Monday, April 14, 2014

Do you know Postcrossing

Do you know Postcrossing? The main idea is : send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person in the world.
Maybe you say why should i do that....
Because , there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises and who wouldn't like that?

I am member since 4 months and I received already 45 postcards from all over the world (Indonesia, Belarus, Japon, Ireland, Taiwan, Russia, Germany , Finland and more).
I have sent 48 postcards. In my profile I asked for a pice of fabric to make a quilt with fabric from all over the world. I asked for fabric special for their country or some used fabric or just a piece. I received old handkerchieves; a pice from a wardrobe from someone's mother, a piece from a scarf of someone's father, a large piece from the curtains which someone's mother made years ago.....

This week i started to make some log-cabin blocks with the fabric.

The center birds are from New Zealand

The center insects are from Germany.

The center panel is from Russia, it was an old handkerchief....

You can read more about Postcrosssing here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wet felting

First I want to thank you all for your advices about my tulip problem.
And Jeanneke, Sylvia, Lupineke and Anna, thanks a lot for going to Zeeman for me.

I did some felting and I loved it. So wonderful that you can make fabric from wool fibers.
I made some pouches and bracelets.

If you want to try it, buy some good quality merino wool and find some You Tube videos, easy peasy......

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What I made with the tapestry yarn and a garden problem

With the tapestry yarn I started to crochet a bag. After some rounds I realized that i did not have enough of my favorite colors to finish it.
So it became a crochet armcover for the couch. 

I love the colors.....

In my garden i planted a lot of tulips from Holland but over the years there are only some that survived. I have no idea why, are they eaten by the mice? 
Here are some of them, as lonely as they are......

Years and years ago I gave my neighbour some Dutch tulips. She planted them near the well in a kind of through , they stay there summer and winter. In summer there are some flowers around the bulbs and that's it. And look how gorgeous they are, year after year. 

Is it the stone that keep them warm ? Do you have an idea? 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finished crochet cushion and crochet work in progress

When I saw the gipsy style cushions made by her , I bought the book with the pattern. The book is: Crochet Bohème by Cécile Balladino, it is written in French and is translated in German.

I made a red/purple/turquiose one and a more softer one in off white and teal.

My auntie Tineke gave me a lot of small hanks of tapestry yarn in different colors .....

 I am going to use ElfieJO's backpack pattern to make something with this yarn.  Do you know her blog? She is very creative with her hook, look at her version of the Tilda doll.... Isn't this cute?

There is a giveaway on her blog, you can sign up till the 7th of april. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back home an two Lefties

I was in Holland last week, it was so good to see my family again but it was also very  tiring. And as always it feels so good to be back home again in France!

Some weeks ago I made two Lefties, i already made one last year. I love the pattern, it's a mindless knitting with great result.
I made this one with silk yarn in a nice brown color, when finished Thom took it immediately.......

The other one is knitted with Zeeman Royal, color number 67. I made it for the market at the end of this year (yes I know i am a bit early!!!!). I think the scarf is too small but i could not find the color number anymore at Zeeman .  Maybe my one of my Dutch readers would take a look at Zeeman for this color blue, number 67 (lot 3714)? 

For me the scarf is perfect but I am short so I think for the market the scarf needs at least another 30 cm.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crochet in color 3 and what happened last night

I made these flowers two years ago. The yarn was a kit for a crocheted scarf from Natural Dye Studio. At the end I did not like the scarf and started making flowers. I really don't remember which pattern I used.
When the flowers were finished I  did not know what to do with the flowers, they were lying there for two years......

I made a cushion with them for the market, don't know if i like it......

And what happened this night? The wood wall behind the barn with 10 cube of wood fall down.
And i can tell you that is a lot of wood!!! This never happened before and fortunately it happened at night.......

To end this post positive I 'll show you some pictures of the white prunus in full bloom. It is a beautiful variety grown from a small cutting that a friend gave me about 8 years ago!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Yesterday was my birthday

We went with some friends to a restaurant for a birthday dinner. They were already waiting for us......

One of my friends had made a cushion with a photo transfer, very original!

Do you see my new earrings, a birthday present from Thom.

A last glass of champaign and the party was over.......