Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

WOYWW 175



GET ABOUT AS OILED AS A DIESEL TRAIN,
GONNA SET THIS DANCE ALIGHT,
COS SATURDAY NIGHT'S THE NIGHT I LIKE,
SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT.
WOOH, YEAH

Ermmm, don't know if that's really the most appropriate lyric for welcoming everyone to the WOYWW crop this Saturday..lol!! But it's one of my favourite Elton John tracks so it starts off today's post *grin*

I would say it was about a 75% for/ 25% against blinging the bag. Rock on, you Blingtastic Bunch! Actually, in the end I did a Buttons version as well as some fairly subdued bling - the fabric was loud enough on its own!!


What's on my workdesk today? A right old hotch potch, that's what! There's too much going on at the moment and I seem to have Butterfly-Minditis; I can't seem to settle to one task, another idea pops into my head and off I go, chasing rainbows. Sigh. 


The makings of another linen and gingham tote....
D'ya like the pleated front going down into the pocket - an integral part of the bag? Completely and utterly part of my design from the get go, oh yes indeedy.... (and nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I cut the linen about 5cms wider than the gingham...oh no, not at all..... *cough*)
Appliqueing (is that a real word??) some hearts onto the linen for a cushion cover with ties...
Sewing up the bean bag part of a hangie-bin whatsit...
Life sure is full on at the moment :)

Did you know I have a WOYWW soul sister in Missouri?!  We're both 51, love yarns, fabric, gardening, cookery and a shared appreciation of crochet elephants... Yup Sandie Leigh at EatWriteDreamStitch, I MEAN YOU!! We promised that we'd send each other something made completely out of scraps. This beautiful stitched ATC arrived this week...
I love it because I'd never have the patience to make this in a gazillion years!! Thank you, Sandie - I hope your parcel arrives soon :)

Thank you to all the lovely folk who commented last week, I was really touched by it all. It is taking a lot longer to comment back now work has reared its ugly head, but I promise I'll get around to you all!

Oh, and if anyone spots the Odd One Out on my desk, there might be a small prizelet winging its way soon. All will be revealed next week!
TTFN xxxx

58 comments:

  1. Love those lovely totes your making especially that gingham and heart one that is just lovely....
    Wish I could sew but alas I can't I can't seem to sew a straight line....
    Have a great WOYWW

    Maria
    http://ajourneythatstartshere.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/woyww-175.html

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  2. Wow so much going on ...I think you have 'butterfly-itis' because of the forth coming crop ...so much excitment and so much going on ...and work too. I love all your bags...gorgeous. Have a great weekend. xx

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  3. Eeek! There's something on your desk that resembles a trilobite fossil! Can that be right or do my eyes need testing? Love that green bag, top pic.

    RosA # 42

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  4. I'm in love with that striped tote Judy, fabulous colours. Enjoy your CROP, I'm sure it will be a fun day.
    Lynn x

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  5. I am guessing it is the fossil - how did that get there I wonder?! Love, love, love both versions of the bag Jan. Green is my favourite colour so I am partial. I love the term Butterfly Minditis - I suffer from that too it is so much better than no Mojoitis don't you think! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 57

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  6. I don't know how you do it, such beautiful totes and I love the pleat it give is a little pazzaz oh and I think that is a fossil under it just. Why do you have a fossil on your desk? maybe like Ros I need a new script..... Me too I love that green bag and I am all for bling.

    Eliza #54

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  7. I love my visit to your desk each week. So many gorgeous fabrics being put together to make such lovely items....just wish I had time [and energy] to use some of mine :-)
    Hugs,
    A x #68

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  8. Your bags are wonderful. Have a great day.

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  9. Love the linen and gingham heart bag! Sooo cute! Just my type! And what a great ATC Sandie whipped up for you! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  10. Aw, Sandie's ATC is gorgeous. I like the non deliberate deliberate pleat, it's a nice addition to linen! Are you making a new line in paperweights now then?

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  11. Good Morning Jan, your desk is always very interesting and to-day is no different. I love those totes and the bins are beautiful and practical. Enjoy your day at the crop. Hugs Rita xx 81

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  12. To be honest, I looked and looked and didn't see anything out of the usual, but there again I have a teenage son so anything can be on my desk - LOL. I even have a football squeezy thing this week! So I have to admit I had to resort to the comments section before I spotted the fossil. I love the pleat too btw, just the sort of design feature I'd incorporate. BJ#24

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  13. WOW sounds like you have been very busy this week again. Love the lyrics btw! Very nice ATC from Sandy! Vickie @41

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  14. Happy WOYWW Jan

    Lovely creations as always, love the bright colours and the soft tones of the other bag. Do you think there is a limit to how many desk bags you can have lol?

    Sandy's ATC is gorgeous with all of the different samples of crafts.

    Take care xx

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  15. I do love the button version - what a great compromise!! And the gingham and linen combo is just gorgeous! What a lot of delicious creativity... happy WOYWW and have a great week!
    Alison x
    #71

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  16. Butterfly-Minditis, is that what they call it! I suffer too so I do understand......That 'loud' bag is a really stunner, absolutely gorgeous creation. Sandie's ATC is brilliant, so much in such a little space. Hope you have a good week, Happy WOYWW, Anne x #60

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  17. Oh so that's what it's called. I'm suffering from that at the moment too!!! I think maybe the fossil might be the odd one out on your desk. Although anything us crafters use might be considered odd by other non crafters. Such gorgeous colours as always!! Karen T 90 x

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  18. I love the button version of the bags you've shown.

    Have a fabulous day on Saturday.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  19. Love your totes, I'm a bling kinda girl myself. Very clever the way you purposely made the fabric too wide on the bag, so you could make a pleat :) It looks fabulous, the pleat really makes it. The stitched ATC is fabulous, you are lucky.
    Have a great week.
    Von #18

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  20. Great bags again Jan loving the bright colours of the first and the gingham and linen is beautiful....I have a thing for gingham....have I mentioned that before?! I'm sure I have. Have a super Wednesday, hugs Erika.

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  21. Wow fab makes as always, can't wait to meet you on Saturday, but just promise you won't be singing that song!!! Take care Zo xx 84

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  22. Gorgeous fabrics as usual! Looking forward to Saturday, I know it will be fun fun fun not fight fight fight...Helen, 6

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  23. Your bags have turned out really lovely - what a good idea to incorporate a pleat - its true what they say about nothing being a mistake in crafting!
    Bernice #5

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  24. Truly no matter what you create it is fab, gorgeous or stunning. Take your pick it is all good. Enjoy your crop sounds like a lot of fun.
    Sandra @31

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  25. Aw! There was me thinking you were looking forward to a visitor on Saturday night!! Hee hee!
    Lovely baggies there Missey! And that cushion is lovely too! You had better that does't go back to Wales!!
    Hugs
    xx

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  26. The only thing I could think that might be the odd one out was the dotty tape, when everything else is based on gingham. I am so jealous of all of you meeting up this weekend and I look forward to seeing lots of pictures of you all together. Have a wonderful time. xx Maggie #88

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  27. We always carry so must around in our bags Jan that the pleat is a perfect addition…..room for expansion is always good….I could do with that in my clothes at the moment!
    Loving your pretty cushion too but as for something odd on your desk I’ve no idea. The only thing I can see that looks a little out of place id may be the Lavender Gingham ribbon hanging for the drawer because it doesn’t seem to go with anything you’re working on at the moment.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x

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  28. That'll be the Ammonite then..... ROFL.... and there was me thinking it might be the knitting needle....

    Gorgeous sewing as always, you talented lady! As for the pleat, surely a bag is incom-pleat without one? LOL

    See you Saturday, armed with Tiffin & Flapjacks!

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  29. Love the bag with bling, it is perfect! also love the linen bags with gingham, you always make the most gorgeous things with the most gorgeous fabrics! love that you found your soul sister on the other side of the pond through WOYWW!
    Debxx

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  30. Nothing wrong with chasing rainbows, Jan!! You might find that fairy gateway, or pot of gold!!!
    Love the gingham and that design pleat is amazing, how clever you are to come up with such original ideas!!!!!!
    For me the bling bag wins, my button phobia would be no good at your house!!!
    Hope you all have a brilliant time on Saturday, I'll be thinking about you.
    Hugs Lisax

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  31. Hello soul sister! Can you feel the giant hug I'm sending across the pond? Seeing the scrappy ATC on your blog made my millenium! Of course, there'll be a photo shoot of yours when it arrives. Another thing that makes my day is appliqued hearts!! (yes, it is a word I think, because I've used it) That red fabric on the burlappy fabric is brilliant!! Sadly, on November 10th, I will be 52 (or maybe I should be happy about that, right?)--but we'll keep our 51 club and be soul sisters anyway! Ahhh...can't get over how cute your creations are today! Now, I must call Michaels and tell them to open up a store in Wiltshire pronto! You would have so much fun--wish we could spend an afternoon at Michaels together! But you have reminded me not to take it for granted. Hugs! --Sandy

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  32. You've lost me with the odd one out but as usual I am feeling fuzzy about your fabrics! Have fun on Saturday won't you xx

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  33. Aah! Beautiful - and I love the pleat, which surely must have been deliberate. Love the Atc-lovely details. Chris#111

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  34. I think that the pleat really makes the bag! That ATC is simply stunning. Thanks for sharing and have a great time on Saturday. Caro #77 xx

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  35. Your seamstressie work is so marvey, Jan! Oh, to have such talent! No wonder you flit around like a butterfly with all that talent oozing out of your wings! And that pleat? I gotta say, it makes the bag look really high-end! This is how design happens! You'll probably be a trend-setter!

    And, hey, if I can say bootie queue (and I'm in front with you with all the junk in my trunk!) is a word, then for sure, you can say appli queue is a word!! And then we have auntie queue (antique) and uni queue (unique).

    Now get back to one of your stunning projects and have an awesome week! Thanks for coming by to see me already! Darnell #28

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  36. lovely disposal of fullnesss (if only one could also do a DIY nip and tuck of the %inches of extra belly fat?)

    see you SOOOON

    dx (deskless)

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  37. hi LLJ
    love the bags especially the one with the buttons. What else can I say after that comment from Donna.
    See you Sat

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  38. lovely bags before my eyes!
    look forward to seeing you Saturday for a great day! a memorable special day of fun and friendship....
    can't wait !!!
    Jo x

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  39. hi Jan I just love that first tote well all of them but especially the first stripy one. ATC is very pretty. Have a great weekend. Anne x #91

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  40. Happy WOYWW. Lots of fabric frenzyness going on. I love that ATC - so pretty. Couldn't see the odd one out - but my eyes aren't brilliant anymore. Have a fab time at the Crop. So annoyed I can't go. Ali x #67

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  41. Hi LLJ,

    Wow - nice recovery on the linen bag. The pleats work quite well, indeed! That first bag does have the bling factor going on!

    Oh, wish I could join in with you all on Saturday. Hug eachother for me.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay #126

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  42. Wait!?! As oiled as a diesel train? Does that mean I have an excuse to go get all liquored up? And shake my groove thing? Did I miss a bling vs. don't bling vote? Did I vote? Am I alive? Hello? hello.... hello echo.... I need a keeper. Anyway, I confess that I like the bling, it is very cool bling, but not as cool as my zipper pull on my backpack, but....! but! I like the buttons on the bag better. You are right that is a loud fabric, but not as loud as the voices in my head... perhaps I should stop talking now. Or typing as the case may be. And I know the secret to the odd one out on your desk. It is a trick question because I am not on your desk.

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  43. Holy cow! You are right, my desk does get a 3D look when you stare at the cubby underneath..... I'll bet it does that in real life too. I wonder if it has something to do with the angle? Very interesting.

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  44. Butterfly-minditis...hahh! :)

    Very cute totes!!

    Annie #140

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  45. Love the blinged out bag. :-) And the gingham ones too ... adorable!!! Brigita #115

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  46. love those bags and the atc is super. lucky you.
    Joanne x

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  47. "Butterfly-Minditis" - I suffer from that too! Gosh! Wondering if getting oiled as a diesel train is the cure?! Love those bags - wonder how to get on your Christmas present list?! Happy WOYWW #42

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  48. Oh Jan - how I love to check out your desk - it really is fabriclicious!! And yes I agree about Sandy - she is my sort of crafter too. That ATC is so gorgeous. Your bag with the novel pleat design is perfect and I love the bling or buttons - both fab. Now about the odd knitting needle - I think I may have its sister here somewhere!! lol x Jo

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  49. The bag with the buttons, my fav! But all of your projects are yummy. Do have fun at that crop, how extraordinary to have opportunity to meet up - I am quite envious even though I have only been hanging out here a couple of weeks LOL

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  50. I love visiting your workdesk - it's full of gorgeousness again! I love love love the button bag. See you next week.
    Sue x (MiniOwner @ 95)

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  51. Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog. Your heart bag and Cushion cover are beautiful! Have a thing for hearts at the moment :).x
    jules

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  52. I'm still making the WOYWW rounds....love the bags! Odd man on the desk is most likely the polka dot ribbon. Happy crafting. Nan 122

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  53. Love the bags. Still popping round to visit everyone! I love the linen ones. They are so gorgeous! Hope you do well at the fair.

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  54. No, I cannot spot the odd one out. Unless you mean that the blue stripy pot thingy doesn't match the colour scheme of your desk? I love everything about your makings and would love to make bags. Maybe that can be something I do next year. I'm thinking of 'Fifty things to do when I'm 50!'

    Take care and enjoy tomorrow, even though it is without me

    Jakix #100

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  55. Love the bling bag, I was in favour of bling but I'm also drawn to the buttons too! You'll have an amazing array of soul sisters from all round the uk after this weekend's crop too you know! Love the atc, and I think I can see a knitting needle sticking up out of the bag at the far right?? Or maybe that's a back scratcher, lol!!

    Hugs
    Brenda 1

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  56. Loving all the gorgeousness on your desk! As for your odd thing out - is that a real fossil on your desk? I can't claim to have spotted it. i scrutinised the piccies, couldn't see anything and so read the comments and then went back on a specific hunt *g* Cheat? Moi?

    Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow - am looking forward to lots of piccies!

    Carmen x

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  57. Looking forward to Saturday, love the ammonite by the way (picked up at Lyme Regis by any chance?).

    Kyla #74

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  58. Hi Jan, it was so lovely to meet you today. Thank you so much for a delicious lunch - and a party bag! I wasn't expecting that!

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