Thank you for all the lovely comments last week, I know we're a supportive bunch but sometimes it really hits you what a great community we have online! As you may know, I'm a great one for reading my blog stats page and it shows which blogs have read yours. There was one address that at first I thought was spam but it carried on for a while so I had a look and found that it is the blog of a lady from Turkey! It tickles me that I have a follower there so a special mention and wave to pelinpembesi-buket.blogspot

Talking of lovely folk, I've had two lots of happy mail recently. Shaz sent me some cards to colour and as it happened, I needed a New Home card for my niece.

I got my Arteza pens out - I like them as they have a brush tip - they're things I use fairly regularly.

And then I dug out some paper and bits - et voila. Not exactly the most complicated card but I enjoyed doing it and hopefully my niece will like it.  I'll enjoy colouring in the other houses another time.

Then Elizabeth sent me these!

Lovely happy fabrics, perfect for making stuff to sell for the RNLI - thank you so much, you wonderful gal, it's much appreciated xxx  The card and postcard made me happy too, they're on the shelves in the JanCave at the moment!

Short and sweet this week - I may be late in returning comments as Son No 1 has come to stay and we're off out.  I shall leave you with some pics we took in the garden:

I know it's been a Painted Lady year as swarms of them migrated here but it still gladdens my heart to see them. That purple flower is a perennial wallflower, it has bloomed solidly for four months! What good value and it's brilliant for pollinators too.

I like the colours in this one too - that Rudbeckia has been amazing. In fact all the plants in my garden were chosen as they're good for all sorts of pollinators and it's really paid off. Simple things but it makes me happy.

Talking of which, G and I have been married 37 years today - I don't know who deserves the gold medal more...... ;-)

Have a great week!!


Helen said...

Happy anniversary! love the photos of the butterflies - I've not seen any round here, or maybe was just not in the right place at the right time. The new home card is fabulous! Helen #3

Claire said...

I know one shouldn't covet thy neighbour's art supplies, but those pens look wonderful!! LOVE the card :)
Happy WOYWW!
Claire no. 4

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Lavinia stamp images, gorgeous! and the pens look fab too, not seen those before. Wishing you a happy week and a great woyww, Angela x9x

shazsilverwolf said...

Hiya Jan, and Happy Anniversary to you both! The card looks fab, how perfect you had the makings for New Home cards! Loving the garden pics, fab to see so many butterflies.Elizabeths fabric is perfect for the RNLI goodies. We do indeed have a fab community here, pity more of the world isn't like us. Y'know, a bit crazy, fond of a gin now and again, lol. Have a fab week, lots of love to you all, Shaz #6 XxXxXx

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely card and great photos!

Glenda said...

I love your coloring pieces...just gorgeous! Also those butterflies are amazing, I have noticed many here but not sure of the names. Most of my song birds have long since migrated and I'm just waiting on my humming birds to go now. Then I will have chickadees and cardinals and titmouses still, but I do miss the song birds!
Glenda #13

Caro said...

What a gorgeous selection of yummy pens you have there and I love the card you made. The butterflies are so pretty. Hope you have a good week. With love & God Bless. Caro xxx (#10)

Twiglet said...

Our blog buddies are such a sharing, caring bunch aren't they. I love your garden photos - we have had a few butterflies over the last few weeks too. My little Tom Thumb fuchsia is an absolute picture at the moment. xx Jo

Twiglet said...

And... Happy anniversary both!! xx Jo

Neet said...

Congrats on your anniversary. You seem such a good fit that I don't think medals come into it.
What a lovely job you have done on the new home card - well done Shaz for thinking of sending you those images. You are fast becoming a papercrafter too, as well as all your other talents. Speaking of which I love the photographs you show us, especially the Rudbeckia one, which should be entered into a competition.
Have a good week
hugs, Neet 1 xx

Lillianb said...

Thats great colouring, and what a nice lot of pens. Loving your garden pictures,

Lilian # 8 Started as #7 lol

April said...

I am so glad to see those lovely garden pictures. Have fun with your son and can't wait to see what you do with the gifted fabric.
April #18

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Huge congrats, Jan to you and G., 37 years very good, almost ruby anniversary coming up in few years and they fly these days!
Love those last two images, truly beautiful.. thanks for sharing! Great card with Shaz’s goodies for your neice (love those pens, yummy plus) and love Elizabeth’s gifts too, what a blessing.
Sending prayer hugs your way Jan.. glad for your follower over there in Turkey.
Happy WOYWW. Thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x #15

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Lindart said...

Happy Anniversary! Well done! Love the New Home card, I'm sure your niece will as well. So nice to get such lovely mail! You are obviously well loved. Beautiful garden pics, I love the Painted Lady butterfly! Have a wonderful week, Lindart #21

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh I peeped back a bit and I love what you did with those awesome cottage stamps. The sort out...that is all I've done for 4 wks. between many other things away from home. My van is loaded, a big junk in the trunk sale in the city today and I was going to give it a go It is NOW pouring rain.
Always love the area and nature photos you share. Have a great week.

StampinCarol said...

Happy Anniversary! And getting to spend time with one of your sons! Blessings abound! And enjoy your time out and about!
Love the house card! Kinda looks like a funky hat for the roof.
Love the flowers and butterflies!
Have a great week!
Carol N #20

Dorlene Durham said...

Great cards! Love your multi talented posts and of course those flowers are gorgeous! Dorlene #22

Sarah Brennan said...

Enjoy the visit of #1 son Jan and happy anniversary to you and G too. I like the card you've made and the happy mail too. Happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #2

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

You took some amazing shots of the flowers and inhabitants in your garden. I'm sure your niece will like the pretty card you made for her. Enjoy your son's company and happy belated WOYWW!

Shoshi said...

Happy anniversary, Jan! Lovely photos this week, and I'm so glad you've got painted ladies too! I love the nautical themed fabric, and your colouring is fab - great new home card! Your blog is full of joy and colour.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #11


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