…and we’re back

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya
to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama…

Those lyrics were the anthem of the past few days while I was in Aruba :) I had such a blast! We went to Aruba to get out next scuba license, PADI Open Water, and I am happy to report that all six of us succeeded admirably :)

Me and D getting ready for our second boatdive

Unfortunately, we had to go home at some point, so we left this behind, beautiful Baby Beach:

And traded it in for this: (photo c/o my SIL’s mom)

Yes, that’s right, snow!

When we left Aruba we had temperatures of over 30°C (86°F), and when we got back to Holland it was -10°C (14°F)! Honestly, when we got off the plane we were all wondering why on earth we had left Aruba in the first place :’)

When I came home, there was a big pile of mail waiting for me, and in that pile were a couple of big, brown envelopes. I love those, because they almost always contain something awesome!
Right before I left, I won not one but two giveaways, can you believe it?

The first one was from Pixie from The Crafte Nook, who gave me a very cool ‘small felted knitted ring thingy’ (yes, that’s actually what it’s called):

And the second one was from Kate from Signed With an Owl, who made me this awesome mug rug!

Both ladies also included cute cards & kind words; I just love getting those! :D

Thank you so much ladies, for brightening and warming up my very cold first day after the holiday :)

So the giveaway is still open for all of you who haven’t entered yet! You have till tomorrow to comment for your chance to win one of three awesome Valentine’s Day items! :) Just click on the banner below to go the the giveaway.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a belated January mosaic, the 2-a-month-project update and ofcourse, the giveaway-winners! :)


ps There were over 800 unread RSS items in my reader when I turned on my computer. I read all of them, but because of the volume I was unable to leave comments everywhere, I’m sure you’ll understand. But, I am now back up to speed and will start leaving comments again. Thanks for understanding :)

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  1. Aruba looks so beautiful – glad to hear you had a great time. :)

  2. How lovely, 30 degrees! No wonder you didn’t want to leave!
    I bet the snow is beautiful too, though.
    Lucky you winning two giveaways – and such great gifts too.
    I’m going to click on your link and enter your giveaway now. I missed this one as I’m trying to a little less blogging and a little more crafting, but I do miss my bloggy friends!
    Becky x

  3. OH my goodness I want to go there! I want sun! Glad you had a fantastic time Wink… that will set you up for the rest of the winter. What lovely gifts you won… the mug rug is beautifully made isn’t it…and I don’t think I have seen that blog…so I’m off over there now.. :)x

  4. Damn, now I’ve got this song in my head, too! Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go? :) Beautiful pictures!!!
    Glad to hear you had a good time and I can imagine your disgust when you stepped out of the plane! In K-town it’s so cold that we had to heat up the pipes behind our kitchen with a hairdryer because the water was frozen inside the pipes!

    I wish you a wonderful warm Sunday evening!


  5. This is a lovely post packed with win, no wonder you wanted to go back to Aruba…its very bright and happy looking.The felted ring thingy looks so charming, even with its cute name he he. The mug mat looks stunning too! Hurrah for happy posts

  6. You’re so welcome, and I’m glad it seemed to get there at the perfect time! Aruba looked amazing!!!! I wouldn’t have wanted to come back home either! Hope you have a great week back!

  7. Hi Wink… Just popping back to tell you that I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award if you would like to pop over to my blog and collect it…and the rules! :)x