WOYWW 138

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
THAT LEADS TO YOUR DOOR....
I am extremely fortunate that I can step out of my front door and walk in any direction and I will end up in glorious countryside. This is one of the favourite family routes - this was taken last week when we'd had a frost one morning. You see that puddle in the mid distance?? Great fun was had, jumping on the ice listening to it crunch :D  LOL. As my DH says, growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional! I think we're regressing... *grin*

My desk this week is covered in the fabric that I bought in C&H Fabrics in Winchester last Wednesday.
Actually, the photo doesn't do it justice - it's fresh and zingy in 'real life'! I'm cutting out a peg bag and a tote at the moment.

It's an optical illusion pattern - sometimes I see citrus slices, when in fact, they are stylised flowers. Two for the price of one, like it!
Julia and I had gone down to Winchester to meet up with Lisa-Jane for a couple of hours. What a lovely lady she is! We had fun browsing around C&H, then whom should we espy in the haberdashery dept but Janet (aka Fairythoughts). It was like a mini WOYWW convention!!  It was fab to meet you both, ladies :D
This is how the pegbag/tote turned out...

I really like the tote bag, you can't see it but I've done a double line of top stitching around the edge and it's made all the difference. Think I'll do one for me!  I bought the same print but in a different colourway which both Julia and Lisa Jane liked but which I forgot to photograph...duh...


I found the tutorial for the tissue covers!! Huzzah!  It's Cut the Scraps by a WOYWWer called Jane H aka HappypaperCrafter. Thank you Jane, I've really enjoyed making this lot up for prezzies..
Ever so easy to do and a good way to use up those scraps!


I do have serious ribbon envy when reading some of your blogs, but don't buy masses myself. I think it's because I tend to match it to the fabrics I have at the time. Here are two that were part of a Christmas Box of Bits from my mate, Sue. They're almost too nice to use!
Nah, I've got over that now.  I'm going to start making some bread baskets and they'll look lovely tying up the corners!


Hope you have a fab week, all you lovely WOYWWers. See you soon xx

72 comments:

Hettie said...

Morning Pet - aren't we both lucky living near the countryside!
Loving those fabrics and I know what you mean about the ribbon envy thing. I have both those ribbons but the one is in a green colourway.
I am going to have to come to Winchester some day and "bump" into you!
See ya soon Honey
Hugs
xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Lunch Lady Jan - ah so agree with the growing up is optional bit - me too! and do love the peg bag and the tote agree the material is great pattern - and that ribbon well no comment really just plain yummy of course - thanks so much for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #26

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Another veritable feast for the senses this week. Whenever I walk past puddles they always have a jump in me sign, it would be rude not to......Like leaves say crunch me ;) I recognise some of those scrap fabric tissue pouches :D I especially love the dragonfly fabric! I have already been cutting up some of them for my zippy pouch project (it is travelling all the way to the USA when it is done :) Have a lovely week hugs Wend x

Crafting Queen said...

Love your fabric and those sewing creations are wonderful.Have a great day.

Morti said...

Ahh - seems I can finally leave a comment on your blog again! Fab!

Lovely fabric, and those ribbons are just gorgeous. Sounds like you guys had fun in Winchester. Which I had more leisure time so I could tag along occasionally!

Annie said...

Gorgeous fabrics and makes. Jo and I are off the Hereford on Sat to find materials in Doughty's [worth checking out on line].
Hugs,
A x

Angie said...

How gorgeous is that view.
Funny thing about that material ...I saw citrus until I read about the flowers ....now they keep changing before my eyes. Great ribbons ...bet you find the perfect use.

Helen said...

Great view - love the photo. How gorgeous that must be to live in such countryside. Have a great day - and love the fabric.

Jaki Morris said...

That cream ribbon with red dots is one of my faves! Love the peg bag. I'll be making bunting today so can you guess what's on my worksurface today?!!
Lisa-Jane is lovely, isn't she? Although I spent far too much money when we went to Ikea in SOuthampton, she's a bad influence!
Happy Wednesday

okienurse said...

Great post as usual! I love that citrus/floral print. Very nice! I have a lot of ribbon and want a lot more but I am making myself use some up before I get more! Confusing. Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #27

Candace said...

What a wonderful view!

Love your sewing and I especially like the green flower fabric

Thanks for sharing

Candace

HeARTworks said...

Your tissue covers remind me of the giveaway we had for our double wedding (my sister and I married at the same time) and my sister made them! How wonderful that you can have long walks in the countryside (like the English movies I like watching!) Patsy from
HeARTworks

Mary Ann Tate said...

Loverly fabric...at first I thought it was citrus fruit but now I see the flowers. The tote bag is lovely and those tissue holders are a great idea. I'm going to make some. No more wads of tissue at the bottom of the bag:)

Lisa-Jane said...

Oh. My. Pink. Polka. Dots. LOVE. And that citrusy bag has indeed turned out well. I preferred the colourway you've used there - much fresher and more gardeny (if that is not a real word, it jolly well is now). You guys are lovely too - happy days xx

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us nosey parkers today. It's always inspiring to see. Hope you have plenty of creative fun this coming week. I saw citrus first and then flowers in your fabric and thought it was a lovely colour.
Neil#55

Inkypinkycraft said...

The fabric for your tote looks great,i love the way you are so creative with sewing,!!!not something I can do...prefer inkiness!!happy woyww hugs tracex no16

jude said...

Beautiful tote and peg bag .I at first thought theywere slices of lemons and limes but whatever the material is beautiful.Glad you had fun meeting up at the mine woyww in winchester.
Your tissue packs covers are fab idea so handy for your handbags.
Have fab woyww and creative week hugs judex 17

April said...

Wow! more lovely fabric! love the peg bag and tote, the little tissue holders are great! x

Trish Latimer said...

That fabric is wonderful! i may be having a 'moment' (!!!) but if that was made into wallpaper, I'd buy it!!!!
Trish xx #44

Ann B said...

Love the sound of crackling ice - especially in a gin and tonic. Beautiful photo and how lucky are you having that walk on your doorstep. Great fabric as well and the tote bag is gorgeous - I see citrus slices as well - back to the gin and tonic theme again.
Ann B
#46

peggy aplSEEDS said...

such a lot of great things to see in your post today. what a wonderful view to have nearby! the ribbons are gorgeous, the fabric is nice and cheery and your projects are so useful!
happy WOYWW and thanks for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

May said...

Fabric is beautiful, Love the bag and all the ideas, Just love the sound of crackling ice, what a wonderful space to have nearby for walks, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x x

JoZart Designs said...

Lovely post....How lucky you are to live so close to country walks. We have to drive a little way first. I can just imagine you having a "cracking" time and your DHs quote is so apt... .you big soft kid!!!
Lovely delicious new fabrics and you've made great stuff with them.
The Flag Tag card I made looks complex but is so easy.... just tags stuck on to either side of a concertina of card. Simples!
Love joZarty x

Deb said...

that fabric is so gorgeous, I saw citrus slices! love the peg bag and tote!
wish I had been watching you jumping up and down on that ice, must have been hysterical!
Happy WOYWW! Debxx #108

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I'm very envious of your trip to the fabric shop and woyww mini convention. I haven't been to Winchester for years. I thought the design was lemon and lime slices at first glance too! Happy sewing.
Fiona xx #95

Elizabeth said...

I love that fabric and I love the tote bag you've made from it! Fabulous! I see citrus fruits too. :) Your outdoor photo is great too - oh how I miss trees!

Lou said...

Like the peg bag but loved the tote bag, very jealous you are wonderfully talented, hehe laughed thinking of you jumping on the puddle of ice, there was lots of lovely ribbons on display last week, i have a small collection of my own and yet i think i have only ever used it on one card (to make a bow) so i am hoping all this nosing about will give me the idea's inspiration and know how on how to use it. Hope you have a wonderful week Lou #84

famfa said...

Title is one of my favourite songs. Now I'm singing it. Love the peg bag and the tote bag. Countryside looks fab

Sue said...

Ooh Jan, love that Tote and peg bag, the fabric is Zestylicious, just the tonic for a grey January day, Happt Crafting, Sue xx

SueH said...

Industrious as ever Jan!
Your tote has turned out great and I love that material, mind you I didn’t see flowers until you mentioned them. I think it’s because I’m eating so much fruit on this diet that all I see is fruit……….fruit everywhere……….even in my sleep, Lol!


Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Unknown said...

That flower pattern is beautiful. I love the tote also.
It would be nice to step outside and right down the rode. We live about 1/2 mile from downtown, so that is fun too, but another way of living.

Brenda B said...

You're going to have to stop posting these beautiful pictures of England, you're making me homesick! I immediately saw the citrus fruit in that fabric too, but can now see the flowers also. Love the funky tote it made. Would you believe I have that first country style ribbon your friend gave you, I can't bear to cut into it either!

Hugs
Brenda 99

Karen said...

I love the peg bag and tote, such a pretty fabric :) Great photo of the country lane too!

Have a great WOYWW, Luv Karen #80

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photo - did I tell you we're going to holiday in Wiltshire in June this year - the cottage is booked! We're taking a long and leisurely and winding road trip from Scotland first then having a week at the cottage. I can't wait :) I saw the lemons and limes immediately and completely missed the flowers until you mentioned them. Your tote is fab and those tissue covers are terrific. My name is Elizabeth and I am a ribbonaholic - love your ribbons :)) Have a great week. Elizabeth x #47

Pam said...

Love the zesty fabric. Hugs Pam x

lisa said...

What a beautiful photo, Jan. It's great to live in the countryside isn't it. I know I take it for granted sometimes until it just catches your eye one day and you realise how lucky you are. Puddle jumping sounds perfect!!
I love that lemon and lime fabric, it's gorgeous, so modern. I need to talk to you about a peg bag, will e-mail you later!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax

Katie said...

I love the flower/citrus fabric! I actually saw the citrus slices first! The tote bag is fabulous, it would be perfect for a spring or summer day, in fact, its making me excited for warmer weather just looking at it!

Thank you for your lovely comment. That is a carousel tea pot in the back, my parents brought it back from London years ago for my Nonni, and now its mine :) I will take some close up shots of my tote for you and post them up this week. I'll let you know when I do!

ScrappnBee said...

Thanks for visiting! Love the opening picture of the lane! It is stunning. That was the one thing that helped with the power outage, was the raw beauty of it. Thank goodness for digital film and the ability to snap as many pics as you want! Love the flower/ citrus print (I admit that I thought that they were fruit when I first looked). They turned out awesome!!! Love it! -Amanda 36

Geri said...

What a nice tote! I love the cheery fabric!

Julia Dunnit said...

Glad it was an icy puddle..you don't wanna jump in right up to your middle now.....!! Loving the zesty fabric...wait till they see the rich summeryness of the other colours though - warm!

Stephanie said...

Love the fabric--and the bag is to die for!! This is my first week on WOYWW--so much fun!

Bridget Larsen said...

Photos never do the right thing unless you are a pro. But we manage, your projects are coming along great
Bridget #32

Jo said...

Wow, you've got some great fabric there, love the peg bag and tote! Wish i was that good with a sewing machine!Oh and i bet that puddle jump was FAB!
Hugs Jo x
#86

...the yorkshire fox... said...

WOW...how amazingly clever are you, to take a piece of fabric and turn it into all those yummy things...I look forward to seeing the bread baskets...Mel:)

Anne said...

Hi there the view is fabulous you are very lucky. Love the fabric and what you have made with it. Happy WOYWW. Anne x

Debs Willis said...

Fab song lyrics, one of my faves! Always have fun trying to figure out the song loL!

And I recognise that fabric - can't wait for my parcel to arrive, thank you so much!

happy woyww

Debs

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I saw the citrus slices myself the first few peeks. I do love the tote bag. It is very fresh and spring-like. Happy creating and happy WOYWW. I'm going to take a peek at the tissue cover tutorial... I'm not a sewer but intriguing!

fairy thoughts said...

You clever sew and sew you, hab stuff going on on your desk. I see citrus too, love the bag and the ribbons. happy woyww
janet

Twiglet said...

I love this weeks makes Jan - the fabric for the tote etc is great. Hope we see some nice stuff at Doughty's on Saturday.

Nicky said...

Love your fabric and you creations with it, we have a CH near where I work will have to go and have a nose - thanks for sharing

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful fabric and I looooove those tissue covers:) Happy WOYWW! Hugs, Joanna #123

Electra said...

What a lovely place to walk!

My name is Cindy said...

Glad to hear you are not growing up just yet - just as it should be! Loving that tote bag (I thought they were citrus slices until you said). Thanks for popping by, Happy WOYWW Cindy #51

sandra de said...

Gorgeous view of the road. Love the fabric you have chosen for your creations. I see citrus slices.

Tracey FK said...

That view of the road is just lovely.... would quite like to do a sketch of that.... when I read about you jumping in the puddle I thought of that Vicar of Dibley episode where she jumps in the puddle and disappears up to her nose... one of my favourite tv moments...xx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Great photos. Like the totes and fabric you chose. The ribbon is really pretty. I worked most of today, sorting and arranging mine by color, thought I'd make some space but wrong. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by.

Neet said...

Gorgeous everything and yes, I thought the fabric was citrus but now see flowers. Lovely tote you have made with it but then you do make lovely things.
Thanks for sharing (and not being envious LOL) - Hugs and Smiles Neet #6

Unknown said...

Thank you for visiting my WOYWW :) Oh, I love the items you made especially the tote bag - beautiful. I am useless when it comes to sewing - lol
Celestial Things

Polly Polkadot said...

Flowers? I've always seen that pattern as citrus fruit! i didn't visit you last week, but your frost photos remind me that my 5 and 3 year old insisted on doing frost angels last weekend.

ger76 said...

Thanx for visiting my WOWW, your makes are uber lush!!!Gx

Craftychris said...

Your country photo's are lovely - you are very lucky. I love the material and the tote and peg bag are fab. Everytime I visit your blog I wish i could sew!! Thank you for visiting my blog and have a happy and creative week xx

BumbleVee said...

hahahha.... I refuse to grow up too.... love to crunch icy puddles ...or hop into water puddles too if I'm wearing rubber boots ...and kicking up tons of leaves while scuffling along the street in fall...and then doing my famous "chicken hop" .. at which my husband has a great giggle...
I used to think my Mom was old and funny .... guess what? I've become my Mom.....

Jennifer McLean said...

consider yourself totally invited to the party, you'll love the gluten free cupcakes and I'll teach you to crochet like a demon!! Thanks for the comment. OH, and I totally am in love with that tote bag, you're right, the fabric is zingy. I think it jumps right off the page. Too bad the tote wouldn't just jump into my lap! Hehehe.
Have a great upcoming weekend, I will... one word... CAKE!
:o)
Best,
Jenn from www.justaddwatersilly.com

Jennifer McLean said...

Oh, newest follower too!
Best,
Jenn from www.justaddwatersilly.com

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

I love that peg bag. I really must find some material and replace my dying bag. Thank you for your visit this week, and your cheery comments, especially in your lovely Welsh lilt. xx Maggie #90

Becky said...

How cool that's what you get to see, right out your front door! :) Beautiful fabric and I love the creations you've made!

Shoshi said...

LLJ that's a really stunning view... So flat where you are! We have hills and more hills here in Devon! I love your zingy material and what you are doing with it! Great fun. I've got some of that lovely ribbon, too - mostly for stroking, but I have used a bit lol!

Feeling slightly better now, with a few better days interspersing the bad ones and trying to take advantage of them when they come!

Glad you like Sheba's first cut. Yes, the card behind the cut part is silver - a sort of brushed metal effect, not mirror card. The photo just doesn't pick it up properly and it just looks white. It's got a lot more depth in reality!

Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #79

Cathy said...

I am having a quick jog through everyone's desk as I am slightly late this week. Fab work space, looking very busy and creative. I did think that fabric had citrus slices on it too! And you live in a very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy xx

Joanne said...

Wonderful projects. I'm going to pass your blog details to my step-daughter who loves sewing.
Hugs Joanne xx

voodoo vixen said...

I saw citrus fruit slices straight away... had to look again for the flower pattern, lovely colourway it has... a mini woyww convention in Winchester... sounds like fun!!

Lori said...

Jan - that fabric is so much fun! Love what you do!

Kezzy said...

Wow some gorgeous colourful fabric and the tissue wraps, tote bag and peg bag are delicious. I would have loved to see you jumping around on the iced puddle, I think it's wonderful that as we get older, that we don't forget how to have fun, I'm just the same sometimes I'm more like a child then an adult and have great fun with my kids lol, and the scenery is beautiful. I'm envious that ribbon is yummy and how fab it must have been to meet up with some woywwer's. Thank you for all your wonderful comments regarding my daughter, I'm starting to feel alot more confident that it won't ruin her life. Kezzy xxx

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