Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 11 October 2017



It has been another crazy week - five band rehearsals, a contest, catching up with a long lost cousin, stuffing Ferrero Rochers into knitted Christmas puddings etc etc. (more later) I wish this week coming up would be quieter but it's not.

The girls at Knit Stitch and B*tch asked me to make some more felt Christmas decorations so that's what I've been doing when there's been a spare five minutes here and there. I stopped at Hobbycraft in Swansea last Friday because I was running out of lace trims, white embroidery floss and ribbons.

Festive colours!

A close up of my new stash - I'll enjoy using these, especially the tartan, I'm really into it at the minute: it must be the after effects of meeting Elizabeth at the Crop :-D

I met up with the Knit Stitch and B*tch mob last Thursday in a local cafe where there was a mass stuffing going on, lol!! The girls have knitted about 400 mini Christmas puddings and attached a loop to hang them - there's just enough room inside in which to stuff a single Ferrero Rocher choccy. These will then be sold at a stall in the local hospital in December - all profits are going to the Breast Care unit and another women's ward. I've made felt decorations, doggy bandannas, mini stockings for the cause. 

Here's a piccy of the girls...

A happy bunch - they're great fun!

...and the stuffed puddings!! Local businesses have donated all the chocs and the yarn was from everyone's stashes, so it's all profit! We sold £42's worth whilst in the cafe. They'll have to knit some more now :-D

One evening G and I walked down the harbour, it was a beautiful evening and we just fancied stretching our legs:

I do love living by the sea again!

Have a great week everyone xxxxx


  1. Those stuffed puddings look fantastic, and what a great thing to do. The sunset is spectacular. Helen #?

  2. That’s a serious amount of Christmas puddings you’ve all knitted...well done girls.
    I’m visiting you from sunny Rhodes today...just couldn’t miss seeing what you’re up to πŸ˜€
    Big hugs,
    Annie x

  3. Hello Jan. What a wonderful collection of Christmas goodies there are on your post today!! love them all.
    It was so lovely to meet you and chat at The Crop. Sorry I had to miss last week's WOYWW - we were still in Wales and no internet! Had a super week though and I wish I could live by the sea! Anne x 4

  4. Hi Jan, Loving the Christmas fabric and ribbons. Those little Christmas puds are fab. Well done for raising that much already.

    Lovely photo of your evening walk to the harbour.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #6

  5. I don't care what you think - I AM NOT JEALOUS OF YOU LIVING BY THE SEA!... much
    We have a couple of our girls knitting those puddings, I would join in but I'm busy knitting some bright 'vests' for Little Soldier. Not my forte is knitting but I'm having a go.
    Have fun
    Christine #10

  6. Morning Jan. Having met you several times now, I think I have to say... that only you could be in a group that stuffs choccy into Christmas puddings - WONDERFUL!!! Just LOVE your Christmas ribbons and lacy bits. Well done on the cafΓ© sales - but yes - more knitting required!
    Glorious sunset picture - but whatever is that guy doing cycling on the roofs??? How did the contest go?
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  7. Ooh that is the sweetest idea stuffing chocs into puddings, what great decorations - and well done for raising so much money from them - a perfect idea for anyone wanting to hide their choccy stash from the rest of the family!
    You really should be working for the Welsh Tourist Board - your photos are so beautiful and make your new home look idyllic. You are so lucky that your move has been so successful and you have settled in so quickly - it looks a wonderful place to live.
    Have a great (and busy) week,
    Diana xxx

  8. Ooooh, those little puddings are so sweet! One can tell by the smiling faces on the photo that you all have fun together! I LOVE the photo of the sunset.. yes, living by the sea is marvelous isn't it? You live near Swansea? I had a holiday in Wales (many years ago) and visited the Dylan Thomas museum in Swansea (and the boat-house in Laugharne)and the klifs on the West-coast... I really love WAles, I hope to visit it again one day! Happy woyww and a big hug from Holland, Marit #16

  9. Hi Jan, love those mini puddings, although I'm not sure exactly how many would have been stuffed if I'd been in charge of the chocolate lol. Good luck with the rest of the fundraising. Those trimmings are fabulous! Sarah #20

  10. Those little puds are fab Jan and I love all those bits and bobs put together for your hearts - its always the way isn't it - no matter how much stash we have - we still run out of the bits we really need!!! Lovely sunset.

  11. OH my those stuffed puddin's look good enough to eat on its own! And what a wonderful surprise people will have when they find something to eat in them :) wow 400, is amazing, you power women!! Thanks for sharing that gorgeous sunset, too! Happy WOYWW xo Cheetarah #13

  12. Wow! someone's been busy making all those puddings, your little fingers must be jet propelled! Happy crafty woyww, Angela x7x

  13. Oh what fun, Jan! When I saw the photo of all you girls with those trays of goodies, I thought it was yourselves you were stuffing lol lol!! Definitely good enough to eat. Thank you for your visit and so glad you like my latest Zentangle! I'm really looking forward to Saturday and seeing Margaret again, and hoping she'll give me a demo of Pergamano - something I've never attempted or seen done.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #3

  14. They're fabulous! What a great fundraiser and I love your felt decorations too. I've been making some felt ornaments too, will try and blog them tomorrow x

  15. I absolutely love the stitching on the felt hearts Jan, and those pudding gifts look fantastic too. I hope you raise a lot :) ~Stacy #25

  16. Look! You are still here and so am I (but no desk to share). Those puddings are so cute (and yummy). Glad to see that you are still around and creating up a storm (and knitting, sitting, stitching and b*tching).

  17. What a great idea and good cause and certainly a very lively looking group! The photo is awesome - perfect capture of the cyclist! Thanks so much for visiting Jan. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  18. Hi Jan, the Christmas puddings are super cute, and with a Ferrero Rocher chocolate they just got cuter! What a fun way to raise money for charity! Have a lovely week, Heather #32

  19. Oh my! Those Christmas puddings are so clever! And what a great stash of goodies you have. And your photo, fabulous! Love how you captured the cyclist. Thanks for your visit! Have a great week!
    Carol N #19

  20. Love the charity goodies - so very nice of you all. That sunset is gorgeous. :-)
    April #15

  21. Such beautiful photos Jan - that sunset is stunning.
    Your felt decorations are lovely and I love those knitted puds. I have had that pattern for a couple of years and just haven't had the time to make any. Well done to the group on their early sales.
    Toni xx

  22. 🎼🎡🎢 Oh yes I do loveto be beside the seaside, I do love to be beside the sea!🎢🎢🎡
    Couldn’t resist it dear Lunch Lady Jan, I’m very late for WOYWW but hey what else is new...
    Story of my life esp in 2017!
    Love the wee puddings how amazing, great details and even greater cause, well done you all!
    Hope you’re well, must scroll down for crop pickies as I’m sure you have some, saw some on Margarets blog..
    Shaz in Oz.x 35

  23. Love the idea of chocolates in Christmas puddings. Well done of the sales. Took some of my goodies to the Women's group and sold quite a bit so had to spend this week making 10 more aprons. Well that's what they are for selling. Anickoana #29

  24. I could live in your post. I love the photography, the fun time with friends and oo la la living by the sea. Wonderful! I love the felt Christmas decorations you made. So cute and I have never seen the Christmas puddings. I want one! That is such a cute idea. I need to up my game and learn to knit one.
    Thank you for the visit earlier. I take a while to get around to visit. Hope you are having a blessed day and I can't wait to see what you are up to in two weeks (I am trying to participate in WOYWW twice a month).
    Belinda #24

  25. Today (Friday) is the first day I've been able to get to my WOYWW friends! So I apologize for the lateness! The stuffed puddings are so cute! What an awesome idea! You certainly are busy! Nice to have all those friends to play with! Your sunset photo is breathtaking! Thanks for your earlier visit, have a great week! Lindart #26

  26. Hi Jan, those knitted puddings look very tempting - they must be as you've sold so many already. Love the name of your group, they look a lovely bunch of ladies. Sunsets seem so much better by the sea, do they not? Have a good weekend. Hugs, Elizabeth x #28

  27. Forgot to mention those ribbons - they are gorgeous and so me 😁

  28. Wales is certainly agreeing with you.....but 5 band practises!!!? Wow you are super busy

  29. Who needs to go abroad when you have sunsets like that, beautiful jellyfish and all the lovely photos of the beach you have shared.
    Love those puds, no wonder they sell so well and how nice you got those donations for them.
    Hugs and thanks for linking me, means a lot.
    Neet xxxxxxxxxx