Monday, December 10, 2018

New Horizons

10mm diameter (mosaic) - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Today, I am off to India! I'm looking forward to exploring the beaches in South Goa, having some drinks and laughs with a gal pal, and eating a different style of curry than what I've had in Sri Lanka. I suspect my seafood binging will continue. 

So here's to a new adventure, with new sunsets, new vistas, and and new challenges. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Island Farewell

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I am in the midst of saying goodbye to Sri Lanka, as I leave tomorrow. It is a day of bittersweet lasts. I am ready for a new adventure, but having my last roti, sitting at Green Umbrella Bar having a last beer, and trying to decide where to eat my last dinner is still difficult. I've been here for 6 weeks—how is that possible?—my trip divided into two parts, 3 weeks with a travel companion, 3 weeks on my own. Having seen much of the country with company, my goal for my solo time has been to get some work done. I did manage this, though not as much as I would have liked, but I don't think I've ever said, "I got everything done I wanted to do!" 

I've enjoyed the slower pace of the last few weeks, and have come to feel very comfortable in this island nation. Thank you Sri Lanka. I hope to return. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Routine Sweetness

14mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I have heaps of change in my life. I write about it. I seek it out. I thrive on it. But even a change junkie likes myself need the occasional break. Sometimes, even I need a routine. 

I am currently in the middle of a really delicious one. The beauty of my life is I can plan my routine spectacularly. Currently, my day, my everyday, looks like this.

I wake naturally, usually between 7:30-8:30am. I get up and go for the same breakfast at the same place: pumpkin cheese roti and coffee, served by the beaming young Dewmi. Her effervescent smile promises of a good day to come. Then I mosaic, usually 3-4 hours, at the communal outdoor area at my hotel. The woman of the family who owns it always comes to admire and chat. Yesterday it was how the unrest in parliament has kept tourists away. Today it was how many girlfriends her dog has. I can't wait for tomorrow's topic. I think she admires my work ethic. 

After I pack up, I go to the beach, sitting at the same beach bar each day. I don't know what it's called. I call it the Green Umbrella Bar in my head. They know me now. I don't know any names, but one calls me Miss Canada. Depending on my mood and the weather and the time, I swim or not. I then drink 1.5L of water, followed by a beer. I will blog, or other business admin. A video chat happens too.

Dinner presents the largest challenge and decision. The food here is very good. I have found 4 restaurants of excellent caliber, and have decided to indulge myself a bit. The usual question is prawns, crab, or tuna, followed by where. This is a difficult decision, though as my time here comes all to soon to a finish I find this being somewhat more planned so that favourite dishes can be had for a final time.

By the time I leave here, I'll have had ten days of this. While I suspect I'd balk at doing this everyday for the rest of my life, I am thoroughly enjoying this fleeting routine of mine. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Red Sisters

28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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I am not always the best at getting to some of the requests my nearest and dearest make for my work, which is horrible, really. So my dear sister has been VERY patiently awaiting these earrings, which she requested about 9 months ago. Sorry Lorna! 

But just maybe, I was waiting for the right inspiration, which came in the form of an unbelievable plant with fuschia leaves on it that I saw at a guesthouse recently. Of course, I had to go searching for the name, and found out that it is referred to colloquially as "Red Sisters". Damn. That couldn't be any more perfect, right?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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The creation of this piece has an interesting back story, and one that makes me look less than great, to be honest. I probably could have titled this post "Eating Crow".

You see, I had a negative opinion about someone that I formed based on seeing them from afar, and from a few brief interactions. I almost always tend to think the best about people, I usually like everyone almost immediately, but in this case, I did not. I was even, perhaps, derisive. I did notice that others in the community didn't necessarily share my opinion, but tended to chalk that up to the longevity of their friendships. 

Then came a late afternoon where I witnessed this individual buying a cute little souvenir for his friend's grandchild. I then ended up in a long conversation with this man, and was surprised by the level of depth, sensitivity, and vulnerability he was willing to show me, despite our lack of closeness. I realized that maybe I had been wrong about him. A few days later he asked me to make a pendant to give to his mother, and was active in the choosing of the size, colour, and length of chain, based on his knowledge of her preferences. He then paid me more than I asked him for it. 

So apparently I, who hardly ever thinks unkindly about people, can get it really wrong sometimes. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

HIkkaduwa Sunset

10mm diameter mosaic - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I see the sun go down on some pretty amazing places, and as you well know, I don't really get tired of it. There is nothing better than a sundowner drink, preferably with my feet in sand. Sometimes the sky is on fire with orange, sometimes it's pink, sometimes it's not much of anything but a bit of a warm glow. 

I recently had the privilege of seeing the sun go down in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka at least a dozen times. This was my favourite. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tropical Storm

14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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Some tropical locations don't always have an ironclad "rainly season". The West and some of South Sri Lanka is susceptible to rain year round. On the positive side, this keeps everything so deliciously green; on the negative side, I've had to buy an umbrella.

The problem with an umbrella is, well, you have to remember to bring it. However, you will only have this problem once. On the evening the umbrella was left behind, it began to rain. Really rain. Torrents of rain. I'd say it was raining cats and dogs, but if it were, the spay and neuter issue would be too great deal with and it would be Planet of the Apes, but with canines and felines. 

We thought, okay, it will ease up, let's have another drink and wait it out. So one drink turned into two, and we finally realized easing up just wasn't on the menu. Alright, we'd run for it. 

I have never been so wet in my life. I have been in a bathtub and been less wet. I have gone swimming in the ocean, and that was a comparatively dry experience. My family has a old joke about a particular rain shower that "was a dry rain". This was not a dry rain. We arrived back at the guesthouse dripping. I have turned on faucets and gotten less water flow than my body had that night.

I have never forgotten the umbrella again.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Learning to Trust

22mm by 8mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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It started out pale. Just a glimmer really. I dared to hope, to wonder. Hadn't expected it yet. I wasn't prepared. But, but maybe...

It deepened. Consistent inches covered daily. Never expecting the foot, the mile. Never snatched away. Still I was unsure...

Consistent days became unfailing months. Unease slowly dissolved. Fear dissapated, replaced by something gentle. 

I think it's trust. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Extraganza: Post 500!

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I sat down to blog today, unsure what to blog about. Then I looked at the sidebar of my blog dashboard, and realized I have published 499 posts. So this post is 500! I would never have imagined, almost 10 years ago when I started Mosaic a Day, that I would ever get to 500 posts, let alone be still going strong nearly a decade later, writing post 500 from a beach in Sri Lanka. 

Well. It's been a decade of ups, downs, laughter, change (holy crap has there been a LOT of change!), love, loss, and travel. Thank you for joining me on this wild ride of piecing together a life. Thank you for your encouragement, your support, and for allowing me space in on your screen and in your inbox.

So in celebration of post 500, I give you not one but three rings to enjoy! You've seen a few of these in the past week or so, and they are the latest addition to my jewelry line up, currently available by special order. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Blue Sea, Golden Sand

10mm diameter- Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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You know, I spend so much time on Santorini that I almost forget at times that most sand is not black. Do NOT get me wrong, I love the unusual, crazy, foot burning sand that my adopted island home has. However, other beaches become really exciting thanks to their "standard" golden sand. Of course, the sheer beauty of the beaches here in Santorini may have something to do with it too:

Friday, November 23, 2018


28mm by 7mm- Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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If you spend any time with me, you will probably quickly discover that I love words. They delight me. But even more than the words themselves, I love to know where they come from. I can't go a week without looking up the etymology of at least 5 words. 

So it was especially pleasing to discover that one of my favourite words, serendipity, is from an old name for Sri Lanka. Long ago, Sri Lanka was called Serendib. While I did not happen upon Sri Lanka unexpectedly, I feel fortunate all the same to be here, with it's stunning beaches, vibrant culture, mouthwatering food, and hospitable people. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

One of the Best

 10mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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In case you haven't figured it out, I love to watch the sunset. Back in September, my dear friend Lesley and I hopped on her quad bike (also known as an ATV) and rode off into the sunset. 

Okay, we actually rode up a hill called "Windmill Hill", as there are ruins of old windmills to watch a sunset. I've seen some pretty darn good sunsets in my time on Santorini, but this one was one of the best I've seen. And even better to share it with great company and a Fix beer. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I've learned a few words of Greek (yes, it's about time) in the last several months, at one point driving my sister crazy with my constant practice and observations. Thalassa is the word for sea, and thalassi is the word for sea blue. So this pendant is an homage to the beautiful blue of the seas in Greece.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Same Same

10mm mosaic - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Sometimes you meet someone, and you just click. Something in you just says, "My soul recognizes yours." 

This recognition happened to me a couple months ago, in Santorini, when I met Sabine. She felt it too. As I have in the past, she had also come to the island to help cope with emotional difficulty. So I was especially honoured when she fell in love with the ring I was wearing, and wanted one just like it. It's amazing to make something that has sentimental meaning for someone, but it's even better when what I make has sentimental meaning for me too. 

Sabine, love you and can't wait to see you again. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018


15mm by 10mm (mosaic) - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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My favourite bar in the world closed last night, quite possibly forever. Atlas was more than a bar. It changed my life. Atlas was where I first met people who were living different sorts of lives, who had left their homes to roam, who believed that life wasn't meant to be lived in one place. I met people who gave me the courage to change my life, to forge a new path. I have laughed, danced, cried, sang, been yelled at, made new friends, fallen in love, fallen out of love, and drank more beers than is wise at that bar. It was home. 

Dave, a fellow Canadian, was the barman. Probably the best barman I've ever known. He's been my enabler, my wingman, and an incredible DJ. I feel lucky to also call him a friend. When Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip died, he played half an album of the Hip for me, despite disliking them. Magically, he played the exact songs I needed to hear, while I bawled my eyes out. It meant the world to me. Dave-O...thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart.

And thank you to all who came out last night to create the most epic party ever, especially Kostas, who saved the night with an emergency keg of beer. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


30mm by 20mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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It's October...and like all good things in life, the season here on Santorini is coming to an end. Changes are happening. The days are shorter, the weather a bit more unstable, the nights cooler. Unfortunately, this also means that places are closing (including, gasp, favourite restaurants!) and friends are trickling away from the island. Someday soon, I too will be on a ferry, geared up for the next adventure. It's been a great year on the island, possibly my best yet, so I'm sad to see the season end. However, I have some great plans in the making and so I'm also excited for the upcoming change. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Life Out Loud

28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I come from a country where much of the time is spent indoors. Winter and other inclement weather send everyone scurrying for the comfort of buildings with central heating. Most people work indoors. Life is lived inside.

I have come to prefer the lifestyle I experience in other places. Here in Greece, life is lived outside. You wake up, and the first thing you do is go outside. There's no reason to stay in. The restaurants are all outside, the bars, the life. Even the movie theatre is outside, open air. Inside is for sleeping and not much else. Everything happens out of doors, in public. The things that we normally do inside happen outside. It's a freer, more relaxed way of living. There's something honest about it. It feels like life is lived unabashedly out loud.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gin and Tonic

12mm round - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Alcohol, well, quality alcohol was not easy to come by in Egypt. The only way to get branded spirits or non Egyptian wine was upon entering the country, or to bring it from abroad. There were all sorts of rules too: you could buy 4 bottles at duty free upon arrival, but if you didn't buy a bottle at the airport, you could only get 3 bottles max. There was a small duty free shop within walking distance from the apartment, so this is where we would go to get our 3 other bottles, as they had a far better selection than the airport. You had to buy within 48 hour of arrival in the country, and you could only do this a maximum of 4 times a year. These rules also changed occasionally. So everytime we left Egypt and returned, there was huge strategizing as to what needed replenishing in the kitchen cupboard bar. Campari, Aperol, Baileys, and tequila were all considered standards, but the most important thing was to make sure we had enough gin. I think at one point we had 6 kinds of gin in the apartment. But let me tell you, on a hot Egyptian night, sitting on the balcony to get some air (air quality notwithstanding), nothing, I repeat, NOTHING tastes better than a gin and tonic. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold, smalti, filati in sterling silver
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After what seems like months of struggle, peace has come at last. I am content. I'm not talking about the settling-for-something kind of contentment, I'm talking about a peaceful feeling that seems to go all the way to my toes. Food tastes better, the sun seems brighter, the Aegean sea seems even somehow more than usual. Life seems full of endless possibility. I have no idea where I'll physically be in a month, and I'm 100% fine with that, for a change. I'm tipsy on life right now. 

I hope this feeling sticks around for awhile, because it's great.  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Big Crazy Love

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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Wow! I didn't expect the number of welcome back messages I received on my last post! Thank you so much, and it's great to know you do all notice when I am quiet for awhile. I am definitely feeling the love, and that keeps me going.

On an unrelated note, I have had a number of requests lately as to where I get my pendant blanks. The larger ones, I have custom made for me and I do sell them! So if you are interested in trying your hand at making your own mosaic jewelry, or have taken my online workshop, you can use the same solid sterling silver bases that I use. Feel free to drop me an email for pricing and details. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Caesar Time

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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So when in Canada, there are a few things I have to have, classic Canadiana, as it were. On that list (shortly after, but no less important than poutine) is the truly Canadian cocktail, the Caesar. For the uninitiated, a Caesar is basically a Bloody Mary, but instead of tomato juice, it uses clamato juice. For those of you who are unfamiliar with clamato juice, it is a tomato/clam juice concoction. Yes, it sounds weird, but it's delicious. 

The garnishes are also important. Sure, celery is classic, but we have come so far in the Caesar garnish department. I'm particularly fond of a pickled bean, or a spear of pickled asparagus, but also don't mind when someone throws a strip of bacon in there either. And though Caesar purists might complain, I prefer a wedge of lemon to the standard lime. 

I have definitely had a few Caesars since my return. 

A perfect (to me) Caesar

Friday, July 6, 2018

Many Happy Returns

14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Every time I come to Santorini, the time is never enough. I never get to do all I wanted to do. I never get bored of the adventures, the late nights, the lazy days, the wine, the food, the people. Every time, something draws me back. Be well Santorini. I’ll see you in 2 months. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Perissa Landscape

28mm by 18mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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No matter how many times I sit on the beach at Perissa, or jump in the sea, or sit up at a beach road bar drinking a beer, I never tire of the view, nor do I ever cease to be intrigued by the black sand (though I do occasionally wish it was white when my feet are burning as I run for swim).

Friday, June 29, 2018

Celtic Spiral

45mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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You think I would have made this in Ireland, wouldn't you? But in fact, this was made while in Cairo for an American woman of Irish descendant. It's not often I get a request that challenges me like this one did. Nor do I think I have ever wasted so much material! The recipient, however, was thrilled. And admittedly, I'm pretty excited by how it turned out as well.