Monday, 13 April 2015

The Vyne

At the weekend we visited The Vyne, a National Trust Property.
There is a fine Tudor house, beautiful gardens with a lake and woods.
Tudor House

Guarding the entrance

The 1632 summer house

The roof of the summerhouse

The edge of the walled garden

Entrance to the walled garden

Hundred Guinea Oak

Friday, 10 April 2015

Wild Flowers

The weather has been amazing this week, with glorious sunshine.
I have been out and about with my camera. Walking along
the River Thames at Shiplake, I found some wild flowers
to photograph.

A violet


White violets


Dappled sunlight

I am not sure what this is

River Thames

Ivy covered tree trunk


Old Man's Beard

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dinton Pastures

Dinton Pastures, a country park near us, was the perfect
place for a walk over the Easter weekend.
There were a lot of water birds on the lakes, and  
green shoots are appearing everywhere. The  weeping willow
trees look particularly attractive with their green
hanging curtains.

Close up of weeping willow

Willow tree

Black Swan Lake

Kingfisher sculpture

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tag Tuesday-Easter Bonnet

 Easter Bonnet-What a lovely title for this week's tags on Tag Tuesday!
I hope you all have a Happy Easter and enjoy some
For my Easter Bonnet tag I used an image from The Graphics Fairy,
showing  a cat couple in their finest clothes. I feel sure that Mrs.
Cat is dressed in her Easter bonnet ready to go for a walk with her
I used some hand printed papers for the background, mounted onto
some hand made "fabric", made by collaging fabric and papers together.
I made a fabric border and added a cockerel stamp and a ceramic flower
Last week Pat Brennan and I did a stash swap of our mixed media bits and
pieces. It is great to have some new materials to play with, and I am sure you
will spot some of your things in my tags, Pat!

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Tapestry for Spring

Here is a Spring tapestry for you!
I thought you would like to see this tapestry, hand
sewn by my mother, with such even neat stitches.
She exhibited it in the Harewood and District Agricultural
Show on June 3rd 1950, where she received a Highly 
Commended certificate.
I like to put it up for a seasonal decoration at Easter.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mixed Media Materials Swap

Look what arrived in the post for me this week!
This box of wonderful arty/crafty goodies came from Pat Brennan,
a fellow Tag Tuesday contributor. We decided to do a mixed
media materials or (stash) swap, as we had both been trying
to use our existing materials in our work, without buying more.
It seemed a good opportunity to do a bit of decluttering, send
each other some nice bits and pieces, and to have the pleasure
of receiving new stuff without going shopping! 
I am looking forward to using these, so thanks Pat!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tag Tuesday-Spring is in the Air

The topic on Tag Tuesday this week is  Spring is in the Air , 
which is a lovely theme for a tag!
It seemed so apt for the time of year, but when I started 
creating my tag in my studio at the top of the house, 
there was a hail storm, and I could hear the hail stones
coming down loudly on the velux windows!
I have enjoyed all the tags posted over the past couple of weeks, but
haven't been able to fit in playing Tag Tuesday myself.
       For my tag I used some hand made Indian paper, and
stencilled a bird and nest, using Inktense pencils. The
stencil is very old:-it is one my mum bought  me when
I was a little girl, and somehow it is still intact!
I made borders with  Spring flowers, and stamped
tulips, adding some washi tape, and a cluster of
cardboard buttons in the corner to finish it off.
Today Spring really is in the air, no hail storms, and 
the birds are singing at the top of their voices!