Bear with me...



Oh dear,  another month and a half have passed in which I have not managed to post anything.  Not for lack of anything to show you, as I have been busy.  But that is just the reason...I have been busy.  Very busy. 

 But now it is time to put up the Christmas decorations.  I can't put it off any longer...

Hang up the stockings and drape the tinsel.

 And if it gets cold, get into bed with a good friend and maybe a book.

 The painting is an impression of Govert Flinck's 'Girl by a High Chair' (1640).  The miniature oil painting was made by Elly Ypma. I really like how Elly paints in her own style, using existing paintings but, rather than slavishly copying them, she gives them her own touch.   Which in some cases I much prefer to an exact copy of an existing painting. 
 
The adorable old, much loved bear was made by Jeanet Dekker of Classic Bears (no website).   She makes beautiful aged teddy bears and other stuffed toys.  I bought this bear at the DHN show in October, along with the sweet and cheerful soft garnet red bear, made by Elles Leenders. 

Time to finish decorating!

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    1. Aren't they? They called to me 'Take me home!!'

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  2. I love the bears. Especially the well love one with such realistic wear. The painting is lovely as is the scene. But oh those doors!. Gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas Josje!

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    1. Yes that old loved bear is so wonderful! The doors are part of a room I am working on. They are actually sliding doors from a wall buffet, but I used them here to dress the scene. They took quite a bit of work to make them. The architrave around the door (which you can't see here) was even more work. But it was worth it. I'll show the photo's when it is all finished. At the moment the room is laying on its side while paneling is being glued down.

      Merry Christmas!

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  3. The bears are amazing and they are perfect in your scene. Your pictures are beautiful and sweet.
    Merry Christmas!
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Geneviève. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  4. Wat schattig die kerstsokken en die beren zo lief!
    Fijne feestdagen,
    groetjes van Marijke

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  5. Lovely scene, the bed is beautiful, the bears have such character for their tiny size, and the painting is a masterpiece, Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Margaret. Happy Christmas!

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  6. Una preciosa escena navideña!!!
    Muy feliz Navidad!!!!
    Besos.

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  7. Me ha encantado... esos calcetines, los osos, el cuadro..todo el conjunto despide amor.
    FELICES FIESTAS
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  8. Me ha encantado... esos calcetines, los osos, el cuadro..todo el conjunto despide amor.
    FELICES FIESTAS
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  9. Such a sweet, lovely scene.
    Thank you for sharing and I cannot wait to see the decorated house
    Hugs, Rosanna

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    1. Well I still have to decorate the real house, so I'm afraid the small one will have to wait until next year (again!)... Too little time...sigh! ;-)

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  10. Tous les détails de cette piece sont magnifiques . Les ours sont incroyables . J'aime beaucoup le tableau . C'est un tres bel ensemble .
    Je vous souhaite Josje , un très joyeux réveillon .

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    1. Merci Catherine. A very happy Christmas to you too!

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  11. Ach, wat een schattige beren, Josje, daar is zo te zien inderdaad al héél veel van gehouden ;)! Het schilderij is prachtig, net wat je zegt: geheel eigen stijl en daardoor nog mooier....
    Ik wens je fijne feestdagen en alle goeds voor 2015!
    Groetjes, Ilona

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    1. Ja schattig hè, zo veel geknuffeld...Hele fijne feestdagen Ilona!

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  12. Bonita decoración
    ¡¡¡Felices Fiestas!!!

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  13. Wat een gezellige kerstsfeer Josje, ik miste je berichten al dus ik ben blij dat we in 2014 nog iets van je lezen. Die kerstsokken zien er lekker gevuld uit, wat mooi. En de beertjes zijn heel schattig en zien er echt goed geleefd uit, zoals het hoort dus haha, ik kan zelf ook geen afstand doen van mijn liefste beer, hoewel daar alleen nog maar een hoofd van over is, het lijf heb ik kapot geknuffeld als kind.
    Ik wens je hele fijne feestdagen en een prachtig 2015! Voor je lezers de Engelse versie. For all readers happy holidays and a wonderful 2015!

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    1. Ja ik vind het ook jammer dat ik niet meer kan lezen en bloggen, maar ja, soms gaan andere dingen voor. Nog een paar weken...Ach wat lief, alleen nog een hoofd! Ik heb mijn beer ook nog hoor, helemaal kaal en zonder ogen, maar nog steeds de liefste beer van de hele wereld ;-)
      Hele fijne feestdagen Inge!

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  14. Merry Christmas Josje, what a tranquil scene you have set! I think Christmas must be very close.
    All the best.
    Janine

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    1. Thank you Janine. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  15. Adorable bear and scene. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year =0)

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    1. A very merry Christmas to you Pepper!

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  16. What absolutely beautiful little bears :-)! Pam x

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  17. Merry Christmas, Josje! Your bears are Exquisite! And the stockings...!!! I don't know how you manage to assemble such Divine arrangements of minis! And the painting is Gorgeous! I think every real artist cannot help but add their own "stamp" to a painting. This one is beautiful! I hope your RL Christmas is every bit as Enchanting as the mini one looks to be!

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    1. Thank you Betsy. You're right about every artist adding their own stamp to their work, but I see a lot of miniature painters who try to copy existing paintings as precisely as they can (which is an art in itself). Elly Ypma makes changes to her miniature versions, add things to the background or leaves them out. She calls them impressions of...which of course is what they are.
      Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  18. Josje,
    you did such adorable bedroom! I really love it!
    hugs
    Magda

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    1. Thank you Magda! It really is just a stage set, as it were. The room is a work in progress and will become a dining room eventually.

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  19. Haha, nice pun. I think that bear is amazing, so lifelike! For a worn stuffed bear that is ;) Too bad she doesn't have a website. Nice scene and beautiful christmasstockings :D

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    1. ;-) Well I try, haha.
      Jeanet more or less sells out at the show in Apeldoorn, so she doesn't have anything left to sell on a website...All of her stuffed animals are adorable.

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  20. These scenes and the pictures are perfect----

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