Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lost in the Mail.....

I've been quite anxious regarding the whereabouts of a little parcel which should have arrived here a week ago from The Netherlands! I signed up for the Christmas Ornament Swap last month along with my swap partner, Heleen from Dutch Colours. Heleen confirmed last week that the parcel I sent her arrived safe and sound, but alas, still nothing in my post box! :o(

I had been almost certain that the little parcel was lost in the rush of Christmas post, BUT, today the post-truck came and tucked a little surprise into my post box
! Yes, it was the little lost parcel!!! I hurried indoors as fast as I could to unwrap it!

See how pretty it was wrapped?! I almost couldn't bear to open it up...almost!!

What a cute little bird decorating the package!

Look at the beautiful Christmas trees!! A gorgeous stuffed tree ornament with
a sweet card to match!!! I'm so very happy with my lovely swap gift!!!

Thanks so very much, Heleen, for the wonderful orament and card! It's been a pleasure swapping with you! Also, thanks to Clare and Robyn for organizing this fun event!

I'll sign off now with some pictures of the "snow-scape" around our house today! Nothing like a fresh layer of the sparkly white stuff (AND a squishie in the mail!!) to brighten one's day!!!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Goodies from the Mail-Lady!!

Last week, I ordered these great Cinderberry Stitches patterns from Darlene at Bee Sew Whimsical. I was surprised to see them here so quickly! Natalie Lymer is such a talented designer...her stitcheries are just so joyful to work on!
Thanks, Darlene, for your fast and professional service!

And there was also the brand new copy of Quiltmaker magazine!!! I look forward to sitting with my cup of tea this evening and checking out all of the great patterns and ideas!

Here is a completed UFO from last year...a Scandinavian Christmas Heart, which I finally finished stitching together! I don't know why I lost interest in completing this pretty heart last season, but now it will finally be adorning my tree this year!

In the spirit of Christmas and giving, I like to have some charity blocks prepped and ready to work on during the month of December. We sometimes get so caught up in all the festivities that we lose sight of the real meaning of the season. This block is for the Danish Patchwork Association's project, Puttetæpper (roughly translated to Comfort Quilts) for children dealing with eating disorders. The project's goal is to promote self-esteem and healthy eating habits among these kids. This year is the 10th anniversary of the project.

I'm also working on a block for the raffle quilt, 65 Roses, to benefit the Australian Cystic Fybrosis Foundation. Charity has no borders for me, in fact I like to think of myself as a global citizen!!!

On that note, I'll sign off with a picture from Copenhagen's Town Square! The UN Global Climate Conference just kicked off today with a fantastic turnout from all over the world!

Let's hope we can get a deal on the table for the sake of our children's future!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hooked on Crochet!!

I've been doing some crocheting these "hooked" by the great tutorials out there in blogland!! This vest is inspired by Garniture, a wonderful blog and shop in Copenhagen. Here, you can buy lots of luscious shades of yarn, as well as retro fabric, gift items and just plain neat stuff!! Anyways, I couldn't resist creating this little vest and it's now for sale in my Etsy shop! I'm making more, as well!
I can't seem to stop!!!

If you've noticed my new crochet hook, it's from Clover. Using one of these is comparable to jumping into a Porsche after driving a Beetle! (no offense to Beetles, of course!) Why haven't I discovered these great crochet hooks a long time ago??!
The rest of the sizes are on my Santa list!!! ;o)

Last but not least, here are some of my little stars and trees from the Grandmother Tutorials from Michelle of The Royal Sisters! I was put on the trail of this cool blog by Lucy from Attic 24, another colourful and inspirational crochetist! (is that a word??!!)

In the meantime, my quilting hoop and knitting needles have started growing a bit of moss, but I'll be back to rescue them shortly!!!

Have a great Saturday evening, everyone!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Few Finishes!!!

Well, it's definitely November here in Denmark! Dark, dreary and damp! This is when I especially like sitting in our cozy living room, with a cup of tea and some lit candles! Lifts the spirits and warms the soul!! Here are a little pair of socks I made with some fun yarn that creates a pattern as you knit!

And what is this, you say?! A hat, maybe??? A fun toy for the grand-kids??!!

Nope, it's a tea-cozy for "moi"! In this dismal weather, you need all the COZY you can get your hands on!! I used some wonderful Debbie Bliss yarn here, a Baby Cashmerino that's to die for!!! The pattern is by Sandra Polley, whom I was recently introduced to by Caroline from the Knot Garden!! Thank you, Caroline!

And, I also managed to put together a few of these little pin cushions made with selvedge edges from some of the new Tilda fabrics I recently purchased. I'm making some Tilda Angels, as well, and will take a few pics of them when I'm done!

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Siggies, etc.!!!!!

Look at the gorgeous siggy I received yesterday from Ineke in the Netherlands!! I must say that she brightened my day with her lovely little penguin!!! I've been a member of Annelie's International Siggie Swap for a couple of years now, but it's seldom that I swap any more, as I actually have enough siggies for several quilts!!! :o)

And here is the siggy I made in return for Ineke. I used some bright Kaffe Fassett fabric and embroidered a little design from Anni Downs' book, Simple Pleasures. A great book to get a hold of if you like really sweet embroidery!!!

Lastly, here's a pic of a pin-cushion I made a while back. I used some selvedge edges, as well as some Tilda fabric scraps that were left over from a swap project! Recycling is so much fun! It gives such a great feeling of satisfaction in creating something cute and practical from virtually nothing at all!

Cheers to everyone!
Mary Ann

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sneak Preview!!!

Today, our quilt guild began to set up its very first exhibition at the public library!
A long day of hard work, but we think that the results are stunning!
If you live in the vicinity, please drop by Holbaek and see our efforts!
If not, here are a few preview pictures

that we hope will impress!!!

Stay tuned for more pictures from our Quilt Exhibition!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This and That....

I thought I'd post a few pictures of some projects I've done over this past summer. Here is our grandson, Ari, wearing a little Icelandic-style cardigan which I knit for him. It's made from Sandnes yarn, in a lovely variety called Mini Alpakka. I'm also working on two cabled vests right now, one for Ari and one for big-brother Axel. They're being worked in a denim-coloured cool-wool Merino by Lana Grossa.
Hopefully, they'll be done for Christmas! !

Mormor loves her little sweeties!!!

I've also been hand-stitching some blocks on my second Dear Jane project, called "Kaffe Meets Jane"! It's been a colourful process and really fun, as well! I now have 27 blocks completed. There was a time when I would never have dreamt of putting all of these wonderful shades together in one quilt, but then, never say never!!

I'm also in the process of adapting a table-runner pattern from the talented Norwegian designer, AnnAka, into a door-hanging for my Mom.

Mom lives at a care-facility and during my recent visit with her, I thought it would be nice to make a quilt for her door with her name on it. Lots of the residents have difficulty finding their way back to their rooms, as all the doors look alike!
I actually have the same problem myself, when I visit with Mom!! ;o)
After I get this completed, Mom and her neighbours will know exactly who lives behind the door with the roosters on it!!
Stay tuned for the finished results!!

Well, this post was definitely
a bit of this and a bit of that!
I'll sign off with pictures
of my parents from this past
March 4th, on their 62nd
I think they're such sweet
They look so happy with
the flowers I sent them.
I chose matching bouquets
of red and white,
the national colours of both
Canada and Denmark.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In Loving Memory of My Dad

My Dad passed away peacefully on August 18th, at the age of 87. He was just so very tired and needed to rest. Surrounded by his family, I know he felt our love and our presence, both physically and spiritually. I miss him so much.
My Dad immigrated to Canada in 1951 with my Mom and my older brother and sister. A huge under-taking, he wanted a better life for his family, to start fresh in the "land of plenty". They endured many hardships, it wasn't easy to leave family and friends and create a whole new existence. He loved to tell about the time he walked twenty miles to apply for a job after arriving in Canada. He was hired, even though there wasn't really a position. The foreman thought he was very persistent and deserved a chance.
My Dad taught me so very much, things that I sometimes take for granted. He instilled in me his love of music, nature, books. He taught me to work with my hands. To create things from simple materials. To never waste anything, as we were "priviliged to live such a good life".
I can still smell the fresh-cut sawdust and apples baking over the wood-stove, as we built doll furniture together in his workshop when I was a child. Later in life, the wonderful blackberry wine that we created from fresh-picked berries, fragrant and sweet. Sockeye salmon, home-smoked, with just a hint of bay leaf. The thick, golden honey from his bee-hives.
I'll never forget these things.
And he loved his family. Especially all of the little ones that gave him so much joy. He would hold them in his arms and just stare down into their faces, in total awe of their innocence and sweetness.
I will always keep that picture in my mind.
And my Dad was a brave man.
He fought courageously with the Danish Resistance Movement during World War II. He never spoke of it until recently, but it must have left many scars, all of the horrible things he experienced, the suffering he saw. He hid those scars well.
My Dad was my hero.
He could do anything and he could fix anything.
He made me feel safe.
I'll miss you so much, Dad.
Thank you for everything.
Until we meet again.....

"Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there."

-Isla Paschal Richardson

Friday, May 29, 2009

Nordic Quilt Festival 2009

Greetings! Last weekend, several of us from
our local quilt guild, drove to Göteborg, Sweden, to experience the Nordic Quilt Festival. We had a wonderful time, viewing the fabulous exhibits, spending lots of cash at the great quilt shops (ouch!!) and just taking in the beautiful sights of Göteborg!
I also discovered a scrap-booking shop and went a little over-board!! Is it possible to have TOO many hobbies??!!!! Hmmm...I sometimes wonder!!!

Anyways!!! Here are some photos from the festival....way too many to show here, but these are some of my favorites!!!


I was also very happy to be able to meet some "blog friends", Hanne and May Britt! I found them amidst the fantastic Norwegian display of quilts and we had a nice chat together! I can assure you that they are just as delightful in person as they are on their blogs! ;o)

Another pleasant surprise, was meeting these nice ladies (below) from Iceland! I am very sorry that I have forgotten your names, but please know that I enjoyed our chat so very much! One of their guild members, Anna Margrét, is a dear friend of mine and it was nice that I could send greetings back to Iceland to her via these ladies!

The Icelandic exhibition, by the way, was just super!! Thanks for sharing!

There were also lots of "Dear Jane-inspired" quilts on display!
Of course, being a Janiac myself, I am a bit partial to them!!

Dear Jane, awesome in reds!!

This lovely quilt caught my eye at once! It's a wonderful sampler made with the centre block of the Dear Jane quilt, G8 - Indianapolis!!
I remember G8 distinctly,
as it was my first hand-pieced Jane Stickle block!

Fantastic quilt. The appliqué is just exquisite!
It was pointed out to me that May Britt is pictured somewhere in this work!
Can you see her?!

Ah, there she is!! Busy sewing, as usual!!!

I'll sign off with a few more photos from the exhibit!
Not enough room here to post as many as I'd like to, but I hope you get a good idea of the quality of these inspirational creations!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Mary Ann

PS: I'd love to be able to give credit to the artists of these quilts, so if you know who they are, please let me know!!
Thanks! Mary Ann