Monday, April 22, 2024

Almost TSFT!

Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"

I have been really lazy about posting to my Blog lately.  It just seems like so much other stuff is going on, you know, like life! LOL   However, I thought I would try to post today.  Since I posted last time, I have been to a week-long junk journaling retreat where I met some wonderful ladies from all over the country.  Many of the ladies were taking part in the challenges with Julie, Dear Julie.  In fact, she was there also.  Most of us follow Julie on her You Tube channel. We had so much fun and swapped junk.  I didn't think to take a photo of everything I brought home or of the 4 boxes I took to give away.  But just now, I got some out some so you could see maybe an 8th of what I brought home.  And below is a hand sewn journal that one of the retreat planners gifted each one of us.  Each one was different, too.  I loved this fabric and the button / key closure.  Inside are wonderful paper pages.  She left undecorated so we could use it for writing or decorate ourselves as we like.  The binding is an elastic chord, so we can put more pages in or use again.  Just lovely; she made over 20 of them for us.

Below are a few things of my haul from the retreat.  One lady had rolled up the prettiest fabric rolls for each of us.  Another gifted us hand painted and dyed pages.  Beautiful!  I came home with wallpaper, fabric, ledger papers and so much more for my future junk journaling projects.  Everyone was so gracious and generous at the retreat.  Most of all our wonderful hostess was so gracious opening her home to all of us.

Among the items I took were Kansas post cards from Elizabeth for each one of them.  BTW Happy Birthday to Elizabeth our hostess with the mostess!  Here is a link over to the TSFT / birthday party over at Altered Book lover!

Besides the retreat my hubby and I did another painting class!  And in one of the photos below is my ticket to the party; blueberry water.

The man below is an artist from the Art Park.  He told us how to draw and paint a sunflower. My husband said he never saw a purple sunflower, but that is how we did it.

Last week was our kickoff brunch at church for our Bible Study.  I sewed together 25 journals so they could take notes or write down prayer requests.  I took them to the retreat to work on while I was there.  When the ladies found out what I was doing, it became everyone's project!  Our lovely hostess made 25 rosettes for the covers.  Two ladies made 25 pockets each for the journals so they could each have pockets on the inside both front and back.  A couple of the ladies made tags.  Several made fancy paper clips for each one.  Another lady was in charge of quality control.  We all worked on them, decorating with stickers, doilies and stamping of Bible verses.  Our Bible Study ladies received them last week and were thankful and so amazed that so many took part in making their journals.   After that I made another 60-page journal for a precious friend at church for her birthday.  Whew!  Yes, I have been busy!
Now, it is time to post this, go over and wish Elizabeth a Happy Birthday, and study my Bible study lesson.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!  See you next time!


Mae Travels said...

Making these crafts into a collective endeavor sounds totally rewarding! You have been incredibly busy.
best, mae at

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, you have been busy Sharon. That junk journal workshop sounds like fun. And it sounds like you were able to get some good new ephemera as well as cleaning out some of your own. I hope you have a great T day. hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I wish I had known about the KS postcards. The next time you go on a retreat, stop by and get as many as you like. I have over 200.

You have been very busy and the idea of everyone contributing to the bible journals is wonderful. Have a super T Tuesday, dear friend.

Let's Art Journal said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time on your retreat and I'm loving all this crafting goodies 😊. Happy T Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x

DVArtist said...

Yes, you have been busy. Looks like a fun time at the work shop. Have a great day.

Lana said...

Cute journal! Those sunflowers look much better than I could do. Pretty!

Lisca said...

My oh my, you have been busy! But all fun things. Your junk journal retreat sounds wonderful. And the idea of giving out postcards is really nice.
Have a lovely T-Day,

Cloudia said...

God bless you 🙏🏽

Cloudia said...

God bless you 🙏🏽

Spyder said...

Sounds like you've had a great time!! I'm a bit late as always hope you had a great week and even a greater T for Tuesday! ((Lyn))