Monthly Archives: April 2015

The young people love the sandscapes!



The young folks love the sandscape/zen gardens and know exactly what to do. While their Mom was looking at the offerings on the next table at the flea market, the three siblings were enjoying playing in the sand. When Mom was done, I asked for her permission to get a picture of her kids, which she graciously agreed to. Notice how the little guy was “working both ends!”

Other containers to create a sandscape

I have shared that I like to repurpose picture frames into my sandscape/zen gardens, but there are so many other possibilities. I found this wooden, one of a kind container at a Ross store in Florida. The marking on the bottom said it was handcrafted in the Phillipines. I knew right away it had sandscape potential.


Route 70 Flea Market Lakewood NJ 4/18/15


Well, I was back at the flea market today and the weather was beautiful. The crowds were good too. For those of you who purchased a sandscape zen garden from me, I want to say thanks again. For those who had compliments and kind words, thanks to you as well.

I continue to enjoy watching the reaction of the people to the zen gardens. There was the woman today who stopped to look, stared for a few moments, and then looked at me and said “I give up, what is it!?” When I told her it was a zen garden and some people like them for stress reduction and relaxation, her response was “wine does the same thing!”  It’s a coincidence that a short time later, a gentlemen referred to his stress reduction/relaxation as “a bottle of Jack and a cigarette.” I chose not to respond to him, remembering that I am, in fact, a retired drug and alcohol counselor.

I also loved the elderly couple (ok, I’m retired and elderly, but that’s besides the point) who stopped for a moment, stared at the little zen gardens, and the woman turns to the man and says “George, I can’t believe what people sell.” Once again, no comment from me!


Back to the Route 70 Flea Market

First, I want to thank everyone who purchased a sandscape from me today at the Lakewood, NJ flea market and I also want to thank everyone who complimented my craft, especially the gentleman who “suggested I go on Shark Tank!” 

Anyway, what also interests me is some of the “not so flattering comments” like the man who stopped at my table, stared at the zen gardens, and said “you sell sand and rocks?” It’s ironic that when you look around at the open space of the flea market, what do you see on the ground? Yes, sand and rocks. 

Then there was the man who bent down right next to a zen garden to have a closer look, and slowly tipped the thing on its side allowing a slow motion cascade of sand to escape onto the table. I don’t know what he was thinking. And there was the woman who came over and started “poking her finger in the sand quite a few times.” The look on her face as she walked away was, shall I say “priceless!”

What I enjoy the most though, is the number of young kids, from 5 yrs old and up who genuinely appear to appreciate the zen gardens for what they are; to take the rake and make a design in the sand. One young lady said, “I’m  going to ask my mother if I can get one of these!” Thanks, kids !!



Sandscaper’s Workbench


The workbench out back in the shed is where it gets done. Hard at work now to get ready for more craft shows and flea markets since rumour has it that it’s actually going to get warmer and nicer here in the Northeast! Also preparing to open shop on the ETSY website for crafters and vintage items. I look forward to selling the zen garden rakes as well as an assortment of one of a kind complete gardens. Thanks for visiting,