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

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

HEARTFUL WISHES !


Dear friends,
I wish you all a very merry christmas,
surrounded with the love and care
of your family !
REJOICE AND ENJOY
;>)
Nadine

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CELEBRATING IN A CHRISTMAS MOOD... AND FUN MAIL ;>)

Hubby had decided to celebrate my birthday in Strasbourg - France (Alsace), so that we could enjoy the big, picturesque Christmas Market at the same time...

As you may know, the stork is the symbol of Alsace, and you can see it everywhere...

on yummy cookies,

decorating the houses,




and even inside , like this painting on wood, in a restaurant...



The architecture is so special, you could stay hours looking at the details,


Look at those details on the cathedral ! Really breathtaking.

To think it was entirely sculpted by hand, with no modern instruments !

The people considered working on the building as a prayer, a tribute to God.

It took more than 200 years to get finished...


Many treasures can be seen inside the cathedral, as well....



In December, the evenings are magical, with all those lights,


and the streets are sooo beautiful

I didn't see any quilt shop, rather many haberdasheries, with lots of
beautiful stitcheries, buttons, ribbons, lace.....
and when seeing those gorgeous Tentakulum (click on the name) hand dyed threads, I couldn't resist bringing
them home ;>)
Note : Tentakulum (see link above) are German coton and/or silk hand dyed threads. Due to their rich colors variations, almost all of them have a painter's name. Each skein is unique. You can stitch, using only one reference, and your stitchery will look sooo beautiful (like a painting), with the different assorted tones... You can find them in Europe.. or through the Web (I have linked the name, here above) ;>)
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THANKS, dear hubby, for a wonderful birthday week end !

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Back home, I found a lovely surprise package in my mailbox.
Who was it from ????? May Britt, of course !
And what was inside ?????

Actually there were 2 packages : one for my birthday and one for Xmas...
but I just couldn't wait and opened both, HeeHee....


hmmmmm, she spoiled me again with a lovely, lovely pouch
(she knows how bad I am at doing these, heehee....)
gorgeous Kaffe Fasset fabrics
applique needles (how did she know I needed new ones ???)
and cuuuute gingermen buttons.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, dear friend !

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A saying for today :


Friends (and hubbies) are musicians,

they know how to make your heart sing

;>)


Until next time, take care, enjoy your sewing,

and come back for a visit!

Friday, December 5, 2008

STASH INVENTORY AND A CHALLENGE....

This time of the year always brings me into a sorting-out/decluttering mood. I guess I want to feel "clean", tip-top ready for the coming new year... So I went through my stash (have you noticed how quickly the neat, well sorted little piles soon become a mess ? ;o)

The bright side of this boring task, is that you always come accross some wonderful treasures , and this time was no exception...



Look at these beautiful colors !

Actually, they were given to me by Elisabeth, a Norwegian friend (no blogger), who visited me last summer. Thirty 30cm (12 inches) squares of gorgeous K.Fasset fabrics (all different prints), that I kept together like a gems treasure...

The problem is that their beauty kind of "paralyses" me and I 'm scared cutting through them. One thing I'm sure : I'd like to use them with black, plain fabric. (I bought 8 yards of that one on sale, some years ago. What did I think ???? LOL LOL) and I won't be afraid cutting through that one ;>)

Would you help me in that challenge ?

I really need some inspiration from my friends
Your suggestions will be heartfully welcome....

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Herunder are some pictures of my garden, this morning

so quiet and peaceful, blissssss....


Saying for today :


A little lantern can do what the great sun can never do :
it can shine in the night...