covered with lots of love,
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Hope to see you all again in the New Year!
Did you all have a good Christmas? Mine was good and I got spoiled with lots of great presents. Among my presents was the magazine '101 woonideeen' but I already got that one. So one of these can belong to you! I'm adding the magazine in a little, last-minute-2010, give away. A small package with a surprise give away. Okay, you will know the magazine is in it but the rest will be a surprise! If you wanna make a chance, leave a reaction before Sunday 2 January 2011.
And here is a green one. Really an amazing ring. I love it!
Pimp up your vase! I found this one in the thriftstore. I love the structure/shape at the top, made some (fake pearl) bead strings and added it in the lower parts of the vase. It makes it 'classy'.
Here, now, today, this Monday morning 20 Decembre I promiss to be a better blogger in the New Year! It had been some busy weeks here and blogging was the last item on the daily lists. But that will change in the New Year. Then you will be top priority!
But for now.. As you know I'm setting up a label/company and although I planned to have my online shop working in January, that won't be happening. No problem, I calculated delays. What is a bummer, is that I have three collections in the label. One is based on items made from 100% wool blankets and 100% wool sweaters. Different sized blankets, cushions, phonecovers, more and more but also mittens. And the time for mittens is NOW!!!!
And there is this other thing. For those outside Holland (or Belgium, Sweden, Switserland, Kenia) let me explain. Here in Holland (and these other countries) we have Serious Request. That means that 3 DJ's from a radiostation (here it's 3fm) lock themselves up in a glass house, for seven days, without food. You can request a song but only for money. And the collected money is always going to a Red Cross project. This year it will go to a project to help Aids orphans.
It's a big thing here. Everybody figures out a way to collect money and for the last years we raised millions euros. I love this action!!! For me, this is Christmas. There is a hugh solidarity between everybody.
What do I do? Well, I don't send Christmas cards anymore and donate that money instead. Last year I sold some sets crocheted Christmas stars through the blog and donated an extra 50 euro. For this year, I will sell two pairs of mittens from the new collection. They are a size small-medium. For 90% it´s made with natural, recycled materials (100% wool). Only the lining is new and synthetic (fake fur).
They cost 34,50 euro and I'll will give halve of the money to Serious Request (on both pairs). So not only will you get smashing, original mitts (or a funky, original present for someone, for Christmas), you'll support Aids orphans. And that's what Christmas is all about, isn't it? Be there for eachother..
(NOTICE: The set of green mittens is sold.)
Still no time to work on, and finish the tutorial for the Christmas decoration... Really, I'm wondering if I find the time to work on it before Christmas is over!! It's busy here and I have some other jobs and things I must do first.
And between all that, I received a lot of gifts!! So big smiles and happiness! Tuesday I received a great gift from the lovely Ingedien, from 100% Heppie. A beautiful handmade, felt case with a needle felted tomtit bird on it. I can use it for my keys but I will definitily use it to store all my little boxes of sewing machine needles in. It's perfect for it! It was beautiful, beautiful wrapped with a personal card. Thanks so much, I love it, 100% Heppie!
Mmmhh, and the first picture? That's a mug I found in the thriftstore, last Monday. There is an apple tree on it which has apple hearts growing, and the line 'my heart grows and grows'.
And mine really does, after receiving so much sweetness! Thanks again Ingedien and Inge!
Hope you all had a great weekend?! Mine was fine. Had some friends over for dinner, went to visit some friends, did some sewing and all together was just fine.
Here is yet another Winterly present for under the Christmas tree or just spoil yourself! It's a bright, colorful, stiped acryl/wool crocheted scarf (29,50 euro). Mail me for more info or details.
I hope to find some time tonight to finish up a crochet pattern to make a nice Christmas decoration. Will be sharing it with you!! Hope tomorrow or Wednesday! (time, time, time.. I'm wishing more of that, for Christmas)
Some of you had some questions about how I made the embroidered card (two posts back), so here's a little explanation. Take a double card and fold it open. Sketch the word or the drawing you want on the card with a pencil. Take a large (a thick) pointed needle, lay the card on a prick cushion and prick little holes, every 8 mm. In corners and roundings, make the distance between the holes shorter (otherwise you get sharp corners). Then just embroider, using the lockstitch, the holes, glue (make sure you use paperglue, and the glue doesn't come through the paper) the double card together so the back of your embroidery is between the papers, and tadaa!
And about etsy!! I love the concept, I love to be there and get inspired by so much good stuf! But to have a little shop there is not MY thing. That has all to do with me!!! For me it's too chaotic there, too much work to get a good store there, too little options to do promotion but then again. That's for me!! Because I have such a brain and certain demands. So please open a etsy store. It only costs you a few dollar to open one and you can always close it, if you're not happy. But try for yourself!
Will be adding more presents this week! And I'm working on a Christmas/Winter crochet pattern for you. Hope to post that this week too!