Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 9 August 2017



Blimey, it's been a crazy week - even more than normal. A short (ish) post today as I'm out, so replies to comments will be tardy. The good news is that Julia is coming back to Wales with me for a couple of days - WOOHOO! I feel a visit to the Ginhaus is in order :-D

The JanCave desk is pretty much the same - still using up fabric squares to make masterboards... and they were cut out by this mob:

The WI ladies! We had a great two hours with lots of chat, tea and cake (great banana loaf, Helen!) They enjoyed the cutting out session very much, finding it quite therapeutic as one lady said. We enjoyed it so much, there's a repeat session in late August!

And the downstairs desk looks like this - I'm sewing on beads whilst watching telly.

And the reason for the lack of crafting? I was away all weekend in North Wales, playing at the National Eisteddfod with the band.  I'd never been to one before, there was lots to see!

We stayed in Caernarfon, just around the corner from the castle:

and had to cross over the Menai straits to get to Anglesey - and we did have a stop at the village of LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGILLGOGERYCHWERNDROBWYLLLLANTISILIOGOGOGOCH !!

(ooh, spellcheck didn't like that one, lol!)

The Eisteddfod takes up a huge area - this was the outside performance stage...

We were so lucky with the weather!

King Arthur would have to be massive to draw this sword eh?!

My band Crwbin won the Second section contest with 189/190 marks and great comments from the adjudicator. There was a nice big cup to take home - this was filled with fizzy wine later in the evening for us all to have a drink :-D Hic..... Everyone was thrilled!

This is the final note, grabbed from the Welsh tv service - I'm standing at the back, second from right in the tubas!  What an experience, it was amazing - happy days :-D

Have fun this week, I suspect there may be a few pics of Julia and I in next week's post, lol!!


  1. congratulations, what a buzz! and such gorgeous blue skies, wonderful scenery too. Happy WOYWW! Helen #??

  2. Have a great time with Julia! As I said in my comment to her, I'm not envious at all...
    Happy WOYWW :)
    Claire no. 2

  3. Congratulations on the win, how wonderful. Your lyrics have me singing again, "Gwlad, gwlad....." Oh the Eisteddford remember those from school, sigh - days gone by for me. BJ#9

  4. The WI ladies certainly looked like they were having a fun time.
    Congrats to you and the band - how wonderful to achieve such a super score. Great photos of the event and you were really lucky with the weather.
    Have a super time with Julia.
    Toni xx

  5. Brilliant fun filled week Jan and more to come with lovely Julia.
    Enjoy yourselves you two
    Lynn xxx 14

  6. Great photos Jan, I hope you and Julia have a great time together Lyns #18 xx

  7. I just knew it... gin...the glue of any good the image of ladies at the desk doing stuff together...much love dxxx #19

  8. Well done in the band competition! North Wales is lovely - we spent a number of very enjoyable summer holidays there when the children were small.
    Bernice #16

  9. One think spelling Llanfair etc etc but another saying it. Glad you enjoyed the Eisteddfod remembering going when I was a child. Enjoy your time with Julia looking forward to hearing what you got up to next week. Anickoana #12

  10. Hi. I'm just grabbing a quick coffee in between sewing jobs and am catching up on some of my fav blogs. I've already finished the wedding dress this morning then removed the zips from two shirt pockets and shortened the sleeves on 5 men's's my busiest week for a while so mustn't complain.
    Oh what a lovely week you've had there gal and what a wonderful one the next one will be too. Hope you both have a really lovely time together.
    Annie x #10

  11. Jan, Well done on the win.

    Always nicer to craft with others.

    Hope the weather is nice for when Julia is with you.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #20

  12. Hiya Jan, saw the Eisteddfod win on FB, well done. How amazing to be a part of that. Left a comment with Julia to have a gin or two for me, lol. Haven't been to Caernarfon for many years. Spell check doesn't like that either. Welsh must drive it crazy, lol. Lots of love & hugs, Shaz #4 Xxxxxxx

  13. Well done with the Eisteddfod win! I'll come round and cut out stuff for you any time for cake lol. I even have my own Wilkinson Sword left handed scissors; just let me know when! I'm sure you and Julia will have a great time and look forward to hearing about it from you both next week. Sarah #25

  14. Wow, massive congratulations on the win and how wonderful that the weather stayed nice for you. Have gone to uni in Bangor, I can safely state that that's pretty rare! I know that you and Julia will have a wonderful time, looking forward to hearing of your antics x

  15. Oh I wish I could come over and craft with you ladies! Looks like such fun! And the weather looked gorgeous, glad to see you had a good time :) Have fun with Julia and looking forward to the post next week :)
    Have an awesome week! xo Cheetarah WOYWW #26

  16. Me Too I'll cut out anything and any amount for cake.... Big congrats on the win... I cant wait to hear of the fun yourself and Julia will get up to... Enjoy x May #17

  17. LOL - I had to look that up just to see how people pronounce it: The WI ladies are really engrossed in what they're doing - or maybe they were just camera shy? Congrats on the big win! 189/190 wow! that's near perfect! Enjoy your time with Julia - hope to see some photos too! zsuzsa #23

  18. Congratulations on winning!
    Unlike our intrepid Zsuzsa, I am shying away from trying to pronounce anything that lengthy today. I have a few Welsh roots on both sides of the family, and am proud of it. I really dig that crazy sword! So cleverly done.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Rose of Rose's Art Garden #8

  19. Wow, I didn't realise you got so many points - well done Crwbin! I've not done any crafting this week so haven't posted. have a good week; take care, love Lynne xxx

  20. Congratulations! Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Crwbin! I would love to know how to pronounce the name of the little village with the incredibly long unpronounceable name! What do the locals call it? How nice that all those ladies did all that cutting - your Christmas crafts will be full speed ahead! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #30

  21. I'm sitting opposite you at the table! I🤗 Great!!! Will verbalise my comment.....

    1. Well, there was no need to put it that way......!!! 😉

  22. Ha ha - I can just imagine the fun and laughter you two are enjoying! xx

  23. Congratulations on your win! I'm just doing a quick tour of everyone's workdesk. Yours certainly looks very productive with your WI ladies! Thanks for sharing Heather #27

  24. Happy WOYWw - only just! Hope that you and Jan save some gin for me when you go to Llandeilo! I must get Rich to take me back there soon, as we didn't have time to visit the Ginhaus when we were there in April. There is a new exhibition at the art gallery too. Well done for getting such an amazing result at the Eisteddfod. I would like to go to one when it comes closer to Pembrokeshire. We have our county show next week, and our local village show on Saturday. Hoping to enter some of the cookery/craft classes at both - it might have to be a machine-made loaf of bread (yes, they actually have classes for breadmakers!). Not sure where the time goes? I think I have less hours in a day than most people. Ali x #32

  25. Happy WOYWW TFS xx Jan (34)

  26. Oh Jan, the Eisteddfod was on Anglesey - wish I had known. As long as it didn't interfere with Amsterdam I would have come down. Had there not been a trip to Amsterdam booked I would have come anyway. We love Anglesey. Spent many happy hours in our caravan at Treaddur and now I miss it so much. Too expensive these days!
    Anyhow, congrats on your success - and on your TV showing.
    Good to see you interacting so much with all the people down there - you have made so many friends in such a short time and I love the blue of the felt hearts.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  27. Hi Jan, what a great post and a brilliant week for you too. All those lovely crafty friends too, brilliant. Happy woyww, Angela x13x

  28. Forgot to say Jan - "me too" - I am a proper home bird and whilst going away sounds wonderful I enjoy the planning but then when I get away I am always ready to come home.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  29. Hi Jan, philistine that I am, I had to look up a translation of the lyrics you quote today! Congratulations to you and your fellow band members! I'm not surprised you are so delighted - it's quite an accomplishment. And now you're a TV star too! The photos are beautiful and remind of how much we love Wales. Seems like you are setting in so well and making so many lovely new friends and equally lovely to have your 'old' friend visiting this week. Hope the weather keeps good for you both. Hugs, Elizabeth x #33

  30. Hi Jan, sounds like you're settling in so well, and squeezing a LOT into your week!! Ginhaus sounds like my kind of haus :o) Love those little blue hearts, very pretty. Annie C #21

  31. Awesome post! I always enjoy your photos! Congrats on the win. So great. Have a great week! Dorlene #29

  32. Gorgeous Welsh photos, Jan. You sound as busy as ever! Thank you for your comment - yes, our kittens are adorable and so full of character, and take up a LOT of my time at the moment! I am spending as much time with them as possible. There's a video of swinging in the basket too!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #22

  33. Hi! Thank you for visiting me last week on WOYWW.
    I´m very late this time o this week I start visiting
    you before I make my own post for this week.

    We had very sunny weather here and I love it so I just
    had to be outdoors instead of in front of my computer.

    That is the longest name of a village i´ve ever heard! :-o
    I know, like most people do I think, that Wales is famous for
    the strange name of villages. Beautiful place it is as well.

    I like your little gathering together with other crafters.
    Looks fun! :-)

    Have a fun WOYWW!

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