Sunday, March 11, 2018

T stands for Time...........

.....This week i found some time to do something i never seem to find the time for... play with paper..  Papercrafting has woefully fallen by the wayside while i do more 'important' things.. i know all of you just said  ' work on the house' I love playing with paper and I've been wanting to try this project ever since i found this lady on YouTube.  Cat Hand is remarkable. I find her videos relaxing and she makes the cutest things out of the simplest things... 

In the header and the above photo is a box that my vanilla extract comes in... I find it so amazing that by the time i was done you would never guess what it truly is.. Its been transformed...  

I thought 'Find your Flock' went better with the piece than 'Find your Tribe' but i mean it the same way... Way back in 2008ish i went online hoping to find my 'tribe' or 'flock' ... I was in my early 40's and just so saddened and frustrated that in my immediate circle of family or acquaintances there was no one that had the same interests as me... letter writing, crafting, art. That part of my life felt very lonely.  All my friends i have met online have filled a hole that was in my life. That decision i made to 'Find my Flock' way back then has been one of the best decisions of my life... I want to thank everyone .. the friends who exchange snail mail with me, the friends who visit here at my blog, my Tparty friends, my PostCard swap friends..  You all have added a new dimension to my life  and i cannot thank you enough....... 

This week there has also been time for woodburning on birdhouses... 

Now they are sitting on the workbench waiting for stain.. 

I burned in the Hummingbird and hubby says .. 'Wouldn't a flower look nice right there?'  So there's a flower... and it does look nice i think..  :) 

I finished a book.... I really enjoyed it ... For me a sign of a good book is when i'm sad to see it come to an end and i felt that way with this one..  I felt that way at the end of Lord of the Rings too.. I've just started rereading the Hobbit... I won't tell you how many times this 

The art on the inside cover of the Forgotten Garden is just gorgeous... I tried to find the artist but no luck.. I found the name of the photographer for the jacket picture but not for inside the book.. 

I'am terrible at describing a book... theres so much to tell i cannot edit myself and my description would go on and on... until i just told you the whole So I'm hoping you can click this large and read it..  I hope you've had a fabulous week.. I have so much more to tell you of my week but it will have to wait until next week.. (shhhh... Naked Ladies were involved!) I'll be around to visit Ms. Elizabeth and all the Tpartiers. Big T party Hugs! deb


kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, an early morning haha I woke up wide awake after a couple hours of sleep.
I love your post here very much and all of your art. The transformation of the box is amazing I love it. Your wood burning skills are so good-I love those nest boxes-very nice.
thanks for the book review.
Happy T day

Valerie-Jael said...

Love what you did with that box, and your wood burning is beautiful. The Forgotten garden is indeed a wonderful book. Glad you have found your place and nice people on blogs. Happy T Day, Hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

You made a gorgeous book-a vanilla box-wow!!!! And you do know how to do wood burning. I can make crooked lines- and you have these gorgeous designs-perfect for those birdfeeders. I haven't read that book but someone did give it to me. It is sitting on my shelf, and I should read it. :) Hope you have a great start to your week and T day too. Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen Susi said...

The transformation of this box is great! Your nesting boxes are so beautiful!
Our two nesting boxes are occupied already I found out this last week - what a wonderful sign of spring for me! Your artsy nesting boxes will be a luxury nesting box for birdies! They look so nice!
The book sound great - I know what you mean - I am the same, I so love some books but would never be able to write down my feelings in a poetic way. So I let it!
That's the very best part about the internet for me as well to meet up with kindred spirits all over the world - that is so amazing and we can learn so much from each other... Isn't that WONDEREFUL!?
Happy T-Day Deb!
oxo Susi

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I like that box a lot. Of course it has nothing to do with the birds. You and I have been blog friends for a pretty long time. I have always enjoyed your art. You have a style I would recognize anywhere. And I love the bold colors you use. I have no friends left that enjoy the same interests as I's true what they say The Good Die Young. But I have found some very good on line friends and look forward to visiting with you all.
xx, Carol

Sandra Cox said...

You have got to have the best looking Vanilla Extract box EVER. It is just darling. And I love the bird houses. They look like bluebird houses, are they?
Pictures in a book can really draw us into the story can't they?
Have a day filled with sunshine and sparkle.

Carol said...

The Box is GREAT and I can't wait to see what the birdhouses look like after staining!!!! The book sounds great and I'll have to see if I can find it.
Happy T Day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Great minds. I am in the process of covering a larger cereal box. I have only taped the top off and let it sit for nearly four months. It's now time to get back to it, since I think it's a great recycle project. I really LOVE what you did. I love the colors and thanks for the link, too.

Both bird houses are lovely and I think they will be awesome when stained and ready to become homes for some deserving birds.

I remember reading that book, The Forgotten Garden, a few years ago. Unlike you, I found it very dark and disturbing and was nearly unable to get through it. I'm THRILLED to read that someone actually enjoyed it, because that makes me believe it must have been me, or the mood I was in when I read it. I remember there were some beautiful drawings, though.

Thanks for sharing your recucled art box, your birdhouses, and your latest book with us, along with your coffee for T this week.

Meggymay said...

What a stunning transformation, your box looks fantastic and of course your bird boxes look great, your garden birds are going to have some very stylish homes.
I know what you mean about finding kindred spirits here in Blogland. It opened my world after I retired to find so many folk who had similar interests to myself. I value these friendships , friends are the families we choose for ourselves.
I haven't read that book, I will look out for it and ask in the library.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

What a transformation, your vanilla extract box looks so amazing and I love the colour and images that you used - perfect 😁. Thanks for the link, I'll be sure to take a look. Your bird boxes look stunning too, I think your wood burning looks so beautiful! Thanks for all your kind wishes on my blog and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

Linda Kunsman said...

what a great looking transformation! I have seen a few of Cat Hand's videos when You Tube browsing. And I know how you feel about the wide world of internet and having a tribe to connect interests with. Yours are the same reasons I started joining online communities and it is just the best isn't it...
love your new bird box! Wishing you a good week and a happy T day!

johanna said...

a wonderful box, love the turquoise color and the saying (yes, for this purpose the internet is a bliss! i also do not have like minded people among my relatives or in my town.)
your woodburning is a hoot, you really are so versatile talented.
wishing you a happy t-day and a great week!

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm checking out the Cat Hand youtube channel, thx! I love your woodburning. Such great designs for those boxes. Happy T Tuesday

It's important to find your tribe/flock, and I'm glad you've had success :)

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

The faux canvas is fabulous, Deb! I went and watched the whole 20 minute video. Very clever. I did not need another YouTube channel to subscribe to!

Beautifully put. You and the other T-ladies have filled that hole in my life too.

You're really good with the woodburning tool! I seem to recall you were nervous to give it a try ;-) The birdhouses are darling.

You know how I can't leave a question unanswered, right? I think those wonderful fairy illustrations are by Arthur Rackham. Here are samples of his work.

The other posssibility is Nathaniel Walker. I found this at, which is written by a professional illustator.

"There is so much mention of the beautiful fairy drawings by Nathaniel Walker. Now, the endpapers of my edition have gorgeous drawings by Arthur Rackham. This does a disservice to the novel. While, yes, I will admit it's why I first picked it up, once I read the book I thought that a more unknown illustrator, more in keeping with the style of the book within the book was necessary."

Nathaniel Walker's work is much more primitive. See what images Google brings up here. They're not all Walker's but the page gives a good idea of his style.

Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love you little box and your woodburning is fascinating - I hope you get lots of visitors investigating them! I'm afraid it was a fail for me with Lord Of The Rings, although I did go with hubby to see the films I have never been tempted to pick up the book again!Have a good week! Happy T day! Chrisx

craftytrog said...

Wow! You transformed that box into something truly beautiful Deb! Your bird boxes look lovely too. And, I think that book looks very interesting, I think we must have similar tastes, as I'm a Tolkien fan too!
Happy T Day!
Alison xx

CJ Kennedy said...

I never would have guessed that you altered a vanilla extract box. It looks wonderful and I really love the quote. So much better than find your tribe. Your bird houses are beautiful and I think hubby was right. The flower looks very nice, right there. Happy T Day

Lorraine said...

I really like that bird block its great

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh I just love your altered box. I will have a look at the link. I'm glad you had the opportunity to do some papercrafting now the house seems to be less urgent.
Thank you for sharing your story about finding your flock/tribe. I also find my blog friends a gift from heaven as nobody I know here does any crafting.
Your bird houses are so cute. Well done you.
The forgotten Garden.... No, I haven't read that. Isn't it supposed to be set in Australia? The front page has a very English cottage on it.... As for the illustration: It looks very much like Arthur Rackham, but he has long died (1939) Either the editors got permission to use one of his drawings or it is by someone imitating his style. Very pretty though. Cicely Mary Barker draws in a similar style. She drew the famous Tre Fairies. That was my favorite book when I was a child.
Yes, I did spot your mug and very nice it is indeed.
Happy (belated) T-Day,

Kate said...

I find it so fun taking a item that everyone else would throw out and transforming it into a work of art. I love your transformed vanilla extract box.
I haven't read any of those books but my hubby has been after me to read the Hobbit. I am going to have to break down and do it one of these days. I find audio books the best way for me to get into the classics.
Belated Happy Tea Day,