DIY Mosaic Pendants

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DIY Mosaic Pendant

 A couple weeks ago, I posted about week twenty-eight of fun and crazy.  In that post, I shared that one of the things I did that week was have a great time with my girlfriends making Mosaic Pendants.

Crafting with my friends in my newly finished craft room.

Crafting with my friends in my newly finished craft room.

This was a very enjoyable project to do with many people in a matter of a couple hours.

This was a very enjoyable project to do with many people in a matter of a couple hours.

As promised, here is the tutorial so you can make your own, and I saved an idea sheet at the very bottom of the post of many of the pendants made that evening.

Materials & Tools Used (all links take you to Amazon.com to view costs):

Glass pieces to cut into shapes to fit into pendant were used.

You’ll need glass tile pieces to cut into shapes.

Tile Cutters

Tile Cutters

Pendant & Necklace

Pendant & Necklace

Tweezers

Tweezers can be used to place the tile pieces into the pendant if needed.

E6000 glue sets up pretty fast and adheres the tile to the metal pendant.

E6000 glue sets up pretty fast and adheres the tile to the metal pendant.

Regular tape.

Regular tape.

We used a pre-mixed grout in Delorean grey.

We used a pre-mixed grout in Delorean grey.

 

One of my friends brought her tile-pieces the evening of the party.  (She’s the real mosaic queen.)

I picked out pieces that evening to work on my pendant when I got the chance, as I created pendants for my friends who couldn’t make it to the party.

The tutorial you see here is of my personal pendant.

My friend, who co-hosted the party with me, purchased four lots of 10-pendants from Amazon.  We had twelve ladies make at least two each, and some made three pendants.  I made a total of four.

The links for the pendants and necklaces are:

10 Square Pendant Trays – Shimmering Silver Color – 1 3/16 Inch – 30mm – Pendant Blanks Base Cameo Bezel Settings Photo Jewelry

Wadoy 10Pcs Black Leather Necklace Cord String with Lobster Clasp

The links for the glue, tile cutters and grout:

E6000® Craft Adhesive 3.7 oz

Goldblatt G02007 Glass Tile Nippers With Pro-Grip Handle

Custom PMG165QT 1-Quart Simple Premium Grout, Delorean Gray

As you can imagine, the basic premise was to cut the tile into small pieces into a pattern that you either planned in your head or just *knew* that was going to be the way you wanted it.

These were the original pieces of tile I had.

These were the original pieces of tile I had.

What you don’t realize when you start a project like this, is how hard it is to get smaller pieces from big pieces of tile.  It’s obviously possible, but it takes patience and time.

I knew I wanted a checker board look to this piece.

I knew I wanted a checker board look to this piece.

1Cut pieces1

1Cut pieces 1st (2)

This was the design in my head, and here it is unglued.

This was the design in my head, and here it is unglued.

Place two pieces of tape together, slightly overlapped, wide enough to cover the pendant.

Place two pieces of tape together, slightly overlapped, wide enough to cover the pendant.

Place the tape over the design to keep it in place.  This works great for small pieces!

Place the tape over the design to keep it in place. This works great for small pieces!

Peel off the tape so the glue can be placed on the pendant.

Peel off the tape so the glue can be placed on the pendant.

The next step is to glue the pieces down.

I used tweezers to realign the pieces to make them even.

Place glue on pendant base.

Place glue on pendant base.

Tweezers can make the placement of small pieces easier to move around if needed.

Tweezers can make the placement of small pieces easier to move around if needed.

We waited about 20-minutes for the glue to dry during the party, and had snacks and talked, or just got another pendant done while waiting.

When I did this by myself (for this tutorial, I waited about an hour for the glue to dry.

Contrary to popular belief, if the glue isn’t dry, the grout will not keep the pieces in place.  It’s all about the glue.  Just a hint!

Once the pieces are dried, it's time to grout!

Once the pieces are dried, it’s time to grout!

I’ve done mosaic pieces before, and given many tips along the way in my tutorials.

See my Instructable for a Mixed Media Mosaic for more mosaic tidbits!

 The most basic key to grouting is to have the time to do it.

Don’t pick it up thinking that you can be done in 10-minutes, unless you’ve done it before.

You’ll need a wet towel, a dry towel, and I used paper plates to keep my work space clear.  My mother-in-love posed for me in some of these photos where you see a different pendant.

One cloth was wet down and then the water was squeezed out, and the other cloth is dry.

One cloth was wet down and then the water was squeezed out, and the other cloth is dry.

My mother-in-love and neighbor came over to grout their pieces with me.

My mother-in-love and neighbor came over to grout their pieces with me.

We used tape to tape the top part of the pendant so it wouldn't get grout in it.

We used tape to tape the top part of the pendant so it wouldn’t get grout in it.

2No GroutOne of the things we did to keep our pendant hole clean from any grout residue was to tape it up.  When the grouting was complete and dried, about a day later, we removed the tape.

Because these pieces are so small, it takes a matter of minutes to grout them, but the key to getting them really beautiful is cleaning them after the grout is placed.

Add a couple fingers-full of grout to the top of the piece.

Add a couple fingers-full of grout to the top of the piece.

Press the grout into the holes in between your tiles, using your finger.

Press the grout into the holes in between your tiles, using your finger.

Let the grout sit for a minute, and continue pressing if your spaces are small.

Let the grout sit for a minute, and continue pressing if your spaces are small.

After about a minute, initially wipe the grout off the tile pieces using your finger.

After about a minute, initially wipe the grout off the tile pieces using your finger.

 

I placed the excess grout on the plate. Now it needs to be cleaned.

I placed the excess grout on the plate. Now it needs to be cleaned.

Using your moist cloth, rub the pendant in big sweeping motions to get the grout off the top of the tile.

Using your moist cloth, rub the pendant in big sweeping motions to get the grout off the top of the tile.

Continue to wipe the pendant until the majority of the tile is clean on the surface.

Continue to wipe the pendant until the majority of the tile is clean on the surface.

You may need to place additional grout in a spot or two if the first placement didn't get into the small nooks and crannies.

You may need to place additional grout in a spot or two if the first placement didn’t get into the small nooks and crannies.

After wiping the grout off the top of the tile, take the dry cloth and continue to wipe the tile.

After wiping the grout off the top of the tile, take the dry cloth and continue to wipe the tile.

 You may have to repeat the wet-towel, dry towel process to get the top of the tile pieces completely cleaned. At some point, hopefully you will be satisfied with the cleanliness of the tile and let it sit to dry for at least a day.

2Make Pendant-End

My finished pendant without the embellishments.

 2Grout Pendant1

My pendant seems pretty plain so I added some bling.

My pendant seems pretty plain so I added some bling.

One of the last things I did was add some scrapbooking jewels to the tops of the black squares for extra depth and sparkle.  I liked the sparkle of the pink tiles and I think the jewels add flair!

I hope this tutorial sparks your interest in both making mosaics and possibly making these little gems.  They would make personalized Birthday/Christmas gifts or anytime gifts for that matter.  My mother-in-love gave two away, just because!

Here’s the finished products of our Pinterest Party Mosaic Pendants in PDF form.  Thanks for reading!

Mosaic Designs


Week thirty of Fun & Crazy

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So week thirty started out in the Huntington Lake Campground (where we hope to stay again) and ended at home with a total of six-children in our house!

We had a fantastic Cub-Scout camp at Huntington Lake where the boys earned a couple badges and worked on a hiking requirement. My oldest also earned his credit for “making a fire.”

Kids on rock at Huntington CampgroundFrom Cub Scout camp, my husband and my oldest headed over to Yosemite Bible Camp (YBC) in Oakhurst, and I proceeded to take my two youngest home to drop off clothes and bedding.  I ended up being completely exhausted (of course) but felt like eating a good cheat-meal, so I took them to John’s Incredible Pizza.  Yes, this also means I was all by myself during the week taking care of my two little ones.

My kiddos on the Frog Hopper ride at the Pizza place.

My kiddos on the Frog Hopper ride at the Pizza place.

Before leaving the house, I made a small game plan of what I would prepare for dinner for myself.  My husband is the chef in the family so I use recipes from the internet, usually pinned ones from Pinterest because I can’t just throw things together to save my life.

I made a recipe from my Healthy Eats Board, called Avocado, Chicken and Walnut Salad from Kayotic Kitchen.  I didn’t buy the parsley, but other than that, the recipe was a TOTAL SUCCESS! Definitely a Pinterest win.

Avaocado Chicken Walnut SaladI think one of the best accomplishments of the week was completing the Instructable for my Darth Vader Purse.  I ended up finishing the purse in one night during the week and wanted to enter the Fandom Contest over at Instructables.  (Shameless plug: If you’re a member and have a minute, please vote for me!)

Watermarked purseOther awesome stuff that I learned about and that happened –

I made bacon in the oven for the first time.  I couldn’t believe that I had never made it that way before, even though I heard about it.

Oven bacon in ovenOven BaconI almost feel sheepish about writing it on the blog, because I know many people have always cooked bacon that way, but hey, this is reality and I just learned to do it this week.  You better bet I will only cook it this way from now on.  I got my recipe from Pinterest (of course) from the site: Today’s Mama.

I made watermelon jam (it looked more like jelly to me) this week to use up my frozen watermelon juice.  I got the recipe from Blondie’s Cakes.  It only took four ingredients and I’m all about simple jelly’s or jams. I’ll be making it again, basically because I love things that are both tangy and sweet and this watermelon jelly has a hard-to-describe flavor.

Watermarked Watermelon JellyI learned that there are auctions on Instagram where you can bid on things so people can raise money for certain causes.  I bid on one such auction a couple weeks ago and opened up one of my packages from Kiwi and Hope. The owner, Kiah, is one of my internet-friends that I met in a mutual group of bloggers & hustlers that get things done.  If you have time, stop on over at her shop to see some of her latest purses and clutches, as she donates a portion of her sales to orphan care and adoption causes.  I won this adorable pineapple purse and key-fob, as well as a delicious organic chocolate, that I confess I ate the entire bar in one evening.  Kiwi and Hope auction giftThank you for allowing me to give you some internet love Kiah!

Lastly, and keeping in mind that I was by myself on Friday and half of Saturday, I took on the task of helping my brother and sister-in-love out by taking their triplets for a few days for them to get away with their friends.

On Friday we had nachos as shown here, which no-one, including my own children, really enjoyed.  They all wanted chips with no sauce.  Ugh.

Triplets at our houseWe had them all the way through Sunday, and I was very glad when my brother and sister-in-law came to get them.  I love these children more than anything, but it’s a great reminder of how blessed I really was to be given three souls to take care of!

I leave you with a picture of my daughter’s pumpkin plant. Of all the things I’ve grown in gardens in my relatively short lifetime, I’ve never tried to grow pumpkins.  Here’s to the amazing world, and I pray this pumpkin grows big for her.  She’s worth it!

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How We Made Our Fairy Garden

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DIY Fairy Garden for moms & daughtersOn my best days, I do crafts with my children.

Some crafts, as we all know, require patience, time, and a certain amount of creativity – but this is especially true when working with children.

My daughter is five years old as I write this blog post.  She and I spent some time together planning, finding pieces for and putting together the Fairy Garden pictured in this blog post.

As with most things, she had asked me weeks ago to create a fairy garden with her and in my kind-of “oh I hope she forgets about it” attitude, she continued to ask me to make one with her and in a slow work week, it finally happened.

My first stop (as with most projects) is Pinterest.

I think on a Wednesday evening, I sat her down at my computer and typed in “fairy garden.”

I ended up pinning a link from Homedit: Magical Fairy Garden Designs.

On Thursday we went to the craft store and picked out various odds and ends for the fairies to have as part of the little garden area.  The store I took her too had a huge clearance on Spring items, so the most expensive thing was the birdhouse she picked out for the fairies to live in.

She painted the birdhouse with her favorite colors and of course, “colors that the fairies like” as she told me.  I have glitter paint from a previous project, and she added that over the dried colors over the next couple days.

Painting the fairy house At some point in the week I took my daughter to the local garden/hardware store and purchased a small six-pack of Scottish Moss.  I re-used an 12-inch diameter pot that I had been keeping around and we already had the soil.

Moss & Pot

We started the process by adding the painted fairy house to the dirt area first.

place the large objects

Next we placed the moss around the house.

remove the mossplace moss

My daughter used her fingers to dig up a spot for the moss prior to placing it.

The next step was to place the odds and ends we found at the craft store.

The fence was placed first, around the house.

The fence was placed first, around the house.

My daughter placed the other accessories for the fairy garden in various places, including an ice chest (my favorite) and a lantern.

My daughter placed the other accessories for the fairy garden in various places, including an ice chest (my favorite) and a lantern.

I think the best thing about my daughter placing all the accessories was that her idea of what a home would look like came shining through.  She didn’t want bugs or butterflies per-Se, but she liked the ladybugs on the teeter-totter. She also liked the ice chest and picked out a ceramic fairy so that the “real fairies” know it’s safe to go in there.

I needed to do this with her.

~~~ I just didn’t know I needed to do this with her until after it was complete. ~~~

Fairy House Close-UpWe added the sign that fairies were welcome into the moss so it could stand up on it’s own.

I am so thankful that I took the time to create the garden with her.  She’s five.  It’s a hard thing for me to remember in my late 30’s what it’s like to be with my mom, let alone remember when I was five what it was like to be told “No, sorry honey. We can’t afford to do that” or “I don’t have the time.”

I made the time to do this with her and I’m so glad I did.

Blessings to those who read this.  I hope you can make your own. 😉


Week twenty-eight of Fun and Crazy

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Crafting with my friends in my newly finished craft room.

Crafting with my friends in my newly finished craft room.

Oh what a wonderful week it’s been.

It’s a been a while since I posted on this blog and I think I finally figured out why.

I’m a person who “does things.” Out of the five love languages, mine is “actions” and to me, I am really happy and have joy when I have accomplished something, made something, and something got done that may not have if I didn’t put the effort into it.

A blog is an interesting mix of “doing things” but not seeing (or touching, or feeling) the results of it.  I try not to be obsessed over it anyway.  Sure there are ways to see traffic to the site, look to see if people bought anything from affiliate links, and how many people engage your content, but the tangible result is difficult to feel the love that I pour out into the pages.

But -Here I am.  Posting for my children because they are my ‘Why’ I do things that I do anyway.


My theme for the week: I learned quite a bit about myself and my life.

  • I learned it’s really hard to work from the house.  My husband works out of the house and as many times as I have been secretly jealous of him, It’s difficult to do on summer break when my kids are home.  I tried it this week, and let’s just say, it’s hard for me to get anything productive done.
  • I learned my daughter’s love language this week.  It’s ‘touch.’ I have no doubt now if I did before.  She hangs on my husband and I like we’re monkey bars.  She tried kissing me on my arm and even though she’s my daughter it totally gave me the willies.  Ya, now I know.
  • I learned that my husband is an amazing meat-cooker.  He won a meat contest over at Instructables for the best rib recipe and I am excited about getting shipped meat from Pat La Frieda Meat Purveyors.  We’re kind of nervous about the meat being shipped to California from New Jersey, but here’s hoping it’ll make and I’ll keep you posted.
  • On Sunday the 5th, I re-learned how to jog in my neighborhood.  My personal trainer told me to try jogging for 30-second bursts, walking a bit, and the jog again for 30-more seconds.  In the beginning of my first mile, when I tried to run, it felt like my feet were lead.  I jogged and walked for a total of 45-minutes, for a distance of 3.2 miles.  It was difficult on my lungs, my legs felt like jello when I got home, but at the same time, I did it and it felt great.

So many things happened this week, as they usually do.

My husband cooked a tri-tip in the Traeger smoker overnight.  It was surprisingly good.  It was covered in sage and a few other spices, as we are on a low-carb eating plan right now.

pre-smoked tri-tip on the Traeger

Pre-smoked tri-tip on the Traeger

overnight smoked tri-tip

Overnight smoked tri-tip with sage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My kiddos had a great week making crafts, going to swim lessons, and we went on a spur-of the moment trip up the hill to try out the Jeep. (More on that below.)

DeAndrasCrafts Kids Making crafts

DeAndrasCrafts Kids making crazy glove people crafts.I lost another pound, bringing my total for the past 14-weeks to 23 pounds lost.

On Thursday, I had a few of my friends over to make some mosaic necklaces.  I hope to get that up on the blog soon!

My princess painted her fairy house for her fairy garden.  We finished that on Sunday and you can see the result here: How We Made Our Fairy Garden.Mosaic Necklace w Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ended up going on a four-wheeling trip with some friends on Saturday.  A spur of the moment trip for us is anything planned in a week.  We went up a run called Bald Mountain and you can see Shaver Lake from the top of the run as shown in one of the photos.  It was awesome and feel free to follow me on Instagram to see the longer captions of some of the photos below.

The kids (my three plus one extra) played on rocks as the vehicles got unloaded from trailers.

The kids (my three plus one extra) played on rocks as the vehicles got unloaded from trailers.

 

As the Jeep sits in the background, my oldest shows me the difference between deciduous trees and coniferous trees.

As the Jeep sits in the background, my oldest shows me the difference between deciduous trees and coniferous trees.

You can see I'm wearing one of the pendents I made at the party! We took this selfie as the first time breaking the Jeep in for our family.

You can see I’m wearing one of the pendents I made at the party! We took this selfie as the first time breaking the Jeep in for our family.

On the Bald Mountain Run, there is an area people stop to see if they're vehicle will get up V-rock.

On the Bald Mountain Run, there is an area people stop to see if they’re vehicle will get up V-rock.

The top of Bald Mountain 4-wheeling run is an amazing view!  Shaver Lake is in the background.

The top of Bald Mountain 4-wheeling run is an amazing view! Shaver Lake is in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here’s the thing about our weekly round-ups – it’s the best memories.  That’s what I want my kiddos to remember when they’ve grown.  If there’s one thing I learned from my mother passing away, it’s that I remember <almost> all the good things.  You don’t think of that when you have to go through the bad stuff, but when you have good things in life, I really believe you have to remember them.

Maybe the hard stuff teaches us, but the good stuff is what needs to be remembered.

My hope is that when my children are old enough to read this blog, they realize how fun their childhood was.  How special little events were (and are as they are happening.)

A certain amount of family togetherness happens that’s hard to describe quite frankly, when you don’t have TV or the internet to rely on.  I’ve talked about this before when going camping, and going 4-wheeling is just about the same thing.  It also opens their world to new people that they wouldn’t have another opportunity to come in contact with unless they share a common thing like 4-wheeling.  All this stuff is learned somewhere, right?

I hope everyone has a great week coming up and as always, thanks for reading!

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