April 07, 2015

Colorful Rusty Map Flowers

I’ve been away from my blog for about 6 months. To blog again now feels a bit odd but very good at the same time. Thank you everybody, who had left caring comments and had sent me emails during my absence. I was really touched. My husband has recovered but can’t walk for too long without pain. Considering the complexity of the fracture, we’re still happy with the result and hope for some more improvement. My bruises had healed fast, but all kinds of worries combined with predominantly gray skies and perhaps some first signs of menopause had taken over and made me feel blue. Amazingly, I still had lots of creative ideas during that time but hardly any of them came to life. I stood on my worktable repeatedly, gathered some supplies but then I just couldn’t go on. Instead, I spent too many hours in front of the TV, ate too much, too sweet and too fat. I’m afraid, if I climb onto my scale, it won’t show any numbers but will scream “YIKES!” at me. Yes, I’ve been that bad. I didn’t even decorate for any of the holidays. Only the cats and my favorite sitcoms were able to put a smile on my face. Eventually, I was able to pick myself up recently and started to realize some of my ideas.

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

You might remember the rusty, flower shaped car parts that I’ve used in my Rusty Flower Garden wall hanging last year. This time I used some of them to make a bunch of colorful flowers to put in a vase. I added scraps of old maps and glass cabochons. Then I soldered the flower heads onto rusty wire. A large and heavy spring, combined with another rusty part became the vase for this bouquet.

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

I admit, I don’t have the greenest thumb. I mostly manage to not let dry out my flowers but I don’t deal very well with any kinds of pests or diseases. Chemical treatments are not my thing and biological pest control often seems very time-consuming or complicated. I’m glad that these flowers are maintenance-free and bloom all year round.

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

It feels real good to be back. Thank you for your patience over the last several months!

Have a wonderful week!

My rusty flowers will be blooming at these parties:
Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Share your Style at Common Ground
The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice


Tamara said...

Hi Julia,
I'm so sorry that you've had such a hard time. But very glad that your sun is shining again! I hope that your husband continues to heal well and completely! I love your flowers and vase. I, too, am a collector of rusty and old.. Welcome back! Wishing you a wonderful week.
<3 Tamara

Junkchiccottage said...

It is so good to see you back blogging again. It has been a rough road for you. Love these creative flowers they are just adorable. Have a wonderful week. Hopefully with the weather getting better that will help chase everyone's blues away.

amy of studio four corners said...

I was thrilled to see this post pop up in my feed...I can only imagine what a load the last number of months has been...and I hope that now that you've had a taste of creating again that it will feed your soul. Your project combines two of my favorites - maps and rusty metal so of course I love it! Hoping that spring brings more sunshine to your world

must love junk said...

Oh, Julia, your creative juices are definitely flowing again! Those flowers are adorable! So glad that you're back :)

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Welcome back Julia! I missed your posts, and missed your creations. So sorry that things are not the best, but they soon will be. My regards to your husband. Lovely flowers! XO Sue

June said...

I love your metal bouquet dear Julia! What a beautiful piece of artwork!!!
I am sorry to red that it has been a difficult time for you. You both went though a lot with the accident and sometimes when our bodies take a blow, it takes awhile to find ourselves again. I hope that you will soon feel joy come back into your life. I can really relate to the menopause thing though, and even though my mother went through it easily, it hasn't been so for me. I know I went through some sadness and just not feeling right. I now feel so much better, like the sun is up again. I hope the same for you my dear.
sending many hugs your way...

Unknown said...

Darling flowers! Very creative:)
Crystal @ Urban Patina

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I know this has been a very difficult time for you. I'm so happy to see you creating again and hope to see more soon. I absolutely LOVE these sweet flowers. You haven't lost a bit of your creativity. Thanks Julia for sharing with Vintage Inspiration Party.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are really cute and creative! This is my first visit to your blog - sorry to hear you and your husband have not been well. I hope you have turned the corner....Karen

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very clever and fun project! Love it!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Love it! Especially the use of the glass beads to magnify the flower's center. So fun!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love your flowers. So unique!

Dorthe said...

My dear Julia, - I`m so happy for you, that you are feeling good again, and back, here on your blog. It felt good seing your name again my friend !
Meantime, I`m the one not feeling too good, but I hope it will clear, too, in time.
Your skills creating your wonderful bouquet, are fantastic, and it is colourful and a most happy mix of flowers. Love your rust and all.
Have a lovely evening Julia, I dearly hope hubby will be much better, in time !!

Brenda Pruitt said...

These are adorable and so creative!

Pam R said...

You have been sorely missed. Welcome back.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Julia, I'm glad to see you post. Last time I checked you still hadn't and I wondered how you two were doing. Certainly understandable after what happened that you would be in somewhat of a funk, as long as you are able to drag yourself out of it, then all is well. I went through menopause 2 years ago and for me, it was the best thing ever. My doctor said I would get fat, be depressed, cry ... but for me it was the opposite. I feel better than ever. Needless to say, I've not been back to the doctor since. And haven't been sick so that's a good thing. Your rusty flowers are so pretty! Very hard to keep things here alive because of the heat and dust. Take care of yourself. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

Marci said...

I was so happy to see a new post. I always enjoy your artistic viewpoint. This bouquet seems so whimsical to me. I love it. You and your husband had a big shock and I imagine it changed how you live. That takes awhile to adjust to. Hope you are both soon able to enjoy things again. Thank goodness for cats :-))

Unknown said...

Love these rusty flowers…so fun and creative!!! Prayers for sunny days…I know these will keep a smile on your face! Thanks for sharing!!!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Hi Julia! It's good to see you back! Love your map flowers, so pretty! To a speedy recovery to you and your husband!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

These are so cute and creative!! I seen them on Betsy's (My Salvaged Treasures) facebook page and had to come over to take a closer look! :) Happy sweet day to you! xo Holly

Alexandra said...

Ja schön dass du wieder da bist :)
Deine Blümchen gefallen mir auch total gut.
liebe Grüße

Lululiz said...

I am so happy to see you blogging again, my dear Julia. Dang, those flowers are fabulous. You have such a wonderful knack of combining rusty old stuff with newer things and making the most amazing and attractive art pieces.
Ich wuensch euch beiden alles Gute und hoffe, dass es auch weiterhin deinem Mann immer besser gehen wird. Und dir schick ich ganz viele Knuddels und Kuesschen xxx

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Welcome back! I love your flowers. So creative and you can enjoy them all year long. So pretty with the map paper. Have a great day Julia :-)

Rostrose said...

Hach Julia, wie schön, dass du wieder da bist! Ich hab schon befürchtet, dass du jetzt durch die lange "Gesundheitspause" einfach keine Lust mehr für dieses doch recht zeitaufwendige "Hobby namens Bloggen" hast... Dass es dir so schlecht gegangen ist, tut mir sehr, sehr Leid - ich denk mir mal, wenn eine Julia keinen Antrieb zum Kreativsein verspürt, dann ist wirklich etwas ganz schön im Argen... Aber oftmals sind solche Brüche auch wertvolle Sammel- und Umbruchsphasen, wo sich in einem Drin etwas erneuert. Das geht halt selten ohne Schmerzen ab. Deine Blumen in der originellen Vase erscheinen mir jedenfalls so, als hätte sich etwas bei dir verändert - vielleicht sind sie nicht symptomatisch, das kann ich nach nur einem Werkstück nicht sagen, aber diese Farbenfreude ist jedenfalls relativ neu bei dir. Und sie gefällt mir richtig gut!
Lass dich drücken und gib bitte auch herzhafte Fellchenkrauler weiter!
Alles Liebe und herzliche Rostrosengrüße
von der Traude
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Poppy said...


So very lovely to see a new post from you after your absence from the bloggerhood! You've been missed!

Your Colourful Rusty Map flowers are both pretty and practical!;)) I completely agree: not using chemicals on our edibles and our lovelies usually is high maintenance work, with no real guarantee, but this bouquet promises daily doses of joy!

Happy weekend, to you!


Unknown said...

Two of my favs- rusty and maps!

crafty cat corner said...

Thanks for your kind comment on the missing cat Dexter. This is my first visit to your blog and I am sorry to hear of your accident. I know from experience that sometimes we lose our crafting mojo so glad yours is coming back.
Will be visiting again.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello sweet Julia
Soooo pleased that you are back with us! I've had no internet connection for the past week but am finally able to comment again - total frustration!
I know it has been a hard journey sweetie but look at you now and the amazing art you are creating - so much beauty out of rust and wire.
Those flowers will smile upon you everyday and never die.
I am glad to see Helmut is slowly getting back too.
Love to you both and big warm hugs all the way from here.
Suzy xox

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Dear Julia so good to see you are blogging again, your flower are so wonderfully made of thing many people throw out, thanks for all your lovely comments on my blogs.
Hugs Anni

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

So glad you are feeling better!! I love your "happy" flowers and sweet spirit! Welcome back :)

Darla said...

Sweetness squared !

Pendra said...

Great to see you back. Spring is really a great help with the blues and maybe will jump start your mojo as well! Glad to hear you are both on the road back, it sounds like it's been a long road. Sending hugs!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh goodness, you folks have been through it! Hope you continue on your healing path, I broke my ankle in 13 places 15 years ago...screws...plates..yada, yada. I'm happy to tell you all is well! Occasionally swells a little when standing a long time or flying, that's about it. Crazy as it seems...hubby probably won't want to hear this, the more I walked the better I felt. once I got through the first few months I walked the treadmill everyday, it took away the pain and kept the swelling down. Wishing you both the best


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

LOVE the flowers!!! How cute and cheerful.

Julia, I do hope that you both get to feeling better soon. Menopause has had a sting on my moods, too, but I try to keep a positive attitude. I find that sitting down and creating makes things better.

big hugs!!!

Betsy said...

So glad you are feeling better, lots of prayers and love were sent your way in our minds! Glad your creativity has returned. I know how I feel when something hits me hard, and I can't even go into my studio room. It's just too hard.
Love your flowers! They are so cute!
you are so creative!

Betsy said...

So glad you are feeling better, lots of prayers and love were sent your way in our minds! Glad your creativity has returned. I know how I feel when something hits me hard, and I can't even go into my studio room. It's just too hard.
Love your flowers! They are so cute!
you are so creative!

Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia,
jetzt "muss" ich dir unbedingt mal wieder ein paar Zeilen dalassen und dir DANKE sagen für so deine lieben Kommentare! Was du mir über die Glühwürmchen im Weinberg geschrieben hast, stelle ich mir wunderschön vor - so etwas gibt es hier nicht. Glühwürmchen habe ich bewußt bisher überhaupt nur in der Toskanan gesehen, da saßen sie auf den Fenstern unseres "gemieteten Landhauses" und blinkten "verliebt" vor sich hin ;o) Ein entzückender Anblick! Das entschädigt vermutlich auch für das Nichtvorhandensein von vorgekochten Kastanien ;o)
Ich hoffe, dir bzw. euch geht's gut!!! Lass dich lieb drücken -
♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥
herzlichst, die Traude

Michelle L. said...

Your flowers are so awesome - found them at the vintage inspiration party and I'm so glad you posted them!