moderate f**k distribution

Beautifully written with great humour, but also gives us a very true message about self care and balance in life.

My favourite quote “Don’t want to run out of fucks to give. Neither do I want to end my life with ungiven fucks.”

I hope I don’t leave this planet with ungiven fucks either, but also don’t want to give them away undeservedly.

Balance needs to be found…but never lose a sense of humour!

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Sundance sent this to me via text message late last night.
My initial reaction was a giggle, followed by an Amen.
But as I considered it further, I began to realize it’s an extremely important skill, this moderate fuck distribution.
I mean, really. This is key!
Fuck-giving is a double edged sword. Too much or not enough can kill you.
It is truly all about that sweet spot of fuck-giving.

Giving too many fucks or giving no fucks is not sustainable in the long term.
Giving too many can cause you to lose your damn mind worrying unnecessarily. I mean, who has that kind of time and energy? Giving too many fucks will wear you slap out, nothing should require that much of your attention.
Giving none pretty much means you’ve just shut down. That you’re probably abstaining from interacting with others. And while that may sound good on paper…

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#13 Today I’m Grateful For…

having family to celebrate Christmas with tomorrowRainbow Paddlepops - yumgetting all my tiles organised by colour a really yummy dinner tonightsurviving Westfield shops today!Kensington Pride mangoes - they taste delicious, and the box of them sitting on my table smells just as good.my washing machinemy lovely old neighbour who gave me chocolates for Christmasmusic Merry... Continue Reading →

Using Inka Gold on Glass

I love the Viva Inka Gold range, and purchased Inka Gold Platinum from Mosaic Tiles Australia to use on my transparent white stained glass pieces. I'm interested to learn from this tutorial about the differing effects of various colours on the same piece of glass. I'll have to invest in a few more colours and... Continue Reading →

Mosaic Abstract Table

I absolutely LOVE this mosaic tabletop, made by Piglet in Portugal. Stunning colours and design!

Piglet in Portugal

My most ambitious project to date is this mosaic table which is 19″ (48cm) diameter. I’d observed other members of the mosaic class create some fantastic designs so decided to give it a try. I knew my biggest challenge would be cutting the stained glass to specific shapes which then all linked together, so accuracy was critical. All my previous projects were simple and used scrap squares and cutting to shape was minimal.

Abstract coffee table - design Mosaic Abstract Table – design

After looking through various books in class I found this design. I liked the design’s simplicity and flexibility, plus it looked relatively easy. We marked out the design on the glass table top with the aid of various circular items such as biscuit tins, mugs, lamps and jam jars to name a few.

Abstract Table: Work in Progress Mosaic Abstract Table: Work in Progress

Once I had a rough outline, I chose the colours for the largest…

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Jazz up Shady Areas of Your Garden with Sunflower Mosaics

I love this sunflower made by Piglet in Portugal. What a perfect garden decoration. Some inspiration for future projects!

Piglet in Portugal

I am always exploring different ways to brighten shady areas of my garden so with this in mind I decided to create colourful mosaics on stones. This was my first project which I positioned under a small palm.

Sunflower Mosaic Sunflower Mosaic

Once I’d mapped out the design, I used stained glass to create the sunflower. However, you could equally use any substrate which offers the flexibility to cut into shapes.

The most difficult process for me was, and still is, cutting the centre circle for the flower as I am still not proficient cutting anything larger than leaves and flower petals, which I shape using nippers.

Another option for future projects I’ve since considered is to use a round flat pebble which I could paint and then cover with small beads for texture. We will see.

Sunflower Mosaic - Stone ArtMaterials
Stained Glass or similar substrate
Small beads for flower centre (I used beads from an…

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Mosaic: Tree of Life or Thorn in My Side?

Creating a mosaic we’re happy with can be trial and error, but this beautiful piece made by Piglet in Portugal shows that patience pays off 🙂

Piglet in Portugal

Nearly a year after starting my ‘tree of life’ aka ‘tree of patience’ mosaic picture, it is finally finished!

Tree of Life Mosaic Tree of Life Mosaic

The substrate for the base was clear glass and the printed picture beneath acted as a rough template.  I cut each piece of stained glass to shape  before gluing into position. Many hours, days and even weeks were spent in procrastination mode as I tried to decide which coloured glass to use.  Decisions, decisions! I wanted to use vibrant autumnal colours and incorporate an orange sunset in the background against a yellow sky.

Everyone kept telling me the sky must be blue. I am so glad I stood my ground and kept the picture more abstract.

Tree of Life - work in progress Tree of Life – work in progress

I cut each leaf to shape using nippers.

Shaping the leaves from glass Shaping the leaves from glass

I put the project aside until I could decide on the…

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