Jul/15

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A new blog about Meg

 Dear Viltalakim readers, I realised I haven't been checking this blog since a very long time. I just want to let you know I started a new blog back in January 2015 about Meg's rehabilitation. link can be found in the bottom.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New blog

I descided to start a new blog about how my life came to a point that I felt it had to turn around. I never knew a car accident with my daughter Meg was going to be that important point in my life, but I now realise it was that moment. Now the time is right to start blogging about my life eversince June 6th 2014 and  about how my daily life is now. I cannot predict how often and much I wil be writing a post here, but I just feel it as a right moment to start doing so.
I hope it wil give you some insight of what we are going through.

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I do hope to be able to get creativ again soon... whom knows. wil try to keep things seperate. 

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Jun/14

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Our daughter Meg

Most of you probably know it already, our oldest daughter Meg has been hit by a car on Friday afternoon June 6th. She is stil (now a week after it happened ) in a very critical situation and fighting for her life. 

The doctors don't know the effect of her damaged brains. And as the brains are the most important part of a human body that is the main focus of the doctors, the other injuries are of less importance. . All we can do is wait,  hope, keep faith and pray for a miracle.

Please keep her in your thoughts by burning a candle or in your prayers.

Meg Nijsten

Meg we love you very much!!  <3 <3 <3 <3 

Armand Nijsten , Kim Nijsten and your younger sister Janna 

Due to this all planned workshops from Viltalakim and fairs etc are cancelled. 

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May/14

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Funeral arrangements

As you already might know I am also a teacher in floristy. Sometimes people ask me if I can make funeral pieces too. Ofcourse I can. Last week a very special lady died, she was the mother of my husbands best freind. He and his family were  sort of surrogate/ foster parents for him after his mother died. She wanted me to make her funeral piece so I did. Feeling very gratefull and hounoured to be asked to do so.

Her special request was to use some branches of the monkey tree she has in her front garden... She loved Dainthus as they were in her bridal bouqeut, Asparagus too and Roses, They had many Zanthedechia's in the garden so they also had to be included. I used  much greens from their own garden, making it even more personal. 

On Tuesdayafternoon, one day before the funeral I started making the 4 pieces the family of them had ordered. Many pictures ahead here 

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The base of the piece was an Oasis@ bar, which I left in thewater for one day, making sure it was completely filled with water. 

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I added a green edge first so that was done. I thought of ways to secure the branches a tought job as every leave has a pointy end, like a needle. I secured it with wooden sticks and with very thick floristy wire 1,5 mm

The next step was to add the flowers in between and oh boy was I looking forward to that part (not!! hihihi) Anyway I said A so now B.  It was softly raining and it fell to me nature was weeping about her death too. my hands were cold and itchy but I got more and more "excited" about the result the longer I worked at it.

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And then as final touch 3 Zantehedeschia's. More would have taken away the effect of the lines from the monkey tree, 

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And checking how the result wil be while laying flat on the ground. 

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This piece was from the grandchildren, they were with 7 and 4 grand grand children. As symbolism for that they asked for 7 Red Roses in there. 

Another piece was made with the monkey tree branches and Peonies, which I added in the car with bananas to get them open on time . As it was warmer there as in my house. 

A very colorful one too as the lady was never a wallflower. 

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And a small biedermeier from ourselves as our last offer. 

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Delivered everything in the church on time. Looked perfect on the coffin.

 Rest in Peace Dear Mrs W. . 

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This post wil be a step to step Do It Yourself tutorial on how to make a flower wristlet for  your Prom evening or wedding or any other party. 

What you wil need: 

Tools: 

Knife, garden scissors, Wire cutter, special floristy glue (this glue can be bought throught me if you cannot find it in your area, just contact me )

Materials: 

few fres flowers of the desired color

small leaves

ribbon, Florsity wire thickness 0.9 mm or 1,0 mm

waterprooftape 

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Step one: 

Bend the wire in a shape like this and cut off  tape to add over it: 

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Cover both sides, but make sure the corners are uncovered as at these points the ribbon for attching the corsage to the writs wil be attached. 

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Next step is to sort out the leaves I wanted same seized ones, to get a nicer result. This is glue specially invented for fresh flowers and leaves. It wil not burn the leaves or flowers like a gluegun would.  Tip: When you first glue all your leaves  before actually adding them. The first leave with glue is already little dry and it wil stay better. 

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start working from boths ends towards the middle 

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top side is finished and makes a nice base for the flowers

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but the backside also need some attention. It is not good when you can see how it is made.  So cover that side too, either with leaves or even fabric if you want. Just make sure you use materials which don't itch or give an allergic reaction.

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the back side is covered with bigger leaves

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Now bend it over in the shape it wil need to have when completely finished. If I wouldn't do so, you might end up with uncovered parts after bending. 

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I added a big dot of glue on the paper and dipped my flowers  (Gypshophilla) in there before adding it to where i want to have it. 

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I made sure the middle has more "volume" as the sides 

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seen from the side

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Adding more and more flowers. The Gypshopu\illa makes it easy for the flowers to attach and stay upwards

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The ribbons also needs to be attached, find the spot where you can see the bended wire, put the ribbon through . You can also add the ribbon before you start glueing, but the risk some glue ends up on the ribbon is heigh ;-)  

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now it only needs a nice tie and ready!!

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If you make it hald a day before you actually need it, best place to store it til the moment supreme is in a fridge. put it in a  plastic bag and add it in your vegatable storage place of the fridge around 8-10 degrees C is fine. 

Enjoy the compliments you wil surely get!! 

This idea can also be made for a piece in your hair. Leave it flat instead of bending it and use pins throught the bedned places instaed of ribbon.

Hope to see your results, please send me a picture : viltk{at}yahoo.com 

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May/14

15

Animals part 2

My next animal was also fun to make, at first it took some time as I was convinced I stil had some grey gotlandwool somewhere.....  I looked for it everywhere, but nope no grey gotlandwool to find. I did found however lighter brown gotland and white. 

Started to make a frame with pipe cleaners first, covered with brown wool first and then added white (as i wanted grey)

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I did however found some grey wool, it was a very longstapled wool... not my first choice to use if i was a beginner but as I am not a beginner it was fine ;)  

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What is an elephant without ears???  So ears he got:

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It really came to live, don't you think? 

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Also the belly part needed to be felted 

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"ohh please don't tickle me!!" 



And it was done, rinsed all the soap out and added it in the spinner. I am quite happy with this little elephant. Doubting if i should add eyes to it. What do you think??? 



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My ant is nearly bigger as the elephant..... 



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and my fish is enroumous, maybee I make a smaller one 



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The whole animal zoo so far. What animal to make next? 



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