The Sidonea Project

nicethymeMarch 11, 2009

this is my wip to be a gift for my friend's daughter.

a couple great (Gypsy and Lyndalu) mosaicing friends are sending me some watches to include...

this is Sidney, the namesake, inspiration and eventual recipient

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daisyme

Will this be a tree, NT? Little Sidney looks like a little character, and I'm sure she will love what you make for her.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 6:53PM
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texaswild

Oh, I can tell it's gonna be detailed and unique. I can't tell what it's gonna be, but I know I'll L.O.V.E it. What a precious child. Good for you. You are so generous w/gifts.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 7:23PM
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klinger

Well me to, I can't tell what it's going to be, but I know it'll be very special. Nice of the gals to send you some watches. This will be a project from the heart.
Cindy

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 11:17PM
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cathyscache

Hey I can't tell either what the piece is going to be, but I can sure see that spitfire look in sweet Sydney's eyes!!!I'm sure she's gonna love it!!! Probably would just because you did it!!! God bless her and U!!!!!!! Cathy

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 11:39PM
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aka_strawberrygoat

does it have anything to do with Alice in Wonderland?..
so far, so very good!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 2:44AM
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texaswild

During the night when I was trying to come up w/a creative cap to put on my posts, I was thinking of this project. Could it be a lollipop tree?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 8:24AM
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nicethyme

aaaahhh my scribbles are miss leading - sorry. The circles are just indicators of spacing and possible color arrangements (which will likely change when I get all the watches)

I'll give some hints cause I haven't let the birds out of the bag yet. I've named the tree Sidonea menageria. Think the opposite of time flying... (wink)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 9:28AM
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nicethyme

here's my current progress

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 5:33PM
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stjohnsgypsy

I am loving this already!!!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 8:45AM
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texaswild

Ooooooooooh Boy! You have my interest for sure, and I can tell it's gonna be wonderful. Abstract something. Hurry UP, dang it, and tell us. Did you get my email?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 9:18AM
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nicethyme

OOOH I guess I hadn't checked that in a few days! I just saw this and went to respond, sorry (red faced)

thank you

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 3:13PM
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texaswild

Where's the popcorn?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 3:51PM
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Calamity_J

Oh....ANOTHER NT Work of Wonder!!! YES!!!! I've been thinkin' of you as I am getting my yard fenced and a bit of landscaping done and I remember your pic of you on that escavator!!! YEEHAW, Wish you lived near me!!!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 8:35PM
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nicethyme

Thanks Slow, Gypsy and Jane! (J, if I lived near you - we'd be dangerous together! LOL)

what wierd is, I drew all these circles 1st, then put out a call for watches... I got enough for every circle! whoa!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 3:49PM
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texaswild

I'm thinking this is gonna be your best yet. Oh, for a thimble-full of your talent. Isn't this forum the best?!!!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 5:31PM
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cathyscache

OMG!!! It is going to be amazing! I just love it!!!!!!!WOWWW!!!!!!!!Cathy

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 9:38AM
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aka_strawberrygoat

Holy WOWEE...that's just plain AMAZING!!
that little girl is going to love it and I bet your two
girls are going to want one of their own...lol

if the watches were working and had batteries in them, you could set them for different places, around the world...

what fun!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 11:48AM
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texasfern

This is amazing!
This one will live for a long time!
No pun intended.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 12:49PM
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nicethyme

Thanks Slow, Cathy, Becky and Fern

here's my first bird

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 6:03PM
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texaswild

Oh, oh, oh, oh, OH! Way to go, girlie. What a fabulous project. That child is gonna flip! If she can work w/her hands, could you teach her simple mosaics?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 9:09AM
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nicethyme

Thanks Slow, unfortunately she has no control of her hands. But when she's excited, her arms and legs go all over the place! and I fully expect to get that response when this is delivered. LOL!

her mom gave me new pics today so you can follow these to my flicker page to see more of her.

here's some more progress

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 4:56PM
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stjohnsgypsy

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....I really love this whole thing......................I love all the STUFF!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 9:07AM
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texaswild

Talk about a mind full of art!!!!! Your's IS! Wish I lived closer, cuz I'd be over at your place buggin' you to work faster to feed our eyes and souls.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 9:12AM
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cathyscache

Wow!!! So cool, I can't wait to see it finished!!! What must be in your head!!!! Great job!!!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 12:45PM
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cathyscache

Hey girl, It's been along time. Are U done yet? Would love to see more.....Cathy

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 2:52AM
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cathyscache

Are we ever gonna see the finished piece??? I am so looking forward to it!!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 12:51PM
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ladyronnie

Now this IS gettin' interestin'!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 3:04PM
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lascatx

That is fabulous! Can't wait to see it finished.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 10:21AM
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nicethyme

hey there lascatx, its been forever since I've seen you!

well I got side tracked by life but I'm making a concerted effort to get back to it!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 8:28PM
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nicethyme

oh yeah, I'm starting to feel this again

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 12:28AM
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texaswild

I know what you mean about being sidetracked - my yard derailed my mosaicing, and still have a long way to go. Yeah - doesn't take but sticking down a few tiles to get us back into gear, does it? This is looking fabulous, girlie. WHAT an idea!!! That child is gonna flip when she sees this.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 9:39AM
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cathyscache

Oh my this is just way too cool....Yeah life has a way of sidetracking us....You'll get it done and it's looking wonderful!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 11:18AM
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nicethyme

you got that right Slow, you think you're not in the mood but start sticking and suddenly you're right back on it! Thank you and cathy for commenting

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 7:55AM
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nicethyme

finally making some more progress on this

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 7:34PM
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nicethyme

I see Jane is popped in - hope she sees this

For you Janey Bo...

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 9:18AM
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flagtruck

OH MY GOODNESS! This is over the top, I am speechless...about the most unusual and most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I don't know where you got this idea? I am sure that you are like me and the stuff justs starts being? I love the birds and I am sure Janey Bo will have a fit about the peacock. Did you paint those tiles for the feathers? This is FAB! I don't think I can think of any words to describe this, I am sitting here drooling and lovin it more as I lock at it. The tree trunk has so much movement.....WOW. I'll quit as I am out of words and out of breath...love it gal. Keep up the good work.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 9:38AM
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texaswild

What FLAG said. I'm ALWAYS speechless when I look at your creations. Yeah - are those clay tiles for the peacock feathers? Also what is the top face tile on the tree? This is the most thought out mixed media I've ever seen. Talk about a circus or carnival going on in someone's head - well, girlie, you take the prize. Love the ground. Happy happy is what I see. What is the size? That child is so fortunate to have this gift waiting for her. Your art, girlie, is priceless.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 9:50AM
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nicethyme

LOL! Thank you FLAG and SLOW. The feathers and the face are both polyclay (feathers being a cane) I showed this to Sidney's mom this AM and asked if faces were cool or creepy cause I was thinking maybe dot the foliage with green faces and she said that would be awesome. so thats exciting - I'm imagining swirls of green mirror and maybe leaf cane slices.. just 4 more birdies left to make

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 1:03PM
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cathyscache

This is just amazing!!!! It is just sooo cooollll!!!! Truly an awesome piece of ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 1:34PM
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huggybear_2008

Wow.. That is just awesome, I lurk here a lot and see what all you guys are working on and oh I am always stunned.. you all do such great work.. Nicethyme, this is like nothing I have ever seen before.. I will have to show this to my sweet DIL as she is a real clock lover and I know she will really like seeing your work here. You are so kind ...and with such a big heart.. Thanks for sharing with us and for what you do each and everyday..
I am staying posted to see it all finished..
Thanks again for sharing.. just so pretty and whew.. just plain awesome..
Huggy

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 3:41PM
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nicethyme

CATHY and HUGGY, thank you both for your replies! It spurrs me on when I get stalled!

SLOW, I missed your question on size... its 2' tall and 3' wide LOL which I had considered huge until you started the great wall of SLOW around your fountain!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 11:37AM
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nicethyme

WOO HOO! the birds are done!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 4:55PM
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texaswild

It's all been said - absolutely phenomenal, girlie. There's some beautiful watches, as well as interesting pieces of glass, in there too. Who but you would have thought of making them bodies of birds, pray tell?!!! You beat all. Too beautiful. So many wonderful things to look at. This'll keep her busy indefinitely. Bless you.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 5:17PM
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nicethyme

LOL, yes many of these watches are beauties and i kept reorganizing them trying to capitalize on their designs. I think that top red gem and "diamond" watch came from Lyndalu and I've been excited to build a red bird up there.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 6:22PM
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nanatricia

I just got back to this.WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!Every one has said it all!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 10:36PM
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Calamity_J

A PEACOCK!!!YES!!! I am so Blown Away with ALL these Gorgeous birds!!! AMAZING!!! LUV IT!!! I keep staring at all the cool stiff in it! At first I saw a bird form at the trunk too and then noticed that face!!! Just Fantastic!!! How will it all turn out?
Only Time will tell!!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 1:06AM
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texaswild

Yeah, I love that tree trunk and the face, but you didn't tell us what it is - one of your clay tiles?????

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 7:53AM
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cathyscache

One dang'ed awesome piece of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 10:12AM
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nicethyme

LOL thank you Nana, Slow, Jane and Cathy

Slow, yes its polymer clay and ooooh boy wait till ya see all the green faces in the leaves! i'm having some fun now

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 11:22AM
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squirrellycanadian

It's just so incredibly beautiful!! Can't wait to see the green leaf faces.......it's so interesting to look at!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 9:18PM
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Calamity_J

WOW!!! Leaves with faces!!!! OH YA...Bring It ON!!!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 9:46PM
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mermaidmosaics

Nice, did you put mica dust on some of that glass?? I keep looking and looking and seeing more each time. I commented at Carl's but just had to come back and look again here to see if i missed something. Its just beyond description!!!

I am so excited for Sidney. She is going to have those arms and legs a moving around in total excitement!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 10:24PM
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nicethyme

Thankyou J, Squirrelly and Mermaid - no mica but some of the glass tiles have copper and gold streaking.

got rained out today so I played... can't believe this is all I got done

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 11:29PM
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katishooked

What a huge project you have going here. AND ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. From the beginning pic to this last one, absolutely impresses me. Wonderful job Nice. I love it.

Kat

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:05AM
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texaswild

W.A.Y. T.O. G.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love those faces. What a novel idea. Wish I could get into your head for ideas such as that when I'm dreaming up my next project. Raining here too, so nipping plates by hand today.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:55AM
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cathyscache

This is just BEAUTIMUS!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 11:01AM
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emtnest

What a masterpiece you have there!!!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 2:00PM
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nicethyme

Thanks Kati, Slow, Cathy and Emtnest

here's further progress

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 9:10AM
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stjohnsgypsy

I am so blown away...........I love everything about it so much....you are so so creative and a mosaic master!!! The faces are way cool..and of course, the birds with their watches.....just blows me away!!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 10:54AM
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cathyscache

Oh it is so incredible!! Love seeing the updates!! You go girl!!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 12:58PM
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nicethyme

Gee Gypsy... and you are the mixed media mosaic queen that inspires me!!!! lol

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 1:32PM
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texaswild

Excellent - loving it w/every addition. Yeah, I sure miss Gypsy here. Wish she'd come back.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 5:32PM
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Calamity_J

Those faces remind me of the faces you did when you did the "Office" thing!!!lol! Now I'll have to go find it!!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 10:06PM
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nicethyme

yeah J, that was the Veronica thang... I wonder where I have that pic... they're made with a push mold sent by an angel... in Texas! lol

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 11:07PM
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nicethyme

LOL here it is!

Here is a link that might be useful: Poor Veronica

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 11:12PM
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klinger

Jane told me I had to come and check out your work of art. Wow, I just am taken aback by this. I love how you've incorporated the watches into the birds, and all the interesting pieces you've incorporated into this piece. It's gorgeous and those faces are just plain cool,
Cindy

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 12:28AM
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texaswild

Oh, what a treat - looking at Poor Veronica again. Your work makes me happy. Gosh, I'd love to meet you and spend a day/two talking about our passion.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:53AM
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Calamity_J

I Ditto Slow's comment!!!! Veronica...LOL!!!!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 8:51PM
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nicethyme

thanks all! lol

last nights progress, I'm still iffy on that last bit of greenery and the shape of the next one

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 9:18AM
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cathyscache

Oh I just love seeing the updates!!! Can't wait to see it finished!! And you must post a pic a Sidney when she sees it!!! I bet she going to LOVE IT!!!!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 12:30PM
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flagtruck

This is getting more and more interesting as you go along...I think it is just beautiful...I can't wait to see more updates.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 7:08PM
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texaswild

W/each piece it gets more beautiful and interesting. You've got the touch, girlie! I like the way you think it all out. Wish I could do that. LOVE those faces.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 7:35AM
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nicethyme

photoshoot for this piece is now scheduled for early July. I'm going to have prefessional prints done to sell as a fundraiser for the SDCPF/ Project Rainbow.

The photographer is coming from out of state to do the shoot in my home, he was recommended to me by a very successful painter that I garden for.

I'm so excited. I'm going to get note cards and posters made.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 9:55AM
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mermaidmosaics

WONDERFUL NEWS NT!!! I am still amazed and speechless at this wonderful work of art from an artist with a heart of gold. True!!
Let us know about the note cards and posters, OK?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 10:37AM
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texaswild

Well, GOOD FOR YOU, girlie. What a grand idea. Oh, yes, do let us know how we can buy some cards.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 8:30AM
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Calamity_J

YES!!! I want some cards!!! Autographed of course!!! You know, Just put your paw print on there!!!lol!hee hee! Seriusly tho!!! WOW!!! You are soooo light years ahead of me and beyond!!! If I Ever finish the garden projects I have...I'll be gearing up to make a few things...they're percolating in my mind! Now I wanna do something with birds now!!! See what you do to us!?!???

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 10:14AM
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nicethyme

This thread continues on

Here is a link that might be useful: Sidonea project part 2

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 11:15AM
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