Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some crafts from the craft show 2 years ago

I'm posting some pictures of the craft show from 2007. I need to make a poster to invite people to the show, and i don't know what pictures to put in. I tried looking for clip art, but it all just looks like cartoons to me. Oh well... I'll think of something!

The first picture is a cross stitch picture my Mother-in-law stitched a few years ago, the next one is an oil painting of a chaco landscape that a friend of my brother-in-law painted.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Guayaba rolls and chocolate chip cookies, etc

I really went crazy in the kitchen today. First I made apple pie filling. I then baked guayaba rolls and used the pie filling for making apple empanadas. I also tried a new recipe from Taste of Home for Mine Run Candy. It turned out OK, but I'm not going to dip them in chocolate. After all that I made a triple recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I went to have a little nap after lunch, then I started a batch of "zwieback" (rolls or buns). I hope I can get them all baked by supper! Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Finally done

I finally finished my quilt for the craft show. My Mom came to my house on Wednesday and we quilted the whole blanket in a day. Now i finished the binding around it, and it's done! I'll give you a peek....

I'll take more pictures of everything at the show. It opens on the 9th of July, so if anyone is in the area, come and see us!:)

Now i feel like this:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cattle and kids

We slept in this morning, and after a leisurely drink of "mate" (a hot tea made with the yerba mate leaves, check it out on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terer%C3%A9) and breakfast, Marvin, the girls and I went to our piece of land outside the village, about 6 km from out house.

We saw the hay bales that my cousin made for us last week. The cattle was all on one place, except for two cows. One had just had a calf at night and all was well with her and baby. The other one was sick, so Marv herded her over to the corral and gave her some injections against "tick-fever" (Sorry, Sister-married-to-a-Veterinarian, i don't know the real name of the sickness).

The girls played with water from the trough. It was a nice and peaceful morning. The bottletree in the photo is a typical tree of the paraguayan Chaco. They don't grow like this anywhere elso on earth. I think they are my sister, Andrea's, favorite tree. Have a great Sunday, all of you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

After the party...

All the company is gone, the kids are in bed. We had a really good barbecue tonight. I just felt so sorry for my nephew and niece, both had fevers and were not feeling good at all. After my sister and her family left, Amy played the guitar for my parents and Marvin and me. Brianna and Cindy went to finish their DVD.

This picture was taken a few years ago, but it captures my Dad so well. Always taking time for the grandchildren. He was explaining something about a turtle to Brianna, our youngest.

My husband Marvin is in this picture, he doesn't want the whole blog world to see him, so i picked out a picture where you can't see him that well. This was taken a few years ago as well, when our village was practically cut off from civilisation (unless you had 4-wheel-drive) for a week or so.

So these are the most important men in my life right now (as we don't have any sons), and i wish them both a very happy Father's Day and that God may help them being the best fathers they can be.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. ~Author Unknown


I had such a busy day yesterday. In the morning i cleaned the whole house. At 2 pm I drove to the church in town and started making sandwiches for the ladies meeting. Our church hosted the yearly event this time and about 300 women attended. We had a speaker from Asuncion (Lynette Funk) and she talked to us about our image before people and before God. I couldn't listen to that, because i was in the basement getting the food ready with some other women. After the programm was over upstairs, we served coffee, sandwiches, empanadas, quiche and a lot of cake to the ladies. What a bad day to wear high heels to church!! I have blisters on top of blisters. But i thought it would be cold, than i could have worn pants and different shoes. We are having temperatures up to 34 C the last few days -> middle of winter down here, remember? The weather is supposed to change this weekend, maybe even some rain:)

Marv and I invited my parents and my sister and her family for a BBQ tonight for Father's Day. My sisters (2 in Canada, 1 here) and I got really nice present made for my Dad. I'll take a picture tonight and try to post it later.

Now, i wish everyone a great weekend and a special time with their Dad's and husbands! This following picture is for you all!

Bring the weekend on:

Image from: http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thanks to GypsyFox...

...I now have a blog button! GypsyFox is a fabulous mother of three, that finds time to make very original and creative blog buttons for her Polyfriends. I'm so honored she made this one for me. If you click on hers, it'll take you to her blog. Copy and paste mine into your blog, if you want! I made the following set for Gypsyfox as a thank you.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Don't worry, be happy...

My dear Polyvore-friend Gwyneth sent me this wonderful set! I'm always amazed when fellow polyvorians take the time out of their hectic lives to make a personal greeting card for me. Thank you so much Gwyn!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Great website!

I just found a cool website with quotes and pictures on everything! Check it out: http://icanread.tumblr.com/

And my favorite saying:

Have a great week, everybody!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lori, the parrot

This is Lori, our parrot. We inherited him/her (we don't know if it's a girl or a boy:) from friends. The parrot was always chewing up their bicycle seats. We had an empty cage, so we took Lori. No one except for me dares to hold Lori on their hand. But he/she doesn't bite THAT hard:)

Finishing my quilt for the craft show

Hi! I realized that the craft show will be here, before i know it. On July 9th we'll be opening until the 13th. These will be very busy days for me, because i'm in the comitee planning this event, and i'll also be showing my crafts there. I was sewing a quilt for the show, then when i had pieced the top, i noticed that every second row was wrong. So i got out the seam ripper, and opened almost everything.

Then i sewed it all up together again, hopefully without mistakes now.

Now the top is almost ready, just need to sew on the border pieces. Then i want to quilt it with my Mom. She's the best quilter:)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Set made by Caia

One of my best friend's daughters made this set. She's 14 and quite a fashionista! Check out her other sets here: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=699256

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A set that i made for Amy a few weeks ago

You can find Amy's Polyvore sets under this name: *Jenelle*

An eventful weekend

Hi everybody! We've been having a hard time the last weekend. On Friday night my Oma (grandma) passed away in Canada. I received the message on Saturday early morning. My Oma was such a sweet person. She was an avid and talented quilter, who has made hundreds of quilts for relief projects all over the world. She was also an awesome cook, making buns, sweets and meals for the extended family. She had broken her hip and was in a care facility for a few months. On Friday night she peacefully passed away and went be with the Lord Jesus she loved so much. I pray for my Opa, that he may be comforted.

On Sunday, we had another event that left us shocked. My husband and my oldest daughter (13 years) were playing a bit of volleyball. Just back and forth, no net or anything. My parents were at our house for a visit, Mom, Dad and i were sitting on the porch watching Amy and Marvin play. Then the ball struck Amy full in the face, on her nose. She sat down on the lawn for a minute. I asked her if she was ok, and she said yes. Marvin helped her up. Then we saw her stagger towards us, but we weren't fast enough to break her fall. She had fainted and fell face-forward into the flowerbed. The problem was that her mouth landed on the brick frame. We helped her into a sitting position and she came to right away. Her face was full of blood, and we could see that teeth were missing. She spit one out and we found one more on the bricks. My Dad took Amy and me to the ER. Marvin, Mom, Brianna and Cindy came later with our car. The doctor looked at her, but said we needed a dentist and made me try to call one. Let me tell you, you can't find a dentist at home on a Sunday afternoon. I finally found one in the neighbor town (Neuland). He said he would be there as fast as he could, and the doctor in the ER put Amy in a room in the hospital.

When Dr. Barg, the dentist got there, he spent over 2 hours putting back the teeth we found and placing a brace over them. He also had to stich up the gums right behind the front teeth. We took an X-Ray, because one tooth was missing and the dentist thought it might have been pushed up into the gums. But he couldn't tell for sure. Amy stayed at the hospital for night. In the morning, Brianna came and gave me a tooth, she had found the missing tooth in the flower bed. It was too late to put it back in, but at least we knew that it wasn't pushed into the gums. On Tuesday morning she was released from the hospital, and we went to the dentist. He checked everything and made another X-Ray, just to be sure. He was very pleased by the way everything looked. We went home after that. The doctor gave her a notice that she can stay home from school this remaining week. We will be having a lot of dentist appointments in the near future. The tooth that was chipped will be fill with a "crown", and the one missing will be replaced by an implant.

Throughout this whole ordeal, Amy didn't cry once, she doesn't complain or blame anyone, she just accepts that this happened to her. I love this girl!!!

By the way, Amy is my grandparents oldest great-grandchild!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009