Thursday, February 3

keep moving forward....


well i have been thinking this past month everytime i stopped by my own blog about what i wanted to do this year. so far no incredible idea has fallen out of the sky and hit me square on the head...

i have decided since it is february just to move forward with the three things i keep thinking about:
1. i want to sew, it makes me happy.
2. i want to find a way to make my sketchbook part of my daily creative life.
3. i want to make my creative space more user friendly...

so with these thoughts in mind i embark on a new year (a month late). however if you have been following my blog for any time at all you will recall my mantra is "keep moving forward", so with that in mind i will say what is a little old month anyway?

my photos for today are for a birthday celebration. a group of sweet gals in illinois wanted to give something special to their dear friend diane on her 50th and asked me to make this card for her.
i took a few photos before i mailed it off. it was so fun to hear later about the party and the reaction of the birthday girl when she opened the card and the gift from her friends. i loved being part of this wonderful memory.



i used a vintage cabinet card folio that opened to show the photo inside. i secured a piece of vintage paper underneath the corners of the mat and built the birthday cake collage on top. each of the elements i used for the cake were vintage. the layers of the cake are a thick brown satin that was used to make an evening gown. the frosting trims are vintage crepe paper, trims, tatting, and hand crocheted lace. the little flowers are from a vintage ladies hat and the mercury glass beads i found in san francisco.

the folio is tied with a band of vintage hat netting and a large millinery bloom secured with a vintage rhinestone pin.



cabinet card folios are a sturdy and lovely presentation. just remove the old photograph to use in another project and have fun. i would love to see what you have made with an old cabinet card folio so please leave a link to visit.
best wishes, julie

9 comments:

What This Blog Isn't said...

Love how you've focused on your goals! That's inspiring. The card is beautiful as s your blog.

Joni R said...

Very inspiring Julie! You do so well focusing on your goals, you are a big inspiration to us all...

~*~Patty S said...

how very inspiring and I just happen to have some of those photo holders around too :)

your goals for the year strike a cord with me...to get my art cave in order might mean unplugging for a very long time I'm afraid...for now I am telling myself it's OK as long as creative things keep coming out of there

your vintage birthday cake is wonderful!
oxo

Robin Thomas said...

It is actually painfully beautiful.

Stephanie said...

That's one of my mottos too. Forward momentum at all times...even baby steps are allowed as long as it's forward!

If that gorgeous birthday card is any indication, it's going to be another wonderfully inspirational year here!

lisa_crofts said...

This card is stunning I can't stop looking at it and had to make a comment.

kelli said...

Hello Julie,
How funny--my goals are so very similar this year. The card is so beautiful, simple and elegant. I love it.

cathyb said...

Hey Julie how are you - I have a suggestion - how about some more swaps this year. I was involved in your little book swap last year and it was one of the funnest swaps I did. How about some swaps with journals - how about a colloborative journal - wow I would love to do that - I'm great at making suggestions for others right ; )
talk soon - stop by I am BIG BIG BIG into journalling these days
cathy

Little Brown Sparrow said...

I've been in a similar spot myself, not being able to figure out what's going on in the old brain department, more or less forced to wait till the fog clears! Things are looking slightly less hazy now, and I agree- what's a month or two.

I've never seen a cabinet card folio, they're so sweet! I've been having ideas with photography and cabinet cards though I can't find any blanks, and it seems impolite to cover up the people on antique ones.

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