Beautiful gifts received




For Simply Neutrals of this week, please see HERE.

Recently I was the happy receiver of some beautiful creations in my mailbox.

First, dear Suzy of SuziQusThreadworks sent me one of her gorgeous mixed media dolls, dressed with layers of the most beautiful fabrics, laces, pearls and a gorgeous "waist belt".

Along with this beautiful fairy queen lady, Suzy also sent me this gorgeous tag,




gorgeous laces and fabrics, paper napkins,




and a whole lot of birds and flowers!




As you might know, I love LOVE sweet little bird and flowers.
Well, who doesn't?




Thank you so much dear friend, I'm so grateful for the gorgeous parcel you sent me! Me thinks I'm going to make a bird book with these beauties :)

I also received a gorgeous card from Alice of CreAlice, with this sweet little girl photo, adorned with flowers and butterflies.




Such a beautiful card, thank you so much dear Alice!

On my worktable at the moment is a hodgepodge of happy little scraps of paper and fabrics.





As you can see I'm in Spring mood :)
Bring it on bring it on!
We have sweet little purple Crocuses already, yay!

Wishing you a sunny day,
big hugs xx

Wen


Simply Neutrals #34


digital scrapbook paper Garden Observations by AppleApricot
digital scrapbook paper Garden Observations by AppleApricot


Hello dear friends

A warm welcome to Simply Neutrals

Thank you so much for your sweet well messages and well wishes! My back is getting better and I slowly started creating again. I'm busy with a junk journal for a swap and I hope to be able to make a video of it when it's finished. Never done that, so we'll see how it goes :)

I also made the digital scrapbook paper image above, as a freebie for you.

I named it Garden Observations.

The (vintage) images that I used, most of them I downloaded ages ago from the internet and I was not good at keeping track of where they came from, unfortunately. Since I'm not sure if all images that I used are free for (commercial) use, I only share here a smaller version of the digital paper that I made. But please feel free to download and use this paper, if you like.

For the background I used two of my own texture photos. One is of a fabric, and the other one is a close up of the texture of a giant mushroom. I will try to remember to share that one in another post. We went on two beautiful walks this weekend. Saturday in the dunes and Sunday in a National Park with heather fields and bogs. It was such lovely weather and of course I took lots of photos, the giant mushroom being one of them. I hope I will remember to share some of those later this week :)

Let's continue with Simply Neutrals now!


Feature of last week

How could I not share with you this week some of the gorgeous hearts that dear Suzy of SuziQusThreadworks created! Suzy, you really filled that post to the brim with utter gorgeousness! I'm in awe and you never fail to inspire us.

Here below are only two of the photos she shared.
If you haven't seen the rest of them, I highly recommend you go visit them HERE.


fabric and lace hearts by SuziQusTreadworks


Dear Suzy, here is your "featured" blog button :)




Pinterest request for you all

Now, I do understand that you would love to pin these beauties to your pinboards, but please don't pin these hearts from my blog, but from Suzy's blog instead, to give her all the credit she deserves. (And this goes for all the work of other artist shared here on AppleApricot. Please pin from their own blogs, the links are always provided.)

On to this week's party!


SIMPLY NEUTRALS #34




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 #33 - Happy Valentine's Day!


hearts by AppleApricot




Happy Valentine's Day dear friends!!

May your hearts be filled with love, peace, and joy!

And welcome again to another Simply Neutrals!

When this post goes online it's not yet Valentine's day but this week we will celebrate this day of love. So of course SNT this week had to be about hearts. (Of course you're free to share whatever you want to. It doesn't have to be about hearts or love at all.) There are lots of beautiful hearts arts and crafts being created every year and also many beautiful heart shapes being photographed to share online with each other.

I'm sharing this week some of the hearts from my archives. I had hoped to share a new creation, but severe back aches leave me incapable of crafting for a while I'm afraid. Every move I make hurts and it does for almost two weeks now. So I'm taking some rest.

If you're in need of some heart crafts inspiration,




Here are some of the beauties you will find there, some of them created by you my friends! Of course I only share the neutral coloured ones here at Simply Neutrals, but there are many colourful hearts on my Pinterest board as well.


hearts arts and crafts on pinterest


Feature of last week


Thank you again so much for your wonderful shares last week! I really enjoy the gathering and love to read and see every entry. They tell something precious about who we are, what is dear to our hearts or what is on our minds, and they all mean a lot to me. Thank you for sharing and gathering here, dear friends!

To stay true to this Valentine's hearts post of course for this week's feature I had to choose the gorgeous heart made by dearest Dorthe of Den Lille Lade. I love how the two girls together are carrying a beautiful heart, symbol of their love and friendship.


mixed media heart by Dorthe of Den Lille Lade


Sweetie, this button if for you:




But there is another post I would also like to give an extra shout out, because again this one really touched my heart. If you haven't seen it yet, please make sure you do. It's about a gorgeous lace book made by Chris Flynn of My Irish Gypsy and that dear Liz of LuluLiz in LalaLand bought and shared with us last week. The lace book highlights the courageous women that fought for women's rights a hundred years ago. It truly is a beautiful tribute to these women. And we owe women like them a tremendous gratitude. You can find this wonderful tribute lace book HERE. Thank you Liz for sharing it with us!


On to this week's party!


SIMPLY NEUTRALS #33




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 #32




Hello dear Simply Neutrals friends!

It makes me so happy to see what this gathering together in our mutual love for neutral colours means to you. The sweet messages you send me, the gratitude and happiness, it's heart warming.

And I notice it can help us feel inspired to get back to blogging and/or crafting, which is so so wonderful to see! And this is so true for me as well. Because otherwise, well, you know, life tends to get in the way :) So here's a page spread I'm working on in my woods inspired journal, a work in progress still. Just like I am a work in progress still :)


Feature of last week

Dear Jesse of Lace Age Girl posted on her blog a story that really touched my heart.
She made a couple of gorgeous collages in honor of the woman who's old baby photo she used. Please go to Jesse's blog to read the touching story if you haven't done so yet.

Her story was another witness and reminder to me of how important it is to really stop and listen to each other. Listen to each other's stories and sorrows and joys.
And to gather and share with each other.
I feel blessed to have met here some wonderful, generous, and caring women, through blogging. We are each on our own computer, most of the times were literally miles apart from each other. But it is heart warming to see us gathering and sharing as if we lived next door.




So thank you, dear Jesse, for sharing your gorgeous collages and a beautiful bittersweet story!
Please feel free to take this button below. It's all yours :)

Simply Neutrals #31




Hello dear friends, it's time again for our Simply Neutrals party, where we gather to share our love for neutral coloured beauty, which can bring us such beautiful peace and serenity.

Today I'm sharing with you a photo I took recently on a walk. I'm sharing this because first of all I love the neutral tones in winter, and I'm always in awe of the beauty of nature and her rebirth we see every year after the cold and dark days of winter. But this holds meaning to me at a deeper level at this stage of my life.

And the feature of last week that I'd like to share with you, I chose because it too holds this meaning to me. Dear Marie of Lost Bird Studio shared two gorgeous journals she is working on.


journals by Marie of Lost Bird Studio


The second one, on the right page it says:

"I saw an angle in the stone and carved to set it free."