is met with mixed emotions for many. While we want to give, give give, sometimes the budget won’t allow us to. I have always believed that we have everything we need to do what ever we need to do within our grasp right now. Here is a great gift that you probably have every thing right in your cabinet to make right now.

Step 1. Gather a pretty plate, old candle base and some E6000 glue.
Step 2. Dust off the candle base and then turn it upside down.
Step 3. Apply a bead of glue around the rim of the base. and let it dry over night.

Congratulations you have just ReHeirloomed a fabulous gift that anyone would be thrilled to receive. If you are feeling extra ambitious you could paint the base with Poppie’s Famous Repurposing Paint Powder as I have done. Another family favorite is to use a piece of china that was passed down from a family member. This is one way to get those old pieces out of the attic and back into the hands of friends and family.
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Do You Remember When You Use to Make Fun Things for Christmas?

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I was talking with my BFF yesterday about all the fun we use to have making gifts gifts in the attic of one of my first homes after I was married many many years ago. This type of event is so reminiscent of that experience. I hope you can Join us for Tea and all kind of Holiday gift making fun. Sometimes it is really fun to just relax and enjoy the sweet feelings of times gone by. XO Nancy

The Basics of Pique Assiette Mosaic: Fun and Art Rolled Into One

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Pique Assiette Mosaic: Fun and Art Rolled Into One

Broken things have a sense of being put together and look marvelous as a whole. That is exactly what a pique assiette is all about.

Pique assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, pique assiette literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye- catching art creations.

Pique assiette was originally presented by Raymond Edouard Isidore. He was recognized as the French pique assiette father. Now, you might wonder how he attained this title. The answer is simple yet truly amazing. He covered his entire house and garden with mosaics of broken glass and crockery. Imagine that.

Raymond Eduoard Isidore never considered himself as an artist. He was a graveyard sweeper by day. He lived in Chartres, which is in the northern part of France. Every time he walked home, Isidore picked broken pieces of glass and crockery for his home masterpiece. For 30 years, it was his obsession. His entire house, inside and out, including the garden were decorated and designed with mosaic. They say that his bed sheets were the only thing in their home that were not touched by mosaic. The home now serves as a public museum.

Some people may assume that pique assiette is a very difficult and laborious work of art to learn. Yes making pique assiette is an art. Don?t be scared though if you have never done any art projects before, because it is simple to learn and anybody can do it. It is a fabulous way to bring the artistic and creative side out of you. You can get totally lost in it as you learn how to apply the varying types of shards to your pieces and time seems to just fly by. Then the next thing you know your whole house is covered, well maybe in your minds eye you see it that way.

With its unique and extraordinary appearance, there is no wonder why pique assiette has become a sensation once again. There are several stores selling assembly line pieces of pique assiette, but nothing will compare to what you can make yourself. So why not give it a try? Why buy someone else’s when you can make your own?

Making a pique assiette does not require you to be an established artist or any previous experience with mosaic. Believe me, I have taught hundreds of students and you don?t have to have done a single mosaic ever in your life to create a masterpiece? All you need to be successful is to gather the materials you need, have a wide colorful imagination, and let your hands do the magic for you.

You will find this 3 step beginners instruction guide on how to make a mosaic will not make you even break a sweat. It is my hope that after you accomplished all these steps, you will find yourself still yearning make many more mosaic projects.

Before you begin your 3 steps to mosaic stardom you?ll need to do a few things as listed below.

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Choose an project base item that you would like to apply the mosaic tiles onto. You should start with a small item like a picture frame or a flowerpot. ( I have found that students that start small continue with this art form, versus one that start big).

Gather together an assortment of shards. This can be chipped up china plates, cups & saucers or ceramic pieces, jewelry, shells, pebbles, figurines or micro tiles.

Gather the tools that you will need for your creation
1. Small Hammer, stained glass cutters or tile nippers
2. Tacky Glue for indoor pieces and tile mastic for outside pieces
3. Grout
4. Sponge
5. Small pail
6. Paint stirrer
7. Several rags
8. Grout sealer

Great! Just a few steps more and your mosaic masterpiece will be just underneath your touch. Here are the step-by-step instructions to set you on your way to being a pique assiette artist.

Step 1 Break your china into several small pieces with the hand tools. If you already have broken china at hand, it will be useful too. Making a mosaic is like putting a puzzle together. You will need several different sizes and even different colors. After cutting enough tiles to cover your piece, you are ready to glue them on the surface of the item.

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Step 2 Apply enough glue to cover about 4-5 square inches at a time. The glue dries very fast that is why you are doing small sections at a time. If some glue dries before you can apply your shards don?t be upset you can always reapply it. Practice makes perfect. When everything?s done, cover the entire piece should be covered with the tiles. You can choose a certain design or pattern style for your first mosaic, or simply randomly apply the pieces. Let your imagination wander. Play with the colors and sizes of the tiles. After you have covered your entire piece clean up any excess glue from the tiles with water. Let it dry for a few hours or preferably leave it overnight for the best result.

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Step 3 If you are satisfied with the placement and the arrangement of your tiles, it is time to grout. Mix grout and small amounts of water until you obtain a peanut butter consistency. Apply grout with an old paintbrush or small spackle spatula, to be sure to get it into all the joints. I often apply gloves and do it by hand. It lets me get into the cracks of the irregular shaped pieces. Wipe off the excess grout as you go. Next when the entire piece is covered with grout, wipe away remaining excess with smooth damp rags. Keep wiping over your piece with the damp, not wet sponge. It will look hazy but do not fret. That is totally normal. You might have the urge to give up during this process, but don?t! Just keep rinsing your cloth or sponge and wiping until it is free of the haze. After the grout is set and is dry, buff with a clean dry cloth and apply the grout sealer as recommended on the bottle.

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Wow take a deep breath. You have just completed your first masterpiece. Congratulations! You see I told you could do it. It?s not that hard to make a pique assiette right? Patience, hard work and imagination are all you ever need to be successful at anything. And just a few parting thoughts. Art is in the eye of the beholder. You have just created your first pique assiette masterpiece. Many people think about doing this but never even attempt to because they think they just could?t do it. Well I know that you can do anything your mind can conceive. Enjoy what you have accomplished. Share it with your friends and family. If you are like me when I first started doing mosaic almost 20 years ago I just couldn’t get enough. If that?s you please stop on by and visit me at nancyolliver.com or themosaicchinacabinet.com for more goodies and instructional inspiration.

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God Bless You, Nancy Olliver
The Mosaic Mermaid