Monday, January 24, 2011

Life on the Farm…

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Hello, my friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend…ours was busy and oh, so fun! 

A short post today, as I’m trying to get ready for a trip tomorrow…

Dad & Mom 3 2010

My sweet husband is giving me the gift of time with my parents for my birthday this week…what a thoughtful man!  I’ll be heading to my folks’ house for most of the week, with the added benefit of being in the same place as my college girl—lots of fun planned!

Two cards made to show you some fun new images from Crafty Secrets…here’s a little sneak peek…


…just one of the four sides of the fabulous new “Farm Fresh” Creative Scraps that will be available soon…aren’t they wonderful?!

Here’s what I came up with…first:


“Farm Grown Love”, it says…sweet and simple…my daughter says the image reminds her of Ichabod Crane…me, too!


No glitter on this one…simple, homespun colors and prints…a single, slender line of lacy hearts and rustic twine with a few vintage mother-of-pearl buttons are the only embellishments here…

Reminds me, of course, of an old family photo…Asahel and Pauline, my great-grandparents, were farmers, as well…and very much in love…

Asahel Henry & Pauline Udall Smith

…here they are, in their younger years, ready for church…the only time you’d find Asahel in a suit!

Asahel & Pauline in their Sunday best

And again, much later in life on yet another Sunday in their very best…Farm Grown Love in it’s truest sense…

Another Farm Fresh card…


“Country Girls are Well Preserved”, it claims…

Again, I kept it fairly simple…adding a pretty lace border, a few paper roses, spritzed with “Creme de Chocolat” Glimmer Mist, and some vintage seam binding that I colored to match with “Chocolate Covered Cherries” and “Red Velvet” Glimmer Mist…


I love that the image…


…reminded me once again of Pauline…


…much later in life here, and after her dear companion had passed away, she traveled to Europe with her cousin Dora.  I’ll bet this country girl would never have imagined in her younger days that she would ever make such a trip…a dream come true…

“Well-preserved”, indeed!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you when I get back!



  1. Julie,
    As usual you have fabulous vintage pictures and stories. It is such a treat to come over here. Don't you just love the hats they used to wear?!
    Happy Birthday!! Have a fab trip you lucky girl!

  2. Love the cards you made and the vintage pics and stories. Just wonderful! Have a nice trip!

  3. always love to see your old pictures and hearing about your family! And of course seeing the sweet cards you create!
    Your hubby is a smart man! I hope you enjoy your mini vacation!!

  4. As usual, great photos, stories and cards. Such talent!!

    Enjoy your family and trip!! Happy Birthday!

  5. Dear Julie,
    You do such a good job of switching styles. This is a perfect farm-style (i know...i come from South Dakota). Did you just do the new borders or have I missed something. Everything matches so beautifully!

  6. Fantastic vintage cards! What a cool guy to give you a trip to see your parents for your b-day! Enjoy! :)

  7. Oh...the card are some of your best and I love all of them! Have a great time with your parents and daughter!


  8. Happy Birthday to Sarah Rose! And Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have a great trip. Bring your coat! Mimi

  9. Fantastic shabby goodness! The new designs are definitely on ,y must hsvelidt!

  10. ReDo! I don't know what my Ipad was typing there! I meant they will be on must have list. :-). enjoy your trip!

  11. Happy Birthday my sweet friend...and have fun...I always like going home.

    Your new look over here is sooooo adorable...hugs. xoxo Safe trip.

  12. Your cards are beautiful Julie. You are a perfect match with Crafty Secrets!

  13. Oh my gosh, Julie, Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have a wonderful time at your parents' house--and tell them I said "hi!" I know I don't know them personally, but oh gosh, I know that your mom is so sentimental from the beautiful treasures she saved for you!!!

    I LOVE these gorgeous pieces you made--you are just the most talented person--wow!!!

    Have a Happy Birthday, dear friend!!!

  14. Have a wonderful and fun birthday week!!
    Hugs and blessings,
    Ladybug Creek

  15. Julie, you will have such a wonderful time with your parents and your daughter! What a special Birthday gift! I can't wait to see what you share with us when you get back. I love these newest cards of yours, of course! They are sooooo homespun and country looking. I adore that! You never cease to amaze me with your card creating talents! You are surely blessed with a wonderfully creative eye! Lots of love coming your way from wet England on this cold January morning. Happy journies and safe travels! xxoo

  16. Have a wonderful birthday and visit with your mom and dad. That's just what I would like for my birthday--a visit with your folks. How well I remember the excitement at our house this very week waiting for the best phone call ever--your arrival!! We didn't want to leave the house in case we would miss your Dad's call. Love the pictures of Grandma and Grandpa. Hate to admit that I remember well the "going away" party the family had before Grandma left on her trip--she was so excited.


    Thanks for all your help and for making such fantastic samples on the spur of the moment!
    Have a wonderful time visiting your parents and a great birthday


  18. What a fun post Julie! Love your cards. Have a GREAT time on your visit!!

  19. Hi Julie

    I have been a bad visitor lately, time and a wonky arm seem to have got in the way.

    But so glad I popped into today as I can wish you a wonderful visit to you parents, enjoy yourself.

    B x

  20. How exciting...have a wonderful trip to see your family!

  21. this is such a very beautiful post. your photographs are cards are lovely.
    i always so enjoy my visits here.

    enjoy your time with your lovely family

    warmest wishes xxx


  22. Have a very happy birthday and a very happy trip and precious time with your dear parents and daughter.
    Beautiful cards.
    Lesley x

  23. What a wonderful birthday trip! Have a great one! I just love your cards and especially the new Farm Fresh Scraps! What wonderful photos you have of your loved ones!

  24. Lovely projects and I can't get over what a wealth of family photos you have - I bet you could find one to go with just about any of the CS printed imsages! Hope you have a lovely time with your parents!

  25. These projects are all so wonderful! I hope to be as creative one day....I have a hard time figuring out "what" to do with the products.....So are you coming home????? Don't forget those phone numbers Julie! I also have a BD coming up, not sure what to ask for yet....possibly PSE lessons! LOL Sandy

  26. Happy Birthday Julie! What a wonderful gift to spend time with your parents and your daughter. I just loved the post about her strawberry hair and her desire to design. Love the energy of redheads! These are such cute images shared today, and as always I adore your family memories. Have fun! Have lots of fun! Elizabeth

  27. Happy Birthday Julie!! What a wonderfully sweet gift from your hubby! Have a beautiful week with your parents and daughter.

    I love your beautiful cards. Cards are a really hard thing for me. One of these days, I'm going to have to sit and really look at yours...and probably pretty much copy them! eeeek!

  28. Love your cards and beautiful stories! Do hope you made some more wonderful memories with your Mom and Dad...what a super gift!

  29. Hey tall gal : )
    So fun to think of
    you away, enjoying
    special time with
    your folks. My mom
    is coming to visit
    in two weeks ~ hooray!
    This post is just
    adorable. I would
    totally frame some of
    those CS images, too!
    xx Suzanne

  30. HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS my sweet friend!
    Enjoy your folks, your daughter and your birthday!
    Let's see ... you're going to be ..what? 29??

  31. Beautiful cards Julie! Have a wonderful visit with your parents!

  32. Oh Julie, what a wonderful birthday gift, to get to visit with your family! I love the cards and the family photos you have shown today!
    hugs~~ Daphne

  33. Happy Birthday!

    Enjoy your visit back home.

  34. I am wondering if you are in the same state where I AM VISITING. hmmmmmmm
    wonderful to be able to go visit your parents.

    I am wrapped in joy being with my kids and grandkids.

    love your cards!!!!!!! AND THE OLD PICTURES the inspire you it seems.

  35. Just wanted to drop in on your birthday and wish you a day as special as you are! I'm sure you're having a wonderful time with your parents. I leave this Wednesday for Mesa, AZ to help my 90 year old step-mom celebrate her birthday! Family fun time is great!
    Best wishes Julie!

  36. Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy birthday, dear Julie! Happy birthday to you! Hope your day is the sweetest ever! Twyla

  37. wishing you a happy first week in february

    hope you are having a wonderful time

    warmest hugs xxx


  38. Hi Julie, I can see I missed some posts here, don`t know what happened, exept I was bussy. But I alwayes love visiting you, seing your lovely creations, and reading your family stories. I so hope for you your birthdayweek with your parents and girls, have been wonderfull Julie-- such a sweet gift from your husbond.

  39. Julie, trying again- my post dissapers!!
    And I can see I have missed some of yours, have been bussy- but as I alwayes love visiting your blog, watching your beautifull creations, and reading your family story, I must have been tired-not being here !!!
    I hope you have hade a perfect and wonderfull birthdayhollyday with your parents,-and girls-

    Hugs, Dorthe