September 25, 2011

I have a dream

Well in real life I have lots of dreams, but thats beside the point. The one I'm thinking about was born a couple of years ago surfing around in blogland. I want to win a giveaway! The first year in blogland I just lurked around in cyberspace, sampling all kinds of things and wondering how to leave comments. Well you know, just the normal stuff you think about, if you haven't a clue about anything.
Then in April I started blogging myself and gradually got more corageous. Still I didn't join in very often and mostly forgot to check out if I had actually won anything.

Everything changed as the biggest giveaway in quilting history started at sewwequilt. I tried my luck every now and then, but...
Imagine my surprise as Mme Samm wrote to me about a win some time ago. Well, not actually my, but Tatianas. Tatiana made me a present of her win. I don't know why, but I'm really greatful. A parcel is on its way to Russia; enjoy!

A red parcel arrived at my place, full with these goodies. Who ever sends red parcels? Mme Samm depresses me. How can anyone manage everything she does? I swear she has rocket fuel in her veins. Have you seen her latest post about the ghastlies? I don't believe what I see - a ghost in the garden. Toodles, Samm and thank you for everything.

In this parcel there was a quilting book, some needles and lots of threads. Aren't they yummy? Too bad my right arm doesn't allow any stitching yet. Well, there is always tomorrow.

So, I still haven't won a giveaway, but I'm going to keep on trying. Greedy? No, obsessed! There are still 5 weeks of almost daily giveaways in case anyone wants to join in on the fun. Wantobe quilters can sign in with me and I'll be more than happy to take care of the registration.

September 17, 2011

Surprise, surprise

I saw this fun thing over at Susans and of course I had to participate. Who doesn't love a surprise parcel? This is the thing: I promise to send a surprise gift to the first three persons to comment on my post. This gift will be made with my own two hands and sent sometime within the next year. Yes, that should cover even for my tardiness. If course there are some rules in this game. Here it goes:


1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.

I don't know if three people will even get around to commenting on this, but I will say that if you find this post 6 months from now and only 2 people have bothered to comment, you can still be commenter #3 and get a random goodie from me! When you comment, I'll email you and get your address and then you should get something from me sometime before next October. Woo! I've made the first gift already and am spinning some ideas around for the next one. I'm sure you are going to like it!

Just did some copy and paste from Susans blog; hope she doesn't mind!

The postman just came along with a parcel for me. There was a new gadget for me inside as well as a surprise nail file in quilt look. Rather cute, isn't it?

I saw this light first at the Sewwequilt blog and tried to win, but alas...
Well I did win last week, or sort of. Tatiana won and gave it away to me instead. That was really sweet of her and I'm eternally greatful. Now I'm impatiently waiting for the parcel to come from Canada. In the meantime I'm trying to win myself, but so far - nada.

September 16, 2011

Some essentials for my wellbeing

About a month ago I went to Berlin to visit my eldest daughter, Beauty. I booked the flight for a Thursday afternoon, about one hour after work as starters for my holidays. No slouching around for me, no sir! I jumped around at work trying to finish everything before my departure and had to rush to the airport. Princess waited for me with the car to deliver me on time. With adrenalin still pumping around my systems instead of blood I arrived at the airport and took the first relaxing sniffs of holiday air. I just love airports, anywhere around the world. They calm me down and inspire me at the same time. Nothing bad ever happens in an airport, well almost never. (I'll tell you about the adventures sometime later.)

As I looked for my flight it didn't show up and I was somewhat confused, but still full of confidence. A small chat at the information desk revealed that the flight was on time; but it started in Berlin going to where I was! Another chat revealed that the aircompany would be happy to sell me some tickets on the next flight to Berlin, but for the small price of 360 Euros! Well I told them to keep their tickets and transport air instead of me, if they felt this way.
Princess redirected the car and picked me up again and helped me to organize some form of transportation. The solution was a nice man driving to Berlin a couple of hours later.
I don't know what its called in English, but in German they call it Mitfahrgelegenheit. You can see online if someone is driving somewhere and you pay a part of the gas in exchange for the ride. It was a first for me and I haven't anything to complain about. My driver drove me safely to the Central station and was afraid to leave me there alone (Beauty was a minute late).Cute!

Of course it rained most of the time, but I have at least two pictures from the city.

This is a picture of Sonycenter in the evening; the colours change every minute. I had some thoughts to try to make something like Beecees summer challenge, but I'm not accomplished enought for that.
This is what Sonycenter looks like during daytime.

Beauty and I had a marvelous time during my stay and we went shopping for some of lifes essentials, like these ones:

It is a mugrug. Well really more like a mugcoaster. I just love it and its going everywhere with my cup of tea. For me there is no other mugrug on this planet worth the name mugrug!

Then I discovered these bookmarkers. Issabella the cat promised to make a whodunit quilt, so I have to get into the mood, haven't I?

A new belt was next on my shopping list. It turned out a bit different than planned. Planned was black leather. But this is just the thing for a frequent flyer with selfesteem; don't you agree?

Last but not least these beauties found their way into my bag. It is crewel wool, 40 skeins. I don't know when I will be able to sew again; my right arm is still making me say some foul things. But I will be prepared if a miracle should happen and I find the time to do some sewing. My arm can go and...

September 10, 2011

Need some help

At the moment I'm slogging away on three UFOs, only the outer borders, quilting (no small thing for me) and binding missing. I'll show you the pictures of the finished products ASAP.

In the meantime I'm pondering upon another UFO, made of the leftovers of a bigger project (also a UFO but I'm repeating the obvious, am I not?). I can't make up my mind what to do with this one.

There are 42 nine-patch blocks, all of them different. Should I put in some sashing, or put them on point, perhaps throw in some background blocks...
What do you think?
I've still got some leftovers, so I could make it bigger.

The lines I used from Hoffman batics are not available anylonger, so I have to get something like the fabrics I used, but should I choose greens, or purple, dark or light...

For the time being, I'm just keeping the blocks on the floor and hope for some inspiration to hit me.

September 4, 2011

Finally shorts

For the information of Non-Centraleuropeans this summer lasted about 8 hours and wasn't making it to the top 10 of great summers. It was just rain, rain and rain again, the only thing topping the rain was the cold. Believe me, we had lots of both!

Of course the sun is always shining in my home country (at least in my mind) and I was somewhat surprised to see that it actually did. It was such a surprise to see that big yellow thing in the sky. For ever the optimist I had packed some shorts for the trips and was more than happy to wear them for the first time this year.

Three weeks ago I went to Helsinki to help out with the preparations for the wedding of the daughter of my schooldays friend ­Åsa. She is just a marvel at organizing big parties and does everything herself, down to the wedding dress. The bride prepared the leather for her weddingdress herself. It was a big wedding with some 130 invited guests so there was more than enough to do.

Luckily we had some breathing space during the preparations. Meet Åsas granddaughter Elsa picking blueberries in the woods. (This waistline just cries for some serious Photoshopping!)

There were lots of mushrooms. (Irene, perhaps you should consider a small trip to a neighbouring country)

The happy couple and their weddingcake.

Elsa speeding around in the church during the ceremony.

These two joined me for five days and we did some tourist things.

We went to Borgå, a small town east of Helsinki. My daughter and I were interested in the shops,

but her boyfriend wanted to see some places.

In the church we saw the family chrest (the unicorn) of the Ramsays of Dalhousie (our familys far away ancestors)

Back in Helsinki again. This is the Temppeliaukio church, a church built into a rock. It has a beautiful copper roof and marvelous accoustics. If you care to Google there are lots of better pictures.

This is photo is taken in a park in the middle of Helsinki. It looks like the photo is taken somewhere in nowhere, but believe me, there is a lot of city just around the corner. The Finlandia hall is just some 20 meters away from this place.

We also went to Ekenäs, a small town west of Helsinki. This picture is taken in the evening. The house in the background is called Knipan. It is a restaurent built on the water. It was built during the prohibition time while it was forbidden to serve alcohol on Finish ground.

And we went to Dagmarkällan with my brother.

It is a very clean spring named after the Danish princess Dagmar. She often went there after her marriage to Alexander the Third of Russia. She even had a stone table and chair made and brought here. The spring is frequently used by sailingboats for a fresh load of water. It tastes very good and fresh!

It is a beautiful place, fit for an emperess.

Romantic as well.

You can do some fun things here. I tried also to walk along the stem, but left the camera on shore. It was rather difficult to change directions on the stem and walk back again, but we all managed just fine.

Now I'm back in Germany since 10 days, trying to get used to being all alone at home. Princess is starting a new life some 500 km away from home.

All the best to you, my love!