Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Happy Birthday to me !
QUOTE OF THE DAY :
There is a fountain of youth, it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
You may remember I had signed in a X-stitch swap with a fantastic group of Italian ladies, some time ago. Well , I've got my secret partner's present from Romina.
Romina is an extraordinary, funny woman: a busy wife and mother, a very talented, helpful X-stitcher, with a huge sense of humor, and a biiiiig heart. Go and visit her Blog (you can leave a comment she speaks Italian, English and French), you won't waste your time.... As the organizer of the swap, Romina thought she would be my secret partner, as I was the only Belgian participant. Now, isn't that sweet ? And look what she sent to me ! Two cute X-stitched pincushions on a memo frame with pins, a bunch of homemade buttons (made out of "Fimo" material), ribbons, lace, embroidery DMC cotons, and a Xmas note book.... My, oh My !
The second envelope was from TEODO, ("Appunti Patch") one of our talented quilter friends from Italy. Teodo has golden hands : she can transform almost anything into a small treasure, and she's doing so much for the Italian quilting association ! (but she will tell you the contrary, because she's very modest !). Some time ago, she showed some cuuuute "Biedermeier" on her Blog, and I complimented her with much enthusiasm (me??? enthusiast ?????) . Well, Teodo didn't forget that, and she sent one to me, + a very delicate Xmas ornament...
I thought I could also show you my own participation to the Italin X-stitch swap. It took me some time and efforts (I'm not used to X-stitch), but I like it, and I sincerely hope the (still secret) recipient will love it too...
I won't finish this post without telling you that I'm so sorry for not leaving many comments on your Blogs, for the moment : school is "pumping" me a lot with the winter exams, deliberations, etc.... but I'll catch up when on holidays, promised !
TODAY ' S QUOTE
a beautiful song written by Johnny Richards in 1953, and sung by Frank Sinatra(Wanna listen to it ? click on the title on my sidebar player)-
YOUNG AT HEART
Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you,
If you're young at heart,
For it's hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind,
If you're young at heart.
You can go to extremes with impossible schemes,
You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams,
And life gets more exciting with each passing day,
And love is either in your heart, or on its way.
Don't you know that it's worth every treasure on earth,
To be young at heart,
For as rich as you are, it's much better by far,
To be young at heart.
And if you should survive to 105,
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive !
Then here is the best part : you have a head start,
If you are among the very young at heart...
Friday, December 7, 2007
Quick, quick : take off my coat, make a cup of coffee, sit down and..... enjoy !
My dear friend really spoiled me, look at that :
- the hanging parcels are 4 Advent surprises (my first ever !). I was only allowed to open Nr.1, which I did, of course : mmmmmm ! Yummy Norwegian milk chocolate (my favorite)
- the green package is my birthday present. Actually I'll celebrate it next week, but I couldn't help opening it : woooohoooo ! A super lovely Bareroots booklet with all instructions and patterns to stitch splendid borders . Happy dance !
- the red parcel is my X-mas present and I may not open it before Christmas Eve...
- there are also wonderful postcards of Norwegian quilts,
- plus........ "May Britt specials" if you see what I mean. LOL LOL
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
|I found this on Finn's Blog, and was curious about me, me,me..........LOL|
ARE YOU CURIOUS, TOO ?
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The basis is the same as a "4/4 cake" : 1/4 flour, 1/4 eggs, 1/4 sugar, and 1/4 butter. You mix well, let it rest a little, then make small "balls" out of it, and cook in a special appliance, that gives the grid shape....Hmmmmm, You should smell it !
Each Belgian housewife prepares those galettes for the New Year, adding her own "secret ingredient" for a special flavour (mine being some xxxxxxx and a little xxxxxxx).
December is devoted to their baking, then we stock them (tin boxes are the best), and hide them until January 1st (I'll always remember the day I wanted to present my galettes to our friends, and found my boxes.... almost empty !). We share them with our family, friends and neighbours + a nice cup of coffee and a glass of homemade liqueur (I often make lemoncello)...... Then after getting some visits, YOU have to pay your visits, AND eat galettes with liqueur... By the 15th of January, NO ONE want to see a galette until next year ! LOL
Meet our Chef, who was not exhausted at all, and wanted to wash some potatoes for our dinner ...
A labour of love and patience...
I already told you about an embroidery workshop I signed in ... Well here is a tablerunner, made by one of the participants (not me ! If only...). Made with Japanese fabrics, displayed as a crazy quilt and all hand embroidered, with the help of our fantastic teacher. I've finished the central wheel now, and I plan to keep learning. My project is a throw with the same fabrics. The setting will look like a big nine-patch, with the wheel in the center...
A loooooong way to go, but I'm not in a hurry and I'll enjoy every stitch of it.....
The "Placard Belle"
I'm very good at sorting out, filing, labelling, and putting aside ! LOL Like everyone, I've got some nice big boxes, labelled :
"Forget it !"
Well, I opened the "Almost Finished" box and saw this poor Autumn Lady, only begging for a binder.... So, I devoted some time to her at last ..... she seems smiling at me now ! I think the pattern was in a Art to Heart fall book.
The best "Chef" in the world !
New Year "Galettes"
Love and Patience
"Almost Finished" boxes
The magic of December starting...
TODAY' S QUOTE
Perhaps the best yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles !
Sunday, November 25, 2007
As you may know, I'm planning to stitch Leanne's "Butterfly Garden" (see Oct.12th post)
I spent some time, looking for the main fabric, that would help me choose the complementary ones, out of my stash, and finally found this treasure at my local quilt shop. The shop owner says it's so different from the bright tones I'm using, but it was love at first sight. It's a Japanese fabric, so sweet, elegant and delicate... (I guess this made her think it's not quite "me" LOL LOL), and will be perfect with bright pastels + some reds......
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This is how it goes : it's the Pay It Forward exchange, based on the concept of the movie "Pay It Forward", where acts of kindness are done without expecting anything in return, just passing it on, hoping that the recipients will do the same and pay it forward, like a never ending chain of kindness...
How to proceed ?
I will make and send a handmade gift for the first 3 friends who post a comment to this post, requesting to join this exchange, and promising to pay it forward to 3 other persons, etc....
I don't know what my 3 gifts will be, and I can't make them in the next few weeks, but I can promise I will send them within the next 6 months .
What YOU have to do in return then, is pay it forward by making the same announcement and promise on YOUR blog.
Come and join the fun to make the world a happier place !
I wonder WHO will be the first 3 comments to this post ??
Edit : Welcome to Tracey, Katherine, Cdnj...and Güdrun (who came about the same time) in this Pay It Forward !
Monday, November 19, 2007
Dear Secret Santa,
I know how busy you are at the moment, but I'd like to ask you a favour : please, Santa, don't show my present on your Blog : I wish to keep it a surprise until Christmas morning. You know how difficult this is going to be, but I promise to be a good and patient girl ! Besides, the waiting is part of the pleasure !
THANKS, dear Santa !
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We'll start with a short story...
Last Thursday, while visiting a haberdashery, I heard a lady talking about quilting lessons she was giving. She proposed her services to the shop, and said she could leave her "blocks book", for people to look at... Aha, aha ! You guess we started a nice conversation. What intrigued me was her "blocks book". Have you ever tried filing your WIP's blocks properly, when going to a workshop ? It's always funny : I tried different kind of boxes - plastic, carton ( and even pizza ones !), or plastic folders... For some reason these are never the right size. The lady kindly let me examine her solution, and I was totally convinced with it. So I took some measures, tried to fix the look in my memory, and went back to school thinking "I WANT one like this"... Well, here's my attempt. It can certainly be improved (and personnalized), but it was quite easy and believe me : if I can do it, you can do it...
It measures about 15 inches / 12 inches, and is built like a photo album, the "pages" being in thick flannel ( I used natural thin coton batting), so that your blocks don't move. You can store big blocks - like the one you see hereunder (my next 4 Seasons winter swap)...
or smaller ones , like the latest "Little Sweethearts" I stitched this week.
This funny small book came into my mailbox on Friday, and I was absolutely right to order it. It's not a secret, you know I LOVE one-patch quilts, charm quilts, that I can handpiece to my heart's content... Well, this cutie contains not less than 31 patterns ! It's a must-have with endless possibilities for charm quilts lovers. You must know, however, that there's no "how-to", only the pattern + photos, assuming you will imagine the rest - which is easy.
TODAY' S QUOTE :
Never hesitate having a nice walk,
you could get pennies from heaven...
(a happy quilter)
Saturday, November 10, 2007
It started with a very nice email from Heather, proposing to buy the APQ2008 calendar in the US, and then send it to me. I was thrilled ! After some research, Heather realized that the calendar was only available for the magazine subscribers, which explains why we can't find a Web link where to get it. So Heather has now ordered the calendar for me, and I'll soon get it in my mailbox. Thanks, Heather, I'll have a thought for you the whole year through , thanks also to the numerous friends who tried to help me...
Then came May Britt, talking about msn, and I finally decided to jump into it as well. Ooooh, what fun ! It was like being together in a sewing room. We talked about our Christmas home made gifts, and she showed me a very nice pattern of a small tea bags purse. I wanted to have a try and, of course she challenged me : not only did she give an msn appointment at 6pm, but she added she wanted a picture. That's the May Britt's method to boost you : no excuse ! LOL
And it works ! Hereunder is a picture of my first - still incomplete - tea bags purse. I still have to make the lining, and a cute tea-bag tag, to be attached to the zipper.Isn't it cute to place in your bag, filled with your favourite tea-bags, when going to a quilt meeting ? It still needs some improvements, but practice will help my progress (I intend to make a bunch of them ! HeeHee....)
November Challenge with Hanne : (Little Sweethearts stitchery quilt)
I stitched 4 additional ones, this week. I'm planning to finish the last ones this coming week, so that I can work on the sashings and cornerstones by next weekend.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I 've been boosted by MayBritt to exercise on Blog linking, thanks to her clever explanations... and it works ! I'll always astonish myself, actually I'm in love with myself... LOL
Now, sing along with me girls :
"If she can do it,
I can do it,
We can do it !"
PS : do I deserve a fat quarter ?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Inspired by Hanne (http://hannequilt.blogspot.com/), I'm joining the fun in a challenge for November. As I told her, I'm good at working under "pressure", and I do hope this will give me the little "push" I need to finish something this month.
Among the many projects waiting on my working table, here's the winner:
I still have 8 blocks to stitch (out of 24), then piece all blocks together, + basting. So this is my November challenge... + an "extra" : if possible, I'll do my best to handquilt it - which would be the "icing on the cake". We'll see...
In the meantime, I won't miss working on the "Secret Santa Christmas Swap" that I signed in by Dona ("Chookyblue"),
as well as on a "Lizzie Kate X-Stitch Winter Swap" (Yes, you read well : Xstitch !), that I signed in on a crazy evening - LOL - by a very nice Italian Blogger ("Il Calderone")
OK, there's some bread in the oven, as we say here !
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"With a little help from my friends"
I see that many among us are using a special "trick" to mention a friend, re-directing automatically to the concerned Blog. Could anyone write a short "how-to" about that ? I'm lost..... THANKS !
- A nice, quiet weekend
- "Bread in the oven"
- Andrea, my grandson, said to me "you're beautiful !" (he needed a second cookie)
- A nice haircut
- Watching my garden at dawn, with fresh hot coffee, house still asleep....
TODAY'S QUOTE :
You can't have everything...
Where would you put it ?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Today, we went to the cemetery and flourished my grandmother's, and my mother's graves. Most cousins, aunts and uncles deceased a long time ago. So, I decided to organize THE lunch myself, kind of taking my turn in the family tradition....
The menu was exactly he same, and we had a good time together. The table was not so long : we were 9 only. However, I guess we will be more each year, as the family grows, and it was as if my grandmother was smiling to me, from Heaven above...
Most traditions are transmitted by women, who act like guardians in the family...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The "game" is now to attribute 5 awards (and unfortunately, 5 only), but the fun is that I've got the choice between different ones. Please go to this reference site and read the rules
when seeing this one, I immediately thought about :
These two special friends have beautiful, generous, caring souls. I won't list here the many times I was their lucky recipient (and not only with fun envelopes, or packages). They know what I mean, and I take this opportunity to show them how much I appreciate their friendship...
For this award, I could not dissociate 3 names :
You will understand, my friends, that I could have given many, many, more awards as all of you have that "little something" that makes you so special to me, but the rule is the rule : 5 awards only !
Note : I deliberately avoided the Courageous Blogger Award, as well as the Charity Blogger one, as the friends I had chosen had already been awarded.
And, yess, the dream goes on : Henri the Postman rang my bell again ! Let me show you my treasures for today :
A few weeks ago, Sandy (Gipsy Quilter) had posted a funny game, about lovely chicky pincushions she had made : she was asking about names for these "ladies"... and I won ! And "Aunt Bertha" didn't travel alone : Sandy generously filled her package with numerous, vintage 2 inches 1/2 squares, plus a beautiful piece of Americana fabric... How sweet ! THANKS, Sandy ! Aunt Bertha is now proudly running my pincushions poultry, and she seems quite happy about it....
Genie (http://luv2stitch.blogspot.com/) also emailed me about "a little something" she had sent out to me "just because"... Actually, Genie knows about my coming back to some (only some !) cross stitching, and said "I saw this one in my quiltshop,. When taking one for me, I immediately thought about you, so here it is!" Can you believe that ?... THANKS, Genie ! I cannot promise an immediate accomplishment, but how about a little challenge for next Easter ?