dinsdag 28 december 2010
zaterdag 18 december 2010
Holland is covered under a blanket of snow. I so love this weather. It looks absolutely magical! I have been in the kitchen all morning preparing Cranberry relish and cupcakes. The house smells like heaven.
The Cranberry relish will be a present for friends and family. Most of the cupcakes will go with me tonight, when I have a performance with my choir in Schiedam. We will be singing English and German Christmas Carols and some American Christmas songs. Afterwards we will have tea, coffee and cakes. I am a bit nervous, but also look forward to it very much. It's always such a happy event!
It's a special day today as well, because my beautiful eldest daughter Myrthe is celebrating her 21st birthday! Dear Myrthe, when you read this, one more big kiss to you!!
I am not really sure if I will have much time left next week to leave comments. The week is filled with work, lunch and dinner appointments, one more performance and the preparations for a Christmas brunch and dinner with the family.
I wish you all lots of LOVE and a Merry Christmas! Have Fun!
vrijdag 3 december 2010
While I am sitting behind my computer, taking little sips of my Cranberry tea, big snowflakes are falling down. On a day like this I almost bubble with excitement. When I walked through the old town of Schiedam during my lunch break, I realised what a lucky person I am, to have all this history on my doorstep. The snow only adds to it's beauty. The old houses that look like a scene from a painting of one of the old Dutch masters. The ice on the canals. The people wrapped up in their thick wintercoats, wearing all kinds of funny hats. Sinterklaas decorations adjourning the streets. I could go on and on.......I realise not all of you will be happy with this weather, but I hope that despite the disadvantages that come with it, you will be able to see the beauty of it all!
Last week I met Ingrid from the blog Home and Lifestyle. From the moment we met we started talking and didn't stop until two hours later. There was so much to share. It was like meeting an old friend. She even brought me two beautiful light blue placemats, covered with roses, for in my garden house. Ingrid, thank you once again for the lovely present and afternoon. It was so good meeting you! I hope one day you will be able to see for yourself how your placemats look on my garden table.
Wishing you all a happy weekend. Enjoy your Sinterklaas!
Lieve groet, Madelief
maandag 29 november 2010
As the days are getting shorter and colder, I thought it was high time to make my house look a bit warmer and more festive.
I found some branches outside in the park, which I sprayed silver, and decorated them with crystals and wooden snowflakes. I adjusted the fairly lights to the big living room mirror, and arranged all sorts of white, glass and silver lights on a Moroccan tray, to put on our dining room table. Some tiny white angels flew into the wreath over the fireplace ;-).
The rest of the decorating has to wait until after 'Sinterklaas', which we celebrate on the 5th of December. This year we will go to Amsterdam and celebrate 'Sinterklaas' with my husbands family. My daughters are very busy, working on their poems and their surprise gifts, for someone in the family. Our living room is a mess. Full of cardboard boxes, tape, paint and different kinds of packaging material. Last year my daughter made Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb for her younger sister. He was very popular, not only with the little ones but the grown ups as well. You can see Perry on the last picture.
I will probably not be posting anymore before Sinterklaas, so I wish all my Dutch readers 'een hele gezellige Sinterklaas avond' and my international readers a happy new week!
Lieve groet, Madelief