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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The upside of the rainy weather

is that one can do other things than gardening or relaxing in the garden for a change. On Sunday, a very rainy day, I have rediscovered my other creative side and have created a new collage. I've had a break from collage for a few months, but I've kept collecting papers, fibers, brads, stamps, ideas, inspirations etc.. Seeing that I have this obsession for birds, nests and eggs for a long time now it was clear to me that this would be the theme for the first collage in my new crafting corner upstairs in my loft room. So this is what I came up with and I hope that you'll like it:

and for a closer look:

Another thing I've tried to do a few weeks ago was a banner because seeing all the lovely banners for example at Pam Garrisons inspirational site http://pamgarrison.typepad.com/ and also from her article in the last Somerset studio zine I wanted to own one too. The only problem is that I can't sew so I've created this little banner from cardboard:

I know it's nowhere as gorgeous as Pam's, but bear with me please because I'm just a beginner! At least it was fun to work on!


crafty said...

Compliments Carol. love the colours of the collage and the banners just great.
your gardening photos are a real lift to me. I pretend that it's my beautiful garden with all those beautiful flowers.
Well it's the only thing I can do is dream now after Betty's done her own EXTERIOR DECORATING in the garden !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
keep well
joan in italy

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

You have a gift- the collage is very pretty. Love the colours. (And I love birds too!)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Yours are as nice! You have green thumbs, a beautiful heart, and hands with creative energy! What a wonderful time i have coming and peeking into your world Carol, it is a lovely placed shared with you.
You artwork is delightful!

Naturegirl said...

Carol I am really impressed! You are creative to the core this piece defines who you are and as a fan of your garden photos this is an impression of what we have seen in your garden photos!Nicely done!

Lady Laurie said...

Thats' a lovely collage! I love to decorate with a nature theme using bird nest and prints with birds...I like the banner too!

Mrs. Staggs said...

I love the collage and the banner Carol. They both turned out wonderful. Really lovely! Don't compare your work to other's. It's the YOU in yours that makes it special. If all our work looked the same...well, how boring that would be!
I thought Pam Garrison was very generous in her instructions for the banners in Somerset. I want to try and make one "someday" too.

monique said...

What a wonderful banner and collage! You are so creative.

MariaJ said...

Oh boy these are beautiful...we have had the best summer for centuries (and still the weather is WARMER than usually) so I havent had time for collages at all. BUT just wait those rainy, dark evenings...perfect days for crafts. I especially loved your blue papers....

Maggie Ann said...

I like your banner very much Carol! I like the idea that its cardboard really...makes it adaptable for collage. Mayhap I'll give one a try..who knows..=)

LostRoses said...

I love the banner too, Carol, and especially I understand your fixation with birds, nests, and eggs. I have it too! On a bench on my back porch I keep old birds' eggs I have found on the lawn and one day some magpies raided my collection thinking they were fresh eggs! Greedy creatures, but it made me laugh!

Lis said...

In Ermagelung meiner guten Kenntnise der englischen Sparche hab ich jetzt nicht alles lesen können. Aber ich geh mal davon aus dass du ab jetzt wieder deine Bastelsachen rauskramen wirst. Aber ein paar Gartenfotos zwischendurch bekommen wir schon noch zu sehen, oder? ;-)

Ulla said...

I adore your collage Carol! full of color and romantic swirls... And your banner is delightful. I love how you take an idea and just run with it, putting your own touch and magic into it!

Dawn said...

The collage is wonderful. I especially love the birds, the nest with the little eggs..

Deb said...

I love your collage, Carol...I also love the whole birds, nest, and eggs theme. And I think the banner came out great!
I am enjoying your site very much,

Deb said...

I love your collage, Carol...I also love the whole birds, nest, and eggs theme. And I think the banner came out great!
I am enjoying your site very much,

dogfaeriex5 said...

love it!!!

Salix Tree said...

Hi Carol, I do have a gardening blog! Here:
Never realised you hadn't been there yet.
I love all your little treasures, there's a sweey little birdhouse in one of the pics, sooo cute!

Joanna said...

I love the banners and what a good idea making them out of card. I have always found glue and paint much easier than sowing.

Your garden is looking more wonderful than ever.

Jill said...

Oh my! How very beautiful! Love the birds...Love the flowers....Love it all! Keep creating!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

These are so pretty Carol!
I bet you`re having fun making them :)

I left a note at my blog from your reply about the show. I have a link at the side too under the Web Pages I Enjoy. The best thing would be to Google it and see where you can watch it in your country.


norththreads said...

Wow fantastic things over here!!

Alice said...

Such a lovely collage, Carol. I know what you mean about looking forward to a new season and the opportunity to concentrate on other activities. I always used to love wet days in summer because it gave me a good excuse to stay inside and do some of those other hobbies. Now that I'm retired I can pick and choose my activities as I like. Lucky, aren't I?

lavandula said...

I visit your page very often since july, i saw all of your notes and lovely pictures. I felt in love in your garden and your decoration works are absolutly adorable and very inspirational. I hope to see more and more!

Carol said...

Thank you all for you're very kind words about my craftings, it means a lot to me! Hugs xox

Norththreads, Dogfaeriex5 and Lavandulla welcome to my blog! :D

Vintage Collage & Quilts said...

Your collage & crafts are wonderful!

One Crabapple said...

Hi Carol

gosh you know I am sure i came by the other night and left a message about the collage and how much I love it...I know I did !!!

but I dont see it. I think I am thinking my comments are publishing and maybe I am not putting the code in right that releases it ?

well anyway ! I want you to know (again!) that I love this collage ! it is just beautiful and I can harldy believe that it is your first try ? how can that be ? it is so well done.

The banners are very cute too.

Can't wait to see what you do next !

Becky said...

I like your blog and photos and am marking it in my Favs to check back when i find more time to read.
Thanks for sharing.
I am a new blogger and can learn from you!


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