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Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

G is for Gray Tones: A to Z Challenge 2014

atoz [2014] - BANNER - 910

Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.
Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

When I met Stratoz, he said his favorite color was gray.  He still digs it.  He’s also doing an A to Z challenge, doodling his way through the alphabet with jazz on the stereo.  Since it’s Orange Tuesday, I also include this photo of a gray pendant I created with a dash of orange.

Gray Pendant with a Flash of Orange by Margaret Almon.
Gray Pendant with a Flash of Orange by Margaret Almon.

Pendant Joy at Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop

Birthstone Inspiration for June: Pearlescent Mosaic Pendant

June Pearl Inspiration Pendant by Margaret Almon.
June Pearl Inspiration Pendant by Margaret Almon.


I come full circle with the June pendant, the last month of the birthstone series I started in July, 2010.  Pearl is close to my heart since my name, Margaret, means “pearl.”  I was interested to read that pearls are the only gem that can be made into jewelry as soon as they are found.  No cutting or polishing is necessary.  A pearl reveals itself to the world as a treasure from the very first.

As much as I love pearls, I remember being baffled in Sunday School by the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price in Matthew Chapter 13.  A wealthy merchant goes seeking fine pearls and when he finds one of great price, he sells everything he has in order to purchase it.  I am good company though, since the disciples were usually baffled by Jesus’ parables too.


If June is your birthday or pearl is speaking to you, I’d be glad to make a custom one for you.

Birthstone Inspiration for May: Emerald Green Mosaic Pendant

Emerald Green Pendant by Margaret Almon

May’s birthstone is emerald, which is even more rare than diamonds.  It is a beryl, with just a bit of Chromium Oxide to turn it green.  I read that the same Chromium Oxide turns corundum red in ruby.  Such a small addition makes amazing color changes!

I associate emerald’s with L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, which I loved reading as a girl.  The Emerald City was the capital of Oz.  I also lived in Eugene, OR while attending graduate school in creative writing, and the University of Oregon newspaper was the Oregon Daily Emerald.

Emerald is the green of greens, intense, vibrant.  If you are a May birthday or green is calling to you, check out my Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop.


Nutmeg Designs at Skippack Spring Fest, May 7th 2011

Nutmeg Designs will be in the Village of Skippack, PA, for Skippack Spring Fest hosted by Victorian Carriage Shops, on May 7th[Due to the tent blowing over, we will not be there on the 8th.  We’re ok, our craft is ok, but the tent has some twisted metal to deal with].  We’re breaking out the tent for our first outdoor show of the season, and bringing lots of new mosaics and stained glass.  We’ll be on the property of the  Victorian Carriage Shops, devoted to handmade crafts.  Look for Sweet Treats Ice Cream and the Irish Village Shop, and you’ll know you are at the right place.  Hope to see you there!


Spring Fest

May 7th and May 8th, 2011
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Victorian Carriage Shops
4039 Skippack Pike
Skippack, PA

Gifts in Green: A Bit of Spring in My Mosaics

Bunny Topiary Print by Michelle Masters with a frame by Margaret Almon
Bunny Topiary Print by Michelle Masters with a frame by Margaret Almon

Since I’ve discovered Wordless Wednesday, I have found some very cool bloggers, like Michelle Masters, who makes topiary themed illustrations in watercolor and ink.  When Michelle said she was going to be at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and my tickets came in the mail, I was excited.  I stopped by her lovely booth of prints, cards, pillows and linen towels, and said hello.  It was a pleasure to meet a blogging friend, and to see her art in person.  I bought this Thinking of You print, with such a sweet bunny perched on a wash tub, and clipping a leafy heart, as a gift to myself.  I am usually busy making things for other people, but for this print, I made a mosaic frame for it with bits of pale green glass, to hang in my studio(next to my orange rabbit art tile).  Perhaps I am fond of rabbits because my husband was born in the Year of the Rabbit?

New Watch Face in Mosaic
New Watch Face in Mosaic by Margaret Almon.


At the same time, my friend Cynthia, asked me to mosaic an antique silver pocket watch, which was missing the clock, as a gift for a friend.  This was the polar opposite of her last commission, the Mosaic Bowling ball!  She wanted greens for the watch mosaic.  I loved working within the engraved border of vining clover, and giving something broken a new face to the world.  I found a teeny tiny millefiori bead for the center, and used one of my tins of offcuts to find the rest of the pieces.  Cynthia said her friend loved it, and I’m glad I could be part of her birthday celebration!  I enjoy new challenges, and welcome commissions for gifts for others, or for yourself.

Birthstone Inspiration for March: Aquamarine Icy Blue Mosaic Pendant


March’s birthstone, aquamarine, is a delight for mosaic.  I love using the silver smalti, which has a thin layer of white gold under fused to pale blue glass, and gives a lovely glacial effect.  Combined with metallic blue glass tile(made in PA by Vitrium), and iridized glass tile from Italy.

Aquamarine is made of beryl, otherwise known as Beryllium Aluminum Silicate.  Chemistry is more beautiful than it is ever given credit for!  This shade of blue is evocative of the sea, the sky, and of the deep layers of glaciers, and derived from the Latin aqua marina, meaning sea water.

If aquamarine is called to you, check out the listing in my  Nutmeg Designs Etsy shop.