A Fabulous Visit!

maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-02Do you know this feeling of bursting with joy and thankfulness, wanting to get it out, share it with everyone and then you realize you just don’t know where to start, because it was all so fantastic, wonderful etc?

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If so, you know exactly how I feel after having finally met one of my very dear Instagram-friends, the very talented and ever so lovely Heike (link to her beautiful blog, here).
It must have been almost two years ago when we first “met” on Instagram, around the time she so graciously shared here “Homely Blanket”-squares with all of us and I decided I wanted to join in on this crochet-fun. We immediately felt a click, and when Heike on her many travels had a chance to make a stopover in Amsterdam, we were both happy it gave us the opportunity to – finally – meet in person.
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-33So, last Tuesday around 6pm I picked her up from the airport and took her home with me – the start of a fabulous couple of days, really! Tuesday night over dinner we realized that, yes, the friendship we had already felt online, was precisely the friendship we experienced in real life. After all, we did know quite a lot about each other already!

maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops visit-30 (2)Wednesday morning we set off for Zaltbommel, where we had been invited by lovely Petra and her Wolplein-crew and where we met with – as a surprise for Heike – the equally lovely Maaike/Crejjtion (I’m sure you all know her gorgeous blog, but in the rare case you don’t, here‘s the link).
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops visit-55It’s for a reason that this wonderful place is called “Wolplein Inspiratie Centrum”, because inspirational it is!
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-09Being the sweet person she is, Maaike brought both Heike and me an utterly beautiful doily – truly crochet-works-of-art, and to add even more delight we were all three presented with a big box, filled to the brim with “Rico Creative Cotton” in every color and shade possible by the ever so generous Wolplein-people: wow!
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-36 maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-35Wednesday ended with yet another big surprise for Heike, since I had invited a couple of Dutch creative ladies to spend the evening at my beloved “Tuin11” – our little cabin on one of the Amsterdam canals.
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-20maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-21We had an amazing time and it felt like Heike and I were celebrating our birthdays since everyone brought the nicest presents: we were truly spoilt! A sincere “thank you” to lovely Claire, Simone, Lisanne, Miriam, Lidy, Nerissa and Janneke for taking the effort to drive long distances to be with us, your wonderful gifts-from-the-heart, and most of all your fabulous friendship, camaraderie, and laughter!
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops visit-31 (2)Thursday being Heike’s last day in Amsterdam, we drove to “Echtstudio” in Alphen a/d Rijn to meet with delightful Michelle of Scaapi (website here, blog here).
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops visit-50Scaapi is a yarn agency specialized in selling unique hand knitting and crochet yarns produced in South Africa. Michelle gifted both Heike and me a beautiful selection of the yarns that she carries and I can’t wait to start creating something with them.
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-34 maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-38Around 17:30 I dropped Heike off at Schiphol Airport again where she was to meet Sarah (more on Sarah here) for the last leg of her journey – you can read about that here.

Like I said, there’s so much to be thankful for ……. all in all it has been an absolutely ace week, stuffed to the gills with inspiring, creative friends (new and old), lots of gorgeous yarn (known and unknown), and a shared love for all things yarny.
maRRose - CCC --- MadewithLoops Visit-08Still on a high, it’s back to “normal” now, which isn’t quite so “normal” having a 9 week old puppy around the house. But, we’re all madly in love with our new little darling, so it’s all good!
maRRose - CCC --- Mila-01Wishing you a wonderful new week!

Marianne xx

“Let’s Meet Crochet Party”

maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-06It’s been a while since I’ve had súch a fantastic weekend!
A weekend that had no less than 3 highlights – all very unique and different, but all so very enjoyable too.
maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-02The big kick-off was Saturday afternoon: the truly fabulous, extremely talented and super sweet Lisanne of the “Draad en Praat”-blog organised her 1st “Let’s Meet Crochet Party” in one of the most beautiful yarn stores here in The Netherlands, “Echtstudio” in Alphen a/d Rijn. She invited 25 bloggers and instagrammers, all avid crocheters/diy-ers.
maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-01And isn’t is lovely to be with like-minded people, who can as easily get carried away by the look and feel of a certain cotton, an arrangement of cool colors, a new little crochet trick/technique – just like yourself?
maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-05 maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-07We all got along so nicely – meeting old friends, making new ones, seeing blog- and/or IG-buddies in real life for the first time. I felt totally inspired by this creativity-vibe – and I’m sure I’m not the only one!
maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-03Lisanne must have spent many an hour preparing this remarkably well organised event, paying attention to every little detail, from a delightfully styled table to yummie treats, photo props and last but not least gorgeous goodiebags for all of us to take home.
A huge “thank you” goes out to her – she sure “made it happen”!
maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-04maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-08After this awesome event I drove to Noordwijk, to join my husband, children, mother- and sister-in-law to have dinner together in honor of my sil’s 50th birthday. She had made reservations in a lovely restaurant on the beach – great company, fab food in an excellent setting (that sunset …..): what more to ask for?
maRRose - CCC --- Sunset Noordwijk BeachThe third weekend highlight was today: we got to see (and cuddle!) our new puppy dog for the very first time.
Unfortunately – and totally unexpected – we’ve very recently lost our two beloved black labs (not even within 5 weeks of each other).
I can’t even begin to explain how shocked and sad this has left us……. it made us realize also we really need a dog in our lives and so the search for a well bred, healthy puppy started.
We were lucky enough to find a wonderful breeder, everything worked out perfectly and we’re already looking forward to June 5th when we can bring this black beauty home.
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I sure hope your weekend was as joyous as mine!

Marianne xx