Gorgeous collage received by Jesse of Lace Age Girl


fabric collage by Jesse of Lace Age Girl


Hello dear friends,

Today I'd like to share with you a gorgeous gift I received, which I mentioned earlier in the last Simply Neutrals post (which you can find HERE, it's still open for new entries). This gorgeous collage is created by dear Jesse of Lace Age Girl. Jesse was so sweet to also send me a beautiful rose patterned piece of fabric, gorgeous lace, sheer fabric, and strips of vintage sewing measurement tape. Dearest Jesse, thank you so much, you're a sweetheart!

You can find Jesse on her beautiful blog Lace Age Girl.


blog header by Jesse of Lace Age Girl

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Big hugs xx

Wen


Simply Neutrals 53 Winter Gatherings of Memories


cat illustration and collage by AppleApricot Wen


Winter gatherings of memories...

Remnants of last year's garden,
forgotten postcard found at an antique market,
stone with holes made by the sea around Great Brittain and picked up on a journey,
ginger cat I painted after a meowing one that followed me around on the streets of an old village,
and some vintage butterflies I found some time ago on the wonderful blog of The Graphics Fairy.

Hello dear friends, it's good to see you again! I've been really busy with art school. It helped me go through a rough time this last month with a dear family member passing away unexpectedly, and a friend who lost her fight against cancer, both in the same week.

But the sun is shining, a new year full of possibilities is ahead of me, and I'm surrounded by love. What else do I need?

Speaking of love, I received some gorgeous mail these last weeks:




Beautiful cards by (clockwise from top left): Kirsty, Odetta, a family friend, and Suzy.
I also received a gorgeous package from Jesse, but I will share this another time with you.


Before going on with Simply Neutrals I have some important news: Blogger / Google is going to stop and delete the Google+ features in the coming weeks. Which means you will no longer be able to follow blogs through Google+.

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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


So many beautiful entries again last month, thank you so much! I love seeing your art works and photos, it's so inspiring! Tracey of HotchPotchCreations shared this beautiful lace collage:


Lace collage by Tracey of HotchPotchCreations


Dear Tracey, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #53


I think you already noticed, but things changed with the linkup tool. The look is different, but they added ad-links too now. After every 5th link. I hope you don't mind, I can't delete those unfortunately.




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot




Simply Neutrals 52 and happy New Year


collage crazy quilt in fabric journal by AppleApricot Wen

Happy New Year dear friends!!!

And a warm welcome to our (very blue here) Simply Neutrals gathering of January 2019!

May 2019 be a blessed year for you. A year full of love and joy and interesting adventures. Do you have plans for the coming year? Or wishes or dreams or goals?

Besides doing a lot of illustrations, I'm learning how to make pattern designs. Both surface pattern designs as well as patterns for embroidery designs. I have this dream of having my own fabric line and using my own fabrics in my needlework projects. I love creating with threads and fabrics and it will always be a big part in my creative life. And I also really love illustrating and making pattern designs, so I thought, why not combine? I have a lot of ideas and plans, a bit too many really, so we'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to seeing everything materialize! I'll keep you posted :)

One of the things I want to learn is how to quilt. Do you have tips and tricks to share with me? And where do I start??? I know how to embroider, but my sewing has never been very neatly done. I'm a bit of a messy stitcher. As you can also see with my project for today. I call this my crazy collaged little quilt thingie.


collage crazy quilt in fabric journal by AppleApricot Wen

Er... it's far less neutrally coloured as I had in mind, lol!

The quilt thingie itself has a lot of neutrals, so I thought it would do for our party. But then I added it on a very blue page of a fabric book of mine, and well... It will have to do though, because everything else I could share is all very colourful.

The fabric journal is one that I had started a looooong time ago, but never came to work in it. It is meant to become a heirloom book. You can find the beginnings of it HERE.

I gathered some scraps of fabric. Some come from old blouses, some from an old pillow case, and some is new (or was new I should say, it's been around here for a while already). I collaged these scraps on a piece of white muslin, keeping the raw edges visible. And then I started to embroider and add some embellishments. I let my intuition guide me. The embroidery stitches I used are daisy stitches, French knots, (double) feather stitches, satin stitches, bullion knots, whipped backstitches, ... I think that's it, but I have the feeling that I'm forgetting one or two stitches...

Anyways, on to the party of this month!


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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Dear Alison was really on the roll with neutral projects last month, which she shared with us. One of these is the feature of last month, because it reminds me very much of a vintage Winter with a hint of Spring. (And I do long for Spring!!) And the tags she created are just gorgeous! Plus, I really loved the story she shared with them, how they came to be when she was creating with others. I so much enjoyed their creative gathering story, you can read it HERE.


vintage inspired tags created by Alison Bomber


Dear Alison, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #52




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot


(Inlinkz has updated to a new interface, so I hope it all works fine...)

UPDATE: since Inlinkz uses a new interface, the linkup looks different. Also, there is an advertisement link added (number 6 on my list, but it might be a different one in your list), which I cannot remove. Inlinkz they told me it's normal, because I use their free plan, which (unfortunately) is ad-based. Oh well...

Merry Christmas!




Dear friends,

I wish you a

merry Christmas!


May your home be filled with joy, peace, and love.


And if you're in distress because of illness, sadness, or something else, may your pain be softened and your heart filled with peace. I'm sending you my warmest love and best wishes.


Big hugs,
xx Wen


(PS: this is a page from a fabric book, one of my w.i.p.'s that I never came to finishing and I doubt I ever will, but hey, who knows?)


Simply Neutrals 51 and Giveaway winner announcement




Birds fly south, colourful flowers and green leaves are almost all gone.




Days shorten and sunny daylight is scarce. The cold howling wind keeps me awake at night, rain pouring down against the windows. It's definitely autumn, almost winter.




My favourite tree in the street is no more.
It's gone.




No more flocks of Sterlings gathering at night near my window.
I feel sad.




With the heater on and a morning sun beam on my desk, it's nice and cozy inside. Tiny paintings appear in my forest journal. Slowly the pages are filled. Here a little and there a little.



We had some lovely walks in the autumn woods. It definitely is one of my favourite times of the year to be in the forest. Come join me for a little walk:





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GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT


Would you like to know who won my little giveaway of last month's post?

It is...




Dearest Jesse, the lace pouch with some tiny (some handcrafted) extras in it, will come your way! I hope you'll like it. I will send you an email.

Let's party, shall we?
Here is Simply Neutrals number 51...


FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


I am in love with this gorgeous vintage shabby French style journal cover dear Karen of RoostHeadDesigns created and shared with us! It's the style I kind of had as well in the beginnings of AppleApricot and it brings back fond memories of that time.




And now I feel like creating something in this style again :)

Dearest Karen, here is your feature blog button:




On to this month's party!



SIMPLY NEUTRALS #51




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot