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December 30, 2009

Last finishes of the year :)

Time to show the last finishes of this year. Not much about stitching, but I did finish some other fabric things. Just in time for Chirstmas I finished this wall-hanging.

And I made this sweet bunch of apples, all in Christmas style!

Finally I finished block 6 of A Kittens Tale, and I think it's a cute one ;)

Now on to the year 2010 and I hope it will be a good one for you all!

December 20, 2009

I really thought it was winter LOL

Last week I really thought it was winter, but now I know it wasn't. NOW it is winter! It has been snowing now for three days. Last Thursday when we woke up, it was so quiet outside and it took a while to realize what it was. There was no traffic! No cars, not even buses were driving and we soon found out even traintraffic was chaos.

Our DS was going to visit Paris with his schoolmates and they were going by train. We walked him to the trainstation and, lucky boy, he made it to Paris! From Thursday on, school is closed due to snowfall and so my holidays started already! I'll show you some snowy pictures below.
Now we are a bit worried. DS left Paris this morning and made it to Amsterdam by train. But the last message I got, he told me there was no traintraffic between Amsterdam and Groningen. We can't go there by car, there is a warning sent out not to drive if not urgent. So I'm afraid he will spend the night at the railwaystation ....

But, being stuck in the house isn't that awful LOL. I have been stitching all day today and I finished house nr. 5 of HOHRH! And I have some progress on Vibrant Vista again.

Now here are some pictures of our home and garden in the snow.

We live in a very creative neighbourhood.

Our car isn't parked here, ours is blue, not white LOL.

December 13, 2009

Winter in the Netherlands

At first I want to thank you all for your nice comments! I don't say it often, but I read them all and they keep me going! When I come home from work I like to sit down for a while and stitch. DD is sitting next to me and together we watch a movie or comedie on tv. This week I have been working on HOHRH during that hour. Windows are added to the house and some birds are appearing at the bottom.

In the evening I always spend an hour or so at the computer, answering mail, visiting groups and reading blogs. After that I go to the livingroom again and do some stitching again. I always work on something I'm in the mood for and this week I was very tired, so I took something easy. That means Vibrant Vista. No special stitches, no backstitches.

Yesterday evening I joined Becky's SAT with Holland Springtime and I managed to stitch the other tulip ornaments in the corner. I also finished the yellow border.

We noticed it already some time ago, leaves have been fallen and the days are shortening, but today its getting colder. It wasn't freezing cold, but a cold wind blew , the sun was shining and the sky was clear blue. I love this kind of weather! DH and I went for a walk in the fields and at the picture you can see a windmill, typical for the landscape around my hometown.

December 06, 2009

Looking at my last post tells me how busy I have been lately. It's not that I don't have anything to tell, but the time lacks to take pictures. Besides that, when I come home from work it is almost dark, when I leave for work it IS still dark and weekends? Well, they have been pretty clouded and dark
too :) We call this time the 'Dark days before Christmas".

Yesterday evening we celebrated
'pakjesavond' , in the Netherlands this still is the chief occasion for gift-giving and so my family and me spoiled each other with presents and funny, satirical poems. We all had a good time, with lots of laughs. DH and I only went to bed after reflecting on this evening and on past times, when our children were still believing Sinterklaas really existed. I too was spoiled with some lovely presents, such as a headset (so now I can Skype again with far-away friends) and some lovely pieces of fabric for my quilting activities (picture below)

I also have to show some updates on what I am working at. At first my HOHRH. House number five finally has a roof. I have to admit I started at the top this time, so the roof was an easy goal to achieve LOL

Second is the Chatelaine Holland Springtime. Last friday night I have been stitching on the yellow border in it. It takes quite some time and I find it a bit boring.
Look at the tulip in the right upper ornament! There is one coming in every corner.

There's also some progress on Vibrant Vista. I finished the first row and now went on to the right again.
And these are the pieces of fabric I got. The main thing about this is my DD went to a quiltshop and picked them carefully for me and I think she did a great job! I almost can see her, loking around in that shop and (considering the small budget) making her choice as priceworthy as can be!