Friday, June 1, 2012

Britain and Union Jack projects

My parents emigrated from Britain in the 1950s and my siblings and I were born here in Canada.  We all have a fondness for the U. K., perhaps because our family tree has been traced back through my father's line to the year 1530.  All generations before my father were born in Yorkshire, England which could also explain my fondness for Yorkshire puddings!

Over the next year, and starting today, England and her colonies (do they still call it that?) are celebrating the 60th anniversary of  Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

My mother passed along these egg cups to me, they are from the Coronation on June 2, 1953:

I also have this beautiful plate which was given to me by one of my husband's aunts.  It is from the Coronation of Edward VII, who was the current queen's great-grandfather (I hope I have that right):

England will be in the news for the Coronation festivities and as well for this year's Summer Olympics which will be held in London.

Anyway, on that note I have made a couple projects with the Union Jack, and will be making more.

I have a basic flag sign, made out of pine and distressed, it is 20 5/8" x 10 1/4" x 1/2" thick:

My box is made from pine with the Union Jack on top, a distressed finish and LONDON and a crown hand painted on the front.  It is about 8" wide x 3 3/4" deep and 4 1/2" high:

These are offered for sale at my For Sale page

Sharing at the following blogs:
My Repurposed Life                                 aka design       
The Brambleberry Cottage                       Too Much Time on My Hands
No Minimalist Here                                  Sisters of the Wild West
Coastal Charm                                         Knick of Time
Happy Homemaker UK                           Sew Woodsy
Common Ground                                     Elizabeth & Co.                                   
Beyond the Picket Fence                         Very Merry Vintage Style   
Beyond The Picket Fence


  1. Wow! Your box is gorgeous and I love your antiques from the different coronations. I'm planning on making a union jack quilt and a pillow. I have a fondness for the isles also. My heritage is Irish and English so maybe that's why. They're having a REAL celebratory year. I can't wait to watch the Olympics too!
    I love your dogs. When I was growing up we raised collies but we never had a blue merle! They're both gorgeous!

  2. Julie--that's fabulous that you can trace your roots back so far!
    Your projects look great. I like union jack stuff that is distressed. When it looks new, it just doesn't look the same.
    love 'em!

  3. Hi Julie,
    I am from Southampton in the UK, you might want to click on my blog link we have a lot going on here this weekend to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. My son is lucky enough to be doing some filming for the Savoy this weekend, they have a street party outside the Savoy and the fountain has been sanitised and filled with 600 litres of a gin based cocktail for the guests to drink from. He will be staying at the Savoy so he is one very lucky person and only 24. This is his company if you want to check out some of his London videos, there is a Savoy one on there already and the street party one should appear over the next week or so.
    I love looking at your blog you are very talented.

  4. Oooops silly me here is my sons video company

  5. You have a very interesting heritage, Julie Rose. And how wonderful that you have such special momentos that were passed down to you. By the way, I love the images of your fur babies - Twister, Billy and Cisco. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  6. I am so impressed! Really, really beautiful work.

  7. Like the Union Jack flags, seems really appropriate with the Queen's Jubilee. Thanks for sharing, Laura

  8. Julie Rose, your Union Jack pieces are really great. My grandfather moved to the states from Yorkshire when he was 28 years old. It's fun for me to celebrate my English roots, so I'm serving a Jubilee Tea at my place. Hope you'll stop in for a cup of tea. ~ Sarah

  9. Wow, these are great! Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

  10. Love it--just brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  11. The Union Jack craze is going strong - what fun!

  12. Julie, this box is really nice, I enjoyed reading about your family background, and was amazed of how long back you have been able to trace it. I like the box very much.

  13. Hi Julie, Thanks for emailing me your comment. I get a sad face when Disqus doesn't feel like working.

    I love that box so much. It's a melding of two of my favorite things boxes and union jacks.


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