Friday, 10 January 2014


Hi Everyone!
I hope this finds you well, and that you are not having too many weather related problems. In Reading, the River Thames has burst its banks and water has covered all the low lying ground at Christchurch Meadows. In what now looks like a lake, the playground and park benches are visible, and look very odd. We are so lucky to live up on a hill, and I really feel for the people who live down there who have put up sandbags in case their homes are flooded.

Shelters/Homes seems an appropriate subject for this week's tag.
I realise I am running late with my tag, how can it be Friday already! The start of term seemed to come so quickly after Christmas, and I had no sooner sent the men of my household off to their various places of study/work, than it was time for me to begin classes again! I have been at a beading workshop, and still have very little to show for it, as the beads are so tiny, progress is very slow, but I am learning! The painting class I am attending this term also started this week at our local centre, and this week we have been working in acrylics.
For my tag, I was thinking about homes and shelters, and then thought about how a house could be a home for people and at the same time a shelter for animals and birds. I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this, it took me a while to work out how to show this in  tag form.

I have made two tags, the first uses an image of a thatched cottage (from a magasine), which I put onto a collaged background of blues and greens. I wondered which animals and birds could make their homes there, as one of the drawbacks of having a thatched roof is that it is attractive for nesting birds and animals!

  This is what I think would happen! I have enlarged the cottage and drawn it, and added some wildlife! Can you spot the jackdaw nesting on the chimney, the duck and pigeon  nesting under the eaves, the cat inside the cottage, the spider and the butterflies!


  1. Lovely tags, I would love to live in a cottage like that! Have fun with your classes! Valerie

  2. Very clever idea; I really like what you did.
    I'm so glad your home is safe, but like so many, my heart goes out to those who have been affected by the weather :o)

  3. I like you collaged tag, but I'm especially charmed by your sweet drawing. Blessings!

  4. The tag is lovely but I really like your drawing! Stay safe.

  5. I think the collage is very effective but the drawing really expresses what home means to us and our animal friends.

  6. I like the way you think--wonderful interpretation of the theme. Best wishes for success in your classes.

  7. i'm glad you are safe from the river and i hope everyone gets through it without too much trouble. your cottage is darling! xo

  8. It's so cute; it has a very folk art feeling!

  9. I just love the drawing with the inclusion of the animals and birds - so sweet!


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