Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It truly warms our inveterate country style hearts that everybody is talking about how this particular style is becoming trendy again. Recycling and flea market finds are as popular as ever and so are the good, old kitchen utensils; simple food made from scratch with natural, good-quality ingredients; bouquets of roadside flowers and other natural materials, and all kinds of "do-it-yourself" projects. This is exactly what this magazine is full of and what brightens up our everyday life. We’ve been running our small company with the French-Nordic style as the main theme for 10 years now, and apart from our loyal fans, the interest shown in this style has always been fluctuating. However, we’ve never given up...for the simple reason that we’re in love with this style and don’t know how to do anything else. Or at least we don’t want to. Throughout the years, many of our customers and readers have told us that they always know where they stand with us and what to expect both in terms of products and the magazine. This makes us very proud! We promise you that we’ll never switch to a different style – no matter the current trend. This is also how we plan to proceed in 2015.

Obviously, we do have plans for improvements and changes within our concept, and you will find out more about this in the year to come. We’ll tell you all about it in the up-coming issues. Right now we want to focus on Christmas – a time of traditional style that doesn’t change much at least in our part of the world. Most of us stick to our favorite, personal traditions, and luckily for us they are often nostalgic and romantic in line with the country style. Through this Christmas issue we hope to be able to inspire you again this year with lots of Christmas ideas, and in this, the last issue in 2014, we want to thank you for having been a loyal supporter in the past year. See you in 2015!

Happy reading! /Lonnie og Vivian

White christmas dreams

Dear Reader
At the editorial office we decided long ago to save the Christmas features for the November edition because we feel that Christmas starts way too early in many other places. Some magazines and shops start talking about Christmas as early as in October when we are still enjoying the wonders of autumn. However, once we pass November 1st and we have been peeking around in the shops for a few weeks, we really step on it both at the editorial office and at home. Many of us here at the office jump-start Christmas by going for a long walk in the forest to look for natural decoration materials for our Advent wreath, Christmas decorations and perhaps a special wreath for the front door. This edition provides you with plenty of inspiration for all these lovely Christmas projects. We personally love making all kinds of Christmas decoration vines for my windows because they seem to add a perfect Christmas feel in an instance. This year we will definitely also be trying out some of Dorte’s big crackers and Lonnie’s decorations made of parchment paper. There are plenty of ideas for a nice, creative afternoon with our girlfriends or the children. We are already looking forward!
Happy reading! / Lonnie og Vivian


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anno 1808

Perhaps you remember some of the articles that Janne Toftegaard from the company ”Anno 1808” wrote for the magazine? She’s been doing handmade decoration items for us on a freelance basis and we’ve had a great and inspiring co-operation on many levels. One of Janne’s first articles was about the making of these nice cotton wool Santas that really resemble the old ones. Here you can find instructions on how to make these great Christmas decorations yourself. /Vivian

In addition, Janne has just published her first book about this fine craft. Find out more at: www.anno1808.dk

Monday, October 20, 2014

Delightful changes

We haven’t been blogging much lately but for a good reason: we’ve been working hard – and still are – on finishing our new book full of exciting do-it-yourself projects involving our paint and wax products. As we have decided to only show completely new projects in our book, we’ve gotten ourselves into a lot of work. Although the paint is very easy to use, it’s still very time-consuming to develop the ideas, get all the pieces of furniture, and paint and patinate them. Hard work but lots of fun because we just love painting and being creative! We have a great team here at the editorial office and in the company as a whole, and such a project requires everybody to work extra hard next to all the everyday tasks. We want to thank all you lovely people in the Jeanne d´Arc team for making this happen. We’re really looking forward to showing you our book…but for now you’ll have to do with some simple blogs. /Vivian

Do you like what you see?

The book will be published in Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch and German. An English version will be printed, when the paint is available to overseas areas.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Creative October

Now is the time to get started with creativity indoors. To many of us creative people, getting our very own space for these pursuits is the greatest happiness... In this edition of the magazine, we focus on creative space. This has resulted in some interesting articles with great ideas for the decor. Fortunately, old crafts that are about to fall into oblivion are taken up again and make a comeback as hobbies. At the slightly more ordinary end, we show you several examples of lovely fall wreaths which you can easily make yourself, and we take you inside different, cozy and inspiring homes. Happy reading. /Tina