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!


  1. A fantastic, perfect Mixed Media tag and amazing photos! Happy evening!

  2. The fabric balloon is magical! I love the different fabrics you used and it looks great with the gears. And your sunsets are truly to die for. Fabulous!

  3. Your tag is wonderful, love how you sewed the balloon skin. Great photos, too, here it rained and sleeted. The kids are all sick today, horror! Have a nice weekend, Hugs, Sarah

  4. Valerie, this post is so very magical...I love everything about it!!!
    Your tag is fantastic...I love mixed media, and your photos are literally...heavenly.
    Thank you for this beautiful post on this Saturday morning~

    Big Hugs

  5. What a fun tag.
    Your opener is as descriptive as your pictures.

  6. What an amazing tag. You are taking tags to a whole new level Valerie

    Wonderful sunrise and frosty fields photographs.

    Hope you have a nice evening

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Simply love, love, love the transport link tag and the words you've used too.

    Lovely to see your photographs, the skies can provide such wonderful colours.

    Good wishes for the weekend

    All the best Jan

  8. Beautiful artwork Valerie, I love the balloon and the Leonardo di Vinci fits perfectly.
    Your sky photographs link it all together.
    Happy PPF and I hope you have a wonderful weekend :D

  9. Love the aircraft 'con-trails' in the photographs which chime perfectly with the really clever ballooning tag.

    Having spent 25 years in a flying career ... and ages writing about balloons, makes this post of yours very appealing, Valerie

    1. That's the advantage of being near the airport!

  10. Very cool little piece and the sky photos are amazing!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. Beautiful tag and quote today Valerie! It will be March in no time!

  12. Love your beautiful balloon Valerie. So creative and so well sewn too. Gorgeous landscape photos too.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Fliss xx

  13. Its a gorgeous tag, so much to see and be inspired by. Love the hot air balloon and quote.
    Wonderful sky photos, especially the ones of the sun rising.
    Yvonne xx

  14. wow,das tag ist großartig,bin ganz begeistert,und deine sonnenbilder sind traumhaft.
    einen schönen sonntag.

    hugs jenny

  15. Beautiful tag. I love the quote and the balloon. I have always longed to fly and often dream that I can, but wake not remembering quite how to do it. Maybe I should take a hot air balloon trip. :)

    Superb sun photos! Love all the colors in the sky!

    Happy weekend!

  16. The tag is great!!! Love the balloon and the quote is perfect. We had frost this morning and will probably have it tomorrow too. Then it warms back up again. My first daffodile bloomed today :)

    1. Lots of flowers in bloom here too, so good to see!

  17. Cool tag today Valerie. I love how you used cloth and the industrial/travel pieces. Interesting contrasting values. And it looks cold there-its cold here too. The wind was whipping yesterday and it was a good day to sit in by the fire. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

  18. I just love your sky photos and the beautiful tag. You are one very talented lady.
    Enjoy the rest of the day. :)

  19. Ohhh this is awesome. Love the stitching. Wonderful photos too.

  20. Dein Ballon aus Stoffen sieht Spitze aus,klasse Idee dieses Minipatchwork.
    Wunderbare Fotos auch wieder, besonders die Knospe sieht interessant aus,was mag das wohl sein. Ja es sprießt mit macht da Draußen und wir haben heute schon die erste Stunde genüßliche Gartenarbeit hinter uns gebracht. Unter dem trockenen Laub war schon richtig was los.
    Liebe Grüße

  21. Oh how beautiful your tag is. I love the quote too! Also your cloudscapes are lovely. You put so much beauty in your posts!

  22. This tag is amazing, love the hot air balloon made out of fabric. So cool. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  23. A fabulous tag Valerie! Love seeing the beautiful bud and once again your sky photos are wonderful! Chrisx

  24. I love your tag! I love your creations! Amazing photos!!! The sky pictures are breath taking! Big Hugs!

  25. Your tag is fantastic - I love how you altered the balloon and did all that lovely stitchwork. I've overcome my fear of the gelli plate so maybe next I should do the same with my sewing machine ha ha. (you've inspired me! )
    Your skies have been lovely - great photos.
    Have a great week..... Gill xx

  26. I viewed this post yesterday and had to back up to tell you how wonderful to use fabric for the balloon. You do come up with some unique ideas and provide a lot of inspiration for me. Getting back to the craft room is exciting but slow. A few days earlier you showed us some journal covers that were also outstanding. Love your blog, Valerie.


  27. What a totally cool tag Valerie!!
    Is there any style you can't work? heehee Fab make with that puffy balloon!
    Your photos are lovely and the buds are inspiring, still waiting....


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