For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 29 July 2015



Very little crafting happened this got in the way.  But I did manage a visit to a friend who I haven't seen for a while. She's just got a new job as a lecturer in Child Care, so I thought I'd make her a tote in which to lug all her college paraphernalia around!

The metre of Botanicals fabric I bought in Shrewsbury was cut into (I rather like this warmer toned colourway) and a black and ivory spot lining added for a contrast.

Just giving it the once over for stray threads etc.....

Ta dah!  Hope she'll like it and find if useful :-)

I also had a quick sort out after finishing the triangles quilt last week...and have rationalised my fat quarters to this quite small cardboard box. This is NOT a reason to buy more...I'm on a serious stash busting mission!

And the reason that I haven't had much time in the past few days??

My elder son, Owen, has moved back home after finishing university! We spent last Sunday washing/sorting/throwing/recycling/putting in loft.  Isn't it amazing how much more bread, milk and cereal you get through again?!

Have a great week :-) xxxx

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


(The Sound of Music)

Bet that's got you worried!

Fret not, the song title isn't referring to me but something else - read on :-)

I thought I'd have a sort out of The Stash, to put away the new stuff and have a general look-see.  Whilst doing this, I came across a stack of triangles that I cut out ages ago, from some of the first fabrics I ever bought, ready to make bunting with....

Goodness but this takes me back!!  I've had most of these for at least five years - they were probably some of the first I ever got when the sewing bug first bit.  There are some old friends there :-)

But I didn't fancy making bunting (banners)...... friends of mine in band have just become grandparents for the first time, so I thought I'd use up these tessellating triangles and make a cot quilt.

I had some white sheeting already, so that was useful to separate the colours......

I also had some pink fleece stashed away from a previous project and had just enough for the backing.  Just quilting in this shot...that's the bit I like least!

Ta-Dah!  Perfect for a new little girl AND it used up some stash, Brilliant :-)


That's it.....these few scraps are all that's left of an old friend. I feel quite sad...which is crazy, isn't it?  But this floral polycotton has been in bags, bunting, quilts, tops and even a dolly.  I made good use out of that original 3 metres, that's for sure......

Just to leave you with a smile though.....

Two more Hooters, made for a friend, sitting on my bookshelf next to Gandalf and a cat. What DO you think they're all looking at??!!
(Clean answers only, please!)

Have a great week xxxx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015



In loving memory of Eliza Harms (Queenartoypia)
Taken far too soon.....I shall miss her wit, love and generosity.
But she'd be the first to say that life carries on and to keep on laughing,
so my blog is dedicated to awesome, caring, crafting lady. 

Grab each day and live it large.......

Goodness, but we had a lovely holiday in Shropshire - our barn was beautiful, quite isolated and very peaceful but we could get to loads of places within half an hour. Perfect.  I managed to do some Hooter knitting in the evenings but my main crafty activity was with Jo and Annie (aka Twiglet and Wipso), details of which can be found in the previous post.  They told me about an amazing fabric shop in Shrewsbury...well, I had to go and investigate, didn't I?!

I found it easily thanks to Twiglet's excellent instructions!!  There was a cafe a few doors away so my menfolk could escape :-)

I always ask permission before taking photos in shops and explain it's for a personal blog, nothing commercial. This chap was a right hoot and offered to strip for a photo!!  

I said that's fine but he got waylaid by another customer...lolol!

The shop does have a website:
but it's under construction at the moment. Well worth a look in the future if you can't make it in person. However, go to the shop if you can, they are lovely in there!

This was about a tenth of the ribbon desk....

....the fat quarters were laid out so beautifully - it was easy to pick out what I wanted :-)

There was a cliff face of buttons...I've never seen that before.

A small part of the ground floor!  Everything was laid out so well, it was easy to see the different fabrics. I hate it when it's all cram-jammed in too tight.

So did I buy anything?? What do you think? 'Course I did :-) And it's all your fault, Wipso and made me do it!!

Back at my sewing room at the weekend, I laid it all out to have a look....

All new stuff - apart from the Scotty Dogs, which I have used before.

I only bought half metres of everything...just enough to have a play. I adore that elephant fabric so much!!  I think I'll make something for my great-nephew, Felix, with it.  The grey and Pink roses on the right is a departure for me, but I was drawn to it....and I've learned that if you don't buy it when you see it, it's never there on returning!

I'd picked the fat Q's completely separately from the furnishing fabric and didn't realise they were such an awesome match until I laid them out on the desk just now!!  

I might have to make a craft tote or sewing machine cover or something. Pretty, isn't it?

And after a run on making personalised bunting, I was down on ribbon, lace and buttons, so that's my stores topped up nicely :-)

Shrewsbury is a fantastic town, if you ever fancy somewhere different to go. There are over 600 listed buildings and a huge number of small, independent shops. 

We took lots of photos which I shan't bore you with, but this was one of my favourites.....

Is this where Old Band players go when they're all puffed out?! Grin  

Or possibly (in my house anyway), it's the musical accompaniment provided by my menfolk after a curry or baked beans :-D

It made me laugh anyway!!  Have a great week. xxx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


                                       WE'RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY,
                                       NO MORE WORKING FOR A WEEK OR TWO.....

An alternative desk from me today!  I'm on my holidays and have been knitting Hooters like crazy in the evenings. But the really exciting thing to share is that I had the opportunity to visit Wipso and Twiglet!

Here they are...two lovely girls and great friends, sitting in Jo's new sewing room. It was very exciting for me to see where all the creativity goes on (I'd seen Annie's sewing room earlier) They had all the machines set up, but first there was some serious chatting and photo taking to be done!

It's not easy taking a selfie with a point and shoot camera, but you get the idea, lol!!

Jo had set up two of her machines and Annie brought one of her 6 to play with!

Me being a wimp! It is a very strange feeling to get used to at first, not sticking to straight lines and having to drop the feed dogs....I wasn't too good sewing by moving the hoop. But as soon as Jo told me about just holding the fabric (on which she's ironed Vilene) then I was away. As Annie says, it's all about practising, relaxing and letting go (cue the song from Frozen!)

Ok, so it's not brilliant but I was pleased with it!  It was a revelation that I could sew sideways (the fabric that is, not me!!) and not have to pivot the fabric around the needle.  I really enjoyed it by the end. Thank you for being such great teachers Jo and Annie :-)

It was such a lovely day - I was welcomed, fed, taught new skills.....oh, and we may have chatted a bit.......grin. What that really means is that we didn't draw breath from the moment I arrived to the moment that Gordon and Rhys came to pick me up!  That's the beauty of meeting WOYWWers isn't it? We already have so much common ground :-)

And here are the fab things that Jo and Annie gave me...

Some gorgeous fat quarters, a beautiful crazy patchwork covered book and a really smashing card...I was so thrilled with all these beauties. Thank you, Jo and Annie, it was a fantastic day. Hope we can meet up again very soon xxxxx

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015



It's almost too hot to craft these past few days - I've taken some knitting to do outside under the shade of our gazebo, but the manmade yarn makes my hands too hot and sticky!

So here's my desk from a couple of days ago...
More stash busting - I'm making some more lavender pillows for charity. I'm enjoying the cool blues!  In the background, you can see another little zippy bag, made with the cat fabric that Julia gave me as a prezzy.

And here's the 'after' picture!! A basket full of fragrant goodies :-)  I really enjoy making these, they're quick, use up bits and pieces and there's no great project to's like crafting popcorn really.....

I may have bought a little bit of fabric however....cough....Do you remember the pattern? I've used a lot previously but in a bluer colourway. This is warmer toned, so I thought it was worth a try out...dunno what for yet, Any ideas?

And I'm being a good girl this week (fat chance, say my friends!!) and keeping the post short. But I had to show you this pic, taken when the evening sun highlights a couple of knot holes in our fence....

It's the Spirit who lives in our happy tree!!  He's waving and saying hello!!

Well, it keeps my little brain amused anyway........ ;-)

Have a good week - I'm off on my hols next week and am going to have a crafty day with Wipso and Twiglet.  I can't wait!! Get the kettle on, girls :-D


Wednesday, 24 June 2015


I'm a knight, I'm a knight and I'm a knight
And our only aim in life is to fight
I'm a knight, I'm a knight and I'm a knight
We are fighters and our armour's always tight
And these swords aren't light!
(Horrible Histories)

Jeez...where has THAT week gone?  I swear that time has sped up...sigh. I haven't done that much at my desk this week...too busy oompahing, mending stuff, catching up with friends.  But I did do a little bit yesterday....
I'm making some raggedy heart lavender bags to sell on a fundraising stall for my band in Devizes this Friday.  It's mostly junk/preloved goods donated by people, but it's amazing how much has been raised for band funds over the past couple of years. When a complete set of music is £80 a pop, plus upkeep of instruments/insurance etc, every little bit of extra cash comes in handy. So I thought I'd stash-bust and see if these will sell.
Using up odd and sods of stash is seriously satisfying........

...and they smell really lovely!

Right then...craft time over. But just time to say that the winner of the little zippy make up bag is:  My Name is Cindy. I think I might still have your addy, so will get it in the post pronto!!

The next part is seriously photo heavy - proceed at your own peril :-)

We had an early Father's Day in our house, as I had to be out playing on the Sunday. So, last Friday we went to Salisbury, in order to have a mooch and follow the Baron's Trail.  You may or may not know that this year is the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, when English law changed irrevocably, after King John was forced to limit royal powers by disgruntled Barons and Knights, thus laying the foundations for the English Justice System; also many of the central tenets were followed in the writing of the American Constitution. Amazing huh?! To celebrate this, there is a trail of sculpture all around Salisbury featuring knights that have been decorated by artists.
It was a glorious day - Salisbury Cathedral was looking particularly amazing, having had the scaffolding for its renovations removed recently.

I liked the graphics and font on the back of this Baron - he was on the Cathedral Green....
 was this chap, with his illustrations of the workers involved in the construction of the Cathedral.
This beautiful Demoiselle was on the back, weaving vestments or an altar cloth possibly....perfect to show on WOYWW!

But the one that we'd gone specifically to see didn't disappoint.  The tribute to the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett (my favourite author) by the artist Paul Kidby, who illustrated many of the Discworld series. I would have put it in my handbag and brought it home if I could, it was that good......

We spent ages playing Spot the Character....all our favourites were featured......

The Librarian....OOOOOOK!


His sword was filled with Nac Mac Feegles.....fairy folk unlike anything you've ever read about before!!

The Baron was a portrait of Sir Terry himself...I love the image of the Discworld turtle on his chest....
And also on his shield.  I got a little bit teary because it was all so completely fantastic....

However, I leave you with......

The inimitable Nanny Ogg - she's my heroine!  I'm aiming to grow old disreputably, following in her footsteps....likes a rude joke, is partial to a drink or two, can talk a lot and is full of life, lolol! I've started already :-)

It really was the most wonderful day with my menfolk, rounded off by a lovely lunch. I might have bought some new stash too...cough....but I might have to show you that next week!!!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015



First things's a notice to Save the Date.  Saturday 31st October to be precise. Yep, a date for the second WOYWW Crop of 2015 has been pencilled in the diary.  A spookily crafty Halloween feast-a-rama awaits those daring enough to join Julia and I for the day. Same place as usual :-)  Who's up for it? Julia will be doing a new Crop page at some point....sign up there!'s been a busy week and I haven't made that much.
I was playing around with the gorgeous new fabrics that Sally gave me a couple of weeks back. I liked the combination of floral and stars - that lavender spot was in my stash already. Whenever I'm in Fabricland, I tend to stock up on spotty polycottons as they're incredibly useful and only £3.99 a metre.

I left a raggedy edge to the heart.....

And the finished beach/shopping bag. 

A bit of fun to brighten up someone's day :-)  Dunno what I'm going to do with it yet though!

I used the offcuts to make a small zipped bag but instead of the usual rectangles of fabric, found a different pattern to try. It looks really odd at this point, all splayed out like that.....
But this way gives a wider base and a more triangular prism sort of shape, which I rather like. It's more funky somehow.  I'm going to give this bag away...let me know in the comments if you'd like a chance to win :-) I think it needs some buttons or other embellishment to fancy it up a little, so it may well change again, lol!!

Two more fab ATCs landed on my doormat as well, from Jill (left) to Sylvia (right). The pretty card in the middle was given to me by my friend Helen, to say thank you for all the little bits and pieces I made for her charity stall.

I said I've been was with my brass band. Our Musical Director has been involved in bands for 70 years and unbeknownst to him, a trip was arranged to go to Harwich, in Essex, where he was born and first picked up a cornet. The local band wanted to come and join in as well.....
David had no idea this had been arranged - the first he knew of it was when he walked around the corner and there we all were!  It was very emotional and quite wonderful - I was honoured to have been part of it. (I'm at the back in the bandstand, btw - if you peer closely, you might spot me!)

So, that's why I picked today's lyric....I play the Bass and I chose a different base for the make up bag. My mind works in strange and mysterious ways.......grin!

Have a good week!