Simply Neutrals #44




Hello dear friends,

Thank you so much for your wonderful and supportive messages last week! I'm happy to get such a positive feedback on the change I suggested.

So, from now on Simply Neutrals will be held once a month, the first Tuesday of each month, starting with this week.

(Let's see how this will work out in the summer months though, when we have our summer holidays here on the northern hemisphere.)




More beach photos I'm sharing with you today. Not far from where we live there is this large sandy beach. Well, actually all of the coast of The Netherlands is one giant sand beach with dunes. There are also cozy old harbor villages with fisherman's cottages, and large modern ports with huge vessels. Actually most of Holland (which The Netherlands is also called) is a river delta. Many rivers come through our country on their last length towards the North Sea.





FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


Dear Jo of Let's Art Journal shared a wonderful post about a visit to the gallery and work space of glass artist John Ditchfield from Lancashire, England.




You can visit John's work place yourself as well, and attend their glassblowing lessons. Visit their website for more info.

Thank you for sharing this, Jo, so we could visit John's with you! I love watching artists at work, visiting their galleries and ateliers. This was a wonderful treat!

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




On to this week's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #44




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.
Of course it would be nice if you link up to a new or recent blog post, but if there is something from the archives you'd really want to link up here, then please feel welcome to do so.

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.
The most recently added link ups will show in the list first.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot






Simply Neutrals #43 - a needed change


the Sea Gull highschool :)


Hello dear friends, welcome to Simply Neutrals!

Last week we celebrated the 8th birthday of the City Crafter Challenge blog, run and hosted by Kirsty. Every week for 8 years already she is hosting the linky party there. I'm so much in awe! Because to be honest, I find it quite challenging to do this every week, and I only just started!

I know how much these neutral-love parties mean to you and me, the weekly gathering is so wonderful, inspiring, and it makes me so happy to have these cozy gatherings with you where we share and chat with each other. And you my dears have left me similar comments.

But I have to be honest and tell you that no matter how much I love these gatherings with you, after a couple of months I find it draining to host a linky party weekly and really need to reconsider and think about how we can still gather but without a drained Wen. I hate to disappoint you, but my question to you is:

Would you mind if we try to make this a monthly gathering instead?
Like, every first Tuesday of the month?
And see how it goes from there? Would that be okay with you?
Please share your honest opinion and wishes.


FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


Dear Karen of RoosterHeadDesigns had shared this beautiful album before, but I'm glad she shared it again! I love how she honours her family by creating this gorgeous album of their wedding photos. I think it's such a wonderful idea! And oh my, how beautifully she's done it too...


scrapbook wedding album by Karen of RoosterHeadDesigns


Dear Karen, I know you might not be able to come to the party this week, but if you do make it: here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this week's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #43




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.
Of course it would be nice if you link up to a new or recent blog post, but if there is something from the archives you'd really want to link up here, then please feel welcome to do so.

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.
The most recently added link ups will show in the list first.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot






Simply Neutrals #42 and happy birthday City Crafter!


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Hello dears, welcome to Simply Neutrals!

Today I have two posts in one here on AppleApricot due to another party that's going on today at City Crafter challenge blog (CCCB). It's City Crafter's birthday!


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Yay, happy birthday CCCB!!!


butterfly card by AppleApricot (detail)


In the past I was a design team member for CCCB. Because City Crafter has its 8th birthday this month of April, Kirsty asked the past team members to make a card that the present design team will then CASE (or kind of remake in their own styles).

This week is my turn. And this is my card.


butterfly card by AppleApricot


Thank you Kirsty, so good to join the CCCB-team again for this week!

I used wallpaper samples, pieces of an antique French postcard that I scanned, a wildflower book page, a piece of vellum that I had printed a flower print on, two paper flowers, one little rhinestone, a text stamp, three butterflies from the internet, some machine-stitching, and a bit of distress ink.


butterfly card by AppleApricot (detail)


Come join us at City Crafter Challenge Blog this week and CASE my card!

Back to Simply Neutrals linky party now...


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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


This week I chose (again) for photos by dear Jutta which she shared on her blog My Digital Wonderland. Because I sooooo much love flocks of Starlings, their chatter when they gather for the night, and the beautiful patterns they make in the sky!


flock of Starlings by Jutta K.


And I also chose these photos by Jutta because I really wished to share with you an amazing video of a giant flock of Starlings making these patterns. It is one of my all time favourites to watch. All credits go to the girls of Islands and Rivers who created this video!





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




On to this week's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #42




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.
Of course it would be nice if you link up to a new or recent blog post, but if there is something from the archives you'd really want to link up here, then please feel welcome to do so.

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.
The most recently added link ups will show in the list first.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot




Simply Neutrals #41




Hello dears, a warm welcome to Simply Neutrals linky party!

Today I'm sharing a little bit more about my personal life. It's nice to get to know a little about each other, don't you think? (Although I will never share much of my private life online.)

Last week I mentioned that I'm decluttering. Again :) Actually I do not own a lot of stuff, especially not for an adult person living in Europe. All of my personal belongings fit in one bedroom (furniture included). But I have a deep desire to live a simplified life. I always had. It's a lifelong process of becoming more mindful, living a more sustainable and responsible life, and living with less stuff and less clutter both in my surroundings and in my head. Once in a while I have this urge to simplify drastically. When closets and mind have been cluttering up again, sneaky without me really noticing it.

While decluttering last week, I came across old photos I took when traveling by train and boat through Europe, about 20 years ago. The photos seen here are taken in Passau, Germany. I backpacked for a month through Germany and Austria. But I was hardly ever alone, because when backpacking you meet so many lovely and interesting people. This was my first time traveling alone. I was in my early twenties. Sweet memories :)

It was also one of those eye-opener times that I realized that I don't need much to live a happy life. I'm happy this way, living with very little. Although, "little" is relative here, because even though I own very little for an adult person in a so called rich country, I still "own" a lot more stuff than a whole lot of people in this world. And I am so fortunate that I can choose to live with little. So many people in this world never have this choice-opportunity.




How about you? Do you feel the need to declutter? If so, is it hard for you to do? Or may be you do not feel the need to declutter at all and find joy in gathering things around you, keeping them as treasures filled with happy memories? (I have that with things I find in nature and on beach combs!)

I'd love to hear your stories!


Simply Neutrals #40


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


Hello dears, welcome to Simply Neutrals! It's so wonderful to see new people joining SNT. A very warm welcome to you :) I hope you enjoy the gathering with us.

I'm busy decluttering at home (actually it's my third big round of decluttering, it's a process of years already), and while doing so I found some shells that I had brought home from a trip to Cornwall. Which brought me back to the Cornish beaches and rockpools. The long hours we spent there, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, watching the shells and rocks, the birds, the waves coming in and going out. Peaceful happiness.


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


Thousands and thousands of shell-creatures, clinging on to the rocks, waiting for the waves to come in and the water to rise again after low tide. Waves smashing against the rocks.


Cornwall rockpools by AppleApricot


It's a miracle, how these tiny creatures can hold on to the rocks with such powerful waves crashing on them, again and again, hour after hour, day after day.


Cornwall rockpool shells by AppleApricot


I'd love to go back to Cornwall.
I think I really wouldn't mind to live there!