maandag 23 december 2013

All things Xmas!

Oh dear, I started my Xmas preparations a bit late this year, so yesterday I had to go down town for some last minute shopping. One of my favourite shops around this time is De Bijenkorf department store, their Xmas decorations are always wonderful! I took this picture of their huge Xmas tree:-

Speaking of Xmas trees, remember I was soooooo angry last week? Guess what..??

Yes, I took this picture too yesterday afternoon, the tree in the Passage is back!!! Hubertine and Sandra already told me on Friday they were putting it up so I had to go and take a look for myself and yes, there it was!
Usually it is up weeks before Xmas and then there are lots of things going on, carol singers etc. It is all much too late for that now, but at least the tree is back, the Passage looks much better now and there were more people around too. I can only guess that all the protests worked. And I am sooo pleased to see this tree again.

Next year, when the Apple Store has opened, you bet I will have a chat with the manager and go on the Apple Facebook page again in time to try my best to get the tree there again!

Of course, there is a Xmas tree at home too, full of soft decorations.

Getting into the Xmas swing of things was greatly helped by Dorry’s wonderful Xmas party last weekend. She did a wonderful job, greatly helped by Dorien and her mum and a friend.
Hubertine and I went together and we enjoyed it so much!

We had some yummy food

Dorry organised a lovely little workshop, nothing too difficult so plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company at the table of some very nice ladies.


Dorry introduced her newest member of staff, Pluis:-

And Dorien showed her beautiful version of the Love Entwined quilt top:-

After all this inspiration I was ready to start planning Xmas dinner, looking at old Xmas issues of my favourite food magazine, making lists..

In between all this I am turbo-quilting, trying to get this quilt ready for Xmas to give to my teenage daughter Eline.  I can safely write that here, she seldom looks here.


First I machine quilted criss cross across the quilt and then I decided to handquilt the colored centers of the stars to give it a little more texture (I love handquilting, it just takes so long).

I used DMC Perle 8 and big stitches, I did a workshop big stitch quilting by Laura some time ago at Den Haan & Wagenmakers, it is the first time I used this technique and I loved it. So relaxing not to put your quilt in a hoop and trying to make small stitches! Easier on the eyes too!

The binding is ready and waiting to be attached too!

While all this is going on I love listening to all the Xmas tunes on the radio, there was one song I kept on hearing and couldn’t get it out of my head, my favourite this Xmas season. When they played it again a few days ago I decided to look it up on the playlist of that radiostation.

And this is what was…..that boy……. before all that puberty madness started :-
The same boy singing the same song but very nervously (the hands!) for President Obama..
Because the coming period will be busy I doubt I will get a chance for a blog post before the end of the year. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my blog and has left comments, I really appreciate it. 2013 Was my first full year with a blog and I enjoyed it so much! A heartfelt “Thank you!”, is in order,  it is great ‘meeting’ you all this way and I hope we will ‘see’ each other again this way (or maybe in person) next year.
Wishing everyone a lovely, wonderful, cozy Christmas with family and friends! Enjoy, enjoy!


11 opmerkingen:

  1. Dat is nog eens mooi Kerstnieuws! De boom is terug! Soms komt zelfs een gemeente tot inkeer... Geweldig zeg, de X-Mas-party bij Dorry, ziet er echt gezellig uit. En jouw eigen Kerstboom is ook een plaatje.
    Heel Fijne Feestdagen gewenst en groetjes van Ageeth

  2. Wat goed dat de boom terug is, je actie heeft daar vast aan bijgedragen! Nu maar hopen dat ze het volgend jaar uit hun hoofd laten er zelfs maar aan te twijfelen of er een boom moet komen! Je quilt wordt prachtig, je gaat lekker snel, hoop dat je 'm op tijd af krijgt. Het was zo te zien weer erg gezellig bij Dorry en wat een schattige helpster heeft ze erbij. Jij en je gezin ook hele fijne dagen gewenst en tot ziens in 2014!

  3. Ik had het al gelezen op internet over de boom. Apple is overstag gegaan. Dan begin je daar als winkel toch al met een 1-0 achterstand.

  4. So happy the tree is back! Your daughter is sure to love the quilt, it is gorgeous. May you have a very wonderful Christmas and a fantastic new year!

  5. Zijn zaterdag (op zoek naar tramghalte 17) ook even gaan kijken of DE boom er al was in de Passage en ja hoor! Hij was prachtig! Jij ook een mooie kerst en warme groeten uit S'poreXX

  6. ZO te lezen weer een paar SUPER gezellige uurtjes! En wat zie ik er staat een BOOM top. Hele fijne feestdagen en een gezond en gelukkig 2014, knuffel van mij

  7. Wat een mooie boom en wat gezellig bij Dorry. De quilt schiet ook al op. Ook voor jullie hele fijne Kerstdagen en een goed gezond en creatief 2014 gewenst.

  8. Glad Apple had a change of heart and you got your Xmas tree back. Have a very happy Xmas and all good things in 2014!
    Sue in Normandy.

  9. I've enjoyed getting to 'know' you through your blog. Great work on your daughters quilt--it is really lovely. The hand stitching does takes time, but it's so worth it for the texture in the end.:) Fantastic about the big Christmas tree being back up in the square too!

  10. Ben erg nieuwsgierig naar de workshop van Laura. Ik kan hem bij de winkel niet meer vinden. Weet je misschien ook of Laura een blog oid heeft?