Monday, 30 January 2012

It’s starting to look a little like this!


But I have to admit we are not quite there yet! This is a picture from December 2010. But who knows we might get some more snow. Although according to the weatherman it will only become colder.

Who are you?

I received my weekly report on the number of visitors to my blog this morning.

Date Visits Page Views
Monday 23-01-12 103 134
Tuesday 24-01-12 187 233
Wednesday 25-01-12 132 162
Thursday 26-01-12 86 113
Friday 27-01-12 70 85
Saturday 28-01-12 76 89
Sunday 29-01-12 170 215

I’m amazed there were 824 visits. Only I don’t know who you are! I’m really curious, please leave a comment as I would really love to hear from you.

Let personalize your visit to my blog. Don’t be a lurker Big Grin. It is so easy to leave a comment. Watch this tutorial.

If you decided to post a comment and you have your own blog, please also leave your URL so that I can visit you.

Hoping to finally meet you and share our passion of quilting.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Quilting and dreams


I did say dreaming was part of the process.

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That happens when you leave things laying around in your dreams or in my case letting that small needle drop onto the ground. Oops.

imageBut as you can see they are really hard to find. I’m currently using the extra Fine Quilting Needle from Clover


For those who are wondering who this guy is in my dreams. It is Sam Worthington. Cool actor.

Attitude for Gratitude post – week 4

It looks like we are going to have a winter after all! Temperatures are slowly going below 0 oC . Expected temperature Wednesday  -2 oC at noon and -8 oC at night. Better get my coupe heater connected. Winter is coming! This exhilarates me and gives me joy. Add a little sunshine and I’m completely happy.

But can we expect this also?


I’m enraptured. I picked up Zoë’s quilt and did some more quilting. How I’ve missed it. This needle-wielding hand craft gives me joy. Although it has already taken me 4 years to complete this quilt. I do believe nothing compares to making a handmade quilt. Quilting is the sewing through and together of 3 layers: the back, the batting, and the pieced top. Love this quilt. It will be hard to give it away.


Tickled being able to see movies on a large screen at home. And, I mean a large screen! Saw Jane Eyre. Yes, that book written by Charlotte Brontë.

If you have the same taste as I do, it is worth watching. Really should find time to read the book!

Then I saw the movie: The Debt. This we watched with friends. Four of us in hubby’s home theater.

The Debt is an espionage thriller that begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds).I emphasized with Rachel (Helen Mirren) and young David (Sam Worthington). Amazing acting. Or do I like Sam because he is an English-born Australian actor? Did you know he also played in Avatar? I only did after reading his bio Wink

Thankful that it was only a fire drill last Friday at work. It was a  practice session seeing how quickly and calm we could evacuate the building. Had to walk down 14 flights of stairs! Stand outside for 20 minutes in the cold. Lucky me, my boss offered his coat. Mine was in the car. Afterwards walked up 5 flights of stairs but gave up and took the elevator. Hope I don’t have to hear the fire alarm go off any time soon. Boy, that is an awful sound.

Heard an interview on the radio from one of the participants to the  Davos-Klosters Economic Forum Meeting. The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Felt a little downcast afterwards. But from a positive perspective, he emphasised that I’m not the only one who is feeling the change. Personally I think they should invite me to join their discussions. One of the things that is wrong with this world is that the wrong people have too much power. Those in power lose the connection with society and with ‘us’ people in general. It is about them and not about ‘us’. My impression of economists is that they are not very heartful people. The solutions to our social and personal problems and challenges require active engagement, not just reflection and rhetorical and philosophical musings about the economy and business. So lets all be thankful, show our gratitude and be more compassionate. Walk the talk!

How do we do this? How do we create a compassionate and heartful culture? How do we transform and heal our world? Buddhism teaches that in order to transform our world, our families, our workplaces, our communities, we must transform ourselves through contemplative and meditative practices, through self inquiry and self reflection and through the cultivation of benevolent humanitarian and compassionate ethics and values. We must cultivate the capacity to be genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. The path to a compassionate society arises from the intentions and actions of individuals within that society. I like what Dr. Nalini Chilhov has to say. Things don’t change by following the leader. Things change when YOU decide to change.

I also think we should focus a little more on co-creative interactions. This might be the answer to spark innovation, increase people engagement and therefore generate value (especially the economic kind). Lets combine Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with the engagement pyramid.

Thankful for the little bit of spring in our living room.



But most of all I’m grateful for the fact I know everything will turn out fine. I think I can say I’ve finally reached the top of Maslow’s hierarchy Nerd.

All have a good week and try to find some ‘me’ time.

Friday, 27 January 2012

They are back!


image It is not just one, but there are many of them Sad


Sadly, I have to tell you that there seems to be still some bacteria residing in my ears. These are tough little!!


The middle ear is the small, air-filled cavity just behind the paper-thin eardrum. Normally, air enters the middle ear through the Eustachian tube, equalizing the pressure between the middle ear and outer ear. The Eustachian tube also drains fluid out of the middle ear. When this tube becomes blocked, and air and fluid cannot flow freely, pressure builds in the ear, causing pain.

If fluid behind the eardrum becomes infected with a virus or bacteria, it causes a middle ear infection that can lead to pain and fever. Well I don’t have a fever (again) but I’m sure experiencing some pain.

GP has got me started on my third antibiotic therapy. Hope this will kill those b…s…ds. It is getting a little tedious.

Going to bed now with some paracetamol (acetaminophen). Hoping that the pain will be a little less tomorrow.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Australia Day

Had to share. I am, you are, we are Australian. Love the lyrics. Check it out, here.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Diary of 5


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I am seeing... lots of people going no where. Sensing a lot of negative energy. Can’t wait for the Year of the Dragon to have its affect.

The year of the Dragon is the year for great deeds, innovative ideas and big projects. The Year of the Dragon will bring the excitement, a big ups and downs in our lives. Only if we adjusted the ruler in the right way, we will be able to pick the most beautiful fruits that we could ever imagine. Dragon gives happiness and success to all good and honest people.

By the way, I’m a wood dragon. Does that mean I’ll have twice of the above? Or will it be a steep learning curve?

I am hearing... lots of critic.

I am smelling... Addict2 from Dior on my skin. At the moment this is my favourite perfume.   


I tasted... rye bread with cheese this morning.

I am feeling... Underestimated. I’m thinking the odds are against me. You would nearly think my goals might be unrealistic if I listen to the ‘others’. I’m feeling uninspired & undervalued. I thrive on adversity, it is fuel to my happiness. I won’t let the ‘others’ get me down.

“…sometimes life’s gonna hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address 2005

You got to visit this blog. I think it is true true that novelty and challenge bring happiness. Although it is usually delayed. You just need to have faith. But first comes a stressful period of feeling frustrated, stupid, exposed, insecure, confused…but along with that discomfort, you get a big surge of happiness. Well people, guess what phase I’m in?? But I know, I’m convinced that I’ll get my happiness back.

But it is really hard to unwind and go with the flow. It helps looking at this view.


Happy Australia Day!

May all those Aussies have a great day. Celebrate what’s great!

Australian flag

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

Wishing I could pop over and join in the fun. But I’ll be celebrating all the great things about Australia here in the Netherlands. I miss your spirit of optimism.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Attitude is Everything – a meditative moment.

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By clicking here you can hear 7 simple insights that will help  change the way you feel right this minute. Your attitude is everything and so is mine!

Quilting post

Last night was another quilting filled evening. My fellow quiltermakers were in a upper best state. There was lots of laughing and stitching but there was also a serious side to the evening. Berna and Juud need to decide on which fabric they will use for the background. They want to let those Camelot blocks pop up and shine. Especially Berna was having a hard time, but I think she made her choice as she already had ordered the fabric.

Here are a selection of fat-quarters. Which one do you think she choose?


Had to take this picture from a distance as some of the Camelot blocks aren’t allowed to be published yet Batting Eyelashes. Here the different fat-quarters are being laid out.


We can definitely conclude I was still ill last week. What is wrong in this picture?


The blocks have not been sewn on right!! I still need to learn my ABC’s. The columns are alphabetized and rows are numbered.  Here I was thinking it was the other way round Blushing. So I had to undo some of my work. Lucky me, I piece slow and hadn’t done a lot. Unpicking three blocks is a lot easier, than unpicking the whole quilt.


Drawing the sewing lines on my sashings.


Nearly got it done right last night! Yes, I’m still busy with putting on the sashings.


While packing my stuff to go home, this happens.


What caught their eye?


My little bear Smug. He is cute isn’t he? It is my travel bear.

What caught my eye last night, this unusual quilt hoop. I think this might come in handy for quilting those borders. I’ll be putting this contraption on my wish list.


Looking forward to the next bee.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Country girl

Helen is a country girl living incognito in suburbia. Ssssssz, don't tell anyone.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Attitude for Gratitude post – week 3

This week I realized that ''It is better to be going somewhere slowly than going nowhere fast!'' I’m grateful that I was able to bounce back after hearing some news that most likely will affect my life greatly.

You have three choices in life – Give up, Give in, or Give it all you got. I’ve given the first two a go in the past and decided to give the third one a go this time. I must make a choice to take a chance or my life will never change.

Joyfully listening to the “Pitter! Patter! drops of rain; Dancing on the windowpane! Sometimes fast and sometimes slow; Up and down the glass they go; Making their own music sweet; With the patter of their feet…” ~ Marion Doyle

Content after a family dinner last night. We met up with the family to celebrate my mum’s birthday. Here is mum with her daughters!

By the way I’m the one on the right side Wink Must do something about that shine on my face. Maybe more mat foundationSmile

I appreciate the luxury of having another Dr. Hauschka body massage last thursday. A good massage is an exhilarating experience. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being. I need to re-energize after my middle ear infection. I needed to give my energy level a big boost.

Feeling buoyant when realizing I can take pictures like this:


Grateful that I can sit behind my computer in my pyjamas with a nice cup of Oolong Tea writing this post. But feeling very beatific realizing I can take a nana nap after publishing this post. 

Guess where I'm going!