Thursday, 30 June 2011

Highlights of UK trip

I’m back! Had a wonderful trip to the UK.  If you want to view the slide show just e-mail me and I will send you the URL to the slideshow. I opted for the privacy setting, I don’t want the whole world to see unless I know who is watching Wink

This is a picture of our trip. From Dover to Oxford, a drive through the Peak District onto the Lake District to Troutbeck. From Troutbeck to Peterborough, to Triptree, than to Bishop Stortford, and onto Ashford. From Ashford to Dover and than all the way back home.


Naturally we took some pictures of the delicious food we had.


If you plan to do a trip to the UK, try to visit the Lake District. Maybe stay at our B&B, Lane Head Farm. It is definitely worth your visit. Visit Christ Church in Oxford. Also go to Sizergh Castle and Muncaster Castle. Go for a cruise on Ullswater. Looking for a unique experience, take a drive across the Hardknott Pass & Wrynose Pass. I drove mostly in first gear, it was a 30% climb and a 25% descend. It was an experience I won’t do again soon, but I did love it. I nearly forgot. Do go to Wilkins & Sons LTD in Tiptree. Their jams & marmalades are definitely worth your visit.

For those who are curious whether I did any patchwork or quilting. I had my box with me with all my Dear Jane stuff. IMG_4610

Every night it went from the car to our room. Sadly, the box was never opened. We were so busy seeing the sights, I just didn’t find any spare time to quilt. The rain that was predicted hardly showed itself. I’m convinced that because I had everything with me, the sun showed itself and it was mostly dry.

I also bought lots of books. Will share the titles with you in my next post.

Will try to get back to my blogging routine soon. For those who read my gratitude post, the next posting will be Sunday.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Love the message in this song

1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I’m so glad you’re here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away
I’m down to my last dollar
I've walk right through my shoes
Just a small reminder of the hell that I’ve gone through
But look at me still smiling
As I’m wondering what I’ll do
Since I ain’t got nothing
I've got nothing to lose
Everybody say “HaHaHaHa, HaHaHaHa”
My friends are always giving me
Watches, hats, and wine
That’s how I know this is serious
That’s how I know it's time
I don’t have to worry
About things that I don’t have
Cause if I ain’t got nothing
I've got nothing to hold me back
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I’m so glad you’re here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away
Fly away, fly away
Verse 2:
There’s nothing that’s worth keeping me
From places I should go
From happyville to lovingland
I’m gonna tour from coast to coast
I’m leaving everything behind
There’s not much that I need
Cause If I ain’t got nothing
I'm footloose and fancy free
Look at me so free
Nothings holding me down(down)
Look at me so free
Can’t keep my feet on the ground
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I’m so glad you’re here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I’m so glad you’re here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away
Fly away, Fly Away, Fly away, Fly away
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings


Wondering which message you hear from this song. Anyway, just so that you know, I’m becoming a Tim McGraw fan HotThumbs-up

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Dear Jane updates

Do you want to read about my progress on my Dear Jane quilt?

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Well you can find my first post here (just click on the hyperlink), and if you want to read some more, just click here.

Holiday fun

What to do when it rains and your having a holiday.

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You get out your Dear Jane stuff

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Admire the peony roses.

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Being surprised by some sunshine

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Distracted by the door bell as the postman came and delivered this parcel. I don’t know why the package was in this bag, maybe because he didn’t want the Amazon cardboard box to get wet. 


This was what was inside


It was a good day, even if it did rain nearly all day. We even had some thunder. Can’t think of a better time to get some preparations done for the Dear Jane.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Quilting & other things

Here is another picture of my new finger pincushion.


And here is the cheesecake in all its glory.


Last but not least, show & tell. Last night I was at Juud’s place. We’ve joined forces and will be working on our Dear Jane together. Will write about my progress on the G7 in my Dear Jane blogWink


Farmer’s wife above and Pocket of Posies underneath.


Well I haven’t been sitting still myself.


Can you see the markings?


I did some quilting while watching this film.

I won’t write about how many times I have seen this film. I absolutely love it. The Jane Austen Book Club is a 2007 American romantic drama film. The screenplay, adapted from the novel by Karen Joy Fowler, focuses on a book club formed specifically to discuss the six novels written by Jane Austen. Must get the book and see if it just as good.


Last year I got The complete novels of Jane Austen from Penquin,

imagejust as Grigg in the movie.

Will post my progress on the G7 a little later in the day.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Finger Pincushion


For some time now I’ve wanted to make a finger pincushion. I thought it would be handy while making the baby Jane blocks. So today I made time and sat down to make two.

All you need is a small square of fabric, some filling and a cute button if you like to jazz it up and a tiny bit of sewing… and you’re all set to make this finger pincushion.

The steps

1. Cut a scrap of fabric to 9cm square.

2. Fold the square in half diagonally and sew around the raw edges using a 1/4inch seam allowance. I’m using my new PFAFF 1/4" QUILTING PRESSER FOOT WITH RIGHT GUIDE.


Don’t forget to leave a open space to stuff the fibrefill through. 2011_06_121

3. Turn the piece inside out.


4.  Stuff firmly with fiberfill and slip-stitch the opening closed.


5. Bring the points together and mold into shape. Sew on the button. I bought these buttons some time ago at Laura’s Quilt Atelier in Amersfoort. And, I think these are just right for this little project.


And this is the finished result.


Will let you know if it is indeed a handy little notion to have.


Well I had to make a cheesecake today. Couldn’t resist the temptation.


It is really simple to prepare!


200gr plain biscuit crumbs – use country cookies; 100gr melted butter; 400gr cream cheese; 1 tin of condensed sweetened milk; and 100ml lemon juice.


1. stir together the biscuit crumbs and melted butter. Press into a baking dish. Refrigerate.

2. use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the condensed milk and lemon juice until well blended and smooth. Poor the cheese mix into the dish (don’t stir too much or shake it up; the air whipped in keeps it light).

3. Refrigerate until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

Enjoy! Delicious as a dessert after a barbecue.

You don’t have to guess what we are doing later Smile

My weekly Gratitude post – week 23

These two bloggers make my day. I’ve been corresponding with them for a while. It seems I’ve been an inspiration. I really need to express my appreciation to them. This makes me feel real good. It seems I’ve voiced the words that they too have tried to form. A  connection has been made! Please visit their blogs and say hello: Postpartum Quilter and Chipper Piecemaking. They are new to Blogland. Because of my weekly Gratitude post they made the plunge and will be sharing their views, perceptions and creativity with you and off course their progress on all their quilt related activities. Quilt-friends are like fancy chocolates - it's what's inside that makes them special.

It makes me happy when you receive a gift that touches your heart. Yesterday a friend gave me a bunch of peony roses. It is nice when friends give you something that warms the heart because you know that they know you love them.IMG_4479Did you know that peony rose symbolizes "flower of riches and honour". Peonies are also a common subject in Japanese warrior-tattoos: the peony is a masculine motif, associated with a devil-may-care attitude and disregard for consequence. Want to know more about the language of flowers, click here. Wondering now what this says about me.

This weeks fascination – perceptions and reality. All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions - Leonardo da Vinci. The way we view things is really only a reflection of our self beliefs, and not necessarily 'how it really is'.  "There is no reality - only perception" according to Dr. Phil. This week a man told me that his perception is reality and therefore the truth. What this man said placed everything in a different perspective.

Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.

~ Gary Zukav ~

I would like to acknowledge that his ‘intension’ has set me free. I’m however wondering if this was his intention all along. “Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect…”.

This week I met up with a friend whose insight I would like to acknowledge too. She asked me ‘which problems would still exist if you were stranded on an uninhabited island’. If I answer this truthfully, my answer is none!

I’m thankful for the time to explore the opportunities to achieve my new goals. I’m in the phase of considering why I want to achieve these new goals. I’m exploring all the possibilities. How many people get this chance to explore out-of-box? Is this coincidence or fate? My life is great! And, for this I’m thankful.

Last but not least, I’m thankful for my upcoming vacation. The next three weeks is ‘me’ time. Time for quilting, time for reading, time for blogging, time for visiting, time for travelling, time for exploring, time for creativity, time to take the next step.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

5th of June – Dear Jane update

Just posted an update on my Helen’s Dear Jane quilt blog. Click here or previous hyperlink. 

Gratitude post – week 22

Being Grateful is very under-rated. After nearly 6 months of writing my weekly gratitude post I realize that it is important for your happiness not to only focus on your dreams and goals, but also to appreciate the things you already have and focus on what you have already accomplished. Being in Gratitude - is having a continuous attitude of appreciation for every thing and every one around you. Being grateful refocuses my priorities. Being grateful allows me to enjoy the good in my life. Being grateful is even improving my physical well-being!!! It is even empowering. I’m also discovering that gratitude is really increasing my personal power. I’m thankful for the last 12 months as I’m realizing that this experience has been one of the greatest teachers and having survived this experience acts as a catalyst for my greatest growth and transformation yet.


I’m grateful that the admittance of my MIL to the ER Thursday night late and the outcome of all diagnostic tests weren’t too serious. Today, Sunday, she was discharged from hospital. Some life-style changes need to be enforced and in the next couple of weeks her medication will be monitored and reviewed. We had a little scare but all will be ok. 

Absolutely blissful after receiving a phone call this week. Feeling intoxicated, energized and empowered after this call. My self-confidence has also improved tremendously. I’m grinning from ear to ear. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will ruin this feeling for the next couple of days. Getting feedback from a very important executive about my professionalism also boosted my confidence.

Feeling satisfied after a hard days work in the front garden.

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Saturday, hubby trimmed the hedges. I cleared up all the leafage. Looks pretty good!! As you can see, this was very much needed.


A little merry after a lovely evening BBQ-en with friends. It was the perfect summer evening, great food and delightful company.

Elated after finishing my homework, just in time for my next meeting. Needed to focus on my passions, aspirations and ambitions. Writing a life-line is quite time consuming. Spend nearly all of Sunday morning thinking and writing. Loved creating my life-line. A life-line is a chart that shows the major events in someone's life in chronological order. Funny that afterwards, in just a glance, you do see patterns & reoccurring themes. You also see that difference phases in my life, offered its particular physical, psychological and social challenges. I guess I’ll be expanding my life-line with more information about significant events and  minor events in the next couple of weeks. I enjoyed doing this exercise. Do try it for yourself. It is very insightful.  

All in all, I’m thankful for all that has happened this week and for all the people I’ve met. I continue being in Gratitude.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Some more on Saturday…..

Last Saturday is was Quilt Market day in Putten. I popped in to say hello to Mirjam who was demonstrating how to make a kaleidoscope quilt.


The Kaleidoscope quilt. Lovely bright batik fabrics.


Here is Els in her small market stall in the Quilt Cellar (Quiltkelder) in Putten. Read more about it here.


Naturally I bought the book which contains some of her patterns. Got it signed too!!


The book!!


An impression of the Quilt Market.


The Quilt Market is always held at the end of May to mark the end of the winter/spring quilt season. It was a quick visit this year. As I had so many things planned for that day. The main reason, for fitting this in my busy schedule was that I had to pick-up Mirjam.