Sunday, 17 February 2013

H is for….

…Hourglass. Time for another letter in The Craft Barn’s Alpha Challenge, which this fortnight is ‘H’. To read about the Alpha Challenge visit here. I'm altering a dream dictionary and the entry for hourglass suggests that to dream of an old fashioned symbol that measures time (such as an hourglass) may mean our perception of time and its management is old fashioned and we need to use a different way of measuring those activities.
An hourglass can also symbolise being overly aware of of running out of time – this can occur when we are particularly stressed.
I made an hourglass stencil and mask just on copy paper and used acrylic paint and archival ink. The stamps are an assortment of Tim Holtz, Craft Stamper freebie and a couple I don’t know the brand of.
I found a sentiment stamp which seemed to relate to the suggestion of changing how we measure and perceive time. I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time worrying about how much time I don’t have to do all the things I’d like to and am sure I miss out on so many moments that pass me by while I'm worrying about running out of time. I'm surprised I don’t dream about hourglasses every night !!

This Alpha challenge is turning into a bit of a journey for me – I'm doing some quite therapeutic thinking while creating these pages, something which hasn't come easily when I've tried other journals. I'm so glad I chose the Dream dictionary and can’t wait for the next letter !
I'm also sharing my page over at Vintage Stamping where the theme is Blues, Browns and Beige.
Thanks as always for stopping by…Esther xx


  1. Visiting from the Craft Barn - I love your page and the whole idea of the dream dictionary. I never knew there was such a thing, lol Dreams are fascinating, but I'm not sure I subscribe to the interpretations they're given. Each to their own of course. Have a good week :0) Mo

  2. Stunning and a brilliant idea too. Love your blog and am adding to follow you Esther.
    Hugs June x

  3. hi Esther,wow this is beautiful. I just love the idea of altering a dream dictionary and the whole hourglass dream is something I can identify with lol.Beautiful stamping and gorgeous colours too. Thanks for joining us at VSC
    Claire xx

  4. Fab page Esther, I love your interpretation of the hourglass and how you have depicted it so cleverly.
    Hugs x

  5. That's a cool page in your dream dictionary. .... And thanks for joining us at VSC.

  6. Love the pun on time in your hour glass. Very creative spread. Remember to take the time to enjoy your alpha journey.

  7. Wonderful word to chose and you have made fantastic pages to illustrate the word

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. Fab page, and very deep!
    I currently downloading each day, which is art journaling a letter of the alphabet each day in a get-to-know-yourself kind of way. Note that I said downloading as I don't have the time and energy to do it now! But I will at some point!
    Look forward to your next page for the craft barn,

  9. Hourglass but sadly not my figure Esther, I can but dream.

    Such a very inspirational and imaginative piece of work, thanks so much sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  10. What a great interpretation.

  11. Love the clocks in the hourglass !! very inspiring.
    Thanks for playing with us.

  12. Fabulous pages... great idea to usea Dream Dictionary.

  13. I love finding out the various interpretations of your chosen word each fortnight. What an amazing project this is turning out to be for you.


  14. great page and interpretation of your chosen word love the colour combo!


  15. Lovely pages - I do like your blues, browns and beiges...:-)and that hourglass is really a good idea!

  16. Love your hourglass with the watches, fabulous pages. Sylv xx

  17. Beautiful ... love it!


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