September 26, 2011

A Three-Tiered Platter and a Bit of This and That

 Last Sunday I bought a wooden three-tiered platter at the flea market. It was brown and in a rather pitiful condition. I painted it white and distressed it a little bit for a shabby chic look. I checked my doilies collection and found one of the right size for each of the tiers. It’s now decorated with all kinds of finds and some gifts from dear blogging friends.

three-tiered platter

three-tiered platter detail1

three-tiered platter detail2

The cake stand hadn’t been the only thing I had brought home. Who would have thought, LOL. I couldn’t pass up this candy jar and filled it with some balls of crochet thread.

candy jar

This letter holder had caught my eye as well and is perfect to keep some old letters in lovely handwriting.

letter holder1

I have such a thing for all kinds of scoops. I think this metal one looks pretty and is decorated with a bit of lace and some wonderful vintage clothes pins from my dear friend Marie.


I love glass scoops too and was happy when I found two of them for only 75 Cents each.

glass scoop

The shoe lasts are for children’s shoes and less than 6” long. So cute.  I’ll probably use the baking molds for some Christmas creations. For the coffee measure I don’t have an idea yet but I’m sure, I can use it for something sooner or later.

shoe lasts and molds

Since I now have some old weights, I should watch out for a pretty vintage scale.


 These had been my latest flea market finds but I also have to show you a few creations.

I had made this fabric collage for my dear friend Viola’s birthday.

Collage for Viola

Collage detail


Collage detail1

This was my birthday card for her. When I was finished with the other gifts, the weather unfortunately had been too bad to take reasonable pictures of those.

Card for Viola

This is a tag I had created lately. I love that dress form image which had been provided by Jane a while ago. Thank you, Jane!

Dressmaker Tag1

This wonderful baking book and the beautiful book holder had been a gift from my dear friend Liz.  The “Monster Brownies” on page 106 had caught my dear hubby’s eye right away and so that recipe was the first one I have tried. They were delicious and I will bake them again for sure. Liz had also given me a vintage white apron to alter. I will show it to you when I have embellished it. Thank you, sweetie!

baking book

Yesterday was such a gorgeous fall day with lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. We took a walk through the woods to the other end of our little town, had breakfast at the harbor and walked back on the seaside promenade. It was a perfect morning. Hopefully you enjoyed your weekend too.

Have a wonderful week, dear friends!





Sandy said...

Oh meine liebe Julia, das sind ja wieder zauberhafte Schätze.
Was Du alles so auf dem Flohmarkt ergatterst und dann zu neuem Glanz verhilfst, einfach gigantisch. Ich staune und staune. Liebe Grüße.

Alexandra said...

OOhhh wo fang ich da an :O
Tolle Sachen hast du auf dem Flohmarkt gefunden! Deine Deko ist auch super geworden samt den Fotos.
Und die tollen Geburtstagsgeschenke für Viola habe ich schon bewundert.
Super klasse Julia
ich wünsche dir was ... ich geh jetzt häkeln :D
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Tina said...

Those are wonderful finds Dear Julia - Love that cake stand. It´s so pretty with all your favorite stuff. It´s almost over with the flea markets for this season up here, and I haven´t been able to go for some time now, and won´t be able to next week eighter - uugh :o)
Have a wonderful day
xo Tina

Retro Feelings said...

I have visited your blog for 2 days and I fell in love in your arts,they are amazing:))
a lot of hugs

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohh Julia I just adore visiting your blog, your posts are always to pretty, lots of beautiful eye candy. Mandy x

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, my, you found some beautiful treasures this weekend, love each and every one of them!!!!

Your collage is breathaking!! Lucky girl, Viola, is!


Paula Parrish said...

Hello Julia,
Wow, love all of your amazing vintage finds. Your talent is amazing. Love the sweet design of your dress form tag.
Smiles, Paula

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
your stand looks fabulous and I
love all the goodies you decotared it with!!Great finds from the flea:)Oh, and Viola's gifts are gorgeous and so is the tag.Have a lovely day dear friend.

marie said...

What a wonderful post filled with all kinds of goodies.

The three tiered tray is lovely...I think painting it white was a perfect choice. It shows off all the sweet treasures you put on it.
I love the sparkle of glass and your candy jar full of thread is so very sparkly! The glass scoop is ovely too ~ I've never seen one of those before.

You certainly found some wonderful things ~ and of course the thngs you've created are so very beautiful. It's always such a delight to visit your blog!

Denise said...

Everything you found were true treasures and of course your art is gorgeous.

Martina said...

Fantastische Flohmarkt-Funde sind das, liebe Julia!
Und das, was Du für Viola gemacht hast ist ein Traum....wunder-wunderschööööööön!

Hab noch eine schöne Woche!

Vintage Market Place said...

Such lovely finds!
I really like the glass scoop what a perfect use for the buttons.

Rhonda said...

Every image is better than the next.

Such dreamy finds and you display them so well. Your creations are so beautiful, Marie.

I cannot believe how much this post makes me happy!

Marge said...

Dear Julia,

What a finds! You found a good platter to your treasures from your blogfriends:) Good idea!
I enjoy every time your and your friends beautiful, beautiful handworks!!

Have a nice week for you my dear friend!♥

Lululiz said...

Beautiful, beautiful finds, you are a very lucky girl. The three tier stand looks fabulous with all those gorgeous little treasures.
Oh, and that collage you have made for Viola, it is out of this world, just stunning!

Karen said...

I love scoops too! Oh yours look so nice - and love the candy jar! I am looking for a vintage on e to place my grandmother's threads in.
It's been cool here, but tomorrow it is going to go back up to HOT again. :( I wish Fall would come and stay!
Big hugs! Karen

Carole said...

Oh Julia I had missed your posts. So glad to see what you've been up to. First love the everything you bought at the flea. I think we would be dangerous together as I would be bee lining to the same things. haha!!! but I would be a good friend and not be a little piggy and grabbing everything up.

I see you have been working your busy fingers to make some gorgeous pieces. I have mine right next to my bed and love that I get to gaze at it everyday. So cherished knowing it was made by you.
Happy to hear you are getting some better weather, I know it has rained a lot this yr in Germany.

Happy sunny days to you,


Robin said...

Everything is displayed so beautifully Julia. And your collage and card for Viola are simply breathtaking! Have a wonderful week.


Angela Richardson said...

Hi Julia,
Sounds like a wonderful day and finding so many treasures to bring home too.
Have a great week,
Hugs, Angela.

Gaby Bee said...

Absoluter Wahnsinn! Wirklich tolle Schätze hast du da heimgebracht. Glückwunsch! Besonders gut gefallen mir die kleinen Backförmchen.
Bei mir war der Flohmarkt leider nicht so ergiebig.

Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche!
Gaby xo

My Creative House said...

Hi sweet Julia, first thanks for your wonderful comments, Julia you've found the most wonderful things, love the cake stand it is gorgeous with all your treasures on, and the glass scoops are so beautiful filled with button, your gifts to Viola are really beautifully made and the baking book from Lis looks great, I love homemade cakes.
Knus og kys

Anneke said...

wow, i am in love with the tresures you found.
the cake stand is decorated so lovely.
i saw the little number and i bought some of them in france, but they are very expensif.

June said...

Hi Julia,
I love your new collage so much Viola will adore it!
You found so many treasures that I don't know where to start. I love how you decorated your lovely three tiered stand. I also love how you filled the candy jar with the crochet thread...Oh I love it all!
big hugs from here...

Dorthe said...

Dearest Julia, this is a very beautiful post,- so many wonderful things and photoes.
I love the cake stand,a great idea, and beautiful looking with all your collected lovelyes.
And the childrens lasts ,what a fantastic find :)
The letter holder, schoups-and weights -you just have good eyes,on flea markets :)
But the most beautiful here, is your gift for dear Viola, so very gorgeous-and I love the card, and your vintage tag, too.
Wünsche dir eine wunderbares herbst tag, liebe- ich bin froh zurück, und meine viele engeln wartet mir -Mein tag mit Mathilde war voller liebe- und freude.
Liebste knus og kys, fra "solskins øen" (sonnenschein inseln ist es genannt- nur ist die sonne sehr blass !)
kys,kys--deine Dorthe

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Sweet Julia
You have been so fortunate lately with such wonderful flea market finds.
What a gorgeous job you have done on the cake stand - it looks truly amazing with all your gorgeous bits and pieces sitting on it. Love the cookie jar with the threads, the scoops - I have never seen a glass one!
The childrens shoe lasts are great and also the weights!
Your gifts to Viola are so beautiful too.
Julia you always display your creations so beautifully with attention to detail.
Hope you are having some great time with your gorgeous husband.
Very best wishes and love,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Julia, everything!

vintagegirlbirgit said...

Hallo Julia,

wow....soviele wunderbare Bilder, da muss ich noch ein paar Mal hoch und runter scrollen. Die Idee mit der Etagere ist klasse...da kommen die Flohmarktschätzchen super zur Geltung.

Deine Tags und Collagen sind atemberaubend schön!!

Liebe Grüße aus Berlin,

Sugar Lump Studios said...

your blog is always a feast for us! what gorgeous treasures and art you have yet again shown. I love all of them - and could literally sit looking at the photos for hours! Thank you for always inspiring!

Lynn Stevens said...

What a beautriful post Julia, such gorgeous finds and you have such a way using all those treasures, I'll be pinning your 3 tier display! I'm sure Viola was over the moon with your creation. Its so HER!!!! Always a joy to see what your up to!
hugs Lynn

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

It was wonderful to come and visit and see all the beautiful things you have shown.
I love the three tiered plate with all your gorgeous treasures and all the lovely bits and pieces you have found.
How lucky Viola was to get the sweet gift.

Hope that you have a happy weekend

Rochelle said...

Such beautiful finds! I love what you did with the 3-tiered holder.....such a great idea. I love ALL your work you do - so fresh and white themed!

Viola said...

Guten Morgen liebes Julchen, Deine Flohmarktschätze sind ja wieder irre!! Die Etagere sieht jetzt einfach genial aus. Hast Du super hinbekommen und so toll dekoriert.
Über Deine Geburtstagsgeschenke freue ich mich immer noch. Yoki auch, hihi! ;o)
Der Flohmarkt in Wuppertal war letztes WE, aber nichts gefunden, heul! Warte jetzt auf Schwelm, der ist auch riesig ( nächstes WE ).
Wünsche Dir ein wunderschönes sonniges WE und ganz liebe Grüße, Viola

Michele said...

such an array of lovely lovely things! i'm in awe. xo

Ari said...

Das sind ja wirkliche Schätze vom Flohmarkt. Und Du hast sie so liebevoll dekoriert. Ganz toll :-)

Wünsche Dir einen schönen Sonntag.
Sonnige Grüße

Rostrose said...

Hallöchen, liebe Julia, das sind ja alles mal wieder Schätzchen - handgemachte, geschenkte, am Flohmarkt erbeutete ... wunderschön! Ich war übrigens gestern auf zwei Flohmärkten. Und weißt du, was ich dort erstanden habe? Nichts! Rien! Es gab nicht viel, das mir gefallen hätte, und was es gab - vor allem Silberbesteck - war teurer als am nicht gerade billigen Portobello Market in London. Irgendwie sind hierzulande die Händler ziemlich unverschämt mit ihren Preisen und wollen dann auch nicht handeln. In Lille gab es also einen großen Flohmarkt, sagst du? Oh schade, da war ich leider nicht... vermutlich hätte ich dort mehr Schönes gefunden als bei uns...
Einen wunderschönen Oktoberbeginn wünsche ich dir und drück auch gleich den süßen Cecil! Herzlichst, die rostrosige Traude

Anonymous said...

Julia its always a pleasure to visit you here and see your gorgeous collections. So beautiful and your fabric collage work is stunning
hugs June x

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Gorgeous work as usual!

Candy said...

I'm so happy that you came by to read about my recent adventure. Great flea market finds you found too. Love the shape of the jar and I don't think I've ever seen the glass!
I will be spending some time looking through all your lovely creations.
Blessings ;-)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love your three tier tray with all the gorgeous goodies you've displayed, such eye candy. A truly beautiful post.

Donna said...

What beautiful treasures! I love the tiered stand, painted white is oh so much better, I think! And I really love how you have accessorized it too! I've got some of those vintage mini pastry tins, now I want to get them out an display them like you have:)

Evy said...

In France we call these trays of dinner service: " a dumb servant ", a very practical object and which emphasizes everything!
There are so attractive things on your pages, between your creations and purchases in the flea markets it is a dream, thank you!

Beautiful day

Алёна Рябцова said...

Hello! I am in awe of your blog! Works fine!:)

Anonymous said...

Truly lovely work. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on the loss of our pup. I truly appreciate that you took the time. You Cecil looks like quite the character! xox Corrine

Rostrose said...

Gratuliere, richtig geraten, liebstige Julia - jedenfalls haben wir einen Tag auch in Straßburg verbracht! Ach ist das schön dort! :o)
Ich umärmle dich ganz lieb und der entzückende Mousepad-und Schoß-Wärmer kriegt von mir noch ein paar extra-Streicheleinheiten!
Alles LIebe trau.mau

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Julia,
I saw a comment on another blog from you and when I saw the words vintage and lace in the same sentence, I knew I would love it here. And, I was right! Just signed up to follow.

Old Paper Roses said...

I always enjoy to visit your blog!
So many beautiful things to see.
I love the old scoop with clothepins!!!
And the three tired platter is gorgeous with all these sweet things on it!
I'm so inspired everytime I visit your beautiful blog!

Have a lovely weekend,
hugs Michelle

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, this is all so breathtaking!!! I love it ALL!!! WOW!

And Julia, thank you so much for your sweet note--It meant so much to me.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend~

Lisa said...

Wow, Cindy said it right. All of it is just amazing! You are such a talent Julia. I hope where ever the future takes you, you will be able to continue your work in some way.

KOLOROWY ptak said...

what a beautiful place! you1re creating wonderful things!!!!!

piccolaceleste said...

ciao quante cose belle che hai complimenti.. baci a presto lù.

vintagegirlbirgit said...

Hallo Julia,
habe mir eben noch mal Deine zauberhaften Bilder angeschaut...Deine Collagen sind sooo schön.
Das Backbuch (und die beiden anderen ebenso) von Cynthia Barcomi habe ich auch)....ich mag ihre Rezepte und Ideen. Am Samstag waren wir mal wieder in ihrem Café in der Bergmannstraße...das ist das Stammhaus mit der Kaffeerösterei...wir haben das Glück ziemlich in der Nähe zu wohnen.
Dieses Mal habe ich einen Kakao mit Espresso drin und dazu einen Triple Chocolate Muffin genossen...mmmhhhh, köstlich. Ging ohne Umweg auf die Hüften!!

Danke für Deine immer so netten und zahlreichen Kommentare.

Ganz liebe Grüße, bis bald,

nelleke said...

Hello Julia,

Thank you for visiting the blog:ZOMAAKJE HET,
In this blog i set tutorials,thanks for your compliments about the "corset"
I have seen your blog manytimes...and i adore it,
What a great artist you are!! Forgive my bad englisch....
My officieel blog is:Loesjemaakt van niet tot iets, maby your seen it before.

I wish you a greet weekend en loves,

Groetjes uit holland van Nelleke.


Andi's English Attic said...

The cake stand is lovely and what beautiful treasures you've displayed on it.

Lovely lace work. xx

Jillayne said...

I love all your "finds" and how you use them to store and display all your beautiful materials!
And the collage you made for Viola - perfection in lace... the circle you used to highlight the little girl's face is such a good idea - I love how it looks.

Barbara Jean said...

I just love it every time I come here.
Not only do I love your posts, and all the beautiful pictures, but just seeing your banner.... love it every time I see it.

barbara jean

Rostrose said...

Halo liebe Julia!
Ja sagmal, was brütest du denn an schönen Dingen aus, dass du so wenig Zeit für Bloggetonien hast? Ich warte schon gespannt auf dein neuestes Posting. Auf jeden Fall kriegst du herzliche Danke-Küschelbüschel für deinen lieben Kommentar in Sachen Straßburg (ich fand die kleinen Ortschaften übrigens auch sehr, sehr sehenswert! Hätte viiiiiiel mehr Zeit gebraucht und muss unbedingt eines Tages wieder hin!!!!) und für den Cecil schick ich dir auch wieder ein paar Ohrenkrauler mit!
Alles Liebe, Traude

Plush Possum Studio said...

Charming blog! Wish I had more time to go exploring!
You have a new Follower in me.

Carol Rose Parker said...

Just found your blog while hunting around the Web, and I must say I am inspired! I love how your 3-tiered plate allows you to display small items. I love to do just that with my "stuff", especially making tiny vignettes with color themes: all red, pastels, holidays, all cream, etc. I will follow you, and get more inspiration from you! Thanks!

Villa König said...

So wonderful!!! Everything looks fantastic! Hugs Yvonne

LUNA said...

Ale tu pięknie i cudownie!