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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Wednesday 2 April 2014

WOYWW #252 - Easter Preparations

Happy WOYWW everyone, come join in the mega blog hop over at Julia's.

I got some new sentiment dies of "Easter" and "Anniversary" and, a bit belated, I got the Timmy lattice stencil and the spritzer thingy but haven't had a chance for a play yet.

I had my second harp lesson this week and made up a journal page of my first song.

Ashtead Craft Club last week was all about Easter and so the boxes and bags we made are still on my desk.

For the DLP prompt of "get someone to draw something and you finish it off". I spent most of Mother's Day trying to get my son to draw something but to no avail so I passed the paper to my husband and he drew a bicycle. I duly finished it off. Bit overboard with my new speckle stamp!

Oh and for those following my garden through the seasons, here's the Magnolia in full bloom, much more timely this year. The Wisteria (in the foreground) is awash with buds too, it will surely have a good show this year.


kaybee said...

Stunning magnolia tree, and look forward to a harp recital!! K.x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love your Harp Tune LO! Great idea and beautifully done. Hope you're enjoying the lessons and getting on with the teacher - it makes a big difference. Keep up the practise too!!
HUgs, LLJ 8 xx

Kate Hadfield said...

Wow, you have been busy! What beautiful crafts and what a stunning magnolia tree - wow!
Happy WOYWW!
Kate #62

Helen said...

oh that magnolia looks magnificent!! Hope to see you soon. Helen 9

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in awe of that back yard. I have pressed magnolia leaves before, but don't have anyone who owns one (tree) now. Lucky you.

That spritzer seems to be making the rounds at a lot of British desks. I see it made yours, too.

I wanted to tell you, you can run those aluminum cans through your die cutter. Just be careful when removing the piece, because it might have a burr on it if the die is old. But it doesn't hurt the die, or the machine.

Chrysalis said...

Harp lessons? Oh my - enjoy! And have a great week xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

i forgot to ask. Are you going to the WOYWW crop? I know Helen is going, and I thought the two of you lived sort of close to each other.

Neesie said...

Oh I've been toying with the idea of having a magnolia but I'm not sure it will survive up here. I'll have to check with the nursery.
It looks amazing and must bring a smile to your face every time you see it.
I'm impressed hearing about your harp lessons and your journal page looks great. You're certainly a busy talented lady ;D
Enjoy WOYWW and thanks for sharing

Anne said...

Lots going on as always BJ. I like the stencil in particular. The magnolia is beautiful. Anne x #28

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your journal page! Love the harp (listening that is!!) Your magnolia is beautiful! Chris96

JansArtyJunk said...

Wow, you have been busy BJ! ...and I really need to get my hands on one of those splatter stamps!!.... beautiful creations... and what a stunning magnolia tree !! Jan x

sandra de said...

Beautiful magnolia and it must be glorious when the wisteria is in full bloom. Lovely art journal page and the stencil looks like it will be a great background.
Sandra @79

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi BJ, I didn't behead my Bride & Groom, honest, lol. The image has the dress and suit on hangers, which is too fiddly to cut out, and never looks right!Saw a magnolia on an earlier blog- they look beautiful, but don't they make an awful mess when the petals drop?Have a great week, running around late this week, I lost Wednesday completely, lol. Hugs Shaz #55 xx

Sharon Madson said...

Harp lessons! Congratulations on your first song! Great way to commemorate the occasion! Beautiful magnolia! Thanks for the peek and sharing. :) #44

Unknown said...

Hi BJ. Love the bicycle page for DLP. And your magnolia tree is fabulous. We are just now starting to see flowering bushes and trees coming out. Just started to warm up weather wise this week here in West Virginia, USA. Have a wonderful Easter holiday.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi BJ,

What a great idea to make a journal page of your first song played on your harp! I bet your lessons are coming along very well.

The bike your husband drew has lots of character. What a fun project.

The magnolia tree is amazing. I love the blooms. We got snow here yesterday and the rule of thumb is not to plant anything before the middle of May. Yikes!

Thank you for visiting me already! Happy belated WOYWW
Hugs, Kay (21)

glitterandglue said...

Hi BJ. Late getting round this week - you have really been busy! So much going on. well done. Your first song on the harp!! That's great. I remember poor Joy, our daughter, being told she had to learn all the exercizes before she would be allowed to play a tune - as you can guess, that didn't go down too well at the age of 8!!! No wonder she moved o to the saxophone...
Have a great week.
Margaret #22

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh that magnolia is perfect isn't it, what a gift of a sight.
I love the speckle stamp, one of those images the type think you don't early need and then once you own it, you need it on everything!