Buried Treasure

The talented Seth Apter suggested we blog about buried treasure-the blogging kind!

Seth four years ago started an annual treasure hunt.  Buried Treasure is about finding some hidden gems.  The premise is simple. On Wednesday, June 12th all participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog.  Seth said it best,"anything goes"-he is an artist, author and amazing spirit! 
I  think jars are so versatile.  I have many filled with buttons, vintage flowers, old fashion clothes pins, all kinds of odds n' ends, even glue sticks. 

Kerry did a Firefly jar challenge over in the Garden and I thought about creating my own jar. It was also around the time this blog had a challenge.  The challenge was to create an unique jar and submit photos, with a chance to have your photo published.  I didn't enter, I was in the middle of a few other challenges.


Kerry explained her jar, for us:

  "Some may even recognize their writing in my jar, because it is crammed with extracts of poems and prose which have struck me as having the power to shine in the dark."

Words, poetry, and art in all forms provide light on our path!

I also thought of Dezzy!  When I shared a Forsythia photo, Dezzy told me another name for this plant.  He said, where he is from it is called Golden Rain~  I loved this name! Thank you Kerry n' Dezzy you both inspired my jar!

I am reading a book now called:  The Van Gogh Blues by Eric Maisel 
I want to share some thoughts from the book, so far.  I have only read an excerpt.

He talks about artists, "We embrace a life of solitude in order to embrace our creativity."  Some of us:  "....live outside the mainstream of life and struggle endlessly to survive both emotionally and financially.  And we wonder why do we do this thing that causes so much pain and also joy."    I hope it isn't like this for you...

Some of my  family would love me to give up, be their definition of normal.  The house would be neater, but it would be just a band-aid for me.

His words here say much of what I feel:

"For an artist, it is a driven pursuit, whether we acknowledge this or not, that endless search for meaning....   That is why I think that the attempt always feels, so important, for the answers we encounter are only partial and not always clear.  .... Yet, at its very best, one work of art, whether produced by oneself or another, offers a sense of possibility that flames the mind and the spirit, and in that moment we know this is a life worth pursuing, a struggle that offers the possibility of answers as well as meaning."

 Artist are always looking for meaning!   The authors says not everyone is like this, but creative types are!     I guess I am always looking for the golden thoughts in the rain~

I had to include these!  It is hard to pick favorites:


The artist of any medium is inspired by not only his art, but that of others.
And that is my one really deep thought for the day...
Ella said…
Hi Alex-It is a good one...you struck a vein of gold! ;D
Thank you for sharing your wisdom!
You are melting? It is soooo hot already-yikes! Stay cool Captain AC
Renee said…
I'm so glad to see you on Seth's blog. Beautiful idea with the jar.
Johanna Garth said…
Your photos and creativity always leave me so inspired. And here I thought jars were just for jam.
Mary Ann Potter said…
A beautiful jar, wonderful quotes, altogether lovely post --- and I can't wait to get started on my next project/poem!
L. Diane Wolfe said…
The rose photo is a stunner!
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Ellie, I LOVE your forsythia jar. Forsythia is one of my spring faves......always has been. An artist must create, to feel whole. It isnt fair for non-artists to expect one to give it up. A tidier house isnt nearly as fulfilling - or as beautiful - as a work of art. A neat house and an unhappy you wouldnt be good either - all of your joy would be missing. A polished coffee table just isnt worth it. Never stop! You create amazing art!
Yolanda Renee said…
"We embrace a life of solitude in order to embrace our creativity." Some of us: "....live outside the mainstream of life and struggle endlessly to survive both emotionally and financially. And we wonder why do we do this thing that causes so much pain and also joy."

He captures it beautifully, as do you, always!
Lynne with an e said…
I think you've captured joy in a jar! And the quotes you chose to share resound very strongly with me...and give me comfort and encouragement that the path I chose (or that chose me) is not only right, but inevitable. The rose, with the blush of colour and hint of its fading life is gorgeous. And those envelopes with stitching and the torn chapter scraps are most intriguing! Lovely to have met you through Seth. And thank you for having visited my Ragzedge blog.
Arlee Bird said…
Buried treasure is all around us and we don't even need a shovel to dig it up.

Wrote By Rote
Ella said…
Lee-You are funny ;D

Off and running again...I'll be back soon! Stay cool everyone
Poetic Soul said…
You're an imaginative and refreshing writer
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Jo Crawford said…
I absolutely adore your post of stitching and papers - mixing fibre and paper is very dear to my heart. The extra layer of meaning that you were making them in memory of your grandma made it extra special.

Happy to find you thanks to Seth's Hidden Treasures.
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Lexa Cain said…
I love the jar you created. I'd never have thought of making such a plain thing into a work of art. I especially love the cheerful colors. Great job! :-)
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Yolanda Renee said…
Inspiration thy name is Ella!

Please stop by, I've chosen you! It's all in fun, but truly meant from the heart! Have fun!
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Lindi Stevenson said…
Always enjoy discovering new artists doing different things...thus Buried Treasure! I am a little late digging through the posts on Seth's blog but glad to have found you. Hope this finds you well and creating. Lindi
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