Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Mosaic

We are not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. (Jimmy Carter)

On one of our trips to Jordan, we got to visit a small factory that makes beautiful mosaics from stones found in different areas of Jordan and surrounding countries.

I just loved the colors in this beautiful tree of life. It was amazing to see how the women cut the stone and then actually laid out their design backwards on a gauze-like fabric using a mixture of flour and water to allow it to stick without being permanent before it was placed in the wooden frame. I had never seen a process quite like it before.


The design for this one was taken from an old art history book. It is Greek for Bethlehem.

I notice that many wonderful blogs out there post a mosaic on Monday of theme photos, so I thought I would put my own spin on it. Actual mosaics above -- and below is my wall of photos and decorative pieces from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and surrounding areas, plus a few of my cross-stitchings.

My walls seem to have themes. (Please ignore the intercom stuck right in the middle of it all.)

My home is certainly a mosaic of memories -- decorated with items from our travels or gifts from faraway places that have been given to us by friends. Some have said it is like being in Aladdin's cave. I couldn't imagine it any other way.

Wishing you much peace and every day joys as you make your way through the week to come. Blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of your accompolishments!!
Just loved this post Tammy.....


Just finished reading all your posts I missed while up at the cabin. We just relaxed, I took all my scrapping stuff and made some cards and we watched some movies, I took books to read. Very relaxing. Nice to hear you had a pj day. I am having one today. Just going with the groove today. catching up on blogland and stuff. Next sat. morning we will leave for florida for a week. ta for now.
love, Gwen

Anonymous said...

Reallly the mosaics....


Rose said...

The mosaics are beautiful and I love the way you have them displayed. Honestly I didn't notice the intercom till you mentioned. I was so interested in the display. Thanks for sharing them.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love those mosaics. Sorry to confuse you about the birthday. Just a funny thing my family does. Yes, my birthday is in August :-)
Have a great week.

Happy@Home said...

I love your mosaic of memories. It all looks great together and what could be nicer than to surround yourself with special family memories.

Melissa said...

You always find something interesting to buy and have a good eye for uniqueness and orginality. I can truly say, I love coming to your house and looking at all your wonderful findings and crafts. It truly is Aladdins treasure cove. I'm off to Dubai, so don't know if I'll be on. I know that we'll be taking the laptop as my husband will be staying for an extra 5 days for a business trip. Hope the rest of your week is pleasant.

Purvail said...

Wonderful wall of your family's mosaic life.
The plaques are so nicely done...looks like time consuming work.
All is well here. Jim came by for a visit .. It is starting to snow again.

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hey Tammy!!!!

Happy Birthday Month, Day 15!!!!

Girl, I like your "spin" on Monday's Mosaic!!! Too cool! Love that wall filled with memories of places visited and friends dear...they are all so close to your heart.

My Birthday Wish for you today is...Originality.

You've got to be one of the most "original" bloggers I have come across...I just love how you put your own "spin" on things!!!

everything vintage

Jodie LeJeune said...

Oh my gosh...I'm JUST reading Melissa's comment and low and behold...she said the SAME THING I DID...well, not verbatim but you know what I mean!!!! I swear I didn't read it before I posted mine.
See girl? YOU ARE ORIGINAL!!!! {smile}

The Garden Bell said...

Love the first one with the tree. I could see it around here in a couple of places...

Commenting on my laptop, sorry so short today. Practicing up.

Kate - The Garden Bell - xxoxoxox

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

I loved seeing all your mosaics for Monday ~ and what happy memories it must be when you think of the places you have visited.
Enjoy the rest of the birthday month!


crochet lady said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful objects of art!

koralee said...

I adore those mosaics..thank you for sharing. Sending you happiness for your week.

Marilyn said...

I have been meaning to say HI and welcome to roomontheleft!! I tried to find an e-mail address to write to you, but I don't see one. Anyway, thanks for coming over and leaving comments, so I know you're there! If you have any problems with the pattern...let me know.
I love seeing all the things you post. As a child I lived near your part of the world and enjoy seeing familiar things. Your home looks lovely.
Again thank you....and see you next time
Marilyn in VA.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your Bethlehem mosaic is WONDERFUL! I can't even imagine being around all that rich history, and seeing artisans at work! Thank you for sharing! =)

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

What a beautiful mosaic, and a unique collection of mementos and memories you have. It always so much more meaningful to decorate with things that have special personal meaning.

Thanks for stopping by made my day!

Blessings, Grace

terri said...

Lovely post and mosaics. I enjoyed reading several of your past posts. Thanks for coming over to visit my blog.

Anonymous said...

Your mosaic tree is beautiful. I love the one you gave me. It is in my kitchen next to the sink, so I look at it every day. Really amazing what they were able to do in order to make those beautiful pictures.
I laughed to hear you refer to your house as a sort of mosaic. Really, you have the most interesting array of styles that you incorporate into your home, and it comes out in a wonderfully eclectic blend of style. I love walking through your home, because there is such a variety of things to be found. The best part is that you present it all so nicely. I miss visits to your home!!

Love ya,

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