Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year !!!

A belated Merry Christmas to all and wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. We're almost ready to leave to our Aunt's house to spend New Years Eve together there.

It's ages ago since I last blogged. But things were pretty busy here and not everything was nice. Let's hope the upcoming year will be less stressful and sad. My husband and I decided that we will take a huge step back from what we were doing and concentrate more on us and our well being. We will taking up our hiking and will go more often away. We love to do short trips for hiking and abandoned that way too long. Time to take it up again....time to bring happiness back into our life. I still feel quite down, but things will be better. It can only go up from here.

Let's talk about nicer things....Christmas Day was a success. We had a group of 20 here and it was much fun. Thank god it wasn't as hot that day, which made it even more enjoyable. I uploaded a bunch of pictures to my webshots album and whoever wants to have a look in my house and under my pergola....just  click here

And may I proudly present my self made place mats and napkins , which I made because I SLIGHTLY miscalculated the time this would take. On the bright learned quite a lot.

I also did some stitching, although it wasn't that much. 

Little House Needleworks "Snowflakes" stitched with the recommended fibers on 32ct linen in the color natural. No clue what linen. It's not Belfast though.  I had ordered BELFAST ages ago ...and put it to my stash after arrival. The plastic bag said Belfast and I didn't doubt it. I have no clue what linen it is, but it is NOT Belfast. Which is kinda annoying because I like to work on soft fabrics and this one is not soft at all.

The Prairie Schooler
Taken from "Winter Wind"
Stitched on 28ct Jobalan - self dyed

Oh...that reminds me. I had a go at dyeing too. Which was easier then I thought it would be. First try was coffee dyed, and was't too bad but somehow I thought I would like to try out other hand painting...and hand dyeing with "real" dye. I liked that too. One of the pieces turned out a bit "Halloweenisch" while I'm not really a fan of anything For the rest I'm quite happy with it.