Sunday, 12 April 2015

Stars and more for Sunday

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

For Art Journal Journey, Favourite poem or quote, I made a page with a  quote supposed to be from Shakespeare, although it doesn't seem to appear anywhere in exactly this form, and is probably a misquote from his play, 'Julius Caesar'. But I still like it! 'It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves'.  For my page I used a painted and stenciled background which has been ready for some time. I drew the stars and planets and 'my' head with white pen and coloured some with gold and red metallic pens.





Recently I did a private challenge with Chrissie, where we challenged each other to make something spring-like using our newly acquired sewing machines. I sent mine to her, and as it has already arrived there safely, I can show you the sewing bag I made for her. It is reversible, with 2 different sides, and has appliques on the front and the back. I did a lot of unpicking as well as sewing, and there is room for improvement, but I finished it, and am proud of that!





Lilly and Lucky are enjoying their lives, as always.



This bullfinch often sits in the tree in front of my balcony, seems to be shy, and always tries to hide behind twigs when he sees me:



And here he is in all his glory:


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



31 comments:

  1. Your bag is very springy and pretty – I like the prints and color. I also think your cats are very photogenic and your little bird is adorable. I have not seen this type of bird here, but we have a couple of family of red cardinals and yellow finches to bring color to our tree branches.

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  2. beautiful bag, such a talent to be able to sew! Love today's quote and page!

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  3. Love the journal page, and the bag is beautiful, so glad you are getting along well with the sewing machine! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Eine herrliche Seite Valerie und das Zitat kann ich unterstreichen!
    Die Tasche ist wunderbar genäht ! Bewundernswert was Du alles kannst!
    Herrliche Fotos sind Dir auch wieder gelungen!
    Lilly und Lucky werden bald Starallüren kriegen, wenn Du sie so oft zu Fotosessions bittest!
    Einen schönen Sonntag wünsch ich Dir!
    xxx
    Susi

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  5. Das ist ja eine tolle Seite - klasse!!!
    Boah, wie toll du nähen kannst und die wunderschönen Vogel-Aplikationen - eine wirklich tolle Tasche die sicher jeden Tag Freude bringt. Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  6. wow was für eine tolle seite,und die tasche ist klasse.
    hab ein schönes we.

    bussi jeannette

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  7. A beautiful bag Valerie, well done. I always get so annoyed when I have to unpick, it's usually when I'm trying to hurry and end up sewing the wrong bits together! Lol! I haven't sewn or crafted in a few weeks but you've inspired me. Have a lovely Sunday. Xx

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    1. Exactly - I sewed the wrong seams together and had to unpick it.

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  8. A really beautiful bright page Valerie and your bag is so pretty too.
    I enjoyed your lovely photos too so thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely day.
    Fliss xx

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  9. What great post Valerie. I'll start with the fabulous colourful print, it really is amazing and would look great hung on a wall. Your sewing bag looks wonderful and I'm sure you enjoyed making too. Great Pictures too and the cats are adorable. I have never seen a bullfinch before in close up, really colourful bird. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  10. Love your artwork today Valerie, the colours are jumping right off the page! Your purse is fantastic, I am so jealous that you find time and energy and know-how to put together something so fabulous! LOVE IT!! Happy Sunday, hugs :)

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  11. Wonderful bright vibrant page today Valerie and great sewing project. My sewing machine has been gathering dust for ages, will one day let it see daylight again.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Love the bright colours, Valerie. AND I didn't know you sewed. That's fantastic! I'm really into quilting and it was wonderful to see your handbag.

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  13. Love today's quote, and the bag is just fantastic. So Springy and so like you to use birds as an embellishment!

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  14. Love the art and it's message!!! You did a great job on the bag!! Love the fabrics you choose. ♥ The BullFinch is beautiful!!

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  15. This is really lovely Val, the colours are so vivid, and it's a great quote, Shakespeare or not lol. Your sewing bag is wonderful, I could never get my head around making something reversable xx

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  16. A great journal page Valerie, love the vivid colours.
    Great sewing project, and well done with applique.
    Loved the photos of the bullfinch, a beautiful bird.
    Avril xx

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  17. Great page and terrific shopping bag. You are a woman of many talents. Hugs to you, Lily & Lucky

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  18. Love the bold colors on your journal page. You are very skilled with your sewing machine as well. Cute kitties!!

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  19. Love the sewing bag with the pretty green bird and that lovely patterned lining, what a pretty and useful present.
    What a great photograph of the bullfinch. We see him here very seldom, but when he comes (with his less brightly coloured wife) it is a great event.
    Your painting is so vibrant and perfectly matches the quote.
    And its always good to see these two pampered pussy cats.

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  20. What a beautiful bag you made with the added elements to the front -- terrific job of putting it together, lining and all.

    I believe I was the model for your head in your project today. Can't wait to grow back some hair and look like a normal person again.

    Love the new photos of spring and the one of the finch is exceptional..

    Hugs,
    C

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    1. Oh yes, I know that hairless feeling!

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  21. Fantastic painting, wonderful energy! The bag is so cute and so is your little finch. The cats are adorable too!

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  22. So beautiful projekts, I like all of them.

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  23. Einen schönen Beutel hast du da genäht... heute Abend ist bei mir auch wieder Nähtreff...einen Beutel wollte ich auch schon lang nähen...
    Auch dein Bild von heute sieht wunderschön aus, tolle Farben und Spruch.
    Der Dompfaff ist ein wunderschöner Kerl, klasse abgelichtet!
    Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

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  24. Wow! This is such a vibrant page - love it! Love bullfinches too, so great to see your photos! Chrisx

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  25. Those cats are hysterical with their personalities!!
    Love the BullFinch- I have never seen one here- must look them up to see if they are in our neck of the woods!! I too am a bird lover!! xo

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