Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The face of autumn.

Hi Everybody!

Lots going on today, so I'll get started straightaway:

Today we are beginning a new challenge at TIOT - autumn colours/ leaves.
Projects of all formats are allowed, and you have 2 weeks, as always, to link your autumnal themes to us - looking forward to seeing you there!
I made a mixed media A3 page. I drew the face on the gessoed page and coloured it with water colours and metallic paints. The birds were stenciled with Dina Wakley's stencil. The quote is from John Donne.

I am also linking to 49 faces and to Art Journal Journey, through my window, and to Kim Dellow's Show your face..







At Tag Tuesday our theme this week is Nature's Bounty, so I made a tag in autumn colours, with gold embossed leaves on a painted and stenciled background. I added a mix of dried seed pods, glass beads, buttons etc as embellishments, and some fibres as tie. I stitched it to a backing of corrugated cardboard.




Today is also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so welcome to all the gang. I baked a bread pudding this afternoon, using left over whole wheat bread, raisins and prunes soaked in Brandy (to disinfect them!), ground nuts,  lots of mixed spices, brown sugar and cinnamon. I sprinkled some roasted sesame seeds on top to make it nice and crunchy. I have a visitor coming Tuesday afternoon, so I have to keep my fingers off it till  then! But you are welcome to try it! This is something I often make in Autumn and winter, as it tastes good hot or cold, and is also delicious with vanilla sauce or ice-cream!


My drink is Coffee Latte today, I made it extra to share with you!



The pigeons were all sitting in the tree this morning waiting for breakfast:


I saw this huge sunflower in the grouds of the hospital, next to the house from the 12th century:




And I nearly had a photo of a kingfisher, but he flew before I could press the shutter - but the stream is still nice!


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

44 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love everything. And now after looking at the pictures, I'm hungry:) And the coffee latte was delicious. Thanks for sharing. Hugs,

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  2. I feel like Sandra -- everything is gorgeous. Love your page, adore you tag (over the top), your pudding made me droooool, and of course enjoyed our walk. I can't understand why I'm not getting in shape when I walk with you every day. A mystery. If your pudding is missing in the morning, you'll know where it is. Have an amazing day, Valeria. hugs, Donna

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  3. Lovely work for the themes, enjoying your fall colours in your works. That bread pudding looks amazing Valerie, you are such a good baker and a latte maker too. Gorgeous photos as well.

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  4. Love all the work you made today, great art and the bread pudding and coffee - just YUMMY! Hugs, Sarah

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  5. EIn herrliches Herbstgesicht mit dem tollen Spruch dazu ! Und das Tag ist ein Traum..ganz zu schweigen von Deinen TSFT shares heute...yummmmmmie! Nicht zu vergessen all die schönen Bilder!
    Danke Valerie!
    Das macht gute Laune am frühen Morgen!

    Bussi
    Susi

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  6. wow,dein herbstgesicht ist grandios,tolles stück,dein tag gefällt mir auch sehr.
    schönen tag heute.

    hugs jenny

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  7. That is a gorgeous drawing and thanks for the Latte, I take tea white with one sugar.

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  8. Yummy treat for your guest Valerie.

    The page is amazing with the very beautiful face and the amazing little leaf shapes. Best of all the line from the John Donne poem which fits so well with the images.

    Wonderful tag with so much of nature's bounty on it and the wonderful autumn colours.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. Your Autumnal face is very beautiful, as is your tag. I also like your bread and coffee and would love to share with you. The sunflower is a fine size! There is a local competition here each year, for the children, to see who can grow the tallest sunflower; the winner gets there photo in the local paper. :D
    Happy T Day :D

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  10. Oh what an enjoyable post! I love your autumn face! Beautiful! And the tag too in autumn colours.
    The cake looks yummy. It's the sort of thing I'd make. Thanks for sharing that. I'll have mine with custard please. And perhaps you could make me a moka as it looks like you have a coffee machine to make these lovely coffees.
    I enjoyed looking at the photos in your town. The little stream is beautiful. As is the sun flower by the wall.
    Have a good Tuesday,
    Lisca#8

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  11. Yup, you have a lot going on. Love the face. She is a woodland nymph of the season for sure. And today is national coffee day-or so they just told me on the morning news, so your latte photos are just perfect.Yup, yummy looking baking...bread pudding tastes so good on cooler days. Now I want some. Yum. Have a great visit with your friend today.

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    1. Thanks for the infor, I must drink lots of coffee today to celebrate the event!

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  12. Your lady is lovely. I'm so used to seeing a green eyed beauty, this autumnal lass with the brown eyes was quite different.

    Your tag blew me away. There was so much detail and the close-up of the gold splashed leaf showed how detailed you made this tag. It's really, really lovely, and I spent a lot of time looking at all the details including the cardboard, which is always a fun addition.

    I also read it's International Coffee Day, but it was too late to use it when I posted. I must remember Sept 29, because it's free coffee at lots of places, but I suspect mostly in the US. Your latte looks like how I drink my coffee.

    The bread pudding has me wishing I had made something like that for my guests. It looks lovely, and sounds even better.

    It seems LOTS of us have posted photos of sunflowers today, whether on their table or in the ground. Yours is lovely.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely lady, that over-the-top tag, and the latte and bread pudding with us for T this Tuesday. I'm ready to have a slice, if there is any left after your friend leaves.

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    1. I wish we got free coffee here today - nothing like that round here, but I keep myself well supplied here at home!

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  13. beautiful portrait with wonderful autumn mane! Your tag is stunning Valerie! Your treat and latte are perfect for a fall day and a walk along the stream.

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  14. At this point you know how much I love Autumn, and seeing your beautiful lady and gorgeous tag were a bonus for me before I set off on my trip! Be well, my friend, and we will catch up on my return. Hugs!

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  15. Another fabulous selection of art projects, photos and edibles. Good job I have just finished lunch or I would be helping myself to some of the delicious pudding. Enjoy your afternoon with your visitor.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. I love the face you drew and her lovely hair of leaves! Such a great autumn piece as is that gorgeous tag! You made me so hungry with that delicious bread pudding and I am so glad you soaked the prunes in brandy for a good disinfection! LOL! Enjoy the day and your company!

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  17. I love your Autumn colors. And that sunflower! Happy T (must be for coffee) Day ;)

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  18. Wow you are so busy. I am thinking about joining in on a challenge. Will have to find one that is just starting. Love your art as always. Would love to join you in a cup of coffee.
    Have a great day
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  19. the painting of the woman with the birds all around her is amazing,, I love it!
    The tag, oh my,, so rich and Autumn perfect!
    I am so so glad you disinfected the raisins and prunes,, one can never be too careful lol, sounds delicious,

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  20. What a beautiful autumn colored post. I LOVE THAT FACE!!!!

    Thank you for the lovely comment you left me, will pass the congrats to the GDs.

    Happy T-day

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  21. Love your Autumn lady with the falling leaves and it's lovely quote. Your tag is stunning, love everything about it.
    I'm sure your friend will enjoy her visit - just hope she doesn't eat all your bread pudding - looks delicious.
    Avril xx

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  22. Autumn leaves, bread pudding, sunflower, and that stream... you live in paradise? Happy T-Day!

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  23. I bet you are a real good cook and your coffee looks absolutely delicious.
    Your lady is beautiful and autumn colors just have to be my favorite - always beautiful. For that matter, your tag is pretty fantastic too!
    Why is that opening at the hospital bricked in - what did it used to be?
    Grey day here today - we have had a lot of rain this last month especially. Much more than is normal.
    See ya later gator!
    Sandy xx

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    1. It used to be a window which they bricked in for some reason! Why? Your guess is as good as mine!

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  24. Love all the images in this post!! Your beautiful fall lady is stunning, and the tag you made is so luscious with all the layers! Your bread pudding looks yummy...but quite different than what I usually make. My recipe is definitely more on the 'pudding' side, while yours looks more like a bread! Happy T day...♥

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  25. Wow... Valerie! This is my favorite face of yours now! Absolutely wonderful!
    The Autumn tag is very beautiful.
    Hugs, Mar

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  26. Love your face for autumn creation and the fall tag is spectacular! The bread looks so tastey and the coffee the perfect treat. Gorgeous walking pics. I love the photo of the stream. So peaceful!
    Hugs, cm

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  27. Love your page Valerie! The face in autumnal colours is so beautiful! And the warm tag- masterpiece!

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  28. Love your page Valerie! The face in autumnal colours is so beautiful! And the warm tag- masterpiece!

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  29. Stunning face with the autumn leaves twirling away - it's just beautiful. Wonderful tag too - and so nice to see the sunshine in your photos.
    Alison xx

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  30. Don't mind if I do have a sip and a bite!! So yummy looking and I love the sunflowers too!! Wonderful ode to Autumn your girl is beautiful!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  31. Love the fall face!! Pretty tag, too. I have never even seen bread pudding and it looks nothing like I imagined. Looks better, by the way--LOL! Lovely creek. Happy T-Day! :)

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  32. I am here at your blog at last - my treat for working so hard!! I have missed visiting and with this first post I am loving it all - your gorgeous lady with the birds flying free in her hair, the absolutely glorious Autumn tag, your brilliant photos and then….the bread pudding…and latte! Oh yeah!!! I know I have more treats to come before bedtime so heading back through your blog now and I wish you a gentle good night as I know you are an hour ahead of me!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  33. WOW!!! Great mix of artwork and photographs. Nature and food. This was a delightful post to see!

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  34. What treat that was Valerie! Can't believe I had only commented on one post since 17th which BTW was one of my favourites!! I shall sleep better tonight for sure! Chrisx

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  35. Your Autumn face is amazing and beautiful. I love your highly textured tag.
    hugs,
    Teresa

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  36. Oh my, dessert with coffee, a lovely journal page and fantastic tag topped and with a bright yellow sunflower. How great is that! Hard to believe the month has ended so quickly. Playing catch up tonight as we returned from Oregon late today.

    Hugs,
    C

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  37. Catching up from yesterday - glad I never missed this. Love your beautiful face and tag and always so pleased to see your close up photos to read the quotes and see the details. Amazing details on your tag - love that!
    Food and drink looked yummy! and I loved the grungy look on the froth of your coffee latte - what a great effect to re-create on a canvas ..with paint of course LOL Gill xx

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  38. Love the page, it's stunning hugs Bee.

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  39. Oh my Valerie! Such a yummy post all the way through!! Your face is just beautiful with those leaves ,and that tag!! my oh my- Gorgeous!!! i love all of the tiny touches you used to create it! xo

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    1. ps...the bread pudding- I think I cam smell it from here! heehee

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  40. Such a wonderful Autumnal feel to your makes and post! Love your face, love the birds. Thanks so much for joining Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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