Tuesday 30 June 2020

The cycle ride followed by a nice cup of tea

I  enjoyed making this   digital silhouette styled  page as a reminder   for the theme
Create  a scene  at.... 
 Try it on Tuesdays
which has another week  for you to join in .
Its the end of the day and the bikers are returning home

It will also be my last  entry to Halle's theme at
Art Journal Journey.
Where she has hosted  and inspired us this past month with her theme...
A Stitch in Time.
Thank you Halle
 Like all my journal stitching the page was framed with digital stitches.

We used to cycle as  a family when they were young, especially on holidays,
the first thing I would do when we got home was to put the kettle on for a brew,
 the family preferred a cool iced drink but ,Tea has always been my go to drink

Hello friends at Bleubeard and Elizabeths
where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post.
My tea is beside me as I write up this post,
Yorkshire Tea is my brand of choice,
 a traditional blend that I can drink with a splash of milk
or strong and dark depending on how I am feeling at the time.

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

Sunday 28 June 2020


A  hybrid journal  page  to share today for Halle's June  theme at
A stitch in time

I had a mop up / stencil base to use in my journal, even some faux stitching  and had collected a few scraps of material together.
I thought I had a plan, but after leaving the pile together on the table for a few days, what ever my muddled head had thought it would do, disappeared out to look for other ideas.

My easier option at this stage was to add some digital images. I have seen Frida  featured in a few blog friends posts recently and this was the route I took. 
All joined together with some more faux stitching .

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a good day.
Stay safe and well.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Tuesday is T day [or coffee]

Hello  everyone calling in to see me today, its Tuesday and that means its T day over at
where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post.

I am on a mission to use up some of my journal pages that have either inky mop ups, stencils,  stamps and other messy backgrounds, I won't mention at length the bits and pieces, cut ups etc that have piled themselves into a mini mountain and need to be looked through, used or rude words coming up ....put in the dustbin.
This page has some random stitching around the edges,  I have  used this stamp on other pages and think  that for me I prefer my digital stitching options as it always seems to smudge.
The additional images are Studio Light cut/pop outs.

My cuppa as always was close by and there is  a glimpse of another page waiting to be used. 
I also seem to be favouring the same colour shades just now

I will link my journal page and its messy stamped stitching to Halle's theme 
A stitch in time.... over at 
However you spend your day I hope
it will be a good one for you.

Create a Scene at TioT's

The new Try it on Tuesdays theme is......
.'Create a Scene'.

Taking a scenic route, would be my choice but, 
 just now any route outdoors could be a happy event. 
Caring for loved ones, restrictions
 and rules for going outdoors
 make it an impossible dream for many of us. 
This is the scene I created .
She could be in any  town taking a walk  along  a colourful avenue, any where in the world .
I used stencils to give the impression of tall buildings ,
with distress inks for shading.
 Its a sunny day and  Millie [TH stamp] had time to stop,  look around and enjoy what she could  see.
Where would you like to be?

Please pop over to see what  the TioT's team  have been making and we hope you will join us and share  the scene's you create with us there.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Tuesday's Musings

Hello everyone calling in today.
Another Tuesday and  time to go to 
where we are always made very welcome  with our drinks related posts.
Where did last week go to?

Another week of   isolation and shielding,   is not easy to cope with.
Time seems to quietly disappear and I wonder what I have actually done  that day.
The highlights of the week are not about where we've been or who we've spoken to or seen,
 but seeing our sons  from a suitable distance in the garden .
 I do miss not being able to give them a hug.  
The grocery delivery has become an event, especially this last week when I managed to order one carrot and one leek . Thankfully our youngest gets our top up shop and we all had a laugh  about mum's latest escapade with on line shopping. 

In my ramblings with a friend [over the telephone] we were  talking about the long term effects and how mental health issues  could  be  a big issue in the future.
 Restrictions are changing  but as yet none, that would make a big  difference   have changed for us.

The crafting gals ' Miss Mojo and Miss Inspiration'
 are still taking their time to get back in the house, I hope they are enjoying themselves where ever they are.

I had a look through  a journal to see if there was a starter/mop up page that might give me some ideas and once again decided that my digital computer program would be      the  best option.
You can see  the beginnings of a stencil page by my cuppa so I do have a work in progress on the  table, I guess it could still be there in the same state two days time. 

This is my first hybrid page with a  frothy coffee  for you to enjoy.

This second page with all the stitching and  clocks in the background I will link yo Halle's theme
for June at Art Journal Journey..... A stitch in time.

However you spend your day,
I hope it will be a good one for you.

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Tuesday musings

Its Tuesday and its T day, where has the past week gone to....
each day is the same, we don't go out,  time drags and yet a new day will dawn.
This is my second cuppa of the day and its was  only 7.30 a.m.
So I will be joining the T gang over at 
for the weekly gathering where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post.

This   is piece also shares the shelf with the clock, its a right dust gatherer but we love it as it is a constant reminder of  when we had the real live collie dogs in our home.

Our younger son is my link to the outside world this week, 
with a couple of photos of the village bus shelter.

The council allowed it to be decorated for the May celebrations . 

The flower planters outside were also a new addition

I think everyone is hoping they will let us keep the wall paintings inside

Miss Mojo is still walk about,
 I think she is looking for  Miss Inspiration who also seems  to have gone on the missing list.
I even got the duster out,
 but,  when  I came across this cross stitch on  a bedroom wall and   decided to give it a digital make over.
I cropped off the frame  and saved this  version to use.

So here is my digital page.
Adding stitching and  the original cross stitch will allow me to join
  Halle's theme  again over at
 Art Journal Journey.

Thank you for calling in, however you spend the day I hope it will be a good one for you.
Stay safe.

   If you called in to see
   my take on the new
   Try it on Tuesdays theme
Please scroll down to my earlier post.

Train Spotting... Masculine TioT

Make it Masculine 
is our new theme for the next two weeks at.... Try it on Tuesdays

Above is the Birthday card I made for my husbands birthday a few weeks ago.
I used an ALL& Create train stamp.
I knew this theme was coming up  at Try it on Tuesdays and have to admit its s subject I do have difficulties with. So I saved the photo and opened  up my digital computer program  
This  next photo is the result of my  playtime. I now have a digital male  themed Birthday card that I will be able to use in the future .
I hope you will join us for this theme, please pop over to see what we have all been making and get all the details.

Thank you for calling in, stay safe..

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Ginger ale for T day

Its a glass of ginger ale I have  close to hand today. 
It  has been  warm and sunny for a few days here
 and I managed a short while with the  family computer.
when husband was resting, to write this T day post., so I can join
and the folk who  gather there to share my drinks related post.
Update on the Lap top.....  it has been retired,
 I am looking forward to getting a replacement, but like many things these days
 that will be some time in the future,
when one of my sons would be able to take me to the store.
 This is one item I would want to see up close and wouldn't risk buying via the internet.
Why close you wonder, its all to do with the keyboard and how clear it looks .

So what was I working creating on the desk top computer .... another digital page

 This set of photos  shared with us by out eldest are of the remains of  Beehive coke ovens
he came across while out walking in the Riverside park that is close  to our villages.
There were a number of coal mines in our area and we still have a brick works close to where I live.
This is a link to  a bit of our local history from one of the Local History societies.

What amazed me about these photos is how nature takes over  and   area is slowly reverting to how it looked before we needed to mine  the coal  , it won't be many years before these will be covered  if we don't pass on the relevant history to our children

I will be linking the page with the faux stitching to Halle's theme .....A stitch in Time
at Art Journal Journey

Thank you for calling in today,
however you spend your day I hope it will be a good one for you.

Monday 1 June 2020

A stitch in Time for AJJ

we are welcoming a Halle
our Guest host for June.
The theme she has  set for us is.....
A Stitch in Time

Above is the hybrid page I created for the theme.
A sampler in cross stitch.
I used my digital journal page and added the faux sewing border

Turn the clock back 21 years to when  I stitched this sampler showing my home county of Northumberland.
I had to take it from its frame for the photo you can see on the left, with if you look close its original date  1999 under  my blog name.
Sewing these days is not possible for me as I find it hard to hold the needle. As for the old sewing machine, I will leave to your imagination what mischief I can get up to using that.

I hope you will join us all at Art Journal Journey and like myself I'm sure we are all looking forward to how you interpret this  super new theme.