Sunday 31 October 2021

Autumn Pear

Hi everyone, I have a final page for Tracey's 'My favourite Colour is October' at Art Journal Journey.

I have had this Aall and Create Bipasha pear on my desk all through October and wanted to pop in and thank Tracey for being such an excellent hostess with her fabulous inspiration and encouraging comments this month.

The background is made with Oxide distress inks and a Paper Artsy Sarah Naumann stamp.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday 29 October 2021


I have a new page for Tracey's 'My favourite Colour Is October' at Art Journal Journey.

I really wanted to use this Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella image 

I used of my favourite  ways of adding colour to my page - Oxide Distress inks onto my mat, spritzed and dabbed, then spritzed again on the page 

I added some Crafty Individual leaves falling around her empty branches and a Paper Artsy Courtney Franiche dots and text stamp randomly over the page.

I found the quote I wanted to use (from a Paper Artsy Alison Bomber set)  - I've had 'stuff' to deal with lately and seem to have lost the plot with some things - the black Dina Wakley tissue clouds are there for a reason!

I know what I need to do....

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 26 October 2021

T Stands for two

 Hi everyone, I had intended to just carry on with my French adventures but last week we went across the Pennines to Harlow Carr gardens and thought you might like to see the beautiful colours there first. There are some already on my previous post.

We had a short walk before going for lunch...and joined this queue...

...for Betty's restaurant that overlooks the gardens.
As you can see our water came in a lovely glass with ice.
The food was delicious. Hubby chose a fish dish, while I had a mushroom and chestnut slice with glazed carrots and crispy potatoes.
I will return to Harlow Carr next Tuesday to show you our afternoon walk.

Now for....Paris..
We intended avoiding public transport as much as we could during our stay so on our first day we walked to our favourite restaurant - Les Patios.

We reached Rue Mouffetard famous for its food shops and eateries
On past the back of the Pantheon
We sat facing  the Sorbonne in Place de Sorbonne in shady spot under the trees. No photos of the food but we both had salads and then coffee and a shared dessert.
Our plan for the rest of the day was to go go to City Pharma for bargain priced toiletries then head back to the hotel and go out for a pizza.
However, after we had been and picked up our bargains we decided to go to Luxembourg Park and take a picnic.
We explored the area around on our way there.

This skateboarder ran into the middle of the road at every traffic light change to have his attempt of jumping through a street installation filmed.

We had coffee and cake at a cafe up the end of this road - I will save it for another T day!

St Sulpice - we will be back here another time

We sat and watched the tennis courts while we ate our picnic.

Parisians really know how to use their parks - this is a covered area for board games
Finally on the way back to our hotel we saw this  - last time we came by here the fountain wasn't working.

Thanks for looking, Chris

It's All About Time at Try It On Tuesday

The days are getting shorter, the clocks go back this weekend and our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'It's All About Time'                 The Design Team have made some great inspirational samples for you so please take a look.

We have been on some lovely Autumn walks lately and almost every time we have encountered one or more Robins... in amongst my clocks I have featured Aall and Create's Bipasha's Robin.

The background was made with Dina Wakley gloss sprays - dropped onto the page and then spritzed with water.

Green and red are traditional Christmas colours (another timely reminder - 8 weeks to go) but we have noticed on our Autumn walks that there is still lots of green around with the reds, browns and oranges.

These photos were taken at the 'new to us place' that we visited last week - I'll tell you where in my next post

I am going to link to Art Journal Journey and Tracey's 'My favourite Colour is October'

The TIOT theme runs for the usual two weeks and we look forward to seeing how 'It's All about Time' for you.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Autumn Colour

Hi everyone! I'm here with a quick post this evening - I can smell food and suspect it will be ready soon.

We are getting up early tomorrow to visit a new place for us...and there may be a visit to pick up some art supplies too!

I have made a page for Art Journal Journey and Tracey's 'My Favourite Colour is October' and just happened to have found a stamp with those very words - on a freebie stamp set from a magazine that hubby chose(lots of wildlife on it).

My page started with a napkin - I coloured in the white parts with blue water colour paint. I added a few more leaves through a stencil.

I layered the stamped words onto a piece of rice paper and a piece of fabric I found while sorting out my room.

The Tim Holtz paper doll had part of his outfit coloured with distress crayon. I outlined him with pen then decided to outline the leaves too. The berries had their shine brightened with a white pen and I added some little dots and some highlights while watching TV.

I would also like to enter at More Mixed Media Challenge -Anything Goes - Optional Orange 

Country View Challenge - Autumnal Colours

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 19 October 2021

T Stands for - the Abbey and more

 I can hardly believe a week has passed so quickly. We have been busy and I have been sleeping so well that I overslept twice - by an hour each time!

Before I continue with our French trip I have a journal page for Tracey's 'My favourite Colour Is October' theme at Art Journal Journey.

It was a Wanderlust class by Tania Ahmed that we both enjoyed, using Dina Wakley gloss sprays, texture paste and gold embossing powder.

I took a few liberties and made mine into an Autumn page. Here's hubby's

He added more colour to his.

Now, time to return to France.

I showed you how we spent the morning in Parthenay now to continue to Celles - Sur - Belle.

We had seen pictures in a travel guide and thought that the Abbey looked interesting. When we arrived we very quickly found the Abatiale (the Abbey church) which was beautiful inside

This was in the square outside.

The organ was recently restored

We came out and after a short walk around the block we found the Abbey.

From here all of the photos are by hubby - I couldn't wrestle with the audio guide and my phone!

There was a small museum in the more recently built building but we enjoyed looking around the ruins...
...and the gardens.

As we got back to the car the rain that had been threatening started but only amounted to a few spots but when we arrived back at SIL's house it had clearly been pouring!

I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday with drinks and a shared date and ginger slice we had at Fletcher Moss last Friday. We went on a whim as the weather was bright and really enjoyed our coffee as a group of musicians were playing 'oldies' from the 60's and 70's nearby

Thanks for looking, Chris