vrijdag 27 februari 2009
En ze waren héél lekker !! (LOL)
I finally found out more about those typical Antwerp plum-pies :
My baker didn't know when the tradition started, but he knows why :
On Ash Wednesday, after those crazy Carnival days, and at the start of the 40 days of Lent, the real Catholics went to church to get a black cross on their forehead as a penance(it used to be real ash in early times); people who were not so religious, but also wanted to follow the tradition of something black, used to eat a 'black' plum-pie instead.
But I believe that even the Catholics will have enjoyed those pies, we Flemish love our food !
And I guess even the Catholic priest might have enjoyed his plum-pie !!!
So there you have it, the real Antwerp plum pie : some bakers make them with a dough lattice, others without, but it's always with that 'black' plum-puree.
And they were delicious !!! (LOL)
zondag 22 februari 2009
Another Antwerp tradition : next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, when the 40 days of Lent start. Now it is in Antwerp a tradition, that on this day, they eat Plum pie.
I tried to find the reason for that tradition, but unfortunately couldn't find it anywhere.
Is it because on that day, in the Catholic church you get a small black ash cross on your forehead, and the black plum puree reminds of that ?? Or maybe because the plum puree caused "purification" ? I've got no idea, all I know is, that it's another yummy tradition, which I love to follow !
I didn't even find a picture of a real small Antwerp plum pie, so I had to make do with a big Limburg pie.
zondag 15 februari 2009
This week I made a simple card for a man (Aquarius), which I can show now, because he already received it.
As soon as I've send other cards, you'll see them here !
Have a nice week !
zaterdag 14 februari 2009
Deze foto heb ik een aantal jaren geleden op een handwerktentoonstelling in de Provence getrokken. Het zijn allemaal omslagen uit borduurstof, helemaal geborduurd, met adres en al, een geborduurd kaartje erin, en deze worden, voorzien van een echte postzegel, gewoon met de Franse post opgestuurd ! En ze komen nog aan ook !!! 'k Heb het nog extra daar gevraagd, omdat ik eraan twijfelde (de Belgische post kennende), maar in Frankrijk is dat geen probleem.
Ik zou het hier toch niet riskeren !!
O ja, ik ga volgende personen taggen :
Jullie zijn getagged !!
Tag, you're it !!
Last week I was "tagged" by a friend, which means, that you have to open the 5th map of your photo-programme, and choose the 5th photo, and tell the story behind it (see photo above).That photo was taken a couple of years ago in the Provence, at an embroidery exhibition. Those are embroidered envelopes, made from embroidery cloth, even the addresses are embroidered, and of course they include an embroidered card. With a real poststamp on, they are sending them simply by post !! I wondered if they really would arrive safely, but they assured me that they did !!
Well, knowing the Belgian Post, I wouldn't risk it here !!
zondag 8 februari 2009
Dus, deze Award gaat naar :
en Scrapbookdoll, alhoewel ze geen blog heeft, maar ze verdient toch een Award !
Tot de volgende !
Hello, here I am again ! Yesterday, I had a wonderful day, a whole day to myself !
Jan went to Germany, so I could do cardmaking, scrapping, etc.. all day !
Of course I went "walkies" with Flupke, and also had a bite to eat, but otherwise I was busy, busy, making a layout for the challenge of the In2hobby-forum, about old and new traditions.
Now I had several layouts that I could use, but I decided to make a new one.
I also made a card for a (male) friend, who's Birthday is next week.
And I sorted my cardstock by colour .
O yes, and I wrote a very long letter to a friend in Great Britain.
We write to each other for over 10 years now, which gave me another idea :
I bought a photo-album (yes, yes, I know, a real scrapper should make one herself, but I have so little time...) . In that album are pages with 3 horizontal and 2 vertical photo compartments, and also journalling cards. I'll copy my letters, which I have on the computer, and put them in the album, together with her letters, and the many photos she sent. So it will be some kind of diary.
Another simple idea : in a map, I put a selfmade Birthday calendar (from WORD). Behind each month, I'll put the cards which I made, and when it's a specific Birthday, I just have to take the card and send it. You can also include an address-list, and f.i. their preferences.
Now some simple stamp ideas, not originally from me, but I refined some a bit :
Nowadays, people use a lot of recycling materials, like, for instance, bubbly plastic : you take a piece, put paint or ink on it, and press it on your paper, to have an original background.
Now I wanted a more "specific" shape, so I taped a piece of that plastic around an acrylic block (from the clear stamps), and stamped it on my paper. So you have square or rectangle shapes. You can also use a round pot, to make round shapes.
I even used an old bath-sponge, on the "massage" side, put paint on it and stamped with that.
You can use toilet rolls or kitchenpaper rolls, to stamp circles, or completely cover them with paint and roll over your paper.
To make cheap mini-albums, you can use beermats (the cardboard ones), paint them or cover with paper, put on photos, text and embies, and connect with rings or ribbon.
If you want cheap acrylic paint in many colours, you can use the tester pots from DIY shops.
Sorry for the dark photos, with this grey weather it's difficult to get good pictures.
See you next time !
zondag 1 februari 2009
This morning I went to the opening of the new In2hobby shop, wow, it was great !
A friend of mine also came along. We were welcomed with champagne !! The shop is bigger, much more space for more stuff, so you can buy even more (LOL) !
I also met some ladies of the forum, which was very nice.
Because I presumed, that Wendy and Bruno would receive enough flowers, I took some handmade presents : a card, a poem and a pot to put ballpoints in (see pictures).
Of course I couldn't resist buying more stuff, the last picture shows my newest acquisitions.
Meanwhile, I've already made some cards for the forum-Birthdays. Of course I can't show them yet, otherwise it will be no surprise anymore for the recipients.
The weatherforecast gives snow for tomorrow morning, so please, be careful !