Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

WOYWW 137

WHEN WINTER'S SHADOWY FINGERS FIRST PURSUED YOU DOWN THE STREET,
AND YOUR BOOTS NO LONGER LIE ABOUT THE COLD AROUND YOUR FEET,
DO YOU SPARE A THOUGHT FOR SUMMER WHOSE PASSAGE IS COMPLETE,
WHOSE MEMORIES LIE IN RUINS AND WHOSE RUINS LIE IN HEAT?
WHEN WINTER COMES HOWLING IN...

The weather has decided that perhaps it will become a proper British winter after all - we've had some cold starts in the morning with lots of frost, blue skies and sunshine. It's good to be alive sort of weather...
Here's my parsley covered with hoar frost...
Some rose leaves backlit by the morning sun...
Frost on the black grass...
Frost patterns on the green grass!!
And my favourite...
My fence with a crew cut!!  I had fun taking these shots the other morning :D

Anyway, my desk, in all its glory...
I love this funky Union Jack fabric - this is going to be a shopping tote bag.  I'm making quite a few different items from it. Expect to see a lot of this and other flag-type fabric this year. I'm a proud Brit and am going to enjoy the celebrations throughout 2012!
 And here's a peg bag in the throes - different spotty lining this time. I bought a job lot of different coloured spotty cottons from Fabricland. Blimey, they've been used hard and fast!! They don't seem to run out either!! I think I've discovered everlasting fabric, lolol!! I wish....
Doggy fabric, all cut out, ready to be a shopping bag - look, spotty fabric again. I tell you, it goes on and on and on.....
And last, but definitely not least, this cute little tissue holder..
Now, this was made following a tutorial on a WOYWWer's blog - and can I find it again to credit the author?? No, I blooming well can't. So sincere apologies to whoever posted the original. It's a fab idea, easy to make, uses up scraps  and I'll probably make a few more as prezzies.  If you read and recognise the design as yours, PLEASE message me and I'll credit you in next week's post. I really don't like using other folks' ideas without permission.
So, no horrible manky tissues rolling around the bottom of my handbag from now on, no sirree!!
Whatever you're up to, hope you're having fun... :D xx

PS The lyrics at the beginning are by Alan Hull (of Lindisfarne fame) but memorably covered by Def Leppard!!

70 comments:

  1. Lovely pics! And again so beautiful fabrics - love that Union Jack with new colours.
    Have a happy WOYWW!
    Tuire #25

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  2. Love the photos, especially of the green grass and the hoar frost parsley. Simply awesome. Of course, I know you are going to be a true Brit this year because I suspect the celebration has already begun. Happy WOYWW from #1.

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  3. You have inspired me to get my butt off of this chair and get some sewing done! I love the frost in your garden. Oh how I miss the UK. One day I hope to get back *sigh*

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  4. No winter doldrums here! Lots of great projects on your desk!

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  5. Lovely Photos. Your weather must be somewhat like ours this year. The snow goes around us and just leaves frosty bits in the AM til the sun comes out in all its glory. Yesterday and most of this week is to be Cold. low teens, but what a wonderful winter it has been.
    Great fabric projects. Always a fun year with the country/cities has something to celebrate. Enjoy your week and Happy WOYWW.

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  6. Love all the pictures of the frost! The crew cut esp. made me smile! The only problem with frost, is scraping the windshield when you are running late! LOL! The snowman is a stamp set that has all seperate pieces (except for the bottom with the swirls, go figure!). So, you can pick your eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, scarf etc. Thanks for visiting! Love the little tissue holder! -Amanda 40

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  7. Great post. Love your photos - you are multi-talented, then - sewing AND photographer! These frosty days have been great - cold - but great - wish I had had time to get out with MY camera!

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  8. Love all your colourful materials Jan.....esp the spotty :-)
    Hugs,
    A x

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  9. Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us WOYWWers this morning! I hope you have a wonderful week. Great photo's too. I love it when the frost seems to have had a life of it's own overnight and we get to see the beauty of it in the morning. Ps thanks for the email; I'm waiting for payday!
    Neil # 34

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  10. Don't you just love nature, great photies. I am an autumn bunny myself. (Love Def Lapard to! saw them live a good while ago now, excellent gig). Hurrah for Britain, union jack material and having lots of reasons to celebrate as a country this year :)

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  11. Poignant poem! Stunning photos which reminds me that I have not captured Winter through the lens this season. A must do!
    Your fabrics will make super items and it certainly will be a patriotic year to remember for us with the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee. I be you'll be out a lot with the band too!
    JoZarty x

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  12. it's less beautiful when its my car that has the crew cut and now I have to go and give it a shave so I can drive to work... hmm should have been doing that ten minutes ago instead I'm still desk hopping, woudl love to make one of those tissue pockets

    dx

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  13. Gorgeous creations as we have come to expect. Love the pics of what Jack frost has been up to in your part of the world. We are in the middle of a heat wave 27 degrees celsius so I will stop complaining.

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  14. Love a bit of Leppard! Great lyric, huh. Am enjoying your endless spots...easier on the eye than stripes...stripes always hypnotise me if I'm sewing them! Am thinking that the photo of the frost on the black grass is my face this week, although the fuzzy crew cut on the fence post is a good LOL!

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  15. What gorgeous frost shots ...the frost was so thick up here I thought it had snowed. Love all your sewing works of art ... you just keep amazing me...that Peg bag is brilliant in that Union Jack material.
    I will know if the tablets suit me when I get up to the full dose in a couple of weeks ....I just need to sort my diet out when I see the diet lady in a few weeks ...everything I read is different.!!!

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  16. Gorgeous fabrics as always! I love the idea of a tissue pocket like that. Maybe I could make some to go around baby wipes packets - so much nicer than just seeing the plastic wrappers. I definitely need to get your advice on simple patterns. Brilliant pictures of the frost too. We were just saying the other day "What IS a hoare frost?" See you soon xx

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  17. Gorgeous fabrics you have always colourful unusual designs.Yes get those union jack buntings made for all the street parties!Have fab wednesday and creative week ahead
    hugs judex14

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  18. Winter has gone and played a trick on you and made it all warm and wet now that you have put up this post!

    Liking the Union Jack fabric.

    ** Kate **

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  19. It's been lovely having the bright and frosty mornings. Back to mizzle here today though. Love that shot of the parsley with the hoar frost. Very funky fabric and what's not to like about polka dots, especially if they are everlasting!
    Fiona x

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  20. Beautiful photos, especially the parsley. And all your bunting takes us forward to the hot dry summer to come, I hope. xx Maggie #70

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  21. Hi Jan. Those Lyrics are gorgeous, I thought they were a poem at first!! Might have to "borrow" them for a scrapbook page!!
    The weather has been gorgeous hasn't it, perfect winter weather, although we are back to the rain and gloom again here in Yorkshire today. Your photos are beautiful. I took some of the fences with a crew cut on Sunday too, you don't see that very often do you?
    Love the funky flag material, you are certainly in full flow.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax

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  22. Beautiful photos and great lyrics :) Lots of gorgeous sewing creations, you have been busy and I especially love all the fun fabrics :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #86

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  23. Beautiful photos, I just love days like that too. Love those lyrics too although I've never heard them before and the Def Leppard cover can't be that memorable either!! Is this going to be the year of Cool Britannia again? Love that fabric and great little tissue cover too.

    Hugs
    Brenda 104

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  24. Thanks for those frosty photos you shared with us - I loved them and it reminded me of home and what I am missing. Not complaining about the sunshine here mind you. I never thought of the fence as having a crew cut but what a fab description.
    Thanks for sharing your fabrics with us too. Hugs, Neet #11

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    1. Drats. The only way I can leave a comment is to Reply....

      Those photos are great - reminds me of home, except we have snow! The flag fabrics are great - love the colors. Maybe I'm a Brit at heart?!?

      Kay
      WOYWW #117

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  25. Lovely lyrics, lovely photos - particularly loved the one of your fence with its 'crew cut'. My own in house weather forecaster - the EM - tells me that winter is about to come howling in again, as if the gales we had recently weren't enough. I guess we are going to see loads of Union Jacks everywhere this year - there's lots of them about in design paper and stamps too so you are bang on trend :) Have a great week. Elizabeth x #99

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  26. my first comment was going to be "What is the song?" but then you said at the end. well done. my favourite picture is of the fence - brilliant! love the tissues bag. union jack fabric fab too xx

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  27. wow, your frosty photos are amazing! I was just thinking the other morning how I miss seeing the beauty of frost. We live in a very dry state so it is rare to see a frost!
    love your little tissue holder, so cute!
    happy WOYWW, Deb #132

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  28. Your frosty photos are fabulous, and I love all your fabrics. I love your posts!
    hugs
    Enfys

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  29. Fab photo's, thank you for sharing. Those fabrics are so bright and cheerful, I always admire your creations. Have a happy and creative week xx

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  30. I love your photos! The little tissue holder at the bottom of the post is wonderful!

    Happy WOYWW! Katie #16

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  31. The fence with a crew cut made me laugh! Love the tissue bag holder, sooooooooo cute!

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  32. Hi Jan, looks like we're on the same wavelength this week with our Union Jacks! And you SO missed your calling, you shouldbe a photographer - they are FAB!

    Hugs

    Debs x

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  33. I need to come and live with you! That fabric is to die for, supplier please! Thank you so much for the suggestion of the craft fair finder, I found one!
    I shall be stealing your idea about RWB bunting, crediting you when I post on my blog of course.
    I also have that doggy fabric, I made my son a cushion and on the back I used a footprint fleece fabric!
    Loving the frosty pics, I love the pattern on the top of the car, must photograph it next time.
    Jakix

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  34. Lots of fun and funky fabrics for you to play with. I enjoyed the frost photos. That's as close as I want to get to the cold stuff.

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    1. The cat and skillet story is... hubby left a dirty skillet on the counter and I wasn't about to clean it for him (being as he only cooked for himself). The cat jumped up and licked it clean. Later hubby thanked me for cleaning it for him as he was using it again. I never told him the cat cleaned it. Cat spit never killed anyone. In my house.

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  35. I like those flowers! Best regards!

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  36. ps, thanks for visit:) on my desk are chipbords, I will use them on my layout soon, I like chipbords a lot, i could use them on every single layout, do you like them too/generaly??

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  37. ps 2 :)
    I make more and more stitching on my layout:)

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  38. it an elusive images 2007 set of stamps, it is, I think, leonardo mirror writing,

    I am currently standing in the hall angling myself and the stamp to the hall mirror (on tip toes) trying to make sense of it, being eyed by my family (who are all a minimum 7 inches taller than me hence the tippy toes) who think I really have looped the fruity loop...the other stamps have no distinguishable connection to this one - hmmm - I solve the dunnit Knicker Mystery only to be presented with an LLJ quest for knowledge...it's no wonder I struggle to sleep....

    dx

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  39. lucky you....hoar frost, we havent had any yet :-(

    Love the fabric, beautiful muted colours.

    kyla #39

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  40. Lovely piccies on here Buddy. Love those bags you have/are making. Fabric on my desk today too. I have one of those tissue covers which we did as a swap in our quilting group some 18 years ago, and still looking good. I saw them again on the same post as you did!

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    1. Love the photos of your garden, and your fabrics are lushious. Specially the union - there should be a big demand this year with the celebrations going on.

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  41. Love all those photos! I love the tissue holder you made! Thanks for sharing!

    katie (112)

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  42. def leppard.... now that's going back a bit!
    great stuff as usual. . . everlasting fabric great idea.
    The tissue holder is a very old design I remember making those back in the 70's when I first started crafting, so nothing new there , sorry.
    It was great meeting you and Julia today thanks for popping by and cheering up my day ( getting ready to count dmc threads for stock taking ..... not funny!)

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  43. Ha ha, you made me spit out my tea laughing about the fence with a crew cut! You have lots of great projects on the go here! And I love love love the doggie fabric especially!!!
    xoxo Karen

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  44. I love the photo of the fence! Great projects!

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  45. Can't believe that white stuff all over your grass and fence. Can only imagine how cold it must be. The only ice we get is if we have a hail storm!

    Love that tissue holder.

    Von #30 :)

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  46. WOW awesome pictures my favorite is the pattern on the grass where the sun is shining! Love all the sewing pics. Some one made me a tissue cover and I love it! Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #33

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  47. Lovely wintery pics of your garden and I think that Union Jack material is fab... great bag it will turn out to be!! Your little tissue holder is fab... mine would be all crooked and endy... yours is so neat!!

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  48. Jan loving the winter pictures brrrrr. The union jack material is fabby too. Great ideas and thanks for sharing, crafty hugs,
    Erika.

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  49. Well Jan if your claiming to be a "card making dumbo" I have no idea what my equivalent is in the sewing line! in fact we'd best not even go there! :o) Yes they are chalks on my desk, you use the little spongy applicators that come with them to smudge them on the paper and blend them in as you wish, bit like eyeshadow in a way :o) I really enjoy using them. Loving all of the fabrics this week as always!! and love your frosty piccies, it looks so nice in your photo's but I wasn't thinking that when scraping off my car the other morning :o) x

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  50. Great photos and I love the dog fabric!!!

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  51. Wonderful Photo's of the winter frost, very artistic, i smiled at the fence's crew cut, and oh how i envy your talent all those lovely materials to play with but then to come up with something so usable - I wonder if your ginger cat is as highly strung as ours, his nickname is Beasty Boy, because he can be a proper beast he was a stray that turned up some 4 years ago and decided to stay and was a proper ginger tom, so a quick visit to the vets was in order hoping to calm him down, it didn't work!!! We have 2 other cats but he is boss and even rules our pooch. Kind regards 'Happy Lunching' Lou x #94

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  52. Lovely frosty photos - I did the same a few days ago - the one of the fence made me smile.
    Bit late getting round the desks this week, out all day yesterday and connection problems this morning - never rains etc.
    Could be seriously tempted into sewing by the doggie fabric but that would mean getting my machine back from my sisters where is has been on permanent loan for the last 6 years.
    Ann B
    #41
    PS - is that a new background to your blog page - looks pretty

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  53. the frosted herbs are stunning, love the material just ordered my first 3" sq's to try patchwork
    thank you for your visit

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  54. You do great work!
    I'm lov'in looking at the frost; can't feel the cold here in Texas. It's nice to look at though. That little tissue cover would make a cute pillow design also.

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    1. Wow, gorgeous frost photos and all that beautiful material! Still laughing here about the knickers flag and which way the wind could be blowing! You do make me smile :)) Di xx

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  55. Hi there lovely photos of the frost- looked like that here as well. Lovely makes on your desk. Thanks for sharing. Anne x

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  56. Hi Jan
    Just me again!!!
    Yes it was a new background but I didn't like it and have changed it again!!! I like yours btw, I'd like a wallpaper like that!!
    The photos were taken of a local reservoir near us called Swinsty. Not sure if you know of it but it's a lovely walk and there's an even better tea shop where we had hot teacakes and homemade damson jam and a cuppa, perfect!!
    Hugs Lisax

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  57. We've been all frosty too but it has now warmed up and is chucking it down.
    Thanks for helping out with the Kids Co. xx

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  58. That tissue holder is so cute! If we had just a little more of your cold temps here there would be feet of snow, rather it's all rain, torrents of rain. Nice quote btw!

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  59. Love that winter frostiness. We are going to a fabric sale on Saturday - looking for a few crafty bargains! I am having a rest from making little frocks - I have been making children's dressing up outfits for a friend instead!! Have a good week. x Jo

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  60. Love your photos but I do NOT like the cold weather! Cute little tissue holder. Thanks for popping by to see me Cindy #36

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  61. Fabulous frosty photos, and some gorgeous makes in your work space.

    Marilyn

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  62. looks really cold! love you little tissue holder.
    happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  63. Like the union jack material. The possibilities for using that this year will be endless . Love your photos.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  64. Wasnt me!!!, I havent touched material for ages and my pristine sewing machine is still that lol
    Bridget #26

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  65. Hi there Lunch Lady Jan, Mm, am running terribly late again {sigh} and have so much to do - like the white rabbit.. but not to worry - just love the fence crew cut and the peg bags now that's a great thought - love it! thanks so much for popping over, and for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #67

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