zaterdag 29 december 2012

X-mas gifts

In our family we don't have a tradition of giving each other X-mas gifts. When I was a child we always celebrated Sinterklaas on the 5th of december with the all family, brothers, sisters and grandmothers, with presents suprises and poems.

Well things in the Netherlands are changed a little bit, and I must admit it's fun to open presents on X-mas morning. Two packages from abroad were watiting under the X-mas tree. One from Kerry (Australia) from the SSCS2012 swap and one from our dear friends in Seattle.

Two special packages. Kerry made me some lovely gifts from wool. I really adore the dog pincushion. How did she know I love dogs ; ).

Marne and Elaine did sent us also lovely gifts, but one gift is very special: nine Sue Bonnet quiltblocks from the 1930s. They were made by Clara Petefish Moore (1918 - 2009), she was a friend of Doris. And Doris was the daughter of Grace, my other special 1930s quilt that I finished in 2011. Clara made the blocks 80 years ago, she used sugar, flour and feed sacks.

Oh I can't wait till the quiltshops are open again, but I have to wait  after New Year. Marina's quiltshop in Zeist got quite a collection of 1930s reproduction fabrics. I really want to make a quilt of it. I know that some quilters say that you shouldn't use them, and keep the blocks the way they are, but I like to finish the block into a real quilt. A good project for 2013.

vrijdag 28 december 2012


Time flies, X-mas is already over and now it's on to New Year. All the X-mas stuff is still hanging around in our house (till the 1th of januar). Come and have a look. The X-mas tree is filled with memories, and the packages from Australia and Seattle were waiting.  (They opened and they contained very special gifts, more about it later).
The old church in the X-mas tree was from my grandmother.

In the hallway you find my Tilda X-mas things I made. In the kitchen hangs my last creation " a reindeer guirlande". The pattern is from Atelier Bep and they were sewed on a tablemat, but I preferred to make a guirlande with them. So I got rid of a few more scraps.
In the dining room you find the X-mas stable/shed, it was made by an friend (who died 14 years ago).
The figures were made by myself.

Then in the living room, you will find Santa Claus, it was the Chookey swap 2010.

The Secret Santa Chookey Swap is my favorite, I join it already several years and it's just part of all the X-mas fun. This year Kerry send me some lovely gifts, pictures will follow, but it has to do something with dogs. For some reason she figured out I'm a dog lover ;  ).

Then there is my X-mas quilt, warm and cozy. It isn't very cold here in the Netherlands, it's mostly rain, rain, rain!!! 
X-mas we spend with my parents. My mother made us a very nice meal.
If you love sprouts (spruitjes), here is the recipe.

Second X-mas day (not common in every part of the world), my brother and sister-in-law came along with their three kids. 

That's fun, unwrapping gifts with grandma and granddad.

One of the traditions is going to the "living" X-mas shed at Joppe. (Last year I missed it, because I was in hospital) but this year it felt good to be back again. It was one thing we did from childhood on with my grandmothers and parents.

Good X-mas memories this year. Just another few days of holiday to go. Back to work on the 2th of januar.

maandag 24 december 2012

Blown away .....

..... at the beach (Kijkduin). Much too much wind, we hadn't expect it. Look at Mies her ears.

woensdag 19 december 2012

The first one is finished .....

.... and there will be following more. I'm just in the mood for nice little projects, and these candle mats are perfect when you're sitting on the sofa and watch a X-mas movie for the 5th time. Here in the Netherlands, it's evey year the same movies on the telly.

You can buy the e-patterns (2 or 3 dollars) here: Primitive stitches.

Just another two days of work. I finished my businesscase Marketing for my study Business Administration/Science yesterday, and today I got the result. Yes!!!!! 9 points (10 is the maximum). Oh I can tell you I'm very happy. Now the holidays really can begin in 1,5 days. Quilting, reading, making walks and just doing nothing.

zondag 16 december 2012

Candle mat

 On the blog from Atelier Bep I found this pattern of a candle mat. Not too complicated, just a nice project for under the X-mas tree, or a rainy sunday, like here in The Hague.

Yesterday Emma, Olivier, Nathan and Lucy came along for a  real dutch activity: gourmetten. We really had a great time together. And so another  week has gone. X-mas holiday is almost there, 4 more days at work to go. Have a good X-mas time.

zondag 9 december 2012

Dorry's X-mas party

It isn't yet X-mas, but it was X-mas all over the weekend. At 9.30 in the morning Dieuwke and I were on our way to pick up our friend Diana. On our way tooooooo .............. Dorry in Tilburg. (One of our favorite places). X-MAS-PARTY!!!!!! Oh I love this time of the year.

We had a really good afternoon. Dorry and the girls (her mum Jose and a friend), made a wonderful lunch, so we could eat and work at our X-mas bird. Quiltgirls in heaven, food and quilting ; )More photos

We couldn't believe that it was already 16.00 (time to leave). But you know what, I forgot to take pictures of Dorry and the girls. Sorry!!! But thank you all for a wonderful afternoon! Hope to be there next year.

The best Christmas gifts are memories.

zaterdag 8 december 2012

X-mas fun at the Winterfair

It really was winterwonderland, some snow left from yesterday and blue skies. Rob, Mies and I drove to the Estate Marienwaerdt (Beesd, Netherlands), we spend a good time with looking around on the X-mas fair and enjoying the beautiful estate park.

There were wood stoves all over the place to get warm.

 Mies thinks that snow is very interesting, it seems that everything smells more in the snow, that must be heaven for dogs. I can tell you she's sleeping all night now. Very tired from all the excitement and new impressions.

 For a moment we thought about cooking outside. Don't you love those kettles, but we weren't sure that it would be good idea to do on our balcony.
More X-mas fun tomorrow at Dorry!!!!

X-mas fun: SSCS 2012

Today my parcel arrived all the way from Australia. It's the annual SSCS 2012 X-mas swap from "Chookey". It's really fun, it's my 4th time I'm joining.

We are only allowed to open the parcel that contains the X-mas ornament. The other parcel has to wait till X-mas morning.

To the maker:  I couldn't read your name on the envelope: thank you very much, the X-mas ornaments are lovely, they will be hanging in my X-mas.
Lucky she wrote me comment, her name is Kerry and this is her website. I hope my parcel will arrive safely in New-Zealand at Cat's house.

donderdag 6 december 2012

Sinterklaas fun .....

.... making suprises and "teasing" poems. Giving gifts, a good drink, cheese fondue, and fantastic company. We really had a good Sinterklaas eve. Mies behaved herself very well, of course she tried to steal the pate from the table. Well if they put it right in front of your nose, that's even for a well-raised dog too much.
Now she has her own angry bird pillow. And her own X-mas quilt. What a happy dog.

 Next year again!! Be sure, we will be there.