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:


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.


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.


This is deadly nightshade.


Then some of the beautiful meadow grasses.


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.


Here are some colourful wild cherry leaves.


And evening primrose.


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


A little wren around meadow vetchling and sweet violet.


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




Rose hips.


One of the last few poppies of the summer.


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


Fat little peacock butterfly caterpillars.


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


Wild hops.






Guilder rose. (Viburnum opulus)


Horse chestnuts.


Aspen leaves.


Campions and a peacock butterfly.


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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  • 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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