A Finished Mosaic and Thoughts of Spring

Grout, sealer, a bit of time, and voila!

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The rabbit table is done. I’ve finally tidied up the sunroom after months of dishevelment.

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Of course, I didn’t actually get the table in this picture. You can just see where it is on the right between the settee and the chair. It feels good to get stuff in order. It’s one of the things I love about this time of year– sucking up cobwebs with the vacuum hose, dusting off window ledges, raking leaves from flowerbeds. Sending the grime of the winter away and inviting in the beauty of sun and blue sky and everything that speaks of spring.

Mosaic Madness…and an Animated Gif

It seems I have gotten myself on a regular crafting schedule this year. I recently finished a baby quilt. Now I’m closing in on another project. Last night I managed to finish getting the tiles for my rabbit mosaic glued to my dumpster table.

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I used four different greens. I did not measure or plan anything as I went along in this project. And this is what was left of my green tiles at the end.

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Essentially one tile, some shards, and some dust. That’s what I call lucky. And that’s generally how I do crafts — kind of a seat-of-your-pants philosophy that has rarely failed me.

Here’s the table now, ready for grout.

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I’ll grout it next week if I can find the time.

And since everyone loves animated gifs…

Mosaic

Making Mosaic Preparations

The drawing has been transferred to the table, the supplies gathered, the colors chosen.

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Long ago I ordered a bunch of really nice, high-quality porcelain tiles from some website (I can’t remember anymore what it’s called) to have on hand when the mood or opportunity struck.

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The only thing I’ve made up to this point is this. (I can see from this photo that I need to get some kind of grout cleaning agent for the sky above the flying sparrow.)

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I saved the table from the church dumpster (just as I saved my rabbit’s table from a neighbor’s dumpster) and spent many hours snipping and gluing in the basement.

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I think I’ll enjoy working in the light of the sunroom this time around.

Reclaiming an Occasional Hobby

Lately, I seem to have rabbits on the brain. I recently read a long interview with the now elderly Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, the book that anchored my childhood reading. A friend’s rabbit surprised her by having kittens (which is what baby rabbits are called–it didn’t spontaneously produce baby cats). One of those little baby bunnies has gone to live with another friend. And of course this is the time of year Midwesterners start pining for spring and all that comes with it–warm sun, flowers, rabbits munching the new grass. We know it will be long in coming, but…can’t we have dreams too?

Anyway, all this ruminating on rabbits reminded me that I had planned to mosaic a little half-circle table that I saved from a neighbor’s dumpster with the image of a rabbit poised in mid-leap. Maybe now’s a good time to start moving on that project. So this morning I quickly sketched up what I’m thinking.

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Mosaic is the perfect mid-winter project–indoors, slightly tedious, and you come away from it with something beautiful. I’ve got a few manuscripts for work that I need to listen to. Making a mosaic at the same time would be a lovely way to get double use out of the time. So if you’re looking for me next month, you’ll probably find me in the sunroom, snapping little porcelain tiles into smaller pieces and arranging them in such a way as to suggest a rabbit where before, there was nothing.