June 26, 2013

Driftwood Jewelry

I love to take a walk on the beach. It’s relaxing, the salty air smells good and I never come home empty-handed. There are so many wonderful treasures that can be found in the sand, like beach glass, driftwood, sea shells, stones and others. I had some small pieces of driftwood for quite a while and recently, just out of the blue, got the idea to create some necklaces. For this one, I used a grinding bit on my multi power tool and sanded a dent to place a tiny shell in. The word “beach” was found in a book, the 24/7/165 is stamped directly onto the wood.

Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
For the second necklace, I drilled a large hole and sanded it for a smooth finish. The shell is fixed with a piece of wire. I made the wooden beads from a little driftwood branch, cut into small pieces and sanded to achieve the desired shape.

Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Fish" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Fish" by Vintage with Laces

After using it for these two necklaces, I’m more comfortable now, working with my multi power tool. There are so many different bits still to try and I’m looking forward to using them in the future.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

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Hugs,

Julia

June 17, 2013

Needle Book and Garden Apron

I showed you already the thread catcher I had made for Marie in my second to last posting, but there are two more gifts, I had created for my dear friend. I was pretty sure that she didn’t have a needle book yet and thought that this would be something she could use. The pretty vintage ad that I had printed on fabric to put on the cover, was provided by The Graphics Fairy.

Fabric and Lace Needle Book with Vintage Image

Needle Book with Lace and Vintage Image

Marie had asked me if I could sew her a garden apron and here it is. The French image also came from The Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen!

Garden Apron with Lace and Vintage French Image

Our little Dottie girl is missing for over a week and I miss her very much. She’s a bit wilder than her brothers and had always proved that she’s the daughter of a feral cat. She was the first of the litter of four to climb up the cat tree and later amazed us, when we saw her climbing up the slim and slippery posts of our bed and the plain side of a high wooden wardrobe. I’m certainly quite worried but she’s a very clever girl and a tough little cookie, so I still have hope that she’s doing fine and just enjoys being outside, exploring the environment. Please keep your fingers crossed that our sweet girl will return.

White Kitty Dottie

Have a lovely week!

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Hugs,

Julia

 

June 15, 2013

A Lovely Package

My dear friend Marie recently spoiled me with a package full of beautiful gifts. I love fabric hearts and Marie created not one but two gorgeous hearts for my collection. She also sent me a fabulous soldered Paris tag as well as white buttons, ribbons and a vintage linen dishtowel.

Heart

Heart 

Marie knows how much I love numbers and always watches out on flea markets or in stores for numbered items, she can make me happy with. This time she sent me some flash cards, a ceramic container and used number tags to embellish the packages. Marie has an adorable style to wrap packages. I was just too exited to wait for the perfect light to take pictures of the wrapped gifts. As you can see in the pictures, I used the wrappings as props though, after I had stuffed them with paper.

Flash Cards

Don’t ask me why I have a thing for darning mushrooms. When Marie spotted one at the flea, she immediately thought of me and bought it.

Darning Mushroom and Tag

The Eiffel Tower tag with the “C’est la vie” charm came in a special tag envelope. So pretty! The lovely large plastic Paris tote was a gift from Marie as well. If you don’t know Marie yet, please visit her beautiful blog Lost Bird Studio.

Eiffeltower Tag

Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts, dear Marie! You know how much I love everything.

Karen Valentine will host the wonderful “Where Bloggers Create” blog party again this year. Have you signed up already to show us your creative space?

WhereBloggersCreate2013

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Julia