Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Dear Friend Marie...

Good morning, my friends!

What a lovely spring Sunday it is here in central California...the sun is out, the blossoms are blooming and fragrant, the air is sweet....perfection!

Today I want to share one of the most beautiful people I've met in this wonderful bloggy world we all love so much....Marie.

I first found her site on the Gooseberry Patch sidebar when I was still very new to soon as her page filled my screen, I knew I would love Marie...

This woman is a wonder, I tell you!  She is an amazing chef, daily sharing the most wonderful recipes I've ever seen...

Here's last night's decadent morsel...Tres Leches Cake...YIKES!

Hurry over to The English Kitchen and grab that recipe!  (Come right back, though!)  Her recipe for turkey provided us with one of the yummiest Thanksgiving dinners ever!  (Thanks, my friend!)  Now, whenever I serve up a new recipe for dinner, my girls often ask, "Is this a 'Marie'?" 

Not only does Marie cook like the most domestic of goddesses, she makes the most adorable dolls...

...aren't those the sweetest little faces?  Here's where you can find her dolls...

Marie is also an artist--she draws the most wonderful characters!  A while ago, she asked if I would mind making some cards with her images--what a thrill!  Here they are...

This is one of my favorites, because it just feels like Marie to fact, that sweet little face is her "calling card", if you will...her icon.

All her images are beautifully hand-drawn and colored so richly...I just added some lace, ribbon, and glitter, of course!

...and these flowers, which were so fun to make!  I even just happened to have the most perfect vintage buttons for their centers!  I topped them with some nice chunky glitter, then sprayed "Sunflower" Glimmer Mist over them...perfect! 

And this one...

...I chose this one because she's baking, of course!  Love the sweet faces and features of her characters!

...always with rosy cheeks and happy smiles...

She has also begun selling her images as digital stamps, which you can find here...and here's just a snippet of one to show you how sweet they are...

Adorable, right?!

Well, that's all for today...I hope you have a wonderful Sunday...enjoy the beautiful spring air...and please go and meet Marie...I guarantee you will love her as much as I do!

See you soon with something new!


  1. What a lovely introduction for all of us!
    That cake looks yummy (now that my appetite is returning) : )

  2. Julie, Thank you so much for this wonderful introduction! She could not have found a more perfect person to make a card with her images. Julie, You style is so special! I treasure my own cards from you. I wanted to pop in today to tell you that you have inspired next month's crafting theme - pots and pans with legs and feet! I will definitely be making something for you! For all that you inspire and share, always grateful! Elizabeth

  3. Everything you have written about Marie is true. Her drawings and dolls are sweet, cute and beautiful. I like your cards with the drawings too :) They are so warm :)

  4. OMG, what adorable images, and you have, of course, shown them off beautifully! And yes, Marie's blog is a feast for the senses. TFS!

  5. Great cards with thse sweet images Julie, a little away from your "norm" but the cards are still very you!

  6. Hi Julie ~ Out for my afternoon walk and am going to have to make another detour the English Kitchen. Sounds like my kind of place and am looking forward to meeting another new friend! What a lovely introduction ~ thank you!
    xx P&H

  7. These are so sweet - especially with the two of you collaborating. I'm heading over to Marie's right now. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hello, Julie!
    Oh, you say sunshine? Can I come over? This is Sheri from Blooms to Heirlooms and we're still working our way out of winter up here. I tried to get outside today, but all three of us (me and my two girls) had to tuck our tails and run back into the hole like that groundhog.

    Your blog is beautiful! I love what you did with the cards! And I'm on my way next to see Marie. She is obviously so talented, love those faces.

    Thank you for the comment in my first blog. And yes, I'm loving Jodie. Hope you have had a blessed day in the sunshine!

  9. Hello darling thanks so much for visiting my cottage and for the kind comment you left behind, much appreciated. I am delighted that our blogs crossed, now I have a lovely world to visit on daily basis.

    Love & Hugs

  10. Wow...she really is creative all the way around! I'm going to pay a visit!

    Have a great week!

  11. Aaawww how adorable are these images and of course you honored them with your special touch!! Great job and what a yummy looking recipe! I'll be checking it out more closely tomorrow (bedtime now, lol). Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

  12. Julie, love your artwork! Thanks for following my new blog. Yours is great. Especially love the background. The colors are beautiful!

  13. Juuuulllliiiieeeeeeee!
    (every time I come here, I'm whining, I know but...)

    Marie's little drawings just touch my heart, make it so happy and totally make me smile! I can't help but feel the happiness when I look at them! Plus, as an added bonus, you have highlighted and detailed them so proper and fine...couldn't have imagined anything different. So perfect!

    Thank you for sharing her link with us!!!

    oooo and Thank you for adding my button to your sidebar. I'm so glad you are helping me encourage new bloggers out are too sweet!

    Have a good week Julie~

  14. Oh my gosh Julie, I am blushing here. You have been too, tooo kind with your words about me! I am so thrilled with what you have done with my images!! I JUST ADORE those cards! You did a fabulous job showcasing them!! I just love what you have done! You are such a wonderful talent! I am humbled by your very kind words about me. Not sure if I deserve them but I'll take them anyways and treasure them always!! Love you loads my sweet friend! You're a real treasure, a real treasure. xxoo

  15. Morning Julie

    That cake looks yummy and I love that sunflower girl, so bright and cheery.

    B x

  16. Marie's work is wonderful and your cards certainly showcase her drawings so beautifully! I caught up with the rest of your posts. Loved the pics of you in the kitchen. Have a great week. :) Tammy

  17. Thanks for sharing, her images are adorable and her recipe's look so yummy! I did go fetch your cake recipe, but today's mini pizzas are so tempting too. ~Diane

  18. Adorable! I can't wait to hop on over to her site!

  19. The cake looks so yummy and we're having some spring in Colorado to (no leaves yet but warm weather). You blog is always a joy to read!

  20. The drawings are so sweet and you have really complemented the feel of them in your cards. My favourite is sweetie pie.

  21. WOW! I don<t know how this woman does it; she is a dynamo and with so much talent. How nice of you to have paid her homage; she deserves it. But you are also very talented; love coming here.

  22. This is why I just love blogger! The cake looks amazingly tasty and the artwork is totally adorable: I must go and check out both sites!