June 18, 2012

Back With a Bottle and a Hat

Hello, my dear friends! I’m finally back from my moving break. Thank you for your well wishes! Not all went really smooth but my treasures arrived safely. Careful packaging with lots of bubble wrap and tissue paper pays off, especially when you have to unload during pouring rain and a lot of  boxes get soaked and break through. In the meanwhile everything is in place but I can’t say that I’m adjusting very well. Our new location is Albania and a lot of things are quite different here. I’ve  almost got used to the power outages and some other inconveniences.  What bothers me much more is that there are no flea markets and only just a few stores that have a couple of vintage or antique things for sale. I tell you, I’m on VERY serious withdrawal and my poor dear hubby has to deal with the symptoms like bad mood and outbursts of frustration. Well, enough of the issues that are no fun. On the positive side is my new studio that I love very much. I’ll be participating in Karen’s

Where Bloggers Create Blog Party

and will show you around on July 14. Click on the link above or on the button on my right sidebar to get more details. Maybe you like to party too and show your creative space.

I’ve been working on a couple of things lately, mostly finishing some projects I had started last year, like this bottle. It had been soldered and and the waxed lace had been attached already but it needed to be embellished. Here is the finished bottle now.

 Margaret3

Margaret1

Margaret2

Margaret Detail

 I like to wear caps and hats and so I appreciated a promotion at the grocery store, when they gave a free straw hat with every 5 cans of beer. The ugly lime green and orange hat band with the imprinted company logo didn’t keep me from taking the chance. The minute I got home,  I ripped it off and replaced it with a strip of white linen and a lace flower. Much better.

Straw Hat

 Hat Flower1

That would be it for today but I promise to be back soon. Thank you for stopping by and have a very lovely week!

HUGS,

Julia

 

30 comments:

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

So happy to see you!!! Beautiful altered bottle! I love making them.

Ohhhh I see some numbered drawers in the background, can't wait to see your studio!

I need a hat for when I go junkin and I need to remember to bring some gloves, need to just toss them in my car and leave them there.

Oh, Julia, I can't imagine not being able to go junkin . . . . . just making sure, did you get my reply? No need to answer, just wanted to make sure it went through.

Much love and hugs,
Marsha

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello my dear Julia,
so good to have you back:)Your altered bottle is to die for and the hat is very pretty.Your new studio looks wonderful and I can't wait to see more.Can I move in??
Have a lovely day.
Big hugs,
Marie

Lisa said...

Julia,
Cute hat! I'll bet after your move you needed a few bottle of beer! LOL
Your bottle is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the studio at the party.
Hugs & Love
Liss

Vesna - Kalipso said...

Simple adorable. And the bottle is gorgeous.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Dear Julia
I am glad you arrived safely (and also all your treasures). Oh my goodness, Albania, what a shock to the system! Many years ago I spent time in the company of Albanians (and also Serbians) but that is a long story from a lifetime ago LOL. I have only visited Croatia which is a beautiful country but not sure if Albania has the same landscape.
Your bottle is incredible and we can safely say that your creativity has not diminished with the move and the hat, I would happily wear that hat it is stunning.
Stay safe.
Wishes
Lynne

Sezoentje-Sonja said...

Hey Julia,
nice to have you back on blogger,
i love your bottle!
See you at the 'where bloggers create party,
love from Belgium,
Sonja

@nne said...

looks wonderful! @nne

Leanne said...

I just got a hat that needs its green tropical fabric replaced with something that'll actually make me wear it. So your make over is inspiring!

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Dearest Julia so good to see that you are creative again, your bottle is gorgeous,love the little frame so beautifully made, your straw hat embellishment is very beautiful.Wish you a lovely and creativ week dear friend.
Knus og kys Anni

Lululiz said...

YAY !!!! I have missed you, I am so glad you are back in blogland now. I can so understand your frustration, I think I would go nuts if I couldn't go to boot fairs or vide greniers, or charity shops even. I hope you still have a few good supplies to keep you going. I am so excited about seeing your new studio, I just know its going to be spectacular. The altered bottle is fabulous, you sure haven't lost your touch. xx

Sarina said...

Welcom back in Blogland.
O, Albania, that must be a culture shock for you.Pfff,and no flea markets,

But you made a lovely, romantic bottle.
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarina

Iskrica said...

wow! you are comming back! that is nice! your works are nice, too!

La Nonna said...

Superbe chapeau.
La bouteille est très belle également.

Martina2801 said...

Hallo liebe Julia, schön, von Dir zu hören. Es tut mir leid, dass Du in Albanien auf so Vieles verzichten musst. Hauptsache, Deine Schätze sind gut angekommen und Dein Kreativraum ist wunderschön eingerichtet.
Ganz toll finde ich auch Deine Altered Bottle mit dem hübschen Anhänger. Hab noch eine schöne Woche und melde Dich bald wieder, okay?
Herzliche Grüße
MARTINA

patchsprotte said...

Liebe Julia
wie schön, wieder von dir zu hören, auch wenn in Albanien nicht alles zum besten steht und du viel entbehren mußt, deiner Krewativität kann doch nichts im Wege stehen.
lieben Gruß von Silke

Dorthe said...

Dearest Julia, I can already now see, that your new room is so pretty- and I`m happy for you,that you at last can create again- and feel good in that wonderful place of yours!
Your bottle is gorgeous liebe freund, looking so fantastic with the waxed laces, and the beautiful soldered charm- and I would love to go for a walk sharing your new lovely hat with you :-)
Sweetie ,I totally agree about what you wrote me about the postage - that would be so terribly if something got missing! so we will leave it to totally flat envelopes.
You will soon hear from me my sweet dear Julia-just wanted to say this,until I write you properly!
Love to you with warm hugs-
Your Dorthe

Sandy said...

JULIA............ Oh ich freu mich endlich von Dir zu lesen.
Ich hoffe alles ist gut und Du fühlst Dich wohl ???
Das Du auf vieles verzichten musst, tut mir leid, aber gut zu lesen, dass Du wohlauf bist und Deine Schätze gut angekommen sind.

Deine Flasche ist einfach göttlich, was auch sonst ;) Ein Augenschmaus.

Ich hoffe, bald mal wieder von Dir zu lesen. Fühl Dich lieb umärmelt

*winke*
Sandy

June said...

It is SO good to have you back Julia!!!
I am so glad you are settled and back to some creating again. Your bottle is BEAUTIFUL! I love that you just get moved and then get right back into making lovely things : )

I hope you will get used to your new surroundings very soon my friend.
hugs from here...

Bente said...

So nice to see you again. I just love your work. Everything is gorgeous.

Hugs

Viola said...

Hallo liebes Julchen,
so schön, dass Du wieder da bist!! Das andere ist natürlich nicht so schön, aber Hauptsache , Dir geht es gut und Du kannst Dich jetzt in Deinem neuen Reich wieder austoben.:)
Freue mich schon jetzt auf die Fotos vom neuen Studio.
Die Flasche ist einfach toll geworden und der Hut sieht jetzt ganz zauberhaft aus.
Hihi, und wer ist jetzt Lottchen?
Neue Mietze???
Herzliche Grüße, Viola :)

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sweet Julia
It is just fantastic to see you back here in blogland. I have so missed you but totally understand what you have had to cope with!
Judging from your beautiful creativity here you haven't missed a beat! I so love that GORGEOUS bottle decorated so beautifully and with that soldered charm - the image is absolutely lovely - she looks so natural in that photo!
I'm looking forward to a tour of your creative space and hope you enjoy mine too!
Keep producing these beautiful works sweetie - it is food for the heart and soul!
Sending big warm hugs and kisses with my love,
Suzy

Alexandra Eitel said...

Hallo meine Liebe, das ist ja schön was von dir zu lesen *freu* Deine Flasche ist wunderschön geworden und was ich glaube dein Studio ist toll geworden. Ich freu mich schon auf deine Bilder.
Halt die Ohren steif :O
Dickes hug und viele kisses
Alexandra

Belladonna said...

So much details in such a shape. So vintage!

Robin said...

Your bottle is absolutely gorgeous! And I love how you beautified your straw hat. Have a great week.

Hugs,
Robin

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Welcome back and so lovely to see a post from you dear.
Glad to hear that you are settled into your new place and sorry about the lack of flea markets and hope you are able to settle in and be happy.
Love the pretty altered bottle and your elegant hat.

Hope that you are enjoying the week and I look forward to taking a peek into your studio ( love the cabinet with the numbers)
Hugs
Carolyn

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Julia, I'm sure once you get your bearings, you will be able to find lots of shopping opportunities. Albania must be steeped in history. It was voted one of the top 10 places to visit by Lonely Planet last year. A new culture always takes getting used to, especially when you have to find alternatives to what you are used to. Once acclimated, no doubt it will be wonderful. Wishing you all the best. You are lucky to have your hobby to help you with all the changes. Take care. Tammy

Jill ~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Hello Julia
So glad you are getting Settled! I sure it will be very soon that you find other Vintage and Antique Shops to Explore! Your Altered Bottle is just Gorgeous! You work is always so Lovely.
Have a Wonderful Day My Friend! Sorry it has been so Long between Visits.
Hugs
Jill

Sugar Lump Studios said...

So glad to see you back! I am sure your move must have been hard and quite an adjustment too! I hope you will be able to find some flea markets there (somewhere?).
Your latest pieces are just gorgeous! I always love seeing your creations and beautiful photos! Have a lovely Sunday!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Glad to hear your settling in. Maybe there will be lots of yard sales where you live? here's hoping. I'd be in serious with drawls too.
looking forward to seeing your new studio! Beautiful art as always!
hugs Lynn

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Your artwork is amazing! Such an inspiration to me :)
Artful thanks!
Inka