Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The blue flower

Hi Everybody!

It's been another cold and dismal day here, but it's not
stopping the spring flowers blooming, so 
that's good.

For Simon Monday challenge, based on a book, I have
a mixed media tag. The first layer was made with scraps of 
old book pages and letters, and a strip of corrugated
card. I gave it a coat of diluted gesso before going on to the next
layer,  for which I used pieces of paper napkins.
The butterfly was also cut from a napkin, 
pasted on card and fussy cut. I added stardust
Stickles to the wings, and antennas
made from gold wire and tiny, blue glass beads.
I added some glass leaves as embellishment.

The blue flowers always remind me of a poem
by  Josef von Eichendorff, a German writer
of the 19th Century, who wrote
'Die blaue Blume' - the blue flower:

Ich suche die blaue Blume,
Ich suche und finde sie nie,
Mir träumt, dass in der Blume
Mein gutes Glück mir blüh.

Ich wandre mit meiner Harfe
Durch Länder, Städt und Au'n,
Ob nirgends in der Runde
Die blaue Blume zu schaun.

Ich wandre schon seit lange,
Hab lang gehofft, vertraut,
Doch ach, noch nirgends hab ich
Die blaue Blum geschaut

 Roughly translated it means:

I search for the blue flower,
I search and cannot find it,
I dreamed that my luck
Will bloom with the flower.

I wander with my harp
Through countries, towns and meadows,
Always hoping to glimpse 
The blue flower.

I've been wandering  a long time,
And have hoped and believed,
But alas, I was not able
To see the flower anywhere.

My sister Cynthia brought me a card with this poem 
when I was a little girl, and it was the
first German I learned.

Today I am sharing some of the presents I received in the past
weeks, and would like to say 'thanks' again to all of
the senders.

The book came from Sandra, who is a talented and proficient 
author, and is really good, it's well worth a read!
(As are her other books, too)

The purse is also from Sandra:

These bottles are tiny, about 1" high, and were part of a huge
parcel of goodies sent by Gill, and all made with so
much loving care. I have shown some of the other pieces, and will
be showing more as I use them. She also sent a CD with digital images,
as she is a designer at Daisy Trail:

The gorgeous card is also from Gill.

These 2 cards were from Sandy, and accompanied a huge
pile of gorgeous paper napkins which I have been
using lately, and some water-colour cards:

Thanks Ladies!

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

Monday, 27 February 2017

Tea or coffee?

Hi Everybody!

It's been another cold and blustery day here. I went out
for my morning walk and was happy to get back home again.

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at TIOT 
☕-Time for Tea-☕

This fits well to Elizabeth's 
so I would like to give a warm welcome to all of the
nice T gang ladies and anyone else who visits today.

At TIOT you have 2 weeks to link to our theme, and projects 
of all formats are welcome- I made a spread in one of my journals. The background was painted, stamped and stenciled. I cut the cup from
corrugated card, painted it white and then added
a cup-themed napkin. I tucked in a tea-bag and a packet of
sugar (from my fave ice parlour). The drinking ladies
were cut from a paper napkin. The script
was added to make sure that everybody knows
which beverage I prefer!

Doughnuts, or 'Berliner' as they are called here, are one
of the staple foods of carnival. I wanted you to see them,
so I bought 2, one filled with jam and the other with eggnog cream,
yummy! I sacrificed myself for you again. Enjoy!

And cappuccino was on the table, too, as always:

The Rhine path was rather deserted this morning:

I saw this lady and her son making their way to the tram, she was dressed
as a cowboy and he was an old lady.....

I always like taking pics of the shop windows, where the
contents merge with the reflections to become
surreal pictures:

The window boxes in front of the old town hall have
been planted with spring flowers:

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

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Spring is on its way - I hope

Hi Everybody!

I met a bunch a strange people waiting for the tram to take
them into the town for the carnival parades Today.
One group, all men, were dressed as 'Queen Elizabeths',
all beautifully decked out in pastel colours, wearing tiaras,
carrying handbags and skilfully made up - they looked

I have another  12" mixed media tag to share, this time made for
Go Tag Thursday, turquoise and brown. I used some DP
for the background, and cut some cogs from cardboard, which I painted with turquoise and embossed with Frantage EP. Tim's bird branch was cut out twice, Once in turquoise and once in brown, and placed over each other so that a narrow brown 'shadow' remained. I used some nature decorations mixed with fibres and fabric roses in turquoise. I sewed the various layers 
together again.

I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, transport - cogs and the bird transporting a branch.

These rusty statues are in a garden near the castle ruins:

The ruins have decked themselves out in spring flowers:

The buds are getting bigger:

The hospital gardens are full of crocuses:

 Some shops are decorated for spring:

The lingerie shop has added carnival masks to the shop-window
mannequins, which gave me some very surreal pictures:

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

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Weekend this and that

Hi Everybody!

I enjoyed watching the day grow light and a beautiful
sunrise again this morning, but there was a thick
frost on the fields, and there's definitely
a nip on the air. But the buds are growing bigger
and the birds are singing loud and happy,
so I hope that means that spring is on its way!

Today I made a simple tag for the transport
theme at Simon Monday Challenge. I wanted to use the die-cut 
balloon and cogs that dear Gill sent me in her wonderful
parcel. But I also wanted to make a balloon out of material,
so I sewed some little squares together, (thanks Chrissie) and 
cut them into a circle form to fit over the die cut.
I sewed 3/4 of the way round, and then 
pushed some padding into it to make it round. The 
background is a 10" craft tag, which got a quick coat
of cream coloured pain from Pentart, before being
collaged with stencils, a gift from  SandyI left the 
edges rough so that you can see the crafty BG. 
The wonderful quote is from Leonardo,
 and the threads for the tassel were pulled from a piece
of linen when I was fringing it. I sewed the whole thing onto
some recycled black  card from an old calendar.

I am also linking to More Mixed Media, anything goes.

Last night the clouds were rose and gold from the reflected sun:

Sunrise was beautiful:

Jack Frost had walked over the fields:

The buds are growing:

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