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Belgium early in the morning.

Something sparkling for Christmas

“A great interior needs nostalgia”
— Gerry Wouters

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO TOWN

It’s the 1st of december and Christmas is coming closer and closer. Time to think about decorating our homes. Lights and ornaments absolutely have to be involved to create the Christmas mood. But what if you don’t have a tree this year? Well, here are some great ideas to make Christmas great even without a tree. A few days ago i went shopping and saw these colorful lights, i decided to take them because they really cheer up in these dark days. I still have an old vase from my grandparents wish is very old but i kept it because i knew i was able to do something fun with it. The second picture shows how something vintage now looks abstract and somehow looks like art. image

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On the upper pictures you can see i used a trey and covered it with snow and put the light on top of the snow. Make sure you take lights with a white or transparent wiring so it doesn’t show so much. Another great way is to get you trey is to also cover it in snow and put you Christmas ornaments on top of it in a nice composition.

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Great to put on your coffee or diner table…

SERVING TRAY

Hello guys,

This time i have something that most of us have but they often come in small sizes. A serving tray. These days you can buy them everywhere but i think they aren’t cheap and they aren’t that big. So i decided to build my own serving tray, how hard can it be? Not hard at all. I also decided i wanted to keep it cheap and environment friendly. So i started looking for a perfect frame. I found one in my basement. Its an old one because the frame is really thick and its made of wood. These day many frames are made of cardboard or plastic… They can’t be used for it because later you will have to apply screws and glue into it. If you don’t have a suitable frame at home you can probably find one in a second-hand shop. The bottom of the tray is made of pieces of wooden paneling that i also found. I measured them so they would fit in the frame and sawed those pieces. Next i glued those pieces into my frame with glue for wood and to be sure they wouldn’t come out i screwed  it with small screws. After it all dried for a night i applied silicone sealant so it looks nice and even. Again it dried for a night and after some sanding i painted it. Of course you can choose any color you want or even use multiple colors. I just used plain white. You can use it for anything really. Put your breakfast on it, candles, flowers… Think about the size, make sure you can still carry it through your doors if you want it to. Mine is 52 cm on 95cm and it can easily fit 3 normal sized plates. I really like how it turned out and it only cost me some paint, glue and silicone that i still had. Hope you liked it. See ya next time. Bye

FRAMED TURNAROUND

Something classic doesn’t always have to be boring anymore. I was helping my mom yesterday cleaning up her storage room and i saw this old framed flower bouquet. I remembered the day i could finally convince her to get it of the wall. So yesterday i found it in her storage room and thought, ‘maybe i can do something with it.’ I took it apart and focused on the picture itself. At the back of the picture i drew a geometric shape on it so i could switch parts easily but still the whole image would have the same shape at the end. I cut all the shapes out and numbered them. Then i started switching some parts and glued them on a new piece of paper. I also painted the passé-partout in a dark purple with some shimmery effect to it. After it got dry i reframed it and viola. An old piece with a new twist.

“I don’t follow trends.
I take what i like and make
something nice with it!”
— Gerry Wouters