Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

WOYWW 392

MARY DID YOU KNOW?
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It's December, so my favourite carols and Christmas music will feature! This one from Voctave is a recent discovery, but oh my, I do love it. The top soprano is amazing.

So, the desk....
Snowman fabric is being cut up for a couple more dog bandanas, it's going to be teamed with that stripey one. A bright and breezy combo!

There they are, for someone to give out to doggy friends :-D  I do like making these!

And these are the ingredients for my next project for a little something for myself, but I haven't got any further than this!  Watch this space...but some bunting and writing my Christmas cards may have to take precedence.

The Christmassy feeling started last week for me, not only playing with band but this too:
A little room in the primary school where I used to work which my friend asked me to turn into a grotto for their fair...blimey, I spent some hours in here with kids when I was a TA!  Anyway, the first thing was to cover up all the cupboards, resources and general detritus. Luckily I have enough white sheets which get reused for this sort of thing!

And of course you have to change the whiteboard into a festive window - that fabric you gave me from your Mum's worked a treat as some curtains Julia!  I added a window frame and Star of Bethlehem after I took this.

And I made a string of bunting to hang up but also cheated like crazy. The door was easy to cover with a roll of backing paper, staple gun and white sparkly tinsel but the stocking was bought from The Range for £1 - you couldn't make it for that!  It was about 18" tall as well. I couldn't really take an overview of the room, it's too small but apparently the children enjoyed seeing Father Christmas the following night!

Ok, must crack on with my cards if I'm to beat the last overseas posting date. Have a great week everyone!

21 comments:

  1. once a TA, always a TA it seems... love that they know who to turn to for a grotto!! Good luck with your cards.. I think I've just about finished, last handful required, then the dreaded writing them out! Helen#??

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  2. I bet that school was sad on your last day Jan...I'm sure you made a brilliant TA. How lovely you still go back at times like that. Love what you did for them....as I'm sure the kids did too.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #12
    Ps live the music. X

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  3. Looks like you have had another busy week. I look forward to seeing what it is that you are making for YOU.
    Toni xx

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  4. I think you could turn any dreary space into a promising work of art. You would of been a great TA. Have a lovely time making your fun project.
    sandra de @9

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  5. You just reminded me about my "abroad" Christmas cards - must get them written and sent. Now where did I put my annual letter?
    You never cease to amaze me with your Santa Grotto - how on earth you transformed that tiny room into such a "Wonderland" I do not know - it looks fabulous! The school will miss you when you move to Wales.
    Take care
    Warm fuzzy hugs
    Neet 2 xx

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  6. Hiya Jan, great job there. I'm sure the kiddies loved it. You have reminded me I need to get my overseas cards posted this week, that means I need to sit & write them later, lol.You have probably read the edit, not exactly a happy bunny, but still. Love & hugs to you both, Shaz xxxxx

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  7. Beautiful presentation of the bandanas! I could imagine them at John Lewis! It must have been fun turning an office into a grotto and I don't blame you for taking shortcuts! Not everything has to be handmade - especially when it's cheaper to buy it ready made. Lovely music! I like Pentatonix who make similar type of music. Thanks for visiting earlier, Jan! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #17

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  8. Love all your Christmassy stuff but the song choice today is EPIC considering my week. I've resorted to bought cards this year with added sparkle as I had a much more pressing experience this week..... BJ#20

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  9. Love the Christmas grotto such a transformation. I love your dog bandanas. They are wonderful. My daughter's dog doesn't mind wearing them. They are cheery and don't look silly.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K 21

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  10. Hi Jan, I love the Christmas fabric and those bandanas are fab and I know they have been very popular with the Greyhound owners.

    Bet the kids loved the room.

    Intrigued as to what you are going to make for yourself.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #23

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  11. I love how you have packaged your bandanas - who can resist? Your decorating for the grotto is lovely, hopefully we can see the whole thing next time! Thanks for sharing Lindart #26

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  12. Hey Jan! I hope you like the Trans Siberian Orchestra - it's not traditional Christmas, more like Rock Opera? But I love it, being the Rocker that I am!

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  13. Great fabric stash! Doggie bandannas are adorable my Great Days get holiday bow ties! Thanks for the visit!
    Angie

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  14. Hi Jan. Good TA's are worth their weight in gold! I had some brilliant , will say no more about others! :-) Bet the grotto looked brilliant! Love the bandanas! Really enjoyed listening to Mary do you know Anne x @16

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  15. Mmmmmm, gotta love a leg size stocking for a quid! perfect hob, so glad the grotto came together so well...the curtains look great!

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  16. WOW you have been so busy that school is so lucky to have you Jan. :)
    I love that all the bandana's have special wrappers for them too. that makes them look so even more special I guess. Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #25

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  17. Gorgeous fabrics Jan. I can understand you liking the dog bandanas as they must be fairly quick to make and I bet they look great on. Thanks for the visit to mine, will try and find time to use the nail varnish so you can see what I do with it, so many people have asked. Have a great woyww what's left of it and happy crafty week,
    Angela x 14 xXx

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  18. Jan, you did a lovely job on the room. Love your snowman fabric, too. I look forward to seeing what you are making for yourself. ;) thank you for coming by already. #24

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  19. You did a grand job of that grotto. I bet the children loved it. Your bandannas look so professional all wrapped up like that. I've fixed my laptop so joining in a day late!

    Fiona #32

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  20. The fabric looks fun, I like the bright colors and fun designs. And the decoration of the room, wowzah! You are very talented in magic ;) Love from Holland, Marit #19

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  21. So, once again I visit your blog and don't leave a comment, so come back a second time thinking - I'm sure I've been here before and read this! LOL. Try again then!

    Love the stocking from The Range! I'm also on a posting dash - just been to the PO and stung for £17 postage for 8 overseas cards and a dozen second class stamps. Grrrr...

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