13 December 2012

To thee and thine, from me and mine (an XL-Post)


Oh my, in this time of year getting snow feels like a big bonus to many of us.
I love to look at it and have a nice walk when the weather is fresh, sunny and crispy.
But apart from above's conditions, that's it.
 And I also have to admit, it looks like a fairy tale outside.
But the snow is gone, so no white Christmas in Holland this year. 
My mum received my gift for her birthday: 
a photobook (Part One of course) with all my teddy bear creations that I made in the past. 
Many times she asked for photo's of my work, so now she's able to show my work to others.

I suppose that many of us are getting prepared for Christmas.
At least I'm in the mood. I always love to decorate my house and I always have ideas to make new things, but I have such little time to make it all come true, that I decided to do one or two projects each year. So my private Christmas collection is slowy growing each year :o)
On my wish list were a pair of wooden lanterns.
And last week I found a pair for a great price and I decided to "upgrade" them a little bit.
They were white washed, which of course is a nice colour, but our main home colour is ivory.
So I started to take them apart for a "sanding-manicure". 
I painted them in the ivory colour which is also the colour of our doors, windows, walls and kitchen. I love to keep the basic colours as simple as possible. The deco's will do the rest. 
Tadaaaa.......and now they are a pair of shabby chic antique ivory lanterns.
 
I distressed the edges and put some nice decorations in place.
To the lantern equipment belonged 3 romantic vintage silver waxine holders in different shapes.
But instead using waxine lights I prefered tiny battery christmas lights.
I wrapped the lights around a piece of apple twig pruned from our own tree. 
They were ivory washed with a mixture of chalk paint and water.
I added some silver grey Island moss and little Christmas ornaments.
I just love the way at how the lanterns turned out. 
The second thing that I did was very simple to create:
just put some beautiful christmas ornaments under a bell jar. 
Simply made and a great effect: a pretty chic look. 
I'm definitely not a kitchen-princess, but every now and then I get in the mood to pop into my Christmas Bakery. This year I made a yummie Christmas Bread.
It smells delicious and I hope it will taste like heaven :o)
It needs to rest for a few days so that the flavours are well spread!!!
(maybe there will be a teeny-weeny-pitty-xmas-mouse around to snap a piece, just to try...)

Meanwhile I'm working on my newest furry friend who very recently got her outfit.
It turned out so well...!!!
Buuuutttt the whole vignette isn't completed yet. As ususal it's a time-consuming project and with the Season's Holidays coming up + my own birthday, it's impossible to work on it every day.
Right now I'm working on the label: tiny cross stitches with one single thread over one thread.
Despite my age I still do not need reading glasses. But this is a different thing.
I've snapped old reading glasses (+ 3.00!) from my husband and use them as
a sort of magnifying glasses....LOL....It works fine!!!
A perfect view when it's right under my nose, everything else is very MISTY :o)

My handmade Christmas cards found their way to
family, beloved friends and customers who are all so very dear to me.

All that I need to say is: 


and your families, good health and all the best for 2013.
And please don't forget to: