This vintage page was inspired by a dear friend who gave me some pretty cream and gold napkins (thanks very much!), the new bird feeders that we have in our garden and a beautiful poem that I found which celebrates robins across the different seasons – I hope you like it!
I started by covering the page with one of the pretty napkins that my friend gave me using a glue stick and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick it into place. Then I added some pieces of bright gold doily using a Zig Memory System 2-way glue pen. The circular bird image and poem are die cut using a circular and square die from a book page that was in an old Christmas book. They are layered over the top of the gold doily along with a tag that I recycled from an old Christmas card which matched the circular bird image beautifully. Next I added the lace around the edges of the page and embellished them with some gold gems. To finish, I added a white bow to the tag which I made from ribbon that I recycled from a Christmas cracker and also a 3D sticker of a white rose.
I loved this poem as soon as I read it, it’s by an anonymous author who writes:
Robin sang sweetly
When the days were bright
“Thanks! Thanks for Summer!”
He sang with all his might.
Robin sang sweetly
In the Autumn Days
“There is fruit for everyone,
Let all give praise.”
In the cold and wintry weather
Still hear his song.
“Someone must sing”, said Robin,
“Or Winter will seem long.”
When the Spring came back again
He sang: “I told you so!
Keep on singing through the Winter;
It will always go!”
Here’s a close up of the napkin, the design is so beautiful with the holly leaves, ferns, mistletoe, wrens and robins.
Our new bird feeders are attracting lots of different birds, including our resident robin who seems to be enjoying both the fat balls and seed.
As we haven’t managed to capture a picture of our robin as yet, I thought I would share the garden flag that was kindly sent to us from our friends in America; this is our winter robin flag, isn’t it gorgeous!
Garden flags are not really seen here in the UK, they are far more popular in America. I loved the ones that we saw when we visited America this year, so our dear friends kindly bought us a flag for each season with a different robin on it – a perfect gift (grin!).
As this is my last post of 2018, I also wanted to thank you for all your support and kindness this year! You have made it very special and I am very grateful for your friendship and all your lovely comments – thanks so much! Wishing you all the fun of the Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:
Bleubeard and Elizabeth who blog at Altered Book Lover are hosting My Favorite Season, or ‘Tis the Season challenge over at Art Journal Journey, so I’m pleased to join them with my page which showcases a poem that celebrates all the seasons as I love them all (grin!).
I’m so happy to be able to join the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral vintage robin page.
I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Country View Challenges with my vintage Christmassy page as robins capture the Christmas season for me.
I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page too.
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:
- RSPB Napkin from my dear friend – thank you!
- Woolworths (Gold Doyleys) – from Charity Shop
- A Golden Christmas Treasury – book from Charity Shop
- Recycled tag from old Christmas Card
- The Works Die Cutting – circles and squares
- The Range (Crafting Lace CR0546)
- Poundland (504 Gems 128133)
- Recycled white ribbon from a Christmas cracker
- Docrafts Papermania 3D Christmas Stickers (Victorian Christmas PMA805801)
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
- Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
- The Range double-sided foam tape