Saturday, 2 July 2016

Sunday this and that

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

For Art Journal Journey, gardens, I made another hybrid page, using a water-coloured and stamped background, adding the dragonflies digitally. The quote is from Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring', a book which is still very actual in a time where useful insects and bees are in danger of  dying out because of environmental poisons.

This week my swap pages from Chris arrived, and they are gorgeous!
I am going to have a wonderful bird book when it is finished - we still have one more month to go in the swap.

The pages were wrapped in this beautiful DP folder, very artfully folded.

Lots of nice things inside:

Fun pages, tags, and goodies:

The description on the left belongs to the bird on the sewn pocket above, the other tag is the swap tag with details:

The little flap at the bottom opens up and there are 2 birds talking about the rising price of bird food - In Mary Poppins film it was only 2 pence!

I love this one with the peacock feather:

One page lovelier than the other:

Isn't this gorgeous?

And this one?

And all these goodies came with the pages

A tag in a bag:

Thanks Chris, your pages will be treasured, and thanks for all the hard work you put into them.

Clouds and sunshine can be a great mixture:

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


  1. Hi Val, another wonderful post! Love your journal page and the bright colours, and the pages and goodies from your friend are stunning, lucky you! Your book will be a real treasure. Hugs, Sarah

  2. I love the colours in your dragonfly piece. So beautiful, and such a true quote. And what a treat you got from Chris! Lucky you! Have a happy weekend!

  3. lovely garden page and the swap pages from Chris are beautiful!

  4. Oh Valerie, your swap pages from Chris are to DIE for. I was so impressed, and I also like the peacock feather. It's adorable.

    Feed the birds was fun and so was Chris's sewing. I always love to see sewing on pages, and these were wonderful. It was a fantastic swap entry and I'm simply thrilled you shared them with us. In fact, I am more than thrilled with the caliber of this swap, which I knew would be wonderful from the start. And Chris is always generous to a fault with her gifts, just like you!

  5. Forgot to mention the lovely art you created for AJJ, and the really pertinent information about the bees dying out across the globe due to environmental problems.

  6. Your journal page is stunning - I adore dragon flies and the quote is ever so true. The swap pages you received from Chrissie are so very gorgeous - all the little details and gifts to use for other projects. Your swap journal will indeed be a treasure. hugs, Donna

  7. So pleased you like my pages! I will post how I made them. I love the dragonfly page - such gorgeous colours which I see in one of your brilliant photos! Is that a map of the UK in the cloud in the first photo? Scotland seems to be breaking away! Hugs, Chrisx

    1. Yes, it could be, I'm always seeing things in the clouds and my neighbour never sees anything, so I'm glad I'm not the only one!

  8. Love your amazing art journal page Valerie and your swap pages and gifts are gorgeous - lucky you!
    Have a great Sunday.
    Fliss xx

  9. A beautiful page, with the quote and the insects. We must have had a similar thought for today, I'm saving the bees. Love your pages from Chris, your collection from the swap must be a joy to see together. Fab photos as well.
    Yvonne xx

  10. A beautiful journal page - love the dragonflies and quote, the photos are lovely and how lucky are you to get such fabulous goodies from Chris.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. Fabulous page, love the dragonflies, full of colour and loveliness xx{aNNie}

  12. Eine tolle Seite mti den Libellen und sagenhafte Dinge hat Dir Chris geschickt!
    Wunderbar Aufnahmen vom Himmel!
    Einen schönen Sonntag

  13. The journal page is wonderful with a thought provoking message to go with the wonderful images

    Such beautiful ideas for the folder from Chris and the very beautiful pages and artwork

    Love the photographs with wonderful atmosphere.

    Hope your day is going well

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. A glorious feast of beautiful things to behold - loved everything!
    Gill xx

  15. Valerie Alexandra is having a wonderful contest for her Sunday Sketches next Sunday and I thought of you,
    Maybe you would be interested as the theme is England.

  16. You hit the jackpot, Val. Chris's offerings are lovely.
    And your dragonflies on blue....beautiful. I love dragonflies don't you?
    The clouds and sunshine are awesome.

  17. LOVE your page and the reference to Rachel Carson. That book is still a classic. And I must say, you are going to have a fantastic book of bird art when you art finished. My favorite is the ocean and sandpiper page, but they are all so beautiful. Hope you're having a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

  18. Always so refreshing and inspiring to pop in here Valerie. Adore your journal page with the digitally added dragonflies and such true words spoken. Wow Chris' artwork is beautiful.
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  19. Your dragonfly piece is stunning and that quote is such a good one.
    It is hard not to feel discouraged that a book written in the early 60's still needs to be "heard".
    So many lovely bird creations from Chris!
    Blackbird singing is one of my favs.
    AND your cloud photos = ooh la laa Mother Nature sure can put on a show.

  20. Beautiful dragon fly page with a great quote! A wonderful message to all! The swap pages are gorgeous too!! I especially love the colourful one too! Chris did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  21. A fabulous background for the dragonflies Valerie, love the quote too.
    The swap pages and tags from Chris are beautiful and lovely 'happy mail' included.
    Stunning photographs of the clouds,
    Avril xx

  22. Your sky photos are stunning. What a nice package of birdie goodness you received from Chris. Nice page with the dragonflies. They have such lovely colours in their wings. hugs, Teresa

  23. Love your hybrid page Valerie and what an amazing set you received for your swap! Your sky photos are so amazing, I have never been lucky enough to see the sun rays coming through the clouds like that! So beautiful! hugs and happy long weekend if you're celebrating one :)

  24. love the pages and recognise the black clouds too lovely photos

  25. Your dragon fly page is amazing :-). What a wonderful collection of bird pages and goodies from Chris, perfect and so thoughtful! :-)

  26. The art is absolutely lovely and the photos of the sky magnificent. Excuse my sporadic visits -- limited internet and overwhelmed when I get online!


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