A visit to Scheepjes HQ

Last week I got the fabulous experience of visiting Scheepjes HQ in the north of The Netherlands. For me a return trip of almost 500km, but well worth the effort. It was a wonderful day and I would love to share this fabulous place with you.

The first thing you see when walking up to the building are…. cows. Yes, cows. Many cows and all of them in different colors and doing different things. Most of them are just standing about going about their business being statues, but some of them have the very important task of being a place of rest. I just loved these benches! So Dutch 😀

cow benches

Once inside I got a personal tour of the treasure chambers the modest looking building conceals. Really, there are no words to describe this place to you. There are rows and rows and rows and then even more rows of the most amazing things you could ever imagine. There are zippers, buttons, bag handles, fabric, lace, yarn, LOTS of yarn, books, hooks, needles. Oh, I am going to stop trying to make a list. Just look at the pictures to get a feel for this wonderful place. You really do feel like a little girl in a candy store!

scheepjes HQ

scheepjes HQ

scheepjes HQ

My favorite things were the ribbons, I have never seen so many ribbons in one place before in my life. So many different designs, different materials from cotton to velvet, embroidered detail and bright colors. I don’t think it is humanly possible to use each and every ribbon even if you made a new design every day of your life.

scheepjes HQ

Among the thousands of buttons I stumbled onto something unexpected, buttons made with real flowers. I have never seen this in a store. I immediately have a vision of a beautiful summer crochet bag with a closing made with daisy flower buttons…

scheepjes HQ

But there is one more surprise this day had in store for me. I was asked to join the Scheepjes Bloggers group. So as of today I am a proud member of the bloggers group along with some fabulous people like Dedri Uys from Look at what I made, Tatiana Kupryjanchyk from LillaBjorn Crochet and Nerissa from Miss Nerriss.

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I went home with a beautiful goody bag containing some new yarns to experiment with. I will be writing about some of these yarns the coming months. All in all it was a wonderful day and goes on my list of blessing to count every day.

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Great gifts from great friends

Sometimes I feel so blessed by all the great friends and family I have! I felt that it was time to count just a few of the many blessings that I have received these last few months.

A nutty yarn-squirrel…

I have a friend, her name will remain unsaid but if you know her you will recognize her, who is known as a squirrel-nut because she almost lost a finger while trying to rescue a baby squirrel hit by a car. The frightened and somewhat ungrateful squirrel bit her so hard in her finger that it almost got amputated. Luckily she still has her finger and can still crochet so no harm done to her. Unfortunately the squirrel did not make it.

squirl on a bad sorting yarnI am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. You see, she send me a postcard with a squirrel on it that is busy organizing his yarn. Now if I did not already have a logo for my blog this would have been my instant new logo. I like squirrels and I like yarn and I am an organized person. This image catches me perfectly.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

I am sure that you know Dedri Uys from Look at what I made. Although we have not met in person, I consider her a close friend. We’ve just connected on so many levels it’s amazing. As a token of her appreciation for my videos of Sophie’s Universe she send me a copy of her Amamani Puzzle Balls book containing 6 designs and clear step-by-step instructions. You can get this great book from many online stores such as Amazon, Deramores or Bol.com (NL). I have never made any crochet animals, but I have always wanted to. Dedri even gave me an easy start by giving me some yarn. Maybe in the Christmas holiday I will get round to making one of these balls. The wonderful thing about these puzzle balls is that children playing with them learn how to assemble objects, great for developing 3D thinking skills!

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‘Home’

homeDuring the summer holiday I ensured that there was a holiday program for the children at my church so that the parents could be in the service and not have to worry about their children. Usually I took the children out to play and when it was rainy I had a DVD at hand. But maybe most important for the kids, I always had a treat for them. Our children ministry leader gave me a HUGE bouquet of sunflowers and a book by Sophie Hudson to say thank you for my efforts during the holiday break.

“Home is where my people are” (Amazon, Bol.com (NL)) is a book about the crazy things that happen in our lives and how the people around us help us to become the best we can be. It is a book about belonging, something that is a fundamental human need. We all want and need to belong.

Grandma’s old carriage wheel

I know what you are thinking! You are thinking ‘Huh?’ But you read that right. We inherited a very old carriage wheel from grandma after she passed away. This wheel was up in the attic for some time and I once told my mother-in-law that if it ever needed to go, I would love to have it. My MIL remembered and when the house was cleared, the wheel came to us.

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This wheel is BIG and HEAVY but oh so nostalgic. My husband has turned it into a table for our outside lounge area. He found a piece of tree trunk in the small patch of woods behind our house and brought it home to use as a base for the table. After a lot of work he managed to get the wheel connected to the base and now it sits beautifully in our garden. It is not completely done yet as it still needs a glass table top, but this we will have to have custom made. I still need to find someone that can make a donut-shaped glass table top for me.

My mother’s old crochet hook holder

This gift I am really sentimental about. My mother gave me her box that she kept her crochet hooks in when she used to crochet many years ago. She has stopped crocheting but always kept her hooks and the wooden box. I really love that this box, which is just about as old as I am, is now mine. I will not be using the hooks as I prefer my own hooks more, but I will be keeping them for sentimental reasons.

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When was the last time you counted your blessings? They can be very small sometimes but mean so much. In a world surrounded by pain and suffering remembering the beautiful things in our lives helps us to remain hopeful of the future.

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Liebster Award!

I have been nominated for the “Liebster Award,” by not one but two ladies, Vagabon Velga and Buttercup and Bee. Thanx Velga and Alida 😀

SO, here is how it works, I have to answer 11 questions put to me by the people that nominated me. I am picking a collection from the 22 questions posed to me, my answers in blue. Here goes:

  1. What is the best time of day for you? That would have to be in the morning when I’m sleeping in.
  2. Of everything on this planet what drives you bonkers? People who don’t take responsibility for their actions
  3. What is your favorite pastime? Tough choice! That is either crocheting or being in MyVegi garden. Sorry, can’t choose.
  4. What is your favorite color? Purple
  5. Are you city, country or a suburb type of person? City with a country lining.
  6. Indoors or Outdoors? Depends on what I’m doing, but usually outdoors.
  7. If you were an animal what would you be and why? A cat, because I’d go about my day doing absolutely nothing and being loved for it.
  8. Tell me one thing that you love about yourself? I love how I can help others with crocheting.
  9. What do you do to relax and wind down? I crochet 🙂
  10. Do you collect anything? If so, what? Don’t laugh, I collect snow globes! But not just any snow globe, only globes from places in the world which have the name of the place on it and something related to that place in it. My latest snow globe is from Riga where I visited not too long ago.
  11. Describe yourself in 3 words. Completely utterly nuts!

I now have to nominate upcomming bloggers for the Liebster Award and for them to answer my questions. Here are my nominations:

  1. Keito Palette
  2. Just a girl and a Hook

Congratulations ladies! Right, now for 11 questions. This is harder than it looks 🙂

  1. Who has inspired you the most in your life?
  2. Which pet(s) do you have?
  3. Which city on the planet is your favorite?
  4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  5. What is the most amazing thing you have ever achieved?
  6. How do you make a difference to make this world a better place?
  7. What is your favorite flower or plant?
  8. What do you like more: sunshine or snow?
  9. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
  10. What is the last thing you do before going to bed?
  11. What is your aim when writing a blog post?

There are several rules by which you must abide in accepting this award:

  1. Link the person who nominated you (that’s me) to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator (that’s me too).
  3. Nominate other bloggers (not more than 11) for the award.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

The Liebster Award is a fun way to get to know people. Hope you feel that you know me a bit better 😀

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