Tuesday, 7 February 2017

This n That

Hi Everybody!
We had a wet and windy day here, so I didn't stay out longer
than necessary, and had lots of crafty time😉

I altered a little wannabe Moleskine notebook,
they have them on special offer from time to time,
and 2 A6 ones cost 2,99. That's good!
I painted the background with Pentart soft paint in cream 
and Vivadecor metallic paint in olive. I stamped into the wet paint,
added some Frantage EP, heat dried it, and then let the 
napkin dragonflies fly onto the book. I gave it 2 coats of binder
to make it durable. Quick and easy, less that 15 minutes.

I am linking to Altered Eclectics, anything goes, and 
Stamps and Stencils, texture, crackle and paint.

Back on a fine October Sunday I visited Benrath,
in the south of DĂŒsseldorf, with a Baroque Castle and
a wonderful park. I put the photos on the wrong file and have
just rediscovered them, so here is the first installment:

The castle is in a very good condition:

 A guard house:

Another guard:

A wedding was taking place while I was there, so I will show some
photos tomorrow.

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


  1. Your Moleskin is fabulous, you should make them in series and sell them, I think many people would buy them. Love the photos of Benrath, I remember going there good ten years back and A was sick in the ice parlour! Hug, Sarah

  2. Love the dragonflies in your piece! That castle is exquisite, I loved it.

  3. Sweet. Would love to see some dragonflies soon, but I fear we are entering our real winter weather now. Snows are flying. Love a pink castle, what a pretty place. xox

    1. Yes, it's typical for Barocke buildings, pink & white and lots of ornaments. Keep warm!

  4. Such an interesting design with lots of texture and the strong green stands out really well

    So pleased you found the photographs as it does look like an amazing place to visit. Rain most of the day here so we just had a short walk and worked in the house the rest of the day

    Sleep well

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Oh it's beautiful, I love dragonflies. The photos are so lovely as well.

  6. Love your cover. The dragonflies look so lacy and delicate. :) And boy, the good old days of nice weather. (I know, it will be back again eventually). What a beautiful palace and looks like a beautiful day. :) Hugs-Erika

  7. Loving the page and dragonflies, gorgeous. Your photos are looking like spring, xx{aNNie}

  8. I was very impressed by the texture you achieved, and the gossamer sheen to the dragonflies. This is fantastic.

    What a wonderful castle you found in Benrath. That Baroque castle is fabulous. I really liked the detail and scroll work over the windows and doors. That was detail in its finest. I agree the castle is in wonderful repair. This must be a showcase place to visit in Benrath.

    SO glad you found these files. They make winter seem less drab.

  9. Hello Valerie, your butterflies are gorgeous - just the thing to brighten up a wet and windy day outside!
    I loved seeing that beautiful castle. It's so ornate and you photographed all the lovely details. What an enjoyable visit.
    It must be have been such a nice feeling to have discovered these photos... we are lucky too - thank you.
    Cheerio :D)

  10. Oh my, Valerie, your photos are absolutely amazing! I always love being taken to a far away and beautiful place when I visit your blog. And I love your gorgeous, altered notebook. I really like how the napkin dragonflies found their way onto your beautiful creation! Hugs, Sharon

  11. Beautiful piece today, I just love those dragonflies! That castle looks so amazing, all the wonderful sculptures and that lovely [pond. So glad you ran across those photos! hugs :)

  12. wow, I seem to have missed rather a lot of great stuff in the last week! Love your notebook decorating for a start. And cardboard picking is the new knitting whilst watching TV, eh? Well, I'm not that good at knitting and watching TV at the same time, but I bet I could cardboard pick! Coming from a blacksmithing family (Grandad was a farrier) I love that sculpture, and photos of sky and water etc, are always great viewing. We had a flurry of snow this morning, but I'm sure that sun is trying to peek out. Stay warm. Theresa

  13. OH MY GOODNESS...everything about that castle is so lovely.
    The pink and the stone work and by the water too WOW!
    Also L♥ve how your dragonflies flew onto your journal cover.
    One would never guess they were napkins (typed in a whisper *gg*)
    Napkins are such wonderful collage ingredients.

  14. Your note book cover turned out fabulous.
    I enjoyed the walk about the castle, a very pretty place. My favorite is the church steeple poking out above the trees.
    Looks like more rain for today, it's still a little early to tell.......just breaking daylight right now.

    1. I visited the Church, too, and on the square next to it I discovered a wonderful ice-parlour!

  15. I love dragon flies. They have so much beauty and mystique.
    The photos are so serene. Wonderful.
    Hope you're having a colorful day.

  16. This is lovely. Oh, that castle. The pink. The LION! The lion was just fabulous. Well, it all is. Your dragon flies are beautiful too. What a lovely post to start my day!

    1. There were lots of lions there, and everyone was different, so lovely!

  17. That is a lovely little book cover you made, Valerie. Thank you for sharing those photos. The architecture is spectacular. hugs, Teresa

  18. Schön dieses schnelle Libellencover. Sehr schöne informative Fotos zu Schloß Benrath, das ist zur BlĂŒtezeit im FrĂŒhling bestimmt ein Traum.
    Good night, sleep well.

  19. What a wonderful cover for your book - the dragonflies are beautiful! Benrath looks like a great place to visit - the castle looks amazing! Glad you found these photos again! Chrisx

  20. What a wonderful cover for your book - the dragonflies are beautiful! Benrath looks like a great place to visit - the castle looks amazing! Glad you found these photos again! Chrisx

  21. Its a gorgeous cover for your book and those dragonflies look beautiful, love the delicate wings and glow they seem to have,
    Great photos of the castle.
    Yvonne xx

  22. The dragonflies on your journal cover look fabulous against the black.
    Wonderful pictures of the castle, so different from English ones.
    Avril xx

  23. Your journal cover is lovely - the dragonflies are beautiful... I love watching them when we've had them in our garden.
    Love your photos - and the pink castle.
    Gill xx

  24. What a gorgeous palace!! I just love all of the details you were able to share! those cool little shutters on those windows, I always wondered why the put the latches on the outside, how on earth is one to lock or unlock them up so high?! That clock with angel is beautiful, I love the design of the face! Everything about the palace is remarkable to me, as I have never seen one in person, I hope to one day!
    ps, love your dragonflies!

  25. I love your creation with the dragonflies! Wonderful pictures! Love the pink! Big Hugs!

  26. Beautiful notebook! Love those dragonflies. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  27. Very interesting book cover. I love dragonflies. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectic this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT


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