Dec 29, 2009

Farewell 2009

I'll be taking the rest of the year “off”, but first I'd like to thank you’ll for dropping by, for your interest and attention and your lovely, warm and kind comments.
It's been a pleasure to be able to share my creative thoughts with you all.
I'm looking forward to a New Year full of creative pursuits to share.
Until then, I wish you much love, health and happiness.

Farewell 2009!

See you in 2010!

Dec 17, 2009

Bring out the sled

It snowed today!

grandma moses
painting by Grandma Moses 1960

Outside my window the snow coated everything white.

Inside it's cozy and warm
It's time for some hot chocolate.
Enjoy your evening too!

Dec 15, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

 Things are a little busy here at dutch blue's place. But never the less..we still decided
last Saterday to get out the Christmas decorations and give the house a Christmas makeover.
First the tree...and as you can see...i love color!!

Kerst 2009
A very sweet angel ornament

Cute familie wearing red hats

Red felt heart

Santa claus and his (wife?)

I believe December is the most busy month of the year. But it is also by far the most cosiest.
I love to lit the candles in the evening and the smell of the Christmas tree.
I love to do some handsewing projects while listening to Christmas music.
The red/ orange quilt is done.
 I used a charmpack "recess" from moda for the nine triangles blocks.

red/ orange mini quilt.
On my quilt hoop now....Dutch folklore.

Dutch folklore
Happy stitching
Enjoy your day!

Dec 8, 2009

Trees, coasters and a before and after

I think its a bit early yet but I've got a tree waiting outside...
Maybe (if I can wait that long) I put it up next weekend.

Christmas tree

This little tree is already decorated...


This one too..
 a tree from Hema(and snowman)......

Hema ornaments

Look what came in the mail! Aren't these coasters lovely!
It was a giveaway I won, held by Heidi from " all my scattering moments "
Thank you so much Heidi!

coasters made by Heidi

And to end this post,
remember the before....


Here is the after...


And notice.. the laundry is all done!

Dec 6, 2009

Sunday inspiration

Here are - cute- sweet- gorgeous-  ornaments I found on Flickr.
Click on the links below to go check them out.


1. ornament swap, 2. ornament inspired by matte stephens charlie bird prints, 3. Christmas ornaments, 4. felt bird ornament, 5. ornament, 6. House ornaments, 7. Ornament swap, 8. small scented house ornaments, 9. Robin_ornament, 10. bird wreath ornament, 11. Knitted Elf Shoe Ornament, 12. Tree Ornament 2, 13. Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial and Pattern, 14. étoile patch, 15. christmas ornament swap, 16. Felt bunny ornament

I'm trying to make an ornament myself by using an old Christmas card, cotton and a crochet hook.

crochet around an old Christmas card
Outside it's cold and wet. 
So, I better stay in and try some more of this ornament making!
 Update on the "knitted star tutorial";
Barbara made a perfect translation of the pattern in German language.
You can find these German instructions by clicking on the link in the sidebar.
Thank you Barbara for your kindness!

Dec 3, 2009

cross this one off of my list.....

Hip Hip Hooray! Not only do we celebrate DD birthday today.
I also have my Christmas quilt finished in time...!!
I gave myself a little pat on the shoulder (thought I deserved one).


It seems I can't get the whole quilt sharp on a picture.
The daylight is terrible today for taking pictures.
And I don't use flashlights. So, this is the best I can bring you today!

Christmas quilt

I quilted large stitches in straight lines. The binding is done by folding the back fabric
 to the front of the quilt and sew with the machine.

center checker back
Just finished in time to enter the contest!

Dec 2, 2009

this and that

Is it really December already?? I can't believe how fast this year has flown by. This is also the last page of my 'Lot van den Akker' calender. Next year I'll come with a new calender and new pages.


I had a small leftover block from the red and white quilt and turned it into a pincushion.
I think by now I have more pincushions than pins!
Notice the two vintage fabrics, aren't they lovely?

pincushion and vintage fabric

A few weeks back I told you about a small renovation going on here.
Well, the plaster and ceiling are done.
Now all we have to do is paint the walls and do the floor.
(And do the laundry!! )  To be continued ...

we're getting there

And before I go ending this post I happily put some flowers on the table.
Specially for you,  hope you love roses!


Thanks for all the nice feedback about my angel pattern.

Nov 30, 2009

angel pattern

So, I finished the angel pattern. Here it is.
Feel free to print the pattern and instructions
if you like to make one yourself.

angel pattern

angels angels

UPDATE: If you have trouble with downloading or printing the pattern please send me an email.
I will send you the pdf file in return.
Pattern Angel

ps: If you have any questions please let me know.

Nov 27, 2009

drinking tea

Enjoy your weekend!


See you again on Monday.

Nov 25, 2009

not an exciting post

There's nothing exciting going on here. I'm still making stitches on the Christmas quilt.
Almost ready for the binding and then it's done, yes!!


Today it's grey and dark outside. Not the perfect light to make pictures.
And to leave this post not completly whitout photo's,

I thought I would show you some that were already on my camera.
These are small cross stitch motives made by my mother in law.
I have them hanging in a frame.
Heleen used these motives for making ornaments.
Oke, not exactly the same but they look alike!

3. 4.
7. 5.
2. 6.

I love old cross stitch motives.
Here are more gorgeous pictures (found on flickr) where I didn't have to use my camera for.
In this mosaic are beautiful projects made by other talented people.
See the links to go and check them out.

flickr inspiration

1. p i n c u s h i o n, 2. Leaves and berries papercutting (40cm x 55cm), 3. Crocheted hearts blanket, 4. Bottle Cap Pincushion #317, 5. Colorful Crafting with Jen: SnoBuddy Family from Knitting at KNoon, 6. mary jane stockings, 7. first quilted cushion, 8. petit cross stitch, 9. Detail, 10. Bracelet, 11. Buck, 12. Christmas Fairy Bunny brooch, 13. HOUSE BAG FOR A SWAP, 14. Embroidery details, 15. Itty-bitty quilt, 16. Button for the "o"

To end this post here's a photo from a project I'm working on with  my own two hands.

folklore nine patch

Not the best picture, but as I told you it's grey and dark outside!

Nov 22, 2009

Sunday inspiration

I went shopping yesterday and brought the new Marie Claire idees back home.
This issue is really, and I mean really beautiful.
It's packed full with the most wonderful inspirational idees.

Marie Claire idees

I've taken some pictures to show, so you can see for yourself.

paper angel

I love the paper made ornaments.
They look so simple and yet so very pretty.

paper christmas trees

Cute deer ornament.


And don't you just adore this sweet crochet pink teacozy!!

crochet teacozy

There's so much more. I better hide this magazine from 'moi'
 before I start making more and more ufo's! I'am the queen of ufo's, you know!

I start machine quilting the Christmas quilt. And as you probably see it looks terrible.
So I removed all the stitches and decided to hand quilt.

Christmas logcabin

But I make large stitches with a large needle so that works real fast!
This way I hope to be on time for the contest.

Christmas logcabin
ps. If you like 'speculaas' go over to my sisters blog. she is holding a yummie giveaway!