Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Oct. x'mas SAL ornament, lovely RAK & other pics.

Happy Holidays ornament
Little House Needleworks design
JCS 2010
32ct linen & DMC threads

Received these lovely RAK goodies from Shari last weekend which prompts me to stitch the above ornament for my october x'mas SAL ornament. Love it! Thank you so much, Shari! It was really a great surprise to see the magazine enclosed as i know over the fabrics.

Thank you all so much for the well wishes for my father, recent news he is improving and i really hope he contineus.
I am way behind on blogs and groups and hope to catch up the coming days.

The next pictures more for hubby as i know he visits my blog when he can in some areas where they are working. But i better attach a short explanation about the said special birthday celebration. It is one of his friends who turns 50 today!

"Abraham & Sarah tradition when somebody turns 50. When somebody turns 50 in Holland people say that they have seen Abraham or Sarah. If it’s a man who turns 50 they say he has seen Abraham and when it’s a woman they say she has seen Sarah. To celebrate b0th birthdays the Dutch decorate the front yard of the house of this person and put an Abraham or a Sarah doll in their front yard. These dolls represent something that the birthday person is attached to or does. Like when somebody is a carpenter they dress up the Abraham doll as a carpenter. The front yard is mostly decorated by family members when the person who’s turning 50 is not around so it’s a surprise."--((source: TravBuddy))
In the case of this friend he has no big family so friends who made the doll and all.
We were there 15 minutes before midnight and silently place all the things infront of his house as you can see on the first pictures. And then exactly midnight began to sing Happy Birthday...

We went in and had a drink before heading back home.

Took another picture this morning... the friend next to the doll.

There will be lots of our friends celebrating this next year so there will be quite some parties/celebration.

Again, many many thanks for stopping by and all the lovely comments. All are very much appreciated. I hope you are all having a good week.


CalamityJr said...

What a fun tradition. When I turned 50, some friends "planted" many, many plastic spoons in my front yard making the number 50 - embarrassing, but fun!

Shari said...

thank you for sharing about turning 50 in your part of the world. It is so interesting to learn about others traditions.
Very cute ornament!!! You did good!!! I am so happy the gift arrived safely!!!

Gillie said...

I love the Abraham and Sarah idea! Lovely stitching as always. I do hope the renovations are going smoothly.

Christine said...

Great ornament Mylene.
It was interesting to learn about the Abraham & sarah tradition, thanks for sharing

Annie said...

Super cute ornament and what a great RAK!

Very interesting Abraham & Sarah tradition. I'd never heard about that before.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous ornie Mylene and lovely RAK from Shari.

What a neat tradition, thanks for sharing.

Julianne said...


Your ornaments are so nice! Enjoy the JCS ornament issue. There are a lot of nice designs in there this year.

Hazel said...

An interesting tradition! I love your ornie finish. It is on my to do list. xx

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Mylene
Your Happy Holidays ornaments are beautiful. Glad to hear your dad is improving. I love the 50th birthday tradition you have in Holland. I have never heard of it but think it's a great idea. Thanks for the fun pictures.

Maggie said...

I love your ornie finish Mylene.

Sounds like a fun 50th tradition, i wonder why it started?

I hope your dad continues to improve.

Tkae care x

Lesleyanne said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous. Glad to hear your dad is improving. I love the 50th birthday tradition you have in Holland. I have never heard of it but think it's a great idea. Thanks for the pictures.

Loraine said...

What a lovely tradition! It beats what we do here, called "over the hill" parties, where the grim reaper shows up!
Thanks so much for your comment, and wondering how I am. Life is really busy here, but I am doing fine. Thank you so much for asking dear friend.
I'm sorry I've missed your last few posts. I haven't been looking at blogs much, as I've been working on too many things.
Many hugs to you dear friend. Your stitching is soooo cute!

Melissa said...

I love the finish! Just beautiful!

The birthday tradition is so neat! His Abraham doll looks great! So much fun!

Lynette said...

Lovely ornament Mylene and a great RAK from Shari.
So glad to hear that your father is getting better.

D@isy said...

As always your work very beautiful and this one I like.
Beautiful gifts you have received.
I hope your family is great, beautiful photos.


Bertie said...

Lovely ornament Mylene, and never mind being behind with your blogs, fathers are so important.
Lovely presents, and the JCS 2010 looks good!!
Good job Piet liked the surprise!!

Lisa V said...

Too cute, I love the little doll on his tractor. Your friend must have had quite the surprise.

Lisa S said...

Beautiful job on the ornament Mylene!
You Rak from Shari is wonderful!

Love the tradition and really enjoyed reading about it! I turn 50 the end of this month :)

I missed your post about your father ( going to look for it now) but I am glad to hear he is doing better ;)


Edit said...

Your ornament is absolutely lovely Mylene. And what a great way to celebrate a 50th birthday! :)

Annette said...

Your ornament is so beautifull again... love it.

What a beautifull RAK you got, love the fabrics. you can make many beautifull thing with it....

What a lovely pictures of the turning 50, my father is turning 50 in January, so need to make some things too..., but is also my due date , so need to make them early

Manuela said...

WOW, lovely ornament

Meari said...

Your ornament turned out lovely. That's interesting trivia about turning 50.

Joanita said...

Very beautiful Christmas ornament! =)

Sally said...

Your ornament is gorgeous Mylene and what a wonderful RAK.

Love the tradition when people turn 50!

Vinniey said...

How interesting! I've learned something new today, Mylene. Thanks for sharing about turning 50 in your country's culture. Glad to hear your father is doing well and hope he continues. :)

Sue said...

Loved reading about turning 50! What a great way to celebrate.

Your ornaments are just beautiful Mylene, as usual; you do a gorgeous job.

What a nice RAK from Shari!!!!! Lots of good fabric to finish off your projects and that ornament issue is the best!


Doris said...

i like the celebration of the 50th, look fun!
your stitching is lovely.

Berly said...

Beautiful ornament! And the party looks like it was lots of fun!

Carol said...

What a fun way to celebrate turning 50--the whole neighborhood can enjoy the dressed-up Abraham or Sarah! It is so much fun to learn about different traditions from around the world...

Shari certainly spoiled you with her wonderful fabrics and magazine, Mylene--she is such a sweetheart!

Love your skater boy ornament--so nice to have a matching ornament for the LHN girl skater you stitched in August. I really love your beaded edging!

Bev C said...

Hello Mylene,

What a happy post. No hiding your age in your part of the world!!!
Enjoy those fabrics and magazine.
Happy stitching.

Carolyn NC said...

Love the ornie and RAK! Looks like a neat tradition for birthdays. :)

Julie said...

Thank you for explaining the Abrham and Sarah tradition, what a lovely to do for your friend, it looks like he enjoyed it.

A super ornament, i do like the beaded edge finish

A wonderful gift from Shari

Rena said...

Mylene ,

your x`mas ornaments are so cute , I love them . You are so busy !


Tama said...

Pretty ornament! I'm so glad you got your magazine! I have to order mine and I would be so sad if I couldn't get it.

Anonymous said...

your xmas ornament i lovely Mylene and you have finished it beautifully
thanks for sharing the Abraham and Sarah tradition story, it looks like it was great fun
fantastic prize from Shari, i just love the fabrics

Minet said...

I like your ornament, it is lovely. And what a nice post you received. Love the fabrics.

Kay said...

I love this ornament it is so beautiful!, lovely items you got from Shari as well! Thanks for sharing about your friends and how they celebrated, it looks like it was a lot of fun for everyone!

Lillie said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely tradition. You finished the ornament beautifully as always.

Enjoy your RAK, such lovely gifts.

Siobhan said...

What a neat tradition! Here, it seems as if it's just another excuse to have a big party! LOL

Great RAK and I love the ornament!

pat said...

happy friend birthday and beautiful things

Margaret said...

Your Abraham pictures brought back so many wonderful memories of when DH and I turned 50. It was within one month of each other so we had a 100th birthday party. The kids had put Abraham & Sarah out front and we had a fab party with family and friends. What a great tradition this is.

Lovely your newest ornament and your RAK stash is so pretty.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Debra said...

cute ornament! Glad your Dad is better. Looks like the party was a lot of fun.

Katrien said...

lovely ornament.

Lizy said...

Pretty ornament and I bet you are enjoying your Rak!!!

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing all those wonderful moments of life.

Hi to Mylene's DH (if you are reading), you have such a dearly wife.

Pretty pretty ornaments. Christmas is coming....

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a gorgeous ornament you stitched up and finished!!!

♥ Nia said...

Beautiful ornament!! Lovely =)
I'm glad to know that your father is felling better :)

Such a fun tradition!! Thanks for sharing with us, it's interesting leraning all these different things from all around the globe :D

Have a lovely week :)
Sweet hug

Kryx said...

Oh, I saw that you received this magazin with christmas ornaments. I tried to send it to you again, but without zip format the size was too big to send. Sorry...

Suzanne said...

I am glad to hear that your father is doing better.

Lovely ornament your stitched. I still haven't started mine.

Great tradition, looks like a whole lot of fun.

Karan said...

What a fabulous tradition. Enjoying seeing all the lovely finishes you've had so far. :0)