Sonntag, 7. Dezember 2014

Christmas Gift - Winter Home - Decor

Hi Crafters (:o)

I know, it's a little bit quiet in my craft - room....but it's tis time of the year when i have to work most. Right now i'm helping out as sickness cover and i be away on business 12 hours  a day.
Not much time for crafting left.... as i'm mostly falling asleep on my couch when i'm at home


i've created some winter decor as a christmas gift. A pair of ice skates to be precisely. Challenge #4 at The Mirror Crack'd is asking for Recycle/ Upcycle or a Christmas Gift +  DT Call

I started with a template of a boot and wire

I tried to form some *blades*

Cut boots from copper foil and another pair for the back from cardboard

Paint boots as shown. Start with black and white Gesso...

...followed by Media Fluid Acrylic Paint black and white

Seal with Media Matte Medium
Paint the cardboard for the backside the same way.

I stamped on the front with Archival Sepia....

..and i stamped the same flourish with black StazOn on the back

Embossed by hand

Use sandpaper on the front to reveal the embossed area

Round up the foil a little bit at the edges with a spoon

Glue down the *blades* with hot glue and the foil boot on top

Cut off excess of cardboard

Cut holes and embellish with some satin ribbon

Thanks for stopping by my friends and leaving your always appreciated comments (:o)

Sonntag, 23. November 2014

Altered Eclectic

Hello crafty friends (:o)

How's going? Are you all in a christmas mood already?

I've altered a papermaché vase to fit my recently finished suitcase - table
and i'll join the challenge at *Altered Eclectic* - Anything Goes
as long as it is not a card

Step by Step

First i've cut a hole in the middle

I printed the specimen man from smeared ink onto A4 size vellum, painted the butterflies from the back and adhered the vellum inside the vase. I also painted a layer of Gesso

I've covered the edges with lace

Next i've covered the vase completely with DecoArt Texture Crackle

I also applied Decoart Modeling Paste

I've glued down some flowers and butterflies.The vase then had a paint - treatment with green colours i didn't liked, so i've painted another layer of Gesso to start new....

I've painted some spots with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Teal Hue and Transparent Red Iron Oxide

On top a layer of Media Black Antiquing Cream as shown in this video by Andy Skinner

Matte Medium was painted from now on...between all layers to seal the paint

Quinacridone Gold applied as a wash

Media Patina Antiquing Cream

Finished with Media White Antiquing Cream

I hope you like this *arty* vase.

Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments


Montag, 17. November 2014

Celebrating Christmas in Germany

German Christmas Traditions


The German Christmas season officially begins with the first Sunday of Advent ( 30th Nov 2014)
Stollen, the oldest known German Christmas treat and Christmas cookies are often baked during this time. Gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, hand - carved wooden Nutcracker figures, Christmas pyramides and lighted city streets and homes are all signs that Christmas is on its way.

The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath is adorned with 4 candles. One of which is lit on each of the four sundays preceding Christmas. You can read more about this tradition in a previous post

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a German invention that was originally designed to involve children in the festivities leading up to Christmas. The calendars are usually made of cardboard and have 24 small windows or flaps, one of which is opend on each day leading up to Christmas and contain chocolate or candy behind each window and sometimes even small toys.

My earlyer version of an Advent Calendar made of 24 matchboxes for hubby

Below's my latest version for my 4 years old grandson

Decoupaged with an owl napkin and painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

Christmas Markets

When the Advent season opens, Christmas Markets also crop up in nearly every German town, large or small. The town squares, normaly dark early in the winter months, are lit up and buzzing with activity during this time. Townspeople gather together, listen to brass band music, drink beer or hot mulled wine or apple cider and enjoy the hearty traditional fare of the region.

A short impression from a Christmas Market in Moselle - Valley from Santatelevision

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th in Germany as well as in other European countries. On the evening before the 6th, children place their newly cleaned shoes in front of the door in the hope that Nicholas might fill them with nuts, fruits, chocolate and sweets. If the children have behaved well, their wishes will be fulfilled. Children who have caused mischief will only receive a switch, which symbolizes punishment for their bad deeds.

The Christmas Tree

The tradition of the Christmas Tree began in Germany during the middle ages and the first trees were undecorated.
Today, the Christmas Tree is usually put up and decorated on Christmas Eve,
though some families opt to erect their tree during the Advent season. Traditionally , the Germans used the fir tree, but nowadays the spruce is widely used. Decorations may include tinsel, glass balls or straw ornaments and sweets. A star or an angel tops the tree and beneath the tree, a native scene might be set up and the presents next to it. Germans also usually continue to use real lit candles instead of electric lights on the trees.

The Christmas Tree is taken down on New Year's Day or on January 6th, Three King's Day, at which the children can ransack the tree for the sweets and treats that decorated it.

Christmas Eve

December 24th begins as a regular workday. But by 2.00 pm, often even earlier, businesses close in preparation for the holiday celebration, a large part of which occurs on Christmas Eve in Germany. The tratitional evening meal includes carp and potato salade. Families sing Christmas carols together and may read the story of  Christ's birth aloud. Family members exchange gifts; children are typically the focal point of the gift exchange. The tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve was started by Martin Luther in the 16th century in favor of a celebration that honored Christ rather than a Catholic saint.
On Christmas Eve, German families, whether Protestant or Catholic and even those who are not regular church - goers - often attend mass of a church service. While the mass traditionally takes place at midnight, in recent times the services have moved into the early evening hours.

Christmas Day(s)

Both December 25th and 26th are legal holidays in Germany and known as the first and second Christmas Day respectively. Businesses are closed and time is spent with visiting extended family. Goose is the traditional fare on the first Christmas Day or perhaps rabbit or a roast. These are accompanied by traditional fare such as apple and sausage stuffing, red cabbage and potato dumplings. The second Christmas Day is usually a quieter time, a day for peaceful contemplation.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!
May lots of presents be under the tree and may you have a peaceful and fun time among your family and friends