Welcome Elke!

Please welcome Elke to our family!  

Welcome Elke!

Elke & Doug

Thank you Elke for saying “yes” to my son.  You are a ray of sunshine in his life, and we are so blessed to have you as a part of our family! You make us smile and laugh!  Our lives are better because of you!

The wedding was a fairy tale wedding that took place in Konstanz, Germany.  The day was perfect from start to finish!

And thank you Switzerland and Germany for your hospitality and breathtakingly beautiful country! I could have stayed for days and days. 

Our charming hotel was across the border in Switzerland!  Only about 1/4 of a mile from the German border, but I can say I’ve been to Switzerland! 


The wedding dinner was at the hotel, right on the Rhine River! 

  After dinner a beautiful white swan graced us with a visit.  Who could ask for more!


Paris and England are my next stop!  I’ve taken so many pictures, I’ll have to group them into collages or these posts could go on forever.

I’ve survived the jet lag with the help of Melatonin.   I recommend it if you travel in different time zones. One pill at bed time really helps me sleep!  Just be sure to buy it here in the USA, because in some countries (such as Germany) it’s prescription only. 

To think that in just ten days I visited four countries!  I feel like such the traveler, and my first visit to Europe has left me longing for more!

I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a bit of the European influence in my designs.  There was eye candy everywhere!  Scolls, flowers, charming houses, architecture and I took pictures of hundreds of flowers just in case.  Fleur de Lapins or is it Jardin Lapins? I found a few bunnies so to speak…

Back soon!



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  • Elizabeth E. - Congratulations! What a glorious trip you’re having, with a wedding, sightseeing, and some of the loveliest countries in Europe. Enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen in Texas - Those bunnies are unique!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - What a very special day. How fun you found some bunnies. It will be great seeing your future designs.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Congratulations to your family! What a beautiful couple and may they always know great joy and happiness!!

    That bunny fountain is adorable – how perfect that you found it!! Do you recall where you saw it? Looking forward to seeing all of your pictures. Welcome Home!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - A lifetime of joy and happiness for the lovely couple! Your photos are great and it sounds like you had a perfectly wonderful time for your first European trip.ReplyCancel

  • LoriD - Wow! It looks like a beautiful setting. I can tell you love your DIL already. How sweet!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - The wedding and your travels look fabulous Anne. Glad you are enjoying Europe and all it’s beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Congratulations
    Anne to your son and his new wife may they have many years of happiness. Will they be living in the States? Your trip looks beautiful will look forward to pictures and ideas you bring back.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - What a wonderful fairy tale wedding! How beautiful! Best of luck to the newlyweds.ReplyCancel

  • chickie - I am thrilled to see the phoyos. I am in Napa for a few days with friends. can,t wait to talk!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Welcome Back, Anne. Isn’t the countryside breathtaking? You must have had a wonderful time.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Congratulation! What a beautiful couple…it looks like a perfect ‘Fairy Tale’ wedding. Thanks for sharing the glorious pictures! I can see why you loved the eye candy sooo much, but then who wouldn’t. My hubby laughs because even on a simple shopping trip here locally I point out things to him, like a pretty design on a sidewalk or wall that I think would make lovely quilt designs. Enjoy the rest of your trip, stay safe.ReplyCancel

  • Vanilla - That´s just such a sweet post. The pictures are beautiful. Your daughter in law is adorable. I love the way you thank her for saying yes to your son. I kinda identified with you since my son and daughter-in-law, who by the way are high pregnant, will be moving to Switzerland as soon as the baby girl is born, (in the next couple of weeks). I will miss them a lot, especially since this baby girl is my first grandchild, but will soon be visiting them in their new home.
    Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Congradulations to your Son and his beautiful bride! I wish them all happiness in life!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Friend - Congrats to your son and his lovely bride. The day looks beautiful as do the bride and groom. The pictures are fantastic. enjoy the rest of your trip. I can’t wait to see more photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sivje Parish - Oh how wonderful and exciting!!! Elke is beautiful and your son is so handsome. I am glad you are having a beautiful trip. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.ReplyCancel

  • Piecefully, Pam - Fairytale! Enjoy your journey! And, bliss to the newlyweds! : )ReplyCancel

  • Martine - Congratulations
    A lot of happiness to the newlywedsReplyCancel

  • Vanilla - Thank you for your friendly reply. I will certainly keep in touch and share experiences with you.ReplyCancel

  • Cara - Oh congratulations to you and your son Anne! Thanks for sharing such beautiful oics and I hope you had a great vacation!ReplyCancel

  • bea - enchanting…Oh my GOD..I can see where the Lord created natural beauty… I have tears of such joy at the beauty of it all in my eyes.. BLESS you & your your new daughter & family. Bless the beauty all around you.. it all looks like a fairy tale… castles & swans & bunny fountians & lakes & beautiful skies…. keep the photos coming ..because I am living Europe thru you. you are such a doll to share your joy ~ReplyCancel

  • Mama Spark - Congratulations, Anne!! She is beautiful and they look so happy!! I just wondered if you have received a little something from Pauline before you left? She is wondering so I thought I would ask!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda P. - Sounds like some script for a movie – pass the hankies. What a wonderful time, and I really look forward to more photos!!
    How fun for you to see the “Bunny Hill Fountains”!! Rest up!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I love that area…. was there flooding on the Rhine? the water looks very high. You must go back and see the mountains in Switzerland!
    Congratulations on your new daughter in love…….she looks lovely on her very special day!

    Welcome home and Happy SewingReplyCancel

  • rita vermeersch - Congratulation for Elke and Doug, and the family.
    And as in a fairytale story, they lived happy and with loth of love.

  • Thimbleanna - Congratulations Anne! Your pictures are gorgeous! If I had a son and DIL in Germany, I think I’d have to go over there once a year — I hope you have such wonderful luck!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, congratulations to your son and new ‘daughter’ and to all of you. What a darling couple, and your son looks truly happy :-) The photos are breathtaking… what a wonderful experience this has been, one filled with beautiful memories that will be with you always. Thank you for sharing :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mary T. Salmon - When my husband I visited Paris we did not have digital camera…your pictures are gorgeous! The bunnies at the fountain are too adorable. A quilt some day? What a joy to have such a lovely DIL…Best wishes to the happy couple.