Thursday, August 15, 2013


Anybody recognize these?
These are one of my true 'Achilles heels'...
 If you guessed 'Ceramic Mosaic Tiles' (CMT) - you are correct!
Oh, I DO adore them. 
 Glazed Ceramic Tiles (CT) follow in a close second...
 Okay, so just about ANY kind of tile I am a sucker for.
It's NOT my fault - REALLY!!

In my previous life I was an Interior Designer, and I loved adding special little 'details' to projects in the form of mosaics

 When samples would become obsolete, I couldn't stand to see them sent to a landfill... so for the 10yrs I worked as a Designer, I lovingly hoarded the samples away in a 'small corner' of my Attic/Studio.

Over the years I have rehabbed SEVERAL tables by learning the art of tiling and doing mosaic inlays MYSELF!!  Then came the test - 15 yrs ago I redid the bathroom shower with 'sample tiles'!!  **(BEFORE MARRIAGE mind you!!)
I did EVERYTHING on this shower surround from carefully laying out my 'under water theme' on grid paper (once again using  my beloved 1" x 1" CMT), to sorting, sticking, adhering, cleaning & grouting the tiles!! 
...and here it is, 20 years later still going strong ~ but feeling rather dated...

~BUT, I digress~

after ALL of those years of 'tile hoarding' for 'future' projects... this past week I was F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. feeling strong and the URGE to PURGE overcame me!!  I contacted a local Montessori school art teacher who was interested in some, and the rest are going to our community mosaics projects. So I am good with it, that none are going to landfills ~ just yet!!

  • There are 27 steps from the first floor of our house to my Attic/Studio.
  • That is actually 54 steps round-trip.
  • It took me THIRTEEN trips to bring all of the tiles down from the attic (or 702 steps)!!
"and that is how I lost 560Lbs using the 27 Step Program!"

Behind The Scenes Footage:

4' x 4' CLEAR space in Attic/Studio
which 'used' to house the tiles...
Hmmm.... 'Empty Space'???!?
...yes. I DID keep one.little
box of Favorites for possible
future endeavours...


Rob and Monica said...

Wow! You had the biggest tile collection EVER!!!! I love how you used them in the bathroom. That takes a lot of talent and a lot of perseverance! (Rob)

Shara said...

You look so thin! :)

Great on the purging and man what a lot of work to gt it out of the house. Your shower is amazing! I don't think it is dated at all.

I've seen those little tiles wrapped in wire on necklaces..........

colleen white said...

I love that surround. I remember when you did it. I can't believe it was 20 years ago.

ROBBIN (with 2 b's) said...

I've seen that floor, been in that shower, and learned my love for these little tiles from you. My heart was racing a bit as I read your post. Gone? Oh, Oh, Oh, I do hope the new owners make good use of them!!! My much smaller collection was given up years ago as the family grew and we moved yet again, thanks for bringing me on a little trip down memory lane.

Thrifted Treasure said...

Wow itusf have been hard to let go of such a collection, great that they will get used though!