Tuesday, May 27, 2014


It's time for another challenge at A VINTAGE JOURNEY.
Anne is our hostess and she has chosen the theme ALL ABOUT HIM.

Obviously this is not a TH image but I do think he would approve.  Another page for my TH grunge board  book that will one day be full of challenges from A Vintage Journey. "MY" man is painted with TH Distress markers - faded jeans -  gathered twigs - fired brick and wild honey.  The boots and cape have distress glitter in black soot and fired brick.  The flower was made using an eroded metallic technique found on page 44 in A COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES VOLUME III.

I do hope you like it - I had fun making it and my husband really likes it.  He is grinning ear to ear! (I am too)
Once again, I am entering this make into -

A VINTAGE JOURNEY - challenge 6 "All about him"

Thanks for visiting and leaving such nice comments.  I do appreciate each and everyone!
Sandy xx

Don't look now but I think I see Santa!

It is now time to play Rudolph Day over at Sarn's blog.  If you have never been there you really do need to visit - I love her tangles and her journal pages are heavenly.  Last time I posted my two Christmas cards for this challenge, I forgot to add them to her blog -- I think I am a little dizzy

Another day another dollar  ---   anyone involved in this hobby knows I mean DOLLARS!

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave such nice comments.  May you have a happy and healthy week.
Sandy xx

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Arsenic and Old Lace

          Compendium of Curiosities 3 - challenge # 2

The second Compendium of Curiosities run by Linda Ledbetter is all about glitter - not any old glitter but TH distress glitter.  So quickly, turn to page 56 in your A COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES -  Volume III book and give this technique a go.  I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely use this technique again.

I used the TH distress glitter technique on the ivy and the cat.

I have a confession to make. When  A Vintage Journey had their last challenge -the theme was memories.  My fondest memories growing up all revolve around my grandparents.  I all but lived with them and at a couple of points in history, I did live with them.  One Halloween I could not go out trick or treating so my Nanny brought trick or treating to me.  She dressed up as a witch and each and every child that came to the door had to shake her hand.  She had stuffed a rubber glove with ice and tied it to a stick which she held and her actual hand was covered with her witch garb.  Then she propped up 3 brooms in the  hall and in order to get your treat, you had to get a broom and ride it around the dining room table 3 times to get a popcorn ball and a small paper sack of candy corn.  She also had a big tub full of water and apples where if one wished, one could bob away.  One important fact is that my grandparents did not have a lot of money.  They lived in the old part of Asheville full of gracious old homes slowly going into disrepair.  Most of the people had left for better and newer parts of town.
My grandparents rented the down stairs and someone else rented the top floor.  They did not own a television or a car.  Their phone was a party line.  So this Halloween party was a big deal to all of us.  Especially all the children in the neighborhood who were just as poor as we were if not more so.

Unfortunately life got in the way and I ran out of time to enter this into A Vintage Journey.  So I am sharing this memory with you now.

I am entering this make into Linda's COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES 3- challenge #2

Thank you so much for visiting my blog - I hope your time with me was a pleasant one and if you stuck with me to the end of my story - thanks!!!!!!!  All comments put a huge smile on my face.
Sandy xx

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Under the Sea

The seaweed is always greener  - in someone else's lake
You dream about going up there - but that is a big mistake!

I made this large tag for Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #1  Now you are going to have to go to this site to see what it is all about but I am going to have gobs of fun with this challenge   If you are a Tim Holtz fan and want to try out some new techniques, then this is the place to go!! Thanks for doing this Linda - I am a big fan!!  Now turn to page 43 in your A COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES book and have fun.    Sorry, I can't tell you anymore than that.
Once again, the colors are not true to form for the tag really has more  background aqua.  I just could not get the colors right in the photo.  I did use some evergreen bough distress paint but you sure can't tell it from the picture.  

Now I have some treasures to show you!!!

This is my new Art journal and I can assure you that the picture does not do the colors justice.  It has been made by my talented friend Valeried-Jael.  I do love Valerie's blog - from her wonderful art work to her walks along the Rhine, she is a delight to follow.  I can't forget the delicious looking food she shows us once in a while.  What a cook she must be!!

The Hebrew letter on the hand spells the word "chai" which means "life"

Beautiful wall hanging!

I wish you all could see this up close and personal.  This piece by Valerie is so beautiful.  I have told Valerie before that I love it when she uses Hebrew text on her art work.  So much of Valerie's work seems to me like it is bubbling up from the core of life.  And then when she uses the Hebrew text on her work it is even more special.  This text means "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge" ... The Book of Psalms.  Thank you so much Valerie - I will treasure this beauty.

Valerie has some of her art journals for sale on her blog Bastelmania.
They are all a feast for sore eyes!  

I do appreciate you taking the time to visit me - there are so many fun and talented people to follow and I do know how precious time is.
Thanks for you kind words.
Sandy xx