Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Buds, Blooms Birds and More

Hi everybody!
I am sorry for all of you in Canada and the States who are freezing just now, I know that temperatures like that are no fun. I saw pictures on the news, and it looks really bad - take care, keep warm, and stay safe!
Here we had great weather yesterday - mild (14°) and sunny, even the wind was warmish. I decided to leave the H*******K for bad weather and went for a lovely walk to the park,  then down to the Rhine, and along the Embankment on the way back.

The buds are getting really big:

And more trees were in bloom:

The sky was an incredible blue:

And the ducks were enjoing being fed and petted at the corner of Market Street:

At So Artful challenges the theme this month is home with something a bit different, and at Moo Mania it is birds, so I think this little wooden house will satisfy both of them. I covered the house with TH tissue tape, and suddenly Miss Araminta screamed that she wanted to live there - so here she is, in her own home-sweet-home at last.

At FSC the theme this fortnight is raspberry, chocolate and cream - yummy!
I used a stamp from Scrolls Work, stamped with Adirondack espresso onto speciality stamping paper, distressed with ancient linen and Victorian velvet. I coloured the image with some Victorian velvet to give the effect of vintage, partly coloured photos. I stamped and fussy cut a second image, and fixed it over the first one with foam squares to give more depth. I matted the image with raspberry, cream and chocolate, which was mounted onto some paper from DCKW, which reminds me of Victorian wallpaper. I added lace in shades of milk and dark chocolate, some half pearls, and a raspberry bow.

And last, but certainly not least, some happy mail from Lonetta who sent me this wonderful New Years Card and a hand painted bookmark last week.

Thanks Lonetta, your creations are wonderful and will be treasured, the book mark is already in daily use!
Sorry, this post somehow got longer and looonger while I was writing it!

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


  1. gosh Val, you lucky thing getting weather like that. I'm so envious of these lovely walks that you share with us. I'm loving the little bird-house and Miss Araminta looks like she is happy there. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Miss Araminta knows a good house the minute she sees one. When I saw this one I too gave a happy sigh, it's just lovely. And she has her own key already on a ribbon, and flowers and a lamppost outside, what more could she want. Brilliant artwork, Valerie, I love it and thanks for coming over to Soartful again to share Miss Araminta's little house.

    1. Miss Araminta says she's glad you like it, but you are not moving in, it's just for her!

    2. Fair enough, Miss A., but I might pop in for a cup of tea.

    3. We only drink dandelion tea, hope that's okay with you....

  3. What a lot of loveliness - gorgeous photos, a fun tag with Miss A and that wonderful card. Love what your friend sent you, too. Hugs, Sarah

  4. She looks very much at home Valerie :) and love your card for FSC
    Von ♥

  5. such beautiful photos and creations, you have very talented and generous friends,

  6. Looks like you have Spring on the way in January Valerie so lucky you! Gorgeous artwork as always and especially love Miss Araminta.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  7. Beauty abounds here my dear friend! Lovely walk, the beautiful tag with my favorite Miss Armenia, I just love what you do with her! Beautiful card too with the scrollswork image! And lovelies from your friend too. Big hugs, ~Diane

  8. Gosh it looks like Spring in those photos, all super. Pleased you let Miss Araminta move into that fantastic house, she would have given you no peace.
    Yvonne x

  9. Looks like Spring is nearly with you already.... not in sight here yet.

    Lovely photos and art, my fave is 'home to roost' - so sweet :)

    Karen x

  10. Love the little house and Miss Araminta, such a perfect little home. Lots of lovely things to see today with your photos and projects. TFS.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. Oh wow...your weather is amazing! Love all the photos.
    And your projects are both wonderful! I hope Miss Araminta appreciates her new home!
    Hugs xx

  12. Great photos and love your new projects, hugs Annette x

  13. I'm glad spring has come early your way! Lovely photos and spring inspired work! Thoughtful Great gifts from Lonetta!

  14. oooh was für tolle B ilder,und M rs,Araminta ist ja entzückend in ihrem rosa Blümchenkleid,ihr zuhause ist richtig goldig mit dem schlüssel an der schleife, und sogar eine laterne hat sie angebracht,seeeehr süss.
    die andre karte gefällt mir von den Farben her auch seehr gut.

    GLG Jeannette

  15. The weather looks terrific Valerie and you should be on the tourist board for your area with all the wonders you show in the photographs.

    Love the makes you are showing today. Both are very different but both made me smile.

    Have a terrific day and hopefully lovely weather again for your walk

    Love Chrissie x

  16. Yes, it is frigidly cold here yesterday and today! I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos, Valerie! They are amazing!!! And speaking of amazing, I absolutely loved your wonderful projects. Your creativity is always wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  17. Are you sure it is winter there? LOL! With the trees blooming, Spring can't be far behind for you. It is frigid here, but I know there are other parts of the US that have it worse than NY.
    I love how you did the birdhouse with musical notes to coordinate with the bird! Enjoy your walks!

  18. Lovely photos once again my friend.. Trees in bloom??? Your projects look amazing my friend..


  19. Here's to sweet birdies roosting. Temps are still around 10 here, but when it warms up a bit, it does feel "warmish", we are fickle folks aren't we....LOL

  20. HI Valerie, Thanks for linking this gorgeous yummy creation up to FSC, Love that beautiful image and the subtle colouring gives a lovely vintage feel to it.
    Gorgeous photos, looks like spring has sprung -and no wonder Miss Araminta wanted a new home when it's as lovely as that!
    Hugs, Avril xx

  21. Das kleine Häuschen mit Miss Araminta ist so zauberhaft und so süß! Auch die andere Karte hat so schöne Farben. Mir gefallen die rot-bräunlichen Spitzen sehr!
    LG, LonettA

  22. Hi Valerie, Just gorgeous. Your pics give a warm and spring like feel. The ducks are too cute.
    Love your creations. It is so interesting to read your steps and techniques used to get such wonderful results.
    Lovely card and bookmark from your friend too.
    Have a great day.

  23. You know I enjoy the walks - things are in bloom? I have always enjoyed ducks especially baby ones. Love the bird house - it is true that the chickens do come home to roost. Miss Araminta does look like a domestic bird. Wonderful make - that lace sure is pretty,

  24. Such a beautiful post..your art is gorgeous...I love both pieces..that girl is so stunning! And oh wowness...so lovely to see blooms and buds on trees...how magical to see! Yes lots of snow in Canada, pretty normal for us ha ha! Wishing you a fantastic New year my friend!!

  25. Haha Valerie Miss Araminta hat wirklich eine gute Wahl getroffen, die Süsse! Was ein Traumhaus! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  26. Ein wahres Traumhaus für Miss Aramintha Valerie! So wunderschön! Und auch die Karte und Deine Fotos sind wieder mal perfekt!
    Tolle Post hast Du bekommen!
    Liebe Grüße


  27. Gorgeous makes Valerie, I'm loving what Miss Araminta has done to the old place, the lamp post is the perfect touch! The raspberry, chocolate and cream is a fab colour combo, I will definitely remember this one xx

  28. Everything is so lovely - can't go into detail. LOVE it all. My little ducks on the pavers - beautiful. and of course, my favorite Miss Birdie. hugs, Donna

  29. Hi Valerie. Your entry for FSC is so full of vintage gorgeousness! I always love how partially colouring something in looks so magical...a great make!
    Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  30. Love your bird house and all your other wonderful art!

  31. Ich liebe Miss Araminta und ihr neues Heim! Einfach herrlich! Und die Karte und das Lesezeichen von Annette sind auch wunderschön. Genauso wie die Fotos.

  32. That little bird is so sweet on her tissue paper house!


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