Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Magnificent windows V

A window in memory of last year in the colours of Soul Food

A window of this moment, butterflies and music

What do you see through your window?

Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Magnificent windows IV


Across the headlands
The forest masses
Under gray skies
And mist
Into a solid wall
Of muted gray
Through which cars
Glide skirting noiselessly
The rocky edge.
Through a window
I watch, windows are
For watching -
Square pieces of life
Ever changing.

by Donovan Holtz 

Some of you already noticed that lately I am obsessed with windows again. Showed you all kinds of windows in my town. The unknown embroiderist with her most fantastic windows and the shell.  A few special windows of the church. The posts on magnificent windows and ofcourse the start of this period with the post written Out of total excitment.

Looking back my window journey started years ago when I bought some cards. One of them was this card in the picture.This card is my card of hope, each time life serves me an unexpected obstacle I return to this statement and try to see things through a different window. Trying to recognize the different layers of the obstacle.

My ponderings so far. The eye is the window of the soul and music is one of the ornaments in my windowsill. A prison has windows with bars, an isolationcell has no windows at all, you are punished by the fact that you no longer are allowed to experience the outside world.  Windows in a plane, a boat or a restaurant are often a favorite place for people. Old people love to sit by the window and greet the people on the street.
A window is an opening, the energy passes our curtains and the windowsill with our special ornaments. The curtains and the ornaments are the experiences life gave us, they are the filter on what we 'see' and how we perceive life.

To conclude for today I have a song of Milow for you called The bed next to the window.

Have a fabulous day.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Magnificent windows III

Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room! 
Yosa Buson

In the update of magnificent windows I already said that the ideas behind this project were fallen together in a lovely way. Maybe you notice something similiar in your life but every time I announce that things are working out really nicely and obstacle arises. This time it meant a large part of the embroidery had to be done again and I couldn't find a frame. Both obstacles are removed. This means this week is dedicated to magnificent windows.

This is the oldest picture that I found of the building of which I made a drawing on cloth. In 1887 the brothers Oppenheimer opened the first wholesale provisions warehouse in Vancouver.

This picture is from 1898

The Oppenheimers were a prominent family. The brothers were born in Germany. After the California gold rush they supplied goods to prospectors moving North to the Fraser River and Cariboo gold rush. David Oppenheimer was often called the ‘father’ of Vancouver. He served as Mayor of the city from 1888 to 1891 and he served as the first president of the Vancouver Board of Trade in 1887.

The  magnificent windowstory will continue tomorrow but before I say goodbye, I hope you will click here and listen to Steamy windows of Tina Turner because this project is also about music.

Have a lovely day.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

First sweet peas

The wonder of nature with the sweetest taste.

Enjoy your evening, enjoy the sunset, enjoy life.


Friday, June 25, 2010


Each time you learn something new, even in the smallest babysteps
You'll have to find a new balance
Each day you meet an obstacle and get passed it
You experience a new balance
Each day you grow and make your journey through life
Your ability to adjust is what is giving you the strenght to walk in balance

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

The window of a shell

More than a year ago I embroidered a shell on Soul Food with the thought of the neccesity of being open. Our houses are our shells and the windows are giving us the opportunity to look outward. Each time we do, we see an ever changing sea of life.

This is the drawing made while I was pondering about it once more.

Have a lovely day


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Learning curve

Mastering a skill means repetition with the heart. If your heart isn't in it while you try to learn a new skill it becomes a struggle. Learning something new for me is like being a kid again, starting all over again. My journals over the years show my need to learn something new. The nervousness, the anxiety of being good enough, to be taken by the hand and  to hear the words it's gonna be allright is my reward for feeding my need to learn.

Blogging has been and still is a skill which I am trying to master and each day I find comments and mails to encourage me to move forward, to learn some more. Thank you for all your encouragements, your links, your suggestions but most of all your appreciation for my work.

Have a fantastic day,


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Did it again!!!!

Finally, after a year and major obstacle, I can again:  Yes, I did it!!!!

Another succes

Rhubarb-applesauce with lavender sugar, it taste like summer.

Have a fabulous day.


Monday, June 21, 2010


Yesterday we visited Julie and Husband at their new place.

View of their pond.

The boat

A place to absorb the magnificent view

Some flowers
Old stairs
An old farmhouse window

Camera's ofcourse

Fresh rhubarb and rhubarb jelly, a lovely gift for us

It is a shame but the best part I can't show you. because the best part is spending time together and enjoy each others company. Thanks Julie and Husband, we had a great time.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Straight from the heart

Another week passed. Thank you for your encouraging comments and mails.

Have a fantastic weekend.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scott Marr

Some of you already know my soft spot for the artwork of Scott Marr. Mary of  Beauty amongst the weeds is writing about him for a year now on her blog called Scott Marr, the reality of life as an artist, which I follow ofcourse. He was on my list of wonderful people for instance. Scott and Mary gave me this beautiful detail photograph of an eye.

He created three video's about the way he works. If you want to see the man in action, this is the first one, the second one and the last one.
Why do I tell you this? Because Scott has created a new place, a site with just photographs of his work, kind of a library. You just have to see this. The name for all this eyecandy is Scott Marr.

Enjoy your day, enjoy your eyecandy.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The beach in our garden

 The sun is shining again, all the leafs of the fall are cleared away and the snow has disappeared. It is time for an update of  the serie the beach at our house. So let's make a trip through the garden.

driftwood drying in the sun

Have a fabulous day.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The girl-effect

Some weeks ago I read at Alabama Chanin journal a post about the girl-effect. It struck me how simple sometimes a solution can be. Education for everyone, an answer that already can make a huge difference in this world.

Some of you know that I feel strongely about reading and learning kids to read. Each week I walk into a classroom and I listen to kids when they are reading to me. Why? Because at times parents don't have the time or the patience to sit down and do it. Learning to read means practice, nothing more, nothing less. I am happy to give away my time to children because without the skill of reading the chance of a good future isn't possible in our society. Our society depends on reading and the number of kids that can't read when they leave school is growing rapidly in the western world. Helping each kid, each week is my contribution. The future has started, let is be a bright one.

Have a lovely day.


Monday, June 14, 2010

A monday morning find in the garden

A sign of autumm in the midst of summer

Enjoy your beautiful monday!!!!


What is the difference?

Does this make sense to you?

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, June 11, 2010

A lucky girl again!!!

Most of you know that I love sending little packages into the world with a little gift to create a happy moment for someone else. Yesterday it was my turn to receive a happy moment again. Our bare legged mailman came by with a beautiful envelope from Anneli.

The stamps gave some music.

A map envelope.

Butterflies in a mobile and a card with Charlie.

Pink butterflies for a new project.

A beautiful necklace made by Anneli.

Anneli, thank you so much for this beautiful gift, I am so happy with the little messages you put in. 

Thank you all for stopping by this week, your lovely comments and mails and who knows your mailman may stop at your door with a surprise from a friend.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Feel like sailing again

How about you?

Have a fantastic day.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010


A portal is there to enter another place, another stage, another part of the journey. A place which only can be found after you dropped a way of doing, a way of thinking that is no longer helping you to move forward. The portal can feel like a long journey because it is hard to kick a habit. Sometimes the portal is just one step when a life-changing event just happend.

At times when I feel stuck, I look around and ask myself:'Do I want to learn something new or get rid of a path, a habit that isn't helping anymore? What I can change? Usually a thought or two come up and the process of finding another way of doing starts again. A portal will appear and knowing that motivates me to walk on.

Have a fantastic day.


Monday, June 7, 2010

In need of a shelter

Even this blackbird wasn't a happy trooper with all the rain pouring down.

What I missed out on last saturday

Last week was a week of preparation and anticipation. A saturday planned out in the country. The weather couldn't have been better, beautiful blue skies and the sun was shining. The perfect day to visit a friend.

But life knows how to throw an obstacle in when everything seems to be going well. So we didn't spent the day at their new farm, we didn't get to see Mathilde, we didn't hear about all their exciting plans for the farm and we didn't get a chance to talk and catch up.

Why? Because of this.

glutenfree bread

On friday night we went to a fleamarket and afterwards we drove the beach because of the fantastic weather. That wasn't planned nor prepared. So we quickly drove by a supermarket to get some sausages for our not planned bbq. We did check for gluten. But they forgot to write it down!!!! Which means Lars became very sick during the night and we were on nightwatch again with clean sheets, the works. Result, my stomach not feeling its usually self because of the gluten, lost already 2 kg, lack of sleep and not getting what I wished for.
In short I was totally bummed out.

The good thing is, we still plan to see their farm and catch up. We hope to see you soon Julie.

Have a lovely start of you week.