Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winning Treasury Challenge #116

Some words from Sarah...

First, thanks so much to Amy for picking my treasury as last week’s challenge winner. When I found out I had won, my first reaction was shock and excitement, followed immediately by, “oh s—t, I don’t have a shop to pick an item from!” It did not take long to figure out what to do, as Sarah DeMoss really goes above and beyond the call of duty in all the work she does for this group, and picking an item from her shop seemed like a no-brainer.
The treasuries this week definitely took the proverbial trip around the world, both literally and figuratively. From Japan to India to Greece, from the silly to the sad to the sensual, the treasuries featuring Sarah’s headband paired it with everything from hearts and cupcakes to unicorns in space and blood splattered kimonos! It is always said, but comparing one treasury to another to pick a “winner” is kind of an absurd task, and one which I was very humbled by. In fact, I ended up picking 2 dozen honorable mentions, and even paring the entries down to that number was painful.
For the winner, I have chosen BB’s If Only. Of course, the saturated reds and stark whites immediately blew me away, but the more I studied it the more I fell in love with it. In my mind, there are 2 types of treasuries – ones based on color/theme and ones that tells a story (you know, the ones that make the nonteam treasuries so distinctive and remarkable). I myself usually shy away from doing the story-ones because, well, they honestly take a lot more time and effort. And it is REALLY hard to do a treasury that both tells a story AND is visually/aesthetically compelling, but BB’s If Only definitely manages to do both, as it evidenced by the overwhelming praise to it she received in her treasury’s comments. BB created not only a visual masterpiece, but also really captured the way in which a feeling of regret and longing can pervade one’s very existence. And so, she is the week’s winner, even though she won previously only a few weeks ago!

'If Only...' by BBTAR

Non Slip Headband, Embroidered Red Pink Asian Inspired, Thick - DeMossDesigns
If Only.. 8x8 Conceptual Photograph. Original Fine Art Photography. sensual, female, contemporary, girl portrait, red, white - borninnovember
Red Winter Berries Fine Art Photography-  Snow, Nature, Flower, Dreamy Wall Decor - HoneySparrow
Watercolor Painting "Consumed"  Fine Art Print  of My Original Watercolor Painting & Pencil Drawing - ABitofWhimsyArt
Todos Caemos - 8x10 Fine Art Photographic Print - madelaine
Country winter, 4x4 inches, Original, Signed, Fine Art photograph, Winter barn, red barn, gift under 20, winter landscape - dahliahousestudios
birdcage part I - thePhotoZoo
Red Geometric Necklace Handbeaded Pink - SarahRobinL
SET OF 4 Snowfall Autumn Red White Tree serene peaceful winter snow Greeting Card Note Card Blank Inside - RikkiVanCamp
Record Player Photo - Red - Retro - Still Life Photo - 5 x 7 Fine Art Photograph- Hipster Art - Audiophile - Squintphotography
The red barn - Snow on the red barn nursery decor White Christmas First snow Nature Winter old farm house beauty Fine Art Print 5x5 - mingtaphotography
16" x 11" - Conceptual Digital Photography - Fog - Dream - Woman - Light - Water - Mysterious - Psychological - Fine Art - Print - MichelleFader
Red Legs, 11x14 Fine Art Photograph - ElizabethZusev
Autumn Leaf Photo Silver White and Red--Fine Art Nature Photography 8x10 - ThePDXPhotographer
The Perfect Gift - Red Feminine Shawl - BLUSHFASHION
Winter Rose Hip Single  8" X 10" Print, Red and White,  Country, Simple Life, Snow Laden - BeneathNorthernSkies

Congrats to BBTAR! She'll be choosing the Inspiration Item for Challenge #117. 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.

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