Sunday, 31 March 2013

Favourite Pinterest quote

Pinned ImageThis quote has been re-pinned so many times from one of my Pinterest boards, that I thought I would share it with you. More than 170 repins and 68 likes.

What do you think of this Paulo Coelho quote. Please share!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Meatloaf

I tried out a new recipe! Made meatloaf. I used the recipe from here for inspiration. This recipe is from a magazine that is published by our local Dutch grocer / super market - Albert Hein. But I found a similar English recipe.  Visit this site here for instructions. 

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This is how it looked when it came out of the oven

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It tasted however delicious. I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Will be making this again, soon.

By the way, it should have looked like this! Which looks a lot more tempting.

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Well better luck next time!

Art or craft?

Appliqué! Mirjam is doing a appliqué course at Laura’s Quilt-atelier. I love the fabrics she choose to use. I’m also liking the end result of this block. Is appliqué for me? Would I like to take on another project? Or will I just stick to those appliqué challenges in the Dear Jane Quilt? Questions, questions?

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Baby Jane – C7 ~ Megan’s Mountain. I’ve been working on this block for some time. Too many little pieces! Sewing these pieces together is definitely a craft.

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Mirjam’s Medallion Quilt Sampler nearly totally quilted.

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The centre of this baby Jane finally completed.

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Another end result! One block completed.

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A close-up of another block that Mirjam is working on.

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I love these Holy SuperBobs that Mirjam has. The donut holds about 35 pre-wound bobbins of appliqué threads in all the rainbow colours!  Suppressing the urge to buy Confused

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Loved this issue of Quiltmania! Absolutely loved seeing the two quilts that Linda Collins has published in this issue. Read more here.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Feedly

Did some more research and decided to transfer tot Feedly. What I like is that I can organize my feedly to my liking and categories the blogs I followSmile. I’ve categorized about a third.

I think this is a good tutorial.

Check it out! Go to www.feedly.com for more information and maybe you will decide to get an account.

Bloglovin

I think I found a replacement for Google Reader! Thanks Mary!

I will be transferring 380 blog feeds Smile

Being me!

I identify myself more as an introvert. Introversion is "the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life". Some characterize introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction. I realize that no one is completely an introvert or extravert, but rather a mixture of both. But I lean toward being an introvert in the sense that to regroup or recharge, I go somewhere to hang out with myself. It may be a few hours or even a few days before I feel like I can go back out into the world. This is why: when you ask me to pay attention to you. I hear, ‘pay energy to me’! I try to please you and listen, but most of the time you suck out all the energy out of me. I need to gain that energy back with some time alone later.

At least a third to half of all people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. I’m starting to recognize my inner strengths - my analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. Being in the limelight, stepping out on stage, asks more of me than most people understand.

Found a page on Facebook that I would love to share: https://www.facebook.com/IntrovertsAreAwesome

I would also like to share the TED talk that Susan Cain gave last February (2012).

I’m unable to described how I feel, when I listened to this. Wow, finally someone voiced how hard it is to live in a world where the man of action is favoured. Susan affirmed what I’ve been feeling for some time. I need to open my suitcase, and speak softly to you. The world is changing, and I see the world needs people like me. I need to make a choice and accept that at this time what gives me energy is something the world doesn’t give much value. I’m going to take it slow for a while and give my soul a chance to catch up, as you are hurting me. You have taken more that I can give.

What gives me joy: reading, writing, thinking and researching. I prefer solitude to large groups. The ‘thinking’ I can combine with quilting and walking. I need to pick-up these practices again, make time for them. I need to build a stronger wall around me so that I react less to social stimuli. I need to feel less guilty for not meeting up to others expectations. I’m choosing for me!

It was great to hear that it took Susan Cain 7 years to write her book. What is holding me back, to take the same step? The last months I’ve really tried to focus less on my job, but somehow I’m letting the ‘others’ convince me I should put in more hours. Maybe the time has come to say ‘no’! No more!

I need more time to re-energize! I need time to read, think, research, interview and write. I need to find that place that gives me BLISS (=complete happiness).

I’m going to walk the talk!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Update on Zoë’s quilt

Well I think I will surprise some people, especially my sister & Zoë (my niece), when they see I’ve picked up the quilt and am quilting again.

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This quilt makes me smile! Happy colours, bright colours! Love this Kaffe Fassett fabric range. This quilt consists primary of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I think you will only find one exception (fabric from another designer). I have to admit that these fabrics are at least 7 years old, maybe even older Winking. I started on this quilt 7 years ago, I finished the top about 5 years ago and started quilting it a little later. I love quilting this quilt. I just can’t seem to finish!

I have to confess that I first had to dust off some of dust before I could start today! 

Quilt group

Because of the long hours I make, I had to skip some quilt classes the past months.

Luckily, the past two months, I was able to visit other groups and make up for the missed classes. Here are some of the works, these quiltmakers are making.

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The quilt top underneath is definitely something I haven’t seen before. This quiltmaker is using different techniques. This quilt is supposed to depict the start of life; sun, water, plants, galaxy, animals. She has designed this top herself.

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The design of the outer border. Curious how it will look, once she uses fabric.

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Garden quilt. In the pond are water lilies. They are still in the making Batting Eyelashes

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Flowers popping through the fence

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In the far right corner, you can see the beginnings of a hydrangea. When it is done, some sunflowers will be added too.

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Red and white quilts are the best Happy

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Here is the block I’m working on at the moment, the picture underneath. Another baby Jane! I was able to saw all the rows with the diamonds in them.

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PS: This job that I now have, entails I get paid for 38 hours but I work about 50 hours a week. Some weeks I even can count up to  60. I’m noticing this doesn’t make me happy. This isn’t what I want! However, at the moment I don’t see how I can change the situation. What angers me, is that the people I work with don’t find this unusual, they kind of expect it of you.

We live in a society that takes! Every individual kind of expects the world evolves around him and him only. Satisfying everyone in their needs, is kind of taking every thing I have. I have nothing to give anymore!