Monday, 9 January 2012

Hearts and flowers

The weekend was very mild again and I was able to get out into my garden and clear some leaves and have a general tidy up. It felt SO good to be outside again.

 As I was raking around I spotted lots of signs of my garden coming to life. There are lots of tips of bulbs and leaf buds swelling.I even spotted one daffodil head pushing eagerly up.





Have you spotted her sleepy head in the centre of the photo getting ready to unravel in all her beautiful splendour?

This variety is the Tete a Tete miniature which is usually is one of the earliest to flower. My heart skips a beat when I think of seeing daffodils in flower. It won't be long now.









Also I have been able to watch the shoots of some more Tete a Tete spring up from the pots I planted in the autumn.






This pot is on my studio workbench. I can almost hear them growing as I sit and craft.









Talking of my studio and crafting I also wanted to show you the necklace I made for my daughter for Christmas. I could not show it before as I know she does occasionally read my blog. Her request was for a black and navy long necklace. She likes her necklaces big and bold. These unusual  large flat artisan glass lampwork beads I bought at a bead fair. I have had them in my stash for a couple of years and she spied them a while ago. Each of those beads measures 3.5 X 3.5 cms. As any Mum of daughter's out there knows when your daughter makes the sounds of "Ohh I really do like those beads"...that means they cannot be made into a necklace for anyone else! I must admit I love navy/cobalt blue  and black as a colour combo, it really works well with the silver. I teamed it with black onyx gemstones, Czech faceted glass and some Tibetan silver beads. She loved it and it has already become one of her favourites.







I also want to show you today how my hyacinth growing in water is doing.


Remember this, way back in October...

















Here are the roots appearing and a tiny shoot, at the end of  November...



















This was last week



















And here we are today, the flower is really coming up now. Hopefully in the next few weeks that wonderful fragrance will be filling my kitchen.











So I am sure you are wondering," So where are  the hearts in this post?"

Well here they are....

I also had the time this weekend to get my husband's Valentine card made.






I inked up a Penny Black cat stamp which I have had for ages but never really used. I used my trusty ProMarkers to colour the image and added some lovely red gems at the corners.





I also used a lovely new circular sentiment stamp, which sums up just how I feel about my Hb. Aaahhh! It's always a real challenge to make a card for a man but I think this is bold enough and of course anything with a cat on will make my Hb smile.
For the "Top Tip Tuesday's Challenge blog" My "Top Tip" I would like to offer is when using these very popular circular stamps is to stop trying to stamp them straight onto circular die cuts...they always go wonky! I now cut them out using curved tip decoupage scissors and then stick them onto another circle die cut (if needed).  They then look perfectly centred and no one spots that you have not stamped them directly!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 184 "Case it"
Penny Black Allsorts Challenge Love and hearts
Joanna Sheen January Challenge  Celebrations
Squirrel and Fox Something new my new is the circular sentiment stamp
Top tip Tuesday Challenge 67 Anything Goes  My top tip is for cutting out circular sentiments as I have explained above.
Dream Valley challenge 23 Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Challenge 102, Saturated Colours
Scrapbook Sisters Anything goes challenge 66

Wishing everyone a good week ahead. Our dancing class restarts tonight after the Christmas break..I can't wait to get  back...it's the Tango for the next 3 weeks.....Keep Dancing!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

48 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, I can't believe how things are spouting around where you live. How exciting, we are far from it but our winter has been much milder than normal. The Hyacinth is going to be lovely can't wait to see what color it becomes!
    The valentine card is just perfect for a husband, I'm sure he will love it!!!
    Love millie's necklace, I love those colors together too. What fun you are having and dancing, is that for the wedding or sheer pleasure?
    Will you be on dancing with the stars soon?
    xoRobin❤

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  2. LOL Robin! No we have danced for the last 4 years...and LOVE it. I would love to even get tickets for Strictly Come dancing yet alone dance on it! The bulbs really are sprouting here.Keep snug.
    Jane x

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  3. Isn't this weather wonderful, everything is sprouting up everywhere!! Your little daffs won't be long until they're in bloom and your hyacinth too.
    Love Milly's necklace, great colours. :)
    You very well organised having your Valentine card finished already!!!
    Have a great week Jane,
    Vivienne x

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  4. I love the card, I dont do valentines but would love it as a birthday card or whatever card. I also want to go get some Spring flowers. I suppose I am really jumping the gun, living in Michigan means that March can be one of the worst months. However, if the little snow we do have melts I am out of here and starting to clean up the garden. At least get a little done for Spring.
    Janice

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  5. Dear Jane.. fun post. You're lucky your daughter likes the jewelry you make. My daughter has never shown much interest in jewelry.. which stymies me greatly.. as I *LOVE* it. I can only deduce that she is more of her father's blood than mine. :-)

    Wonderful card you made! I also love seeing the hyacinth come up.. amazing. I want one too, but haven't had a chance to get one.

    Our garden is still holding in... I think we're both afraid that the winter that never came.. will.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. My bulbs are peeping through here in the North East (and I left some geraniums in the pots and they still have a few flowers on - amazing!)and I love your daughters necklace and the valentines card you made - enjoy the tango and sorry it wasn't you who won the voucher - better luck next time! hugs Mary G x

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  7. Hi Vivienne what a different winter we are having but I love it. Saves the heating bills too :-) Enjoy your colours in your garden .
    Jane x

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  8. It was my daughter who started me branching out into using beads and lamp work. She is my no 1 fan! It does indeed seem that winter is a lamb this year.
    Jane x

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  9. Hi Janice good to see you here . I hope you can get out gardening really soon. Thanks for your kind comments.
    Jane x

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  10. Mary my heart skipped a beat when I saw the name Jane - there are lots of Jane's though . Thanks for visiting me here and your kind comments.
    Jane x

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  11. I was looking at our bulbs outside yesterday Jane and could not believe how far forward they are. And oddest of all is there are already flowers on the forsythia, the seasons are certainly upside down.

    On to your card which is really gorgeous and perfect colours for the theme.

    Thanks so much for joining our Love and Hearts theme at Penny Black and More Challenge this month, good luck and look forward to seeing you again.

    B x

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  12. Hi Jane! That necklace is really beautiful! Hyacinth is one of my favourites and wish you could send me some lovely smell!
    Wow - dancing - I was thinking also the wedding!
    Have a wonderful week! x Teje

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  13. I am just completely inspired from beginning of post to end! Your flowers are magnificent. As winter begins here, I now have a place to live vicariously through, so please don't stop posting those beautiful plants. :)

    Your calico Valentine cat image is wonderful as well and that tip...perfect!

    Thank you SO much for sharing your talent with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    hugs,
    Lisa xx

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  14. The spring is really there, Jane! Both outside and in! It's a pretty and not-snowy day here but NOTHING like that, everything is white, covered with frost *sigh* I just need to wait a bit I guess?

    Hooray for the beloved hobbies, I'm back to my Spanish next week also. Happy dancing!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  15. Hi Brenda it's astonishing how far ahead the bulbs and shrubs are this year, let's hope we do not get a late freeze! Thanks for your lovely comments.
    Jane x

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  16. Hi Teje, I do love that blue too. The necklace has a very happy home. I wish my blog had smellervision... you could all smell my hyacinth when it flowers!
    Jane x

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  17. Mia we shall all send you lots of these pre spring photos to cheer you though your snow! My silver smithing class returned today after the Christmas break, it's so good to get back!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Jane x

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  18. Hi Lisa it is lovely to see you here and thank you so much for your very kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed visiting me here ...please do come again.
    Jane x

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  19. Such a fabulous card, I love this cat in his big pants! Thanks for CASE-ing my card for this weeks Penny Black Saturday challenge!

    Love Beth xx

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  20. Ooo Jane that card is delicious :O) and the necklace, I can see why its a favourite with your daughter. Mine is the same, 'OO mum, I like that, and so and so, would really like that...' usually means giving it to her!! I am marvelling at the moment, whilst walking the dogs down by the river, so much is coming into life, the bushes are all edged with green and the undergrowth is starting to look less dead, its so mild here too, I can't wait to plant the veggies!!

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  21. Lovely to see those bulbs sprouting, they seem to grow so fast once they've popped through don't they? Love the necklace and the card....you are a very organised crafter, Jane! Hope you enjoyed the dancing! Have a lovely week.
    Helen x

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  22. Thanks Beth it was fun to "case" your card.
    Jane x

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  23. You know just what it's like Laney...it is great though that our daughters love what we do. Not good for earnings though!Glad you are enjoying the outdoors too, enjoy your walks.
    Jane x

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  24. Hi Helen, I have to be quite organized as I have to fit going to work into all my crafting ;0) 30 hours in a day would be useful for me!It was so good to get back to dancing, off again tonight for class 2 of the Tango.
    Jane x

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  25. So nice to see those bulbs growing, your card is utterly adorable Jane. Thank you for joining us over at Joanna Sheen this month. Good luck in the draw.
    Hugs
    Suzi DT x

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  26. Thanks Suzi fingers crossed indeed for the draw!
    Jane x

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  27. Hello Jane...How wonderful to see your hyacinth coming to life...I am loving those extra few minutes of brightness each day too!....Your necklace for your daughter is beautiful and I love the colours...it will always be so special to her and I love hubby's card...(Make sure he doesn't call by Jane...It must be kept top secret....well, just between us anyway!)
    Susan x

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  28. LOL - I did actually warn my Hb not to read the Hearts and flowers post Susan. He is only an occasional reader so I think our secret is safe ;0)
    Jane x

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  29. LOVE all your photo's and love the way you did your PB image too! this card is LOVELY! hanks for joining in with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge this time, Hope you can come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)

    Don't forget the challenges are Now fortnightly and you can enter 3 times each Challenge too! :0)

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  30. Thanks Samantha he's a fun image to colour. I'm glad your challenges are now fortnightly it gives me a chance to get a card made!
    Jane x

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  31. Oh I have a small patch of Tete a Tete growing out of site of the window, must pop out and see how they are doing or I may miss them flowering!

    Great card, I bet your husband loves it :)

    Beth/the linen catx

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  32. Hi Beth, I was over at my parents today and they had a whole pot of Tete a Tete in flower outside. Looked gorgeous! Enjoy yours when they flower.
    Jane x

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  33. An absolutely adorable Valentine. I am sure your man will love it. Your colouring is perfect. Thank you so much for joining us at The Squirrel & The Fox, I hope to see you there again soon.
    Tracey
    x

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  34. Thanks Tracey this is just the kind of image my Hb loves so I think he will like his card.Have a good weekend.
    Jane x

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  35. Thanks Debbie its a cute cat isn't it!
    Jane x

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  36. adorable card jane....thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

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  37. What a gorgeous card - love everything about it! Amazing Top Tip too! I HATE trying to get my round stamped sentiments through my Cuttlebug straight! I wont have to now.....thanks for sharing :)

    Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you next time too :)

    Carol x

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  38. It's hard to believe you have things coming up in your garden. It was 5 degrees F, when I went out in the am. There is a layer of snow on the ground and it was very windy and cold all day, but my Christmas gift amaryllis is almost ready to bloom! The bright red flower will add a little Spring to the house. My grandparents always gave me Paper Whites bulbs---I loved the flowers but my husband always complained about their scent.

    Hope your phoenix ring will rise from the ashes someday! Thanks for sharing.
    Jane T

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  39. Fab card, just the perfect valentines card for your hubby, I am sure he will love it.
    Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley
    Huugs
    Kat xx

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  40. I'm glad my tip was helpful Carol. I got fed up wasting my die cuts and cutting them out in very straight forward .
    Jane x

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  41. It's turned colder for the last few days Jane but it's still been very mild this winter. I love amarylis they are so spectacular . Keep cosy.
    Jane x

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  42. Thanks so much Kathleen.
    Jane x

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  43. Such awesome set of photos! Loving the card too:0)

    Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our anything goes challenge; hope to see you in our next challenge:0)

    Hugs;
    Janette

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  44. Thanks Janette, glad you enjoyed the flowers and the hearts!
    Jane x

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  45. Wow! Cant believe your flowers are almost ready to burst in to flower hee!

    Aww this is fab!
    Utterly gorjuss wee creation!

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Dream Valley Challenges
    Hugs Melly xxx

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  46. Melly my parents already have some daffs in flower in their garden ! Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments .
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x