Thanks for all the sympathetic comments about HarrytheCat last week, it's still weird without him but you all helped xxx

I'm showing a pic from a couple of days ago - I was determined to get my money's worth out of that jelly roll and wanted to make something out of the last few leftovers. Add a zip and a bit of gingham ribbon and what do you get?

A little zippy bag, that's what! This is the prize for my giveaway this week (as a thank you for just being there). If you'd like to win it, just mention it in your comment. The winner shall be revealed next week :-D  I'm happy to post overseas if any non-UK gals would like to join in!

My desk yesterday.....
I've been in a fabric stash using-up frame of mind recently but saw these on sale last week, the spot came from Dunelm (£5 per metre) and the pink gingham from Laura Ashley (£8 per metre) As they're furnishing fabrics, they are really wide and I can cut out loads of things from them. More tote bags for my projects:

Good combo huh? The sturdy fabric makes a good strong bag. You'll no doubt see a lot of this over the next few weeks while I use it all up :-D

And the reason for this week's lyric?

G and I escaped on a road trip last week and went to an NT garden and walk in Pembrokeshire. We'd walked all the way down a valley to the seaside and came upon someone's impromptu artwork. It made us smile!

I could live with this picture on the wall! Very Zen, doncha think?!

I see that Julia is having a high old time in the US, she's been threatening to bring me back all sorts of 'lovely' souvenirs....hmmmm.

Have a great week :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Helen said...

I love your zippy bag and would love to be included for the giveaway! the beach artwork is fab - yes, very zen.. My dad loved to build piles of stones when we were on the beach.. gorgeous fabrics too! Helen #8

misteejay said...

Now who wouldn't want the chance of winning that super zippy bag - it is fabulous. Please count me in. Beautiful fabrics Jan and aren't you good at using them so quickly after purchase - I'd want to 'stroke' them for a while before actually cutting into them LOL. Those stones would make a super picture. Have a lovely week and enjoy the sunshine whilst we have it. Toni xx

Lynn Holland said...

Oh my goodness the colours in that zippy bag are so like my swishy skirt. It's gorgeous.
That was a real feel good read Jan. I'm glad you've had a good week
Lynn xx 12

craftyani said...

Always feel quite jealous of your beautiful fabrics. Think it must be the bag season I have seen lots of canvas, knitted and even crochet ones recently. Would love to be included in your giveaway Jan. Have a good week in the sunshine. Anickoana (Crafyani) Haven't done my post yet so cant give a number!

Neet said...

Love your new spotty fabric and it looks so good with the gingham. Used to love gingham when I was younger - remember a dress I had (Black gingham) with big frill around the bottom. Sounds awful now but I loved it. Also had red and white gingham at my kitchen window when first married - thought that was lovely too. Gosh I am wittering.
Lovely bags you are making. Must find that fabric I wanted you to make me a bag with - will look in fabric box and send it if that is ok as you now are back in sewing mode after the move.
Love your zen! Agree about a picture - perfect for my new bathroom.
Hugs, Neet 3 xx (have a good week)

Annie said...

Really love your little zippy bag and the colour combos in the big bags are gorgeous. What a lot of fab makes this week.
Annie x #16

Anne said...

Both bags are fab. Love the picture as well. I would definitely put it on a wall. Anne x #17

lisa said...

You always find such lovely fabrics, Jan. I wish we had such treasures nearby. I would definitely be more inspired with my sewing machine. Love your spotty bag. Mine gets many appreciative comments when I'm out. It goes everywhere with us so you are always there in spirit. I would love your zippy bag, perfect for the hols!
Love the stone towers...oh to be beside the sea...one day!!
Have a gorgeous week
Hugs Lisax #21

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Loving the zippy bag.

The other bag is so pretty.

Love the stones on the beach.

Hope when the time is right you can give another cat a loving home.

Don't know if it is just me, but Julia's blog isn't showing as updated for the WOYWW. I clicked on it and found the WOYWW post.

Sue #15

Twiglet said...

That little zippy purse is fab Jan - you certainly have the knack with your jelly rolls! The pebble pic is brilliant and I could see it as a big poster pic too. Have a great week in the Welsh sunshine. xx Jo

Diana Taylor said...

What a lovely little zippy bag, gorgeous hot colours - you are such a talented lady - I often get remarks from strangers about how lovely my birdy/nature bag is whenever I take it out, I think it's more likely I'll get mugged for the bag than for my purse! Your dotty tote is fabulous and I love the touch of gingham - I've never noticed fabric in Dunelm - definitely something to look out for next time I'm in there!
The stone photos are beautiful and yes I could definitely live with that photo on my wall - what a lovely uplifting sight to come across on your walk. Keep enjoying your beautiful Welsh scenery, and hope you have a good week,
Diana xx

BJ said...

Adore the zippy bag and the pink and blue tote is gorgeous too. Love the standing stone piles on the beach I wonder how long they will last? Thanks for the visit BJ#5

BJ said...

Oops meant to say I like how you have added fabric on the ends of the zip for the bag, makes inserting it easier n'est pas? BJ#5

Sarah Brennan said...

First, belated hugs on the loss of Harry. I can still remember getting the call from my sister when our Mizzy died aged 16 and I was married and had been away from home for over 8 years at the time. That zip bag is gorgeous, I especially love the bright orange at the top. I'd love to be considered if possible. It's most kind. Those photos of the pebbles would make great wall art, a lucky find on the beach. Sarah #28

Shaz Brooks said...

Hiya,Jan, I was laughing when Doug told me about the Glitter Incident yesterday, and made me smile to see he'd commented on it here.Your stone pictures reminded me of a time we went to St Nectans Glen, near Tintagel. It is a reasonable walk to the glen, alongside a stream, and there were loads of those stone piles people had made all along the bank. You are right, would make a great canvas picture. Love & Hugs to you both, Shaz XxX

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Mm ditto on the great image, very zen indeed (wotever that is in reality ;-)
Lovely tote and bright and cheery zipper baggie economical creations... , very Scottish, (and right up my alley) too Lunch Lady Jan, the furnishing fabrics are a double bargain, ie wider and sturdier, they make great peg bags too, I'm a great user of peg bags and have made some in past though must admit picked current one up at craft fair.
Shoshi lost her two moggies in three weeks of each other, in the last month too, pussies do hold a big place in our hearts.
Thanks for sharing your space!
Shaz in Oz.x 24

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

My yes please to kind gift sounded a big vague in re-reading again so clarifying here! Yesss please, ma'am, very kind, am sure it will be loved by someone.

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love all your colourful fabric projects Jan. I am sorry your dear old Harry has passed away. Losing our pets leaves a huge hole doesn't it?

Jan Ltc said...

Great WOYWW. Thanks for sharing xx Jan 31.

Kim said...

First, I'm so sorry to hear about Harry. Their passing does make you realize just how much a part of the family they are. Love all your fabric combos and totes, and yes, I could definitely see that photo framed. Do it!

Carol Norby said...

Love both your bags! The little one on the give-away is SO very cheerful! Anyone would love that (me included but I'm in the US). And the rock art, how cool and those rocks had to be very heavy to pile like that! Thanks for the visit and hope you have a fab week! Carol N #29

glitterandglue said...

Hi Jan. No post from me this week as I'm away to daughter number 2 and family tomorrow morning, but am having a sneak peak around... Lovely bags. That blue one is gorgeous - and as for the jelly roll fabric... you certainly make the most of everything you buy. I would be thrilled to be added into the contest for it - it's lovely. I like the little piles of stones - wouldn't know about Zen - just like it because that is what you do when passing a beach full of stones - pile 'em up..
Take care girl. God bless.

hazel c UK said...

I have only just found your blog and love the band if it.

How kind to giveaway that lovely zippy pouch I would love to be in the draw to win it.

Sorry to read about Harry our pets give us do much happiness and comfort.

Your material is lovely I wish I had Dunelm near me. Going to the quilt show on Friday at Sandown park so hope I find some reasonable fabric.
Keep cool,
Hazel c uk

Dorlene Durham said...

You have a great eye for matching materials. Both of your bags are beautiful! I would love to be in the giveaway for the small bag. I missed your post last week and I'm sorry to hear about your cat Harry. It's so hard to lose a pet, I'm sure you miss him. Dorlene #38

Carmen said...

I'm so sorry to read about your cat. I hope you are bearing up.

The bags are lovely as always, love that spotty fabric against the blue.Thanks you for your lovely words about my prints. The original was a lino cut that was my final piece for the Access course last year and I was trying to pull another image to donate to a charity raffle. Oh my god did it not want to play! Got there in the end though.

It's great to be back, am loving blogging again, I think the break did me good and my English GCSE has made me rediscover my love of writing (or waffling)

Carmen #32 x x x

Cara said...

Fabulous sewing as ever. Love the spotty gingham combo, looks fab and a bargain too. Hope you are staying cool x

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous bags as always, Jan, and great choice of fabrics. I love the photos of the stacked stones too. We are in the same boat, grieving over our lost kitty babies, aren't we. I can't believe we've been kitty-less for a whole week now. Still looking, and something will turn up eventually. I hope Ron is starting to adjust now without Harry. Poor little Beatrice just wasn't strong enough to deal with a bereavement. We miss them both soooo much. Thank you for your sweet comment.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #26

Diane Futrell said...

I'd love to be entered in your give away. It's adorable.
So sorry to hear about your cat. Pets are furry members of your family.

Love that tote. Cute colors!!!

Have a great day!
Diane F #27

May said...

You will miss wee Harry fur face for a wee while my daughter's cat Tommy died two weeks ago and this week she bought him cat food bless her just so used to him being there and buying his food.. Love your beautiful make up bag ... would love to be entered for a chance to give it a good home... and that Fabric for your tote bags is Gorgeous the colours are perfect together... Have a happy week ahead.... May #21

Lm Collis said...

I love both your bags, you have such a good eye for colour..
Would Ron accept another cat?
Your beach stones are so Andy Goldsworthy aren't they?
Have a good week, love Lynne #20

Lindart said...

I guess I forgot to explain the basil leaves! It was for my workshop - we were supposed to "infuse nature" into our page by rubbing leaves (I chose basil from the garden) or flowers on the page, then putting it our paint water. We had to do all kinds of crazy things! But it was fun! You have been very busy with your sewing! I love those patchwork bag, especially the "zippy little bag", wink wink! I'm you glad you came across those stones, and someone before you hadn't knocked them all over. Yes, very zen photo! Thanks for visiting mine! Lindart #41

505whimsygirl said...

Hello LLJ,

Um, yes please. Add my name for the prize! Actually, anything made by you is a prize!!!! Love the fabrics of the jelly roll and the new fabrics are GREAT!

I love the stone garden you found. They are very zen looking; would love to have one in my yard. Oh, and I imagine Julia might need an extra suitcase to bring back from the states??

Hugs, Kay (2)

Annie Claxton said...

aaaah there was a beach in Cornwall we used to visit years ago where you would often find piles of stones like that, I love them.
Dribbling over that gorgeous combo of furnishing fabrics you've put together and yes pleeeeeeeeeze put my name in the hat to win the gorgeous bag :o)
No time to paly again this week, but popped in for a quick snout around anyway - hopefully catch up with everyone next week! Annie C xxx

Angela Radford said...

Brilliant beach sculptures. I love your bags, great fabrics, you can definitely add my name to your giveaway list. Called in the Women's Institute tent today, got a few photos for Friday. Some lovely work going on there. Happy woyww, Angela x22x

AliWade said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. Yes, of course, add me to the list of people desperate to win something made by you! Loving all of the fabrics. I bet you love Dunelm?! Haven't been there for ages, but even hubby likes to look at all the fabrics. My golf addiction has taken over at the moment. Going out for my group lesson this evening - 3rd time I have swung the clubs this week. Must take advantage of the weather whilst it is here. Ali x #30

SusanLotus said...

Awesome zip bag! I enter my ame in your lottery hat.

Beautiful environment you photografed.
And I´m very sorry to read about your loss.
Your fur baby surely stays on your side for a time...

Have a nice week!
sussie nr 41

Stacy Sheldon said...

I am so very sorry about Harry Jan (( Hugs ))
Ooh I love the stacked stones yep, you could frame that shot easily :) That is so smart your bag, it always amazes me how many of these things you do so well. ~Stacy #37

Cheetarah said...

That is such a beautiful sewn bag and zippered pouch. And such a sweet gift to be giving away, thanks for your generosity! And those stones definitely look very zen! Thanks for stopping by my desk already and have a wonderful rest of the week! WOYWW xo Cheetarah #36

Lesley UK said...

I'm so sorry your little friend has left you, but I know you will meet again. It seems a bit inappropriate to ask to take part in your giveaway, but I would love to win your stunning bag and pouch. Peace and Blessings. technoturt@yahoo.com

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Thanks so much for visiting Jan - I lost my internet connection mid-day Wed and was unable to visit anyone! I was so frustrated! But hey-ho, it's back! LOVE all your fabric makes! They're always so cheerful and friendly and put a smile on my face. If it's not too late, I'd love to enter your giveaway. I could store all sorts of stuff in that adorable zippy bag! ;) Loving your photos of the stones - I wonder if the person who left them behind would recognise them and claim copyright LOL! Your photos are fantastic and I could definitely see them printed on a canvas! Something to try next time we're near a rocky beach! Enjoy the cooler temperatures - so much better, isn't it? xx

Andrea said...

sorry jan been out of action all week . i love those spotty totes whata very pretty fabric .you are always so creative and busy how do you manage it! ...as for the jelly roll bag with the left overs your so creative ....wow love the colours too....very bright and cheerful .I hope you had a great week.I am not posting tommorrow have a long day at work again...crafty hugs andrea #11

Jan Ltc said...

What a great desk. TFS Happy WOYWW xx Jan (31)


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