Sunday, 26 March 2017

Collecting Moments for AJJ

Its a calm spring day, no rushing around like yesterday.
For sure I will be taking time to appreciate the  countryside around my home.

I would also like to wish you a
 Happy Mothers Day,
if you are celebrating it like we do today, in the U.K.

Another hybrid page  today, my own background somewhere under the digital layers. These two appear on the March page in my kitchen calendar.

There are many rabbits in hedgerows of  the fields near us. I have never been quick or close  enough to catch them in a photo.  They don't like us humans.

I am counting down the days now for my month as guest at
not many to go now and I have appreciated all your company  this month.
For digital information
please see notes in my sidebar.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

An adventure ...and a tag

Where would I like to go  today?
If I had a choice and the weather was  warm and I could go anywhere,
The magic carpet parked outside my front door.......
[maybe it would help my fear of flying]
Perhaps I would I  join Mr E., go for an adventure and see where the carpet landed.

I didn't know how this page would evolve,
it began with sticking a variety of scrap papers in to my journal.
Mr Evolution man was stamped onto tissue and as you can see he hadn't been stuck down properly, no worries a quote would cover that hole up.
What to add next, where would he go for his outing?  I remembered seeing these small pictures in  one of the scraps boxes, I think they may have been Crafty Individuals..

Six more days to get out and about at AJJ
I have so enjoyed seeing everyone's interpretation of the theme.
you  are all 'inspirational'.

Now I am sure Mr E.  would have packed a small suitcase,
just in case he decided to stop over somewhere.
So he would need a tag  with his name on written on the back so his luggage wouldn't get lost.....

More bits and pieces were used for this tag ....
Made....... so I can join the folk at

Tag Tuesday

where the theme for the challenge is 'Birds and Nests'.
The scribbly lines were added in my digital program.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,  I really enjoy your company here..

Friday, 24 March 2017

An Art Exhibition for AJJ

I am out and about in my imagination today for

 and going   to an Art Exhibition, where I would be able to see many paintings by my favourite artists all under one roof. 
 Now I think this outing would appeal to many folk as it does to me.

I did use my own background, but all the additions were computer additions [notes in my side bar].

So how will I spend today,,,
I will pull up a chair, beside my patio door,. If its warm I will open it, if not I can still see what is out there in my garden.  Get a few of my favourite art books close by  and a cup of something hot. Then think about these artists and how they transport us to seeing  what they could  see, when they were ,   'out and about'.

Thank you for stopping by today, your company is very much appreciated.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Where will we go today? for AJJ

In my Out and About page for Art Journal Journey we have ,
Agnes and Arthur's two friends  come for a visit  and they are wondering
 where to take them  out for the day.
The Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales.?
These are two of our favourite destinations and I would be happy to go to either of the choices.

The journal page has a mop up background, the pictures were torn from an old calendar. I am lucky to have friends who pass me their old cards etc. 
There is a bit of stencilling again for textures and a few splashes of paint.
The figures are Paper Artsy stamps and the words were computer generated.

Thank you for calling in today, you are very welcome.
I wonder which place you would choose to go to.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Springtime Surprises...

Spring Surprises 

When I entered the the first theme at Tag Tuesday.
I never imagined that I would be the name picked out of the hat to win  the gorgeous tag book  that Valerie made. The surprise was even greater when the postman delivered me
  a mail art box containing more goodies.

Its been a busy month for me as I am trying to create a page each day for Art Journal Journey where I am the guest hostess for the month and  after a number of days looking at the contents, I'm sure you all know what I mean when I say this.
 I have used a small piece of one of the napkins  for my ' Out and About' page at ........
 Art Journal Journey today.

I have some nearly dried up ink pads which I used to colour the background. Used a stencil and paste next for a bit of texture.
Then came the napkin, I love these blue flowers. Which brought me to thinking that even this early in Spring there are flowers for us to see when we are out and about.
The birds were Dina Wakley stamps and the sentiment was computer generated.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today
and thank you once again Valerie for the goodies that I know I will enjoy using.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A..Circus, Zoo , Pit and a T.Day natter.

A fun page for Art Journal Journey today

and I hope it will make friends from Elizabeth and Bleubeard's a smile  when they call in. as well.

This is how it began with a page from my colouring book. 
and two stamped animal  images
 [I think they were from Katzelcraft].

Out and About took me today  to see Nellie and a visit to the zoo.
Well by now you know I can spin a yarn and as I live nowhere near a zoo, all the information came via the internet. But crafting and creating is fun and I enjoyed  adding the extra page and if I lived near a zoo I most certainly would be a visitor.

I am adding a couple of  photo I took in the Garden Center  car park on Monday .

Fancy stepping out of the car and seeing one of these towering over you.

Hello T day Friends, at

I haven't forgotten to share a cuppa with you all 
there it is  on my desk beside the pencils.

I  did see some live  animals ,
 close up, when I was  at Beamish last week
They for sure had the Ahhhhhhh factor and I'm  pleased to say their  life is a lot more comfortable now,  than it would have been when this was a fully working pit.

The pit entrance

This building was first built around 1855 then  re-sited at Beamish in the late 1980's.
Everything has been carefully restored and is still in working order.
Below is a photo taken inside  of the winding machinery .

A few photos of the pieces of machinery outside the engine shed

Here they are................ the Pit Ponies
well looked after and very cosy in their stables

It was really surprising how small the ponies are, but very sturdy as you can see.

The next two photos show the tack room and stable office

How about this for a health and Safety notice from those days.

Thank you for getting this far on my long post today
 and thank you for calling in to see me on T Day.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Graffiti for AJJ

My journal page today 
Out and About at......

is all about how we  see the area we live in.
 I have to say we have no area's of graffiti where we live,
folk respect other peoples property.
I have been in a town recently, where someone had randomly sprayed paint and  left  a right mess.

 However  it can look very artistic and creative when care is taken.
 Banksy is one of the wall artists who's work is admired and many other creative folk leave their paintings with  permission by the local councils etc..
It can make a dull boring side wall look interesting to see.
I  have seen some wonderful painted walls on our travels in Ireland a few years ago.

This page began life with paint and a stencilled brick wall.
Pictures taken from an Art Book. I bought in a charity  book sale outside a supermarket.
I added some splashes of paint before the digital grasses and flowers.
I had tried a stamp, but the wall texture made it look a complete mess, so I added more paint and decided to take an easier [for me] option.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.