Monday, 8 August 2016

Journal Page and Inchie

Hi All. Hope you enjoyed the weekend. I have tried to watch some of the Olympics but it is difficult to find the right channels for the sports we wanted to watch. Thank you for calling in and I hope you enjoy seeing my makes for today.

At Art Journal Journey they have Gill  hosting Nature's Wonders so lots of things to use for this theme.

I painted the pages with shimmer paint then stamped them with bubble wrap.Then used Joanna Sheen stamps and added a couple of things  cut from a seed catalogue. The idea was that small seeds produce lots of food for us and for the animals that give us the meat we eat as well.

At Every Inchie Monday the theme this week is whale. Sorry to say my last week's sheep inchie went missing while I was away so will have to make another one to fill the space in my jigsaw.

We took quite a few photographs while we were away so I will filter a few through each time I do a post.

We went to Redcar as we wanted to visit places that were about the same distance North and South of Redcar and easy to reach by the brilliant bus service from there. Redcar is a place that is trying hard to recover after all the industries closed down around it. The people are really nice and the little hotel we stayed in was old and a bit creaky but very clean, friendly and comfortable.

A reminder of the steel and boat building industries

A must have if you visit Redcar.  This cornet has delicious ice cream topped with sorbet. You need to go to the original cafe for the best version of it.

This used to be an old boat house by a lovely boating lake at far north end of Redcar. There are boats to hire on the lake and we went in an electric boat and had a great time with all the kids egging us on. The lady who owns and runs the tearooms is a great knitting fan and has made lots of wonderful tea cosies that are all around the place and also when you order a pot of tea you get a different knitted tea cosy. So many wonders to see in the tearooms and also wonderful home baking to savour.

Next is Saltburn where we have been before but when we visited the Valley Gardens then it was raining so wanted to make a return visit.

                                          Lots of paths to explore
        Wonderful conservation projects in the Garden and all done by volunteers.

                                  This was a very large version made from palettes

Lots more photos and places with a trip to a modern art institute --------but not today.

Enjoy whatever you are doing

Love Chrissie xx


  1. Love your journal page, and so true how important seeds, planting, harvest and insects are for our life on this planet. Lovely inchie, too. The photos are very interesting, loved that spunky tea-room, great idea with knitted cosies. Have a fun day. Just got your mail, thanks! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Beautiful garden page Chrissie and your puzzle piece is amazing, what a teeny tiny whale! Wow, great photos. Love the statue and that Mini Hotel is so much fun! hugs :)

  3. A fantastic journal spread Chrissie, and how true that a small seed can produce so much for us as food.
    Wonderful photos of your trip away, the tea room looks a lovely place to visit. It is a great tiny whale inchie as well.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Fantastic pages dear Chrissie - yes - unbelievable what a little seed has power in it!!!! A lovely whale inchie and wonderful impressions from your trip! Thanks a lot for joining AJJ again and for sharing your super photos!
    Enjoy the olympic games on tv furthermore!
    oxo Susi

  5. Great page Chrissie and I love the photo of the 3 of you in the lemon top. Did you put in the third photo or are there 2 of the same man? (Sorry if I sounds ignorant of something but I'm fairly new to your blog). The gardens look wonderful and I'd say you had a great time. What a fun adventure. :) Hugs-Erika

  6. What a great idea for your journal page! Your inchies often make me smile and this is no exception! Your holiday photos look great and the Valley gardens at Saltburn definitely look to be somewhere we would like too! Hugs, Chrisx

  7. Great spread with informative tips. Thanks for sharing your interesting photos.
    Inchie is nice as always.
    Hugs ♥

  8. Fab post Chrissie.
    Brilliant idea and spread - how a tiny little thing grows and changes into so many varied things to eat is a true wonder.
    I love how you have used the bubble wrap on your beautiful background.

    I keep forgetting that BBC 4 is on earlier at present and to check the BBC red button for the extra Olympic stuff.
    You're bound to find that missing inchie if you make one to replace it.
    Great photos - especially loved the Valley Gardens and the work being done there :)
    Gill xx

  9. Your journal page is just wonderful and I love your whale. Thank you for sharing your journey and photos. I would love to have tea in that beautiful cozy room, with you of course!

  10. Garden pages made with lot of fantasy dear Chrissie. Thank you also for sharing the nice photos from your trip to Redcar, a nice place to visit.
    Hugs and Blessings

  11. That's a wonderful whale.....and you seem to have had a whale of a time on your trip to Redcar, not somewhere I've ever been!


  12. Love the whale, and the journal page. The photographs are lovely, I last went to Redcar in 2006.

  13. A beautiful journal page and a great whale, I've never been to Redcar - looks like a great place to visit.
    xxx Hazel.

  14. Beautiful pages and very fun inchie :) Your photos are fantastic, looks like you had great fun. All is well here, but it's been a tough summer, too hot & dry with some family and cat health issues. All will be OK. Take care, Shirley xx

  15. The journal pages are so beautiful, love the texture and shapes you have created. Thanks for sharing your holiday piccies, I've never been to Redcar either.

  16. Lovely makes Chrissie and what a fab theme for AJJ. Your trip to Redcar looks like fun, it's been a few years since we were last there xx

  17. Lovely journal pages, seeds are definately a wonder! I loved that you used bubble wrap, I saved some to try stamping with and forgot all about it, thanks for the reminder I'll have to give it a go :-). Your little whale is wonderful and it looks like you had lots of fun while you were away. Wishing you a happy week! J :-)

  18. I was truly impressed with your seeds AJJ entry. It certainly hits home how important they are for keeping our food baskets full.

    As always, I loved the inchie. That whale looked impressive.

    I have never heard of Redcar. The sculpture was both unique and beautiful. Seems there's a lot of water (ocean?) there, too.

    I know I'm weird, but I had to laugh at the Minibeast Hotel. That was so cleverly done.

  19. I think you could have just used one of your trip photos for the journal theme! Looks lovely, especially the country lane. Such green! The idea and execution of the theme is just smashing and the whale is fab. Cheryl

  20. Amazing pics! We went to Redcar when I lived in England. It was really lovely. I love the whale. Hope you find your missing sheep, pffft sorry I couldn't help myself

  21. Gorgeous nature pages and nature photos - love the muted colour tones and the images from the seed catalogue work so well. Oh, and the minibeast hotel is fabulous.
    Alison x


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