July 14, 2010

Broken China Mosaic Projects Before and After

I am sure I have a Crafting Attention Deficit Disorder.  I am always jumping from one craft to another.  This week it was all about doing some broken China mosaic projects.

A cute  little step stool

 And a Lucite hand mirror

The step stool was $2.93 find and was painted this great vintage green

It is so hot in Florida, when I bring the camera outside it gets all foggy

I painted it heirloom white

I like to lay most of my china pieces out in a pattern before I use the tile adhesive.

I did a little distressing to get some of the great vintage green paint to peak through.

This is a vintage $2.00 lucite mirror.  There was a mirror on both sides, so one side was begging for a little mosaic.

Broken china and a vintage brooch, I really like the way it turned out!

I am going to put both of them in my antiques booth here in Orlando.

OK, now I have to tell you a funny story.  My Mom called while I was working on the stool.  I told her what I was doing and how cute it was turning out.  Her only comment was "Well won't that tile make it slippery, how are people going to use it? "

You see, all of us crafty, shabby, people see a cute little step stool, and we start thinking about how cute it would be on our patios or in our houses with plants or nick nacks on it.  The rest of the world see's a step stool and worry about slipping off! 

Tell me I am not the only one that jumps from one craft to another!  I have never been able to just sew or scrapbook for day's. 

I am linking up with Debbiedoos Party

I am linking up with The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday


Connie said...

You did a beautiful job on that ladder, honey! Just darling and adorable.

Unknown said...


I am glad to see I am not the only one jumping from craft (project to project) to craft.

I have so many "almost finished" pieces it makes my head spin.

Oh well....so many creations...so little time!

Unknown said...

P.S. Can you share which tile adhesive you use? Thanks!


Lemon Lane Studio said...

Crafting ADD, yup, I got it big time. I think it keeps you fresh creatively...that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Both projects are adorable!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Roselle asked which tile adhesive I use. I get it in the tile department at either Lowes or Home Depot. I use a one quart tub of premixed ceramic tile adhesive and grout, smooth white. I use it as a tile adhesive. For grout I use unsanded white that I mix, I like it better than the pre mixed.


Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love it how shabby chic it looks and the mirror too, both will certainly sell:)



Very sweet step ladder and mirror all dressed up! Great job and YES...I jump from cleaning, crafting, blogging, etc... all day long and now I have a little Sweet Pea that distracts me all day :) I have one "barker" and I hope she doesn't pick up that habit!!! Sure would be fun to craft with you! It was 93 today and the humidity was 78... heat index was 103 !! YUCK!!!
H&H in MN!! (hot & humid)
Deb :)

Janna said...

Freshly creative instead of C-ADD, lol!! I think I'll start using that to describe my bad habit of working on too many projects at the same time. Now if I could just get my hubby to believe it, too!

Unknown said...

I agree. I enjoy a variety of crafting stimulation, and lots of different projects.

I think both of your tile mosaics are lovely, especially the details on the mirror.


Rebecca Nelson said...

This is fascinating to me! I know NOTHING about mosics and it takes my breath away. BEAUTIFUL!


Pieces of Dreams said...

I think your mosaic work from the broken china is outstanding. I have made window boxes using broken china and know how much time and work you put into your projects...Nice job. If you would like to see my boxes, you can view my blog and look under my March/April (I believe) to see some on my cottage and also my cottage store.
I am glad to meet you and visit! Thank you so much, Karen

Unknown said...

I think we all do that ADD thing from time to time, I would rather create OOAK items that the same ones all the time also! Cute ideas, love the mirror especially. Boring doing just 1 or 2 things always! XOXO Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

Nope. You are NOT the only one hopping from one craft to another. Heck, I have decorating ADD too.

I love both of the projects. I am very fond of broken china mosaics (mosaics of all kinds, actually)

I smiled about your mom. That would be my husband's comment, too.

Karen said...

Oh my dear...I think you are suffering with the same illness we all have.....LOVING CRAFTING!!!!! hee hee!!!! I jump about from one thing to another like a flea in a colander hahaha

I love what you have done with the steps, they look so pretty! XXX

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

The pieces turned out great..... I have always wanted to try the mosaic thing on something.... one of these days. Great Job Carol, I'm sure it will sell quickly!

Have a Great Day*

Bellesanbeaus said...

I have to have many things going...just call it multi-tasking if that makes you feel better! lol. Everything you made was lovely and I can almost hear my mother saying the same! Have a wonderful day. Beth

La said...

Carol, those turned out beautifully. Is this hard to do? I have a little table I want to refurbish for my bedroom. I was tossing around the idea of a crackle finish or decoupage, but I am in love with this concept. I'm doing my bedroom in a French Country/Vintage motif and something like this would be lovely.

Thanks for the inspiration! La

Hattie said...

I always jump from project to project - you are not alone! I love how your step stool turned out!

Thanks for visiting my little blog :-)

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Carol.... OH your step stool and mirror turned out beautiful... and what a cute story about your Mom,,, she sounds like my Sister,, she would have said that same thing.....lol I am sure they won't last long at your booth....


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL ohhh my...I jump from painting to mosaic to florals to clay to faux cakes to jewelry making to furniture rehab to stained glass to ...ummm well you see you are NOT alone. And I have a sweet little red stepstool I couldn't leave alone either :)) I do wish I could focus.

JoAnne said...

What exquisite transformations Carol. I think all of us artsy types are jumpers. We appreciate so much visually and that inspires us to try different art forms. I know you've inspired me to break up some old china today!
Your conversation with your mother made me laugh. My garage sale friends are usually perplexed by what I consider great finds.
Thanks for another wonderful post.

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Beautiful job! LOL....your mom....

Terrell said...

Carol, I just looove this little ladder makeover! It turned out amazing!! Nice job :) I was going to fill you in on your comment about the demask painting on the mirror...I just used gold acrylic and burnt umber colored acrylic. It WILL however scratch off if you knicked at it...but I figured I'd just easily dust it and windex around it and it'd suffice, ha! Easy as that! Hope your weekend is terrific, missy! :)
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Ha ha....your Mom sounds like mine. Last time I took her antiquing with me I picked up some old linens and she said, and very loudly I might add,..."how do you know those are old?". Argh! She never has understand my fascination with vintage especially since she grew up on a farm with just old stuff. It's true about the little wooden step stools. We bought an ol' beat up one with chippy peely paint for my daughter-in-law's front porch and then we put little silver metal pots with her house numbers on it up the steps. Very cute! Love your mosaics Carol! xoxo

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Yes, Carol, I am guilty of going from one project to another. We creative types just cannot help ourselves! LOL!

The laddar is so sweet. My Mom could never understand the creativity process either. Not sure where I got it from.


Olivia said...

Hello sweets! Excellent job on the stool and mirror. I love it and you will be first on my list if the sassy purse needs a new home. I am with you, i had no idea step ladders had a practical use!!! LOL!

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Oh. they both came out wonderful! And nope, you are not the only "jumping from one thing to another crafter" out there! LOL

Anonymous said...

I LOOVE this ladder!! WHat an awesome job!!! I never would have thought to have done something like this with a ladder.

I got a kick out of your previous post on giveaways- I have won several giveaways and almost feel guilty! So many never win and like you I entered hundreds then, bam, jackpot time!! It is fun!

Thanks so much for voting for my arbor! I so appreciate it!!

bee blessed

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Ah Carol I always move from one project to the next and I have to be firm with myself to get things done, ha! Your work is beautiful! If I lived near you I just might run down and get that step stool!


Debbiedoos said...

Carol, I love that you do mosaic...I want to know how you do it...I attempted one day, and stopped because I have no clue! Yours are lovely. We are still on vaca...last day here in Florida...kids going with the grandparents today and overnight YAY is all I can say to that:) I have my B & A party link up. Debbie

Sue said...

Carol, What a couple of really cute craft projects! Love how they came out. Too funny a remark about the slippage issue. :-)
You start craft projects and I begin decorating projects...
Visiting from Debbie's.

The Painted Cottage Studio said...

Oh Carol, your mom's comment made me smile! And she's right, it is still a step stool, after all! I'm crazy about mosaics and I'm so impressed you do this craft. I haven't tried it yet. And I'm exactly the same way, I have so many painting projects going on that some days I don't know where to start. P.S. Thanks for the nice comment!

Unknown said...

Well I thought the tile grout would add some friction to the stool..lol! I too have been doing 2-3 projects at once. I found it worked well while I was waiting for somehting to dry off! I would like to do a mosaic behind my hand mirror too. What tile adhesive/grout did you use? Happy crafting!

Sandy xox

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I am soooo CADD! Its funny that I have several post this week about projects that I have been putting off forever. I always love your mosaic projects and the stool and mirror are wonderful. I had to laugh at your mom's comment...I get a lot of those type comments from friends that just don't get my style.
Hugs, Sherry

The Four Tides said...

Fantastic project. Keep them coming!

Andrea said...

beautiful job!! Love mosaic work!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What great tile mosaics you have shared with us today!!
Fantastic job!!


Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Carol!

I came by way of Debbie's party. Your step stool and hand mirror turned out quite lovely. I love your header! The next time I am in Orlando I will have to stop by your shop. I was just in that area last weekend.

~ Tracy

. said...

LOL...I'm glad I'm not the only one with Craft Attention Deficit Disorder! :)

Unknown said...

So Beautiful!!!

Distressed, But Not Forsaken said...

So that's what I have! C-ADD! Well, at least I have a name for it so it makes me feel better. And just today my friend was laughing at me for jumping from project to project. I've been studying your mosaic tutorials and have made my first little clock (total price $1.50) from Goodwill. Now I'm going to tackle a table given to me today. Go check them out. Oh, and BTW, your garden is just lovely!

Judy @ Distressed, But Not Forsaken