Friday, 10 January 2020

Weekend Post

Hi Everybody!

Winter seems to have forgotten to call in here, but perhaps it's just late! Europe seems to be a snow free zone just now - are we experiencing a Wintrexit? And so many people still think there's no climate change....
Anyway, warm wet and windy was our theme this week. Buds are growing and the birds seem to think it's time for spring. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!
I had some blood tests done yesterday, and although my fingers are better than they were, the inflammation is still not gone, so I need to take the cortisone for another 8 days. I'm not really happy about it, as the side effects are hard, but what has to be has to be! Let the battle begin!

I made this A2 mixed media piece some weeks back together with another 'double-head' piece which I showed in December. This one had slipped down to the bottom of one of my large piles and I found it while looking for a book, which I still haven't found....The heads were cut from painted and textured paper and then given some sewing. After sewing them to the  painted and textured background, I decided to add the feathers, but can't say If I like them or not. But what's done is done!  I added the sentiment this week, sorry for the wobbly writing. I am linking to Jo's theme at Art Journal Journey, something new:










Last Tuesday we had a sunny day, and I enjoyed walking through Hofgarten and visiting the birds:


This swan was evidently disappointed that I didn't have any lettuce in my bag:





Beautiful colours along the Rhine:






The forsythia is blooming on the Liebeskind Building:




And I always pay my respects to Henry Moore:


 People having fun at the skating rink:


And I like to play with photos here:


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

54 comments:

  1. Love your mixed media peace. Those photos are beautiful. Have a good weekend. Anesha x

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  2. Oh I wish your fingers would heal,, I know it must be so hard to do what you do with sore fingers. Your walk sounds wonderful and art creation does too, I love the words!

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    1. Thanks Laurie. It will get better soon, it has to!

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  3. Hi Val, hope you had a nice day and enjoyed your walks even though it was wet. Love your feathery page, and the words are great and so you! We had a busy day here, the kids are sick and I have too much to do! Have a good weekend, hugs, Sarah

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  4. I love this page, Valerie. And yes, my friend, the feathers are perfect! They remind me Indians!!! And, as I always tell you, you live in paradise, sweetie. Gorgeous photos of your walk. Hugs!!!

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  5. Warm (sometimes) and wet and windy here too - though it looks as though you've had more sunshine and blue skies than we've had. The weather and the mood is very grey here.

    I love your stitched heads - beautiful colours - and to me the feathers are no longer feathers... they are the thoughts escaping, heading out into the world. I do like the little ditty - the words are a pretty good reflection of how I'm feeling right now too! Gorgeous photos as always, and I do hope your fingers improve soon.
    Alison x

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    1. Thanks Alison, I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling frayed at the edges!

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  6. You are really having a hard time with those fingers, Valerie, and it must be both frustrating and painful. I hope that all will be well soon and that the side effects from the cortisone are not too severe. In the meantime I am glad that you are still keeping an eye on the Canada Geese!

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  7. So far we're having a warm winter too -- which is fine by me (with the exception of wondering what in the world is happening to the climate). But a big storm is expected and I don't know if the cold temps they talk about with it will stick or move on quickly. We'll see.

    Been there, done that with the cortisone more times than I wish and I know what you mean about the side effects. But it is a miracle drug and always seems to do the trick in time. I hope everything is good with you soon. It does sound like it's improving, and that's a plus!

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  8. Yes it's been very mild for this time of year, we had sunshine and blue skies for our walk today which was lovely 😁. I'm loving your heads, the stitching patterns look beautiful and the wording is so true, sometimes you can't help feeling this way at this time of year. The photos are fabulous, so nice walking with you again 😀. I do hope you fingers are all better soon! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. ... thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey too! x

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  9. Super colours in your journal page

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  10. Missing winter is a lot safer, but it makes you worry about climate change. Your page is beautiful and I enjoyed your photos today.

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  11. A great journal page to sit and contemplate. Great color and stitching. Always love photographic choices. Always enjoy visiting your blog.

    Love, Hugs and Blessings
    Jim

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  12. I like your journal page Valerie, something to look at and ponder. Great photos from your walk. Hope the fingers are healed soon.

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  13. Amazing blog, I follow you on gfc #383 ,follow back?

    https://bubasworld.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is fabulous. We are in full force winter storm with 60 MPH winds, rain, and cold.

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  15. Deine Seite fĂŒhlt sich stimmig wie Moment bei dir so vertsrickt ist mit dienen Fingern!Grossartig deine Seite aus was du das gemacht hast mti den FĂ€den, klasse und die Farbe passt alles zusammen.
    Schön wie es aussieht bei dir auf dienen Spaziergang. Bei mir ist es echt Schmuddelwetter. Ich hoffe morgen mal Fahrrad wieder zu fahren.
    Gute Besserung und dass die EntzĂŒndung bald weg geht!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

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    1. Danke, Elke! Hoffe das Wetter bei Dir bessert sich!

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  16. Fabulous post and art, and I think you have a winter this year like we do over here, xx

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  17. I LOVE your latest journal page, Valerie. The heads are great, the feathers are great, and even the plot makes sense to me (grin). Beautiful stitching and great art. Thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey using Jo's theme.

    I bet you know my favorite shot from today's photos. I absolutely adore the black swan. I swooned nearly as much as I would when I see rust or a rocking horse. I also liked seeing how green everything was. Here we have sleet and ice. Unseasonably warm weather is gone now. Seems like it is there to stay in your area.

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  18. Wintrexit! :-)
    So ein Mist mit der EntzĂŒndung.
    LOL, das Buch versteckt sich gut und lÀsst dich andere Sachen finden, ist doch auch toll ;-)
    Schöne Arbeit, auch mit dem Spruch.
    Heute auch hier (noch) sonnig!
    Wow, das Liebeskind kenne ich nicht, sehr schön.
    Tolle Fotos, ich wĂŒnsche dir einen schönen Tag, GlG, Iris

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  19. I do hope that your fingers improve with the next course of medication Valerie.
    Wonderful photos from your walk, it is a silly winter so far here as well. Its the strong winds that we are having, its hard to walk and struggle against them.
    I love your heads page and the stitching you added. The feathers made me think of an Indian head dress when I first looked. The words are super.
    It is a fantastic page for Jo's theme at Art journal journey as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  20. Your art piece is very whimsical and has a great flow of movement in it...it is a happy piece.
    Hope the cortisone helps but I agree with you about to much medicine.
    As always I love your photos.

    Hugs 💼

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  21. WE're getting warmer and wetter weather here, too. I'm sorry about your fingers and that you have to take the meds longer than you'd thought, but I hope you continue to show improvement 'til your recovery is soon complete. I love your page, the threads and feathers and the perfect words. The waterside photos are nice. What a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the birds and the view. That building is a stunner!

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    1. Thanks. The Liebeskind building is totally fascinating.

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  22. A wonderful piece Valerie and lovely photos. I hope the medication helps your fingers. Have a lovely weekend.
    xxx Hazel.

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  23. A fabulous piece Valerie and I love the words you added - just about sums me up at the moment!
    Lovely photos from your walk and it's nice to see blue skies, we've had a lot of grey dull days. Hope the extended course of meds helps with your fingers.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

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    1. Thanks Avril, glad the sentiment sums you up, too!

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  24. I think it works beautifully. The feathers are like brain waves!! Hope the steroids work for you Valerie!! Our weather is just like yours, warmish and windy. Where is winter??? Beautiful photos, skies very like our own with beautiful sun rises. Hugs
    pinky

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  25. Great page, I love all of the different textures and a good sentiment to go with.
    we have been mild here too-until today-a little ice, snowing still looks pretty outdoors-it will all melt away in a few days thought-warm weather returning.
    Happy weekend Kathy

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  26. Your photos are always wonderful, Valerie. I wonder how much post processing (if any) you use. It's the only way I can get halfway decent photos.

    I'm sorry to hear you have to stay on the cortisone longer. I know about the awful side effects. You're a real trouper. Sending healing energy.

    I can also relate to the meaningful rhyme in your "new" page for AJJ.

    Eileen xx

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Eileen. I use photo processing when I use my proper cameras, but not when I use my cell phone, as I have been doing a lot recently as it's easier to use when my fingers are bad.

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  27. You really are having unusual weather since forsythia is blooming in January. I don't get how anyone can't understand the global climate change. Even here with snow, we seem to get way more rain and ice than ever. But onto art. I do love your heads. They have so much amazing texture. Good luck with the cortisone and your fingers. Hugs-Erika

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  28. Love what you have made Valerie, defo fab with the stitching....love looking at your photos as well and great to see a black swan, iv never see a black one in the flesh here in the UK...hope your hands/fingers not playing you up to much..take care...hugs Lozzy xx

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  29. Hi Valerie :) I love your sewn heads and the poem you wrote! Very good! And the photos you share, oh how I kind of wish I had that weather! It looks lovely over there. I really hope your fingers get better soon, being on cortisone is NOT fun. xx

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  30. Love your work as always, you always use such pretty colors, that I adore:) Amazing pics:)

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  31. Fantastic artwork and beautiful sunny photos Valerie! xx

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  32. I really loove these heads Valerie !! They are awesome, love how you sew them, the colours, and the words, it´s an amazing Art journal page!
    I ´m so happy you like my card, thanks for your comment by my blog.
    I hope your fingers will be well very soon, you know the cortisone is a good solution, just we have to be patient.I send you big hugss, take care,
    Caty

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  33. Your piece is great and I don't think the writing looks wobbly. It goes with the curves of the piece!

    Love the outdoor photos. Those blues that you captured are stunning. This weekend it is about 30 degrees F warmer here than it usually is- which has been nice, but definitely the climate is changing! I know cold temps will be back in a week- but this is weather we don't usually have until April.

    Hope you have a wonderful week and that the cortisone helps!
    ~Jess

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  34. Ohh das sieht ja sehr interresant aus mit den beiden köpfen,gefÀllt mir.

    ich finde die bilder die du gemacht hast,traumhaft schön.
    noch einen schönen abend :-)



    hugs jenny

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  35. I love your page Valerie, and what a brilliant quote. I hope your medication works and your fingers get back to normal really quickly. Have a great week, Sue xx

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  36. Awesome art and lovely pics

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  37. I do like your journal page and all of your photographs …

    Healing thoughts and wishes that your fingers are back to normal soon.

    All the best Jan

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  38. I think your art is great Valerie, losing the plot... sometimes its nice to let loose and let it out. You weren't feeling great and, yes, cortisone is not that good to have to take but it does the job hopefully. I need it sometimes too for a nuisance thing and have a love/hate relationship with it. Hugs xx

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  39. I do hope the cortisone works some relieving magic for you! I love the textures in your mixed media piece! The Wintery blues and yellows in your photos are so beautiful Valerie! Hugs,Chrisx

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