Tuesday, August 19, 2014


One of my mini-careers over the years was as a photojournalist, and I learned not to miss a good photo opportunity when it presented itself. Lately I've been trying to capture some good shots to post. The first photo is a tall pine tree stand at sunset near our family home in the woods. There's always a peaceful "whooshing" sound with a breeze, and I just stop walking to listen. The second photo is our bay lagoon at sunset near our summer getaway place. There are no tall trees there to block a view of the sky, and this is a typical lovely sunset. These two NJ locations are very different, but they both have many charms!

Antique or Vintage?

These pieces were stitched by my Mother, probably in the 1920s/30s. While helping to clean out after Dad's passing, Mom found these and said she would never finish them. I was interested, so she was glad to give them to me. The long linen dresser scarf has printed blue lines for embroidery, and the three smaller pieces that match and make a set were embroidered free-hand. I don't yet know what I will do with them, but Mom also has some old hankies for me, so I'll wait until I get those to decide. I need ideas, what would you do with these special items??

PS: My new mascot, Boomer, looks on. He was a joke gift during a particularly challenging winter when deer reatedly ran into my car on the road. ;()

Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm Branching Out!

Many of you seem to be abandoning your blogs for Facebook. I LOVE blogging, so I wont be leaving here. However, not wanting to be left behind (or more accurately, being a "late bloomer") I've created a PINELANDS TREASURES Facebook artist page. This kind of page has no "Friends", only "Likes". If you want to connect with me there instead of here, click on my link below, then click "Like" when you get there. I'll continue be in both places and hope to keep seeing all of you somewhere!

Pinelands Treasures on Facebook

Monday, August 11, 2014

Handmade Paper Note Cards

These note cards are my first successful handmade paper items. They're made from up-cycled junk mail and embellished with fern fronds, Rosemary leaves, and vintage buttons. They have white paper lining for writing a personal note to be sent the traditional way in it's accompanying envelope. I hope these will help get my hands off a keyboard and back to this peaceful old-fashioned way of communicating!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Gifts!

These were recently received in the mail from my daughter, aka "Handmade by Beth" on Etsy. The bangle bracelet has strawberry grosgrain ribbon encased in resin. She's also now making children's heart-shaped bangles with candy and tiny toys preserved in the resin. So cute! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Soapmaking Continued

Here are my Cucumber-Melon soaps unmolded, standing at attention, and ready for a 4-6 week nap. I love my flower-shaped silicone mold, and I also love the color lilac, so I just plopped a bit of that on top of each soap. Now for the long wait of curing. That's really the hardest part!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Experimenting with Soapmaking

These are cold-processed soaps I made today, and they sit in the mold for 2 days before readying for 4-6 weeks of curing. I experimented with lilac color, shape, and a new scent. I'm not sure about all of that, but the Cucumber-Melon scent smells fantastic! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Perfect Chair!

My friend and neighbor, Mary, was walking her dog past some trash ready for pick-up when she spotted this little wooden rocking chair. She thought of my dolls and salvaged it. It's quite beat up, and actually looks like it could have come from an abandoned (haunted?) house, so I'm not changing a thing about it. It's perfect for a Ghoulie!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ghoulie Gallery #2

This is my next "Ghoulie Gallery" addition. I found the oyster shell with two holes on our bay beach, and I knew immediately it would become spooky eyes on a doll. It looked that way lying in the sand! His round mouth was in a jar of vintage buttons I bought on eBay, and he has shell buttons for shoulders also from that jar. He sits squarely with the weight of glass pellets in his tush. His positive energy comes from sage in his stuffing and an orange Swarovski crystal on his ear. Otherwise, the only embellishments are hand embroidered stitches. I think I'm on my way now, Halloween isn't far off! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Handmade Paper Update

Today I made this small piece of handmade paper. It has better thickness than my last post, more color, and is the diameter of a tin can. I've orderd a real mold, but until it arrives I'm using...you guessed it, a tin can. It's a great elementary school craft. I'm a late bloomer once again! 

I decided to use it for backing a photo of my friend's grand-daughter (now all I need is better printer ink). I'm thinking that with some pretty ribbon, these small handmade papers could become gift tags. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Making Paper (or something like that)

Upcycling junk mail to make paper intrigues me, and this is my first attempt. I want to make something pretty and usable. Unfortunately, this is neither! I'll work with my supplies, keep trying, and post the results here no matter how they turn out. It will be an exercise in humility. Wish me luck and stay tuned!

Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Ghoulie Gallery

Opening this year's Ghoulie Gallery is this ghostie gal with big vintage button eyes. They are plastic, shell, and anchor buttons from an old pea coat. Her tuft of hair is braided and secured with a Swarovski crystal for positive vibes (along with a sprig of sage in her stuffing). She sits by herself on a tush weighted by glass pellets. She wears a reflector because she likes to go haunting at night -- better to be a safe Ghoulie than a sorry Ghoulie! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hand-made Wedding Band

Our son will be married in September, and he hand-forged his own wedding band from carbon steel, meaning the steel was heated and shaped by hand in blacksmithing tradition. It was then hand-ground and polished. The ring design has a lovely flow, and it can be easily adjusted for size if needed. So special! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seashell Angel

Our bay neighbor who made the clever beer glass below also made this Seashell Angel placecard holder. Actually he made at least 100 of them for his daughter's wedding. Two scallop shells, a sand dollar, silver marble, glass pellets, shiny ribbon, and some hot glue are all that's needed. Oh, also a tiny clip glued to the back to hold the placecard. Now post-wedding, it doubles as a recipe card holder. The second pic shows it in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing Mary and General Jan. I've been a bit lazy and really needed something new on my blog! ;)

Crafty and Clever!

Our next-door condo neighbor. General Jan, used a glass cutter to make this upcycled beer glass. I think he has created a very unique product! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update on last post!

An exact replica of my American Indian friend in my last post is being offered on eBay for almost $130.00. So far, no bidders. I think the price is high, especially since I got him for only 90 cents. LOL! This all means nothing unless he sells. I will be watching

Saturday, July 19, 2014

An Amazing Rummage Sale Find!

I have trouble walking away from American Indian items, no matter how kitschy they may be. My Grandmother's maiden name was Hawk, and I've always been told she was part American Indian. In spite of not having official documentation, I have a family tree that goes back to where the name entered my family, and that has always been enough for me. This 18" tall molded plaster bust jumped out at me as I entered the tiny south Jersey country church rummage sale. I was prepared for a higher price, but found the seller had just marked him down to $1.00. As it turns out, she could not make change for my $20.00 bill, so I offered to pay her $1.00 in change. As I counted that out, I ended up with only 90 cents. She said "That's OK, just give me whatever you have" so I got him for only 90 cents. My husband just smiles and shakes his head, but I say "Whatta buy"! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I planned to start a new weaving...

...but my kitty had other plans for my frame loom. I decided not to disturb her and took this photo instead. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Family Time at the Beach

Creative photography from my husband (or being in the right place at the right time with a camera ;)

PS: Carol, you won my bar of handmade soap. Need your mailing address!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cranberry Fig Handmade Soap

This is my first cold-processed soap using a pretty colorant. I like to make soap for fun and to share, so it's not in my Etsy shop. But if you leave a comment, I'll choose a random winner and send a bar soon. It rinses clean and smells wonderful!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Primitive Craft

Our "kids" were camping for the holiday in the south Jersey Pine Barrens where our daughter dug up clay on the banks of the Wading River, sculpted beads, then "fired" them in the hot coals of their campfire the way it was done very long ago. She makes jewelry (https://www.etsy.com/shop/bethhandmade) so I'm sure they will find their way to a few of her new pieces. She gave a couple of them to me, and I plan to embellish a doll or vessel. Fun!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hand Weaving at the Bay

After doing a bunch of these art weavings, I have enough on my walls, so I'm starting to use them as table toppers. Future ones may become one-of-a kind (for sure!) gifts, doll bodies, or giveaway prizes. I'm hooked on this frame weaving, so there will be more! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

An Important Issue!

In case you missed it in the news this week, here is an important heads up. I know many bloggers have been leaving in favor of using Facebook. I've been doing both and having fun. There have always been concerns about lack of privacy on FB, but blatant manipulation of it's users is even worse. I find it unacceptable, and to be honest, a bit scary. If this interests you, check these two links, and make your own informed decision. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wooden Tray Decoupage

Our 7 year old granddaughter (in the Philadelphia bus photos below) stayed with us last week. I wanted to do something crafty with her, so I bought two little wooden trays at AC Moore, and we decoupaged them with Mod Podge and some pretty images torn from paper napkins. This is the one I did, and I wish I had a photo of hers, but she took it home. I like decoupage and guess I should have done it in the 70s when it was really popular! (always was a late bloomer ;)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Beautiful Weed

Have you ever looked closely at Queen Anne's Lace? I walk where it grows and took these pics today. There are dozens of tiny blossoms in each bloom that make up the familiar large umbrella-shaped flower, and each of  these blooms has it's own stem (first photo). The name comes from a story about Queen Anne who pricked her finger while making lace, and a drop of blood fell to the middle of her work. Look closely at the center of each full flower for a single tiny crimson-colored blossom. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Just Sharing...

I'm a proud Nana today! These photos show our Grand-daughter on buses all over Philadelphia! She isn't into child modeling, but she does have an aunt who works at Please Touch Museum. ;)

Thursday, June 26, 2014


This is my first "Eye Spy" quilt in progress. I thought it would be quick and easy, but after being away from my sewing machine for awhile, there were issues. For starters, I had apparently forgotten how to thread my machine(!), and I had to find the manual to do it right. Adding insult to injury, I then sewed some of the two-block units together with one block upside-down (2nd photo). This quilt was supposed to be a birthday gift in two weeks, but time is needed to make it right, so I decided it will be a Christmas gift instead. Then I went shopping for a birthday gift. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Creatively Growing

I like surprises, so when I found some potting soil dumped near our condo with strange-looking rootlike things in it, I scooped it into a pot and started watering it. Within a few weeks, this is what grew. Researching reveals I have a lovely pot of "Purple Shamrock" (Oxalis triangularis)It's a little late for St. Patrick's Day, but they aren't green anyhow (although oddly, a few of them are green).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Downton Abbey Fabric Box

Andover fabrics recently designed a line inspired by the characters in the TV show, "Downton Abbey". I love all of these fabrics and purchased a bit of these two -- "Mary's Plume in Rouge" and "Mary's Berry in Rouge". I wasn't certain what I would do with them. I only knew I really liked them. The result is this fabric box, my largest at 6" square and 4" tall. I recently also bought an eBay lot of vintage buttons, and these square white glass buttons with silver accent were among them. They seemed perfect for this piece, and I've decided I'm definitely keeping this one!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Knitted-in-the-round Felted Vessel

This is a bigger one, about 5" tall x 5-1/2" at it's widest. An acrylic blend fun yarn provided the speckled look while the solid wool yarns felted best, something different!