For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WOYWW 373

THIS OLD HOUSE WAS HOME AND COMFORT....

My house has sold! It took less than two weeks and has been bought by a youngish family with two little skippity girls - I know you shouldn't care about who buys your house really but the fact that it's a family has made me happy, it's been a great home for us and hopefully will be for them too. But we may be out by end Aug/early Sept, so the next few weeks are going to be full on - I suspect you may not see me around for a while.

I needed to do some mindless crafting while my brain was whizzing about different things, so I found the Moda charm pack I bought in the sale and, after being inspired by Wipso's lovely little quilt last week, set to placing the squares in a pleasing fashion.
They're such pretty and summery fabrics - I really enjoyed being immersed in colour therapy! I'll make a small quilt and then decide what to do with it!

I do love charm packs - they make life so easy. If I had to pick my own fabrics out in a quilting shop, I'd find it hard as there's almost too much choice. I find that working with limited resources sometimes makes you have to think a bit harder.
Anyway, now the rows are ready, they're perfect for when I have 30 mins to zone out!

Two daft pics to finish on - the first is especially for Helen (Stamping by H), who is another Outlander fan. We found this street name while wandering around Cirencester last week!
A reference for Outlander geeks - ooh, he was a proper bad 'un! Booo, hisssss...........

The second pic I've snaffled from the blog of Darnell, who is on her Grand Day Out crafting tour of the UK! As I mentioned last week, Julia and I were heading off to meet her. We started talking at 4pm and were still going strong at 10 - isn't it fab when you already have a strong bond through this wonderful world of desking?  Darnell's pic is much better than mine:


(l-r: Me, Fiona (Staring at the Sea), Darnell, Julia and Morti (Mad Ramblings)

Lolol!! I think Julia looks very roguish, don't you! Think I need to go for some waxing though :-)  Goodness, we had fun and talked about everything under the sun. Thank you so much for inviting us down, Darnell - it was a privilege to meet you!

Have a great week everyone xxx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

WOYWW 372

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, I'M THE FIRST IN LINE....

Hello lovely deskers one and all! Don't forget that the WOYWW link-up is back at Julia and Stamping Ground today - yahoo!!

Now don't faint - I've actually done some sewing this week! It didn't turn out quite like I planned though - and that's not the first time I've ever said that, lol :-)
I was intending to FINALLY make the tote bag but d'ya know when you get that feeling that stops you from doing something, that 'I don't know why I don't want to make this' that keeps popping into your head. No? That'll just be me then! Anyway, the something that was stopping me from sewing the tote suddenly made me realise that what I REALLY needed to make was a new knitting needle case :-D

So, one long white zip and some spotty lining later...here is the desk!

Top stitching the zip....

And here it is, complete with needles poking out for 'artistic effect'. I put side pockets inside to hold my cable needles, stitch holder and Clover pom pom makers. A useful bag, bit like myself!

Last week, Mr LLJ, Son No 2 and myself popped up to Cirencester ( a small Cotswolds market town for the non-UK readers) and went to the Corinium Roman Museum. At one point, Cirencester (or Corinium) was the second largest Roman town in the UK, after Londinium. Consequently there were a lot of rich folk there and they had the goods to prove it!
The most exquisite hare mosaic - well, I had to show you this, you know I'm mad about them!

But this really stole my heart:
A little owl brooch, nigh on 2,000 years old - it could have been made yesterday, don't you think? And that's not a reflection, it is symmetrical. I could wear that very happily!

Off to meet Darnell today - I'm really looking forward to seeing her. No doubt there will be photos to show next time. Ooh, and Julia may have some exciting news for us too :-D

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

WOYWW 371

IT'LL BE JUST LIKE STARTING OVER,
STARTING OVER....

Did someone just steal the past seven days?? I can't believe it's been a week since I was last sitting here thinking of a lyric with which to head the post.  Today's is a special one however because I'm very pleased to announce that....

...DRUM ROLL......

Julia will be the main headline act next week!! Woohoo!! Yep, the original (and best) Keeper of the Desks will be back in the driving seat from 20th July. I can't tell you how relieved and pleased I am that she feels able to take the reins once more :-D So the Mr Linky list will be back at Stamping Ground.

It's just as well really as I have no desk to show you - no sewing at all...zip...nada...nothing...
Life's just been too full on. So I thought I'd show you my shelves instead!
Patterns books, both sewing and knitting, baskets of fat quarters, boxes with 'useful stuff', a tin full of lavender, a purse kit that Julia gave me, train/flight simulator manuals...hang on...how did they get there?? Mr LLJ is sneaking his stuff in quietly...I'll forgive him!  The tiny little trophy on the top shelf is when I won the Best Baby in Show many, many years ago. I peaked too soon, I think lol!!!

I have been doing some crafting downstairs - I had some tinsel yarn leftover and am making a couple of Hooters for charity (stop sniggering Twiglet, I can hear you....!). The little zippy bag is now in use, filled with odds and sods.

I leave you with something that Mr LLJ spotted in our walk around Salisbury yesterday....
Appealing to the sweet toothed history buffs eh?!  Made me smile!

Julia and I are back in Salisbury next Wednesday when we meet up with Darnell, who is on a UK tour! How exciting will that be? I'm really looking forward to some hugs, lots of laughter and a chance to meet another desker in real life. There may well be some pics the week after.

So, thank you all for supporting me while I ran WOYWW for a few weeks - it has meant a lot that while numbers dipped a bit, I can hand back to Julia knowing that continuity was maintained. Love ya.....

Over and out.....

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

WOYWW 370

RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN.....

You may experience a sense of Deja Vu with the desk today....
It's like a flashback to approximately six weeks ago when I first started my WOYWW Caretaker's job. I'd promised to make a bag for a giveaway but it all went to pot following the subsequent events.  But I found it when tidying up my shelves so that is what I shall be making this week!
I still really like the sand/grey combo!  The other squares were left overs from the charm pack, I think they'll end up being a quilt for charity at some point.
How's about this for a study in neutrals, eh?!  The taupe spot was on offer, the linen on the right is going to be used for the raggedy lavender hearts and I spent a happy half hour killing time in Miss Lemon's in Pewsey where I bought the ribbons and bows - I know I'll be making some personalised bunting fairly soon. 

And finally, Mr LLJ and I were strolling around Devizes when we saw this outside a cafe:
This made us hoot!!  Needless to say, that's where we had some lunch :-)

We were doing a spot of househunting there as we have put ours on the market - downsizing calls and a chance for Mr LLJ to pack in work early. We're staying in Wiltshire as I don't think Julia would speak to me again if we moved too far away :-D  My house has never been so tidy..........

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

WOYWW 369

I PICK MYSELF UP, DUST MYSELF OFF
AND START ALL OVER AGAIN....

It's not been the easiest week really. Not only did the country seem to explode last Friday after the referendum, the rhetoric and vitriol got worse over the weekend. I have unfriended people on Facebook in the past couple of days because I did not like what I was reading. 

It's more important than ever to foster respect and kindness.  I wish we could bottle the generosity of spirit, the support, love and friendship that WOYWW engenders.  This has been brought home to me by the wonderful comments and beautiful sympathy cards I've received from deskers over the past two weeks.

My first desk:
A hotel table in Wales, where my niece Emma and I created the floral spray for Dad's funeral. We both gained comfort from just sharing in the creation of something for someone we loved.
The music came from a very old book of Welsh hymns that I bought from Oxfam, where I volunteer and was perfect for a man who loved music. The Male Voice Choir he used to sing with came to the funeral - I can't tell you how sublime the singing was. Dad was there in spirit, belting out in the bass section :-)

So, we got home yesterday and this was the craft desk how I left it at the weekend:
I bought a sewing pattern for soft toys last week - it's simple but that's ok for me at the moment. I also bought a Moda charm pack in the sale, the colours were too lovely to resist! And on the machine is a small zipped bag I'm making for myself in which to store my tape measure, stitch markers, small scissors etc etc in my knitting basket downstairs.
I was top stitching the zip here before sewing the bag up. I love this mad cat fabric, it was a present from Julia a while back!

Last week, we had no Linky issues at all - hoo-blooming-ray!! Fingers crossed it stays clear today as well.....


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WOYWW 368

THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS.
THOSE ENDLESS DAYS, THOSE SACRED DAYS YOU GAVE ME...

First of all, may I say a huge thank you to all those who left supportive comments and sent me emails and cards expressing sympathy about the death of my Dad - I simply can't tell you what they meant to me.  It's been a funny old week, thinking about funeral details while ordinary life continues but I am ok.
*Edit* An article about my dad has appeared in the local paper today. Here's the link

There's some unfinished business from two weeks ago - the Guess How Much Cord I Bought competition. Four people guessed 20 metres, which was the nearest to the 21m I actually bought - they were Twiglet, Jackie Mackay, Carmen and Cara. The names went into a hat and CARA won! Can you email me your addy Cara and I'll get a little something off to you in the post :-)

I have actually got some fabric out on the desk to show you....
I've cut out two hearts from my precious hare fabric and took five minutes to make this:

(This is the little something, Cara!!)

I didn't get the chance to show the rest of the ATCs last week, so here they are now - still filling my heart with joy!
A huge thank you to Cardarian, Lynne Mizera, Elizabeth Silverscrapper, Lisa Davolt, Sylvia Little treasures and Anne L - all unique and all wonderful (and the ATCs aren't bad either, lol!)

And just to make you happy, a little bird told me that Julia might be linking up with us today - fingers crossed that she feels well enough to join. That would be amazing :-)

Have a wonderful week wherever you are in the world xxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

WOYWW 367

MY HEART BELONGS TO WALES.....


It's a short post today - my beloved Dad passed away last Saturday and so I have no desk picture to show you. What I've chosen instead is a picture of 'my' beach, Cefn Sidan, in Wales. In the 1960's, the Ministry of Defence had chosen this site to be a gunnery range, shooting at targets out at sea.  My dad headed up a group of locals and became Chairman of the Save Our Sands campaign. I remember TV cameras in our lounge and marching through Cardiff in a protest. And Dad and his group stopped the range coming...the area is now the Pembrey Country Park - a fitting epitaph to a man who loved his family and life.

I am ok, don't worry but won't be visiting many desks today - I'll keep an eye out for linking issues. Mention it in the comments and either myself or Neet will help.

Have a good day and give out lots of hugs xx