Sunday, August 31, 2014

DCC First Monday - Vacation Memories

Growing up in England I have some wonderful memories of holidays at the seaside.  Our favourite holiday destination was Bridlington, a small seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire.  I remember days at the beach collecting shells, paddling in the waves, building sand castles, playing cricket on the sands. donkey rides and the one hour trips on either the Yorkshire Belle, Bridlington Queen or the Thornwick,  pleasure boats that made the trip from the harbour jetty in the centre of town to Flamborough Head and back.  Like many Brits, I loved the sea and still do...... 

Here's a quick look back at the 50's and the 60's.


A few years ago, I had an opportunity to go back to Bridlington to visit a friend.  Like most places it had changed a lot, but the boats are still there making their trips to Flamborough Head and back and the sands are exactly the same as I remembered, including the donkeys!  I spent a lovely morning walking along the same old beach and couldn't resist picking up a couple of the white rocks, rounded by the waves that had washed up on the sands.  You can see Flamborough Head in the distance, so I'd like to believe they came from there.



My original idea was to paint our house number on one of the rocks and place it by the front door. Being an ever practical Yorkshire lass however, I started to wonder what I'd do if we moved......  Then it hit me - not the rock, but a really good idea...  I've been using Craft Attitude to feature a lot of my photos on all kinds of surfaces, so why not print one of the photos onto Craft Attitude film and glue it on the rock!  It now sits on a patio table outside my home in land locked Texas, a constant reminder of my childhood holidays at the seaside.  I even have a few shells so we can listen to the waves rushing to the shore....


There are lots of ways to preserve memories.  Hop thru DCC member posts by clicking the blue logo in my sidebar to see more ideas to inspire you.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dallas Gift Market - Summer 2014

Walk thru the showrooms of Dallas Gift market with me:









































So what trends do you see?  Check out my thoughts in the new issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly, available online at no charge, September 1st....   Enjoy!  Y'all come back now...............

Yours truly,
Julie :)

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!