Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

WOYWW 228

MEET ME ON THE CORNER WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE COMING ON
AND I'LL BE THERE, I PROMISE I'LL BE THERE..
(Lindisfarne)


First things first...The Bunting Winners!  Names were drawn randomly by Mr LLJ....
Traditional: Vonny and Eliza (I made a second string!)
Scandinavian: Maisie Moonshine
Please will you email me your snail mail addresses ladies - I'll get the bunting off to you forthwith :-)

Rightio Ho, the desk.....
I've laid out a load of fat quarters and scraps from my stash in order to put them into colour groups. I'm going to make some patchwork squares to send to Wipso. They will be sent on to be made up into quilts to be sold for charity. See Wipso's blog for more info. I'll start on another quilt for LillyBo as well as I haven't made one for a while.






Fat quarters old and new!





Softer tones...more contrast needed, I think.

A huge box of cards turned up from Lisa (Craft Garden). Thank you so much, Lisa - they will be put to good use and are much appreciated xxxx

I haven't actually done that much crafting this week. Mr LLJ took a few days off and so, as well as doing some boring house stuff, we took the opportunity to go out. We took our younger son G3 to Winchester...





The Grape Vine tunnel in Queen Eleanor's Garden outside the Great Hall...




And inside where there is King Arthur's Round Table hanging on the wall (a much later pretend one unfortunately!) and an art installation that read Look The Other Way, because you had to read it from right to left. I rather liked it!




Then we met our eldest son, The Big O, in Bath...




Well, I couldn't not stop at this lovely window, could I??




Or this...those meringues were about 9" across...made my teeth ache just looking at them (which IS all we did!)






Here's a variation on a doll's house..an elven tree house. It stood about 5 feet tall and was a masterpiece of little details. Isn't it beautiful?



This also caught our attention! We particularly liked the jaunty rope accessory!  It must have been there for some time as there was a slew of parking tickets on the front windscreen!!






The Gates of Mordor!! Lol....more like a lock gate on the Bath section of the Kennet and Avon canal. There was a whole ecosystem growing quite happily in the musky, moist atmosphere...



Aha, I thought, as we walked up the street...THAT shop looks interesting....



It was!  Some trendy clothes emporium, whose name completely passed me by as I was too interested in the wonderful old machines!



I'd never heard of this manufacturer before..but I won't forget it now, that's for sure!!!

I do so adore wacky objects ;-)   See you next week!!

53 comments:

  1. Oh Jan, where to begin!
    I think I'm in love with this elven house. So much detail! And those meringues made my mouth water! And last but not least, your desk is a heaven of colors! So many pretty prints on those fat quarters!

    Hugs and kisses from Egypt. x
    Roudi #2

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  2. Oh the elven house is just fantastic. I love it! I also enjoyed looking in that window at all the sewing machines when we were last in Bath. Much more interesting than what they are actually selling!

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  3. What a gorgeous house, perfect for the elves. Your bunting is fantastic. Our local radio station (Hereford and Worcester) is working on a special project for Children in Need, which is to produce 3 miles of bunting to break the Guiness World Record. Leominster has already promised to produce 1 mile, and I think Malvern has agreed to match that. They have to conform to exacting measurements. I bet you have done well over that all by yourself. That sewing machine shop looks fascinating too. xx Maggie #4

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  4. Soul sister, you have given us such a treat this week! As if those luscious fat quarters weren't enough eye candy, you know I'm all caught up in that tree dollhouse!! Thank you so much for posting it. You and the mister are looking fab in the vine tunnel too--that photo should be scrapbooked and framed. You are gorgeous. I also adore that window of sewing machines--what in the world! I've never heard of that manufacturer either. That sewing machine looks vintage too. Such a wonderful post. Hugs to you! Sandy Leigh #9

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  5. Thanks so much for the mention Jan and for the offer of the quilt squares....you're a gem.
    Love the machine in the last pic...I call mine something like that from time to time :-) [esp when I'm curtain making!!!].
    Hugs,
    A x # 5

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  6. You are a true sight for sore eyes. I loved seeing the arbor tunnel and the inside of the hall. It's fun to see places like that. I enjoyed trying to read the saying, too.

    Those fat quarters are spectacular. Wish I had even a bit of your stash, Oh wait, I don't need it, because I don't make REAL quilts. Old clothes work best for my activities.

    Don't let Voodoo Vixen (Annette) see that doll tree house, or she'll be making one from Pringles cans and broth tins (grin). It's adorable, though.

    I had to laugh at the sewing machines. They were all so cleverly put on display. And the one you singled out made me think you were cursing at me (JUST JOKING).

    Happy WOYWW from #7.

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  7. Love your post, and the pictures. What an amazing elven house is just amazing!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Krisha #10

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  8. What a fantastic post, Jan. Your days out sound wonderful and all those amazing things you saw. Love the Elven House, I would love that and have a DD who would too!! The ribbons I could not have walked by. When we go to Austria I always take extra pennies for a special ribbon shop in Innsbruck!!
    I'm glad you managed some family time, you deserve it.
    Hugs Lisax

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  9. I enjoyed every moment of this post, Jan... the shops you found look amazing, how wonderful - that Elven house is a complete triumph, but all of the others too... I wouldn't have let the meringues go untasted...
    Thanks for the Lindisfarne lyrics, too I love them. all together now, the Fog on the Tyne's all mine.... lol!! Have a lovely week. Hope your mate comes home soon! Helen, 13

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  10. Wow your trip to Winchester looks like great fun ! Ali #15

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  11. What an interesting place that is, lots of lovely stuff to see! Love the old sewing machines but it is a bit sad to see one strung up like that! Had a giggle at that last sewing machine, someone was surely having a laugh when they dreamt up that name!
    have a great week, Debxx

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  12. What a fab blog this week Jan. Your day out looked very interesting. I have never been to Winchester. I love the photo of you and Mr LLJ in the tunnel thingy. have a happy week
    Lynda B #14

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  13. Hi Jan
    It sounds like you and your DH have had a wonderful time off together and you have seen some pretty amazing things, wow so much to look at.
    I am loving all your fabrics they will make beautiful quilts once put together
    Happy WOYWW have an enjoyable week hugs Ria #22

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  14. Great job with the patchwork fabrics project.What interesting things you saw Jan!!No, that's not a name you'd forget in a hurry!!
    judy

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  15. Your banner flags look fabulous, wish I could sew....wish I had a machine! Love the pictures! The Tree house is amazing, great if it was 'normal' size! Thank you for my snoop!! Happy Early WOYWW!!
    ((Lyn)) #27


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  16. Hi Jan, blimey, we're all early birds this week. Love that Lindisfarne track, by the way. You seem to have had a fab day, its always a good day out when you get to see unusual things. that elven house is awesome, my DIL would adore that. And those meringues, all I can say is your willpower is greater than mine! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #29 xx

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  17. Wonderful pictures!!! I love the elven tree house and the art installation's huge letters! Thank you for sharing!!! Congratulations to the winners! patsy

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  18. Neat pictures! Love the treehouse and the sewing machines.
    Angie #18

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  19. Congratulations to the winners. Love all the pictures. Happy crafting #4

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  20. Omg I love this post. So many wonderful photos and titbits. Love it all. Am sad I missed the bunting giveaway. How did I miss that? Might have to read this one all over again
    Famfa 50

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  21. Love the grapevine tunnel! All the photos are great! Thank you for sharing all of them. Happy crafting!
    Sharon
    #56

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  23. happy Wednesday and what a fab post and so many great photos .loving all those fab fabrics somehow missed out out on the bunting give-away but well done to the lucky ladies it must have been meant to be as I have no sewing skills at all..i can thread a needle ..just !...all around looks like you had a great time but how id you manage to stay out of the ribbon shop and even bigger keep away from those yummy meringues I'm so impressed. have great week and thanks for sharing Andrea #65

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  24. What interesting and beautiful things you saw and did. Thanks for the photos, they are like a virtual tour. #70

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  25. what a great post, some fab pictures, thanks for sharing, Donna #71

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  26. Ooh that's a lovely tidy desk (hangs head in shame!).
    Some fabulous piccies, I lived in Bath for over 10 years before moving a bit farther out and it is truly beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Kyla 74

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  27. So many fantastic photos to look at and as photos is what I love. I have loved looking at every one. That shop window...yum! And all that gorgeous material on your desk! I don't sew, but even I was itching to thread up a needle lol. Great blog btw x
    Karen no.82 x

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  28. Congratulations to the bunting winners! Lucky ladies! What a fabulous day out! Now that is the kind of day I love - so many wonderful things to see! I loved that little house with all the towers! The trendy clothes shop with the sewing machine looked like 'All Saints'. They started out in Spitalfields E. London, but they're everywhere now! My daughter's friend works in one in the holidays. Just shows what you can achieve if you're young and enterprising! Love all your gorgeous material. I so admire you and Wipso for all you do with your quilt making! Happy WOYWW! Julie Ann xx #45

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  29. Oh it looks like you had a fab time, I love that shop with the sewing machines, never been in it but everytime I see it with the old Singer machines it reminds me of my nan! Loving all the fabric and once again thanks for Baxter's bandana! Take care Zo xx 86

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  30. Ok, so trying to comment for about the millionth time...no exaggeration!L comely pic of you and important G, and you know what, I'll comment in person, very soon,...so much easier!!

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  31. Looks like you had a lovely trip, that Elven tree house is just amazing!!! I'm only a learner when it comes to sewing, all that material looks so pretty & very inviting too. Have a great week!!
    Ann (no 47) x

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  32. What a fab day out. I want to live in an Elven tree house!!

    ~Kate~

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  33. Oh wow, some gorgeous work and photos there Jan!!! Thanks also for the lovely items you're making for my charities too. They will love them all!! I'm still kind of 'out of action' but am hoping to catch up with things soon. Thanks again, Karen x

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  34. Fabulous post Jan! Now I want to visit Winchester!!! And such a wonderful colourfest on your desk.. makes me happy looking at it! Happy woyww and a hug from - rainy - Holland Marit #92

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  35. What a beautiful, colourful desk, and congrats to the bunting winners. Love your days out with family, Andrew's sister went to art college in Winchester, we used to visit her for the odd weekend, wonderful city, haven't been in years. The tree house is stunning, who wouldn't want to live in one? Love the ribbon and the sewing machines (it's foo koo soo key if you really want to know!!!). One of my Japanese colleagues' last name is Ifuku... which sounds really bad if you don't know how to pronounce it!

    Hugs
    Brenda 47

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  36. Loving the FQs - I recognize a few of them as I have them in my stash too! And the other photos - can't decide if I love the van or the sweets best. The van, I think as it is no calorie! :)

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (26)

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  37. Glad you got some time away with family. Thank you for sharing some of the highlights. Love the elvin house. I can't believe you didn't try one of those delish meringues. April #61

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  38. It is always nice to spend some family time doing nothing that is really planned. Just what I am hoping to do with my Mr this week, having had Kim and Hubby here for a few days.
    I have seen that shop in Bath before but couldna tell you how to get there! Hubby pulled me away from it when I saw it for fear of me trying to add to my collection! Haa Haa!
    Hugs
    xx

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  39. What fantastic photos! I love the name of that sewing machine! Well done to the bunting winners (I'm not jealous, no really...OK just a little bit!). Pam#68

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  40. I'm only trying to guess how to pronounce the name on that last sewing machine but I can assure you I have myself giggling up a storm over it. Lots of pretty fabric lain out on your table today. Your room seems extra bright and airy today for some reason. Thanks for sharing the photos taken from your travels. So fun to visit places vicariously.

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  41. Love all the photos of your travels and the gorgeous fabrics laid out on your desk. Congratulations to the bunting winners. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#12)

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  42. What wonderful pictures!
    Thanks for the peek at your workspace,
    Great stuff
    I loved having a snoop!
    Chrissie #84

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  43. I want to come with you next time Jan

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  44. Loving the photos and all the fabrics. I am late commenting - have been so busy so just saying hi and Happy WOYWW Anne x #81

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  45. Hello LLJ,

    I'm sneaking in a few visits today. I must confess, after seeing the last photo of the sewing machine I totally forgot most of what was above it! I kept pronouncing the name in different ways. My fun for the day, I'm afraid!

    Congratulations to the winners of your lovely bunting! Oh, and the fabric quarters are really pretty. One that caught my eye is the turquoise, orange and yellow fabric. Love it. As for the ribbon store - oh my. Did you go crazy overboard on buying ribbon?

    Thank you for visiting me already. I also owe you an email, which I'll get off soon.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (43)

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  46. If there were prizes for the most colorful and entertaining WOYWW post, you would win it hands down, LLJ!! First of all, I ache with jealousy at the pleasure you get to have fondling, arranging, and working with all those bright and happy fabrics! I wouldn't think you could ever be angry or depressed after walking into your sewing room!

    Next, what a fun and informative photo diary you shared with us - thank you so much!! You and Mr. LLJ look so young and life-loving!! I'm glad you all had a fun day! As I like to say here in America, fukusuke, and have a wonderful week! Thanks for coming to visit me!! Hugs, Darnell #57

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  47. Jan, thanks for visiting me, I do try to take care and not overdo things, but being married toa human doing make it hard. Not sure I could manage to knit the hats ina larger size, I get bored with knitting quickly, which is why the little hats are so good.
    You seem to have had a smashing time in Winchester and that area, lots of lovely pics.
    Chris #30

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  48. Love your post LLJ - the most interesting of all this week by far - the vine tunnel - the elven house and the meringues - good girl for resisting!! have a great week - happy WOYWW Mxx #72

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  49. Oh Jan - I have tears running down my face!!! I really need that sewing machine! I love your tunnel pic - definitely one for the family album -its a beautiful happy pic. Thanks for reminding me about the patchworks - I need to get going again as I have stuff for one for Jo AND squares to make for Annie. x Jo

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  50. G'day, g'day LLJ.
    Thanks for your lovely messages. I've missed you too, and your lovely wacky pics and projects. What a great selection of cards you received, and I can't jump over those lovely fabrics for your quilting projects. Erm, not being a quilter I'm interested to understand fat quarters. They sound as though they would fit me perfectly ;-)
    All your trip pics are wonderfully zany; my favourite is the grapevine tunnel. That must be O-L-D.
    Love,
    Ros.

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  51. Happy Belated WOYWW. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures of your travels. No wonder you stopped at the 'window of ribbon' - I MUST GO THERE!!! Ali x #96

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  52. What a crazy shop sign but how absolutely fabby! I love it!

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  53. Loving all your fabric patterns as usual. BJ#1

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