Thursday, 31 May 2018

Hot weather and too much sunshine.....

Hi Everybody!

We are having crazy weather here - extremely hot, interspersed with violent storms, complete with torrential rain, hailstones the size of eggs and magnificent lightning displays. A lot of places flooded and were really damaged. The weather will be staying with us over the next days....It is the hottest May since temperatures were recorded. My apartment also feels like a hot-house, most of the places here do not have air-conditioning.

For Paint Party Friday I made another piece using my African lady stamp on a sunrise background, taken from my window:

I received this gorgeous book in the post from Susan Swiderski. She asked some time back if she could use one of my sunrise photos for the cover, and here it is. I was honoured to be asked, and am proud to have my own, autographed copy, and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks a lot, Susan!

And I made a mixed media canvas postcard with a torn paper background. The Gibson girl stamp is from LaBlanche. And it's a good reminder for TIOT's 'She's got the look' challenge:

I have also been reworking this older, mixed media  piece. I'm not sure where it's going just now, but I'm trying:

On Saturday is Elizabeth's 2nd on the 2nd, so I am re-showing a paint and pastel portrait, my version of Van Gogh's Mutter:

After leaving Hariksee we visited 'Burg Brüggen', an old castle nearby:

It is now used as a hotel / restaurant:

There was an artisan market going on as we were there:

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

Monday, 28 May 2018

T stands for Time at the lake

Hi  Everybody!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday - She's got the look. As always, projects of all formats are allowed, and you have 2 weeks to link to us. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create. I made a tag using one of the African stamps I made recently. The lady was stamped onto white card using distress ink, fussy cut, and given some gold embellishments with perfect pearls. I mounted her onto some black and gold animal print card, and then sewed it all to some bronze mirri card:

It is also half time at Tag Tuesday, where our theme is locks and keys. I made a digital tag using elements from me and Serif. The background is a photo of a sheet of rusty metal:

It is also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a warm welcome to all of the lovely ladies of the T Gang. Recently when I was out with my buddy G we stopped at a cafe in a park. G had an alcohol-free beer and and I had my usual cappuccino:

And here some more photos from our trip to Hariksee last week, where we enjoyed walking through the woods and by the water:

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

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Friday this and that

Hi Everybody!

Another week is flying by, and tomorrow is Paint Party Friday, hosted as always, by Eva and Kristin. I got some more stamps cut this week. This one is about 7" high - these were the 'first impressions' again:

This one is 6"

At TIOT our theme is still destinations - I have a hybrid piece using pieced-together photos I took of the Altstadt on a free map background:

And here is an old mixed-media journal spread that I reworked because the pages had partly stuck together. The Hebrew text reads 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'

Last Sunday I visited Hariksee (a large lake between here and the Dutch border) with my buddy G. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a quiet walk on a hot day:

The wild geese with their goslings:

A coot on its nest: