And  so my last day in Amsterdam began! Marianne and I had organised to meet Michelle ( at Echtstudio, another beautifully decorated and very inspiring yarn shop, a short drive on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

A couple of hours of yarny chat and another delicious lunch and it was time to say farewell to Marianne and Amsterdam.

A new day and a new adventure. The next two days will be spend at Scheepjes HQ meeting all my fellow blogger friends and learning new exciting things.

Hopefully there will be yarn involved!




A sad farewell to Claudia and before I knew it I was on another plane headed for Amsterdam and a long awaited meeting with my long time Instagram friend Marianne.

After a very short time in the air, pick up of luggage I was greeted by Marianne with that big beaming smile that we all love so much. Big hugs and well…the rest is history as they say. We instantly felt as we have known each other forever and haven’t stopped talking since my arrival. I was welcomed into Marianne’s family with warmth and affection, and conversation, as well as the wine, were flowing easily from the start.

Yesterday we took a trip to Wolplein (Wool Place) where we met Maaike ( for some coffee, exchanging stories and of course yarny goodness. The wonderful Ladies at Wolplein surprised us all with a huge box of cotton yarn to take home. (More about that in another post) Time went way too quickly and soon it was time to leave.

Thinking I was going to spend a few hours of quiet crafting with Marianne at her canal cabin, I had the biggest surprise, when on being dropped off by lovely daughter Quinn, seven wonderful creative ladies were waiting for me. Having known most of these creative souls for a long time on Social Media it was lovely beyond words to meet them in person. Marianne’s cabin by the canal being the picture perfect setting, a fun evening was had by all with lots of laughter.

As always it all came to a close too soon and farewell’s were said with the promise to do it again soon. Happily I fell into bed.



I want to thank everyone for making in many cases very long journeys to be part of one of the most fun evenings, for being so generous with all your gifts and a huge big thank you to Marianne for organising it all. I am truly touched and thankful. Friends are precious and I am lucky to have found you, a real soul mate.

More excitement today as we are having lunch with Michelle (





After a few very busy days in scorching heat, we spent yesterday resting our tired bones in much cooler air not doing very much at all. A little time spent at the stables, followed by a glass of ‘bubbly’ eating scones and then some gentle crochet. Just perfect!

Soon I will have to pack my case, say a sad farewell to Claudia and then hop on another plane. Another chapter of my adventure begins with a flight to Amsterdam where I will spend two days with my lovely and creative Instagram friend Marianne (

I am so excited, it will be so much fun!


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