December 24, 2014

heppie holidees ! & little Christmaslantern-makeover

hi everyone! On the threshold of Christmas I'd like to show you a little holidayambiance, but hey, what's that? You've got mail!


and because I've been able to print it with superhigh resolution it is actually readable (with magnifying glasses that is, but that means it's photographable to be read), but I can't seem to get it on camera right, so here's the card how I made it on my laptop so you can read it well:


also the Christmaslantern has had a supersimple but a bit of a transformational makeover. When last week I decided to use the lantern for the miniature christmascard, I was annoyed the colourscheme just didn't work. Especially because the angel on the mantle didn't stick out, it just blended into the wallpaper as did other things. Meaning: that wall needed some paint. A quick paintjob of grey did the trick. And although I still like the wallpaper, I think this is much better!

the floor looks less nice on the right, but is still the same as on the left photo, in my new home I can't get daylight to be as it was on the leftphoto, I guess that's why
how about those clothespins? They're from the (mini)worldfamous Dieter Dorsch, and as with all he makes the real deal, the cards are all attached to the ribbon just by the clothespin and are removable. They are the smallest of the two sizes he makes



I will paint it a more beautiful grey someday, a warm grey I have on a cupboard that I think will be even better, see the photo below of the mantle agains that cupboard, but the grey in the lantern is what I had on hand (in reallife quite a blueish grey) and I'm very happy with for now :D.
the warm grey that I will paint it sometime later
the accessories I already had for the lantern, but the new look does them more justice. And some things I've borrowed from my stash for this 'photoshoot' to bring it all together. The star I did make this week because I really wanted to make something christmassy and the star was very doable. I made it of layers veneer, because I can't saw and this is my solution to that because veneer cuts supereasy. What made it a little less easy is that the veneer is so fragile and the stars small, it chipped layers quite a bit while cutting the new layer glued to the next. But some extra glue fixed that. And luckily it's a rustic star so the remaining imperfections are no big deal. I have it in 1:1 and it's a nice addition to this scene I think.
I changed veneers, because the light one topleft turned out to be extra fragile. The cherrytype veneer however (or pear, I have no clue what this is, I once ordered it as part of a cheap batch with different types of leftover veneers) is fine-grained and therefore sturdier, but still nice and soft, making it easy to work with (minus the chipping as this is inevitable with veneer, but hey: you can't have it all :D )
well, that's it for this year, I really hope next year will be the year of some real projects and finishing a certain something, that of which we don't speak anymore :D. Meaning we'll have to leave Murphy and his crazy law in 2014 so he can't mess with it again ;) And a lot more looking around and commenting on your wonderful blogs, I always enjoy that!

merry Christmas & the best New Year to you all, that it may be what you hope it to be and more!

Happy New Year 2015 Wood Wallpaper

39 comments:

  1. Wonderful ambiance! I love the star.
    Merry Christmas!
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Geneviève, and a very merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Beautiful items!
    Merry Christmas, Monique!

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  3. Happy Christmas Monique, thanks for the card and it's been a pleasure! :) Think I will borrow your basket base idea for my little tree, it's gorgeous! :D

    Sarah :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah, that's great to read. Yes do that, it is nice to put a tree in a basket isn't it? We've always had our christmastrees in a basket that I liked a lot and is why I wanted one for my minichristmastree too ;)

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  4. Prachtige Kerstscènes, Monique, dank je voor het delen van de how to van de ster :)!
    En eh.....die lappenmand heb ik zo snel mogelijk weer gelaten voor wat ie was :D LOL!!
    Ik wens je nogmaals hele fijne feestdagen en alle goeds voor 2015!!
    Groetjes, Ilona

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    1. Dank je Ilona! Goed zo, dat is slim van je ;) En jij ook nogmaals hetzelfde, dat het maar een mooi, goed en lappenmandvrij ;) jaar mag worden!

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  5. Heel sfeervol! Love the tree and the wonderful cards (ahh yes those clothespins are so fantastic, I have a couple of them too...). Merry Christmas!

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    1. Tnx Josje! Yes, they are absolutely 'have-to-have' items, those clothespins. I don't know how Dieter makes them, but they're just perfect. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Simply perfect! Your attention to detail is amazing!
    Happy holidays
    Si

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    1. Thank you Simon, that's a great compliment! Happy holidays to you too!

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  7. Prachtige plaatjes weer Monique.. zo'n plezier om in te loggen op je blog, elke keer weer.Ik wens jou ook hele fijne kerstdagen, geniet ervan!!!
    Groetjes,
    Gee

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    1. Dank je wel Gee, dat vind ik echt leuk om te lezen. Ik ga er zeker van genieten, jij ook voor zover mogelijk..

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  8. I LOVE the new wall color and the contrast is perfect with the chair and fireplace surround!
    I also Love the clothes pegs with the springs! Only you would go the distance there! Well done with Everything!
    Have a Wonderful Christmas Monique, and a Very Joyous New Year!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elisabeth, thank you for your compliments, it does bring out the chair and mantle more too. I didn't make those pegs, they are from Dieter Dorsch, all I did was attach them to cards and ribbon ;) You too Elisabeth and a great New Year to you too!

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  9. Que pases una Feliz Navidad en compañía de tus seres queridos!!!!
    Besos.

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    1. Muchos gracias Pilar, espero lo mismo para usted!

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  10. Oh, what a cute room!! I love your work, and the Christmas tree is fantastic, you did it yourself?

    Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
    Magda

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    1. Thank you Magda! The christmastree I did myself a few years ago, it was a kit from a Dutch webshop, but a lovely one. You can see a moment durings it's process here: http://fabulouslysmall.blogspot.nl/2011/09/takje-voor-takje-voor-takje-branch-by.html The branchematerial is something natural, that makes it a very lifelike tree, I love it too!

      Jij ook hele fijne kerstdagen en een heel goed nieuw jaar!

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    2. Thank you so much! I very very love this tree :-)

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  11. I love the scene! I hope I can try to make the star some time. Merrry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Penelope! I hope you can try it someday too, it is easy & fun and with a great reult. I hope you've had a great Christmas and will have a sparkly and wonderful New Year!

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  12. And the difference with the blue-grey background is quite striking. I also love the tree!

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    1. It is isn't it? I very much like the tree too, it's from lycopodium, a natural material that gives it the natural look (it was a kit from a Dutch webshop: http://www.sillysisters.nl/pakketje-kerstboom-sil0012-p-1412.html They have one for a bigger tree too, since this one isn't too big because of the size of my lantern)

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  13. Thank you for the Christmas card, what a cool idea. I love the scene. The pegs are fantastic and the star is adorable. Hope you had a lovely day and that the New Year brings you all you ever wished for =0)

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    1. Tnx Pepper :D Also for the great wishes, I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and I hope the coming year will be a very good one for you too!

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  14. I can't stop looking at those clothespins, wow! My mum always hang her Christmas cards on a ribbon with clothespins, I never thought it was possible in miniature, but I'm glad you proved me wrong =)
    And the little card is so cute! and the envelope, perfect!
    Happy new year!!
    Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah! They are cute hey? Dieter Dorsch has great stuff! It's extra fun to have something like that in mini. Thanks for your kind comment and a very happy year to you too!

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  15. Best wishes for a great New Year Monique, really enjoy visiting your blog . The two paint colors in your Christmas scene are a lessons in contrast and what a difference a small,change can make. The little star is precious and would be a nice little project.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Thank you so much Janine, I'm very happy you like my blog and for your comment. You are very right, it is all about contrast. And I had thought of solving that for a while now by placing something dark behind the angel, because I liked the wallpaper so much, but then I decided the wallpaper just needed to be painted over altogether :D. I hope you get to make the start seomeday, it really is a very nice addition to a christmasscene!

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  16. hi , pls amend that to say different colour surfaces as the first was wallpaper. Regards Janine

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    1. :) I didn't get it at first, but got the idea, but thanks for your elucidation

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  17. Happy New Year, Love your scene's. What a wonderful idea for Christmas Cards. I love the large wood planks in your scene and the color and all the little details you have added. Always a pleasure to read your blog.

    Jenn

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer, I'm glad you like it, that is great to read!

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