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Sunday, April 10, 2011

"An Excursion into Beautiful"

Matchbox & Tag

This creation is dedicated to YOU, my friends. Well, the reason for the theme is to let you know how important you are. That’s why it’s called An Excursion into Beautiful.

We glue, we glitter, we sew, we craft, we clean (okay--so that part may be a lie!), we take care of family, pets, and friends--and then, we try to make our way in this world of art and craft. We share it, we live, we breathe it and make friends along the way.

I’m telling each one you--this IS our time! We are creating art for a reason. We are crafting for a reason.

Just think, if we didn’t put that first drop of glue on a page or stitch that first stitch in a quilt, we would never know what JOY it brings to others. So, as you go about your day and your life, just remember that you are being lead truly is a beautiful excursion.

And for those of you who don’t produce art--wow! You are the reason that so many of us do this--to bring creativity that you can enjoy. You provide the inspiration! Each and every person has a valuable part in this journey...

Each and everyone of you are beautiful--Don’t forget it. And now, I’ll tell you the story behind this new piece of art...


One day, my husband got an idea that I would need a matchbox painted shiny black. I told him, “Oh Honey, I don’t need that.”

Well, he paid no attention, went to buy the paint, set about painting it and said, “One day when you need it, here it is!” That “one day” came within 24 hours when I saw these images from Dezinaworld. (Was he intuitive or what?) So, here is the finished creation.

Tag tucked inside the matchbox

The reverse side of the matchbox

The graphics for today’s piece are from Dezinaworld. And the sheet music paper is from The Graphics Fairy.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I will definitely take your button, Cindy and put it on my blog! Just the button itself is so pretty ~ I can't imagine what lovelies you will be showing this week. Had to laugh at the "cleaning" mention; I don't think I got anything except for laundry done this weekend.

Donnie said...

Sounds like your hubby and you are on the same wave must be very proud of you. I know I am.

Donna said...

Awww, aren't you sweet, Cindy! Your matchbox is amazing! How neat that Ralph played a part in your creation!!

tina kirk said...

Hi Cindy, I love visiting your blog, lots of eye candy!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

How wonderful! Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorites! Am I allowed to play? I love the story behind your lovely matchbox. Your hubby sounds great. :) Theresa

Nancy Y said...

Hi Cindy, that matchbox is Gorgeous, and I love the little tag tucked inside - it's Brilliant! A shiny black matchbox, Wow, your husband is really intuitive - and so creative too!
Going to post your giveaway event button on my sidebar right now!!
Nancy xx :D

PeggyR said...

I just love your artwork. Please enter me in your giveaway. We just watched the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp and loved it. I've taken your button.

The Cranky Queen said...

I am looking forward to next week. I love what you said about "our purpose to share"...that is what God put us on this Earth share with others by using our talents...I truly believe that. Thanx for sharing...tiff

Barbara said...

Love,love,love it my friend! Oh so pretty, just so pretty! You are definitely an inspiration to us all!

Hugs XX

Sarah said...

That is so gorgeous! I love the colors, the design...wonderful! Most of all, I love your inspirational commentary---thank you! It means a lot to me that you stopped by my blog tonight and commented. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of those burlap/plastic cups! Have a great week!


Michele said...

what a wonderful thing you said about it being our time as artists and that we are gluing and stamping and all we do for a powerful reason. thanks for your beautiful spirit Cindy! by the way i am about to post something to my blog that was inspired by you. please come take a look! xo

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is simply beautiful what an amazing,creation,you really are an inspirtaion sweetie to all of us will happily,put your button on my blog hugs cheryl xxxx

Incipient Wings said...

you are such an inspiration Cindy:)

Dorthe said...

Cindy , love your new header-and the box is beautiful- the reversed side is fantastic-in black-and your tag ,too.
Wish you a lovely day- dear.
Hugs ,Dorthe

bikim said...

that is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
happy new week!

Zoechaos said...

How amazing your husband clearly knows you well! It is a truly beautiful piece another little treasure. XOXO Zoe

Diane said...


Ira said...

This IS indeed an excursion into beauty Cindy! And what a totally lovable idea that actually you and your husband created the gorgeous matchbox together, sheer beauty!! Hugs, Ira

sarah said...

I love this Cindy...I have Joel's book and every word of it jumps out at's so empowering.....and I love what you're doing...reaching out with your heart to all of us here

La said...

Now that is a great husband.

Joel Osteen is so uplifting and inspirational....hmmm....kinda like YOU! You are the best, Miss Cindy. Hugs, La

NanaDiana said...

Cindy - guess your hubster was on the ball with that one, huh? You just have such a way with the way you put things together! Don't laugh but are those "match boxes" really those little match boxes that slide apart? I have always wondered that! Hope your Monday is wonderful! xxoo Diana

ANGIE said...

Hi Cindy. Wow, you're lucky to have a crafting partner in your hubby. My family members "don't get it." That is, until they get a pretty card or box.

Hope you're having a beautiful week, dear friend.


stampdiva said...

Hi Cindy
I love the story of your husband saying you will need black painted matchbox, what a lovely, lovely man that he "gets" what you do.
Wishes for a great week.
Lynne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy!
Your husband is a real sweetie. I just love this matchbox and tag! This was a really nice post as well. I think it's so important that us/we girls build each other up every chance we get :)
I haven't read that book, but I read another one by Joel Osteen and he is just such an inspirational writer and speaker - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

PetraB said...

Adorable and beautiful, the colours so vibrant and lively.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, So sorry i am late getting here but dont often have much time until the evening these days. Wow this is fabulous tribute page and very inspiring and what a clever hubby you have ... That black matchbox was so perfect for the images ... beautiful work and thanks for mentioning Dezinaworld.
Big hugs
June xxxxxxx

Jingle said...

Absolutely beautiful! I am very excited for your Alice Week!!!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Cindy!!
Oh Beautiful Cindy!! I received my special package!! The magic beans are beautiful! I am going to grow my own Bean stalk!!....
Fee, Fi, fo, fum!!
You are a special friend!
Oh and How exciting, will be excited to see the Alice and wonderland post !
PS. Hannah Thanks you as well, she says they are more special because they cam from you!!!

Rebecca said...

Hey it when you visit me! It always makes me smile!

Now amazing us all. I'm sooo excited about your Alice Adventure/Week!


Linda M. said...

Beautiful match box! I'm going to put your button on my side bar. Hugs, Linda

FredaB said...

Hi cindy

I am fairly new to your blog but will be back now that I have found you.

what a great guy to buy black paint just to do this with nothing in mind. Look what he started.



Gerri Herbst said...

Hi Cindy,
I do love this piece, especially the purple words inside. Funny about both doing a balloon piece! I have one for tomorrow too. We really do have the same taste, I just realized "musing" is in both of our tittle! Ill check out the Joel Ornstein book... or maybe a tape. Take care sweetie, gerri.

Roselle said...

Hi Sweetie:
I'm loving the color combo of that matchbox! Hubby has the 6th sense too? I'll be taking your button!

LV said...

All those will be great gifts for some lucky person. All the things you shared are something most anyone would proud to own.

Annesphamily said...

Your matchbox is just precious. You are talented Cindy. I enjoy your blog. Anne

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You started off the week with a special work of art...and beauty! I think everyone is creative, if they will just try! I NEED to create...just like I need to breathe! ♥

1CardCreator said...

This certainly is beautiful, I love all the gorgeous details.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Just coming over from NanaDianas blog link to you. She's right, you have a beautiful blog. I don't journal much now that I blog but I kept journals for 35 years. I may just need to buy one of your creations and get inspired to pen and ink once again. Blessings, Tia

Bear said...

Hi Cindy
what a beautiful blog you have I am almost blog useless so I have typed out your addie from above to let those who go past my blog to come and check yours out so very very pretty
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxox

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your whimsical creations are always so much fun, Cindy! And a weeklong giveaway - how exciting!

Thanks for linking to the party.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage