maandag 19 september 2016

Sunday and Stitch

Yesterday I went to Rotterdam.
(of course by boat)
Right in the center they are still building :
high rise buildings
because the the building plots are limited
and extremely expensive

These buildings are just on a strip
where there are some small harbor basins,
which are not really in use anymore.
(though the big cruise ships moor there in the river)

Old warehouses are converted into apartments

I thought there was a fun market :
vintage and craft.

The clutter some people throw out
is a find for others.

There wasn't much I liked
(I have enough clutter of my own at home !)
And no craft whatsoever. 

So I had more time to visit a friend
who wasn't able to visit our party

The trip on the boat was just right
for some more stitching :
just a plastic zip lock bag with some thread,
my piece and scissors kept me busy all the way

I continued today

And I think I'm nearly done ...

You might remember what happened to my dear
New Dawn rose in July ?

Look at her NOW :

green and in bloom again !

if you only could smell


maandag 12 september 2016


Oh my, what a weekend !!!

In April I had my birthday with a nice round number
and Man will soon have his birthday,
also a nice number,
so we wanted to throw a big
this summer.

Yesterday was the DAY !

A lot of our friends and relatives
were able to come
to the "THEETUIN" in Rijsoord
for a sumptuous lunch there.
For the children there
was lots they could do, outside or inside.
The lunch ánd dessert buffet
was outstanding.
(One of our friends even made a song for us !)

We had such a good time
having all these dear people together !

The weather
(we really have an "Indian Summer" right now)
was nice too, though not too hot yesterday.


Ada, Anita, Anja, Anne Julia, Bob, Brenda,
Damian, Daniëlle, Danny, Delphine, Dylan, Gene,
Hans, Harold, Ilse, Jaïr, Jan, Jeannet, Jef, Joke,
Lara, Larisa, Lia, Luuk,
Maartje, Madelon, Marijke, Mario, Marja, Mick, Mireille,
Naylsa, Nina, Onno, Patrick, 
René, Rhonda, Roos,
Sacha, Silvia, Sophia, Sven,
Valerie, Willem en Yvonne,

it was a day to remember !!!

(most of them gone now as goodbye present .....  ;-) ..... )

On Saturday daughter and I
plus the two big grandchildren
were with out stall with felt and other stuff
on the "Open Monumenten Dag" near Oud-Beijerland.

The sun was shining all day and we were glad
there were some big walnut trees for some shadow.

Working n the shade it was better than in the sun !

We met some lovely people,
stall holders and customers,
but I was pleasantly surprised
when someone called out my name :
My dear blogging-friend Sandra,
she's the one who convinced me to go blogging, 
at the end of Jude's "Beasts" class ...
We finally met in real life !!!
What a bonus to a lovely day !


And of course busy with new things ...

(necklace in the making) 

zondag 4 september 2016

August(us) in September ...

Yesterday we had a special day
with our "Alpaca" knitting group.
Every month we go to one of the members,
but once a year we go to
"Villa Augustus"
a lovely restaurant / hotel in Dordrecht.

In August some of us were away on holiday,
so this special "Villa Augustus - day" was
the first Saturday in September this time.

Because it was cloudy we were inside at first,
but after the sun came out we moved to the terras !
The vegetable flower garden
looked gorgeous !

I didn't do much knitting :
I took the last of my paper strips to make
more hexahedrons
for the good-luck-charms
(ji xiang hua)

I have plenty now ...

All finished !

donderdag 1 september 2016

September ?

Oh my, September already indeed !
Not much stitching was done after
"Vincent's Cat" was finished.
(that's the way it is with me :
I need some time-out before I can start
on something new ...)

Though I've been doing the "Dong"
folded good-luck charms
(I need a lot of them)
so busy with that.

Ien  Rappoldt's little booklet

 (so far 38)

Another one nearly finished.

This one close up.

It is fun finding new ways of wrapping them
.... uhmm ....
kind of addictive !

vrijdag 26 augustus 2016

Vincent's cat

Before the holidays I prepared some small background cloths,
one of them with a cat :
a nine-patch cat

(the dark blue starry piece
is vintage kimono silk that Natima brought with her
when she visited Holland last year.
The cobalt blue stars at the bottom are from
a garment I once bought in Indonesia)

Because I like the "dotted" kantha-stitch really well
I used it in this one too.
Of course this cat became a "Jude" face
just like we learned in the Patchwork Beasts class.

cat in progress

Then, with the cat itself almost done
I started with the surroundings

There were already some random white stars,
but when I started kantha on the background
it occurred to me I could make some stitches perpendicular :
getting lots of tiny stars !

The last few days I stitched inside
too HOT to sit in the garden.
But today it was enjoyable to be outside again,
made my last stitches and also stitched on a bit of magic thread.

Making the last "kantha-stars" I thought :
starry, starry night
and then:
"Vincent's cat"

(later it will be mounted on a 20 x 20 cm canvas)

stars and paws