Thursday, 21 September 2017

Halloween is coming nearer....

Hi Everybody!

Today I have an A4 mixed media piece to share. I used an old 
calendar page, and collaged various layers in purple, gold and black, 
which I sewed together. The windows and arch were stamped with
archival black, and the arch was coloured with gold and black.
Bony, the bat, and the hat and broom are die cuts.
 I added more gold accents to the hinges on the shutters.
Bony Mahoney has woken up and  realised that the fun time of
year is coming nearer, and is waving to the witch Woodunnit on the
roof. They're happy to be back in business again!
I added some hologram paint over the gold card to
make it sparkle. The skellie and the hello are die cuts. The 
wall has been doodled with flowers. I am linking to 
Art Journal Journey, Yvonne's lovely theme of 'colour
in my world', Simon Monday Challenge, shimmer  and shine and

Some more photos of the Altstadt in Düsseldorf:

The museum we visited is in the tower next to the Church
with the crooked spire:

Here you are invited to sit down and take a selfie:

This 'clock' measures the height of the water in the Rhine:

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

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Girls' day out

Hi Everybody!

Yesterday I got my new hearing aids. I have been spending a lot
of time getting measured and tested these past weeks
after my doc discovered that my hearing had diminished
alarmingly. I didn't realise that it was so complicated and
needed so many 2 hour sessions testing this and that, but
now the tests are over and I have temporary ear thingies
to get used to them. Next week there will be more tests,
and if all is well, sooner or later I will get the permanent ones.
Now I realise just how little I have been hearing lately - the world
suddenly got very loud! I need to adjust to them,
but I suppose this is just another milestone on the way to 
becoming a senior citizen! To cheer me up after all that I
had a 'girls' day out' with my lovely friend Nelya.

For Yvonne's lovely theme of 'colour in my world'  at At 
Art Journal Journey I have another piece made from recycled
materials - cardboard, tyvek and canvas.  The cut out figures
are from a vintage postcard of a Rembrandt painting. I got a whole
pack of vintage cards for a few cents at the thrift shop.
Once again, I did lots of sewing. The background was coloured
with oil pastels, and the tyvek was painted with metallics
and then bubbled with the heat gun.

Our day out yesterday took us to the Altstadt of Düseldorf. We visited
the Nautical museum, had lunch up in the lantern of the tower,
and then walked along the river to the Media Harbour. I will show the
 pics from inside the museum another day.

The post office tower:

No, this is not me taking my morning exercise routine,
but an advert for the Variety theatre:

Looking into the harbour with the Gehry buildings on the left:

This strange sign has been placed on the Rhine promenade to
show how many cycles pedal past hourly, daily, monthly etc.
I think the money might have been better spent making 
improvements to schools etc!

Loved this Art Nouveau doorway:

Beautiful Graffiti:

The ancient harbour with an old eel catcher boat:

 This statue of the man with the brass nose is in one of the little
streets in the Altstadt. If you rub his nose and make a wish your wish
is supposed to come true....I will let you know if it works!

In the evening dear Nathalie came and brought a delicious 
cheese soup packed full of good things
which we all enjoyed to make a happy ending to our
girls' day out.

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

Monday, 18 September 2017

T stands for This and That

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend was good.
On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at Tag Tuesday
and our lovely Joan is hosting. You can see the delightful,
inspirational tags she created on the TT blog.
I made this tag using some recycled kraft card from
Amazon shipping envelopes. (You can cut lots of tags from
each one - waste not, (hopefully!) want not!). The background was 
stenciled using frayed burlap distress oxide ink, and the 
steampunk birds  (Paper Artsy)were stamped with archival
black. I sewed it onto some
recycled black card from an old calendar.

My second tag is a digital one. The background is from
the Graphics fairy and the lightbulb image is from a Serif set
by Gill.
I am also linking to Go Tag Thursday, tag it.

Today is also Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a
warm welcome to all of the T gang. The postcards last week were 
won by Lisa and Eileen. Eileen, I need your snail mail addy, please.

Took this photo of the inside of the ice parlour last week, it
is now too cold to sit outside:(

Sorry, my coffee was almost finished by the time
I took the photo:

I had a lot of visitors last week, and baked these delicious
lemon muffins - help yourselves!

Mmmmmm, yummy!

We had a lot of rain which made great weather for staying home,
playing and reading:

These are the last photos from my trip to Neuss:

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