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




And the giveaway winner is...


Now you all wanna know who won, right?

Who will be the lucky girl to be soon spending some jolly moments
with a most happy magazine in her hands,
cuppa tea, cookie and warm blanket, curled up in her comfy chair.


First let me tease you a little more
and take some of your precious time for a little chat.
Because I'd love to thank you first of all...

Many big big thanks to all who entered my giveaway
and left me such sweet comments.
Thank you also for the kind wishes on my first order.
You brightened my day!

And a warm happy welcome to my new followers.
I'm really happy to see you here!


Yes yes, go on with it Wendy.

Okay, so, the random.org generator said
the winner of my happy little giveaway is...


Dorthe of Den Lille Lade



Hip hip hooray!
Congratulations sweetie!


I will get in touch shortly.

And if you happen to not know Dorthe,
then let me advice you to go visit her blog asap
for she makes the most gorgeous dolls and (fabric/mixed media) collages!
And many more.


I'd better go back to bed now.
For I've got a most uncomfortable stomach flu.




A giveaway from my heart


~ UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ~

Hello sweeties,

It's GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


To celebrate with you my first order
and to thank you for your ongoing support and blog friendship.
You're a sweet bunch!

The winner will get a fabric heart
and a brocante magazine.


The little heart has two front sides


I used old laces,
a beautiful blue rose fabric,
embroidered a tiny flower,


and again made the seam binding flower from the tutorial of


I dyed the seam binding before using it.

And here are some of the pages inside the magazine...


So gorgeous...

The magazine is in Dutch, but photos speak for themselves.
So you will enjoy the magazine anyway
if you don't speak Dutch.



How to win?

Since this is meant for thanking my followers
and celebrating with them,
I ask of you to be a follower of my blog
and leave me a comment here below this post.

Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you!

The drawing will be on the 8th of November.

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It's autumn now here.


Usually I love autumn.
But this year I can't seem to enjoy the beauty of this season.
I'm longing for the lightness of spring.

So I bought a blue Hydrangea (or Hortensia).
Ah... so beautiful!



Also in my recent work you see my longing for the lightness of spring.

Here's further progress of the little book I was making.


I bound the book.
Added some laces, fabrics and water colour.
And now I'm busy with the cover.

Can't decide on it yet.


It is a happy learning process anyway.
Whatever the outcome may be.

You experiment and make mistakes.
And you learn from this.
Your work makes progress and that's such a joy!


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Don't forget to check out the gorgeous giveaways by

Marie of Lost Bird Studio

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I think this is enough for today.

Hope you'll experiment and find joy in it.

Happy crafting!