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Thursday, 23 November 2017

A change in the weather!

Hi everyone, we took a trip to the Trafford Centre today(it's our local mall for those who don't live near Manchester UK)

A lot of the shops seem to have gone Black Friday crazy and it's only Thursday!

We weren't there long - just a quick wander around looking for Christmas present ideas! We had a coffee and then headed to M and S for something easy for tea! I have been looking for a new coat for ages and as we came up the escalator I saw MY coat! Vouchers in purse, it didn't cost me much at all! I'm just hoping I don't see it in a sale before Christmas!!!  

I made a very quick page for Art Journal Journey before we went out, although I had prepped the page last night with some scraped on gesso!
This morning I sprinkled it with Paper Artsy Infusions and after it had dried I wiped it over with a damp cloth to remove most of the infusions from the gessoed parts.
I stamped a Tim Holtz Christmas tree - one full size and then used the top part of the stamp for two smaller trees. A Paper doll and some computer words and a teeny scrap of silver card torn from a lego card donated by my GD and I was done.

The boy is dressed for snow - which has just started to fall!
I hope that our friends farther North don't have too much snow, although it is forecast for tomorrow 

Thank you all for the support you are giving for my '101 ways To Keep Warm' theme!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WOYWW - a bit late in the day!!!

It's so long since I showed my desk I wonder if I'll be let in! Actually, I know the answer to that because the WOYWWers are such a great bunch - following the example of the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground!
Be warned….this could get messy! What am I talking about …it is messy!
I was on a bit of a roll the afternoon - this is how I left it….I think I'll be having a tidy before I can start tomorrow!

If you are looking for my latest journal page it's a Thanksgiving one just before this post!

Thanks for looking, I will try to get visiting tonight but it may be tomorrow or later, Chris

Come on!

A lot of blog friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow and I would like to wish them all a lovely day! 
We have a lot to be Thankful for, especially the friendships forged via the internet!

My AJJ page today may amuse you - my theme  is 101 Ways To Keep Warm and I have some ready plucked turkeys for you!
They are wearing gilets and boots but they are still cold so are dancing to keep warm (don't tell them that they will soon be very hot!)
I remember this song by Little Eva from way back - probably the Seventies and when I first bought these Paper Artsy Elenazinski stamps it was the turkey and the song that made the set a 'must have' 
The background was made while at our caravan - using Inktense pencils and a music stamp.
As you can see I am still attempting to improve my lettering!

Thanks once again for your support and for visiting today, Chris



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

We're going 'Colourful' at TIOT

Oh! the colours around at this time of year! We may have grey days but the berries are really making a show at the moment, the shops are full of bright Christmas displays and the lights are shining everywhere, so it's no wonder we are in a 'Colourful' frame of mind at Try It On Tuesday for our latest challenge! 
The Design Team have as ever produced some lovely colourful examples, why not take a look here?
I have a journal page (which is also for my 101 Way to Keep Warm at Art Journal Journey)which was inspired by watching Strictly Come Dancing.
The Tango is one of the dances I love to watch! One of my favourite films 'Moulin Rouge' also has a Tango featured! Definitely a hot, colourful dance!!
My image is likely to be in Argentina, where the Tango originated.
I painted the background by  streaking PA Fresco paints, picking up the colours in the image and then added some stencilling, stamping and some painty circles using an old lid. 
I stuck down the image and then added more paint to integrate it into the page!
Once again I have added some of my own my lettering.

These hot colours remind me of a warm Summer Evening but you may choose any combination of colours for your project - we love to see your entries! 
The TIOT challenge runs until 4th December - looking forward to seeing what you make!

Thanks for looking, Chris




T Stands for……the rest of Bordeaux

I hadn't realised that I had taken so many photos in Bordeaux and tonight I am going to use some of hubby's as well!
Did I tell you that we loved Bordeaux? Oh Yes!!!!
On our second full day (the day of the fall!) we were getting ready to go out when we heard music coming from outside..
…a small group  of strikers heading for a gathering in the square farther up the road! The music was calypso music coming from the back of the van.
We headed for the Capucins market - our concierge had recommended we go!

 Hubby's favourite stall!
This was mine….
…or was it this one?
 There were lots of cafes inside the market 
 It was taking this photo of one of the Gormley statues that caused me to lag behind, chase to catch hubby up and trip over a metal divider on the edge of a carpark that was being updated - I had thought I was going onto a kerb when in fact there were deep ruts with metal dividers for car park spaces!
 We(I)hobbled back to our apartment for First Aid treatment(I'll spare you the blood!)…and a coffee.
After a little rest we walked up to the square for lunch and I am joining Elizabeth and 'the boys' for T Stands for Tuesday.
I must also apologise for not visiting every one last week - we had childminding duties and also a funeral to attend and once away at our caravan here is little chance of any connection! I'll try to do better this week!

 Hubby had coke and I had tonic water as well as tap water (it was a very hot day!)
Delicious Duck with salad and a ton of frites!!!

After this we went to the Museum of Aquitaine but I will save that for a post of it's own another time.

I want to show you something a little more up to date!
There is a lot of work going on around the Cite du Vin museum….
..this one may be the next to go!!
The museum itself is impressive...
It was too late in the day to do anything other than wander around the public areas - we will have to go back!!!


On our way back we walked past these fountains - they will appear in a future  post too!
As it is past my bedtime  - and now officially Tuesday here I shall say 'Goodnight' and I'll see you in a few hours time with my TIOT/AJJ page!

Happy T Day and Thanks for looking! Chris

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Keeping warm!

Hi everyone! We have been back from our caravan long enough to have a coffee and make a couple of phone calls.
I am planning on catching up with some blog visiting. It is quite difficult to get a connection while we are away, so if you have had a comment it will have been either while we are out and about, or late evening, when the connection is often stronger but I am getting more tired! 
Before that I have another page for AJJ - and my choice of theme, 101 Ways To Keep Warm

We woke up this morning to a beautiful frost!
I made my page after a walk at Coniston on Friday - it was very cold, with a few spits and spots of icy cold rain at times and occasional sunshine!
 I was delighted to find a whole field full of Hardwick Sheep! They have such pretty faces don't you think?
One lone lady and her dog playing on the shore of the lake
While the sun shone I took the opportunity to take a shadow selfie

During the evening while watching Children In Need I made my page
With only a few supplies I turned to my Inktense pencils and a newspaper magazine supplement and an mini free catalogue.
Just while I am here, I can highly recommend the Paddington movies - Paddington 2 is even funnier than the first! It is definitely an 'all age' film to watch - everyone was laughing in the cinema! 
Hugh Grant - not usually a great favourite of mine, was absolutely brilliant in his role!! He must have really enjoyed it too!

If you are going walking this Winter I would say that this check list may be useful! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 17 November 2017

Get a hat!

I did mention that my next post would be a scheduled one and hopefully we aren't having to bundle ourselves up much! One thing I am sure to be doing is wearing a hat (I have quite a collection!)

I have my latest page for Art Journal Journey where my theme 101 Ways to Keep Warm is featuring!

My new Paper Artsy Elenazinski figures love their hats! I think they pretend that they are Christmas trees, which at the moment is fine, as the Christmas lights seem to being switched on all over the place!

I used a page in my black journal. I brayered on some bright colours and did some stamping using a stencil and then spattered on gold, orange, pink and turquoise paint.
I used a baby wipe to add some gold paint ground for the figures to stand on.
Some glittery paper was used for the punched stars

The figures were coloured with Distress markers. 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bright thoughts!

We are promised some sunshine today - I am really not a fan of grey days even if they are warm, give me a frosty, sunny day and I'm happy!
I don't think we will get a frost with our sun but my page today is about one of those days when I can wrap up warm and go for a walk!
My background is a lot of ripped scraps of paper, some book paper, some designed paper, but all from my scraps that I can't bear to throw away! Once I had stuck them down I scraped some gesso over very roughly. 
I used multi medium to make an image transfer, when I removed the paper I rubbed bit more vigorously lower down so that some of the print showed through. 
I added some watered down Decoart iron oxide paint and some Viva Inka Gold with my fingers.
Finally I stamped some dots and text and aded some TH words that I outlined in gold!

I hope you like this latest page for my 101 Ways To Keep Warm at Art Journal Journey.

Who knows, we may get a frost over the weekend and get out for some walks. My next few posts will be scheduled!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Have you any wool?

Hi everyone! You may confess if you wish! I certainly do have wool, boxes of it, both for knitting and for needle felting(and the odd bit for using on my mixed media projects!!

Thank you all so much for your continued support and encouragement, especially for my '101 Ways To Keep Warm' theme this  month at Art Journal Journey.

Today's page is a simple one…
The background was painted to give an ombre effect and then I stamped a few dots on. 
The wool was from a magazine advert - cut out and pieced together.
I started to doodle over the wool but it began to look too fussy so I stopped before I ruined it!
The white sheep came from a collage book from The Works and I drew the black one. I used some bright wool to cover the snow the white ones were standing in! 
I have been practicing my lettering again, this time I used a Graphix green line painter and outlined it with a Micron pen.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

T Stands For….to Bordeaux and beyond!

Continuing our France trip….
We left Albi and went to Bordeaux on a fine day.
 The train line ran alongside the Canal du Midi for a while...


past some interesting sights…
…and we finally reached the vineyards of the Bordeaux area.
Once we arrived in Bordeaux it was a short walk to the apartment we were renting.
We were pleased to have a shutter to keep out some of the sun that shone every day we were there.
On our first morning we headed down to see Le Mirroir d'eau.
When we got there we were disappointed to find that there was no water but just as we were thinking it must only be a Summer thing we saw water coming towards us on both sides!
 There are some very arty looking seats. 

Lots of people sitting on them stayed put with their feet up but this young man took the opportunity to take photographs of his partner.
The buildings in the background are government buildings.
As we were walking away I spotted the clouds reflected in this corner. By this time there were a lot more people too!
Bordeaux is beautiful city - I showed you some photos here

We spent quite a long time watching this being created
The skateboarders were only too happy to show off their skills too!
They were in the square outside the Cathedral, which is beautiful..

 ..but this was the part I was most interested in - the doors are at the Royal doorway that would have been used by Eleanor of Aquitaine on her marriage to Louis VII of France

The original cathedral walls finished where the people are standing.

The Royal entrance from the outside
By this time we were in need of a drink - we called to a community area where there were information leaflets for locals and a cinema as well as a bar.

Hubby had gone for……err…a natural break, I was quite surprised when I went into the toilet myself

We went on our way past this amazing display

I realise that my post title is a little over ambitious - I didn't realise I had taken so many photos in Bordeaux so instead of moving on I will remind you that Try It On Tuesday still has another week  for the 'Home Sweet Home' theme 

My journal page is also for AJJ and my 101 Ways to Keep Warm which is open until the end of the month.

Thank you so much for your support and for visiting today! Chris