Sunday, November 30, 2008
Oh boy, is it going to be BIG, the new kit! I am a bit falling in love with it, poooohhh! But I may like it now that it is progressing, it is up to you, LATER, to decide and give me your opinion. I have done the papers now and the ribbons and tags and some elements, but now I will have to do the "extra's", like some more embellishments, probably some frames and some more things. It isn;t going to be ready yet. I hope I am making you a little, tiny bit curious? I must hold myself back not showing you something of it, or the colorscheme, but no, I will wait.
Hahahaha, a bit of teasing is allowed, hmmmmm?
Now I have to show you this:
Yes, I recieved another award! This is from Joni,
and you should go to her blog because she makes terribly nice things and gives them as freebies!
I am happy with it and also I am happy that the rules are very simple, just pass it on to 5 others who didn't receive it yet. So there we go:
Do you know that it's only a day waiting till you can go to the blog of the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbook freebies? The first of December they are supposed to publish the whole list of blogs where you can collect Christmas freebies! Oh boy, I am too curious how it will be. You probably will need some free time, and something to drink on the side and then go over the list and be sure you have enough space on your discs! I think it must be huge, that list!
What is there today for you in store? I made a kit in a graduating color scheme, going from a green to a lilac, and suddenly this name came up : "Sugar Sweet". Don't know why, probably something to do with the color. Hope you will enjoy it and I think tomorrow I will have a kit for you that will be in two downloads again. Suddenly I am in some bigger or "heavier"kits, strange.
So today I will continue on the new kit( with some moments off, because some laundry is waiting to be ironed, yakkie!), and while busy on that I will have to think of the subject of a new kit already. If there are suggestions, put them in the shoutbox, or comment section. You never know it may work, hahaha, and it's a good thing for me too, to have "refreshed"ideas.
Okay, I wish you all a fine and quiet and happy Sunday!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Are you feeling back to normal after ALL the turkey eating? LOL.
As we don't celebrate it here, the Thanksgiving, it were just normal days for us. But yesterday I had a little visit from Heidi. I must say she is looking better, sounding better, so it is slowly going better. But still she must take good care of herself and not overdo things! It was good to see her again!.
Jan did get a bit more in the digital modem things, so every day it will be a "learning"process, how to handle the remote control with all the ins and outs on it(when I look at the book there are a LOT!!!). I love to see the proud look on his face when he let's me see a "new"discovery he made and than explains it to me with an air of: oh, it was an easy thing, no problem! Hahahahaha!
Thursday, while I was shopping I sneeky bought a few things for Christmas! I can NOT resist that when I see it in the shop! Just a few mini balls and chains, because we have a tiny mini tree also and I wanted to have something fitting for it. Now I have, tadaaaaaa!
And that's all folks! Very dull and short, but I will end with a nice kit(well, in my opinion, LOL), called"Memories with a Smile" in very warm colors. Hope you like this one as much as I do.
And now I want to go on with a new kit I started yesterday, the first papers are done and if the kit turns out the way these first papers are looking, it should be a rather gorgeous kit in perhaps a bit strange colors for the theme(NOT YET SAYING WHAT IT IS) but also it could just be perfect. I hope I can do a lot of work on the kit today.
So all have a beautiful day, and take care!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Do you realize that in a few days it's already December?? Where did the year go?? I must be getting old, because each year it seems, the year passes faster and faster and I have the feeling I have no grip on it LOL!
I was very unproductive, yesterday! As I said I did go out to do the shopping, but I did it quick!
Then Jan got himself in the moods to install the digital tv receiver. I tried not to involve myself in it, is better for the peace in the house LOL. And everybody said it is done in a few minutes and SOOOOOO easy. In fact it is, only those damned instruction books! They enclosed some reading and installing and handling information at the size of half a Harry Potter book.! I hate those things! Well, it's done, now we have to do the "fine tuning", some day.
Then I made a wonderful dinner. a hotpot from beef, put on the gaz for 3 hours with onions and mushrooms in it, and some red wine. Than made mashed potatoes. The meat in a ovendish, on te top the mashed potatoes and on top of taht some thin slices of an apple. That for about 15 minutes in the oven and served it with red cabbage. Yammie. I found this recepee in a magazine that is offered free each month in the supermarket. So you can gueas what's up for dinner this evening?? Yeap, I made enough for two days. So I have it easy today.
On the computer I was looking for some new stuff for a new kit, just hopping around visited a lot of websites of all kinds, and just made it to have a start with a kit. But it didn't go as smoothly as I wanted.
Well, today is another day and may be I will get "the spirit"!
Oh boy, Jan is awake already, there goes my "complete quiet and peace" I am enjoying in the morning! Doesn't sound so nice hmmmmmmmm??? But ten he starts mumbling and giving remarks on the news on tv, but just not loud enough I can hear it completely but he expects me giving an answer to that. Do you know that???? And in the mean time I am concentrating on the posting and so. Whooopeeee, I love my husband, but sometimes..................................LOL.
Anyway, here is the second part of "Let's Go Country" for you. Take care of yourself, have fun, ( and having fun can be in the smallest things) and enjoy the day.
Download Let's Go Country PART 2
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wow, are you great people! I saw some of your messages on Deltapdawn's blog, and I love you for it! Isn'tt it a GOOD thing she threw her misery out on the blog. I think it is a good first step to come out of it. Thank you so much for supporting her. But keep checking on her from time to time, okay?
And what a change to my blog! Yeah, I am a bit early but just couldn;t wait to get a bit the Christmas feeling. So yesterday evening I went forth and back and made the change.
I am slowly getting a bit the itching of Christmas feeling over me. But the decoration still have to wait a bit. We only put them up after our Sinterklaas, which is on the 5th of December. Then Jan has to climb up the ladder to get all the boxes from the closets and the big mess will start. I am always exhausted after a day of putting up the tree and manger and all the other things. Most of the times I don't manage to get it all done in one day but that doesn't matter.
It was rather a dull day yesterday, I stayed in, had a lot of email to do and so, but it looked so grey outside, that I had no courage to go out. But today I will have to. There has to be a refilling the fridge and the storage cupboard, but if I am a bit lucky, it should be the best day of the week today to go out they said on the weather forecast. But, we ALL know how WRONG they sometimes are. So it will just be layering myself in a bit, thick jacket, warm trousers, and warm cap on (don't want to catch another cold, hihihihihi). Jan always says to me when I am in that kind of outfit, that he always wonders that I come back home again. It's a miracle you are not arrested, he always giggles! Nice husband do I have, is it???
So now today's kit. It's a two part one. In both parts you get some papers and some elements so to get it complete I am afraid you will have to download both parts, LOL. Title: "Let's Go Country". Hope you will like it and will have something to scrap with.
To all that celebrate it: a happy Thanksgiving and to all of you I wish a very nice and uplifting day, with a lot of smiling and joy!
Download LET'S GO COUNTRY PART 1
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
First of all I want to ask you something. Go to the blog of http://scrappingtildawn.blogspot.com/ and give her in some way some encouragement to keep on going with the blog and her designing. She is in a bad period of her life for the moment, I am not giving details, that is up to her, but she certainly can use some uplifting talk!!! And she must know that in scrapland we are there for eachother, even if it is on a distance, but that we care a bit about eachother!! She is giving me far too much credit, the sweet thing, I am all glowing from embarrasment almost. Well, anyway, go to her blog and let her know she is by times in your thoughts. That should help her already to feel better. She is feeling very lonely at the moment. Come on girls, I know you are nice people.!
Yeah, I just had to do this, and well, let's hope it will help a tiny bit.
Yesterday not much happened around here. I did just some boaring things, a bit of cleaning and so and the puter of course! And had a very nice dinner, I must say. I made some chickenbreast filet filled with a slice of ham and salami and some chesse, made the potatoes in the oven and to that a tomatoe salad, and we even had a little dessert too.! Boy, it tasted so good, I really had anoverfull stomach after dinner. Even didn't took a cookie during the evening!!!
What kit I have for you today? Again a bit vintage looking one, I am afraid. How about the colors? Don;t they remind of you of the sugar candy on a stick, you can get on a fair e.g.? I liked that candy as a kid, mostly they were of pink color, and it was a treat when my parents bought me one. And afterwards my whole face was sticky from the candy!!
I gave it the name of "Charming", I think that is rather fitting. Well, do something nice with it and have a splendid day!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I think this will be a post with links and reminders and not too much other news.
Next Monday, the 1st of december all the Christmaslinks will be up on the Worldwide
Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies blog!! So be prepared to have some place on your harddisc.
To designers I say this: You still have time to submit your links to the blog, this whole week! So if you want to have some more traffic, take the time to give your link!
And there is an anniversairy to celebrate. Scrappin Till Dawn has her one year blog existance to celebrate. Go over there and congratulate her with it and at the same time you can pick up a very nice template!
So far for the announcements, I think.
Yesterday I did what I had to do, my shopping adventure was a very quick one. First I thought the temperature wasn't so bad, but then I turned the corner and got a full blow of the wind,. And that was COLD! So I can't say it was a very agreable walk all together. But it seems during the week the temperature will go up a bit, even at night. At least here on the coast.
And something amazing happened last evening. I was sitting on the couch surrounded by all my 3 cats! Normally they don;t like to be too close together, but this time it was Dikkie Dik sitting on the elbow rest, then it was me, then the girl, Micky and at about 20 cms. of her Brodski. I think it must be the Christmas spirit that came over them, LOL!!
And talking about Christmas, hey, I have another Christmaskit for you. In this one you have a few papers with some vintage looking pics, so you could call it a bit of old fashioned kit. As Christmastime is supposed to be a happy time I named it: Christmastime, Happy Time".
So that's about all for today. Hope you all have a fine day and for some of you: be nice to the turkey this week, LOL.
Monday, November 24, 2008
We actually had snowfall yesterday! It didn't stay long on the ground, but for a moment it looked nice. But I am also happy it is gone today!
Had a chat yesterday with Heidi, she's doing rather fine, but I don;t think all is back to normal yet! However she never tells the whole truth, when you ask, all is always well, hahaha.
I think this Christmas Jan and I will be just the two of us, Heidi told me she already had some invitations which she will follow up. Oh well, I don;t mind, really. I will think of something nice for dinner and thn we will curl up on the couch and zipp along all the channels for all the Christmas programs. We did that once already and had a great time, with lots of nice music and other stuff, I am looking forward to it.
Today I will share with you a two page layout we had to make as a challenge on the chat. Well, I did them the day after, we were offered two sketches and the rest was up to us, although it had the subject: our childhood. So here they are:
and PAGE 2
What do you think about them? Isn't it sweet, me in the tutu???? LOL.
And I even have a little kit for you, I made again a ballet one and thought it would be nice to offer it today, in combination with the layout. On one of the pages in the kit, there is incorporated a photograph of Anna Pavlova. Hope you have some use for it, I like the colours of it.
Now as the weather seems a bit better, however still rather cold, I will hurry to do a bit of shopping, not for too long, but sometimes, suddenly the fridge looks so empty and you are missing things. So I will make a quick hop to the supermarket and then back again, Then I think I must let the washingmachine do it's job and probably a tiny bit of house cleaning. The jobs, that are ALWAYS returning!!!!!!
And then I think it will be time to do the freebielist and if I am lucky, I can do also something on the designing, no idea yet what I will make this time. Something will come up, I hope.
So for now, I wish you a nice day, take care!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Well, I went out yesterday, made it quick and I must say it didn't feel very nice. It was rather cold. And yesterday evening suddenly we had a hail storm( glad it didn;t last very long) and they expect some more snow today. However I hope it will not fall here on the coast. Normally thry have more trouble with it in the country.
The most annoying thing about the weather here is that temperature can change so suddenly and fast. It's not gliding smoothly from autumn to winter, NO, from one night to another it's suddenly 8 or 10 degrees Celsius less. Not something for me.
So the rest of the day I stayed in, with nice warm clothes on ( not the most elegant, but oh so comfy!!!). And was on the computer. Finished another kit which will be on the blog next week, and I will post it in 2 downloads, yeah!!!
And today there is another Christmaskit. Why not, the season is there and you must realize that it's only about 4 weeks away! Hey, in about 2 weeks already I will have to put up the tree and all things Christmas. I hear it from everybody......... where has time gone????
So today we will be nice and warm at home with some tv and some computering and I will have a quick dinner, I make two big filled paprikas with minced meat, in the oven, some potatoes to it, ready!Tastes good with a little of effort!
Here is the preview of "Christmas Russian Style". Yeah, every time I try to make also a bit of Russian kit, hope you like this one. Have a nice day, for the ones in colder weather..... put on your fleece things, it's soooo soft and warm, whoopee!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Well, I have my eyes bearley open, and already at the computer! Must be a crazy twist in my brain!!!LOL.
Yesterday we had the chat at Magickal Scrap and it was fun again. We did get a sketch to make a layout. Will be some puzzling for me, to use that, for all because I have no layers in my program. But I will and shall find a way to do it! We are supposed to make a 2 page layout about our childhood, with it a bit about the area where we grew up. It should be fun. I didn't completely decided which pictures I shall use for it. But it will all come together once I started.
Yesterday was a real tumultuous day viewing the weather, already told you so. I was glad I didn;t have to go out, only once someone was at the door and I went to look, of course. WOW, I was almost blown back into the little hall I have. A cold and fierce wind was blowing! Brrrrrr, it looks as if winter is apporaching suddenly with BIG steps! I am NOT PLEASED at all!!!
But as we cannot change it, we will have to bear it and poor me, today, I must go out for some shopping. Not too much, but I will be outside for a while. Must pack myself nice and warm. I do not mind so much the cold, but I HATE strong wind!
Better I quit this complaining and move on to the freebie for today! I have not a Christmaskit but one for the handyman and women of you. It's been a looooong time since I made something like this. So hopefully you will have still somewhere a few pics of somebody trying to get something fixed!!
Before I leave I must point you out to a mini-blogtrain started today on http://bonscrapatitdesigns.blogspot.com/. If you go over there you can read all the details. It's worthwile to take a look, they made a great job of their Christmaskits, and rather unusual which makes it more interesting. I will also give you the links on my freebielist! And the train will choo-choo on for the coming 4 weeks! Every week there will be a part. So keep an eye on it!!
Now here is the kit for you. Hope you will enjoy it and surely hope you will have a splendid week-end!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I best stay in the house today. The wind is blowing terribly, not very nice weather. Yesterday it was soooo grwy and dark, that I had to put some lights on already in early afternoon. I don't like that at all! No, apart from Christmastime I am definately a summer person!
I didn;t do much yesterday, just went out for a bit shopping for dinner groceries, that's all. Then at home again I made my own pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil and then adjusted minced meat to it. So you can guess what we had for dinner: yes, simple macaroni, but it tasted good.
And I spent nice time on my computer, I also made the first scan of my life. Not a big deal, I know but it was an exciting event for me. Soon I will be able to show you some pics of my parents and grandparents and frm my childhood. You will be laughing when you will see some of my childhood pics!
Tonight there is another chat on Magickal Scraps, I think I already mentioned that. It should be fun, the more because we have to do a task during it also!
So I must be fully prepared with scanned pictures, some coffee and a cigaret from time to time. Yeah I know, bad for the health, but we all have to have at least ONE bad habbit!LOL!!
Okay, over to the kit for today. Again a Christmas kit. You will have more of them the coming weeks! To start with one was a bit funny, because I wasn't in the mood yet. Still looks far away, Christmas, but in scraptime I am good ahead, having them already now, isn;t so stressy, hahaha.
This one is about the Christmas angels, the "Messengers of Joy" , how I named the kit. Hope you will like this one, I loved making it.
Just leaves me with wishing you a great start of the week-end, enjoy it to the full !
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Was I lucky yesterday! The serviceman came very early in the afternoon and fixed the new modem for internet and telephone. It was done very quick. And till now it works okay! Now I will have to wait a couple of days for the telephone and so I am curious if that will go as they said. They arrange the cancelling of my old telephonecompany and then it is only a little plug in for me to do. Then also in the afternoon we received the modem for receiving digital television. It seems to be very easy to install, there is an instruction booklet with it, so soon we will have more canals and better and sharper screen. But you know how suspicious I am with the booklets, where it is all sooo easy explained, LOL! I think it will be the task of Jan, although I am afraid I will be dragged into it also! I hope that also goes as smoothly as yesterday.
More news to tell you I haven't! Apart from the serviceman busisness it was a quiet day. So let's go to the kit for today. I think you could place it under Christmaskits, viewing the subject. It's a kind of vintage snowmankit. Somebody asked me for it and first I didn't know what to do with it. But you know me!!! I jumped into it and this isthe result. It's just a small kit, but still hope you will like this one. Could be nice for some pictures in the snow. I called it"Winterfun".
So this is for Cat: Are you happy now??? Is it a bit like you wanted?? I did my best for you, hahaha!
Oh, most possible I will be late on the computer tomorrow(our time around 23.00 o'clock evening) because there is another chat on Magickal Scrap forum. Snowy is planning some tasks for us to do so it should be great fun.!
So everybody, enjoy your day, just one more day and already a new week-end is arriving!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Well, this afternoon I am expecting the service man for the internet stuff. So I don;t know how long it will take and when I will be able to go on the net again. But I did give you a warning.
I am happy to tell you the mail is working again properly! Till now. So annoying not to be able to communicate.
And I have to do now some promoting of a wondereful idea.
I have been approached by two wonderful ladies with an awesome idea. Making a blog with just links for all Christmas freebies.!! That sounds great, doens't it??
It's the idea of Antoinette from http://atsparkys.com/ and Karen from http://scrapsofmind.com/.
The blog is named WORLDWIDE CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOKING FREEBIES and here is the link http://dschristmasaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/. I have the blinkie in my sidebar too, just by the shoutbox!
And I am stronly asking EVERY DESIGNER to go to the blog and read all about it and then to PARTICIPATE!!! It. s costing you nothing and as Antoinette and Karen say, it is a great way to get known all over the world with you blog.!
If it goes as they planned there will be a list up from the 1st of December and for the whole month! So everybody just has a terrific choice of Christmas freebies to scrap those wonderful days!
So, FELLOW SCRAPPERS, LET'S JOIN THE FUN!
Okay, I think I did my share, LOL!!
Now today I have a kind of Fall kit for you. Have to do sometimes still some other kind of kit, not ony Christmas things, isn't it? It'all in warm colors, I think lovely for some beautiful autumn pics you might have around. If not, perhaps a good idea to make some.Hahahaha.
So I am off now, wnat to get a few things done, before I have to shut down the computer. They couldn't give me an exact time for the service man, he will arrive between 12.00 and 18.00 o'clock! I hate that kind of appointments!
Anyway, I hope to meet you again tomorrow. It just might be, there will be no freebielist today. It depends to a lot of things.
Sweeties, have a very nice day, thanks for all your kind words again, you are stunning!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Well, it's for a part goodmorning. I have trouble with my email. Thank God I still can receive them, but sending out, NO WAY! I already was wondering why I didn't get an answer on some emails, but now I understand, It says it is sent, but, it didn;t happen.! So for the ones I send emails to so now and then, if you dont; hear me for a while, it is NOT because I don't want to, but it is impossible! Lucky that some of you have a blog, so I can leave messages there.
I think it is a thing from my provider, I hope that because I changed the thing to have also telephone in the same service and they are still busy with integrating other services in their company, I am not beginning to have the trouble. I HATE THOSE THINGS! And I am not a wizz kid in the programming etc. so I am getting always a bit nervous with these things! Well, let's see if today the new apparel arrives! I think I will be on the phone in the afternoon!! Oh boy, it isn;t a pleasure always, computering!
Well I will post now part 3 of the Christmaskit , try to calm myself down a bit with a coffee and go out first to do some shopping. When I come back it will probably be the anooying thing waiting for me, trying to contact the provider.
I hope your day will be much more pleasant than mine!
Download LIKE A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PART 3 HERE
Monday, November 17, 2008
You are lovely people to cheer me up with your comments on the nasty thing. ! We do best to forget about it and go on with the "normal"life. Not much happened though yesterday. It was a quiet Sunday and I was again rather productive. Wow, suddenly the last few days, I have lots of ideas and they come out about the way I figured them. I am busy now with another Christmaskit, in way different colours and I think it looks real nice! Once in a while, you just have to try to make a Christmas thing not in the traditional colorscheme, although that is hard to do. I LIKE the traditional colours!!!!
Anyway, may be today I will find the time to pay a visit to Heidi, now that the cold is A LOT better. Not gone yet, but I am in no need anymore for the hanging basket under the nose anymore, LOL.
And then I am anxious to go on with the kit. It's hopeless, if a kit progresses well. Then I have a sort of hurry up feeling in me that wants to continue on it, no matter what time of day it is.But sometimes you will have to stop it, because there are also other things to do.
Well, that's about all, so I will leave you with the same preview, but don'n worry, the download will be a different one, hahahaha!
Have a nice day all, enjoy it.
Download Like a Traditional Christmas PART 2 HERE
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Yes, I really hope for a less disturbing day today. Something soooo strange happened yesterday. As usual Jan went to check for the post in the hall and came back with an envelope. Addressed to me in big letters, just the Mrs. and name and that was all. In a bit of funny handwriting I couldn't place. So I opened it, of course and in there was a paper with a rather strange poem in it. But not a nice one. It almost sounded like hell and damnation, in a way accusing me of doing something terribly wrong to people and that at the end God would know. Well, that is a bit threatening isn't it? No name or anything on it, just that. I was sitting on my chair, completely perplexed, not knowing what to think about it. But it felt terribly threatening and uneasy, I can say! I just don't understand it! And I think also it is terribly cowerdless to send someone this kind of thing, and not signing it! It wasn't sent by post, so someone dropped it in the mailbox. And when Jan heard the mailbox he just saw a shadow disappear and he was too late to look better at that person. I am not feeling comfortable at all with this. It brought me really to tears for a moment! Jan advised me to not throw it away, but to keep it and put the date of delivery and time on it. Just in case there would follow more. If so, I have something to show the police or so, may be there are fingerprints on it??? But I don't know what to think about it? Who is behind this? It must be someone who knows me well AND knows where I live. I don't like it at all, but for the moment there isn't much we can do. May be the one sending this even knows I have this blog and is enjoying him/herself reading this, but then let be said, that it upsetts me for a while, but that I can put it also away on a very far place in my mind and forget about it. Just let be said I don't like cowards!! If there is anything to be said come forward and look me in the face!
So, that wasn't a nice start of the day. I kept dwelling in my mind, but I tried to forget it. The rest of the day was nice. We watche Sinterklaas, as always so amusing and nice to see. This year they invented the theme, that the big chair from Sinterklaas was broken and that they had to come up quickly with another one! All kinds of silly things were done by a Black Peter, who tried to find a proper new chair for Sinterklaas. Yeah, it was nice.
Then later there was a worldcup speed skating right here in Holland, in Heerenveen, where we have a splendid indoor track. Wow, we had some great competition there! It was really very exciting to watch.
And the evening was filled with watching all kind of detective series on tv. And in between I even did some shopping and also some things on the computer. So a well filled day all together.
And today we start with another Christmas kit I brewed for you! It will be in 3 downloads, first part papers. second part elements and third part again elements and two quickpages! I hope you will like this one, I am very satisfied with it, it came out rather good, I think. I named it "Like A Traditional Christmas"because it's made in traditional Christmascolors and a bit with old fashioned elements. I will give you the preview of the whole kit, so you can see how it looks all together, okay? Although the preview is not doing justice to it, I think.
All together it has become still a rather long post, but never mind of that!
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, with no distressing things, just let it be a normal, but happy day!
Download PART 1 HERE
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Yes. the holiday season for the december month takes off today! For the kids here in Holland and Belgium it is an important day.! Sinterklaas and his Black Peters(Zwarte Pieten) arrive today from Spain! They are surely very nervous this morning but also very happy, because time has come, perhaps Sinterklaas visits them at night and put a little candy or even little present in their shoes. And then the 5th of December is the big evening with ALL the presents. I love to watch a bit the tv, because it's all on tv, the arrival with a big boat and then Sinterklaas takes a tour on his horse, and it's lovely to see the joy and anxiety of all the kiddies.
When I was a kid, I truly believed all the stories about Sinterklaas and his helpers and it was such a great time! My mother had a wonderful fantasy and could let you believe almost anything! I still remember walking on the street with her and she was pointing out some small window in a house or a chimney and whispered to me: "Psssst, Kyra, look there, look well, you can see a Trappedoelie (that was her name for little Black Peters!) behind the window", or ""look, a Trappedolie is just hiding behind that chimney on that roof" and I ACTUALLY SAW THEM! And I was such a ferm believer that even when I was about 9 years I still didn't believe the other kids telling me it all was just a fantasy! No, I thought they just were stupid and they would know when the day of the presents was there: I would receive a lot and they probably nothing. How wonderful that time was, and how sad that you will have to loose it.
On the big evening it also never was obvious to me that when there was banging and ringing on the door, just on that time my father wasn't in the room. I only was very nervous and called for him, that he missed it and that he had to go with me to check the door and he came running out of e.g. the kitchen, all surprised and we went to the door. And there it was: a BIG HUGE basket or sack filled with all kinds of packages! I really cherish those memories, because they are so precious.
Yesterday evening I watched the Domino day( must say the camera work wasn't so good this year, very restless, and hopping around, and lots of commercials in between, very annoying) but the work done there was marvellous again. And... they have the world record back again! Over 4,3 MILLION stones fell in an awesome spectacle. Amazing job.
And the kit for today. It's is a very light nd cheerful looking one in these dark days at almost the end of the year! I named it "Blossoms in Winter". Hope you can make some nice layouts with it.
So have a nice day, be cuatious of what you do, because you NEVER know if a Black Peter or Trappedoelie is around and he will tell all to Sinterklaas, who will write everything down in his BIG BOOK!! Be nice!LOL !!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I start with the cheer-up item! I am sure a lot of you know Edna, from http://missednasplace.blogspot.com/. Then of course you know her little dog Tootsie. Tootsie wasn't doing so well lately, and still there is hanging the possibility of a surgery above her little head. She has a nasty lump, so far no cancer in it, but if the lump will not be smaller on Monday, they want to remove it with a surgery. Poor thing, she has to go through a rather bad period, and so is Edna! Let;s all cross fingers that the lump will shrink by itself. It breaks your heart to see your pets suffer and you cannot do a lot to help them. So pay a little visit to Edna's blog and give her and Tootsie a bit of your support. They can use it.
I made this quick page to try to cheer them up a bit.
What else to tell? Not very much I am afraid. Oh yes, a bit of funny thing. Yesterday evening I was on the computer(chatting with Edna actually) and Jan suddenly decided he wanted to change the cover for the duvet! Wow. Of course he couldn;t find the right one, so I took one. But then the action!! I knew it would be a struggle and yes, I WAS RIGHT!! The first corner went in well but then the rest of it! HAHAHA. It was a VERY amusing thing to watch!!! I really was laughing to tears, not nice perhaps, but so much fun!! And bad girl as I am sometimes, I first let him struggle with it for a bit, but then I couldn't watch it anymore and finally I did the trick! He meant so well, but the action wasn't exactly how he thought it would be.
So I had the laughing therapy yesterday, it does well to a human being, you know!!
Then all day I stayed home, and wow, was I productive. That is to say, on the computer! I made a whole new Christmas kit, and I am very happy with it. I will post it soon, and it will be in 3 parts. Yes, for my ding I made a rather big one in MB, so to keep the downloads quick and easy I split it up. And I even started with a new kit too. So I was happy with myself yesterday.
Now today I have finally the kit I was struggling with this week, and I surely hope you will like it. It's all about past time fashion, but the evening dress part. Well, you will see for yourself. Simple title: Fashion From a Past Time.
And today I must get out to do some shopping, then there is some speed skating on tv, in the evening there is DOMINO Day( do you see it too out there???). Each year here in Holland they built a huge space full with domino stones, each year another theme is used and each year they try to break the record the last one. It is amazing to see how it is done. They are busy building it for months with A LOT of volunteers, really an outstanding job and marvellous to see, when the stones get falling. If you ever get the chance to see something of it, watch it, you will be astonished!
So you see I have quit some things to do, and also not included was the ironing and some computer, well, we'll see what will be actually done!
Don't forget to give the cheer-up to Edna and Tootsie, it would be great!
Now have all a fantastic day, get on with the scrapping and till next time!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Yes, it seems, everybody of my blog and designer friends is as busy as can be. I try to check each morning at least my blog following list and everywhere I read, that there is a time shortage, and that they are doing all kind of things. So it's good to read that, I am not the only one who is sometimes running after herself to catch up with things~LOL
Soon now I hope to receive the new connection things from the provider and then an installer comes to do all the plugging etc. I hope all will be going well, without problems. So I will warn you when I may be not in the air, it may just be for a very short time, say an hour, if things go wrong it may be for longer. Let's all keep ouur fingers crossed it just will be for a VERY SHORT time. I have the appointment for the 18th of November.WHEEEEEEEE!!
The things that I am so itchy about it is, that we are so often the people who have the problems with new stuff, and when we talk to others, nobody has these problems. I think we sometimes are just cursed with that fact. LOL>!
But for now all is running as it should on the "old"thing, and I made you a mini kit for today. I run into a nice pattern and made the first paper of it and then made some background papers from the colors in that pattern. I think it is a sweet little kit, I very much like those colors.
And thats about all for today. The only thing remaining is to wish you all a happy day, as smoothly going forth as possible!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It seems I will have to make more vintage like things, well, I don;t mind, there are nice things to do with that. I'm glad you like it.
Oh, yesterday at 23.00 o'clock yes, evening, the phone ringed. I don;t like it when it rings at that hour, I always get a bit jumpy. But it was Danny, who just came home and was walking with the dog. And then he noticed he left his keys in the house, the nerd! So good for him that we have a set of them, so he came over to pick them up. It seems, that with Heidi all is okay, well let;s say they couldn;t find anything really wrong with her. So she will be home already today/ But she still is soo terribly tired after just doing little efforts, there must be found SOMETHING to improve that. But for the moment she has a kind of assurance that nothing really scary is wrong with her. In a few weeks she will have to go again for a very new test and if possible Danny wants to have a talk with her specialist, because he still isn;t happy with her health at the moment. But let us be happy that at least for the moment there isn't a bad message and the task to her is, changing style of life, rather drasticly! And that's the problem. Well, we can only give her some advice, but she has to do it herself, the stubborn girl!
So I managed to finish off the first Christmaskit of this year and I am offering it to you now. It's about the event happened long ago on Christmas day, and I named it "O Holy Night". I hope you will like it, there will be following other kits, which willhave a more happy or funny nature, but hey..I am glad that I made a start already!
About Jan there is not much news to tell. I am happy that slowly he starts to eat some more, with more taste also. It even happens sometimes he gets up in the night and takes a cup of soup, or some slices of cheese ora little sandwich! When I notice that in the morning (I ALWAYS notice when he took something, haha) I almost praise him like a little child which did a good thing. LOL. He still has a too skinny face though, but to get his old "him"back. it will take mch more time. Well, I am happy ith every step in the god direction. In about 3 weeks we'll have another appointment in the hospital.
So now you are all up to date and I will take some time today to finish another kit. May be it will be ready for tomorrow. I hope so!
Now everybody have a great day and tell me: are you already getting some of the Christmas time itches??
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It's really autumn weather here! Sundaay night wind started to blow severe, rain kept falling and also yesterday it stayed very gloomy weather. I was glad I didn;t had to get out. But today it's different. Must say weather is a tiny little bit better, but no matter how it is, I must go out to do some shopping and also in the afternoon go to Heidi's doggy to give him a walk. Brrrrr. I am not amused!!
I have something nice to show you. Cat, from http://paisleycatscrapsfreebloglayouts.blogspot.com/ made a blog layout from my kit Un Souvenir. She has already several blogs, but this is a new one. Take a look there and see what other nice blogs she has. Quit a a lady with a lot of creativity of all kind! Here is a peek to the layout:
I finaly made the first Christmas kit. It is a nice one, but very basic, but okay, some of the papers look nice. Pffff, that's one. But I still have to do a lot of work to make some more and I will try to make them all rather different. We will see what it will be! I am not yet posting this one today, I have something different for you. It's also a vintage looking one, in some different colours than the last one. I don't know what it is, but suddenly I find myself in the vintage scene, LOL. Wel, you have to admit that there are some lovely old pictures on the net, which are screaming out: take me and do soething with me!!!! Hahaha.
I just hope it doesn't bore you too much, having some vintage like kits. This one I named "Just Thinking".
Well I wish you all a fine day, perhaps with better weather then I have to cope with!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am getting a bit exhausted from the cold. Oh boy, when will it be gone????????? It's a bit better, I must say, but still going to slowly for me. From time to my sweet little nose is running full and then I need sometimes lots of paper to get it a bit empty. I am NOT amused at all !! Okay, compaining done, that's off my chest!
For the moment there isn't much going on, so I am afraid it is going to be a very dull post, except for the freebie. Yeah, I have another one! I came across some very nice brushes from watches and suddenly the idea came up to make this kit. I think you can use it for a lot of things, it will even fit for the New Year celebration. Wow, that's quick. I even didn;t start making some Christmaskits, but it is going to be time now. Just must get in the right mood for it. I haven't the Christmas feeling yet! It will come, be not afraid!
Okay, here is the preview and link for the kit, just have a nice day, and perhaps tomorrow there will be more to tell.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
For me I was late out of bed today. only at 09.30 o'clock I stepped out of my bed. Yep, that's already a bit late for me. But then I went in rather late yesterday, I watched some tv in the evening, then Jan went for a quick visit to the pub, so I did some more on the computer and then I watched another film later with Jan and went to bed at 3 o'clock! I managed to do some quickpages for the wedding album, that's progressing fine. The most I am worried about making that dvd, cause that's all new to me. But I am pleased about some of the pages. How much more attractive it is, to look at pictures when they are scrapped, isn;t it? They come much more to life!
I checked and found out that the Veteran day here in Holland is actually at the 27th of June. But as I said before, also Poppy day on the 11th of November is celebrated, but on a smaller scale.
And what did I brewed for you today? I have a real vintage looking kit I want to offer. I found the colorscheme on the site of Colorlovers(wonderful to go to if you don;t know, what colours to use) and it ended in this kit"Un Souvenir"Don;t you just LOVE the papers with the cild with the rose???? My heart melted when I found that one.
Well, I must try to finish the kit for tomorrow and I want to do some more on the album, and if time is left I must try to do a scan (will also be the first time). Yeah, I have a new computer but working with all the stuff on it and all the possibilities is something different! And when the album is finished I have to upload the musci for it and place it to it, oh boy, ALL kind of hills to be taken. For the ones, doing that already for a longer time it semmes I am just weeping for nothing, because it is just SOOO easy! Yeah, if you know ow to handle it it is easy! LOL.
But.... I won't give up! I am determined to finish it and so I will,.........one day. hahaha.
Tomorrow Heidi is going to the hospital and I trylu hope they find something that will make her feel a bit better and less fatigued all the time. On Tuesday and Wednesday I am also the doggy - let out- to have a pee- service, yes. Danny has to work then in afternoon and evening, so the poor little thing will be left alone too long to keep all his business UP, as they say. Well, he asked me if I could do that for those two days. Of course, no problem. Séverine will be at her grandmother for those days, and hopefully Heidi will be home again at Thirsday.
So next week already has a bit of a schedule, but surely there will be lots more to do. Better to have to do a lot than nothing at all, I suppose.
Enough ramble of me!!!! Enjoy all the Sunday, I think mine will be okay and till next time!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Now at last I can show you what I was talking about still yesterday! On the 11th of November there is Poppy Day or Veteran Day, well in most countries it is on that date. Here in Holland it is celebrated here and there, but not as big as e.g. in England. But I have a mini blogtrain to announce you. Snowy and Edna were so kind to ask me to join them in this project and of course I said yes! My FIRST collaboration, wow! The 3 kits are very different but all are great, I think. Snowy has it with an Emglish character, Edna with an American and I tried to make it Dutch. So I did mine in the colours of the Dutch flag, red, white blue and some orange from our banner on the flag.
I will show you the previews and give you also the links to the other blogs. Due to time zones, it might be, that Edna's kit will be on her blog later today(there is a difference of about 6 hours!!).
This is my part:
Here Edna's part on http://missednasplace.blogspot.com/
And here Snowy's part on http://silversnowyraven.blogspot.com/
Well, are they great or not???
Don;t forget to leave some love on their blogs if you are going to download!
It was so hard for me to keep it quiet for a while, because I was so enthousiastic and flattered too about this little collaboration!
And yesterday I was very busy again. I finished a nice kit(will be for tomorrow) and then I started to scrap a lot of the best pictures of my wedding and then I will try to cook something up in Window Movie maker( never done it before, so it will be a blank area for me!) and burn that to a DVD/ Will be much nicer to look at than only just pictures, I suppose. Till now I used some of my own kits for the scrapping but also downloaded some of fellow designers. And yesterday I took some time to go to Valinda's blog http://vjscraproom.blogspot.com/ and took already a lot of her QP. Always liked her quickpages and amired them, and she has very, very much quickpages!
Yes, i decided to make the scraps not with one theme or colourscheme, but just randomly scrapped, just that they look nice. So you see, I keep myself far too busy, this also will take several weeks and I surely hope I will manage to get them on a dvd!
I first will try to make a "film" with some other pictures, just to get used to the movie maker.
So now I will get on, have to post my kit on Digiscrap Depot and two other forums, and then I want to make some quickpages I think for my "project" and must think about another freebie for next week.
I wish you all a very happy week-end, some of you will have Veteran day celebration already on Sunday and I think it is a good thing for all of us to think about all the lives lost in all the wars, if only just for a moment. I just wished that it happened no more, but unfortunately every day a life is lost in a battle, small or big, justified or not, it already is terrible that people are fighting eachother. And from which view it is justified?? Basicly I do not believe any fighting is justified, because it seldom solves the real problems. I think that is the message to remember from Veteran Day.
Friday, November 07, 2008
First I must mention, that I received again the award
This time from Glynis from http://ghunibee.blogspot.com/. It could be an interesting blog to visit, she discovered the scrapping virus, she lives on Cyprus(oh lucky one, with the weather!) and she has nice stories about her life there and also makes beautiful pictures. Take a few minutes to pay her a visit!
I already told her my thanks, of course, but also that I skipp this time the nominations.
Then the day is approaching for some very nice news for you, it has to do with Poppy day, involves some other people and that's all I say. I know I was already teasing you with it, but if all goes right, I will have a post tomorrow which you should not MISS!!!!
And of course you noticed I had a bloglayout change AGAIN! YEAH!!!! I liked the autumn layout, but suddenly it felt a little bit sad, and dark, so I changed it with another layout of Allison Brown. She also had a header to it, so I took that one too. I hope to stick to this one for a couple of weeks(you'll NEVER know) before I will change it into a very Christmassy one. I saw a few very nice ones, so wait and judge for yourself in a couple of weeks.
After all this I even managed to have a little kit for you. I fell back to an old love of mine: PENGUINS. Somehow they always seem to touch me with a smile on the face and tenderness aside of it. Well, we are approching winter times(yes I know, only some of us) so it can be nice for some colder layouts. Simple title"CHILLY" but it suites well the penguins.
After all these messages I must get on now, still want to do some kit making and perhaps a challenge. I must not forget to show you another layout I made for the letter challenge. I even have two!!! It will have to wait till Sunday, I think.
Now all of you, remember to surely come back somewhere tomorrow, for the kid of surprise that is planned and for today I wish you all a very good, nice, happy and peaceful day!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Pretty much vague the title today, hmmmm? I'll explain. I yesterday signed in for an action of my internet provider and tv cable provider(the same). I can get a new bundle for 3 euro more to pay each month and I get digital tv with the modem free, telephone by internet modem and an internet connection which will be twice as fast! Wow, finally Jan and I went over the edge to take the telephone in a new area, LOL! We were all the time a bit suspicious, because we heard of a lot of problems with it, but you have to get on with the time, they say. And I finally am going to have a digital cable connection for th tv, which means that if I am only take the basic I will have about 60 programs instead of the 34 now. And the broadcast will be better on the screen of the tv, much sharper. So if all goes well, the installer comes on the 18th of november to put all the connections in the right place etc. I am very curious if all will work well. (As I am typing now, at the same time Jan is frequently giving his remarks on the television program etc. to me, so all the time I have to look up, give him a smile or a hmmmmmmm, or a knod, all very disturbing, !!).
But be happy with me, I have a new kit for you. I found some nice patters, Celtic ones and I made a kit from it. I hope it is a bit Celtic all the way, should ask that to my forum friend Snowy of http://silversnowyraven.blogspot.com/ and the Magickal Scraps, LOL. You should check her blog, because she is now busy to learns a lot with Poser and she makes nice things already, wow!
And I have received another award. Wow, are all those people nice to me! This one is from Lynn, from http://www.deviantdesigner.blogspot.com/.
No rules, whoopeee, only have to pass it on. Well, there we go:
So here is the kit "Patterns of the Celts" hope you will like it and I am surely hoping to have another kit tomorrow, I am still working on it! And I ( just a minute, Jan is talking..........................!!!!!)*************************************************am busy on some challenges and in the means time I am scrapping the best pictures of my wedding and then I must burn those layouts on a dvd, have to figure that out too, never done it, but I will manage to understand the program for it, slowly. So you see I am very busy with all kind of things. Then I have the bloghopping to do, to keep posted of the new things some of my scrap friends are doing, then there is the email to keep up, it's a terribly busy world I stept in when I started the blog and the scrapping!
Well, I must get on so I wish you all a very nice day, enjoy it!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Well, let's start with the breaking news. A new president of America is chosen and it's Obama. I suppose some of my American friends are happy now and others perhaps not. But it still is a kind of historical event that happened. Now I only hope everybody will not expect that changes will be done within a year or so, he is just a man in an important position, but not a miracle maker! The problems are way too big, to get them solved in a short time. So everybody in the world will have to give Barack Obama time. But I truly hope he will gather a real good and trustworthy staff around him to help him in his tremendous job. May be he really will be able to slowly change things for the good.
I usualy don't like to discuss politics, and specially not on my blog, but I thought this was such an important event I just had to spent a few words on.
Yesterday I did my shopping and I bought some bigger shrimps for the dinner. I first marinated them to give them more taste. And oh boy, was I glad we didn;t had any visitors last evening! Because the poor guests would have been blown out of the house by the smell of GARLIC!!! Yummie.
And coming back of the shopping I still didn;t sat down. No, I first cleaned the fridge! And done that I could sit down with a drink and a small sandwich. Now today is staying home day, I suppose, so maybe I will be able to do some more on the designing , because lately it is going slowly! But it is that way because I always want to make them better, and better often means : taking more time.
So therefor I have only a small freebie for you today, it's an extra on the Roses so Lovely kit, made you 3 quickpages and a bragbook page. I hope you can be happy with that.LOL
Well my dear ladies, I wish you all a terrific day and hope to "see" you again tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Yes, it is going a lot better with me,not necessary to walk with a little jug tied under my nose LOL to catch all the water etc. dripping of my nose! So in a few days it will be hopefully end of that story.
I suppose many of you already know the CU Freebies Only Blog? Well, there is now also a forum to it(see my side bar, I have their blinkies!) and it is a free registration. It's not only for designers to post there but all scrapping lovers can go there for a hunt to collect wonderful CU freebies. And certainly for us kitmakers, who are not always gifted with talent to make new elements and more, it is a treasure chest overthere! It is worth to join and look around.
Then I already give you two links for a freebie, because it's wonderful one. Linda, from http://bonscrapatitdesigns.blogspot.com/ and Vicky from http://vicki20.blogspot.com/ joined in a collaboration for a wonderful kit. It's called Festivity and you are going to feel happy just looking at it. Go over there and take the first downloads, it is a fabulous job they have accomplished.
Now today I already have more on the "to do"list than there will be time! After the blogposting I want to start already with another kit, then I have to do some shopping, then surely there is something more to do in the house, then already it will be time to go freebiehunting for the list and hopefully some time left to continue on the kit. And I also should do some challenges too, but I am afraid it will have to wait till tomorrow.
I am always wanting to do too much in too little time. I think, I will NEVER learn to change that.
Oh well, it makes me the person I am, hahahahaha.
So now the kit for today. I think it can be used for a lot of things, which also is practical sometimes, and I really LOVED to work with this colourscheme. Do you think it turned out well?
Judge for yourself, here is "Roses so Lovely". And IF there is a bit time, I may have a little add-on for it tomorrow.
Everybody: have a very nice day, to all Americanes: choose well on election day, I surely couldn't say which candidate I should vote for. It's a very tricky and a difficult choice.
Monday, November 03, 2008
It's already a bit better with the cold, not gone yet, but it will be, some day.
I wasn't very productive yesterday, however did finish off the kit so I have a freebie for you today. And guess what I have another award! This one I received from Edna http://missednasplace.blogspot.com/. She even didn;t got the time to let me know, but I was on her blog and saw it. I can understand she hasn't time yet, there was a new born to admire in the family, a lovely little girl, born on Halloween. You should go over to her blog to take a look at the picture Edna took. So sweet.
Now thank you Edna, for the award!
The rules are simple, I will have to tell you in short 7 things I love and then pass the award to 7 other people. So here we go:
I love my dearest ones
I love animals
I love yummie desserts
I love my computer thing
I love giving little presents to friends
I love being at home
I love watching detectives on tv
It's hard to find 7 things, there are so much more things I love to do. Well, these are anyway some of them. Now I pass the award on to
Wow, already after a day almost not blogging there is a lot of catching up to do! Also reading some of the blogs I follow.
I will try to do some designing too, to have some freebie for you tomorrow.
Anyway here the freebie for today. It is a bit a fantasy one, and hope you will like it. I named it "Seductive Fairies". Have fun with it and spend a wonderful day!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Hope your Halloween was a nice time for you. I surely was glad there was no celebration of it here, because I really wasn't up to it. But I had this time a rather good night of sleep. Woke up at about 5.40 in the morning, took something to drink and then about 6.30 I went back again till around 09.00! Still need to have my roll of paper next to me, but I am feeling a bit better. I was really pampered ( a bit) by Jan yesterday, he suddenly got the spirit and took off the dust and even hoovered around. POOHHHHH! That's really something to be mentioned, hahaha.
Just now I had to stand up from the desk to correct my cat Brodski, who was trying to make himself a nice place on some clothes of Jan. He leaves them sometimes on the couch and it seems very attractive to the cats.
Well, for today I have at least a freebie for you left. How nice. Curious what you are going to do with it. I name it "Pillars of Life".
You had quit a freebielist to go through yesterday, isn;t it? There were a lot of blogtrains in it, I think you will need some time for it today too! I must think of another way to put the freebielists upon my blog, perhaps I can figure out how to make another page on it. I think it will be easier to read the blog, when all the"written posts will be following up eachother, without the break everytime of the lists. Another thing to look into.
Well, here is the kit, I must go out for a little wile, to do a few necessary shoppings, must take enough paper with me to clean my nose, walking in the supermarket, hahaha.
Have a very nice Saturday, and I'll be back later with a freebielist, of course.