Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Busy.. and a couple of Christmas Cards

This is such a busy time of the year. I have been writing my Christmas cards and thinking about the Christmas preparations. I have the tree up and the wreaths - so cozy!
My heart has found much more rest since Friday when we picked up David to find him happy, relaxed and upbeat! I was so thankful to God as I had prayed all week that I would find him settled and at peace. Change takes time to get used too and we have to give ourselves and other people time to adapt.

This is a joint effort Christmas card. Susanne sent me this deer diecut a long time ago and the snowflakes are from my American friend Betty, who visited me in the summer. I got the idea for this card from Pinterest and it was one of those cards I just had to case. I also embossed some snowflakes on the patterned paper. I can't take credit for the stitching because it was already on the paper, which I believe also came from Susanne. So you see how much we need each other in crafting!

Edit: Just adding another card which was made with a different die cut. I used the Misty Garden pattern background stamp from Hero Arts and stamped a Christmas definition three times. Added some die-cut snowflakes and it was done very quickly. I will be adding this card (which I made today 05/12) to the challenge on Simon Says stamp blog who are asking for snowflake cards.

 And another one.

Other than that, I have been cooking - since I got introduced (via the TV and books) to a very inspiring cook (Jamie Oliver), I have been on a discovery trip and want to get hold of as many herbs, spices etc. that I can!

This was so nice.
On Sunday we came home from Church to find that one of our shoes had been put in front of the fire with a burlap wrapped present and a poem. This had to be our son and daughter in law as they excused themselves from the church service earlier than usual. They had been preparing all day Saturday as they made their own Pepernoten, which are sweet spicy little biscuits, which were in our shoes, and a lovely poem for everybody. It was such a lovely treat and so thoughtful of them.
This is what they call Sinter Klaas in the Netherlands, and it is usually celebrated around the 5th of December.



  1. Great to hear that David is getting more accustomed to being in his new home away from home, Jacqueline! Your card is so pretty - I think I have some of that stitched paper somewhere...

    Never heard of that Netherlands custom; but your new DIL and your son were so loving and thoughtful to surprise you in this way. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family - God bless!

  2. What a lovely surprise from your son and daughter in law - sounds like such a neat tradition! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Jacqueline - love every detail!

    I'm so happy to hear David is adjusting to his new surroundings - what a relief that must be! And you're right, change can be so difficult but time truly does help. So happy for you! Hugs! :)

  3. What a lovely post Jacqueline, so glad to hear David is settling in, that must be so wonderful for you. Your deer card looks so pretty, such fine colours, too!

  4. So pleased to hear that David is at last getting settled Jacqueline. What a fabulous surprise, love old customs and this one sounds like fun!

  5. Love this beautiful card, Jacqueline! So glad to hear that David is settling into his new home, and loved seeing the shoes today!

  6. Wat fijn Jacqueline, dat David zich thuis gaat voelen op zijn nieuwe plekje. Dat geeft heel veel rust. Het had gewoon tijd nodig...
    Leuk, die schoenen met sinterklaaskadootjes. Zo'n leuke tijd he, december, met al die feestelijkheden. Geniet ervan!

  7. what a delightful card and what a great son and DIL your have. That is simply a perfect tradition for your family.

  8. I love you card ... that beautiful deer looks so regal ... And what a beautiful things for your son and DIL to do ... how very lovely!

  9. Sinter Klaas..Lovely tradition on the 5th! So happy for you and David's new found peace.
    Love the Whimsical deer! Beautiful layers of torn snow. The second card is lovely, wonderful BG coloring.
    Your cooking sounds like fun too.
    The stamp set you sent arrived yesterday! I'm looking foward to playing a bit today.
    Thank you for the GRID card.. I never imagined the inchies to be so tiny and delecate. It is truely beautiful work Jacqueline, Thank you.

  10. Me again, to officially say "Thank You for entering our Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!" Please play again!

  11. I am so happy to hear David is settling in. That has to put you a bit at ease.. Your cards are gorgeous. I just love those cute reindeer. And what a nice treat to come home to.


  12. I love your creations! They're great! So i directly became one of your followers :)

  13. Absolutely beautiful Jacqueline! Gosh, those colours are so soft and I love the music print on the deers! And how sweet and loving of your son and DIL to make this treat for you! Sending you hugs!

  14. Hallo Jacqueline, Wat een mooie kaarten zijn dat zeg, die met de herten erop. Ik ga je volgen. Groetjes Jolanda


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