Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Winning Treasury Challenge #111

Some words from StoriedEye...

Well, I’ve been reading the words, “judging this was really hard,” or some variation thereon, every week for many many weeks now, never quite grasping the gravity of that statement. This team is AMAZING. These treasuries were OUTSTANDING. To narrow it down, even to fifty, was a challenge beyond words. After that, it was agonizing (in a good way). You are one stupendous lot of storytellers, wits, artists, vintage connoisseurs, and visionaries. I had so much fun — and Mindy, a thousand thanks for this opportunity to play and reciprocate, and for your good advice along the way. Thanks too to Sarah and the entire nonteam crew. I’ve had the smallest inkling this week of the commitment and elbow grease they demonstrate/invest every week, and I’m humbled.

Before I announce the winner, I have one last story about the salesman to add to the colorful mix you’ve gifted me with:

About two days into the challenge, I received a convo from Carol at We don’t know each other and have never corresponded in the past. She wrote, “Wow. This is strange. I saw this photo this morning and my mouth flew open with an, ‘Oh my god!’. I am pretty sure this is a photo of my grandfather, Edgar Allen Yelton. I have photos taken by him, mainly in Cripple Creek, CO in the late 1800's.”

Needless to say, my mouth flew open in turn. I dug out the original photo--purchased for $3.00 at a flea market (where I get most of the vintage images I draw from in my collage work)--and sure enough, the name “Edgar A. Yelton” was written in elegant script along the base of the mat.  Here is a copy of the original photo... 

So it looks like our handsome rake, who’s inspired countless tales of wanderlust, adultery, tenderness, longing, and debauchery this week, has made his long, winding way back where he belongs. I sent Carol and her family the photo this morning.

Who says you can’t go home again?

But now it’s time to pass the baton, and though I was charmed and amazed by so so many of these treasuries, this one, “The Time Traveler's Disguise,” by The Silk Moon, just hit home for me:

Congratulations, Natalie, and thanks for this gorgeous, inventive tale of intrigue and adventure. Enjoy your own journey!

Thanks, everyone.


'The Time Traveler's Disguise ' by nataliasage

Steampunk Clock Photography  Clock Faces Home Decor BOGO 10x8 Print Timeless... - VictoriaEnglishCharm
Massive Lot of Antique and Vintage Photography Equipment and Collectibles - shavingkitsuppplies
The Salesman - 8 X 8 fine-art photographic collage print - StoriedEye
Fragment  Series :  " Natural Movement " - paulamattson
Wide Brimmed Fedora Vintage Bailey Hat Size 7 - SouthwestVintage
Choose Your Own Adventure - boywonder
Vintage German Travel Alarm Clock by Seth Thomas Red Pocket Traveling Mid Century - labiblioteca
Wood Pallet Chandelier - 12 Bulb - TypewriterBoneyard
Galeries Lafayette - 8x8 Print - Photography of Paris, Paris Wall Art, Home Decor, Architecture, French Decor, Parisian Mood - dejavustudio
Antique Vintage 1930s 1940s Mens English Toiletries Travel Grooming Case - Retromagination
Le Stache- hand embroidered necklace - PoppyandFern
I Do What I Want.... Tie Clip - ManoyMetal
Antique Vintage 1920s Stiff Collars Mens Mans Detachable Arrow Cotton 15 3/4 Gents Lot of 2 - BettesBargains
Lanscape photography, Bicycle art,  Cyber monday etsy , Bike photograph,  Cyber monday etsy , Wall decor, Wall art, Art, 5x7 (13x18cm) - PhotographyDream
Vintage pocket watch case with movement.MOLNIJA - CockroachShop
Gold Brooch Cicada Unusual Insect Bug Wings Unisex, Gifts under 20, Ready to ship, Gift Box - MySelvagedLife

Congrats to TheSilkMoon! She'll be choosing the Inspiration Item for Challenge #112. She'll also be judging it. Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the Inspiration Item. We only have today to help them choose their item, so please be sure to pop in.


Jennifer Kistler said...

Love the winning treasury you picked, and oh wow, what a story about the photo! How likely is that?! The internet is awesome.

adriana said...

Wow! That is an amazing story.