Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

WOYWW 383

I'LL SEW ON MY SHADOW ONE STITCH AT A TIME

There's been quite a lot of stitchery going on this week, in between the house hunting and celebrating the imminent early retirement of Mr LLJ!

Last Saturday was grim weather wise and so I felt no guilt whatsoever in spending most of the day playing nicely.  I'd seen some ideas on Pinterest for felt Christmas decorations and thought I'd have a go. Now I haven't done any embroidery or cross stitch for a VERY long time but do you know what? I have really enjoyed it!  I sort of winged the snowflake being good at eyeballing symmetrical patterns. Last time Shaz and Doug came to stay, they passed on some yarn and bead stash - so I dug a few little pearls out and:

...this was the result! Some of you saw this on FB but I'm sneaking it in today :-D

And here's the start of some different colourways with a nascent Christmas pud top right! That's going to have some holly leaves and red button berries by the time I've finished with it.  The grey seems a bit sombre at the moment but hopefully it'll look better by the time I've blinged it up and blanket stitched it. All these will end up in a charity parcel :-)

And finally, I bought another 20cms of Christmas wreath fabric to go with the spotty blue from my stash to make another couple of sets of bunting (I was trying to match the colours of the snowmen's scarves - it's as near as I could get!)

Hope you all have a great week!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

35 comments:

  1. Wow your moving along quickly making all those decorations :)
    Happy WOYWW hugs Nikki

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  2. I love the look at those felt decorations.Yours look really good. makes me want to find my floss and make some too! Stitching can be quite soothing can't it?
    Judy #5

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  3. Those felt decorations are just stunning and I love the grey.... simplicity cannot be surpassed.
    Sandra de @12

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  4. I love those decorations, the hearts are gorgeous.. bet you're not stuck indoors sewing this week! it's beautiful (am off to London for the day later - better start getting ready actually!) Helen #2

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  5. Hi Jan, Loving your Christmas felt decorations and your bunting.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #13

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  6. I really love your felt decorations....I've pinned several ideas on my Pinterest....but they will have to take a back seat while I'm bear making this week 😄
    Have a fab week.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #11

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  7. Hiya Jan, pretty close match with the fabric I reckon. Great news about the retirement! Love that ribbon pack, especially the dark red spotty- my favourite. Lots of love & hugs, Shaz xxxxxxx

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  8. Lovely decorations Jan and I really like the grey ones, they have a Scandinavian feel, and of course who can resist a Christmas pud? I know I can't!! I hope the house hunting has been going well.
    Looking forward to seeing you and Julia sometime soon
    Hugs, Diana xxx

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  9. HAPPY WOYWDW

    Loving the colours you are working with,

    Lilian B #15

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  10. Fabulous makes Jan - I'm loving the grey snowflake hearts as I think they will match in with so many colour schemes. The bunting is beautiful.
    Toni xx

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  11. Wow you've given me an idea as I am sure I have some felt in a cupboard somewhere. Remember it being one of my purchases before I moved out to Spain, all Christmassy colours, off to look right now. This will make a change from crocheting. Have a good week.

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  12. Delightful little projects, Jan! They put me right in the holiday spirit! Mr InkyDinky is also thinking about early retirement AND we are house hunting, so we have a couple of things in common! Hope it all goes well! Enjoy your week! zsuzsa #22

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  13. Love the snowmen fabric! And the snowflake on grey looks really sophisticated!
    Good luck with the house hunting. Do let us know if you are going to be on Escape to the Country, one of my favourite shows.
    RosA # 25

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  14. Loving seeing all your Scandi style decorations. Grey and white is very on trend right now, it seems. Good luck with the house hunting. Hope you find "the one" soon x

    Fiona #9

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  15. My Jan, you have been busy. You put me to shame. Love all that you have done, the red looks very festive but for some reason I am really drawn to the grey. Maybe it is because I tend to be drawn to silver grey in the clothes department too.
    Good luck with the house hunting and the planned retirement.
    Hugs, Neet 6 xx

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  16. OMG! You're putting me to shame!
    What superb items you are making for the parcel, love the little birds.
    Take care
    Christine
    Bishopsmate #18

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  17. Oooooh glad to see you went with the red and white hearts with embroidered snowflakes, they really are effective aren't they. I did one in a craft club I went to with Helen (H) a few years back before it closed. Can't believe you have been on so productive though, certainly puts me to shame. I'm not doing so well at the moment so I have tasked myself to sit and comment on all the WOYWW blogs as I can't seem to focus on anything else these days with all of life's upsets. BJ #37

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  18. Gorgeous sewing and stash as ever! You get a mention on my blog this week ;-) a bit of a blast from the past and I can't believe where the time has gone!

    Hope you're keeping well.

    Morti #19

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  19. Your ornaments are just adorable!! And I like those fabrics for your buntings! Hope you find the perfect house soon! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #32

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  20. You totally make me want to break out the embroidery thread and felt and make some ornaments too. I think your ornaments are lovely. And, the gray felt is likely very on trend for those who have a neutral-theme. Keep up with your playing, I think it looks great!
    Hope #36

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  21. Hello Jan. Oh looking at your post I want to so start making Christmas stuff....I adore your felt ornaments and I am in love with the snowman fabric. I love snowmen as I have to many to count and the one that sits on my desk all year around that my girls had gotten me years back. How fun it is having friends come for a visit and such a bonus to bring goodies for you to play with. Have a fantastic day and thanks for visiting me earlier. Hugs always ~Anne L#8

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  22. Love all the Christmas stuff going on here. I am nowhere near getting my head round Christmas in a few months...HELP! #41

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  23. WOW Jan you have been busy! Lots of Christmas stuff going on! I am still fall and Halloweening it. I will start Christmas next month. I decided this year I will start putting my tree and decorations up a big earlier cause I didn't have it all done by Christmas this past year! Thanks for visiting my desk earlier and leaving a great comment. Vickie #1
    My shots went okay…hardly felt them except when he injected the medicine down the right side of my spine…OMG! Right leg lit up like a firecracker…Hasn't worked yet but hoping it is a cumulative thing like he said.

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  24. Gorgeous colours!So far I have made four Christmas cards - I had better get a move on - I will almost certainly be making cards at the crop! Chrisx 28

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  25. Oh but I hadn't seen the grey when I said how great the red was.....
    VEry glad to hear you report that you played nicely, so much easier for those of us to imagine....!

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  26. Love your felt makes, Jan. The embroidery is beautiful and I think the grey will be fab too. The little bird is super cute. I'm envious of the way you can whip up bunting ... it takes me forever just to cut out the fabric :( Sounds like Mr LLJ is retiring at just the right time - he'll have plenty to do house hunting. Hope you find your forever home soon. Hope you have a great week. Hugs, elizabeth x #45

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  27. Tell Mr LLJ Happy Retirement! I hope he enjoys it. The embroidery is beautiful. Your work is always so colourful.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #46

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  28. Lots going on again and they all look gorgeous. Hope you find the house you want and soon. Have a lovely woyww and a happy crafty week, Angela x 14

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  29. Very nice holiday projects going on. It's amazing how quickly they are approaching. Happy retirement to Mr. LLJ. Dorlene #42

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  30. Ohhh love these, Jan, you are clever. The Scandi look is gorgeous. Hope the house hunting is not too stressful and I bet you can't wait for Mr LLJ's retirement, you lucky people. Sorry to have been so absent. Full time packing boxes going on here, I'm never at home!!!!
    Lisa xx

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  31. Well I wished you lived next door and I'd run to Michaels and pick you up a tube of red beads!! But the pearls look gorgeous on that embroidery. You go girl! You are doing terrific at the embroidery. I just love embroidering on felt, it really is one of my favorite things. When I get this house done, I'm going to get back to embroidering. I just knew when I got so close to finishing the dollhouse I'd get obsessed with finishing it and throw everything else to the wind! Mr. LLJ must be excited about retirement. You guys are really making some changes! Very refreshing for the spirit. I think you've been more creative than ever lately, if that's possible. Hugs! Sandy Leigh

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  32. Happy Belated WOYWW. Those felt decorations are just glorious. Every year I say I am going to make some felt donkeys - even have all the stash for them - but never find the energy. I make no promises now. My donkey friends (friends with donkeys!) will have a nice surprise one day! Ali x #26

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  33. The felt ornaments are very cute. The charity event will be so glad to get them. Your bunting will be adorable. I'm still drooling over last weeks. Thanks for visiting me earlier. Hugs, LisaDV #34

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  34. Thank you so much Jan, i will let you know when i receive it,

    Lilian

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  35. Jan just to say that I have received the lovely blanket this morning it is lovely and i know the chapel will love it. Thank you again.

    Lilian

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