Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

WOYWW 219

THAT'S NEAT, THAT'S NEAT, THAT'S NEAT, THAT'S NEAT,
I REALLY LOVE YOUR TIGER FEET.....
(Mud...my 70's heroes. Have a listen!)

I have been accused of having a very neat desk (!!) which may be true as I need a clear space for cutting out fabric and I can't bear searching for stuff....but just take a 90 degree spin to the right....
A bed piled high with detritus, a cat supervising, a husband ironing (HIS work shirts, so that's fair...and no, you can't have him..he's mine) but my table is still tidy!! Grin.... Actually, the pile on the bed is 6 welsh wool blankets that I brought back from clearing out my parents' airing cupboard. They are old but still beautiful. But in this age of duvets, what on earth do I do with them?





These are the fabrics on the table....can't tell you what they are for though..sorry... Cute owls though!







Here's the finished baby blanket..I'm quite pleased with it.




I found a tutorial for scalloped edges and then did my own thing anyway..that's typical me (ask Julia!!)


Here's some colours lined up for the next project..it needs some reds, oranges and brighter greens though..I fancy doing something 'rainbowy'....dunno what yet...a stripey blanket or runner perhaps.

And finally...
Some birthday cards arrived from near and far...thank you so much Julia, Hettie, Karen, Gashead Zoe and Janet (Fairythoughts) who also sent me the MOST gorgeous handmade cherry wood buttons with designs on...including hares! Yum!  They are fab, Janet, absolutely gorgeous and I love them. I'm going to have to sit and stroke them for a while though, before I can bring myself to use any!!

Have a great, crafty week :-)

51 comments:

  1. You are a lucky girl! Don't think anyone else in this house knows where the iron is!
    Love your baby blanket and that owl fabric is precious! What gorgeous cards and gifts!
    have a fabulous week!
    Debxx #8

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  2. I had to enlarge the photo to see the hares. Too bad the small gift tag hid them a bit. They are beautiful. Sounds like your birthday continues with even more gifts from far and near.

    Nice that hubby helps with the ironing, even if they are his shirts.

    I'm not sure what Welch wool is, but I starting itching when I read the word WOOL. I can't think of a single thing to use them for. Of course, I'm sure they would go nicely on a bed in the cold of winter. Happy WOYWW from #1.

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  3. Great post Jan. Have a fab day today. Make that little sis of mine behave herself! Wool blankets - good to needle felt into. x Jo

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  4. Hi neighbour this week, hope you are having a fab day and wish I was there :) You can keep HIM but only because I have my very own him, well trained in the art of ironing. Lovely fabric, beautiful baby blanket - love how you've artfully draped it over the chair with the backdrop of a log pile .... very country crafts :) You could use those blankets in a very traditional way, as the 'batting' for patchwork quilts. The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady, aka Lottie, does just that - here's the link:

    http://theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/batting-old-fashioned-way.html

    Hugs, Elizabeth x #61

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  5. That is one huge long room with lots of space that even holds hubby doing the ironing, well if you wont let us have him for the ironing then we will just have to send our ironing to you tee hee
    Bridget #15

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  6. Ooh! Buttons with hares on - fab! Now, I have one of those husbands who irons and now he's retired he'll have even more time to get through those ever increasing piles of shirts! I also have a cat who supervises! She's doing that right now as I type this! I love your owls and that baby blanket is beautiful. Have a happy WOYWW! Julie Ann xx #39

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  7. Your so funny, I love the owls to they will be really cute on anything. The baby's turned out lovely didn't it. They will love it. Roberta#55

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  8. Wow what a great WOYWW xx Jan (74)

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  9. It's true. He is yours. And he's devoted to you. Your long room looks gorgeous doesn't it..filled with light and lovely fabric! Still no good ideas for the blankets. The blanket edging is perfect. Laters. xx

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  10. Hi Jan love the owl fabric they are very cute. Great work on the baby blanket. Belated birthday greetings as well. Have fun when you meet up with Julia, Di and Annie - very envious. Happy WOYWW Anne x #76

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  11. Love Mud!!! They're a fave of mine too!!! Long time since I listened to them, but it's now in my head - thanks! Glad the card arrived OK, you're a lucky lady having a hubby who irons!! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 80 x

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  12. Belated happy birthday!

    And if we can't have the chap, can we just send him our ironing???

    ~Kate~ #76

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  13. Love your furry helper on the bed. Belated birthday greetings.

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  14. Love the owl fabric.. Your baby blanket is devine love the colours and what a great idea to put all your wool together like that to sort the colours. Looks great.. Pats to the supervisor.
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :) #71

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  15. My cat supervises most chores in our house as well. He has a lofty place on top of the wardrobe for when that nasty vacuum cleaner comes out! At the moment he's sitting on the floor next to my feet making little miaows whenever I look in his direction - I think this means "my food bowl is only 50% full. Do something to rectify the situation immediately."
    Thanks for the peek into the rest of your room! Love the edging on your blanket. Have a lovely lunch!

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  16. He is one really beautiful boy, yes I am talking about the cat of course. Hey your hubby irons just like mine, it's good training that gets them like that you know. Good for you. Thanks for the giggle and have a lovely week.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 14

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  17. That owl fabric is stunning -n can't wait to see what you make! My hubby doesn't iron but he is very useful around the house as he is the only one in the family with the tidy gene. You may have just dumpedthings but is still looks bright and spacious - lovely room! And I'm sure you'll find a use for those blankets. Happy WOYWW Cindy #85

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  18. LOL... all is revealed! I might do the same, my desk is normally pretty tidy, I am not saying what the rest of the room looks like at times! You got your DH ironing? Tell me how... LOL Love the pic of the cat on the bed... they get all the best spots, don't they? Your baby blanket came out beautiful and I love the way you did the edging and yes, I can relate to reading how to do something and then doing it my way... LOL Annette #9

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  19. Argh, you've got me singing that song now, haven't heard it in years. You offered to come over and clean up my room and you are most welcome, if you bring Mr Iron man that is (he he), I have a huge pile for him to iron. I couldn't believe it when you said what would you use a blanket for. I have a duvet and blanket on my bed, that way if it gets a little bit too warm you can lift the duvet off, just a little and you still keep warm enough with the blanket. Love your owl fabric and the baby blanket is gorgeous. Fab gifts you got too.
    Have a great week.
    Von #13

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  20. hehe WJTOSOYWW "Wot's Just To One Side OF Your Workdesk Wednesday"!? Like it! My hubby does ALL the ironing in our house ... and most of the other jobs I hate come to that. Mind you, he literally can't make a cup of tea and famously put salt in it when he tried one time! Happy WOYWW :o) AnnieC #96

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  21. My goodness Jan, you've got your man ironing. I think I went wrong somewhere. That baby blanket is so pretty, such lovely colours.
    Lovely haul of birthday cards there too, lucky lady.
    Welsh wool blankets, how lovely, we always have a blanket available on each bed, just because they are pretty and they can be removed at night if we want to.
    Have a wonderful Woywww day out with the others, are you going for lunch to somewhere near a card emporium? Have fun
    Chris no 51









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  22. Ohhhh I didn't know it was your birthday recently - are you a Leo then?? So many of you beasts around ( my daughter included) and your desk is tidy but all the rest is just the usual household mayhem! You have a good boy ironing his shirts but I have a good one too - he irons his shirts too! Yay!!! We know how to choose! :-)
    I hear you are off to see Wipso - Have a lovely day out and hopefully soon you girls will be doing a trip to Kent!
    Lots of hugs,
    Cardarian

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  23. Late Happy Birthday wishes Jan, Love your bright sunny craft space and your crocheted baby blanket too, really nice colours waiting to be used - have fun. Cheers RobynO#48

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  24. Hi Jan - Yup it's clouded over here now - better not rain, aarggh! Great post and pic today - I love to see a man doing the ironing! Lovely baby blanket and I can tell your next project is going to be lovely too. Gorgeous fabric - keep us posted! Thanks for your visit - have a great week. MMx #83

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  25. Well done you for getting the Man species to do the ironing!My Man won't. Truth is I tried to teach him but it was too painful!
    Those sure are gorgeous buttons. Want some! Especially if there is a chooky on there.
    Hugs
    Hettie
    xx

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  26. Lovely baby blanket and gorgeous fabric.

    Have a great week.

    Happy WOYWW. Susi #105

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  27. Hello!

    I love this photo - especially the cat in the middle of it! Your creations are beautiful! Wishing you a happy day today!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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  28. Happy birthday. Love the owl fabric, wonder what it will be? Your blanket is amazing, well done you for persevering. Knew you could do it.
    Thanks for visiting.
    Famfa 7

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  29. Wow, a husband that irons, need to keep looking at that picture, can I print it out? Look forward to seeing what the owls are for and the complimentary fabric with them.

    Love your cards, I saw that button one on my journey through the desks - how lovely and thoughtful of those deskers. Happy Birthday from me too.

    Lynda #89

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  30. Love this pic of the room, nice to see the wider picture. I'm the same, always getting excused of being tidy, but while my desk is, the rest of the room is not as tidy! Love your blanket, and your colours for the next project. Take care. Zo xx 98

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  31. Hi Jan
    I think we can let you off with the bits on the bed when you have a man that irons his own shirts.
    Happy birthday and wow what lovely cards and buttons
    Have a good WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
    Hugs Ria #43

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  32. I can understand Puss supervising from the bed, we can vouch for it being extremely comfy!Next time I'll bring my ironing, rofl! I noted last week that you are a fellow Leo-and we did get along well, didn't we? Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #45 xx

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  33. A husband that irons. Now that is a novelty! It is in my house anyway, though to be fair I only get the iron out about once a month during the summer!
    I love the owls, and the little cat snuggling down with the blankets. If you really have no use for them, a homeless shelter would welcome the blankets.
    I love the crochet blanket. I am making crochet 'African flower motifs' for a project right now but I'll say no more until it is done. I have also just knitted a gorgeous rainbow blanket for my Africa project. I will be showing that soon. Have funn making yours. Kate x

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  34. Lucky you, not only a husband who irons (I have one of those as well) but some really pretty buttons, perfect.
    Ann B
    36

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  35. Your desk is still very tidy...LOL.. The baby blanket is too cute. I can't wait to see what you make with all that colorful wool. happy crafting #2

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  36. Never mind a wonderful ironing hubby, a huge room so light and bright - and I love the birthday goodies. I feel bad now for not sending a card at least! next year... lol!
    Thanks for sharing my stash envy already! Helen 21

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  37. The owl fabric is adorable and oh, the blankie....love the colours and it just looks so sweet. Bet you are pleased to have finished it! I'll look forward to seeing what's next on the hook....

    Happy (so late) WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (37)

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  38. I love the look of that bed piled up with things including the cat! The baby blanket is cute as are those owls! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#128)

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  39. hi LLJ
    oh I don't think I have ever seen a man doing the ironing in blogland before what a fine fellow he is, not that I am complaining as you know my handyman is ..... well very handy. Glad you like the buttons
    have as good week
    janet #44

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  40. Oh dear soul sister--your birthday snuck up! So now we are both 5.2? Or "25" if we want to reverse it! Well that's a lovely hubby doing the ironing right there--who wouldn't want to snatch up a hubby that irons!! My daughter would love that owl fabric too. So fun seeing the whole room, it's so cute! I am melting with complete and total jealously that you get to see season 4 of Downton starting this Sunday! Can you hear my cries of anguish? I'm still rewatching Season 3--and I simply can't wait, but I'll have to wait until January for both Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. Torture!! Well, my husband John is a huge Monty Python fan, and he's an actor, so he couldn't wait to audition for Spamalot. He is in a little ensemble of gentlemen who play all those fun roles like the knights of nee and those men who do their antics all around the king so he is in a lot of numbers. I'm trying to think of a fun opening night bouquet that Lauren and I can have made up for him. It is really special for him to be in this show because several of his oldest friends are in it too that he has done theatre with for a long time--I will post the pics when I can. It opens in September. Your garden goodies sound wonderful to me! Wish you could come over and I would saute some spaghetti squash and mushrooms and garlic with parmesan for you! Hugs dearest! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh 117

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  41. Happy birthday wishes to you.... Lovely buttons!
    Man ironing ..... My hubby wouldn't know how!!!!
    Blankets...... I donate all mine to a lady I know called Alice who arranges for them to be sent abroad. To help the needy.... If this is of any help to you
    Jackie 32

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  42. Oh surely you could loan the amazing ironing man out - just for a few select WOYWWer's to borrow on a Sunday afternoon so we can get a couple of hours extra crafty time ! Thanks for stopping by ! Ali #49

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  43. Happy WOYWW. Man ironing - I don't think my hubby has ever done any! The rest of your room is pretty tidy too. Blankets - I agree, what do you do with them? We found lots when clearing out the farmhouse - but they are sitting in a heap in the garage. I can't bear them - too heavy - but they are beautiful in their own way. Lovely owl fabric - and that baby blanket is just wonderful. Ali x #56

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  44. Happy belated birthday wishes to you. How about felting the blankets and making them into bags? I hope you've had a fabulous time today meeting up with Annie xx

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  45. Lovely birthday cards and presents! The baby blanket is really great and I see the owl fabric version of my oilcloth bag!
    Bernice

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  46. Hi Jan - I must be lucky I got to see the pics of your "Blogger Day Out" before getting to WOYWW - but as always just great seeing it all - Have a great week - Happy WOYWW Mxx #70

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  47. Gorgeous birthday cards. A belated happy birthday to you! I don't work with fabric or knitting/crochet but I do have a supervising cat and one who likes to help! :) The hubby....well, he's all yours! Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #4

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  48. Love all the yarns and those cards are awesome! I am happy to see DH irons...mine doesn't realize we own one but then I think I told you before I don't iron either. Tshirts and jeans and if it needs ironed it goes in for it to be done. $1.50 a shirt is not a bad price. Looking forward the seeing the next yarn project cause this one is awesome! DD would love the owls! Thanks for stopping by my desk! I goofed up and had the wrong blog URL on my linky originally was #107 now I am... Vickie #134

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  49. Oh, dear, LLJ, you are a brave girl to post a piccie of your hubs ironing. You'd better put a leash on him to keep him from being whisked away when you turn your back! Your baby blankie did indeed turn out tops!! Happy WOYWW and thanks for the visit to me! Have a super week! Darnell #19

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  50. Hi again LLJ,

    Happy belated birthday? Now tell me, what day is it?
    I saw those buttons and love them! Your collection of cards are beautiful too. The baby blanket is amazing. I love granny squares and if I learn how to crochet THAT would be the reason. Not to mention all the edgings one can do.

    Again, thanks for the warm welcome back to WOYWW.

    Hugs,
    kay

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  51. Oh how I wish we could sit somewhere and talk and you could teach me how to crochet!!!!!
    ('cause you know, it's all about me!)

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