Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Tuesday, 9 July 2013


(Gary Moore, gone but not forgotten....)

These are why those particular lyrics came to mind...
Ok, so it's not just blues but greens, yellows and lilacs as well! They are the basis for a new crochet blanket that's going to be for a baby boy. Each granny square will be bordered by a linking colour, which I have yet to choose. My favourite is the bright turquoise...yum!
The upstairs desk (as opposed to ping pong table!) looks like this:

Tote bag pieces to be sewn together for Rachel's RNLI fund raising stall, the very scraggy bottom leg bits that were cut off from G3's jeans, so he could have a pair of cut offs, a bag full of colourful cottons to make another quilt...but what's missing? Ah yes, the time to actually do any of this crafting - I have been very remiss this week and done b***er all! I'm hoping to catch up slightly in the summer holidays.

I've had some fab things sent again this week.....

Bottom left is a hare tag from a Wiltshire friend, bottom right is the lovely flower card I won in Annie from France's competition (I'd forgotten how much I love dried don't see them much these days!) and all the rest are a wonderful stash of ATCs, cards, envelopes and a fab Kookaburra tag from the lovely Ros C in Australia..Thank You so much, I love them all!

And finally, at Morti's recent wedding, Mr LLJ used me for some exposure test shots before he took the final pics of the happy couple. They were taken outside about 11pm when the supermoon was in the sky. I was a bit grumpy at first...but look....

Great pic, huh? I really like Photoshop jiggery pokery, just careful light exposure and an incredibly talented husband. I think this photo captures what I am all about....thanks, Gordon....I love it...and YOU!

Awwwwwwwwwww.............................. :-)


  1. Yes, that is a fantastic photo. Very impressive. Of course, I like those yarn colors, too. And the turquoise is my favorite, also. Happy WOYWW from #2.

  2. Love love love your basket of yarn enjoy your crocheting I think the turquoise would be the perfect kinky colour too
    Janet @40

  3. The photo looks wonderful, with the moon in shot. What a clever man. The wool looks gorgeous too. Have a good week. Helen 17

  4. Wowser, fabby photo of you there Missus! G really is a great photographer.

    That crochet is gonna be brill. too - I'm with Janet about the turquoise, would be the perfect Linky colour. Why did she say Kinky? I isn't like it's gonna be shades of grey or summick? :)

    Happy WOYWW

    Hugs, Di xx

  5. An amazing photo for sure. Love your pressies too.
    Happy woyww.

  6. Brilliant photo. Love the moon at the top too. all together an outstanding shot. Love your desk too and the new things that have arrived. #62

  7. What a beautiful photo. Definitely a keeper. I love that mix of colours you have chosen for your blanket. I think I would have chosen that lovely turquoise as the link colour, it is so pretty. I am still plodding my way through my aran blanket, which is now getting quite heavy, and I desperately need to do the unpicking of the seam on the baby jacket that went wrong. The trouble is that when I sew something up, I do not intend it to ever come undone. I have had something go right this week. British Gas put up my monthly payments without even telling me, despite the fact that I am still well in credit. I argued the toss with them and won. Result! Have a good week. xx Maggie #10

  8. Ooh, such lovely colours and that turquoise is scrummy! That photo is magical - more like a painting and certainly a work of art! Julie Ann #55

  9. they're all wonderful pics - love the coloured yarns, and your board, but yes, that's a great shot by your hubbie!
    happy WOYWW and have a fun week :)
    no. 31

  10. Super fab pic of you, Mr LLJ is one clever man. Loving the wool colours and your desk is looking great. Perhaps I should make Keagan cut off some jeans so I can have the left over pieces for crafting?!!! Take care lovely, Zo xx 65

  11. What a great selection of colours for the blanket - I'm looking forward to seeing what you do. I love the photo your hubby took - it really is beautiful - he got everything right! Hope you have a great week.
    Diana xx

  12. I'm loving all your makes Jan....the blanket colours are perfect and I'd go for the turquoise too :-)
    That photo is look so thoughtful.
    See you soon ;-)
    A x #61

  13. Lots of nice bits on your board
    The photograph he took is really nice
    Thanks for visiting me already Jackie 15

  14. Looking at your lovely wool basket certainly puts a smile on my face!!! Beautiful colours. Love your Gary Moore lyrics, he def went too soon. Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 70 x

  15. Clever firelight photo - a happy memory of a special time I am sure.

  16. Great pic and your DH has definitely caught the camp fire mood with full moon all beautifully captured. Looking forward to a peek of the new baby rug, colours gorgeous. As per usual.
    Sandra de @84

  17. It is a fab photo, all atmospheric and contemplative. The one I have of you on your beach says more about your character to me, but this def goes into the fave folder! Not a lot happening here that doesn't involve being outside..we gotta make the most!

  18. Love the photo it captured you lovely with the super moon in the background definitely a keeper of a photo.. Great board you have this week with some lovely bits of fab art on it..
    Sandy :) #43

  19. Oh those balls of wall look fabulous like that, so the baby blanket should be a gem indeed! Lovely gifts in the mail, the very best sort, I think!! Great photo your DH took, love the fact he managed to get you in the fire glow. Annette #7

  20. That is a lovely photo - I love camping out - I have enough wool to make about 50 jumpers - maybe one day I'll drag it out LOL - have a great week - Happy WOYWW - Mxx #89

  21. Oh I miss my yarn days. That is one gorgeous photo! Hubby should enter it in a contest. #27

  22. That’s an amazing photo Jan, just look at that moon.

    Love the colours you’ve chosen for your next blanket. Like you I would go for the Blue to edge it as it’s for a boy but other than that it would have been the Mauve. Can’t wait to see how it all looks once you start.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue @ 79

  23. Gorgeous colours! Looking forward to seeing what becomes of them....
    I know one thing, I'll probably love it.


    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (56)

  24. ah what a fab post again Lunch Lady Jan...

    ... enough to cheer the blues away from anyone and yes love the cards from hither and yon on your pin bard and what photo by Mr LLJ to finish it off, well done indeedy!!

    Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #35

  25. Hi Jan,
    What a great photo, love it!!
    Krisha #5

  26. I love those blues for the baby!! I think I could look at baskets of yarn all day. I finally finished my patch-happy knit throw, and I am seriously toying with the idea of putting a crochet edge around it--call me crazy with my crochet history--but really, how hard could it be, right? So I must try it. Then I'm actually going to try and knit a tank top. Pray for me. This could turn into a colossal disaster, so I'm not using my best yarn yet. But if it works, I'm going to pull out this amazing organic bamboo neutral colored yarn I bought at the most wonderful little yarn shop called Simply Fibers. The lady who owned it shipped in unique yarns from all over the world. Whenever she would have a sale, I was there! But now she's had to close down, which made my daughter and I sad--Lauren is an avid knitter. But I am glad I have a big stock of her special yarns still waiting for me to knit something brilliant! I can't wait to see your new crochet squares with these adorable blues. And tell hubby your photo is amazing! Hugs dearest soul sister! Sandy Leigh #95

  27. Wow! That photo is amazing. So much definition for that hour of the day. Oh...I came for the desk! The turquoise would be my pick too, but I like all the shades of blue together. It reminds me of a project I saw on somebody's blog a while ago. Each day for a year they looked at the the sky and knitted/crocheted (can't remember which now!) a square in that colour. It looked brilliant when they were all together :o)

  28. Hi Jan, love the baby blues - and greens and yellows, etc - the baby is going to love the blanket, especially if that turquoise dominates. Not a bit surprised you are not getting much done in this weather - it's summer and I've not been doing much more than enjoy it either :) Love the photo - very atmospheric. Hope you are having a lovely day. Elizabeth x #57

  29. Jan, that is a fab picture! I love it. It is definitely so you. I'd be perfectly happy with that one. Glad I'm still good at talking a load of cobblers, yet still managing to sound like I know what I'm on about, lol.Love Terry Pratchett, one of my favourites being Good Omens.Always tickled by the notion that Famine was a chef, and invented Nouvelle Cuisine, rofl! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz xx #51

  30. Love those color, that blanket is going to be so cute. Love the cards and ATC's. Happy crafting #7

  31. Such a lovely story and photo at the end there Jan! And definitely yum yum to those yarns and fabrics.

  32. Love the picture - well done to hubby! Good to know that folk still know how to use a camera properly!!!
    Enjoy doing the blanket - the colours are great.
    The school holidays are only just round the corner now - you'll have great fun doing and finishing everything then.
    Have a lovely week.
    Margaret #66

  33. Tis a lovely picture. Isn't it fun when we kind of fall in love all over again in little ways. I think it is the joy of a long relationship. The colors you have for your new blanket are yummy...such fun. My daughter's college room mate stayed with us Saturday night and she was busy crocheting a blanket. So I pulled up a picture of yours and she wondered if you used varigated yarn. I did not know. Did you? If not, how did you decide when to change up the color?
    I am not in the mix this week. The Fun Room looks like a bomb detonated, and it's a super busy week. I knew I wouldn't make it around, but I did want to say hi. Have a great week!

  34. Hello my fellow Bling Queen… Lovely color pallete full of yarn. Looking forward to seeing that when it's all done. I love to crochet, but truly, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the crafty things I love. Lovely things tacked to your cork board, I actually saw that flower card on her blog when she had just finished it. I commented on it, besides being about the bling, I LOVE nature inspired art as well. Your hubby is handy with a camera. I love how the moon illuminates the photo. When it isn't a 1000 degrees out, we build fires in the backyard and chill out as a family. Well, I've enjoyed my visit, I want to thank you for stopping by my desk and taking the time to leave a comment. Wednesday's are my happiest day of the week. :D Have a great wknd. (((HUGS)))
    WOYWW #6

  35. I love all that gorgeous yarn and your pin board with all those luscious crafty items on it. Best of all is that wonderful photo of beautifully captured. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#71)

  36. Hi Jan, I'm pinning my hopes on getting lots of crafting done in the holidays too - must resist the temptation to lie in too long! Your yarn looks fab, great colour combo, and yup that bright turquoise is my fave too. Hope you find time to make a start this week. MMx #59

  37. You old softy, Jan. Tis a gorgeous photo. Mr LLJ is very talented with the lens. The colours for your blanket are lovely, just my tones. I think this weather just makes you want to chill and do nothing doesn't it. I know I haven't touched anything for ages, hence the lack of a desk this week.
    Hope all is good and you are managing to catch a few rays!!
    Hugs Lisax

  38. Lovely atmospheric photo - hope you have fun making your baby blanket ! Ali #49

  39. love, love the yarns and the super photo. Been looking through old slides that DH took years ago, well nearly 42 to be precise on our honeymoon! Oh my who was the young, very slim girl with the long hair I wonder - I don't recognise her :-) Happy WOYWW Anne x #50

  40. Hi Jan, just read your comment on my youyou page - I'm rather afraid that my poor little boat is already listing to port and is in danger of sinking in heavy seas - although the champagne is a very nice idea, and the sun is defintely over the yardarm... MMx

  41. Great parting shot, very Merlin like that one, but are you Morgana or Guinevere I wonder!! Nice to see a new blanket in the planning so soon after the first one was finished. And lovely bag for a very worthwhile cause. Enjoy the summer break and remember to put your feet up once in a while!


  42. Hi Jan,
    Thank you for your lovely photo and note of appreciation - so delighted you liked the bits & pieces I sent. And thanks for coming by my WOYWW post too.
    Love what's on the cutting bench and the bench itself is a beaut work space. And that photo of you by the fire is great too. Looks as though you could break into some glorious pagan dance by the light of the super moon ;-)
    Take care,
    Ros. #41

  43. Great picture and that moon is just in the right place! Have a great crafty week! Happy WoYwW!?
    ((Lyn)) #11

  44. Have fun making your baby blanket. Love your display of lovely things sent to you. What an amazing photo! Wish I had more talent for photography, I don't have the patience for all the test shots, I am much more shoot and see what you end up with!
    have a great week!

  45. Happy WOYWW!
    I love your colour palette for the blanket, the photo is amazing too.

    Cazzy x

  46. Happy belated WOYWW, not long till our coffee now :)

    Great photo Jan, it's quite spooky probably due to the colours in it.

    Lovely wool, perfect for a baby blanket. I have a request for two but thankfully they aren't needed until September.

    Tote bag looks wonderful, may have my eye on that!

    Big hugs xxx

  47. Had trouble sending a comment on Weds so I'm late...but here!
    That photos is so special, so emotive and it will make a lasting memory. Your baby blanket will look so good in that range of wool.
    Gorgeous ATCs... it has been so special swapping.
    Lovely to read about all the fund raising things you are making. It's a really worthwhile year of giving for you and LillyBo has benefited from a generous chunk of it.
    Off now to make 9 more bags for the quilts from Spain!
    Have a good weekend,
    Jo x

  48. Happy Belated WOYWW, LLJ. I took a peek last Wednesday but I was a little bit afraid of the beautiful witch in the full light of the supermoon, gazing mysteriously into the fire. But then I decided you were just showing off the Mister's camera talents (woot!) and you're truly just the soft, cuddly, caring, and extremely humorous gal I always pegged you for! Fab fabrics (Oh, I like the sound of that!) and outstanding gifts in the mail! Enjoy the wee rest of the week! Darnell #24