Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

WOYWW 206

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA,
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR LIZA,
A HOLE......

Many of the lovely folks who commented on last week's post, said 'Fabric what?? Bucket??'



Well, here it is - in the process of having its corners reinforced...and let me tell you, at the grand old age of 51 and 3/4, there's a lot that needs reinforcing in my life!




Et Voila... the finished bucket/bin/receptacle...the reinforcement gives it extra rigidididititity...sorry, couldn't quite finish the spelling there.....



This project has been kicking around for a while...I started off quilting around each flower on this quilt and got bored. So, calling to mind this year's mantra of Just Do It, I thought if I just do a couple at a time, it'll soon get finished...I ran lines of stitching between the rows of flowers using a dotted zig zag, it's really effective!

I have been admiring Julia's skill with the crochet hook recently and thought to myself that I really should try again. So, after watching a couple of Youtube tutorials..and also from a wonderful blog called Sandra's Cherry Hearts, here are my first attempts...





Just an ever increasing Granny square...
And the start of a baby blanket...the yarns are mostly Sirdar Crofter Baby DK, leftovers from the knitted squares that I started a few weeks back...but I like the effect of the crochet so much, the knitting is going to be unravelled!  I cannot get over how quick the crochet grows - it's a good thing to just do a couple of rows too without mucking up the tension. I am really enjoying it!

Julia introduced me to this blog. The colours that Sandra uses are just gorgeous and I like the photography too. I spent a good couple of hours trawling through all the beautiful things......

And finally....I was musing what to use as my closing shot...when who should fly into my garden on Monday evening but this fine fellow....



He's obviously just caught something..he wasn't bothered by Mr LLJ leaning out of the window to catch him on camera....




'Have you got my best profile?'   *grin*
We were really pleased to have seen this beautiful Peregrine Falcon..when he finally left, he was like greased lightning...amazing!





Have a great week!

59 comments:

  1. love your pretty bucket and I am with you on the just do it! I am not sure I would have had the patience to stitch around every flower!
    I am in awe of your crocheting! I have been putting off learning that skill myself all year but as I am having problems with my elbow when I knit I think it would be the perfect hobby for me! I can do regular stitches it is the starting off that stumps me!
    What a great photo of the falcon, I do love to see them but also feed sad for the little bird that became supper!
    Debxx

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  2. Love the yarn colors and congrats on brushing up on your crocheting! The falcon is impressive. The fabric bucket is quite a unique idea!
    Have a great WOYWW!
    Lisa

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  3. fab bucket and you must have the patients of a saint to stitch around every flower . the crochet work is ace what beautiful colours every so pretty . what a lucky moment catching the bird on camera its ace have fab week Andrea #33

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  4. You made me burst out laughing as we are the same age our birthdays must only be days apart !!!!! Love the bucket
    Jackie 6

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  5. Happy WOYWW. I am in awe of your 'beginner' crochet skills. I so want to crochet and have tried several times, but just don't get it. I can knit, but had to give up because my hands/arms couldn't cope. Annoyingly, my hubby can crochet and keeps going on about how simple it is - but perhaps it is my Fibromyalgia that makes my brain/hands not communicate very well? Wonderful colours - and how amazing to see a Peregrine Falcon so close up. Ali x #28

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  6. WOW love the bucket box but the Peregrine Falcon wins the vote for me. We had a Sparrowhawk catching a Collard dove in our garden a few years back which we too caught on camera. DH threw the carcus away much to the annoyance of the bird who came back for seconds! BJ#2

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  7. Geli twin ...,. We're about three weeks apart !!!!! I'm older
    Jackie 6

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  8. Hi Jan, those lyrics and that song fair take me back ... my kids loved their dad and I performing - I can't say it was singing - it night after night to them. Other kids like a lullaby, not mine!!! You are busy, what with fabric buckets, quilting, crochet ... when do you stop :) The Peregrine Falcon is amazing but he's clearly plucking the feathers from a cute wee birdie, ugh! Have a great day, Elizabeth x #37

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  9. Beautiful visitor you have there. Love that bucket thing with the reinforcing. I would like to sew up my wobbly bits too...LOL! #@#

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  10. I love the bucket bag...wish I could sew, knit, crochet etc. but can only manage glue and paper! Happy WOYWW. Pam#15

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  11. I always love to see all your crafty creativeness and I really do today but I have to say I REALLY love your up close and personal pics of that stunning bird....there really is something special about birds of prey isn't there? Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    A x # 47

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  12. Hi llj
    Where to start so much loveliness pops my train must dash
    Janet

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  13. Hi there Lunch Lady Jan,
    Wow love the new blog look not sure when it arrived but really love the leafy greenness...

    ... and yes that first rosy bucket wins my heart, as does crotchet - it wins hands down with me, too, great shot of little birdee too :D Shaz in oz.x #49 or thereabout

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  15. Oh you know how I like the stitched up the seams bags..rigidnessness is a great thing! So what's this particular bucket bag for then huh? Huh? I can spot a mickey take at 500 yards missus..you Just Do It and I'll make an effort and any minute now you'll have a list of things to do........still loving the fleece. Doesn't the crochet look pretty.....gorgeous colours.

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  16. Ahhhhhhh - you had the dude who visited us a few weeks ago! (on me FB pics). Are you sure he's a Peregrine though and not a Sparrowhawk? More likely to be the latter as the former prefer cliffs and skyscrapers! And that looks suspiciously like a sparrow in a grasp. We had the same dilemma.... LOL

    Love the crochet - mine is a very slow process and I think the small children in question will be married before they get their blankets!

    Love and light....

    Morti

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  17. Hi again
    Safely at work ( relatively) love the basket of yarn looks like scoops of ice cream yum. Isn't he a handsome fellow and not at all camera shy lucky you to have him visit
    Janet @30

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  18. I have a "thing" about fabric buckets, bags...Yours looks so sturdy and colourful.
    Judy #25

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  19. Lovely projects and great photos of the bird.

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  20. Hey that bucket has my name on it LOL post it on over here will you. How lucky to have that falcon grace your presence, what an awesome bird, my dad had a pet hawk and donated it to the zoo many many years ago, I so love them and their flying technique, still awes me. Thanks for sharing him with us, my highlight this week and I have only just started desk hopping.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 48
    Happy WOYWW

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  21. Gorgeous bucket... and the falcon is beautiful! I know they nest in Chichester Cathedral (near where Mum used to live) but have never seen one close up - you are lucky! Good luck with the stamping on the atc's - we'll make a papercrafter of you yet!! Still not sure what to bring with me to the crop, but I am SO looking forward to it again. See you then... Helen, 17, no 16, we've all budged up one.

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  22. You lucky thing with that beautiful bird! And I love your bucket - such beautiful colours. I think you guys might have to teach me to crochet one day!

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  23. Lovely fabric bucket, bet they come in useful for all sorts of things.
    What an awesome visitor to the garden, I love seeing birds of pray out and free, it's a truly wonderful sight.
    happy woyww
    Hugz Minxy #19

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  24. I love your crochet - it's such a relaxing past time isn't it, and the colours are so pretty. And how lucky are you having a Peregrine Falcon visit you - I've seen them on Chichester Cathedral and they are amazingly fast and beautiful birds.
    Hope you have a great week
    Diana

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  25. Stunning photos of the bird Jan - I agree with Morti - think it might be a Sparrow Hawk but nevertheless it's always a great spot to see one in your garden. It means there are plenty of little birds around for them to feast on. We have one that often does a "fly through" to see what he can grab from my bird feeders. x Jo

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  26. Such pretty makes and fab bird pics. Amazing it didn't fly away. Not long now till the crop and I'm already looking forward to your lunch and seeing everyone again. Take care Zo xx 75

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  27. Hi Jan- what cool rubbish bins! Gorgeous Falcon picture too. Fab colours in that basket of yarn balls. Not long now- getting excited,lol. :) Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #85 xxx

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  28. The term bucket really does a disservice to the amazing things you create with fabric. Now if I tried to make a fabric bucket it would look like a bucket! Amazing falcon pic I wonder what the unfortunate/but necessary feast looked like pre falcon. Not gloomy just curious.
    Sandra @93

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  29. What a gorgeous, colourful blog and how creative you are with textiles. This was such a heart-warming glimpse into a colourful, creative world and the wonderful shots of the peregrine falcon were the icing on the cake. Thank you so very much for sharing! I won't say how old I am, but I need reinforcing round more than the edges, I think!#58xxxJulie Ann

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  30. Looks like your crochet work is coming along beautifully and I've had fun seeing what on your workdesk! Great idea :)

    S x

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  31. Yep - as some of the others have said, there there bird be a Sparrowhawk Mrs.

    Great shots of him/her though!

    Love the look of fabric project too.

    Happy WOYWW.

    Hugs
    Sarn #80

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  32. Hi Jan
    I love the little fabric bucket and can see many uses for that on a craft table, really pretty.
    I love the idea of the quilting around the flowers it will really make them stand out. You are a very busy lady
    Have a great WOYWW today and a fabby week
    Ria #21

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  33. Love your bucket Liza. Also love the fact you mAe a new word ridgidititity

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  34. Whoops, what happened there? 'Made' was that strange word!!! Anyway, your peregrine falcon photo is lovely, c'mon kes (is that the one from the film? Or was that a kestrel), I'm rambling. Your desk is fabulous and the goings on.
    Famfa 105

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  35. Such a lot of loveliness this week! I was so thrilled to win the bag in the raffle last year at WOYWW crop so will be hoping for similar luck this year :) I fancy that boxy bag for sure!


    Happy WOYWW!
    MA (3)

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  36. You have been one busy lady this week. Loved the stand up basket - and well done for really getting to grips with the crotchet. Brill.
    Have a great week.
    Margaret

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  37. Well this is definitely an animal themed week this week. I have seen a Duck called Doris, a Gorilla, Pheasant, Rabbit and now a peregrine falcon. Maybe it should be What Animal Can We See Today Wednesday instead? Nah! Stick to desks!
    Liking the bucket but not sure it would stand to my Girls using it! Haa Haa!
    Hugs
    xx

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  38. Love the buckets - just what I need by my bed to catch all the pieces of card when I'm crafting! Your visitor is so cute, what a diva, good posing there! :-) Happy WOYWW! Karen 127 x

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  39. Love to see nature close up, even if only one of the two is still alive! We had a similar experience one winter with a young hawk that took to stalking our bird feeder and got lucky one day. Love the bags as usual and great fabric. Well done on the crocheting, I still can't so it to save my life!!

    Hugs
    Brenda 104

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  40. Ha, my Dad used to sing that song to me when I was little!!!
    As always you have lots of projects on the go. Love your buckets!! That sounds quite rude doesn't it??
    Hope you are back to 100% again this week. As always sending you a friendly hug.
    Lisax #136

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  41. Fab looking bin . I've used the same wool to knit two jumpers for my grandson & just love the way it makes it's own strip pattern. Enjoy the rest of the week. Jill #20

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  42. What super photos of the falcon, must have been Amazing to see him/her so close x
    LOVE your Bucket looks super strong and I did smile thinking re-reinforcements as entering my early forties and needing a little scaffolding myself x
    Have a Beautiful week Heather # 135

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  43. Crickey Jan, I’ve not heard that song for years……….showing my age now!
    I found it very satisfying going back to working with wool again recently and it sounds as you have too. You’ve done a great job with the ‘oversized’ granny square. The only problem is that as it gets bigger it takes so long to work all the way around it. On the up side, it keeps your knees warm.

    Love your wild life shot, very impressive. I have a photo of a birdie on my blog this week too.
    Happy Crafting!
    Sue @ #42
    x
    Don’t faint, something will be in the post to you very soon!

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  44. Lovely makes!! Love the idea of the fabric 'bucket'!!
    and what a beautiful falcon - majestic!
    Mo xxx #69

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  45. Your crochet looks gorgeous Jan :o) I just haven't been able to get the hang of it. I might have to be cheeky and ask for a little lesson at the crop. Have a great week xx

    Fiona #132

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  46. I love your bucket...they are so useful. Gorgeous crochet...maybe I should have a go at some point, but with my track record with thread of any description maybe not! Gorgeous falcon. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#61)

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  47. Your crochet looks gorgeous!! Remember my attempt, not that long ago? My square kept going in a circle! (and we won't mention Julia's elephant) So I am thrilled that Julia's crochet has progressed so well. This gives me hope! You know, when I was at that greenhouse, which is on the third floor of a big building, I thought of you, knowing you would LOVE it! Oh how I love shopping when I'm "at work." I can't wait to break out of my office today, though, run to Wal-Mart, and then go home and knit! I'm newly inspired on my knitting squares to get a cute blanket done! Hugs to you dearest!! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #125

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  48. What a great fabric bucket you have there. Your quilting looks like it is coming along and love the crochet baby blanket looks so soft and cosy I am sure it will be lovely and warm. You are so like me with all your projects on the go I have crochet, knitting art journaling, cards and now I am even doing mixed media and painting canvases. Its good to be busy though and my family and friends love all the gifts of mittens, scarves and jumpers..
    Sandy :)

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  49. Love the bucket! And your opening stanza :) the crochet is amazing! Such pretty colors and pattern. Isn't nature the best for provider for a closing pic! Thanks for the earlier visit. Happy WOYWW. Nan G #17

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  50. I'm impressed with your crocheting. The stitches are so even.

    Love this falcon. This is a great final shot!

    Happy WOYWW from # 6.

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  51. Awesome shots there, Mr. LLJ! I do love those regal birds of prey, altho I also wish they wouldn't feed on their own, as it were. But, alas, just another aspect of life that I'm not in charge of, more's the pity!

    You've provided a fantastic photo essay of your sewing and crotchiting. Oh, pardon me, that doesn't look right. I've never been tempted to take up knitting, but now you've actually got me wondering about crocheting! Hmmmm.

    Have a wonderful week, Jan, and thanks for the earlier visit!! Darnell #37

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  52. A brayer is a hand roller used in printmaking techniques to spread ink in the process of offsetting an image from a plate to paper.
    Thought darn how am I going to describe what a brayer is then googled it for you..
    Its on my desk on the right it has a handle and a roller and you just roll it on the ink pad and then over your image..
    I am just learning how to use mine I have had it for ages..
    Sandy :)

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  53. Some really pretty stuff going on Jan - love that you're gonna pull out knitting to use it for the crochet! :)

    Have you been to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover? My guess is you'll have been - it's a great day out.

    Belated Happy WOYWW! Hugs, Di xx

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  54. Love that reinforced square fabric tote! It is wonderful and the fabric is so lovely.


    The falcon is superb...what luck he landed in your garden...and you managed to get a picute!!!

    I peeked back a couple of posts...Really enjoyed your garden pictures of your DH at his workdesk too. Mine always seems to plan projects like that but his involve two paintbrushes...teeeheee
    The blossoms on the tree are gorgeous and have fun with the table tennis!

    I just posted some photos or our work in the garden...thank goodness it is finally finished...it ate into my creating time!

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  55. Those baskets are adorable. How cute would a little pansey plant look in them?? Way cute, that's how much. Of course they are predicting snow tonight and tomorrow. My 20 year old daughter is beside herself, and I'm right there with her. So thanks so much for the pretty pastel yarn, your garden shots and getting me thinking about pansies!! Have a great week Jan.

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  56. I bought a material bucket that has steel reinforced corners and bottom, so I know what you are on about.
    Bridget #38

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  57. Yummy yarn colors. I'll have to check out the link to Cherry Heart when I have more time. Great shot of the Falcon. He's beautiful. Creative Blessings Kelly #124

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  58. Nice bucket! What will you put in it?
    Well done on teaching yourself to crochet, it is something I learnt as a child and have recently got back to doing but not as much as I used to or would like. I blame the internet!
    Wow on the falcon - we have had a Sparrowhawk doing the same but I haven't caught it on camera.

    Hugs,

    Cazzy x #152/153

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  59. Great buckets, I need some of those.
    Thank you for visiting me.
    Karen #46

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