November 12, 2012

Everything French – A Box and a Swap

Thank you very much for your kind comments on the loss of our sweet Carlotta. They are very much appreciated. We both are still devastated and I wouldn’t be able yet to write a blog post about some creations but I had this one prepared already and thought, I would post it. Today I’ll try to create something to get some distraction and I’ll start visiting you and catching up with you soon.

When I saw Gail’s beautiful Paris themed image for this month’s Mind Wide Open contest, I was in. Some days before I had bought a cardboard jewelry box with little drawers and the plan to alter that pink thing. You know that I love neutral colors and so I changed the challenge picture into neutral tones. Additionally I used the oil painting feature on for a more washed-out look. After I had removed the pink paper, I covered the box with book pages of a vintage German-French dictionary and dry brushed them with white paint. I did the same with the inside and outside of the drawers except for the fronts where I adhered Gail’s image. Finally I added some lace and buttons.
Please hop over to
to see the other wonderful creations and to vote for one if you like.
I recently had a wonderful swap with Anneke over at lasize. Anneke sewed this gorgeous corset bag for me. Isn’t it the cutest thing?
Ann as well spoiled me with lots of pretty laces, two lavender bags and some charms. Thank you very much, dear Ann!
Lavender bag and lace
These are my gifts for Anneke. A tussie mussie and a jar filled with some lace and fabric flowers and a box with some buttons and charms. All three images I’ve used were provided by the lovely Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen!
Tussie Mussie, Box and Jar 1
Tussie Mussie, Box and Jar 2
Jar and box
I’m linking up with


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Hello sweet Julia. It is so good to see you. I have been thinking of you.

Oh my, I,love that corset bag!! So unique.

Your entry for MWO is wonderful as are the lovely treasures you sent in return! Eek I was going to send you a tussie missile and I forgot to,put it in the box . . . I think lol


Nena3110 said...

Everything is sweet and nice :)

Okio B Designs said...

Everything you make is just stunning! Love the cone and the button box!


Okio B Designs said...

Everything you make is just stunning! Love the cone and the button box!


Tammy said...

Hi Julia -- you did a fabulous makeover on the little drawers. They look like they are made of wood, not cardboard. The gifts you received and sent are absolutely gorgeous. Sending hugs your way, Tammy

Jayne said...

All of your work is so delicate and beautiful Julia, I love your swaps too. You are in my thoughts. Jayne x

Sarina said...

Hello Julia,

Just a big hug!.

Thinking of you and Carlotta



Bente said...

Oh my what a beautiful drawer. LOVE it.


Robin said...

Your little box with drawers is beautiful, and so are the items you created and received in your swap! Have a great week.


Pat C. said...

Your jewelry box is just beautiful, Julia--I can't picture it in its original pink, because it looks as if it was *meant* to look the way it does now!

Your gifts for Anneke and from her are all so lovely.: )

Still keeping you in my thoughts...♥


My Creative House said...

Dearest Julia so sad to read about your loss of Coletta, sending you a big warm hugs.
Your box for MWO is so wonderful and also so beautifully made,your and Ann's creations to each other are all wonderfully made, you are both very talented and creative,thinking of you sweet friend, hope your other animals are doing well, take care of yourself.

Kys og knus

Jeannie-JB said...

Today is my first visit to your fabulous blog and I'm so sorry for your loss. Found you via the Graphics Fairy and love your post so much, I'm your newest follower.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Beautiful images my friend...

I'm incredibly SORRY and saddened by your loss.

Love, R

Sandy said...

Meine liebe Julia,

Das mit Carlotta tut mir sehr sehr leid.
Ich drück Dich mal aus der Ferne.

Deine Box ist ein Traum. Ich hatte sie schon gesehen auf dem Challengblog und mich sofort verliebt. Ganz große klasse.

Debrina said...

Whenever I look at your lovely photos of the latest "whatever you have made", I fully expect some rare french perfume to come wafting out of my computer. Mores the pity they haven't invented smell a blog yet, I'm sure yours would smell divine! I am also sorry to read of your loss, it is never easy with pets - they are exactly the same as a human in their capacity to make us grieve once departed.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Everything is just darling! Lovely pieces and such a gorgeous swap! thank you for sharing these with us! Have a wonderful week!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
your box came out gorgeous and is so you:)Beautiful swap with Anneke.
Hope you have a lovely week.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dearest Julia
You are so organized to have this post ready to publish! the MWO entry is so very sweet and inventive and I love both your swaps - so much detail and thought have gone into both. Love your French labelling too!
I do hope you are finding more courage to face each new day at present dear friend with the loss of your dear Charlotta - I know you will still be grieving but time and more immersion into your little creative world will bring much healing sweetie,
Sending you very many big warm hugs,

Anonymous said...

This is a feast for the eyes and the soul.
The jewellery box is incredibly special, the way you used that image, oh too fabulous.
The swap gifts are divine, imagine opening a package to reveal that sweet corset but also the gifts you created for your friend are brimming with timeless French elegance.
An adorable post.

Alexandra said...

Deine Box ist super schön geworden und so praktisch das Teil mit den Schubladen.
Deine Geschenke sind aber auch wunderbar.
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi dear Julia, I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved little kitty. I so understand your upset. I'm a cat lover and my heart just breaks when I lose one of my sweeties.
Your drawers are gorgeous, and I'm glad you have some things to keep your mind busy and occupied. big hugs and blessings coming your way!

Dorthe said...

Hello meine liebe Julia.
I can imagine, that you are still grieving over your dear Carlotta, and that it is so hard to agree with a new life without her.
I hope for you both ,that time will make it easier to bear.
Dearest Julia ,your box for Mind Wide Open, is such a most beautiful piece,- with so much lovelyness. So sweet with the laces on top of the box- and the use of the old pages, with another pretty lace piece,on the side.
Your swap with Anneke looks wonderful, both what she and you send. Everything filled with much sweetnes.
Dearest Julia I`m so bussy and I`m sorry I have not written, -all this christmas preparations nerves me a bit, this year!!
I hope there will soon be time for a note to you, my dearest friend.
I send you much love, and hugs.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, such gorgeousness! The box is so adorable and all your swap items made me drool.
Love it all!

Martina said...

Deine Box sieht wirklich ganz zauberhaft aus, liebe Julia! Auch die Geschenke für und von Anneke sind wunderschön!

Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

Mom E. said...

I LOVE the makes me get inspired to make a heart shaped box I have had plans to make for at least 15 years~! I can use some of the laces LuluLiz keeps telling me to use, that I bought in Germany....I will post my results, thanks for your inspiration!

Anna Maria said...

come è bello il tuo blog complimenti anna maria da "UN POSTO PER SOGNARE BAMBOLE FATE E FOLLETTI"

Lynn Stevens said...

What a beautiful box, Everything you touch turns to into a work of art.

Hugs Lynn

Rostrose said...

Ach liebste Julia, was sind denn das für traurige Neuigkeiten - die süße Carlotta! Ich bin ganz weg, und ich drück euch ganz lieb! Hoffentlich erholt ihr euch bald von dem Schock und hoffentlich geht es den anderen Tierchens gut!!!
Da passt es ja kaum, wenn ich dich jetzt in Sachen USA anschwärme, aber vielleicht lenkt es dich ein bisserl ab? Und du hast mir ja schon liebe Willkommengrüße zukommen lassen - also vielen Dank dafür und fürs an mich denken!!!
Ich hab AUCH ganz viel an dich gedacht - denn wir haben z.B. extra für dich feines Ben & Jerry's Eis schnabuliert und "etwas Leckeres beim Mexikaner" gab's mitten in der Olvera Street - im El Pueblo de Los Angeles. ("Mexikanischer geht's ja fast nur noch in Mexiko ;o)) Ballon gefahren über Palm Springs sind wir leider nicht (war wenig Tageslicht-Zeit dort und die verbrachten wir dann im wunderschönen Palm Canyon, wo wir glücklich Kolibris beobachteten), aber dafür kamen wir per Zufall gerade rechtzeitig zum 1x jährlichen Balloon Day nach Page :o)) Und auch sonst: Viel Schönes und Überraschendes, über das ich so nach und nach erzählen werde!
So, Du Liebe, und jetzt gönne ich mir nochmal einen Blcik auf diene schöne Box und die anderen Hübschheiten, du du uns heute zeigst!!!
Sei herzhaftest umärmelt, deine trau.mau

In the Light of the Moon said...

So many beautiful things to look at here..Simply lovely!! Thank you for sharing.Warmest Regards,Cat

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

How really beautiful all the treasures are you made.
Everything is gorgeous, love the sweet box and the corset.
Hope that you are enjoying the week

Rostrose said...

Hallo du Liebe, ich meld mich mal wieder bei dir - um dir die allerliebsten Adventgrüße da zu lassen! Ich hoffe, es geht dir / euch und euren 4Beinern gut! Wenn du Lust auf ein Ben & Jerry's Eis hast, dann komm doch einfach bei meinem gestrigen Post vorbei - da steht eines für dich bereit :o))) Ich drück dich herzhaftest!
Liebe Rostrosen-Advent-Küschelbüschel
(voller Kerzenschimmer und Gemütlichkeit) von der Traude

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