Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas in their hearts

I am a needlework fan. This is the wall next to my bed, where I put my book at night, and my glasses too, before I put out the light.

Some of these craftswomen have sent me the most wonderful things, like this embroidered bird, from Jone at Pantry Violets. I keep it with my spice jars, right in my kitchen.








This beautiful bunting was knit by Lori. I had a big blank space over my bed, and then Lori sent me this package and I nearly tripped running down the hall to hang it here! Isnt' it amazing how the colors match the quilt?








Mary Stanley sent me this little house which was just what the neighborhood on my wall needed. Mary hooks rugs too, and is a wonderful needlewoman.








this isn't exactly needlework, but its a gift from my talented friend Delila in Finland.




Its resting against a sketchbook, with a needlework cover, by Viv at Hens Teeth.


Viv is a rock star in the stitching world~









A close up of my quilt, the lady who made this cut out and appliqued these flowers all over the top of this, its so lovely. Got it at a garage sale in Santa Barbara. yup.


close up of Lori's work


These ladies are all the best, and feel like 'old friends'.


Little needlecase from New Hampshire, a gift from my mom.


Thanks for stopping by, always such a pleasure to have you visit



xxx





juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

42 comments:

mamabeaks said...

OOOoooooo, all so pretty! I see that you are a Cathy Cullis fan also! I love needlework and textile art, so I thank you for sharing some new links. :-) (and I love your work as well and can't wait to get my new holiday cup!)

Deb said...

This was a lovely post. I will be sure to pop in and visit your friends. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love all your hand made treasures. Your Christmas/winter platter is stunning. I wish I had one fourth of your talent. I'm off to visit your friends.

Claire said...

Hey Julie, how nice to have such creative treasures hanging on your wall.......
Love all the work, each special in their own particular way......but most of all I love those gorgeous little storage jars you made.

Would certainly make cooking alot more interesting having a pantry full of these treasures.

Some new links to check out.....a beautiful sunny day here, with big cottonwool clouds......

Claire X

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

what a lovely collection to wake up to each day...so creative and inspiring...xo

jen storer said...

As always you've sent me to Handmade Heaven. Thank you Angel Julie! jxx

Lori ann said...

julie i love LOVE peeking in at your treasures. i am inspired by all (and thrilled to find something of mine among them). and those spice jars. it's really just about the most special thing of all, to create something beautiful and then use it. spice jars. oh my.

woodland wanderer said...

how wonderful your collection is Julie. i just love to purchase small art pieces from Etsy, especially small drawings and paintings.

i have missed the sewing when i am creating jewelries, so i begun to sew new bracelet.

and i am happy that you like the necklace of mine!!

Librarian said...

Everyone who does something so beautiful with their hands (your pottery, people who paint, stitch, knit, sew, bake, and so on) have my admiration - I lack both the patience and the skill to make anything like it.

Country Rabbit said...

how lovely!!!!! i want to move in and have your artful creations around meeeee hehe xx I bet your home is sooo beautiful around the festive period xxxx

Judy Shreve said...

What a beautiful collection of art! And - to me - the best thing about living among all those treasures - is it's like having your friends all around you. And so inspiring!

Zulma said...

Hello Julie !!!! me encanta visitarte ... siempre con tus cosas tan bellas , espero que tengas junto a tu familia una bendecida navidad !!! hasta siempre amiga !!!

sharon said...

I adore needlework and seeing your gifts...I love everyone! Thanks for sharing these!

Julie-ann Bowden Heavenleigh Art said...

There all so gorgeous!

Tracey Broome said...

I wish my hands had time to sew! The little embroidered bird reminds me of one my daughter made for me years ago. I said I wanted chickens for Christmas, (sort of a joke) and she cut one out of yellow felt and hand stitched it. She didn't even know how to sew, she just figured it out. I still have it and it is still very special to me!

Bloody Frida said...

ooh I love it!

I have been on a bunting/pennant-making frenzy for months now! Love to see others displayed!

dulcy said...

I love looking at people's treasures! What a great post.... Isn't it wonderful to surround yourself with all that handmade goodness? Also Julie, the snow glove post below is darling....
xo
dulcy

Jody Battaglia said...

I like your gentle friends with their dancing fingers...
Have lucky you fun, Jody

lilylovekin said...

What wonderful treasures you have and from such good friends, that makes things extra special. It was fun to check out the different blogs thanks for the links. Have a wonderful day.

Elizabeth Bauman said...

Such a lovely wall!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

And such a pleasure to view Julie, real visual and tactile treasures in your lovely home. x

GardenofDaisies said...

I love the way you fill your home with the art work of so many talented friends. One of a kind, cozy and wonderful!!

Zuzu said...

Handmade, especially from a friend, is such a treat! Love it all, Julie!
Hugs,
Zuzu

millefeuilles said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful post from a beautiful, thoughtful soul.

I too am a textile/embroidery lover too especially when there is a story attached to the piece but then isn't there always when an artist is at work?

It's good to stop by as usual and relish those pictures.

Pixie said...

Oh Julie what wonderful treasures from truly talented people......keepsakes to keep for ever.
Pixie x

jone hallmark said...

overwhelmingly wonderful!
you have the best eye for putting things together.
I am just itching to come see your walls for myself sometime - seriously!

nice that my little bird seems to fit right in with your vast collection of treasures! ...thanks......

love to you these holidays, dear Julie!
xoxo

sandra said...

What special treasures you now have from special friends. I love needlework and have just learned to crochet...can hardly put the hook down it is so relaxing. Thank you for sharing these beautiful treasures :))

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Dear Julie!
Wonderful things from wonderful ans talented friends!
Hope you are doing great
Love
Becky

ParisBreakfasts said...

I can see how easily others would be inspired by your works and create such loveliness.
What book are you reading and what do your sheets look like...ahem?

Susan Wells said...

Oh how I've missed your posts! I took a break from visiting to dive deep into my studio. What a delight you and your pots are. Thanks for sharing the fabulous needle and thread work as well!

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Julie,

What a lovely collection of beloved gifts! I especially am taken by the artistry of the quilt; what a find for a garage sale!

Love,

Marqueta (who's going to be dreaming of nine-patch quilts)

Kathryn Glover said...

Julie. I've missed you. I love all the things your friends have made and you so proudly display them like jewels on a crown. : )

Elise - Brocante Prulletjes said...

Its so prettig ! And just so beautiful because its so personal so unique you te à Lucky girl to get auch beautiful things from Your friends thanx for sharing

Mozart's Girl said...

Wonderful dear Julie - so much talent out there, so much creativity bursting from all over.Lovely to see the treasures you've collected from friends & family. Hope you're having a fabulous December so far - frosty but sunny & crystal clear here this morning. Sending love xo

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love all your Americana art, there's nothing like handiwork to warm up a home! Thank you for a peek at your lovely home!

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Julie I so enjoyed seeing all the sweet things in this post. Your beautiful collection of original needleworks, and such sweet pottery spice jars, I love them! Your home is filled with fascinating and beautiful creations!
Have a happy cosy week.
Helen x

The Cloth Shed said...

What a fabulous collection of needlework and how lovely to fall asleep looking at these beautiful pictures.....
Julie x

Barbara said...

Knitted bunting, who would have thought of it!

art spirit said...

Loved the peek at your treasures! (Thank you for including the little house!)
....and all your new ornaments and that wreath!!!!
Swooning!
Have a great Christmas time!

Aunt Jenny said...

I just love seeing all the lovely things. I think we are sure kindred spirits at least. I love everything pictured..especially the hooked rug with the cats...perfect. And your spice jars are so sweet!
I wore my little hedgehog necklace the other day and got several compliments. My daycare kids LOVE it and I always wear it on days I plan to read "Apple Trouble" a story about a little hedgehog. Big hit with them too.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

vicki said...

Your gifts are exquisite Julie- each one a gift from the heart- your friends are immensely talented! You are blessed--
Love the wall by your bed- totally YOU!
Vicki

Pamela said...

knitted bunting!!

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