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Knitting for easter

Hello readers

I have easter on my mind! I am knitting some sweet decorations to decorate the small metal tree in my window.

The small knitted birds aren’t finished yet, they will get felt beaks, wings and tails and will be decorated with beads. The pattern came from Let’s Knit magazine.

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The other day I was given a gift-card by my mother in law for an online bookstore. I used it to get Arne & Carlos breien op hun paasbest (or : knitting for easter) Lovely book full of great pictures and patterns for knitting easter eggs, easterbunny, chicken and egg-sweaters.

I accidently hit “flash” on my camera so not all photo’s looked so great, but here’s an example made just with stripey sock yarn.

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With the same yarn I covered a measuring tape

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I’m also still working on this

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Add to that a cardigan in progress and I guess I’m working on too many projects at the same time again.

Have a lovely day

Rummaging in the attic

Hi there, it’s going to be another unseasonably warm day today, even warmer than yesterday! They promise us it will be nice until the weekend when we will have temperatures that are more normal for March. As it’s so warm already there’s a need for lighter clothes, so yesterday we went upstairs to get our summer clothes out of storage and in the meantime have a little bit of a clear out. Over the winter months a lot of “stuff” had been put up there instead of being thrown away and it was getting a bit too much. So we had a good rummage around and threw a lot of unwanted items away and also found a few forgotten  treasures, like these items that were in a trunk we had from a house clearance. We got rid of the trunk but kept the clothing…

A bridal purse and cap, all hand stitched

And this bridal headdress

I may be wearing it the wrong way around. It was hard to see how to wear it as it was so out of shape, but now I’ve washed it and bended the frame a bit and I think  it should be front to back

There was also this clergy band, also hand made

These lovely Dutch potholders in cross stitch from, I guess, the fifties

Wouldn’t it be nice to use them on Koninginnedag (the Queen’s birthday) and Bevrijdingsdag (when we celebrate the end of WW2 and our freedom)?

And last but certainly not least, this lovely evening dress with a small train, also handmade.

Look at the detail…

The items are all dirty and I will be gently washing them today. I’m not sure what to do with all of them yet. I may keep the smaller items for the bride. The dress is way to small for me to ever be able to wear, even without the weight I’m a broad shouldered person so I would not fit in a small dress like this. If it comes out of the wash looking nice I may decide to put it up for sale, so someone else can wear it.

I also found a box full of tins. These were really lovely I think so I will use them in my workroom.

I also made the peg bag and one extra for son 2 who had requested one for himself out of material I also found in the attic.

Have a lovely day

finally finished

Good morning

Yesterday was like summer over here: sunshine an 20° in the afternoon and we had our first dinner outside!

Sunday was the same, we went for a visit with son 1 and dear daughter in law and despite being in the shade most of the time and wearing a hat I got a little sunburn.

I have worked hard on my peg bag project and finally the stitching is all finished

Today it’ll be made into a bag.

I have also been playing with book pages…

… and covered a tea box, it is still plain I will attach something to close the lid and some embellishments later, when I tried to take photographs this happened:

Boys…aren’t they lovely?

Have a good day.

Wishlist

A very good morning to all.

It’s another beautiful spring morning over here and I’ve done my exercises (5 more repeats! 1 extra exercise). I’m ready for another day with my nose stuck in papers getting ready for a telephone meeting with our lawyer (sorry can’t reveal what it’s about yet, you never know who’s reading your blog after all) This time I’ll be sure to take my work outside to enjoy the lovely weather.

I’m still working on my peg bag project and I hope to be able to have it finished by the beginning of next week

Hubby has bought me this to add some colour to the garden

I also have some runner beans on a saucer in the windowsill to sprout and later put in big pots

Dear daughter in law asked me what I want for my birthday in April…

at first I said I would like to have this

It’s made out of willow and would be stronger than the bark ones we have now. But then we unexpectedly received some vouchers for the local nursery and I can now buy them myself.

So I have been thinking about a wish list and this is what will be on it for sure…I’ve fallen in love with Namaste bags. Normally I don’t care much about the latest fashion and accessories. I can’t afford to buy anything new so I just do my own thing and use what I like, not what fashion dictates. But for Namaste I will make an exception as they have bags that are very useful for a crafter like me and look just beautiful

This is what I would love to own

It’s for circular knitting needles

For all knitting/sewing/embroidery notions

I’m sure I could fill this up quite easily as well, don’t you just love the colours? As you may have noticed looking at my hair 🙂 I love bright colours and having never been a girly girl before I now, at 47, suddenly love feminine things and pinks

I’ll share some of the other things on my list later

have a nice day

Finding strength

Hello my friends

It’s a beautiful sunny day, the washing is out on the line and I will definitely find a project to do outside later today.

As I said earlier, this is a difficult week, where painful decisions that have been long put off, will have to be made.

In a box of embroidery-stuff I found this :

I don’t remember where it came from, but it says: “Without love there isn’t much you can accomplish”. And I find it to be very true. When things get tough in your relationship with another person, wether it be a marriage or family relationship or friendship, you will need to purposefully search for the reasons why you love this person to be able to continue on with the relationship. And that can sometimes be a very hard thing to do, but if you will not make this effort to love, the relationship will be destined to end.

I also find it is helpful to remember happy times in general

Me holding a friend’s baby. I was this baby’s babysitter for a few months.

Or create your own happy times

Enjoying the sunshine with Binti

And knowing we all receive enough strength to overcome the hardships in our lives.

On a more cheerful note:

I am making progress on my cross stitching

Have a wonderful day

Wonderful woodland

Hello friends on this cold but very bright morning,

Yesterday afternoon we went to what’s called ‘the hunting forest’. It’s just a few kilometres from our home and in the past you were not allowed to walk there. Now they’ve made nice paths and parking space and so that’s where we went for our walk. It’s a magical woodland and we were able to take some lovely photo’s. There were lot’s of people with dogs and Binti had a very good time. And I was able to recharge my batteries ready to face a difficult week ahead where some life changing decisions have to be made.

Once we got back home, a little late because we took the wrong path and had to walk another 15 minutes to reach our car :-), I finished the cross stitch picture my mum had made. Today I will be looking for a suitable frame.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Vegetables and thrifting

Goodmorning

It was supposed to rain this morning but it seems the wind has blown most of the rain clouds away already. I’m hoping it will be dry and sunny later today because I want to go out for a walk with Binti. I’m still exercising everyday and I’m now up to 20 repeats and slowly nearing the end of stage 1 of the program, but not this morning. Yesterday I did some planting and I’m still suffering from backache because of it so I’ll do walking instead.

I also hope to finish another cross stitch picture my mum made a while ago, just a few more back-stitches to do

Yesterday we went to a flea market in Hansweert and we bought a glass coffee table for son 2 for just 5 euro’s

It has the shape of the one in the left picture (sorry forgot to take a picture) and the legs of the one in the right picture.

Instead of the legs he plans to use a Chevrolet car engine.

I also found this milk jug to replace mine that had a chip, 50 euro cents

And Hubby wanted these hose connectors (2 euro’s)

On the way back we went to the Dorcas shop to buy these shoes for son 2  for 4 euro’s

A new basket for the cutlery, also 50 euro cents

This will get a fabric liner later

When we got home it was time for lunch and in the afternoon I had to plant my vegetables I had also bought that morning

5 cabbage turnips, 10 lettuce plants and 10 endive plants

My veggy patch is almost full now, just a few herb plants will go in later and maybe something small along one of the sides.

It is still a bit too cold for some of the plants to go unprotected so a frame for a polytunnel was put up

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a bit of plastic for a temporary cover. We will be going to son 1’s workplace later this week and buy some polytunnel-plastic designed for the purpose.

I also mowed the lawn. No we do not have a lawn in our yard, but this is how son 2 calls the hair on his head 🙂

And I made an insert into the neckline of a new t-shirt he bought online the other day, which was way to low-cut.

I cut the front out of an older grey t-shirt and put it inside the new one

problem solved

Silly in the sun

Goodmorning all,

It looks a bit like rain, I do hope the sun will come out later. Today will be filled with cross stitching and administrative tasks.

Yesterday afternoon son 3 and I went to visit with dear daughter in law, we had a lovely chat and were just a bit silly outside in the sun

with her sunglasses and my hairband…

 

I had been thinking about a way to label all my boxes without damaging them and then the Flow magazine came and there it was:

Washi Tape!

Isn’t it pretty? Only problem is that the deliverycosts of ordering online are almost as high as the price for a roll of tape. So I will be looking to find if there is a shop nearby that sells it as well.

 

Magnified

Hi there

Another beautiful day here. Poor son 4 is not feeling well and spending the day asleep in my bed.

While waiting for Hubby to get me some more DMC cotton for the dolphin picture I’m working on, I started on another UFO found in my workroom.

I really need a new peg-bag so I’d better finish soon. This is how I found it.

This is how far I got yesterday evening

The left side is now finished and I’ve made a start on the right side. I got a little frustrated with not seeing very well, so I got out a flea market  find from last year. It was very cheap due to the fact that the bottom part is missing. I know that somewhere I have one of those clamping devices so I hope it will fit.

I’ve wiped it clean, screwed in a new lightbulb et voila! it worked. Until I find the clamping bit I’ve stuck it in the heating radiator, which was just the right height and a secure fit.

Oh what a joy to be able to see everything with my glasses still on!

 

 

Old finds and old projects

Goodmorning everyone!

My morning didn’t have such a good start, I was still a bit sleepy coming down the stairs this morning. At the bottom of the stairs is a small passage with doors to the kitchen and livingroom. In the livingroom doorway we now have a fence to keep son 3’s boy-dog seperate from my girl-dog who is in heat. I tripped coming down the last step and nearly tumbled straight into the livingroom over said fence auch! My ribs were not so happy anymore!

While I’m sitting here at the computer, my neighbour is vacuming his paving in the garden. I know it’s effective but it still seems like a silly thing to do. He’s in the cleaning business so he uses special equipment. The chickens are very interested, they are standing in a row looking at him through the hedge.

I’m still organizing my workspace, the big cupboard is done and I’m halfway clearing the surfaces and tidying the shelves, so I’m slowly getting there. It takes some time because I have to look at every little thing I’ve got and decide if I really, réally need it. And there is a lot I don’t need anymore and needs to be sold or thrown out.

There were a few treasures up there I had forgotten about like these little hangers with Brussels Lace in them

(excuse the poor quality of the photo’s I was out of camera batteries and had to take them with my phone and that’s no good for close-ups)

I bought them all together with the bigger pieces of lace and handkerchief for just a few euro’s and this top one turned out to be silver, so quite a good find!

This one is also nice as it has the first letter of our family name in it .

I think this is tatting?

And finally the lovely new lace handkerchief

Judging by the name attatched to one of the bigger pieces they were either owned by a nun or made by a nun.

I also found a quilt that had been mislaid, I remember I bought the dog-related material when we were on holiday in Norg (Drenthe)

We had just picked up my little shih tzu dog Mushu at a breeders place in Limburg where she had had a date with their stud dog so my mind was very much on dogs and puppy’s at the time. Sadly she was poisoned by someone in our neighbourhood later, but we still have her son.

I machine-quilted it with a doggy theme.

It was also time to put a new picture on the picture rail, I still had my  Embroidered Christmas Toy Shop up. This one I made a few years back

I also found two pictures to frame. My mother, who used to do a lot of cross stitching made this rabbit for me.

And this sweet little hedgehog came as a gift with The World of Cross Stitching ,

I used frames found at a charity shop and in the rectangular one was a card made by a local artist and when I took it out I discovered that it is a scene from a village I used to live in from the age of 12 until I married. My dad used to have an allotment there and these days it no longer looks like the picture: all new houses, but the windmill is still there and working.

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