just an old-fashioned girl

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Final Hour

I´m happy that spring is on its way. It´s a time of new beginnings and I always feel at my most optimistic when the days grow gradually longer and there´s some warmth in the sun. Winter for me is the dead season when I´m at my lowest ebb. But autumn can be the great deceiver as I discovered one sunny day in November when it was so warm that it seemed as if summer were about to return. These are two of the photos I took that day which symbolise for me how nature clings to life even in its final hour.

I created the above page using a grungy kit I´ve been working on lately as an antidote to the prettier Summer Past. The paper bird is distantly related to the one in the summer kit but dressed in different and much drabber feathers. The clock doesn´t actually have the seasons written on it but it does have both the word art and its hands in separate files so that the time shown can be anything I like, even 4 minutes to winter. This kit hasn´t got a name yet. Pretty Grungy might be appropriate or Nature Diary as it has lots of birds and flowers in it. On the other hand, to continue the theme, Autumn Past would also do, but any suggestions would be gratefully received. I´ll post a preview of the kit as soon as I´m quite sure I´ve finished it!


  1. I LOVE this one! Grunge and shades of brown are one of my favorites. The clock is very cool as are the leaves and doodly things. Great job!

  2. I'm definitely fond of grunge and this looks just wonderful! Can't wait to see more.

  3. You know I love grunge, and I love what you've created so far... I vote for Nature Diary as a name, but I really like all of the names you have been considering. Your page turned out great! I can't wait to see the rest of the kit.

  4. Wonderful...I too like grungy so this is a winner even before it is finished. Like the frames and bird, and the clock and the doodles. Well, like it all! Great name choices, too. Pretty Grungy kinda jumped out to me, but like them all!

  5. I'm sure any one you pick will be great, but I think my favorite is the Autumn Past :-)