Monday, 10 October 2011

Fashionable Anything But a Card #6...- and my autumnal memory wreath...

Hello my Friends!

I've been such a bad blogger lately (I'm really sorry!). Those life turbulences again...;(( Just dropping by with this post to let you know I am still alive! And when things settle (and I truly hope they will very soon!) I promise to bore you all to death with my visiting and commenting! You might even wish I finally left you alone lol ;))) Until then...

This time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges we would like you to wow us with anything BUT a card! As always, we are sponsored by lovely Marina from Cottage Crafts.

For my sample I decided to make an autumnal wreath...

It's not a typical wreath though... This wreath is a reflection, a prayer, a poem about love and memories, about missing those close to heart people who are not with us anymore...

On the verse panel I printed a beautiful Polish poem "Ojciec (Father)" by Jan Brzechwa. It's very difficult to translate poetry into a different language so please excuse my lousy translation...:

Lifeless, sad words: "Little Johnny,"
Talk to me again, just like before. Turn out the light,

I want to be with you, like before, alone,
So it’s good to be together, like before.

With you, as before, I’ll sit
And I’ll be silent until dawn,

And I'll just listen to your words
Talk to me again, as before,

I know how hard it is to overcome the grave,
But do it, if you can, for me do it...

Here nothing has changed, only - the time ...
Come to me, not for long, though once again,

And say, just as before: "Little Johnny,"
Hug me as before, turn off the lamp,

Let me sit on our lap again
And with your hand stroke my grey hair…

The panel was covered in UTEE. This gorgeous bird cage stamp is from Crafty Individuals.

The flowers were coloured using distress inks and stains and overstamped with a collection of Prima, Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz stamps. Then a quick UTEE bath to create this gorgeous faux porcelain effect. You can find a great tutorial for faux porcelain flowers here.

The roses are nested in raffia circles and the wreath is sitting in a round tray, "wrapped around" the lantern.

I hope you can join us for this challenge. And I cannot even find the right words to describe how gorgeous are the projects prepared by all Fashionettes! So make sure you check them on the challenge blog!

Thank you for visiting and your lovely comments. They really mean a lot to me...

Big hugs

Challenges for this project:
The Artistic stamper October - Autumn colours
The Stamp Man - Circle it
Stampin' for the weekend #18 - Colours of Autumn
Crafty Individuals October - Winged things
Diabelski Mlyn - Jesienne wyzwanie
Moving along with the Times #119 - Autumn leaves
Paper Play Challenges #40 - Autumnal colours
Polka Doodles - Handmade flowers
GC #119 Random Redhead Challenge - Shared moments


Cindy Gay said...

That is beautiful. . . and that poem!

crafty coleman said...

wow how beautiful well done. X

Unknown said...

WOW!!!! This is sooooo Beautiful. and that is such a touching post.. Due take care my sweet friend. And I hope everything is OK!!


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Joanne, I'm missing words, such an outstanding piece of art.

Sid said...

Fabulous wreath !!

Shirl said...

Joanna your beautiful wreath is breathtaking everything about it is so tranquil, thank you for sharing this magnificent piece of art with us.

Hugs Shirley x x

Ros said...

This is so beautiful ... what a lovely tribute TFS ... hope life eases for you

Ink Art Designs said...

Joanna, you have so much beauty on the inside and out, and it pours out into a project like this! It has helped me remember so many, and all good thoughts...Thankyou
Dot x

Mrs.B said...

Oh Joanna I have just seen this wreath, its gorgeous, love everything about it. A beautiful treasure.
Avril xx

Artyjen said...

Stunning! Looks fabulous ;)
Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper.
xoxo Sioux

Jean Hardy said...

Lovely wreath, lovely sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us in the CI Challenge this month. Jean

Meggymay said...

Wow, stunning, the poem says it all. Yvonne x

Lynne Moncrieff said...

A very unusual and special piece of art full of the glorious colours of Autumn.
Thank you for joining us at the Crafty Individuals Winged Things challenge.

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! Love what you created!

DesignerDiva said...

WOW this is really beautiful and the poem is gorgeous too! FAB
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week and good luck with the challenge
Hugs Laurie x

Karolina Bajek said...

ooooohhh wow, it's fab!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Hope all is well and good to "hear" from you again!
What a wonderful project, I just can't take my eyes off, so much pretties to look at.....

Val said...

Fabulous piece of work in every way.

Mandy said...

Joanna this is stunning, I love it.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our Autumn colours challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Pami said...

Wow this is amazing, so creative, I love it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, hope to see you again soon. Pami x

Maggie said...

A very touching and beautiful creation

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Stunning, thanks for joining in the Polka Doodles challenge.

JeanFB said...

What a beautiful wreath, and such a touching poem! Thanks for playing along at Gingersnap Creations!

Fliss said...

Joanna, I've just realised that I haven't yet left you a comment on your totally stunning creation. So sorry as it really is just amazing!
Thanks too for joining Polka Doodles handmade flower challenge and wishing you lots of luck.
Hugs, Fliss xx

lena-dailyscrap said...

Lovely wreath! I think it is important to enjoy each season and I believe that that is what you do too. Beautiful autumn colours!

Brenda Brown said...

Oh Joanna - how did I miss this one - it is stupendous. I love the colours and those flowers are stunning.
Thanks for joining in with the Stamp Man challenge.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

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