Tuesday, 7 June 2016

How does your garden grow?

After my visit to the nursery a few weeks back I hardened off my bedding plants and was finally able to pot them up a couple of weeks ago. After the rain and now the hot sunshine they are really taking off.
I have bought some old favourites but also some newbies....I love this new purple petunia.
 It gives such a flash of colour.
I have gone for yellow and red in my hanging baskets this year
As you all know I adore taking photos...you have seen my photos on my blog for nearly 6 years now (gulp).  However I have a confession to make....for all the cameras I have owned..... I have never ever read the manual. I just look at the quick set up guide and I'm off. I drive my Hb potty as I'm the same with any gadget. I just don't have the patience to sit down and read a manual.  At the weekend though I noticed an icon on my camera which I didn't understand and after all this time I finally searched out the CD and loaded the manual onto my computer.  OMGoodness what fun effects there are on my camera!

So I had a play.....and I love all these different effects....here are a few

Fun eh!
So my challenge project has to be floral doesn't it. It is a canvas that I have not yet shared with you. I made it at one of my talented friend's, Brenda Brown's inky days.  It was such a great day. We used lots of mixed media techniques.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday summer garden
A vintage journey texture or embossing paste (used on the canvas).
Everybody Art non cute
Allsorts 2/3 the great outdoors
Crafty Friends based on a book mine is Papillon by Henri Charriere
Noor summer
Stamps and stencils floral frenzy
Rhedd's Creative Spirit anything goes
Happy Little Stampers mixed media
Butterfly challenge A is for aperture +/- apricot

And just to leave you with one more of my photo effects....

....who stole the yellow ;0) 

I can see me using this lots.

I can almost hear my garden growing at the moment. It's too early for my fuchsias to bloom yet but just wait until they do...my camera will be very busy.

Thanks as always for your kind visits and sweet comments you take the time to leave. We had a massive thunderstorm this afternoon but the sun is now back...no need for me to water the garden tonight ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. How can I not love your beautiful butterfly canvas! Your pots are looking great with the petunias. Must get down the garden centre and get mine started. So little time to get anything done. Must admit to being someone who only glances at the instructions. Much tooimpatient to use the tools! I did sit and read the instruction manual for my new all singing and dancing sewing machine. Took me a week to digest it and then a flipping further month to pluck up courage and switch it on.!! Sometimes knowledge comes better in small doses. Lol. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Hello Dear Jane,

    You made me giggle!
    Love your pictures and your canvas is gorgeous!!
    Enjoy the nice temperatures!


  3. I'm the same, can't be bothered to read the manuals... lol Love your photos and your canvas is beautiful !
    Corrie x

  4. I read manuals....sometimes:) I love all the pictures especially of the same one but with all the effects. reminds me of stamping something with the same image but using different techniques. I love your art piece on canvas and how the butterfly looks. I like that technique...what did you use to get the glossy look??

  5. I love your purple spotty petunia and all your camera effects! I'm the same I hate reading boring manuals.
    I especially like the last photo with just the one colour and of course your pretty floral card.
    We had a huge thunderstorm during the night, it's very warm though.
    V x

  6. Beautiful pictures Jane, your flowers are stunning! Your card is amazing too, so many gorgeous details!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog, good luck in the draw and hope to see you again soon :)

    DT Tanya xx

  7. Hi Jane, I had a good time looking at how different each photo was. Now I'm wondering.. how did you do that? I'm bad at manuals, too. I did finally get my new camera to go further out on the zoom.. I had to reset it to factory settings and start over.. lol. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. A very pretty creation Jane, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  9. Beautiful project Jane, so full of texture!! I was the same way with my camera, and now I've been watching video tutorials and reading articles so I can learn how to use all the fun buttons and settings. So many great effects, I too, am having loads of fun! hugs :)

  10. Fabulous garden and photos Jane, you are having fun with lots of new ideas now work doesn't get in the way. Great to see your canvas again. I'd forgotten how beautiful it is. It's raining here now, been a sultry day, it had to happen. huge hugs xxx

  11. I do like the last photo the best. Love the canvas. Instructions are always a pain. Sometimes even if you read the instructions, you are still none the wiser!xx

  12. This is absolutely exquisite, Jane! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project with us at Stamps & Stencils. <3

  13. Back gain as I previously commented without realising you had entered my butterfly challenge. I love the newsprint aperture which I first thought had been cut out of book pages but on closer inspection think not. Love those butterflies so shiny and such gorgeous colours. Thank you for fluttering by my butterfly challenge where your entry will beat into the draw twice. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Gorgeous photos and a Beautiful card for our theme at allsorts Tracy X

  15. Jane you have a beautiful garden, and your canvas is amazing. I bet you had a really fun time making it. Have fun with your camera! xx

  16. Lovely Garden! Your art is lovely too! Butterflies are one of my fave things to include in art! Thanks for sharing at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

  17. Fantastic photos of your beautiful garden, and how lucky to do a workshop with Brenda!! Your canvas looks superb! Thanks so much for adding this to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  18. beautiful project - love all the elements in it. Your garden is beautiful also

    Barb Housner

  19. Wow...your canvas is stunning...and so is your garden with those amazing petunias, such a riot of colour...

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  20. You are obviously a fantastic Gardner and your flowers are really quiet beautiful!!!
    Fantastic inverted canvas - I am going to have to give this a go!
    sandy xx

  21. Fabulous canvas Jane, love the butterflies and the flowers are gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  22. Gorgeaous canvas! Love your flowers and your butterfly is perfect! Thanks for joining us this week on SImon Says Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  23. Gorgeous Canvas! Jane Fab flowers and lovely crackle. You have some beautiful lowers in your garden . Thanks for sharing with us at a Vintage Journey . x

  24. Another stunning project Jane. Love all the dimension and your butterflies are so pretty.
    Thank you once again for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  25. How lovely - those gleaming butterflies are fabulous!
    Alison x


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