Sunday, February 24, 2008

Last Valentines....

It's vacation time!!!


I'm always planning to write more often. This time I have been ill, still am actually. Last week I couldn't bring a thing to a good end. Only talking on the phone and little trips with friends went well ;-). According to my husband I was suffering from de-swaptitus, and he might be right. But in the end it seemed like a prelude to the flu (or something like that). Last Friday all my muscles hurt, I coughed like someone who is smoking two packages of heavy 'Van Nelle' a day and I had a terrible headache. This was too much, I just had to stay in bed, cancel the appointments for this weekend and see if I can get better as soon as possible as we are going to Germany for a little winter break tomorrow. That's why I'm writing now, writing about Valentine presents next week...come will be March then!

Next time I will write about tags. I'm going to think about it in Germany (no I don't take the laptop with me, it should be a family vacation, you know).

As I have told you in a previous post, I was hosting a Valentine swap between 92 women. This is what I have received from my partner Maayke:

That beautiful heart was already in my Valentines' day post.

I love this doll! And so does my daughter, but she is definitely mine!

This heart shaped box filled with goodies mmmmmmm.

And last but not least, this very lovely tea-cosy. I didn't have one, and it looks so good in my kitchen. Thanks Maayke!!

And this is what I made her:

A little children's sewing box. I have found the lovely picture here. It was my intention to make one that could have belonged to one of us back in the sixties. A kind of replica, only there is no original.

It was filled with all kind of pink little treasures, as pink is Maayke's favourite color.

As I was hosting this swap, I felt more than responsible that everybody was having a good time. For someone who was going to hospital and couldn't join I made this hospital surviving package:

the box was filled with soap, shampoo and that kind of things:

For another lady who was without a partner due to circumstances I have made a portfolio;

The little packages with angels are (Belgium) chocolates.
Of course some blank letters and envelopes inside:
And a very thin heart, filled with lavender, to give its aroma to the letters, but I guess you can imagine that.

For Elizabeth who was having a harsh time I made a heart to keep her little brooches:

And some other little goodies.
It seems now that I was hobbying all week, and that was true! I had the time of my life! And on top of this, it didn't go unrewarded.

Look what Elizabeth send me back, though it really wasn't necessary, I was so happy with this package, the beautiful art-journal, the pink glitter with E stamped in wax on top. The so over the top that's me clasp! Need I go on? Actually I cannot, I'm feeling terrible...cough, cough!!

I have showed you the heart Natasha made me in my Valentines post, well here is the content:

I cannot mention each and every goodie! It's far too much; fabric, ribbons, tea, candy, scraps, antique cards with really is too much!

And this is what I received from Carla, who has just started her internet shop 'Buttons and Bows:

It doesn't only look good, it smells good too, it is filled with lavender and it's so sweet!
Sorry, but I'm too tired to post pictures of the lovely soap I received from Gepke (you can visit her webshop too) and the violet table napkins I received from Leni, just for hosting the swap.
It was the best Valentines'day of my life!
See you in March! Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the February give away!


Elly said...

Oh dear, ik hoop dat het nu wat beter met je gaat en dat je toch je tripje maken kunt! Wat een verwennerij zeg, met al die valentine-goodies die je van iedereen gehad hebt. Wie goed doet, die goed ontmoet! Liefs Elly

Anita said...

hé Lili, wat vervelend dat je ziek bent! De 'après-swap' dip herken ik, haha, ik moest ook helemaal omschakelen na al het geknutsel. Ik wens je van harte beterschap en een heel fijne familievakantie. Tot gauw!
Wheater girl

rosabeer said...

Hoi Lidwien, gelukkig dat het nu weer wat beter gaat me je. Geniet van je weekje vakantie met het gezin. Wanneer jullie weer terugkomen vertrekken wij ook voor een weekje Duitsland en ook in de buurt van Trier.
Veel plezier, en niet teveel van de Duitse moezelwijn drinken.
Hartelijke groetjes Marja

linnea-maria said...

What nice and beautiful things you got from your swap. And those things you made for your friends, everything seems made specially for that person, sweet treasures. I really hope you feeling better. Hugs Linnea-maria

Carla said...

Wat vervelend dat je ziek geworden bent na alle swap-drukte.Hopelijk ben je weer genoeg opgeknapt om lekker van je vakantie te gaan genieten! Enne...dankjewel voor de "reclame"...Liefs, Carla.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Lili

What a wonderful time you must have had with all those swaps. I'm sorry to hear you have the flu. We have both had it and it's been so tiring. Hope you'll feel better soon. Enjoy your little holiday.

Sue x

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Oh you have lots of pretty things in this post... I hope all of these wonderful goodies are making you feel a wee bit better!

I am in love with your beautiful the portfolio you made... it is BEAUTIFUL!

xoxo Heather

Cheryl said...

Well aren't you a SWEETIE??? :) I love what you did with that image, and no, I'm not a bit mad! I don't remember where I found that image, to be truthful! So don't worry! I just love the sweet little sewing box...ADORABLE. And I'm so glad you stopped by. Now I'm off to read through YOUR blog! HUGS! cheryl :)

Cowboys & Custard said...

Dear Lili... my commiserations to you...I do hope you are feeling fit and well today and rearing to go on your vacation... I love all those little cases.
I found all your swaps and absolute visual delight! Sooo many pretty things..
Bon Vacances and don't forget to relax and switch off for a while.
Look forward to your return.

Anonymous said...

he brocante vriendin!
geniet van je mooie spulletjes en natuurlijk van je fijne vakantie...hopelijk heb je mooi weer dan hebben wij het ook!!!!
groetjes manuela

Tante Tee said...

Hoi lidwien, bedankt voor de tip van google reader, nu ben ik eens niet de 100 en nog watste die een berichtje achterlaat!!!
Vervelend dat je ziek bent net voordat je op vakantie gaat... Hoop dat je je snel beter voelt!

En je swapcadeautjes zijn echt allemaal superleuk! Maar je hebt het ook verdiend!!!

linnea-maria said...

Hi Lili. I think they call it mercury glass in english. We also call it poor mans silver in sweden. I only have new things. I will buy old mercury glass when Ive saved some money. Hugs /linnea-maria
I will tel we have a very springlike weather now, the sun is shining and the snow is gone.

Heleen said...

Whauw wat een geweldig lieve en mooie kadootjes heb je gehad voor valentijn! Bofkont!(en beterschap)

Sandra Evertson said...

What a wonderful luggage collection and love all your new pieces!
Sandra Evertson

Irma said...

Hoi Lidwien,

wilde je toch hier nog even bedanken voor alle moeite die je met de swap op je hebt genomen! Ik had je graag een kaartje als "Dankjewel" gestuurd, maar wist natuurlijk geen adres!

Ik hoop dat het wat beter met je gaat. Waar zijn jullie heen geweest in Duitsland? Heb je het naar je zin gehad? Het weer is niet al te best...

Tot gauw - Irma

Tante Tee said...

Ik weet dat je op vakantie bent en het altijd druk hebt maar ik heb je toch getagd. Kijk maar op mijn blog!

Deirdra Doan said...

Dear Lili,

We need to know more about
"lili in the netherlands"

Here’s the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

It had to happen.........oxox

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chique said...

Ha zie ik net even dat je 'getagged' bent... nou ik ben wel benieuwd naar de 7 rare en vreemde feitjes over onze Lili M!!! Op sommige dagen heb ik het idee dat ik wel hele boeken kan volschrijven over mijn 'weird facts'.... gelukkig denk ik op veel andere dagen dat ik volkomen normaal ben haha... weet niet wat ik liever heb. Ben liever uniek.
Fijne vakantie gehad en nog een beetje in een jodelstemming??? Ik hoop dat je een heerlijke vakantie hebt gehad en wacht met smart op alle geweldige Lili M verhalen...
Liefs Elizabeth

linnea-maria said...

Hi Lili
Your question regarding the picture of the king. Yes its a crown on the frame but I discovered that it is missing a little knob on the top of the crown. Yeah it was so fun. I packed the car full with so much nice things. But the money went fast. The day after when I was going to pay our famliy bills, I was not so happy, I had to empty my account, and then of for som downhill skiing with son, and that is expensive too. Hope you are feeling better now. Hugs /linnea-maria

Anonymous said...

hoi hoi,
en heb je een leuke week in duitsland gehad?
is wel weer snel voorbij he. maar leuk om toch ff in een andere omgeving te zijn.
hoop dat je weer wat leuke verhaaltjes te vertellen hebt.