December 10, 2012

Wonderful Gifts From Far Away

When I started blogging about 3 years ago, I never expected to make very dear friends in that virtual world but it happened. There is not a single day anymore, that I don’t think about, write to or talk to at least one of these friends. It’s amazing what familiar friendships have developed with some lovely women I have never met in person. We share happy and sad incidents, worries, hopes, everyday occurrences, creative ideas, plans etc. On special occasions or sometimes “just because” we send each other gifts. Opening a package from a blogging friend is always exciting for me and I had that pleasure several times lately. Suzy over at Suziqusthreadworks is one of the sweet ladies who have spoiled me. A lot of you know her gorgeous fabric creations but if you don’t, please hop over to her wonderful blog for lots of eye candies.

I was thrilled when I unwrapped this beautiful collage. I love the neutral colors Suzy has used, the adorable image as well as all the pretty laces, doilies and embellishments.

Fabric Collage Detail

Fabric Collage

collage detail 1

Fabric Collage Detail 1

Suzy had also created this fabulous clutch bag for me. Isn’t it just stunning?

Clutch bag

Here is a detail picture of the pretty yo-yo flowers and the layers of lace.

Clutch bag

She also sent me this beautiful tag. I felt like a princess receiving all those lovely gifts. Thank you so very much again, dear Suzy!


Another fantastic package came from my dear friend Lisa at Tarnished & Tattered. She knows that I don’t get a lot of vintage treasures and craft items here and had sent me a care package with lots of goodies and one of her gorgeous creations. Isn’t that sweet?

Look at this awesome altered purse. Lisa had turned it inside out and filled it with ephemera, dried flowers and tulle. I love it! The adorable girl’s dress was a gift from Lisa as well.

Purse Detail

Altered Purse

Let’s see what else I found in Lisa’s package. Pretty laces and old buttons. Lisa knows so well how to make me happy. The metal feather-like piece and the vintage curtain rings are wonderful too.

Laces and buttons

A silver plated coffee measure, graphics, monograms and a pretty old book cover. In the paper bag I discovered several acrylic shapes to create with. I couldn’t get a reasonable picture of those though.

book cover, monograms

Lovely bird napkins and images.


Ceramic mushrooms to be altered, wonderful square clock glasses, a rusty ash tray and a monogram stamp.

clock glasses

As you can see, Lisa had spoiled me big time. Thank you so much, sweet friend! Your awesome purse is hanging on the wall here and I’m looking forward to playing with all the great goodies.

I’m very sorry that momentarily I can’t visit you as  frequently as I would like to. The power outages have increased and the electricity drops out 4 – 5 times almost every day. Sometimes for only a few minutes but often enough for some hours. It doesn’t make much sense to reboot the computer every time because the electricity might be gone again some minutes later. Additionally we have internet outages almost every day. I’ll try to stop by as much as possible though.

Have a happy week!



Anastasiya Ilyina said...

Как роскошно! Такая большая работа проделана! Спасибо за вдохновение!

Tina said...

wonderful gifts Dear Julia. Love Lisa´s creation especialy. Lucky you - so many wonderful goodies to create with.

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking gifts dear Julia. I do know what you mean. When I started a blog I never anticipated that friendships would be formed and I would receive art that I would treasure (that includes the dressmaker tag you gifted to me).
Suzy and Lisa's creations are stunning and of course you will treasure them and also have fun altering the bits 'n' pieces sent from Lisa.
Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

You are very lucky to have such wonderful gifts given to you.

Have tons of fun with them. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Happy Crafting,

teri said...

Enjoy your treasures, Julia. You must be a very good friend to receive such loving mementoes.

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Julia, I know exactly what you mean about blogging and the precious friends we've made along the way! How in the world would we have ever met these incredibly wonderful women??? I'm so in love with Suzy's gorgeous gifts and of course, you know Lisa gives the most amazing supplies EVER!! I can't think of a more deserving soul than you for these treasures...sending you hugs and love, Dawn

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, congratulations, what a collection!!! Beautiful each and every piece!!

Almacén de Inspiraciones said...

¡Qué maravillosos regalos! Todo demuestra muchísimo gusto. ¡Enhorabuena!. Saludos desde España.

Dorthe said...

My dear Julia,
Yes it is amazing to experiense the love and goodness of blogging friends, --and the two sweet dear`S - Suzy and Lisa, have both send you such beautiful and gorgeous gifts.
Suzy`s fantastic collage and clutch-with the wonderful tag, and Lisa`s gorgeous purce, - how stunningit is turned inside ,out! and the girls dress is awsome.
I wish you many wonderful hours playing with all the goodies she so generous gifted you with,aalso.
Julia, I hope you recieved my note, and that my package will soon be with you, dearest .
Love and hugs, from Dorthe

Jayne said...

How wonderful to receive such treasures, lots and lots of gorgeous little pieces to create with. It is so lovely to make new friends with our blogs. Jayne x

Dreaming of Vintage said...

You are one lucky lady to have received such lovely gifts!

Unknown said...

What beautiful gifts.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, boy, Julia, you received some beautiful treasures, those BAGS, WOW, if I lived near you, I'd come over and snatch one or both, LOL, and blame it on the fur children, ROTFL!!!!

Truly lovely treasures, Julia!!!

I will answer your email soon . . . I have a job due and I didn't work this weekend on it so I have to concentrate now :)


Rhonda said...

How wonderful, Julia, I know you truly love each and every piece.

I feel the same way, making friends and sharing has made blogging an even more beautiful experience than I could have ever expected.

xo Rhonda

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Lily's Lace said...

Well Julia I agree 100%, what would we do without our blogging buddies! I have been so tardy with my posts these past months, I lost my creative mojo! I should have known all I had to do was to come to your blog, you never cease to amaze me.

I wish you could come to an event over here where you,me, Dawn, Lisa and whoever else you want could craft till dawn! Lisa DOES have the best stuff! She can find things when the rest of us just walk on by! How do we send things to you???? Happy Holidays! Don't forget to leave your shoes outside for Saint Nick!xoxoxox-cindy

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Julia,
I feel the same way and think blogging friends are the best:)
Love everything dear Suzy and Lisa spoiled you with.Enjoy your treasures and have a wonderful day.

Lisa said...

You are fun to spoil because everything I like I know you will. Guess what I found in one of my junk boxes??? A few mushrooms I saved for you! I don't know why fungi comes to mind when I think of you:)hee hee
Oh well next time.
You are so lucky to have some of Suzi's amazing creations. She is one of my absolute favorites & such a sweetie. Her work inspires me so.
I hope your doing well & getting ready for the holidys.

Hearts Turned said...

What beautiful gifts you've received, Julia! This bloggy world truly is a lovely place, isn't it?! So many wonderful people to meet...

Sorry you're having so much trouble with your electricity! No fun at all! Hoping things get back on track for you very soon!

Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas season, dear friend!


Sarina said...

Hi Julia,

Wow, what great presents you received from your blog friends. Congratulations!. The clutch bag is stunning.



My Creative House said...

Dearest Julia, the gifts you have received are all so wonderfully made, I love everything Suzy and Lisa has spoiled you with, they are both very talented,sorry to hear you have so much trouble electricity, we would all prefer to keep up with what's happening in blog land.
Knus og kys Anni

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh what beautiful gifts. You...are blessed.

Martina said...

Du lieber Himmel, Julia - da hast Du bestimmt einen Luftsprung gemacht, als Du das ausgepackt hast? Die Geschenke von Suzi und Lisa sind sowas von wunderschön, einzigartig und wertvoll...ich bin völlig von den Socken und freue mich mit Dir.
Ein schöne Adventszeit wünsche ich Dir, meine Liebe.
Umarme Dich

Martina said...

Du lieber Himmel, Julia - da hast Du bestimmt einen Luftsprung gemacht, als Du das ausgepackt hast? Die Geschenke von Suzi und Lisa sind sowas von wunderschön, einzigartig und wertvoll...ich bin völlig von den Socken und freue mich mit Dir.
Ein schöne Adventszeit wünsche ich Dir, meine Liebe.
Umarme Dich

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello my dear sweet Julia
You have been gifted so amazingly by dear Lisa. Lisa seems to uncover the most amazing vintage finds and everyone of these pieces is a testament to that.
The bag turned inside out is so neat! Love that idea!
I know you will have heaps of fun playing with these in between playing with the kittens.

Thank you sweetie for displaying my gifts so beautifully.
I know how much you appreciate receiving all of these things and you so deserve it all after the very difficult year it has been for you.

Wishing you much love and many hugs for a new year to come full of promise.
Will talk again soon!

Robin said...

Your gifts are beautiful! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season.


Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia, du bist wirklich mit Traumgeschenken verwöhnt worden, aber das gehört auch so. Das alte Sprichwort von den schönen Leuten und den schönen Sachen wird hier noch gesteigert: "Wunderbare Leute bekommen wunderbare Sachen!" Und wunderbar musst du tatsächlich sein - jetzt bist du, glaube ich, wirklich schon zum rettenden Tierengel Nummer 1 in eurem Weltwinkel avanciert! Wieder ein paar Katzenbabies, und dann noch der arme Hund mit den Knochenbrüchen. Ich könnte dich die ganze Zeit über drücken, ehrlich! Das mit den Stromausfällen ist eine ziemlich fiese & lästige Sache; ich fluche schon dauernd, wenn mein PC abstürzt, was er in letzter Zeit auch relativ häufig tut... aber hier geht's nur um den PC, bei einem Stromausfall hängt noch viel mehr dran...
Fühl dich feste geherzt, du Liebe! Weil ich nicht weiß, wie viele "Blogrunden" in heuer noch schaffe, wünsch ich dir, deinem Göga und all den Tierchens sicherheitshalber schon jetzt ein schönes Fest!!!
Alles Liebe, und eine möglichst entspannte, angenehme, wunderschöne &von Licht und Herzlichkeit erfüllte Adventzeit!
Lots of Küschelbüschels, Traude

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Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

How beautiful all the precious gifts are, from your friends.
Love how everything is so romantic and antique, all the lace and old photographs and treasures.
Do hope that you have a very happy new week

Gaby Bee said...

Ich mache eine kleine Blog Pause und wollte nicht versäumen dir noch eine schöne Adventszeit, ein besinnliches Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins Jahr 2013 zu wünschen.

Liebe Grüße,

Shane Pollard said...

Dear Julia

Christmas Blessings to you and your family dear Julia - both human and animal!

What a wonderful caring home you are providing for these precious animals - bless you.

Suzy's collage gift is exquisite - she has such a talent as a fibre artist - we are all so lucky to have her in our blogging family.

Your gift from Lisa is wonderful - that little dress is a dream! She sent you a box full of play things - you're going to have a marvellous time with it all - I can tell!!

Thank you for being part of my blogging journey this year.
Joyeux Noël

much love
Shane xox

Candy said...

So happy to have a visit from you and I so enjoyed looking thru your wonderful things. Absolutely lovely and inspiring.
Blessings ;-)