Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sew Stylish



Good morning, my friends!

Wow!  It’s been a long time since we’ve visited, hasn’t it?!  Got home Saturday from our week up at camp, and took me till yesterday to make a little something to share with you…my crafty mojo was left somewhere up in those beautiful mountains, I think!

Here’s what I was surrounded with…


The gorgeous, towering redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains…


A beautiful little grove I was quietly sitting in one afternoon…


Here’s the result of a VERY long hike a group some of our girls went on…


…they literally collapsed on this sofa in the mess hall after they got back and showered…and fell asleep in an adorable heap!

Well, back to my reality…cooking, cleaning, running all around town,….and playing with all kinds of wonderfully vintage things!

Here are a couple of cards I finished yesterday…first:


I just had to pop up this mod woman on top of the pattern images!  A bit of rick-rack trim, some black grosgrain ribbon, my favorite platinum Stickles…oh, yes…and a Pearl Stickles necklace for her, as well…and that’s about it!


I LOVE these wonderfully retro images from Crafty Secrets’ new “Sew Nice” Creative Scraps!  Tons of fabulous images printed on both sides of the cardstock…so much to choose from!


Next…a bit more fashion…from the kitchen this time…


This one really called for a bit of gingham ribbon, grunged up with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink, some fabulously kitschy paper from Graphic 45…a few vintage buttons…


…a dash of Dazzling Diamonds, finished off with a little more framing with platinum Stickles.

These images are from Crafty Secrets’ newly revised “Domestic Goddess” Creative Scraps…


…just look at all that wonderful kitschiness!

Well, of course, my cards reminded me of some of my very own stylish women in my family, so I thought I’d share some “fashionista” photos from this same time period with you…

My Mom (in the yellow sundress), with her Aunt and cousins in the late ‘40’s…

My Mom, again…3rd from the left…with a group of her friends in the mid ‘50’s…

A couple of shots of my parents while they were dating in the late ‘50’s…

My in-laws, Paul and Shirley, just after their wedding…walking off in a shower of rice…1959.

My Mom in her going-away dress after their wedding reception…1960.

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Mom…still stylish after 2 babies…1965…

…and I just had to add one of myself…I love this shot…looks just like a Madame Alexander doll I have.  Taken about 1963-64.

Well, that’s it for me today…have a wonderful summer’s day.  Laugh, play, make something beautiful…but whatever you do…do it with style!




  1. Fabulous retro cards Julie - it takes me right back to my (ahem) younger days!! I so love those fashion images from that time, and the way you have created your cards with them. Thank you for sharing your family photos too - they are truly beautiful.
    Hugs, Sylvia x

  2. Welcome back, Julie! Glad to hear you had a beautiful time. Love the retro sewing themed cards... so fun, and the layering adds so much to the overall feel of the projects!

  3. Beautiful post, beautiful cards and beautiful photos! And the most beautiful is the last one with you looking like a little princess:)

  4. Your girl's Camp looked like lots of fun!! Beautiful!!...

    Your cards are just too cute as always!! LOVE them!!

    And again, love your family stories and photos...priceless!!!!

  5. I loved the stroll down memory lane from my time in fact. I was married in 1961 so your parents are a little ahead of me. Also that vintage kitchen is so much a favorite of mine.

  6. Fantastic cards - I love the retro images and you've used them beautifully!! Love your old piccies too - they certainly did know how to dress!! Juliexx

  7. It looks like you had a lovely vacation! The view is breathtaking! Love your cards as always....and I gotta tell ya...in person they are even MORE beautiful!!!! : )

  8. Good to have you back Julie. Beautiful cards and photos as always. Your camping trip looks great, what beautiful scenery. Anne X

  9. Hi Julie, sounds like you had a great time. WE are winding down now and the kids are anxious to get home. Not looking forward to the weather in Kuwait but it will be nice to get back to our regular routine. Thanks for stopping by, best wishes, Tammy

  10. LOL! I think your mojo is still there but is in need of some rest! Glad you had a good time at camp and your pictures are beautiful!!

  11. Julie,
    How cute is that picture of you!!!??? Your Mom is very stylish. The Jackie Kennedy looks was all around. Great old photos. Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. aw! love the pics, julie, gosh, everything seemed so glamorous back then, didn't it? especially the older b&ws. thanks as always for sharing!


  13. Hi Julie! Truly I am on a blogging break (I accidentally posted my August tags)but not a crafting break as I await the visit of my brother tomorrow. This was the sweetest of posts today! All of the photographs are just wonderful! I am so glad you had such fun in the mountains. Just beautiful. I will be back with you in just a few weeks! Until then, stay cool! Elizabeth

  14. They are beautiful...love the new crafty secret images..hope soon the see in the Netherlands.


  15. Julie, sweet friend!! So good to have you back!! It has been a long summer apart, with me being away for all of July and you for this past week! I love, Love, LOVE these newest card creations of yours!! Especially the kitchen one, of course!! You are so talented my friend! I also loved seeing all the pics of your family. What a "Stylish" bunch you are!! What a sweet Madame Alexander Doll you were. Love you loads! Hugs from afar and kisses too! xxoo

  16. Looks like vacation was a great time Julie :) Love all the Vintage photos & cards! It's like a walk down memory lane!

  17. Only girls that age
    could fall asleep in
    a heap like a bunch
    of puppies!!! LOVE
    your cards and your
    walk down memory lane,
    as it so resembles
    my own. You should
    really have an Etsy
    shop to sell your
    lovely creations!
    Big hugs ~
    xx Suzanne

  18. Julie, your cards are so fantastic. You know how we love old pattern graphics! Your family pictures are always one of my favorite things to see on your blog. Your mother was so pretty and I love that picture of you when you were little. Have a great day! Twyla

  19. Great cards, love the way you've layered the lady over the pattern images on the first one! Great family pics too, just look at you in your frilly frock - sweetness itself!

  20. Hi Julie,
    looks like you had a wonderful time.The Redwoods look so impressive.Beautiful pictures and beautiful cards.Have a wonderful evening.

  21. "SEW" glad your back and with some fabulous fashions too. As always I Love you art. You didnt lose your mojo at all!
    Looks like a beautiful place to refresh yourself and I'm sure you all had a wonderful time.

  22. I have missed you!!
    Welcome home...love love love your vintage cards today.
    Your mojo looks great to me my friend. oxoxox

  23. Looks like a fun trip. I have never seen redwoods...that is on my bucket list. How adorable those girls are all in a slumber. Love your vintage cards. You always do a amazing job whatever the theme. I also love the old photos of women in dresses.. you just don't see that too much anymore. I know I rarely put on a dress now.
    Blessings and hugs~