måndag 23 december 2013

This years Christmas tree in Victorian gothic style

So this is our tree in all it's humble glory. I sprayed the tree with snowspray to get a nice frosty look. Hey we don't have any snow at all, it's so weird, I can't remember a christmas without snow, so I took the fake snow indoors instead. The glitter garland is tucked deep in the twigs to give a modest glow to it. Colourscheme is red, black, white and beige. The white linenribbons are dyed in coffe and all the decorations are old or handmade.
I used my lightbulb ornaments and homemade firecrackers. Well this is how the firecrackers look like in sweden (but more colourful) homemade in tissuepaper. They are a mix between the common ones and victorian funeral candy.
The pictures below shows some real funeral candy that gives you a hint of what has inspired my decorations this winter.

They all link to the same site, a funeral museum.
So would you like to make your own decorations? It's easy and you can make it with things you have in your home. This is what you need: Tissue paper two colours (these are from gift wrapping), a hard paper roll (you can use a toilet roll if you like and last some nice papers to decorate with.
Measure out a rectangular piece with the paperroll. You need to roll it up several rounds. You can see that the paper is more than three times wide as the roll.
Pleat the sides by folding both papers against the center of the paper. Leave the middle unpleated for the paperroll.
Cut strips of the pleats with a scissor not too wide strips.
Put the paperroll on top and roll up the paper tightly. As the black paper is underneath it will be on top at the roll.
Finished roll
Tie a ribbon or a thick thread at the end of the roll and knot tightly. 

Time to embellish the roll. I choosed to use the nice folder we got with a tea delivery and a single shiny dresden trim.
 Tomorrow is Christmas eve, the day most are giving gifts to each other. We will wait until christmas day when the family is gathered. Instead we will go to the only pizza place that is open tomorrow (a muslim family running it) and eat som turkish barbecue or pizza. I guess it will be us, the muslims and a bunch of lonely people.

I wish you all a Happy Christmas, a lovely Yule, en God Jul or whatever sodding holiday you are celebrating. Anyway it is a time for gathering, and giving to those who aren't as lucky as you. 
Am I giving something, yes. I give my share to the local woman rescue team (don't know how to translate). Maybe more about that another time. Big Hugs to you. XOXO.

22 kommentarer:

  1. I really want to have a proper Victorian Christmas. I was dying over the pics on one of the historical costuming blogs over a fully costumed and catered Victorian Christmas party. Maybe I will be rich one day!

    I love your decorations! Maybe if I could get that sort of thing done sooner before Christmas, and have a party so that people would actually see them, I would be encouraged to do that sort of thing.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, that is the good thing with a victorian christmas: You don't have to be rich. They made lots of decorations of scraps such as, candy wrapping paper, tissue paper, cut out pictures from a newspaper, metal foil, fabrics scraps and so on. I have collected old tutorials that are very easy to do.

      Radera
  2. The paper wrappers are gorgeous, linnea-maria! What a lovely way to use up those tea papers. :o)

    This year because we have a little more money than usual from the house sale, we will donate to the Salvation Army and the Children's Hospital. Have a lovely holiday with your lovely family!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thanks!
      That was a good idea. Volunteering and gifts to poor has become more common in Sweden since the gaps between the rich and the poor has become larger, I think that sucks, and our government sucks. I don't need lower taxes, I want to pay for better health care and schools.
      Have a wonderful holiday to you and your family <3

      Radera
  3. I love your vintage-y mournful Christmas tree theme! I think it's really nice that you handmade some of the decorations too :)

    SvaraRadera
  4. What a gorgeous tree, Linea! I love the fact you made some of the decorations personally, I´d love to be so creaive :)
    I wish you a very merry Yule ♥

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Merry Yule to you too Violette :) <3

      Radera
  5. We don't have any snow in Hungary either and neither did we have snow in Belgium, but look at that a lovely, shapely little tree, and your ornaments and decoration are not only creative, but very stylish and atmospheric. :)
    I wish you happy holidays, God Jul! ^^

    SvaraRadera
  6. Ooh, those ornaments are fantastic! Hope you and your family enjoyed the pizza. :) Have a great holiday!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. We broke the tradition and stayed at home. We didn't have enough energy to get outside.

      Radera
  7. I love your decorations! Thanks so much for the little tutorial. I'm going to bookmark it to try when I've got a bit more time. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas! ❤

    SvaraRadera
  8. Vilka vackra, lite morbida smällkarameller! Det var år och dag sedan jag gjorde sådana.

    Vad bra att du är engagerad i Kvinnojouren! Jag arbetade själv för Tjejjouren i Malmö i flera år när jag bodde där.

    God Jul!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag är inte precis engagerad. Men jag vet hur väl den behövs tyvärr :-/

      Radera
  9. Verkligen tråkigt att det inte var någon snö alls i år, julkänslan infann sig inte riktigt :P

    Mycket vacker gran :D

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Tack :)
      Ja jag hade sett fram emot att åka skidor denna vinter men det är ju omöjligt :P

      Radera
  10. Tack för dina ord hos mig :) Kram

    SvaraRadera
  11. These decorations are beautiful! Thanks for showing us how to make them.

    SvaraRadera