Dec 5, 2007


Yesterday a day before 5 December we celebrate Sinterklaas feast at our home.
Because all the children (and adolts) don’t believe in the Sint anymore we make “suprices” (pronounce as "sir-preeze-us"). A surprise is a gift consealed in something made by the giver. This can be a gag or something beautiful made. And the giver write a poem to go with the gift. A lot of those poems are teasing ones! We had so much fun!
The surprise I've got was made by my 11 year old niece (Heleens daughter). She once heard Heleen and me talking about a dream we both got, opening a store where we can sell all of our selfmade and vintage products. So she made me a "Dutch Blue" store. Isn't that SWEET!

Do you see my teacozy and my quilts?

behind the counter
And that's me behind the counter!

Another suprise I found this morning on the doormat. The most beautiful and cutest owl I've ever seen! It is mady by Amy from Lucykate crafts. And I was so lucky to won this cute owl at her blog giveaway.

finally to end this suprise post, a basket found at my mothers place. The basket conseals all the pre-cut fabrics for a complete sampler quilt. My mother did the preparations for this quilt years ago but she isn't going to finish it of anymore.

I could'n help myself, I had to start sewing a block! I didn't have anything else to do (lol)!!

sampler block
I love the colors and fabrics, mom you have a great taste! Maybe I do a block a month or so to get this beauty finished!


Steph said...

What a fun holiday tradition. The Dutch Blue store is darling. =) Looks like your niece has inherited the crafting gene - there's so much detail in her project.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a fantastic present from your niece - she clearly knows what makes her aunt happy! Lucy x

deb said...

Your mum has the best taste! (How old is she??) I would be so lucky just to find such a fine basket at mum's house let alone a quilt. I don't get quilting genes from my family!! Please post all your progress, it is going to be stunning :)

Linda said...

What lovely surprises. I love the shop your neice made for you, and those quilt blocks, oh and the owl. Sounds like you're having a fun week.

Yummers! said...

Happy Sinterklaas Eve to you!! It's like our St. Nick's night which is tonight.

The Dutch Blue shop is adorable... what a precious thought from your neice. Creativity must run in the family.

Wouldn't that be a fun project to have those interested to design their own paper store??

meggie said...

How lovely of your neice to make your little shop!
Very cute owl! Lucky you.
Love the fabrics in your mother's quilt.

de vliegende koe said...

That’s some sweet surprise you received. I always loved to make surprises. So much fun. Unfortunately I’m the only one in my family who loves to celebrate Sinterklaas that way.

May Britt said...

You found a treasure basket at your moms :) My mother did also sew a lot, but now she got alzheimers and do not know how to do it more. And I got a lot of her quilts and all her fabrics.

Gina said...

What a lovely present from your niece. She must have worked really hard to get it looking so perfect.

I love the colours of your mum's quilt, nice and fresh.

love and hugs xx

Sheri said...

The little store is so cute and I love your mothers quilt the colors are lovely.

Judy said...

Your niece is just as talented as her mother and aunt.
Oh to make a quilt like that.

het lieveheersbeestje said...

Geweldig! Ik kan zien(lezen) dat je een geweldige sinterklaasavond hebt gehad. En je bent niet de enige die zo handig en crea is, je nichtje heeft een supermooie surprise gemaakt, mijn complimenten!!

deb said...

Hi Corry, I had a horrible morning at work so I walked in the warm spring sunshine down to the letterbox for a break. There was a parcel FROM YOU! I am so happy. Thanks so much. I feel like I had a hug from you when I needed it. Thank you thank you thank you.
Hugs deb xxx

Euphoria said...

I love your suprice!!! Adorable owl too!

monique said...

Wat een ontzettend leuke suprise heeft je nichtje gemaakt.En wat een leuke mand zo vol met leuke lapjes.
Fijn weekend.

atet said...

What a wonderful tradition to have! And those blocks from your mother? Just beautiful!

Mary said...

Lovely presents lucky you

Dees said...

jeetje wat een leuke blog heb jij!!Ik ben blij dat ik je heb gevonden.
fijn weekend!
xoxo Dees

Guðrún said...

Wow what a beautiful shop you have got there your niece is very talented, the quilts are so cute on the walls.

Feather on a Wire said...

That little shop is so very sweet. Did you cry?

Pina said...

ciao!congratulation for your lovely blog!