UNIQUE WEDDING GLASSES – RELIC “NOW AND FOR AGES”

During the seven years spent with glassware décor a lot of interesting and sensitive stories have been occurred. Today I will share few of them related with weddings so you will be acquainted with my approach to this sphere, which I would rather call a colourful journey of my life.

In this busy world, it seems, there are fewer traditions, relics, which are passed down from generation to generation - the special things, which we keep and cherish for years. The family fireside, wedding rings and memories overlaid in photos or videos become our marriage’s reminders. Wedding glasses - an important attribute of the wedding, even the relic, which accompanies the newlyweds not only during a solemn day of their life, but next to the rings, the family fireside, becomes the focus of its long-lasting symbol reminiscent of this wonderful day. Many newlyweds', glasses decorated by me, use not only once - fill them with champagne over each wedding anniversary and all other special occasions of their growing family. 

Let’s review and check few ideas of decorated toasting flutes.
WHITE CLASIC. White wedding colour is crowned not quite unnecessarily. It is a charming and graceful, and the symbolic meaning of the sacrament of marriage reflects. Not for nothing, many newlyweds are looking for a white decorated toasting flutes.
  
SHINY ONES. Swarovski crystals decorated glasses also are on top for royal, shiny weddings. The initials, ornaments on the glasses, apparently, has already become a classic, because they never go out of fashion.

 PERSONALIZED IDEAS. We are used to see the engraved initials, date or “Mr. and Mrs” sings. It is standard and normal. But there is something special, when you can join wedding symbols, accents on the special way. These are few samples how unique and really personalized ideas look like on engraved glass. Special example with elephants hanging initials on their trunks. Weddings was held on the island of Bali, so newlyweds asked to combine special symbols – elephants, lotus flowers, initials and the date. I suggested to do it on this engraving way.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS. Decorated glasses - a great gift not only to the first weddings. It is very gratifying when clients applies to create décor for silver, coral, ruby wedding anniversary. Particularly sensitive when I am asked to decorate glasses for golden wedding anniversary. It is special – can you imagine two persons who spent 50 years together? Oh… My eyes fills with tears. One more of the most memorable situations was sensitive and a pleasant surprise to wife. A few years ago man, who often likes doing surprises for his wife, asked me to design décor for champagne glass for "1000 days" after the wedding anniversary. Even more astonishing thing was when after year and a half, he come back asking to do something special for 2000 days' flute. Romantic men actually occurs! Love inspires.

ABOUT PROCESS or how it sees the light of day. For creating special relics it is important emotional and personal relationship. So, before starting decorate, I always try to learn more about future newlyweds, their accents of feast. People always evaluate individual decoration, where one rejoices engraved motifs or initials, for other Swarovski crystal gloss, amber combinations are more acceptable. Different people, their desires - this is what inspires. It is gratifying that each pair of glasses is always something unique. Only for that couple all thoughts and expression are given. Very often people ask where they can see more examples of SJdecoLT decorated glasses. But as I say, the glasses are not stored - just decorated they go out to their hosts. Sometimes they are even not captured because it is agreed to protect the uniqueness of the decor.

RECOMMENDATIONS. Wedding planners and decorators should also pay attention to the décor of toasting flutes, even if newlyweds decided to take care of it by themselves. It is important to remind the newlyweds that they should pay attention on decoration of glasses should be consistent to the feast as a whole. Decorated wedding glasses choice is wide enough - from decorated with live flowers, decorated with symbolic wedding colour ribbons, to mass-production method examples. However, it is encouraging that the recent wedding planners and decorators, newlyweds - both witnesses who take care of these attributes, assess the individual and not “one day” décor. They understand that this is a great idea to commemorate the wedding day experiences and moments of a celebration of exclusivity and distinctive charm in another way.
Be welcome to visit SJdecoLT shop and check more examples of wedding glasses.

5 tips for hygge home by WoolenClogs

5 quick tips on how to make your home hygge
So what is hygge in the first place? Hygge is a design and lifestyle concept from Denmark which is becoming increasingly popular. Associated with pale neutral colour schemes, especially white, Hygge homes focus on happiness and well-being.

"It’s a special atmosphere of a special moment. It’s where everything just falls into place. Where the company is right, where the temperature is right, where we feel comforted, safe, warm and happy." Marie Tourell Søderberg, Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness

There’s no need to invest in expensive décor, small changes to your home and your lifestyle is all that’s needed to give your home a little more hygge while also staying nature friendly. 
First tip - chose your materials!
Pay attention to what your household items are made off. All the natural materials like ceramics, wood, linen, wool will help to create a more natural nurturing home and will be healthier than the alternatives. Linen tablecloths, pillows, even blankets will bring warmth and coziness to your home.
Linen is one of the most eco friendly materials -- growing flax produces no waste as all its parts
are used for different purposes, it does not require any pesticides, grows in unfertilised soil that other cultures would not thrive in.
If you are looking for high quality natural materials for your home -- Etsy has a great deal to offer here. There are a lot of great shops that sell handmade items from natural materials -- a few of them that I tried myself are CozyLinen (for all your table linen needs and more - great aprons, towels, napkins and tablecloths and all from 100% linen and handmade with care), Pillowlink (pillows of all shapes and forms, great design and high quality linen). You can find 100% eco wool legwarmers and shoes in Woolenclogs shop. For all your ceramic needs you can try MissDishCeramics.
Second tip -- colours can make it or break it
Colour coordinating your home decor is important if you want to achieve that cozy hygge feeling. It is not necessary to choose just one or two colours, instead choose a feeling that you want to achieve, is it soft, comfy relaxing home decor, something like this photo? See how well pastel pink goes together with grey, white and even a brick wall.
Think along the lines of warm and cosy to add texture and colour to your home. Chilly days and nights in the northern hemisphere make you want to snuggle up in wool legwarmers or a cozy linen throw while reading a book. Add further hygge style with cushions on the sofa, chairs and bed along with thick fluffy rugs to wriggle your toes into.
Third tip - how about some light?
Candles play a huge role in hygge living. They're used to create a relaxing ambience with their warm soft glow and scents that evoke good memories.
Find creative ways to place your candles, we tried using a cake dish for that and it turned out amazing!
Open fires and wood burners are used extensively in Danish décor, so, if you're fortunate enough to have either they're a great place to sit in front of with family and friends.
Even when it is not cold outside, you can add a bit more hygge by lighting the candles inside of your fireplace -- it will diffuse the light even further and give you the feeling of a cozy winter cottage without the winter.
Do not use center of the room ceiling lamps, use small area lights or even hidden LEDs to give that warm cozy glow to your surroundings.
Fourth tip - that perfect mood
Hygge isn’t solely about décor, it’s also about you, your family and your friends. Include the little things in life that make you smile, such as putting up photographs of happy times, drinking your favourite coffee or indulging in a warm bubble bath.
Sharing is a must in a hygge home. Eating wholesome food in-front of the fire or by candlelight with a gathering of friends or family are fabulous hygge moments that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Switch off and refocus by taking up a new hobby or reigniting an old one. A few hours on your own will make you feel refreshed and your batteries recharged. Enjoy your surrounding, every room in your home should be a sanctuary that you can step into at any given moment, so fill them with things that help you achieve this. But don’t over do it, hygge homes are rarely crammed to the rafters with clutter, but with carefully chosen meaningful items.
Remember the style isn’t about extravagance and cost, it’s about creating a warm and welcoming home that you and your visitors won’t want to leave.
Fifth tip - do you want a drink?
A steaming hot chocolate (tea or coffee if you prefer), a crackling fireside, cosy catch ups, walking on a frosty common bundled up in hats, scarfs and mittens – these are all “hygge”. To truly hygge, ceramic mugs are a must! You need that cozy, pausing feel of a mug in your hands. And if you really don’t have time at home to sit with a mug, at least invest in a reusable, glass to-go cup.

As a recognised ritual worldwide, tea drinking helps to enable feelings of optimism, knowledge, social bonding, gratitude and relaxation.
A cup of tea has long been the symbol of rest, break time, stopping for a breather. Arguably, its ritual could be the pinnacle of the hygge trend, with its implication of calm and togetherness.
Instead of letting hygge be another fad fashion-concept, we can take inspiration from its idea as a daily mindfulness practice, and make more frequent efforts to invite friends for tea, create social groups, and focus on the present moment. To make memories to be later laughed about, to talk about ideas, to be warmed from the inside out, to share the comfort of happiness.
These five quick ideas will give a start to your hygge journey. If you liked our photos and would love to have similar ones - you can read here on how we achieved this result.
Stay warm and cozy and hygge on! All these wonderful thougths was shared by WoolenClogs blog.

 

Felt - oldest textile techniques

We woul like to share JurgaFeltLife video about felting procese.

Felt making is considered to be one of the oldest textile techniques. Here is used wet felting which involves only warm water, natural soap and a few simple wooden and ceramic tools. It takes time to felt a pair of slippers, and it is a rather complicated process. To get a nice shape, it is necessary to possess shoe lasts and also sharp eyes. In the beginning, wool is precisely weighed in accordance with a special table of weight, as different sizes require different amount of wool. Jurga usually uses undyed natural wool, but she likes some decorative elements of dyed wool too. She is using different moulds for different sizes. First of all, she line dry wool and apply water to the fabric. A pair of slippers is lined together. When the wool is lined and wet, it is time to start felting. Slippers are twisted into a towel and then rolling many times. Afterwards, Jurga's husband takes the slippers into his hands to give them a nice shape, to rinse in clean water and dry them next to the fireplace. Felting is a long process which takes time and requires physical strength of a felter. In the different point of view, it is such a pleasure to work with natural fibres, natural wool which comes from animal-friendly farms. Jurga usually use European wool, and are very concerned about the issue of ecology.

A little touch of magic by WizardsCave

It's so pleasure to introduce new and so magic shop :) Just opened but very successful and they are from Etsy Lithuania Team too.
Here is the WizardsCave shop and them story...
 We know that even greatest magic can hide in the smallest things.
We are couple that loves creating and exploring new things. Most of our inspiration comes from nature: Wild forests, beaches, rivers, ancient myths and magic. We use different techniques and materials to make our products. Most of our goods are collected from sandy beaches of Baltic sea, deep and dark forests in Lithuania, or recycled from other things to give them second life.
Items we make is unique and there will be no same item in the world, our shop is small and it is because we do not make huge amount of things. Each little piece first created in head, then drafted on paper and finally made by hands using lots of love and skills, such as pyrography, carving wood, engraving stone, leather working, flint knapping and more. 
 We put lot of consideration and love in our packaging, we use all recycled materials and make boxes ourselfs so no packaging is the same:) If you would like to see how it might look like, please check our instagram account.

Stitch Leather Goods

We would like to share one of our team members with a great desire :) Here is Mindaugas story and his wonderful leather products in StitchLeatherGoods SHOP.
Stitch Leather Goods started in early 2015 from a desire to create a quality physical product. I've been looking for an outlet to my creative ideas for a very long time. My day job and the product I made were mostly intellectual, with nothing physical to show, touch, and hold in hands. One morning I decided that enough is enough and I want to follow my dream of having a handmade goods business. Leather seemed like a natural choice and thus Stitch Leather Goods was born. The initial reception was so good and rewarding, that I decided to quit my job and focus 100% on building a business that will prosper.
 Every item is produced by hand, with no two items being identical. I measure the leather, I cut the leather, I punch the leather, I sew the leather. I do everything myself, by hand, in my atelier. You can see a lot of my "making of" videos on Instagram and Facebook.
All designs are made by me. I start with a prototype that I use myself before pushing it into production. I source my materials from all over Europe. Only the highest quality leathers are used in my products – I don't deal with genuine leather – my goods are made from full-grain leather and will last many many years, they will age beautifully and you'll be able to pass them on to you children on their wedding day. It's the best kind of investment you can make.
 When you run a small business by yourself, you never really stop thinking about it, even after the office hours. Thus I sometimes find myself working late at night, researching, planning, making sure that everything is perfect. But when I'm not, you can usually find me in a local skate park (Fælledparken), grilling or taking a jog around the neighborhood I live in. Living in Copenhagen has been rewarding on so many levels and I love every second of it.

Do you know - How to take care of your wool items?

WoolenClogs are sharing a great care instruction for wool items. Visit their BLOG to read more great information.
All of you have probably at some point looked at a sweater/another wool item taken from the washer and wondered whose it is as the size did not match your clothes :)
Yes, wool shrinks when agitated with a detergent in changing temperature. Washing it even with all the newfangled detergents that are made for wool can be a hit or miss affair. Here's a few things that might help you to put that washing day further and when it comes -- to get the best result. Read on!

Good news is that wool naturally repels dirt and moisture, so it takes a lot longer to get your woolen sweater in need of a wash than say a cotton one. Airing a woolen item is a good way of getting rid of odours and giving it a few more days or weeks of wear.
Brushing it with a soft brush to get rid of anything stuck is also good. Spot cleaning is advised instead of washing the whole item.

Using a vacuum cleaner is another good way to bring your woolen clogs or shoes back to their clean state.

Finally, when you have exhausted all the other options and do not want to or cannot get your wool item dry cleaned it is time for the wash.
The delicate woolen items such as thin felt scarves, light nuno-felted blouses and similar are better washed by hand in only slightly tepid water with wool detergent. Do not rub or agitate the wool too much -- just let it soak and gently squeeze it to get the sudsy water inside, then rise out and dry your items flat, no hanging!
Other things can go into the washing machine -- be careful to choose the wool cycle and wool detergent, also -- never use a dryer, dry your items flat on an adsorbent surface. If the item is not flat, like slippers or a cat cave, shape it to the desired form by putting it on your feet (for slippers) or using your hands to give it shape.

Happy wearing/using! Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about wool or woolen items.
Teikia „Blogger“.

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