December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS !



I would like to thank you for all your support and wonderful comments during my first months of blogging! It had been such a pleasure meeting you all and I'm looking forward to "seeing" you again next year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Hugs,

Julia

December 19, 2009

Christmas Decoration

It took me pretty long this year to get my Christmas decoration done but I'm finally finished and now I would like to invite you to take a look into our living room.




The small rack you see below had been a flea market find that I painted white. The styrofoam tree we had once bought in the US and had carried it in our hand baggage. The customs let us unpack that thing. It must have looked like one of those dangerous styrofoam weapons, LOL. No, well I can understand since it has a very long and thick metal screw. It had a gold colored base and tip and was covered with red velvet. For the last years it had been decorated with my vintage Czech rhinestone Christmas tree brooches. Because of my new color scheme the tree had to undergo a change this year. So I painted it white, did a little bit distressing and sewed a cream colored velvet cover. Then I pinned rhinestone buttons, brooches and a belt to it. See the little cast iron squirrel? It's a nutcracker and I love this little guy.


In the French magazine "Marie Claire Idée" I had seen a picture where they used glass ornaments as bottle closures. I loved the idea as you can see but I found the bottles would need some more decoration and so I glued rhinestone brooches and buttons on.


I love faux pearl necklaces for decoration and can hardly resist when I see one at the flea market for a reasonable price.



To stay with my white, creme and silver theme I decided not to get a fir tree but to paint a large branch white and use that as our Christmas tree.




The garden table below had been a curbside find, deposited there to be picked up by the garbage collection. For me it had just the perfect vintage look.


Karen over at My Desert Cottage had shown beautiful pictures of her home. Her sweet mantle decoration inspired me to take 2 teddy bears from my studio into the living room and place them onto the cupboard. Thank you, Karen for this wonderful inspiration!

Thanks for your visit, dear friends! Hopefully you enjoyed the tour a little bit. Have a wonderful weekend and don't get stressed out too much by the Christmas preparations!

Hugs,
Julia

December 09, 2009

No Christmas without PINK

Even though the Christmas colors in our living room have changed a few times over the last years, I always stayed with pink in the hall. While working on my first type tray I already knew that I would make one for Christmas too. This one should hang in the hall and therefore I decorated it with pink, silver and cream ornaments and embellishments.
(You can click on all pictures to enlarge them)

You won't believe that bottle brush trees are hard to find in Germany. I was so very lucky when I spotted them in a small department store. They only came in green and a yellowish golden tone, so I bleached one and used easter egg dye to get the desired color.



I had all kinds of new and vintage Christmas baubles and ornaments that had just the right size to fit in the departments. Although pink is the favorite of my favorite colors, I couldn't come up with enough matching embellishments.

Dear Carola over at Boxwood Cottage was so sweet to check her stash and sent me a bag of pink goodies. Besides the cute yo-yo you can see in the picture above, I also used the large flower and the small ones, the Dresden foil basket as well as the foil border and foil flower.




I love everything she had sent and I'm sure I will use the remaining lovely goodies in upcoming projects. Thank you so much, dear Carola!!! Please hop over to Carola to see her and her mum's beautifully decorated homes!


I'm off now to work on some Christmas gifts ... Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Julia