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!

Love,
Marianne xx

10 thoughts on “A Fabulous Visit!

  1. My dearest Marianne,
    It was indeed the most wonderful time for me too. Thank you again for making it all possible, for making me feel so welcome sharing your lovely home, for organising so many special treats and most of all for being my friend. My very special friend.
    I am already looking forward to next time.
    Much love and big hugs
    Heike xxx

    • Thanks so much, dearest Heike! I’ve simply had the very best time spending time with you and everyone else last week – oh, yes, doing this again (soon) sounds fabulous! Much love, Marianne xx

  2. Such wonderful days..so special a friendship that started on the internet! You had a really good time together, and I feel so special to be invited on Heike’s surprise party ! So much fun, and positive vibes that evening!! Hope to see you soon again , and all the other lovely ladies ! XMir

    • Thanks, sweet Mir – proving everyone wrong about the impossibilities of internet friendships, aren’t we? I soooo loved our fun evening last Wednesday – just thinking about it, brings a big smile to my face – loved that you were there too! We’ll have to plan another “Tuin11”-crochet party soon, I think! Marianne xx

  3. Sounds like and idyllic get together and such inspirational photos – beautiful! I’m very happy for you having found a puppy who, I’m certain, will bring you much joy:)

    • Thanks so much, Sheila – we’ve just had such a fabulous time! Still smiling, when thinking about all the fun we had!
      Aw…. that’s very sweet and so true: she’s cute, adorable, relaxed and I’m so, so happy that she’s here! Marianne xx

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