Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Playing tortoise and more....

Hi Everybody!

Time is flying, and it's mid-week already.
I made another tag which I am linking to Go Tag Thursday -
use pink and to Tag Tuesday -  heritage.
Some of you might be wondering what this tag has to 
do with heritage? Bread is a recognised part of our 
cultural heritage, and is a staple food of many world 
cultures. The Unesco has acknowledged German bread
as part of its 'intangible' cultural heritage.
My tag has many layers once again, and I used a vintage
image of a lady in pink proudly carrying a loaf of bread.
I once again sewed the various layers together:

For Art Journal Journey, Hazel's theme of a 
magical mystery tour, and Paint Party Friday, hosted by
Eva and Kristin, I have a mixed media A4 piece. The background was
gessoed,  and painted with a mix of grey and madder. The moon was painted with ivory and silver acrylics. I added the figures using a 
stencil. The eye stamp and  'Traumwelt' (dream world) stamps
are from LaBlanche. The town silhouette was also
stenciled. I added more colours with pastel chalks.

Here are more photos of the tropical room at the zoo:

The Strauss looked very indignant:

More birds:

The pigeons evidently also find rich pickings at the zoo:

The HUGE tortoise is 121 years old:

The empty shell outside the tortoise house was not only popular
with kids who wanted to play....and no, that is not my backside
sticking out there!

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Monday, 24 April 2017

All the Ts for Tuesday

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are beginning a new challenge at TIOT -


As always you have 2 weeks to link your creations
to us, and projects of all formats are welcome.
I'm looking forward to seeing YOU there.
I made a mixed media wall hanger using recycled cardboard and 
some brown burlap given to me by Chrissie. The vintage
photo was printed out onto canvas, which gives a great
added texture. I added a ticket, made using 2 TH 
stamps and some metal cogs. The cardboard was peeled, painted 
with gesso and partly embossed with Frantage. I used 2 rows 
of sewing to hold it all together:

And before I forget, you still have a week to 
join us at Tag Tuesday, where the theme is 'heritage'.

Today is also Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a big welcome
to all the nice ladies of the T Gang. I didn't have time
to bake cake or cookies, as I am just exhausted when
I get back from the clinic each day, so I'll just share my
cappuccino with you!

I had a wonderful surprise on Saturday when a parcel from
Jackie came - thanks so much Sweetie, it made my day. Saturday
was a sad day for me as it was the anniversary
of the day my husband died and also our wedding anniversary, 
and this lovely present really cheered me up.
This wonderful Frida tag will have pride of place in
my arty kitchen:

Even the wrappings are wonderful, tissue, cheesecloth and fibres:

 Lots of gorgeous crafty goodies:

  This large and beautiful piece will be used on the next journal 
cover I make:

Thanks so much for your kindness Jackie!

And some photos taken on my Saturday walk:

 Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monkey business and more

Hi Everybody!

Today the sun is shining, and it's a little less cold than it was
 this past week, even the leaves were frosted each
morning. Hope the sun is shining for you!

At Go Tag Thursday the theme this week is to use pink. I made
another many layered tag, using bits recycled from old cards
and calendars. The floral paper is from Gecko Galz, as is the
vintage image of the little girl. The embellies are all
from my stash. As fast as I use it, it seems to grow more
overnight - anybody else know this problem?

For Art Journal Journey, Hazel's theme of magical mystery tour,
I have an A3 mixed media collage, made in my art group
some weeks back. The background was painted with water colours
 and given extra colour with pastel chalks, the collage bits
were  cut from various magazines. I am also linking to
Simon Monday Challenge, make a splash.

I loved visiting our new relations, the chimps, gorillas and
Orangutans at the zoo. One big difference to some humans
was their social behaviour, which was exemplary:

 Food was thrown in through little windows at the top
of the room so they had to scamper about to grab it:

 The apes also get to make art:

I stood and watched this mother with her child for
some time:

Enjoying time together:

I will show more photos next time!

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!