Saturday, November 24, 2007

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd encourages the nation to take a break with a cuppa and iced Vo Vo's!

Playing a hand in the health, wealth and happiness of the nation! Sandy supports the Iced Vo Vo's been part of Sandy's mosaic regime for a long time and now our new PM has come out and shown his true colours...he is a Vo Vo fan! Amazing! OzMosaics puts Iced Vo Vo gifts on the pillows for guests in the Diva Towers!

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd eats Iced Vo Vos too! Sandy calls to the Nation to get behind the National Iced Vo Vo Mosaic Marathon!
Click the following link to see a real Iced Vo Vo mosaic platter and biscuit wrapper! A collector's item now for sure!

National Iced Vo-Vo Day Down Under! Project for the nation!
Iced Vo-Vo mosaic key ring or paper-weight
© 2007 OzMosaics all rights reserved

Kevin Rudd PM recommends Iced Vo Vos & a Cuppa as a great work ethic!
(refer PM Victory Speech).
Is Mr Rudd really a mosaic addict?
Has he walked past Sandy's mosaic studio and seen the secret through the mosaic fence?

Sandy wishes to soothe the excited and the shredded. The PM says he is hitting the ground running - his staff are to partake of iced Vo Vos and a cuppa to keep up their energy! For over 7 years, Sandy has shared The Secret of the power of the iced Vo Vo (Arnotts started in Oz and now is made in the USA).

A delicacy shared around the world. OzMosaics has had a tea ceremony ritual in mosaic workshops, based on iced Vo Vo's and a cuppa. Of course we smash the cups for white coconut decor.OzMosaics studio has a staff member, Polly from the Trolley. Polly ministers soothing brews to mosaic addicts and Prime Minister she is happy to run a tea lady course for you in the fine art of the jiggle. The new PM has put the vovo secret out to the universe - I know what will happen! The PM obviously knows about Zone 4 - the energy boost the combo of iced vo vos and Bushell’s Tea has on the mind and soul.

People are able to concentrate 24-7 and are much happier and productive. This must have been his game plan with all the promises he has made to every Australian. Forget weapons of mass destruction – the Vo Vo is a peace maker. In earlier years ,PM John Howard mentioned the powers of the Vo Vo. You can’t fight it – it has such power. The Vo Vo also reduces unemployment (new souvenir program can be launched) and how can you be unhappy with the lovely pink bikki. Mosaic art is so good for you, there will be more room in hospital wards but you may have to build more recreational centres to house the masses who will come out and mosaic. People will be less lonely and very caring and sharing. The Vo Vo inspired paper weight and key ring could become a national icon, - easy to transport -- every woman will want a mosaic VoVo pendant- just hang the key chain on your neck! It will be a symbol of creativity and harmony.

I am happy to share a mosaic VoVo fact sheet with the nation and support happiness and well being in the workforce. A mosaic VoVo (we could adorn a Volvo too) workshop can be part of a skilled workforce must! I am sure Arnotts will be thrilled as the original recipe started in Oz.

I contacted Arnotts years ago - they told me the history of the V o-Vo. They researched - it was hard to find the original records and they suggested the name came from “grandmother” but I won’t say any more – it’s fun to research – email me your findings and I will publish them. I am sure parents would support a project for kids on school holidays!
Holiday Project:
Write the story on the history of Vo Vos and send to me to pass on to the Prime Minister - an Iced vovo National poster competition. The elderly can make a vovo memento too – I have fabulous methods to teach babes to grey nomads. It’s safe and simple.

Sandy will release commemorative merchandise, inspired by her own iced Vo Vo addiction and the Prime Ministers encouragement.Visit and register in clubDIVA (it’s free). You will be notified in the mosaicMAG via email, when the t-shirts, tote-bag, coffee mugs, mouse pad, calendar, stickers, grouting shirts, aprons, stationery etc will be released in the online shop. Fun and fabulous. We will donate some of the money raised to Breast Cancer Research.The perfect present for someone who has everything (hint PM!)…great Christmas stocking stuffer. Imagine a mug for issue in Parliament house – overseas Heads of State will adore their VoVo gifts and we can make to order the famous Diva Tower Server, which rotates

Please email for information. This will become an international incident as all the world wants one- world peace will become a reality as everyone is so addicted to making mosaics that they forget what time it is – they will be busy looking for china and tiles and swapping ideas. Prime Minister - may I suggest we put up posters in bus-stops and transport depots? A beginner mosaic kit will be released soon and the wonderful grid system will allow all school children to make mosaic iced vovo replicas over the school holidays. The Prime Minister, is really committed to education so I am helping to promote the arts with the young. The new Health Minister can issue sensible eating standards for iced vovos – we all need a treat.

Warning: mosaic art is as addictive as iced vo-vos. I am contacting Arnotts to submit a new biscuit wrapper design based on my original Diva mosaic biscuit stand – I will release the copyright on this platter design, if a token amount is donated to charity. It’s time for a change. I am sure Kevin will listen to my plea for pink wheelie bins in his electorate (I live in Coorparoo!) - perhaps I can offer him a cuppa on his early jogging rounds (?) to enable the reuse and recycling of wine bottles, china and more for school mosaic projects around Australia.

We would like a bus to mosaic please PM to promote the project - people could jiggle tea bags on the way to work – the new Transport Minister please take note – install video players on buses and the buses will be packed. We could run educational mosaic videos – no more bored passengers and full transport! For the busy Poli and Polly - mosaics are a wonderful way to relax.

Dear PM, please consider Government hosted mosaic workshops around the nation to help relax and bring harmony to all Australians. We have huge mosaic addicts group on hand to help this project grow into an international educational showcase.

I would like to speak to John Travolta and ask him to pilot an “in the air” fundraiser telethon….we could make iced vovo mosaics in major and country towns and get the community together for a cuppa. The telethon could be run from his wonderful jet! What fun. We could fund-raise for the kids. – viewers on the ground could sponsor tile cutting competitions in the air. Any takers...?

Suggestions for iced vo vo mosaic gifts for Christmas. A gift voucher from OzMosaics – to get them tooled up or for the really keen an Iced VoVo workshop in 2008 with Sandy at OzMosaics Studio, Coorparoo, Brisbane Queensland.

Australian Hand made Souvenir Ideas by Sandy Robertsonvovo inspired-key ring & Paper weight.-The glass dome! Mounted on a vovo mosaic biscuit as the base, with Skippy and a pouch of iced vovos - coconut shards instead of snow!) – limitless options in place of Skippy! Email to discuss options available with Sandy.Sandy Choice Tile Picks for Iced Vo Vo inspired mosaics:
-available at OzMosaics studio by appointment or phone order.

-Orsoni Italian glass Smalti for the base - for those with astute taste in the finer things in life....
-Pink mosaic tiles for the coconut and jam (one tile is actually called ICED VOVO & JAMMY
-White fMOSAIC TILE OR CHINA for marshmallow and/or coconut
-Red for the jam
- smalti, vit tile or china
Dave will be on hand to take your call. Be prepared for a long wait or leave a message as already we have been inundated with enquiries…we will get to you…that’s a promise.

Sandy and her mosaic addicts group plan to adorn these items with Vo Vo mosaic:
-Mobile phone- decorated as a vovo this would keep tea break chats in the zone.
-business card - no-one would throw it away!-house

a teapot – a given!
-hanging mobile great for Queenslander decks – dangling mosaic teabags and biscuits.
-teapot stand
-pet rock
-Car number plates VOVO 001 ETC AND A LOGO.
-Mosaic Dunnies -Garden Pavers
Mosaic Shoes - wowFrypansbed head
-Feature Walls
-The whole car
The “Polly” rotating diva Tower – the silent servant – the ultimate (contact Sandy for info)
Have a smashingly good time
Sandy Robertson
Mosaic Addict & Artist
07 3847 4873
all rights reserved. Errors and omissions accepted (LOL)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Very funny Oz comedian...Polly I like the joke about Bevan, I mean Kevin....Judd or Fudd......LOL!

Latest in headgear - Lizards Alive!

This photo and text courtesy of Vicki USA!
Hey Sandy,

just thought I would share an addition to the reptile folder with Polly's snakes if you'd like LOL

This is last weekend in our kitchen. Flash in on daughter #1's head. I've got a great photo of him tangled in daughter #2's hair, but the Mac computer is holding it hostage at the moment.
Dear Vickie, I love lizards and have lots of geckos who are really into iced vovos and "stuff". I love them. WE have bluetongues (love them as long as they don't run over my feet) and bearded dragons are in the front garden wilderness. I am going to put a Frilled Neck Lizard in the school mural and a gigantic Dreamtime Serpent.
Polly, I dont' think I will ever have one of your big boys wrapped around me....eeek!!!!!!
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Pollys pets!

Hello….Polly here, (Polly from the Trolley!)

Just a little wildlife report. The pythons and blue tongues have returned to the front bedroom temporarily, as downstairs was recently fumigated. Our own Dr. Harry Cooper hosted a segment on “Better Homes and Gardens” recently, recommending reptiles as pets. The bearded dragon will bond with his or her human parent and is easy to care for, so it’s especially recommended.

Sassafras, the little Darwin python, has been returned to Christophero’s care for a while….he was refusing to eat. He’s the one who’s feisty and probably will remain so. He was given to a lady who fosters injured wildlife and will be returned to her when he is enjoying his dinners again. This may happen quite soon because last night he tucked in. I think he’s now too big for a trip to church in her handbag.

Our gorgeous Pudding, the Coastal python, visited his herpetologist recently and C had to treat a sore mouth. He’s never cranky and accepted being held just below his head and having his ointment applied after being bathed. Recently, I noticed C leaning over his tank and heard a light crackling noise. C was holding on to Pudding as he slithered out of his skin. It came off in one very long piece. It’s an amazing process, and I wish I had the cleverness to slip out of mine to reveal a beeeeeutiful me underneath. Pudding looked amazing. Annie’s shed too.

Still on the subject of Pudding, Christophero summoned me last night to peer into the enclosure saying it was “hilarious”. Pudding, in his smaller days, used to sleep in an empty Banrock Station carton…there’s always a supply on hand here. Pudding now sleeps in a much larger box, but C placed a Banrock box in the enclosure to stabilize the water bowl. At first I couldn't see the darling and thought he’d somehow escaped, but C was laughing and I knew P was still in there. Have a look at the picture. Not only is Pudding rather large, but he’d just eaten a thawed chicken which made him bulge. What a contortionist. His mouth has healed and he must have really appreciated his dinner.

I checked on him this morning and the box was beginning to split. I’ve just had another look and his head and about one foot of his body are on top of the box. Remember to keep up your supply of Banrock because you’ll be donating to save wildlife. Have a red tipple-time each evening and think of Pudding.

The other pythons are well, as are the blueys. They love strawberries and mealworms. Their meals are always well presented (C did spend time in the hospitality industry). An offering this week comprised a helping of cat food topped with green peas. It would have made a great glossy in one of Margaret Fulton’s recipe books.

I hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. It seems appropriate that our python kids just ate and are probably saying “thank you” too.

That’s all for now…..Polly out.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Almost there!

Working very hard on the galleries at the moment and the new shop. I am a bit behind but so much else to do. Keep checking on the galleries as they get updated and bought a new movie program to update some very "interesting" goings on at the studio and elsewhere. Soon you will be able to get the jaffas out and relax and look and hundreds of mosaics!
Won't be long.....and the newsletter is shaping up well too. Join clubDIVA on the home page to be in the list!

also join in the forum, clubDIVA!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

over 300 photos of mosaics for the zoo mural- honey jumble!

to be uploaded....

Thursday - Steve Irwin Day

I tried to get a blog done and more for the special day but computer is taking a long time to upload over 350 pictures to the blog and site so I will leave it updating during Thursday and publish the stories on Thursday night - you may view on Friday afternoon.....coming soon, sorry about delay....

Cheers and take care


Maddie is caught in my stash room!!!!!!!!

Maddie had strange note pads! LOL!

Marcia and me! Two Divas.


Australia Zoo - Tribute to Steve Irwin Mural Mosaic 2006-2008
Some photos of mosaics to date!
Details coming Friday16/11/07 - would have been sooner but Something Came Up and Sandy needs to sleep before "school" tomorrow...

Karalee Chair continues

Dave, the Popette and I went to the school today after meeting with some wonderful ladies who brought us the latest contributions for the Steve Irwin Tribute Mural. Thanks ladies! Lorraine you are fantastic to organise this with your students at the U3A!

Look at these photos we took of the chair at Karalee today!!!!! It's huge, it's beautiful and it could double up as an amazing mini pool and spa! LOL. Pics show Cheryl, the DP too. She is a fantastic lady and is trusting me with this incredible project, which will be done over Dec/January so I can start on the STeve Irwin mural tribute mural Feb 2008.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hang in there! re this site!

So much is going on behind the scenes..won't be long now...till the day!


off to school !

Dave, Popette and I are going to Karalee State Primary School today to collect a trailer load of mosaic art, made a couple of years ago for the BiG mosaic Chair project. Yeah!!!!!

It will be a work of art transporting them back to the studio and then we can spread them out and sort into groups. I can't wait to see the chair - the concrete has been poured! AWESOME! It's big!

Big is better, they say. I am uploading Steve Irwin project data on the site for tomorrow, work in progress as it's Steve Irwin day sad.

Anyway, I am off shower and shampoo and hit the road!
Have a great day everyone.
Mosaic Diva!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

So much to do!

I can't believe it's the 8 November! Melbourne Cup has been and gone with pink champagne, chocolate, red shoes and more! A few mosaic addicts joined me for a bit of a bet and fun.

Mark is here and giving me a hand to work on the new online shop and we are slowly getting there. Lots of mosaics arriving for Steve Irwin mural from overseas and doorbell just rang! A mosaic from Helen B - Renmark SA! Wow!

Will get camera out to photograph the unwrapping etc. So wonderful.

Anyway, once we have things running on the site, we will get down to mosaics again!
...going to Karalee School on Wed next week to collect a TRAILER LOAD of mosaics to sort for the huge chair!

So much happening. Join clubDIVA to receive the MosaicMAG newsletters coming soon. Thousands of mosaic pictures being uploaded very soon...and lots of fun.

Lots of vegemite being eaten. We named all the vitreous tiles and Orsoni Italian Smalti last night and one of the black tiles is called...drum roll, Vegemitis! VoVo of course and well we had fun there too.

The tiles called floater, dunny and dump are not what you think! LOL.

Keep checking in for some interesting info over the next week.

The forum in ClubDIVA is up and running well and also the clubDIVA Chat room is open.
Mosaic addicts yahoo group is running strong much info.
Lots of new competitions coming up in clubDIVA...If you have joined clubDIVA you will get notification via newsletters.

Have a happy mosaic day!
Mosaic Diva.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Art Show - Weller's Hill State School - Brisbane

Jumped out of bed at 5am and packed the car and trailer (with himself helping of course); collected mosaicking mum and headed off for the school art show.

We took the mosaic dunny and so many people tossed money in the dunny to raise money this time for the Qld Life Savers Assn. Thank you everyone at the school today! We had so much fun! We had a mural being made on fibreglass mesh for the Steve Irwin mural tribute and we completed "Dundee" - a big croc in record time.......named by the kids.

There was some beautiful art on display and I was so pleased to see the young children working on art projects all day and their parents so involved. Well done to the organising committee!

So many people loved Steve and it was so evident from the enthusiasm and the pride going into this mural. People tell me stories all the time and I am always so emotional at these times.

I bought lots of fudge in the name of OxFam and I hope the students raised enough to buy a goat for a community! They certainly deserved it with their zest for this wonderful campaign today!

I took some incredible mosaic art made by Grace from USA and people were gobsmacked by the quality of these beautiful, muted mosaics....polar bear, lemurs, skunks, penguins and more! Lizards and modern mosaics and particularly the Mosaic Bug mosaic.

Many were excited to see the moZcatcha and many tips and tricks and want the DVD, which is ready soon, for beginners and enthusiasts who have a sense of humour. I think I swallowed a tile shard today so please make sure you use the mozCova when working. I had the most fabulous flat white coffee and a bit of tile fell in and I didn't mean to drink it all but did and well, I seem ok and I ate lots of pasta tonight....told Polly from the Trolley on the phone and she kept's a bit weird knowing you may have swallowed some tile...It's dangerous and I am only telling you, no matter how desperate you are for a DECENT fabulous cup of coffee go and buy another one if you drop a tile in it. I am not sure now, but it's a good lesson.....cover your drinks and food!!!! I teach this all the time, but first time I was slack!

Also to all Steve Irwin knockers, get a life! Steve lived his to the full and kids certainly are a good judge of character and they loved him......I enjoy listening to their stories of visits to Australia Zoo and how much they loved Steve and his family and the creatures.

We took wonderful mosaics made in USA by Nancy - polar bear, lemurs, fairy penguins, skunks and more. If you would like to take part in the mural making please email Sandy.

It was a gorgeous day today. Thanks mum for your wonderful assistance and of course your mosaicking skills. Much appreciated.

Tomorrow I am writing about the Steve Irwin Mural to date on the website and I hope everyone will enjoy the story and the photo galleries. Please let me know your comments when it's uploaded by Monday, all being well this no interruptions.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Karalee State Primary School! Mosaic Marathon

Wow - today I visited Karalee Primary School, Ipswich and we had a mosaic marathon. 150 students (prep, grade 1 and grade 2) worked all day with me, my mother (mosaicking mum aka Shirley), art teachers and parents to make mosaics on plastic film for the amazing mosaic chair project, at the school.

After two years, waiting for the completion of the Community Hall on the school grounds, the mosaic seating area is under construction. Waiting in the wings are layer upon layer of mosaics on mesh, made by the school students two years ago.

The students today, are now part of the mosaic story and when the chair is completed, all students from the start of the mammoth project have taken part in the mosaic making.

What fun! I took out mosaic trays and the students worked their magic, random placement of 1cm x 1cm and 2cm x 2cm vitreous glass mosaic tile. We used mosaic plastic to lift the sections and also made indirect butterflies, hearts, suns etc.

We worked from 9 to 3pm and I am so proud of all involved. The chair under construction: 24 metres long! Set in the slope -the whole cement chair, top to bottom and behind will be covered in mosaic from smooth to 3-D! Inspiration, Gaudi of course and Australian Indigenous art, the flora and fauna of the Karalee area.

The Mosaic Bug sucks you in!

Coming soon, the truth about modern mosaics and the discovery of the mosaic bug DownUnder.

read all about it on Sandy's website soon. Keep checking the blog...

mOzaic Bug at Studio OzMosaics

mOzaic Bug at Studio OzMosaics
Beware - mosaic art is addictive! Workshops Australia