May 22, 2010

Beach Memories

Before we moved to the coast, I often decorated with shells, starfishes, sand and so on. It made me feel like being on a lovely vacation a little bit. Since we live in a small town right on the Baltic Sea, my only maritime decoration had been a wooden seagull. Seeing all the shells etc. being decorated in so many stores here in town just took the excitement about it pretty much away.

Last year I found a vintage picture at a flea market that showed 4 girls who seemed to have had some fun on the beach during a vacation. I'm sure those girls did some beachcombing and took some shells and maybe a piece of driftwood back home to remind them of the wonderful time they had together. That photo and the thoughts I had about it, inspired me to make this fabric collage and get out some pieces of my shell collection again .

♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥

I had been the lucky winner of Yvonne's beautifully embellished matchbox. It came in this lovely bag and was filled with all those wonderful goodies. When you visit Yvonne's blog you will see more of her gorgeous artwork. She loves to use laces for her creations - just like me :-). 
 Thank you, dear Yvonne for those sweet gifts!

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends! We'll hit the flea market tomorrow to get rid of some stuff we don't need or want anymore. I'm pretty sure though that I'll bring home some new finds to fill the holes, lol. If you plan to go treasure hunting as well, have a lot of fun and good luck!



Debby said...

Hi Julia, wow and wow your beach collage is so gorgeous, so many yummy layers and ohhhhhh it is stunning. What a sweet prize you received,beautiful goodies.

marie said...

Hello Julia,
What a beautiful collage! I love the photo and I'm sure those girls had a marvelous time collecting their sea treasures. It's nice that your shell collection has brought you new inspiration and pleasure.
Yes indeed, you are a lucky winner!! The bag & matchbox are so beautiful. I love the lace with the diamond pattern!

Hope you have a successful day at the flea market ~ both selling and buying!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Whata beautiful collage and a fabulous photo. Makes me wonder about them, did they remain friends into their golden years, share joy and saddness together. Hmmmm, wonder what kind of things they liked to do as young women, it would appear that they liked to have FUN!

Wish I could see what you had for sale at your flea market! I know there's some treasures in there!!

Have a super day!!


Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Alright girl,
I'm about to faint!!!! Your collage is absolutely a BEAUT!!!!
(pronounced "bute")
I'm leaving this comment from my iPhone...I hope this goes through....I'm not too good at this ;)
Have fun at the flea and I hope you find some really cool things!!!!!
I'm up north at my nephew's college graduation...I'm a PROUD auntie right now!!!!!!
Still swooning at your artwork Julia .... You are amazing!!!!

Hearts Turned said...

Good morning, Julia...

LOVE this collage! Every bit of it is vintage perfection!

Hope you have a most wonderful weekend!


Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Julia,
Your collage is just stunning. I love the vintage photo and all those lovely layers. You inspire me to open my lace drawer and see what inspiration I can find.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I LOVE your collage!!! It's so lovely and so fun!! What a cute photo! I can see how it would inspire you!

Anonymous said...

Julia~ how absolutely beautiful!! I wish I had such talent to create such beauties... i am down the shore till September..and would love to be able to create such lovelies for my kids!
Have a great weekend!

Vintage Market Place said...

Great collage, I am in love with any beach photos and this is a great one.
Have a great weekend

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Adorable, great use of all those different elements and I love that vintage beach image. Perfect!

Wildflowerhouse said...

Love your collage Julia. I am a lace girl too.Can never have enough lace.!!!!

Martina said...

Your creation is unique and magnificent,dear Julia. Beautiful!

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet Julia,
Your collage is so gorgeus, I love the adds of shells, and wood,from the sea.
Und die 4 frauen sind doch so wunderbares frohes zusammen, und die kleine "fun and joy" sind so süss mit spitze dran,-so eine ganz liebes und schönes collage Julia.

Viele liebe grüsse mit kys og knus fra Dorthe.

Anonymous said...

well! how beautifully and artfully done! this is drop dead gorgeous!

i love it, the vintage, the nostalgic flavour, the romance of it all....that's what I am up to today in the studio as well...come see!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Les Cotrions said...

Your collage is just adorable Julia!!!! I love beach and sea and it reminds me of Summer and holidays!!! Congratulation on your nice gift!!!
Happy Sunday!

Unknown said...

Julia this collage is so lovely. Everything about it! That is the sweetest print of the ladies on the beach.'
Yvonne has sent you such pretty things and the box is wonderful. I have seen some of these sweet little matchbox around on other blogs and I think they are all so lovely.
Have a great time at the flea market.

Lori said...

I don't leave comments as often as I should, but I read your blog every time you post (thanks, Google Reader!) and I just finally had to post and say this is the GREATEST fabric collage. I just love the beach theme, and how you incorporated the shells and driftwood. Positively superb, as is all your work...just lovely!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

I love your pretty beach collage and what lovely memories you have here.
That is such a sweet photo too.
How neat that you won those pretty things.
Good luck at the flea market and enjoy the weekend


Chani said...

Ahhh, ich liebe diese Sommer-inspirierten Sachen! Und dazu noch so ein tolles Vintage-Bild! Ist super geworden.
Hab gestern auch einige Sommersachen auf meine Webseite geladen (, schau mal rein, wenn du möchtest.
Ich hoffe, ihr habt auch so tolles Wetter! So, jetzt geh ich mal raus!

Sandy said...

Boah Julia ist das wieder ein echtes Kunstwerk.
Wunderschön. Ich kann mal wieder nur staunen und staunen.

Angela Richardson said...

Julia its just fabilicious!!Isn't lace divine, I can't resist buying it. So lovely to see what you did with yours.
Keep smiling,

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Those girls were certainly having fun! Love how you had thoughts in your head as to the girls and their day at the beach. You have captured the sense of time at the beach but in a timeless, elegant manner. Gorgeous. Lynne M x (Do you purchase vintage lace and fabrics or do you age them yourself? Would love to know)

Yitte said...

Oh Julia your collage is soo beautiful I love the white and the lace. And offcourse the icture of the girls having fun at the beach.

Laurie said...

What a sweet collage! And what a fun gift you received! I'm drooling!

Lisa said...

I lOVE IT! What I love about your work is that each piece is very different. Each picture really dictates the fabric & embellishment choices you make. I love the fun involved in this work. Lisa

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Hallöle liebe Julia,
bin mal wieder völlig hingerissen von dieser tollen maritimen Collage. Ich mag Deine Werke sehr. Sie haben das gewisse Etwas.
Ich hoffe, Du hattest schöne Pfingsttage.
Viele liebe Grüße

My Creative House said...

Hi Julia, thanks for nice comment and to become a follower, your fabric collage is wonderful, love that you used driftwood and sea shells on it fits perfect to the beautiful image.

Karen said...

My goodness Julia. Your artwork is just fabulous. It seems everything your little hands touch turns into a beautiful piece!
Our swap is coming up! I'm so excited! I'll be shipping mine out on Friday! YAY! I found a few more little goodies this past weekend to tuck in here and there - very fun!
The Baltic Sea! I didn't realize that! That sounds so cool - very different from "the ocean". LOL.
Love this post. All your pictures I'm sure do not do the piece justice. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in person.

vintage wil said...

oh this is so gorgeous!!

Viola said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Julia! :o) Sieht ganz toll aus, Deine Collage! Hoffe, Du bist fündig geworden? Wir gestern leider nicht! Eine schöne Woche wünsche ich Dir!

Kim Palmer said...

Love your beach memories collage, its just beautiful! So pleased I popped over from Loveys eye candy post. I will defintiely be back love what you are doing here!

Caterina Giglio said...

gorgeous work!

Anneke said...

such a great piece of fabric art.
pretty details and beautiful lace

Debra@CommonGround said...

I love old photos, especially "action" or location shots. This is a great one and perfect for a collage. It's just gorgeous!

Sue said...

Julia, your Beach Memories collage is gorgeous! Love the little details like the clothespins - great composition!

Congrats on your win too!

P.S. Another scorcher here today - we seem to have gone from winter right into hot, humid summer.



Lori said...

Julia, your beach memories collage is so stunning...i love how you used your fabric and laces...and it is so beautifully embellished...truly a gorgeous piece...congrats on your win from Yvonne, those are some wonderful prizes!!!

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia!
Vielen Dank für deine "stressfrei-Wünsche"!!! Hat zwar nicht zu 100 % geklappt, aber ein bisserl besser geht es schon, und bei der Gelegenheit "musste" ich dich natürlich unbedingt besuchen. Und seh gleich ein absolut inspirierendes und fröhlichmachendes Bild. Ich liebe ja diese alten Aufnahmen, und die Mädels auf dem Bild wirken so herrlich entspannt und frei und frisch - die kann man sich einfach nur zum Vorbild nehmen. Dazu deine liebevoll eingefügten Details, Muscheln, Seesternchen, Spitze, Worte wie laughter, fun & joy - das ist Lebensfreude pur! Vielen Dank für diesen schönen Anblick! Und ich gratuliere dir zu deinem hübschen Gewinn - ich kann mir sehr gut vorstellen, dass duz damit Freude hast!!!
Alles Liebe, Küschelbüschel und auf bald (und - eh klar: Der liebe Cecil soll sich auch gehugserlt fühlen :o)), die rostrosige trau.mau

Caroline said...

I love your blog ! What a beautiful photo's and your beach collage is so gorgeous !

Anneke said...

wow, i love your fabric beach collage.
the photo is realy vintage and you added so much beautiful lace on it.
have a nice weekend

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Julia...this collage is so gorgeous!!! I love the photo and that tiny starfish is such a perfect touch for this piece. I love your treasures from Yvonne too, just perfect for you! hugs and love, Dawn

Chani said...

Hallo, hier ist Chani von Sucre & Cannelle. Ich habe meinen Blognamen zu Blanc & Caramel geändert und den Link zu

Blogspot hat den Leser-Link auf deinem Blog zu meinem Blog nicht automatisch geändert. Du bist nun kein Leser meines Blogs mehr. Ich möchte dich aber als Leser nicht verlieren und möchte dich gerne einladen,
1. meinen neuen Blog zu besuchen:
2. dich als Leser einzutragen. Bitte zuerst als Leser abmelden und wieder anmelden.

Vielen Dank!

Ich möchte meinen Lesern gerne für ihre Treue danken. Es gibt ein süsses Herzchen aus meinem Shop zu gewinnen! Mehr darüber auf meinem Blog.

Ich hoffe, dich bald wieder auf meinem Blog zu sehen. Liebe Grüsse,


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LiLi M. said...

Love your art, as always! I cannot get enough of the tarnished and tattered, the off whites, the sepia! I'm back in blogland, nice to be here again! Have a happy and hopefully sunny weekend, with a lot of gorgeous flea market finds!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Julia,
love,love your collage-it's absolutely gorgeous and I can relate to it just coming back from
Florida.Congatulation on winning
Yvonne's beautiful giveaway.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend and good luck treasure hunting. Hugs,Marie


Hello Julie, Everyone things about your Beach Memories Collage is truly beautiful. You are a very creative and talented person. Enjoy your trip to the Flea Markets. I absolutely LOVED visting Flea Markets when I lived in Germany. I also loved exploring Germany but I never made it to the Baltic Sea. Hugs Judy

The Tin Rabbit said...

Beautiful, beautiful collage!

Rostrose said...

Kicher - danke für deinen süßen Kommentar! "Die mit 'ner Bluse in den Wald Radelnde", das klingt irgendwie so nach "Der sich einen Wolf tanzt" ;o) Ich hatte die Bluse übrigens beim Radeln anm wär ja zu kompliziert gewesen, sie auf dem Bügel zu transportieren *ggg* zwischendurch musste ich aber auch grinsen, weil ich mir dachte, wenn da jetzt irgendwelche Hundespaziergänger vorbeikommen, die mich beim Hollerknipsen sehen, während die Bluse in den Büschen hängt, die denken sich wohl ihren Teil... :o) Tja, würd' mcih aber nicht stören! Das Rezept für die Mousse stell ich demnächst in meienn Blog, also wenn du sie nachmachen willst, sie geht - wie man bei uns so schön sagt - "watschenleicht" :o)
Drückdibü u. ein paar sanfte Pfotentapser, trau.mau

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Julia,
Your artwork is so sweet. I love the old photo of the girls on the beach and the way you added the words. So pretty.

I live only three miles from the beach and sad to say, I hardly ever go. I need to slow down a little and start enjoying the salt air and sand. It's good for the soul.

Lovely little matchbox too.


Unknown said...

oh so very sweet piece of summer art!Love it julia!

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Your blog is very lovely...
Thsnk you so much for your nice message on my blog.
Now i am going tofollow you beautiful blog...

Sweet greetings,

Rostrose said...

Ooooh, bei euch gibt's echt noch Flieder! Wirklich verblüffend, wie groß der Unterschied in Sachen Blüh-Klima ist! Habe ich auch erst in der Bloggerwelt gelernt! Aber Hollerblütensaft kannst du ja auch nehmen, wenn du mal vorab probieren willst... :o)
Süß, ich nehme die Knuddler von dir und vom weichen kleinen Katzenmann gerne entgegen - und knuddle - unterstützt von auch zwei weichen Kätzchen - zurück!
Hugserle, trau.mau
The word-verification of the day: "bilente". Muss eine besondere Entensorte sein!

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for your lovely words on my blog about my studio...
It's very nice to hear from you!

Have a nice week-end,

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh so viele schöne Details!
Deine Stoffcollage ist wunderschön geworden liebe Julia und so sommerlich, sie paßt perfekt zur Ostsee finde ich!
Liebe Grüße

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Julia! How are you???? I 'm still having problems with my internet connection...I'm writing you from my just a quick message!!!
A nice week to you!

Pamela Kellogg said...

Beautiful as always Julia!

Ineke Original said...

Just love this!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

your collage is nothing short of AMAZING! I love every wonderful "beachy" detail! gorgeous art from the heart!

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Julia! How are you??? I'm still hoping that my neighbor can change her mind one day! Cross the fingers!!!
Big hugs!

Alexandra said...

Wunderschöne fabric collage Julia

Anonymous said...

I am amazed of these stuff, I just love it!!! It´s a pitty that where I live, don´t have the ncessary stuf to make such creative things, I´m from a small town called Tecoman, colse to manzanillo MEXICO, I live 15 min. to the beach and we´re always hot!!(weather) ha,ha