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Mixed media mosaic artist with focus on music and nature using art glass, ceramic, and vintage jewelry, and sometimes paint. 

The butterfly mosaic pictured is installed in the Bee Cave Elementary butterfly garden. Contributed to public mosaic installations in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, California, New Jersey, Florida and Germany.   

Lucky to have three intelligent, beautiful, talented granddaughters. Member of SAMA. Fourth generation Texan. Vegetarian. A fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Moody Blues, Santana, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, Gary Brooker, Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, Nikola Tesla, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Robert Pattinson, Thomas Gibson, Eileen Davidson, and Lisa Vanderpump, and Freddie Mercury, the greatest front man ever.

I occasionally sell online on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MosaicRoad?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

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  • Fear the Walking Dead
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    Fear the Walking Dead

    9 months ago

    I'm a huge Walking Dead fan and I want to give this companion show a chance! Post your comments, logical and valid observations and suggestions for improvement here.

  • Shadow Man
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    Shadow Man

    13 months ago

    My personal experience of a Shadow Man sighting in a most unexpected place, a lavish, brightly-lit lake house while on vacation in the company of a boisterous bunch of friends.

  • Bug Out Bag (BOB) Urban Survival
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    Bug Out Bag (BOB) Urban Survival

    6 months ago

    Bug out bags (BOBs) help you to be prepared whether you are forced to evacuate your home or lucky enough to able to shelter in place. Have a BOB and a plan for each family member and each pet.

  • Salsa and Hummus Recipes, Homemade
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    Salsa and Hummus Recipes, Homemade

    16 months ago

    Recipes for fresh tasty salsa and yummy healthy hummus and a review of the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, powerful, quiet, easy to operate and clean up. It is a durable powerhouse. A+.

  • Mosaic Tesserae: A Basic Guide
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    Mosaic Tesserae: A Basic Guide

    3 weeks ago

    Tesserae is the word for the pieces you glue to create a mosaic. Tesserae can include tile, stained glass, smalti, broken china (pique assiette), beads, stones, crystals, shells, pebbles and jewelry.

  • Flatbread Recipe
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    Flatbread Recipe

    9 months ago

    Flatbread, quick, simple, delicious, along with recipe for zucchini topping, Mexican flatbread and traditional pizza. Also makes savory crackers, thin, crispy, and able to stand up to hummus and dip.

  • How to Mosaic Garden Stones
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    How to Mosaic Garden Stones

    4 months ago

    Mosaic garden stones add color and charm to any corner of your flower beds and gardens. They can be any size and depict a butterfly, dragonfly, flowers, bugs, or a colorful design like a spiral.

  • Maltipoo Dog, Poodle and Maltese Mix
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    Maltipoo Dog, Poodle and Maltese Mix

    11 months ago

    Our Maltipoo dog, Daisy, is the sweetest, kindest dog imaginable, good with children, wildly playful, yet gentle and surprisingly polite, and brings joy to our home. I can't imagine life without her.

  • Ombre Dip-Dye
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    Ombre Dip-Dye

    19 months ago

    Dip-dye to achieve an ombre effect using Rit dye. Quick, easy, and fun project suitable for 12 and up with adult supervision. A cool look for hip young adult. The only thing you need to buy is dye.

  • White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake
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    White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake

    2 years ago

    White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake like Olive Garden's. Contains bonus recipe for Chocolate Cookies. Perfect for Christmas! From scratch, but offers alternatives to shorten the preparation time

  • How the English Language Evolved
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    How the English Language Evolved

    15 months ago

    How American English developed and evolved. Included are 100 favorite words, selected because I find them beautiful, clever or funny. Article illustrated with my original paintings and mosaic art.

  • Ode to the Mosaic Artist
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    Ode to the Mosaic Artist

    19 months ago

    A poem celebrating the mosaic process, artistic vision and craftsmanship. Pictured, Honey Bee in the Garden, the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon, and a spiral galaxy, all mosaics by the author.

  • Gifts for Women and Girls
    12

    Gifts for Women and Girls

    13 months ago

    Gift suggestions and advice for men buying gifts for women and girls, mothers, daughters, wives, or girl friends, for anniversary, birthday, Mother's Day, and Christmas.

  • Daddy Longlegs, the Harvestman Encounter
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    Daddy Longlegs, the Harvestman Encounter

    14 months ago

    My childhood encounter with a Daddy Longlegs, also known as granddaddy long-legs or Harvestman phenomenon, growing up in central Texas along the chalky banks of the Brazos River.

  • New Year's Good Luck Casserole
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    New Year's Good Luck Casserole

    8 months ago

    Cheesy Grits and Black Eyed Peas good luck casserole. Jalapeno and serrano peppers add bite. Made with Penzeys spices. Great for cookouts, pot lucks, and barbecues, a must-have for New Year's Day.

  • Brownies, homemade, quick and easy!
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    Brownies, homemade, quick and easy!

    11 months ago

    Great homemade brownies, quick and easy, much better than boxed. Includes a review of the Baker's Edge brownie pan, a wonderful versatile pan that ensures that each brownie has a crispy edge.

  • Pinky Joe, peach-faced lovebird
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    Pinky Joe, peach-faced lovebird

    17 months ago

    A story of a bird rescue. A quirky peach-faced lovebird became our beloved pet. The story of Pinky Joe and Tao the Tuxedo cat, two of our most charming and beloved pets, gone but not forgotten.

  • Gifts for Teenage Girls
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    Gifts for Teenage Girls

    12 months ago

    Gift list for young teen or pre-teen, discussion of Vera Bradley bags, Urban Decay makeup and list of birthday gift suggestions.

  • Aloe Vera plant - a special story
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    Aloe Vera plant - a special story

    13 months ago

    Aloe Vera is a unique plant with many wonderful qualities. Always keep one nearby for cuts, burns, and scrapes, and especially for treating sunburn. My aloe vera magically came back from the dead.

  • Cow Parade, Public Art Event
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    Cow Parade, Public Art Event

    11 months ago

    CowParade is the largest and most successful public art event in the world. Life-size cows as art are auctioned for charity. They may be painted, decoupaged, or mosaic, or otherwise transformed.

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
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    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    9 months ago

    Wonderful homemade pumpkin cheesecake, subtle, mild, perfect for the holidays. It has a graham cracker crust, toasted pecans, crystallized ginger, and a light and fabulous pumpkin cheesecake middle.

  • Colors of Life and Death
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    Colors of Life and Death

    9 months ago

    A dream of life and death; the story of what happens to our spirits when we die; a story told in living shimmering iridescent colors that illustrate and celebrate the intensity of the human existence.

  • How to Mosaic on Wedi Board
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    How to Mosaic on Wedi Board

    2 years ago

    Wedi board is a great substrate for mosaic art, light weight, rigid, waterproof, does not warp or require sealing, and can be used outdoors. Example: an outdoor sign for South Austin Music store.

  • Broken U.S. Justice System
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    Broken U.S. Justice System

    15 months ago

    How the US criminal justice system is supposed to work; riddled with corruption and disregard for the safety of our children and other innocent citizens, it desperately needs reform.

  • How to Mosaic a Garden Ball
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    How to Mosaic a Garden Ball

    14 months ago

    A tutorial on how to mosaic a styrofoam ball instead of a bowling ball to create a stunning art piece or a gazing ball using broken tile and jewelry. The result is lightweight and easy to display.

  • Painted Bunting, beautiful Song Bird
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    Painted Bunting, beautiful Song Bird

    11 months ago

    The painted bunting, a beautiful addition to bird watching in Central Texas, may be the most beautiful bird in North America. Colors of blue, yellow, red, and green are pure and unbelievable.

  • Broken Justice System
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    Broken Justice System

    13 months ago

    I empathize with the pain and sorrow of the families of victims. What is justice? Our criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul. Retribution for terrible crimes should be swift and deadly.

  • Clinical Trial: Sleep Study
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    Clinical Trial: Sleep Study

    14 months ago

    My experience with a clinical trial, a research study sponsored by a pharmaceutical company for sleep problems such as insomnia, plus tips that might help you sleep.

  • Dangerous Lead and Cadmium in jewelry
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    Dangerous Lead and Cadmium in jewelry

    7 months ago

    Jewelry made in China and imported to the US is composed of as much as 90% of the dangerous heavy metal CADMIUM.

  • ZZ Plant, Easy to Grow House Plant
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    ZZ Plant, Easy to Grow House Plant

    3 years ago

    Written by someone who has killed many houseplants, this article extolls the virtues of the ZZ plant, the easiest and prettiest houseplant ever! Glossy, tough, healthy leaves and minimal requirements

  • Party Recipes, Menu, and Shopping List
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    Party Recipes, Menu, and Shopping List

    9 months ago

    Simple, hearty, delicious, homemade party food, including a menu, recipes, and shopping list. These easy to serve recipes and methods have been tried and true in our family for over 40 years.

  • Weird Dreams
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    Weird Dreams

    17 months ago

    Dreams about flying, about houses, about animals, and weird, strange, and funny dreams about owls and sharks and rabbit holes and earrings, and an interesting psychic connection between Cathy and me.

  • Save money in electric and fuel bills
    5

    Save money in electric and fuel bills

    18 months ago

    Save money in heating and cooling costs. Propane and natural gas prices are going up again. Here are tips to help cut down on your utility bills and still stay warm in winter and cool in summer.

  • How to mosaic on mesh or netting
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    How to mosaic on mesh or netting

    13 months ago

    Making a mosaic on mesh first before its final application saves time and effort and makes it easy to ship or transport. Step-by-step instructions how to mosaic on mesh, how to install, how to ship

  • Moon Phases, Facts, Oddities and Origin
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    Moon Phases, Facts, Oddities and Origin

    13 months ago

    The Moon is our mysterious and constant companion. Some facts about the Moon, along with a poem and pictures of mosaic art pieces by Silva, "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon" & "Artemis, Night and...

  • Travel With Pets
    0

    Travel With Pets

    16 months ago

    An account of what can happen if you don't use a pet carrier for travel with your pets. Our story could have ended in tragedy; we were lucky and it ended up being a comedy -- a cautionary tale.

  • How to Mosaic With Jewelry
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    How to Mosaic With Jewelry

    19 months ago

    A creative way to use broken costume jewelry in a beautiful mosaic art piece. Look for single earrings and rhinestone brooches at thrift shops and garage sales. Combine with stained glass and tile.

  • In Love With a Sociopath?
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    In Love With a Sociopath?

    17 months ago

    Sociopaths can ruin your life. Review this list of traits and analyze your new friend's personality and history before you become too involved. Learn how to spot narcissistic behavior. Be smart!

  • Lewd Lyrics in current pop music
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    Lewd Lyrics in current pop music

    2 years ago

    Pop music today is riddled with lewd suggestive lyrics that are not necessary for the artists to sell their music. Where will it go next? This is a plea to the music moguls who are making billions of dollars from the...

  • Mountain Lion in Texas
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    Mountain Lion in Texas

    18 months ago

    A mountain lion stalked me one dark summer night in Central Texas. Ten years old, walking home from a friend's, I heard a heavy padding behind me in the gravel. The hair rose on the back of my neck.

  • Tigers in Texas
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    Tigers in Texas

    16 months ago

    There are an estimated 4,000 tigers in captivity in Texas, more than in the wild in India, a dangerous situation for citizens; a cruel situation for the animals. Sanctuaries are running out of room.

  • French Cooking Terms
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    French Cooking Terms

    9 months ago

    Here's a list of French cooking terms and their definitions that are used the world over, not just in France. Many of these French cooking terms are now standard in the English speaking world.

  • Get Organized; Get Rid of Clutter
    4

    Get Organized; Get Rid of Clutter

    15 months ago

    Organize, clean, donate, destash; get rid of clutter. Give yourself the gift of time, to relax, enjoy a happier life and a healthier environment. Step by step suggestions to help you organize.

  • Skydive Experience
    4

    Skydive Experience

    11 months ago

    My skydive at San Marcos, Texas was a major highlight of my life. When I was 55, I decided to do it, even though I was terrified, and I am so glad. It was the most exciting yet peaceful experience.

  • E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria in salad
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    E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria in salad

    11 months ago

    Make salad that's crisp, clean, fresh, and healthy. Avoid E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. How to select, prepare, and store salads. Includes a recipe for dressing like Olive Garden's.

  • How to Find Lead- and Cadmium-Free Dishes
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    How to Find Lead- and Cadmium-Free Dishes

    4 months ago

    Lead and cadmium from dinnerware can be absorbed by children! Lead accumulates in bones where it displaces calcium. Cadmium can cause kidney disease and lung damage, cancer, and fragile bones.

  • Benini Art Gallery, Texas Road Trip
    0

    Benini Art Gallery, Texas Road Trip

    8 months ago

    The Benini Art Museum Sculpture Ranch is one of the best Central Texas road trips! Close to both Austin and San Antonio, a beautiful drive and FREE admission. Amazing outdoor sculptures and art.

  • Galveston Island vacation
    0

    Galveston Island vacation

    6 months ago

    Galveston Island fun-filled beach front, historic downtown district, Schlitterbahn & Moody Gardens. Free ferry runs every few minutes. Excellent food. The Original Mexican Cafe is located downtown.

  • How to Mosaic Guitar Tuners
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    How to Mosaic Guitar Tuners

    17 months ago

    Create cool and unique glass bead tuners on a mosaic guitar, such as the Conquistador guitar, which was inspired by the 70s Procol Harum song, written and performed by musical genius Gary Brooker.

  • How to Mosaic a Guitar - Rhythm and Blues
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    How to Mosaic a Guitar - Rhythm and Blues

    2 years ago

    Beautiful mosaic mixed-media guitar, named "Rhythm and Blues," salvaging an old beat-up stove-in cracked guitar that was thrown away. Gorgeous blue stained glass, dichroic glass and found objects.

  • How to mosaic stair risers using plexiglass
    39

    How to mosaic stair risers using plexiglass

    14 months ago

    How to mosaic stairs risers, back splashes, or fireplace surrounds, using plexiglass as a substrate. These stair risers are removable! Mosaic adds color and individuality to your home or public space

  • A How-To Guide to Mosaic
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    A How-To Guide to Mosaic

    4 months ago

    How to create mosaic art, a guide to techniques, tools, design, indoor vs. outdoor materials, substrates, tesserae, color, adhesives, sealers, and delving into the mysteries of grout.

  • Mosaic Guitar:  Conquistador
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    Mosaic Guitar: Conquistador

    14 months ago

    My mosaic guitar inspired by the Procol Harum song Conquistador, vocals and piano by musical genius Gary Brooker, that tells a wonderful evocative dramatic story about a tragic death on foreign soil

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