August 04, 2011


I had planned to be back earlier, but since my last post the sun hadn’t been out here too often, and so it took a while until I could take reasonable pictures of the lovely gifts I had received for my birthday. I’m not complaining about the weather though. When I hear about the heat waves that some of you are experiencing, I’m pretty happy with the cool and rainy days we had. In the meanwhile the summery weather is back.

Among other gifts my dear friend Marie over at Lost Bird Studio had spoiled me with these gorgeous gifts:

collage, tag, charmcreated by Marie 

A fantastic fabric collage,

fabric collagecreated by Marie

two pretty pendants and a gorgeous tag.

tag and charms created by Marie

I have to show you a close-up of the pendants. The text on the large one made me giggle. Flea market girl - yup, that’s me :-).

flea market girl created by Marie

 With this beautiful bag that Marie had created, I now can go flea market shopping in style and I will.

bag  created by Marie

Marie had kept her eyes open to find some treasures for me and surprised me with a wonderful spool she had found in the US, some pretty laces she had bought during her trip to Istanbul and a darning mushroom she had discovered at her local flea market in Germany. How sweet is that?

spool and darning mushroom created by Marie

Thank you so much, dear Marie! You know how much I love everything!

Another most wonderful package came from dear Viola over at Shabby Chic Inspired. Viola had altered a small backgammon suitcase and this is the gorgeous result:

suitcase2created by Viola

It was filled with all these pretty laces, buttons, a vintage book, cabinet cards and wooden letters that spell my name.


  The bird collage was another fantastic gift


created by Viola

and so was the lavender sachet, which is not only very pretty but also smells wonderfully.

lavender satchet created by Viola

Isn’t that dress form charm just beautiful?

charmcreated by Viola

This lovely card was also enclosed.


created by Viola

I just love everything, dear Viola! Thank you very much!

You probably agree that I have been spoiled big time and there are even more wonderful gifts which I will share with you in my next posts.

Enjoy your weekend and do something that makes you happy :-)!




angelwhisperssh said...

Just yummy! I LOVE it all.
love Sharon xxx

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sweet Julia
You have been truly spoiled by Marie and Viola. The collages both are just so beautiful and I just love every little detail of all the gifts.
So much love and thought has gone into these creations with your sweet heart in mind and all the things which you love so much! I can see you holding them and smiling with so much pleasure in having received these gorgeous gifts.
My email is coming sweetie.
Many hugs and big love,
Suzy, xoxox

Martina said...

Mein Gott, was bist Du reich beschenkt worden!!!! Die Geschenke von Marie und Viola sind zum Dahinschmelzen schön, Julia! Ich freue mich mit Dir.
Wünsche noch eine schöne restliche Woche.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

The birthday gifts you received are wonderful, love the care and attention that has gone into each one.
May this be the start of a wonderful year ahead for you.
You deserve to be spoiled big time, because you are such a sweet friend.

Sending hugs & belated birthday wishes

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Julia,
You have been truly blessed with an amazing collection of birthday gifts. My favorites are the tote bag and the lavender sachet. Just so pretty.
Smiles, Paula

Dorthe said...

Liebe Julia. oh my goodnes- yes you have been spoiled, and so deserved-
I am in love with both Viola`s and Marie`s beautiful collages, and the soldered pieces, the wonderful bag,and sweet things from Marie---- Violas fantastic bird collage and suitcase --she is just a most gifted artist, the lavenderbag, and soldered piece--Julia you are loved, dear friend- and so deserves it- (yes I know--I said it tweize ,hi,hi).
I hope I have some time to write you tonight, sweet,-
take care and ebjoy your week-end-
I looks forward to mine.
Mange kærlige knus, og kys , og tanker, fra din Dorthe

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Julia ~
Oh my goodness those are amazing gifts!!
Each and every one is beautiful!!

Jingle said...

Absolutely beautiful gifts!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

WOW, I am speechless, it is all so beautiful. I am in ♥ with the hanger collage!


Lovey said...

Such beautiful birthday gifts...oh how very special you are! Many more blessings to come...nothing wrong with "spoiled." Happy Birthday!

Unknown said...

wow...lucky...lucky you! oh happy day! Marie's a sweetie...and VERY talented!)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Marie and Viola are very talented ladies and their gifts are so beautiful. I had to look up what a darning mushroom is for. Very interesting! Happy belated birthday wishes to you. Tammy

Sandy said...

Na Du bst ja ein absolutes Glückskind meine liebe Julia.
Ich freue mich Dir, denn es sind einfach nur wunderwunderschöne Sachen.

Hearts Turned said...

What beautiful gifts from your beautiful friends, dear Julia...and a happy belated birthday to you, my friend! I've been gone so long & missed so much here in Blogland!

Wishing you a lovely cool day...I much prefer those to the blazing hot ones, as well!


Viola said...

Hallo Julchen,
da hat Marie Dich aber verwöhnt.
So tolle Creationen!! Und wann ist der nächste Flohmarkt, damit Du die klasse Tasche auch einweihen kannst? :-)
Noch einen schönen Abend und liebe Grüße,

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Liebe Julia,
sooo wundervolle Geschenke hast Du bekommen. Ich weiß ja nicht wann Du Geburtstag hattest. Aber Herzlichen Glückwunsch trotzdem noch nachträglich. Mein Favorit ist übrigens die Bird-Collage. Sie ist ja so zauberhaft gemacht. Aber auch alle anderen Dinge sind so ganz mein Geschmack. Ich wünsche Dir viel Freude damit.
Viele liebe Grüße

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Julia,
love all the gifts Viola send you!! So very beautiful and the suitcase is to die for:)Have a wonderful day and a great weekend.
Good luck at the flea market.

Carole said...

You deserve to be spoiled. I just caught up with the previous did I miss that one? My gosh what talented friends you have Julia. I sit here drooling over it all.
Now the flea market vendors will know you are a seasoned pro with your charm and bag. I see Great bargains for you in the future! least I hope so.

Yes I've heard that the weather has been cold in many parts of Europe. We have finally caught a break and it's lovely today.
Just need some rain!


ps thanks for your lovely comment on my last post. Not sure what came over me?

Lily's Lace said...

You have wonderful creative sweet friends! I love all your wonderful gifts! xoxo-cindy

Alexandra said...

Wunderbare Sachen hast du bekommen Julia!
Die Buchstaben von Viola sind so genial die liebe ich auch und geize voll damit ;)
Ich wünsche dir was
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Unknown said...

These goodies are to die for! You have been spoiled indeed, and its ok! Why not? Lovely things!


Jillayne said...

What a treasure trove! I think you are very spoiled and most deservedly so, as I think you have done a fair bit of spoiling others yourself!
Lovely gifts Julia, and I hope you had a very Happy Birthday.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Each and every one is a work of art because it came from the heart and hands of a friend. You are blessed.

Anonymous said...

Julia, your friends know what you like. You all have the same taste - beautiful!

Hugs, Diane

Lynn Stevens said...

You are Loved my Dear, What wonderful gifts Marie and Viola sent you, and so personal too.
hugs Lynn

Char said...

I happened upon your lovely blog today and decided to stay.
You are one very lucky girl to receive such beautiful treasures from Marie and Viola.
I am happy I found you, and am now a follower, Char

Rostrose said...

Hallo liebstige Julia - ich hab schon ein richtig schlechtes Gewissen, weil ich mich so lange nicht bei dir gerührt habe… SORRY!!! Dabei fand ich deinen Kommentar vonwegen Vulkanausbrüche in Island, die in kausalem Zusammenhang mit unseren Reisen stehen, total witzig! Es scheint jedenfalls nix damit zu tun zu haben, ob wir nach Island reisen oder nach „anderswo“ – denn Island war definitiv nicht die Insel, auf der wir uns im heurigen Frühsommer befanden (obwohl die auch auf meiner Reise-Wunschliste steht!)… Tja, ich finde es jedenfalls gut, wenn du das weiter beobachtest. :o)
Wie ich nun sehen muss, hab ich auch noch deinen Geburtstag versäumt! Ich will dir zumindest noch nachträglich von Herzen gratulieren, du Liebe, und dich feste küschelbüscheln!!! Ich habe oft an dich und „die Bloggerwelt“ gedacht, aber es war einfach zu wenig Zeit für eine ordentliche Blogrunde oder ein neues Posting, drum habe ich nichts davon mitgekriegt…. (Auch jetzt habe ich noch kein Posting eingestellt, aber ich hoffe, dass ich bald dazukommen werde…)
Auf hoffentlich bald und genieße die wunderschönen Geschenke, die du bekommen hast!!!
Herzlichst, trau.mau
(die natürlich auch dein Katerchen wieder lieb streichelt!)

Guriana said...

Julia, you are lucky girl!!!...what a treasures!!!:))


Sugar Lump Studios said...

each one is such a treasure!I could sit here all morning looking at the beautiful pieces they give me such inspiration! thank you for sharing these with us!

Anonymous said...

Wow what beautiful creations. these are simply stunning !it was so lovely to view them all. thanks for sharing. I love your blog
Today i have a 24 hour only freebie of christmas images, if you would like it, please drop by and grab it asap as it will be gone tomorrow (UK am time ) Hope you like it
have a wonderful day
hugs June x

Barbara Jean said...

What wonderful treasures.
I just love what Marie made, and the goodies she sent along with them, and the Remember by Viola is Beautiful!!

And speaking of beautiful. every time I come here I just LOVE you banner. It is just the sweetest!

barbara jean

Minna Perälä said...

Happy Birthday Julia!!!

Such a beautiful creations from wonderful friends!
I love each and everyone of those artworks

Have a wonderful day :-))

Hugs, Minna

Lisa said...

This is the most yummy group of art I've ever seen!!! What talented girls Marie & Viola are. They certainly know your style! I have something I've been working on, but the way my 'shut in' summer has gone it may be Christmas before you get it! LOL Kids start back to school Monday so I hope to get back to blogging & art!

Anonymous said...

Oh so beautiful! I especially like the wooden letters for your pretty name! Have fun with all of your sweet treasures my friend! I know I would.

Ciao Bella!


Bente said...

Oh, I love your blog. You make fantastic things. Follow you.

Hugs Bente

Gaby Bee said...

WOW, da hast du ja richtige Schätze bekommen, Julia. Ein Teil schöner als das andere. Ich weiß ja nicht wann du Geburtstag hattest ... aber nachträglich noch Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Ich wünsche dir eine wunderschöne Woche!

Gaby xo

Marge said...

My dear Julia,

I know, I`m late, but happy birthday, my friend♥

Oh, I really LOVE your treasures from your wonderful friends!! Very BEAUTIFUL!! You all are so skillfull women:)

Hugs from me to you♥

Anonymous said...

So much beautiful eye candy on your blog!!!! I love the Flea Market Gal necklace. I need one of those :)

Laurie said...

Wow -- belated happy birthday! You were certainly spoiled! Viola does such amazing work, especially, and is so generous. Lucky you!