Wednesday, 26 July 2017

An owl, a hedgehog, some geese and more....

Hi Everybody!

Hope your week is going well - time is flying by
here as always.

For Paint Party Friday I have a large (A2) mixed media collage
made last week at art group. I did lots of collage, stamping, doodling, painting, stenciling and sewing, and it was fun to make!

I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, you've got the edge, as I have lots of edges here which were all worked over differently.

And I have another tag for Chrissie's lovely 'fave colours' challenge
at Tag Tuesday - the soft pinks and creams of full blown roses
always touch my heart:

And I got a good bargain from the discounter Lidl this week. Their
special offers included some sewing sets, and so I bought 2 sets of sewing threads for  4,99 each, and now I have enough thread to keep me happily sewing for months. The first set also includes gold, silver and transparent threads,
as well as various colours of elastic. The reels in the second set each have 500
meters, that's an enormous amount.

And today an owl post arrived, almost like in Harry Potter. My dear friend
Chrissie sent me one of her hand-knitted owls, I have called him Ollie,
and Freddie the Hedgie,(also from Chrissie) who has been living here for a couple of years, was really happy to get a companion. They got together
straight away and are now inseparable. And Chrissie is offering one of her 
lovely owls as a prize this time at Tag Tuesday....Just saying!

And these lovely gifts were also in the parcel. Thanks Chrissie,
your kindness made my day!

And last but not least some photos. It didn't rain today,
and the sun came out:

Down at the Rhine the Egyptian geese had settled
in for the day. The heron was really disgusted, and after
a short but loud cuss out the heron took off and the geese stayed
as conquerors of the beach:

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

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!