Today is the day called 'Pakjesavond' here in Holland. SinterKlaas is bringing good little boys and girls a burlap bag full of gifts this evening. I love this tradition as it gives me a chance to celebrate the feeling of Christmas twice in our two cultures. If you would like to read more about SinterKlaas, go to my other blog for today's entry.
This is a time of speculaas which is my favorite Dutch cookie as well as my passion for collecting Dutch speculaas cookie molds. The one above it St. Nicolaas from whom the story of SinterKlaas comes.
I have also finished my first patchwork ball. I want to make all of the balls in this book in Dutch chintz ('sitsen'). I have had a good number of these historical fabrics in my stash for a number of years and never had the time to get started on a quilt with them. 2009 will see that finally coming about too as well as these stuffed patchwork balls.