Friday, 11 August 2017

Birds and clouds

Hi Everybody!

Today I have a mixed media piece, 8" x 5 1/2". I used a postcard with
a blended paper background, using scraps of vintage papers
and stamps. The bird is from a sheet of Victorian scrap images. I 
added some stamping and various pieces of textiles for the
'nest'. The card was sewn onto a piece of canvas using various 
machine stitches and then sewed onto a distressed cardboard
background from recycled paper. The text was typed
and glued on.
I am linking to Paint Party Friday and to Jo's 'Poetry in
Motion' theme at Art Journal Journey.

For Tag Tuesday I have another scrappy tag. The BG was made with
pieces of washi tape, the window is a die cut, and the sheep
are from a sheet of Victorian scrap again. The tag itself was on my
jeans, and has been saved and given a new life here.  I am also 
linking to Go Tag Thursday, anything goes.

And some more photos of the blue herons and storks that have
been gathering their food on the meadows by the Rhine:

I can hear something....

I know it's there....

Poor mole!

The scent of lavender:

We had wonderful skies again this week:

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


  1. I think we can all relate to your wonderful page. Poor bird wants to stay on the slow path, but forced to fly like the airplane through a busy world. Love the view from your window tag. I had a friend who used to raise sheep. They sometimes wandered off to the landing strip of the small airport next door. She would have to coax them home buy baking chocolate chip cookies. Some days you're the heron and other days you're the mole. At least the petunias are cheery as well as the blue skies. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Gorgeous journal page, love the frustrated bird, don't we all know that feeling?! I love your fine sense of humour. The tag is fantastic, I remember when you could see the sheep from your balcony. And the photos are first class as always. Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

  3. WHooooooooooo, this art piece with the bird is stunning i lOVE IT VERY MUCH..the tag is great to i think. very nice photos of nature also ;O))

  4. I'm loving the fun way you have depicted the quote with the pretty bird and aeroplane postage stamp! The canvas you created with the text from the paper showing through and the lovely stamps are perfect for the vintage look and feel of this piece 😁. The dimension that the fabric creates is amazing, it reminds me of a hedgerow. Your scrappy tag made me smile with it's lovely view and happy stripy background. Great photos too, I can just smell the lavender 😉. Thanks for another beautiful page for this month's theme at Art Journal Journey! Happy Friday! J 😊

  5. Lovely pieces and wonderful photos! have a great weekend!

  6. Luv the bird collage. Thanks for the bird photos and the scent of Lavender. Happy you dropped by my blog today

    Much love... The

    1. Lavender is such a wonderful scent....

  7. wie schön ist das denn dieses Journal mit dem Vogel und mit dieser Deko so passend. Der Hintergrund ist so schön mit diesem Spruch einfach grossartig!
    Dein Tag so sĂŒss mit den SchĂ€fchen wenn man durch das Fenster blickt fantastische Idee.
    Deine Fotos sind wieder wunderschön von dem Fischreihern und Storch. Die Blumen sind herrlich mit diesen faszierende Wolkenmeer mit Sonne!
    Ich wĂŒnsche dir noch einen schönen Abend!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  8. Wonderful page Valerie and you have done such a lot of work to make it wonderful.

    The tag is very unusual with the scene through the open window and the stripey paper.

    The heron again -famtastic. Inever realised yhey were that colour unti I saw upur photographs

    Have a nice evening

    Love Chrissie xx

  9. Fun quote on your lovely page. Love the window view on your tag. The blue heron is magical, that colour. The flowers are stunning.

  10. Great fun quote on this beautiful page and a very nice tag as well! Thank you for joining Jo's theme again . Lovely photos!
    Happy weekend!

  11. Great to have a visit back here and share in all your unique art and beautiful shots, Summer is looking good your way too!

  12. Its a gorgeous page with the bird Valerie, the materials add such wonderful detail and textures.It was another great quote as well.
    The photos were great, you were lucky to catch a photo of the bird catching the mole, that was sad but it is natures way.
    Yvonne xx

    1. Yes, it's always strange to see them catching food like that, but they need to live.

  13. This is such beautiful page Valerie- fabulous details and texture! The quote gave me a smile! Great idea for your tag too! The Blue Heron really is a beauty - you got some brilliant shots too! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. Beautiful! I really admire how you can combine sewing with painting. Really nice. I loved seeing the blue heron and the lavender.

  15. eine wunderschöne seite und ein tolles tag,schöne bilder wieder hast du gemacht.
    ein schönes we.

    hugs jenny

  16. Love the textures in your mixed media card - the background looks great - and the window tag is such fun. Great photos as always - amazing that you managed to catch the stork in the middle of his mole-meal! The blue heron is stunning - we only have the grey kind here, I think - at least, that's the only one I've ever seen. The lavender photos make me very happy.
    Alison x

  17. Fabulous window tag, love it and the mixed media is absolutely a stunner. Great interesting photos, again..xx [aNNie]

  18. Gorgeous card. I love combination of subtle text and stitches as part of the background.

  19. Beautiful art. I especially love the textures on the page with the bird. I love all the birds in your photos too!

  20. Reality Continues To Ruin My Life. How perfect is that? Sounds like a WW piece to me:)
    Love that tag of the window looking out at the sheep and the pink striped wall paper background.
    Aren't those flowers gorgeous? As are the fowl.
    YOU, have a glorious weekend.

    1. Hmm, I had the feeling that you might like it!

  21. Totally love your journal page Valerie, especially the sentiment xxx Love your tag too and the photographs posted are as always stunning.

    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie x

  22. your beautiful mixed media piece really speaks to my mood right now! laughing about that. i love the window technique on your tag. and stunning photos as usual. happy weekend! xo

  23. A beautiful page! The quote made me smile! :-)

  24. What fabulous pieces Valerie, I love your bird and the sentiment is perfect! Have a great weekend, Sue xx

  25. Oh that mixed media piece is wonderful and I love the tag so much! Your photos are also lovely, the birds have such character...

  26. Fabulous page Valerie, I just love how you do the stitching, it adds such a cool element to the page, - that bird looks wonderful! The tag is very clever too with that open window to look through at those lovely sheep. Stunning photos too, those herons looks amazing, as do the skies!

  27. oh my gosh I so totally relate to your first art piece! Sometimes I wish reality would leave me alone and go jump in the lake, lol. Great piece!

  28. I love both of these but your bird one really gets me! Maybe it's my current bird passion or the wonderful textures with the stitching or the words -- I don't know -- but boy, it's great! And so, too, are your photos. I know the patience it takes to get so many different views and positions. Bravo!

  29. The textures in the TAGs are amazing. Love them both- though I am partial to birds, so that one grabbed me right away.

    Your photos are out of this world. So love seeing the blue heron and storks. :) Clouds are also stunning. Thanks for sharing. :)

  30. Love your "window Tag"..great image of the sheep too.I keep most of the more rigid tags off my clothes..they really are great to recycle.
    Thank you for entering another lovely tag in to this weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday x

  31. Soooo schön deine genĂ€hte Karte mit dem hĂŒbschen Vogel darauf, auch die StoffbĂ€nder darauf gefallen mir gut. Die Schafe im Fenster sind auch eine gute Idee fĂŒrs kleine Tag. Fotostrecke, wie immer, super gemacht.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe und eine schöne neue Woche.
    Happy Monday!

  32. I love the depth and texture on your first piece Valerie. And the quote made me smile. Wouldn't it be nice to make reality good. And those window on the tag are cool. I like how they open up. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

  33. haahaa What a great quote- isn't that so true?!! I love your bird piece- just wonderful!!
    I still cannot believe how those Herons are posing for you- haahaa That cracks me up! And the lavender is simply gorgeous!! happy Wednesday Valerie!

  34. Fabulous art-work, especially the tag of the window looking out at the sheep, it's great.

    Great mix of photographs too.

    All the best Jan

  35. I love both your tags! They are adorable! The quote on the first one, made m laugh! LOL! Gorgeous photos!! Truly beautiful! I love bird photos! Big Hugs!

  36. Love how that journal page is stitched together! Such a beautiful classic piece!! Gorgeous work and photos!

    Peace Giggles


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