Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Clamshell Club Report August

The Clams made it to Provence and it was such a delight to be able to infuse those memories into the stitches (and considering I started it with my little niece in Holland, it makes this a little treasure already!) I didn't do much, but I am so happy with how it is progressing.
I have been having such fun with this little project. With each row it seems to be getting easier.

I am liking the colours more and more each time another clam joins the gang.
I have found sewing from right to left much easier, and Ria, Look who made it to Provence:
 Piep,  the mouse thumb-pincushion!

 I had 'foil-pressed' my clams before leaving and am happy to say that they kept their fold until I had the chance to work on them. This is great news for me, as now I know this can become another take-along project.

Here are a few more pictures from the open-air market in Arles. Arles is a fortified city on the river Rhone which had considerable importance in the Roman Empire. Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Arles. (if you are interested you can read more here.)

the colourful enameled handmade platters and bowls

lovely Old Lace

Sorry, but I was experiencing a lot of difficulty since this morning posting. My internet has been down and Blogger has been doing funny things.
I decided to post at least this much, now that I have a small window of opportunity.
Please, don't forget to sign up for my little Souvenir giveaway in the previous post if you haven't done so already. And I hope I get a chance to visit my fellow Clammer-girls today, if not as soon as possible.
Thinking of you!

I spoke to Nadine this morning, she sends her love. They are leaving early in the morning driving back to Belgium tomorrow.
She misses all of you and can't wait to catch up.
Have a safe trip, dear friends!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Home Sweet Home

It's so good to be home with a head and heart full of memories and wonderful experiences.
We have been back a few days and have been so happy to be spending these last few days of Summer holidays with the boys. I could not believe how they grew in just the one week that we were away! They had a lovely vacation of their own, which made ours so much sweeter.

I thought of you a lot. I did. I am not kidding. If I had had my computer you would have gotten a blow by blow account! LOL

 I was so happy to be sharing this special time with my Sweetheart and yet I kept thinking: ooh, I need to take a picture of this for the Girls!

Now, don't you agree these colours would be lovely in a quilt?

I know, I am silly... but I thought of all of you fondly, and even got you little souvenirs...

It was my first time tasting Black tomatoes ' a la Ancienne' and yellow  'Ananas' tomatoes...
(and yes, I did collect the seeds for next years veggie garden!)

Couldn't believe my eyes at the open air Farmer's Market in Arles
And of course they let you taste E-VE-RY-THING!
Can you see those pale raspberries: they taste like : OMG! and I nearly keeled over after the first one --- 

The Streets of Gordes
A Light Lunch in the company of wonderful friends.

Arles and surroundings

Provence was delicious in every sense of the word. It was a dream come true...

I was so overwhelmed by all the beautiful things....


The Fragrance of Lavender

The fragrance of Lavender and fresh herbs in the air, the cool breezes and the delicious Quiet. 
 Castle in Tarascon 

But nothing like coming home and seeing the boys again. :) We have been trying to hold on to the last few lazy days of Summer vacation as they will be starting kindergarden in another week. It is still insanely hot during the day, but we are starting to enjoy cooler evenings. Which makes everything so much more enjoyable.
Streets of Tarascon

I really have so much to share with you, and will be taking a few days to do so.  I brought little somethings to share with you as a "wish you were here, thinking of you" souvenir. So, leave me a comment and 'Bonne Chance"! And as a ThankYou I will include as entries your wishes from last post.

Pinching myself and thinking of you!

and yes, in case you are wondering, there are Hexies and Klosjes in that bag!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Your misty valley,
your hills, bare or clothed
with magnificent trees,
your meadow,
the wonder of Provence..."
Honore de Balzac, "Letters of Two Brides"

My dear friends, I have been in a swoon anticipating our first ever trip to Provence and finally the suitcase is packed and My Love and I are ready to go celebrate our Sweet Sixteen Anniversary.
The boys are in the mountains with their grandparents being spoiled to an inch of their lives.
They did makes sure we memorized the wash-list of toys we need to remember to bring them
(Are there toys in France, Mama?)

I am so excited that we will be meeting up with Nadine and her lovely husband and are looking to some unforgettable days together. As you can imagine, if Nadine and I are together this automatically means there will be loads of foolishness, laughter and stitching going on. My hexies and Klosjes are already packed.

I promise to take loads of pictures and will be updating Nadine with all the things you have been up to since she's been away from blogland.
Take care, happy stitching and I will be back in a week!

Je t'embrasse, Gros Bissous!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday's Hexi-report

Three more Hexi-flowers for the sea-side garden.
I really love how they are turning out...
and looking forward to seeing visiting more garden-parties later today!
Can't wait to see what my Fellow Gardeners have been up to!

It seems that these Rainbows of Charm Hexies are the only project truly thriving and slowly multiplying in the Summer Heat...

I love how these Yummy Candy Colours...

... are becoming deliciously cool Charm Diamonds!

I still have not stopped long enough to count how many 1" hexies I have prepped so far. But when I ran out of papers a few days ago, I decided it was time to take plunge. And guess what... Fresh never looked so Cool!

I am so happy with this project, and so far no repeats!
Ahhhh, life is Good!

Thanks for helping me get through the heat. Your perspective, lovely wishes and wise advice is really making a difference and helping me cope. Thank you, guys...

ps my boys thank you, too!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When it's this hot...

not much get's done.

We are looking forward to another heatwave coming in this weekend.
And, well...

August in Nicosia is like this...
life going on at a much slower pace...

Most Citizens of Nicosia leave the city to go to the coast, mountains or abroad.
There are is a big advantage for those of us left behind: less cars on the road, but then you just don't feel like getting out. Unless you have bored kids who NEEEEED to get out.
So we have been going on 'adventures' to the air-conditioned mall, supermarkets and the odd outdoors outing
very early in the morning...
Not much get's done.

Ofcourse we also VEG-- lying still like broccoli -- in front of the TV, working our way through our extensive kiddie dvd collection... (this is when I manage to sneak in a stitch or two...)
Until it's nap time, snack time or nighty-night time...

I know.

... but only for another week.


Looking forward to sharing with you what I have been working on-- tomorrow!


My Patchwork Family Through Adoption

A Bit of Africa and China
Came knocking on our door
And in a home where there was longing
Now empty rooms no more

Like a Quilt of Many Colours
Our Family stitched together into One
God's Love and Grace for us Abundant
In the Miracle of our Sons

Written by Valentina