For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

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!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014



A longish post today....desk first and then some photos from a fun weekend! So, you enter at your own peril :-)

New stash and work in progress feature on the desk today - I'm making some bunting for a new arrival. A friend from my band had a little boy - 10lbs 8oz - that makes you tense up a little, huh?! Welcome to the world, Jacob.  At the back, you can see some more of that gorgeous blue fabric from a few weeks ago - I had to buy some more, I just love it. Gonna make a craft bag for ME!  Whilst I was in buying mode, I also got three reels of thread that total 3km in length. That's a lorra sewing in store for me!!

So, what does an old purse, a battered old hat from Oxfam, a scrap of dress fabric and a few beads equate to? Ah, you'll just have to wait and see....grin. It's going to be an interesting project for a mate of mine.......

And this is the finished tote that has now gone off to be taken to Denmark sometime soon. I rather like it though the box construction took longer to make than the normal totes and took more fabric too, but it's worth it, I think.

Feel free to jump ship now, as we're off on a ramble!
Shaz and Doug Silverwolf came to stay for the weekend so we took them to Winchester. First stop was the cathedral, one of my favourites in the UK.....

I like the way the architecture goes everywhere!

Even the graffiti is old......

Patterns are everywhere - the medieval floor tiles are some of the best in England...

The simplicity of the patterns appeals to me a lot.

This lock is from 1529 and still works!

But what I love about Winchester most is the successful mix between ancient building and the modern art that is all around the environment....

This was the high altar...we all stood for ages trying to see things in the chaos/elemental forces portrayed here. It was mesmerising...

My favourite statue by Anthony Gormley...though it is even better when the crypt is slightly flooded and there are reflections everywhere....

But if I could take one thing home, it would be this great big hunk of wood. Goodness, this speaks to me. I love the size of it, the spirals, the fish, the golden highlights...everything!!


It just gets me...I think it's wonderful.

Three to finish.....
This reminds me of an Escher drawing or a scene from Labyrinth!  I love Romanesque arches.
Me and my old man captured in a viewing mirror!!

And finally, after all that culture.......
A Man and his Mountainous Scone!!  It didn't last very long, I can tell you :-)

It was a fun weekend Shaz and Doug - thanks for coming down!!

It'll be a shorter post next week...promise!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014



Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week! Mine has been really quite busy since we last met....what's been going on?  Well, join me for a coffee and biscuits and we'll have a natter......

You find me mid cutting out of the components of a tote bag which will eventually be en route to Denmark!  This will be the first time I've used that Botanicals fabric. D'you know, I really like it!  I already had this spotty contrast fabric - in fact, it's what's left over from last week's ironing board construction - and found the two went really well together. Look....

I love it!  So that's the work in progress at the moment.

Do you need a refill of coffee yet?  I'll put the kettle back on - wait a minute, I'll be back! I can do tea, if you'd prefer? And a slice of lemon drizzle cake too?

I bought the printed hessian on the right in a sale. It was £3.99 a metre. I thought it would make great shopping bags, especially if I line it. I've never worked with hessian before, so it may turn out to be reminiscent of the Great Oilcloth Fiasco of 2012....or it may be ok. I thought it was worth a try for that sort of price. And I was given 2 metres of the fabric on the left by a friend who is decluttering!  I'm sure that can be put to good use somehow :-)

The rest of the week has been spent gardening and cooking - we threw an engagement party for our son Owen and his fiance Jen.

That was fun!  Now I'm not the best flower arranger in the world but I did this for the party table:

I really enjoyed snipping and shoving the flowers into the oasis!  

How's that for a shot of In-Your-Face-Hot Pink?? Love it :-)

Well, that's it - coffee break is over. Better get back to that bag making. TTFN xxxx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014



Yep, I can hear you saying.....she's finally lost it.  Steam heat? What's that got to do with her desk?

The sewing/crafting purists amongst you had better look away now. I warn you, it's not pretty

 My ironing board was a disgrace - great big tears in the top of the cover - so yesterday, after a rush of blood to the head, I decided to launch in and make a new one.  First, I rough cut some fusible fleece as a template. Then used that to very roughly (cough) cut out some fabric.  Ironed 'em together, turned over a disgracefully uneven hem, threaded the only bit of elastic I had through..... et voila.......

Just don't look underneath too closely!!! *Snigger*

Ironing will be a lot more fun. WHAT?? Wash your mouth out, LLJ......I despise ironing apart from crafty necessity. At least I can admire the lovely spotty fabric while I'm merrily singeing some shirts..........

Here's the loud fabric from last week - I'm just topstitching the edge of the bag.....

It's fun but come on, stop tittering.....I should have put some stiffening (!!) in it. However, it would be great to roll up and stuff in your handbag to take shopping as a Bag for Life. The dotty lining made me happy :-)

And finally ....a bag I made quickly as a present for someone.
Goodness, I love that fabric...I may have to go back and get some more.  Life's hard, eh?

Gotta go, the ironing calls.....bahahahahahahahaha...........

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


(Hello Dolly)

Straight to the desk...and don't spare the horses!
What a tip!  I've dragged some fabrics out for inspiration as I'm going to make a few things to send off for someone's charity stall.  But the question is, do I have enough of that Union Jack to make a carrier bag tube? Sadly no, so I'm going to have to rethink what to do with that small remnant.  I haven't cut into that moths/botanicals yet.  As the old song says: 'I'm busy going nowhere....'!!

Well, this is a bit more like it!  It's always tricky to know what's going to sell at a venue you know nothing about, but tote bags are always useful...... That green really pops.

This is my Downstairs crafting project (and no, I don't mean a Vajazzle....!!)  It's a rainbow blanket that I'm running up for another charity. It's fairly brainless stuff which means it's highly appropriate for me :-)  After seeing Debbie Rock's incredibly beautiful and complicated crochet sampler stitches recently on FB, it made me realise that it's all about the colour for me and the meditative qualities of mindlessly zipping up and down the rows. But I don't half admire those who can take on treble treble stitches and laugh nonchalantly........

This was the outcome of the Doggy Bag:
Hopefully, if the pooch grows too big for it, the little girl can still use it for other things.
I made a pretend 'dog collar' which can be used as a bracelet or pony tail band. Julia helped me make a chipboard heart shape covered in pretty paper, with jewels and ribbon..but I forgot to take a pic of that...DOH!

It was my birthday last week (thanks to those who sent cards btw!!)  I had some great prezzies including some lovely fat quarters from my mate Helen and a riotous rigatoni of ribbons from Janet gorgeous, they made me very happy and will most definitely get used soon!  But my weirdest prezzy was from my menfolk who gave me a test where you send a cheek swab off and they trace your DNA back and tell you where your ancestors came from.  I love it!  I've got a sneaky desire to come from Viking stock...must be the horned helmet in the wardrobe........*wink*

Have a great week  xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


                                          WHO LET THE DOGS OUT....WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO?

I had the strangest request this week.....someone contacted me to see if I would make a bag, cushion and quilt as a present for a little girl who has a chihuahua and dotes on it. So this is why pink things are on my desk!
Luckily, I had strips of joined up squares already made up...oh yeah!

Making a cushion fit for a puppy princess!

I'm making the bag from this recently bought fabric. It's sturdy cotton so will be fine for lugging a small dog about in.  Well, I've made doggy bandannas before so knew that could LEAD onto bigger things. I sank my CANINES into the project, though it was a bit RUFF at first. But you know me, I like to COLLAR new ideas. Ok, don't HOWL at these puns, I'm stopping now as my voice is HUSKY....... Feel free to continue this thread in the comments if you wish!!!

My train obsessed menfolk had a treat last week (belated birthday prezzy). They thought they were going to learn to drive a small steam shunter train. This is what turned up instead....
They had a fab day and ended up dirty, covered in coal dust and grease and couldn't have been happier. I love this picture :-)

Have a great week!