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BACK TO LIFE,
BACK TO REALITY
It's been a month of upheaval and emotion (see previous post) but my mum would have wanted me to carry on..so I am.
There is a definite therapy involved in the measuring and cutting out of fabric. It's quite restful to do after all the turmoil. So here's my desk.
I'm using some leftover fabric to make two reversible tote bags for my shop.
I thought I'd make two bags, both the same with pocket details on the spotty side.
The spotty side..
The stripy side
I rather like them - they're bright and cheerful.
A couple of weeks ago, I started making personalised bunting. This was a commission for a friend to give as a present.
You don't hear of many babies called Douglas these days - I think there's a Scottish connection in the family. I also made this colourful bunting for another very special little boy.
And then I got some scraps together for another little project but can't show you the results yet..it's a secret :)
That's it..short and sweet. Please forgive me if I don't return all the comments, I'm back to Wales again tomorrow. xx




58 comments:

Mary Ann said...

The baby bunting is such a lovely idea. I'm glad to see you back at your "desk" again. Take care:)

Lisa Richards said...

So much colorful, fun fabric! The banners cheer me up just to look at them and the bags are so cute! Take care! :)

Anesha said...

Sorry for your loss. love your projects they are super. Hugs aNesha

Bella said...

Big Blog Hugs to you. Love that you are carrying on. I am sure you are right, she would have preferred that.

Lisa-Jane said...

It is wonderful to see you back and I love those material combinations. I hope all goes well in the next few days. (Can I have your address please lovely). xx

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

...loVe your crafty makes always amazed at your speed, hope your crafting helps you through things right now...Mel #30

Annie said...

Gorgeous bag Jan. Will be thinking of you over the difficult times.
Hugs,
A x #53

Annie said...

In answer to your question.....I might have done some sewing :-)....got to keep you guessing though :-)
Hugs,
A x #53

Anonymous said...

Love your bags Jan. Keeping on doing crafty things helps with grief.
Judy#49

Morti said...

How funny..... as I started to read your post this morning I thought I would mention my Dad in my comments - he died somewhat unexpectedly and when we all got back from the hospital we ended up with a chinese takeaway and were laughing about some funny things that Dad would have been huffy over. The irony of grief and how normal things can be when all the world is falling apart around you. And how helpful normal things are when you're grieving.

And then I scrolled down a little further and there on your post is a picture of bunting with the name Douglas on.... My Dad's name. How touching, and how funny...

Sending you a lot of love - your Mum was amazing and it shows in her smile - she brought up an amazing daughter.... who has amazing boys... and I'm sure ahe knew it.

Carmen said...

The baby bunting is such a gorgeous idea and something they can keep up in their room way past being a baby. Love that some of the old fashioned names are coming back - so much nicer than some of the weird ones. (Says she with a daughter called Devon but you know what I mean *g*)

Carmen x
(p.s don't bother trying to repay the visit to mine, have not even posted yet! Hyper 4 year old trying to ride on a worried looking Jack Russell to keep watch on!)

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah, a desk full of colour and your usual prolifc-ness-ness...the Fox is right, you are a fast worker!! I see some cunning cutting (you say it then!) has gone on with the stripey material - lovely bags Mrs!

Lynn Holland said...

Beautiful bag which you could only have made with peace in your heart and I mean that I'm not just being flowery.
It does help to keep busy.
Lynn xx. 32
One I Made Earlier Today

Di said...

Hi Jan, what a riot of fabby colour, and the bags and bunting are just super-duper dahling :)

I do recommend The Best Exotic etc. etc. - but not just yet Jan. It's book about old age - albeit very funny - some things really made me gulp a bit though - whilst a lot made me snort with laughter.

Sending hugs, Di xx

Helen said...

Jan, I am so sorry to read the previous post, but glad that you can keep busy. I know only too well that there will be a lot of sorting and soul searching to come, you are in my thoughts. BTW I love the bags and the bunting!
Huge hugs, Helen 4.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Hugs

Zoe #36

Angie said...

Creativeness is a great healer ....it was after my mum and husbands deaths in 2000 that I got into paper crafting ...and it helped.Love your new bits.
You said she reached her 65th wedding aniversary so I assume your dad is still around ...how is he coping ...must be so hard ...can I send him a hug too xx

Neet said...

Oh Jan, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Lovely for her to go the way she did but a big gaping hole for you. The tribute below is lovely.
Lovely bags and bunting.
Hugs, Neet #11 xx

Jaki Morris said...

Lovely to see you back.Take the very best care of yourself

Jakix

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jan, any kind of craftwork is very therapeutic, I think. If I'd been scrapping or cardmaking seven years ago when I lost my beloved mother it would have helped enormously so I think it can only help you to keep sewing. The bag is lovely and the baby bunting is beautiful - Douglas is one of our Scottish family names, both as a surname and as a forename. So we belong to the Clan Douglas, I wonder if this baby's family are too. Look forward to seeing what you make with your scraps. Hope you have a happy and creative WOYWW. Elizabeth x #42

Jacqueline said...

Creativity and Art are indeed great healers, good 'therapy' as well! Absolutley adore those bags! How bright and cheery are those....must get me one! :D Put a nice smile on your face! :)

Thaks for the lovely comments, I'll manage, just sooooo many things to deal with at the moment everything is 'upside down and inside out'! Just concentrate on one thing at a time and it'sll be ok...

Thanks for sharing,

Take care and nice to see you back!

*hugs*

Jackie #84

jill said...

Sorry to hear the sad news about your mum. Crafting can be such a help to us in many ways which we don't relised until something happens in life.
Hope the days that pass get easier for you & your famly . (HUGS!!) Jill #62

Suzanne said...

I always love to see fabric on a workdesk. I love your choice of designs. Take care #97

Kim said...

Sorry to read about your mum, she clearly meant the world to you, she will be with you everyday in spirit.

Love the reversible bag - will it be in your shop soon??
Kim

Spyder said...

Is that a song? I think it's a song...I'm now hummming it! Back to Life.... yes, things do feel very unreal, have done for me for the first part of this year as we had an aunt, mum and bother pass on...but I'm sure they are all there somewhere giving us a prod!
Your banners are terrific, love them and something that's going to be around and used for years to come. Thanks for my snoop! HappY WoYww!
((Lyn)) #47....I think

Lori said...

Jan - my sincerest hugs and prayers to you (so sorry to hear about your Mom).
By the way, I love that striped bag! xoxo

Redanne said...

So sorry to hear your news Jan, but you are right, crafting is good therapy. Your bags are stunning and so is the bunting. Take care in this very difficult time. Crafty hugs, Anne #9

April said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. I'm glad you're finding a little comfort in crafting. Your reversible bag is a great design and loving the bunting x April#86

Annie said...

Hi Jan these bags are lovely and the bunting is the same. How lovely to personalise the bunting. I am very sorry for the loss of your mother but memories can never be removed from our hearts. Wishes.......Annie

Annie said...

Hi Jan these bags are lovely and the bunting is the same. How lovely to personalise the bunting. I am very sorry for the loss of your mother but memories can never be removed from our hearts. Wishes.......Annie

CraftygasheadZo said...

Those bags are scrummy! I love them. Sorry to hear of your loss, but yes crafting is very therapeutic. Take care & enjoy WOYWW. Zo xx 66

Rita said...

Love your Bags Anne and I'm sure your Mum will be so proud of you as much as you were of her. I feel your loss. Hugs Rita xx

Laura said...

You do create such beautiful goodies.
Keep your chin up,
Laura 121
x

Twiglet said...

Crafting is the best therapy Jan - what a lovely post below. Its sad to have to say goodbye but what a wonderful mum she was. Hugs. x Jo

Anonymous said...

Beautiful bags Jan and keeping busy is good. As you say, your mum would have wanted you to carry on. Hope everything goes well in Wales.

Hugs
Brenda 110

mark gould said...

Hi, happy woyww. so sorry to read about your mum.keep thinking of the posotives and eventually it will get easier.
my sister would love those bags. 79

Ann B said...

Just read your previous post and your Mum sounded a wonderful lady and so proud of her talented daughter.
So many lovely things to look at this week - gorgeous bunting and bag.

Ann B
#38

Shoshi said...

Jan, I love your pretty fabrics and how you put them together. The bunting is absolutely gorgeous - really would like to make some myself one day!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #95

sandysewin said...

Oooo, I love your bright, happy bags. So sorry to hear about your mom.

Happy Woyww, :-)

Sandy #90

kay said...

so sorry to hear you lost your mum,best wishes
have a fab woyww
kay #22

fairy thoughts said...

glad you are keeping going ok, there is definately something theraputic about fabric. The bags are great, I have some of that stripey fabric I made a knitting needle case with it. Oh I want ot make bags now!!!
janet #40

mamapez5 said...

Your bags are great. I bet your mum thinks so too. She sounds like the sort of lady who would be happy to see you busy doing something you enjoy. I still miss my mum, eighteen years after she left us, but I often talk to her, and hear her talking to me. I know how she would respond to most situations, and I have so many happy memories to keep her in my heart, so I hope you have too. They will help to fill the space her leaving has left behind. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kate x

May said...

So sorry to hear of your sad loss... good to hear you are keeping ok at the mo... your bags are fabulous such pretty fabrics... Hugs May x x x#26

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work. Sending you (((hugs))) - your mum would have wanted you to carry on.
#101

Erika said...

Jan oh I love your stripey bag, looks like your space is very busy this week, thanks for sharing, hugs Erika.

Helen said...

Hi Jan, Sorry for your loss. I am sure your creations will help you get through these sad time. Thank you for popping in to visit. Helen 34 X

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Thanks for visiting my workspace this week. So sorry to hear of your loss. Big hug from Pembrokeshire. Your crafting is wonderful. Ali x #17

VonnyK said...

I really love those bags and the bunting is fabulous. So sorry to hear about your mum, sending hugs and love.
Von #7

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I think there is something therapeutic about any kind of crafting and creating. It puts you head in a good space. I love the dotty and stripy bag. It is so fun and frisky. The personalized bunting is so cool! What a fun gift that is!

karen said...

I read your beautiful post about your mom and I agree she would want you to carry on as she was also a go-getter. I send you all my best wishes and you certainly do not need to reciprocate this visit, just take care of yourself and keep on with your crafty endeavors!
xoxo Karen

Kim Dellow said...

Wow very busy and gorgeous bag. Kim

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am SO sorry to read about your mother. I know art helps. There is something about immersing yourself in your art and your hobbies. And what you have created speaks to all that. I hope your grieving period is brief, but from experience, I'm sure it won't be. Happy WOYWW from number 5 who you already visited.

Bugged Designs said...

Sorry to hear about your mam, but I'm sure being creative will help. As ever your work is gorgeous. Take care, Marie #74

Angelfish said...

Lovely cheery tote bags :o) The bunting looks great too and the second lot has my firstborn's name on it.
Fiona xx #45

Kathryn said...

Hi Jan, sorry for not coming by sooner! So sorry about your loss of your mom! Sure it wasn't the best of Mother's Day for you this year. I love your tribute to her. She was a truly amazing person! I love that picture of her with your dad, too cute! I'm glad she went peacefully, that's a blessing. I know she will be with you in spirit for many years to come. She made you who you are.
Keep on crafting!
xo
kat

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Hoping things settle in a good way for you. This is a wonderful fabric for the bag. Your bunting is adorable. Keep busy and enjoy the beauty of the day.

kassa said...

Really great bags, reversible too clever you and beautiful bunting all in great colours. Keep busy and bless you. x
Kxoxo

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