Hello friends, and Happy March!

Wow February is a short month and I for one am glad as it was a very trying month, between sick kitties, bad storms, no heating, endless decluttering and dealing with government departments, roofers and insurance agents, I’m so glad it’s over and that there are signs that Spring is on its way!  I still have to deal with a lot of those February trials but at least the sun is shining today and there are frogs in the pond filling it with frog spawn – signs of Spring!   Since it is the first of the month, let me share my DT inspiration project for the March Main challenge at More Than Words with you.  This month the main challenge is as follows:

This month’s challenge board image is courtesy of one of the DT and it’s such a lovely page she made for the challenge – if you are interested in seeing the full page click here.  My house is still in a stage of chaos because of all the decluttering and moving of stuff but during the process of decluttering paperwork I found some bits and pieces I wanted to use on this page, so that was handy!  I had a huge folder of old travel stuff, which included these maps and also a leaflet from Hertz car rental that had this really nice gold map at the top of the letter.

I decided to use the Hertz map and some old library newsletters that were printed on this nice cream and brown paper.  I thought they would go well with the map.

For the tags/pockets element of the challenge I used these little pockets made from old Prima scrapbook paper – I actually found these stuffed in a drawer last month and knew I wanted to use them for this month’s challenge.

As I was wondering what poem or quote I could use on my page, I found one by chance inside one of the old library newsletters!  It was an article talking about a new book that had been released at the time, and they titled the article Like Wine Through Water and gave the full quote from Wuthering Heights, which you can see below as I stuck it down on my page.

There is a lot of random scribbling and writing across this page using black, gold and white pens, and a bit of shading using stabilos. I also made little tags to fit inside my pockets using some old journaling cards from a Prima collection.

And here’s the finished page – oh I nearly forgot – I also found this little blue/black kitty on the bottom of the coloured map in the first photo.  I think the map page came from a street directory or a phone book and there is text next to it that says …out of the blue… and that’s where the kitty came from, out of the blue so I had to put it on there!

Hope you feel inspired to join in the challenge this month.

t stands for . . .

It’s been a difficult week in animal hospital regarding Mr G and his ongoing chronic problem.  Happily though Miss P’s ear seems to be healing up nicely, though she is permanently disfigured now, and Miss Lily hasn’t coughed for two weeks, so that’s some good news.  We had really stormy weather for over a week, a succession of storms actually, four in total, but it just felt like one big continuous storm to me.  We also have storm damage and water damage which will all have to be taken care of, but of course we are not alone.  The insurance company had a special number to call if you were affected by the recent severe storms, and of course it’s impossible to get anyone out to look at the roof because everyone is busy out fixing other roofs!  My drink for this week should really be hard liquor given the week I just had but instead, it is of course, just a cup of tea.  Speaking of tea, here is a lovely idea to recycle some of your old teacups.  I have quite a few so I might just be giving this a try 🙂  Happy Tea Day!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, ephemera, twine, glue, journal cards, scrapbook paper,


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Lisca Meijer
Lisca Meijer
March 2, 2022 9:42 pm

What a beautiful page! I love it. I bet you loved making it. I really like that quote. Thank you for finding where it came from.
The blue kitty at the bottom is cute.
I hope your storm damage claims get sorted out soon without too many complications.
Oh those tea-cups! What a good idea! And perfect for T-Day!
Happy belated T-Day,

March 2, 2022 5:05 pm

A wonderful post. I love those cups and your art is always wonderful.

Nancy Williams
March 2, 2022 11:46 am

GREAT page, Elle, I may have to try it too. Love the papers you used and the words are fun and thought-provoking.

Hope the struggles ease up – seems like you are going through several “storms” right now with all you are dealing with – would be an interesting journal page wouldn’t it?

The tea cup ideas are super fun!!!

Happy T-day a little late. Hugz – extra ones for Mr. G

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
March 2, 2022 1:10 am

I had something like this pinned on Pinterest. Love the look of teacup bird feeders. Happy T Day.

Linda K
March 2, 2022 12:24 am

Gorgeous journal art! There are so many elements to take in.
Love that birdhouse teacup idea-I definitely want to try it:) Have a lovely week and happy T day!

Erika N
March 1, 2022 11:38 pm

Happy March Elle. I am sure you are ready for the new month, and let’s hope it is a better one for you. Lovely page Elle. I like your pockets. And I hope you had a nice T day too. Wow, frog spawn already, you definitely have spring . Hope the weather works for you too. hugs-Erika

Carola Bartz
March 1, 2022 10:25 pm

It’s so annoying dealing with insurance companies – the same happened here after the fires. Why can’t it be any easier?
Beautiful piece of art, the “golg” map looks great in it. Happy T day.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
March 1, 2022 9:59 pm

I love your latest More than words spread, Elle. I wish the images would enlarge, but I was happy to see the finished spread.

I like that idea for the teacups. I’ve seen them where the saucer is attached to a pole you stick in the ground, but not on a hook before. Clever idea. Thanks for sharing these, along with your journal spread with us for T this Tuesday.

Sorry to read about the storm damage, and Mr. G’s continuing problems. I totally can relate.

Kate Yetter
March 1, 2022 9:38 pm

Your journal page is lovely. Who doesn’t love pockets? So fun how you incorporated maps and such.
A beautiful idea for old tea cups.
Hope the damage to your house gets fixed soon. Roofers always seem to be in demand and the wait times are awful.
Happy Tea Day,

Divers and Sundry
March 1, 2022 8:06 pm

I hope the animals have an uneventful Spring. I’m looking forward to Spring now that it’s here 🙂 The tea cup bird feeders wouldn’t survive our squirrels, I’m afraid, but I love them anyway. Happy T Tuesday

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