It's been another cold and dismal day here, but it's not
stopping the spring flowers blooming, so
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 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:
Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by.