My daughters have learned that when you travel with Mom you’re not only going to see major attractions, but a lot of little things that are off most people’s radars. Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing the beauty, art, and architecture of Barcelona, Spain and the surrounding areas with my husband. Together, we discovered things beyond the usual tourist points of interest, including stone walls that have endured and merged over the centuries. The varied textures, patterns, and history within these walls in the city of Gerona were among my finds.
While the stones and minerals used in my work are from all over the world, my favorite place to purchase them is Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston, Illinois. I discovered Dave’s years ago with my daughters. Not only did we find a wide range of beautiful stones, minerals, and fossils, but also the Prehistoric Life Museum in the basement. Over the years, my daughters and I have introduced many of their friends to the wonders of Dave’s. I now have the pleasure of exciting my fellow mosaic enthusiasts with a visit to the museum and shopping the wonderful finds Dave’s has to offer.
Amethyst Stalactite slice from Brazil
Fossil Fish / Diplomystus dentatus from Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA
Pyrite specimen from Peru
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