Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Julia from Vintage with Laces

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 


Today I'm so thrilled to have an international guest as my Spotlight! Julia from Vintage with Laces is such a sweet 'vintage' soul, and she's incredibly talented, too!  I know that you'll enjoy getting to know her better!

Thank you very much for inviting me to Saturday Spotlight, Susan!

Julia - Vintage with Laces

Hi everybody! My name is Julia and I blog over at Vintage with Laces, where I share my seasonal decorations, sewing projects, mixed media and altered art objects and a lot more of my creative activities. Over the last about 2 years my style has changed quite a bit. I used to love everything very girly for about 10 years. Now I prefer a more simple and rustic look for most of my designs. I still love girly elements here and there, but often combine them with rough/rusty parts and/or dark colors now to create contrasts.

Creations by Vintage with Laces
Creations by Vintage with Laces  
These two collages show my favorite creations since I started blogging.
I grew up in a small town in Germany. I’ve lived in a larger city for several years but never really liked it. I enjoy quiet surroundings and nature. I get claustrophobic in street canyons and the noises and smells of big cities drive me just crazy. I don’t like crowds and you only find me right in the middle of one during a flea market or similar event :).  I’d probably make another exception if I’d ever get the chance to see Tim McGraw in concert.

Julia Crocheting

Here you see me at the age of 8 or 9, sitting on my bed crocheting. It was back in the 70s, when beds were green, lamp shades orange and my parents thankfully only had a black & white film in their camera :). My dad had his own opinion about hairstyles. They had to be practical = short. Yeah, right Dad, convenience is the most important aspect for any girl when it comes to her haircut, LOL. Well, I never wore my hair that short again.

Crocheted Pot Holders - Vintage with Laces

When I was 16, I taught myself to knit and for the next several years, this was my favorite hobby besides reading. I haven’t knitted anything in a long time but now and then, I get one of my crochet needles out. I made these pot holders last year and they’re used a lot because I like to cook and bake. I don’t know where this comes from because no one in my family was really passionate about food and neither my mother nor my grandmother ever baked. I started to collect cook books when I was about 19. The first one I bought was about French cuisine and I still make Coq au vin (chicken, pancetta, mushrooms and onions braised in red wine) after a recipe in that book. I don’t buy cook books anymore but pin a lot of recipes to my Pinterest boards and even try some of them :).

White Patchwork Pillow - Vintage with Laces

I had never heard of quilts before our second vacation in the US, when we met a sweet couple. She had been a quilter for several years and I admired her work very much.

Appliqué Quilt - Vintage with Laces 
It took some more years though, until I started to quilt. After I had sewn some traditional quilts, I fell in love with hand and machine appliqué and made several wall hangings using these techniques. Above you see a part of one of my hand appliquéd quilts. Then I got intrigued by crazy quilts and learned how to embroider. Some years later, when I got hold of an issue of “Somerset Studio”, my journey into mixed media and altered arts started and there is no end in sight :). I love to combine different materials and techniques and enjoy to recycle or upcycle discarded pieces of wood, metal, paper etc. My sewing machine is still my favorite tool though.
I’m married to a supportive husband who is very creative as well. When we met over 28 years ago, he wrote poems. Reading some of them made me falling in love with him and I knew he was the right guy for me. He doesn’t write anymore but instead he now builds fabulous lamps from junk and creates gorgeous sculptures and wall art.

Some random things about me:
Even though I’m German, I label all my studio supplies in English. I just like the language and the words are often shorter than the German equivalents.
I like visiting hardware stores and can get totally excited over cool power tools while in contrast I’m rather bored at shoe stores.
I’m not a big sports fan but I like to watch Formula 1 races, snooker tournaments and the soccer European and World Championships.
I don’t kill spiders intentionally. When I like to get rid of one, I catch it with a glass and take it outside.
Thank you again, Susan, for having me! It was a pleasure to be here.

Julia, thanks so much for sharing with us!  Please visit her at Vintage with Laces then head to Kris's blog to read about Patty from My Mountain Blessings.
Have a wonderful day! :)


  1. Definitely a girl after my own heart. Going over to visit now. xo Laura

  2. Beautiful work, Julia! Susan, thank you for the intro.

  3. Julia is definitely a sweetheart! So talented! Love her creativity! I'm so glad to be connected with her blog. Great feature Susan! Have a great Saturday friend!

  4. Susan, Julia has a truly beautiful talent !!! I love her artistic eye on things too. It's nice to read of her history and life. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  5. What fun to learn so many fun things about Julia. I laughed about the hair. My mother also kept my hair short - not a good look on me which is why now as a senior citizen I still wear my hair long.

  6. I've adored Julia's art and blog for years! She is amazing and an animal lover like me.
    Fabulous feature on a very wonderful blog friend.

  7. Susan it was so nice to meet Julia and learn so much about her. Thank you for sharing her story!

  8. It was nice to learn more about, Julia! We catch spiders with a glass, too...

  9. Hi Julia,
    I have adored you and your blog for a long time and am so glad you said yes to doing Spotlight. This was fun to get to know more about you. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us.

  10. This is such a fun post Julia. I've really enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I'll take a hardware store over a shoe store any day!!

  11. Lovely to get to know Julia. I love the way she uses her talents in so many creative ways.
    Mary Alice

  12. It was so nice to learn more about Julia! I love her creations and her collages was a nice way to view some of them. Have to love looking back at those childhood pictures. I was a child of the 70's, too, and much of what Julia recalls, I can recall, too! Thanks for the feature, Susan!

  13. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for the spotlight on Julia. She is a very creative woman. Will be following her blog.

  14. Hi Susan, it's nice to be here on your fabulous blog - and hi Julia, yes indeed - you are sharing a lot of things here I didn’t know yet! Very interesting - and I love your childhood-photo!!!
    Lots of hugs, Traude
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  15. It was so lovely to get to know Julia. Her works are wonderful

  16. julia's so very creative! thanks for sharing her, susan!

  17. Nice to meet you Julia!....You are a very talented your creations and that quilt is gorgeous!...Luckily my dad liked long hair, so all of us had long hair (excluding my brother!) and loved our pony tails....Have a great week ladies...thanks for the feature Susan!

  18. Hi, thank you for sharing Julia and Susan. Very interesting. I especially like the quilting design.

  19. What an incredibly talented blogger!


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