DIY-Weihnachtsdeko aus Moos und Kiefern

DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath
DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath

„Ich liebe es, Freunde und Familie zu beschenken. Dieses Jahr sind es nur ganz wenige ausgewählte Geschenke wie gemeinsame Unternehmungen und handsignierte Kunst. Für den Gabentisch habe ich dieses Jahr natürliche Kränze und Kugeln gewählt. Das Stecken war entspannend, fast meditativ, und ich konnte dabei meine Lieblingsweihnachtsmusik hören. Ihr seht: Es braucht gar nicht viel, um in weihnachtliche Stimmung zu kommen.“

DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath
DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath

Idee #1 mit Moos – Für den großen DIY-Mooskranz braucht ihr:

– 1 Hula-Hoop-Reifen
– Moos (vom Blumenhändler)
– Garn (einfaches schwarzes Nähgarn)

DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath
DIY moody XL Moss wreath and pine wreath


So bindet ihr in zwei Schritten den Mooskranz:

Schritt 1
Das Garn mit einem Knoten an eine Stelle des Reifens festbinden.

Schritt 2
Das Moos um den Reifen legen und schrittweise mit dem Garn umbinden.

making XL moss wreath with a hula hoop
making XL moss wreath with a hula hoop

Hilfreiche Tipps zum Basteln des Mooskranzes:

1. So genau und perfekt muss der Kranz nicht gebunden werden, denn die unregelmäßige Form verleiht dem Ganzen einen sehr charmanten und natürlichen Look.

2. Damit man beim Binden nicht zu spät merkt, dass an der einen Stelle zu viel und an der anderen zu wenig Moos ist, legt vorher das Moos komplett auf den Hula-Hoop-Reifen und fangt erst danach mit dem Binden an.

Idee #2 mit Kiefern – Für den Kiefernkranz und die Kiefernkugeln braucht ihr:

– Einen Kranz mit Steckschaum oder kleine, runde Steckziegel aus Schaum
– Kiefernzweige

DIY Christmas decoration - pine balls
DIY Christmas decoration – pine balls
Making of DIY Christmas pine wreath
Making of DIY Christmas pine wreath

Und so geht die Kieferndekoration:

Schritt 1
Kiefernnadeln abreißen und am Steckschaum eine kompakte Basis schaffen, indem man diese Bündel Stück für Stück nebeneinandersetzt.

Schritt 2
Nachdem die Basis fertig ist, wirkt das Gesteckte noch zu statisch. Um diese starre From auseinanderzubrechen, müsst ihr einzelne Kiefernnadeln quer durcheinanderstecken, bis der Kranz oder die Kugel füllig wird.
Ich habe bewusst auf Klebstoff und zusätzliche Mittel verzichtet, denn die ineinandergesteckten Nadeln halten von selbst – auch im hängenden Zustand. Den Steckschaum kann man übrigens immer wieder für neue DIYs verwenden.

DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp
DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp

Idee #3 mit Siegelwachs – Geschenke verpacken mit Kiefernquasten und was ihr dafür braucht:

– Miniquasten aus Kiefern
– Moos
– Siegelwachs
– Stempel
– Streichhölzer oder ein Feuerzeug

DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp
DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp
DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp
DIY Christmas pine tassel with sealing wax stamp

Schritt 1
Moos und Kiefernbündel in die gewünschte Form bringen.

Schritt 2
Das Siegelwachs mit einem Streichholz oder Feuerzeug erwärmen, bis es auf die gewünschte Stelle mit dem Moos und die Kiefernbündel tropfen kann.

Schritt 3
Danach den Stempel vorsichtig auf die Stelle mit dem Siegelwachs drücken. Einige Sekunden warten, bis der Stempel abgenommen werden kann.
Hilfreiche Tipps:

1. Bitte nur auf einem feuerfesten Untergrund arbeiten!

2. Dünnes Geschenkpapier brennt bei Siegelwachs gerne durch. Am besten ist es, die Quasten zuerst vorzubereiten und sie im Anschluss auf das Geschenk zu kleben.
Das Moos und die Kiefernzweige sind nicht nur die perfekten Vorweihnachtsboten, sondern auch super praktisch, da sie gut trocknen und dadurch lange halten.

Ich wünsche euch eine wundervolle Vorweihnachtszeit und hoffe, dass alle eure Wünsche wahr werden! A. XO
 

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XXL WREATH INSTALLATION WITH TESA POWERSTRIPS

ANZEIGE

I have always been a fan of large flower and wall installations that bring more nature inside our homes! But the most important question is: how to install the big boys without doing any damage to the wall?!? Today, I will share my secret with you and I am sure you will LOVE it!

XL Autumnal Wreath
XL Autumnal Wreath

As the seasons change, the fruits of nature also change…This summer and fall have been so spectacularly beautiful that we were able to enjoy all of the wonderful creations outside. But now, it’s late autumn and we tend to spend more and more time at home – but why not continue to enjoy some natural additions from the inside of our 4 walls? Can you relate, that I want to bring the beauty of the woods into my home?

foggy morning in the woods
foggy morning in the woods

Ever since I have created an XXL wreath for Christmas a few years ago, I know how much beauty a large installation brings to my home, so why wait until Christmas? It’s almost the same amount of work as a small wreath but it sure has a bigger impact and is a statement to any room. Trust me on that one! Harvesting and fixing it to the walls wasn’t complicated at all! It took me only half an hour… without the harvesting… Ok, Ok, 35 minutes 😉

installation with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installation with TESA POWERSTRIPS

But first things first: You see, I had a large wall to work with – also it’s a wall with wallpaper. Might sound complicated for a wall installation? Not, if you have TESA POWERSTRIPS! It’s because, once you are done and don’t want to installation anymore, you can simply remove the POWERSTRIPS without any damage!

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

Also, it might sound like a wonder but a few years ago it simply sounded like a revelation to me to that you can temporarily fix some heavy things to the walls without damaging the walls! This is also the reason why I have been using TESA POWERSTRIPS for years now and there is simply nothing that can compare to these little wonders! But you can convince yourself here:

TESA POWERSTRIPS 

TESA KLEBENAGEL 

CHICKEN WIRE 

TONGS 

BRANCHES & LEAVES

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
chicken wire to install XXL wreath
chicken wire to install XXL wreath
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

In the images above you can see that it really doesn’t take much to get started with your installation: I cut the chickenwire into thin stripes, added a rough circle to the wall, using the TESA KLEBENAGEL as a hanger.

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

After I created the round chicken wire base, I started adding the cut branches to the chickenwire. I made sure, that I cut off all the additional wood, so the wreath won’t be too heavy and slowly added the leaves to the wreath. You can see that I mixed the yellow leaves with the green ones, this way the wreath gained a more natural look.

XL Autumnal Wreath
XL Autumnal Wreath

Can you relate that I love working with  TESA KLEBENAGEL.

It’s oh so easy to work with! It is so small but can leave the biggest impact! It can be removed without any damage to your wall! It’s been one of my all time favorite tools for interior stylings over the past years now and I am quite sure that it will stay like this forever!

I hope you enjoyed this post and let’s start wreath season before Christmas, shall we?

A. XO

 

 

Renovation of my new studio – yes, I painted the floors, too

ANZEIGE
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White' Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
Moving studios
A few months ago I moved to a new studio but it’s not until now that I would love to share this very special project with you – the renovation of this place. For years I’ve had a teeny tiny room that used to be my studio. I outgrew it pretty fast because there was no space to combine all of the diverse workflows. After I got a large desk, there was not enough room for interior photography. I missed having a room that I could go to, work on my interior photography… And yes, I also missed to leave a mess behind, close the door and to simply return on another day.
New studio
Luckily, I had the opportunity to move my studio to a bigger room and it was last fall that I made a deliberate choice to concentrate on my photography for a while and it was my goal to work on it daily. Back then it seemed to be a life-or-death decision and to be able to work in this new large room things had to happen fast, I wanted to create immediately. Hastly I painted the walls in a random grey, chose a simple white color for the floors and I was ready for magic to happen. But the magic didn’t happen, because I wasn’t satisfied with the photos I made in this new studio. The white was way too yellow and the colors on the walls, depending on the light outside, had always a funny touch. Even though I wanted to work on larger interior photography I was forced to work on smaller interior vignettes. Also, it was not only the limitating colors, there was a huge part of the room that I couldn’t use properly because there was an old heater that was in the way. The enthusiasm of the new beginnings started to vanish because there were just too many corners in the room that I couldn’t really work in. I knew, this room needed a renovation with new colors and a cover for the radiator. 
Renovating the studio - Anastasia Benko
BEFORE the renovation, heavily stained walls & a heater that needed a cover – Anastasia Benko
AFTER the painting job - walls 'Cornforth White' and floors 'Wevet' by Farrow and Ball
AFTER the painting job – walls ‘Cornforth White’ and floors ‘Wevet’ by Farrow and Ball
Renovating the studio - Anastasia Benko
Renovating the studio – Anastasia Benko
New Colors 
If you are a regular reader, you know, that I have been a huge fan of the Farrow & Ball  colors and after I had realized that I needed to restore my rashly installed studio, I reached out to Farrow and Ball for help. Who, if not them, has such a profound expertise in the field of colors?! Listening closely to their experience I started to dig deeper and learned a lot about their colors and the influence of daylight: I wanted to create a holistic experience because I wanted to be able to use every single corner at any time of the day! I didn’t want to waste an inch! I knew, that the Farrow & Ball colors can be used almost on any surface: woods, metals and of course walls! I also knew that many of their colors go well together because they work in groups that are balanced to work together. I went to get advice on how to get the best results for my room and couldn’t be happier with the outcome! But look for yourself, now I don’t need to wait for a certain time of the day because the colors look good every minute! In the mornings, during the day or even at sunset. 
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White' Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White' Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
I had to find a hard-wearing paint for my floors and baseboards and I found the most beautiful Wevet White in the modern eggshell finish. 
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White'  Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
I had to find a paint for my walls. After the first painting dilemma in this room, I knew I needed to concentrate on a proper color, that wouldn’t be too dominant but would also work well with every exposure to light. I couldn’t be happier with Cornforth White.
Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball
Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball
And of course I had to find a paint for the heating cover and decided to use the same colors I already used on the walls. Ideal for interior woodwork I used the Finish Estate Eggshell.
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White'  Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
Now that I have a few images of the final paint job, I am extremely happy to show how well these colors compliment each other. They both are from the Easy Neutrals family and I listened when Farrow and Ball said: 
‚These clean and understated neutrals are incredibly easy to live with. Neither too warm nor too cool, our Easy Neutrals sit contentedly together in both modern and traditional homes.’ 
New colors in the studio - 'Cornforth White'  Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // 'Wevet' Farrow & Ball floor paint
New colors in the studio – ‘Cornforth White’ Farrow & Ball on the walls & the radiator cover // ‘Wevet’ Farrow & Ball floor paint
This is exactly what I needed in this room! The colors had to be neutral and calming, deep but discreet enough to put an emphasis on the future elements of the room. I have taken a few images in different lighting situations and the colors paint a beautiful atmosphere in the room, even during sunset. Thanks to the incredible knowledge of Farrow & Ball their approach to deliver only the best of the best I now have the most beautiful room to work from. The newly painted room is now a canvas that creates just about unlimited possibilities. It is a daily celebration to work in this room now!

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my creative journey & on winning an award…

ANZEIGE

To me there is no easy way to introduce this – so I am going to jump right into it: in the beginning of June I won my THIRD AWARD and I’d love to share my feelings about it. It hasn’t been easy to talk about my achievements but along the way I have learned that I had to believe in myself as an artist, before the world believed in me. Not an easy balancing act because my granny raised a humble girl.

One of the most important tasks as an artist was to learn to create and to publish along the pace of my own heart. Especially at times when I was constantly flooded with spectacular, often overwhelming impressions: up to a point of where my senses got lost in an explosion of plenty. But I never lost sight of what was most important to me: the love for my craft! In order to grow and to challenge myself I knew, I needed to invest every second in this craft! I knew, I needed to dedicate myself to photography! I never bought into this false notion that results would magically appear or success would just happen over night. I worked all my life to be my best self. I still remember those nights, yeeeeears ago, when my friend Mette and I would exchange emails until 4 in the morning to improve our skills (I admire the work ethics of this beautiful lady, but that’s another story…). But still, some days I deliberately held back because things weren’t l finished, I wasn’t ready. These past years, these past months in particular, I learned to appreciate all the little steps and how to keep faith with my dreams and visions. One part of this exercise was allowing myself to be worthy of my dreams, but also concentrating on my craft even more. I created a sacred place – a new studio – and have been practicing daily to improve my skills… One of the most wonderful rewards for the fruits of my work is this award!

In the beginning of June I attended the Garden and Home Blog Award, and I won my 3rd award for ‘Best Photo’! Thank you so very very much to Holly of decor8 and Niki of Anthropologie for presenting this award to me! I still need to stretch that muscle that makes me talk comfortably about my achievements, yet I am deeply humbled and thankful to have won this award! Gifts are nothing without endurability, persistence and hard work. My truth is that there have never been short cuts to achieve goals. This award has shown that hard work, the urgency to create, patience, a humble approach and also being quiet and slow (again, the pace of my own heart) can lead ways I have never dreamt of!

moody dahlia arrangement with white roses
moody dahlia arrangement with white roses

So this is my award-winning photo and at the ceremony I got asked how long it took me to create this. My answer was: ‚Twenty minutes.‘ But the real answer is: ‚It took a lifetime.‘

Social media has trained us to value and measure success by extrinsic validation of strangers or even worse: likes generated by some random algorithm. Work for yourself and you will never be dependent on any form of exterior praise. I am beyond humbled having reached this amazing goal but what is even more beautiful is the conditions it creates to realize how far I have yet to go! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to everyone involved! ❤

I am deeply, deeply thankful, A. XO