Monday, April 11, 2011

Beauty Shared


Hello, dear friends!

I’ve been so excited to share the most beautiful packages I received this last week…yes, PACKAGES!…can’t even tell you how filled they were with amazing vintage goodness!

I was the lucky winner of the Junkin’ Gypsies Giveaway, launching their beautiful new shop…

Things packaged so carefully…with so much thought to presentation…


This beautiful wooden box held most of the loveliness…


I unwrapped and unwrapped…gift after fabulous gift…


Luscious seam binding, velvet bags, wooden bobbins wound with lovely lace…


…vintage jewelry…


…silverware, keys, tassels, vintage French books…a wonderfully tarnished silver pin cushion…

bottles of beads…charming ephemera…a gorgeous Russian scarf in deep purples, turquoises & pinks…

…a delicate old teacup, pearls & crystals…

…beautifully packaged glitters of all kinds…lace pieces…vintage mother-of-pearl buttons (my favorites!)…old coins..

Can you believe it all???  I know I’ve forgotten things…..every single bit of it made this Vintage Chic’s heart go pitter-patter!

{I used many of their photos, as they looked so much better than mine…!}

Please go and visit the ladies in their online shop…I know you’ll find some beauty there that you’ll love!

A little card I made to thank the Junkin’ Gypsies…Jill and Lemay…for this extraordinarily fabulous gift…


Another cloudy day today…there’s been far too many of them lately…makes for tough picture-taking!  Oh, well…


One of my favorite images from Crafty Secrets’ “Girlfriends” Creative Scraps…


…the sentiment typed by me in a beautiful vintage-style font…exactly what I kept saying as I looked at the chest full of goodies!


My favorite type of ribbon—lovely, creamy seam binding—looped and typed in a billowy bow, topped with sweet vintage millinery flowers…


A piece of white lace colored to match, using “Crushed Shells” Glimmer Mist, and a background script stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Artsy Banners” stamp set…another of my favorite things…


Layers and layers…just the way I like it!  A bit wavy in spots, as I got just a BIT carried away spraying it all over with Glimmer Mist… “Crushed Shells”, once again…all the ripples just gives it more of a distressed, vintage look, right?!

Thank-you for visiting me today…and thank-you, Junkin’ Gypsies, for sharing such beauty with me…

See you soon with something new.



  1. This is truly amazing my friend...what a treasure chest! It must of been so fun opening everything. You so deserve it my friend.
    Your card you made is the perfect way to say thank you.

    Hugs for this Monday. xoxo

  2. Oh my goodness Julie!... what a treasure trove of beautiful things!... I would think I was dreaming receiving all of those luscious goodies!... can't wait to see what you create with many of them... the card you made the ladies is beautiful!... xoxo Julie Marie

  3. WOW...what a Christmas in April you received! Really nice things too. Love the card you always! :D

  4. What a FABULOUS Win!!! congratulations!

    i hear a fun and beautiful dress is headed your way. ;)

  5. WOW...that is one HUGE and Awesome giveaway win that you rec'd!!! Have FUN with your new goodies.

  6. wow, what an awesome gift! so many treasures and treats. congrats.

  7. LUCKY YOU!!!!!!! But, no one sweeter than you soooooooo you deserve this bit of wonder! Jill & Lemay are dears. Jill promises she can help me with Photoshop but, I may be a lost cause. Soooooooooooo glad you won sweet Julie. And thank you for sharing. Does Crafty Secerer sell Glimmer Mist? I hear they are discontinuing the cotton candy & mint that my friend loves... I NEED SOME! ENJOOY your treasures! HUGS!

  8. HOLY COW!!!! I was drooling right along with you as I read and then reread everything! you had to be going out of your MIND! I would've been! I am so glad you won - I know you will create FABULOUS things with each and every piece - well...maybe once you get past the "No I can't use it yet, I still want to look at it all" stage.
    Congrats! Karen

  9. Oh my gosh, Julie!!! Should I faint now or later? This is all so amazing! WOW! I've thought about you all day because I have been getting ready for Alice in Wonderland week next week...It's a week of a giveaway a day...and I made everything from the graphics from your contest!!!
    I'm so glad the bean arrived too...I'm sure that little bean is happy to sit next to all these amazing goodies! lol

  10. Oh my goodness Julie! What an amazing package you won! How lucky are you! I just know you will create a lot of amazing thing with this treasure trove of goodies. I love the beautiful thankyou card you made. It's gorgeous from start to finish. The colours and all the images, the trims. Oh how very talented you are! I treasure the card you sent me for Christmas a few years back and I know that the recipient will truly treasure this one just as much! I send oodles of love and hugs, on a cool British day that just may end up being quite sunny! xxoo

  11. JULIA, oh my--you had a wonderful time unwraping all those goodies, so many wonderful things, dear.
    And your cart is so,so beautiful- I LOVE all the pink layers, and your beautiful finish with glitter.

  12. Oh My Goodness indeed!! What an amazing gift - even the box is stunning! Wow, it must have been like unwrapping THE most fabulous presents EVER, on Christmas morning!
    Your card is totally wonderful too. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Sylvia xxx

  13. Yummy stuff!
    I know you'll make
    it all sing, too,
    in one form or another.....
    Happy Tuesday, Julie!
    xx Suzanne

  14. WOW {{{envy}}}
    and you sooooo
    deserve it :D
    enjoy all your

  15. Hi Julie,
    That was one giveaway I was crossing my fingers for!!!!! So happy that you won though. Everything is gorgeous and Jill & Lemay are lovely ladies.

  16. Julie,
    I'm speechless! Wow....all of those wonderful goodies and a vintage silverware chest??????
    at least it looks like are going to be busy my friend! Can't wait to see what transpires! Sandy

  17. What beautiful things Julie, each and evey picture is bursting with lovelyness (is that a word I wonder ?).

    I hope all is well with you, so sorry I am unable to visit too often, but am having to treat my eyes with care as they still don't like the glare of the computer screen.

    But on the positive side, I can still craft !

    B x

  18. Good Morning Miss Julie!
    Aww Julie,Lemay and I are So Happy you Love it! Can't Wait to see What you Create from it!
    Thank You for so Much for your Support and this Wonderful Post you Made for Us! Your Generosity is Very Much Appreciated!!Can't Wait for our Tresor to Come in the Mail!
    Happy Tuesday Friend!

  19. Goodness gracious...What a box full of fabulousness!! Congrats!

  20. Wow, what a treasure trove! I can't think of anybody better to love it and put it to fabulous new uses either - enjoy! Love your thank you card, beautiful layering as ever!

  21. Oh, Julie... thank you for your visit. I have popped over to see what you are up to and my goodness... what beautiful treasures you have. In fact, I couldn't stop looking at the pictures... especially the ones with pearls. I bought a "pearl" necklace a couple of weeks ago to take with me on a trip. I never wore them. I put them away this morning thinking that well.. some sort of occassion will probably arise where I might need them (and in my mind thinking, "they're really not my style".) Now I know what to do with them! I'll use them with my shells I bought in Mexico along with some of my grandmothers' aurora borialis jewelry. Yes! My shells are being shipped up to me on one of our trucks that haul our produce from Mexico, so now my wait is going to be a very impatient one. Thanks, dear friend, for the inspiration.
    Ladybug Creek

  22. Wow what a great gift!! I know you will create beautiful things with all of it!!
    Have a great day

  23. Lucky you, dear Julie!!! everything is exactly what you need to make your oh so beautiful scrap things (sorry, don´t know how to say it in english...)
    hugs my dear

  24. OMG Julie, This is for sure a treasure box! Congratulations on winning all those wonderful goodies! You are such a sweetie and certainly deserve this fantastic prize! Have fun creating with all the goodies!
    Your card is beautiful!
    Have a lovely day. Hopefully the sun will come out.

  25. Julie
    It is like Christmas in April! What gorgeous treasures you have received! I can't wait to see what you make with them! :)

  26. WOW what a gift this was, I am drooling at all the goodies and the box they came in is SO lush! Your card is also very lush love the images

    Love Dawn xx

  27. Congratulations, Julie! It all looks amazing! Twyla

  28. What yumminess! You deserve it!! You better head to Vegas!!!

  29. What a great win you had there Julie how fun. I had to laugh at the glimmer mist I get carried away with it too and curl things.

  30. WOW! That's an amazing gift! What a wonderful collection of goodies, and in such a beautiful box! Congrats!

  31. Julie, Julie, Julie,
    This is the most incredible gift I have ever seen. I am so glad that you won it! You give so much to all of us...honestly. Every visit is like a trip through time with beautiful projects placed so beautiful, all in your voice, which comes through loud and clear. I am so sorry I didn't meet you in California but I so appreciated your offers of coming to visit. There will be a time. As always, thank you for your visit and your ever kind words of support for Jud and me!
    With a huge hug,

  32. Oh my gosh! You hit the jackpot! It's taking my breath away just looking at it!