woensdag 28 januari 2015

Project bags

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A friend of mine turned 40 a few weeks ago and her sister organised a surprise High Tea. Since she is one of the friends I made through blogging about crafty things and she was completely into knitting I knew instantly I had to make her something handmade. So of I went and pulled my box with left over blocks again and yes, enough left to make two draw string bags! I made those two bags thinking to keep one for me and making one for her.

But... ones those were finished I just couldn't decide which one to give and which one to keep. She would love them both, but which one would she love best? I kept being indecisive until the very last moment and then packed both to give! I will make me another one...

My box of left over blocks is nearly empty so maybe I will make something completely new for me ;-). In the bags went some beautiful glass jars with a saying on the lid and in the jars some self made count stitchers. But oh, I forgot to take a picture.
Needless to say my friend was very happy with all the goodness and had a lovely birthday!

Scrap project 9 and 10.
Sorry, the picture is upside down and I can't get it turned... But you get the idea!

Knitting needle roll

Last October I went to visit a friend in Scotland. We did lots of fun things and oh... the country side was so beautiful with all those autumn colors! I will post some pictures of the beautiful tapestries soon!
While hiking around my friend commented that she expected me to make a quilt with autumn colors. I said I already had, you can find it here ;-). But this comment got my mind going, I had some leftover blocks from this quilt, so I could make something with those...

My friend had gone back to knitting and told me she had needles everywhere in the house and in several bags. So while heading home by plane, I got a plan! I made her a knitting needle roll with almost all the left over blocks and on Instagram she showed a picture of it being in use!

The part with the knitting fabric is the top of the inside, the picture is upside down... I made two rows of pockets with a few wider ones on one side for circular needles etc.

Since it was done completely with left over blocks and fabrics, this counts as scrappy project number 7.

vrijdag 23 januari 2015


Het afgelopen jaar is niet gemakkelijk geweest. Ik werd letterlijk stilgezet door een lichaam dat niet meer wilde. Het was moeilijk, maar het heeft me ook veel gebracht! Rust, durven loslaten van wat je denkt dat anderen van je verwachten, beter naar mijn lichaam luisteren en vooral mijn relatie met God is veel intenser geworden. Wat ik al wist, daar werd ik nog meer van doordrongen: Hij leidt mijn leven, Hij weet wat goed voor me is en als ik mij daaraan overgeef en mijn problemen aan hem geef dan komt er zoveel rust voor terug!
Dit jaar heeft me ook geholpen om te spiegelen, wat wil ik voor mijzelf, wat wil ik voor mijn gezin, wat wil ik in de kerk kunnen betekenen, wat wil ik op mijn werk, wat wil en kan ik op hobby gebied... Langzamerhand ben ik op de weg naar herstel, sinds vorige maand kan ik weer de hele dag voor de klas staan en langzaam stijgt mijn energie pijl.
Last year was a difficult one. My body commanded me to a stand still. Which was difficult at the time, but looking back it gave me a lot! I learned to take much more rest, let go of what I thought others would think of me, listen to my body much better and above all got a much intenser relationship with my Heavenly Father. What I already knew, I learned again: He leads my life, He knows what I need and when I give all to him He gives me such peace!
This year helped me look at my life, what do I want for me, for my family, for my church, my work, my hobby?... Slowly I am on the road of recovery.

Voor 2015 leek het me leuk om een woord te kiezen, dat zag ik veel mensen doen en het inspireerde mij om daarover na te denken. Het woord dat maar terug bleef komen in mijn gedachten is: Vertrouwen. Vertrouwen op Hem, vertrouwen op mijn eigen intuïtie, vertrouwen op mijn lichaam dat de energie terug komt, dat mijn inspiratie weer aangewakkerd wordt....
For 2015 I thought I would choose a word, like I saw lots of people do and this is the word that kept coming back in my thoughts: Trust. Trust in Him, trusting my own intuition as I find it is often right, trust my body for getting back into shape and getting back my energy. Trust my inspiration coming back and having lots of fun sewing hours again.

Ook voor mijn blog heeft dit hele proces consequenties... ik vind het veel gedoe om mijn verhaaltjes in het Nederlands én in het Engels te maken. Daarbij komt dat dat op mobiele apparaten nog lastiger is omdat ik de ene tekst altijd recht doe en de andere cursief, dat wil nogal eens mis gaan mobiel. Dus wil ik ook hierin een keus maken. Nu betekent het vaak dat ik dan maar niets post en dat kan toch niet de bedoeling zijn? Maar tja, wat kies je dan? Ik merk dat ik vaak mijn teksten in mijn hoofd al in het Engels schrijf, ik heb internationale vrienden die meelezen, veel Nederlanders lezen ook Engels terwijl de Engels sprekenden veelal geen Nederlands kennen... je voelt hem al... Ik ga vanaf nu mijn blogjes alleen nog in het Engels. Voor de Nederlanders die niet zo handig zijn met Engels zit er een vertaalknop rechts boven.
I have been thinking about blogging a lot lately. I love doing it but writing in two languages is too much of a hassle. It makes me not blogging at all and that is not what I want. So from now on you will only find my blogposts in English. There will be a translation button on the top right of my blog.

vrijdag 9 januari 2015


See the red squares with the triangles?
Lately you can find me a lot on Instagram... somewhere around Christmas Jennie asked if there were people around to test sew a new bag. As you might know, I love bags and this seemed a terrific size, so I emailed her and got in!
But time to go shopping I didn't have with Christmas and all, so it had to be all stash.

When I opened my cupboard those bluegreen fabrics that I kept for a special project kind of jumped out of it.
Those fabrics are from the serie "Faith"(which as being a Christian had an extra special meaning to me) from Collection for a Cause 2 or 3 years ago. I loved those fabrics so much that for the first time in my life I bought a FQ bundle.
I used the bundle for my Easy Street mystery but left the light brown out. The bluegreen I loved so much that I bought another half yard of every fabric available. I gave those bluegreens to my sister to use for a skirt for her daughter but said I wanted the remaining back and those had come back just a few month before.

I used up a lot of my light brown FQ's just for the inside of the bag!
I sorted through my stash and scraps to see what I could come up with from the same bundle. I found 1 red FQ (which I hadn't used since I found the leaves too green for the Easy Street) and exactly 2 red squares with already a brown triangle sewn on.
I found all the light browns which I hadn't used at all, some dark brown scraps and a lot of the cream.
I dumped it all in a box, search for an extra red to go with it and of I went, not knowing for sure what colours would be used except for the bluegreens...

The rest just happened on the go... matching the colours, using the right hardware etc. The patterns asked for sew in magnet closure which I didn't have. I did have some clip on magnets that go through the fabric. I wouldn't be me when I went ahead and thought to know what was the next step and so quilted the bag before realising those magnets had to be adjusted before putting back and front pocket fabric together.
So I just put them all the way through and when the bag was completely done I got my glue gun and some buttons and glued the buttons over it. When it doesn't work, when the buttons will come off too easily I will just crochet some flowers and sew them over the closure.
and the solution... a button and a glue gun ;-)
magnetic closure
I really, really love the size of the bag and the many pockets. The magnetic closure was a first for me but it really works, so I ordered some more to use...

It was a great bag to sew, the pattern is quite clear and where it wasn't, it is now, thanks to all the test sewers! I loved having a closed facebook group to be able to communicate with the other testers and asked questions and give lots of tips!
Please go and see the other bags and maybe even buy the pattern here!

  PS... my sister and I don't agree on the main colour. She keeps saying it is green while I call it blue. What do you think?