And the angel said, Have no fear; for truly, I give you good news of great joy which will be for all the people:
For on this day, in the town of David, a Saviour has come to birth, who is Christ the Lord.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Here are a few Christmas photos from me. Like every year I have increased my porcelain collection 😀
This is the first Christmas where I do not visit anyone, or do not get a visit. I was sick for 2 weeks, luckily the test was negative, but I don’t want to risk anything because I am not 100% fit yet.
But luckily there is the internet. There you can see your people just like that 🙂 Instead, we open the gifts during a video conference. That’s bound to be fun.
Stay healthy and save ❤ ❤ ❤
Is today really already the 4th Advent and in a few days Christmas?
I had so much planned, all the things I wanted to do. But then unfortunately a nasty cold came in between. Fortunately, the C-test is negative.
Last year a cold was just that. A cold. This year I’ve already had 4 tests and each time the wait with : do I have it or not?
Actually, I wanted to make a new picture with my Advent wreath and candles every Sunday. As I said, the stupid cold came in between. But today at least the wreath with 4 glowing candles 🙂
Last year I had Hanna knit me beautiful sweaters, because when I knit myself, it just doesn’t look nice and even. She even embroidered maritime motifs on my last sweater.
That gave me the idea to have something made for the Christmas season. An embroidered Advent calendar.
Even if I can not embroider myself, I love the designs of V. Enginger. They are so cute and retro. I even have some of her books.
Hanna and I picked some designs for my Advent calendar from the books.
I waited almost a year for it. First, because there are quite a few parts and second, because Christmas was soooo far away. 😀
What do you say? Aren’t they just adorable?
Originally I wanted to make little bags out of all the embroidery. But when I picked up all the pieces, I noticed that some motifs are very large.
When I sew a little bag from it, you can no longer see the motif completely.
I’ll have to figure out the best way to do that. Maybe sew little bags and then sew the motif on the fabric.
Could look interesting, depending on what color the fabric has. Maybe red or green or even tartan I can imagine.
Stay healthy and safe ❤ ❤ ❤
This year so much has happened in the world, but at the same time so little in my life.
This stupid virus has turned my life upside down.
I miss the fact that I can’t date anymore, that I can only talk to friends on the phone, or that you can’t hug them anymore when you see them (6 feet apart of course).
After spring I hoped it would be over soon, I even gave up my vacation on my beach, just to see that the numbers are rising again.
Today is the 1st Advent.
For me this time is very important because my family has always done a lot together from the 1st Advent to Christmas: baking cookies with mom, making presents for family and friends, singing Christmas carols together, going to the Christmas decorated church. During the Advent season, our home always smelled heavenly of cookies and fir branches, which my mother had in many vases.
Knowing that the situation will certainly not improve this year makes me a little depressed today.
I haven’t sewn anything for ages. My sewing class closed again 2 months or so ago because of Corona.
But slowly I have to start with the gifts I have planned. I won’t be able to deliver the gifts myself this year, but there is still the post office, so I can send the presents.
Stay safe all of you ❤ ❤ ❤
Yes, yes, I know. Christmas is long gone 😀
But if you have to stay at home almost all the time, you get the idea to sort out the photos from your mobile phone. And then you can also see the photos of things you sewed for Christmas presents.
Maybe some of you like my idea for the next christmas 🙂
I am writing my tutorial for a Christmas present while I am already sewing Easter presents.
Even though I don’t think I can meet my friends before Easter to give them the presents.
I love the colours red, green and gold for Christmas decorations. So often I have decided to decorate differently, but I always come back to this colour combination 😀
That’s why I have chosen these colours for this present. I have found a similar Christmas tree skirt on the Internet. But it looked so cheap that it would have been guaranteed to last only one Christmas.
In my fabric shop I found this very special fabric. On top it looks like satin, but it is thicker and has a black “coating” on the back. No idea what this kind of fabric is called.
But the colors looked so great that I had to buy it even though the price was so high.
Here my tutorial:
First I downloaded a beautiful free Christmas font from the internet.
Then I wrote Merry Christmas in very big letters, mirrored and printed it.
Now paint the whole thing on Bondaweb and iron it on the fabric. Here I had to be very careful with the iron, because I didn’t want to risk the fabric. Then cut out your motifs.
Actually I had planned to sew the letters directly onto the red fabric. But after I put them on the fabric and walked a little further away, I could hardly see what was written there.
So I decided to buy the same fabric in white for a better contrast.
Here you can easily see how much the fabric shines.
I don’t think I’ve ever cursed as much when sewing as I have with this fabric. I had so much trouble applying it because the fabric was so slippery.
You can see it especially on the red berries. With any other fabric the circle or the outlines would have been perfect.
As always when I apply, I do not rely on the bondaweb, but always sew on each piece for safety. Otherwise it would be annoying if a piece got lost in the washing machine later.
It has taken ages to remove the Bondaweb on the back of the white fabric so that I can iron it onto the red
Now the motif can be ironed onto the red fabric. Then sew the outline again as usual
My Christmas tree skirt has a diameter of 35 inches.
So you can calculate how long the ribbon for the edging must be. I used the same fabric for the backside.
Here are photos how to extend such a ribbon! Lay the ribbon like on the photo and sew as you can see the pin.
I wanted the border more three-dimensional. Therefore I have a cord (it is a coincidence that this is gold. It just had the thickness I wanted) and sewed it into the ribbon.
I sewed it with red thread so that I could see better later where to sew it on my Christmas tree skirt.
Now sew the ribbon onto the red fabric. Then cut around the edges. IMPORTANT: only cut the golden ribbon, not the red fabric
Now pin the back of the Christmas tree skirt with pins. But sew on the red side, because you can see the seam where I sewed the ribbon on. You have to leave a piece open, so that you can turn the whole thing around afterwards!
Close there after turning. It doesn’t look so good here, because I wanted to have the skirt ready that day and it’s just faster with a sewing machine than doing invisible stitches with my hand.
Here you can see how the ribbon looks like at the end. I definitely like it better as if it was flat
And now the finished Christmas tree skirt. I like it. Maybe that would be an idea for myself, too. But I still don’t have very good memories of it because of the slippery fabric. Although the result is worth it hihi
In retrospect, I would set the motif a little further towards the edge.
But whatever. Mrs. H. can decide which side she wants, the one with the motif or the plain gold side.
❤ ❤ ❤
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂
Last year I made an Advent calendar, which I still like very much.
For this year I had planned to do the same, but unfortunately I remembered too late to see how to do it practically with Photoshop. Above all I did not consider how time-consuming my idea was. Too bad.
I won’t write what I wanted to do now (maybe I’ll like the idea for next year), but for next time I have to remember to to start earlier.
The last two weeks I was in bed with severe flu. Therefore I could not go shopping or decorate my apartment properly. Too bad, because I didn’t have time to take care of it before. I didn’t even get a tree this year. Didn’t feel good enough to go outside.
But look what the mail brought in yesterday ❤ ❤ ❤
Normally I would have hung the ornaments on the tree, but so I just photographed it as if it was a breakfast table.
The plate is only a little bit bigger than 2 inch. This “doll’s dishes” looks exactly like my real Christmas dishes. Isn’t it cute?
ܗܘܐ ܕܝܢ ܒܝܘܡܬܐ ܗܢܘܢ ܘܢܦܩ ܦܘܩܕܢܐ ܡܢ ܐܓܘܤܛܘܤ ܩܤܪ ܕܢܬܟܬܒ ܟܠܗ ܥܡܐ ܕܐܘܚܕܢܗ
On my last day of my Advent calendar I come in the most important language of the Christmas Gospel: Aramaic.
The language that Jesus spoke to his followers and disciples, the language with which he found so many who believed in him, that even today, after more than 2000 years, we still celebrate the day of his birth.
My thanks goes to those who have put the translations of the Bible in so many languages on the Internet. I hope no one will mind that I used these lines.
Advent, advent, a candle is burning
First one, then two, then three, then four,
Then the Christ Child is standing in front of the door.
OMG, is this really the fourth Sunday of Advent?
Time has raced. Fortunately I did everything I wanted to do.
I also sewed presents but unfortunately I forgot to photograph them before I gave them as gifts.
If you look at all 4 photos with the candles on the Advent wreath, you will see that it has gone from very bad on the first photo to almost perfect on this one. The first photo took so long that it was already dark outside. The other two I had taken during the day and looked better.
The trick is to spotlight. I had wondered all the time why the photo looked so bad in the beginning and then googled how to photograph candles.
So I bought small studio lamps for the last photo and lightened the motive with the candles. And voilà it worked 😀
Och det hände sig vid den tiden att från kejsar Augustus utgick ett påbud att hela världen skulle skattskrivas.
Today the Christmas Gospel in Swedish.
Now there are only a few days left until Christmas.
The good thing is that yesterday was my last working day of the year. I have to go back to work next year. Doesn’t that sound great? Hehe