Tuesday, 25 July 2017

This n that again

Hi Everybody!

I have enjoyed sitting on my balcony watching the rain pour down,
listening to the lovely sound of the wind and rain
on the leaves of the trees, and it was so refreshing
and relaxing, just the thing after so many hot, summer days.

For Go Tag Thursday, flags or bunting, I made a tag using 2 of the
little Union Flag tags that Donna recently sent me. I collaged a paper
napkin onto an 8" tag and sewed it onto a piece of recycled
black calendar. In case you're wondering, 'ONDO' is London without the
first and last letters - they didn't fit! Or perhaps they sold off
The L and the N to pay for the Brexit....
I let the little flag tags fly as

This is the other set of mixed media ATCs I made for 
Elizabeth's TSFT. One is
already en Route to the States, one will soon be on its way, and one 
is staying with me. The background was painted, the cups were stamped first to create a shadow, and then stamped and fussy cut from white
card before being mounted on the ATCs. The 'text' was stamped
with my typewriter-key alphas and glazed with
liquid glass:

Yesterday evening, shortly before dusk, I spotted this very 
dishevelled magpie sitting right at the top of the tree in
the field. I zoomed it in and got some photos of
its evening feather-care-time:

Looks like a punk here:

More bales of hay have appeared in the field:

 The roses in my kingdom Queendom of Balconia will be
blooming soon:

I love this variegated clover I bought this year - the bees love it, too!

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

Monday, 24 July 2017

T stands for Tag Tuesday and More

Hi Everybody!

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at

My lovely friend Chrissie is hosting, and has chosen the theme of

💗My 💚favourite 💛colour 💙combination.💜

You are free to pick the colour and style you like,
just show us your faves. You can enter as often as you like,
and tags of all formats are allowed.
so hope to see your colourful tags there.
And Chrissie is offering a great prize, so pop on over to our blog
when the challenge starts and learn all about it!

I made a chunky tag  made from wood which Sandie sent me 
some time back. Aqua and white, accompanied by some glitter,
is one of my fave summer colour combos.
I  painted the tag with gesso, pressed the molded
rose into the wet paint, and gave it a coat of hologram
varnish when it was dry. The feathers were also coloured
with some peacock feather distress oxide ink.

At Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday some of us did an
ATC swap last week for the fourth anniversary. I made this
set of 4 ATCs with a holder for Bleubeard and Elizabeth, and
as it has already arrived I can show it now. I used lots of sewing
again. And I would like to welcome all of the nice ladies of
the T gang:

I am linking to Simon Monday challenge, you've got the edge - sewn edges.

I baked a nut and vanilla cream cake at the weekend, and
there's plenty for everybody, so grab your forks
and help yourselves!

My drink was, as always, coffee, and here some photos of the
Market Square:

And some photos of my corner of the world:

On Saturday evening the farmer baled the hay on the field
behind the house, I took these photos from my balcony. It was
fun to watch!

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

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Weekend, fresh air and sunshine

Hi Everybody!

It's weekend - enjoy!
For Elizabeth's summertime love theme at Art Journal Journey I found
one more page in my folder - I thought I had shown them all
already. The mermaid is trying to photo-bomb the lady on
the yacht and get in on her selfie.
Images used are from Serif and Mischief Circus.

For Wilma's cake theme at Tag Tuesday I have another
coffee and cake tag. I have visitors coming this weekend
so will be baking a chocolate cream cake, yummy!

Yesterday I was out rather early for my walk, before the sun got too hot. 
I love this time of day when not too many people are
about. The stream is looking rather murky after the recent storms:

I enjoy the beautiful gardens on my way down to the Rhine:

The butterfly bush is growing by the road:

The fields and willows are lush and green:

The tourist buses were parked at a cool spot:

The farmers were busy trying to bring in the hay before
it rains or storms again:

It was beautiful by the Rhine:

The succulents are growing in the walls of the castle ruins:

A few other early risers enjoying the peace and quiet:

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