Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 12 October 2016



I feel as if I ought to apologise as I've shown you pretty much the same desk for the past three weeks! But there's been quite a bit to do as I want to send the things off to two different charities and want a goodly amount to put in each package.

It's a great pile of mess on my desk...felt, stuffing, embroidery floss, ribbons, bead box, finished items and an upturned orange plastic cup that I used as a circle template!

The pile is growing :-)

and a pudding is taking shape!

and the second type of bunting is finished - yay!  I also finished a crochet blanket and sent it off to Lilian B for something she's involved with, but forgot to take a photo before mailing it. Doh!  

But it hasn't been all nose-to-the-grindstone crafting. There have been some beautiful bright and cold sunny days here and on Sunday, Mr LLJ and I visited Mottisfont Abbey, a lovely NT property near Winchester. There was lots to see in the house but we concentrated on the gardens as the weather was so lovely....
I've decided that I'd rather like a Shepherd's Hut for my next garden - it was all lovely and snug inside, perfect for curling up with a book when you want to hide away....
A place for everything and everything in its place :-)  It was really atmospheric in there, I loved it.

The autumn colours haven't really got going yet but there were some beautiful things to stop and stare at:
The bark of this tree was like burnished copper, it was gleaming in the sunshine....

...and in the dark Winter garden, this tree almost pulsated with bright yellow...I spent ages standing underneath being surrounded by the amazing colour.

There were mermaid tresses undulating in the fast flowing chalk stream....

...and just a hint that the season is changing. We really did have a bit of a recharge of spirits there.

I may make something different for next week's desk but don't hold me to that as I'm really enjoying the felt/thread technology!!

Have a great week everyone xxxxx


  1. You are getting more crafting done than me! love the bunting and the little hearts. You know from my frequent trips to Kew how much I love photos of trees, these you've shared are stunners! Helen #?

  2. Happy WOYWW. Great photos. I would love a shepherd's hut or gypsy caravan in the garden - great for my Tarot readings and a quiet place to escape. Ali x #10

  3. Well that was a lovely first desk of the day Jan. If I had the time I'd step right out onto some autumn sunshine and going stomping over the moors
    Lynn xx 12

  4. You have been so busy. Lots of fabulous makes Jan.
    The Shepherd's hut is super and I love the photos of the trees.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Toni xx

  5. Hi Jan, Glad you have been so busy, as it's keeps you out of mischief;) Loving your various projects.

    That Shepherds Hut would make a good craft room.

    Beautiful photos of the NT place. You can't beat Mother Nature.

    Happy WOWW
    Sue #5

  6. Oh Jan that is one gorgeous desky stuff, looked down below too as wasn't here last week, the red and whites are really soo lovely stunners. saw the ornamental cherry bark like that when in Manchester in 2012, someone with us was botanically minded and knew what it was I certainly didn't know. I remember I also photographed it. Thanks for sharing your space .. lovely to visit. happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #14

  7. Where do where do I pack so much into your week. So much lovely sewing going on and what a fab place to visit....I just love the colours of autumn.
    Have a great week.
    Annie x #13

  8. Lovely pictures, and wouldn't that hut be a great craft space? Happy WOYWW, Vicky #9

  9. Hiya Jan, wow, that Shepherds Hut took me straight back to Terry Pratchett! Glorious colours of nature you got pictures of, they are just amazing. Love how the sewing is doing, very festive! Love and hugs to you all, Shaz xxxx

  10. Looks like you've got a busy production line going on, Jan, with those cute little ornaments and bunting. I do love the idea of a Shepherd's hut in the garden - I even looked it up on Ebay. The new ones are pretty pricey, but the second hand ones might be going for just a few hundred pounds. They remind me of those beach huts a little, on wheels! Enjoy your week! zsuzsa #22

  11. WOW! What a feast for the eyes in this post!! Lovely pix of your work area, wouldn't that little caravan make a great mobile craft room??

    Happy WOYWW


  12. Thanks for taking us along on your trip - looks like a wonderful day out! Your desk is looking very crafting. I love the puddings - so festive.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #30

  13. What a gorgeous blog post - I'm loving your photos of Mottisfont, you've captured the changing season beautifully. I also love your decorations - what gorgeous bunting, the fabrics work so perfectly together yet are all so different - very eye-catching.
    Have a fab week,
    Hugs, Diana xx

  14. I love your lovely Christmas makes but also your autumn display of color! Really nice! I am back now!
    Love and hugs

  15. Jan, I happen to like all that loveliness on your desk! Yummy projects! That hut was to die for and I agree, it would be a really cool snug for the garden for lets say......a craft room! LOL One can dream! :) Blessings, Felicia #35

  16. Beautiful Christmas decorations, and lovely pics from Mottisfont. Lovely colours in all of them.

  17. I love that felt and thread = technology! Your charity recipients will be so about getting a box of treasure.

  18. It doesn't matter if it's the same items we're seeing. we love the flurry of activity. The bunting turned out adorable!!! Love the hut too. Such a cute little spot to getaway to, but it wouldn't fit my craft supplies so it is not for me. Maybe I can get three (one each for hubs and the 2 kids - ha). Happy Wednesday! LisaDV #26

  19. Great photos Jan. Looks like you're well prepared with lots of lovely things for the craft fairs - I wish I was so well organised - the jigsaw took over last week - like you, once I start I just can't stop until it's finished.

  20. If that's what's on the desk then that how it goes! Your desk might be messy but it's clean messy unlike mine which is messy and covered in paint but I try. So love the hut which could be very useful in the garden. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 19

  21. Your photo's are breathtaking! I love this time of year, the colors are grand! That shepherds hut is so cool. I wonder how much craft stuff I could fit in it.
    Chris #24

  22. I absolutely LOVE the photos! I so miss the fall colors as we don't have them where I live. Great little hut! Hope you have a great week!
    Carol N #32

  23. Your desk is lovely! I made a bunch of felt ornaments one year and just found I'm too impatient to hand stitch everything. :) They are so pretty though! And the fact that you're making it all for charity is wonderful. I could do with a shepherd's hut in my yard too... somewhere to go to get away from all the animals and people living here for a few minutes. Have a great week! Heather #40

  24. what an awesome post! Loved the pictures of your desk and all the fun stuff you are doing! I went with Heather to Pennsic wars again this year and a lot of people are buying into these shepherds huts (called vardo's) for their camping when at war. It would be more comfortable then sleeping on the ground and a place to escape. Beautiful pictures of the garden! Thanks for visiting my desk earlier and leaving a comment. Have a great week! Vickie #2

  25. Your ornaments are so pretty! They remind me of all the felt ornaments my Mom used to make for our Christmas Tree when I was young. The bunting is so uber-cute! And you take amazing fall photos! A bit jealous... (Jen #16)

  26. Your box of Xmas stuff is stunning. Love how the felted projects look completed. Just gorgeous photos of your visit and how cute is the shepherd's hut. i want one with a lamb and a cosy fire... thank you for your lovely comments, truly if it wasn't for woyww I don't know if I would of ever persisted with painting. So glad I did and so pleased to share with the woyww community.
    sandra de @7

  27. Great post Jan - lovely autumn pics too. I have been away for my birthday so haven't blogged for a week or two. Must make an effort next week!! I miss all the crafty fun.xx

  28. Hi There Lovely
    Been away for a couple of days, owe you an email. When we travelled down to N Wales I did not see a lot of colour in the trees but then two days later on the way back we noticed a change. Fab colours you are showing us.
    Love the Shepherds Hut - once stayed in Worcester with a gang of girls (ladies really) and there was a Shepherds Hut there. Fabulous - yes, I could do with one in my garden - great for curling up in.
    Well done on all the Christmas things you have been making someone is going to be very lucky when they open those big bags full of goodness.
    Hugs for now
    Neet xx

  29. Glad you've had time to enjoy some great fall weather. Your pictures are great. Sorry my visit is so late.
    April #25