Dec 30, 2007

last post 2007

This will be my last post for this year. Wow...what a year it was!! I discovered a whole new world... blogging! It's so great to get inspired by all those creative people that are out there on the net. And through blogging I've met some wonderful new friends. I even got a little bit addicted on blogging and spend way to much time behind the computer!!
Yesterday I cleaned up my craftsroom, thinking not to start the new year in a mess. While doing that I came across these Dutch fabrics. I bought them recently in Marken. A Dutch town, very touristic and well-known for its characteristic wooden houses.

dutch fabrics
These fabrics would be lovely for making birds. I made one from polka dot fabric. She's a cheerful bird that love to have some family. So I'm going to make her one!

polka dot bird

Have a wonderful turn of the year with fireworks en oliebollen
I wish you all a very happy, healty and creative 2008!
Thanks for stopping by! I always look forward to read every comment.

Groeten, Corry

Dec 20, 2007

inspiration

There is a book on my shelf I absolut adore! The book is called, 'De regenboog'. The rainbow, if you Translate it in english. It's a Russian folk tales book illustrated by Joeri Wasnetsov and published by Radoega, Moskou.

bookcover de regenboog


mijn laarsjes
On the left side of each page is a song or a poem printed, very lovely but I've got the book mainly for its illustrations.

liep ons katje naar het plein....

The beautiful illustrations inspire me! I like the style, very suitable to translate into fabric, applique and embroidery, I think.

buurpraatje meisje werd op pad gestuurd...

vliegt beer langs de hemel in vliegende vaart...
The pigs in the tree...so funny!

Dec 18, 2007

Meet Josie

sscs present

Oké...I know, I said not to open my sscs gift before christmas. But when the postman brought me a package yesterday morning, all my good intentions disappeared in a instant! I'm so weak, no resistance at all!
I only opened the package just to take a little peek, but "oeps"...I could't hold her inside the box any longer. So here she is! Isn't she sweet? My new summery Christmas angel! She is made by my secret santa, Hannah from summer pickles.
Thank you Hannah..I love her!

Dec 10, 2007

Secret Santa Christmas Swap

Last week my SSCS partner Ebby from me and the monsters recieved the present I made for her. I'm so happy she liked it! And because she opened her package, it's safe for me to show some pictures here!

SSCS 2007
I made her this little quilt, I had read in one of her posts that she owns one quilt and would love to have some more, that's why!
I choose pink and green because those are her blog colours.

SSCS 2007
It's so much fun to be part of this swap organized by elf Donna from chooky blue. Great job elf Donna, thank you!
And ooh, am I looking forward to see the pictures from all those "secret santas" "selfmade presents"! I'm checking my mailbox everyday for mine, how exciting.... can hardly wait until christmas!

Dec 5, 2007

suprises

Yesterday a day before 5 December we celebrate Sinterklaas feast at our home.
Because all the children (and adolts) don’t believe in the Sint anymore we make “suprices” (pronounce as "sir-preeze-us"). A surprise is a gift consealed in something made by the giver. This can be a gag or something beautiful made. And the giver write a poem to go with the gift. A lot of those poems are teasing ones! We had so much fun!
The surprise I've got was made by my 11 year old niece (Heleens daughter). She once heard Heleen and me talking about a dream we both got, opening a store where we can sell all of our selfmade and vintage products. So she made me a "Dutch Blue" store. Isn't that SWEET!

shop
Do you see my teacozy and my quilts?

behind the counter
And that's me behind the counter!

owl
Another suprise I found this morning on the doormat. The most beautiful and cutest owl I've ever seen! It is mady by Amy from Lucykate crafts. And I was so lucky to won this cute owl at her blog giveaway.

basket
finally to end this suprise post, a basket found at my mothers place. The basket conseals all the pre-cut fabrics for a complete sampler quilt. My mother did the preparations for this quilt years ago but she isn't going to finish it of anymore.

samplerblock
I could'n help myself, I had to start sewing a block! I didn't have anything else to do (lol)!!

sampler block
I love the colors and fabrics, mom you have a great taste! Maybe I do a block a month or so to get this beauty finished!

Nov 27, 2007

the winner is......

I'm feeling overwhelmed, I recieved so many wonderful comments. Thank you all for visiting and leave comments!
They all went in the hat and Heleen had the honor to put her hand in and pick one out.

hat

Drum rolls please....... the winner is......

winner

Hmmm...oké, looks like you need glasses for this one but really it says; Deb from somebody's mom. Congratulations Deb, there's a parcel coming your way!
For all you people who like to know what is in it, see photo below.

knitted star

The knitted star, I did hang some beads on.
I'm working on a pattern of this star (in english) for a tutorial.

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See these two dollcribs? They are made by our son in law, aren't they adorable? He's so clever, he can make the most beautiful things out of wood.

lapjes

The crib needs a dollquilt, how about using these fabrics? All I need now is a lovely pattern!

calico garden
photo from this book; enduring grace - quilts from the Shelburne museum collection

I love this quilt!! Maybe not suitable for a dollquilt, but it sure is for a babyquilt!!

Nov 20, 2007

50th post

Well today is the day....Today a little milestone, my 50th post! If you would asked me a year ago what a blog was, I would say; "excuse me...a what"? It was purly a coincidence that I discovered this amazing world of blogging! And I never expected how much fun it could be! I've met some wonderful new friends and recieved the most warm and supportive comments.
Thank you, thank you'll for that.

secret gift

So....for celebrate my 50th post I have wrapped a little present for a lucky winner. Just leave a comment and I'll draw out a winner next tuesday.

p.s. I would also like to invite the non comment readers to feel free to join in too!

I finish this post with a wonderful book I want to share.
It's published in 2003, but I just recently found it!
The ISBN number on the back is: 2-84831-004-9

book; Marie Claire idées 'l'appliqué

It's full with the most gorgeous quilts and quilting projects.

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book; Marie Claire idées 'l'appliqué book; Marie Claire idées 'l'appliqué

book; Marie Claire idées 'l'appliqué book; Marie Claire idées 'l'appliqué

Lots of pages full of inspiration! Myself....I like the teapots applique!

Nov 12, 2007

What's in the box (five)

I've got an urge to finish some of the unfinished things hanging around my craftsroom. The logcabin quilt, the knitted blanket in progress, the embroidery works, the applique quilt......I can go on and on! And not to forget..the secret santa christmas swap project!! I think it's best to finish of my SSCS project first so I can send it of to my parner on time! Sorry, but I can't reveal that much of it here because its secret!! So instead I will open a box for you.


In this box I keep selfmade crafted ornaments for in the christmas tree.

holiday season ornaments

I personal like the little angel and the embroidery heart with all the buttons on.

holiday season ornaments

And of course my cat!

cat vs rabbit ?

I was so proud of my little cat until my friend said; "oo.. what a lovely RABBIT"!! It's a CAT, a cat with big ears!! So what!!

Nov 7, 2007

A big thank you... UPDATE!



The smile on my face is getting bigger and bigger! See this beautiful "gorgeous" bag?
It's a present for me from my sister Heleen. She made this bag from our mothers vest, read about it here.Thank you, thank you Heleen! You are my most favorite sister in the whole wide world!

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I've got so many lovely comments on the tea cozy, thank you all!
I love receiving comments! And that was not the only thing I received this week!
There were some lovely surprises.
The first one came from Guðrún. She made me this beautiful little bag.
I love it!

little bag (present)

She also send me these lovely gifts. See the bag pattern? I'm anxious to try that one out!
Thank's again Guðrún

present

Then another parcel for me!!
Two gorgeous fabrics send to me by Jeanne from "luv to stitch"....so pretty colours! Thanks Jeanne.

fabric present

My cousin Wendy made me this little crocket afghan square. It's so sweet...thanks Wendy, I love it!

little crochet afghan square

And if that wasn't enough... there was one more gift! This beautiful applique quilt kit. It's called'"tree of life". Tante Anneke, thank you so much!

"tree of life" applique quilt

I think it will be a five year plan....but when it's finished it will look like this!!


And if you wonder, after seeing all these beautiful presents, how my face will look like! I'm walking around with a big smile on, all day long!

Oct 31, 2007

tea time

tea cozy

It’s four o’clock, time to sit down, put my feet up and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
Usually I drink tea only in the morning when I’m having breakfast and then drink coffee for the rest of the day.
But I’m trying to cut down on coffee so that’s why I’m having tea now! Rooibos ( red bush Tea) or earl grey, those are both my favourites.
Just wondering what is your favorite tea? I like to try more flavours, so do you have any recommendations?
DS baked cookies...hmm.. they taste better then they look! You should see my kitchen now!

tea cozy detail
A row of tulips under a window.

tea cozy
I made this tea cozy from the Dutch fabrics I recently bought. The pattern is my own design and it fits perfectly around the teapot keeping the tea warm!
Well, I pour myself another cup and eat another cookie before they are all gone!
Have a nice day!

Oct 25, 2007

polaroids

Next weekend the clock will switch from summertime to wintertime. And for we know autumn will go over in winter. Just eight weeks before it's christmas....wow time goes fast! Days will get shorter. And we are all spending more time in the house, making things cozier. What I like most about wintertime is that the evenings get longer, so there is more time to do crafts.
My creation

I was playing around on this site and made these polaroid photos.
"Oeps" the one below gives a glimps of my SSCS project.
Who likes green and pink?

SSCS  peek preview

Oct 21, 2007

sewing necessities box

A few years ago, I made this box at a workshop. It's made from cardboard and fabric. At that time everyone was making boxes for all kind of purposes. This one is a sewing necessities box.

sewing box

See the inside It has a little holder for spools. And a wooden spool with a magnet attached on it for holding needles.

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Do you see the little doll... she has a ribbon around her waist with on the other end a small pair of scissors. I can hang her around my neck when I'm sewing. The dolls dress can be used as a pincushion.

sewing supply bag

Here a photo of what's becoming a small sewing necessities bag. Is this the right word for it?? The little bag is for holding the spools etc.

dutch folklore fabric

I managed to do some shopping last week. One of my favorite things to do, as you now know from my previos post!
This is what I bought. Lovely Dutch folklore fabric and some ribbon!