Monday, 13 August 2018

Blessings and welcome rain

Happy Tuesday to everyone who calls in to see me today.
Its T day over at Bleubeard and Elizabeths 

  where we are always make to feel very welcome with a drinks related post.
You can see my cuppa is sitting by the computer as I was creating this digital page.
I didn't just have tea day in mind .

 I was also thinking of the 
Count your blessings. that
 set for this months challenge.
I had this quote noted in my book and I have  seen it a few times lately in Blogland.
We may not know it was a   blessings at first, but I'm sure that if we take time to sit, relax and look back on the day , we will find that we have been blessed in some way.  Even if we didn't realise it at the time.

On my one armed holiday a few weeks back, to the Lake District we visited Sizergh Castle,
 OH was the photographer for me, it was so hot to be outside, but we did manage to take  a few.
It seems appropriate that  on a rainy day today[hooray!!!!!!]
I can share some sunny views with you.

It wasn't blossoms that were falling around us today it was RAIN
Who would have thought that  I would be thinking  of rain as  a blessing ,
 we usually have too much of it in the U.K.
But our fields and  gardens really need it so do our  farmers.
 It makes me feel for the folk who struggle to get supplies of clean water. 
Something most of us can  take for granted, so yes we are blessed to have water to drink.

What ever your day has in store for you today, I hope you have a good one.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Storing Memories......Diary Day week 32

It's  Friday... its Diary Day week 32
 and a diary is all about storing memories

I did remember to take a photo  of the early stages of getting a background  to cover a pre- printed page, underneath these painted layers it was the grey background with the mushrooms.

I used some really old stamps [TH]  on the background as well as the stencils .
The birds and flowers are Sheena's and I have lost the name of the sentiment stamp in the passing of time, or maybe during a  tidy up session my craft room might have  received sometime in the distant past.

I thought about the sentiment as I took the photo and it made me think
of all the occasions  in the family, that over the years have meant a lot to me.
Love and laughter, sadness and tears, health and happiness, highs and lows.
losing family loved ones and welcoming new members to the family as the years have passed by.
Yes, memories,   a blessing that I wouldn't change for anything in this world.

I will share this page with friends at
  Art Journal Journey
and Bleubeard and Elizabeths theme for the month
Count your Blessings.

Thank you for calling in today, You are always  very welcome here.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Love Nature

Even the smallest of our insects, if you take time to look  can be beautiful.

Visiting blog friends over the past weeks I have been amazed
 at what they have been creating in a small time.... 5 minutes.
So this is my attempt, NOT in 5 minutes  - it took about 30 and I had sorted out all the things from my bits and pieces that I wanted to use.
I swiped ink blocks over the page , added a couple of paper scraps,
 sprayed it with my own mixed spray. A few random flower stamps 
Next the dragon fly scrap, already to go,  on a piece of pre printed tissue
A die cut feather from Chris, added a pop of colour.
I used a heat gun to help with the drying. and
the computer helped me to add the quote.

I will be  joining the folk at Art Journal Journey
for Bleubeard and Elizabeth's lovely theme for the month....
Count your blessings.

My blessing today are.... appreciating nature 
.........being thankful that I can use both my hands again
and for the the inspiration I find out there in Blogland.

Thank you for calling in today, your visit is always very much appreciated.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Lady in Red for TioT's

Over at Try it on Tuesdays our new theme is.......
Inspired by a song

What kind of song would  give you inspiration, popular songs  classical music, a song for the children a Christmas Carol etc. etc.
Please pop over for all the details and see how the team interpreted the theme.

The song that inspired me for this card is
The Lady in Red
by Chris de Burgh.
I had a few stencil wall bases  that I had made a while ago, when I was making a couple of cards for friends in a very similar style. The stamps are all Darkroom door, well,  thats what it said on the storage tin, but I cannot be 100% sure.
I had help fussy cutting the ladies. but I am being patient and taking my time .
Every thing crafty is taking me twice or thrice as long , but I am making progress.
All the shading is distress inks and  water colour paint.

Thank you for calling in today, you are always very welcome here.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Happy T day

Happy T Day.
Tiny cakes, coffee and of course a cup of tea.
perhaps listen to some background music.  sit  with the computer and   have
 a visit to  friends.
So, I am off to say hello to folk over at ..
where each Tuesday we are always welcome with a drinks related post.

 My drink of choice when creating this journal page was a mug of cold water. I am not used to the continuous heat we  have had  for  weeks now in the UK. Even when its been dull, its been hot.
I used my 8 x8 inch journal, distress inks for colour. A layer of music  paper, pieces of torn napkins, a stencil, white gesso to create a lighter base before sticking  down the cakes.  Oh and a bit of random stamping

I am not a sewer, so the sewing round the coffee cup is a digital addition.

I will also be joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth  who are  hosting this months theme over at
which is...... Count your Blessing.

'Friends are the family we choose for ourselves'.
I feel blessed to have good friends,
 here at home,
 as well as out there in Blogland.

Thank you for calling in to see me today, I hope you have a super day.

Friday, 3 August 2018

.Diary day week 31

Diary day week 31.....

A bit late today to share Friday's diary.
I used a bit of extra shading ,stencils
  on a spread that was the already precoloured  on one side.
Next some torn flowers from a napkin,  I had a practice a few times stamping the words on newspaper before I took the courage to stamp them in my diary, I am still rather clumsy. I did add more colour etc  and splashes as the page evolved.   It also took me quite a while to get the page completed. so I will be learning to have patience with myself over the next few weeks. I hope  to add a butterfly  to the page  when that particular stamp I have in mind
 decides to show me where its hiding

'You may see me struggle
but you won't see me fall
Regardless if I am weak or not.
I'm going to stand tall.'

This  stamp and quote spoke to me when I saw it ,    as I am not one to give in, or give up.
As kids gran used to say many times......' you can do it' .....
 and if things went wrong as they often did.......
'bless you you tried hard'.

I will join friends over at
 Art Journal Journey.
and Bleubeard and Elizabeths theme.....
Count your Blessings.
Today's blessing for me was to remember family who always encouraged us to do our best.

Thank you for calling in to see me, I hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Find beauty in every day.

Find beauty in everyday of life's blessings.
To wake in the morning and enjoy the day what ever it may bring..

have set the  new theme for August over at
'Count your Blessings

I  used a piece of ready printed tissue as my background., adding two shades of ink to add colour.   I stamped the quote on a tag, adding a piece of material, I had tried to stamp on the background, this hid a bit of a mess. So not great 
control over stamps yet.

 So how am I counting my blessings today.......freedom  from the heavy weight on  my left arm.   I am now sporting a pull on elastic support bandage.
I am not expecting a miracle to happen fast  as I have less movement than I did,
 the arthritis in that wrist had a field day due to lack of regular exercise. 
However,  I   am I assured it will get back to my sort of normal in time. Things are going to take longer for me to do , but that is  fine with me , I have both my hands back in use again.

Thank you for calling in today, your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Counting down the days.

I am on my countdown , hoping for a bit more freedom in two days time.
[ writing this post Monday evening].

With a bit of a struggle I managed to get a photo of  my new found craft item..........a large red poly bag, wrapped around my left arm.  
 An aid for me  to get a little bit messy  on a couple of occasions recently, its also a good paper weight as well, although it tends to slide around the desk a bit.
This page is simply stuck down book papers. Paint swiped over the top using a wipe, then a spray of ink [an own blend colour]
I had found some skeleton leaves to use and some stickers. The words are a stencil..

I am just in time to join the folk over at 
Art for Arts Sake,
  a new theme will be announced for August.

I am also adding a reminder for the current Try it on Tuesdays
theme..... Use Bookpaper

Now, I am  off to visit friends at
where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post.

There has been a lot of plain iced water  to drink  during the very hot days we had in the UK.
I never thought I would say this but we had storms at the weekend and they were very welcome.

 After a visit to the Opticians last week we decided to have an Italian meal on the way home. Pasta for me and Lasagna for the OH.
Usually we have had to ask for a jug of water,  on this particular day it was offered. 

I will close by sharing 
 more photos of our walk in the grounds  of Wallington Hall,
 T day friends will have seen my first batch last week.

They were having a red squirrel watch, but we didn't see any.
But the ducks  were enjoying the sun by the edge of the pond.
We loved these little doors at the base of the trees,
 a great way to get children interested  and involved.

We left the glass houses  via one of the walled garden doors.
 The one on the right had us passing by.......
this environmentally friendly, waterless toilet,
 close to information on the new Biomass heating system  installed  also to benefit our environment.

This metal sculptured arch glinted in the sunshine, 
there was another identical one at the end of this long straight path.

Wallington has a lovely  display of snowdrops in the springtime.
This was a wonderful organic sculpture  to come across in  an open area of woodland.
I do hope ,as the polite notice asks, that it will be looked after for many years.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a good day.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Diary Day ...Rose.... week 30

Week 30 and I allowed myself a bit of a play with paint.

My left arm wrapped in the poly bag, I squirted some acrylic paints onto the diary page , then dabbed and blended them with a 
nearly dried out baby wipe. 

I used the stencil, but realised it was a waste of time over the painted side of the spread. I also tried a bit of random stamping and it was luck where the stamp fell on the page.
The pretty rose card  came from Chris, a piece of beauty amongst my  painty mess... Its not neat or tidy but I did enjoy myself.

I will join the folk at 
 and Chris's theme for the month
Art for Art's  Sake .

Thank you for calling in, I hope you have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Create Art

I am having inky withdrawl symptoms so  decided to look through my journals
 to see if I had any background pages that I could use.

I got quite excited when I found  a  page which,was inked, probably mop ups to start with and a bit of random stamping.

My next problem was to find  stamps I could handle  hey presto....feathers,  a bit forgiving when smudged and easy to touch up with black pen.

The jar.... phew... I got the stamp block turned over and onto the page without dropping it.
The words are a stencil

At this stage I decided to add the stitches and black flowers in the digital program I use, just in case my luck ran out. 

I am counting down the days now....7 to go until I hopefully can use both hands.

I will join the folk over at Art Journal Journey
and Chris's theme
Art for Arts Sake

Thank you for calling in to see me today, your comments are always appreciated.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Book Paper...... for TioT's

The new challenge theme over at
wants us to use Book Paper .

Please pop over to see how the D.T.  interpreted the theme and we hope you will join us there.

This is the last of the projects I had started making  in advance before we went away .
I made a mixed media piece with some digital additions.
Beginning with card and some torn book paper.
Antique linen distress ink for shading.

It takes no guessing for those that know me well, the stencils were  used next.

On the left are a couple of  photos showing the stages I completed in the conventional crafting way.

I had to finish  my card  using digital additions.

Thank you for calling in to see me today, you are always very welcome here.

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.

T. day and a trip out

Its  Tuesday and its T day
so I am off to visit with friends at
where we are always very welcome with a drinks related post.

 First of all thank you Chris

This fantastic  ATC dropped through my letterbox on Saturday,  from Chris my swap partner. I love it. although I think I am a bit clumsy at the moment to think about using such delicate china.
I am hoping Chris received mine, posted on Friday morning, but our post  can take days and I think it could be quicker if a snail delivered it.

So what have I been up to this past few days......

Last week on a slightly cooler day we visited the Walled Garden at Wallington Hall

The plants on the table were in a  humble tin and looked to me just as good as the large ornate ones.

This is the large glass house in the walled garden,
It was too hot to stay inside it for long , but these are a few of the indoor plants.

This is quite a photo heavy post from me today,  time for a break

I haven't forgotten its T day , so before we  had a walk in the grounds we stopped off for a welcome cuppa. I can drink tea even on the hottest of days, we had cheeses scones . OH was enjoying soup with his.

I will share more photos later in the week.

thank you for calling in to see me, you are all very welcome here.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Diary day ... week 29

I used another pre coloured page as my starter for this weeks diary,
1st....cover splinted arm with a poly bag,
 I gave myself an ink warning today as I was going to try to paint
 a couple of bases for journal pages as well.[ I'll let you know how I got on in another post.]
Add a few stencils to  bring both sides of the diary together.

Then I searched the  bits boxes  to see what I could find.........
animals from an old calendar
scraps of muslin
a few small shapes and TH phrases.
Ask OH to get the lid off the glue for me
  as I got into all sorts of difficulties with double sided tape.
Job done.

I will add this to Chris's theme of
Art for Art's Sake over at
  Art Journal Journey
Now this  may not be a new technique or new stash,
 but for me it is learning to  create art while learning how to cope with using only one hand.

Thank you for calling in today, you are all very welcome here

Monday, 16 July 2018


Happy 5th T.  Day  Anniversary  wishes to
Bleubeard and Elizabeth
where each Tuesday we are all,  always made very welcome with a drinks related post.

Elizabeth is also inviting us to join an ATC swap this week.
It is a while since I made any ATC's, these ones have a simple stamped background
 and are coloured with distress inks.
 I got this far before I went away, having all sorts of ideas to finish them of when I got home.
 Fate had a say in this, but, I was able to add  die cuts. so I am happy that I will be able to use one to join in the ATC swap this time.

I  have set out a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses to join in today's T day celebrations,
but I will be saving my glass until I am having my evening meal.

Thank you for calling in to see me today.
Happy T day everyone.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Art for arts sake .....

Another digital page for Chris's theme of
 Art for Arts Sake...... over at 

I did have a photo of  a  mixed media/digital page , made a while ago to use as my starting point.   
After  a weekend of watching tennis finals at Wimbledon and the Tour de France cycling, It was good to sit and create art.....well,  my kind of art  at the present time.
The added sewing idea came from some super journal spreads I have seen recently on Susi's and other friends blogs.
Mine is not the real thing, its a digital addition. 

17 more days  until I hope to say goodbye to the splints on my left arm. You can tell I am counting the days.

Thank you for stopping by, you are always very welcome here,

Digital information can
be found in my sidebar.