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the amazing seth apter of the altered page has started an annual event entitled “buried treasure”.  as busy artists and humans, we don’t always have the time to keep up with ever person’s blog and all of their posts, so this is a time to repost an oldie for those who may have missed it.  (i’m a day late to post, sorry!!)


once upon a time…

…there was a lovely young couple who fell fast in love and were quickly married. he was a kind chap, though very forgetful, so just before their first anniversary he pre-purchased a lavish bouquet to be delivered to his lady every year on their special day for the following ten years. he spent hours hand-writing little love notes to accompany the bouquets, trying hard to make it sound recently written…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

she adored the bouquet and his heart-felt words…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors
soon after their first wedding anniversary, he was tragically killed in a car accident, leaving behind his new wife. her heart broke and she felt she could not live without him.

human heart, anatomy, love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

every day she felt him near, and that was the only way she made it though the first year following his passing.

then one day, while already heart-broken that it would be their second anniversary that day, the doorbell rang. there, on her front steps, lay a bouquet a bit larger and more magnificent than the one she had received on her anniversary the year before. her heart stopped as she lifted the flowers to her chest, wondering who could be so cruel. then she saw her husband’s handwriting on the envelope of the accompanying card…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

i will be posting this off to a poor, unsuspecting friend next week. hope she likes it!

i dried the rosebuds myself about 10 years ago and have been using them FOREVER. these were my last couple. the flower in the lower left is from my valentine bouquet from my husband last year. the wee crystal and bead on the right were given to me about twenty years ago from two of the children i used to nanny, the older saying “someday make something gorgeous with this”. the rose thorns are from my garden, harvested and dried last summer and all of the metal bits are rusted by me (though my camera is a jerk and generally removes rust hues — what’s up with that?)… except the mesh stuff which doesn’t rust. it just disolves.


what a “treasureful” couple of weeks!  thank you again, seth, for such a wonderful collaboration!  i still have a couple more blog posts to peek at but it’s been such a blast to see all of the new and wonderful things i have, and to “meet” a few new people.

so, getting back to my treasure hunt from a couple of weeks ago, i really didn’t find much to speak of at the beach to be perfectly honest.  one day was lovely and stormy and although we tried to go out and hunt for goodies the sand seemed to enjoy stinging my legs and eyeballs as the 900 mile per hour winds slammed them into me.  i sound like a wimp, but seriously — would you rather be pelted by sand or go back and have nakey movie time?

visual intermission: too much text so peek at photos from my garden.

echinacea, foxglove, heliotrope, hydrangea -- my garden

what did i find?  i found a kitten for kerin, but i left it at the beach, and a weird shell and really cool rock (well, it’s pretty when wet, not as as vibrant when dry).  i found seth a rusty key and a shell that looks like a heart when opened.  i found debbie (debrina) the dumbest thing ever — a quarter.  but since she’s not in the US, she would like it more.  and a part of a claw to make up for it.  (hey, this was all left to fate!)  i found laura a claw too.  and tracey lucked out — i am not sure what type of vertibrae i found for her but it’s dang cool!!  and a shell.  i have a couple of extra claws too if anyone is interested.  i am just worried that they may not be dried out enough to send just yet.  anyway, send me your addresses if you would like your beachy-scavenger-treasure-of-fate.  i wished i found something really, really cool, like a shipwreck filled with amazing goodies, but perhaps that will be next month, when we return to the sea again.

(speaking of bones and treasure…) guess what my genius little boy did on monday!? he decided to jump down a flight of hardwood stairs at his friend’s house.  “only the seventh step” he keeps reminding me.  long story short, i got this LOVELY set of x-ray images from the radiology clinic on a shiney new CD this afternoon:

small bone fracture of a six year old arm

that boy sure does keep me on my toes.  BUT now he can be calm for a day or so and i can get back to blog treasure bliss and responding to emails AND EVEN a wee bit o’ client work. xx.

Seth of The Altered Page has done it again!  he’s come up with the fabulous idea of a “buried treasure” collaboration.  Rather than recreating the wheel, this is what he’s said about it on his blog:

Welcome to Buried Treasure: an online, collaborative project that invites art bloggers to go into the depths of their blogs and dig for buried treasure. Each participant was asked to repost one (or more) or their favorite posts from their own blog. There are so many brilliant artists out there but so little time to explore all their work fully. This gives us all an opportunity to see highlights from posts we may have missed from over 80 artists!

I felt it would be only befitting to repost this from a few months back:

Excavating Art Bits

okay, today is so way better than yesterday with regard to found objects. after weeding in the gardens for a few hours i came in to work on some ATCs i’m doing for two swaps with debrina and deryn. my little guy ran in to tell me that i was not allowed either a) in our back yard or b) in the basement because they were “excavating a present” for me. after about 20 minutes i got bored waiting for paint to dry so went back out to weed in the front, and oh my gosh! my husby “interrupted” my efforts and… yeah… i have the best, most amazing husband in the world, let me just tell you. look what he found for me buried in the back yard!!!:

found bones for altered art and mixed media projects, opossum bones, skull, teeth

he painstakingly dug up each and every one of these bones, cleaned the soil and some fur off, bleached them and re-rinsed them before setting them in the sun to dry. look at all of these! vertebrae, skull bits, portions of jaw, teeth and fangs, ribs, leg bones, a shoulder, and all kinds of bits. i’m going to have soooooooo much fun with these beauties!

found bones for altered art and mixed media projects, opossum bones, skull, teeth

our orange cat even found interest in them:

found bones for altered art and mixed media projects, skull, fangs, kitty

i’m super excited today. 🙂

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