Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Cozying up for autumn

The weather on Sunday could not have been more summery, the sun shone from dawn to dusk. I decided that it really was time to try to get my bulbs planted. I adore spring flowers, daffodils are my absolute favourites and watching them grow and bloom always makes my heart sing.
I bought some daffodils and tulip bulbs and decided that I would top the pots with some winter pansies and violas. This gives some autumn, and hopefully winter colour in my garden for the long dark months ahead.
As well as a few large pots I like to plant up my fun chicken pot to force some miniature daffs for indoors.
I cleaned up my pots and lined them with some crocks
and then got layering up the compost with my bulbs.

I finished the tops off with my winter bedding. I then put my pots into place in the autumn sunshine
and my happy chicken has been tucked away in the garage in the dark.

My bulbs will sleep and grow quietly over the coming months, cozy in their compost.

I was also delighted to see this pop through my letter box at the weekend.
Yes it really is autumn now that the Cath Kidston autumn/winter catalogue  has arrived. I really love browsing through and oohing and ahhing at all the yummy new items.

 (Photos all from the Cath Kidson catalogue)

and I love this photo below....just so autumnal...
Seeing those pumpkins inspired another Halloween make.I decided to make a tag this time for another Guest design DT piece for Nicecrane Designs. There is a terrific freebie available over at the blog at the moment, do pop over and grab it now, it will be great for your Christmas cards. This is the link here.There are also some amazing DT cards up at the moment too if you need any inspiration for Christmas, birthday or Halloween.

The image I have used is  from this sheet here.. I used my distress inks to colour my tag. The grunge sentiment is such also such  fun, here is the link.I used my favourite Cheery Lynn edge dies to make a "faux" lace border. The top two are cut using the Queen Anne's lace edge die and the bottom one is the Francesca edge. I also used the flourish leaf strip for all the leaves.

 Here is that fab image in close up
The clock face charm is from my jewellery stash and is there to remind us all that it is not long until Halloween. It could also serve as a reminder that it is time to get those bulbs planted so that you are able to enjoy their beauty next spring.

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

Cheery Lynn Halloween
Country View Crafts Halloween/something spooky
The Cupboard Trilogy fall/Halloween
My Mum's Craft Shop Halloween
Die Cut Divas autumn and an animal
Ali Craft Halloween
Stamping Sensations All creatures great and small
A little bit crafty a little bit shabby/inky
As you like it anything but a card this is my favourite project as I have never made any Halloween crafts until this year. I love this amazing image and it just cried out for some distress inks! I had so much fun inking the background.It is going to be attached to one of my kids Halloween bags (yes he is only 24!!)
Papertake Weekly 2 by 2 I have used 2 different edge dies to create my faux lace border

We are also getting ready for our grandbaby's imminent arrival...my daughter's due date is 4 weeks on Friday...eek where have 9 months gone? As the sentiment on my tag reads...get ready to scream!! (with joy of course;0) Keep warm, there is a 10oc temperature drop forecast for tomorrow here in the UK, it's time to get out those winter woolies now. Keep warm and carry on crafting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wowwwww Jane , amazing faux lace edge,,and stunning dies and flowers,waht a great use of my Halloween picture Jane,,,,,You are rock, my friend,,,,,,,,,,horayyy for Jane.

  2. this is fabulous Jane - I've just got those Halloween nicecrane images too - very useful I think xx

  3. I'm sooOOOoo excited for you about the baby coming! I know you're going to be the best grandmother ever! I do hope you'll get to share photos of the sweetie. I have some Siberian irises to plant, too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. A great image and layered beautifully with fabulous colours and borders. Your garden will be lovely with winter and spring colours.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  5. Great post Jane!
    You've inspired me to do the same!!
    Thank You~

  6. Hi Jane! I loveyour tag with the lady and cat! Your pots are always beautiful and you made me to hink to do the same. 4 weeks will pass quickly with so much excitment! x Teje

  7. Love the tag Jane
    My son in law thinks I'm a witch, so will have to show it to him
    Thanks for sharing it with us on the ali-craft blog challenge
    Ali x

  8. Planting ahead will give you a lovely Spring display Jane.

    CK has a good bit of space here as well, always reminds me of how Laura Ashley used to be.

    Lovely tag with Ignacio's image.

    B x

  9. Good morning, Jane! Nice to see a bit of colour in those pretty winter violas and the prospect of all those lovely Spring bulbs!
    Love your fab Halloween tag and it'll look even better on a bag of sweet treats!
    Can't quite believe it's only 4 weeks 'til your new arrival - I bet you must be so excited! Have a great day - I'm off to pick up flowers for a friend's wedding at the weekend, to do all the church arrangements! Happy day flower arranging tomorrow! Hugs, Lisa x

  10. It's lovely to plant up the spring bulbs to look forward to isn't it? Your pots will look beautiful. I love the tag you created, so full of Halloween atmosphere and clever details!
    Enjoy the autumn days, Jane.
    Helen x

  11. Fabulous tag, thank you for playing along with us at ALBC & good luck. Jane x

  12. Hi Jane,

    Enjoying your autumn plantings and that great catalogue.
    Four weeks will fly by.....How very exciting!!
    Fun Halloween tag. Happy creating.

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  13. Hi Jane, Lots of happy things going on in your neck of the woods. Love the idea about the bulbs and springtime loveliness. You will be all set. And I'm especially excited and happy for soon to be baby!! I think the most exciting part of life! I can't wait to hear the news : )
    Sending love your way, xoRobin

  14. come plant my bulbs for me hun - and wow love love love how you work with these images just gorgeous again
    Hugs Kate xx

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  16. Love the tag Jane the colours are lovely and a fab image.Thank you for joining in at Ali-Crafts

  17. What a fun and SCARY tag. LOL Love it.

    Glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  18. great little witchy tag, just right for our challenge over at Ali-Craft this month. Thanks for entering and good luck! Heidi xx

  19. Gorgeous tag - love the background you created for the vintage Halloween image! Also enjoyed all of your photos!

  20. What a fun tag Jane. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas this month.

  21. LOVE the chook pot Jane, really love it :)

    That tag is a bit special too, hope you are keeping well your garden looks as beautiful as always. Lx

  22. Hi Jane...I remember last year saying that I need to plant more bulbs so I really need to follow your lead now! I'll look forward to seeing what your little chicken produces too! :D
    Your autumn pots look really fresh and pretty (must do mine next week!) and your latest gift tag design is gorgeous as always (I really love the tags you've been making recently...so much nicer than any in the shops!)
    Oh my, 4 weeks to go!...I'm speechless that time can fly by so quickly Jane and can't imagine the excitement!!!
    Hope you have a fab weekend,
    Susan x

  23. Fabulous spooky tag! I love the layering of border dies down at the bottom. Love the brown and yellow color combo!! Thanks for playing along on the Cheery Lynn Design challenge this week!!

  24. Great Tag! and congrats on the upcoming arrival of your new Grandbaby! thanks for playing with the Die Cut Diva's this month.

  25. Love your Halloween Tag... gorgeous... thanks for playing this week at Cheery Lynn

  26. Fabulous post hunny lots to read and look at! great job! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  27. I love your choice of image, beautiful details and the design too, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. A great tag, with fabulous colours! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.


  29. A great tag! Love the mix of old and new. Thank you for adding your sparkle to our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx


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