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donderdag 29 april 2010

Garden pictures

Oh boy ... I love my new camera.
So much that I haven't stitched much the last few days LOL

No I was playing with my new camera and did make mainly close-up pictures,
I still don't know how the hole camera works, but the close-ups I already know.

I took some picture in the garden of the flowers
(each picture click to enlarge)


Don't know the name of this one

Mint (mentha)

Don't know the name of this one

 Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Don't know the name of this one


Don't know the name of this one

Muscari botryoides (don't know the English word for this one)

Don't know the name of this one

Garden lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)

And when I took enough pictures of the flowers, it was (Mc) Bowy's turn.
Here are his lovely eyes

and even of his nose I made a picture

At last I wanted to now if I could make some good close-ups of my needlework.
These are the first stitches of the month May from LHN, I must hurry with the stitching because in a few days its may 1th.
But ... my camera makes beautiful close-ups :)

Thanks for looking and I hope I don't bore you with my pictures. 
The next few days I going to post more :)

maandag 26 april 2010

Village sampler row 4

The last few days I didn't stitch alot because my mother in law was here to stay for a couple of days to visit and we had a great time !

I have stitch row 4, the next row I will stitch are the last houses

and half of the outer border

Yesterday we did go to a fle market and I saw there a very nice house ... a NUT house, squirels all over it and I loved it, so the nut house was going home with us :)

I also bought a new camera which is coming tomorrow. With my old one I couldn't make any beautiful close-ups but with the new camera I can, so next time (I hope) I can place even better pictures !

donderdag 22 april 2010

Village sampler row 2 and 3

I have not much stitching done these past few days, 
but row 2 and 3 are ready of the village sampler.

Row 2 was a row with the alphabet and these letters I stitched with Nina threads, color Blue Mania
I love the blue thread on the blue fabric

Row 3 where again houses, 5 this time and the sun is shining :)

This is how the village looks so far, I hope to stitch more the coming days.

zondag 18 april 2010

Village sampler row 1

First I want to thank you all for the lovely comments on the antique iron.

Yes I know ... I should have been stitching on the next gingerbread but I wanted to make a pillow first and because I couldn't find a perfect stitching for it in my stash that was finished, I decied to stitch this village sampler that will make a great pillow.

The pattern is called Le village d'Anne and its from Tournicoton.
There are 6 rows in it:
3 rows with houses, flowers and trees
3 rows with the alphabet and numbers
I'm stitching this on light blue jobelan 28 count with DMC

(click photo's to enlarge)

The flowers are blooming in the gardens by the houses.
The next row will be with a part of the alphabet.

In our garden there are also many plants who are blooming.

woensdag 14 april 2010

Mystery of the antique iron

Many of you where wondering what I was going to do with the antique iron.
(each photo you can enlarge by clicking on it)

Okay here we go ...

You take:
an antique iron
a pattern called L'Atelier de Zélie from C Mon Monde  
(search on google and you will find many shops who have this chart)
40 count stitching fabric (I used evenwaeve Orion cream)
threads mentioned on the chart
some little pieces of fabric (for the mini quilt)
ribbon or lace
button (I used a button in the shape of a scissor)
little piece fiberfill
two-size tape
magnet strip (which stick on iron, many have them for show on the refrigerator)
2 little clothe pins ( My DH made them from matches)
1 pin

Stitch the pattern, this is realy fun to do
Look at her hair, that are french knots. I think it looks realy cute.
Make a mini quilt, its only 2 1/2" long
Attach the quilt to the stitching part and at the bottom of your stitching piece you sew a piece of ribbon or lace.
Draw the bottom of the antique iron on cardboard and cut it out. Put the two-size tape on it. Lay on the other side the fiberfill and your stitchingpart en fold the fabric to the back and stick it on the tape. Attach the button on top and it should look like this.
Take the magnet strip and glue it on the back of the cardboard.

Put the clothe pins on the quilt, stick the pin at the bottom through the stitching fabric and then the fun part .... just hold it to the back of the iron and it will stick !

Isn't it great ?? I realy like it

If you don't want to use a magnet strip you can always glue the cardboard on the iron, but I used a magnetstrip so maybe in the future I can change the stitching part and put a different stitching on the antique iron.
But for now I'm going to enjoy this one !!

I hope you enjoyed the story of the mystery of the antique iron :) For me it was fun to read that you all where so curious.

zondag 11 april 2010

Gingerbread 1

Today I finished the first of eight gingerbreads.
Stitched on 36 ct tea-dyed linnen with DMC.

This one is the gingerbread with pumpkin.

 Before I begin with the second gingerbread I  want to made a new design.
This one will be so much fun to do, 
because for the finishing I will need my antique iron

Yes you read it fine ... my antique one, NOT my modern one

Just wait and see :)

vrijdag 9 april 2010

Winter sheep

Today I finished Winter sheep from Little House Needleworks
I realy love this on !

Stitched on 32ct. linnen and threads as charted.
I also added the buttons that were an optional from Just Another Button.

The only thing I changed was the white DMC for the sheep,
I have stitch the sheep with Wisper thread, so it got a "wooly" look

donderdag 8 april 2010


Villa-loredana has give me this award. Thank you !

Now I have to make a list of 10 things that is making me happy, so here we go ...
1. Cross stitch. I have several favorite designers and one of my favorite theme to stitch is halloween/witches.

2. Quilting. I love to make quilts, mostly bed quilts and I love the fabrics of Moda.

3. Knitting. I always knit my own sweaters and always use 100% cotton yarn.

4. Walking. I love to walk in the woods with DH and our jack russel terriër (Mc) Bowy.

5. Baking. I love to bake and oak-meal cookies are my favorite.

6. Looking at blogs. I love to read on so many blogs and get inspired by many.

7. Meditation. I love to meditate, it is so peaceful.

8. Reading. My  favorite theme to read is mysteries. I have 2 favorite writers, the first who write herbal mysteries is Susan Albert Wittig and the second is Monica Ferris who writes needlecraft mysteries.

9. My kids. I'm  always happy when the kids come over for a visit. My daughter Lindy lives 1 hour drive away from us but my son Niels lives only a 15 minutes drive away.

10. Fle-market. On sundays mostly of the times there is a fle-market in the area and i love to go there, searching for old things.


Also I must give this award to 10 other bloggers and here is the list ... (you can take the photo above and pass it on)








The shabby stitcher

Hooked on stitches


dinsdag 6 april 2010

Gingerbreads ... so cute !

This afternoon I visit the site of Helga Mandl and saw there a chart with 8 different gingerbreads (in the halloween/fall section).
As many of you know one of my favorite theme to stitch is halloween, but gingerbreads are also a favorite of mine. So when I saw that chart I had to buy it and orderd it right away.
Gingerbreads with a fall/halloween theme what else can a girl wants :)
I had it send as an e-pattern so within the hour I had the pattern in my mailbox and the printer was ready to print all 8 gingerbread charts.

Aren't they cute ??

First I must finish wintersheep from LHN before I start with these but that ornament is almost finished :)

zondag 4 april 2010

LHN - April calendar

A few days late but I didn't have the right color ribbon for the pinkeep.

This time I choose for a light yellow background so its looks as spring is in the air !

But as you now there can be alot of rain in april, still the birds are singing there song.

For they ones who celebrate easter
Happy Easter !