Thankfully I am done with buying presents, this year it was pretty easy! I received a clear wishlist for my Secret Santa recipient and I also overheard some extra wishes that were not on that list. Plenty to choose from!
Last Friday school was out early so I drove to the city of Maastricht to get some last shopping done. There is one particular store ( De Bijenkorf ) that has a gorgeous selection of modern interior design pieces. You know, like the stuff you see in all the cool magazines? Their displays are always something to drool over! Here are some pictures I secretly took with my phone. Don’t these items look really quilt-ish to you?
Above: “Sierkussen Graph” by PT. Just a decorative stitch in a contrasting colour on a quality cotton.
Drool…. I want these, when I win the lotery! “Kaleido” by Hay. Metal in bright colours. Small size was already expensive. Did not dare to look at the prize for the large platter.
I also found some Christmas decorations that I could not NOT bring home with me. This weekend I got to work and created this in my livingroom.
(Warning! Picture overload!)
I already bought a gorgeous fleece blanket (like I do not have enough blankets / quilts in my house, ha ha!) in the same colour scheme!
I made this tablerunner out of a scarf I found in another design store called HEMA ( a bit like “Bed Bath and Beyond” but with every day items) It is one of those gauzy polyester scarves you can wear indoors and it is a very loose weave! I carefully pinned it with regular pins to a piece of white cotton and stitched with shiny thread using my walking foot. I used the regular long pins instead of the basting pins as I did not want the scarf to get ripped by the curly bit of a basting pin. It went pretty well, except from some shifting at the border. I can live with that! :-) I used a warm brown cotton for the binding. I do not know how this tablerunner will wash up or even how it will look after using it a few times. For now I am in love with it!
In the HEMA store I found another quilt-ish scarf! HEXIES!!!
I am undecided what to do with this scarf. It is much wider than the other one so it would make a huge tablerunner. Maybe, shockingly, use it as a scarf?
I leave you with this fun trick picture of my Christmas tree.
If you would like to create your own fabulous Christmas picture, do this:
– Set the ISO to the lowest setting.
– Put your camera on a tripod.
– Take a picture of the tree and carefully zoom out while the camera lens is open!
My picture came out very wobbly as I could not find my tripod and I used some boxes. I think I took about 20 pictures before I settled on this one. Have a look at the pictures other made with the same trick!
I will be missing from blogland for a couple of days but will be back in January! Ladies and gents, I wish you all a happy holiday and a wonderful 2014.
Lots of love!