"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Sunday, November 25, 2007

COOKIES, BUTTERFLIES AND X-MAS GIFTIES...

This little gentleman is spending 2 days with me. We're planning to bake cookies, taste them and have a good time, "Just the two of us"...


As you may know, I'm planning to stitch Leanne's "Butterfly Garden" (see Oct.12th post)
I spent some time, looking for the main fabric, that would help me choose the complementary ones, out of my stash, and finally found this treasure at my local quilt shop. The shop owner says it's so different from the bright tones I'm using, but it was love at first sight. It's a Japanese fabric, so sweet, elegant and delicate... (I guess this made her think it's not quite "me" LOL LOL), and will be perfect with bright pastels + some reds......


I'm also in a very lucky period for the moment, as I was the lucky winner of Gwen 's giveaway for her 50th Blog post . (As a funny coincidence Gwen had recently been the winner of my own 150th post giveaway !). And look at these treasures : a gorgeous piece of French fabric (2 yards !) from Provence, a bunch of homespuns, and lovely, lovely ribbons.... THANKS GWEN, I'm thrilled ! The fabric will make beautiful placemats + a table topper for our new kitchen-to-be ( as a matter of fact, we ordered new kitchen furnitures from a "Provence" collection, for next spring). As to the ribbons : I'm starting a collection, now !



Now I'd better go back, working at my Christmas gifts. Look at Santa : he seems to be in a hurry !


Thursday, November 22, 2007

BEING GRATEFUL...


To all of you, celebrating today, I wish
a warm & cheerful family reunion,
and many reasons to be thankful !
Heartfully,
Nadine

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

PAY IT FORWARD

I saw this sign on Hanne 's blog, and wanted to play along.

This is how it goes : it's the Pay It Forward exchange, based on the concept of the movie "Pay It Forward", where acts of kindness are done without expecting anything in return, just passing it on, hoping that the recipients will do the same and pay it forward, like a never ending chain of kindness...

How to proceed ?

I will make and send a handmade gift for the first 3 friends who post a comment to this post, requesting to join this exchange, and promising to pay it forward to 3 other persons, etc....

I don't know what my 3 gifts will be, and I can't make them in the next few weeks, but I can promise I will send them within the next 6 months .

What YOU have to do in return then, is pay it forward by making the same announcement and promise on YOUR blog.

Come and join the fun to make the world a happier place !

I wonder WHO will be the first 3 comments to this post ??

Edit : Welcome to Tracey, Katherine, Cdnj...and Güdrun (who came about the same time) in this Pay It Forward !

Monday, November 19, 2007

CHRISTMAS


Dear Secret Santa,

I know how busy you are at the moment, but I'd like to ask you a favour : please, Santa, don't show my present on your Blog : I wish to keep it a surprise until Christmas morning. You know how difficult this is going to be, but I promise to be a good and patient girl ! Besides, the waiting is part of the pleasure !

THANKS, dear Santa !

Saturday, November 17, 2007

INSPIRATION & PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

First of all, please excuse the poor quality of my pictures : I should have changed batteries.

We'll start with a short story...

Last Thursday, while visiting a haberdashery, I heard a lady talking about quilting lessons she was giving. She proposed her services to the shop, and said she could leave her "blocks book", for people to look at... Aha, aha ! You guess we started a nice conversation. What intrigued me was her "blocks book". Have you ever tried filing your WIP's blocks properly, when going to a workshop ? It's always funny : I tried different kind of boxes - plastic, carton ( and even pizza ones !), or plastic folders... For some reason these are never the right size. The lady kindly let me examine her solution, and I was totally convinced with it. So I took some measures, tried to fix the look in my memory, and went back to school thinking "I WANT one like this"... Well, here's my attempt. It can certainly be improved (and personnalized), but it was quite easy and believe me : if I can do it, you can do it...




It measures about 15 inches / 12 inches, and is built like a photo album, the "pages" being in thick flannel ( I used natural thin coton batting), so that your blocks don't move. You can store big blocks - like the one you see hereunder (my next 4 Seasons winter swap)...





or smaller ones , like the latest "Little Sweethearts" I stitched this week.




FUN MAIL
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This funny small book came into my mailbox on Friday, and I was absolutely right to order it. It's not a secret, you know I LOVE one-patch quilts, charm quilts, that I can handpiece to my heart's content... Well, this cutie contains not less than 31 patterns ! It's a must-have with endless possibilities for charm quilts lovers. You must know, however, that there's no "how-to", only the pattern + photos, assuming you will imagine the rest - which is easy.




PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
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I was having a walk in the village, and met one of my "old ladies" friend. Kisses, hugs, latest news, then she asked me to go home with her : "I've got some pretty nice quilt books, but they're in Japanese and I don't understand Japanese. You're good at languages, so I give them to you !" WOW ! LOOK !...


These books are treasures, and I'll bring a big box chocolates to my generous friend.







TODAY' S QUOTE :

Never hesitate having a nice walk,

you could get pennies from heaven...

(a happy quilter)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A NICE WEEKEND





It started with a very nice email from Heather, proposing to buy the APQ2008 calendar in the US, and then send it to me. I was thrilled ! After some research, Heather realized that the calendar was only available for the magazine subscribers, which explains why we can't find a Web link where to get it. So Heather has now ordered the calendar for me, and I'll soon get it in my mailbox. Thanks, Heather, I'll have a thought for you the whole year through , thanks also to the numerous friends who tried to help me...



Then came May Britt, talking about msn, and I finally decided to jump into it as well. Ooooh, what fun ! It was like being together in a sewing room. We talked about our Christmas home made gifts, and she showed me a very nice pattern of a small tea bags purse. I wanted to have a try and, of course she challenged me : not only did she give an msn appointment at 6pm, but she added she wanted a picture. That's the May Britt's method to boost you : no excuse ! LOL


And it works ! Hereunder is a picture of my first - still incomplete - tea bags purse. I still have to make the lining, and a cute tea-bag tag, to be attached to the zipper.

Isn't it cute to place in your bag, filled with your favourite tea-bags, when going to a quilt meeting ? It still needs some improvements, but practice will help my progress (I intend to make a bunch of them ! HeeHee....)


November Challenge with Hanne : (Little Sweethearts stitchery quilt)
I stitched 4 additional ones, this week. I'm planning to finish the last ones this coming week, so that I can work on the sashings and cornerstones by next weekend.



TODAY' S QUOTE


Feeling angry for one minute
makes you loose sixty seconds happiness.


(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

CHRISTMAS (WEB) SHOPPING


Visiting Lucy 's Blog today, I noticed the Better Homes & Gardens APQ 2008 Calendar, and thought it would be nice under my Xmas tree... So I decided to allow me this treat and to order it through the Web. I tried several requests through Google, but was unsuccesful...

Could anyone guide me to the right link ?
THANK YOU !

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I CAN DO IT !



I 've been boosted by MayBritt to exercise on Blog linking, thanks to her clever explanations... and it works ! I'll always astonish myself, actually I'm in love with myself... LOL



I also wish to thank Hanne, Juliann, and Gail, for their helpful comments and mails. Quilting friends are really the best !



I do hope that Elaine and Jeanette will do their "homework", as well .




Now, sing along with me girls :

"If she can do it,

I can do it,

We can do it !"



PS : do I deserve a fat quarter ?



Sunday, November 4, 2007

NADINE' S NOVEMBER CHALLENGE



Inspired by Hanne (http://hannequilt.blogspot.com/), I'm joining the fun in a challenge for November. As I told her, I'm good at working under "pressure", and I do hope this will give me the little "push" I need to finish something this month.

Among the many projects waiting on my working table, here's the winner:



"Little Sweethearts"

I still have 8 blocks to stitch (out of 24), then piece all blocks together, + basting. So this is my November challenge... + an "extra" : if possible, I'll do my best to handquilt it - which would be the "icing on the cake". We'll see...

In the meantime, I won't miss working on the "Secret Santa Christmas Swap" that I signed in by Dona ("Chookyblue"),

as well as on a "Lizzie Kate X-Stitch Winter Swap" (Yes, you read well : Xstitch !), that I signed in on a crazy evening - LOL - by a very nice Italian Blogger ("Il Calderone")

OK, there's some bread in the oven, as we say here !

* * * * * * * * *

"With a little help from my friends"

I see that many among us are using a special "trick" to mention a friend, re-directing automatically to the concerned Blog. Could anyone write a short "how-to" about that ? I'm lost..... THANKS !



GRATITUDES :

- A nice, quiet weekend

- "Bread in the oven"

- Andrea, my grandson, said to me "you're beautiful !" (he needed a second cookie)

- A nice haircut

- Watching my garden at dawn, with fresh hot coffee, house still asleep....



TODAY'S QUOTE :

You can't have everything...

Where would you put it ?

(Steven Wright)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A CELEBRATION DAY...



Halloween is not much celebrated here in Belgium. However, today is a very important day to us, as we celebrate our beloved deceased ones, and it's a legal holiday.



It has also a religious meaning : All Saint's Day >>> "tous les Saints", therefore the name "TOUSSAINT" in French.



Most families go to the cemetery in the morning, bringing chrysanthemums (long lasting flower, even with frost)...




Then we generally organize a family reunion, having lunch all together. This gives us the opportunity to remember the good moments we shared with our beloved ones, and many memories are told - including funny ones -


When I was a child, my grandmother was in charge of organizing that special lunch.


I can still recall that loooong table, with about 30 cousins, old uncles and aunts, with "pricking" kisses on my cheeks, and always the same question : "well, how's it going at school ?", and same comment : "OMG, how tall she is !".


My grandmother was giving "orders" in the kitchen, checking everything on the menu, which was traditionally always the same : pumkin soup, roasted turkey, winter salad, apple mousse, and home made pie, not to forget good red wine from the cellar (of which I got a drop in my glass of water)....


There were laughters, some tears also, everyone happy to give some news, and to remember "the good times".... In a way, this reminds me of Thanksgiving....


Today, we went to the cemetery and flourished my grandmother's, and my mother's graves. Most cousins, aunts and uncles deceased a long time ago. So, I decided to organize THE lunch myself, kind of taking my turn in the family tradition....



The menu was exactly he same, and we had a good time together. The table was not so long : we were 9 only. However, I guess we will be more each year, as the family grows, and it was as if my grandmother was smiling to me, from Heaven above...






TODAY' S QUOTE :

Most traditions are transmitted by women, who act like guardians in the family...


(African proverb)