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birthday 2012

Hi, how are you today?

Long time no see. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy these past few days. On saturday son 4 had his birthday party: a mini lan party with some of his classmates playing soccer on the playstation.  The livingroom was a mess of tv-sets, playstations and power cables all over the floor, boys scattered around the place on various chairs and hardly a place left to sit down. They had a lot of fun according to the noise levels 🙂

Halfway we left them to it to go and buy my birthday presents

This lovely pink case

to hold this

lovely pink camera

They are both pink because I like the colour but also because the boys will be less tempted to borrow it from me! Hopefully it will result in better quality pictures.

On sunday was my actual birthday – 48 already. We had a fun afternoon with the family. Do yóu think we are a bit goofy?

On monday it was Queensday here and we were off to the “vrijmarkt” (on Queensday everyone can sell their goods and food in the streets) We needed lots of household items for the new place to furnish. We went to Kapelle first and bought a car load of stuff for next to nothing. The whole family helped out, pairing up in teams with different shopping lists. It worked very well; we got most of what we needed. In the afternoon we went to Heinkenszand and Wolphaartsdijk where we found some more items. By three in the afternoon we were very worn out and needed a rest and some food. We had a sit down at the village hall for a drink and some french fries. It was very crowded and a band was soundchecking to play later, also people were drinking heavily so we didn’t stay long.

When we came home we had to sort through a mountain of stuff in the living room. Luckily we had some boxes and the kids helped so things were soon organized and the boxes put in the car to take into storage the next day.

I’m still recovering, my muscles ache, my back hurts. I’m so glad the boys are home (spring break) to help out. No walking the dogs for me this week.

Now I’m off to make breakfast. Fedde’s coach is coming this morning. Later today we have a dentist appointment I’m dreading: there’s always work to do on my not so sturdy teeth.

have a great day.

Party pics and a new mag

Hi everyone

I haven’t had much time to post these days, still working through the mountain of paperwork, but I did make some photo’s so here goes:

On saturday son 4 had his 15th birthday and his brothers and dad came visiting

Birthday boy showing off a present to granddad and grandma

Son 3 playing with my chair

I have not been knitting much

Let’s Knit was in the mail!

There was a nice article in it about knitting through time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also a door to a new and hopefully brighter future is opening

Another present

Good day all.

It’s pretty chilly out today and raining, they say we may be having some snow later this month. It wouldn’t be impossible although it doesn’t happen often. Our eldest son will be 26 on the 10th and I remember that the day he was born we were all still in warm winter clothes and there was snow the following week.

April is birthday month in our family. There’s a birthday almost every week. Yesterday I’ve been making my mother in law, who will be 87 on the 15th, a present that will help her keep track of appointments and phone numbers and provides a shopping list as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s filled with pictures of scenes from our region with people in traditional costume.

I’ve also been working on the cotton cardigan from Let’s Knit. I am using Phildar Satine no.4 50% cotton, acrylic and I like the way it looks and feels. I’ll be knitting a bit more on it as I would love to be able to wear in on the 30th when it is Koninginnedag.

It’s traditional to wear either something orange (does salmon count?) or red, white and blue. Usually people wear just a ribbon or something but some people go overboard and are dressed in orange from top to toe, especially in Amsterdam where Koninginnedag is a big thing with people selling their unwanted stuff or home made things on the street and people coming from all over the country to join in the celebrations.

 

More book pages

Hello dear readers,

Yesterday was quite the busy day. No time for blogging.

My mother in law had a nasty fall on Thursday and broke her upper arm. We’ve been busy organising medical care and some help around the house as she can’t care for herself right now. She’s in a lot of pain and being very brave about it, but of course she’s quite helpless. We also went to get her some groceries and visited for a while.

In the afternoon I went out with dear daughter in law to some local furniture and diy stores and for a trip to the garden centre. We treated ourselves to some easter decorations to make a nice display on the table. Today we are going to put it all together. I’ll post pictures later.

I’ve also been working on presents for my dad’s birthday

A nice note pad, it just needs adding a small pencil

I used an old coaster, some cardboard saved from a biscuit package, book pages, brown wrapping paper, scrap paper, glue, part of a note pad I bought in Action, a clip and some raffia.

He had requested flowers for his balcony so we have bought him some lovely Petunia’s

and a Ranunculus

and to that I added a butterfly. I’ve seen them with a small solar powered system that makes it move but I thought why not make one myself. This time the wind will make it move just as well

I used a bicycle spoke covered in colourful tape, some metal wire from the garden centre, of course a page from a book, some scrap paper and stickers and a toothpick and glue and sealed the butterfly with multi coat to protect it from damp. It is not meant to go outside but on a protected balcony where there will be no rain I guess it will be ok.

See you later!

Fun with a vintage book

Hi everyone!

This morning I woke up in a misty world. Doing my exercise in front of my bedroom window wasn’t much fun with nothing much to look at. But now the sun’s coming out again and the mist is clearing up.

My Callanetics exercises are going well and I’m starting to notice some difference, I’m actually developing some muscles! Wow this really works! And it makes me feel full of energy in the morning. I’m definitely motivated to keep it up.

Last night I was in no mood for complicated stitching or knitting so I had some fun with the pages from an old book using kid’s glue (because I’m like a toddler with glue: I get it all over me 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thinking about an idea with vintage paper and butterflies for my dad’s birthday I’ll be back soon with the results.

I leave you today with some pics of Binti on her new pink beanbag. We had this bag stored in the attic and it was destined for the charity shop but she jumped right on it and was so happy with it we decided to let her have fun with it this summer. She is going to have a very nice place to sleep when we’re in the garden!

Hope you have a very good day today!

Flea markets and presents

Hello dear readers,

Yesterday was such a busy day with some unexpected visitors that I didn’t get a chance to post.

In the morning Hubby and I went to two flea markets in villages nearby and this is what we found

this lovely hall lamp. I like the shape and the look of it with the grey metal coming through but I still have to repaint as big chips of paint keep falling off. It was a bit too expensive actually, we usually don’t buy stuff over 5 euro’s and this was 7.50 after some haggling but I liked it too much to let it go.

For when I’m finished with the first book, which will be a while yet I’m afraid, but it’s good motivation. It was 1 euro

I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s to hold in your lap while peeling potatoes. It was handmade by the man in the stall and he was sooo proud of his work 🙂 It was just 1 euro.  I’m still in doubt if I will leave it looking like this. I would like it to be all white but then again, I also like to keep it like the man made it.

I also came across this Wade whimsy. I used to collect these as a child when we went to visit my aunt and uncle in Britain. They somehow got lost over the years but whenever I see one in a charity shop or flea market for less than 50 euro cents I take it home with me. This one was 20 cents.

When we got back in town we went to a shop called Action and I got this

some pretty pink nail polish for less than a euro, to celebrate the lovely spring weather and to go with this…

the first high-heeled shoes I’ve bought in I guess over 10 years! They were just 9,95 so I thought I could risk not being able to walk in them LoL

As it turned out I could walk in them although a little pain was involved as I blister very easily. But I so love the look I am going to wear them regardless of the blisters. I’ll just cover my toes in plasters and look pretty 🙂

In the afternoon dear daughter in law came visiting and she brought me presents, isn’t that sweet?

She had been on a shopping spree in a local shop before opening hours with a friend who works there and had brought home lots of nice things for bottom prices

She gave me this lovely tea-pot door stopper, which is way to pretty to sit on the floor and be played with by the doggies maybe, so it now sits on the coffee table together with these lovely candles I have yet to unwrap. One is magnolia scented, mmmm lovely

She also gave me this lovely frog to go outside on the window so I can read the outside temperature. I have a thing about frogs and toads, don’t know why and I used to actively collect them until it got to be a little too much to display. Now they just sit in a box in the attic waiting until I find a nice wall cabinet to put them in. I don’t actively collect them myself anymore but sometimes the kids give me one and I love them.

I’m also making thing out of old books and loving it, such a nice idea. These are the first things I made, more to come soon…

Have a lovely sunday!

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

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