Monday, 14 October 2019

T sTands for a Tag and more

Hi Everybody!

Hope you all have a great week. I am getting my T post for Monday/Tuesday done early as I have a lot of appointments this week. Thanks to all who asked about my back, it is a little better, but still very painful, so I'm hoping the treatment helps.

For Sandie's 'autumn' challenge at Tag Tuesday I made a 10" tag which I sewed to some corrugated card. The image is from Gecko Galz, and one I use every autumn and sometimes in between, as I like it. I used my home-made stencil and smooth embossing paste for the diamonds, as well as the last of the crackle paste on some parts.The decorations were gathered in the fields and tied with a strip of linen at the top, and with the wire of the textile leaf at the bottom. The sentiment is from TH:

I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, autumn

This evening it will be time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so here a warm welcome to all of the T Gang Ladies. I did manage to drink quite a lot of coffee again at various places and   in our ice parlour here:

While out and about and people watching:

And back at our ice parlour again - cappuccino for me and tea for Nathalie:

And N. was hungry so she had a waffle:

I was very happy to get a beautiful envelope from Caty in Spain, with lots of gorgeous stamps outside and lots of beautiful goodies inside, including many hand-crafted and hand crocheted items. Thanks so much, Caty. The beautiful owl card is on display on my desk here, and I am looking forward to using all of the crafty goodies and napkins, thanks so much!

Yesterday got off to a beautiful start:

In the afternoon the last of the clouds moved away and it was warm and sunny, a truly golden October day. I walked to the Castle in Kalkum and enjoyed the glowing colours in the park and gardens. The pics were all taken with my cell-phone as I forgot my camera :(

The castle ghost was there again:

I will show the rest of the pics in my next post, but I have just one more to show, something I saw on my Saturday walk through an old cemetery in Düsseldorf - what a place to park a scooter:

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


  1. Hi Valerie wow what an amazing tag ,love it,well done my friend.
    Oh wow what a beautiful parcel to receive ,lots of lovely goodies in there,enjoy. xx

  2. Please don't tell me I'm about to catch up. I love the photos you shared. They were so rich with the reds and yellows of autumn. These were beautiful shots showing that autumn has truly arrived in your part of the world.

    What incredible gifts from Caty. She sent you some wonderful pieces and I know you will find a way to use them, too.

    I absolutely adore that tag. I love the sewing, which you do so well. It's wonderful. Wonderful use of the crackle paste and finding the nature inspired pieces in the fields around your home made it so special.

    What a lot of fun you and N must have together. Enjoying your various cappuccinos with a friend is spectacular. Thanks for sharing your incredible tag, the beautiful art and pieces Caty sent you, the trips around your area, and the cappuccinos you shared with Nathalie for T this week, dear Valerie.

    1. Wow, don't be shocked, but yes, you-have-caught-up! And have even commented early, well done!

  3. Good Morning Val, once again, a wonderful post! Love the beautiful tag, the face is really the epitome of autumn, and you have made it even more so with the beautiful additions. Great photos, too. Love the glowing and vibrant colours. And the scooter by the grave - waiting for the resurrection? Have a great day, hugs, Sarah

  4. That is wonderful, a great advice! Though not an easy one, the brain always tries to interfere...

    I love people watching, too - with a cup of tea (or a beer) :-)

    The trees here are mostly still green!

    Good luck with helps for your back!!

  5. Your tag is beautiful , the embossing paste, the texture, it’s just so beautiful. I hope your back feels better soon, the scenery is lovely for Fall in your area, everything takes on such a lovely golden glow, that is a strange place to park a scooter for sure!

  6. The fall colours are quite wonderful and so are Nathalie's finger nails!

    1. So true, I don't know how she lives with them!

  7. Wow, what a stunning tag! You have captured the beauty of autumn perfectly, it is full of serenity and beautiful images - I love it 😁. Such lovely gifts from Caty too, so thoughtful! Those waffles caught my eye, I could eat them right about now 😉. I'm also loving your autumnal leaves, the reflections in the water around the castle look amazing! Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  8. Exquisite tag dearest Valerie! Just gorgeous!
    Your Autumn photos are amazing 🍂
    I loved the 👻 and the scooter in the cemetery, too!!!
    Big Hugs ❤

  9. Your photos show the beauty of autumn, Valerie.
    Your tag is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and I love that you used corrugated paper.
    I think you should enter your tag at Gecko Galz challenge too.
    Hugs, my friend.

  10. That one cup is so pretty! And your autumn photos just take my breath away, Valerie. We're still waiting for full color here but the cold and damp the past few days seem to have pushed things along. Still, nothing like what you've shared here. That dazzles!

  11. The tag is just beautiful. I like the way you use natural items in your work. Dazzling colors on your walk. Even the buildings seem to get into the Fall colors. I had to laugh at the picture of the scooter. Maybe that's the way ghosts get around now. Happy T Day

  12. Your tag is gorgeous, the coffees look fantastic and the photos are stunning today.

  13. A fabulous tag Valerie, gorgeous textures and a beautiful image.
    Loved seeing your pictures showing the wonderful Autumn colours and how lovely of Caty to have sent you such a wonderful package, I'm sure you will enjoy putting those gifts to good use.
    Avril xx

  14. A gorgeous tag Valerie and beautiful photos - I do love the colours of autumn.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Once again, just outstanding photos. Love your piece, reminds me of an autumnal fairy, AND N.'s nails:) What a wonderful goodie bag.

  16. Beautiful tag and gorgeous autumnal photos Valerie!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Alison xx

  17. That is a gorgeous tag with lots of lovely texture. Just love it! The cuppa and waffle look good. :) Makes me hungry. Gorgeous Fall photos. It is not Fall here yet. The weather has finally cooled down, in fact we do have furnace on instead of the A/C. Your Fall photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day!

  18. A gorgeous tag Valerie and lovely photos, the autumn colours of the leaves look beautiful. I smiled when I saw the castle ghost.
    Your array of coffees looked very tempting, maybe I should make a cup instead of my usual tea.
    Happy T day wishes and enjoy using the lovely goodies that Caty gifted you.
    Yvonne xx

  19. The tag is gorgeous, Valerie. I'm impressed by your DIY diamonds stencil. I'm trying to remember what I paid for my commercial one. Oh yeah, a lot!

    I hope you get some relief from your back pain - soon.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  20. OOhhh this is a super Wonderful tag Valerie !! I looove it, the background is amazing, gorgeous colours, and fabulous every detail.
    Happy T-day ! This is a so good coffee. You´re welcome, I´m so happy you like the card and the goodies, and I´m sure you´ll create fantastic Artworks with them.
    Your photographs are very beautiful, what a lovely castle, and this gohst is so sympa! Wonderful colours of autumn.
    I wish you will feel better very soon with the treatment.
    Happy Tuesday dear friend, and biig hugss

  21. Your tag is amazing! and your mail from Caty is awesome-always loved fun mail-enjoy! Your fal photos are just so beautiful-we don't have allot of fall colors just yet but they are starting. and that was a quite the photo of the scooter-haha.
    good luck with your appts. and I hope they can control the pain for you-hugs
    Happy T Kathy

  22. gorgeous autumnal tag! I always enjoy your oh so good looking cappuccinos too:)
    Sorry to hear you've been having such back problems. Hope your appointments go well.
    So many pretty, colorful goodies from Caty<3
    Beautiful outdoor photos! Happy T day!

  23. Hope they can find the reason your back is sore Valerie. There is nothing worse than a toothache or a sore back I think. I love your autumn tag, The woman on it looks as though she is a autumn sprite. I didn't get any art time with daughter home this weekend so I am hoping to get to making a tag this week. And nice package from Caty. Her work is so unique, happy and wonderful. Wishing you good luck with the appointments and a happy day. Hugs-Erika (oh and those waffles look very yummy!)

    1. We know the reason for the back pain now, but I am waiting for an appointment by a specialist.

  24. I'm sorry to hear you hurt your back. Your tag is beautiful. The cappuccino and waffles look good, and I like Nathalie's nails. The goodies you received in the mail are fantastic. Beautiful Fall photos at the castles.

  25. People-watching sounds like fun :) Your nature watching opportunities are glorious in Autumn, aren't they! Your happy mail brought treats :) It's a shame a less intrusive spot couldn't have been found for the scooter. I hope your back continues improving. Happy T Tuesday!

    1. People park these rent scooters all over the place without consideration or common sense!

  26. Oh what beautiful autumn colours! Lovely photos. And the coffees look s delish. I just love those mugs at the ice cream parlour.
    My mouth waters at the sight of the waffles. You know how to live!
    Wow! What a lovely gift from Cathy! Lots of useful things.
    Your tag is lovely. I love the colours. An the image is gorgeous. The Gecko Gals have some lovely stuff. I get their monthly collage sheet.
    I do hope your back gets better soon.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  27. Super tag and your photographs are amazing … such wonderful Autumn colour.

    I do hope your back gets better soon.

    All the best Jan

  28. As I sit and delight in your stunning tag and the beauty of her image and autumnal berries atop you then share magnificent snap shots along your walks. What splendor to see their firey warmth and colour, i'd have purchased many of them as post cards or prints Valerie. I feel we may have had too much rain to over the past couple of weeks for our trees to glow in this way but I live in hope..
    A lovely parcel from Caty, enjoy playing with it all. Sending Hugs your way Tracey xx

  29. Love this tag ! My mouth watered over your coffees and waffles! Caty's gifts look wonderful! Loved these photos - I know it means that dark nights are on the way but I do love Autumn colours! Chrisx

  30. Wow..your tag is just gorgeous..I love everything about it.xx


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