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11  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 30 (signups until Jan 7, Send by Feb 4) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by IdlersDesign on: January 07, 2013 01:16:23 AM
I'm offering a set of two hand carved rubber stamps.
You can give me some themes (words are also ok) so you get stamps you really like and can use.
So these are just some examples:




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12  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: December 25, 2012 01:34:19 AM
Saturday Giles came with me and my parents to the traditional Christmas market in Bocholt, Germany. From my parents house Germany is a 2 hour drive, so we can do that easily for a day.  Cheesy



In the windows of city hall there was an advent calendar made with lights


And of course drinking glhwein (hot spiced wine) is part of the fun  Wink


And this morning we had a nice Christmas breakfast with bread I baked yesterday night (Recipe in my Pinterest)


Merry Christmas!
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13  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: December 20, 2012 09:31:57 AM
I also haven't been around a lot the last few weeks. School is crazy just before Christmas holliday, but now I've finally 2 weeks holliday...yaaaaaay!!!  Cheesy So I'll have time again to show Giles around. Saturday I'll be going to a Christmas market in Germany with my parents, there'll be some parties and cookie baking with friends.

Some time ago we went to an old fashioned Dutch pancake restaurant.


The entrance:


And we had some good pancakes of course


Today we took a picture of the big Christmas tree in our city centre to wish you all

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Crafty New Year![/color][/b][/size]
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14  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: December 05, 2012 03:32:09 PM
Wow things have been busy here. On november 24 Sinterklaas arrived here and today, the 5th of december is the end of the festivities.

Just before the arrival we enjoyed a cold, but beautiful morning


Gilles was there to welcome the "Sint" when he arrived in his boat:


I made two videos of the event that I uploaded on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GecgGWZnMAE&feature=g-upl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7x41mQI75U

We made some traditional "pepernoten" (little speculoos spiced "biscuits")


Together with my son he met Sinterklaas..


..enjoyed some decorations and saw some Black Peters


And we had quite some presents..


For us Christmas will be quiet time  Wink
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15  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 21, 2012 02:29:14 PM
I received a wonderful owl ornament from our organizer GatorWrangler today!



Thank you!  Cheesy
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16  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 18, 2012 10:44:31 AM
It amazes me how big Disney world is and that there are more parks. Must take ages to see everything...

Yesterday Sinterklaas arrived in the country (yes he's said to arrive from Spain  Wink) and we put our shoe in the living. Next morning we found presents in our shoes and there was also something for Giles:



Inside was a little home made present

(it's an ear cuff, I've been making quite a lot of them the last few days)

We made some croissants from scratch with a traditional French recipe

they were so good... Grin

And this afternoon we took Giles to the museum of antropology


he did some relaxation and meditation in the buddha room


and smiled when he saw the picture of these Maori men
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17  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 17, 2012 11:32:11 AM
Giles came with me to a high tea in the little tea house of a local park:



so many delicious things....


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18  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 16, 2012 02:08:04 PM
I received some pretty ornaments:

First of all a lovely shiny ball from ale0059



these pretty stars from homerof2


and today arrived this wonderful no peeking ornament from ThriftyLiving4U


Thanks!
I'm already looking forward to decorating our christmas tree, but we'll only put it up after St. Nicolas, which is a major holliday here.
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19  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 10, 2012 11:57:14 AM
I received my ornament from Avesthel today, love it!

She sent along some (Christmas) cards that she designed herself, thanks!
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20  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by IdlersDesign on: November 09, 2012 06:32:14 AM
Good thing to give blood, but even the crocheted blood drop gives me the creeps  Roll Eyes

We took Giles to the botanical gardens and enjoyed the autumn colours


The Japanese maple is so pretty!


The Victoria Amazonica in one of the tropical green houses.

And he coudn't read the sundial because, well there was no sun ;-)


More pics on Giles' FB page. (https://www.facebook.com/GilesInTheNetherlands)
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