Thursday, June 19

french blue art treats.

i have only had my etsy shop for a week and i can't believe how much fun it has been! i have always adored mailing packages wrapped up with string, writing little notes, making handmade labels, and packing little bits of my treasures. i am looking at everything with a new eye these days. last week as i was going out to the estate sales i had my eyes open for little things to put in my art treats. my best finds were two vintage pendleton wool shirts, gorgeous wool in the colors of fall.

my favorite thing so far in my shop is this little scalloped embroidered pocket i sewed from a set of old pillowcases. they were rolled up carefully in someones attic for years. i would have happily used them on my pillows, but there were some holes in the cotton and several stains. the lovely stitching was so fine and even i bought them anyway. i feels wonderful to make these beautiful pockets out of something that once had such care and would have been forgotton.
the little french blue blossoms are so sweet with the tiniest black stamen clusters inside. collecting old millinery flowers is only one of my weaknesses. . . .

two more quite delicious summer trips to look forward to:

the art nest next week-i am still sewing and printing the canvas tool kits. today i am finishing the guache paint palettes and starting the name tags. can't wait to post about them when they are all finished! candice has been making these amazing salvage cards to go inside with all the other goodies.

marina and i will be taking in new york city together to celebrate her graduation. i lived 20 minutes outside the city for a year when i was 18 and went in every weekend to the flea markets. it will be amazing to go again and check it out together. tinsel trading is one place i am definitly going to visit! if you found a wonderful shop or resaurant you have visited that you think i would adore, please leave the info in a comment. we will be going in about three weeks.
happy thursday, julie


kecia deveney said...

have fun in NYC! you know i am close by (going this weekend myself!) Pearl River Mart in Chinatown is quite fun too. congrats to Marina!

Dale said...

Oh wow! Your little packets of treasures are so very sweet. I adore the blue and white. Off to check out your shop now :).

Diana said...


Congratulations on your book! I am so very impressed and excited for you. Have fun in the New York!

Maija said...

I can't wait to se3e you tomorrow! I hope you will have some goodies to sell at the ArtNest!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Lovely new shop. You have done so well already! Beautiful and inspiring work.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog. I read it through from beginning to end on this dreary day in Minnesota. I could so relate to wanting an "art group." I have been wishing for mine for a long time. Maybe it is time to get active.

My daughter went to school outside NYC (in drama and design) and was always going to the Garment District which I think is in the southern part of Manhatten. I know she talked of bead stores and trim stores (as well as material). It sounded a teeny bit seedy but I always wanted to go Never got there :-( . That was eight years ago and now she is started a program in art therapy!

Again, thank you so much for letting me in on your life.

Suz from St. Paul

Stink Bone Jones said...

I love your little scalloped pocket. What a little treat. I hearted your Etsy shop too! Happy Selling!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, I see you are in the new sumerset LIFE book, the shop got them yesterday and I thought that lucky Julie to be in two of somerset books, congratulations. I was anxious to read about your artnest retreat and I also blogged about you this morning, hope you dont mind. Love to see Utah women published, there is plenty of talent here. LOVE your little zipper felt purses...just awesome.
Have a wonderful July 4th weekend. Brenda and Just a bed of roses shop In Farmington, Utah Hope my customers visit your blog and your NEW ETSY shop, congratulations on everything!

Just a bed of roses said...

I didnt mean for my comment to read Anonomous...must have clicked the wrong thing!

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