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On display: string shelf

7 Mar

I have been very lazy with my series “on display”. One of my New Year’s resolution was however to post more regularly. So here comes the string shelf I decorated in our living room at the dining area. It reminds me very much of Spring and that’s why I want to post it now. I bought the shelf on ebay a few months ago and I didn’t know back then what exactly I’ll use it for. First I wanted to hang it in the kitchen but I felt that it deserves a better – more visual – place. Also it was smaller than I thought it would be and with the narrow shelfs there’s not much that it can hold. However it found it’s special purpose holding most of our tea cups and pots.

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My boyfriend had a time (back in the beginning of our relationship) when we was totally into Japanese green tea. Totally with doing a tea ceremony. I can’t tell you how many times I sat on the floor in his student room back then for hours (in total) until the temperature was right and I could drink the one sip of tea just to wait for the second rehash. Don’t get me wrong: i really enjoyed the taste and apparently it’s very, very healthy. This phase is over – also because it was so time-consuming and with working full-time you hardly have time for that.

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What is still left is our selection of more or less traditional tea bowls which I cherish very much. Also because it reminds me of that time. We had some of the best talks while we waited for the water to cool down to exactly 70 ° C. If I happen to grow very old, I blame all the green tea that I drank during this time.

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Of course you saw already the little glass dome I made from the broken wine glass. It got it’s special place as one of the first things on this string shelf.

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This cute owl is actually also handmade. With a template from Mibo Studios. I have more of their creatures but I love the owls the most. Also because they were a present from my sisters.

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Remember the jewelry and cupcake stand I made with the broken foot of a wine glass? I use it now as a cactus stand. I would have never thought that this is the way I’ll use it (the most). Do you also create stuff that you use totally differently than first intended?

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These cards are from the famous shopping mall Bijnenkorf in Amsterdam. These are the only souvenirs I bought and they will remind me of the great time I had in this fantastic city.

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I like collecting (or making) things with our initials. I found these over 100 years old printing letters in a little town in Germany. I love the rustic look.

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I use a tea tin as pot for my little Aloe Very plant. See how everything goes together? I’m so clever. (At least that’s what I think. And surely my mum.)

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Now. Carry on!

I’ve got mail.

21 Jan

I was so happy when I saw that today arrived a box from maedchenwahn for me. Nothing can quite beat the feeling of serendipity snail mail provides. No wonder subscription services boom! Every time I open my mail box I have this tiny little rush of: “There might be something in there for me. Something exciting.” But it never is. Well it is, if you think bills are exciting. And leaflets. Well I don’t! So opening the mail box is most of the time the first disappointment of the day.

Well back to the package I got before I destroy the happy mood: My walls are still quite naked and I know this feeling. It’s not nice. So to add a little wall art I ordered something from etsy.

To make it more enjoyable, I share the experience of unpacking with you. Isn’t that the best. The excitement, the insecurity, the rush of Adrenaline. (Yeah, I’m that easy.)

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This is the box I got. Pretty, hugh?

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This is how it looked like when I opened the box. The number 013 is already a hint.

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This is it! A calendar for 2013 called faces.

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A nail is quickly hammered in the wall. By the way do you know why nails never go out? Because they get hammered so quickly! Muhahaha! A little joke I made up just for you! In this moment. Ha, my new calendar makes me already even more creative!

Unfotunately I can’t turn the pages without ripping them off, so you only get to see January on this blog. Yet.

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To see all the pages just visit the etsy shop of maedchenwahn . What do you think. Isn’t it great?!

Now. Carry on!

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