Sunday, November 12, 2006

Short But Sweet

Here we are, home again after a whirlwind trip. Thanks to all of you for your good wishes for our journey. Barbara did you order the lovely mild fall weather we enjoyed both in Holland & Germany? Thank you - it was great!!

After arriving in Holland Sunday morning we drove straight to Leiden & spent the day with DD & her DBF. Monday we drove to Hamburg, Germany where we spent the remainder of the day and the following morning visiting with DS. After that it was time for the business portion of the trip. Late Wednesday afternoon we returned to The Netherlands and spent an evening with our favorite Dutch cousins. Thursday we were able spend the entire day with DD and in the afternoon the three of us visited the exhibition of Rembrandt Landscapes at De Lakenhal. Of course we also had to shop for Sinterklaas goodies - YUM!! Friday morning it was back to the airport and the trip home.

It was so wonderful to be able to spend time with our children. Being with them in person is so much better than talking via telephone or e-mail. We were so very happy that both DS & DD were able to take time off work on such short notice and seeing them made this short trip VERY SWEET.

No stitching during the flights. Of course I should have known that would be almost impossible considering the crowded planes these days. Thank goodness I had brought along 975 pages of 'escape' in the form of Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home". Her books are just like a huge plate of comfort food, something which is most welcome when you have four long flights.

While waiting for flights and during the time DH was taking care of business I did manage to get 'Winter Row' about half done. For those of you who know this pattern you will see that I've made a few color changes to brighten the piece up a bit. I'm stitching with DMC on 14 ct Mystical Midnight Aida by Heaven Lee Creations. Although Aida is not my fabric of choice at the moment this was such a pretty piece that I couldn't resist it. B5200 has been subsituted for whitewash, brighter orange 740 and brown 838 for the carrot noses and branches and for the lettering I've completely wandered from the path by substituting 3838 blue for the brownish 3021. I like it!!

Now I'm off to visit all of you and see what I've been missing out on this past week.


Blogger Barbara said...

LOL! I enjoyed that great weather, too. And you got out just in time - we've had cold rain all weekend!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Glad you had a good trip. Love the snowman piece!

5:01 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and I'm glad they were able to get time off from work to spend with you. The snowmen look adorable on the blue aida you used, a very fun finish.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

How wonderful that you got to spend some quality time with your kids, nothing in the world beats that! I'm so happy to hear you had a good trip and are back home safe after such a long journey.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Stitchingnow said...

Glad you had a good trip and I have to agree that seeing kids in person is 10 times better.. I like the WIP also even if you did change the colors...LOL hugs

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winter Row looks great. I like the changes you made in the colors.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Nelapx said...

bienvenida, y me gustan tus muñecos de nieve, estan hermosos

7:39 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Welcome back! Oh, I miss Holland! It is DH's and my favorite place to travel (other than the Bahamas)!

8:55 AM  
Blogger 'Berta said...

Margaret, those snowmen as so cute! Glad you had such a great trip.

10:45 AM  
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11:23 AM  
Blogger Tracy Baby said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, how lovely to get time with your children.Your little snow men are very cute.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm glad to hear you had a nice trip visiting with your family. Winter's Row is adorable! I love the color of the fabric. :)

1:19 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Glad to hear that your trip went well Margaret,and to spend time with your children is just wonderful. Love the fabric your're stitching winter row on, a perfect choice :)take care

1:44 PM  
Blogger Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Your color changes are perfect - such a cute & festive piece, Margaret! Glad you had a safe journey.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Hello from France. Nice to discover your site and to brqwse through it. Much pleasure in your coming stitching moments.

6:12 AM  

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