Welcome to our little World,
where we take all the little pieces of life, and turn them into some Spectacular Artwork!
We are a group of free spirits who enjoy sharing ideas. This is a peaceful and happy place, and you are welcome to join in!

And the winner is....

Congratulations to Alice Garret, of Medallion House, for being our first place, over-all favorite mosaic winner in our Mythical Creatures Challenge, with her piece entitled, Flower Goddess

 Flower Goddess
"Flora, a flower goddess, she is a little bit mysterious, a little bit exotic, and doesn't really like her picture taken.... She is happiest living among the flowers of her world."
  Measures 14" x 14"
Materials: vintage tray, tumbled dish shards, beads, vintage jewelry, metal flowers from a discarded lamp.
Alice has won a gift certificate donated by the fabulous Tiny Tiles Mosaic Shop! If you haven't checked it out, please do! They supply the smallest ceramic tiles produced in the world!

Congratulations also to our 2nd place winner,
All the entries were wonderful! Thank you to every who voted... we had 111 individual votes, and each one means so much to all of us! 

Come back soon to see what wonderful sales & promotions are happening in our team member's shops this coming holiday season!

Mythical Creature Challenge

Welcome to our newest mosaic challenge... Mythical Creatures! The PieceMakers never cease to amaze me. Give them a challenge, and each artist will come up with something so different. This one will be just as hard as all the rest to vote on. :) Congrats to all the artists who are participating... each piece is wonderful & inspirational!

Also, thank you to Tiny Tiles Mosaic for giving our winner a gift certificate to their amazing shop. If you haven't checked it out, please do! 

Entry 1

Entry 2
by Joanne Paquin
  "Her name is 'Binweed' and when I googled a fairy name generator to help name her, I plugged my name in.....and it appropriately said that Binweed brings good fortune, lives at the bottom of tangled gardens & hedgerows and is only seen when the bees swarm and the crickets chirrup. She wears tangled multi-colored skirts of petals and has wings like a butterfly."

The piece measures approximately 9"X11".


Entry 3
by Laura Leon

"The picture depicts a set of hummingbirds, and the style is Kwakiutl, northwest coast Native American. Kwakiutl mythology says:
The Hummingbird symbolizes Love, Beauty, Intelligence, a Spirit Messenger that represents friendship and playfulness. Represents Tireless Joy and the Nectar of life.
The Hummingbird is also a symbol of good luck and good fortune. It was considered a positive sign to spot a Hummingbird just prior to some major event such as hunting or traveling to another village. Hard workers and fiercely independent. Hummingbird teaches us how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.
A hummingbird flies like sunlight."

Entry 4
by Alice Garret
 Flower Goddess
"Flora, a flower goddess, she is a little bit mysterious, a little bit exotic, and doesn't really like her picture taken.... She is happiest living among the flowers of her world."
Materials: vintage tray, tumbled dish shards, beads, vintage jewelry, metal flowers from a discarded lamp.

Entry 5
by Amanda Edwards

My mosaic is based on a drawing (see it below!) that my 7 year old, Priya, created. It's of the ever elusive "Happy Mouse". Here's what Priya had to say about this Mythical Creature, that apparently children all over the world are quite aware of:
"His name is Happy Mouse. He comes out of the woods when he thinks that kids are sad. He makes them happy again because he's a rainbow and full of love."

Mythical Creatures
Please vote for your over-all favorite piece.
Entry 1, Pam Holt
Entry 2, Joanne Paquin
Entry 3, Laura Leon
Entry 4, Alice Garret
Entry 5, Amanda Edwards

Artists and their Trees

Regardless of who you are, how old you are, or where you live, don't we all share a love affair with trees? Artists are no different... and I see trees influencing the work of artists in every medium, across the continents. Here is a sampling of amazing work, all created by members of the PieceMakers, inspired by trees!

Carla Dake

 "Little Bit Country!"

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow!"

" It hangs in my bathroom now, and has been washed with a gold paint over the grout."

Frances Green

 "The central Tree / Goddess figure is in different shades of brown, black and gold. Her arms, hair and branches stretch outwards and upwards, holding all the elements of the four seasons. Spring has dancing butterflies, daffodils and small millefiory flowers, while the branches of the tree are blossoming with beads, more mille and delicate green buds. Summer is full of vibrant green swirls, with added beads and even some jade in there. Autumn (Fall) has seven bright red apples and the leaves of the tree slowly turning to bright oranges, reds and yellows. And finally Winter, with icicles and snow covering the naked branches and the ground beneath her feet. Around the edge of the piece I added symbols for the three phases of the moon and the sun.

The face of the Goddess herself is wise and serene. She looks out of the picture calmly, with her feet/roots firmly anchored in the earth, keeping perfect balance, while all around her everything is in constant movement and turmoil of the changing seasons."

... and also by Frances Green is this amazing work-in-progress bathroom mural!

Amanda Edwards

"After going through my photos for this blog post, I have determined that I am very inspired by trees! Their endless, ever changing beauty, the stories around them, the life they give.... just to name a few things. These are a few of my favorites. :) "


Sandra Glassbrook

"You are my Sunshine", an ode by Frog. A magnificent oak tree in full fall foliage, acorns, dancing flowers, and the biggest sun ever on Frogs final days before hibernation."

Joanne Paquin

"This is a series of stained glass panels that I made for my sun-porch. The Four Seasons Tree.... Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. They are visible from the front of my house and bring lots of bright cheery color into that sunny room during the day."

Frances Green Featured on The Huffington Post!

Our very own Frances Green was recently featured on The Huffington Post for her beautiful stone mosaic creations. We're so proud her & her swirling balls of color!

 Head over to her etsy shop here to see more of her wonderful designs and please read the original article here.
Congrats to you Frances!

Doodle Challenge Winners!

Once again,  a BIG congratulations to everyone who participated in the Doodle Challenge! Each piece got lots of votes... and the winners were all VERY close! 

Also, thank you to Tiny Tiles Mosaic for giving our winner a gift certificate to their amazing shop. If you haven't checked it out, please do! 


First Place Winner
“When Colors Collide”

Second Place Winner
"Doodles are Fun!"

Third Place Winner 
"A Formal Affair"

Doodle Challenge

Welcome to our newest, most difficult to vote for, challenge yet! It's the Piece Maker Doodle Challenge. The pieces you see here all came about different ways... some artists sat and doodled and drew their inspiration right from that, some used doodles family had done, some mosaiced their good old doodle standbys.  

Have fun looking through this very fun collection of art! You can click on the artist's name to see more of their work, or to contact them about the pieces you see here. 

As always, a BIG thank you to Tiny Tiles, for giving the winner of this challenge a gift certificate to their amazing shop! Head over to the Tiny Tiles store by clicking the photo below, to check out an amazing variety of the smallest tiles in the world! Good luck to all the entries!


Entry 1
"The Sunshine in my Mind"

Picture frame with an opening for a 5x7 photo. 
There's also a hook on the back for hanging, if so desired. 

"I doodle stars a LOT, so it was natural for me to place them somewhere in my piece! They are accented with red borders and little mirror flecks at each of the points. I also do a lot of swirls and flowers when I doodle, so I added a bunch of green "stems" growing out of the bottom of the piece, surrounded by blue with a few flowers popping out in different areas. And of course, you can't have plants without sunshine! Sunshine also ends up in my doodles a lot, so I placed that between the stars above and the green below, with bits of the sunlight peeking through the bottom. Since purple is my favorite color and I do a lot of dash-dot borders, I had to put it around the photo to add just a bit more of myself. :)"


Entry 2
"Summer Walk"

Size: 12" H X 6 1/2" W


Entry 3
"Swirled Hooks"

"My inspiration for my doodle project started while drawing with my 4year old.
It measures 37.5 cm x 9 cm, is a mixture of blues, greens, and mirrored glass on a recycled timber base, in a pattern of spirals, swirl, arches, dots and lines. This is how I doodle. Some glass was laid on its side to give varied heights. Available for sale in my etsy store!"


Entry 4


Entry 5
"Doodles are Fun!"

Size 27" x 11"

"Inspiration for my piece was a random doodle on the corner of a list of plates I was using for a table. Materials used: Up-cycled kitchen cabinet door, tumbled plate shards, ball chain, beads, and pop offs from Terri, my glass blower friend's trash stash."


Entry 6

Measures 12" x  9"


Entry 7
"A Formal Affair"

"My doodles consisted of swirling lines on an 8" Styrofoam ball. I glued on bling-bling pendants and then glued faux pearl beads on the doodle lines. A little more bling was added with small crystal charms and then all of the rest was filled in with black stained glass and grouted in black. The pillar that it was adhered to is a re-purposed candle holder with clear hanging pendants. To give it some shine I clear coated the ball with spar urethane. Completed piece measures approximately 20" tall. I entitled the piece "A Formal Affair" because it made me think of a woman dressing up in a black dress and putting on the pearls and bling to go out to "A Formal Affair"!"


Entry 8
"The Phoenix Rises"

Rising Phoenix measures 11" x 15"
The inspiration for this Doodle Mosaic was from a drawing my artist daughter Keri drew. The materials used are stained glass, mirror glass, china, and beads.


Entry 9
“When Colors Collide”

Measures 26" x 22"