For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 15 October 2014



Thanks for all your fab comments last week, lovely girls, they made me feel an awful lot better. I had a kidney infection and was feeling really rubbish so your kind words were very cheering :-)

I didn't move from the sofa for two days (and THAT, Julia will tell you, is very unusual!) and needed something to do. So I sewed all the granny squares together for the blanket I've been making for the Crochet for Kidneys (ironic, huh?) charity that I support. The daisy motifs were fun to do and the effect is very pleasing....

It's cheerful, isn't it? I hope that the dialysis recipient enjoys the bright colours.

The very clear and helpful tutorial came from the Colour and Cream blog, where there are loads of free tutorials to follow!  I highly recommend it if you need a fix of happy crochet :-)
Talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous!  I was a bit crocheted out and fancied doing some knitting to use up some of my stash as featured last week...cough. So I made up this Minion hat for a baby to finish off a tiny scrap of bright blue!  And then I had to crochet the Eye, but needs must!  It just needs a black pompom as the finishing touch.  I've knitted another variegated pink hat for a teenager but haven't taken a pic of that. Both are to send off for an outreach project featured on the UK Handknitting website's charity directory.

That was over the weekend; as Monday was very rainy, I managed to get some sewing done...for me! Yay! Remember that blue fabric I got a while back?
I am making a slightly larger zipped craft tote so that I can carry around some crochet/knitting etc when I'm off somewhere. The dark spot is actually navy, it's a better combo than appears in this pic.
Nearly done, just topstitching to make it look neater :-)  Honestly, our camera is amazing at coping with low light levels cos it was as black as Hades in my craft room with all the rain going on outside!
I'm not so sure about that navy spot now but it was the best match I had and I wasn't going to buy any more fabric!!  It'll do.......

And this pic made me happy too....
One of my bags made it all the way to Denmark!  That's a first for me :-)  I hope it gives its new Danish owner many happy years of service!

Hope you gals have had a good week.....keeeeeeep crafting :-) 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014



(you'll find the answer later!)

This is rather a photo heavy post for which I apologise but there's quite a lot to show today!

I found these floral fat quarters in Fabricland during my last visit - a bit of a departure for me, I don't normally 'do' flowery but I loved these and knew I had some co-ordinating fabrics at home.  I wanted to make a couple of things for my mate's birthday so set to......
I added a strip of the dots, with some fat ricrac peeping out and added a flower and fun button....but what is it?
Adding some top stitching to another item....
Et voila - a large make up bag, covered notebook and tissue holder. I was really pleased with how these turned out, especially as I didn't work to any pattern...cough........:-)  My friend Sue liked them, so I was happy about that too!

Then I decided to make my god daughter Angharad something for her 16th birthday (as well as including some filthy lucre!)  The make up bag proved surprisingly straightforward to make so I thought I'd make a slightly larger one that she could put hairbrushes, perfume etc in.  I thought black, white and hot pink would be just right as she's a smart girl :-)
I wouldn't say I'm a zip expert but they don't hold the same fear for me now!  The fat ricrac looks red here but it is a hot fuchsia pink in reality.
I know she'll have got it by now so it's safe to show you - hope she likes it!

Now, the reason behind the song lyric today... Baa, baa Black sheep, have you any wool?

Why?  Because SHE'S got it all.................

My name is Lunch Lady Jan and I'm a Yarnaholic.........
In honour of it being National Wool Week, I thought I'd share this!
Um, I possibly have enough to start my own shop.....hangs head in shame.  To be fair, a good third of this was gifted to me by a friend but there's quite a lot of new stuff too. I nearly always buy yarn when it's reduced (frantically justifying here folks!) but there's enough to keep me going for quite a while!!  The knitting roll in the middle was my mum's and she started me off on my crafting life when I was a lass, so it's thanks to her really that I'm doing what I do now. I wish she could see how crafting has changed my life.

But I thought you'd need an addition to see the scale of the problem.........
Ron is just telling me that he could lie on those comfy colourful clouds of wool if he wanted to - but the sunshine has won instead. Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I think I'd better make a start on reducing my stash!

Have a great week xxxx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


(Emeli Sande)

Right then...I sincerely hope that someone...anyone..can see this blog!  After changing Internet providers, I tried to alter the email addy in Blogger settings - all without the aid of a safety net or large gin!!  So, fingers's hoping :-)

Bunting making is like buses - you don't make any for ages then three come along at once! These are for a friend to give to twin girls. The ribbons have been sewn on, now it's time to part with some buttons...

Choices, choices.....

These two photos make me happy - sad, huh?!

I loved this combo of fabrics so much last week, that I'm using up the leftovers to make a craft tote...I am so mean when it comes to fabric, cutting really carefully to ensure maximum output per metre!  There was JUST enough to get all the pieces needed. That yellow paper has my calculations from when I first worked out the pattern - I daren't lose it now!
A bird's eye view down into the construction - it always amazes me how backwards bag making is!  How you have to do pockets and embellishments first and the actual putting the bag together is the very last thing. That took me a while to get my head around and also how the fabric is usually inside out and back to front! Scary stuff :-)
The nearly finished article!  See, I still get things wrong - should have sewn the buttons on the pockets before attaching them. I can still do it now, but it won't be as easy. Doh!

I'm ploughing through my granny squares to make a blanket for Crochet for Kidneys.  Just another 18 to do!!  It keeps me out of mischief, doing these...cough.... Why are you laughing?  Are you insinuating something?   I can be good, I CAN.

Ok, you're right, I can't!  Full of mischief and getting worse each day. Wahoo - it's like a switch went off in my head after turning 50. Grin. Watch out world.....yeah!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Testing Testing

Just seeing if all my efforts to get Blogger to accept my new email in the admin section has worked!

So here's a picture of the Nerines in my veg patch!

Like pink fireworks they are! See ya soon xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014



What a week....we took Owen back to Uni, I had a couple of 'interesting' days at my dad's, played with the band twice at the weekend...then had two major power cuts, followed by the water being cut off for 8 hours due to a burst water main and finally our Internet provider cut us off early cos we're switching to another company. Gordon has managed to jack up a temporary connection but I'm not sure if I'll be able to comment. So if you visit me and I don't get back to you, then sincere apologies!  Phew, I'm worn out :-)

Anyhow, you don't want to hear me whinging, so here is the upstairs desk last week...

Bits of fabric and amplifier cables? What?  It's a long story but a friend of mine was trying to cram all those cables into that tiny beige bag, so I said I'd see what I could do.

See, lots of cables...small bag.... doesn't work.....

That's more shoving and squeezing :-)

And this was the yellow flower bag that I showed the making of two weeks ago. It looks a bit wonky in this pic but it isn't really!

Now for yesterday's Downstairs Desk.......  Kyla (Lil Pidge) asked me if we could have a sewing day together for her to make a bag. Of course, no probs...

So I moved everything downstairs, there's more room.  Before Kyla arrived, I made a start on some bunting for my latest great nephew (groan, how old does that make me feel?!) who was born last Sunday...yay, happy dance!

Kyla had brought an interesting selection of fabrics with her, including these fabric swatches which she was soon cutting up and then joining together!

My son Rhys did the honours with the camera....nice pic, girls!

Julia was desperate to draw out this week's Man Bites Dog cards...I think she was startled by the outcome, LOL!

I enjoyed having a riffle through Kyla's gorgeous threads box.....

Kyla did pick a tricky bag to do for her first time but she did brilliantly, was a quick learner and produced a really fab bag!

It was really stunning, great choice of fabrics and colours and looked very professional! You can see that Harry the Cat was impressed, in a feline sort of nonchalant way. *grin*!  We laughed and chatted all day and had a really good time...let's do it again, eh Kyla? Perhaps we can get Julia to show us how to use the automatic buttonholer :-)

I love WOYWW, what a wonderful way to meet creative, fun, interesting and crazy people. Bring it on...!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


(Stuart Townend)

Before I start today, please could you focus your mind, prayers and good wishes on Shaz Silverwolf, who is undergoing the first part of a long schedule of treatment for her cancer this morning.  Positive vibes and good thoughts would be much appreciated right now....... Thank you xxxx

I haven't done much crafting again this week - too many other things to do. But I did start a tote yesterday...not for anyone in particular, I just felt like making it!
I love this fabric - it's so bright and cheerful and you just can't go wrong with a bit of gingham!
The gingham is a furnishing fabric, so it's got a bit more guts than the normal polycottons...
The pocket on the side is divided into two sections for a phone or keys or something....
And any excuse to use a cheerful button, eh?!  I haven't put the sides or handles together yet so will show you the finished article next week :-)

Julia and I went to visit Janet (Fairythoughts) last Friday and she gave me this fab woven tape with a keyboard motif on it!  I was reet chuffed - thanks Janet, it is most definitely going to get used!!

And then on Saturday, I was out playing with the band all day. We were at a small agricultural show attached to a farm shop in the morning. There was a guy there with a large collection of old tools. I love things like this!  He'd labelled them really well and most of them I'd never heard of!  A Strickle. for example.  It's in the pic below.....

Apparently, in the days before sand paper, the workers would cover it in grease and some sort of abrasive like sand and use it to whet the sickles and scythes. Well, I never.  The ram coupler looks a bit dodgy, if you ask me. And the clogmakers gouge looked like something gynaecological..... But my favourite was this.......
The Besom Makers must have been extremely naughty if clamping them was necessary......grin!!

Hopefully, I'll have a bit more crafting next week - but the way the days are filling up, I'm not so sure...sigh......

Have fun everyone - lots of love xxxx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014



A combination of mad days and being away in Wales to look after my dad has meant no sewing this week.....and therefore no desk. Sorry!   But there's some other stuff should you be interested :-) Do you remember this from last week?

Well, the assorted items got turned into this....

A little clutch bag for a friend whose son is getting married this patterns were involved, I just made it up!

I also made this reversible bandanna bib for a friend's baby boy last week.

But I did a fair bit of crochet while I was away...I'm doing squares for Crochet for Kidneys again.
I've got to make 54 for a blanket and this is the process....6 are going to be blue surrounds and the rest will be in the rainbow colours I've got left over from the last blanket!  The flower square tutorial is on Colour and Cream blog, if you're interested :-)

I came back from Wales to a parcel...inside was a little thank you from Anne (Copper Beech) for the bag she won.....
A gift, a beautiful card and the sweetest papercraft handbag complete with angel charm. I love them, Anne, thank you so much. Your work really is gorgeous, I loved all the lilac tones and bling!!

It was a hard weekend in Wales, my dad isn't doing too well but we had a chance to escape to 'my' beach for an evening walk....

It was a bracing couple of miles but made us feel a lot better blowing away the cobwebs....

And would I pass up a chance to be stupid? No sirree...... :-)

Thanks for bearing with me...hopefully there will be a desk to show you next week!