Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A mixed bag

Brrrr, its a chilly morning here again, and yesterday evening I sat here wrapped in a blanket as it was so cold. But the weather prophets have said it should get a tad warmer this week, so I sure hope they are right. We had nearly no summer, and if they take away autumn and throw us directly into winter, I will protest!

Today I have my journal pages to share with you. The pages have been painted with white gesso mixed with a touch of black to give grey. Well, you probably wouldn't have known that if I hadn't said it, would you? I found the pictures of Pisa's famous leaning tower in one of the prospects I was recently cutting up, and decided to use them. I was only in Pisa once, and it was a day when it was raining cats and dogs without stopping, and so grey is firmly anchored in my mind with Pisa. And I have also used a photo of the Gehry Buildings in the Harbour here in Düsseldorf, built by the Canadian Architect Frank Gehry, who specialises in unusual shapes and angles in his work. You have to look twice when you first see them, as they are leaning as much as the ones in Pisa,but FG does it intentionally. I don't think I am a great fan of his work, I much prefer ancient buildings, but his stuff is all very eye catching and worth looking at. And I put a quote from Paul Verlaine on my page, too: *Il pleure dans mon coeur comme il pleut sur la ville*. At least I have written it properly here, I typed it wrongly in my journal, but I will alter it later.

And I have 2 tags to share, made for the Gingersnaps *Once in a Blue Moon* challenge GCSP 09. I have made 2 travel themed bookmarks, one of Paris, and one with New York as the *Big Apple*.

And here's another joke from Narda:

What I Want In A Man!
Original List: age (20 something)

1. Handsome
2. Charming
3. Financially successful
4. A caring listener
5. Witty
6. In good shape
7. Dresses with style
8. Appreciates finer things
9. Full of thoughtful surprises

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 32)

1. Nice looking
2. Opens car doors, holds chairs
3. Has enough money for a nice dinner
4. Listens more than talks
5. Laughs at my jokes
6. Carries bags of groceries with ease
7. Owns at least one tie
8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
9. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 42)

1. Not too ugly
2. Doesn't drive off until I'm in the car
3. Works steady - splurges on dinner out occasionally
4. Nods head when I'm talking
5. Usually remembers punch lines of jokes
6. Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture
7. Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
8. Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids
9. Remembers to put the toilet seat down
10. Shaves most weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 52)

1. Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
2. Doesn't belch or scratch in public
3. Can tow a RV or drive a Motor Home
4. Can cook a BBQ
5. Doesn't re-tell the same joke too many times
6. Appreciates a good TV dinner
7. Helps with the housework

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 62)

1. Doesn't scare small children
2. Remembers where I have put things
3. Can still tow a van without causing chaos on the road
4. Only snores lightly when asleep
5. Remembers why he's laughing
6. Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
7. Usually wears some clothes
8. Doesn't notice my facial hair and wrinkles
9. Remembers where he left his teeth
10. Stops trying to tell jokes

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 72)

1. Breathing.
2. Doesn't miss the toilet.
3. Remembers where we both live.

Okay, that's all for today. Take care, have a great day, and thanks for looking in on me!


  1. Good morning Valerie. Hope you have warmed up by now. You are having fun in your journal ... love the poem. I agree about Gehry .. but I too love old architecture. The 'big apple' is very clever. Have fun today. hugs, Donna

  2. I'm really cold here today.... and I will be so cross too if we skip Autumn and move straight to Winter!!!! What a horrible thought!

    I love your (grey!)journal pages - and your travel tags. You are making me what to get some holiday brochures!!!!

    Have a great day!


  3. Lol! Love your Narda joke. :) Great journal pages. :)

  4. Lovely journal pages and a wonderful joke! Have a good day, hugs, Sarah

  5. Great journal pages Valerie, I too like old buildings but those wonky ones are quite interesting too. Super tags, like the apple one. We've been having a nice autumn up till now but today's very windy. Wishing you a cozy crafty day! xx

  6. Hi Valerie. The joke is so funny! lol! The frightening thing is part of it I know is oh so true and the other half I can see will be true! lol! Fab journalling.
    Regards Florence x

  7. Giggling at joke!
    Loving the journal pages and tags, esp. the NY tag..very eye catching.
    Hugs xx

  8. LOL...what I want in a man is too funny! Great journal pages!

  9. Love your list! lol wow the things we have to look foward to! and your journal pages are great, Valerie! xoxo

  10. Love your tags, Valerie! Super journal pages and what a hoot reading your "man list" :)

  11. I will protest an early winter with you! Wonderful projects!

  12. love the joke! Great tag. The apple shape is very clever! fantastic journal pages!

  13. Love each art piece, but the "Big Apple" really caught my eye as quite clever! Too funny with the "What I want in a Man."

  14. Hi Valerie
    It is cold, windy and very wet here!!!
    The Big Apple is the tag I zoomed in on although I have to say as much as I love New York, Paris is the one for me.

  15. Oh my goodness, that joke was so funny! Love the artwork, fun journal pages too. Have a super day. Kim xx

  16. Ha ha! Great joke, and wonderful journal pages. Hugs, Barbara

  17. Good Morning...sending warm thoughts your way! A bit chilly here this morning too! Love your latest creative adventures! fun and fab! Pop Art Minis

  18. Your journal pages are a treat as always. Super travel tags too. x

  19. Fascinating journal pages! It's starting to get chilly in Delaware, too.

  20. Just had a good laugh at that joke. Gorgeous journal pages and tags. Yvonne x

  21. Wonderful journal pages and bookmarks! Love Narda's joke today, lol.

  22. Terrific journal pages, love how dedicated you are with them! Wonderful job on the Big Apple piece :)


  23. Fun pages, and your bookmark is great----congratulations on it being chosen as a Ginger Gem at Gingersnap Creations!!



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