December 02, 2011

French and White

It’s been last year that dear Alexandra over at Cottage Dreams and I had agreed to do a French-themed swap. Finally we both had the time and now I can show you my my creations for her.

The first thing I made for this swap was this tissue box cover.

Tissue Box Cover by Vintage with Laces

Again, The Graphics Fairy had been my main source for the graphics I have used. Thank you very much again, Karen! You have such fantastic images! Only the one above came from someone else (I think).
I’ve embellished a preserving jar

Altered jar with lace and French label

as well as a box and filled both with laces and other goodies for Alexandra to create with.

Altered box with lace and French label 

Altered box filled with vintage finds

Still being in a cushion sewing mood, I made this 16” x 16” one for her sofa.
 White pillow with vintage French graphic

This bookmark with a stamped Eiffel Tower was another gift for Alexandra

Handmade bookmark: Paris

as well as this bag full of fabrics.

Fabric Gift Bag with Fench Label by Vintage with Laces
As you can see I had some fun wrapping everything up too.

Gift Wrapping Ideas by Vintage with Laces
Now I’m looking forward to Alexandra’s package and will show you her swap gifts next time.

My Christmas decoration is coming along but I’m not finished yet. I’m very happy that we have a white tree this year. I could find lights with white cords only on the internet and now I’m waiting for them. With a little luck they will arrive today and I can start decorating the tree this afternoon.
Have a wonderful weekend!




Vintage Market Place said...

amazing parcels!
Have fun decorating today.
We are doing the same

Anonymous said...

so beautiful things u have the pillow...have a great weekened

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ohh, la, la, absolutely beautiful!! I enjoy seeing all the wonderful swaps you and your friends do!

Can't wait to see your white tree!!


Bente said...

I love the box, the pillow, the parcels. Yes, I love it all. Gorgeous.

Hugs Bente

Guriana said...

What a beautiful things!!...the pillow is amazing!!...and box..and jar...:))I love this french look:))


Dorthe said...

Dearest Julia,
Alexandra will be so happy with all this beautiful things you created for her. Everything is stunning- in all is whitenes, and beauty.I lobve the boxes, jar and the pillow you made.The bag is so lovely ,too, sweetie.
And the packages -OH MY , so very beautiful, you have made them.
Liebe Julia, I`m on my way in 10 minutes, so Thanks so much for your warm wishes for the week-end.
I have been stressed and have not found time for writing-but you will here from me when I`m home again, süsse.

Alles liebe, ganz viele HUGS und küsse, und wünsche dir eine schönes wochenende.
Deine Dorthe
A WHITE TREA- I wish I could get one here !!

Sandi said...

I am drooling on my keyboard Julia!! Everything is so beautiful! Your swap partner is a very fortunate person!! :)

Cindy said...

Beautiful things! You are so very creative with fabric and lace. I could spend hours just looking at your blog!

Sandy said...

Meine liebe Julia ich kann nur schmachten. Mir fehlen die Worte. So wunderschöne Geschenke für Alex. Einfach traumhaft.

Ich wünsche Dir eine wunderschöne Vorweihnachtszeit. *winke*

Viola said...

Liebes Julchen, Deine Creationen sind einfach traumhaft schön. Kein Wunder, dass sich Xela sooo gefreut hat! :o) Und dann noch so toll verpackt!
Ein schönes WE und viele liebe Grüße,
auch von Yoki an Cecil! :o)))

Tina said...

Everything is so pretty Julia - beautiful gifts. I´m sure Alexandra will be trilled. Can´t wait to see what you receive from her.
Have a lovely evening sweet friend.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

My dear Julia,
everything looks just so very beautiful and I'm sure dear Alexandra will be so thrilled.
Looking forward to see what Alexandra will send you:)Have a wonderful weekend and have fun decorating.

Lululiz said...

Oh my goodness, Julia, what an amazing collection of the most fantastic goodies. I really can't single out just one thing as my favourite, everything is so beautiful. Alexandra is one heck of a lucky girl ( but she deserves it, she is such a sweetie ).

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

You have sent Alexandra the most amazing array of gifts, everything is so beautiful and she is going to be very happy.
Have fun decorating the Christmas tree,... white will be lovely and I look forward to seeing it.

Have a wonderful weekend

Anneke said...

such an awesome parcels and work.
the jar looks great with the image from karen and you have done a great job.
i hope some day we have a swap again, and you know i am a big fan of your work.
i also love the pillow and other work you made
hugs and a nice weekend

Unknown said...

This is some stunning stuff!!! i adore every little thing! You are so talented girl! :)Your friend will be thrilled! I know I would! ^.^


My Creative House said...

Dearest Julia WOW WOW WOW you have made some absolutely amazing things for the swap, I'm sure that Alexandra will love it all - I do, december is a wonderful months with many Christmas markets and I will visit some this weekend, hope that you also will have a wonderful weekend my friend.
Knus og kys Anni

Angela Richardson said...

Beautiful gifts Julia, I know what a delight it is to open a parcel from you.
Have a great weekend,
Hugs, Angela.

Boxwood Cottage said...

Ahhh lucky Alexandra!!!!
From the fabulous wrapping over all the enchanting details each and every gift you created is pure Julia magic!
Can't wait to see her creations for you!
Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog today my dear!
Wishing you a cosy second of Advent!
xoxo~ Carola

Lisa said...

What a great swap. Alexandra will be thrilled to say the least. That is if she can bring herself to open those amazing packages! I couldn't! In fact I'm pinning them now, how beautiful they are. Your crisp white linens with the great graphics are so perfectly nordic! Julia your work is perfection! Glad to see your having time to create. Hope your holiday season is going well.

Robin said...

Oh my, Alexandra will be thrilled with her package Julia!! I bet your home looks absolutely lovely for the holidays! Can't wait to see what Alexandra sent you :) Have a wonderful weekend.


Rhonda said...

Visiting your blog is always such fun! Your package will be treasured that is for sure. xo Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Julia, stunning, absolutely stunning! Love the little box filled with surprises!

Hugs, Diane

Karen said...

Having been on the receiving end of one of your wonderful swaps - I know she MUST be giddy with excitement over what is sot arrive! What a beautiful gift. You do the most amazing things my Friend.
So now we are all on pins and needles waiting to see what you have to post it as soon as it comes!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs. Karen

Alexandra said...

alles meins :) juhuuuu und freu
Meine Liebe die Sachen sind so wunderschön und im Original noch viel viel besser.
Vielen lieben Dank dir.
Schönen Sonntagabend wünsche ich dir.
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia, die Schönheiten, die du uns da zeigst, sind mal wieder allesamt umwerfend, aber das Chocolat-Kissen macht mich schlichtweg innerlich kreischen (wie so einen Teenie vor einer Konzertbühne, auf der ihr Star trällert)! Hab ich dich eigentlich schon mal gefragt, ob du sowas wie einen Dawandashop hast???
Ich muss mir jetzt ein wenig kühlende Luft zufächeln und dringend das Thema wechseln. Sprechen wir doch von Mählchi. Ich glaube sein Problem (oder Segen...?) ist: Er WEISS nicht, dass er ein Schaf ist. Er hält sich für einen stattlichen Hengst, und offenbar traut sich niemand, ihm die Wahrheit zu sagen. DESHALB immer diese Pfededamen-Flirts. Aber diesmal mache ich mir ernsthafte Sorgen um ihn!
Nun, wie auch immer, er muss seine Erfahrungen machen...
Ich danke dir auf jeden Fall, dass du Interesse an seinem Liebesleben hast! Grüß mir dein Schaukelpferdchen - und selbstverständlich auch dein Katerchen :o)
Herzhafte Adventküschelbüschels, trau.mau

die Herzenswerkstatt said...

Liebe Julia,
also die Fotos und von Deinem Paket an Alexandra und Dein Header haben Dir jetzt erstmal einen neue Leserin eingebracht und ich muss morgen hier nochmal ganz in Ruhe gucken - sooooooooo schön bei Dir! Und diese feinen Sachen für Xela, der Hammer! Da geht einem das Herz auf!!!
Ganz liebe Grüße,

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Hallo liebste Julia,
ich komme gerade von glücklichen Alexandra und habe bei dieser all Deine zuckersüßen Schätzchen bewundert. Julia Du bist ein Pänomen. Es liegt nicht jedem, solch einen Schatz zusammen zu stellen. Da steckt viel Liebe drin.
Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen 2. Advent und eine gemütliche Vorweihnachtszeit.
Viele liebe Grüße

Luiza Ferreira said...

Amazing!! Absolutely beautiful.
J'adore your blog!


Luiza Ferreira

WhyCuzICan said...

Very sweet! All of the projects turned out great!

Thanks for posting at BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy which is where I saw these today! :D

Smiles from Suzanne in Illinois, USA

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Sweet Julia
My face is still smiling with all the gorgeousness you have created here my friend. Every item has been so carefully thought out and executed so perfectly. I love all the French labels on the crisp whites.
How could Alexandra not be excited to receive such a fabulous swap.
Everything is just so beautiful including the packaging.
Hope you are enjoying your Christmas decorating!
Much love and hugs to you,

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Popping over from Brag Monday.
Gorgeous gifts with a French Flair.
Festive hugs ~ Kerryanne
Shabby Art Boutique


Lovely creations that I'm sure will be enjoyed!
~ Julie

Anonymous said...

I love each piece! The colour palette is soooooo me!
Thanks for sharing, swaps are great fun!

Ciao Bella

Creative Carmelina

vintage-rose Cottage said...

Hallo liebe Julia, ach es ist einfach so schön bei Dir..und deswegen gehe ich jetzt weiter stöbern,,wunderschön sage ich nur und genau mein geschmack! Ich wünsche Dir eine tolle Adventszeit liebe Grüsse Belinda

Carole said...

Being a lucky recipient of one of your lovely packages I know how excited she'll be. I don't know how you even find time to decorate your tree with all the lovely things you make.
I was so thrilled that I found xmas lights with white cords at the local hardware store I bought more the next time I went. Then later I found the same lights that I had bought last year at half price...I had completely forgotten about them:)



Anonymous said...

whow what lovely gifts to receive

Veronica said...

Très jolies!! Your gifts are so pretty, I'm sure Alexandra will enjoy the swap goodies you've made! Bonnes vacances! (visiting from GF)Vxx

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh my gosh, I bet she was dancing on air when she got your package! Lucky girl, Fabulous work Julia!
Happy Holidays Can't wait to see your tree!
hugs Lynn

Rika said...

Wunderschöne Sachen sind das!

Bunty said...

Swoon ..... such gorgeous things Julia - what a lovely swap. I'm sure Alexandra feels she has gone to heaven! Looking forward to seeing your goodies.


Irina said...

Julia, your blog is fantastic! Love these works, they are great!!!

chicas said...

Lindo, lindo, Lindo!!!
Tudo verdadeiramente lindo.
Já estou lhe seguindo.
Voltarei com certeza.

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Oh my Julia! Absolutely Breathtaking! Alexandra is a very Lucky Recipient! Can't wait to see wait she has for you! I am sure it will be gorgeous Too!
Have a Wonderful Day!

KOLOROWY ptak said...

OMG! beautiful things! literally, they are phenomenal!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your creations are absolutely gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen wrapped packages looking so pretty. Amazing! I'll be back to see more of your lovely creations:-)
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment. Hope you have a great weekend.

Nelli said...


vintagegirlbirgit said...

Hallo Julia,
wow...hast Du tolle Sachen gezaubert. Xela ist ein Glückskind, dass sie solche Schätze auspacken durfte.
So ein Swap macht schon Spaß, ich hatte vor kurzem ja auch mal das Vergnügen mit Janice/USA.
Das Chocolat-Kissen ist traumhaft schön.
Bin schon auf Deinen Post gespannt, wenn Du uns zeigst, was Du auspacken durftest.

Liebe Grüße und einen schönen Adventssonntag,


Old Paper Roses said...

Dear Julia,
I'm in love with your wonderful creations!
French prints with lots of lace and whites, my favorite!!
I'm sure she will love it all :)
Beautiful swap...

Hugs Michelle

Cristy said...

Visiting from The Graphics Fairy and her Brag Monday. I love all of these! So creative. So beautiful. Great job.

WhyCuzICan said...

Congrats on being FEATURED today at Brag Monday- very nice projects like this deserve to be top-spot!

Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at Graphicsfairy :D

From Chilly NW Illinois,
Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

Unknown said...

What a wonderful treat! You both were so generous with your swaps. You make gorgeous things. I'm your newest follower.

Tiki said...

I just love your creativity! These types of lovelies are just what I love!! I am a new follower and I just know I will be frequenting you often!!
thank you for you talent!