Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sewing the seeds

I have been busy in my garden in my precious moments of spare time and planted up some very pretty primroses which my Mum bought me.

Such glorious colours . I also have bought a few packets of seeds. One of them is this patio variety of red peppers which seemed like fun to try growing.
It was time to get the propagator out of the garage and give it a wash up.
I dotted the seeds onto the surface of some fresh potting compost

and then gave them a light dusting to cover them as well as a good water.
I put the lid on and this is now sitting on my sunny kitchen window sill.
Here are 2 of my pretty primroses in their new pots on the wall on my patio. This will continue to give some colour into late spring even if the weather does turn colder again.

I didn't have much time at the weekend for any crafting but inspired by these pink flowers I decided to made a tag as I wanted to enter the Lavinia challenge this month where the theme is add something pink. There are also lots of other great challenges asking for pink.  Now pink is not really my colour, as you well know, but I decided to pull the stops out and make a lovely deep pink/peach  background with my Fired Brick and Dusky Rose distress inks. I blended them and then added a few flicks of water for some depth. I  made some flowers and leaves with my Cheery Lynn blossom dies using some paper which I embossed first and then edged with distress inks. I also distressed the edges of my tag. My stamp is Lavinia's Moon Fairy.

I added a heart brad to the flower centres and used gorgeous pink glitter card some of the flowers. Here is a close up.
 I think she is wishing that this gorgeous pre spring weather continues.

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

Lavinia Stamps add something pink
Cheery Lynn Think Spring
Emerald Faeries Pretty in pink
Penny Black and More So sweet
Bunny Zoe Monochrome
Little Claire's Make a tag
Stamping Sensations Pretty in pink
Die cut Divas emboss it, the leaves and some of the flowers have been cut from card which I have embossed and then added a little colour too with my DIs
Papertake Weekly For mum/Girlie
Aurora wings  anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday challenge Glitter it
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon

I have scheduled this post as today I am at the Country Life Crafts Spring Fair. I won tickets from my dear friend Vivienne and I am taking my Mum up to Islington. It looks like a great day out. Thanks Vxx. Today is also very special as it's my darling daughter's birthday. Happy Birthday darling M. She is being treated to a surprise by her Hb and we are going down on Saturday to enjoy a post birthday meal with them. 

Enjoy your Thursday everyone and thanks for your kind visits and comments. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Nothing like a pot of primula to brighten the place up! Such cheerful little plants. Looking forward to seeing your peppers grow, they'll probably be amazing in sunny Surrey.
    Your little 'pink' tag is lovely, as you know I too am not a pink person but I think you're heading towards coral here, so that's ok! ;)
    I hope you and your mum have a brilliant day out at the CL Spring Fair!! Enjoy!
    A very happy birthday to M too!!!
    V xxx

  2. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your daughter!! Your mom has great taste in flowers, each of those is spectacular and look lovely in their pretty new home. Have fun with your mom and I look forward to the photos of your fun day out!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Dear Jane,

    Happy Birthday to M!!!

    And oh my how beautiful those flowers are, and I especially loved that they are from your mom, my mom always buys me spring(and other)flowers too!

    I wish you a lovely day, and happy and sunny weekend soon too!


  4. Hello Jane and family,

    Sounds like a grand day out with your Mother. Enjoy the Spring Fair.
    Happy Birthday to you, dear M!!
    Lovely flowers and best wishes for your future seedlings.
    Happy first day of Spring, Jane.

    Anne xx

  5. I too gave into some primulas the other day - so bright and cheerful! Love your tag - so pretty xx

  6. Hi Jane! I'm happy to hear that you are gardening! It is so great to grow from seeds. Your tag is beautiful and inspired by spring! x Teje

  7. Isn't it lovely to see a bit of colour in the garden again and your pretty primulas are so sunny! I've just potted up some spring pansies in a new zinc planter that my MIL treated me to the other day and I need to get out and plant my potatoes too! Don't think it'll be this weekend with the forecast for wintry showers...I thought it was supposed to be Spring?!
    Great tag - love your inked background and pretty details! Hugs, Lisa x
    PS Many happy returns for M and I hope you enjoy your meal out!

  8. Oh, pretty primroses Jane...I love their happy colour at this time of year which always seem to really mark the change of seasons here...I'll be interested to see how things go with the peppers too!...x
    Hope you and your dear mum had a wonderful day at the CLC Spring Fair and Happy Birthday to your darling girl!
    Love your tag today and there have been lots of admiring comments about your little bluebirds...x
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    Susan x

  9. Such lovely flowers, I can see why you were so inspired to make that beautiful tag. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  10. Gorgeous tag, such pretty colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this time.
    Dawn xx

  11. Wonderful tag and colours. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you next time
    ~ Denise DT ~

  12. Very pretty tag Jane! Love the colors!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly, hope you'll join us again!

  13. Jane. Wonderful tag. Nice spring colors. I really like the way you used the flowers and branches to frame around the cute fairy.Thanks for joining us in the Cheery Lynn Challenge. Best of Luck to you.

  14. Oh, how I wish we would get some Spring weather so I could get outside in my gardens. Lovely Spring tag, Jane. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge.

  15. It's a lovely time of year, isn't it, Jane, to get outside again and plant seeds and flowers and look forward to summer! Your little tag is colourful and cute! Hope you and your mum had a great time at the Spring Fair!
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Helen xxx

  16. Looks like you're ready for the spring.

    Love the colors on your card.
    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  17. Gosh you have been busy in the garden and I love the pretty in pink tag xx

  18. Gorgeous tag Jane and such lush colours.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  19. Gorgeous, beautiful tag, love the flowers you've used on it and those primulas are certainly going to bring some colour in your garden.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



  20. Oooo how gorgeous and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month and good luck, Luv Sam x

  21. This is such a beautiful tag, I just love the image and colours you've used. Thank you for joining us for our "Aurora Wings" challenge.
    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

  22. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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