Monday, March 15, 2010

A Mish-Mash of Spring Things...

Good afternoon, all!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!  Ours was oh, so busy, and full of friends and fun--perfect!

Just a few things to share with you today...first, another bit of my Easter favorites...I think I really have a thing for eggs and pretty baskets!

I got these at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago and I just adore them!  Gorgeous, marble eggs in beautiful Easter colors in a prettily carved crystal basket--can't get much better than that!

Yesterday was my friend Barb's birthday...I was a bit slow getting her birthday card done, but here it is...

This may possibly be the most stunning image I have ever seen...I love it.  Whoever she was, and whoever the photographer was...caught one of  the most beautiful moments...I found this over at Art Creations Friday--she provides so many beautiful images to use and offers a challenge on Fridays to share them.  Thank-you!

I embellished with lace, ribbon, and one of the tattered fabric rosettes I made a few weeks ago--the rosette is made with a strip of plain muslin, sprayed with some yummy Glimmer Mist--along with some beautiful velvet Prima leaves...

...a tiny bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the image just to highlight...Martha Stewart fine gold glitter to frame her, a bit of antique trim at the bottom of the image from Crafty Secrets' "Altered Fairy" Creative Scraps, as well as the "Happy Birthday" sentiment...finished it off with a couple of topaz crystal rhinestones.

Happy Birthday, Barb!

Next, a sweet St. Patrick's Day image, provided by Sandy Redburn over at the Crafty Secrets' blog as a free download--thanks, Sandy!

Such a cute little vintage Irish girl!  I printed her out twice, and popped up the image on the background--I just love doing that!  Some pretty greenish/brown crocheted lace, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, ribbon, and of course, glitter!  I had fun doing a bit of a decorative border with my glue and glitter around the image...

...finished it off with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers in her little bouquet and the surrounding shamrocks, and that's about it!

To close up today, I just wanted to share the view from my back porch this morning...I know I share this view alot, but it's always beautiful, always changing...and I always love it...

Hope you all have a beautiful Spring day--it's definitely in the air--enjoy every second!

I'll be back very soon with something new...


  1. Love the eggs and basket! And the image of the lady is so beautiful, I go to thinking about some of my old family picture and how it would be neat to do that with them. Love the beautiful view in the bottom pic...very pretty! :D

  2. Julie ,you live so fantastic, with this view,
    must be beautifull,alwayes.

    Your cards are wonderfull, I am especially fond of the birthday card. It is full of beauty, dear.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  3. Oh my goodness, the photo - her dress! I can't help myself, I want it. Gorgeous!

    I love your cards. It makes me want to start up again. I made them long ago, but it sort of just stopped. Blessed are the friends who receive such heirlooms, for that is what they are sure to become.

  4. Such a nice view! Your green is way ahead of ours! Enjoy!

    You make such pretty cards, Julie! ♥

  5. LOVE this Vintage image and I agree the photographer certainly caught her at such a beautiful moment! Your friend will love it I'm sure!
    Your CS creation is so cute! I never thought to pop it up ... looks awesome!
    And NOW for that VIEW ... I AM SO JEALOUS!!! For the last couple of days we've had dreary rain ... oh well, it could be snow!!
    Hugs to ya my friend! Your posting is awesome as always! OH YEA ... LOVE those marble eggs ... gorgeous colors!!

  6. What a beautiful card for your friend and the green card is fab. Love the eggs and your view, well what can I say, awesome.

  7. I absolutely love your cards, as always. Especially the St. Patrick's Day one. She's so cute!!

    Such a gorgeous view you have! If that was my view I think I would sit there all day long. Thank you for sharing, a little slice of heaven for sure.

  8. Those marble eggs are so colorful and that crystal basket is beautiful. Your cards are always so pretty, but that vintage Irish girl card is one of our favorites. She is so adorable!!

    We wish we had your view!!

    It is still raining here, but we're hoping for some sun tomorrow.

    Have a great week.

    Laura and Michele

  9. Sweet creations, and lucky Barbara to receive such a sweet card! Oh, what a lovely view from your porch and fun to see it change with the seasons. ~ Angela

  10. I hate to say it, but I envy that view. No wonder you can create such beauty with that for inspiration! Actually, I'd bet you could create such beautiful designs in Siberia. (Sorry any Siberians who might read this.)

    Where do you start in your process? With the image and then add embellishments? Or do you start with a theme and find things to match it?

    Thank you for sharing your sweet little creations.

  11. hi julie,

    you always have the loveliest creations to share! i love the little st. patrick's day card. so sweet! (gosh, march is zooming by, isn't it?)


  12. What a lucky lady you are with that view. I think I'd just sit and stare all day. Your basket and eggs are truly very pretty. Lovely work on the cards.

  13. What a beautiful birthday card...I'm sure she loved it...and gorgeous view...spring is coming!

  14. What a view! I would mind waking up to that every day! Your cards are lovely. Happy Birthday Barb! I've never seen marble eggs in such lovely spring colors. Have a wonderful day. Many blessings, Tammy

  15. Totally gorgeous creations girl!
    and the view from our back porch.........aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.. I wish!

  16. Such beautiful eggs, such a beautiful card for your friend. I am not feeling much like blog hopping today, but didn't want to miss yours so stopped by. Am glad I did. I'll be back to normal soon, hopefully. Just feeling a big down at the moment. Having friends like you helps lift me up though and I thank you for that. Love and hugs from afar. xxoo

  17. Poland is still kingdom of winter:( I wish the weather would change.
    Julie, your cards are beautiful. The vintage image and the shade of green make it so romantic:)

  18. Your view is stunning, Julie! All that green - reminds me of our trip to Ireland, which is particularly appropriate for this time of year!

    Of course, your cards are gorgeous as well. You always use just the right amount and kind of embellishments.

    Hope you have a lovely day ahead, my friend!

  19. Julie,
    I'll never tire of looking at images of your porch view. So very beautiful, and surely beats my current view of weeds and a brown wooden fence ;)
    The card of your girlfriend is exquisite. I'm sure she will adore it.
    Your little miss Irish card is so sweet. She looks like she is full of energy and ready for a jig or two. I just love seeing your cards!

  20. Beautiful eggs, beautiful cards, and the view from your back porch is just gorgeous--you are so blessed!

  21. Julie,

    I am so glad that you found my blog so that I could find yours! Wow-your cards are amazing! I have started creating cards recently and yours will provide great isnpiration:). As for the view from your home-keep showing it-it is spectacular!



  22. So many pretty pictures in one post! :) I agree; that image is beautiful.
    I'm so glad you came by my blog, so I could come by yours and say hello. I am following you now, and I will be sure to visit more often.
    I'm busy, busy, busy working on the tags for the retro kitchen swap. I think the book will be delightful. :)

  23. With that view it makes everything better!
    Love all your beautiful picures; so nice and peaceful here.

  24. What a beautiful card you made for your friend. Yes it is a beautiful image. Your cards are always stunning.

  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the cards with the vintage images. You blog has so many great creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  26. I really love vintage cards. You did a great job using the images.

  27. Beautiful everything! I don't think I would ever leave if I could just look at your windows.

  28. Julie, thank you for stopping by and leaving me such sweet words!!!!
    I truly do appreciate all the kindness and love from my blog friends, it is so nice to know how much others care!!!
    I love the beautiful view you have ,wow......gorgeous!!!
    Margaret B

  29. Those cards are beautiful and you're right, that first image is stunning! What a view from your porch, WOW!

  30. Love the cards, love the basket, love the beautiful eggs....but most of all I love the fact that you get to see that gorgeous view each and every day! You are truly lucky!

  31. Hola Julie :) I love your Beautiful blog! I have become a follower so that I can keep up with your new posts and read your old ones, I am so glad that you found my lil blog, because it as a sweet blogging friend said to me..."Left a lil trail of cookie crumbs back to yours" How have I not found your blog till now?? It is gorgeous, I hope that we will keep visiting each other :) And your in Cali! sorry I get so excited when I find more Cali people, everyone whos blogs I love are always so far away in another state if not another country :) Visit with you soon! Besos, Rose

    Ps...what a beautiful card you made for your friend, I bet she loved it as much as we all did :)