December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS

to you and your loved ones

dear friends!

Thank you for stopping by my blog all the year round and leaving so many wonderful comments! I’m very happy to be connected with so many sweet people around the world!

I’m sharing some more gifts I had the pleasure to find in MARIE’s beautiful advent calendar packages. I love that adorable charm she made for me and the little glass jar filled with buttons.

charm

charm and  buttons

A tiny pair of pink shoes. They are only 7/8” long. Aren’t they cute? I would like to use them to make a piece of jewelry next year.

pink shoes

All kinds of great treasures to use in my creations. What fun :-)!

Thanks again, dear MARIE !

goodies

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I’m off now to the kitchen to prepare a gingerbread cream as dessert for tonight. Yummy!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

and

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

to all of you!

Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

I wish you love, good health, luck and happiness for 2011!

Thank you for making this year such a wonderful year of blogging for me!

Sending you Christmas hugs and love,

Julia

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December 12, 2010

An Advent Calendar

I’m very sorry if you couldn’t see the pictures of my last post. I don’t know what happened to them. First they were there, then there were gone and could only be seen if you had clicked into the picture’s frame. When I first tried to fix it by deleting and downloading the pictures again, it didn’t work. Today, after downloading and using another  internet browser to solve a problem I had with my blogger dashboard, I gave  it another try and this time it worked, YIPEE! So if you missed the pictures of my wonderful swap with TINA, please check out my last post again. Thank you :-)!

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My dear friend MARIE of Lost Bird Studio and I had arranged to swap an advent calendar. After discussing a couple of times what kind of calendar we would like, we finally decided to send each other a decorated box, filled with differently shaped and designed packages, using paper, fabric, laces, images etc. While it was a lot of fun, it had been quite some work and we both were kind of drained after creating 24 wrappings. It was worth the effort though and now we both enjoy not only looking at a lot of beautiful packages but also have the joy to unwrap one each day until Christmas.

These are the packages I received from Marie. Aren’t they just pure eye-candy and almost too pretty to open?

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 That’s the inside of the lovely box Marie had made for me.

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Here are some of the gifts I already had the pleasure to unwrap.

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A couple of packages were made to hang and so they found a place in the Christmas tree, like number 4.

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Thank you so much, dear MARIE! I’m having so much fun with all the pretty packages and gifts!

Now this is the box I decorated for Marie

box for marie

and here are the gifts.

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gifts for marie

I have closed this vintage pudding mold with a round shape, cut from an old book page. So there is a gift hiding inside number 15 too.

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I’m sure you can imagine how much fun we both are having each morning and we still have 12 packages to open :-). You might wonder why we swapped 24 instead of 25 packages. The reason is that in Germany the Christmas gifts are getting exchanged in the afternoon or evening of the 24th.

For the last week or so I hadn’t been much on the computer and missed quite some of your posts. So I’m off to do some blog hopping now and hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

HUGS to you,

Julia

December 02, 2010

SANTA CLAUS was HERE

You don’t believe me?
Then please take a look at all these gifts and this picture doesn’t even show everything I have received!


OK, I admit, it wasn’t Santa who brought me a all these wonderful gifts but our mail lady, delivering a swap package from the sweet bear maker and mixed media artist
TINA from Denmark.

I can assure you though that unwrapping everything felt like Christmas.
Tina spoiled me big time with a beautiful papier mâché tussie mussie, a wall pocket, laces, frozen charlottes, sheet music, vintage bobbins and so much more. This is a gorgeous tag book, she had created with lots of laces and beautiful images.











 Isn’t this girl on a swing just cute? She went straight on the Christmas tree and makes such a wonderful ornament there along with some of Tina’s beautiful tags.




One of the tags I used to embellish a silver plated bell.


Besides the large frozen Charlotte there was this tiny one. Tina had also sent me a vintage cookie mold and a very pretty altered optometry lens.

  
I love this beautiful wall pocket Tina had made for me. For now I have included it in the Christmas decoration. After the holidays it will go into the studio to hold all kinds of ephemera.


Then there was this Danish lady for my collection of adopted ancestors, a vintage powder box, a heart ornament and vintage bobbins.

Receiving all those awesome gifts, wouldn’t you have felt like Christmas too?
Dear TINA, I can’t thank you enough!!! I love including your gifts in my Christmas decoration and will have lots of fun using the goodies :-).
Please visit Tina at her lovely blog TinyBear where she shows her sweet bears and her mixed media creations!
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Here you can see my swap gifts for Tina. The middle picture shows a Santa wall hanging and then there are fabric ornaments, an embellished tin, paper trees, laces, buttons, vintage stencils with her initials and other things she can play with :-).


Next time I have to show you the wonderful advent calendar swap I had with my dear friend MARIE over at Lost Bird Studio. Receiving her 24 beautifully wrapped packages felt again like Christmas.
Here is the number 1 as a little sneak peak. Doesn’t it look very pretty?

advent calendar1

The snow outside is adding to the Christmas feeling. We got about 4” over the last days. If you have snow too, I wish you save travels and hope you stay warm.

XOXO,
JULIA

November 11, 2010

Flea Market Treasures and the Best Find Ever

On the last couple of Sundays I found some great treasures at the flea market that I would like to share with you.

I have a thing for pudding molds and I was happy when I got those two for a song.

pudding molds

I also love enameled  items and therefore this chippy bottle came home with me.

enameled bottle

When hubby saw me carrying this bucket, he asked me what I want to use it for. I said “It’s so pretty, you know and it even has a lid”. I certainly knew that this was no answer to his question but since I didn’t have a plan what to do with it, I wanted to point out its qualities and gain some time to come up with an idea, lol. Hubby smiled at me, asked again and I told him that this bucket makes a great storage container because it has a lid :-).

bucket

A week later I spotted another cream colored bucket. No more questions from hubby. He just smiled. I’m wondering if this is the beginning of a bucket collection.

small bucket

White or cream colored ironstone is not easy to find over here and so my heart jumped for joy when I found this pitcher.

pitcher

I was also excited about this cast-iron fleur de lys. It’s 12” high and I was happy that I found it at the first booth that day, so that the car was not far away and I didn’t have to carry this heavy thing for too long.

Fleur de Lys

Another cast-iron item that I had bought was a lovely door knocker. A box full of vintage swan ornaments was a great find as well.

door knocker 

These vintage silver cones and bells as well as the zinc bowl will be part of my Christmas decoration.

zinc bowl with ornaments

No clothes line will get winded around this vintage winder but laces :-). I also love the wooden spool and wish the dealer would have had more of those for sale.

clothes line winder

Isn’t that a sweet doll dress? All the embroideries and even the edges are done by hand.

doll dress

Transfer ware with red and green patterns can be found frequently over here. Brown is very rare though and I was lucky to find this sugar bowl and even luckier that it was only 75 cents.

sugar bowl

I wouldn’t say that I had always dreamed about a vintage rusty grain scoop but when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I also couldn’t pass up the Christmas tree toppers and a bag of wide laces.

grain scoop

The best find ever hadn’t been found at the flea market but last year just outside the house though. Cecil had been a starving, straying cat with a very bad ear infection. He had scratched himself so intensively that the skin behind his ears was all gone. We took him to the vet, nursed him back to health and decided to keep him. He is the sweetest cat and very cuddly. We are so happy to have this cute little guy around.

Cecil checking out flea finds

I have started to work on Christmas decorations and enjoy this a lot. Especially Christmas trees are so much fun to make and some popped out of my studio into the living room already. What kind of Christmas projects are you working on, dear friends?

xoxo,

JULIA

October 26, 2010

Roses, Birds, Eiffel Towers and More …

When my dear blogging friend CAROLA of Boxwood Cottage told me that she would like to receive garden themed items in our swap, I had lots of ideas immediately.

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I sewed a shopping tote for her, using a seed package image that dear DAWN had provided a while ago.

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Carola had mentioned that she could use a box to get all her seed packages sorted. So I took a cardboard box, painted it, added a vintage image of one of Carola’s favorite flowers - sweet peas and of course a little bit of lace.  You know that I love using laces for my creations and so some went onto the tag and the greeting card as well :-).

seed box

I found this cute bird in a garden shop and made a little nest from old book pages and put it onto a lovely vintage pressed glass plate.

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There is never only one bird in a garden, so I stamped a companion for the one above on a piece of a linen doily and sewed this heart.

heart, roses and laces 

This is the front of the heart. I added a chain, so that Carola can hang it in her living room window or somewhere else.

lace heart

I also sent Carola some laces, tags and coffee filter roses. The roses are made from filters my dear friends JODIE, KAREN and MARIE had provided me with. Our German coffee filters are manufactured from a thicker paper, are differently shaped and therefore are not so comfortable to craft with.

laces

Other things I had added to the package but had forgotten to take pictures of, were a vintage garden tool, a silver plated bowl and a silhouette postcard for Carola’s silhouette collection. When you hop over to her beautiful BLOG, you will see pictures of those items as well on her post about our wonderful swap.

Now you probably would like to know what sweet CAROLA had sent me and I won’t keep you in suspense. I had chosen the “French” theme one more time and Carola did a fabulous job creating French themed gifts for me, like this gorgeous soldered Eiffel Tower ornament. Please take a look at the so lovely wrapped package too!

Eiffel Tower Charm

Carola had not only created this beautiful paper weight and those large, pretty charms, but also found a lot of awesome things at the flea market for me. Isn’t the vintage soap box just beautiful? The wonderful metal findings and the doll leg are perfect for my stash of treasures.

soap box, paper weight

Carola had also sent me these two pretty soldered charms and an enameled numbered tag. I love everything that has numbers on it except for invoices, lol.

merci charm

I used the tag to make a necklace for my mannequin.  As you can see here, she also wears Carola’s “Merci” charm as well as an Eiffel Tower charm my dear friend MARIE had surprised me with a while ago.

dress form necklaces

 Carola also spoiled me with two beautiful bread boards and my favorite sewing notions: Wooden spools and a darning mushroom. Then there was this awesome antique window handle. I have never seen such a lovely one before. Right now it is displayed in the living room but I would like to use it for an assemblage one day.

spools and bread boards

window handle

We both love to decorate for Christmas and this gave Carola the idea to send me some pretty silver ornaments. They will be a great addition to the decoration for my favorite holiday.

Christmas ornaments

Carola’s packaging was so gorgeous that I rewrapped everything and now display the packages on various places.

Thank you, dear CAROLA for spoiling me so much!

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When ANNEKE over at lasizes art place had asked me if I would like to do a swap with her, I agreed without hesitation. Anneke loves laces as much as I do and creates lovely fabric wall hangings and all kinds of other wonderful items. We decided to swap a fabric bag und fill it up with our favorite kind of embellishment.

This is my bag for Ann and besides a lot of laces I also added some mother of pearl buttons, glass buttons and crocheted flowers for her to create with.

bag for Ann

Here is the beautiful bag, Ann made for me and the lovely laces she had sent.

bag from Ann

Thank you, dear ANN!

All 6 swaps I had participated in so far this year were just wonderful. I so enjoy having all the fantastic swap gifts displayed in our home. Looking at them always puts a big smile on my face and reminds me of the sweet friends who had created or bought them for me. Now I’m looking forward to the next two upcoming swaps :-). I know they will be as much fun.

HUGS,

Julia