The Mosaic Picnic Table

The mosaic picnic table top project is finally moving along.  I’ve had some activities and company at the house which slowed down the progress. This Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to finish the adhesive and grouting steps with the tiles.


The above picture shows the grouting work.  At first, I wanted to mix more grout to fill in the seams of the tiles…but I quickly learned too much grout makes cleaning the tiles 10 times longer.


With a little help  clearing the grout, this is what the table looks like now.

I’m considering a coat of epoxy to even the top of the table.  The November weather in Oregon is cool and damp, not the best time of year for epoxy to set.  I might bring the table inside the house to finish this last epoxy step.  The inspiration for making this table came from a visit to Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria in Santa Cruz, California.  I loved the different variety of mosaic table tops throughout the bakery.

I’m looking forward to the holiday season this year.

Wishing you the very best this time of year has to offer!


Taking the Old and Making It New Again


Several years ago, a friend gave me these nine patch blocks.  Some of the nine patch blocks are hand pieced and some are machine sewn.


The quilts I work on seem pretty simple, but I have to admit my favorite thing to do is to take older quilt blocks and piece them together…turning the old blocks into a useful quilt.  It brings me great pleasure to see a project come to fruition.

This quilt covers a queen size bed and will look like a charmer when it is quilted.

On another note, I can’t believe it’s November 20th already.  Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  I’m looking forward to catching up with a few friends over the next couple of weeks and making a trip to the East Coast sometime in the near future.

Blessings on your week!


Finding Joy


We had a bit of rain this past week…yes, the week my grand daughter was visiting from Nevada.  It was so joyful to watch my grand daughter move from play toy to play toy at the Bouncey Place in Salem.  At three years old, Matilda had a great time exploring each bounce house and all of the different slides.  There is something so delightful to watching a child play, explore, and just take in the moment.  We had a great time!