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

Monday, December 31, 2007

BYE BYE 2007 ! ...

My dear friends,

I wish for you...

Confort on difficult days,

Smiles when sadness intrudes,

Rainbows to follow the clouds,

Laughters to kiss your lips,

Sunsets to warm your heart,

Gentle hugs when spirits sag,

Friendships to brighten your being,

Beauty for your eyes to see,

Confidence for when you doubt,

Faith, so that you can believe,

Courage to know yourself,

Patience to accept the truth,

And LOVE to complete your life.

And if you can't have all that...

Then I wish you enough chocolate,

To make it through the tough times !



for your true friendship,

your encouragements,

your generosity,

and the constant inspiration

you are to me !

And here are, especially for you,

my last biiiig (((HUGS))) and smiles for 2007...

Stay tuned, don't forget to come back next year !
My very first 2008 post will be my new projects list..

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Time flies, enjoying the Season,
preparing everything,
playing with the kids,
writing to friends and family,
wrapping some presents,
baking, cooking,
and choose the best tree...
To celebrate
love, sharing, generosity,
forgiveness, understanding,
and peace....
I'm wishing all of you
a very

God bless you...

Monday, December 17, 2007


Another beautiful Rebecca Barker Winter Quilt notecard...
Your birthday wishes were a blessing and filled my heart with joy...

And here is my last Xmas gift, finished
and ready to be sent out to....


To hide the key to your heart, is to risk forgetting where you placed it...
(Timothy Childers)

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Rebecca Barker "Winter" quilt notecard

I'm a Winter girl...

14th December...

Happy Birthday to me !

56 candles on the cake...
56 reasons to be happy...
56 thanks to my destiny...


There is a fountain of youth, it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.

When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age...

Sophia Loren

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Today my mailbox was filled with Italian angels. Happy Dance !

You may remember I had signed in a X-stitch swap with a fantastic group of Italian ladies, some time ago. Well , I've got my secret partner's present from Romina.

Romina is an extraordinary, funny woman: a busy wife and mother, a very talented, helpful X-stitcher, with a huge sense of humor, and a biiiiig heart. Go and visit her Blog (you can leave a comment she speaks Italian, English and French), you won't waste your time.... As the organizer of the swap, Romina thought she would be my secret partner, as I was the only Belgian participant. Now, isn't that sweet ? And look what she sent to me ! Two cute X-stitched pincushions on a memo frame with pins, a bunch of homemade buttons (made out of "Fimo" material), ribbons, lace, embroidery DMC cotons, and a Xmas note book.... My, oh My !



The second envelope was from TEODO, ("Appunti Patch") one of our talented quilter friends from Italy. Teodo has golden hands : she can transform almost anything into a small treasure, and she's doing so much for the Italian quilting association ! (but she will tell you the contrary, because she's very modest !). Some time ago, she showed some cuuuute "Biedermeier" on her Blog, and I complimented her with much enthusiasm (me??? enthusiast ?????) . Well, Teodo didn't forget that, and she sent one to me, + a very delicate Xmas ornament...



(Mi sento veramente speziale, grazie a te)

By the way, Teodo also helped me to install the music your listening to, right now on my Blog. (Like it ???)...

I thought I could also show you my own participation to the Italin X-stitch swap. It took me some time and efforts (I'm not used to X-stitch), but I like it, and I sincerely hope the (still secret) recipient will love it too...

I won't finish this post without telling you that I'm so sorry for not leaving many comments on your Blogs, for the moment : school is "pumping" me a lot with the winter exams, deliberations, etc.... but I'll catch up when on holidays, promised !


a beautiful song written by Johnny Richards in 1953, and sung by Frank Sinatra(Wanna listen to it ? click on the title on my sidebar player)-


Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you,

If you're young at heart,

For it's hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind,

If you're young at heart.

You can go to extremes with impossible schemes,

You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams,

And life gets more exciting with each passing day,

And love is either in your heart, or on its way.

Don't you know that it's worth every treasure on earth,

To be young at heart,

For as rich as you are, it's much better by far,

To be young at heart.

And if you should survive to 105,

Look at all you'll derive out of being alive !

Then here is the best part : you have a head start,

If you are among the very young at heart...

Friday, December 7, 2007

W O W ! ! !

I was out all day with DH, and it was already dark when we came back home... but I could see a biiig envelope pointing out of my mailbox ! Quick, quick, find the key and rrrrun to open it !...... Who had sent this big package of happiness ? Was it my Secret Santa Partner ???? Noooooooo : it was from May Britt !

Quick, quick : take off my coat, make a cup of coffee, sit down and..... enjoy !

My dear friend really spoiled me, look at that :

- the hanging parcels are 4 Advent surprises (my first ever !). I was only allowed to open Nr.1, which I did, of course : mmmmmm ! Yummy Norwegian milk chocolate (my favorite)
- the green package is my birthday present. Actually I'll celebrate it next week, but I couldn't help opening it : woooohoooo ! A super lovely Bareroots booklet with all instructions and patterns to stitch splendid borders . Happy dance !
- the red parcel is my X-mas present and I may not open it before Christmas Eve...
- there are also wonderful postcards of Norwegian quilts,
- plus........ "May Britt specials" if you see what I mean. LOL LOL

my dear, special friend,from the bottom of my heart !
A true friend is one of the best presents of life...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


I found this on Finn's Blog, and was curious about me, me,me..........LOL

You Are Easter
You are an optimistic, hopeful, and genuinely sweet person.Sensitive and affectionate, you are easily touched.You love nature, animals, and anything cute or cuddly.For you, every day is a new chance - no matter what happened yesterday.
What makes you celebrate: Almost anything. You love most holidays and celebrations.
At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The peacemaker. You can prevent any squabbles that might break out.
On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Remember to include everyone
What Holiday Are You?


Saturday, December 1, 2007


THANKS, my friends, for you sweet comments about my grandson. I was thrilled !... So we baked, until the whole kitchen was "flour white" - if you see what I mean - and we had sooo much fun together ! Herunder is (part of) the result of our efforts. These are not exactly cookies, rather "galettes".

The basis is the same as a "4/4 cake" : 1/4 flour, 1/4 eggs, 1/4 sugar, and 1/4 butter. You mix well, let it rest a little, then make small "balls" out of it, and cook in a special appliance, that gives the grid shape....Hmmmmm, You should smell it !
Each Belgian housewife prepares those galettes for the New Year, adding her own "secret ingredient" for a special flavour (mine being some xxxxxxx and a little xxxxxxx).
December is devoted to their baking, then we stock them (tin boxes are the best), and hide them until January 1st (I'll always remember the day I wanted to present my galettes to our friends, and found my boxes.... almost empty !). We share them with our family, friends and neighbours + a nice cup of coffee and a glass of homemade liqueur (I often make lemoncello)...... Then after getting some visits, YOU have to pay your visits, AND eat galettes with liqueur... By the 15th of January, NO ONE want to see a galette until next year ! LOL

Meet our Chef, who was not exhausted at all, and wanted to wash some potatoes for our dinner ...

A labour of love and patience...

I already told you about an embroidery workshop I signed in ... Well here is a tablerunner, made by one of the participants (not me ! If only...). Made with Japanese fabrics, displayed as a crazy quilt and all hand embroidered, with the help of our fantastic teacher. I've finished the central wheel now, and I plan to keep learning. My project is a throw with the same fabrics. The setting will look like a big nine-patch, with the wheel in the center...
A loooooong way to go, but I'm not in a hurry and I'll enjoy every stitch of it.....

The "Placard Belle"

I'm very good at sorting out, filing, labelling, and putting aside ! LOL Like everyone, I've got some nice big boxes, labelled :

"Old Projects"

"New Projects"



"Almost finished"

"Forget it !"

Well, I opened the "Almost Finished" box and saw this poor Autumn Lady, only begging for a binder.... So, I devoted some time to her at last ..... she seems smiling at me now ! I think the pattern was in a Art to Heart fall book.


The best "Chef" in the world !

New Year "Galettes"

Love and Patience

"Almost Finished" boxes

The magic of December starting...


Perhaps the best yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles !