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For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

WOYWW 213

DALE A TU CUERPO ALEGRIA MACARENA,
QUE TU CUERPO ES PA' DARLE ALEGRIA Y COSAS BUENAS,
DALE A TU CUERPO ALEGRIA MACARENA,
EEEEH....MACARENA...AAYYYY!
(Artist: Los del Rio)

Short and sweet...reet petite...this week!
I was going to give my first ever crochet blanket away...but I can't! I just love the colours so much - it's perfect for a snuggle-under. I didn't mind the sewing together too much and I enjoyed doing this edging too....


Isn't it cute? I followed a free tutorial over at Attic 24. What an inspiring blog this is, full of colour and fab tutorials for crochet. I've started some mini blocks with the left over yarns and am definitely going to give the next one away....Promise!




What else? I was a very lucky gal again this week with lots of lovely things arriving...






Julia gave me a metal sewing machine for hanging keys on (or something crafty!), an ATC arrived from the fantabulous Sandy Leigh Johnson and a gorgeous tag from Kim Young...thank you so much, Ladies, they are much appreciated :-)

And some hand-me-down jewellery from a friend who had a sort-out!  My absolute favourite colours of all time.....



And last but not least, a photo of Mr and Mrs LLJ and G3 at Morti and Mr B's wonderful wedding!
We had such a ball. Where else could you have seen Medieval archers, Supergirl, Steampunk characters and Batman doing the Macarena?? Lol.  Thanks Julia, for taking this fab family shot for us (well actually, she took about 30...talk about being snap happy....Mario Testino, watch out!!)

See you next week!

60 comments:

  1. I love your blanket Jan, you should keep it, I am sure you can make many more that you can give away! love the sewing machine key hanger! Fabulous photo of you all, what a fun wedding theme!
    Debxx

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  2. Hi LLj I can see why you couldn't give your blanket away.. whenever I make a new type of thing I always keep the first one ... just to remind me. the thought of you all doing the macarana really made me smile , that's the second one today and its only 5.30 ( see jo's comment on my blog for the first) I think it's going to be a good day.... thanks
    janet #31

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  3. Not surprised you can't bear to part with it, it is beautiful! Love the family photo from the wedding, what a day it sounds! Am in a flying rush today, so must away... Helen 2

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  4. When it's your first one you make it hard to give it away
    I still have the first blanket I crocheted That was 35 years ago but it still here in the cupboard
    Great idea using it to keep warm under on these chilly evenings
    Jackie 38

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  5. Keep this blanket and make another one to give away! My gran made each grandchild a single bed size one with all her left over wool, all joined together with black, very striking, my son now has it and loves it. Great photo too, I do love a dress up event. #49

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  6. I so wish I could crochet. Your blanket looks fabulous, I can understand you not wanting to give it away! Love your photo. That wedding sounds like such fun! Julie Ann #54

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  7. Can't believe that's your first attempt at crochet! It's wonderful! Mine was rather pathetic, but I perservered and bought a couple of books to help! I am currently in the middle of a 'throw' but it's just one giant 'Granny' square! It's about all I can do for now!

    Happy WOYWW

    Jackie #68

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  8. I can see why you wouldn't want to give away your blanket - especially after all the hard work stitching it together - thats the bit I don't like! I think I recognise some the beads in that necklace - I used them on my curtain tie backs in my bedroom! - my favourite colur too!!
    Bernice #73

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  9. Your crochet quilt has worked out so beautifully I don't blame you keeping it.
    Such a super family pic of you three at Morti and Dave's wedding. Great outfits too!
    Love Jo x

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  10. Was it only 30 - by gum I was hoping for more!! The crochet is a triumph gal, and no it's ok to keep this one, honest!

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  11. Very pretty blanket and sometimes you just have to keep thigs for yourself. Can't even begin to imagine what that wedding was like - and don't you two scrub up well? Very glam!! Hugs Cindy xx

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  12. What a super pic of you three. You all look amazing. From the photos I've seen it looks like it was a fab day. Yep I don't do mess, well I do but then I have to tidy so leaving stuff out to dry annoys me but needs must! Love your blanket and don't blame you keeping it it's lush! Take care Zo xx 69

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  13. Hi Jan love the photograph sounded like a real fun event.
    Your crochet blanket is fabulous. Not surprised you want to keep it. I love Lucy's Blog. I have just made some squares following one of her tutorials.They have now gone to USA to be part of a blanket for a lady with lung cancer.

    I'm sorry I didn't visit last week.I did link then went back to start visiting my link had disappeared. Intended then to just visit a few of ones I follow regularly but was so tied up with helping mum I didn't manage it. Anne x #65 (hopefully :-) )

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  14. Very pretty blanky! I would find it hard to give away too.

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  15. So funny! I tell you we are sisters at heart - lately I am finding turquoise and...anything (but red, orange and yellow mostly) is making me smile. Somehow it seems out have edged out celery green as a fave. Love the family photo - well done Julia!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (19)

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  16. Hi my WOYWW neighbour, fabulous photo of you three at the wedding - love those outfits :) I'd find it hard to part with that blanket too - gorgeous colours and the edge is just perfect. Sorry the weather is not so good down your way ... well, it is Wimbledon Week ... I hear it's going to cheer up for the weekend so there's something to look forward to. Hugs, Elizabeth x #60

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  17. Love your wedding photos, went over the check Morti's blog and it looks like a fabulous wedding. I can see why you don't want to give your blanky away, it's gorgeous. I love the sewing machine key hanger, it's so cute.
    Have a great week.
    Von #14

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  18. That is a gorgeous blanket and I can see why you would want to keep it - the colours are so pretty and top marks for sewing it together so promptly - it's at that point that my projects get left I'm afraid! I also love that sewing machine hanger - how fab for a studio. Hope you have a great week,
    Diana

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  19. Wowzers! You guys look amazing! Well done on finishing the blanket missus!

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  20. Beautiful colours in your blanket!!! I make them for animal charities, so they don't mind which colour it is! It's not helping my tennis elbow though I think. Great family photo too! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 96 x

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  21. I wouldn't be able to give it away either! It looks beautiful, and it's so chilly here this summer that I think you're going to get lots of use out of it. Have a great week. MMx #47

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  22. ah and great day was had by all! fab pickie, Lunch lady Jan!!

    .. and yes can so see why you could not give it way at all LOVE the colurs too and does look snugly..
    Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #36

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  23. Well I am glad that you kept your first ever blanket it looks so cosy.. Great pics there of you all..
    Sandy :) #42

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  24. Oh no, your first born must stay at home! Love the colours, can only manage a flower myself and that is only by following a slow motion YouTube tutorial. Fabulous pic too! Good to see you in the virtual flesh so to speak...
    Sarah at 32

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  25. I'm not WOYWWing this week. The brain, and the mojo, have gone on strike. Slept for three hours on the sofa yesterday evening, then went to bed!

    Having seen those crocheted squares in real life, I'm not surprised you're going to keep your blanket - it's BEAUTIFUL. You'd better hide it next time we come over! Hehehehehehe

    Thank you all so much for all your hard work at the wedding. I'm glad you enjoyed it as guests as well. We'd like you and Gordon to come over for a meal one night, as you were supposed to stay for dinner on the day of the wedding as our way of thanking you, so we still owe you for that. The photos are fabulous...

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  26. I agree, those colors are beautiful!!I know I coulnd't give it away. And the wedding sounded like such fun! Have a great weekend!

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  27. Beautiful throw, I love Lucy's blog, always pop in to see what she's up to and to get a burst of colour for the day! Great family photo, G3 is the image of you only taller!

    Hugs
    Brenda 1 (Rubbah Girl!!)

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  28. Wonderful fun colors on your crochet piece, I wouldn't part with it either. The jewelry..lucky you love the aqua.
    all the WOYWW ATC's were so fun to see, just great talent all around the world.
    Enjoying a holiday here tomorrow, so fun things to prepare for, just fun to have my brother visit and extra time for mother to be with us all as dad recovers in the hospital. Priceless moments.
    #45 this week. Enjoy your fun...great picture would love to have seen a video on the Macarena

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  29. Your crochet blanket is beyond gorgeous! I am all about those purples--you made the perfect color choices. Don't give that thing away! It makes me want to have another go at crochet squares. I'm going to check that tutorial, maybe that will help me stop crocheting in a circle! I adore you soul sister because you always make me laugh! So, yes, I made the envelope on my doohickey! I tell you, when I get that thing out and start making envelopes, I can't stop! So now I'm even more of a scrapbook paper shopaholic, because I know I can also make envelopes with it all! My next quest is to get the new Big Shot that's just come out from Sizzix, and here's why. It's ideal for quilt making, not just paper. So now I'm on a mission to save up and get it! Hee hee! It's good to have a mission. Now, why are your weddings so fun over there? I love that photo! I'm on the Wills and Kate babywatch now too. I can't wait for little Alexandra or Victoria to arrive--I'm already wishing for a girl! Hugs to you dearest! I've got baking to do today as we're having the big cookout and fireworks at my sister's house tomorrow! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #6

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  30. No they didn't bring the country mag, that is from here but my mum did bring me all of this year's Scrap365, love that mag!
    Debxx

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  31. Hi Jan, love the pic of the three of you- fab!Love all those purples too- seem to be everyones favourite colour.Those are some lovely bits of art that arrived, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #41 xx

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  32. That reminds me of the wedding of my daughter and Shaz's son, which was mediaeval with everyone dressed in costume, a jester, minstrels and the Black Knight from Warwick Castle. When you look at photos of weddings like that, they never date, because they are already dated and great fun. I love your blanket, and I would never have been able to part with it either. Thanks for your visit today. Apparently there has been a lot of problems with bees getting into houses this year. The bees I had in my craft room last year were very different, but I have only had a couple this year. Have a great week. xx Maggie #3

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  33. I love your post today. The Macarena takes me back to our first Spanish holiday the year the song hit the charts. Our boys were little and loved joining in every night at the children's entertainment area. There was a courtesy bus from our camp site to the beach, and the driver sang it very loudly on every trip!
    the crocheted blanket is so pretty and just perfect for wrapping round knees in the winter. They are essential out here where it is often colder in the house than outside. Kate x #113

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  34. great photos! love your blankie - gorgeous colours!
    happy WOYWW and have a blessed week :)
    no. 35

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  35. Adore the blanket but they are my fav colours. Super outfits too and glad you are enjoying my Scavenger photos, I am really loving the challenge. Sorry I'm a bit late replying but my son had his drum exam this morning, glad that is over now. Thanks for stopping by this week BJ#13

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  36. I'm glad you decided to keep the blanket Jan, it's beautiful and will keep you very snuggly on a cold winters night!!
    Love all the gifts you've received and the photo is great. It's so rare to get a piccie of everyone together. You all look fantastic.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #72

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  37. Love that blanket. I wouldn't give it away either. Thanks for stopping by. happy crafting #12

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  38. I don't think I could bear to part with the blanket either. Great photo of the wedding, it sounds amazing. Hugs. Pam#27

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  39. Your blanket is very pretty and I think you are right to keep it. Love your little notice board with your great new bits on it
    Happy WOYWW enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #52

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  40. Gorgeous blanket! Bravo you! And what a super week of gifts! All very lovely! Your card went in the post today, should be with you in about 3 days! Happy WOYWW! #34

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  41. The blanket is looking super snuggly, the necklace is some of my favourite colours and look at you, you slinky thing with your gorgeous boys.

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  42. Hi Jan,
    I'm running really late this week cos I've had the twins all day :-)
    Love your blanket and don't blame you a bit for not wanting to give it away. Fab photo of what looked to have been a real fun wedding.
    Hugs,
    A x # 46

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  43. Beautiful crochet blanket and fun pictures.

    Regards diane

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  44. What fun friends you have!! Great wedding garb...I bet it was just a blast! Your blanket is just to die for Jan. Beautiful pattern, gorgeous colors and as you say, just prefect for a snuggle under. What I remember from quilting was at ever step the project looked a little better, so even tho sewing the blocks together is a little boring, it's exciting to see them all together.
    I'm actually not so sure about the garden, although there is one part of my front yard I really like. I had to laugh this weekend. We're standing out in the road admiring our handiwork (and congratulating ourselves on finding a really good landscaper) and i made the comment our front yard looks kind of sophisticated. That's a first! I'll take some photos this weekend. My little perennial garden is kind of odd. I have a feeling I'll be pulling it out next year because they put down a layer of heavy duty black plastic to help keep the weeds down, which of course will also keep the lilies from spreading. We shall see. I've always been a showy annual kind of girl (love pansies) but I need to not spend a King's Ransom every year, so we're trying something new. I'll give you progress reports!
    Have a great week!
    Sara

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  45. What a gorgeous afghan! I wouldn't want to give it away either, though it's so hot out that thinking about snuggling under it is making me feel faint. :)
    Jean 9

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  46. I love the crocheted blanket too, no wonder you don't want to part with it! I LOVE the photo of you all at the wedding. What an amazing event that must have been!! So many colourful characters. Happy WOYWW!

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  47. Love the blanket but the peg board sewing machine caught my eye too!Have a great week Happy WOYwW!?

    ((Lyn)) #56

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  48. Don't blame you for wanting to keep your blanket Jan, it's lovely - well done.

    As you know, l love Attic24 too, Lucy is a wonderful crocheter!

    Lovely photo of you all, you look very happy together :)

    Big hugs xx

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  49. Nothing beats a crochet blanket. It's like a big warm cozy homemade hug! :) #118

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  50. Beautiful blanket! Looks like a fun wedding from the pic! Thanks for the earlier visit. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #25

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  51. Beautiful colors in your blanket! Lots of goodies from friends! Have a great WOYWW! (I'm not playing this week. It's just too hectic!)
    Lisa

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  52. Thank you for the amazing birthday serenade, LLJ!! I don't blame you for not wanting to part with your stunning blanket!! And thank you for sharing at least one of Julia's portraits ~ it's fabulous ~ and sounds like you had great fun!! Have a wonderful week, my friend, and thanks for coming by to visit the Playhouse! Happy WOYWW! Darnell #77

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  53. Love your blanket, it's really beautiful and the colors are perfect together, congratulations on achieving the first blanket. I am sure you will be making many more of them in time to come. I really enjoyed seeing you in costume, what fun and I looooovvvvvve the dress and hubby's speampunk costume.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 81

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  54. Oh such a joyful post Jan - the colours, the smiles - happy, happy - I love it. x Jo

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  55. I wouldn't want to give the blanket away either, it is such a gorgeous colour and the frilled border is lovely! That must have been the best wedding to go to, such fabby get-ups by everyone. Happy WOYWW from Annette #4

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  56. That is a cute blanket! I don't blame you for wanting to keep it. :-) Nice pic too! The wedding must've been so fun. Brigita #139

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  57. Love that blankie and I don't blame you for not giving it away, unless it is to me as I lurve purples.
    I absolutely love that photo at the Wedding. Don't you three look fantabulous!! Way to go!
    Hugs
    xx

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  58. Love that rug, Jan. I love a 'bunny rug' myself if it's a bit cool - such as this evening! And the wedding pic is great!
    Thanks for jumping over even though I was very late. Could it be the highest number I've ever had? Probably...
    Cheers,
    Ros. #143

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  59. Hi Jan, thanks for all the info. I was looking at the British museum in the guide book (do love history!). Definitely want to see Westminster Abbey and Stonehenge. There are some day trips that go to various places that I plan on taking. :-)

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  60. Your blanket turned out fantabulous!!! Love the colors. I'd have a tough time giving it away too. What a great photo of the family. That wedding had to be a ton of fun, love the attire. Enjoyed my 1st visit to your blog. Have a great weekend. (((HUGS)))
    Kim
    WOYWW#18

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