Monday, 27 March 2017

TSFT, Tiot and more....

Hi Everybody!

Tuesday is Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday party,
and we are beginning a new challenge
at TIOT - Botanical.
As always, projects of all formats are welcome
and you have 2 weeks to link up your creations -
Hope to see lots of you there!

At Tag Tuesday - birds and nests - you still have a week
to join us!

For TIOT I made a mixed media spread in my 2nd new journal. 
The background was gessoed, and the rest stenciled 
and collaged. I added more colour with oil pastels
and a Dyelusions quote:

I am also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, things with wings.

Here I would like to welcome all the nice ladies of the
T Gang.
Last Tuesday I went on a little outing to a chocolate
shop in the old town. They serve drinking
chocolate in all variations in a Paris-type
bistro-cafe, and there is a second room where they
sell delicious chocolate specialities to take home -
truly a little paradise on earth!

A chocolate fountain:

'Give in to your longing for chocolate without complexes
or false shame. Remember, no sensible human being is
without a spark of madness'

I had a white chocolate flavoured with espresso:

My neighbour had milk chocolate with peppermint:

'Chocolate is a feeling of happiness which is touchable, 
understandable and above all edible'

Hope you enjoyed your little outing with me!
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Love the beautiful journal pages, so colourful, and I would LOVE to visit that chocolate shop with you, perhaps next time I'me in town. Hope your day went well. Hugs, Sarah

  2. Oh how beautiful your journal pages are, they are so lovely! The cafe looks dangerously filled with delicious treats...

  3. Oh Valerie, the colors in your piece just knock my socks off -- they're fabulous and so happy!

    Even though chocolate isn't my favorite flavor, I love how it smells and I can't resist a shop with really good chocolate. It looks like you found a winner! What a delightful stop!

  4. Stunning pages for the botanical challenge Valerie. Both different but so beautiful with wonderful colours and images.

    What an amazing place the chocolate bistro looks. I bet if feels like a dream world when you visit.

    Thank you for sharing the photographs and have a very Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Your journal pages are just gorgeous Valerie, so full of beautiful colour.
    The chocolate bistro pics are lovely and I'd love to visit somewhere like that.
    Fliss xx

  6. Its a gorgeous journal spread for the Botanical theme Valerie, the black butterfly looks stunning with the colourful flowers.
    I would have loved to visit the chocolate shop. The photos are lovely and your cuppa looks so delicious. I can imagine the lovely aromas in that shop being very tempting.
    Yvonne xx

  7. First, your journal pages are really well done, so pretty.
    Second, I am now HUNGRY!!!!!!

  8. Beautiful spring pages today and thanks for the trip to that delightful chocolate shop it's really nice there.

  9. Your pages are so lovely. What a sweet...pardon the you shared this week. ;)

  10. Your pages are just beautiful. I want to come visit you just to go to that sweet shop.

  11. Oh I loved the outing to the chocolate shoppe-what a special and fun place. the drinks look so delicious.
    I love your journal pages-very pretty
    Happy T Day

  12. I always enjoy visiting your blog but today was extra specially nice.
    Fantastic photo's, I felt I was there with you.

    Enjoy the rest of your week

    All the best Jan

  13. This was on of the best T Day posts I remember from you Valerie. Chococlate-no food is better. :) And I love the flowers. Great new challenge at TIOT. Its perfect for this time of year. Hugs-Erika

  14. delightful botanical pages Valerie-and oh my how i would LOVE to visit and take in that lovely bistro!!

  15. I loved the botanical pages you created in your new journal. The theme is perfect for this time of year, and you have captured botanicals perfectly.

    I'm in LOVE with that restaurant/bistro. Your white chocolate espresso looks good enough to drink, and your neighbor's milk chocolate, peppermint espresso looks equally good. That place would be a not-too-be-missed visit. Thanks for taking us with you for espresso and botanical art for T this Tuesday.

  16. Oooohhh you had me at Schokolade ❤ with so many gorgeous choices.
    That shop must smell wonderful too. YUM!
    I always say chocolate is one of my favorite food groups ;-)
    Your journal pages are really striking and so virbrant with those pretty napkin flowers!
    Happy T Day to you liebe Valerie oxo

  17. What a delightful journal page, full of beautiful colours and imagination.
    The bistro looks so inviting, and that chocolate, oh yum.xx ♥[aNNie]

  18. Your journal spread is so amazing. You make a napkin look like a masterpiece ♥♥♥ Now the Chocolate shop is sinfully wonderful!!! I would want to try everything including your coffee :) Happy T Day!!!

  19. Stunning pages and wow that coffeeshop looks wonderful!!!

  20. Hallo Valerie
    eine fantastische Seite, die Farben,
    es wirkt alles so fröhlich, wie es im Frühling
    sein sollte.
    LG Sadie

  21. Amazing pages and a fantastic coffeeshop! Happy T-Day!Susi

  22. Your journal page is so beautiful! I love the colours, the textures and the quote (and the butterfly). I guess that is everything. Yes, I like everything about it.
    Thank you for taking us to the chocolate bistro. What a gorgeous place. It looks so pretty with the beautiful interior. I noticed the traditional painting on the doors of the counter.And those little design details like the clock on the wall. And then that little bit of chocolate paradise.... the room that sells the choccies. Yummmm. My lovely hubby used to work in a chocolate factory (Cadbury's) and we always had lots of chocolate in the house. He would come home smelling of it. In spite of that, we still love chocolate! But we prefer the bitter dark chocolate. And my favorite is chilli chocolate.
    Happy T-Day

  23. Wow! Love this journal spread - those gorgeous napkins give such great texture! As for the chocolate shop - it looks fabulous - I could probably cause myself a lot of damage there so I will just enjoy scrolling back and forth over your photos! I do still allow myself a little chocolate treat occasionally - my diabetic nurse is OK with this as long as I don't go mad!!!! I think it would be hard to choose here though! I would be happy to sit here, it looks a great place and the aroma must be wonderful! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. Your napkin pages are so pretty, the vibrant flowers and black images work beautifully together! Wow, I bet the chocolate shop was like being in heaven, I can just imaginge the heady aroma - mmm! The interior looks so elegant and the chocolate treats look so delicious :-) . Thanks so much for sharing, maybe I could go with you next time ... lol! Happy T day! J :-)

  25. Your journal pages are so beautiful. Delicious colors and images. Speaking of delicious, the chocolate shop. Oh, my nose is pressed against the glass screen of my monitor. I've never seen such a glorious display. The chalkboard writing and the quotes are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day

  26. I enjoyed your journal pages. The colors were so vivid and I liked the texture you used. Your new found cafe looks like chocolate heaven. It would be hard to choose just one piece.

  27. Hello Valerie, your blog is one of the prettiest ones around. I love visiting because it always brightens my day. The chocolate shop and fountain look wonderful (great photos), and I loved my ‘virtual’ visit. Have a super week x

  28. Oh i did enjoy my outing with you!! Valerie you had me at the word Chocolate! Love the quotes! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  29. Wow! I'd love that chocolate place. There'd be something for everybody in my family there, but I'm especially drawn to your choice.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  30. Another piece I love. So delicate and joyful.
    The chocolate shop is a delight. I could spend hours in it drooling.

  31. Liebe Variel
    das ist eine so frühlingshafte wunderschöne Seite, herrlich an zuschauen!
    Das Cafe erinnert mich an Düsseldorf da gab es auch so eins. Ich liebe solche nostalgie Cafe´s.
    Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  32. A lovely colourful journal page Valerie and the black butterfly against the flowers is a stunning touch.
    The chocolate shop looks like my kind of heaven and your drinks sound delicious. Wish I lived nearer.
    Avril xx

  33. Valerie, your journal is astoundingly gorgeous...I totally love your talent!!!
    I love armchair traveling by looking at your stunning wonderful! Thank you!!!

    Great Big Hugs~

  34. Beautiful journal pages, and chocolate! A perfect combination! love the photos of your outing, they all look very tempting. especially the chocolate candies. Happy T day!

  35. Wunderschöne Seiten mit den schönen bunten Blumen und als Kontrast der tolle Schmetterling in Schwarz dazu,super. Dieser Schokiladen läßt einem das Wasser im Mund zusammenlaufen und sieht auch noch so zauberhaft aus. Da will ich auch mal hin. Schön wie du Alles dort fotografiert hast,sehr stimmungsvoll.
    Liebe Grüße

  36. Absolutely beautiful page Valerie!!! The flowers are really lovely.
    Mar xx

  37. What a charming chhocolate shop. The chocolate Easter rabbits bring back fond childhood memories. Your journal pages are stunning, Valerie. I love the collaged flowers and how you stamped over them. You have the coolest stamps ;-)

    Hapy T-day! hugs, Eileen

  38. OH MY!!!! I would be in heaven in that bistro! Did you take home some chocolate treats?
    Your journal spread is beautiful and i so love the quote you used Valerie! Your choice of stamping is right on! Wonderful spread!

  39. Oh my gosh Valerie, I just love your journal page! The colours are so cheery and all of your wonderful summery elements have me yearning for spring to arrive! That cafe looks so amazing, I've never heard of a chocolate cafe like that. I might never want to leave! haha

  40. Bravo Valerie - this was a very pleasurable post to see and read. Unfortunately I could not taste it!!
    Your art journal page is lovely - how I love the colors.
    That shop looks like something out of a dream. So well done and so many goodies - I would love to be able to go there. (not to mention eat and drink there)
    Sandy xx

    1. That shop IS a dream, I hope to go there again soon!

  41. What a beautiful and happy spread Valerie - love the colours and imagery.
    Oh.. aren't you lucky to have that delicious shop to go to... I can imagine all the chocolatey smells - ahhh heaven!
    Gill xx

  42. Beautiful journal pages Valerie! love the mix of the bright colors for the flowers and background, then the black and white butterfly! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  43. Great intense colours to your flowers and the background is lovely. Looks like a fabulous place to have coffee too!
    Alison x

  44. What a great post Valerie!!! Your art truly touched my heart and I LOVE that chocolate shop!! So special and so yummy!! Big Hugs!

  45. Beautiful journal page. I love chocolate :)


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