A precious gift from Dorthe


Sometimes you see me doing a happy happy dance.
Who ever is closed by, I take him/her by the hands and swirl him/her through the room.

Today was such a happy day,
because I received the most beautiful gifts from dear



First my eyes rested upon the gorgeous card she made
with glitter, so beautiful.
I had seen it on her blog and oh joy to receive it in my mail!


Then I saw the wrapped gifts.
They felt soft
and I wondered what could be inside?


Dorthe is a very inspiring and very talented doll maker from Denmark.
I had seen her beautiful dolls many times passing by on her blog
and always thought, what joy it would be to see one in real live.

Well, I see double now, for I see two!


Oh my oh my,
the most gorgeous Christmas angel ornaments,
which she hand made herself.


Now you know why I danced and swirled through the room!!
My son was the lucky one who got swirled this time :)


Just look at their beautiful, sweet and happy faces.
They look so peaceful.


They make you smile, don't they?


Thank you thank you dear sweet friend!
You're truly one of the most generous souls and faithful friends
in the world of blogging which I know.
Your generosity is so inspiring!

I had sent Dorthe my latest giveaway and had never dreamed she would send me such gorgeous gifts in return. I'm awed and inspired. And I intent to follow her example.

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Everyone is so busy this time of the year, me included.
I don't think you'll see me much around until the new year.

Wishing you all a beautiful and happy day
and sending you many smiles.




Christmas cards


Yesterday, I managed to make another two Christmas cards.

For which I crocheted two little flowers.


Card making and Wendy... mmm...
they're not exactly the ideal pair.


Quarrels and sighs and eye rolls and such.
Paper, glue, threads, buttons, fabric everywhere.
You get the picture.



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If you'd like to use the images yourself
or are looking for vintage Christmas images or photos to use,




Footy note:

It's so nice to see how many of you sweeties
have shown an interest in tatting!
Have fun dears!



Christmas card plus tutorials and patterns for tatting


Hooray hooray!


I made a Christmas card!


I even dare say it's my first ever.


Many more to come, I'd say.


Although, you could use this card for many occasions.
Hmmm, so technically it's not even my first Christmas card, is it.

Drat.


Mom said it's so dark and grey coloured.
She can be so encouraging.


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Tatting tutorials and patterns

Some of you dear ladies told me you felt inspired to take up tatting.
So, I thought, why not share with you some tutorials
that really helped me?

A Spring Morning...


Well, after the dark hues of my previous post
I thought it would be nice to get back to happy Spring colours!

Dearest Dorthe of the beautiful and inspiring blog

Den Lille Lade

told me she received my giveaway package.


I know she loves birds,
so I added these beautiful blue birds to the gift wrappings.

I made her a card in the same blues and creams.


The little blue tatted flower on the card I made and then painted.

Tatting is something I wanted to learn for some time
but I didn't know how to
and didn't have the supplies.

But I do now!

The blue flowers below are tatted too.


Tatting - also known as Frivolité - is an old hand craft.
Done with shuttles or special needles.

I'm a newbie in this
and I still have to learn a lot.


Below is a cross I tatted.
Full of little and bigger errors!
But we learn from our mistakes, don't we?




My man and I are still very busy with the attic.
It will become our work room.


The rebuilding part is almost finished.
My man carries loads and loads of stuff upstairs.


Upon seeing my doubts of whether this all is so important that it indeed must stay,
he reminds me kindly of piles of craft supplies and fabrics.


Ah yes, but that is very important stuff dear!
Very very important indeed!


After which he smiles at me
and goes on with his busy-ness.

I guess that didn't work.


Here's one of the beautiful bird images I used.
Please feel free to use it in your own work.




The other birds come from the Graphics Fairy
and you can find these and others


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Wishing you a beautiful day full of joy!






Fabric collage Autumn Hues


Last night I finally finished my fabric collage
of which I showed you a work in progress months ago!

Can you believe it?


Of course I should be making Christmas goodies instead.
Being it so that it is only a month away
and I have made
uhm
one
yes, one
thingie.
Well,
almost one.


And ah yes, said Christmas goodie and its friends have to be sent elsewhere
long before that fast approaching day.


But alas, it cannot be helped.
The fabric collage begged me with her droopy eyes
to please be finished now and forever
so it can be hung and seen.


Well,
there you are.
One happy collage.

In dreadfully dark weather,
but we'll have to be content with that.


A little bit information on the making of:

I painted the lace flowers with acrylic paint.
The beads and black curly thingies are hand-embroidered.
And there's a little bit of gold paint on the feather.

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Ah, and before I leave,
let me thank you dearly for the sweet well-wishes I received.
A big big thank you dears!! I'm feeling much better now.

Oh yes, and I shouldn't forget.
Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful American friends!!
Have a beautiful day!





Footy-note:

Dearest Dorthe received my giveaway package, hooray!!
I will post about it very soon.



Once upon a time...




... a girl named Wen
found a little wooden box in a closet of her Mom's.

You might ask, who's business is it to be rummaging through someone else's stuff?
And you're so right.
But she couldn't help herself.

The collection of beautiful fabrics and colourful threads caught her attention
and was too tempting to be ignored.

Before she knew it
she found herself dug deep in soft and colourful piles of yummyness.

That's when she happened upon the little wooden box.
"Crochet Hooks" it had said on the lid.


Some tongue-out-of-mouth hours,
several misshaped attempts,
months of denying the existence of any hook


and some more misshaped attempts later
flowers began to appear on her hook.


Her heart leaped for joy.

This is the moment she knew
there was no way she could go back to her peaceful pre-hooked life.

Frantically she created flower after flower.

Even a little doily.


And a granny square.


Now the only sensible thing this girl can do
is making her Mom some loveliness.


By the way
these crochet hooks are antique...

They belonged to my great-grandmother.

Also with the hooks came this thingie...


It's a measuring thingie of sorts.

See?


Now, what else is in that closet...


Footy note:

Make sure to check out and join this wonderful annual event!


Hosted by dear Vicki of 2 Bags Full.
She puts a lot of work and hours into this party
to enable us to meet new blog friends and grow our own blog.
Thank you Vicki!


Gifts, a freebie, and a little hello from the sickbed


Hello dears,

Thank you so much for your well wishes!


It is a most nasty stomach flu.
After a week or so I began to feel better.
But yesterday evening it went worse again.
And now I'm feeling crappy again.
But not as crappy as I did earlier, thank goodness.


Meanwhile I do enjoy some pinterest playing time,
which doesn't require much of me.
Thank goodness there's the pinterest app for telephones!


But I did want to say hello to you
and share some of the things I sent to my sweet blog friend Ira some while ago.
Along with the fabric collage,
I showed you earlier.

Like the little vellum gift bag above, stuffed with goodies.


A little notebook for things to remember
or happy creative ideas may be.


A tiny gift tag to adorn the gift wrapping.


A small gift box filled with more goodies.


The goodies I already showed you in an earlier post.


Because of the crappy quality of the original photos
I decided to edit these photos in picmonkey,
using "cinema" (without the box)
and "dark edges".
Also added some brightness.
A very fun online free editing program!


Of course I can't help but share one of the photos I used.
I love this photo with the lady on the street.
Not edited by me this time.


Free for you to use in your personal creations.

Also, when I could sit in bed I tried my hands on some crocheting and tatting.
I will show you some of the results of these adventures later.

Well, this is it for today.
Back to bed.

I will visit you all as soon as I'm fully recovered!

xoxo