Happy birthday OBW!


This week the linky party blog Our Beautiful World turned two!




Two years ago, Kirsty came to me with the idea of starting a photo blog
where people from all over the world could share their world with each other
through weekly word prompts or themes.

Together we created the blog and we started with a team of 5 photography lovers
from the United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and The Netherlands.




There were some changes in the team since then, but the linky parties haven't changed.
It's still a wonderful place to mingle, share and meet.

So I'm wishing OBW a happy second birthday
and hopefully there will be many more years to enjoy!

Thank you Kirsty for taking the initiative to start with OBW!





This week there will be a little giveaway at OBW.

So hop over to the blog to read all about it
and to join OBW this week with the theme
TWO is better than one!


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The photos in this blog post are from a card I made today.
I was playing with modeling paste and this is what came out of it.




With a vintage bird image from the Graphics Fairy I think.
The flower I made with old bed sheets painted with acrylic paints
and a button from the thrift store.

I love to explore and experiment and this was the first time I used modeling paste.

But here's a tip:

Please do run your card through the sewing machine BEFORE you apply the paste to it.

Sigh.

Wishing you a beautiful day!




Mail received, a sneak peek and a freebie


A while ago I purchased a gorgeous lace heart from Suzy of





Suzy is one of my favourite artists and her work always inspires me.
She has a great eye for colour combinations, beautiful images and gorgeous details.

Along with the heart I bought this gorgeous card.




On the card she added some of her own goats hair, which she dyed herself.
(Only the hair, not the goat ;)




The sweet and generous Suzy added some beautiful things to the package
which I can use for my own work.

Another package arrived.
It came from another generous soul.





After seeing my beachy works, she sent me these beautiful beach finds.
Sea glass, pottery, stones, all beautifully worn by the waves.

Thank you dear friends, you're so generous and such inspirational artists!
Big hugs to you!

And here's another sneak peek of my mixed media blog





And last but not least a freebie for you.
One of the antique French postcards I bought last year.


Free for you to use in your own projects.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!





Sneak peek


Hello sweet friends,

Today I have a sneak peek for you
with a link that will direct you to a new fabric heart of mine.




If you want to know what this is all about,
then please hop over to





There's also a how-to included :)

I am behind with my visits to you
and will catch up with you later this weekend!

Wishing you a beautiful day.





Grey Sea


I took up my paint brushes again.




Grey Sea ~ an acrylic painting.




Inspired by the cleansing and calming feeling of the waves
while standing in the short break last weekend.




Wishing you great tidings
and peaceful moments.





A lazy beach day and a work in progress


It was a lazy day at the beach today.
Waves coming and going.




We gathered more shells,




washed ashore.




A picture I took became the starting point
of a new fabric collage.

A work in progress still.




Embroidery and beads need to be added.
Holes need to be drilled in the shells.

But I'm not in a hurry.




This fellow was begging for a piece of my sandwich.
I gave in. For another photo opportunity.
Hey, you ain't getting it for nothing Mr. Gull.




More shells being washed ashore.
The sea leaving bubbles behind.

And so you can join me today at this lazy beach day,
here's a little video I took while standing in the short break.




Wishing you a peaceful week.





The sea gatherer


She brings treasures.
Some of which are washed ashore.
Others lost by birds.




Most of my life I lived a bike ride from the sea.
The sound of the water splashing up against the harbor walls,
the dancing of the boats on the motion of the waves.
They're etched in my mind forever.




Although the bike ride is a car ride now,
our home is still quite close to the sea.

So whenever possible,
I love to go there
and gather shells and driftwood.




The mussels have such beautiful colored shells.
And inside is like a blue pearl.




While the outside can be rough and covered with interesting textures.




The soothing sound of waves coming and going.




I feel the sea is changing my path.
My footsteps are heading into new territory.
More days need to be spend with my feet in the water,
to see where the waves will bring me.

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Sending you beachy sunshine,




Gathering flowers



When there are more hours of daylight,
every day a little longer,
when bushes and trees are growing buds and sprouts,
my mind wanders off to fields of flowers.
And I'm waiting for Spring to arrive.


This year I'm looking forward to some new experiments.
I'd love to try my hands on natural dyeing
of my fabrics and laces.


So I'm looking forward to gathering flowers
for splashes of colours.


Above a sprouting Hydrangea.
Can't wait to see those blooming again!
I spotted this one in the garden of the castle (or mason) from my previous post.

Back to my fabrics and projects.
Up till now I only dyed my fabrics and laces with paint.
On the card above there are watercolour paints,
on the card below I used acrylic paint.


Two completely different cards.
But both romantic and of course with flowers.
I couldn't live without.


Both cards are for dear blog friends.
The first one goes to Alice, together with the giveaway booklet she won.
The second card found it's way to dear Ros,
who had her birthday in January.

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I'm grateful for the many sweet messages I received.
Thank you so much for your visits and comments.
It brings many happy smiles here :)

I'm off now, making my visits to your beautiful blogs.

Wishing you a beautiful day
and sending you love and happy smiles.