Friday 1 March 2019

Happy Birthday 'A Vintage Journey'

Today we see AVJ celebrate its 5th Birthday. Can you believe we have been offering challenges for five years? It has been an amazing journey and adventure.

We are hoping that lots of readers will join the journey for our Birthday challenge. To do so we are asking that you include the word or any images that depict a 'journey' or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I created this shabby piece of home decor which is going to fit in beautifully in my dining room.

I haven't included any of the process steps as a description of how I put this together will be available on the AVJ blog on the 15th March.

There is though lots of inspiration from my very dedicated and talented friends on the challenge blog so please pop over to AVJ and leave us some love for our birthday and it would be wonderful if you could find time to add a project to the line up.

Have a great new month of March.


Tim Holtz stamps - Mercantile, air travel, dapper, purely random, vintage auto
PaperArtsy stamps - HP1802EZ
Paper Doll
Tim Holtz wooden vignette box
My candlestick was from Ikea


Hazel Agnew said...

This is a wonderful piece of art Brenda. Looks elegantly timeless. Look forward to the description later in the month. Xx

Gina said...

Gosh, I must have been there at the beginning lol. Congratulations on your continued popularity :D (love the superposed candlesticks) XXX

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I adore how you have put your sweet child on a pedestal with the look of trepidation to what adventure awaits. I'm wondering what you all were thinking when you started the AVJ journey. I have loved everything I have seen from this incredible and creative team.
I'm so hoping to join in with the party this month.. Enjoy the celebrations and Congrats to you all.
Creative Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Have a smashing weekend x

Annie said...

Such a stunning vignette box that will look amazing in your dining room Brenda xx I love the vintage appeal and stunning details you have incorporated x Looking forward to the step by step in a couple of weeks.
Happy Anniversary to you and its been a huge pleasure/privelage to have met with you several times and to have been part of this amazing journey at AVJ xx

Have a great weekend
Annie xx

Astrid Maclean said...

This is a fabulous project Brenda and I can just picture it in your diningroom!! I look forward to your step out, which no doubt will be brilliant....
This has been an incredible journey and I have felt so honoured and happy to have been part of it since its conception. We have all grown in so many ways and I have loved every minute of having been part of your journey. From the early Tim Holtz inspired days to the full blown mixed media, shabby and vintage style inspired projects, it has been a real pleasure to follow you in your creative journey and to have become your friend!!! Here is to many more years to come! xxx

hazel said...

Wow! Your project looks amazing Brenda, I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Jane said...

Wow Brenda 5 Years!! I can remember day 1. Many congrats, it's such a fab blog with so many talented ladies. You should feel very proud. I LOVE your project today, it really will grace your dining room. Happy March my dear friend, hugs xxx

sarascloset said...

What a gorgeous project to celebrate 5 wonderful years of art with friends! I love that chippie box and pedestal to house this shabby vignette. I'm looking forward to seeing how it came together. Brenda, you have been such an amazing inspiration to me throughout the years...I've been following A Vintage Journey since I've started blogging myself. I've been blessed to get to create along side this lovely group of woman as a Creative Guide. Thank you for believing in me enough to ask me to share in your journey! Sending hugs!

froebelsternchen said...

This is such a wonderful project Brenda! Gorgeous! You bever cease to amaze me- I have said this before but I can't help it always is a pleasure to see your designs!
Congrats on 5 years AVJ!
You all are incredible and inspiring!!!
What a challenge blog?! AMAZING!

Happy weekend!

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic decor piece, Brenda!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous piece Brenda, love how you've displayed this little girl about to set out on her journey, it would look fabulous anywhere and I look forward to the step outs.
Congratulations on 5 years at AVJ, a great achievement.
Avril xx

Words and Pictures said...

I love your wonderful little girl, poised to set off for her travels. The piles of luggage make it look as though she's going to be away for some time (I sympathise!), and the neutral colours and brilliant ageing and distressing are so perfect. Looking forward to seeing all the details later in the month. Happy AVJ Birthday! It's an honour and a delight to travel with you.
Alison x

Meggymay said...

It is a gorgeous project Brenda and must look lovely displayed in your home.
Congratulations on AVJ reaching 5 blog years.
Yvonne xx

Redanne said...

Brenda, all of your projects are fabulous but this one is just that bit more special since it recognises 5 years of AVJ, quite the achievement, you must feel so proud! The little girl sitting on the luggage is such a wonderful way to depict that journey. It has been such a pleasure following you all these years and watching your art develop along the way. I look forward to your step by step. Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, stunning!! Wow!! I absolutely love this!! It's so creative and beautiful and I have no doubt it looks amazing in your dining room!! Huge congrats on 5 years of AVJ!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Craftyfield said...

As soon as I saw your make I thought of these white washed bus stops they have in Southern Europe, including the graffiti at the back! Fabulous piece of d├ęcor, Brenda. Congrats on the AVJ anniversary!

S@ndy Diller said...

Just love your project Brenda. It is perfect for the theme. So many wonderful images to see and admire. Love everything about it. Hugs, S@ndy

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

A fabulous project Brenda! Love the girl atop the luggage! A stunner!

Nikki Acton said...

A wonderful shabby vignette! Love the subtle tones and clever design. Loved sharing this journey with you - at least most of it and thank you for believing in me back when I had just started on my crafting journey!!! Looking forward to many more shared adventures together xxxx

Deb said...

Absolutely gorgeous as always Brenda, I can't wait to read the details of how you created it later this month xo I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to travel along this wonderful road with you and the rest of the Creative Guides, it was truly one of the best days of my life when I opened my email to find you had asked me to join you. I have learned so much from all of you and you are truly the finest, kindest and most supportive group of people I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know, even though we've never met in person I truly do consider all of you my friends. Thank you for taking me along on this wonderful journey and I hope that it will continue for many more years to come. Hugs, Deb xo

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely little vignette with your crackled box frame - your sweet little miss sitting with her luggage and other travel images - a beautiful piece Brenda! This CAS girl has certainly learned a lot from all of you Vintage folk on this delightful team - and I so appreciate having been asked to join you all!

A Pink said...

An absolutey fabuloous project, Brenda celebrating the 5 years of AVJ - such a fantastic achievement in the current creative climate. Looking forward to reading what I know will be a great, informatve and inspiring tutorial.

Heartfelt Thanks, Brenda for letting me come aboard and share the AVJ with you and the team. Its as much an honour today as it was when I first started to be one of the team and I feel so lucky to have AVJ in my life aswell as each and everyone of you who have become very special friendsto me.
Heres to many more years together .
Hugs x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Really love this Brenda and what a great addition to your living room decor! Doesn't time fly!! Hugs, Chrisx