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Ready to return to NJ from FL

I can’t really say I missed the Northeast during this historically brutal winter, but it’s almost time to return home to New Jersey, and start thinking again about making more sandscapes and returning to the craft fairs.

Being on the beach in Ft Lauderdale has been an inspiration for me, and I found myself on many occasions creating a sandcape scene on the beach as I soaked in the rays of sunshine. Using only materials I picked up on the beach, including shells, stones and pieces of palm trees, several people were kind enough to stop to look and compliment. Thanks, guys! One woman who was walking on the beach actually came back to me with an offering to add to my sandscape, which I greatfully accepted.

Another day I watched a young girl, couldn’t have been more than 6, walking along the beach, collecting sticks to create her own sandscape design. When it was time for me to leave the beach, I removed some of the treasures in my design, and walked over to give them to her father, to give to her to add to her design, which I have to say, was very good. How ironic, here I am, a retired man with a love and appreciation of mother nature’s treasures, having something in common with a six year old. I complimented her and her father for her creativity. They were so pleased.

I also found something to add to my offerings at the craft fairs. There is a tropical plant down here that grows abundantly along the coastal beaches commonly known as a sea grape. It has strong, thick, leathery leaves with great lines in the veins of the leaf, looking almost tree-like. On my morning walks, I looked for intact leaves that had recently fallen from the trees, and draw little leaves along the lines of the leaf, color them in, and then frame the end result. I can’t wait to put some of them out on my display.

I met some great people who were so complimentary of those leaves, while I was sitting on the beach, or outdoors at a Starbucks while I was creating them. Thanks guys! I was really thrilled to get the compliments, so I gave many away.

The woman who gave me something to add to my sandscape got one. So did the little girl and her father. And so did the young lady from upstate NY, who asked me to take a picture of her and her husband on the beach.

Gotta love all those treasures, on the beaches, on the trees, in the ocean, everywhere, free for the taking to do something wonderful!

Regards, Sandscaper Andy

Thanks Avon by the Sea

To everyone who bought something from me on Sat 11/29 at the Avon by the Sea Craft Fair, I want to say thank you. For everyone who had compliments on my display, thank you too.

My next Craft Fair will be on Sat 12/6 at St Marys Church in Point Pleasant Beach.

After that, I will be available for special orders with free delivery up to 10 miles from my home in Toms River. You can e-mail me at andy@sandscaper.net, or call me if you have my business card.

In January I look forward to spending some time in Florida, and hope to return to the craft fair circuit in the spring.

Happy Holidays ….andy@sandscaper.net

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.