April 22, 2010

Lots of Birds and some Flea Market Finds

After LISA has received my swap package, I now can reveal what I had sent her. She had given me a couple of themes to choose from and I went for the birds. I made a fabric collage for her using a lovely image that DAWN had shared a while ago.

Fabric collage with vintage bird image

Fabric collage with vintage bird image

Fabric collage with vintage bird image

Fabric collage detail

Fabric collage detail

A name tag had been in my mind and this is what I came up with:

Fabric name tag

I added some goodies for Lisa to use in her beautiful artwork:

Vintage finds

Vintage finds

Enameled number

I enclosed a tag

Bird Tag

and wrapped everything up, using my bird stamps to decorate the envelopes.

Gift bag made from old book pages

 Gift Wrapping with Bird Theme
I very much enjoyed working around the bird theme. Of course I will show you what Lisa has sent me as soon as the package arrives.
When I came home from the flea market on Sunday, hubby was outside and saw me coming. "You look happy, so you must have found some goodies" he said. YES, I did! Besides, the weather had been gorgeous and the temperatures mild, so it had been a perfect morning.
These are my finds:
I had wanted such an old large pair of scissors for a quite a while.

You might wonder what this funny looking thing is and why I had bought it. It's a heating spiral of a vintage bowl-fire and it said it want to come home with me to become a part of an assemblage. Well, I have a vague idea already how to use it but I have to work on some more swaps first.

This fish stamp had once been used for nature history education in school classes.
 What treasures did you find on your last thrift-shopping-tour?



Debby said...

I am so in love with the wonderful package you sent to Lisa, lucky girl. I adore the beautiful collage, oh it is gorgeous! Looks like you found lots of new goodies, so much fun when that happens.

Terri Gordon said...

I love your bird collage, it is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I love all the beautiful goodies your found. Have a wonderful week. Terri

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Liebe Julia,
da hat Dir die liebe Lisa aber auch ein ganz und gar zauberhaftes Päckchen gepackt. So viele wunderschöne Dinge. Gefällt mir alles einfach nur gut.
Deine Flohmarkt-Funde lassen sich auch sehen. Toll, dass die Saison jetzt endlich wieder los geht! Ich habe auch schon ein altes Fenster vom Flohmarkt geholt, sorry mein GG musste es schleppen und war total begeistert ;-).
Viele liebe Grüße

Dorthe said...

Meine liebe, Julia,

deine collage für Lisa ist so traumhaft schön, und voll von kleine wunderbares teckniken, -du hast was fantastisch gemacht,-so lieb, und so schön.Und alles so wunderbar eingepacht in deine altmodische tüten-(ich liebe meine)

Und alle deine andere geschänke,sind so toll,- kannst du wircklisch so eine menge von schönheiten in Deutchland finden?Ich denke am puppen zumbeispiehl?

Und alles du am flohmarkt gefunden hast,Julia!!so viele speciele dinge, -ich liebe deine holz-schrein,und alte werkzeugen, -und die beide milchkannen -willst du von dass wass artziges machen? oder nur so ausstellen?
Liebe freund , ich hoffe dass du einer guter donnerstag abend hast, -ich schreibe dir morgen an,
Viele liebe grüsse und -kys og knus- Dorthe

Tina said...

Your collage is SO beautiful Julia and I love all those goodies you send to Lisa too. What a lucky girl Lisa is, and you too with those great finds.
xo Tina

Karen said...

JULIA! Oh my goodness Girl! Now you have me ITCHING for our swap! What a gorgeous collage you created and FABULOUS goodies you enclosed! MY GOODNESS!! You just make beautiful, beautiful things. SIgh. Love it all!
We are in Savannah, and NOT A GOOD STORE to be found. Everything here is three times more expensive than Calif! I have soent ONE DOLLAR and am starting to panic cause I have one swap with two Very important Women due by May 31 and I have not a thing to begin with! AAGHHH!!!!!
Any way - loved seeing this post - we miss you and wish you were here walking the streets with us!
HAGD! Hugs! Karen

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love what you sent to Lisa. She posted about it this week and of course I just drooled over it all!

Love your thrift finds too. I love old sewing scrissors and thingees.

I posted about my auction wins and a few things I found this week.


Carole said...

Oh Julie she is going to LOVE it. It's beyond gorgeous. You've outdone yourself with this swap. Even all the little goodies you've added are precious.
Your little thift shopping paid off well. I haven't been in awhile but I'll make up for it in the summer.
Take care my friend,

Andrea said...

I found a bunch of great stuff today if you'd like to see I posted it on my blog! Don't you just love finding things!

Anonymous said...

Wow Julia...that is brilliant!
I absolutely adore the paper envelope you made...all sewn together and stamped! I love doing stuff like that too!!!

what a wonderful creation! and all of your vintage finds are great! it's bliss to treasure hunt, isn't it!

have a great night!
ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!

Rostrose said...

Auja, du Liebe, man kann gut erkennen, wieviel Spaß es dir gemacht hat, rund ums Vogelthema etwas Schönes für deine Freundin zu erarbeiten. Die Glückliche! - wunderbar ist dein Geschenk geworden!!!
Ich drück dich ganz lieb (und eh klar, den Cecil natürlich auch!!!), trau.mau

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Rika said...

Das sind ja alles wunderschöne Kreationen!
Klasse Flohmarkt-funde!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Julia,
WOW, lucky Lisa.I absolutely love the Bird collage just gorgeous.
Oh the envys are beautiful too.
Have a wonderful weekend.


Your Lace Bird Collage is beautiful. I love all the laces you used and the woven picot flower your created. Lovely gift. Hugs Judy

Diane said...

What a beautiful bird collage! You are so inspiring. Such attention to detail. A wonderful gift.

Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Julia,
I'm in love with your bird collage. Your work is just fantastic! I love the old scissors too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The negotiations for the sale of our property aren't going well so maybe I'll get to stay here afterall. You blog has quickly become one of my favorites so I'll be stopping by often. Have a great weekend.

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Julia! You made a stunning collage for your friend! I'm so impressed! She's surely so happy to have it with all the nice things you sent her! And what lovely finds from the flea market! I understand you was so happy coming back home!
Wish you a faboulous week end!
Big hugs

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Julia,
What a lucky girl Lisa is to have a friend send such a lovely gift.
You collages are stunning, you make me want to get out some goodies and play, need to go shooping and exploring first. I'll let you know what I find!

Sherry Goodloe said...

I LOVE everything here!! I especially am fond of those envelopes with the bird you created . . . the stitching, the bird, the text . . .yep, those are SWEET!

Susie Jefferson said...

Saw you on ArtTechniques - and am so glad I came & visited your blog. What a great project - love it! I am now following your blog as well.

Victoria Robison said...

I love the bird fabric collage. It was such wonderful patina and texture. The envelope is so creative. I think I will have to give that a try.

Lisa said...

Why has it taken me so long to leave a comment on this post? Well I'll tell you. I have not gotten up from my art table since the package arrived! I just sit here day & night, looking at my beautiful collage, sorting through the doll heads, numbers, crusty things. A couple of times a day my hubby comes in & brings a sandwich for me to eat. Then I tell him 'go away, I'm looking at my lace'! Then sometimes the kids will come in & say, 'Mommy, we miss you' then I say, 'Oh sit with Mommy & look at the birds'.
Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not much! Oh Julia, I loved it all soooo much. I wish you'd get yours. Dorthe got a box today that I sent the same day, so maybe soon! BTW, love your finds. I'm glad you were finally able to make it to the flea! Lisa

Rebecca said...

First time here and now I am follower number 250! That must be lucky :) I saw your wonderful things you sent Lisa and had to come by and tell you how much I loved your artwork!
Many blessings to you

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Julia,Oh I just love all the goodies you sent to Lisa! They are all just so precious and unique! You are an amazing artist!
hugs and blessings,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

I love the bird collage and how lucky your friend was to get the lovely gifts.
Glad you got some wonderful things at the flea market ~ that must have been fun.

Happy weekend

marie said...

Julia ~ your collages are the most beautiful! All the detail, the layers, it's all so pretty. The bird tag is so cute ~ love it! And your packaging is a gift all by

Flea markets are fun ~ looks like yours are much nicer than the ones near me though. Your little bottle is great. I love the shape too!

marie said...

It's me again ~ I love the new pink look!!

Laurie said...

Oh, what a fabulous swap package you sent, I'm swooning. To be your swap partner!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Your artwork is breathtaking. In actual fact, everything you touch turns to art, the little gifts you send out, the time taken to decorate the envelopes. Stunning. Lynne M


Thank you for sharing your fabulous finds and artwork - all so amazing! ~ Angela

The Tin Rabbit said...

YOur bird collage is absolutely gorgeous! Lisa is a lucky girl! Great finds! Have a good week!

Pamela Kellogg said...

So incredibly beautiful!

BellaRosa said...

Julia amor, I LOVE Lisa's beautiful bird collage that you made for her, did she tell you I threatened to steal it?? lol but now that I see all those lovely little treasures that came with..oohh that gorgeous key!!...I will have to bring a bigger bag with me :) I think you found some wonderful treasures at the flea! Oh cigar boxes...I love them, I rarely can pass them up :) EVER lol I will have to take a picture of my armoire stash of them and send it to you lol I hope you had a beautiful weekend! I emailed you back :) Thank you for making me smile so much when I read it...I can't believe your so far away yet feel like your right next door when I read it! Besos, Rose

Anne Lorys said...

Wow, Lisa is the luckiest gal in the whole world! What an amazing collage you sent her, and those supplies just push the whole thing right over the top. Gorgeous!

Have a wonderful week!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I saw what you had made for Lisa...and I was oohing! I just love how you made the envelopes...and all the goodies...I really will try not to be too jealous!

Anonymous said...

Guten Morgen, Julia! Deine Collage ist einfach zauberhaft und traumhaft schön. Gefällt mir sehr. Die anderen goodies für Lisa natürlich auch. Deine Flohmarktfunde sind auch der Knaller, da hat sich der Ausflug ja voll gelohnt.
Wünsche Dir noch einen tollen sonnigen Tag. Ganz liebe Grüße, Viola

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely fabulous! Your creations are fantastic. What a great bunch of treasures for Lisa. And you didn't do too bad with your thrifty treasure hunting either. Have a terrific Tuesday! :) Tammy

Sugar Lump Studios said...

what a gorgeous collage you created! I love every WONDERFUL detail! she was very lucky to receive such a treasure! :)
I also love your vintage treasure finds!

June said...

Julia, the things that you sent to Lisa are just over the top gorgeous! Every little detail is pure beauty.
You really did find some great things at the flea. I'm pretty sure that you and I love the same things...don't you just have great taste?!lol

Ineke Original said...

How I love this!
greetings from Holland,

Unknown said...

I love your little lace tag!

The Rustic Victorian said...

What a beautiful group of goodies...!
The collage is steller!
Wonderful post!

Anneke said...

such wonderful vintage work and details and i love the photos.

Unknown said...

Wow you also sent some wonderful gifts to Lisa and I already saw your gifts from her what wonderful friends with fantastic taste you both are

love Dawn xx

Unknown said...

Lisa's another one of my favorite people. I adore what you sent her. Talent just oozing out!

Hugs...Tracy :)

CukiMuki said...

I loved that fabric collage, the colors and fabric combinations that you used. The bird envelope and the name tag are divine.

Have a nice weekend.

CukiMuki said...

I loved that fabric collage, the colors and fabric combinations that you used. The bird envelope and the name tag are divine.

Have a nice weekend.

Susie M. said...

Your work is just beautiful and your blog a valuable source! I'm a new follower. :)

Ibarra Creations 4U said...

I am sooooo glad that I stumbled into your blog!!!!! You beautiful art & findings!!!

Dortesjs said...

I loved that fabric collage awww will follow you on in to heaven beautiful things

The Cains said...

I LOVE your blog! So visually scrumptious! I hope you don't mind but I shared one of your pics and linked back to you!

Katja K. said...

Hi! Bumped into your pretty gift bag on Pinterest a while back and now got it included in a recent blog of mine: recyclie.blogspot.it/2013/01/oldies-book-goldies.html – thanks, and happy crafting! Katja K.