Tuesday, August 31, 2010

As Promised - Although late...

The kids started school yesterday and I am trying to find dig up my old routine.  For those of you not wanting to wade through all the pictures from our castle weekend, I'll post my crafty pictures first.

I finally finished a ancient WIP - when I started this I told my oldests DD "I'll probably have this done in time for you to go to college - she is senior this year.. Sorry, somehow the photo gods won't let me rotate that pic - the fabric is for the finishing.

I am not sure whether I should sew on all the embellishments before I finish it or aftewards... any advice?

Next I finished up an ornie for Olivia ( I bought it in Hawaii, and it was intended for last year... ahem, so I am on the hook for 2 ornies for each  kid this year - thus I have decided to stitch all my Christmas stuff now to be sure its all done, remember I am Miss Superslowstitcher)

I also finished something for my PIC - it was her birthday about a week ago.  Now, I finished it with plenty of time... did I get it in the mail in a timely manner ?? No...  Michelle - this is to let you know that your package wasn't mailed anywhere near your birthday, but its on its way.  When she gets it I will post pictures.

I have also been doing some quilting and knitting, but will post those when I actually get done rather than show a WIP.

Anyway, I am terribly late in posting about all the castles we visited down in Bavaria.  These were the castles that crazy King Ludwig II built -  they are absolutely beautiful, but he was bankrupting the his kingdom building these.  He died young under suspicious circumstances.  After being declared incompetent to rule, he drowned while out on a lake with his psychiatrist who also drowned. King L. did know how to swim fairly well.  He built 3 fabulous castles, two of which never actually were completed.  He lived in one ( Linderhof), staid at another castle for 10 days and never did get to live in the third... what a pitty.  King Crazy also never entertained, never married nor had a mistress - generally was a loner... kinda a Michael Jackson of the time.    Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the castles, but imagine lots of guilding, carving, silk covering the walls, incredible chandeliers made with crystal or totally made out of Meissen Porcelain ( stunning) So without further ado - the castles of King Ludwig with plenty of Steckers mingling about...

Neuschwanstein - the castle that inspired Disney's Cinderella Castle

Front View

Interior courtyard

Olivia & Rob in the entry archway

Behind the castle

This is soooo boring

Better smile - this is for Facebook

This is Ludwig's parent's castle Hohenschwangau - taken from Newschwanstein castle 

Land of fairytales...

Hohenschwangau close up

Olivia in the garden

Cobblestones everywhere

These photos are from Linderhof - the only actual completed castle where the king lived.  This is a  homage to Versailles and the Sun King.  There are statues and paintings of him everywhere inside.

Linderhof - a small version of Versailles & the only castle the King lived in

Linderhof from the back

Some are having a good time, some are not....

Linderhof gardens

What was the lonely, looney king doing with all this fabulous landscaping??

A great view of the grounds

Get away from me - this is for Facebook!!
The next castle Herrenchiemsee, was supposed to be a replica of Versailles but even grander.  Only the middle portion was completed - although in inside sports some unfinished areas ( only wood floors with brick walls....)  It was pretty cool to see on side totally decked out and the other in an unfinished state.  Now this castle had rooms that were exact copies of rooms in Versailles, and these rooms were for show only, and were never used by anyone.  Yes, the king was a bit crazy...
Off to the last castle - Herrenchiemsee

This castle was a copy of Versailles
One of the two fabulous water plays

A close-up of the dragon

Mom, take a picture...

Like it was made yesterday

More fountains - in the background - a place to pull the king's ship close to the castle

Can we go now???

One last look...

Overall we had a wonderful weekend, and at least some of us enjoyed those fabulous castles.  

A few photos of other sights.

Olivia and her new boarfriend

Olivia taking her visit to an abbey seriously

What is vacation without some serious ice cream
Adam checking out the silver lady... and her little dog too

While we were down in that region, I convinced my husband to stop by this shop which is well know for its fantastic hand dyed yarn and impossible to get ahold of - see the sign in window.... perfect timing

Hand dyed yarn Mecca

Did I go overboard??

My kind of yummmm
I wish everyone a wonderful week and Labor Day weekend.  We are headed to the real Versailles as well as Normandy for the holiday weekend.  I can't wait.


  1. Wow, Sylvia! What wonderful pictures and memories! I wish I could have been with you! I wouldn't have been bored at all! Your children are so fortunate to have this experience! Thank-you so much for sharing! I felt like I was on vacation, too! -Holly

  2. I love your stitching first of all. Who cares how long it takes, right? And oh my! I love all the pictures! Such beautiful scenery and castles and everything! And that yarn! Yuuuuummmmm for sure!!! Lucky you to go to Versailles and Normandy next. Have a great time!

  3. WOW! All the photos are amazing - what fun I would have had with you. Although you'd have had to take photos of me for Facebook too. ;) That yarn is yumtastic! Such gorgeous colors. And I am loving the finished stocking - still voting for adding the doodads before finishing commences. I am of course anxiously awaiting the aforementioned goodies...don't mind me rubbing my hands together with a gleam in my eye!

  4. So many beautiful places to see.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. You went to the WOLLMEISE STORE?????????????? I have no words for the amount of jealousy I have over that. No.Words.
    I cherish the handful of Wollmeise skeins I've been able to cobble together over the last few years. It's so rare to find stateside that you almost don't even want to use it. lol
    Anyhoo.........I love the castle pics. So so beautiful!

  6. You are having way too much fun. Enjoy your trip to Versailles. Did you know that the Sajou showroom is more or less across the parking lot from the palace??

  7. It looks like you're having a blast, Sylvia! Love the stocking and the ornament!

  8. Wenn die Knöpfschn nicht zu nahe bei der Naht sind, dann würde ich sie vorher aufnähen. Der Nikostiefel für Erika ist toll geworden!
    Bin stolz auf Dich, daß Du auf diesem Steg stehst. Ich kenne da jemanden, der das nicht gewagt hat, lach.
    Gelle, da unten im tiefsten Bayern isses schön! *schwärm*
    Deine Wolle ist ein TRAUM!!!