zondag 13 december 2009

Christmas is coming soon

Jos and I both joined the Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap Robyn and Clare organized. We were a bit suprised that we were matched in this international swap, since Jos and I are almost next door neighbors. But how fun it was to meet each other for the second time (((O: We had a lovely afternoon chatting, opening our presents, chatting, showing some of our work, chatting, looking at the hexagons Lyn send me for a Memories Miniature Quilt Challenge, chatting, drinking tea and eating wonderful 'kerstbrood' - my first this year, chatting and after a couple of hours having to say good bye. Jos is such a wonderful person to talk with and listen to! I am so lucky to have met her via blogging, I think about a year ago now (((O:
Look at the lovely tree ornament Jos made for me and the mug she got me which is so very very pretty! She filled it with candies. Mostly I am 'good' and eat only a few candies a day. But the little hearts, she put in always taste like more, after I have one ... and another one ...
Thank you for the lovely afternoon, Jos! I hope we do it again in 2010!!!

Yesterday I received my order from Gaby, who has a lovely webshop. To it she added a gorgeous handmade card and a very sweet ornament. I am the lucky owner of three of Gaby's cards now! I think I will frame them soon (O: Thank you for the lovely Christmas presents, my dear friend Gaby!

Now about Gaby. She is the one whose package got lost in July. Last Saturday, I received a package from her. I was very suprised, not expecting anything. My suprise was even bigger, when I found a little shabby rose quilt inside, another lovely card and some yummy fabrics, which I recognized from the package she send me when we both thought the parcel really got lost after 2 months. When I wrote her a 'thank you' mail and wanted to see how long it took the parcel to get to me (I have a habbit of doing that), I saw the package was stamped 31.07!!! Can you imagine that?!?!? A long lost package came after 4,5 months!!! I am still wondering where it has been all those months ... I will post a picture of the very cute quilt next week. The light is no good at the moment and that would do it no justice!

Last Sunday I showed you the Rudolf I made at a quilting bee, which Mai taught us. She said she would give a class in them again, so I decided to join, since I knew I wouldn't make them at home. I managed to make two of them yesterday. One is already given to a very dear friend of mine and the other one is for a Christmas present.
Aren't they just lovely! And they are so much fun to make!!!

This morning Ger and I took Bibi for a nice walk in the sun after so many days of rain and gloomliness! Bibi was really enjoying herself (O: But when she joined us again after having wandered around a bit, we saw she had rolled herself into something that did not smell nor look good at all. There was a stream nearby, so Ger and I decided to put her into it. Poor poor Bibi. She doesn't like water and see how she looked after she got out... It looked so much worse than before, which you might not see so good on this picture. We have never seen her so dirty before and the stream seemed so clean...
After a nice and warm shower (which Bibi really does not like), she is now nice, soft and white again, where she has to be white. And ... she doesn't smell anymore ...

A few weeks ago I received these very pretty cards from Leanne. She made the photos to the cards herself and inside each card there is a lovely saying. Thank you Leanne, for the wonderful cards!!! They make me happy everytime I look at them.

My favorite saying on one of the cards:

This is my wish for you:
comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart,
hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth.
Love to complete your life.

Lynnie Buttercup

19 opmerkingen:

simplestitches zei

Hi Simone,
what a lovely lot of presents you received, very cute! And those reindeer are very cute too!
Have a lovely Christmas.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries zei

Labdien Simone...what a lovely inspiring post...and you have been busy too with the Rudolfs...What a lovely way to spend an afternoon...chatting...drinking tea...chatting...perfect!!! And what a very meaningful quote you have showed us this time too!! Have a lovely day my very dear Friend♥x

Stephanie zei

Wouldn't it be lovely if all the lost swap packages eventually arrived at their rightful destination? How wonderful for you and Gabby.

Abby seems to like a bath but she also like to get muddy! :o) Bibi is cute.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) zei

Hi Simone,
I just love that saying at the end of this blog. Would you mind if I put it on my blog too :)

clare's craftroom zei

Hi Simone what a full post with such lovely things ! I love that little poem . Thanks for joining in the swap and I'm glad you had fun with your new friend , Jos .

Sew Useful Designs zei

Thank you for the beautiful quote, Simone! And also for your beautiful post! How I wish I could attend those quilting bees with you and Mai!!! Your Rudolph's are so cute, and your gifts from Jos look as dear as your friendship!

Lots of love my special friend!
heel veel liefs!
Vikki xoxoxo

bianca zei

ganz tolle kleine GEschenke. Der Elch ist auch total niedlich geworden.
Ich ´wünsche Dir eine schöne Woche.

Isabella zei

Leuke cadeautje hebben Jos en jij elkaar gegeven. Wel gezellig om het persoonlijk aan elkaar te kunnen geven.
Wat zijn die Rudolphen leuk!!

Cybele's patch zei

Wat een leuke posting met een heerlijk winterse achtergrond. Het was heel gezellig donderdag. Ik vind het nog steeds geweldig dat ik jou via internet heb ontmoet. Er gaat van jou zoveel warmte en inspiratie uit. Je kerstornament is prachtig, ik denk dat dat een definitief plekje krijgt! Ik kreeg koude rillingen toen ik het verhaal van Bibi las. Arm beestje in dat koude water, brrrr! Gelukkig waren de plaatjes van Rudolph weer warm. Ze zijn leuk geworden.

Anoniem zei

Oh my! 4.5 months! Where on earth could it have got to? Thank heavens it finally arrived.

What lovely things you received. great moose head wreaths- so unusual.

Could Bibi have found some fox poo? It's the ghastliest thing I have ever smelt but dogs seem to think it is eau de cologne? If so lemon rubbed on the fur then a bath will get it out.

Sherri zei

So many wonderful things...and Christmas is soo close! Have a wonderful day!

Dolores zei

What a wonderful early Christmas you've received.

Herzblatt zei

I love your Rudolfs.....they look so lovely...could kiss them.
The story about the lost parcel is unbelievable....but fortunately with a happy end!!
I love the handmade card from Gaby....
Oh, today I love a lot during watching your post..:-))
And please give Bibi a big kiss from Ronja....she looks like Bibi before the shower every day...*lol*...
Have a cosy week

Nanette Merrill and daughters zei

Very sweet. I think ornaments from friends are the best.

Jackie zei

I'm wondering where your package was for 4 months too! It could be interesting!

What lovely gifts!

méri zei

Yes! Christmas is coming too soon!

The opposite happened to your package!!! But it arrived just in time for Christmas!
Your Rudolf is such a great gift!!! Love it.

Wishing you and your Family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010
[next week I'll have my son back but his New Year midnight will be in Amsterdam... :( ]

Bev C zei

Hello Simone, The parcel finally arrived, I think Santa may have helped it along the way!! You and Jossie have started a tradition now so you must have been paired up for this reason. Your dog looked like he had been in a storm.I am sure Bibi will be very wary what he goes to next time. Have a lovely day.

Lotusblüte zei

Die Post geht manchmal sonderbare Wege nicht wahr liebe Simone *lach*? Und daß das andere Päckchen nun schneller kam ist gut, denn sonst hättest Du ja die Weihnachtspost zu spät bekommen. Dein Elch sieht übrigens lustig aus :O)) Einen schönen 4.Advent und alles Liebe wünsche ich Dir!

Leanne zei

I love your little Rudolf wreaths. Poor Bibi our girls don't like water much but I'm sure they would hate it even more if it was cold. Wouldn't it be fun to know just where that parcel was for all that time. So glad it finally made it.

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