Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Hand made cards

Hello my friends,

It's been quite a while since my last post here. Sometimes life takes you away from the screen. My partner has been in hospital but is now recovering well and we are catching up on all the balls we let fall...

I haven't done much creating, but I have painted our deck and stairs which were sadly in need of repair. These cards are ones I did a while ago...

Hand made cards

 The bird's egg and nest is a serviette which I tore. I added an egg tag which fits into the front pocket, and finished with a paper flower and a netting piece of a lace doiley. Very quick and simple, it was a last minute rush.

Hand made cards

This image of Maud Fealy is stitched onto hand-made paper layers over a scrapbooking paper, embellished with a lace scrap, daisies and pink butterfly.

Hand made cards

The cardboard frame was perfect for this beautiful baby, layered over hand made paper, an embossed texture, stamped script and a snippet of lace, and finished with a satin ribbon.

Hand made cards

Hand made cards

Next, a baby card suitable for a boy. Over a grey-blue scrapbook paper background I added a leafy wreath, white butterfly wings, a tiny flower and seam binding bow, an embossed gold crown and some buttons.

Hand made baby card

I like this cheeky boy's smile.

Hand made baby card

I have been doing some photography when I can, and I edited this image of Willow in photoshop. She has the most beautiful eye colour.

cat

Here's Willow again...

Cat

Here are pictures of our deck before and after I painted it... what a huge job! It took about two weeks to do three sets of stairs, two small decks and the main deck.


I think I'm just in time - a couple of boards will need to be replaced, but when T is quite recovered...


What a sucker for punishment I am - no sooner did I finish painting the deck, I started the next garden project - putting in rocks to hold back the soil and mulch... luckily I just finished these projects before the cold change hit us. Now I can be cosy and do indoor stuff.


Despite the lack of rain since January, my roses are still blooming in June, along with hibiscuses...

Pink rose


Hibiscus


I wish you a happy Summer if that's where you are. We are now in Winter, having our first rain in months and our first cold weather. Here, we are cold when it gets down to below 15 degrees Celcius during the day. I love the cosiness of being indoors during wind and cold rain. No excuses for creative output now! And time to catch up and be inspired by my blogging friends too.





6 comments:

  1. Dear Jesse ,
    what a beautiful post , with all your wonderful cards. The one with the eggs, and the one withe Maude, are my favorites, they are so very beautiful, and you know how I love vintage !! You know how sorry I am about your partner, and you had to have such a scary experience, but what a joy he is doing great again.!!
    Your Willow surely has the most beautiful eyes, - and you t he most beautiful roses and hibiscus, too Jesse. Also I have to say I admire all the work you have accomplished in these terrible months you had.
    Sending you hugs and love my friend- and all the best for you two... oh the deck and garden looks wonderful- too - <3 xoxoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Dorthe. It's lovely to get familiar friendly visitors on my blog again! I have been so inspired by all your artworks. I hope to have something to show that is recently made soon! We are doing well here now, just catching up on everything.
      Love and hugs to you too,
      Jessee XXX

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  2. That was a wonderful post Jesse! I feel a little more 'caught up' on how things are going for you and your family~ I love your cards very much! The vintage layers are beautiful! I esp like how the buttons on the 2nd card offset the other side so gracefully! Very pretty trio.
    Your yard and porches look wonderful! Job well done and yes, just in time. Good work and now you can ease into Winter more comfortably : ) Hugs to you my friend, karen o

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Yes, it's good to have T healing well, and the deck is much better, though a couple of boards need to be replaced soon when T is up to it. A little time for doing nice things now...
      Love and hugs,
      Jesse XXX

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  3. I love your work, Jesse. We are hopefully starting Summer here in Michigan, USA soon. It's been a very, very wet and chilly Spring so far. Not at all usual so I am behind in all my flower planting. I really like the way you've edged your flower beds with the bricks and stones. I've used stones for edging for years but never tho't to combine them with the bricks to keep the grass at bay. Good idea. I hope your cold season is a happy and productive one for you and your family. Stay warm!

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    1. Thanks, Naomi. Yes, the brick edge is a great mowing strip so you can get a neat edge. Our Winter is probably similar to your Spring at the moment - but maybe warmer? We are 3-15 degrees Celcius today, windy and still muddy after our much appreciated rain. I'm so enjoying the cosineess of indoors for a change!
      love and hugs to you,
      Jesese XXX

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Thank you so much for your friendly comments. It makes my day to have a response to my artworks.