Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Warm Memories…and Play Date Cafe’ Anniversary!


Good evening, dear friends!

The middle of another week…where does the time go?! 

I was asked by the beautiful and talented Julie Marie of Julie’s Open Window and The Play Date Cafe’ to join in the celebration of the PDCC’s 1st anniversary party this week…and I was oh, so happy to do so!

Here’s the “color story”, as it’s called,  for this week…beautiful shades of soft pink, soft orange, soft yellow, and white…soothing and lovely…


…and here’s my take on the challenge:


The very first  stamp I ever purchased from Unity Stamp Co. when it was a brand new company…even though I’m not a tea or coffee drinker, I fell in love with this beautiful vintage style cup and saucer stamp—it’s quite large, which I also really liked…


The cup and saucer stamped on cream cardstock in “Tattered Rose” Distress Ink twice…then I cut them apart and popped up the cup (of course!)

Lots of soft, sugary glitter on the pretty set thanks to some Dazzling Diamonds, and all outlined with my favorite platinum Stickles…


…a trio of ribbon roses colored in the desired shades of soft yellow with orange accents thanks to “Lemon Zest” and “Pumpkin Pie” Glimmer Mist…then covered with some “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist…


…a little tag added with gold cording…”Please come for Tea"…is the invitation…

…which of course reminded me of something old and cherished…

Two beautiful hot chocolate sets from the turn of the century were in possession of my grandmother Velda.  At the time of her death in 2001, they were divided…one was given to my cousin and his wife, and the other was given to me.

The first set was a wedding gift given to my great-grandparents, Anna and Hjaldermar Ostlund on November 16, 1901…


…since the set is not in my possession, this is the only photo I have of the set, sweetly shared by my cousin’s wife, Tracey…

This is the beautiful Anna, not too many years after her marriage…

Anna Ostlund young in sailor dress

…and her very handsome husband, Hjaldermar…a young Canadian barrister…

Hjaldermar Ostlund--young man_edited-1

Here is the beautiful set I inherited…


…this set was also a wedding gift…to my other great-grandparents, Estella and Glenn Stapley, married July 7, 1914…

Orley Glenn & Estella Stapley younger

Here they are in their younger married days…what a loving, beautiful couple…


…gorgeously fat cabbage roses, and  such a lustrous finish…a treasure…


…isn’t that pretty?

Here’s the maker’s stamp on the bottom…a beauty all it’s own…



I hope you have a wonderful night…sip some hot chocolate and enjoy…

Sweet Dreams!




  1. Oh Julie, It stole my heart!!! And I had started making tea cup tags the other day that have yet to be, you got me motivated!
    This is pure perfection!! You amaze me always!!

  2.'s been SO great to have you back with us in The Cafe! I am so appreciative to what you brought to our challenge so early on, first as a player, then as a designer.
    This card is 'vintage Julie' for sure and a great representation of this week's colors!

  3. That is so cute, good job! I love the set you inherited too, love cabbage roses. I have been trying to catch up here, love the Amish friendship bread! :D

  4. Hi Julie, Your invitation card is very pretty!
    What a lovely chocolate set you have inherited to remind you of your great-grandparents. Do you use it from time to time?
    HUGS to you,

  5. i went to a birthday tea on monday and the card you made would have been the perfect invite. do you have a post on what your creative space looks like. i just know it is filled with treasure making goodness! the colors of the ribbon sound delish. i am having fun with the glitter glue :) im still working on it. im working on some other things too. there just isnt enough time in the day!

  6. p.s. your tea set is gorgeous! what a blessing to be able to have a family treasure given to you.

  7. Love that color combination...and your card is sooo pretty!! It has a soft, vintagey feel.

    The hot chocolate set is stunning! What a wonderful family treasure to have.

  8. Another beautiful card, some more lovely family photos and history and some gorgeous hot chocolate sets! What more could we ask for!! I always love everything you post Julie. You always present everything so beautifully. I love every visit with you! I am imagining now how much fun it would be to actually sit together and share some hot chocolate out of those very pretty cups, made all the tastier and prettier by your sweet company!! I send lots of love to you on this very cold English October morning! brrrr...

  9. An adorable card and a great story about your (great) grandparents.

  10. Gorgeous hot chocolate sets, and I loved reading your family history. It's so lovely having you back in the fold for our anniversary at the play date cafe. Love this card, that tea cup is fab and I love how you've added the tag to the handle.

  11. Hi Julie,
    It seems everything you touch becomes a vintage-y treasure! Your card is gorgeous, and your hot chocolate set is incredible. What an amazing family you's so good to know someone who holds near to their heart their family heritage!

  12. Julie,
    LOVE the soft colors and design of your card. Your ribbon roses are splendid!

  13. What a treasure that chocolate set is! I {heart} the Platinum Stickles - that is one of my "go to" colors. So pretty! I love the soft colors and *sparkle*! Heidi

  14. Gorgeous Vintage card Julie! That tea cup is fabulous! Love the rosette!

  15. Hi Julie... your teacup card is just darling... I drink both tea and coffee and I love the big cup! I want one for real! Your chocolate set is just beautiful! You have so many treasures from your family, and I love that memories and tradition mean so much to you... xoxo Julie Marie (PS Lots of Julies in this section!)

  16. Beautiful take on this week's color challenge - so scrumptious with a little shimmer and some beautiful posies! Thanks for sharing your heirloom hot chocolate set, too - 'tis gorgeous!

  17. Lovely card, the added shimmer looks wonderful as well as the vintage lace and ribbon flowers! Thanks for celebrating with us in the Cafe!

  18. Whoops! Think I
    just hit something by
    mistake and lost my
    comment {grr}! Just
    wanted you to know that
    I love the hot chocolate
    pots, their history AND
    your translation of their
    beauty into your card,
    which you always do so
    very, very well!!
    xx Suzanne

  19. Julie, I love the card! Beautiful colours and ribbon flowers:) And the amazing story ... :)

  20. Hi Julie

    Stunning work and another lovely post packed full of interest and memories.

    B x

  21. Lovely tea cup and card! Beautifully shabby chic! Glad you joined us this week as a guest designer at the PDCC. Love the pictures of your tea pot antiques and the photos of your relatives.

  22. This is a wonderfully sweet card and an equally sweet post!

  23. Julie,
    First of all, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I have been a big under the weather and would have answered earlier!

    Secondly, this is wonderful! I love your cup and I do not know about this site at all. Something new to discover! Second, I love the hot chocolate....oh, how I love it. I was to get one of my grandmothers and it disappeared! I was so sad. It makes me happy just to look at yours and think of you enjoying it!


  24. Hi Julie,
    What a beautiful teacup card. Love the shades of pink chosen. Those hot chocolate sets, are so very pretty, what a way to drink such a soothing beverage. I hardly ever see modern versions of them. Truly treasures.

  25. It's great to have you joining in with our anniversary celebrations! I love your creation, and it was lovely to read all about your heritage too!

  26. Julie!! This is beautiful! I just love your tea cup!! And those flowers--OH MY! Shabby! LOVE IT:) Thanks for joining in our one year anniversary! THANKS for sharing about your family/heritage! Love looking at photos!!

  27. Beautiful card Jule, that teacup stamp is very lovely and oh, so you! Lovely photos of your ancestors and the ceramic treasures too! Enjoy your weekend!

  28. Good morning Julie!
    I finally have a moment to sit down and visit.
    LOVE THIS! what an adorable stamp. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the teaset you inherited. OMG! It is gorgeous.
    We were up at Paso last weekend for the Harvest Festival. Very fun! Found some GREAT new wineries! YAY!
    Have a great day - off to keep catching up with you!

  29. Beautiful Julie! Love those ribbon flowers, they are just darling! I loved digging around your blog, it's just full of vintage-y goodness! Glad to have you playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe in celebrating our 1 year anniversary!

  30. I visited to comment on your beautiful card for the Play Date Cafe challenge with those wonderful roses and ink techniques and enjoyed reading about the fabulous hot chocolate set you inherited, amazing photos!