Saturday, March 10, 2012

Smilin'


Despite gray skies, wind and rain, everyone's smilin' as new additions appear in the patio garden of the tranquil Province of MulticoloredPieces.
The variegated green tiles come from a box of left over tiles used in our kitchen decor over thirty years ago. I felt that the box had sat forgotten in a corner of the garden long enough.
If this should seem to be a repetitive use of green, I'd like to express my theory on plant containers. They exist to enhance plants, yet, the plants should enhance the pot as well. Plant and container should work together. And if possible, the container should be made of recycled materials. I've seen some marvelously colored pots, however, they didn't quite work with the plants. Eventually, I'll work in some soft blues and yellows, depending on the tiles I find. 
                  The steps going up to the roof could not remain unadorned.
And as there are enough tiles for a few more pots, 
I may make it to the top of the stairs.
                                               Another new arrival:
The lovely green tiles that have such depth of color came from the trash pile of an apartment complex where someone renovated their kitchen. 
I remember when the apartments were built some thirty-five years ago. The tiles were made in Spain. Such treasures!
And the bidet planter begins to look less like a bathroom fixture and more like an elegant patio accessory.


35 comments:

barbbouk said...

Very nice Nadia. You never cease to amaze me :-)

Sujata Shah said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!
I agree with your theory on how the posts should be the platform for the plants to shine! Love your new pieces!

Teodo said...

BELLISSIMI! wonderful Nadia.
ciao ciao Linda

Connie Rose said...

All so beautiful!

Ms. said...

HAVE I GOT A JOB FOR YOU.....IF you ever make it to Manhattan you could decorate all the pots in the church garden a tend...Oh, my that would just be so spectacular!!!! Well, I can dream, can't I?

deanna7trees said...

just love your mosaic pots. i saved lots of broken tile and dishes thinking i would do it some day but there was never enough time for everything. i gave it all away to a friend taking a mosaic tile class. you did a great job.

Suspinz: Dabbler in Many Things said...

Wonderful re-use of resources! You are such an inspiration!

May I take the motif from those green Spanish tiles and use it as a Zentangle pattern? Could I call it Alhambra, or Espana, or do you have other suggestions? After all, I would be taking it directly from your photo.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your pots are fabulous!

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous pots! You are so right about the pot accenting the plant not the pot taking center stage. Terra cotta fights with some plants and doesn't let them shine. I have a beautiful indigo blue pot that I use for my hot pink petunias. They look so much brighter in it. Now your pots would be a joy to fill with gorgeous plants. Have fun!

Muddling Through said...

Beautiful work, Nadia. I love to see discarded things put to good use and you've certainly done that!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Mosaics are wonderful and these are lovely, I love the look and feel of your dry environment. Maybe someday, you'll take your camera out into the countryside and take us with you. I'd love to see something of Tunisia. Tile work must run in your blood out there?
Thanks for sharing Nadia, as usual, so lovely to visit.

ACreativeDreamer said...

Nadia... they are beautiful! Tell me, do you break the tiles, or cut them, or a bit of both? They are so pretty!

Carol said...

Your pots are always lovely.
You're inspiring me to do a little mosaic making for some of my pots. Please tell me what base material is best for the mosaic. I've used wood and clay pots in the past,but you seem to be the expert. I'm an amature in this department.

Exuberant Color said...

I love the 2 new pots. You must have to have a lot of muscle to move them after you put all of that tile on them.

rtquilter said...

Splendiferous in the highest degree! These are really stunning and I LOVE the bidet one:-) Wonderful. Keep on smiling , Nadia .

Martha Wolfe said...

Nadia, you're amazing.....I can feel the sunshine, despite the fact that it's pouring outside here :D Be well, M

blandina (aracne) said...

I would be smiling too if I had made two amazing pots like the ones that you are showing us.
Do you make a sketch before you start or do you play by heart?

bois-fleurie said...

I love the variety of work you produce.Especially your paintings

Els said...

Lóve your pots Nadia !

susan christensen said...

mmmm! So lovely to bask in the sun amongst your mosaics there in the Province of Multicolored Pieces... The green tiles are just beautiful, and do set the plants off to great advantage. xxoo, sus

Emma said...

Lovely gentle greens, the pot & plant should certainly work together.

Carole said...

The Province of Multicoloured Pieces is looking very lush and green. Beautiful pots and posts you are creating!

~~Melissa said...

Holy cow, those are gorgeous. And I commpletely love how good the dark grout looks. You've got me wanting some of my own....

Anonymous said...

Your pots are very beautiful. You used the tiles you found to great advantage. I also like the coordinated aspect of your pots even though no two are alike. Hope you have the time to enjoy your beautiful garden.
Annick

Diane J. Evans said...

I smiled when I read that the last photo is a decorated bidet -- clever disguise! You have an amazing artistic eye -- beautiful and inspiring work.

Diane

jackie said...

A lovely sanctuary - it looks very relaxing thanks to all your hard work.

Anneliese said...

Lovely mosaics!! Great work, wonderful post.

jenclair said...

Using the tiles give such meaning to your beautiful pots! I've really enjoyed browsing through all of your creations!

Pat said...

Your planters would be beautiful - even if they were empty!

jan said...

Beautiful planters, I love mosaics..x

Eva said...

Awesome mosaics! The tiles are very beautiful indeed. I guess your plants will find the tiles encouraging.

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Linda Stokes said...

Wonderful mosaics & they look great with your garden. I enjoy the way you've allowed old materials a second & even more interesting life.
Thanks for your generous comment on my blog.

Randa Jo said...

Ils sont si beaux!!! Is there anything you can't do?

meta said...

Beautiful, Nadia!