February 28, 2011

How I got inspired lately and two gifts I like to show you

I prefer to work upright and mostly create standing on my cutting table or on my ironing board. No matter if I work on a small or a larger project, I always make a pretty huge mess at these places. Laces, fabrics, old book pages, tools, jewelry pieces, boxes with all kinds of embellishments etc. pile up. After a while there is only a tiny space left that allows me to cut, glue or iron. Then it’s time again to put away everything, besides my rotary cutter, scissors, glue, pencils and a few other things which I like to have readily available.

Did you ever get inspired when cleaning up your work space? It happened to me last week. After I had cleared a few things from my cutting table, I came across an oval shadow box, which originally had been a little tray. I had screwed off the handles a while ago but hadn’t gotten around to do something with it. While carrying on with the clearance, I found some items, which I thought would go well with the shadow box, like a cabinet card, a vintage measuring tape, a millinery flower, a brass filigree and of course some laces. Instead of putting those things back into their boxes, I set them aside and when the table was tidy, I instantly started to create a collage.

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Isn’t this little girl a cutie? While leafing through a vintage children’s book, I came across the name “Emmy” and thought it was suitable for her. What really amazed me was, that the photo was taken by a female photographer. I’m sure that in those days it was very rare that a woman owned a photo studio, in that case even two.

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When dear hubby came in, to see what was going on in the studio, a vintage pair of decorative shoestrings struck him. He said, that they would look good hanging from the lower side of the shadow box. “That’s the plan”, I said and we both laughed because it happens quite often that we come up with the same ideas or have the same thoughts at the same time. 

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I have received two lovely packages lately that I would like to share with you. The first one came from Susan Degeneres. She thanked me for doing her a little favor by sending me very yummy laces and buttons together with a pretty card.

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I’m sure you can imagine that my heart jumped for joy when I unwrapped all these beautiful pieces.

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Thank you, dear Susan! That was very generous and I will enjoy using those wonderful treasures!

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Then I had won Anni’s OWOH door prize and it arrived on Friday. It’s a beautiful heart-shaped fabric collage.

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One of the lovely details is the heart within the heart.

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Thank you, dear Anni! I’m very happy that I won your beautiful gift.

It’s still cold over here but we had some sunshine last week and it is supposed to be sunny for the next days as well. The magpies seem to get spring feelings already. I saw some of them flying with large branches in their beaks to build new nests or repair the old ones. Hopefully that’s a sign that it will get a bit warmer soon and some flowers will show up. Have you seen any signs of spring yet?

HUGS,

Julia

February 18, 2011

OWOH Winner

Another great “One World One Heart” event is over. Thank you everybody who entered my giveaway and left such wonderful comments!

The winner of my fabric collage is …

CAROLE of Maynard Greenhouse

Congratulations, Carole! Very soon you’ll have “5 Sisters and a Cousin” moving in with you :-).

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  Have a lovely weekend!

HUGS,

Julia