Monday, 16 March 2015

A Moment at Ightham Mote

Last week the weather was very spring like and on my day off  I visited Ightham Mote in Kent with my Mum and Dad. We are all National Trust members and even though we have visited this medieval treasure many time we always see something different. I also love seeing these properties at different times of the year as the grounds look wonderful during the different seasons.

I have shown some history of Ightham in Jane's Journal before and if you are interested do have a look at the link here . As a small recap it dates from the 14th Century and has been restored lovingly over the years by the National Trust. There are even some new rooms open this year. This as the view as we walked down the footpath.

The timber cladding is gorgeous and so typically medieval

We walked across the bridge and entered the house via the stone courtyard
 Below is the only Grade 1 listed dog kennel...their hounds must have been huge.
The property has had many owners over the years and this room is nearly how it was left by the last owner, Mr Robinson.
 There are so many pretty flower displays everywhere
 The chapel is one of my favourite parts and the Tudor painted roof and leaded lights allow the sunlight to stream in.

 All the staircases have carved figures and panels

I love all the photos dotted around showing past owners and their own belongings

 and outside the grounds looked lush and green after the winter's rain.

There were very few visitors that days so we almost had the place to ourselves and as we walked around the sense of peace and the past was very potent. I decided when I got home to make a Moment of our day for my physical Jane's Journal.

I  had the paper guide from our day so I as there are some great challenges encouraging us to use our junk or up-cycle I decided not to bin it but to use it in my Moment.

I used my Distress inks to blend several spring colours onto my CS and ripped up the guide and stuck these on the page.

Next I used my newest TH stencil and my new Forgotten Coral distress ink ( I LOVE this colour) it is so vibrant and goes with everything.
I needed something medieval so I remembered my Latin script stamp by The Artistic stamper and partially stamped it over the page in  sepia Archieval ink. It couldn't be any other colour choice could it?
I wanted to somehow incorporate the medieval timber cladding so keeping with the deconstructing/recycling/junk theme I dug out some packaging which I cut up and ripped a little to "age" them.

I also had an old ribbon from a present from ages ago, which was heading for the bin which had flowers and pearls on. This seemed to also fit the bill for my Moment.
I am sure by now you wondering where on earth I am going with all

here is my finished Moment...........

 Here are a few close ups. The great quote is one of my Tim Holtz stamps, it seemed so appropriate. I stamped it onto a Cheery Lynn alpine border as I felt all the detailed cut outs of this die have such a medieval feel.

I tried to create a memory of the leaded stained glass in the chapel by using my lattice die. The sunny colours of my inked card shine from behind reminding me of the light streaming in through the windows. The clock charm represents the clock chiming in the distance as we walked around savoring the peace and quiet.

I inked the corrugated packaging to represent the medieval timber cladding of the house. I also tried to include the lovely gardens by making the bottom timbers more like fencing. I want to be peeping throught the fence into the pretty grounds of Ightham. I added some flowers and greenery using Cheery Lynn and Marianne dies which I coloured with DIs.
The feather was another nod back to the past.
Some touches of gilding wax added a little touch of history too
and you can see the upcycled ribbon above too.

and one final arty shot where you can see I even used my date stamp to add the day we visited.

I would like to enter my Moment into the following great challenges;

PaperArtsy deconstruction #5 I was inspired by Leandra's video to look at using products in a way they were not designed for ie my corrugated card packaging became timber, the lattice die became stained glass windows and the guide was ripped up and used to make my mixed media background
A Vintage Journey anything Tim
Pan Pastel UK challenge, alter it I have altered the guide, my corrugated card and the ribbon for my Moment
Our creative Corner Junk in your trunk
Art with Heart Go green
Bunny Zoe spring colours
Craft Stamper take it make it anything goes
Flonzcraft Olde Worlde
That Craft Place add a charm
Cheery Lynn celebrate my Moment is a celebration of life, and how to take the time to enjoy it.
Country view crafts anything goes
Inspiration Journal spring flowers
The Artistic Stamper spring is coming I have used my mini Artistic Stamper calligraphy sheet stamp
The Ribbon Girl green my project not only features green ribbon, leaves and distress inks but is also green in the sense that most of it is made from recycling and deconstructing ;0)
Mixed Media World anything goes

I hope you enjoyed your visit with me to Ightham, if you are ever in that part of Kent it is a wonderful day out......and try to remember in this busy life we lead.....

Learn to pause, or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.....

Enjoy the week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Such a lovely card Jane and the quote is so perfect and good for all of us to be aware of, thank you! What a special day you all have together, I think it is so nice how you are able to do these events with your parents, they are sure wonderful occasions. That staircase is gorgeous and the sky in one of the photos I loved. Happy week to you, xoRobin

  2. What a lovely quote, you have captured your visit so well with your moment Jane, I love your stained glass!
    What an amazing place, the dog kennel is wonderful as is that magnificent ceiling and I just adore the photo of the pretty little primroses! :)
    Have a lovely week my friend,
    V x

  3. It is always a treat to see how what you experienced inspired you to create.
    I love your moment and thank You for sharing your visit with us!

  4. Wow what an amazing project, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. xxxx

  5. Oh my goodness hun the pictures are just fabulous but also your project is amazing, thank you so much for joining into the fun over at the Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK Challenge Blog Hugs Terry xxx

  6. This is a gorgeous piece Jane, we live fairly close to Ightham and try to make a visit once a year as it's just stunning. x

  7. This is stunning Jane - such a wonderfully layered piece - so much detail - its beautiful. I love your piccies too - my sister in law lives at Ightham - it looks beautiful. Big hugs Rachel xx

  8. What a beautiful place this looks to visit for a great day out. I can see how you have gathered your inspiration into this stunning project. Your bright colours work beautifully with your faux window. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie xx

  9. Yet another gorgeous 'Moment', Jane, to add to your collection. There are so many clever little details that I love.

    Jennifer. x

  10. Oh my goodness.. thank you so much for showing us that magnificent and historical treasure! Just imagine the people that were lucky enough to live there! Your Moment is fantabulous! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Wow, what a lovely souvenir and memories of your great day out. I love the stained glass window effect and the spring colours shining through. You used lots of "junk"! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner March Challenge. Jan x

  12. A delightful creation for our Blossoms and Bows and Olde Worlde themes Jane, thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More and FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges.

    B x

  13. Gorgeous piece Jane! Like the entrance to a beautiful magical garden. Stunning. hugs :)

  14. Beautiful creation, Jane, it will be a treasured keepsake. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  15. What a beautiful location, Jane, perfectlly represented in your Moment page with the timber cladding, leaded window and pretty florals depicted brilliantly!
    I can't wait for the weather to get a little warmer and have family days out - we too are National Trust members and try to make the most of the fact by visiting some wonderful places. I got to see Bodnant Gardens for the first time last year and in the summer holidays Josh and I love to go off to Chirk Castle for a picnic if the weather is kind and we've nothing better to do! Have a great week! Hugs, Lisa x

  16. A lovely post about Ightham Mote, Jane. I have been there, and like you love the serene historic atmosphere of the place. Your Moment is a beautiful way to capture it, and one you will always treasure.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

  17. Great project .... and fab pictures too! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

  18. This is indeed marvellous. The pictures are awesome and so is your tutorial.Thanks for sharing with the Cheery Lynn designs challenge. Best of luck.

  19. What a clever way to preserve your visit to a beautiful place. Great Job!! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  20. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos of Ightham Mote Jane - the stairway looks as gorgeous as the one in Downton Abby! Your project looks like a lovely stained glass piece - love the background you created with bits of the photos, paints and stencils - and that's the perfect sentiment to go with it too! thanks for joining us in the AVJ everything Tim challenge!

  21. Well Jane, I'm in a "moving" mode at the moment, but I have to agree that taking things slowly has its own merits, too! LOVE your beautiful stained glass windows this week. They have such "presence," old or new, such rich color. Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Ightham- Can't wait to see what's next!

  22. Hello dear Jane,

    What a wonderful post with some wise words to everyone to remember! Thank you for sharing your visit, it for sure seems like a magical place! And LOVE your moment, captures the feel and atmosphere perfectly!

    Happy March-weekend soon!


  23. How very nice to see this home and grounds again!! Thank you Jane for another "outing". I wrote this quotation in my little book of quotes. Happy weekend to you and yours.
    Anne D.T. xx PlumCreek

  24. Great piece. I love all the details! Thank you for joining cheery Lynn challenges. Good luck!

  25. Jane you have created a stunning work of art, love it all!! Really enjoyed seeing all your pictures.. always a joy. Thank you for joining us over at Pan Pastel UK and good luck.
    Tracy xoxox

  26. Stunning piece, Jane! So many wonderful elements and colours.Love the photos too! Thank you for playing along with our Mixed Media World challenge! Ingrid x

  27. Thanks for entering this into the Junk in your Trunk challenge at Our Creative Corner. What a great and clever idea to use the guide pamphlet. I have boxes of those and dont have the heart to throw them out and yet never know what to do with them. Very cool upcycle! - Candice (aka Tincan Crafter) -

  28. Lovely! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge

  29. Stunning! So much details!
    Thanks for joining us at Art with Heart!

  30. Ightham Mote is one of my favourite places to visit (we go to Leeds Castle a lot as well, but mainly for the fab roast lunches in the cafe!!). I didn't realise they'd opened up new rooms so that will be on the list for coming weeks. Your moment is just perfect, I hope it did well in the challenges. Bxx

  31. This is uber cool! I totally see how your love of old buildings inspired this stunning project! Thanks for sharing it with us at That Craft Place. Hugs, Erin xx

  32. Love your glorious stained glass window and fabulous aged woodwork - and thank you for sharing all those photos - always lovely to see where the inspiration comes from! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  33. Such as gorgeous creation and I love how you showed the whole process through the photos. Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this month at Mixed Media World. We hope you will join us with our next challenge.

    With smiles
    Laine K
    DT Mixed Media Challenge


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