the garden gate

…here’s another story snippet & treasury….

…….these were inspired by Glenda’s 15 chosen words: winter, garden, dark, romance, ethereal, antique, rust, lace, passion, moon, feather, haunted, sepia, frost, love……

………chosen for the for the 18th Peppermint Creek Collective Scavenger Hunt

“the garden gate”

she could never quite explain it
ever since she was a very small child
she was HAUNTED by the memories of others
one touch of an object would reveal it’s past
through images
like a series of faded SEPIA photographs


pushing open a RUSTED GARDEN gate
in the depths of WINTER
with FROST heavy on her breath

she saw
an ink well spill
a quill with FEATHER quivering
as it scratched across a page
a letter of LOVE hastily written


she saw an ANTIQUE clock
polished bright and brassy
as it struck the midnight hour

there were LACE curtains swaying
slowly dancing
in the heat of a summer breeze


she saw
the ETHREAL glow of candle light
flickering and fluttering
illuminating a rapid flight
down the back stairs


she felt the sweat and the swelter
she felt the flutter of heart beats
quickening to the rhythm of ROMANCE
in the garden so vibrant and alive

the DARKNESS of the waning MOON
could not dim the PASSION 
the shadows could not hide
the youthful lust
of two lovers
in a secret tryst
in another time
so very

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
weaver & wordsmith…….the Weaver Of Words

link to treasury:

link to Scavenger hunt:

ink to Glenda’s lovely shop:


Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Leave a comment

the words

.…another week……

………..another delicious set of words….

……………’s my story & treasury for the 108th Trendsetting Treasury Team’s Scavenger Hunt…..

…………………………………………………….………… always it started with 15 chosen words……

….I created the following story snippet and treasury using Lynn’s choice chosen words: porch, light, twig, journal/diary, boots, dew, lake, wind, corner, key, animal, opening, gem, hood, botanical

“the words”

she needed time to think
at least that’s what she told herself
as she sat on the PORCH
in the early morning light
watching the DEW drops sparkling
tiny GEMS
adorning the wild BOTANICAL growth
clinging to TWIG and stem
as the icy WIND blew past


the truth was
she really wasn’t sure
why she bolted
like a trapped ANIMAL
heading to the LAKE
with her JOURNAL
an overnight bag
and an extra pair of BOOTS


she wasn’t sure why she was here
but she knew her writing was the KEY
the words would give her a new LIGHT of understanding
the words would help her turn the CORNER
lifting open the HOOD
to reveal what was hidden inside
OPENING her heart and her mind to her deepest truth


she just wasn’t sure
she was ready
for what she would
so deep


written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith……The Weaver Of Words

the-words (2)

the link to my treasury:

the link to Etsy’s Trendsetting Treasury Team’s Scavenger Hunt Game:

the link to Lynn’s lovely shop:

Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

the first rain

I created the following story and treasury for Etsy’s Trendsetting Treasury Team’s 107th  Scavenger Hunt… as always, I couldn’t resist a wonderful set of 15 choice chosen words…

………my story and treasury were inspired by Katerina’s lovely 15 chosen words: Cozy, Color, Fire, Welfare, Vital, Rain, Rough, Nostalgic, Animal, Building, Hands, Texture, Hospitality, Earth (or soil), Plant

“the first rain”

she loved to open the windows
and breathe in the freshness of the first RAIN of fall
sitting in her COZY window seat
by the FIRE


on rainy days
she always wondered about the ANIMALS
she was concerned about their WELFARE
did they find shelter underneath a tree?
did a generous overhang of a BUILDING extend it’s HOSPITALITY?
how did they keep dry?


she had always loved the rain
it made her feel NOSTALGIC
the rain had always
transformed the dry summer days
and she would wake to find
a wet world
adorned with glittering drops
of the liquid
that was so VITAL to life
tiny globes
sparkling with the COLOR of sunlight


she loved to catch
the rain in her HANDS

she loved the ROUGH TEXTURE
of the very few first drops
on the EARTH
PLANTING random wet spots
on the parched soil of summer


written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith……The Weaver Of Words

link to the Trendsetting Treasury Scavenger Hunt Game:

link to Katerina’s lovely shop:

link to treasury:

rain treasury

Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


I can’t resist a wonderful set of chosen words…..

Julie picked 15 wonderfully adventurous words for Etsy’s Trendsetting Team 106th Scavenger Hunt Challenge, so of course, I couldn’t let them go to waste. Here’s the story and the treasury that they inspired….

Julie’s wonderful 15 chosen words: adventure, mountain, wildlife, sky, tree, coast, waterfall, starfish, driftwood, canoe, path, backpack, marina, whale, friends


her FRIENDS knew her too well
she could never resist the call of ADVENTURE
when her BACKPACK was gone
they knew she would be headed off
to explore some new PATH
to climb an undiscovered MOUNTAIN
only to return with a WHALE of a tale


this time her journey
took her to a CANOE in a MARINA along the COAST
it was a spot randomly chosen on the map
she headed out
paddling along
a trail of worn DRIFTWOOD
polished by the sea
bobbing up and down on the gentle waves
an array of STARFISH in brilliant colors
beckoned her closer to the rocky shore


a glimpse of a WATERFALL
lured her up an inland river
where the only sound
was the twitter of birds
the rustle of WILDLIFE
and the stroke of her paddle
and her only companions
were the magnificent tall TREES
and the big, big, big
unlimited expanse of
blue SKY….


Written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith……..The Weaver Of Words

kate treasury

Link to treasury:

link to scavenger hunt game:

link to Julie’s lovely shop RedHorses:

Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a box of 200 memories…

Here’s a treasury that I really enjoyed making, and wanted to share…

…if you were moving

……………and could only keep 200 memories in a box

………………………………..which ones would you chose?……

a-box-of-200-memories (3)

Here’s the link to the above treasury on Etsy; I created it for the 200th non team challenge:

Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment


I created the following treasury and story for the 15th Peppermint Creek Collective Scavenger Hunt. Of course I had to play since 15 is one of my favorite numbers….and Alicja’s 15 chosen words were so enticing…..

Here’s Alicja’s wonderful 15 chosen words: fantasy, life, unusual, soft, dream, boho, geometric, strange, nature, juicy, cat, alice, funny, eco, garden

And here’s the story….


her name was Sarah
but her mother always called her ALICE


perhaps it was due to her free spirited, BOHO NATURE
perhaps it was due to her rich DREAMY FANTASY LIFE


or the STRANGE things
that she saw when she explored the GEOMETRIC maze
in their UNUSUAL low water ECO conscious GARDEN
that is where she always saw the FUNNY striped CAT
the one that no one else saw
the one that had a great big smile
perhaps that’s why her mother called her Alice

her mother always loved her JUICY stories
about getting lost in the maze
sometimes Alice encountered their nasty neighbor
her face red with rage
something about a disputed boundary
but Alice was always able to SOFTLY slip away
behind a bend in the tall bushes


written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith…….The Weaver Of Words

sarah (2)

link to the Etsy treasury:

link to the game on Etsy:

link to Alicja’s wonderful shop:

Posted in A Fireside Tale...every trinket has a tale to tell, A Snippet of Story | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what lies beyond

I created the following story & treasury for the Trendsetting Treasury Team’s 102nd Scavenger Hunt Challenge.

The treasury and the story were inspired by and created using Marci’s wonderful 15 chosen words: Jade, Patina, Fern, Quest, Sparkle, Point, Mist, Dots, Salty, Fly, Golden, Tattoo, Past, Woods, Spirit

“what lies beyond”

she could never quite resist
the lure of an unfamiliar trail
her SPIRIT was always uplifted with
each new adventure
in her QUEST to discover
what lay PAST the next bend in the path
and the next
and one more
no matter what it was
she had to know

beyond 1

this time her insatiable curiosity led her
and up
steep stony steps
overlooking the vastness of the sea
the waves a deep JADE blue green
SPARKLING with GOLDEN shimmers of light
she breathed in fully
the fresh invigorating SALTY air
watching the seabirds FLY
they were tiny DOTS
so far
so very far
down below

beyond 2

the trail led her
into an ancient WOOD
with tree trunks twisted
and gnarled with age
and down
further still
into a deep MISTY valley
except for
the drip
and the drop
heavy with dew

beyond 3

she felt the tingle
of enchantment
spreading through the air
and at her feet she found
a talisman
the dark PATINA of eons past

beyond 4

and she realized that
her curiosity
had taken her
a little too far
and at this POINT
she realized that
there was no turning back
she felt the shiver of danger
she felt the depth of the darkness
as suddenly found herself
face to face with
what lies beyond

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith….. The Weaver Of Words

what-lies-beyond (2)

Link to the treasury:

Link to the Trendsetters Treasury Scavenger Hunt Game:

Link to Marci’s Lovely Shop 3pearls:

Posted in A Snippet of Story, Etsy Collage aka Treasury List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment