Monday, 31 December 2018

T stands for New Beginnings

Hi Everybody!

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year 2019:

At Tag Tuesday, we are starting a new challenge with the theme 'New Beginnings'. This could really be any new tag you make, or a new year tag, or one with new resolutions or new stash - whatever - be creative, make something new, and make me happy, as I am hosting this time. Hope to see YOU there!
I made a tag using my fave cup stencil, which I have used many times, so no new idea there. And I used recycled card, so that's not new, either. But my morning coffee is for me the best thing - and only thing - to start off every new day through the whole year. New is also that I sewed the edges and the cups this time, I don't think I did that before. And I used my new, white pen - a present from the man in the stationary shop. The background was stenciled with black acrylic paint, the pattern made with said new pen, and the stitching with my trusty sewing machine. And the quote is from a new box of TH words:

And of course, this is just the right theme for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a big welcome to all of the nice ladies of the T Gang.

I got this bottle of very exclusive Sekt from a neighbour:

The glass is a very old one which belonged to my great Auntie Fanny:

And I must not forget to say a BIG thank-you to all who sent cards for my birthday and/or Christmas - much appreciated:






Sue the Iron - what a fantastic motto:

Sue the Iron - some presents for my stash:

Thanks to you all for your wonderful creations, which were much admired by all who saw them. And I am looking forward to playing with my new stash!

My balcony view:

A walk through the frosty fields:

The wild geese are having a party:

And thanks to all the rain, the Rhine has filled up nicely again:

Have a great day, and a wonderful year!Take good care, and
thanks as always for coming by!

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Light in the darkness

Hi Everybody!

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and were able to spend quality time with friends and family. I had a quiet couple of days here, with lots of reading, some binge-watching of old Agatha Christie films and some walks through the crisp air. We had sunny days here, and yesterday I visited my friend N - who cooked a magnificent meal, very yummy. She lives on the other side of the river and town, so I took the tram into the town-centre of Düsseldorf, and then did my favourite walk across the bridge, past the Altstadt, and enjoyed myself immensely.

Today I am re-sharing some older mixed media pieces with the theme light and darkness, which I find very appropriate for this time of the year. I am linking to Paint Party Friday:

Perhaps it was being born on the winter solstice that always made me very conscious of the light/darkness theme. As a child, I was convinced that I had less birthday than others because it was the shortest day of the year! And I am still obsessed with the theme, so here some more photos of the moon taken in the past few days. The first photos were taken on Thursday evening, and the moon looks dark and mysterious :

This was Christmas Eve:

And this was Christmas day - I love to see the moon waxing or waning, as here:

And last but not least, a few of the photos taken whilst crossing the bridge yesterday:

So, if you're still awake after all that, well done! I know I am rather crazy about the sun and the moon, the word 'lunatic' comes to mind....But I don't mind having a screw loose, as  long as it's not in one of my cameras, coffee-makers or my sewing machine!

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