Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy New Year....

But first I have to show you all my Christmas presents!!!! :)
...so it will be a lot of photos in this post... so I made collages ... less photos as otherwise I would have to make several blog posts...

On Christmas Eve´s morning my son and DH went to the "bath house" to have a Christmas swim so I had two hours to myself...and then I could not hold out longer ... needed to open my packages!!!
And that was good...I knew I was going to cry...and so I did ... a lot!!!
So I was glad I didn´t bring them to Lars sister... :)
First out is the packages from
Colleen...
...a lovely lovely stocking for the tree...and some wool and a kitchen towel and a cute little kitty...and a magazine that I received in the package...but not was wrapped!!
Thankyou!! :L

Second from Linda...
oh...my look at this lovely quilt... and she has a quilt too... ;)
and the colours ... lovely!!
Thankyou!! :L

The third package from Marica...
actually held two packages... angel napkins and a cute little Elf in a swing... and a wonderful felted red wool heart...
Thankyou!! :L

Sigh... tears are rolling down my cheeks...but happy tears of course..and I am so glad I can have this moment by myself and open in piece and quiet... and feel the love you have sent with all these gifts... :)
Fourth came from Louise...
seven packages was opened by me...
A lot of new Tilda fabrics... ME soaps...they are so cute...will never open them... :)
and a lovely pink little quilt and I just love this Quilt sign
"To Quilt, Or Not To Quilt...what a silly question!!"
How good isn´t that!!
Thankyou!! :L

And in this collage the two first ones is from May Britt...
and the two at the bottom from Laura...
...the cutest little bird for the tree...love it and the handpainted Santa is so lovely!!
Thankyou both of you!!!! :L

I have sent some packages...but still aint finished with some and they will come a little later...

Made five different little pillows out of Lynette Andersons pattern
"A trio of greetings"
you can see two of them here and here...
...the pink one I gave to my friend Louise (strange colour on this picture...but it´s pink..:)
and this one I gave to my friend Åsa...

And this my friends is from my swap partner Lyn...
deadline in March ...but oh no she surprised me and had it finished to Christmas!!!
and pheeww...
I was so overwhelmed by all the lovely things in this one...
First of all ...this is a very clever way to wrap ( Judie Rothermel fabric) the gifts...opened it very slowly so I could remember...hope I will when its time to wrap something for someone... :)
...she made me a Pioneer Penny... love it so so so much... and a quilt that matches her...
and look at the fantastic label...will never ever forget by whom how senile I ever become..
And a cup filled with leftover fabrics from the quilt and Penny and a beautiful cup and saucer fabric..and a sweet little angel...
And a gorgeous Angel sign...
(poor Lyn spent a week wages on this one....but I´m happy... :)
Thankyou Lyn!!! :L

This was just Christmas morning...:)
got some more Christmas presents...from Åsa...but that will have to wait until after the new year...

Tomorrow I´m going to my parents and will spend New Years Eve with them and my children...
(made my girls presents ready last night...wohooo... :)

And when I come back I will probably be without the internet ...dont know for how long...we are changing Internet provider...and so far everything has gone wrong...so we will see when I´m back online... :(
Hope it wont be for so long...because I will miss you!!!

At last want to wish you all a very
Happy New Year...
when I started blogging for just a year ago...never in my wildest dreams I could imagine this...
to find so many wonderful friends out in the world!!
Hope next year will be filled with a lot of Love and Friendship!!
(and a lot of sewing... :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The day before Christmas Eve...

...and everything had calmed down a bit...I realised that I dont have enough time to finish the last gifts... they have to be finished later on...

Viktor has gone to bed with longing for tomorrow...
Christmas Eve...

And he hopes that he have been as nice as his Mother... since she have received so many packages...oh he have counted them already...
and have already asked if he can open mine too... :)
We will see about that...hmmm...

The Elf´s might have left him a little package to open in the morning... ;)

On the last post I promised to show you some pictures of Louise´s Christmas quilts...
(she mailed me pictures today)
and today I made a little collage for you to see her wonderful quilts...
the new ones for this year is Merry Merry Christmas and the Packages (It´s a Wrap)...
Wish they were mine... :)

With this I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas or as we say in Sweden
GOD JUL!!!
Hope you will have the best Christmas ever... :)
And do you know what.....
it´s Christmas Eve tomorrow...
and I can open up my packages... ;)

Monday, December 22, 2008

So many packages... :)

Busy days... and I cant keep up with my blogging... :)

The fourth Sunday came and I opened my last package from May Britt...
had one more wonderful morning with my candles and package and this time...
she had prepared a little "nisse" for me to stitch... isn´t he cute!!
I want to thank you May Britt from all of my heart for thinking of me and introduce me to this wonderful idea with the Advent Calender!!
Thankyou again May Britt!!

And packages ...packages... :) is coming from far and near...
and I who thought that there wasn´t going to be packages for me to open...
Friday last week this came from Colleen...
one for the stocking and one for the tree and a not wrapped lovely magazine for me to read...
and oh there were a lot of lovely ideas in it for next year...hope I will remember it then... ;)
and a little chocolate Santa that I gave to Viktor...
Thankyou so much Colleen... :L

And todays mailbox was so full of packages...
...this one is from Marica.... and it came like this ...must be really fun to be mailman and deliver so beautiful packages ...
Have not opened it... went under the tree...
Thankyou Thankyou Marica :L

And I said it was full ... cause all these came from Louise!!!
Oh my gosh!!! Seven little packages...some went in the stocking and some under the tree...

I need a larger stocking...;)
...and she also included a pattern with more packages!!! :)
Louise have made this quilt earlier and ...hmmm... think I have a picture of it somewhere...
have to show you some of her Christmas quilts dont I???
So Louise send me more pictures...!!! :)
Thankyou so much Louise... :L

And there is more too... I got an receipt that I have a parcel to pick up at the postoffice... :)
Might be from my swappartner in Australia...
We will see tomorrow...

Thankyou you all ...my sweet friends...
I love you so much!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

No peeking...I promise... :)

Timed the mailman exactly today...checked mail when he came in his yellow car...
and guess what he said... -You sure have Little Christmas Eve today!!
And oh my he was right... :)

First I want to say I have been trying to have a deal with Kris at Tag Along Teddies that from now on... No peeking...not making any holes bigger than they were...and so on... and thats a promise...
So Kris.... are you up to it or did you faint!! Guess you already have peeked!! ;)

Ok back to my mail... :o

In November Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts had a giveaway with a little kit for a lovely plaid Scrappy Star quilt...and I missed out on that one ...but you know I loved this one..and have followed Kathies little kits at their new owners... and all the newborn quilts from her little kits...
and today this arrived... :)
(and this one was not wrapped...so it doesn´t count ;)
...a kit to make my own... :)
Do you think I´m happy !!!
This little beauty will be perfect for me to try out some sewing ...
I´m so grateful for this Kathie....
Thankyou Kathie.... :L

And this one actually came yesterday...
maybe he remembered that ...my mailman... :)
Exciting...something to make for christmas...a challenge... :)
a stitchery....
...and a little kit... and from who....
from my sweet friend in Norway...the one and only ... May Britt...

So now I need to finish up some presents...and start this one...
hhhmmmm...what to make...
And she added a little something too... and look...
down in the stocking from Libby...
Quick ...quick... :)
(before I change my mind...)
Thankyou May Britt!! :L
And this came today too.... from Laura in Italy...my Pif receiver this summer... a total surprise...but I was so strong...even if I can see some through the paper... :)
in the stocking it went...
Thankyou Laura... :L
Ahhhh... it feels so good... but ohh... Im not this strong...
Wait it is more....!!
This package came too...with a little note on top of the envelope!!
WAIT TILL CHRISTMAS!!
What.... me not wait... Linda what do you think of me...lol...
...and this package came a little bit torn in one side... ;)... Hmmmm....
handed this one quickly over to my daughter...and told her to check if it was wrapped inside...
and so it was...so I took it out...just to touch a little... ;) No...not at all...to put it in the stocking...
...but it was too big so I laid it in the tree...so I can check it out... no I mean so Linda (my daughter) can keep an eye of it... ;)
She promised to pour tabasco in my tea if I go near that package...
By golly...that was a horrible thing...so I guess the package is safe!!
She knows I love my tea!!
Thankyou Linda for thinking of me.... :L
Oh...there were a lot of Linda´s here...am I confusing you a bit..lol...

Have I been good or what... I mean no peeking...I am trying really hard here...so give me a break!! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gifts...from me and friends

Yesterday I got a little package from Hanne in Norway...
with a beautiful Vintage transfer picture ... :) and a pre drawn quiltlabel...
with lovely sheeps on it.
Thankyou Hanne!!! :L
Ohhh...what to do with this transfer...mmm.. have to come up with something... :)
In my little house there is a lot of Christmas sewing going on...and I´m soooo LATE with everything...this finger has really made me come after more than ever... ok... use to be late with a lot of things...anyone else... ;) but this ...hah...
But have managed to get something done...hurray to me...
Have been mailing some presents ...and this one I mailed last Wednesday and it arrived Saturday at Colleen´s doorstep...was that fast or what!!!
And she couldn´t save it for Christmas...
she opened it... ( just like me... ;)
Ok I didn´t tell her to save it...
And this little Angel I sent to Libby ...she and I had a swap...and she made me a wonderful stocking... my first... :) and I received a lot of other lovely goodies...look here...
This is the tiniest I ever have sewn...one over one thread on 32 count linen...
glad I had new glasses.. :)
Oh this I haven´t told you...
My new glasses have broken!!!!
They sure did... believe me they have troubled me from day one...with not sitting on my nose...they were going to correct them...broke one of the ear-pieces of the glasses...
changed front ... still not good and one day when I was cleaning them ...one of the little one´s...we call them saddles...broke!!! Do you think I looked stupid or what!!
Had such a long face...and all I could do was laugh... :)
So I went back with an angry face..(not) ...was laughing all the time...when I told them my little story... and they laughed too... thanks for that ... they really must have thougth that this lady was very violent... ;)
Anyway...hope I will get my NEW glasses this week!!

Cause now I´m back with my old ones...and when stitching on my christmas presents...oh yes I am... :) I don´t see a thing with them...so they are on top of the head instead... :)

And another swap I have had was with Jo in Tas...I now know my package has arrived at her place.. but she sure in stong and will save it for Christmas... :)
which I couldn´t... ;)

Third Advent last Sunday...
...and it was time to open my little parcel from May Britt... lit my candles...made my tea and had a wonderful morning...
This time the package held thread... :)
Thankyou May Britt...
Feel almost sad...just one package left... :(
Wow...Christmas is soon here... where have time flewn...
better get back to some stitching here... Sorry no pictures yet... maybe I will show some peeks...but not sure yet... I know at least .... of them is looking at my blog... ;)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A christmas present...much snow...and Lucia!!

On Friday I got mail from the Southpole...(almost)...from Jo in Tas...
she and I have had a christmas swap with each other...The mailing from Tasmania was so much faster then from Sweden... hope she will have hers next week...

Oh back to my things... and even Viktor had a little present... guess if he was happy ...a christmas straw with Santa... he tried it out at once... with tea...:) worked perfect!!

And some nice chocolate for us to try...perfect today...remember candy day for us on Saturdays!!
And she even put in a map of Tasmania for me...for coming travel plans...think I have to win a lottery first...and after that I´ll come!!
I had plans to try and save this one for Christmas Eve...but I hope you can see..It was a little peek hole in the package... and I don´t know how it happened...the hole become larger and larger... :) and Oooppsss!!!
...suddenly it was open...
... a lovely bag made from one of Annies new patterns...this is the front...
in a gorgeous red and beige fabric...
And a Christmas Bauble also made from one of Anni´s patterns...
and this is the back....
Thankyou so much Jo for my fantastic gifts... :L

Let it snow...let it snow...
Simone you shouldn´t have made that little wallhanging for me... ;)
when will it stop snowing... :)
This is some pictures taken today at our yard...
...and we cant come in the garage... :)
ok...Viktor fixed that with the snowshovel...
but he almost had everyting over him...pheewww!!

And today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden...this a little video from my sons Lucia at school earlier this week... He is a Santa somewhere in the background..:)
I know the light is very bad ...sorry.. all lights out ... just Lucia´s candles...
Hope this will work... heavy load I guess... but I´ll give it a try...
They are singing a swedish Christmas song
"Staffan var en stalledräng"

So please stop the music at the playlist down below and enjoy... ;)
video

Hope you all are having a great time wherever you are...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas trees and tagged by Robyn...

Some days ago I visited Chookyblue and she wanted us to share how many Christmas trees we have...
Never thougth I had more than just the large ones...but when I started to count them ...I got it to... 9... :)
So here are my trees in a little collage...
And if DH had any chance in deciding we woudn´t have anyone!!!
I feel just a little sorry for him..only a little.. :)
I love the warm lights from the trees...
and I like it to be light ...not dark inside...we do live in a country with so many dark hours outside...so I definetly need the light... :)

For some time ago I was tagged by Robyn at Daisy Quilts...
sorry I forgot... :)

The rules to play TAG are these: ~ Post a link to the blog that challenged you and add these rules to your post:
~ Share 7 things about yourself
~ Challenge 7 other blogs at the end of your post through naming their blog and post a link to it.
~ Let them know they're been challenged by leaving a comment on their blog...

*
Was tagged earlier to share 7 things about me... but couldn´t use them again...maybe not so fair to use that again...;) so here comes 7 new ones...

* I am the big sister...have two "little" brothers...
so I mostly played with them... and this means athletic sports...and games and competitions... how happy they must have been to have me around...lol...

*Loved dogs...they were my life!!
I trained my dogs...went to shows and worked at a dog kennel...
(and now I have asthma so we can not have any animals)

* Loved all sorts of animals...so I would be a farmer...
got an agriculture education...
(this was before I knew I had asthma)

*Met my two girls father...
this is when I got my ashtma... maybe because of him...;)
sorry... no...that was something that just came... not his fault...

*Divorced him...
it was living hell living with him at the end of our marriage...

* Hmmm...met Lars again ( after 20 years of not seeing each other)...we had a little flirt when I was 17 and he was 22 (way too old my Mum said...;)... and here we are ...having a wonderful son together...guess it was meant to be just a little later... :)

*And the 7 th thing about me... hmmm
Hated sewing at school...much more prefered working with wood...lol...
and I hated pink... ;)
...
So don´t say you can´t change your mind...
I took my old boyfriend back...
Learned to love sewing...
and to love pink... :O

And now for the tagging part...
Please feel free to tag yourselves... :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cold ...cold....brrrr.... and Santa came by...

Woke up to a new day with cold weather...
-21 (-5,8 F) this morning....
Have kept myself warm with a lot of spicy tea and a fire....burning almost all day...
What would we do without the Fireplace heating stove... probably freeze... :)
At lunchtime I looked out through the window ...it had started to snow...
so thanks for that .... milder weather on the way...
And ohhh...something large was in the mailbox...and it was snowing on it...
Better hurry up and get it inside and see what it was...
A package from Libby.... :)
Knew this one was coming cause...Santa told me... :)
Libby has been an angel and offered to sew me something that I had not...

I said ok...only if we could make a little swap...
I know my package has arrived to sunny CA... but you will have to wait until Libby posts... ;)
Back to the package...

Oh should I open it... maybe wait until Christmas Eve... calculated on how many days it was left... nah... I opened it... ;)
I just said ahhh so many times that Viktor had to come and see what it was...
and as usual tears started to fall... :)
My gosh Libby this is...you spoilt me completely...

I got myself a Christmas stocking!!!
And it was already filled with a lot of goodies...
One by one they all came out....

the cutest little hen pincushion... some nice chocolate..(for me...? said Viktor)
NO... I said...this is mine... ( was I too greedy? )
Ok it still is not eaten...so maybe I´ll share... Where was I?...
Libbys package... yes... :)
... she sent me the loveliest red homespuns...that I had admired on her blog... not easy to get them around here ( happy dance) ... and lovely notecards...
...and THE STOCKING.....
in lovely wool and a very cute snowman...
Can you guess if I´m lucky or not... :)
...had to hang it immediately on the wall next to the fireplace...
So Santa can see it... (if the Swedish Santa get the hint...)

Thankyou so much Libby... :L
I love it!!

Have started to sew some...not fast...but I´m happy with just spending some time with the sewingmachine...
This is what I´m working on ...
An angel....
...some very very narrow bias tubes...hmmm...
not so good for the finger...but hey...they are all stuffed now....
and some stars...
...and what will this be...maybe a present for someone...but not really sure yet...
You who have seen this ...... don´t tell...:)

No ...better get some sewing done for tonight...or stitching it was...
Have a really great day...from me who now have my own stocking... :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Second Advent....

First of all ...
I want to thank everybody that have made comments on the previous post...
You don´t know how much this has meant to me...
So much love and caring among you all ...
my heart is filled with your love...
And for this I am grateful...
Thankyou all my friends all over the world... :L

I feel much better now ... life goes on ... have walked down a lot of memory lanes ...
...all filled with sunshine...
Still haven´t heard anything from my cousins...
I do hope they are Ok...
I wish France was a little bit more closer to Sweden...

This morning I woke up with a joyful feeling...do you know why...???
It is second advent and it is SUNDAY... and I can open my second present from May Britt...

Here they are...
...I lit some candles and made myself a nice cup of tea...
What a wonderful way to start the day with...
Tea and presents... :)
...oh MayBritt... more wonderful pink loveliness..
PINK plaids!!! :L
Ahh...you made my day again... :)
Thankyou!!!

Last night I started to sew again... HAPPY!!.. :)
Hope I will have something finished today... and I prepared some stitcheries too...
Feels pretty good at the moment...
maybe I will try and quilt a little too...just a little ...

Cause..Angel Story Club Members...are there just me that is a tiny tiny bit stressed over that 1st of January is here in just a few weeks......