Monthly Archives: November 2014

The sandscapes, and more!

At the craft fairs, my table is set up with many sandscapes that have already been constructed, as well as the component parts to encourage people to create their own.

All sandscapes include a container, many one of a kind, the rake and various sticks, stones, shells and other decorative objects such as statues or candle holders.

They are currently priced between $12 and $50, depending on the size and uniqueness of the containers.

I like to repurpose picture frames and turn them into the container. I have also used ceramic plates or bowls, candy dishes, bamboo plates, charger plates or decorative containers that I find in places like Homegoods, or at thrift shops.

The rake is handcrafted, each one individually, by me. The rake, in my opinion, is the most important part of the sandscape because it allows you to “play in the sand!”

I decided early on that it would be great to offer other creations with a variation on the sandscape theme. So, my display now includes mini sandscapes, shell scapes, tile scapes, sandscape ornaments and what I refer to as “message in the bottle” sandscapes.

Additionally, I decided to include some compatible photographs of beautiful floral and nature themes (This is a great time to give a shout out to my cousin Joan, who provided me with some great photographic shots taken around her New England home) to complete my display.

Thanks for finding me on the web. My site is a work in progress. Sandscaper Andy

Going to the craft fairs

I have participated in several craft fairs in the Ocean County/Monmouth County New Jersey area and have several more scheduled for the fast approaching holiday season. The reaction has been very positive and encouraging. While this is something that I realize will not, at the beginning, generate a staggering amount of revenue, my sales so far have been adequate. If you have seen me at a craft fair and have purchased a sandscape for either your own enjoyment, or for a gift, I look forward to your feedback if you find me on the web. Thanks, sandscaper Andy.

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Several years ago, when I was still working, someone gave me a present of a small mass produced (probably in some foreign land) zen garden. It was simply a small, shallow box that came with a bag of sand, a couple of stones, and a plastic rake also obviously mass produced.

I set it up in my office and was quite frankly amazed at how many people came in, sat down and were immediately drawn to pick up the rake and start “playing in the sand.”

My career had been working at a mental health facility, and I soon began to take the zen garden into certain group therapies that I facilitated, and once again was observant of the number of people who were drawn to pick up that rake.

A seed of an idea was planted in my creative mind that one day, in my retirement, I would begin to make what I like to refer to as tabletop sandscape gardens and sell them at craft fairs.

Well, retirement came this year, 2014 and was born.