Thursday, December 27, 2007


No, you haven’t arrived at the wrong blog. Today’s topic is still Mosaics, but it was impossible not to make note of a world in turmoil.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister and a candidate in her country’s next election, was murdered today.

The first woman to head the government of an Islamic country, she has championed democracy and moderation in an area of the world where both are often in short supply.

Pray for peace.

And now we continue with our regularly scheduled program…

In my opinion, the urge to create mosaics is truly universal. Siobhan, an Australian artist, proves my point.
This Melbourne resident makes mosaics with a passion … a passion for roses.

Her romantic creations all feature pretty pink roses as depicted on English, Bavarian, Austrian, and French Limoges china.

Siobhan loves to shop for vintage goods and pretty bone china.

Some of her old world finds she sells online, others she uses in her mosaics for tables, lazy Susans, birdhouses, photo frames, or jewelry boxes.
You can join Siobhan on her shopping missions on her blog Vintage Mosaic Boutique:
Her most recent venture is THE ROSE TRELLIS. Similar in concept to America’s MAKE MINE PINK boutiques, this online directory is a central hub catering to Australian (as well as worldwide) romantics’ shabby chic needs.

*** BLOG DU JOUR ***

How could you resist a blog written by a woman who introduces herself as follows:
“Hi my name is Mary. I am a 50-something reluctant housewife (I’d rather be an international supermodel or a forest ranger or a jockey)…. ? Don’t resist. Visit Little Red House today.


The Feathered Nest said...

You're so right, Barbara. How can she be gone?? What right does anyone have to take another's life? Such a sad, sad day. Thank you so much for visiting me, Barbara! I love to see what you've posted and also, of course, your Blog de Jour...did I spell that right? xxoo, Dawn

Alison Gibbs said...

Such a sad waste of life. Our thoughts are with the family of Benazir Bhutto.
On a happier note, fabulous feature on Siobhan's work. Her creations are beautiful.
Mary's Little Red House blog is a fun read.

Shabbyfufu said...

Hi Barbara~Siobahn is not only a wonderful artist, but a real sweetheart of a person:-). Have a great day~XO~ Janet

Dianne Wood said...

Oh my....MORE beautiful mosaics. I just love them ALL. Thanks for sharing so many talented artist with us. Their work is so amazing.

Hugs to you,

Catherine Holman said...

She was a wonderful lady. It's quite a loss for Pakistan. Thanks for visiting my blog! Catherine

Jen r. said...

THe little red house was great.
I am so sad too about Benazir Bhutto. It is such a sad thing and a huge loss. Especially when there is finally a step forawrd, it's two steps back.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Dear Barbara,

Thank you for this thoughtful and important post. What an incredibly tragic event that will be felt throughout the entire world. What a sad loss for everyone, on so many levels.

On a sweeter note, I am loving all of the mosaic beauties you are sharing with us. Thanks for the lift.


Tutti Chic said...

SO glad you mentioned this tragedy Barbara~I have been reading all I can get my hands on of this woman's life & political history. I've know who she was & is about but feel I want to know more now...her poor family.
On a happier note these mosaics are simply stunning & the work of a very creative lady!! I am amazed at the talent out there & love it when people are kind enough to showcase others work!!! thanks for visitng yesterday & that is the FIRST time anyone ha ever told me I resemble carmella!LOL!! It was always Cher or Sophia growing up with my long hair & ethnic nose!!LOL!! Happy New Year dear Barbara to you & your family~much health & hapiness for you all in 2008! xo chris

NeereAnDear said...

Hi Barbara,

It is indeed a sad situation when somoene feels they have a right to take anothers life... not only hers but many others that were in the line of fire .... I have such a difficult time understanding how anyone can do such a thing..

On to the mosaics... though I have seen her name many times... I did know that Siobhan did them too and quite lovely they are... so many talented women ...that we have gotten to know through the wonders of blogging... I love to see all the new featured artists that you share with us... such a pleasure



Sara said...

I've never tried mosaics, but the artist in me can see how it could become an all-consuming passion to create with mosaics! These are lovely. I really like the incorporation of "pearls" into the design!

Gail McCormack said...

I thought I was hearing things when I listened to the news this morning, still can't believe it...
on a happier note I think I must be Siobhan's number one fan! I'm lucky enough to own a few of her beautiful creations, she has a very special style and talent, and as Shabbyfufu said is a real sweetheart and friend, thanks again Barbara for a wonderful article

Cre8Tiva said...

a great post...the world is minus a beautiful soul...hugs, r

Raised In Cotton said...

Hi Barbara,

What a courageous Women, she said that she was a Mother and was working for all of the children in her country~too sad.

Love the mosaics, beautiful.

Mary said...

I was so shocked when I heard of Benazir Bhutto's death. Such a great loss!

I'm enjoying your spotlight on mosaics -- beautiful! And thank you for making me your blog du jour. I'm honored!

Wishing you a very happy new year!

Siobhan said...

Hello Barbara,

I am so sad to hear of this horrible news...what a shame.

On antoehr note, I would like to thankyou for featuring me on your lovely blog. You are a very sweet lady and I can not wait to come back and visit soon.

Siobhan xoxo

p.s. I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! xoxo

Sweet Remembrance said...

Such a tragedy & a shame...
The mosaics are lovely though!
Thanks for sharing their beauty...
Happy New Year,

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ahhh, the second blog I've visited that mentions the horrible loss of Benazir Bhutto. I remember reading Salmon Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" years ago where she was heralded as the savior of her country. Such a loss.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. Much appreciated!

KJ said...

I didn't know about Benazir Bhutto! How very sad!

My husband and I just saw the movie, "The Kite Runner." If you haven't seen it, I recommend it! It definitely puts flesh on the conflicts and prejudices within the Middle Eastern population. It is a tear jerker.