zondag 30 september 2018

preparations and more ...

This is the last day of September
so tomorrow I'll start with my
October challenge :

to make a textile jewel, each and every day, 
to sell for the benefit of Pink Ribbon !

I truly hope that I'll manage to keep it up
for the whole month :
my back still gives me trouble
(even when I have the stitching on my lap or on the table)
I haven't been felting yet either.
October is October
so I'll do my best !

Working on the sewing machine might be a solution
so I took put my box with shiny rayon thread

(there is even more)

and made a start on water soluble fabric !

More than a week ago I was still stitching on
Mo's pennant
that was with water soluble too!

There was paper under this one.

(b.t.w. :  the pennant is finished and on it's way to Australia !)

So for now I think I have a plan
what to make of this month's jewels.
Let's find out tomorrow !!!

That leaves the wonderful exhibition Man and I went to
last Thursday in Rotterdam :
Dutch fashion designers

(today was the last day of this fantastic show)

When we were on the boat, I realized that
I forgot to take my camera ... but since I recently
"inherited" the old smartphone of our granddaughter
I was able to take some pictures after all !

(the original ánd the doll model !)



"Wearable art"

details of (more) amazing craftsmanship

"Performance of sculptures"

(again : the normal dress and the doll model dress)

There was lots and lots more,
and it was a privilege to see all of it from so close !

(hope to see you tomorrow for my first jewel !)

dinsdag 18 september 2018

18 - 9 - 18

Though we still have lovely days of summer
you can see
and smell
that equinox is near.

About time to start on my pennant of the wedding dress
Mo sent me !!!

Look for yourself at Mo's

There were many plans
(and then deserted)
... there were other things to do
... and more other things to do
but now I've really started.

I enlarged my piece a bit

Woven with more strips of fabric ...
(that mean something to me)

... and started stitching on it

stitching on a backing
(another piece of wedding dress, no, not mine)

and another heart !

A bit more patience, Mo.
things are growing now !

zondag 9 september 2018


Yesterday Man and I were at the

The name comes from  
Margaretha Turnor
Chatelaine of the Amerongen Castle
in the seventeenth century.

The people of Amerongen have chosen her name
(also the flower "marguerite", which is "margriet" in Dutch !)
for their market of organic products,
art, music and other cultural events,
which they hold twice a year.

I've visited and attended several markets this year
and I must say :
this one was the best !

A good organization, a lovely place,
fun events and life music.
We had wonderful, kind helping
lovely customers and nice sales !
I hope they all enjoy their purchases

Thanks "Grietmarkt"

Just at the start of the day

Us, and the neighbours opposite with weaving products
(made by mentally disabled in a social workplace)

The wonderful ceramic birds "next door"

a silversmith and embroidered landscapes

bird feeder- coffee cups and insect hotels 

more paintings

Many, many, many people with lovely items,
I didn't take pictures of them all ...

A special fashion show by a group of "Down" people

Crafting, a puppet-show
and a small carousel for the youngest visitors !

I didn't take pictures of the many delicious
organic-food stands either, but there were many.
We took home some gorgeous chanterelle mushrooms for diner !

All in all a wonderful day !

dinsdag 4 september 2018

yet another market ...

Sunday was a lovely sunny
September day !
That was good for the Art Market in Hoorn : many visitors
(lots of them by bike, which is normal in Holland  ;-) !)

The organization of  "Hoorn Kunst & Cultuur" did a good job
with many people to help us show the way.
(and what surely helped was free parking in town !)

Daughter and I had enough time to place
all the items (this time a lot of paintings) on our stand.

She had this great idea to bring her spinning wheel :
sooo many people, especially children,
loved it and listened to her explaning
how this miracle works.

Though I didn't sell many things,
we had lovely conversations,
many compliments
and I had some very lovely customers.
I wish them happy times with their purchases.


This little dragon-lady for instance
will be waiting for a new baby !

(I hope she or he will be as brave as this one !)


This Saturday there will be yet another market :

in Amerongen.

(on that same weekend is also
"Open Monuments Day" )

This time Man and  will go together again.

We hope for a bit of sunshine 
(and some happy customers)