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Monthly Meet Up: Sculpture

Hellooo!

Here we are again for our Monthly Photographic Meet-Up, happening each first Tuesday of the Month.

This month’s prompt is SCULPTURE.

Archive and/or current posts are all very welcome, just leave a link in the Comments to join in.

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First up a Pink Goat – I think this also qualifies for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge don’t you, especially when teamed up with his friend Blue Hare

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As seen during Dorset Arts Weeks at the Studio ofpen and ink

Jane Shaw in Cattistock. IMG_1455Do click on her name to go to her website and see more of her wonderful work.IMG_1456

During Arts Weeks we had the priviledge of seeing inside her studiostudio (1)

arranged for the two weeks as a gallery. What a charming space.

I’m looking forward to seeing your sculpture photos

More Sculpture can be seen in This Post, and the bizarre Doreen’s Garden post.

Now must dash

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as I’m off to do some gardening before the temperatures crank up – this afternoon I’m off to Sports Day at the school of 3 of my grandchildren – sunhats and of course camera at the ready.

The prompt for next month (August) is FLAKE

In a Vase on Monday

It’s Summer! No more fires, so I can cover the top of the woodburner with a few crazy objectsfunky art

From left to right

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Pink Watering Can

A few years back, after helping put together 3 weddings and numerous Christenings, it was about to be my 60th birthday – I was planning a big event for ME! The theme was to be English Country Garden, I bought tiny colourful plastic  flower pots in which I was going to serve chocolate mouse (earth) with pop cakes flowers in them, I bought a garden arch through which guests would enter the village hall, I intended to cover it with crocheted flowers, The drinks were going to be poured from brightly coloured watering cans …………..

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Then my son and daughter-in-law annouced the impending arrival of twins – guess when they were due ON MY BIRTHDAY!

All plans for a big party were (happily) dropped – but I still have the watering cans!

And my children gave me a wonderful surprise birthday party in September on our family holiday. So all was very well!!!!

The can holds Jodie’s Forever Flowers and astrantia.

Orange Giraffe

I know you have seen the Giraffe before (from Chive), I hope you don’t mind her making another appearance. I’m very fond of her and her headgear today is a white perenial foxglove called Snowy Mountain.

I bought the seeds at Chelsea Flower Show.

I grew 6 for myself and gave some to friends – they were beautiful in the first year – last year, gorgeous I was thrilled with them. All but one has died, the one I have left is pathetic, it has this one flower spike. Oh dear!

Painting by Kaneda Hanaki

I saw this painting when I was in Japan. When I got home, I contacted the gallery to see if it was still available and it was! I love its quirkiness.

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Self-Hardening Clay objects:

Hedgehog with bead eyes: Made by Little Miss M

Pineapple 1 made by Little Bro

Pineapple 2 made by Bog Bro

Crocodile made by Miss E

Candlestick

Made by Devon ceramicist Ross Emerson

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Joining the Garden Party at In a Vase on Monday.

 

 

 

Paintings for sale in aid of two wonderful causes

My dear friend Rachel and her husband, who live in America, have created some wonderful paintings  – and they are all for Sale:

“Your purchase will help support Healing the Healer workshops for youth in foster care and Everytown For Gun Safety, which supports common-sense reforms to end gun violence.”

Click here to read all about it.

I am so excited –  I have bought this oneRachel Bavis

All paintings are sold by donation (+shipping) and every penny will be split 50/50 between the two chosen causes.

Please go and have a look at all the amazing art still available.

❤ Blessings Rachel and Rocky ❤

 

 

In a Magic Garden on Monday

….. where a dragon, Frosty the snowman and a little glass duck can frolic happily togetherJodies Flowers, Etsy, Zolo, succulents, kids art

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The above arrangement was created by Little Miss M aged 5, in a pot of succulents

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Then we added to it

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with two more funny Forever Flowers  made by Jodie

The photo below is Jodie’s, showing more of her wonderfully bonkers creations

Jodie Flowers on Etsy, fun sculptures

I just LOVE them!!!! They make me smile and brighten up a dull, rainy Jaunuary day.

We added some ‘flowers’ made using sculpture pieces by Zolo

Zolo sculpture pieces

These pieces are great for the children to make fanciful sculptures with – sadly they cost a fortune to buy from the US once shipping and customs duty ave been added. I first bought a set at the airport in New York when I was coming back home in 2008. Then luckily a friend of mine was able to get another set for me when she visited the US more recently.

The vase:

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Hazel catkins, ash twigs and golden privet.

Pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and other gardeners, from all over the globe, have put in their vases this Monday.

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Silent Sunday at Tate Britain

Tate Britain, Rachel Whiteread

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Tate Modern, Tate ExchangeMy visit to the Tate Modern on Friday 10th November, was the perfect start to my birthday weekend

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The Exchange is a room in the new building at the Tate for interactive projects. I didn’t stop to make a lampshade but did watch a few people doing it. You can get a free cuppa in the Tate Exchange Room – worth knowing!

The exibition in the Turbine Hall, by three Danish artists from an artists’ Collective called SUPERFLEX is also interactive – read all about it here. And see a photo of the artists here,

‘Interactive’ is my favourite form of art.

This exhibit strongly relies on LIGHT and reflection. You can lie on a stripey carpet and watch the huge shiny ball as it swings overhead….

Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

Click on any photo to see it in more detail.

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Lots of people were enjoying the bubbles this Mum was blowing as they walked up the carpet.

Whole families could swing together in the rest of the hall, it was fun.

This next picture is taken from a bridge that connects the two buildings.

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broken by split layers

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One-a-week Photo Challenge, prompt: LIGHT

To join in, leave a link in the Comments to your post – past or present.

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and joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, prompts: BROKEN and OVER

Sandra’s Silly Saturday

Frida Kahlo themed clothes

Last Saturday, the 11th day of the 11th month was my birthday.

Happy Birthday to me!

Not sure where the idea to dress in the style of Frida Kahlo came from but …….I trawled my wardrobe for florals……

…… found the right candles from Divine Excesss

and set off for a Palooza (new word – thank you Laurie!) of a weekend!

Joining Nadia’s Photo Challenge – Jewel Colours.

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…. I left on Friday and stayed with my sister who lives in London. On Saturday we met up with my daughter, A who, thanks to her sister-in-law looking after her 3 little ones, was able to meet us for the day. Hurray! My niece was able to meet us as well! …. at the Battersea Art Centre, a truly amazing building full of quirky features and faded grandeur.

This is the mosaic floor that greets you in the entrance hall.

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I just loved the faded flaking paint in the atmospheric corridors.

Joining in with the Daily Post today.

Battersea Arts Centre

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the perfect place for a Kahlo themed party don’t you think!

I loved the way we all entered into the silliness of it and my daughter even sported a rather amazing monobrow!

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I didn’t go quite that far!

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The Arts Centre has a restaurant which even had chilled Prosecco at the Bar and a most delicious Mexican style chicken and cous cous for lunch.

The grand staircase was the perfect setting for more photos

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There were African crafts for sale in the hall, all adding to a sense of being transported somewhere else

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we had time to try a few things on

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and then my niece spotted the perfect setting for a photo of me and my sister

One of my favourite photos of the day

embarassing the children

Later A found the caption to go with it:

“If you are not embarassing your children you are obviously not having enough fun”

A huge thank you to my lovely family for joining me in Kahlo-land and brightening up a grey November day, spreading sunshine and smiles as we all walked through SW London after lunch in full regalia. Our headgear promoted the most wonderful conversations and there was a little bubble of magic surrounding the whole day.

I hope to be able to tell you more about it soon …. it is taking me ages to sort through all the photos and for most of this week I have been looking after a poorly Little Bro (5) who has the most horrible cough, cold and temperature.

Itching to tell you about my visit to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the most spectacularly arty tea London has to offer ….. not forgetting my perfect date for the whole weekend … ….

Must go now and administer Cough Mixture.

Paint Party Hedgehog

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My sister’s latest masterpiece – I just love how she captures the expression.

Joining in with Paint Party Friday

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Headgear

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top young florist, Kay

in the limelight at Chelsea

a well deserved award

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As I was walking past the Grand Pavilion at Chelsea Flower Show, I heard cheering and clapping and dashed in to record the moment when Kay Willis of Christchurch in Dorset! Yes Dorset! was being presented with her award for Top Young Florist of the Year! Well done to her, an amazing floral display.

Below are some of the other entries

The brief was to create a Brazilian Carnival Headdress

The winning one. I love the colours, now can I recreate this in crochet…….

 

Click on the link to see further details of Chelsea Young Florist of the Year

Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: prompts TOP and LIGHT

and our 52 Week Photo Challenge: prompt HEADGEAR

I could not let the subject of ‘Headgear’ go by without showing you the latest additions to my Etsy Shop – which are adding to my 16 for 16 target of 14 new items put in the shop this year.

Now I’m off to find some crochet flower patterns.

Four of us created the list for the Photo Challenge, you can join in anytime, the next prompt is

NATIVE

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I do a round up of all the entries each week which I hope to get out by Sunday, so please leave a link in the comments on this post of on Cathy’s post to be sure I don’t miss your photos.

Reflection

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beaming through stained glass

sunlight dances on water

’til the moon rises

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This photo is of the amazing font at Salisbury Cathedral, designed by William Pye

Back in February, I took Miss E on a ‘school trip’, mainly to see the exhibition of Sophie Ryder wire sculptures,DSC_0734

but the day held so much more….

Miss E immediately engaged with the huge beingsDSC_0738

in both a thoughtful and playful way

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…..talking about how they might have been made and looking for the baby hare

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She was fascinated by the quirky things she found in the sculptures

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and started making a collection of photos of ‘unusual things’.

Totally unprompted by me, she responded to many of the sculptures by adopting the same poses and then interacting with them … I could see she was not only seeing the forms, she was feeling them in her body and becoming part of them.

She danced with the dancing hares…

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and stood strong under the ‘clasped hands’. This structure was originally over the path but had to be moved as people were bumping into it whilst walking, heads down, texting on their mobile phones!

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Inside the cathedral Miss E talked about the scale of the huge sculptures and marvelled at the scale of the cathedral, again wondering about how it had been constructed,

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noticing the richness of its history and the patterns and shapes.

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Taking time for personal REFLECTION

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We had such an enriching day together, and only just made it back in time for Miss E to get to her gymnastics class.

Joining in with our Photo Challenge , prompt word REFLECTION

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: Prompt words SUN and MOON

beaming through stained glass, sunlight dances on water

sunlight dances on water, ’til the moon rises

or in 3,5,3

bright sun-beams 

dancing on water

’til moon-rise

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Which do you like best?

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt:

WORK

 

Textile Art: #1

I had a delightful day today learning how to make textile books with Frances Pickering.

imageSuch fun tearing fabric and sloshing paint to make the pages. This is going to be the first of my 9 pieces of textile art for my 16 for 2016 list.

It feels so good to be using bits and pieces I have had stashed away for years.

imageAll the pages are made, plus a fastening and a dinky bookmark.

Tonight I’m thinking about what to put on the pages

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I am LOVING it and already have ideas lining up for the next 8.

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Looking forward to tomorrow!

Japan. Day Two 5: Crazy Cats and a Hare in High Heels

……I am so enjoying sharing with you my trip to Japan, here’s the next instalment ……

If you have only just joined in you can read previous posts by clicking on these links:

First evening in Japan ringing the bell

Day Two: 1    Bonsai ,     Day Two: 2     3/5/7 ceremony,  Day Two: 3   shopping,   Day Two: 4   Craft Centre

After the Craft Centre we were back in the coach seeing the imposing modern architecture go byJ1

till we got to the  Amuse Museum

There were many wonderful displays in this Museum, but the exhibition that captured my attention was one of whacky, glitzy, fun paintings by Kaneda Hanaki. I just LOVE them.J5

I didn’t quite know what to think of them at first, I don’t usually go for paintings with animalsJ15

but those grumpy cats got me and wouldn’t let me go!J13

I’m so glad I took so many photosJ6 because the more I look at themJ7 the more I like them – they are funJ9

and ridiculousJ8

and funnyJ10

and crazyJ12

and I felt a little uncomfortable at the time taking all those photos without buying something, but back then I had not really got to the point of loving them enough to take that step. Going through the photos again now, I realise how they have stayed with me and might well inspire some textile work in the future.

This is the one I particularly likeJ11There is something about a hare in high heels! And it is so obviously Japanese as they are both wearing kimonos, and then there is the glitter! Oh I do SO love it.

Writing this post inspired me to email the Museum and ask if this one is still for sale. They got back to me and it is!!!!!

They have spoken to the artist and she will send it to me – I’m very excited! And I am so pleased to be supporting this fabulously talented artist. I’m hoping they will send me some information about her and her work. I’d really like to know the stories behind the paintings.

Hare Haiku

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hare stares back

when captured in paint

wildlife tamed

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Watercolour by my sister, C.T.

Encouraged by Denis (see his comment in the last post) I just had to have a go at a 3/5/3 haiku:

the two sentences working like this –

hare stares back when captured in paint

when captured in paint wildlife tamed

‘Tamed’ isn’t quite what I mean, but I can’t get a word that suggests we can now spend as long as we like looking at a normally elusive creature.

Any suggestions?

Hare and Morning Clocks

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These are a couple of watercolour paintings done by my very talented sister!

She has just tentatively started to exhibit and sell her paintings, limited edition prints and cards at this local exhibition and an art gallery.poster

Please ‘like’ if you do like so that I can send her your encouragement – she has many other beautiful paintings waiting in the wings.

 

Art Walk on Wednesday

A couple of weeks ago I went back to Cerne Abbas to do the circular walk again with art as my focus. (you can see more of the walk here, here and here)

The Giant itself is a piece of landscape artpic Giantsign

humans being drawn to make a mark on any surface they come across, even scrawling on barn doors.barn doorsWhilst walking I noticed shapes and outlines with doodles in mind
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hsrt fern

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… imagine that stag-horn-like petal on the left in a mandala or doodleknapweed1

Joining Cee’s Flower of the Day: Knapweed

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Wood lying around, like sculptures reminded me of Anthony Caro’s work.old wood

sir-anthony-caro-table-piece,-catalan-storyBits that show signs of human history intrigue me, as well as the interaction of other creatures – can you see the cobweb in the picture below?barbsfade

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Hints of Barbara Hepworth here

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Two Figures (Menhirs) 1964 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00703

Two Figures (Menhirs) 1964 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00703

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And Chris Drury here.post top

If you click on the photo above it will take you to my Photo Page where you can see it in more detail, especially the lichen.

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The picture above is a work by Chris Drury called the Wheel of the Year

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Every so often I did look up and out at the glorious landscapeDSC_0692

But mostly my camera was set to Macro.

Have you enjoyed any walks this week?

Shadows

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Photographer keeps

Harping on about shadows

Clear shapes made with joy

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I took Miss E stone carving with Sarah from the Sculpture Hut and with the chippings we had a bit of fun creating a picture for this week’s photo prompt: SHADOW

Go see Cathy’s graphic response.

I think this also qualifies for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.

Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts this week: HARP and CLEAR.

I absolutely LOVE the sound of the harp and remembering a wonderful Christmas in the candle-lit Hot Spring Baths at Esalen, when a man and woman dressed in white angel robes, complete with magnificently huge angel wings, played to us on harps as we lay in the hot steamy water – truly heavenly!

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harps played by angels

fanning strings with feathered wings

dancing with my heart

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Al the Author inspired a great bit of banter this week.

Next week’s Bluedaisy Photo Challenge: LISTEN

What would you photograph?

Purple

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Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo ChallengePURPLE

Master R has asked for a blanket to be mainly purple and green – a bit of a challenge for me. I have persuaded him to let me add a few more colours.

I have started colouring a page in ‘The Enchanted Forest” in purples to play with colour combos

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Have you seen these books
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Join me for a cuppa

A post from Julie at Balzer Designs has inspired my latest doodle.

DSC_0636I’m thinking it might make a good design for a birthday card and at the moment have left a blank space at the top for a message of greeting.

I’m wondering whether to colour it ……. hmmmmmm …..?

Here is the Instagram picture of a cut out that inspired me

6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d137f9d8970c-800wiso beautiful.

 

 

Apple Roses

DSC_0558You won’t often find recipes or mention of baking on this blog, but today I saw Rebecca’s post on her fabulously photographed lifestyle blog: Sinnenrausch DSC_0561and just HAD to rush out and buy some puff pastry and give these exquisite little tarts a try. DSC_0558 (1)Apologies for the terrible lighting in my photos.  I took them this evening –  I just could not wait to share them with you.

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Do go over to see Rebecca’s post because her photographs are stunning and they show you, stage by stage, how to make these Apple Roses.

Here is the translation of the recipe according to Google Translate:

Small, sweet, simple and almost too beautiful to eat.

THIS IS IN IT:

○ 1 package puff pastry
○ 2 large apples
○ juice of half a lemon and some water in a pot
○ 4 tablespoons apricot jam or sugar / cinnamon mixture
○ icing sugar for dusting

THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE:
Cut in half, scoop out and cut into thin slices evenly clean apples.
Apple slices and cook for about 2 minutes in a little water and lemon juice so they are soft.
Preheat oven to 190 ° C and drain the apple slices well.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut into 5 equal strips.
The jam in a pot with a little water, heat and spread on the 5 strips. Or who may spread the cinnamon / sugar mixture on top.
Now the cooled apple slices along the strip put on the puff pastry so that the individual slices can not fall over each other and when furling.

The bottom half is now up over the apples, fold and roll up carefully.
The resulting florets puts her best in muffin tins and give them for about 40- 45 minutes in the oven.

Tip: To you do not burn the thin apple slices, used from the beginning a little aluminum foil, which puts her on the muffin tins. Works quite well and there are no black borders at the end. 😉

You see, the roses are really easy to make and of course a nice gift for celebrations, festivals and parties.

Have fun-baking and enjoy!
Rebecca

I did not have apricot jam, so used Welsh salted caramel. I used English Braeburn apples which are red-skinned and crisp.

[Update:

a) you can put the poached apple slices in the fridge and they keep fine for next day cooking, cover them to stop the edges drying and going crinkly. 

b) The lemony water that you poach the apples in goes a glorious pale pink from the apple peel and with a dash of honey to sweeten to taste = a refreshing appley, lemony drink – yum!

c) I cut the pastry rolls in 2, rolled out the pastry a little thinner and made 6 from each half sheet. (I did try Filo pastry as well to try to avoid the soggy middle but Puff is better.)

d) You can freeze them, then thaw and warm in the oven.

e) You do not need jam to brush onto the pastry, milk works as well.

f) They do stick to paper cases so a non-stick pan would be good or put them on rice paper]

They are wonderfully quick and easy to make and impressive to look at.

Good to eat too, if you don’t mind the pastry in the middle being soggy – I don’t know what you would need to do to get that crisper as the apple is juicy and keeps the pastry from crisping, but I like it as it is, (a pistachio nut, or piece of walnut in the middle helps) – a dollop of natural yogurt and oh my! what a delicious delight!