Thursday, March 30, 2017

Here Comes the Sun

16mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Whew! Looking back at the past few days, it's been a pretty heavy week on the Mosaic a Day blog! Here's a little sunshine to brighten your day. It's finally warming up here in Egypt too, and I'm excited as tomorrow I head to "Upper Egypt" (South of's complicated), for more sightseeing. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Occasionally I get asked how I ended up living this crazy life I lead. The short answer is I went through a tumultuous divorce. After a long time of being unable to remember my ex husband with any kind of fondness, I've found myself softening over the past year. I now mostly remember the happy times, the times which remind me of why I married him in the first place. Which is helpful, because those memories make me feel less foolish for having married him. So these days, I hope wherever he is in the world, he is doing alright, and found his happiness. 

These earrings have the colouring of the engagement ring I had then. I loved that ring.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold and filati in sterling silver
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I am sad today. I woke up this morning to the news, albeit expected, that my uncle Evan had passed on. Evan was a pretty special character. Born with Williams Syndrome, which went undiagnosed for years since it wasn't "a thing" yet, he lived a life that presented more challenges than a lot of us face. But face it he did, and with a sense of humour that with certain people, tended towards some pretty astute teasing. He liked construction sites, the library, going on the bus, and walking. He taught himself to play the organ by ear alone. As he was so much younger than my mother, and she had children young, he was almost more of an older sibling than an uncle in our family. 

One of his great joys was food, which made his late diagnosed esophageal cancer that much more heartbreaking, as he was not able to enjoy his favourites for many of his last months: diet Coke, pork ribs, and watermelon. 

Safe travels Evan. I'm sure there's watermelon waiting for you. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Towards the Light

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I work pretty hard at being as self aware as I can be, and some days it's easier than others. We all have good days and bad ones, don't we?  But at least, it's forward movement, I think...always moving towards lightness, towards happiness. I hope you also work towards being the best version of yourself you can be, even on the days when that feels REALLY hard. I promise you can get there. 

Friday, March 24, 2017


45mm by 35mm - Mosaic gold, quartz in sterling silver
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I may be in Egypt, but I am always inspired by past vistas and adventures. My last couple of days in Canada--so sorry you folks STILL have snow, I was treated to some stunning hoarfrost. Now, anyone who knows me knows I have very little good to say about winter, I don't mind visiting it once and awhile, but I'd hate to live there. This hoarfrost, however, was just stunning. Reminding even my jaded self that winter has its delights.

Pictures courtesy of Lorna Anton:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dust in the Wind

14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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We keep hearing this horrible rumour. It's still just a rumour, as we have yet to confirm it, to see it with our own eyes. We are told Sandmaggedon is nigh. Apparently every year at this time, brutal sandstorms blow through Cairo, coating everything. And then "winter" turns to summer. Schools may be shut down. Laptops and cellphones need to be protected by plastic bags when leaving the house, as the sand—annoying on the best of days—will get everywhere. This hellish nightmare apparently occurs in March. It has not yet happened. With trepidation, we wait. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


16mm diameter- Mosaic gold, pebble from Perissa beach in sterling silver
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Late last summer my friend Blythe came for an impromptu visit to Santorini. She was leaving her home in Tanzania and stopped enroute to her home in Canada. It's gotten me thinking...I have so many homes now. I realized several months back that I felt homesick, not specifically, but rather, generally. It is now just a constant state of being for me. I am always a bit homesick. I guess that's the price for the joy of having so many people in so many places that I love. 

Blythe requested this pendant to commemorate her time in one of my homes. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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I've probably mentioned, but I LOVE how I can get anything delivered in Cairo. Things like procuring wine and getting groceries will never be the same. And of course, there is little need to cook, as bringing in food is so cheap and easy...and lots of international variety I wouldn't have expected. We've had everything from Egyptian, to sushi, to breakfast!  But one thing that I love is that there are some excellent Indian food places, serving up some fantastic curry at about a third the cost of the same in Canada. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Agua Blues

 28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Despite having many things to recommend it, there are few things I don't like about Cairo. A main one is it's lack of ocean. I find the sea very soothing. One of my favourite things about being on Santorini, or any island for that matter, is that I can be near—preferably in—water everyday. I feel like a part of me is missing to be so far from the water here in Cairo. These earrings express my love of the sea. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sand Dunes

50mm diameter - Mosaic gold, Venetian cabochon in sterling silver
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So when went to the Pyramids, I had to do the touristy, but essential ride on a camel. It was remarkably uncomfortable. I did not feel like a poised Bedouin princess, riding through the desert to the next oasis, I felt in extreme danger, even with a camel with a disarming name like Daisy. Blythe and I had previous agreement that we only had a short "camel window", meaning we weren't prepared to do it for very long. I was glad our camel window was short. But I'll admit, it was worth the photos. 
I love Daisy's expression here. 

Daisy, contemplating her sand dune existence.