Thank you dear friends and followers for your visits, for your love and prayers for both myself and Freddie.
I really appreciate you taking the time to call in, view my artwork and leave such wonderful comments.
Sending you all love, hugs and blessings,

June xxx

Tuesday 31 July 2012

Three Muses Challenge..Windows/Doors..

Can you see me?

It's Wednesday so it's time for the Three Muses Challenge. This week they've asked for Windows and either/or Doors. I've chosen a window I've had in my stash for ages from an old castle.
I think old castles must be full of memories and ghosts from long past times. Lots of people have lived there, loved there, died there.....
Anyway, that's the feeling I had when I created this collage. You all recognise the lady of course and I thought the lacy overlay around the edge gave the feeling of cobwebs.
Thanks so much for looking.                          Love and Hugs,
                                                                                     June  xxx

Monday 30 July 2012

You taught me how to love.....

I am very fond of this collage I made the other day. perhaps because the quote 
stirred something inside me....

The youngest of the family had a camping holiday last week and the weather was perfect.
A wonderful time was had by all.

TAW Challenge..Butterflies..

The Butterfly Princess

I am gradually getting back to something like normal since the crash but I've lost a few recent kits I've bought. Well you can't keep a good man (or woman) down so upwards and onwards.

The Take a Word Challenge this week is Butterflies with a gorgeous sample picture by my friend Chris Arlington. So here is my collage. The background is on of my own manipulations, the frame and butterflies were on my external HD! The castle and lady were Googled.

                            Wishing you a happy week. Thanks so much for looking.
                                                   Love and Hugs
                                                                 June  xxx

Saturday 28 July 2012

The Poser..

If and when he's quiet he'll sit and pose for the camera. Otherwise all I get is his tail end going out of the picture. He loves the garden and at the top you can see him in action! Bit blurry but lucky shot.
My grandson Richard has just been down with a newspaper for Freddie and Algie has enjoyed the play with him in the garden
Richard and family are just back from a little camping holiday and Boyo! were they lucky with the weather! The children are coming tomorrow to  visit.
                                   Wishing you a happy weekend!
                                                            Love and Hugs

Friday 27 July 2012


The title is quite appropriate today as I've had a major computer crash and everything just flew away!!

Don't ask me.......!       I have been upset and very frustrated.
Anyway I spent all day yesterday trying to get my computer back. With much difficulty I got it back to the day it first came into the house with of course, nothing in it.
So I had to search for cd roms to upload programmes back in etc. I have lost everything I had been working on, several folders and a few kits and lots of pictures.
Fortunately I have an external HD and a lot of my pictures I can retrieve from Flickr etc. but it's quite heartbreaking. I still have a long way to go but I'll get there.

So you might not hear much from me for a while so have a great weekend,
Lots of love and hugs,
June xxxx

Tuesday 24 July 2012

3 M..Steampunk Makeover..

This is a very dear friend, Martin, who doesn't look a bit like this, believe me. He has already seen it and didn't mind a bit! Perhaps he was just being polite! LOL!
This is my collage for the Three Muses challenge this week..A Steampunk Makeover. I could have used a 'celebrity' but Martin has enough personality and more to be my celebrity!
Everything from all the well known artists in my collection.
I hope you enjoy. Thank you for viewing.

                                                   Love and Hugs
                                                                      June xx

Monday 23 July 2012

Take a Word Challenge..MESSY..

What else I could think of but a messy baby. Most of us have had lots of that, from one end or the other! LOL!!
Baby Googled. Background is my own.
Thank you for looking. Please scroll down to see my puppy, so far no bad messes!! xx

Algie in the Garden

 Do you think he looks happy? I can't believe how well he's settled.!
He loves the garden. The middle shot is just to give you a better idea of his size
Love and Hugs
June xxx

Sunday 22 July 2012

A letter from Algie!

Good morning everybody!
Well I've arrived and taken over the house. Mind you, there's lots left yet to explore.
I had so many visitors come to see me yesterday, and I wagged my tail and strutted my stuff. I don't think they realised what a handsome chap I am.
I was flaked out and had to have several snoozes!
I've had lovely cuddles with my new Dad and my Mum keeps telling me I'm a good boy!
I slept next to her chair last night and I didn't make a sound. I haven't even missed my brothers and sister.
I've been having a snooze at Mum's feet in her den this morning as she types this for me.
Hope you like my piccy. I'm sure there will be more soon.

Lots of woofs and licks,
Your friend,
Algie. xxx

Saturday 21 July 2012

Hello dear friends,
Just a small post to tell you |my darling little Algie has arrived!
No photos as yet, my fault, I didn't charge the bettery in my camera!
After his long car journey he was a little subdued when he first arrived and he had so many visitors, wagging his tail at the GGrandkids!
He had a long snooze on my lap in the afternoon then playing with toys and more snoozes in between.
He has even wandered in and out of his cage and had a sleep in there too.
At the moment he's on his new dad's lap while I'm typing this on the laptop.
We'll see what sort of a night we have!!

Love and Hugs
A very happy June xxx

Friday 20 July 2012


I found this beautiful vintage pic of the little girl and I thought she could be learning her ABC's.
Isn't she sweet?

Last evening we all went up to Richard and Becky's for coffee and Birthday cake. Yes, our little Ashton was 6 yesterday. We all marvelled at how the weather was then compared to now. There was a real heatwave when he was born. And now, so far, we've had no summer. The picture above was taken a few weeks ago on a fine day!

David rang last night to say he should be here with little Algie about 11am!
Everything is ready and I'm almost holding my breath!!
I'll let you know.........xxx

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Three Muses Challenge..Alone..

All alone am I ever since our Goodbye,
All alone with just the beat of my heart.
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart.

This is my collage for this week's challenge om Three Muses
Perhaps she counts the hours and reads and re-reads her letters
in the little chest.

Thank you for viewing! xxx

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Tuesday Treats!

Well you may not think they're treats but I'm happy with them.
The first is a pattern I made with flowers. I think it's a happy picture.
I want to feel happy all day today! I've been to the hairdressers this morning to have my hair cut.
On the way home I had to slow down. There was a man walking 5 Llamas along the road. There is a large meadow in the town and sometimes you see them grazing there. I wonder if they too were going to have haircuts? LOL!
Now that's a happy picture to have in your mind!

And the picture above I love. She is a vintage  black and white photo I found and I gave her a touch of colour in Photoshop. The elements are from various kits in my stash and the background is a blend of two. Oh to have a figure like hers.

I'm counting the days this week! Saturday is ALGIE DAY!!  WooHoo!!
David told me he is weighing in now at just over 3 pounds

Monday 16 July 2012

Take a Word..MOON..

Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone,
.Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.
Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for.

This is my collage for the challenge on Take a a Word..Moon.
Thank you so much for looking.
Hugs xxxx

Take a Word..MOON..


Saturday 14 July 2012

Sunday Postcard Art..Happiness..

I've put this up today all ready for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
Where could you find greater happiness
than  in a baby's smile?
The babe was Googled and the background is a glass window
made by my friend Peter in California.  

Seneca wrote....A poor man is not one who has little but one who longs to have too much.
Always remember that money has never made anyone rich.
Let each day be lived as though it were the last in a long line of a happy and fulfilling life.
If God grants us another tomorrow let us to remember to accept it with a happy heart. 

Thank you dear friends for looking and leaving a comment. I really appreciate all your visits.
                                                  Have a wonderful weekend.
                                                        Love and Blessings,
                                                                June xxxx

Friday 13 July 2012


The latest photo sent by David this morning to show two hungry puppies eating breakfast! And Algie was weighed and has gained 82g.( That's 2.89 ounces to those of us who are still living in the dark ages! LOL!)     So his total weight now is 3.09 lbs!

And sending you all a lovely red rose to wish you a Happy Friday the 13th.

Take care, love and hugs
June xxxx

Thursday 12 July 2012

A Glass Series

I am making a series of artwork featuring as a background the
fantastic windows made by a friend in California.
He has given me permission to use any of his fabulous glass pieces,
some of which have won National awards. It even amazes
me how different you can make each piece look, with layers and textures.
So I feel very honoured that he has enough faith in me to do this work.
If you'd like to see some more of the Glass pieces they are on my Flickr site.

Have a great weekend everyone.
love and Hugs

Tuesday 10 July 2012

3M Challenge..Birds of a feather..

The Challenge on Three Muses tomorrow is
Birds of a Feather.
Just look what I discovered on Google.
The perfect  Pigeon pair!
I thought they could spread the love on my bright background.
Thanks so much for looking. xx

Monday 9 July 2012

My Puppy

David has very kindly sent me a photo today. 
Here is my little Algie, on the left with his brother Milo.
 They have been having a lovely play and now they are pooped!

Love and Hugs
June xxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday 8 July 2012


I'm posting this tonight  all ready for the challenge tomorrow on Take a Word.
BLUE.  This is my Rhapsody in Blue!
Woman image Googled, the rest from my stash.
I'll get around to visiting you all later.

Tomorrow (Monday) my son is coming over early and we are going to collect
my new puppy. His name will be ALGIE!
So I am going to be busy for a time, trying to get him settled in.
I'll let you all know how we get on!

Thanks for visiting. Love and Hugs
June xxx

Well here's an update  on the puppy business. I've hugged and cuddled all the puppies and the Mum but they are only 6 weeks old and I thought they were 8, so I couldn't bring him home. I was sorely disappointed as I have everything ready but it's for the best. They are all so gorgeous I'd love them all! They had a pull on the hem of my dress, chewed on my sandals and had a go at my pearls. Stanley had his sandals chewed and the hem of his trousers pulled before they flagged out and fell asleep. Little Mum is so good with them, she's such a sweetie.
So.....Patience June....................!!

Saturday 7 July 2012

Out of Africa

Sunday Postcard Art this week has asked for an Animal print somewhere in the postcard.
So I have placed a leopard print over an African sunset.
The gorgeous native in the mask is a photograph by Hans  Silvester.
All images this week are Googled.
Thank you so much for your comments. xx

Friday 6 July 2012

 From the left.. Betty, a dear friend ready to man the Cake Stall. 
Then my daughter Sally and son-in-law John. All ready  to go!

Freddie had to go to hospital so here he is waiting for the car to take him.

And here are the first of the 'guests'!!
We even had four 90 year olds sitting in a row!!

Somebody up there loves me as the weather was brilliant!
Everyone had a lovely time. I wish I had taken a photo of the Cream Teas. They were gorgeous! Beautiful scones made that morning, still warm when they arrived. Real butter, home made raspberry jam, whipped double cream and topped with fresh picked strawberries.
And of course a cup of Tea!
My John has been in the catering trade so knows just how to serve things. He also did the washing up.
Sally was a brilliant waitress, looking gorgeous in a cool maxi dress.
The rest of the family came later plus the children who tucked into cream teas and bowls of strawberries. Ashton had a little friend Charlie and they rushed around when guests had gone, and it was lovely to hear Skyela's laughter coming from the summer house.
My family all helped with the clearing up and everyone had gone by 5.30pm.
I couldn't have done it without them. I am so blessed with my precious family!
We made just over £150 for the Chapel, so satisfying.
I was (and still am) shattered and in pain and I slept till 7.30 am! Unheard of for me.
Thank you all so much my darlings.xxxxxxx

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Getting ready for tomorrow.
The old summerhouse and the new.

Three Muses Challenge..

Ann has set the challenge this week. 'Come rain or shine'.
I've used the stamp by (I think) Penny Black.
Thank you for your comments! xx

Well we've just had a shower so I'm hoping it will be fine tomorrow!
Yesterday afternoon I spent hunting out china and washing up loads of cups and saucers and a giant catering size teapot. It was my mothers and has been in the family for years, coming out for big
 Tea parties!
Richard is coming today so together we'll put up some bunting!

Love and Hugs
June xxx

Tuesday 3 July 2012

 String of pearls
The background is one I made and the gorgeous lady found on Google.
She has a twenties look I think.

Flight of Fancy
Another play with a found vintage image.

Oh dear, I really don't know what's happening to our weather. I've had messages from the States saying 'I hope you are coping with this heat!
It's close and muggy I admit but you can look out of the window and think it's November by the colour of the sky.
I am feeling so anxious about Thursday but I'm going ahead with the garden party, come what may!!
Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!!LOL!
Well I hope the pictures have cheered you a bit!
Love and Hugs
June xxx

Monday 2 July 2012


The challenge on Collage Obsessions this week is Mermaids. A chance to dive in deep waters and find a fantasy world. Most of the elements come from Pink Lotty's kit.
I made the merbaby in a shell by combining two images. The final overlay is by Ana Lenabum.
Thank you for leaving a comment. it's much appreciated. xxx

All that Glitters...

This is my collage for the SoArtful Challenge this week.
Definitely glittery but it need not be all it seems....
Thank you for looking!
June xxx

TAW Music..

The challenge on Take a Word this week is Music.

Music has always played a big part in my life. My family were all musical, playing piano and accordion and always, always we were singing.
When young I took part in musical am drams so I became used to singing in public.
Later I spent years singing and playing all over the county, in pubs and clubs, for weddings and parties. Every Christmas Eve and new Years Eve I was busy at some gig or other.
So now almost every song or piece of music I hear brings back memories.........

Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome.
love and Hugs
June xx