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We put up the Christmastree Saturday morning, wanting to have everything normal for my girl and I promised Lars we would put in  a lot of little lights. My princess has made a painted Christmastree for Lars and the nurses in hospital, keeping the fingers crossed they will like it!
Under the Christmastree is my (ugly but very well loved ) Christmasstable. It was a gift from my grandma to my parents when they got married in November 1968. All the figures are made off plastic and well worn, the stable is made of pressed wood and soooooo ugly but the fact that it was a wedding gift to my parents and that my mom had it under her tree for years and years, makes it so special for me.
My dad died by a car accident in 1972, I was born 6 months later in November. My mom died of cancer in 2007 and gave the stable to me a couple of years before. See? it is really something special to me.
I told my girl the story of Christmas and why we celebrate it and she loved the story and my 40 year old ugly Christmas stable….
 to her the figurines came to life when I told her the story….


too all of you; Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2009



A bussy week lies behind me, a week in which I spent a day at the quilt and fabric event in Rotterdam, my princess started school, I bought tons of stuff to start sewing for the baby and I had a visit with my obstetric ( had to look that word up ).

So, first the obstetric visit. All is well, the baby is growing – as is my tummy – and has a strong hearttone. The obstetric told me however  that she likes for me to give birth in hospital due to the fact that I am slightly on the “heavy” side ( well that is one way to say I am to fat and she doesn’t want complications, lol ). We also talked about me having backpains and problems with doing the same thing hours on end… like sewing.
And thats the biggest issue so far, she told me not to sew so much than! How on earth can she think I can stop sewing? I mean, sewing is my life besides my kid(s) and husband! I am a quiltjunky and she wants me to go in detox! lol. So I am doing less “longhour”  sewing at the moment. I sew a couple of things and then read a bit, do some household related things like washing or drying, vacuumcleaning etc. than I start sewing again. I can’t help myself, I mean, well if I can’t sew a couple of days I realy start to get all kinds of detox experiances! lol!!

Last week , on fryday , I had an appointement with an aunt of me, auntie Jo. We went to the quilt and fabric event in Rotterdam and oh my! I wish I could have bought every little thing I wanted to have but well… as I stated in one of my earlier blog entries: I didn’t winn the lottery!
What I did buy however is to be chearished for always! I bought me a biastapemaker from Clover, a couple of yards of fabric, batting to be used in potholders, a couple of differend collored variegated treath and a couple of new patterns! My aunty bought me a pattern for a sleepingbag for the baby and I had several great books in my hand, ready to buy them but realizing I had seen them more cheap at We had a great day but when I went home I realy was tired. I was thinking of attending the hobby event in Utrecht later next week but I don’t think I will manege. Every 20 minutes to an half hour I had to sit down and take a good rest before moving onwards and well, the utrecht event is much more people and less places to take a rest. so I will skip this year and hope to attend utrecht next year again.

Also last week, I did a lot of “homeshopping” at marktplaats. Marktplaats is the dutch counterpart of EBAY. and buying so much meant ofcourse getting lots of parcels! always fun to get parcels don’t you think?! My princess was all about : what is in it? who send it? is it something for princess to play? Every day of the week the TNT-van stopped at my door and brought me a package… they must know my adress by now! lol!!

Yesterday we made an appointement at the optemetrist to get our ( DH  & mine ) eyes measured, the oppointements are not earlier than somewhere in Novermber but we allready had a look for new  specticals and I think we have succeeded. We also went to a shop called Zeeman where I bought some flanel bedding stuff to be cut up and made into lining for baby sleepingbags. Today we went to Beverwijk to buy sportgoods for DH. He has an appointement right now with someone who is going to help him lose weight and get in a better fysical-condition.  Good for him! He got a couple of new sneakers and a sportsoutfit and well I hope it will encourage him to keep up and get in condition.

My girl went to school this week, she is 4 now and must attend the “kleuter”school – preschool? – She likes it but has some troubles to adjust to more kids in a group and going to school every day of the week. But so far she loves it! I think mommy has more problems with her going to school than she does herself! lololol!

I made a toiletbag last week and quilted it with the BSR and I must say it is getting better and better! As soon as I find out how to attach the zipper to the bag I’ll take a picture and show it to you all.

I’ll stop rambling now,  just wanted to update you on my “week of packages”
hugs for now


Today I saw someone’s fabric stash, all sorted by color and pattern and all I could think of was: I want that too! I want that so bad!
Since I started quilting I have been building my stash little by little but I don’t have a place to call my sanctuary, a place were I can sew and be alone with my thoughts. A place were it doesn’t matter if I walk out and close the door behind me without putting everything away. My DH prommissed me I would get the attic all to myself…. 3 years ago, lol. So far all we could manage was putting stuff AT the attic instead of clearing OUT the attic… so no fancy fabric closet for me. I have all my fabrics hidden away in crates, big bags and/or boxes….
There is no hope for the near future, Me being pregnand and having to “deliver” in feb next year, makes that the attic is a storage area at the moment.
However, I keep on sewing in the livingroom, I feel the need to create so to speak.
Last week my DD got a dollsbed for her birthday from her grandfather. My SIL gave me some fabric telling me I should create a dollsquilt to go with the bed…. Yesterday I started sewing. I made pinwheels by the dozen, lol! Now they are ready to be sewn together to create the dollsquilttop. Tomorrow is another day, I think I can finish it by tomorrow evening.
This week is a holiday week for the school going kids and since my girl is 4, she is one of those kids having a holiday now. This means she will be home all week, the last week before she will be attending school and be away from me for the most part of the day.
On the one side I feel sad, I mean, my little baby is growing into a little lady, she is 4 allready and ready to tackle the world. On the other hand, her going to school gives me more time to prepare for the babe that is coming within a couple of months and I like that too.
For the time being, I am going to enjoy this last week with her to the fullest, planning lots of things to do this week!

I am signing off, going to my basket, it is late and my babe wants some attention ( belly rubbing, already a demanding little thing!  must be a girl )