Friday, March 15, 2013

Give away and travelling book

A few days ago I received a lovely parcel from Lupineke. I won the competition that she had on her blog  She send me fabric from the area Zeeland in Holland, because that is were she lives. The fabric was used to make aprons for the traditional costumes. In the packet I also found Zeeuwse boterbabbelaars. These are delicious sweets.

When I was a kid, my family spend all their holidays in Koudekerke, in a wooden summer house just behind the dike, that belonged to one of my father's brothers.  My father was born and raised in Vlissingen and he loved the area. The boterbabbelaars are a nostalgic sweet for me, because we used to eat a lot of those during these vacations.

The reason for the competition was the book "The Devil's puzzle"  by Clare O'Donohue who writes quilt mysteries. This book is circulating in the quilters world, travelling from one quilter to another.. When I finish the book, I will organize a competition, so that the book will find its way to someone else.

For now, I wish you a good weekend. Lots of Greeks will have a very good weekend, because it is Carnaval  here. And then on Monday (which is a public holiday) the fastening period starts with all special kind of foods. Custom is also to fly kites on this Καθαρή Δευτέρα (Clean Monday), so I hope the weather will be nice. Unfortunately the forecast says....rain!  But forecasts are wrong lots of time anyway, so we keep hour hopes up!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I have been a busy bee the last few weeks; trying to get all my unfinished projects ready. The biggest job was to finish my red quilt. I am so happy I managed to do this. The pictures I want to make have to be outside and that's a little problem at the moment, because, although the weather is rather sunny, there is a lot of wind. Too difficult for me to work with.

The olive harvest is finished. Now is the time to prune the trees and burn the branches. Everyone here in this area has his freshly pressed olive oil. The olive oil here is green, the colour of the plain square in this table runner. Imagine the runner with some feta, olives, Greek rusks and olive oil on top. That would look lovely and will taste delicious!

I have a little "olive tree" in a pot. Look how many olives it has. I guess I should have picked them!

Another project was a bag with a concealed top edge zipper. I've never done that before, but some time ago I bought the Bag Making Bible from Lisa Lam and it showed me how to do this. Here is the result.

The bag is made from Indonesian batik napkins. I love batik fabric. The colours are so beautiful.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Old school dresses

Some time ago my friend Ina was walking in the neighbourhood of Mystras when she saw a pile of rubbish. As she is very concerned about the environment she went closer to look. You can't believe what she found: 19 school dresses, all still packed in the original plastic bags from Πειραϊκή Πατραϊκή. This excellent company, which made mainly cotton products, unfortunately closed years ago. When I came to Greece, about 35 years ago, the children didn't wear school uniforms any more, so these dresses must be rather old.

Ina gathered them and brought them to me to recycle! I washed them and they are ready to use. I don't know yet what I am going to do with them, but something will turn up. At least the colour blue is fashionable again!

Today it's raining, but spring is in the air! Yesterday I did some work in the garden and last week we could sit outside to have our coffee. The garden is still in its winter state (with a lot of weeds, because of the rain and some sunshine).  I can't wait to be able to sit here again.

The coming weeks I will be an avid gardener. Lots of work to be done. I started to dig the vegetable garden. The strawberries need replanting. They multiplied enormously. I found some chives under the weeds and who knows what else I will find. It's always a surprise. Birds bring seeds and leave me with, sometimes, very nice plants.

I could use some cushions for my garden chairs. Maybe I manage to make them this year. The ones below I made for Ina. We bought the chairs and little tables together. Second hand, a good deal. Can't wait for the sun to come, but I probably have to wait a few days according to the weather forecast!