Friday, August 31, 2007

new teabox

Last week I bought a lovely blue teabox with with pink roses on it.They where also in white and pink, I just couldsn't decide.......So I decided to take 2 blue ones and one pink.I'm going to use 2 of them in my craftroom and the other one is on the dining table.I love to change the decorations every now and then. So maybe the pink one will show up somewhere here too.

Another corner where I placed some other decorations.I have found the pie......... in our thriftshop a while ago.I just can't tell the english name for it......but you can put your freshbaked pie on it.

Here is the wall hanging I'm working on. I love the colours and I enjoy working on it. I have patched it together by hand and now I'm quilting it by hand. Then I have to find the perfect place to hang it.

Here is finally a photo of the needlekeeper I received from Donna( chooky blue). It's a lovely pink needlekeeper with lots of space for my needles, she also included a beautiful x stitch sampler and some chocolate, but that's allready been eaten .
I'm finishing a small halloween x stitch and when that's finished I'm going to stitch the sampler.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I want to thank you all for your congratulations for my birthday. My birthday was on the 27th August.I had a lovely day with lots of wonderful presents, cards, and we where able to sit outside during the day so that was great!
Here are the cards and presents I received.
They really spoiled me Ü.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Here is the dishcloth I knitted.The cotton yarn has lovely colours and I really like the pattern. I have almost finished another dishcloth in the same pattern. It's very easy to do in front of the tv, and that's great because I love to keep my hands busy while I'm watching tv.

I just love these kind of trays and I always have some of them filled with old teapots, cups , plates and other things. And I like to change them every now and then.

Here is another book I found recently, a lovely x stitch book filled with hearts!

And it's still a few more days untill my birthday but I'm allready getting cards. So lovely!
The card on the right is very beautiful, the person that have send it to me x stitched the lovely cat.Great huh!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This is what I'm knitting at the moment. A lovely cotton top for myself.It's a lovely pattern and not too difficult. At least that's what I thought......I have frogged it a couple of times allready.So yesterday I just put it aside and started knitting some dishcloths . I wanted to post that photo as well but blogger wouldn't let me. So hopefully I can show it tomorrow.

Today I took a look around the thriftshop and I thought I was in heaven Ü. I found these couple of books for only 20 euro cents each!!!!!!!
I have looked inside of them for a short minute and they where great.There are lots of lovely quilting., knitting and crochet patterns in them.

Friday, August 17, 2007


I have also joined this wonderful swap . I just noticed that we still need 15 people to join this swap and then we can get started. So go on , take a look and join!
This is the needlekeeper I have made for Donna(chookyblue) for the pincushion or needlekeeper swap from the country cellar. I allways love making things like this.
This is the front of the needlekeeper.

And this is the back.

Here are my daughter Astrid and our youngest dog Meghan.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Questions for the SP11

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like all kinds of yarn, lately I discovered alpaca wool and I just love it!I don't really like acrilyc yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My needles and hooks are in a couple of old jars .When I travel I have them in an old knitting bag.One of these days I want to sew a knittingrol for them.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have learned to knit about 30years ago when I was 11.I learned it at school and from my grandmother.I have knitted and crochet very much when my kids where young. Then I stopped and a couple of years ago I started again. I quess my skill level is intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent?
Vanilla, cinnamon and coconut.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, I have a sweet tooth.Favourite is chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I love to quilt, sewing and cross stitch and one of these days I would love to learn how to spin.
Unfortunately I don't know anyone that spins and there are no spinning lessons here in our area.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love Michael Buble, country and western, especially Garth Brooks.Yes, our computer/stereo can play MP3.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love pink, purple, blue , orange and green.Don't like too dark colours.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married and a mum of 3 teens. We have 3 dogs, a cat, a rabbit and 2 chickens.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Scarves, sweaters, tops and recently I learned how to knit socks and I LOVE that.

13. What are you knitting right now?
At this moment I'm knitting, a pair of socks and a summer top.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Oh yes, I LOVE handmade gifts!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I use all kinds of needles.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
No, not yet.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

One month.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. Is there anything that you collect?
I love all kinds of vintage things.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Here in the Netherlands we don't have many good knitting books or magazines, so I love to get my hands on some American ones.Oh, and those new bamboo yarn, I would love to get my hands on some of that.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
There is so much I would love to learn.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, I just learned to knit socks. I have a Dutch size 39.

23. When is your birthday?
My birthday is 27th August 1965.

24. Are you on Ravelry?
I'm still on the waiting list. Hopefully I can join soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

wonderful swap

I just have joined this wonderful swap.
I think it's a great swap . If you want to join go over to and sign up.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

crocheting granny squares

After seeing so many lovely granny squares , I couldn't wait to start crocheting them too.
I wasn't sure what colours to use first. After some thinking I have chosen these lovely 3 colours.
Crocheting these granny squares is really addicted.
Here is the start of another afghan, oh my.......I still have to finish my ripple afghan also!!!!!

I have been participating in another lovely swap from the sweet goodness swaps. This one had a sumer theme and in the colours yellow and orange.
Here is what I received from my wonderful partner Lynsey.

She made those lovely envelopes herself out of magazines pages, the lovely cards with buttons are also made by her.

Look what a lovely basket, the cannister is also very lovely. I don't know if I'm using the correct word for it.........

And look at this wonderful apron! She also send nice tea, chocolate and livestrong bracelets for the family, some are allready in use.

Thank you very much Lynsey for this great swap.
Here are the things that I send to Lynsey, a bag I made out of thrifted sheets and a box I decoupaged with napkins and filled with tea.

And some thrifted potholders, candles, candy,a windchime, icecube holder, notebook and lipbalm.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Thank you Paula, Angela and Shawnee for joining me in the Pay it forward challenge.
I allready have some idea of what I'm going to make.I will be sending it to you in a couple of weeks. I will let you know when I want to send it so you can give me your addresses through email.

Here is a photo of something I was working on during our vacation in Spain.
Another sock.......
This isn't a very good photo, it's a lovely lilac coloured yarn. This sock is finished and the other one allmost , so next week I can show you a better photo.

Here another not so very good photo. This card I made last week for someones birthday.

I have received some wonderful things in the mail last week. I haven't made photo's from it , I will do that next week.
I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend.