Monday, 9 April 2018

T stands for a Sunday OuTing

Hi Everybody!

Hope your week got off to a good start. We had a weekend of glorious weather. Today is a bit cooler but still very pleasant, and I was able to enjoy my walk.
Yesterday I went on an outing with some friends to the neighbouring town of Duisburg - more about that later!

At Tag Tuesday we are beginning a new challenge:

-Black and white and a spot of colour-

Tags of all formats are allowed, and as always, you have two weeks to link your creations to us. There will be a little prize this time, too, for one lucky participant. I made a tag with an elegant evening outfit in black. It's years since I wore anything like that as I find my baggy old jeans more comfortable for every day:

It is also half time at TIOT's 'recycle something' challenge, and here I have another recycled/upcycled notebook. I covered the torn and dirty cover with crinkly bronze paper, added some bronze structure paste around the edges, and used an iron on beaded owl to complete the picture:

 When we arrived in Duisburg on Sunday, after parking the car our thoughts turned to food and drink to fortify ourselves for the walk through the masses of people who were there to enjoy all the fun of the fair, lots of good things to eat and a well stocked artisan market. We started off with rolls filled with freshly fried fish, with Turkish baklava for dessert.  Then we went across to another cafe for some cappuccino. Today is Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a warm welcome to all of the nice ladies of the T Gang .

The fish booth:


Bavarian specialities:

I must say that we did not stop at every eatery we saw along the way!

There were lots of good things to see at the artisans' booths - here some cookie moulds:

 And some rusty art for Elizabeth:

The opera house:

Carved figures:

Freshly smoked salmon:

To complete the day we went on a boat-trip around the wonderful harbour, but I will show the photos in my next post:

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


  1. Well good morning! (At least here:) So many wonders on your day trip! I loved the wooden fish:)
    And that first tag, oh my, so much fun and so feminine. I love that too!:)
    Of course, your owl is well done.
    Hope your week is filled with sunshine, sparkle and energy.

  2. Glad you had such a wonderful day out with your friends. Lovely photos, and glad you didn't get hungry! Your tag is really elegant, and the notebook is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing photos of the boat's trip. Enjoy your week, hugs, Sarah

  3. Ach das Abendkleid auf deinem schönen Tag gefällt mir sehr. So eins hätte ich gerne, wüßte aber nicht wohin ich es anziehen sollte. ;) Die passende Tasche und die Pömps
    dazu finde ich gelungen. Das Buchcover mit Eule sieht auch super aus. Deine Fotos von dem Markt in Duisburg sind auch wieder sensationell und bieten einen schönen Querschnitt durch das Gezeigte. Da hattest du einen interessanten Tag bei schönem Wetter, mit viel kreativem Input. Mir gefallen die geschnitzten Frauenfiguren sehr gut. Die kleine Dicke erinnert mich an die Venus von Willndorf, köstlich.
    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne neue Woche.

  4. Such a cool and glamorous card, and your beaded owl is wonderful. Amazing to share in all the delights at the street market - my favourites are all those incredible wood-carved animals. I've missed so much while I was away, but looking forward to doing better now spring is arriving.
    Alison x

  5. Gorgeous tag and notebook. What a wonderful artisan fair, wish I could've been there.

  6. Its a really elegant tag Valerie, I'm with you jeans are more comfortable to wear these days.
    I love the book cover fabulous recycling., it looks like it could be leather and the owl is gorgeous.
    The photos from your trip out are great. The fair looks so interesting with all the different stalls to look around. The smells of the food must have been mouth watering and tempting.
    The wood carvings look amazing,
    Happy T day wishes Valerie.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Your photographs are just amazing, what a super selection of different things to see.

    Love your tag too.

    All the best Jan

  8. das ist ja fabelhaft der Tag und das Ringbuchcoover die Eule ist wunderschön!
    Was für ein tolles Fest in Duisburg mit den Schnitzerien und all die anderen interessanten Ständen. Schöne Fotos sind das alle!
    Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  9. Love the tag! What a fun dress. I love all your photos. Those cookie molds really caught my eye. We don't see things like that in the States. We can buy them online but they are very expensive. Looks like you had a fun time on your outing.
    Happy Tea Day,

  10. I'm with you about the old jeans. I need a nice black and white outfit for Japan and it is quite a problem. So this latest tag challenge is perfect! And I would like that cookie mold stand too. Here they are soooo expensive as they aren't really common. Looks like you had a fun day out and an interesting change of pace. happy T day. hugs-Erika

  11. I so enjoyed my walk with you! Love the dress tag! Love your "whoo" notebook!

  12. Lovely day out with you Valerie, and your classy tag is so gorgeous. Fabulous my friend...big hugs.xx 💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

  13. Hi Valerie great post my friend,i love the tags and the notebook cover looks fantastic,thankyou for sharing your lovely pics with us xx

  14. Your tag looks so elegant and I love your recycling, the book cover looks amazing with the beautiful owl 😀. What a wonderful day out you had on Sunday exploring the fair and stalls - perfect! There were so many food choices, I wouldn't know where to start (first) 😉. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

    1. It was hard to choose what to eat, so we just kept on trying things!

  15. What fab pieces Valerie, I love your sparkly owl! So much lovely food, I would have been parked outside the crepe stand. Have a fun week, Sue xx

  16. fun tag and great recycled cover. Oh that fair looks like SO much fun!! I'd have a hard time stopping myself from trying something at the eateries-yum! Really fab photos of it all. Happy T day!

  17. Oh Wow, what a very fabulous day at the fair! and the food all sounds amazing with all those great choices. I am in love the cookie mold booth-oh my I have never seen so many in on space-I would have had to come home with one for sure.
    I love your tag but I really love your recycled book cover very much.
    Thank you for all of these wonderful photos from the fair Happy T Day Kathy

  18. What a darling tag, Valerie. I haven't worn anything elegant for about 15 years. Me? I go around the house this time of year in short(ish) loose dresses because our weather is already hot.

    Very clever way to use up the rhinestone owl. I have a few of those iron-on rhinestone designs too. Maybe mine need recycling as well ;-)

    Good for you. I would have been very tempted to stop at evey one of those food booths! I've never seen wooden cookie molds anywhere I've lived and would love to have one - maybe even a collection. I think they're so charming.

    Fabulous lion head carving. I wonder how much the artist wanted for it. Probably not enough for the all the work it took to make. Love all the other carvings too - the fish, the owl ...

    What a lovely day you had. Thanks for sharing it with us for T.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  19. The little red jewel against the black purse just pops, doesn't it.
    LOVE the pirate on the building:) Has a Pirates of The Caribbean look.
    Have a day filled with sparkle.

  20. what an amazing post today Valerie x Love your beautifully elegant card and your notebook with lots of yummy texture x Fantastic photographs too and the wood carvings look amazing as did the prate, who reminded me of Johnnie Depp x I can almost smell the food and fancy some bratwurst with mustard please !!

    Sorry for being missing in action but life has been a bit hectic and blogging had to take a back seat......although I have been knitting socks !! but thats another story

    Take care
    Annie x

  21. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and looks like you had a really lovely time in Duisburg too. Glad you didn't stop at all those food stalls as I think you wouldn't have been able to do all that walking and photo snapping! (smiley face here)
    Have a great rest of week.
    FLiss xx

  22. Valerie.. Eileen stopped by and told me i would just love your post and she was absolutely right! :) I couldn't possibly comment on it all.. Just know you had me smiling from the beginning... Happy t day hugs! deb

  23. A Little Black Dress to die for!

    What a wonderful trip. I'd have a hard time deciding where to eat amongst the plenty :) I'm impressed with all the striking sculpture and look forward to seeing photos from the boat trip. Happy T Tuesday

    1. We tried hard to be fair and sample food from lots of different places....

  24. Your outing looks and sounds like such good fun, with all those exhibits and vendors, food and drink and colorful action. You definitely know how to have a wonderful celebration there!

  25. What a lovely post to share Valerie, so much colour and creativity to see on your day out. From food to artisans so much inventiveness to take in I would have been lost for words and not known where to look first, well done to every stall.
    Love that little black dress tag & your recycled owl note book is fab.
    Cheers Valerie time for a cappuccino myself I think..
    Creative Wishes Tracey xx

  26. What a great recycled journal. Love the owl!

    So glad you have been having great weather. It snowed a little today- but we are hoping for better weather at the end of the week. :)

    Love fairs and crepes. YUM! SO many cool and interesting carvings. I can't get over them. Thanks for sharing. :)

  27. What an elegant tag and the owl book is so wonderful! The place you visited looks like a lot of fun, thanks for the beautiful photos.

  28. Wow! Love those high heels on your glamorous tag! Your recycled cover looks great too - the owl is wonderful! Duisburg looks lovely and even better this time with all those stalls! Happy T day Chrisx

  29. Love your journal cover, and your outing looks quite festive! Some baklava sounds divine! Happy T day!

  30. you have such fun on your travels! and also with the glorious art you make. thanks for the inspiration! i love that owl cover! xo

  31. I had planned to be here sooner, but my keyboard had other plans. Your tag is beautiful, but that owl on your art journal is fabulous. A great recycling job, too.

    I want crepes, a cookie mold, and those rusty arches!!!! Such great photos today, dear Valerie. Yes, I adored the rusty arches and the food court. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful beauties, including your art, with us for T this Tuesday. I sure hope it's still Tuesday in your world.


  32. love the art today!!!! It's been forever since I dressed up too. Comfort all the way here.
    The fair looks like a grand time and I love all of the wood carvings. Wood is one of my favorite mediums to admire and sometimes even purchase... My hands would never let me work with it though :(
    Happy T Day!!!!

  33. What a stunning and elegant tag! Love how you did the straps on the shoes! Gorgeous owl recycle piece too! Looks like such a wonderful day out! Those balloons are so much fun! :)

  34. A lovely feminine tag Valerie and the recycled note book looks just like tooled leather.
    Loved seeing the photos from your day out, the food sounds very tempting and such an array of stalls - the carved 'lady' made me smile!(and I bet a lot of other folks too)
    Avril xx

  35. Fantastic tag Valerie and it does take me right back to when I actually owned a dress--years ago unfortunately.

    I have a lump in my throat after looking at the wonderful photographs. It took me back to when I went at Christmas to a German Christmas market and all the wonderful smells and the small drinks we sampled--forgot how strong they were and had to go for a strong coffee and a sit down. It all looks amazing and thank you for sharing your day.

    Love Chrissie xx

  36. Wow, what a beautiful day!
    First I have to say, I love your black dress tag! Beautiful!
    Love your owl on your book! Adorable!
    You find the best places to travel around too! Love all the little spots to eat!! Those wood carvings were amazing! The market is amazing!! Big Hugs!


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