Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Diamonds are a girls best friend...



It was my birthday last saturday and my boyfriend gave me a diamond ring! OMG! He had planned a visit into town and had a clear idea of what it had to look like and he bought me the ring (or rings actually) in the picture. They look even better on my finger :-P. My birthday already had a good start on fridayevening when the whole bar started to sing 'Happy Birthday' when it was 12 o'clock and the following morning my parents came over and had prepared a breakfast. My bf and I spent the rest of the weekend on Texel, a island in the Wadden sea. I will post some pictures tomorrow but I had to show you my bling bling!! :-D

Note: Lotte has no internetacces at her home, and she asked me to edit this post. According to emails/comments she got, you're getting the wrong idea about her birthday present! Although it might be dissapointing to some (and a relief to others..): she's not engaged to be married. Her BF just wanted to give her some nice jewelry for her birthday and that's all :)

Annemiek (the girls mum)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Pictures!

Pictures! I quickly made these photo's before going to school today.. This is the cowpattern I needed the inch ruler for. I had cut everything and started putting the cows together yesterdayevening and I need a bigger worktable! Because it was advised to cut everything beforehand and pile all the pieces up to keep you from mixing up different 'cowfabrics' my whole worktable was covered with pieces of cow. I had to put the iron on the sideboard and it became a sort of organised chaos. Luckily my bf wasn't home, haha. He is working at the other end of the country this week and staying in a hotel there, but he called yesterday to tell me he is coming home today instead of friday! :-D

I also have a picture of the aboriginal fabrics I bought this weekend. Top left are the fabrics I bought, and below left are the original fabrics I got from my bf and his parents from Australia. Below on the right are fabrics which are inspired by the original fabrics and top right are just nice fabrics that go well with everything else. The fabrics I bought have very different colors than I already had which is good because I was afraid it was going to be a very red/pink and lightbrown/orange quilt. I still haven't made a decision about the design of the quilt and I think it is best to leave this project in the cupboard for a while because I have just started this cow-wallhanging!

Monday, May 04, 2009

European Quilt Championship

This weekend we went to the european quilt championship. We, Corrine, my mum and me, were really looking forward to this event because it has been a long time since we went on a 'quiltingtrip'. There were some nice quilts on display but also a lot which aren't really 'my cup of tea'. The display of the quilts wasn't so good either, they usually have every quilt on a different wooden board set up through a big hall but this time all the shops were in the middle of the hall and on the walls of the big hall were the quilts. There were also 2 or 3 quilts hanging above each other with poor lighting and sometimes we could not even read the badge if they had won a prize!! We spent all day there anyhow ;-) This exhibition is in a big hotel/conference center surrounded by woods. They have a nice terrace where we had some coffee and applepie in the sun and we had a fun day.
I bought some fabrics of course and one fabric I bought proves there was poor lighting in the hall. It has green and orange leaves on it and I thought this might go with my aboriginal quilt fabrics. When I came home I saw it has lots of golden dots! And I don't like fabrics with gold in it... :-( Luckily that wasn't the only thing I bought. I found some real aboriginal fabrics and I got one black and white and one red and white fabric I intend to use for a little cow quilt. I wanted to post a picture of those but I forgot to make one so I will put those on later.

When I wanted to start on this cowquilt yesterday I forgot that the instructions are in inches and I don't have an inch ruler! So I called my mum and while we were talking about how to fix this my dad was already trying to fit my mums inch rulers on his motorcycle and he brought them to me! Now I can make these cows! :-D

And I see I have another new follower, oh my god, Im popular, haha... I tried to take a look at her blog but I got distracted by the 'Which Jane Austen heroine are you?' quiz... of course I would like to be Elizabeth Bennet but I am apparently more like Marianne Dashwood which isn't bad either.. a fling with Willoughby and to end up with Colonel Brandon :D Look in my side bar for the link to the quiz!!

Big brown paper envelopes

It has been a while since my last post... because I was ill (all better now because of some anti-biotics) and very busy with other things of course :-) But I see I have new followers, in total 6 followers now, yaayy :-D
I shall explain what has been keeping me busy this last week which is not very quilting related Im afraid... My friend and I read an article in the newspaper last monday about a journalist who has hidden 250 brown paper envelopes in the easter weekend all over the country. In those envelopes is a number and a letter. If you find one he wants you to sent it back with an item in the envelope that has a story. He is then going to find out what that story is! I read this on monday at work and looked at the site/blog where this reporter keeps track of all the envelopes (http://www.eengrotebruineenvelop.nl/) and there is also a map of the netherlands with the places the envelopes were hidden and hint to were it is and sometimes a picture. I found out that there were still 2 envelopes in the town where I live and 3 where my friend lives... I went to dinner with my friend and he said he'd drop me off at my place after dinner but instead we drove by my house, picked up bf, I called my sister to look on the internet for me where these envelopes were exactly and we went on a search for a busstop (see picture). My sister found out that there was an envelope at a nearby service station, convinced our dad they had to drive there NOW and when they arrived she found out that there was an envelope and some guy who worked there thought it was a stupid joke or something and threw it away! Still she was more lucky than we were, we drove to both places but we never found the busstop in the picture and the other location did not have a picture only a the word "candy?" and when we arrived at the spot it was in the middle of a residential area... So, we were on a search the whole evening and whitout succes. These two envelopes are still not found according to the site but it has been almost 3 weeks since this reporter hid them, I guess they are just lost now!