Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Garden Gallery- Part 2- Mosaics

I promised you more from the Garden Gallery show, so today I will skip my Keep It Short Saturday post and feature some of the beautiful mosaic items from the Garden Gallery Show instead.  

This post definitely will not qualify as short!

If by chance you didn’t see the earlier posts about this show, click here and here and here to catch up before proceeding.  You won’t be sorry!

You all noticed and commented on the beautiful mosaic pieces I included photos of in the earlier posts.  Well they were just the tip of the iceberg!

Bobbi and Sandy both do the mosaics, but have different styles. 

Bobbi loves to do the mosaic windows with the scenes the best. 

Sandy’s signature style has circles and curved lines in it.

Sandy tells me she has the mosaic work down to a science, and generally multi-tasks.  This lady never just sits down to watch TV at night,  she brings a piece to work on at the same time and can get it done in less than an hour. 

She waits until she has several completed pieces and then grouts them all at the same time.


All I know is, I want some of that energy!

Some of these photos you may have already seen on the prior posts, but I’m going to include them in this post too  just to keep them together for future reference. 

OK, now on with the show..

Do you like birdbaths?

There were several mosaic birdbaths.

Look at the detail on these. 


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This one was my favorite, I love the antique base. 

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Can you tell that the bath itself started out as a ceramic pasta bowl?

How often have you seen those at garage sales and wondered why anyone would need such a large bowl?

Don’t know about you, but I just may buy the next one I see.

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The plates they used are so gorgeous! 

Uh-oh, I feel a plate collection coming on……..

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And the figurines? Oh my!

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Now for the Garden Stakes, or hose guides….

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These concrete mushrooms were a huge hit!  I love the one with the planter on top.  

Granny J , I thought of you when I saw the hens and chicks!

Sandy tells me they started with at least 25 of these, and by the time I was getting ready to leave there were none to be found!

She actually went out the day after this show was done and bought concrete mix to get a head start on casting more for next years show.  garden gallery 113


Then there were all sorts of mosaic tables. 

I’m guessing that this one was made by Sandy.  Check out the bows at each end. 

How pretty!

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Love the base .  Notice how the mosaic pattern goes so well with the base? 

That is exactly what makes each piece so special.

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Sorry for the weird angle on this one coming up.  I took the picture with the design upside down. 

Had to rotate it so you could see the picture in the center!

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More circles and curves….

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Can you even imagine choosing between any of these?

I wanted them all!

These windows were gorgeous!

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This one with the tree and flowers is Bobbi’s signature style.  It looks like a painting.

Love it!

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Then there were the mirrors…

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I love teapots! 


Look how ornate this mirror is.

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How on earth did they get the pieces to fit so perfectly on these curves?

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And some trays…..

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And last but certainly not least, my all time personal favorite. 

I truly believe Sandy made this one with me in mind.

Isn’t it stunning?

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See my name on it? 

You KNOW this one went home with me!

Folks, Sandy and Bobbi are both reading this blog, so be sure to leave them lots of love in your comments!  I’m sure if you have any questions they will be happy to answer them too.

Thank you again, Sandy and Bobbi,

for so generously sharing your art with us. 

You girls are simply amazing!

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere……



  1. That ladder is the cutest thing. Let us know how you use it in your house. I really like those bird feeders/bird baths with the antique base and mosaic bowls. That's just so clever and beautiful.

  2. Beautiful!! I am so enjoying these posts - such inspiration to get things done in my yard!

  3. I am so in love with both their work! Just gorgeous and creative and well wonderful! I love the bird baths and trays! The tables are so creative, all the interesting bases they use and that ladder! That is so clever. The windows are lovely also. I would so love to visit their sale!! I can't get enough of these posts!! I'm going back for another look!!!

  4. Those are absolutely breath taking... I wouldn't have been able to pick just one, they are all gorgeous. Great work girls and so unique.

    Rose I love that little ladder you chose. I bet that wasn't the only thing you went home with.

    Thanks for sharing all your pics... now I am really sorry I didn't go... it would have been so worth the trip.

    Hugs, Deb

  5. Rose, thanks for sharing all of these wonderful pictures with us.
    Bobbi and Sandy . . . I am in awe of your work! I tried (very lightly and very briefly) to do some mosaic work. The pieces are still hanging around. I just don't think I have the patience for it.
    I am so thankful you allowed Rose to take pictures so that those of us who live too far away and drool over all of your fabulous items!
    Thanks to all of you!

  6. Oh so pretty! Their designs are so precise and beautiful. Think they'd give us a tutorial for all of us too far away to enjoy their work in person? I'd like to know where they get those pretty bases for their tables and bird baths. And should I be collecting all of those pretty dishes in GW that are in such bad shape and start smashing them? I don't want to end up with a pile of dust. Thanks for sharing Rose

  7. I'm normally not speechless but this one almost leaves me at a loss for words. Each piece is unique and truly a work of art. Rose that is the piece I would have picked out for you if I'd have been at the show. It is gorgeous, beautiful, stunning and all those other adjectives that I usually misspell.

    Now about the one with the hen and chicks. I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw it. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. I sooooooooooo want to make one. The wheels are already turning on how to get the planter in there. I'll have to fake it and paint the top of mine. I tried doing a mosaic once and ended up with so many little cuts on my fingers I was turning the grout pink from all the blood and ran out of bandaids!

  8. Gorg!!! Wish I was that talented... Makes me look at all of my mismatched plates in a different light. What a way to repurpose plates! And I find plates in the GW dumpster ALL THE TIME, at least I used to...sniff...sniff...

  9. Those pieces are gorgeous! I tried to learn mosaics from a book, and my piece did not turn out well at all. Thanks for posting this inspiration.


  10. sigh, these pieces are wonderful. beautiful. different. love the one you took home, too!

  11. Have mercy!! I am completely speechless! (Can you see my mouth hanging wide open?) I just HAVE to get there next year. Please give me lots of notice so I can prepare in advance. I live about an hour away. Thank you!
    mlamb9 (at) yahoo (dot com) ♥♥♥ :o)

  12. Gorgeous, these ladies are incredibly talented!

  13. wonderful stuff! How do they get the plates into such wonderful little pieces! so pretty!


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