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 :)




FAQ

Some of you asked if it is okay to post and/or link up from our blog and creative archives.

The answer is a positive yes absolutely! Please feel free to do just so! Looking back through what we created and/or blogged about before, can trigger a whole lot of new inspiration, as I found out. Besides, we cannot possibly have seen everything of everyone before, so it is really nice to bring back to light the things from the archives that would otherwise stay buried, get dusty, and be forgotten.

On to this week's party!


SIMPLY NEUTRALS #32




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 #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."

At the moment I'm on a spiritual journey, trying to be set free from certain dogma's that kind of hold me stuck in stone. And by focusing on the Lord, I feel like I'm being set free from that stone. And I'm feeling such peace and serenity in my heart.

So, to me both the path in that rebirth of mother nature from winter into spring, and the angle being set free from the stone, it just resonated with me this week on a deep spiritual level.

Marie, if you like you can take this button:




On to this week's link up!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #31




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 #30


Christmas ornament by Dorthe of DenLilleLade


Hello dear friends,

It's time for Simply Neutrals again!
Boy, did that week fly by fast!

Thank you all so much for joining in last time, both in linking up and in visiting each other! I was really surprised to see so much enthusiasm, I had no idea a neutrals party was so dearly missed. It's so wonderful to see everyone gathering again, it makes me really happy and hope it does the same for you. And a warm welcome also to our new participants, it's wonderful to see you joining in!


card by Suzy of suziqusthreadworks


Today I'm sharing with you some Christmas joy I received a couple of weeks ago. And since they're almost all in neutral colours I thought it would be perfect for Simply Neutrals too.


Christmas beauties received


From top left to bottom right:

Peace To All - card by Suzy
Seek Stillness - heart ornament by Dorthe
Capture Precious Moments - card by Dorthe
Christmas sock fabric ornament by Pen
Star card by Kirsty
Sheep card by Odetta
Owls tag by Sherry

Thank you so much dear friends, you truly made me a very happy girl!
(And let me tell you, the ladies didn't know, but sheep and owls are among my very favourite animals!)

Now let me share with you the gorgeousness that was linked up last week at Simply Neutrals. As always, I can't choose who to feature. (This makes me wonder how on earth I'm going to fulfill such a task in future posts...) I was just too grateful and happy to see everyone gathering and sharing. So here is to you all! I chose one photo of each linked up post to share with you here today. In no particular order:


Simply Neutrals Tuesday features
beautiful vintage style collages by Jesse, Nancy, and Suzy

Simply Neutrals Tuesday features
handmade beauty to wear or hang by Marie, Diane, and Lilla

Simply Neutrals Tuesday features
beautiful home decor/interior by Sheryl, Masha, Dorthe, and Rhonda

On to this week's party!


SIMPLY NEUTRALS #30


First of all: beware that when you link up to this party, I assume that you agree on the photos of the blog post you linked up optionally being featured on the next Simply Neutrals party on AppleApricot blog. If you do not agree with that, then please do NOT link up.

I will always ask the visitors of AppleApricot to pin from your original websites and not from my party blog post. If and how there will be features and if the SNT party will be held regularly all depends on how well the party is received.




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 #29




Hello sweet friends!

Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party is back!
A big YAY!!

Please don't forget to read the hows and whats of the party at the end of this blog post, there have been some small changes made, so please make sure to read them.

2018 is the year I wish to achieve a healthy balance in my life. I tend to overwork myself and forget about taking rest or go for a walk. To me SNT is a place of peace and quiet. That's what neutral colours do for me.

It's a gentle reminder to myself to get enough rest from the busy world where everywhere you look there is a whole lot of lively and colourful screaming for your attention.




That's why I craved for the SNT party once more and decided to breath new life into the party.

So here is a happy warm welcome to you!




The photo above shows some of the beautiful delight I received in the mail this Christmas.
And since most of it was done in neutrals, I wanted to share a bit of it with you. Only a sneak peek for now, the full versions will come later. I would like to give the sweet senders of these beauties the chance to share them with you first and may be link to this party, before I do.

Okay, so here we go, on to the party!


SIMPLY NEUTRALS #29

First of all: beware that when you link up to this party, I assume that you agree on the photos of the blog post you linked up optionally being featured on the next Simply Neutrals party on AppleApricot blog. If you do not agree with that, then please do NOT link up.

I will always ask the visitors of AppleApricot to pin from your original websites and not from my party blog post. If and how there will be features and if the SNT party will be held regularly all depends on how well the party is received.




I'm aware that it is rather challenging to come up with only neutrals every time.
So that's why from now on some splashes of colour here and there are very welcome too in your party apparel!
As long as the main focus and/or part is in neutrals of course :)


If you need inspiration:

Here are some of my Pinterest boards that could be helpful:



Hues of White and Grey



Hues of Brown



Home Decor: Shabby White


You can also browse back through the featured photos in the previous Simply Neutrals parties we held here on AppleApricot:



Features of previous Simply Neutrals parties


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