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Friday, November 18, 2011

Treasure Map

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Treasure is the theme for Theme Thursday! It reminded me of the treasure maps my sisters and I would make when we were kids. Here's how we did it:
  1. Crinkle up a piece of paper; make creases by folding. Tear a few spots.
  2. Stain it with tea to give it that aged, yellow look. Let it dry.
  3. Burn some of the edge. Not sure why, but when you're a kid, it makes it look really cool.
  4. Smear some of the ash on the map for dirt and variation of shade. Use the match tip to draw parts of the map, lines for water and land.
  5. Add what you want, including a compass, landmarks, and of course, the big X!

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Looks like Jack Sparrow could have carried this around in his pocket!

To see other treasures, click HERE!

44 comments:

  1. I love treasure Map betsy your look beauty!! :) what nice idea! gloria

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  2. Thanks, Gloria ~ I had fun making it..a little trip down memory lane! :)

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  3. how cool this is ,, wonderful!

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  4. Awww how brilliant!! Now for the treasure...!

    Take care
    x

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  5. I love maps like this .
    and Jack Sparrow lol He was so good in this movie.

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  6. What fun! And what an adventure for little kids!

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  7. This is one of my all time favourite activities too!

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  8. Nice! This looks like it would be a lot of fun if you set up a treasure hunt with this map.

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  9. that is way cool how you colored it...bet the boys would have fun if you made a hunt...

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  10. Mike ~ I think you're right! It would be fun to do it for real!

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  11. Kris ~ you should post one that you made! I'd love to see it!

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  12. Silver ~ it would look cool stuck down in one of my antique bottles, wouldn't it?

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  13. It sure would! Do you have any old, large laudanum or absinthe bottles, or something with an equally cool slant to it?

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  14. You 2 were so smart.....how fun!

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  15. Silver ~ Yes, I actually do have a few in my bottle collection! :)

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  16. Wow wish I would have known how to do this when I was little. What a spectacular little map.

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  17. Rebecca ~ make one for your little guy...and big guy. ha.

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  18. Oh what memories that brings back.

    My friend Kris and I made so many treasure maps...burried old coffee cans filled with our "treasures".

    When I was away at college, my mom called to say my dad had just dug up one of my coffee cans while working in the back of the garden. How many years that coffee can stayed in the ground...somebody needed a "Treasure Map"....HaHa

    Betsy, hadn't thought of that in years....

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  19. Wanda ~ that is such a fun story! I don't remember us doing anything but making the maps! I don't think we actually buried any treasures.

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  20. Wow that is really neat
    So if the cat finds the X does he get a treat?
    He'd beat Jack Sparrow any day
    After all his movies now are of the overbloated display
    Should stick one in a bottle and chuck it in the sea
    Then when someone finds it you'll give them such glee
    They will go on a search for the treasure
    Although finding none might not bring them pleasure..haha

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  21. Silver what nice idea the bottle! Betsy I love too antique bottles!:)

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  22. Pat ~ sure...cat treasures!
    any kind of pleasure.
    Strings and catnip galore
    rat sandwiches and lots more.
    Maybe even a fishy treat
    or anything else you want to eat.
    And if you're nice and purr
    maybe I'll pet your fur.
    That's to you, Orlin
    and not Pat.
    want to make that clear and all that.
    lol.

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  23. Gloria ~ oh neat! I collect them...lots of fun. I'll have to take a photo of my map in one.

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  24. I can't imagine being that detailed & creative when I was a kid. No wonder you're the artist and I'm the cook/baker. =) Very nice post Bets. XO

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  25. hahaha good thing you made it clear
    Silver might get jealous and run Pat over out of fear..hahaha

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  26. That is a great treasure map. We used to make maps, too, but ours were boring compared to yours! I'm following you! (If I use your map will I find a treasure? Yes, I did. Your blog!)

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  27. Thanks Darlene...witty and clever you are! :)

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  28. Really cool thing to do even as an adult. I would have never thought about using the tea to make the paper look older. I know they do it for art work but not treasue maps.

    I would have never been allowed as a child to use the matches because I had accidently set the kitchen trash on fire, this was before there were pilot lights and one had to use a match to light the stove burners. I guess when I threw the match into the trash it was not out all the way. Thank goodness only the trash burned. After that no matches until I was a lot older, which was fine for me because I was scared of fire. Even now I stay leery of fires.

    Really great Treasure TT and thank you so much for playing, it is so fun to have you play.

    God bless.

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  29. Something I should introduce to Speckly Woo.

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  30. Martin ~ that's such a great idea! let me know how she likes it! She's an artist already..she would have so much fun!

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  31. How nice it was, a real treasure map!

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  32. What a great prop builder you are.... Have fun finding the 'X'. -J

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  33. The more I look at this post, the more I like it...

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  34. Silver ~ you and A. should make one and draw Moby out in the ocean! :)

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  35. what a great idea! Now how do I conjure up Johnny Depp?

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  36. The treasure here is the map itself. no point looking further for the "treasure." :)

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  37. it reminds me of safari ..

    lovely treasure entry.

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