Friday, July 16, 2010

Home Again…Family Moments & Wish You Were Here!

 House Card

                                  (an older card I made….home!)

Good morning, dear friends!

Oh, my!  I’m home at last!!!  Can’t tell you what a wonderful, family-filled three weeks it’s been…I’ve loved every single moment…but there’s something so beautiful about finally arriving home, isn’t there?!

I really missed my husband yesterday, as I drove 13+ hours …my two daughters who traveled with me aren’t drivers yet, so it was a bit of a L.O.N.G. day!

Just a couple of things to share with you today, no new cards to show…just finished 6 new cards for Splitcoast’s Dirty Dozen gallery that I posted EARLY (middle of the night) before I left my parents’ house…and I’ve got a couple of things in the works for Monday morning’s Crafty Secrets’ Design Team challenge, so more’s coming!

Wanted to show you what was waiting for me when I arrived home…


Our “Wish You Were Here!” postcard swap, hosted by the amazing Elizabeth of “Creative Breathing” had arrived while I was on vacation…fabulous vintage cards from across the country…and even Scotland jumped into the mix!


Elizabeth is so thoughtful…she included a wonderful packet of vintage California postcards for me, along with other sweet greeting card images from days gone by…


…and an adorable card she made for me…A Vintage Chic.  Thank-you Elizabeth, but your thoughtful touches, sweet gifts, and for hosting another fun swap!

I can’t wait to share with you some of my amazing finds from my trip…My Mom took me to one of her favorite haunts…an incredible little antique shop---literally jam-packed with the most amazing finds!  (Just had a request for the shop’s name…”Cat’s Cradle” on Center St. in old town Provo, Utah)

The owner is passionate about everything, and has a love for paper ephemera, as well…and had packages put together of wonderful assortments of images & things for fabulous prices!  Needless to say, I made a few visits to his shop, and came home with some beauties!  Can’t wait to scan them and share them with you!

Just wanted to leave you with a few photos from our second day of vacation.

We went for my parents’ 50th anniversary, as you may remember…I’ll share more about that later.  One of the best things about gathering EVERY single soul in our family together for a couple of days was the photo shoot we did one night…can’t wait for the photographer’s proofs!  Here’s just a couple that were shot with my little camera…


Just a few of my parents’ 16 grandsons…aren’t they handsome?  Just hamming it up against a beautiful stone wall…


All 6 of the granddaughters…3 of which are my daughters….all beautiful, wonderful girls…


…an in-between the shots moment of my parents with all 6 of us kids…one brother seems to have stepped out here…!


I love this shot of my husband Roger and our nephew, Spencer…


My Dad and me…


…and my dear, sweet Mom…thanks Mom & Dad for EVERYTHING!  Love and miss you!

Well, that’s all for today!  I’ll be back on Monday with something new…




  1. Aww looks like you had fun! We both posted about the swap today.:) Can't wait to see what you found and welcome home!

  2. Julie, glad you enjoyed your time with your family. Can't imagine what fun that was for your parents to have all their children together and all the grandchildren too. Good times!! I was wondering if you could post the name of the store in Utah, I am going up there in Aug and would love to check it out.

  3. Welcome home! It sounds like you had the most wonderful time!


  4. Hi, Peggy! Just posted the name on the blog--"Cat's Cradle" on Center street in Provo--hope you get there!


  5. Welcome back. What a beautiful family you have! Isn't family the best?

    Have a lovely relaxing weekend!

  6. What a wonderful trip! Love the swap goodies. Thank you for sharing them :0)

  7. wow, julie!

    the photos are great. i love the idea of all of the kids in white shirts and denim. so awesome. what a beautiful family.

    and way to go on making that long drive!

    your new postcards are great. what a nice gift to return home to.

    thanks for sharing!


  8. Love the family glad that it was all wonderful! :D

  9. What a beautiful time with your lovely family.

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  11. Beautiful photos Julie what a lovely family! Sounds like you have had a wonderful few weeks but it is always nice to come home :-) Looking forward to hearing more about your hols and seeing what goodies you have found along the way :-) xxx

  12. Looks like you had a great time. Can't wait to hear more about it. The family pictures look "promising"!! :-)

    Glad you made it home safe!

  13. Hi Julie, looks like you had a wonderful time with your family. I know it feels good to be back home, too. We have another road trip tomorrow. 9-1/2 hours to Upstate NY. My cousin Gwen is along for the ride. I must start packing and getting organized. Have a great weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

  14. Hi JUlie

    Welcome home, we missed you, but so pelased you had a good time with family.

    We are off on our vacation this week, so won't be by for a bit.

    B x

  15. Look at how darling you are in these photos!
    At least now we know where you got it from. :-)

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  16. Welcome home my dear friend! We missed you but knew you were making precious memories! These photos are fabulous! I still can't believe you had that many family members together for THAT length of time! Bless You All!!! I look forward to more photos, stories & cards!

  17. Julie, When I see these wonderful photos of your family members, I think of the ones you have shown us of days gone by. Photos for the next generation's Keepers of Memories. Three weeks! How fun! I can't wait to hear more. Glad you are home! Elizabeth

  18. Welcome home! Glad you had a great time, hope you can settle home quickly and not disappear under a pile of laundry!

  19. Welcome Home! Looks like you had a wonderful time and love the family photos you shared. Hope you find some time to create after getting organized from your trip. It always takes a vacation to come back from one! Happy Sunday!

  20. Hi Julie, so glad you had a nice time visiting your family... do they live in Provo? A friend of mine owns Cats Cradle, or at least he used to, his name is Gary... is that who you met? I haven't chatted with him for a bit... love all your photos...can't wait to see more and what you bought! xoxo Julie Marie

  21. great memories! you have a beautiful family! so glad you had a wonderful time.

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