30 December 2011

review 2011

A little review from what I did in 2011.
I like to say "thank you " to my blog friends and followers, whether you are just looking or leaving a comment.
Please know that I really do appreciate the fact that you take the time to read and to look what I did.
I wish you all a nice new years eve.

23 December 2011

Christmas cards

In November I made some Christmas cards to sent far away. They have reached their destination.
Now I can show them to you too. I have printed a vintage Santa postcard on fabric and assembled some lace and other things in a corner.
I wish I could send cards to all my followers but that is not possible.
With the photo from my handmade cards I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

22 December 2011

BD cards

Last month I made some birthday cards for the ladies of the FF group I am in.
The whole year round we have to send cards and when I had my bd I got 16 handmade cards in return.
Those three are the last ones this year and they all have reached their new homes now.
They are made in the shabby chic style.

18 December 2011


 A while ago I got a gift from my eldest daughter. A book.
Just for fun , she said. It was not a hint ;) no, no.
But she loves the knitted Christmas balls and she cannot knit with 5 needles in the round... so...
What would you have done?
I have sent her to the shop and ordered 2 skeins yarn: 100% wool. Viking superwash.
 I have used 5 needles 3 mm. (US 2,5) 
And have knitted 4 balls for her Christmas tree.
Below the book with 55 patterns. Very good knitting instructions and clear patterns.
The book is translated in 8 languages!

17 December 2011

outside it's snowing but inside, mmm

 Wish you could smell it :)

14 December 2011

fabric "Mothers" book ready

 The fabric mothers book is ready. And I am happy how it turned out.
I have started the pages with the eldest mother and worked toward the present time.
The page with me is the last page of the ten I made.
Working on those pages made me think of all those women whom have lived before me with their struggles and joy. Of all of them I have something inherited in my character and existence.
This book is made to honour the women I come from.
 On an old linen napkin I simple embroidered the word Moeders, which is Dutch for mothers.
My page, the last one in the book. On the left page a piece of an old doily which I have embroidered when I was about 10 years old. I remember when I got it as a present, printed with the cross-stitches. And 3 skeins of DMC floss, green, red and yellow blended.
In the upper right corner of the left page a piece of my wedding veil and a few flowers of the wedding crown. A little silver ring of my childhood and some buttons from dresses. On the right page pieces from my clothes and a part of a bobbin lace doily which I grabbed from the side table a week ago :)
I have made bobbin lace from 1980 until I moved to Norway in february 2002.
You see also a little piece of the inside cover which is made from a Dutch farmers handkerchief.
I made a pocket on the back-cover and will tuck a little notebook inside with the stories from all the mothers.

10 December 2011

the last great grandmother

The grandmother of my grandmother. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of her but I have her handwriting! A page in my grandmothers poetry album which I have printed on fabric.
I have used original fabrics from the period she lived and original laces! On the right page a piece of handmade bobbin-lace and 5 original red coral beads. Necklaces with those beads were often used in this period on sundays.
On the left page a front of a nightgown with handmade Swiss lace and hand-made buttonholes.
The nightgown itself was used for something else but the front with the lace was still in a box at my aunts house when she had died. On the left pages also a piece of a fashion magazine from 1898.
I printed a part of a page on fabric.
In a shoebox on the attic in my aunts house there where little bits of fabric of an old blouse. All the clothes in this period were sewed by hand and the left overs were saved too.
And the original blouse was there!
 I like to show you the blouse I have from Grietje Baan. Saved in five generations!
 My aunt told me that.
It is hand sewed of course and worn out. But never thrown away!
Is is a blouse in Empire style, made in about 1840. Worn with a long wrinkled skirt.
I have asked my neighbour girl to show it and here are the photos.
The blouse of 150 years old and the jeans from 2011 :)
Wish my great-grandmother could see this!

 Thank you very much Malin being the model!

08 December 2011

wisp block number 11

A new block for my wool quilt in old style. Block number 11. Made from old clothes.
Only embroidery, no lace, no beads. It is difficult at this time of the year to make nice photos.
 Too little daylight so I had to use flash. The colors are much richer in real.
This block measures 20x40cm. ( 8x16")

06 December 2011

fabric book-pages

 Here are two fabric book pages from the Fibre Fever group swap.
Above the page I made for Peggy (USA). Peggy's theme is "all shades of pink".
I made a page for her in crazy quilt style, size 15x15 cm . 6".
Below the page Juliette from GB made for me.
It is an impression of a landscape by van Gogh.
Juliette likes the van Goghs landscapes very much, she wrote to me.
She made it from wet-felted wool and added some machine stitching.

04 December 2011

An other great-grandmother

 This is a new double page for my fabric mother-book. The grandmother of my father.
The fabric and lace on the left page are authentic. The braid and the bobbin-lace on the right page too. And a few pieces of fabric on the right page and the buttons of course!
This is the only photo which I have of her. Scroll down for more :)
Below a detail photo of the antique laces. On the left the hand embroidered Swiss lace, on the right the handmade bobbin-lace which was used for the caps. ( made in Belgium) The Swiss embroidery is wrong side up on purpose so that you can see it is hand embroidered.
You always can click on the photos to enlarge them!
 Below the family photo with my great-grandparents and their children. Taken in 1904!
Some of the older girls were married at that time and their husbands are also on the photo.
The tall boy on the right is my grandfather.
This is the farmhouse were I grew up.
The beautiful wooden gate is replaced by a smaller iron one in the '50.
I remember that. This wooden gate is given away by my grandfather to the open air museum in Arnhem (the Netherlands). When I visited the museum in the '80 I didn't see it!
Maybe all the parts are still in a storage place??

02 December 2011

chair pillows

I am sewing pillows for dining table chairs. The chairs are old Ikea chairs and painted by DD.
 They are hers. But grandson said: they are too hard and cold, mum!
That's why I decided to make pillows.
 I have used the leftovers from this quilt to make the tops.  Patchwork squares 2,5 ".
I  never made chair pillows before.  Sewing the tops was easy!
 But making them fit for a piece of 2" thick polyester is an other story!
The first one was a disaster, Grrr... The second one went better and the third one is good :)
Now the fourth one will be a piece of cake , I guess.

27 November 2011

an other great-grandmother

 This is the other grandmother of my mother; Grietje Belie. The mother of my grandfather.
My mother always spoke very warmth about her.
On the fabric page a photo of her when she was 18, I think. Most of the girls in the northwest part of the Netherlands got the gold or silver jewelery for the traditional cap when the became an official member of the church. I have chosen fabrics on both pages from the era she lived.
The lace on the right page is original handmade bobbin-lace which was used for the cap.
On the left page the poem she wrote in my mothers poetry album.
Below a photo taken in the fields with her husband and two of her sons.
The photo is taken in 1928, my great-grandmother was 64 years old than.
 Strange enough she looks older than I am now and I am 69!

21 November 2011


Here is a new double page for my "mother" book.
This is my great-grandmother, the mother of my grandmother.
She lived in the east part of the Netherlands. She was born and raised up in a poor family which lived in a peat cottage. My mother told me that a long time ago.
She married in 1891 to Jan Koning which was a house painter.
This great grandmother got 12 children. One little boy drowned when he was 8 years old and one little girl was still born. Ten children grew up, my grandmother was the second child.
On the left page I have used the original pillow sheet fabric which was used for straw mattresses.
( the blue striped one) I also made two buttonholes by hand to go with the vintage buttons.
The fabrics on the right page are all vintage, except for the little dark grey triangle which is a replica.

18 November 2011

Lucky me :)

Today I got the surprise baggie from Susan, from the blog "Plays with needles".
A while ago Susan had a give away and I won! Of all of the 166 comments she got, she picked me!
The goodies are sparkles, bought by Susan on a New York trip.
She was shopping for her "Tiffany" block at that day.
It is beautiful material, real mirror glass. I is much more beautiful than the plastic substitutes you see everywhere.
She also added a photo of the great butterfly she made on the Tiffany block.
And look at the stamps!! One of my favorite movie stars when I was young.
Thank you very much Susan.
On a beautiful day I will use it on a special CQ block!

16 November 2011


 My crochet blanket is ready to use! I am very pleased with it.
The final size is  110 x 165 cm. (43x66".)
  I have used 3400 meters yarn. ( 3700 yards) Hook 2,5 mm.
Yarn: 13 skeins Filcolana Merci ( 50% merino wool 50% cotton) and 4 skeins Filcolana extra fin merino.
Super soft and warm.
Border: 2 rows lilac sc. ( vasten) 3 rows dark and light pink dc.( stokjes) one row white sc. ( vasten)

12 November 2011

look at this

My Babette blanket is coming to an end. I am finishing section 14 now.
Get almost crochet wings ;-)
Now it has a useful size. Just a few squares to make....
And than a border, maybe 2 or 3 rounds. It depends how much yarn I have left.
I am rather proud on myself, it took much more time than I had calculated and much patient to make all those squares.
I like the pattern but when I make it again, I have to choose thicker yarn!
I mainly crochet in the evenings in front of the TV.
But now I am sewing some parts together to see what sizes and colors I need to make the last row also nice.

08 November 2011

fabric book pages

 Here are the last fibre pages I have swapped. The "winter" page went to Maria in Portugal.
Maria's wish was to get pages of all seasons. I saw she had received both summer and spring pages so I made a winter page for her.
Made from sheep-fleece on the embellisher and some hand embroidery. In the white snow I have added a few angelina fibers for a 'sparkle'.
Below the page I got from Kath. She lives on the isle of Crete.
Kath has woven an impression of a painting by Paul Klee ( sailing boats).
The original painting is on the third picture.
I asked for impressions of art paintings. I am very happy with this page!
The pages are 15x15 cm. ( 6")

04 November 2011

grandmother book-page

This is my grandmother (mothers mother).
On the left page her handwriting and a piece of her apron (left side below with the black background). I remember her in brown and blue dresses.
 The white triangle part is a piece of an unused hankie with a bobbin-lace edge made by my mother.
She died only 60 years old. It is a pity that I only was 12 years old at that time so that I never have had the chance to learn how she was.
She must have been a courages woman. When she married my grandfather she moved to the other end of the country!
 In 1918 it was far away from her parents, brothers and sisters.
 I bet that she didn't understand the people when she came as a new bride in the west part of Holland.
She was born in Drente (NL). She met my grandfather when he was placed as a soldier at the eastern border of the Netherlands in the years 1914-1917.

Below: the page approved by Madame Mini :)
do you know: when you click on the photos they enlarge!

30 October 2011

mother-book page

This is my mother. The photo was taken when she was about 30 years old.
My mother made bobbin lace when she was young and I added a piece of one of her hankies with lace ( on the left page) and on the right page a quarter of her "well-used" doilies.
 She also sewed all of her clothes and the clothes for us children.
 Therefore there were many bits and pieces left when she died.
 I took all with me, not knowing that I, on one day, should make this :)
The fabrics on both pages are from her clothes. The left pages fabrics have been pyjamas.
 And a page of my "poesie" poetry album, where she wrote a poem to me when I was 8 years old.
The painted button is made by Gerry K. I got it from her a long time ago when I had sent her much tiny,tiny beads from my mothers stock.
It is a painting from the farmhouse my parents lived in, in the Netherlands.
 Now Gerry,the button has come to its place :-) Thank you again!

29 October 2011


My house is smelling like a bakery, new baked bread!
I always make our bread, just forgot to tell you that.
I embroider pages for my "mother-book". In a few days I shall show them.
Wishing you a very nice weekend!

17 October 2011

mug-rugs and table runner

 A while ago I sewed 4 mug-rugs and a teapot mat for my daughter. For the mug-rugs I used leftovers from the couch-quilt I made for her.The white parts are from a vintage table-cloth. I got a piece of that from my friend Eva in Austria. Thank you very much Eva. Now you see that I used it :)
The teapot mat protect the table for the hot teapot. It has two layers of batting inside.
 This is a table runner made from a half yard of fabric. The fabric is so nice of its own that I used it as it was. Only added lace on the border and a binding from an other piece of fabric.
As a bonus a photo from a week ago when we drove home along the road E16 from Fagernes to Lærdal in Sogn og Fjordane (Norway). As you see the winter is coming soon! Already new snow on the mountain tops!

12 October 2011

Fabric book-pages

 The page above is made in the theme from Lorenza (Italy). Lorenza's wish is pages from paintings from Vincent van Gogh. I made Souvenir de Mauve. As a young girl I had a copy from this painting on my bedroom wall. I liked it very much and I still do.
Making it from fabrics was a challenge. For the blossoms I choose little sequins.
Below the page Lorenza made for me. The theme of my book is: a impression of a painting you like.  Lorenza made "the scream" from Edvard Much.

27 September 2011

new socks

 An other pair of socks ready for DD 1. Walking socks or night shift socks ;)
Made from hand-dyed yarn by Spinning Martha ( Germany)
It is Zitron trekking XXL, super sock yarn!
Pattern from the yahoo group: sokken breien. Size 41 EU.

21 September 2011

fabric book page

I made this fiber book page for Kath in Greece. Kath's theme is "the sea".
I sewed all kind of fibers on a blue/grey background trying to get a look of waves.
Our place is surrounded by the sea and it looks different every day!
The fabric book page for me from Portugal is a little late.
I show that to you next month when it has arrived.

18 September 2011

Birthday cards

Three birthday cards made for ladies of the Fibre fever group.
There is a small group within the FF group who are in the birthday card club.
When I had my birthday a few months ago I received 15 beautiful handmade fiber cards!
Those three are flown away a month ago and now received by their new owners.

13 September 2011

some handwork

 I crocheted two potholders again and made from the rests of those colors cotton two dishclothes.
I have made the dishclothes larger than the pattern says.
Now the apple green cotton yarn is used up!
Below the start of a new pair of socks.

06 September 2011

fresh sweet peas

 In our kitchen garden we also have sweet peas. In spite of the cold wet summer they grow :)
It is late in this summer but now we have sweet peas from our own garden.
 This morning I had a bucket full and more to come!
 I peeled off the peas. The waste is more volume than the peas.
The waste goes in the compost bin and that compost will be used again on the garden.
I have blanched them for one minute, the taste remains better after doing that.
 I had four meals, three went in the freezer and one for the dinner this afternoon.
That was cod from the oven, peas with carrots and mashed potatoes. yum, yum........
The fish dish recipe:
about 150 grams white fish without bones per person.
neutral white sauce
salt, pepper,grated cheese.
Heat the oven 200 degrees Celsius.
Cut the fish in large pieces, put it in an oven dish and add little salt and pepper.
Place it in the middle of the oven until the fish is white, about 10 minutes.
In the meantime cook a neutral white sauce.
Poor the sauce on the fish and top it with grated cheese.
Ready when the cheese is melted and golden yellow.
Bon appetit!