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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Hog-in-the-box




Dear readers, this is Hester Hogwart writing!
Since I am Nina's special crafting buddy, I am here today to present to you something that she made for Christmas. Nina is on holiday now, but she told me to say hi and wish you all a Merry Christmas on her behalf!

In case you did not know this yet, Nina likes to make gifts and she likes to decorate things, so she decided to create a special gift box for the present she purchased for a friend.

She started off with a plain white box...



This plain white box.


 

Then came the fun part! She poured a bunch of her crafting items onto the table and decided to use these golden stars.




She also picked out those wooden stars over there with bits of snow on them and some green ribbon...



...as well as large and small stars made of cork, wooden christmas stickers, some red stick-on pearls in different sizes, christmas themed paper cut-outs, scrapbooking paper and, more golden stars!!! (She's really into Christmas decorations, I believe...) :)

Where was I? Oh yes. After several hours of pondering and measuring and cutting and glueing (yes, it took her several hours - she seems to be quite the perfectionist and likes to take her time when crafting) this was the end result:




Voilà! This is what the box looks like from the front.



Let me turn it around for you.... She even placed a beautiful sleigh motif on the bottom side. 



And this is me playing "Hester-in-the-box" for you! Just kidding, I'm not the gift to be put inside here and anyway, I would like to show you...



...that Nina even decorated the interior of the box using this curious and happy looking Santa Claus for the bottom surface.



That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoyed my presentation as much as I did and maybe I will help Nina out more often in the future! 

I really like that Nina chose a candle motif. This red candle is bearing a light that never dies out.... Isn't that a pleasant image for the winter, when it is cold outside and your heater isn't working, because it was destroyed by a naughty poltergeist and you have to search for firewood out in the cold every morning to rekindle the oven fire in order to keep the family warm inside a draughty and crooked forest cottage???

Oops!!!  That was slightly off-topic,  please excuse me, I didn't mean to be rude! 


I sincerely wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS 
and a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 !


Hugs and kisses to all from Ham, 
our three little bacon rolls and me!



18 comments:

  1. Dear Hester,
    Nina did a lovely job with the decoration of the box. Someone is going to be very happy with this gift.
    I wish you all and Nina too, a Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Drora

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    1. Thank you, Drora, I will tell her!

      The recipient of Nina's box was very pleasantly surprised!

      ♥Merry Christmas♥

      Hester

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  2. I love that box you decorated! I wish you a Merry Christmas as well. Enyoy your holiday! Hster, I hope that Father Christmas will fix the heating issue because of the naughty poltergeist.
    Emily

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    1. It is so kind of you to wish for a solution of our problem, Emily!

      I believe Nina is enjoying her holiday very much.

      Merry Christmas to you and all the citizens of ♥Dandelion Creek♥!

      Hester

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  3. Liebe Hester,

    zunächst einmal ganz liebe Weihnachtswünsche an Deine Familie und an Nina und nach ganz Riverside... und einen besonderen Gruß an Fudge und Pickles, die Du vielleicht ja mal siehst (und die es garantiert auch wärmer haben als Du... *zwinker*). Und als Nächstes ein Kompliment: Du machst Dich ganz toll als Urlaubsvertretung - und außerdem ist Hester-in-the-box 1000mal hübscher als jeder Jack-in-the-box! Eine wunderschöne Schachtel hat Nina da gebastelt, Hut ab, Respekt... da wird das Geschenk echt zur Nebensache! Sogar von innen liebevollst dekoriert - das ist schon die ganz hohe Schule, so was bringen nur Hardcorebastler! *lach* Für mich war es übrigens schön zu sehen, dass es noch mehr Verrü... äh... Begeisterte gibt, die so viel Bastelkram horten, dass das Zuhause locker als Bastelshop durchgehen könnte und vor dem eigentlichen Bastelvorgang erst einmal mehrere Stunden lang das Material sichten müssen, was denn nun möglicherweise eventuell in Frage kommen und Verwendung finden könnte. Herrlich... ich bin nicht allein!!!

    Liebe Weihnachtsgrüße
    Birgit (die natürlich auch von Fluby, Rosey und den übrigen BiWuBärchen grüßen soll - und die leider noch berichten muss, dass bisher noch kein Weihnachtsgruß aus Riverside im BiWuBärenland angekommen ist. Aber schon mal vielen Dank im voraus... und es ist doch auch irgendwie schön, wenn da noch was zu erwarten ist... *schmunzel*)

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    1. Hester hat mich vorhin darauf hingewiesen, ich müsse (Urlaub hin oder her) mal gaaaaanz dringeeeeend auf einen wunderbaren Kommentar von Dir antworten...

      Und wirklich, Du hast sehr liebe Sachen an uns geschrieben, ich Danke Dir. :) Hesters Wangen glühen immernoch vom Hinweis auf ihr gutes Aussehen. :) Das lenkt sie wieder eine Weile von ihrer zugigen Wohnung ab. ;)

      "...die so viel Bastelkram horten, dass das Zuhause locker als Bastelshop durchgehen könnte und vor dem eigentlichen Bastelvorgang erst einmal mehrere Stunden lang das Material sichten müssen, was denn nun möglicherweise eventuell in Frage kommen und Verwendung finden könnte." Hahaha, ja, genau so geht es mir! :D Und eigentlich ist es doch auch so: "je mehr Bastelkram, desto besser", denn nur dann hat man auch wirklich die Wahl und kann endlos kombinieren (und schon allein die Planung macht einen riesen Spass!)... :))

      Tja, Hester und Fudge haben Euch zu Weihnachten ein paar Zeilen geschrieben und einige Fotos geschickt. Falls sie Euch gar nicht mehr erreichen sollten (war das vielleicht der olle Poltergeist?!), schicken wir einfach nochmal einen Umschlag los... "Don't worry, Birgit!!" soll ich Dir von der lieben Hester sagen! :)

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  4. Hi Hester,
    Nina did a lovely job with the decoration of the box. It looks nice. Someone must have been happy in receiving it.
    I wish you all and Nina, a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Sirkka, for reading my presentation of Nina's box!

      Merry Christmas!!

      Hester

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  5. What a lovely box! Nina is very good at crafting and so are you. Hester, you´re lucky to have such a good teacher. I remember the beautiful autumn wreath you made for Fudges´home.You did a very good job too!
    Hope Nina is having a good time at Christmas and I also hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Day.Did you all get presents? I hope the heater problem is sorted out soon in the new year.
    Enjoy the holiday season!

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    1. Cutata,

      Some truly extraordinary things happened at Christmas... Maybe Nina will write a story about it. We got some wonderful presents, indeed.

      I hope all is going well in Sweet Berry Valley!

      Have a lovely holiday,
      Hester

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  6. I really enjoyed this post! Beautiful work Nina and Hester. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Welcome and thank you very much!

      -Hester

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  7. Wow I love the box it is gorgeous. Nina did an amazing job on it. I hope you all and specially Nina are having a wonderful holiday. Wishing you all a wonderful 2017.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Maria,

      I will tell Nina what you think about the box!

      My holiday has been wonderful, thank you. Nina will be back tomorrow.

      Hugs,
      Hester

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  8. Hallo Nina,
    die Box ist klasse geworden!!
    Freut mich zu lesen, dass es noch mehr Menschen gibt, die Bastelsachen horden. :-)
    Ich wünsche dir und deinen Lieben einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr.
    Liebe Grüße
    sendet
    Melanie

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    1. Danke, liebe Melanie! Frohes neues Jahr! :)

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  9. Happy New Year 2017!
    Hugs, piikko

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    1. Happy New Year, Piikko!

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