Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

WOYWW 124

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS......!!

Someone once remarked that my desk wasn't messy enough - well, this should prove 'em wrong!!  It's all going on here.  I'm flitting from one project to another without settling to a particular task.  Get a grip, LLJ, you still have two weeks before the first fair..

So, here are some stockings, hearts, bunting all waiting for me to get my act together!

Some random Christmassy -ness...


Here's one I made earlier :)  It was too cold to photograph the bunting outside today so here's my fireplace instead!  I will have to inform people that the material is not flame retardant when I come to selling the stuff though!


Variations on the theme of Christmas Bunting!  You may notice that I've got a bit of a hare thing going on - I'm fascinated by hares, can't explain it, I just am. There's lots of them around where I live and they are amazing to watch. Wild and magical they are - so much more than just big bunnies!!


I decided to make some Christmas Stockings too, using funky materials. They may sell, they may not, but I've really enjoyed making them.  Love this decorations fabric...


The tartan cutouts are for my Gentlemen's Stockings range - no, no, no, NOT like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at all !!! Am going to do a contrast lining with buttons round the turned over top.  Dunno if they'll work but I'm game for a laugh...

Look - it's the return of the blue, bubblicious material again!  Carmen wanted a pegbag in funky colours and this one had her name right on it.  She emailed me and said that when it got there, her 4yr old thought it was a Mr Tumble (much beloved children's TV character) bag and refused to let it go!  Carmen eventually managed to get it back to put her pegs in but.....

we can't have a little girl going bagless now, can we?? 


Hope she'll like it :)

I am fortunate to live in a really beautiful part of Wiltshire - we really are spoiled by the gorgeous landscape around. Avebury and Stonehenge are on our doorstep as is the Savernake Forest. This is one of the old Norman Royal hunting forests and still covers a large area, even today.  DH usually travels through here at around 7am and is in the habit of taking his camera.  These shots were taken early one particularly lovely morning last week.



That was a mixed bag from me this time - or maybe I AM the mixed up bag, lol!!  Had a conflab with Son No 2 about his name for this blog and he came up with G3 - Ginger Gentle Giant.  Anything to keep him happy... :D

May your Distressed Inks never be too emotional and your glitter flow freely.  Have a happy week everyone! xx






58 comments:

  1. Loving all your bunting but more so those atmospheric photos. What a great place to live.

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  2. I don't think it is a case of not settling to anything, more a case of lots already achieved - nice fireplace :) We had a hare at my parents house once came up to the doorstep - I was amazed how big they actually are......

    I think the gentlemen stockings will work a treat. Roll on next week and more productivity :)
    hugs, Wendyx

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  3. Fab post Jan, I love all your handiwork... the Chrimbo fabric is gorgeous, I love the bunting just in shades of red/cream and the hares are magnificent!
    What a busy bunny you've been!
    Have a good day!
    Chrissie #40
    ...and you still have your Word Verification enabled!

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  4. All that goodie-ness on your blog! Love all your "C" makes and those views - wowee! Thanks so much for sharing - Hugs, Neet #1

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  5. gosh you are so handy and talented love the stocking hanging up.May have to invest with the bunting also...lol will email you later sorry not got back to you health hasnt been good to me this week!
    Anyways have fab wedensday and a creative week ahead
    hugs judex 16

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  6. All I can say is I love your mixed bag of craftiness this week Jan. I have so many ideas in the head but so little time to put them into action at the mo but hope I have time to get some of them done before christmas :-)
    Thanks for sharing yours.
    A x

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  7. What a fab post. Important G's photography is just sublime. This week I've had the mess under my desk pointed out - you can't win!! Am loving the gentleman's stocking idea.

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  8. Yes you did give us a mixed bag ...but it was a great read. I loved all your Christmas creations and the stunning landscape shots. G3 ...mmm ...sounds like a summit meeting until it is explained lol.
    Lastly ...thankyou for suggesting one can create without an actual purpose in mind ...I had such fun .xx

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  9. Such a lovely post... great makes with your fabrics and superb photos by DH. I adore the early morning mist rising in his first one.
    I love the hares on your mantle too.
    Re my gilded wings. I think they are just going to be a wall decoration ... don't know yet how they'll end up until I get a eureka moment. Watch my space!
    Love joZarty x

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  10. Wow, all those christmassy-ness items look so scrummy!!! Your landscape view is fantastic......oh how I'd love to look out the window and see that view too. Enjoy WOYWW!

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  11. Oh, I love all your X-mas items. I didn't have finished anything at all yet. I can't find the real Xmas inspiration. Maybe the weather is too bright an sunny. My lovely hubby advised me (with a big smile) to sit in the cellar, because it's cold and dark there... but if that's the right place to get inspiration? Hope next week I can make a start with it or.... do you know a perfect way to get the right mood?
    Have a carfty Wednesday. xFranka

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  12. That peg bad made me think of Mr Tumble too! You could definitely do a line of things in this fabric for little people. I tried to photograph the bunting this morning but everywhere outside was so wet with frost. I will sort myself out for this week though. Still loving your work LLJ! xx

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  13. Love the Christmas doings, I am working to get my painting/book work done as I want to do some Christmas gift making at the weekend, for some reason (I do not do cute) i DO LOve TILDA so I'm making Christmas bunnies (well I do have to twist it n'est pas?) I shall do easter snowmen too, reagardign the move - it is a very lesurely gentle four year plan - starting now so we might have soemthign habitable/workable bu then, and I woudl NOT even consider it, had I not committed myslef to learngn fluent franglais and prepared myself for untold bureaucracy, paperwork and sate legislation by working my clinical backside off for the NHS for 29 Year (33 by the time I hope to be able to move on.... away from our increasingly bad reputation (so hard to prove one still cares these days...) right - back to the grindstone, thanks for pissing by my bloog

    dx

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  14. So much fun on your work place today, those decorations are lovely! I love the stockings too and I'm sure they'll sell (If not, I'll send you my address!) Eldest daughter comes to visit from college next week so I'm super excited; I've missed having her around! Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  15. I love all those projects you have on the go, and the tale of the peg bag. (I really must get the machine out and make myself a new one to replace the totally threadbare one) Your husband's photos are really stunning, and he should be so proud of them. I would definitely use them in a project. They would both make stunning cards, apart from which he should have entered them both in the Countryfile Calendar competition.

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  16. Wow, you've certainly been busy! All your sewing projects are looking great, and you should be pleased with them! Happy WOYWW!

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  17. Word verification was "tendpins". Weird, eh?

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  18. You. Are very naughty LLJ! But you made a 4 year old very happy this morning when the postie came :) She has sat with it on her lap all morning, she's got her Tiny Tears bottle and baby bits in it. I think it's coming to school to be shown off in a minute too :P

    Thank you Jan - you are amazing!

    p.s I adore Tartan - I think those stockings are going to be a huge hit!

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  19. Gorgeous photos from your husband, we visited Stonehenge last year and I was struck by how lovely the scenery was around the area, you are very lucky.

    Loving all the christmassy fabrics and I think it is so lovely have made that bag for the little girl, you area very nice lady LLJ :)

    Love Mandy xxx

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  20. Bridget #28 wow Christmas is early in your house

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  21. Oh, you sound like me...so many projects started, a few finished. Looks like you're making great progess though!

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  22. I do love it when tidy people talk about their mess; they never really have a mess at all! As for the bag, if the little girl doesn't want it, this big girl would be proud to have it!

    Thank you for visiting and giving me a real thrill: the pear on my desk is actually drawn by myself, not a stamp at all. I'm thrilled that you thought it could be a stamp that people would actually want to buy.

    Thank you so much from Rachel, who is now a lot less Grumpy and a lot more Happy and Bashful!

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  23. The Big O and G3 sound like conferences held in Europe....roflmao....

    Love the photo of the deer. Yes, I think the make-up talk worked. Must get together soon to hand over that music book and....eek.....11 weeks to Christmas.......

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  24. Some gorgeous fabrics on your desk this week and I love what you are making with them - especially the bunting.
    Know what you mean about the fascination of hares, we don't see any now where I live but we were in Norfolk last June and saw some every day - a real treat.
    Ann #50

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  25. As a fan of your bunting, I can do nothing but admire them! Love those photos your Hubby took. Lucky to have such scenery in the morning.
    You remember that tacking gun I spoke about? there is a pic on my post today for you!
    Morti deserves to be shot with her last comment!

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  26. Love those projects youve been working on. Sadly i miss l that now, i have a 17 year old obnoxious teenager! 'nuff said! lol

    Yep! My hair is now a lovely shade a 'gradiated' purple!! Mystic Violet to be exact because i couldn't get my normsl one of Cyber Purple! ...and despite the name it is quite 'subtle'!!

    That little space you see is the only space i have for crafting so fitted it out with IKEA kitchen units! They are perfect!

    Take care

    Jackie

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  27. Fun, Fun, love all your photos. Especially the picture above the fireplace. Wildlife intriques me in all their majestic beauty. And fabric, its a work of art all in itself. Enjoy WOYWW and have a great week

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  28. What a feast of photos on your blog today Jan and every one of them has something interesting in.

    First of all I loooooove the two bronzes of the Hare’s on your mental shelf, absolutely beautiful. I often look at things like that when I’m out and about but the price has always put me off buying one.

    Now to this week sewing, it looks like you’ve been really busy and your table/stall is going to look very festive indeed, especially with all the bunting hanging up.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

    Happy Sewing!
    Sue
    x

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  29. Gorgeous pics - you're very Lucky to live in such a picturesque place. Gorgeous peg bag and bag - she'll be very happy I'm sure. Love the bunting and the decs. Love it all x

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  30. Good morning Jan, Yes your desk looks busy. And you make a wonderful little girl bag. I too have a less than 3 week deadline for the things I was going to craft and sell..
    Good on you for getting it done!!
    Keep smiling and creating

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  31. I love that bunting it looks amazing on the fireplace!

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  32. Oooh you have been lovely and busy! love everything you have made - also like your fireplace - we had ours taken out a few years ago in order to put a flat screen tv on the wall - i dont really miss it until it comes to Christmas and I have nowhere to hang my stocking! oh well. Love the bag you have made for the little girl - so kind. (no. 34)

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  33. I love all the Christmas goodies you have made, and the photos are gorgeous. thanks for sharing!

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  34. Wow where to begin! Love the bunting and shame it's not flame retardant as it loos superb on your mantle. As do all the hares, I think they're fab too. There's such a lot of pagan lore associated with them and you're in striking distance of both Avebury and Stonehenge, perhaps there are deeper forces at work here!! And hubby's shots deserve a post of their own, pleas put up more of his pics, especially if they're of the English countryside, which just can't be beat IMO!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  35. Hi Jan and thanks for your comment on my blog for the last WOYWW. Sorry not to get back to you but for days I couldn't access your site at all - beastly blogger playing silly bloggers again... Glad you liked my stuff! I'm in the process of setting up an Etsy store to see if I can selll some on line.

    I LOVE your bunting!! It's so pretty! You've made some lovely stuff altogether. Hope your fairs go better than my recent effort! It seems people are tightening their purse strings at the moment.

    Happy WOYWW.
    Shoshi #97

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  36. Gorgeous photos of the area near where you live. I love Avebury (so much more than Stonehenge) and think Silbury Hill is almost Magical... or at least it would be if people would learn to clean up after their pooping doggies! (I always clean up after mine!). Some of my fondest memories are of Avebury... when my youngest daughter (then three) caught the eye of some american tourists "Ain't she the sweetest?!" they exclaimed... and her reply was to shout out "Sheep s**t Mummy, Sheep s**t!" whilst pointing out the little piles of dung all over the place. How dare anyone call my baby 'cute' *lol*
    I LOVE your bunting... and how sweet of you to make the "Mr Tumble" bag (my granddaughter loves him too!).

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  37. Gosh yourbdesk looks very industrious, love the bunting..you look to be very c
    Ever and creative..thanks for popping by, trace x

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  38. Looks like a fab place to live!
    Love your bunting and all your Christmas makes.
    Jo x
    #112

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  39. SUCH cute stuff! I really love that red and white banner!!!!

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  40. Love the bucket bag for Carmen's daughter. Takes me back to when I was little and had a white one with coloured spots on it. hugs Mrs A.
    p.s.Love your hares.

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  41. What beautiful work Jan! I so enjoyed your post today and I wanted to keep reading but there was no more :O

    Love your Christmas creations they're lovely and those stockings are just fabulous! The Elf stamp of approval right there - awesome job! Can't wait to see those last ones done! Love self named G3 ....too darn cute!

    Thanks for the visit, so enjoyable! Have a great week!

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  42. Oh it's so Christmassy all over! Love the buntings and the funky stockings! Great projects! I'm sure you'll have a blast at the craft fair! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  43. I love your items. I'm a beginner sewer and your posts always inspire me. Plus I love your moniker - everyone loves the lunch lady!

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  44. I love your mixed bag post. The Christmas stockings and bunting are perfect and the bag for the little girl...how precious! I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and replied there but didn't have your email so here's what I said there...And a PS after seeing this...you could do round robins with the bunting or stockings for those you want to keep!!!
    Thanks Jan!!! I really love surface designing fabric. It's probably my favorite thing to do. :) Actually, we're embroidering on each other's blocks...and all learning in the process. jaeartworks (above) mentioned that she'd done round robins with drawing. I love that idea too! Really you could try it with most any medium. :)

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  45. Love all the crafts coming together! The fabrics are fabulous! Love the hare theme too! Watership Down is my all time favorite book ever... so I can understand the draw. Love the photos og the Gs :) Beautiful! Thanks for sharing -Amanda

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  46. You are a busy Gal indeed, love the bunting, xmas decs, bag, and stocking. Amazing and you posted gorgeous scenery photos with animals and mist. Thanks for your lovely comments on my LO I too love Bali and had been there 25 years ago (missed each other by about 5 years). took the teenager this year and she loved it but not for the craft but the shopping!!!!

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  47. Wonderful photos Jan - making me feel all Christmassy here! Belated Happy WOYWW! Di xx

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  48. from table to fireplace - that is all one spic and span dwelling... not quite feeling the festive vibe yet but they're fab fabrics! Bunting looks great - love it inside too!

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  49. you are so busy, love your bunting and that pretty little heart! you have fabulous scenery around your place! love the photo of the deer!
    have a great day, Debxx

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  50. Another fun post LLJ, and love the shot of your 'messy' busy desk. I'm sure all your Christmassy makes will go flying off your stall as they are so colourful and the bunting if terrific. Lived in Wiltshire for a while and just loved it ... you're DH's beautiful photos reminded me of why I loved it so much. Have a good week. Elizabeth x #55

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  51. How dou you translate that piccy of the Forest into a stamped picture................inspiring!!
    Love the sewing, I gave up years ago, it just got too expensive, lol, but I still have 1 machine left, so maybe not given up just yet! Love the stockings and Bunting, very pretty,

    Lou P #124

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  52. Wow, those pictures are just amazing. And you house looks so cozy with all the christmas decorations. Makes me wish I lived around there!

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  53. Thanks for your comment on my blog, Jan. Yup, never thought bricks could make my life so much easier!! Opened my Etsy shop last night!!

    Shoshi #97

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  54. Wow you have been busy thanks for leaving a comment. Have a great weekend.

    Carol C

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  55. Well last come along here, Lunch Lady Jan - or almost last - love all the business going on here and was so frustrated last week as tried to peek at your post and blogger was not playing ball, the words all showing but not a pickie in sight - happened on few blogs including my own for a while! weird.
    And have you ever made peg bags, Jan - love good peg bag myself and reckon they would sell really well- or maybe you dont use them over there they freeze on the clothesline!
    I love DH shots of morning lights lovely! Shaz in oz.x

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  56. Gorgeous christmas fabric bunting and stockings. Love your drawers of crimbo bits and the forest pics are amazing. Thank you for the tips for my tinnitus and blocked tubes, as a sinus sufferer I do the steam inhalation alot, I can't use anything in it as it burns the inside of my nose. The excercises are sort of helping. Thanks kezzy x

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  57. Bridget #28 your desk looks nothing like my messy one, I love your gift to Julia WOYWW I got it straight away

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  58. I am sorry I'm so behind on my comments...house guests take up a lot more time than I thought! I love all of the Christmas love here - especially the red and white Christmas banner, it is fabulous! We used to do a red and white theme in one room of my house, I wish we had had something like that to put on our (fake) mantle!

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