Today is the last semi-regular schoolday for Damaris and Emil (they're going skating in town with their class mates and teachers). Tonight we'll see the Oberufer Christmas Play at school and Damaris' class has a Christmas market to earn some money for their big trip at the end of the school year. I promised to make a few ornaments for them to sell and they're not done yet...
I'm also working on a cushion cover with Christmassy fabrics. I'm using an instant quilting method from Patchwork Style. I'll have to finish that soon as well, because Frederik and I are going on a trip to Berlin before Christmas, to celebrate our 12 and a half year wedding anniversary. I noticed while talking to Frederik's international colleagues that the 12 1/2th anniversary is not something that is common around the world. Over here it is the first big anniversary people celebrate. That's why we're going on a trip. We booked a nice hotel next to a Christmas market, and near the big museums. I'm looking forward to it very much!!!
But it does mean I have to finish all the preparations for Christmas before we leave (we still have to write all the cards too, OMG). When I really start to panic,I'll click over to the photo Cara posted on Flickr!
I am turning the quilting blocks I made to practice piecing techniques (from tutorials from Modify Tradition) into a quilt top, and I'll be sending that off. That is just a bit cheaper when it comes to shipping cost, and Wrap Them in Love will hopefully be able to finish the quilt and give it to someone who needs it.
When I go into town I always bring my own shopping bag (or at least I try). I am really trying to avoid using those plastic bags that you still get everywhere. I do it for the environment, but a fabric bag also looks much more stylish than a flimsy plastic one! And it doesn't cut into your hand either!
I have some fabric tote bags in my Etsy shop. Two with a green eco style and two that are more whimsical, but equally environment friendly when you use them. Go green!!
So many comments! 300!!! Thank you all so much for the overwhelming reaction to my give-away!
There is only one winner though, and it is... Andrea! Congratulations! The ribbon and tea wallet will be flying your way soon! I hope you'll have fun with your prizes.
I entered some give-aways too, and I'm a winner as well!! Yippee, I won Elizabeth's felt kitties! Thank you so much! Elizabeth told me she will be posting a tutorial to make your own kitties soon! I'll post a link as soon as it is up. Update: Here is the link!
And some more happiness: I was playing with photos of the friendship star blocks (in the Block Party quilt-along) I have made so far. Nice to sneak a peek at what the finished quilt could look like...
I will talk about the prize later, but first I'd like to give something to everybody. A little video of Dutch comedian Hans Teeuwen. After having reached the top here in the Netherlands with his unusual sense of humor he quit performing and went to London to start all over again. This video is a small part of his show in English. Afterwards you can click on related videos for more Hans Teeuwen. Okay, watch this video for some fun (the video is appropriate for all ages and backgrounds, except maybe for Mozart-puritans...)!
Now for the prize of today's give-away: You can win a tea wallet that I have made and two meters ofcute ribbon. The tea wallet started out as a No Cash Wallet from Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing book but I had to bend the rules even more after it turned out that the wallet was too small for regular credit cards. I changed it into a tea bag carrier and I have included some tea bags for the lucky winner as well. Can you see the teapot button?
What do you need to do to win? Well, leave a comment on this post before Monday morning (in Western Europe) December 7th! At that time I will pick a winner. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you. The Give-Away is international!
If you are still looking for cute presents for Christmas, please take a look in my Etsy shop. I have some sweet ceramic birds, all kinds of fabric zipper pouches, some Dutch themed baby bibs and more in my shop. Thanks for looking!!!
Go to Sew Mama Sew for more Give-Away fun. Good luck to everyone!!!
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