Thursday, 12 June 2014

afternoons in June

Jan finishing off yet another botanical

Sali's birdbath being filled with lovely glass
 tiles.The birds are going to love this one.

Simoni with her hibiscus inspired
 mirror frame. what a beauty!

Debbie grouting her mirror frame.
A fantastic job Debbie.
Plate smashing this week!

Gael - we know you have been busy.
 you are missed!
your bushy fella is happy in the garage.
see you this week hopefully.

Vicky - before her cruise! :)
beautiful butterfly taking shape.

Andrea with her delightful bird.
Grouting this week.

See you tomorrow.

sali's lense

These beauties spotted by Sali on a building site
 in Christchurch New Zealand

Thank you for bringing baked treats last week sali.
Spicy Pumpkin Paleo Bread
1 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp (+) cinnamon
1 tsp (+) nutmeg
1/2 tsp (+) cloves
Mix together, then add
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin, mushed
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp stevia
3 large eggs
I also added a handful of chopped walnuts.
Mix together well.
cook 35-45 mins in a loaf tin at 180 degrees, less time if using muffin pans.
I used a large coffee cup and big heaped spoonfuls of spices, etc, and that quantity made a smallish loaf or 12 small muffins.
Very easy.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

flowers,birds,gumnuts and a pond

Simoni and her beautiful hibiscus flowers.
 sky next week.

Welcome Vicki.
Its lovely to have you and Andrea join us.
We love your big smile.

Debbie on the white flowers at last!
your frame is looking gorgeous.

Sali's ripples......very peaceful.
 love those greens with the red sparkly bit.

Gael - This is one cheeky bird! he looks like trouble.

welcome Andrea. Lovely to meet you.
loving your bird mosaic.....

I am making a visual recording of jan's process for some notes.
I have Jan recorded from the start to the finish of the making of her pavers.
I will compile into visual notes.

Jan's paver number 5 or was it 6...each one is a delight!

See you all on Saturday.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

hello mosaics 2014

heads down and we're off....
I have been slow to upload images this year and I seem to have
 misplaced some of the photographs from the first few classes.
 Very sorry Gael... I cant seem to find any photos of you
 before you left for New York .....but you are very definitely part
 of our group.We are delighted to have you back this year.
We will have a photo of you with that handsome bush turkey in the
 next post.
Simoni creating a beautiful Hibiscus flower.
Welcome back. Thanks for bringing chocolate brownies
last week. yum.

Welcome Debbie.
 it is lovely to have a new face in the group.
 Your mirror frame is going to look amazing....
cant wait to see the white flowers take shape.
 hope you enjoyed your scrapbooking last week.

Welcome back Jan - queen of the pavers!
Each one is getting better and better.

Welcome back Sali - I love watching this water ripple grow.
Lucky birds who get to splash in this fish pond.
thank you for treating us with delicious healthy lemon cashew nut
balls with a zingy surprise in the centre.

See you in 2 weeks.
have a lovely Easter everyone.

Friday, 6 December 2013


Sali with her wonderful mosaic 
 inspired by a snow laden branch in the German village
where her daughter lived.
This has been a labour of love.
we all love it too!

Sali and her daughter Kirsten visited the studio
yesterday to put the final touches to the mosaic.
Kirsten took the lovely picture above of her mum.
Zara was delighted to have visitors.

........and what would mosaic classes be without a sweet delight.
so in keeping with the theme here is Sali's bliss ball recipe.
happy Christmas everyone.
hugs lesx

1 cup pitted medjool dates  
1 cup activated nuts (I like almonds and walnuts) 
1/3 cup raw organic cacao powder 
1/3 cup coconut oil 
½ cup shredded coconut 
1 tablespoon chia seeds 
What you do: 
Soak dates in warm water for 15 minutes to soften. 
Whilst dates are soaking add nuts, cacao, shredded coconut, coconut oil and chia seeds to processor and mix. 
Add dates and process. 
If mixture is too dry add either a tablespoon of filtered water, or a little bit more coconut oil. 
Let mixture sit for 10 minutes. 
Roll mixture into bite size ball size. 
Roll balls in shredded coconut.
My changes:  
I might try mixing dates with another dried fruit next time to make this less sweet. 
Recipe was quite moist and had to adapt it a little – think I put in more nuts or coconut


Simoni working on her gum nuts.
Precious present for someone.

gumnuts. love the bush colours.

The Last Tile

This was our last class for the year.......I have so enjoyed spending Saturday afternoons with you all.
Classes resume again next year.

Jan finishing another leafy beauty
Anna busy with her 'surprise'.
Maureen shut your eyes if you are here.
Sali lays the last tile ! yea.
zara is missing you all already.
(thanks Kirsten for the lovely photo)

Sunday, 10 November 2013


This week we had a special visitor.
Charlotte joined her mum Anna.
Thank you Jan for bringing delicious
 home baked blueberry muffins.
 I have shared the recipe below.
 They are yummy.

Jan's Blueberry Muffins
300 g self raining flour
150g brown sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup veg oil
130g of blueberries
sift flour and sugar
add blueberries plus up to 20g frozen raspberries
make a well, add lightly beaten egg ,milk and oil.
Stir lightly until just combined.
spoon into greased muffin pans ( 12)
bake at 200 deg for 25 minutes.
cool a little before taking out of pans.

sali's beautiful branch with red berries.
 very lovely.

Bev is finished for the year........I would love a photo of your installed mosaics Bev. You will have to join us for our Christmas gathering at the end of November. We missed you Simoni. hope your trip to Sydney went well.
See you all next week.

close up

Jan is doing a series of leaves
 to disperse amongst her paver at home.
 I have fallen in love with this maple leaf!