I know, I know, my titles have been so lame lately. But these posts are such a mix of things..hard to think of a schnazzy title. Anyway, let's get to it, why don't we.
First off, congrats to Melissa, the winner of the Red, White & Blue Moving to Texas Bundle! Melissa just started a new blog called My Half Of The Brain. Love that name! Seems she is compiling a list of great tutorials by talented folks on the web...so you definitely should stop by, browse around and say Hi. Congrats Melissa...I hope you enjoy working with these new fabrics. :)
Okay, what next. Let's talk about what we did this weekend. First, I should mention we were originally scheduled to go on a 2 week tour of Scandinavia starting on Saturday. But since we are moving, we had to cancel the trip. We tried to figure a way to keep the trip scheduled, but it was just impossible with all we have to do here in the next 3 weeks. So we decided to take a little weekend trip so we are not totally missing out on a summer vacation. First we thought we'd still go to Copenhagen and take the kids to Lego Land. But after putting all this into the navigation system, we saw we'd be driving or atleast 15 hours round trip, and well, that was a bit much for us. We wanted to relax a little over these 3 days. So we came up with a new plan at the last minute..we went to Belgium instead. We headed to Brussels on Saturday. Brussels is the Capital of Europe, home of NATO, and it was a short 2 hours drive from our house in Duesseldorf to the Hotel. We had a great day and evening there, eating fabulous food, walking for hours and taking in all the sites. It is a really gorgeous city. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.
Look at this old cash register in the candy shop! Gorgeous!
We left Brussels Sunday afternoon and headed to Ghent. We visited Gent for just a few hours last summer, on our drive home from our vacation in Brugges. We enjoyed the atmosphere there very much, and were excited to head back to have a bit more time there. We stayed right in the heart of the city, which was good and bad. It was great being right in the mix, since it was the last day of the 10 day Gent festival they hold every year. This festival is the largest festival in Europe that is held within a city center. It was packed! The only bad thing is that the party did not end until 2am, so we all were up very late...our room faced one of the large stages! In general, we really like the Belgian cuisine. The chocolates are incredible and the waffles...forget it! We ate so many waffles! Here are a few images the city.
I treated myself to this piece of gorgeous golden yellow linen also. I just could
not leave without a piece of fabric!lol
I bought it at this shop.
We are so glad we fit in this last minute trip. We really needed the break! I think this will be the thing we will miss most about living here...this part of Germany is so close to so many other small European countries. We have been able to drive to so many places in 5 hours of less (France, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium). It has been a blessing to be able to experience and see so many of these different cultures. We will really miss this area (despite the rain!!)!!
I'll be back tomorrow or the next day to share some sewing projects with you all. Here is a picture of one dress I managed to make last week.
I wore it already...on Thursday to hubby's goodbye dinner with his coworkers. I love the fabric! I'll tell you the details when I do the sewing post, okay.
I also need to get to the Operation Sewing Room Organization Group feature I promised.
So we'll talk again soon!