Monday, 5 November 2018

T stands for Two new challenges

Hi Everybody!

Hope you all had a great weekend.
There's a lot going on here just now, so I'd better get started!
On the 5th of each month we start a new challenge at 
Our challenges are always anything mixed media goes, this time with optional black. I made an A3 piece using acrylic paints and chalks, and a few strips of washi tape. I love the blackboard washi tape I found, it's great for putting a sentiment on. The background was painted with acrylics and stamped into to give a pattern, which is then highlighted by the coloured chalk rubbed into it. I finished it off with a couple of rows of crazy sewing. The quote is from Albert Einstein:

At Tag Tuesday we are beginning a new challenge and our lovely Wendy is  hosting. She has chosen 'Poppies' as her theme, as this year is the centenary of the end of WWI. The quote is part of the famous poem written by John McCrae:

It's also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a warm welcome to all of the wonderful ladies of the T Gang. My contribution is a slice of raspberry cake and coffee, recently shared at my friend N's place:

Two weeks back N and I went on the tram to the botanical garden at the University of Düsseldorf - I showed some of the pics already. Here are some more, taken in the cottage garden and in the vegetable garden:

These mini apples were sweet and crisp, and not much bigger than cherries:

At the weekend G and I visited another beautiful park in a neighbouring town, where we were surprised to see so many flowers still blooming in November. I will show the pics in another post.

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


  1. The pastels look great on the black and I do love the poppies. Flanders Field is a favorite of mine. And what fabulous flowers. Nice to see the color when here we are seeing lots of gray skies and rain!

  2. Hi Val, hope your week got off to a good start. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, none of the littl'uns are sick - yet! Love your 2 men, but I always love those 2 log legged types with their fancy pullovers! The tag is beautiful, too. Wonderful photos, too. We went to the zoo at the weekend, that kept everybody happy! Hugs, Sarah

  3. I’m surprised the flowers are not touched by frost ! They are beautiful, your art work is beautiful, it has an other worldly quality to it,

  4. The black really makes the colors on the mixed media piece pop. The colors on the poppy tag rival the gorgeous colors at the botanical garden. The cakes looks awesome! Happy T Day

  5. Hello dear Valerie!
    Wow! Love your mixed media page with the gorgeous background and the men’s silhouette,and I really like your amazing poppies tag! The raspberry cake looks delicious and stunning pictures of the beautiful dahlias and the colorful pumpkins! Lovely Autumn scenery too! Wishing you a lovely day and a happy week! Hugs!

  6. Lovely piece, I love Einstein quotes such a wise man. Your photos are stunning oh those flowers. Those mini apples look so interesting. Beautiful remembrance tag and the dessert looks so good.

  7. A wonderful mixed media page and a beautiful tag.
    xxx Hazel.

  8. Wow, what wonderful artworks! The way you shaded the figures with the chalk is amazing and those poppies are so pretty 😀. I'm loving all the flowers and trees in their fall colours too, thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the beautiful park that you visited on the weekend (grin!). That raspberry cake looks delicious - wishing you a happy new week and a very happy T Day! J 😊 x

  9. Loving those chalk figures Valerie x very clever make x Poppies are a huge favourite of mine, whether growing wild or in the garden and even the ornamental them all xx Beautiful flowers in your photographs and the colours are amazing xx

    TFS and sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  10. Poppies are the perfect theme for this week … and I do like your poppies tag.
    Have to say the piece of raspberry cake looks delicious, great with a coffee (or tea)!

    I think it has been a good year for dahlias, those in your photographs look stunning.

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

  11. Wonderful art and beautiful photos Valerie! Xx

  12. Wonderful artwork Valerie and both so different.

    Yummy cake at N's to go with you drink.
    Have a happy T day

    The photographs are all beautiful and the flowers seem to be doing so well for this
    tome of year
    So kind of you to share yours trips out with us

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. A fabulous page with the silhouette figures and I love the quote and would happily pass it on.
    The poppy tag looks gorgeous and a wonderful poem too.
    Your raspberry cake looks delicious, I'm sure you will have enjoyed that with your cuppa.
    Wonderful photos of your walk, there seems to be some colourful flowers still in bloom.
    Happy T day wishes Valerie.
    Yvonne xx

  14. Managed to grab my daughter's PC to do a few comments whilst away....sorry short n sweet comments as she needs it for work...
    Great card, gorgeous design and fabulous stamping/

  15. wow- first I must say- those botanical garden photos-stunning!!! Fun chalk art, but I am partial to your beautiful poppy tag! How I love that flower...
    that pastry is looking awfully good too. Happy T day!

  16. Wow your page is beautiful-eye candy. I love your art, and I really love all the beautiful photos. your dessert looks so delicious-
    Happy T Hugs Kathy

  17. What a great find on that washi tape. It goes perfectly with the chalkboard journal entry. I really like it. Of course, the poppies may be my favorite today, because they are so beautiful and remind us of what was.

    I want to visit you and N for raspberry cake and coffee. It looks delicious and I want coffee as much as the cake! It's perfect for T this Tuesday, Valerie.

    I was in awe of the veggies and flowers. Somehow, those pumpkins or whatever they were look like what I expected in the pumpkin patch I visited. Thanks for sharing these photos, your incredible art, and your cake and coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

  18. wunderbare naturbilder und hübsche seite,erdbeertorte hatten wir auch gerade,hhhm leecker.
    einen schönen tag.

    hugs jenny

  19. Yumm you cake is making me hungry. I always seem to write your comment towards lunch time...
    Your photos are beautiful. I love all the close-ups of the flowers. The trees are glorious in their autumn colour. The mini apples are intriguing. I've never seen those.
    The poppy poem never ceases to move me.
    Happy T-Day,

  20. Love the art today!!! Those poppies are amazing ♥ All of your photos are fantastic too. I hate to see the summer end and winter start but I also need the break too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  21. I love your poppies, and the raspberry cake looks delicious :) So many gorgeous flowers still in bloom! How delightful to see those and fall tree colors together :) Happy T Tuesday

  22. Fabulous poppy tag!!! Wishing I had a piece of raspberry cake right now - lol!!!

  23. waueeeee great photos. loved all of them and special the bug tree winter hidings..

  24. What a great post Valerie. I just love your latest art journal page with the chalk drawings. They really look like sidewalk art-adult side walk art that is. I love how you did that. And nice tag too. Poppies are a great choice for November for sure. And I will take a piece of cake now with my tea. It is dark and wet here and I have been home just for a bit and boy would that taste good now. And lastly, I really enjoyed more views of the botanical gardens. Around here we have brown leaves! Great new header and hope it was a fantastic T day. Hugs-Erika

    1. The weather here is really nice for November, sorry it's not so good at your place!

  25. Amazing pieces both of them, but the first one is my absolute favourite! Fabulous photos too, those close ups of the flowers look amazing!!

  26. Wonderful artwork today! Especially your mixed media piece. Your raspberry cake looks delicious. Even more yummy when eaten in the company of a friend.
    Your fall foliage and flowers are so pretty!
    Happy Tea Day,

  27. I love the Einstein quote!!!

    Such gorgeous blooms and a garden that must have been such fun to visit. You take me on the best walks. :)

  28. Love all your gorgeous Fall and flower photos! Beautiful poppy tag, too. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day!

  29. It really tickled me that your first peace is about creativity, since that's what I blogged about today. AND to include Einstein's quote! He's one of this nerd's heroes. :) YOU, my dear, exemplify creativity. And you DO pass it on, oh so beautifully.

  30. Your journal page is very striking, Valerie. I love that Einstein quote.

    Perfect choice of words for the pretty poppy tag. At first I thought the tag looked too bright and cheerful. Then I realized that was the point of the poem. Food for thought.

    Yummy looking strawberry cake.

    And finally more gorgeous nature photos. This post was a real treat for the eyes.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  31. Love the page and the tag. That is one of my favourite poppy poems from the 1st World War. The garden looks fabulous, what lovely flowers and trees.
    Hugs Wendy

  32. Oh I love your art! The tag is gorgeous. Your fall photos are amazing!

  33. I love these two figures and your poppy tag and the words are a perfect commemoration! The photos of your walk are fabulous - such lovely colours! Your raspberry cake looks delicious! Belated Happy T day Chrisx

  34. The chalks look so effective on that blackboard background, your figures are like fashion designers sketches, fabulous angles and movement. The Poppy tag is a beaut Valerie.
    Those trees are a magnificent shade of Autumn and your flower shots are superb.
    You've got such an eye for photograph.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  35. You are so artistic in every way! Your photos, your art and even your raspberry cake! LOL! Love this post! Big Hugs!

  36. You know I am a great admired of your mixed media projects, Valerie!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Congrats, my friend.

  37. Lovely artwork and photographs. Fall is a great time of year.

  38. Sorry it has been will see me often as I play catch up!

    I love those figure sketches, they remind me of rough sketched fashion plates! very neat Valerie!
    WOW! the photos blew me away- so much beauty to behold!!


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