Sunday, 31 October 2010

This post speaks for it self

I’m making some progress! I have nearly got 2/3 done. I’m talking about the quilting.



Saturday, 30 October 2010

Stitching for Christmas

I’m sure you already have downloaded the fifth stitchery! Gerda has done a magnificent job. If you haven’t, you can find it here


I’m slightly getting worried as I still haven’t done a stitch! But I’m sure I will get it finished before Christmas 2011. It is only over 418 days!!

But I have been stitching, actually quilting on an other project. More about that in my next post.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

break-in attempt

Sometimes when you think you have had enough, something happens to show you that it isn’t.

We don’t know sure when the attempt was made exactly, but it was sometime between 6 pm and 9 am.


Someone tried to get in, but luckily didn’t succeed.  It's a horrible feeling when someone has tried to violate your personal space...a real feeling of intrusion.

Our home wasn’t the only attempt the burglary made. More attempts were made in our neighbourhood. I hope the burglary gets caught. Personally, I want to believe that there are only nice / good people on this earth. Sadly, I have been proven wrong, again. I hate burglars. I’m glad this time our home was found to be burglary proof.

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” Michael Jackson.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Slow progress, but coming along nicely

Just want to let you see that once in a while I pick up Zoë’s quilt to quilt.


Looking very concentrated!


The magic pen will wash away!


Old craft, handicraft. It is tedious work but the effect is worth it in the long run.


Silly me, having chosen to incorporate many different quilt designs in this quilt. That is why it is taking forever!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Freebies & Christmas

Came across this site. Do check it out. They have many free quilt & stitchery patterns.

The new stitchery block for the Stitching for Christmas Quilt has been published here.

If you want to join the webring you can click on the badge below


Isn’t Bregje cute? image

When I’ve stitched them all, it will eventually (most likely Christmas 2011) be transformed into a quilt, which will look something like this:  image


With love from the heart of the home & me...


These quotes have gotten me thinking this week: a time lacking in truth and uncertainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart." Louise Bogan, American poet (1897-1970)

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia author, professor

'When the issues of someone else's life have you tied in knots, Helen, it usually means it's time to start focusing on your own life.
Doesn't that feel better? The Universe (Mike Dooley)

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. Chinese Proverb

the day after

This is how the backyard looks like today. Amazing what a little sun will do.






Men in trees – season 2

As the cool weather sets in and the plants in our gardens fade, it is time to think about preparing the garden for winter. The growing season has come to a halt. According to the specialists, fall garden clean up is essential to the long term health of your garden. Therefore, it was a busy time in the garden yesterday.  There were a number of gardening jobs that needed to be done. Did you think you could put up your feet and relax in autumn? Not just yet! There are still a few tasks to be done before the cold winds of winter blow in. 

It was time to call in the troops, hence the title ‘men in trees’.  You didn’t think I would do it myself, did you?

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By the way it is very rewarding managing men.  Although it is always a little scary taking responsibility and command what needs to be done. Therefore I checked some sites and searched in my memory. It seems that most deciduous trees are best pruned when dormant, in late autumn or winter. The exceptions to the 'deciduous tree' rule are maple, horse chestnut, birch, walnut and cherry trees which all bleed extensively, even towards the end of their dormant season, so prune these in mid-summer after new growth has matured. I don’t know if we have these trees in our garden. I don’t remember all their names. I think I made the right decision as I was backed up by the men. Or was this just because they love cutting, snipping and pruning the trees?  Still I didn’t see any bleeding when I was raking up the leaves and putting the waste in sacks to be brought to the tip (waste disposal area).

The hydrangeas were also dug out of the front garden yesterday morning. I forgot to take pictures before and during the removal process.


We will be preparing the garden bed this winter/early spring, so that the new hydrangeas can be planted in a well-prepared bed. The last two years we tried reviving them by cutting them almost to the ground in late winter or spring but this didn’t do the trick.

So in spring 2011 the garden beds will hopefully look like this:


The week before Hubby aerated & fertilized the root systems of our spruce trees (the evergreens). The Christmas tree will look fantastic in a couple of weeks. It needs to look its best as it is nearly Christmas. Decorating the tree will take place end of November!! Will post some pictures then.

I think we are ready for the winter and hopefully we will be rewarded in spring with a beautiful full green garden. 

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Another Helen and Ruth were my inspiration for this post.  Not like Helen I’m not running thin about talking about everyday issues. There is always enough to talk about but the question is do I always want to share. A lot is happening at the moment; mostly work related. I’m in the phase of reinventing my work-life. What the outcome will be I’m not sure. Scary stuff, as too many emotions are involved. I’m feeling too much.

But let me tell a little about myself that is not work-related.

1. started your own blog (long time ago and I don’t regret it!)
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii & Fuji (would love to go back!)
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyland/World
8. climbed a mountain (does a hill also count?) 
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo (does singing in the car count?)
11. bungee jumped (no bloody way!)
12. visited Paris (many times)
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning (please don’t remind me)
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (is on my list of things to do before I die)
18. grown your own vegetables (I want to, maybe one day)
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France (she was so tiny!)
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight

22. hitch hiked (never, I’m not game enough!)
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill (I’m a good girl, that is why I now have a burnout)
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping (in a jacuzzi!)
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice (Italy) & Cambridge (UK)
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset ( the most beautiful one on Durras beach, with dolphins dancing in the waves)
31. hit a home run (no, because the softball caused a blue eye)
32. been on a cruise (only having a hard time remembering I was 6 at the time)
33. seen Niagara Falls in person (hopefully one day!)
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors (too many times)
35. seen an Amish community (I’m sure one day, visited a amish presentation a little while ago)
36. taught yourself a new language (I’m bilingual does that count?)
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing (not on my list of things to do, also hard to do in the Netherlands :) )
40. seen Michelangelo's David in person (his thingy is BIG!)
41. sung karaoke (every day! You don’t want to sit with my in my car)
42. seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt, watched a sun set at Uluru, visited Kinderdijk. (Not many Dutchies have done that, it is a tourist thing). By the way, watching a sun set at Uluru is on my list of things to do!)
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa (having lived there does that count too? Niger to be exact).
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance (sirens weren't flashing though)
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing (I’ve got Claustrophobia, putting diving mask on nearly kills me)
49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (no, but stood under it and have stood twice in line to go up but the wait was too long!)
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling (have sailed on the Barrier Reef!)
52. kissed in the rain (no, I’ll get wet!!)
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business

58. taken a martial arts class (started yoga recently!)
59. visited Russia (my sister has :) )
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold Girl Guide cookies
62. gone whale watching (on my list of things to do)
63. gotten flowers for no reason (all the time when friends come over, Dutch tradition)
64. donated blood (once, they didn’t want me to come back. My blood vessels shut down once the drip is in. Too much bother)
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp (Mauthausen-Gusen, Austria)

67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln Memorial climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge (which was a fantastic experience)
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt (LOL too funny this one! Yes, yes, yes!)
73. stood in Times Square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job (yes and no, company when bankrupt recently and I’ve resigned once!)
76. seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle (when I was young!)
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book (does PhD thesis count?)
81. visited the Vatican (who hasn’t *chuckles*
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem (on my list of things to do)
84. had your picture in the newspaper (and magazines)
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the White House
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life (a few!!)
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous (Cliff Richard in Germany & saw Magnum P.I.’s car in Honolulu, Hawaii)
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person seen a platypus in the wild seen a kangaroo in the wild
96. swum in the Great Salt Lake Swum in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef

97. been involved in a law suit (thankfully no!)
98. owned a cell phone (who hasn't?, maybe I should post how many and how long I owned it for)
99. been stung by a bee & bitten by a bull ant.

It is now your turn. Would love to read your meme.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


I love Christmas. It is the best season in the year. Love all things related to Christmas, thus it isn’t strange that this quilt is so tempting. Have you seen this block of the month program come by?


You can find it here. Let me know if you join up. I would love to see the end result next year Christmas.

I’ve decided, mainly because of the many UFO’s that need to be finished and the large financial investment needed, to ignore this urge to join.

It is a beauty though and it would look lovely under the Christmas tree. The French General's La Petite Ecole collection by Moda Fabrics look terrific. Oooh temptation, why do you make it so hard? But who knows maybe 2012?

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Baking frenzy

I’m trying new things. It seems I’m getting into making desserts & cakes. My therapy. This time I tried making a carrot & banana cake.

Here is a depiction of my baking frenzy.

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Here is the end result.

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I found it delicious, sadly Hubby was less enthusiastic. I think it was the carrots, too healthy! He loved the topping though. So, a quarter  went into the freezer and the other half I’m taking with me to my mum.

Lesson Three

Last Thursday we had our third class. It was lovely and I really like the log-cabin, as you will see in these collages.

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It is amazing what you can do with log-cabin blocks. Just turn them a little and you get a whole new design. I’m enjoying this class as I’m not confined by the pattern. I seemed to have chosen a pattern that it doesn’t matter which order I sew the fabrics as long as one side is light and the other side is dark. Remember why this is? Just click here.

I didn’t stay till the end of class as I’m so tired the last couple of weeks. It didn’t help that I hardly slept the last couple of days. I did finish reading two nice books!

So around 9 pm off I went home for a good night sleep. I have to admit, that after a nice quilt class, I slept like a baby.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Stitching for Christmas

Well the third pattern has been published! Have a look here.

This is how it will look like when this quilt is finished.


I think I will use different fabric and I might even choose a different pattern, not the hexagons bordering the stitchery blocks. Ideas are forming in my mind, but haven’t chosen something definite.

This is the third stitchery block.


It is so cute.

It seems that some ladies are having some difficulty printing the pattern in the correct size. I posted some instructions on Dorry’s blog in Dutch, but will post it here as well. Click on ‘Hier’ in her blog, you then will go to Google Docs. On the upper left side you find a toolbar. Click on  download, then save the document on your hard-drive or desktop. Then open the document with your pdf-reader and print the document. Finally, you then can trace the pattern on your fabric. The stitchery block should measure 19 cm X 19 cm.

Well have fun

 th7_20_91_quilting smiley

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

update on log-cabin


I think the picture say’s it all.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Wordle & Java

Hubby helped me again by installing Java, and now I can use Wordle :-)

Wordle: Helen's Blog 12-10-2010

I analyzed my most frequently used words using Wordle.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

10/ 10 / 10 explained

Today is a special date. Go to this site to read more.

The numerical form of October 10, 2010 will be the same for all areas that read calendar dates by month/day such as in the United States, or day/month such as in Europe.

Most predictions and opinions concerning the date of 10/10/10 are based on its mathematical uniqueness as a number.

Do you like binary numbers and their decimal equivalent? It seems that 10/10/10  is a favourite, both because of its symmetry and because 101010 = 42 in decimal . 42 has some mathematical significance  and seems to be the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. If only it was so easy!!

Was this special day a lucky or unlucky day for you?

Progress on ‘Stitching for Christmas’

Last couple of days I’ve been doing some preparations so that I can finally get started with the first block for the ‘stitching for Christmas’ quilt.


Loved making this collage. Love all my DMC threads! Had to get the help of hubby to take some of the pictures.

After a relaxing afternoon reading in the garden and enjoying our sunny Sunday, I decided to go up to my study.


Here I am tracing one of the patterns onto the fabric using my light box. 


By the way, currently I’m reading this book.