Pretty mismatched china

With the glorious sunny weather last week we decided to go on one of our favourite circular walks from Scorton to Nicky Nook and back, with a visit to the Apple Store café. This page was inspired by our walk and the pretty mismatched china that we found at the café.

To start I sectioned the page in a starburst design to represent the sunny day and our circular walk, then I cut pieces of decoupage papers the same size as these sections and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. I used two different papers and alternated them, the pretty colourful butterflies represent the countryside and the lovely gardens we sat in at the café and the measurement paper depicts the miles we walked and the hills we climbed whilst on our walk. Next I drew black lines with a ruler and Sharpie Permanent Marker between each section and added some white gesso with my finger to soften some of the colours and designs. I stuck some black border stickers through each butterfly patterned section and some silver outline stickers along each black line outlining the shapes with a black Uni Pin marker. My mismatched tea spoons, teacups and saucers are rub-on transfers which I arranged around the page, I like the way some of the cups are hanging  from hooks along the black lines. To finish I added some shadows under the different images using a Slate Spectrum Aqua Marker and I stuck a pretty embellished teapot in the centre.

I’m pleased to be able to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at T Stands for Tuesday with my tea related page, as well as Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

The walk was around 5.5 miles and this is the marker at the summit of Nicky Nook with the Red Rose of Lancashire painted on the side of it. In the distance you can just see where we had walked from, through woodlands and past a reservoir.

Nicky Nook is located in the Forest of Bowland and is 215m (705ft) above sea level. We live in an area that is known for being relatively flat and being by the sea we are just about at sea level,  so walking up this hill made a nice change and the views were breathtaking.

This is the view looking the other way, we were heading towards the lake on the left hand side which is where the café is located.

You may remember this walk and café from my post last year. The café is located in the Victorian glass houses of the grounds of Wyresdale Park.

This time we sat in the garden in the shade of the trees, because it was too hot to sit inside. I think everyone had the same idea as they were bringing the tables and chairs out from within.

This time we had a triple sausage sandwich, chips (fries) and a pot of green tea in the pretty mismatched china.

Here we are saying a big cheers to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3 mm)
  • Anita’s Sugarloaf Inc. (Retro Starburst 7146)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (Helsinki 25586)
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Romantic Tea #PAR-244 Rub-on)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSC102)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Fanciful Floral Corners Silver ANT8101411)
  • Outline Stickers (Time – Silver 90493S)
  • Poundland (Handmade Embellishments)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

44 thoughts on “Pretty mismatched china

  1. Your journal page is gorgeous, a wonderful memento of the lovely outing you had, with all those breathtaking views. The food is making me feel hungry, I would love a triple sausage sandwich with chips right now! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    • Thanks so much! The cafe is situated in such a pretty place and the wrought iron and flagstones in the glass house are amazing! If I remember correctly I think there is a photo of the inside of the glass house on the previous post I mentioned. Have a lovely week! J 😊


  2. First of all you had a super idea with your page using mismatched papers to represent the mismatched china. What pretty china though. I don’t know any place in the US that would use such nice china unless of course you paid to go someplace really fancy for high tea. 🙂 And what a gorgeous view from the summit. Its looks like a great place to walk. Happy T day. Hugs-erika

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    • Thanks Erica, you always manage to read my creative thoughts … lol! I guess as tea is such a popular drink here, this type of china is readily available here and you can normally find some for sale in charity shops (thrift stores) 😀. It’s such a beautiful place and we always enjoy this walk! Happy T Day! J 😊


  3. I love your inspiration from your walk-just a lovely artistic page.
    Sounds like a wonderful day with a beautiful walk and good eats and beverage at the end-love your photo too-thanks so much for dropping by hugs Kathy and Happy T Day

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  4. I’m always overwhelmed when it comes to your journal pages. This one hit me in the face. The tiny spoons were perfect sitting on the black lines and the cups hanging from hooks were just incredible. Using the different papers added to the meaning of the walk, too.

    I learned a long time ago these mismatched cups and saucers are called widows and orphans, much like the single words that make up the last line of a paragraph and single lines of text at the beginning or end of a column or page. It seems the cups are the widows and the saucers are the orphans, but the other way seems more intuitive to me. Regardless, I have several of those in my cupboard, so I applaud this beautiful glass tea shop that uses them.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful art journal page, along with your photos overlooking Nicky Nook and the Apple Store Cafe, as well as your sandwich, chips, and green tea with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Thanks very much! If I had a café I would definitely use mismatched china, you can buy them quite easily here and they always look so elegant and are perfect for us tea lovers 😉. How nice that you noticed the little teaspoons too, aren’t they adorable! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  5. The page is gorgeous and I love the background idea for your cup.

    Sounds like a great walk and a beautiful place to eat and drink. What could be better than sausage buttie and chips

    Have a very Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. Isn’t that wonderful, both the day you had and the lovely page you made to illustrate it.
    Mismatched china is beautiful, in my view, and your art illustrates it perfectly. The way you have made the rays is a great idea and I thought at first the numbers represented the temperature as there are some high numbers there. Clever of you to have the tea-cup rub-ons, just perfect for this piece.
    Your walks and the descriptions you give are always so enjoyable.

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    • We had a lovely time and the numbers could have indeed represented the temperatures too, maybe that was in my creative subconscious … lol! 😉. I luckily had the rub-on transfers in my craft stash and when I saw them I knew they were meant for this page 😀. Thanks very much for your kind comments and wishing you a lovely week! J 😊


  7. Oh wow- what an amazing page ! This walk must have been fascinating – and your yummie lunch was well deserved! I love your always so inspiring posts Jo!
    So nice of you both to make this special photo for us – always makes me happy to see this lovely couple smiling into the camera!
    Happy rest of the week – happy T-Day and thank you very much for this absolutely elegant page linked to the May theme ! Your support for the challenge is much appreciated!
    oxo Susi

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    • This walk is always over too soon, the miles seem to fly by as we walk down country lanes, through woodlands, by streams, a reservoir and lakes and over the hills. It’s nice to stop at the café for lunch and then there’s a short walk back to Scorton with a stop at the ice cream shop … that’s our little secret as I don’t think I mentioned it in my post … lol! 😉 Thanks so much for your kindness and wishing you a Happy T Day dear Susi! J 😊


  8. Jo i love how everything you do to your journal pages has meaning attached to it… right down to the starburst pattern….Do you write down the meaning of everything and include it somewhere in your journal to help you remember later or for future generations that might look at it and then they would know what each thing represented to you? Thank you so much for taking us on your walking trip… just gorgeous photos! Love the one of you and hubby! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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    • Thanks very much Deb! That’s very kind of you and I do have a separate book that corresponds to each journal page where I write material lists and inspirations 😀. As you can tell by the photos we always enjoy this walk, it’s such a beautiful part of the world. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


    • Thanks a lot, it was a fun page to create! We find 5-6 miles walks are perfect for us too 😀. It’s a beautiful place and the time seems to fly by because there are so many different terrains to experience on this walk, and although the incline is not particularly high you are rewarded by the most wonderful views of the Fylde coast. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  9. Its a fantastic design for your page to remember the circular walk Jo. The view looks spectacular, all the better I think with the lovely weather. The cafe seems a super destination and your sausage sandwiches would maybe have been our choice as well.
    I have had a little catch up of the posts I missed and they were all fantastic.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks Yvonne, we had a great time and the weather was glorious! I thought you may like the sausage sandwiches as I seem to remember you having them when you visited Beamish, I think fried onions or onion gravy would have complimented them nicely too 😉. Glad you are back from your travels and I hope you had a wonderful time while you were away! Wishing you a Happy T Day too. J 😊


  10. Nicky Nook? Odd name. Is it just the marker on the highest point or is there a village too, Jo? Lovely views and a good stretch of the legs.

    There’s so much symbolism in your circular walk page that the eye just dances from one thing to another. I love your mismatched tea cup rub-ons. I’ve never seen rub-ons like that. Just perfect to represent the charming serving pieces at the cafe.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • It really is a beautiful place and Nicky Nook is the name of the hill itself which is located around the village of Scorton. Thanks for your lovely comments! I like how the page matches the pretty mismatched china too and it seems these rub-ons were made for this page 😀. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


    • It’s a wonderful walk and a lovely view across the coastline, you can see the surrounding village and towns for miles 😀. I like how this page matches our walk and it reminds me of the mismatched china we saw too. Thanks so much and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


  11. Wow what an amazing, inspiring and beautiful page Jo – and your design and al the wonderful details are just genius to symbolise your walk… gosh you really put me to shame with all your walks you go on and I should walk more and further, which would also help strengthen a weak ankle after being on crutches for 6 months several years back. Nicky Nook looks a wonderful place to walk too – and what a great name 🙂 Thanks for another fantastic page for AJJ and for all the pages you made this month. Thanks also for the lovely comments left on my blog. Hope you’re having a lovely day… Gill xx

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    • That’s very kind of you, thanks a lot! As you know we enjoy walking especially with the promise of something good to eat … lol! 😉 You are very welcome, I’ve had so much fun joining you and your fantastic theme over at AJJ this month ! You are a fabulous host, thank you for visiting and all your lovely comments 😀. Hope you are having a lovely week too! J 😊


    • The weather wasn’t that good this weekend so we didn’t go out on our tandem in the end. We always have fun though exploring and seeing all the holidaymakers enjoying themselves. The weather has improved so I think a bike ride to our local ice cream shop is needed very soon …lol! Thanks and wishing you a great week! J 😊


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