Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 7 February 2018



OK folks, another photo heavy post coming up so the text is pretty much limited to captions so you can whizz through it really quickly. I'm really excited today because Margaret Glitter&Glue is coming to stay for a couple of days and Ali Wade is coming over for lunch tomorrow as well - happy dance!

Right, the desk yesterday:
My mate Helen came for a cuppa and catch-up. I couldn't have her sitting there doing nothing (!) so she made pom-poms to attach to the charity beanies. She's a good lass :-D  

We had a lovely morning nattering and soon all the hats were sorted (apart from the top right, we just couldn't find a matching yarn for that one!)

The desk on Monday:
Some new purchases, material that I'm going to make something with and the finished masterboard bag.

I've got a project in mind but can't tell you what yet! Watch this space.....

The finished craft bag - looks a bit wonky but it's ok in reality!

And then there was last weekend!  If you're bored by now, feel free to dip out!!

G and I had a lovely weekend in Bath - he was attending a creative photography course at the Royal Photographic Society there (a birthday prezzy from me) so whilst he was doing inventive things I met up with Julia!

We found this AWESOME haberdashery stall in the Guildhall market - it started at one end with yarns, then moved into embroidery, then ribbons, buttons and finally into paper crafting supplies. It must have been 20 metres long.

It just went on and on and on........

I may have bought a couple of items :-D


And then we found the leather stall!! Oooh, they had some wonderful stuff there all made in the tiny little workshop behind that door to the back:

There were lots of leather bound books to fondle (and sniff!)

Including a suitcase full of tiny little notebooks in leather and tempting.

And giant perspex spheres with gorgeous journals in - very Harry Potteresque!

But this display of tools on the back of the door is what really appealed:

Different leather working tools for a variety of jobs and each in their proper place - we both liked that a lot. Needless to say we were so busy chatting, laughing and generally being rude that I forgot to take any more pics of me and Julia - hopefully I'll have some photos of Margaret and Ali next week.

I am sorry about these long posts, there's just so much to share!! 


  1. oh my - where to start!! what a wonderful find! such gorgeous things... Have a great time with Margaret and Ali - please don't forget the photos!! love the beanies, too. Helen #?

  2. Oh my word ....... that leather shop is wonderful. I for one would not have been coming out of there empty handed. As for the tool holder, it is proper swoon worthy.
    Have a lovely time with the girls Jan
    Lynn xx 13

  3. Love those hats - I bought a similar one at our village craft market back in December - LOVE it!!
    Ahhh, hold and sniff those books... my kinda shop :D
    Happy WOYWW :)
    no. 4

  4. No need to be sorry Jan, this is a super post. The leather shop was a treasure to find and the habby stall was fantastic. I could have spent hours just browsing those two locations.
    The beanies are looking wonderfully colourful - just the sort of thing needed with the current weather...SNOW.
    Toni xx

  5. It looks like you’ve had a wonderful week my friend. Any time spent with friends is time spent well and I can just imagine the fun had by all concerned. Give my love to Margaret later.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Annie x #16


  6. What an amazing collection of ribbons and gorgeous leather items. I think I have a very similar notebook bound in leather which came from India. The final pic is a beauty. So lovely to hear you and Julia can get together and catch up.
    sandra de @19

  7. Oh! No! Not somebody else making a secret project!!! hope they are all for different people ....
    That leather stall is simply amazing, wish I'd been with you ....
    Thank you for your visits and comments, they have cheered me up while I have been 'struggling' .... over it all now I hope but your comments were appreciated.
    Take care and enjoy your woywwing.
    Christine #21

  8. I'm glad no one was in the shed with me when I read your post Jan; between the oohs at the market stalls and the laugh out loud at the 'I may have bought a couple of items' they would have thought me mad. Have a great time with Margaret and Ali! Sarah #23

  9. Hi Jan, The hats are lovely and will swell quickly. The fabric is intruiging. Should be made into something Oo La La:) the bag is lovely.

    That shop looks fab. Not surprised you bought a few goodies.

    The leather and suede items are also fab.

    Have fun with Margaret and Ali.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #22

  10. It was a lovely day. Was really surprised to get home and find we hadn't taken a single selfie!!! Doh! Helen makes a lovely looking pom pom!

  11. Oooh, that leather shop is just AWESOME!!!! I could spend a day there... how wonderful to go there with Julia and meet Margaret and Ali as well, I send you all a virtual hug! Happy woyww, love from Holland. Marit #26

  12. Jan, I LOVE all of your photos! Great fun with all the hobnobbing!!! I'm so excited for you to be having Margaret coming to spend a few days! I hope you guys have a ball some great crafting together! Love those pom poms that you mate did! Ok, so I would have TOTALLY loved to go on the outing with you and seen all of those lovely stalls! AND, I WOULD NOT HAVE LEFT WITHOUT ONE OF THOSE JOURNALS! Oh my goodness they were gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! What a treat! Blessings, Felicia #32

  13. Oh Jan - a post full of lovely stuff all round! Those ribbons, that leatherware and those neatly arranged tools! I love your bag - it's not wonky - it's fab!! What colour yarn do you fancy for the pompom on the last one - I bet I have something suitable! xx Jo

  14. Happy WOYWW. I am looking forward to meeting you and Margaret tomorrow, and a train ride along the coast. Hopefully I will be able to see some views. I have family in Bath and we keep threatening to go and stay with them, and then I will have to visit the market for those amazing stalls. Pom poms - I have a bit of a thing about them, even have a Pinterest board! Ali x #5

  15. Hiya Jan, oh wow, what a find! I think you were very restrained, lol. Those journals are amazing, and yes, loving the tools. Give Ali & Margaret a hug from us too! Love & hugs to you both XxXx Shaz

  16. Hi Jan, I really enjoy your long posts so no need to apologise as far as I'm concerned. So many great photographs to enjoy. Helen made a lovely job of the pompoms - and you've reminded me that I need to go look for the two pompom makers I have stashed away somewhere - I have a hat to decorate. Love the finished motherboard bag - the mix of fabrics works well together. The market shops are fabulous - 20 metres of stash is the perfect excuse to visit Bath. And those little leather covered notebooks look so tempting too. Have a great week with all your visitors. Hugs, Elizabeth x #30

  17. I always enjoy your posts and this one was so fun. I love the leather photos. Wow I'd have spent over my limit for sure. Fun/pretty hats, an awesome bag and some great fun together. Nothing in a days time better than that. Enjoy a lovely week.

  18. Wow, you had a great week. I love that bag with the cat fabric!!!

  19. I sure enjoyed your post! How fun to spend time with friends!!! And what great items at the market! Love how the leather tools are stored. Thanks for popping by and have a great time with Margaret and Ali!
    Carol N #27

  20. Not too long at all Jan always love reading what you and Julia have been up to!!! WOW all that ribbon - I do have a thing re ribbon :-) I'm sad I know. Have fun with Margaret and Ali. Anne x #20

  21. Oh my what a fun outing. Loving the bag and the hats too. Have a great woyww, Angela x17x

  22. What a fab day out - that sounds a bit Wallace & Grommitty doesn't it but it was J & J'y instead. Don't know which I enjoyed the most - the Potter things were fab, the tools were gorgeous (love the display), the leather was in amazing colours and the ribbon stall was ...
    Must remember to put a ribbon store on my next WOYWW blog that I saw in the States - might be of interest to you.
    I just love your Masterboard bag - great fun! And the hats!
    Love & Hugs, Neet 1 xxxx (been asleep all day)
    ps look forward to reading about your time with Margaret and Ali

  23. Hi Jan, glad you had such a lovely day out! Mr M is a keen photographer so I might have to buy him a similar present, then I can tour round all those lovely stalls! Not sure I would be as restrained as you "I might have bought a couple of items" thank you for stopping by earlier. Enjoy your day with Margaret and Ali! Have a lovely week Heather #28

  24. Lovely, spacious workdesk! And very tidy too. The hats are very cute!
    Happy WOYWW
    Rose #7

  25. Oooh Jan I'm so envious... Margaret is so lovely - have fun, and with lovely Ali too! We are so cut off down here in Devon and it's a rare treat to meet up with anyone - Margaret was down a while back and we did have fun! I love the pictures of the haberdashery store - such gorgeous colours, and I'd have thought you quite abnormal if you hadn't come out with something!! Really pretty stuff. I love your cat bag too. Thank you for your lovely comment - I'm glad you liked the mystery project bit, and also our kitties' antics.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #15

  26. Ha, Lunch Lady Jan, mine are nearly always long posts too, but fab things to share... we certainly love browsing around with you.. knew Margaret was heading your way and meeting up with Ali too, she was very excited.. enjoy some girly time together..
    ... and maybe some nattering ;-)
    Love all that long aisle of craftiness how utterly delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration- well done Helen on pom-pomed beanies too.
    All but one!!
    Shaz in Oz.x #9

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  27. I tried to do a pompom but failed! As you can see in my post of today... :(
    What did I do wrong?

    Your creations are just wonderful though. :D

    Happy WOYWW,
    Sussie nr 38.

  28. That place looks like alibabas cage,wow,and how lucky you are to meet up with some of us in person, have fun, Vicky

  29. oh WOW your restraint in things that followed you home from that store of notions is just worthy of an award Jan :) ( I would have had to ship a box home hahahaha) Love the photos of the other things too that is so cool. ~Stacy #32

  30. I would have loved the leather booth! I would have fondled every book! LOL. So envious that you get to spend time with Maggie! Tell her “hi” for me, as I didn’t see her at the Blog party this week! Enjoy! Hope we see photos of you both next week! #37

  31. That looks like an incredible store! You and Julia must have had a blast! Those journals looked so awesome, and yes, very Harry Potterish! Glad you are having fun! Have (another) wonderful week! Lindart #35

  32. Wow, what a wonderful post, so many fabulous things! How lovely that you were able to catch up with friends too x

  33. Love the books in a ball, Tim Holtz would love that and the tools too, what a super place. Great pom-poms and adore the balck lace and turquoise fabric can't wait to see what you do with it. Thanks for the visit BJ#2