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!


  1. Happy New Year! Looks like you're off to a creative start. What a fun tag. Auntie's glass is very pretty. I like the simple line. Such wonderful mail art you got, too. And I always enjoy your pictures especially the sky. Have a great day and a Happy T Day!

    1. Thanks, my auntie always had very good taste.

  2. This a lovely blog post, Val, so much to see and enjoy. Your new tag is gorgeous, I could imagine all those cups filled with lovely tea, you know, your coffee is my Earl Grey! Thanks for the new year wishes, we are visiting my Mum this evening as she doesn't want to come to us this time. Have a great, new year, and stay as wonderful as you are. Hugs, Sarah

  3. First of all Happy New Year wishes to you Valerie and I hope that the coming one will be happy and healthy and a very creative one for you.
    Your art today is fantastic, a vibrant and inspiring start to the year.
    I love the pile of teacups on the tag and your stitching looks awesome.
    Super photos as always its a treat to see the scenery around where you live.
    Your aunts glass looks very pretty and the the Sekt looks a special is it like a champagne?
    I am so pleased you had a lovely Birthday and Christmas.
    Happy first T day of the Year
    Yvonne xx

    1. Thanks Yvonne. Sekt is the same as champagne but made in Germany, not France.

  4. I love your blog Valerie!
    You share so many lovely photos and beautiful, artful creations with us.
    You are an inspiration to me to keep painting whenever I can and/or to be creative artistically.
    Please have a beautiful, healthy and artistic New Year in 2019!

    Big Hugsxx

  5. Happy New Year Valerie, beautiful tag. Wow you are popular, such lovely cards from friends. Glad to hear the Rhine is filling up again.

  6. Happy New Year.
    lovely tag.
    Hugs Marjut

  7. Happy New Year! I love that stitching and the "Love This Life" saying. Your balcony view is beautiful :) How sweet to have a glass so lovely that also has meaning to your family history.

  8. A very happy New Year to you too. I hope 2019 will be a great year for all of us (better than 2018, anyway!). I love your festive greetings card at the top of the post, and the pile of cups is fabulous. Lovely to see all your happy mail, too, as well as some more of your wonderful photos.
    Alison x

  9. Thanks for the festive New Year's greetings. I love your latest new beginnings entry. I plan to play this fortnight, too. I LOVE that you sewed the cups on the tag, too. Brilliant, and simply perfect for T this week.

    You are certainly popular. You received some incredible gifts and cards. Thanks for showing mine, too.

    Your French champagne looks great, but that glass from Aunt Fanny stole the show. Thanks for joining us at T this week, dear friend.

    As always, I LOVE your incredible photos, too.

  10. Dearest Valerie, thank you so much for the lovely greetings! You always make my heart happier!
    Sending you wishes for a most wonderful New Year! I wish you many blessings of much love and joy, good health and loads of creative inspiration!
    May the light from the sun shine on you always,dear friend!
    much love,Jackie

  11. A very Happy New Year to you as well dear Valerie. Such a happy post with the things you received and your beautiful tag.
    Amazing photographs as always. Your balcony must be such a joy for you

    Great bottle of bubbly but coffee is best for the mornings I'm sure

    Have a lovely at Day

    Hugs Chrissie xx

  12. Happy new year and T day to you Valerie. You had some wonderful mail this season! And I really love the new banner too. It is certainly full of celebration! I am thinking of tag themes right now as I write. Wishing you a wonderful new year full of joy, lots of love and peace my friend. Hugs-Erika

  13. Have a wonderful year in 2019 -- looks as if your 2018 had lots of beautiful experiences.

    best... mae at

  14. I love the "new beginnings" Tag Tuesday theme, Valerie. And who doesn't love stacked tea cups? You made yours unique by sewing the cups on. Very clever. Plus a perfect entry for T this week.

    I loved seeing your wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts and, as always, your beautiful photos.

    I've never had Sekt sparkling wine, but I've heard it's quite special. Lucky you!

    Happy T-day and a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Eileen

  15. I always love your balcony views, Valerie. You are such a lucky lady!!!!!!!!
    Amd your cups looks perfect!!!!!!!!
    Happy New Year, my dearest friend!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Awesome balcony view! Love your tag with all the cups.
    How special your great aunt's glass-Lovely cards and gifts!
    Happy Happy New Year-hugs Kathy

  17. Hi Valerie Happy New Year my friend,lovely tag and you received some beautiful cards,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  18. Merry 2019! It's so nice to catch up with you ~ love those teacups!

  19. Wonderful art and photos Valerie!
    Wishing you a very happy & blessed 2019!
    Alison xox

  20. Dein Tassen-Tag sieht so klasse aus, gefällt mir sehr. Ich dachte erst das wäre alles Stoff gepatcht, bis ich dann las daß es Stempel mit Näh-Effekten dazu sind.
    Deine Post ist auch ganz wundervoll und vielfältig ausgefallen.
    Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches, gesundes und kreatives Neues Jahr 2019.
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Danke Sabine! Die Tassen sind gestempelt, mit weissen Stift verziert und dann mit der Maschine darüber genäht

  21. Such a fun tag! Love the black and white. Happy Birthday...hope it was wonderful.
    Happy New Year and T day!

  22. Beautiful post and art work.Happy New Year Valerie and a big thanks for your e card, I love them. Xx

  23. What lovely cards and tags!
    Enjoy the Sekt:)
    Wishing you good health and creativity in the coming year:)

  24. Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Love the view from your balcony, and all of the photographs you've shared.

    All the best Jan

  25. PS I also love your header :)

    All the best Jan

  26. Happy New Year and T-day too!
    I adore your tea cup tag, perfect for T-day and any time!

  27. Happy New Year! What stunning artwork to celebrate the start of the year! The monochromatic tag with the cups is wonderful 😁. You received such beautiful festive happy mail too and I enjoyed the frosty walk and views today! Happy T Day and wishing all the best for 2019 filled with peace, love and happiness! J 😊 x

  28. Happy New Year! I'm going to have to look up Sekt. I haven't heard of that but the bottle is beautiful and I bet it's delicious. LOVED the cups!

    And your cards, too -- I felt pretty honored to see mine up there with all those beautiful and lovingly handmade cards. You have quite a collection of beautiful art from your friends there!

    Happy New Year, Valerie and onward to 2019!

  29. Happy New Year Valerie, what a lovely selection of cards both Birthday and Christmas. I can not believe another year has gone by keeping everything crossed for a better than last for me & my family.
    Great theme and love those extra additions on your coffee cups, I need to do as much creativity as possible this year so everything crossed for a play day soon.
    NYD Hugs Tracey xx

  30. Your stack of tea cups with the stitching is so pretty!
    You received some beautiful handmade Christmas cards and goodies form your friends. You are very loved!
    Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

  31. Happy New Year, Valerie! You live in such a wonderful place, and I enjoy all your photos. Your stack of tea cups reminds me of something new that I have and could make for a "new tag". I have new stamps and dies of tea cups! :)

  32. What a happy, beautiful post! I love your tag!! It's amazing!! I love all your treasures you received in the mail! All so special, like you!! Gorgeous photos! I love the frosty fields! Big Hugs!

  33. Wonderful cards, and beautiful photos! I think your stack of cups is fabulous, I adore black and white patterns! Happy New Year!

  34. I love your stacked cups - you certainly used your new pen in such a lovely way! Great to see your Happy Mail too! We haven't had much frost here yet but I do understand it's on it's way! Your photos are as wonderful as ever! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and well as a very belated T day! Hugs, Chrisx

  35. I forgot to say, I love the bottle and the glass!


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