Blooming inspiration

  When we think of spring blooms, daffodils and tulips immediately come to mind. But for me, fruit trees in bloom are the true signs of spring. This moment is fleeting and a windy rainstorm can hasten it along, so be sure to quickly take advantage of this opportunity for inspiration.  If you notice buds …

A custom home needs a custom address sign!

I was honored to create a mosaic address sign for my brother’s new custom home in Spokane, WA. He and his wife were able to build their dream home on a beautiful piece of farmland with views of nearby Mt. Spokane. Here’s the sign just after grouting. I used two colors of grout, a very …

Finale: Day 30 Shark!

  Well this has been fun, and a great learning experience, and pretty tiring. But I made it to number 30 of the mosaic challenge. Hooray! For my final mosaic, I wanted to take a little extra time and make something different. This year I discovered stone as a mosaic material, using my hammer and …

Days 28 and 29: Undersea lookalikes

  There are some remarkable other-worldly looking creatures living just off our coastline. Not only do they resemble something more akin to plants than animals, some resemble familiar objects. Take the Sea Nettle. This jellyfish with its delicate stripes. lit-from-within decorative arms and red tentacles remind me of an old-fashioned hot air balloon, or very …

Day 27: Greater than the sum of its parts

    When I visit the Oregon Aquarium some of my favorite exhibits are the anchovy and herring schools. Dozens of streamlined fish swimming in perfect unison, the light flashing off their mirror-like scales. They are mesmerizing to watch. Sad to think the majority of these nutrient-dense, beautiful fish are harvested for fish meal or …

Days 25 and 26: Near Shore Habitats

  Continuing the Oregon coast sealife theme, I’m highlighting some of my favorites on days 25 and 26. Day 25 will be a familiar sight for tidepool-tiptoeing visitors to our central coast. With King Tides bracketing this month of January, it’s been a great season for viewing tidepool inhabitants like the anemones and starfish.  In …