Monday, 21 October 2019

T sTands for Tag Tuesday and more

Hi Everybody!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. We had a very wet one here, it literally never stopped raining. I still got out for my walks, and had to 'walk circumspectly' as the wet leaves underfoot were dangerously slippery, especially in combination with the old cobblestones in our little town. I am happy that the earth has at last had some copious amounts of rain, but some dry weather would now be appreciated!

This evening we are starting a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, I am hosting this time, and have chosen 'anything goes' as my theme. This means that tags of all sorts, large and small, real, digital, hybrid, and whatever the theme are all welcome. And there will be a little prize given to one random participant.

My first tag is a hybrid one. The head was made with hand-marbled paper and the moon is one of my photos. The other elements are from Serif, and it was assembled in my graphics programme:

This tag was made using a leftover piece from a master board made some time back. I LOVE using up scraps and leftovers! The texture was made with crinkled tissue, which was then painted and collaged with scraps of gold-leafing and vintage paper pieces. I didn't want to cover it all up, so just added one of my dried and glitter-glazed leaves and some natural bits from the garden together with some small feathers:

Today is also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday link party, which always starts on Monday evening just like Tag Tuesday. Here I would like to welcome all of the lovely ladies of the T Gang who visit. I did a lot of coffee drinking this week, even more than usual, and the weather was to blame! It was so wet we just needed to pop into cafes we passed on all the wet walks to dry out a bit!

My fave ice parlour cafe:

No, not 2 drinks for me - cappuccino is mine and Latte Macchiato for Nathalie:

Different cup, different cafe, this time we were at Guiseppe's in Oberkassel, where they always serve delicious burnt almonds with the coffee:

This is inside the cup:

Nathalie had peppermint tea:

This was in yet another cafe, Bazzar, in Düsseldorf. Nathalie had dressed up really stylish. The third coffee was for my lovely friend, Nelya,who joined us there:

Nathalie made another of her fun photos where the wrinkles all get taken away - not that she needs it!:

And yes, another cafe - we sheltered from the rain and wind in cafe Burghof, next to the castle ruins:

But I do love the atmosphere on these wet and grey autumn days:

This was taken on the street where I live:

Some trees are still green and leafy, others are almost bare:

We went for a (wet) walk through the woods and round the lakes in Duisburg and there were lots of fungi:

And as I write this post I'm drinking coffee - what else?

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


  1. Hi Valerie wow I love your Halloween tag and your textured tag is awesome,you are very clever my friend.
    I love seeing you and Natalie having so much fun xx

  2. Happy early T day Valerie. I love the Halloween head. You have gotten really creative with those. And your texture autumn piece if also beautiful. And you look like you are having fun even with all the rain. (Nathalie's hat is quite a cool hat.) Hope you see the sun soon. Hugs-Erika

  3. Yup, it was damp and horrible here too, still is today. I love your witch head, with all that magic swirling around inside her and the autumn tag is just magical too. Fabulous feathers and leaves and amazing texture in the background.

    Glad you managed to get out and about despite the weather - even if it did mean lots of stopping for coffee! - and the fungi photos are wonderful.
    Alison x

    1. Good thing I enjoy coffee, huh?! The fungi are really magical.

  4. I think that the local coffee marketing board should be sending you a cheque! The shot of the fungi in the old tree trunk is really quite wonderful. Good job!

  5. The tags are great. I especially love the colors of the scrap tag with the leaf. Your photos are just enchanting to look at. Funny how rain at home is so depressing but looking at rain from places far from home is beautiful. The red berries on the trees on your street are so vibrant and I love how the mushrooms look like fairy staircases. Enjoy your day

    1. You are so right - bad weather always looks better in pictures!

  6. hi Val, you have outdone yourself once again with these gorgeous tags and photos. Love the magical head and the lovely moon and the creatures of the night, fantastic, and the other tag is beautiful, I love how you use your 'nature bits'. Fantastic photos, especially the fungi look like fairy tale castles, just beautiful. Hugs, Sarah

  7. Beautiful tags, gorgeous texture you create. The drinks look amazing and the photos are stunning. Please be careful not to slip, so dangerous.

    1. I wore my hiking boots yesterday so that I had a good grip, I do not want to fall and break one of bones!

  8. You always take the most beautiful pictures! Love those colors on your work, so cute☺

  9. I do love how your textured piece looks and appreciate hearing how you accomplished that :) Nathalie's hat is a treasure! You just can't beat a good hat. Your seasonal nature photos show me how much further along in Autumn you are than we are here. Happy T Day.

  10. A great Halloween head and the textured Autumnal tag is absolutely fabulous.
    Wonderful photos from your walks, we've just had a week in the Lake District and were very lucky - it rained mainly overnight with sunny days, although very muddy for walking.
    Have a great week and I hope it stops raining.
    Avril xx

  11. I refuse to believe Nathalie even has ONE wrinkle! And oh, that fungi! It's the best!

  12. Oh the rain is endless isn't it! I really like your tag, it's so elegant for Halloween. Your photo's are fab, and I'm with you in the coffee stops, definitely better than getting wet. Have a great week, Sue xx

  13. Schöne Karte und WOW, sooo viel Kaffee!!! :-) Gesund! Schade, ich mag keinen... oder nur selten. Daher die Falten ;-)

  14. Fantastic tags Valerie, the Halloween head looks amazing with the witch flying around .
    All the photos looked lovely, if I were a coffee drinker I could have been tempted to one of those you shared in the photos.
    The leaves are wet and slippery here as well, they blow about in the wind and the pathways never seem to be clear of them at this time of the year.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Your first tag is funky and fun, Valerie. I'm partial to the second one, which really says autumn to me. I love all the layers and texture.

    Nathalie could be a model. I love the photo of her smiling straight at the camera in her very stylish black hat.

    With beautiful country lanes like that, I can see why you walk about so much. We have cobblestones here as well, but they're not level or well maintained. In fact, they're quite treacherous and create a lot of business for orthopedic surgeons!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  16. Your tags are so awesome and wow I love the photos-especially the one with the tree stumps-that is a very cool find. You find the neatest places for your beverage too
    Happy T wishes Kathy

  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I want to live on your street! :) Lovely coffees and teas; the peppermint tea looks interesting. Nathalie's hat is wonderful! Great photos of the mushrooms in the tree trunk. You are a wonderful photographer! Thanks for sharing this great post. Happy T Day!

  18. Your tags are a great inspiration, Valerie. I love how you combine the different stuff.
    And your photos are awesome! The street you live looks fantastic! Hugs, my friend.

  19. I really love your tags and artwork, beautiful colours and textures. You take great photos, the ones of the mushrooms in the tree are brilliant, it’s a great time of year, the colour of the trees are amazing, unfortunately our son’s next door neighbours tree fills his gutters! His front garden is also under a mountain of leaves even though we have already filled the bins
    Enjoy your week, jan x

  20. Both tags are great Val but oh I really love the second one with all those yummy textures and layers! I'd walk in the rain too just to have such lovely café stops for something warm:) Gorgeous photos of your walks. Happy T day!

  21. Beautiful everything today...mmmm what is the secret of taking away wrinkles... haha

  22. I was here hours ago and just started to leave a comment when I got an urgent call from my friend Sally. I have been with her for over six hours, and am now back to let you know how much I like your tags today. Your scraps are SO much prettier than my scraps. I love that tag, as well as the one with the face. You have been making those faces and putting them to such good use. This is another one. I like the swirls that show such movement, too.

    You have had a LOT of coffee this week. I love that you and Nathalie share so much time together. I liked her mint tea, but of course, I love seeing your various cappuccinos. You could be an advertisement for coffee in Germany.

    Your walks are beautiful, even in the rain. You live on an absolutely gorgeous street. Thanks for sharing the beautiful tags, your various walks in the rain, and yours and Nathalie's drinks with us for T this Tuesday.

  23. Wonderful tag Valerie. Good you have lots of different places to enjoy your coffee. I like how Natalie's peppermint tea was served. Natalie looks very stylish in her hat!

  24. Yes, lots of lovely coffee. And Nathalie's tea looks very colourful. Yes, Nathalie looks very stylish with her hat, but then you do too with that beautiful scarf!
    I don't care much for Halloween things, but your textured tag is beautiful. I really like that. It depicts autumn for me.
    Your photos from your walk are lovely, especially the mushrooms.
    Happy T-Day.

  25. Beautiful tags, especially the second one. I like your photos from the cafes you stopped at. Your moody seasonal photos are fantastic. Happy T-Day!

  26. Wowwwww your tags are Espectacular Valerie !! Looove them both, the first one is super beautiful with the cat looking at the switch, and the second one is Gorgeous, I love the great textures and layers you get! Woooww! Happy T-day !! Yes I can understand you drank a lot of coffees this week, due to the rain. Here it´s raining today too, let´s see if it stops this afternoon.
    I wish you a very nice day, and send big hugs

  27. Amazing tags! You always captured the autumn season so beautifully 😀. It looks like you've had some fun walks and trips to the cafés too! I love the photos of you and your friends, you all look so happy together! Those autumnal leaves and atmospheric skies are fabulous too 😀. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  28. So nice that you have walking and (tea and coffee-heh) drinking buddies:)
    Love the fun photo:)
    Purrfect autumnal pieces.

  29. Fantastic photos! I love that you go for coffee - they look so yummy! Beautiful tags and so much detail! love your fun post!

  30. Yes, this time of year it can be slippery underfoot - take care.

    Beautiful photographs, lovely post.

    All the best Jan

  31. I love both of your tags - the one with the feather has amazing texture! Yes, wet days do that don't they - they all look like very nice coffees! Your photos are fabulous - love the fungi inside the tree! Chrisx

  32. Both your tags are so beautiful! I love them! You are such a talent! Hi to your beautiful friends! Love the cafe! You could make cards, from all your gorgeous photos! It's such a treat to see them! Big Hugs!


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