Saturday, 17 September 2016

Miss Jones' Birthday

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. The weather here is still good, so 
I have been out walking and spent the rest of my time playing in
my arty kitchen - fun!

The image I used for this journal page for Art Journal Journal, back to school, is from Gecko Galz, and it looks like a scene out of the 50's. I love the way the kids are celebrating their Miss Jones' birthday. I always got little presents from my students, too, and it is good to feel appreciated. I used a vintage paper background, and added the text and the sentiments. 
I gave the image a filter to loosen the edges a bit.




This morning started off looking quite stormy, but it soon cleared and we had good weather.


Today I saw a small heron, which I have never seen before. It's about a third of the size of the large ones we usually have here. It's always exciting to discover 'new' species!





Autumn is on its wa, even though we still have summer temperatures:




The rain we had in the night made the fungi shoot up:




Have a great day, have fun, and take care.
Thanks a lot for coming by!

26 comments:

  1. You r journal page is fantastic, love the idea, and the photos are wonderful, as always. I never knew there was a small heron! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. OMGosh, Valerie. I swear that woman looks a lot like my grandmother. This lady is heavier than Grams was, but the face is very similar. I swear, I almost started crying when I saw this. What a wonderful entry with what feels like a very, VERY personal memory to me.

    New heron, new fungi, same boat carrying people across the Rhine. Love the photos, of images I've seen before and those that are completely new.

    Again, thanks for this beautiful AJJ entry today. Hope you have a marvelous rest of the weekend.

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  3. Lovely school piece! I thought that first fungi photo were owls!

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    1. Yes they do look life fluffy owls at this stage!

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  4. Fantastic journal page! Love the vintage image! Great photos too! Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF :)

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  5. Good Morning Valerie. What a fabulous journal page you have created. Miss Jones looks every bit like a teacher and I bet she was very strict too. Love the pictures and the small heron is beautiful. My day has just begun, so I'm writing this in my bedroom before going downstairs to face the new day. Hugs Rita xxx


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  6. Autumn is certainly knocking here, with sea-fogs and longer nights albeit the moonlight has been as bright as day.

    I've never seen a small heron like that before.

    I think the last photograph of the fungus on a tree would make a great painting

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  7. What a great page today Valerie. The teacher looks so smart and caring and I love the look of the girls hair so neat and tidy.

    Great photographs with the heron and the wonderful painted boat. It was good to see the other photographs as it showed a sameness to how things look her with lots of berries and fungi.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  8. Hi Val, fantastic page today, nicely done. Enjoyed looking at your photographs too. The stormy sky is fantastic and I think would make a great painting :) T x

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  9. Was für eine schöne Vintage Arbeit... zauberhaft gemacht! Miss Jones sieht ganz verklärt drein!
    Herrliche Aufnahmen Valerie!
    Ich bin heute im Koch- und Backstress und war auch schon lang spazieren..
    die Tage verfliegen!
    Bussi
    Susi

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  10. I love Miss Jones. I think she might possibly be from a piece by Normal Rockwell. Not sure, but it looks like his style. I think the kids figured it was a good way to waste class time...or at least that's what my kids would do! Ha-ha. You really caught the light on one of those mushroom photos. Hope its been a great weekend. Hugs Erika

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    1. Thanks for the hint, I will try to look it up!

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  11. A beautiful page Valerie and loved hearing the story. Great pics too especially those lovely funghi.
    Fliss xx

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  12. A great page Valerie, Miss Jones looks happy to be celebrating her birthday with the class.
    Fabulous photos of the young heron, I found some fungi growing in a hanging basket the other day!
    Avril xx

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  13. Amazing AJJ page Valerie, love the picture of the teacher....so reminiscent of the teachers in the 50s.

    Very interesting photos of the fungi.....they seem to fascinate me.

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  14. Great Back to School page and love all of the photos!! That small Heron is so cute. Wonder what it's story is ?

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  15. This looks likes very fun Birthday party to attend. Her students are so sweet to help her celebrate. Wonderous design! The little Heron is such a nice surprise and so cute. Awesome sauce "new" species. Hehe! Hugz. ~Niki

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  16. The image reminds me so f a Norman Rockwell illustration who knows perhaps it is. Great image of idyllic life with a lovely teacher. Xox

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  17. Miss Jones seems to be a well loved teacher, these are the ones we remember all our lives. Lovely photos again, loved the little heron.
    Yvonne xx

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  18. There's so much to love in this post! Your art is wonderful, I love that sky photo, and the bird and mushrooms are fabulous...

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  19. Miss Jones looks really smart in her go to work clothes. Now that looks like a Norman Rockwell painting!
    As always I enjoyed all of your pictures.
    sandy xx

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  20. Wow! Great nature shots this weekend! that sky is gorgeous! And i love the berry bush photos as well! hugs

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  21. LOVE this journal page Valerie! Your photos are just fab-especially that wonderful sky and the fungi. I didn't recognize that bird but read in some comments that it's a heron. Good to know.

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  22. What a lovely vintage image of a teacher and her students. That sky is amazing. Sometimes stormy skies can be beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  23. What a brilliant page - a wonderful vintage feel to it! I love that little Heron - his wings seem quite out of proportion! Lovely views of the trees and the fungi and your cloud photo is wonderful! Hugs, Chrisx

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