March 30, 2013

Easter Decoration

For over a year I had collected fibers from frayed fabrics with the idea to make nests. When I had enough to get started, I added tiny leftover pieces of fabrics and laces and just kind of mashed everything together. Then I formed nests. To achieve more stability, I poked my largest crochet needle into random spots and crocheted small bundles of threads together. I placed my finished nests onto old rusty bed springs.

Easter Vignette

Nest

Easter Eggs

I love my cast-iron rooster. He is a flea market find from some years ago.

Rooster

The birdie sits on a vintage tobacco tin and I tried to make him believe that this is a nest. It seems to have worked out, lol.

Bird 

My bunny on the spring was a happy accident. When the top ring of a spring broke off, I got the idea to let the bunny sit on it. Now he is able to jump even higher and further than before. That will speed up the Easter egg delivery ;-).

Bunny

 Easter Bunny

Happy Easter, dear friends!

Hugs,

Julia

 

March 21, 2013

Easter Egg Carton

There are so many ways to display Easter eggs. This year I put some of them into an egg carton that I had painted white and embellished with a graphic and flowers.

Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces

Before I painted the plastic eggs, I had decoupaged them with brown printed tissue paper to get some texture and at the same time have some color shining through the paint.

Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces

Each egg is embellished rather simple but I like how they look all together in the carton.

Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces

 Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces

The adorable hare image is from The Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen!

Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces

 Easter Egg Carton with Shabby Chic Easter Eggs by Vintage with Laces
This is my sweet little helper Barney. He’s now 8 months old and likes to play with my “toys” as you can see. If there is not as much lace on the eggs as you might have expected, it’s because Barney claimed it for himself. :)

Barney
I know that a lot of you are longingly waiting for spring to come and I hope that it will show up at your door step soon. Even though we didn’t have a lot of sunny days this year so far, at least the temperatures were springlike lately and therefore the fruit trees have started to bloom. I quickly dismissed the thought of cutting some branches and putting them into a vase. They wouldn’t survive Barney’s and his sister Dottie’s play instinct for a long time. Maybe next year. Just hoping, lol.

I’ll be joining these parties:

Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed

HUGS,
Julia

March 11, 2013

Dressed up and ready to party

For a long time I had wanted to give my dress form a makeover. She didn’t look bad with her dark brown stand and the light yellow body, but I was looking for a more vintage look. When I read about the Dress Form Ball at The Polka Dot Closet, I was motivated to finally alter my girl and give her a new outfit as well. She had been wearing her lace curtain skirt for too long already. After painting her wooden parts, coffee-staining her body and soldering the rim around her “head”, I started to sew a dress. Well, sort of. It’s not finished in the back, only pinned. I don’t have experience in sewing clothes and didn’t want to spend too much time to make the dress fit. Besides, this way it will be easier for me, to use the fabric pieces later on for other projects, when it’s time for a new outfit for her. She better keeps her unfinished back in mind and always stands close to a wall, lol.

Vintage Inspired Dress Form
Vintage Inspired Dress Form Vintage Inspired Dress Form

I embellished her lace belt with some strips of tulle, a fabric rose and a Paris lettering, found at The Graphics Fairy.
 Lace Belt with Fabric Rose

On the skirt I added some laces, fabrics, buttons and another French graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

Skirt with Laces

She’s literally wearing a necklace which I had embellished with some Mother of Pearl buttons.

Lace Necklace

The longer I worked on my girl, the more I found it necessary to give her a name. After considering several lovely names, I finally went back to my first thought and called her Maybel.
Maybel says a big “Thank You” to Carol to for hosting the ball. She’s so happy to eventually have a new outfit and a name.

Dress with Lace

Now Maybel, go and have some fun at the
Dress Form Ball at The Polka Dot Closet
and the following parties as well:
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground

Hugs,
Julia

March 07, 2013

Bunnies & Eggs

Today I’d like to show you a fabric and lace collage that I’ve recently created.

Easter Bunnies

The adorable Easter image is from The Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen! Usually I convert colored images into sepia or black and white ones, but this time I liked the original colors so much, that I used the image as it was. In my stash I found a soft blue border and thought this would add a lovely additional splash of color. Apart from that I worked with my favorite whites and creams.

Easter Collage

eggs and lace

I hope to show you some more Easter creations soon. What are you working on?

I’ll be linking up this post with the following parties:

Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Hugs,

Julia