Special gifts for special people

This is a vase I mosaiced for my very special friend, Helen. She totally loved it!!!!

This is a gift I mosaiced for our annual Dinner Club Christmas Party. I hope the girl who gets this loves it as much as I do.

I will be starting a new mosaic this weekend so expect a post about that soon. I will show you step by step how I bring my ideas to life.

PS: Sorry about the post-overload but I’m totally addicted. I am on holiday from today so there will be less posts in the next few days as we will be busy busy bees. We have so much to do before Christmas!!!!


Mirror, mirror on the wall

I started the ancient art of mosaicing a few years ago when my much loved gold framed mirror shattered into a million pieces. I was devastated, my heart was shattered. (I’m sensitive like that).  Diligently, I collected all the teeny tiny shards of glass. Vince thought I was going stark raving mad!!! I can still hear him asking “what on earth are you going to do with all of that broken mirror?” Well, thanks to that broken mirror, I now have the pleasure of creating beautiful pieces of art. My new motto is “I will create beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” As it turns out, people do care and, to my surprise, have ordered mosaics from me. Wow!!! AND when birthdays and Christmas roll around, I find my loved ones hinting for a special one-of-a-kind mosaic gift.

Now let me get right down to the point. I was asked to mosaic a mirror for a friend of a friend. Of course I said “No problem, I will do it with pleasure.” This mirror turned out to be a great BIG mammoth task. Ok, maybe I’m exagerating just a wee bit, but I did sit for hours and hours mosaicing, and had a meltdown (or two). I thought I would never get this mirror finished and I constantly worried that it wouldn’t be good enough and that all my hard work would be for nothing! Aaarhg, those were dark days. But the dark days faded and eventually I finished the mirror and Charmaine LOVED it.

Here is a pic of the completed mirror.

Please excuse the bad picture quality, these pics were taken with my Blackberry. I really need to learn how to snap pics with my proper camera. I will try really hard from now on, promise.

This is the half-completed mirror. The mirror is 800mmx800mm and the width of the frame is 400mm.

And here is the mirror with my hand in the picture just to give you a rough idea of the size.

I will give you guys a breakdown of all the tools I use for these projects. Expect a lot more posts about mosaicing. I’m totally hooked, I just wanna mosaic all day long!!!!


I would like to introduce you to the Van Der Merwe household.

My name is Candi and is a pic of  me and my wonderful hubby, Vincent. This is the best “casual” photo I have of us, I’d better whip out the camera this Christmas and get some decent shots of us.

And these are my precious babies. I love them so much i just want to squeeze them ALL THE TIME. They make our lives fun and interesting. Everyday they make us laugh and everyday they drive us mad. They are the two most spoilt pooches on the face of the planet, ever!!! Peanut is my sausage boy, we also call him Nutty because he is nutty, nutty about hunting geckos under the deck and chasing birds on the lawn. Tyson is my little baby, so small and so jolly cute. He needs demands special attention.

5 years!

Time goes by in the blink of an eye. I can’t believe that 5 years ago, I married the love of my life. I remember that special day like it was just yesterday. Drinking champagne at the hairdresser, getting my make-up done and everyone buzzing around me, making a total fuss. Aaaaaaah bridal bliss. I felt like a queen.

The best part of the whole day was my Dad walking me down the isle. I thought there would be tears streaming down my face but I felt nothing but pure joy and I couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear. My Dad was so proud and so handsome, I love him.

Vincent was standing at the altar, nervously waiting for me. As my Dad handed me to Vince, it was the most precious moment of my life. There was an unspoken understanding between the two of them. It was amazing!!!

It took us a long time to eventually find each other, we are soul mates, meant to be. We are still sooooo much in love and are loving life. Here’s to us and the next 5 years!!!

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