Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

WOYWW 131

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE...
I adore being part of the Phoenix Brass Band - it's a great bunch of people who make learning music affordable and who work hard at raising cash for good causes. But we need money to run the band as well - it's amazing how much music costs to buy/hire, instruments need repairing/replacing etc etc. So last Saturday found us busking on Marlborough High Street!!
We were so lucky with the weather! It was a beautiful, sunny day. This brought the crowds out and made life more comfortable for the players. We raised over £400 for the band, which wasn't bad going.  You play a lot of carols between 10am and 3pm - they'll be repeated even more by the 22nd Dec, which is our last engagement! Only 7 more events to undertake :)
The following evening found us in my local village hall, playing as part of a Christmas Celebration evening. We've got our dress jackets on as it's a more formal evening.  Here's a piccy of me and G3 at the back - look at that concentration!


Right, in between all the playing, I've still been sewing, so here's my desk.
Hello, Big Boy - I still love you :) I may have mentioned last week that I got a new machine *grin*. I've been making some more bunting, the reason for which will become apparent later.
This is my big box of bunting bits...
I found this union jack bunting in Salisbury. It was double sided with a cheap tape running through the top. So I've unpicked it and the 15 flags are now 30 single sided, which I will back in white and put onto new tape for the UK's celebrations next year of the Queen's 60th Jubilee and the Olympics.  I'm very pleased with the way the flags are turning out - it also appeals to the miser in me :D


OK - Competition time...The Results....
So many of you joined in with the spirit of 'What A Festive Fabric Frolic' that I decided to put in a few more prizes, so if the following would care to email me their addresses via the link on this blog, something Festive is heading your way!
Jacqueline (Jacqueline's Crafty Blog)
Crafty Womble
Angie (Shozzy)
Elizabeth (Silver Scrapper)
Butler's Abroad
Lisa (Craft Garden)
Bleubeard and Elizabeth
April
JoZarty
Sylvia (Little Treasures)
You'll be getting either the Nordic bunting featured last week or this Bright Bunting!  Thank you to everyone who entered though - the names were pulled out at random by G3 - my lovely Ginger Gentle Giant.
Hope you have a wonderful week xxxx

64 comments:

  1. Great photos of the band! Shouldn't you still be panicking about Christmas rather than thinking of next Summer and making that wonderful bunting though? Does that mean you have spare time to pitch in and help me? Shame, I thought not :( Di xx

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  2. Hi Jan, great photos of the band and I think £400 is an awesome amount to raise - well done to you all. You are planning well ahead ... bunting for next year's celebrations - I can just about manage to think about Christmas at this time, let alone next year.

    Many thanks for drawing me out of the hat - I'm thrilled and looking forward to whichever prize I've won ... a Lunch Lady Jan original to 'deck the halls with' - brilliant. Congratulations to all the other winners too.

    Elizabeth x (no linky, no number yet)

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  3. Well I didn't win the iPad but 2 crafty wins in one day I am one happy womble :D You are one multi-talented lady. Hope you can raise lots more over the Crimble period. I'm off to look after the little fella he is full of snot and fighting it the cough is the hard bit to handle though.....

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  4. Congrats to the winners - what lovely bunting you have been making. The Union Jack ones - what a fab idea.
    Great piccies of the band, good luck with your gigs (are they called that?)
    Hugs, Neet #1 xx

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  5. Congratulations to all the winners too! your band looks wonderful - great banner too - I aim to make some union jack stuff for next year too although its still all in the bag from the Malvern Quilt show in May..... oh well plenty of time yet! Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl – No 2

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  6. Lovely photos of the band I love silver and brass bands. A great bargain on the union jack bunting, making me feel very patriotic.
    Congratulations to all the lucky winners of your fab bunting.
    Ann B
    #6

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  7. I'm a cyber and real life friend so I can say that the band is wonderful..(£400 is a lot - well done!) and I can safely say that I don't recall any trace of the miser in you; shrewd, oh yes!!
    How nice to see you and the G3 so deep in concentration!

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  8. So glad Mr Linky is back it's much easier!! Love that bunting - very patriotic. Congrats to all your winners and you for the music playing/fundraising.

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  9. That sounds to be so much fun.. never played an instrument but I used to sing in choirs and its great at this time of the year!!! Great bunting. Have a fab week
    |Frankie
    xx

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  10. Lovely piccys nothing like hearing carols via brass band whilst shopping.Afraid doent happen that often.Have lovely wednesday congratulations to all winners soooooooooo jealous..lol
    #judex27

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  11. Great band you have there! We here in southern Finland got the first snow a couple of days ago...
    Great flags, too!
    Congrats to all the winners and to you for your new sewing machine!
    Tuire #23

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  12. Congrats to the lucky winners. Love your pics and well done you with the money raising.
    A x

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  13. ohoo my mum has a brand new sewing machine...wouldn't mind having a go!! (I have hinted) Great snoop!Have a great week. Happy Crafting HaPpY WoYwW Lyn #31

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  14. Woo hoo! i'm really thrilled to have won some of your gorgeous bunting and thank you to G3 for picking out my name! I have every respect and lots of admiration for you and your fellow players going out over Christmas and it must make a lovely atmosphere and cheer so many people. For many years we sang in a choir and I know how busy and full the run up to Christmas was to us.
    Good tidings to you and your kin, fa, la, la, la, la,... la la la la! and all that!
    JoZarty x

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  15. Awesome pics of the band! My son is a musician with the Army Band and I was amazed at how much it takes to keep a Military band going! Glad to hear you raised a decent amount. Congrats to all the bunting winners! Hope you have a great week. Merry Christmas! Vickie aka Okienurse
    http://www.okienurse.blogspot.com

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  16. Congrats to the lucky winners. Lovely pic of the band and well done for raising the money.

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  17. Hi, thanks for such a warm welcome! I thought the sewing fraternity needed a bit of a boost. I bet you're having lots of fun with your new machine and your recycled union jack bunting is a great idea.

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  18. What fun it looks playing in the band, and you are so thrifty with the flags well done. Congratulations to the winners. Have great Wednesday Laura

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  19. ooooooh I'm sooooo excited to be a winner of one of your fabby buntings! eeek! will drop you an email, thanks so much! Love the piccies of your band! raising £400 is great! Glad your enjoying your new toy! x

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  20. I feel tired just reading this lot Jan, although as you say I'll be busy with singing commitments from now until Christmas. We've got a rehearsal on the IOW tonight! It's all go!
    Fab stuff as ever!
    Chrissie

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  21. congrats with your new Janome, it is very great maschines. Both mine are Janome

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  22. Aww - and we missed you! Well, we do as we were shopping in Andover. LOL. Will pencil the 18th in my diary - fingers crossed all goes well on the 15th and they don't keep me in! And even if we do see you on the 18th, you are welcome for a noggin at any time...

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  23. Great bunting!how clever are you! Happy woyww trace x

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  24. I always love visiting your space. Such beautiful crafty fabric items always going on. I don't get to sew as much as I used to but you make me want to!

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  25. Congrats to the winners and well done to you on up-cycling the Union Jack bunting too. I am having a busy day sorting my Christmas cards and loading a few new brooches into our blog shop too. x Jo

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  26. I used to play in a brass band and absolutely loved it - I wasn't very good and am pretty sure the bandmaster just felt sorry for me as my keenness was far superior than my playing :)

    Love your bunting, it's fabulous!

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  27. Ohh I envy you being able to play something musical. I love to hear band music when I'm out shopping. I can't even sing in tune but do so love music.
    I can't believe i'm one of your winners, you've made my Wednesday and I shall definitely wear your bunting with pride. An e-mail is on it's way. Thanks so much to G3, I love the letters that Julias made him by the way.
    They'll be no mistaking your house with all that uion jack bunting next year. You are so clever to recycle it.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax

    P.S I sold all 12 hearts I made at the fayre and have orders for more, so thanks so much for the inspiration, I owe you one.

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  28. Just reading all you are doing makes me feel exhausted. Hope you raised a lot of money for your band. The bread pudding recipe is ready and will post just after midnight tonight.

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  29. You are busy - the band sounds like lots of fun. Merry Christmas.

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  30. Hi Jan, great photos of the band :0) Well done on the fundraising front too, you must be good! when is the cd coming out? love your bunting fab fab fab, the Queen will be delighted I'm sure, love the thrifty take on it too, Happy Crafting, Sue xx

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  31. LLJ, Thank you sooo much for your lovely comment on my blog. So glad you like my butterfly mirrors! I put the glass bead gel medium on this morning and impatiently waiting for them to dry (that's the trouble with mixed media - the drying times take ages when you've anxious to get on with the next stage!!)

    Still no date on my uncle's funeral, but hopefully, weather permitting for travel, we'll be there - it will probably be next week sometime.

    Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #56

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  32. Wow your full of talents, I love the sound of brass bands, we have a local one here and everytime they do something in town I love to watch, I'm afraid I'm tone deaf and can't sing a note mind play one lol. I so love your bunting, I'm a real beginner when it comes to sewing, it doesn't stop me from buying all these wonderful books on backs and sewing hanging thingys!!! I'm way to scared to actually try and make up a bag, it takes me half hour and the instructions to thread it each time lol (ok just about not needing the instructions now). I've become a follower :-), I thought I already had been when you first started this year but I found out I wasn't doh. Thank you for becoming a follower and a big thank you for the boost of confidence saying you really really liked my card. Did Mrs Dunnit tell you I managed to send her the wreathes? It's great to be back again in the world of blog lol. Kezzy x

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  33. Hello, LLJ! What a multi-talented lady you are! That must be enjoyable, playing in a band! Lots of people stopping to listen and watch!
    What a great idea to "multiply" the flags! I'm a miser too! here in the Philippines, we call it "kuripot"! Doesn't it sound hilarious though?

    Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  34. Great post! I know what you mean about the cost of instruments. Our son plays French Horn. He is at the point where he is ready to move up to a professional grade horn. Going to cost us about $7,000! I would tell him to get a job, but he just turned 15, lol! Love the fact that you and your son both play. What a great thing to be able to share.

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  35. Your new Janome sewing machine looks all singing and dancing to me! Still toying up whether to change my very very basic Singer. Let me know how you get on with yours and you may convert me. Hugs Mrs A.

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  36. Wow the bunting looks just terrific.... as a non sewer I keep thinking that is something I could try... but looking at yours I still think it should be left to the experts... like you!!! great week ...xx

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  37. Great bunting! I am in awe when I look at your Blog - I cannot sew at all!! Hsve a good week x

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  38. oh I would love to hear you play, I love a real brass band, especially playing carols! love your bunting, what a find!
    Happy WOYWW, have a fabulous, creative day, Debxx #104

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  39. The tree was actually very easy to make, just need a score board and a good hot glue gun!

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  40. So you sew and play a musical instrument...thinking you need a new blog title...like Lunch Lady Jan plays a big brass....uhm...Sew Lunch Lady Jan plays brass...well, let me think on this some! lol

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  41. Thanks for stopping by, I'll email you info. and I am so excited about winning one of your homemade items. Love your photos today, I have so many things bouncing around my head and projects started..but TIME..waits for nothing!
    I love your box of bunting bits..always love surprises when looking into little boxes and bags. Enjoy WOYWW and have a wonderful day .

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  42. Oooo! Look at you blowing your stuff!! And a new sewing machine to boot!!! Gotta love Janome!! My make of choice.
    Darn it! I missed the chance of winning bunting!! But I am lucky enough to have all year round bunting from you!!
    Hugs!
    As for the ribbon tin - it never gets sorted out. I just like to rummage to see if there is anything in there I can use!! It's a mystery, it's a mystery....tin!!

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  43. I wonder if their lips and cheeks get sore from playing so long? Way to go raising those much needed funds, well done! Nice new machine there, I could use one of those! Have a great week and thanks for the snoop!

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  44. ...... I really can't stay......... Now I'm singing it!
    Great band shots. You must have a lot of PUFF! Love the bunting. Congrats to all your winners.

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  45. Love the bunting and the band photos look awesome. Thanks for the blog visit and also for sharing a bit of your world with us all. xx

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  46. Congratulations to the winners. Welldone to the band on amount you raised. My DS used to play the trombone ( and piano) we went to so many different concerts etc when he was at school. Sadly when he went to uni he didn't keep it up. He occasionally plays the piano. Anne x

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  47. Love your buntings, you are one versatile lady, playing in the brass band as well as crafting
    Bridget #21

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  48. Love the bunting and how cool that you play in a band.

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  49. I love your Union Jacks! I hop you show them when they're all done and ready for jubilee and olympics!

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  50. £400 is amazing well done! Your bunting looks fantastic especially the union flag design, what a clever lady you are.
    Wishing you a lovely crafty week.
    Helen x

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  51. I love that bunting .. almost tempted (almost!!) to use my sewing mackine for its real purpose LOL!!
    Happy WOYWW
    CAthy xx

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  52. Bunting looks great well done on raising that amount its fab !
    Thanks for passing have a great week x

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  53. Love how you've upcycled the union jacks.

    Marilyn

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  54. She sews and plays music! Now that is impressive!
    Happy belated WOYWW

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  55. Somehow I missed you last week, I'm so sorry! But I did think of you when we were struggling to get around the Christmas market in Winchester. I adore those bread baskets, they are exactly the sort of thing I love - pretty but practical. I wish I could make things in a straight line.... Do you kiss your new machine goodnight???? xx

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  56. Well done on raising so much money, I bet it sounded fab and christmassy as the shoppers wandered by.
    Kyla

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  57. I wish I could have heard you playing it might have made me feel a bit more festive, which I am not at the moment .... it just does not feel like Christmas, maybe I should make some bunting it looks fab
    janet

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  58. i looked back at your past posts and enjoyed the colorful projects you've been making. your sewing machine sure is put to good use! thanks for sharing! happy WOYWW!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  59. No wonder you earnt so much as you deserved every pound and well done you for being so kind o add to your prizes and well done all who won too, such beautiful festive bunting put out by our LLJ and big boy!!! God bless you all, love Shaz in oz.x

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  60. Next to creating all these Christmas presents your busy in a brass band too. Good work... 400 pounds! In our village we have a Music/brass band too and we enjoy it every time when they are playing. And this is the time of year when they are really busy, just like you. Enjoy the music and sewing and thanks for sharing. Sorry for my late reaction. xFranka

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  61. OMG ...I had no idea I won some of your wonderful bunting until it plopped onto the mat today.... I really have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks. I openeded this mystery envelope in a mood that did not convey a Christmas spirit but after a few seconds of bewilderment I was full of cheer ....thank G3 for pulling out my name ...it made my day...and I smile every time I think of your beautiful bunting. xx and another xx for good measure.

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  62. Jan you are such a star! Like Angie I had no idea I'd won anything (and thank you Julia for no doubt providing the address!!)as I've been MIA for a couple of weeks and haven't managed to blog at all or join in with WOYWW, I've been running around so much I've been in great danger of disappearing up my own behind!! Your parcel was a huge surprise and really cheered me up!! Thanks so much.

    Love the brass band pics, they were such a part of my youth, attending all the coal miners galas in the North East when I was growing up. I'd love to hear you play, especially carols. Hopefully I'll have time for WOYWW this week!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  64. I would say that you are a talented tubist.

    I'm curious if I could use a picture of your brass band as material for a writing aide in my creative writing class?

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