Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WOYWW 272

YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE....

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week! Mine has been really quite busy since we last met....what's been going on?  Well, join me for a coffee and biscuits and we'll have a natter......


You find me mid cutting out of the components of a tote bag which will eventually be en route to Denmark!  This will be the first time I've used that Botanicals fabric. D'you know, I really like it!  I already had this spotty contrast fabric - in fact, it's what's left over from last week's ironing board construction - and found the two went really well together. Look....


I love it!  So that's the work in progress at the moment.

Do you need a refill of coffee yet?  I'll put the kettle back on - wait a minute, I'll be back! I can do tea, if you'd prefer? And a slice of lemon drizzle cake too?


I bought the printed hessian on the right in a sale. It was £3.99 a metre. I thought it would make great shopping bags, especially if I line it. I've never worked with hessian before, so it may turn out to be reminiscent of the Great Oilcloth Fiasco of 2012....or it may be ok. I thought it was worth a try for that sort of price. And I was given 2 metres of the fabric on the left by a friend who is decluttering!  I'm sure that can be put to good use somehow :-)

The rest of the week has been spent gardening and cooking - we threw an engagement party for our son Owen and his fiance Jen.

That was fun!  Now I'm not the best flower arranger in the world but I did this for the party table:


I really enjoyed snipping and shoving the flowers into the oasis!  


How's that for a shot of In-Your-Face-Hot Pink?? Love it :-)

Well, that's it - coffee break is over. Better get back to that bag making. TTFN xxxx

41 comments:

  1. Congrats to the happy couple. Love the garland.
    Well Jan, those bags are going to be super pretty with those fabrics, interesting to see how the canvas ones turn out but I think the fabric is fantastic!
    Enjoy that lemon drizzle (drool)
    Hugs, Neet 14 xx

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  2. Coffee and cake sounds just up my street!
    Congratulations to the happy couple and well done on the flower arranging!
    Fabric is lovely !
    Jackie 15

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  3. I take mine white with two sugars and I'll have a big slice of cake (it's my birthday tomorrow so I can have a big bit). That botanical fabric is so gorgeous, that's the best one you've had. Can't wait to see the bag finished. Have fun with those heavy fabrics, scary stuff there. Such a lovely photo of lovebirds, they make a lovely couple. So, you've been hiding a deep dark secret, flower arranger extraordinaire. Snipping and shoving your way to a perfect bunch, just beautiful.
    Have a great week and sew up a storm.
    Luv Von #22

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  4. I will have drizzle cake please...I already have my own coffee, but cake for breakfast sounds good to me! Congrats on their engagement. My hair has just been re-done the colour of those pink gerberas! #23

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  5. Lovely fabrics Jan and congratulations to your son and his girl! Your flower arrangement is lovely too. Its very satisfying when you DIY isn't it, especially as they cost a bit from the florist. I always do the arrangement for the Christmas table now with candles and all,,, It's become a bit of a tradition!
    Have a happy week
    Lynda B 26

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  6. Mine's earl grey tea, if you have it Jan. Thanks for the offer - and yes, Lemon drizzle cake would go down a treat! Taa!!
    Fabulous fabrics you have there - what a great friend to give you two metres of that lovely stripey material.
    Congrats to the two youngsters!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #11

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  7. I do like that botanical fabric and it goes so well with the spots, picking out the colours. I think I've said it before, but many congratulations to your boy and his lovely girl. I bet you had a lovely party. Have you tried gluing any zips yet? I've been doing a bit of research and it turns out I have the worst zipper foot there is! I think I need a new one!

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  8. ooh yes, lemon drizzle cake for breakfast!! the ironing board cover fabric works perfectly with that botanical print, they could have been made for each other! The flowers for the engagement party look beautiful, and congratulations again to Owen and Jen. I am sure the party was fabulous. Helen 17

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  9. Loving the fabrics.

    Congrats to Owen and Jen.

    Really love the flower arrangement.

    Hope you have a lovely WOYWW
    Sue 30 (at the moment, but we know it can change:))

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  10. Fab fabrics as always! Hope hessian one works out well really like it. Still keep stroking bag and enjoying that it's mine !!! Flower arrangement is lovely. Congrats again to your son and his fiancée. Hugs Anne x @33

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  11. Stunning fabric as ever - and can I just say AWWWWW. to the engagement photo? You know, my MIL made MY wedding dress..... I'm just sayin' ...

    :D


    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

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  12. Beautiful flower display and Congrats to Owen and Jen :)

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  13. Congratulations to Owen and Jen! Love the flowers and think you did a wonderful job!
    Glenda #47

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  14. Congrats to Owen and Jen ! WOW lovely, lovely flowers. The variety and colors are true fun.
    Having the 90's this week, lacking rain, so watering and working with garden products. Missing my blogging life, but that's how it's been. Enjoy what's left of summer

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  15. Gorgeous flowers.
    I love that fabric and the spooty one goes with it so well.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 49

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  16. Lovely fabrics, Jan - I especially like that spotty one. Beautifully co-ordinated! Many congratulations to your son and his fiancee, and what beautiful flowers! I think you arranged them very well. (You should see my efforts... NOT!!)

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #35

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  17. Congratulations to you son and his fiancee - you did a brilliant job with the flowers - very professional indeed - are you sure you haven't been having lessons!? And I'm loving those two fabrics together - the colours match perfectly. Hope you have a great week,
    Diana x

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  18. I love a little flower/oasis arranging too Jan - very theraputic. Yours looks fab. Just leaving a quick hello from Twiglet and Wipso as Annie hasn't any broadband in her new home yet!! Thanks for your good wishes for her - will pass them on. x Jo

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  19. Hi Jan, mines a coffee and a piece of Lemon drizzle cake. I love the botanicals fabric and the hessian, but then you always seem to have smashing fabric on your desk.
    Congratualtions to the happy couple, and they do look happy. Are you looking forward to being a 'Mother in Law'? I found it very daunting.
    Chris (No desk this week.)

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  20. I recognise that hessian fabric I hadn't thought of making shopping bags with it..... Have I commented already... Maybe I started but didn't finish.... Bit spaced out at the mo. Let me know if it works out. Thanks for the coffee
    Janet @6

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  21. Oh I so enjoyed that coffee break with you! I actually am drinking my morning coffee here in my office on campus, it's about 8:55 in the AM. I have a lovely quiet office with a big window where I can see the university's stadium and a huge fountain outside. So we've had a lovely break together! Tee hee! I am so happy for Owen and Jen! How many are in the bridal party? All I can say for Jen is that she is the luckiest girl in the world to get such a handsome fiance and amazing in-laws!! She must be a wonderful girl. I love that botanical fabric--you have the BEST taste in fabric!! I still love my Downton quarters so much, I can hardly bare to think of cutting them, but cut them I must if I'm going to make them into a table runner! Then I can have a proper Downton tea! I was wondering if the new season is showing there. I guess it's just as well that we get it in the dead of winter, because D.A. and Call the Midwife make winter much more bearable because those are my two favorite shows in the world! Now, pass that lemon drizzle cake please! And a big hug to you soul sister. We're also the gardening queens! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #51

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  22. Hiya Jan, on my second coffee of the day, lol. Gorgeous botanical fabric- you can't beat a few moths and butterflies! Looking forward to the weekend, lovely to see Julia as well- thats ace. Clever little flower arraonger you- mine always look like I just shoved them in the vase, no matter how I try, :). See you Friday, Huge Hugs, Shaz xxx

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  23. Hi Jan, don't faint it's me! Happy WOYWW. I love those two fabrics together for the bag. Awww young love, and they are making me feel old they look so young - congratulations!
    Gorgeous flowers too.

    Cazzy #60

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  24. Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment, Jan - still quite a bit of work to do on the card but I hope I will manage to strike the right balance with it. My hubby's tooth is now out, and he says it really wasn't too bad, but it feels fairly tender now, not surprisingly, so I told him to dose himself up with some painkillers before it got too bad (no sense in suffering) and he's also feeling pretty exhausted, also not surprising. He really does deserve a medal! He's such a star, and he does so much for me, and also for Mum, and I don't know how we'd manage without him!

    Shoshi #35

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  25. PS Keep forgetting to say how much I love your "WOYWW" letters at the top of your blog! That's really, really cool!

    Shoshi #35

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  26. Love those hot pink flowers. I think you done did a good job of arranging them. I love the botanical fabric with the large dots. It truly works well and will make a fabulous tote bag. That other fabric looks interesting and hopefully it will all work out. Happy WOYWW to you! PJ #59

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  27. I think your flowers are gorge! and congrats on the engagement. lovely projects as ever and I so appreciate your sense of humor. Princess and the pea indeed! 6"
    Robyn 7

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  28. The botanical fabric is lovely. For a non-flower arranger, thar was pretty good! And yes please to the lemon drizzle cake!,
    Hugs
    Debs x

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  29. Love the banner for your son and fiance! Very cute and a nice looking couple! Your flowers are just lovely and hope the Hessian fabric works wonderfully! Oh, LOVE your banner for WOYWW! Have a great day!
    Carol N #52

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  30. I'll just have a small slice, thanks! That is lovely fabric-I love the musical tag backgrounds. Congrats on the engagement, and I think you did a great job on the arrangement. Hot pink Indeed! (yeah, and I don't know what hessian fabric is...so...good luck?)

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  31. Hello LLJ,

    Oh, that tote is going to be adorable! I should commission you to make a couple (one for me and one will be a gift). Your son is adorable; love the bunting you made for him and his fiance! I'd say you did a great job on the flower arrangement! A woman of many talents.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (58)

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  32. Me again!! Just wanted to say I'm so excited that you're making some jewelry! And I wanted to tell you that yes, I actually do water-bath canning with the salsa, so it is shelf stable for a year or two! But it should actually be used within a year according to the official Ball Blue Book. Do you guys use the Ball Blue Book in the UK? I never thought about that before! It is like the canning bible over here. Hugs!

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  33. ooooh love those fabrics together in your first picture and luuuurve your flower arrangement, reminds me of our wedding flowers. And yes please to the lemon drizzle hehehe :o) Annie C #46

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  34. Ah, your talents are boundless, LLJ!! That table arrangement is nothing short of gorgeous and looks very professional! Owen and Jen look like babies! Don't tell them I said that, they would hate it, but you know what I mean. Me and the Mister were babies, too, and we did just fine, and our son, too, married at only 23 which is so young by today's standards. Ramble over, I wish them all the best!!

    I'm loving that botanical print and the match is nothing short of miraculous! Don't you love it when that happens? Well, I'd best get hopping. Thanks for the vod, er, tea and thanks for coming to see me! Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell #19

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  35. Oh I got an error while trying to post there..
    Love the fabric, especially the one with the tag on it. Congratulations on the engagement of your son, and love the flowers, it sure does brighten the screen and I can imagine it does bring joy in the room.
    The flowers I got in the house now are picked out of the garden by my son - they're 3 inch high and are in a tiny vase on the table!
    Debbie/Daqa #18

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  36. Adore that Botanic's fabric - who's design is it ? Flowers are brilliant - are those 2 really old enough to get married - they look so young. No that's me just being old !! Thanks for visiting Ali #7 xxx

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  37. Hi Jan, happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk. Just gorgeous flowers, are they from your garden, wow. I love the new botanical fabric and have seen some printed hessian in our shops in OZ along with some of bright plain colours. Cheers and have a lovely week RobynO#21

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  38. What pretty fabric combinations and I do love your flower arrangement! Good job! Patsy

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  39. love the fabric, the piccy of the kids but my mind is boggled with the beautiful hot pink flower arrangement. Good job lady! Vickie #64

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  40. Have you got any more coffee in the pot? I am seriously thirsty tonight. Congratulations to Owen and Jen and I bet that was a good party. Your material selections are just so pretty. The buddleias I am using are a special variety for patio use called Buddleia Buzz and I have three different colours. Two of them have been in since March and have remained small and bushy, and smothered with flowers and butterflies.I got the originals from Thompson and Morgan but the new ones came from a local garden centre. They will still need hard pruning in February/March. Have a great week. xx Maggie #20

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  41. Beautiful fabric to make a bag out of them love all those tags on it hugs Nikki 2

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