Thursday, 1 June 2017

Thursday This and that

Hi Everybody!

This week is flying by again. We are still having
unseasonably hot weather, so I'm busy trying
to keep cool.

I got this little book-box given to me some time back, and have
now altered it. I gave it a layer of crumpled tissue, pushed into folds with my fingers, and then let it dry. I painted it with white gesso, and then
 covered it with napkins, inside and out. When it was dry I added more
colour with gelatos smoothed with a baby-wipe. I gave the box 
edges 2 coats of cream acrylic paint. I gave the whole thing
I coat of matte medium to finish it.

Then I made a little book out of canvas, also painted and covered with 
the same napkin. It fits inside the box.

Artistic Inspirations, anything goes

Some days started off stormy:

 I enjoyed looking for shady places:

The arch is crooked, not the photo:

Mr Heron was out fishing again:

The pollen from the poplars made it look like it was snowing:

Lots of hungry visitors again:

The pigeons are once again very hungry:

This one enjoys sitting in the tree outside my bedroom window:

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


  1. Amazing ideas on the stunning box and then to add a little book inside as well just topped it all for me. You have such fantastic ideas Valerie.

    Show stopping photographs today as well. I got as far as the hanging pink roses and stopped, Than the pollen that looked like snow, but your peeping pigeon takes the prize for me today. Thank you for sharing all of them

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. That pigeon is cute but VERY greedy....

  2. Love the little book box, absolutely fantastic. And the book really tops it off! The photos are fabulous, love the contrasts between light and shadow, and the birds and flowers are wonderful. You were having fun! Enjoy your day, hugs, Sarah

  3. Beautiful altered box, bright and lovely. xx [aNNie]

  4. Fabulous altered box and nice idea with the booklet as well. Wonderful images! Keep cool!

  5. A gorgeous altered box and little book and the photos are beautiful. Have a lovely day.
    xxx Hazel

  6. I think your book box and notepad are lovely, such gorgeous colours too.

    Stunning selection of photographs today. I think my favourites are the pink roses, the one showing all that pollen (feel so sorry for all those who have hay fever) and the peeping pigeon is just brilliant!

    Enjoy your day and all good wishes for the month of June.

    All the best Jan

    1. The 'snow' storm was even worse today, really hard on those who are allergic!

  7. Your boxes are stunning Valerie as are your photos. I'm not looking forward to summer heat as we start June, although they say it will be a chilly one here.

  8. Beautiful!
    Loved the sunrise and the walk.
    What's the bird with the blue striped wing?
    Stay as cool as you are:)

  9. Your box is fabulous, Valerie. I love how you did the inside as well. That went from being just a book box to a real treasure chest and I love the colors and designs you used. And love seeing all your birds (and other photos) too!

  10. Wow that is so pretty and a fun project. I really love the set of photos today too.

  11. What a glorious box!!!
    Love seeing the birds up close, thank you so much!!

  12. I have just recently begun following your posts and wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying them. Your photography is out standing and it always starts my day off so pleasantly. Thank you so much for sharing them, as well as your beautiful creations, with us. It all makes my day.

  13. That box is out of this world. You put a LOT into it, and it shows. It's a beauty. And I look forward to your filling the handmade book up, too.

    Really lovely photos today. Had to laugh about your comment about the arch. Those are some fat, well fed birds you feed. You should tell that first one to leave one of his blue feathers for you as payment for feeding him!

  14. What a wonderful box and how sweet to create a matching book. Such loveliness! I love your photos, the birds are especially beautiful.

  15. I love this Valerie, especially how you've made a book to match the box. You must have a never ending supply of napkins lol. It's been very warm here too the last couple of days. Our birds are still demanding feeding too, I don't know what happened to finding their own worms lol xx

  16. Love your flower journal and your flower photos and all those wonderful birds. Nice life, beautiful place. xox

  17. Wow , the box and the book look gorgeous Valerie. Perfect summer flowers to brighten any day.
    The photos are brilliant as well, I always feel I have been walking beside you as I scroll down and look at what you saw next.
    Yvonne xx

  18. Wunderschöne Werke mit den tollen Serviettenmotiven hast du da gewerkelt. Die Vogelbilder sind erstklassig,besonders der Eichelhäher hats mir angetan. Diese schönen blauweißen Federn haben wir früher im Wald gesucht und mein Großvater hatte immer 2 davon am Hutband. Auch ich besitze noch Eine davon. Ein hübscher Vogel und du hast ihn excellent getroffen.
    Liebe Grüße

  19. Beautiful floral artwork! I love the bird clear.

  20. O, so wunderschön mit dem tollen Blumenmuster die Sachen gewerkelt!
    Und diene Fotos sind ja grossartig geworden gerade de Vogelbilder.
    Überall sind die Blüten druch den starken Wind runter gefallen ich sagte immer es schneit blüten Blätter *lach*
    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Pfingstfest!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  21. What a beautiful box. So many lovely flowers and texture. And such a pretty book to match. Love your project.

  22. gorgeous flowers and texture on your artwork. gorgeous photos! xo

  23. I think the box is stunning Valerie! Both the method you used and the painting - those flowers just sing. Everything is so beautiful ... you're very talented. The canvas book is wonderful too and, again, the flowers are so sweet and delightful!
    Such pretty windowboxes - I must plant some geraniums in pots for mine too now after seeing them!
    I love the visiting pigeon to your window... peeking in and saying hello :D)
    Happy PPF to you! xx

    1. I think the pigeon was looking to see if I would chase him off for decimating my flowers!

  24. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at A Bit More Time to Craft. Hope to see you again next time. You should also enter this into the More Mixed Media challenge

  25. oooh that flower napkin is wonderful as is your book box!! Really super photos too. That pollen though-oh my...happy PPF!

  26. Gorgeous book box and book inside Valerie. You know how to find such cool napkins!

  27. I love the box with that gorgeous napkin! What a wonderful idea to make a little notebook to go in the book - very clever and I love the notebook too!
    Sandy xx

  28. What a lovely box and book, Valerie! And your photos are stunning, love that crooked arch, and the Heron, happy PPF!

  29. Luv the photos and the art. That little book is such a nice idea

    Much love...

  30. Love love love this book box and these glorious texture!! I have a box so similar to this that I have literally been kicking around for months, and this has inspired me!! Beautiful photos all the flowers and close ups of the birds!!

    Hugs Giggles

  31. Love how you created the book beautiful and the book you made to put inside of it...amazing art!!!
    Do you ever take a bad photo Valerie? These are all so stunning in their!!!
    Big Hugs xo

  32. Your little book box is gorgeous with all those textures!! And those photos are absolutely stunning. The bird close up is so beautiful... xo

  33. What a beautiful post! You always make my heart smile! I love your box and matching book! Gorgeous!! Really love them both! And, I LOVE your photos!!!! Big Hugs!

  34. These are gorgeous! I would never have guessed that you used tissue paper and napkins to cover these they look so professional and the little flowers are really pretty. Great job!

  35. Such a lovely book and those flowers from the napkins look like they are real pressed!Beautiful!
    Great photos, both the nature and architectural ones- great eye Ms photographer! heehee
    Hugs,Jackie xx

  36. Great post! Beautiful flowers on the napkins and such a beautiful project - love it! More great brickwork - and even more great birds - I haven't seen a Jay for ages - lucky you! And I love that close up of the Woodpigeon - that's a lovely photo.
    Gill xx

  37. am totally in love with your creation - poppies are my favourite flower of all time. Thank you for joining in with this month’s challenge over at Altered Eclectics and hope to see you in our future challenges

    DT – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit
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    Mother Hen - Eclectic Ellapu
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  38. Fabulous projects and love the results with the napkins-love all the pics too--Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x


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