Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hi all,

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year full of family, friends, laughter and of course ... stitching time (and everything else you might wish for)!!!

Yesterday evening I finished my seventh ornament of the year ... I can tell you that it wasn't easy (cursed a couple of times :-) because I wanted a special trim in between. In the end I managed it ... but I'm not sure if I'm going to do this a lot!

The backing is in a cute santa with reindeer print and I did the "stuffing" with flax seed.

See you in 2013!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Christmas time!

Hi all,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends, sharing good company, food and laughter!

I have been quiet but busy ... celebrating my birthday on the 23rd, eating out at my parent's house on the 24th and having a couple of free days between Christmas and New Year (my kids are staying with the grandparents of my hubbies side ;-).

I've managed to stitch another ornament of which I already spoke of in one of my previous e-mails. It still needs to be finished but I like it a lot!

I also added a couple of ornaments on my ever growing tree ...

I don't think I'll blog a lot the next couple of days so I would like to wish you all a happy New Year!
Have fun, enjoy each other's company and stay safe!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fun stitches (LHN and CCN)

I'm so into "wintry designs" for the moment!

As you might have noticed I love quite some designs from Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks.

LHN's new releases:

CCN's second house of the Santa Village was on her blog today ... I can't wait for my materials to arrive!

1st and second house

Another lovely winter design

Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Let it snow!

Or rather not! The one day we had snow over here our traffic didn't move a lot :-)

I've added some more ornaments (10 to be exact) on my Christmas tree and I'm moving up :-).

With and without flash (to show you the colours better)

As already said in my previous mails, I've added some Christmas decorations in my house. Althought it's a good start I think I can add lots and lots of ornaments in the future :-).

Have to add the "balls" ;-)
A large vase
Take this ... and this ...

It's snowing! ;-)

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A touch of Spring!

As you know I'm embroidering the Christmas Tree from UB Stickdesign better known as "Weihnachten steht vor der Tür".

Well, on googling yesterday to see if there are other people embroidering this design I stumbled upon the new releases from UB ... ... ... shouldn't have done this! Look what Ulrike released:

A sibling piece for spring!

Elements from the new tree! 

Elements from the tree I'm embroidering

I have already way toooo many pieces but I'm sure I won't be able to resist the first chart!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sinterklaas versus Santa Clause

Well, it's the time of the year and last weekend I've put our living and dining room in a festive mood and decorated the Christmas Tree. Normally we wait untill after the 6th of December when "Sinterklaas" arrives but my husband insisted (he's on holiday this week and wanted to have all the small lights and decorations :-)

So what's the difference between Sinterklaas and Santa Clause?

Santa ClausSinterklaas
Transportation:Reindeer-drawn sleigh that can flySteamer called Pakjesboot 12 and a Gray horse called Amerigo that can walk over rooftops and make great leaps through the air
Helpers:ElvesZwarte Pieten
Gifts:Made in Santa's toy factory with the help of elvesBought in stores, wrapped by Zwarte Pieten, the helpers
Personality:PunctualAlmost senile
Punishment:Lenient; leaves only coal to children who have been naughtyStrict; Sinterklaas sogs suggest that children who have been naughty are beaten with small branches or taken to Spain to be Zwarte Pieten
Family:Mrs. ClausNo family

Wanna read more about it? Here's the link.

Frankly I like them both! But buying gifts two times in one month would be a little bit expensive so ... hence the choice for Sinterklaas in our regions :-)

A nice online shop and another one that offer felt Sinterklaas decorations. And on googling some more I've found an even bigger store. Oh soooo many lovely things to discover ... !!! Guess what I'll be doing next year? ;-)

Have a nice "Sinterklaas" or - for the ones that want to wait a little bit longer - "Santa Clause" :-)!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas is near!

And I have more Christmas decorations then last year when I only had two "meager" embroidered trees to show you - my very first post on my then new blog :-).

So as promised an update on my finished Prairie Schooler santa ornaments.

I'm still in love with my Christmas tree and started adding new branches (which takes time do to because of all the different side-branches). New ornaments will also be added ...
I still owe you some book reviews and pictures of the content!
I'm also thinking of a small give-away. More news will follow ... so stay tuned ;-)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Books, books, books!

Hi all,

This Saturday I went to a books fair held twice a year close to us. It's in a big hall filled with tables and tables and tables :-) full of books, ready to cater each and every need ... and for really interesting prices if you look around a little bit!

As you can imagine I alway go for two kinds of books: everything handcrafting ... and cook books. I wasn't disappointed ... here's my "autumn harvest" - see below :-)

Now the first book "Rainbow of Stitches" has a particular story to it ... Two weeks ago I saw a really cute Christmas ornament on Dani's site.
Beatrice's ornament held by Anne who received it (guess everyone wanted the pattern)

I asked Dani if she knew from which designer, blog, ... it was but she could only tell it was from a Dutch magazine or book. Googled it and dug through a couple of my (many) magazines but without any result. 
So fast forward to Saturday ... bought a couple of books that seemed really nice and when going through them at home you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled across the pattern for this ornament ... life's little ways ;-)!


Second book about gnomes (see earlier post)... 
translates as "The Gnome who doesn't want to go on Holiday"
Look at that quilt with birdhouses (can you imagine I bought this book just to have the pattern :-)
Nevertheless there were other nice things in it as well.

Makes me think of Joan Elliott's style

Second book from Donna Kooler I now have (first one is about stockings)

Couldn't resist this one (guess I'm typically female and bag-a-holic)

A really interesting book to have (goes more in depth how you can embellish quilts
with special stitches, buttons, beads, painting, etc. ...)

I'll share more pictures and information about these books later this week but wanted to share my excitement in finding them and not paying much for them!

As for stitching related things ... I've completely finished my Santa ornaments by the Prairie Schooler and they now happily hang on my chimney (will post piccies of that this week). I haven't been very fast with them since I started mid September and needed untill now to finish them off!

Guess I was afraid of the ornament making process that was completely new to me. It certainly won't be the last ornament I'll make because it wasn't as bad as it seemed. Everything went quite smooth ... I only needed to find the courage! ;-)

Have a nice week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Libelle Winterfair and IHSW November 2012

Hi all,

As promised here are some photos of the Libelle Winterfair I've visited last week Thursday. This one was typical for women = cooking, baking, clothing, ... and most important all things crochet and embroidery.

Have a look ...

Bought one of the houses

Some lovely inspiration

Also tried some Décopatch

Ordered chart on E-bay :-)

 And of course, after being inspired I had to take some things home and immediately start with it :-).

My treasures

I started crocheting a scarf with it but didn't take pictures of that one yet. Alhough the wool is soft and "flexible" I think that it will be more "rigid and prickly" ;-)

The green linnen will be for future stitching of Christmas trees by The Prairie Schooler (leaflet I and II)

And because the were screaming to me, I've finished my first ornament completely. Mind you, everything was new to me ... putting together the ornament (with sewing machine), making cording and sewing it to the ornament. Phew ... one down, five to go! ;-)

And last but not least ... I've stitched some more on my "Weihnachten steht vor der Tür" by UB Stickdesigns. Have put some snow on the branches and stitched some more ornaments ... there are now 21 of them hanging on the tree.

Updates will follow ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have been busy!

My oh my! It has been a week since I've last posted a thing. I can tell you that I've been quite busy in the meantime!

Last weekend I've finished my six Santa ornaments from the Prairie Schooler. I've put some backing to them, sewed them together with my sewing machine, stuffed them and closed the "holes" ;-). The only thing I'm not sure of is how I'm going to finally finish them by using some own made cording or something else.

I'll have the opportunity to scout around a little bit tomorrow because I'm going to the "Libelle Winterfair" (sorry but the site is only in Dutch but you get the idea) and I know that there will be some crafty boots as well :-). Something else I'm going to try is Décopatch. I want to make a complete Christmas wreath in it ... something like this but in Christmas outfit ...

I've also mad a big pompom this weekend because at work we needed a new keychain hanger. It was years ago since I last made one but I immediately felt comfortable with it ... it only took a lot of time! :-)

The next thing I'm contemplating on doing again is spool knitting (punniken in Dutch but I don't know if the translation is correct). I only need to find my little "device" again to make those famous cords (must have put it away too well because I don't seem to find it and I've been looking everywhere :-).

Photo from

After reading the post of Amarins about her recent purchases I've decided to tackle my Christmas tree by UB Design again (see previous post). It's really a joy to work on it and I know that I'll be a little bit sad when it's done but ... there's still plenty of work to be done so no worries yet! LOL!!!

Picture a little bit dark (taken early this morning)

I'll post an update tomorrow or the day after on my Winterfair adventures!