Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Mid-week this and that

Hi Everybody!
Today is cold, wet, wild and windy, and so I arrived back home
wet and tired, and plan on having an easy
afternoon with my feet up.

For Art Journal Journey, Yvonne's wonderful 'out and about' challenge,
 I have a hybrid piece using my fave bears again (Serif). The background is a photo of the plastic lid I use as my palette. Family bear are
having a picnic for Dad's birthday, and he forgot to bring goodies for the kids
and has already emptied nearly all the bottles. Mother Bear
is not amused

For Paint Party Friday I have a double mixed media spread
in my 2nd 'new' journal, using a painted background, paper napkins
and stenciling. The quote is from Dylusions. I am also linking to Simon
Monday Challenge, make your own background:

We had some incredible skies again this week:

I discovered this strange, rusty fire hydrant on my walks,
I think it will be good for a steampunk piece sooner
or later:

Have a good week you all,
take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by


  1. Hi Val, glad you posted before we left, we'll be in F/M till tomorrow evening. Love both of your journal pages, the teddies are always so funny, so are those cute birds. Take care, hugs, Sarah

  2. The bears picnic made me smile Valerie - the way she has her hands on her hips you can really imagine her moaning at him for forgetting the goodies :)
    Your journal spread is lovely - the birds are fab and love the colours of it all.
    Nice skies - but my favourite was that hydrant very steampunk looking and also like a robot maybe.
    Hope you have a lovely relaxing afternoon.
    Gill xx

  3. LOL! Cute and funny journal page Valerie.
    Magnificent photos today. I LOVE the cloud formations ( even copied them for future painting ideas) and the silhouettes against the sky are just awesome!

  4. Fabulous pages Valerie x love the hybrid page and of course those birds are super sweet x hope you have a lovely relaxing afternoon x
    Love the stunning photographs........simply amazing xx

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  5. Father bear looks like he was having a grand time at his party, its a fantastic fun page and had me smiling when I saw it.
    The hybrid page looks beautiful, love the napkins you used. I'm still at the looking and saving stage with the ones you sent to me.
    Fabulous photos of the sky.
    Hope you are having a good rest this afternoon.
    Yvonne xx

  6. I love the teddy bears picnic and your journal spread is beautiful. Stunning sky photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  7. Nice teddy bears and lovely journal pages. Brilliant photos!
    Nice to see you at AJJ again.

  8. OMGosh the pictures are amazing. The colors are so bright and crisp. What a great walk!
    Also loved the blues in your piece.
    And the bears were a hoot:)

  9. Your art is fabulous today. I found humor in the AJJ entry, and really enjoyed the beauty of the PPF entry.

    What a fabulous rainbow. It was spectacular, but the rusty fire hydrant was what caught my eye. My rusty eye!

  10. A wonderful bears picnic and the birthday boy looks to have enjoyed it.

    Love the journal spread with the amazing blues. Cornflowers are very beautiful.

    Terrific sky pictures. It seems like you had all the weather in one day Valerie

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Love the bears birthday party! What a great idea you used for the background!!!
    The photos are all so heavenly and that fire hydrant reminds me of a short robot!!!
    Great post, Valerie... but then you never have a bad one đź’•

  12. What a sweet picnic scene and I am so charmed by the birds with hats... The sky photos are so beautiful too.

  13. wundervolle frühlingshafte seiten hast du gemacht,und schöne bilder vom regenbogen und den himmel,traumhaft.
    wĂĽnsch dir eine gute nacht,schlaf gut.

    hugs jenny

  14. Beautiful pages for the challenges, enjoyed your sky photos too. Happy PPF!

  15. Gorgeous blues in your journal, the sky and love your interesting post. xx ♥[aNNie]

  16. Wonderful pages each in their own way and stunning photos, wow!

  17. Ah, yesterday was a wintery mix - I stayed in. But things are looking promising for a sunny Friday :-) Love that fire hydrant, it looks robot like - definitely steampunk inspiration. Great blue journal pages, nice hats on the birds, and paint pallets and wipe off cloths create great effects without any thought on our part! Best wishes for the remainder of the week, hope you can stay dry. Theresa xx

  18. Lustig deine Bären-Szene. Deine Seiten mit den schönen blauen Blumen und den Hügeln gefallen mir sehr gut. Aber diese Himmel -Fotos sind diesmal ganz besonders schön,sogar einen Regenbogen hast du eingefangen.
    Big Hugs

  19. A picnic would be so much fun right now. And even more fun with teddy bears. :) Also loving your journal spread a lot. I am so ready for flowers and spring and your flowers are very pretty on this page. Only 11 more days until winter is really over. And lastly, loving all the color in the sky. Wow. Its like being at a museum without having to pay the price of admission. :) Happy Thursday. Hugs-Erika

  20. Hi Valerie! Thanks for your visit to my blog! And all I can say is WOW! What gorgeous works of art you made this week. I love the adorable bear family!!! So cute and very creative, my friend. And your "Spread Your Wings" pages are absolutely beautiful. I love your hybrid page and that quote! But I especially loved seeing your amazing photos. Thank you so much for sharing. (I cannot wait to see what you create with the fire hydrant photo!)

  21. More great journal spreads ♥♥♥♥ The bears are always fun where ever the show up :) You did have some amazing skies for sure. WE had storms on Monday. A tornado struck about 2 miles from us, in the night . Hubby slept right through it and I laid there listening to it , thinking we should get up and go downstairs. Lots of damage where it struck but we didn't have any here.

  22. The multi-colored sunrise is beautiful.
    Hope the sun is shining and your day goes quickly.

  23. Love those bears Valerie. As you always do the colouring is fabulous too. Beautiful cloud formations and the pictures look amazing. Lucky you finding the hydrant too. Hope your well. Hugs Rita xxx

  24. Your teddy bear family page is so much fun and very cute! The "Spread your wings" page is wonderful featuring those adorable birds and the blues of the flowers are gorgeous, as are the blue skies you captured in your photos! Amazing sunset and rainbow too! Happy Thursday and enjoy the rest of your week! J :-)

  25. Glorious skies and a rainbow too Oh My!
    Your teddies made me smile liebe Valerie.
    Seems Papa Bear is going to enjoy his party no matter what ;-)
    Oh those blue and purple flowers are splendid.
    The Cornflower/Bachelor Buttons are a favorite of mine (so many flowers to L♥ve!) oxo

  26. Bears, picnics, vivid colour, clouds, rainbows ........ intoxicating!

  27. Love the blues of the flowers ...
    Those teddies did make me smile ...
    Love the colour and shape of the rusty fire hydrant ...
    The skies in all of your photo's are gorgeous ...

    A lovely post, thank you.

    I do hope things are going well for you with the treatments you spoke of.
    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  28. Wow Valerie that first piece is amazing. I love the texture of the bears. Of course you mixed media is always so thrilling. I must say I think these are the best sky photos you have taken. Just beautiful.

  29. It's so good to see the bear family again! Looks as though a 'Dad dance' isn't going to improve Mother Bear's humour!! I love your journal spread - and those two cute birds…I hope they become 'regulars'! Such beautiful skies you are getting - I was just happy to see a blue sky yesterday! Hope you are getting on OK! Hugs, Chridx

  30. Hello dear Valerie, wow I love the bear's picnic - how clever of you to use your palette as the background (double usage ;D)).
    Happy PPF!! and your journal page is gorgeous with the pretty cornflowers, crocuses and sweet birdies in their adorable hats! Makes for so much happiness to see your art and how your creativity works.
    Wonderful skies too, many thanks and lots of happy days to you :D)xx

  31. Please take care of yourself, with the yucky weather! I don't want you getting sick! Great art pieces!! Love them!! You are such a creative person! Love the sky photos! WOW!!! That fire hydrant is so cool! Big Hugs!

  32. Fabulous pages the picnic and the flowers! Wow on that sunset! We've had snow off and on here! So unusual for this time of year!

    Hugs Giggles

  33. Divine background with batchelor buttons, love your bears( I am a collector) and oh my your gorgeous skies!!! have a beautiful weekend!

  34. Your bears are simply delightful. And your photography is smashing good.
    The birds on the napkin art are funny with their hats or headdresses. I loved them all. Happy PPF and wishing you another very creative week ahead.

  35. Your mixed media spread is rather glorious. I do love cornflowers. The bear picnic made me laugh.
    Happy PPF

  36. Whoa - those skies... you're lucky, I love skywatching almost any time.The bears are really cute, but I totally love your 'new' journal spread. It looks awesome and the quote - so very true. All should follow it, but not all do.

  37. Glorious photos Valerie!!
    Your bear spread is too funny-love dancing dad!
    Your floral napkin spread is just gorgeous! Love your words, birds and flowers!

  38. Fabulous artwork! And the photos are mesmerizing. :)

  39. Wow fabulous art, your top piece made me smile (thanks needed that) and the next one is gorgeous. I especially liked seeing the rainbow, I'll think of Archie going over the rainbow bridge where all the other loved fur babies are hanging out and having fun. Thanks for your kind words at my blog,hugs xx

  40. Your bears are so very cute and your photos are fab too!

  41. Your entire post today is a wonderful place to be.

  42. Such a delightful post today! Your bears are darling and the skies magnificent. Happy PPF

  43. adorable hybrid piece, and I love your gorgeous journal spread Valerie!! Your skyline scenes are breathtaking-wow! Happy PPF!

  44. Bears are thoughtless way :). Delightful!Thanks for visiting my blog and for the thoughtful comments.

  45. Really beautiful journal pages and the rusty fire hydrant is cool too ;)

  46. Incredible skies is right! Wow! Such colors- and I LOVE rainbows. :)

    Beautiful pieces- though the journal has really caught my eye. The flower colors are so stunning. Love the quote too. :)

    Happy weekend!

  47. Love the message and the birds! That fire hydrant is fabulous, too! Have a great week!

  48. What a great idea to use that palette as a background. Love the bears! And the journal page is bringing me in spring-mood :-)

  49. What a great journal page, full of life and vibrant colour! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  50. Hello Valerie! The bear family is adorable. Very funny situation! Made me laugh. I love your journal spread, the birds are so vibrant! Don't you feel something special when you see a rainbow? I sure do.
    xo Irene

  51. Love the beautiful flowers and birds in your art journal! Happy PPF!

  52. Oh, look at those skies! Big fabulous! And I love both your art pieces, especially your pretty flower painting!

  53. Journal pages are extraordinary. Photos are perfection. Blessings, Janet

  54. Oh my gosh, those cloud pictures are incredible. Love your journal pages, the bears made me laugh!
    Sandy xx


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