Autograph book turned seasonal journal page by page, plus video

September 14, 2016

Here it is at long last. 😀

I know quite a few of you asked about the little 1954 autograph book which I turned into a seasonal journal and today I took a few hours to photograph it, video it and get it out here for you.

(Confession: blogging is a lot of work!)

If you’d like the short version, then here is the video link…where I go on an on anyway about some of the other journals…plus Sbux…plus my tote bag…

And if you’d like to see this little journal page by page, then here are all 24 pages:

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This is the first page where a girl named Clare Hosier wrote her name and addy in 1954.
The most prominent wildflower growing in the meadow the day I started this journal was the ragwort, so that became the first page painting.

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The second page has ground growing bramble leaves. The summer has been dry in Oxfordshire and some of the leaves were turning the most glorious colours.

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This is deadly nightshade.

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Then some of the beautiful meadow grasses.

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This wildflower I love! It’s Himalayan balsam. I love the seeds because when they are ripe, the slightest touch pops the seed head and catapults the seeds like a little rocket.

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Here are some colourful wild cherry leaves.

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And evening primrose.

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The ubiquitous morning glory: convolvulus arvensis. (a delicate ground creeping pink variety)

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A little wren around meadow vetchling and sweet violet.

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This is rose bay willow herb. In Canada we call it fireweed.

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Hazelnuts

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Rose hips.

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One of the last few poppies of the summer.

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This is damson plum. The hedgerows are full of them and they make the nicest hedgerow jam.

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Fat little peacock butterfly caterpillars.

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Here is a Queen Ann’s lace flower and seed head.

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Wild hops.

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Blackberries.

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Oaks.

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Guilder rose. (Viburnum opulus)

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Horse chestnuts.

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Aspen leaves.

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Campions and a peacock butterfly.

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And the last page is vetch seeds plus a little autograph dedication from me.

I love that, as the summer went on, this summer journal became a autumnal journal.

So here you go.
Hope you like it as much as I do. 😀

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8 Comments

  • Reply Patricia September 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    So beautiful!
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  • Reply Marian September 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Stunning V. Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks September 15, 2016 at 3:33 am

    You’ve turned it into an exquisite work of art! So beautiful — hard to pick faves but the poppy and aspen leaves leap out at me!
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  • Reply daryledelstein September 15, 2016 at 4:20 am

    loved the video … and i love how you do these journals … on day i will try one
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  • Reply Jill September 15, 2016 at 4:27 am

    It’s beautiful, and a special reminder of time that’s been and gone, but like the 1954 autograph book, your artwork will be there for a long time

  • Reply Sheryl September 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

    What a beautiful book Veronica! 🙂 I love the way that you’ve intertwined the stems and flowers into the little poems.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm September 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I think it is wonderful V .. Oh how I wish I could draw or paint, but it wasn’t to be. Stick figures me .. You know, I still would love one of your paintings? ?

  • Reply Masha September 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Veronica first let me say I’m so happy to meet you and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I love your video complete with fruit fly LOL I loved seeing your journals you have inspired me to go out and look for little treasures and make them my own. Poppies are my favorite so I have to say that is my favorite page. Beautiful. <3

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