Hello everyone,

Hope your weekend was good, I spent too long working in the garden but then I had to stop due to rain. Today I am sharing another AJ page for the Vintage theme over on Art Journal Journey, spending time with the T Gang and of course it is also my Day 7 post for the Blog Along with Effy, links to all at the end of the post.

First the gardening…

A few weeks ago, actually it was June, I showed this part of the garden that was very overgrown, but I got the fork out at the weekend and now it looks like this.  The only plants that are left are the Comfrey on the left side and the Rhubarb on the right.  The Comfrey is there as it’s a great fertiliser for plants and the Rhubarb because I love it yum yum.   All the weeds were dug up by their roots, dock, nettles, dandelions, buttercups mostly.  I know how useful nettles can be but I just can’t stand them, the garden was full of them when I moved here, and it’s a constant battle to stop them taking over again.  I don’t use pesticides so it has to be manually done.  My plan was to turn over all the soil and lay down some grass seed for the winter and turn it back into lawn that can be mowed and relatively low maintenance, but now that I have got to this stage I am thinking what a waste to turn it all back into lawn and that maybe I should try one of my other garden ideas that I wanted to do for some time.  Of course now that it’s raining, I may not get anything further done to it!

Miss P followed me part of the way but refused to go any further down the garden.  I don’t know why but I would have thought she would have approved of me turning it into a giant litter box lol. My pet human did all this just for me?

Last week I showed you the plum tree, now I can show you the plums!

Oh and before I forget, my neighbour has the most amazing sunflowers…

Tea Stands for… More Tea and Scones

I ran out of bread while I was waiting for something to be delivered, so I decided to make scones since they only take 15 mins and I could have them for breakfast with a cup of tea.  Something I learned from my mum, scones are also handy things to make quickly if you have unexpected visitors and you were out of cake or biscuits (ie cookies).  I make mine with raisins but they can be made plain if that’s what you prefer.  I posted my scone recipe back in April, it’s vegan but it can easily be changed to cow’s milk and butter if you prefer.

Vintage Children Doing Vintage Things

I finished this spread on Monday, it is another fabric page, this time using this interesting fabric depicting vintage clothing for children.  When I first got this fabric I thought it was advertising sewing patterns for children’s clothes but it turned out to be advertising children’s clothing with different colour choices and fabrics available!

I stuck the fabric down with some gel medium and after it was dry, added some detail with neocolour IIs, brown polychromos pencil and then added the words along the top with a black pen.  I used more of the TIm Holtz tiny text stamps on some white card edged with Vintage Photo and stuck them down across the centre of the page.  Here come the close-ups…


Hope you enjoyed the post, Happy T Day!  Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
watercolour paper, my usual journal, fabric, matte medium, Tim Holtz stamp, scrap white card, Stazon ink, black pen, archival ink, glue, brown polychromos pencil,


Art Journal Journey Vintage – September Challenge
T Stands For Tuesday – T stands for –   tea and scones

Blog Along with Effy – Day 7

Links to all the days of the September blog-along

Sept 1st – UFOs Tapestry Cushion and Harris Tweed TBD
Sept 2nd – Second on the Second – e-reader covers
Sept 3rd – There is no enjoyment like reading
Sept 4th –  A Day in the Garden and UFO update
Sept 5th – Begin the Beguine
Sept 6th – She Sells Seashells on the Seashore
Sept 7th – this post
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog-along – 30 posts in 30 days same as we did in April this year.  The idea is to blog every day if you can, but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going.  There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment.

You might also like . . .


22 Awesome Comments (btw comment moderation is on)
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
September 8, 2021 4:53 pm

Oh what a beautiful garden, I love your neighbors sunflowers too. Love the vintage kids too.

Lisca Meijer
Lisca Meijer
September 8, 2021 11:26 am

I’m sorry I’m late again in commenting. Tuesday is a day we usually are away from home and as Blogger doesn’t like iPhones or iPads, I cannot do anything until I get back home to my desktop. Sometimes this is quite late, so here I am on Wednesday…
You did a great job of clearing all the weeds. I look forward to seeing what you decide to plant. As you rightly say, it’s a shame to turn it into a lawn after all the hard work.
I love rhubarb. It is something that doesn’t grow in this climate (hot and arid) and it is not sold in the shops. I commented to Iris how I miss rhubarb crumble and rhubarb orange pie.
The scones look delicious. Like you, I often make them as they are quick to do. (I use butter, naughty)
The fabric with the vintage childrens’ clothes is so cute. What a find!
Happy belated T-Day,

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
September 8, 2021 3:05 am

I love sunflowers, scones and tea. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day!

September 8, 2021 12:31 am

The vintage spread is lovely, reminds me of children’s books or of old sewing patterns. Your cat is so sweet – interesting that she wouldn’t go to the “giant litter box”. I need to check out your scones recipe – I love to make them with cranberries instead of raisins.

Kate Yetter
September 7, 2021 11:58 pm

Your plums are beautiful! I am going to check out your vegan scone recipe.
I love vintage illustrations of children. What a great idea to put these images together. Love them!
Happy Tea Day,

September 7, 2021 11:41 pm

That’s a huge garden and kitty is so cute. I never thought about scones for unexpected company. Good idea. I like raisins in my scones, too. Cute fabric. Happy T Day

Michele Skinner
September 7, 2021 10:05 pm

your garden – and kitty! – are delightful. and i’m absolutely going to try that scone recipe.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
September 7, 2021 9:14 pm

i have no idea what nettles are, but I am NOT a fan of rhubarb. You may have all of mine. Had to laugh at the sandbox. I had a cat named Dog I took to the park on Sundays. One Sunday he puled on his leash (yes, he was leash trained) and more or less forced me to take him home, Before I could even remove his leash, he was in the sandbox. Even though the whole world/park was a sandbox, he still had to use his own. Maybe Miss P felt the same way.

I love that journal page. That fabric you chose was wonderful. It’s really lovely and fits Wendy’s theme perfectly at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for sharing your scone recipe. I may try to make that one of these days when it gets cooler in my kitchen. I have often said the reason I can’t go vegan is because I have a love of milk and butter. However, it still looks great and so does your tea.

Thanks for sharing your garden, your lovely journal page, your scone recipe, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Elle.

September 7, 2021 8:28 pm

Cute vintage clothing images! THe prices are also very revealing … must. be quite old.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

September 7, 2021 7:36 pm

What a lovely garden! And your cat looks like a sweetie.

GDPR Cookie Notice