Wednesday 31 May 2023

Flowery Tribute

 I have one final page for Aimeslee's  'Flowers' theme at Art Journal Journey and I know it's getting late for anyone to see it.

The cover of the Radio Times for the week of the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla was designed by Andrew Jamieson, who also designed the royal invitations. I decided to cut up and rearrange the images on a green and gold background.The date of the Coronation is on one of the pieces

I added  a few pieces of Washitape and some rub ons I found in a drawer (in fact I found quite a few that I will be adding to some I bought recently)

Thanks Aimeslee for being a great host and making so many fabulous pages full of inspiration, and for all of the lovely comments you have made!

Tomorrow our new host will be introducing another great theme - hope to see you at Art Journal Journey in a few hours time.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 30 May 2023

T Stands For....taking a look at walls in Paris

Hi everyone, the time is flying and it's time for T Stands For Tuesday and a link to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog - The Altered Book Lover.

I'm taking you back to Paris and an enjoyable last day.

We went two stops on the Metro to the Nationale District. We had seen some the art on the buildings on journeys back to the hotel so decided to find out more about the area. 

We walked around a little bit but could only see one restaurant - La Halte - although there were one or two fast food places.

As it happened the food was excellent and a good price! We both had pork with a mustard sauce and garlic mashed potato. We both had water and I also had a tonic water.
These wall tiles were in the WC 

Afterwards we went for a walk around the area.

This is in Place Pinel so I assume this is the surgeon Phillipe Pinel


This is the Square at the centre of the map

I guess someone didn't like heights so did their mural sideways on this wall!

We had walked on to the next Metro station - Carnavalet
We had a pleasant afternoon - I will show you what we found another time
We ended up at Trocadero where we got some fabulous shots of the Eiffel Tower

The lower part of the Tocadero is being updated...but looks a mess now!

We walked over the bridge to catch the Metro back to our hotel

Finally an 'arty' shot - the Eiffel Tower growing in a bed of Primulas
Thanks for looking, Chris

'Masculine' at Try it on Tuesday

Hi everyone, we have a new challenge for you and a reminder that it is Fathers Day soon in the UK. We are asking for something 'Masculine' at Try It On Tuesday

 I used to remind my Grandchildren to remember to be kind to their Dads on that day and sometimes when they were younger, make cards with them.

I have made a card for an upcoming birthday.

I used an Aall and Create stamp by Bipasha -I stamped it twice - part of the stamp went on to some card I intended using for the card and another was stamped and chess pieces cut from it. I coloured all of the pieces then stuck them on to the base. I added the sentiment then mounted onto black then white card to make a border.

We hope you will join us this time. The TIOT Design Team have made some great samples to inspire you

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday 28 May 2023

A journal page........ and my poor old feet!!

 Hi everyone, it's good to have a day at home - and give my feet a rest - more later!

I have a new page for Aimslee's 'Flowers' theme at Art Journal Journey
The background was already in my journal so I added some Stamperia paper along with some stamped and coloured rose buds and a butterfly. The words are Tim Holtz stickers. 

So, let me tell you about the walking we have done...

We had to take our car in for a couple of minor repairs, this involves a walk from the service garage to town (about 2 miles - 3.2 km)We had expected a phone call to let us know the progress but after waiting beyond the time they promised to ring us decided to catch the tram home. When the phone call came we couldn't have reached the garage before they shut so arranged to pick it up the next day. This sounds crazy but we can't contact the service dept directly and experience has told us that ringing would have been pointless.

The next day we set out to pick it up but went via a garden festival in Manchester. We had seen it being set up the day before. These photos were taken just after it opened. I expect it got busier, especially over the long weekend.


Hubby did give me the option of not going to collect the car but having seen the preparation I wanted to attend on opening day. We had a coffee then set out on the long walk. 
Hubby suggested I wait at a small shopping square about two thirds of the way and I gratefully accepted the rest.
He picked me up and we went straight to Wilsmlow Garden Centre where we had lunch and a little walk around.
I am stocking up the herbs for our retirement complex but had been unsuccessful last week. There wasn't much to had here either so we drove a few miles farther on to another nursery where I bought all I needed.

That might have been enough walking but Saturday came, and my lovely friends Sarah and Helen picked me up to go to a craft show...more walking but not strenuous and lots of chatting (but mainly standing up)

When the show shut we headed just down the road to RHS Bridgewater for coffee and a walk in the gardens.
Helen had part of the Christmas present she received at Christmas and she gave us our presents (which because of house problems and illness she hadn't got around to bringing)
We did take up quite a lot of the table
We each received lots of lovely papers, stickers, journals and a fabulous storage unit..and can you see my pear shaped sticky notes? 

Didn't realise I'd got myself in the picture too!!

Blogger mixed the order upbeat it's all beautiful anyway!

Over the three days I walked 33,000 steps which is around 14 miles (22.5km).
Today I have decided that as long as I get my 5,000 steps done I'm not going out - I've been dancing to get some steps! 

Thanks for looking, Chris