Thursday, 20 July 2017


Hi Everybody!

A few weeks ago I painted an A3 piece using squares of various
bright colours. When it was finished, I drew lines in between using a
spectrum noir pen and then sewed over all the lines and edges with
red thread. I die cut circles in coordinating colours and sewed
them on as decorations, adding some tassels made of eyelash yarn.
Then I decided to make it into a book cover to hold
some of my large tags. I strengthened the inside covers, and
then added 4 signatures, which I sewed by hand. The last step was to
fix the signatures to the cover using eyelash yarn again to match the
decorations sewn onto the covers. The finished book is 20" x 8", and the
spine is 1 1/2" wide.


Before the book was made:


Filled with tags:

A couple of weeks back I won a prize on Stacy's blog,
Magic Love Crow. She always paints really mystical pieces, using her
wonderful crows and dramatic colours. She is very talented and
 I was more than happy when I got a mail to say I was the winner of her 
generous prize, which  arrived in my mail box 2 days ago:

Thanks Stacy, I am really happy to have your wonderful painting here.

Some photos from out and about these past days. We are experiencing
heavy storms just now, so will possibly be going off line till it calms down:

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


  1. Holy cow. I just left you a message, then hit a wrong button and lost it. I am in awe of your book cover. I loved seeing how you are keeping your tags, which are beautiful in their own right. I know because I'm the recipient of several of them.

    The book cover is fabulous. I really love the shapes, the colors, the repetition. I adore the juxtaposition of the circles against the squares, and the soft eyelash yarn against the hard cover. It's a glorious cover.

    Congrats on your win, too. Lucky you.

    Your photos are fabulous today. I especially like the one you took from your balcony and the ones down by the Rhine. Hope the storms pass over you.

  2. *wow* ist das ein tolles Cover für das Buch intressant, verspielt und aufregend siehts aus passt toll zu dem Inhalt
    die Journals sind ja grossartig fantasiereich verträumt gestaltet wunderschön liebe Valerie!
    Der Blumentopf auf deinem Balkontisch sieht hübsch aus und deine Fotos!
    Alles blüht so schön...ich wünsche dir einen schönen Donnerstag!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  3. Wow, Val, that book is fantastic, what a wonderful piece of art. Love the colours, you have such a good eye for choosing and combining them, and the book is a worthy home for your gorgeous tags. The painting from Tracy is fabulous, I can imagine how much you like it. Congrats on winning , and enjoy seeing it everyday. Lovely photos, too. The storm is bad here, too, take care if you go out! Hugs, Sarah

  4. Bold, beautiful and brilliant and the. You add some rusty goodness and I am completely smitten! Wowzers! Hugz!

  5. The book cover is stunning and what a terrific idea to save the tags in a book. Mine are just here and there getting battered-poor things.

    A wonderful painting your received from Stacy it is inspiring and interesting for sure.

    Fantastic photographs as always and I have saved the lamp one though I know I have already at least one picture of this wonderful lamp on the wall this one is from a different angle and has the blue sky behind it. Thank you for sharing your walks and wonders

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. A fantastic cover - very clever made- and now well filled booklet with beautiful tags and as always you made great photos. Fun canvas - congrats on your win!

  7. das journal cover ist grossartig,genau richtig für deine tollen tags.
    herzlichen glückwunsch zu deinem tollen gewinn.
    schönen tag.

    hugs jenny

  8. Great idea with your tags and love your post.xx [aNNie]

  9. What a beautiful colourful book cover. Very inviting, and a great idea for displaying your tags!

  10. What a brilliant tag storage book! Great prize you received too! Yes we are expecting rain too! Great photos once again Hugs, Chrisx

  11. Your book cover is so beautiful, great you have used the book to store your tags. Congrats on winning the prize painting! I always love looking at your flower photos, so stunning.

  12. Wow, that is an awesome book cover. I love all the colors and it should be a great place to keep your tags. You shouldn't have problems finding that one on the shelf for sure. Sorry to hear about the storms. Hopefully they will abate soon. And what a great prize to win.:) Hope all else is well. Hugs-Erika

  13. Your cover is so much fun! I especially love your blue tags.
    Isn't Stacy wonderful to give away her amazing crows? I have a vampire crow.
    You got some great shots on your walk! That sunflower picture is stunning! But when did you get a shot of my Brown-Eyed Susans and why didn't you come in for coffee? Grin
    You have a wonderful day, my friend.

    1. Sorry, I didn't know you lived in that house!

  14. Totally awesome book creation!!! Love seeing your pages, so clever of you and it worked great!!!
    Thanks for the flowers too!

  15. Everything about this is a work of art! The gorgeous book and cover, the tags within, the stunning photos. I am so impressed with what you did, how comprehensive and how many hours have gone into the sum of this project. Bravo!

  16. What a great idea to make your own book for your tags! It's beautiful and so are the tags within it. Congrats on winning Stacy's painting. Your photos are also lovely.

  17. Fabulous idea and wow, there certainly is plenty of colour here! Stunning work all round!

  18. Deperately playing catch up Valerie and love your stunning and colourful book. So much beautiful detail in there too.
    Congratulations on your lovely prize and thanks for sharing.
    We had horrible thinderstorms here at 1am on Wednesday morning too which work us up and all our neighbours - sheet lightning and huge hailstones hitting the windows along with torrential rain so hope you're OK and didn't suffer as badly.
    Fliss xx

  19. Its a fabulous cover for your book of tags. I was pleased to see the close up of the eyelash yarn as I was not sure if I knew what it looked like at first.
    Congratulations on your win, it s wonderful painting.
    Great photos, I hope you don't have too many problems when the storms arrive.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Wonderful journal for all of your fabulous tags. What a great idea. hugs, Teresa

  21. Congratulations on winning a piece of art from Stacy. She is a sweetheart. Love the art and the photos.

  22. your book is fabulous in every regard! and what a cool prize you got -- artful joy! xo

  23. have been busy...all such wonderful work...the book...wonderful....visiting from ppf...xx

  24. Your book cover is amazing - what a great way to keep your tags! Brilliant idea. Gorgeous photos - I hope you weathered the storms OK. Happy PPF!

  25. fantastic book cover and a great way to keep your gorgeous tags too! Wonderful painting from Stacy. A pleasure walking about with you again too:) Happy PPF!

  26. Your book cover is stunning! Love the brilliant colors and design and it is such a clever way to keep your beautiful tags together. Wonderful post today. Thanks! Happy PPF

  27. Love Love Love your little book ♥ So much color ♥ Great Crow painting you won too and loved all of the photos of your world. We are still in out heat wave here with highs today of 104° F I will be in the house all day. I have been moving "Hank" around the place early this morning and he has one more move to water well before the heat of the day gets here. Have a great weekend!

  28. Wow! That book cover is absolutely fantastic! I love the bold colors you chose and the little details of the stitching. So much fun!

  29. The book cover is so colorful and cheerful! Love your other work as well. And such gorgeous photos.

  30. I love your book creation!

  31. Wonderful cover for all your tags book!! Which are gorgeous by the way!! Love how organized it is!!

    Hugs Giggles

  32. Hey My Friend!
    Late coming around in blog land! I had to come to this post first! I wonder why? LOL!
    First I have to say, I LOVE your book cover! Wow! What a wonderful place to keep you tags!!
    Enjoy the painting!! Truly, I am so honoured that you love it so much!!
    Love your photos! Truly beautiful! I hope the storms have stopped! Big Hugs!

  33. Awesome book! Such a bold, graphic style, and love the stitching! ! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! Hugs, Maura

  34. Wow this is wonderful Valerie, I love these bright colours and what a fab way to keep your tags together. Lucky you winning the crow art too xx

  35. Those colours are a wonderful bright mix!
    Your photo's are once again just great!

    Well done on winning Stacy's painting, it looks good.

    All the best Jan

  36. Your book is so exciting. I love the colors and like seeing it starting to be filled. Thanks of showing the flowers in your area! Happy PPF!
    ~~ Irene

  37. Wow - what a book! WOnderful colors!

  38. Awesome book cover and the tags are amazing! The photos as always are delightful.

  39. The Tag Book is amazing and fantastic. I love what you created. . . and your art work is exciting. I love where you live and the clouds are fantastic. Blessings, Janet


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