Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A little bit of spring

Hi Everybody!

We are having a stormy week here, with lots of rain and much cooler temperatures, but it's not having much impact on the growing vegetation, and it's greening up everywhere nicely. We just have to take the weather as it comes!

I have managed to finish 2 little books this week. I have been working on them off and on at art group for a few weeks, but sometimes we spend more time talking, eating cookies and drinking coffee than working, so it's been slow progress. This is the first one, which didn't turn out quite as I would have liked it, but it's okay. I used some chip-board pieces from LaBlanche, which were painted white, party collaged with napkin scraps, stenciled and then varnished. The reverse side of each  chipboard piece was painted white, and then decorated with an ornament stenciled with embossing paste coloured with antiquing wax, and finally given a little sewn and decorated pocket:
















I am linking to Paint Party Friday
and to Simon Wednesday Challenge, whatever the weather and to
Mini Album Makers challenge (thanks Tracey!)



And I have a hybrid tag meant for Tag Tuesday, Wilma's challenge of 'Hares and rabbits', using elements from Serif and me:



A few photos from my walks:





The weeping willow is getting green:






This tree made me think of an owl watching me:


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



46 comments:

  1. A gorgeous little book and I love your tag, the little bunnies are so cute, your photos are beautiful as always.
    xxx Hazel.

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  2. I am in love with your little book, so many beautiful details to see, it's really gorgeous. And the tag is totally sweet, what lovely bunnies. Great photos, too. It's cold, wet and windy here, good weather to stay home! Have a great evening, hugs, Sarah

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  3. A gorgeous little book, you have added amazing details to the pages and I really liked the little pocked to add even more pieces.
    The photo from your walk look lovely and I liked the tree that made you think an owl was looking at you, the eye sure seemed to be focusing on something.
    Oh and I loved your rabbit tag as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Such sweet books Valerie! A most beautiful gift for any age, and sturdy enough to withstand little fingers turning the pages constantly. I love the hen and also that cute lamb face. You've done a wonderful job of creating them.
    Yes, being with an art group is lovely - ours too involves much chatting, laughter, drinking of tea etc... so nice :D)
    I love that bunny in your header.
    Gorgeous blossoms and, yes, the weeping willow is looking superb with its graceful arms.
    Pretty flowers in baskets, such a happy walk even with not so nice weather. Very true, we must take what the weather decides to do but we can always make each day happy with a laugh. Hugs xx

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  5. Wow, Valerie! Your book is SUPER!!!!!!!!!!! And your tag FABULOUS!!!!!!!! You are soooo talented, my friend. Lovely photos from your walks too, as always, sweetie. Kisses!!!

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  6. Hi Valerie wow your book is amazing and I so love your bunny tag,well done my friend xx

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  7. Your creative spring book is wonderful and love your tags too....love your gorgeous ways of displaying everything.xx

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  8. When you say it is greening up you really meant it. Wow. You have a real spring. I love the spring bunny tag. It works with all those spring photos. Nice mini books too. They work perfect for spring also. Hope the week is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Such beautiful animals in the book! Love it! Here it's stormy and rainy, too. Some green is already there, but not as much as close to the Rhine.

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  10. I love all the photos! Thank you!

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  11. The books are wonderful Valerie and I like the way you fastened the pages together.

    Another terrific tag with an old fashioned look and a great rabbit image.

    What wonderful photographs. Your weather doesn't sound so good but the trees are way ahead of ours and look fantastic. The tree with the 'owl' watching is so true. It does look just like the eye of an owl

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. Yes, that tree is really funny, it watches me and I watch it, too!

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  12. LOVE your walking photos, and these albums are fantastically artsy with all the painting and touch ups of ephemera...nice white space too...always hard for me. LOVE the organic feel as well. Great to stop by.

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    1. Thanks Anita, I always struggle with white space, too!

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  13. Cute book and the tag would make an awesome Easter card. We are so far behind compared to your Spring. Such colors! I love the basket of primroses with the mini-grape hyacinths. And the owl in the tree. What a hoot! =^,.^= Enjoy your day!

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  14. Oh my gosh, love the book and the tag. Bunnies make me hoppy:)
    Hugs

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  15. That little book is delightful! Your spring walk offers so many lovely flowers :)

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  16. That little book is lovely and the photographs from your walk just beautiful.
    Love the flowers and the willow tree.

    All the best Jan

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  17. We are getting lots of rain! Spring is coming our way, soon!
    I love your little book! It's priceless! So creative! I love the bunny tag too! So cute! I love your photos!! They are all so beautiful! Love that tree! Big Hugs!

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  18. Wowwowow. Those books are just amazing. Your are amazing. I do love your rabbits and photos too. Come by to see my beady treat on my blog.

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  19. I love your little album Valerie with it's napkin images and handy pockets, you should join in with the Mini Album Makers Challenge, we'd love you to share it. Those three sleeping bunnies on your tag reminds me of my three (kids not rabbits!!) hee hee..
    So lovely to see all those new green shoots, I can smell spring within the air.
    Wishing you a fabulous weekend & Happy PPF Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S That tree really does look like an Owl watching x

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    1. Thanks Tracey, I will link it. I have another one finished, too!

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    2. Lovely to see you link up with us over at Mini Album Makers Valerie. We'd love to see all you album and journal makers. Thanks so much for sharing xx

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  20. I think your books are adorable. Makes me wonder how they differed from your expectations, if you say they didn't turn out as you'd hoped. I especially like the lamb's face... so cute and mischievous looking. And all of your artwork and photos just scream, "SPRING!" (Can't you hear them...? HA!)

    We're having a lovely little drizzle here this morning. It sounds so dreamy against the roof and windows, I wonder why I'm not still nestled under the covers... But we definitely need the rain. Our pollen count is really high.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I was hoping for a more vintage look....But the little girl I made it for is delighted with it, so that's the main thing! Lots of rain here, too, but it looks so green and fresh and that's just great!

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  21. Those little books are sweet. I love the one with the chickens. Darling bunny tag too. hugs, Teresa

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  22. Amazing tree trunk. Luv your tag. And the mini book are just lovely. Happy you dropped by my blog

    MuchđŸ‘©‍🎹love

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  23. We're having similar weather here, and they say it will snow on Saturday. Your colourful artwork, however, is enough to brighten up even the darkest of days. Lovely springtime feel to your work this week.

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  24. What a fabulous little journal! I love the sheep page! I love your sweet bunny tag and photos too Valerie!
    Happy Friday,
    Alison xx

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  25. You have been BUSY. These books are darling. Very clever of you. Happy PPF

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  26. Wow, your little books are amazing! I love the spring theme with the beautiful colours and images, they are so delightful 😁. That's a cute tag too with those little sleeping bunnies! The springtime photos made me smile too! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

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  27. Woooow Your little book is Amazing Valerie !! I love love it, Wonderful. I also love so much this goegeous tag !! the rabbits are fabulous, as the lovely colours.
    Thanks so much for the beautiful photographs your have shared with us, they are all fantastiques.
    I wish you a very happy weekend,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  28. delightful little art book! Love the bunny, and of course, all the lovely photos too. happy PPF!

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  29. Ein zauberhaftes kleines FrĂŒhlingsbuch. Das Hasen-Tag gefĂ€llt mir auch sehr, so sĂŒĂŸ der Hasi. Dein fotografischer BlĂŒtenrausch ist wunderschön und macht Hoffnung auf den FrĂŒhling. Bei uns ist es noch nicht ganz so grĂŒn und blĂŒhend, aber ein paar BĂŒsche blĂŒhen so langsam auf. Ab nĂ€chster Woche soll es trocken und wĂ€rmer werden, dann wird es sicher auch mit den BlĂŒmchen voran gehen. Hab ein schönes Wochenende und bleib gesund und kreativ.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe
    Sabine

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  30. Divine of your creative artworks and very colorful spring photos ~ and love, love, love your header and the lamb creation ~ ^_^

    Happy moments to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  31. first I love your pictures, you look like you live in a beautiful place. The books are amazing.

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  32. Your booklet came out great! I especially love the page with all the birds and that little lamb is just too cute. Lovely tag too! We don't have any "green" coming up here yet- but there is more warmth in the air- so I know it will be coming. Can't wait for winter to be totally over and see spring shooting up. Your pictures make me hopeful.

    I totally see the owl in that tree. So cool!
    ~Jess

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  33. Love your book and the paintings with chickens. I raised them for years and miss that I can't any longer. They will always have a special place in my heart.

    Diana @ Playing
    https://playingwithoutlimits.wordpress.com/

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  34. Your little books are the cutest things I've ever seen -- just adorable! And what pretty, springy art and photos this time. They make me smile and I need that!

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  35. I love your little books and that tag with those cute bunnies!! Love these photos and I thought of an owl when I saw that tree too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  36. Very beautiful! Great album!
    Thank you very much for sharing with us on Mini Album Makers.

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