Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 28 February 2018



And what help I've had over the past few weeks - the generosity of deskers is legendary and has been quite wonderful. I only asked one person if, while they were having a good sort out, I could have their cast offs!  Eight lovely folk have either passed stash on to me or helped me in my first faltering steps in the Dark Art of Cardmaking :-D  I can't thank you all enough - I have a good few cards ready for the WI mob, some for their birthdays and some for fund raising. xxxx

Lynda Beazley came for a coffee and catch-up last week - she blogged a while back and still follows WOYWW. And she didn't come empty handed!

She gave me some gorgeous papers and die cuts and showed me a few more tips and techniques. We had a really great morning!

Pretty aren't they?  I've had great fun using these up over the past few days.

And another jiffy bag arrived in the post from Anne CopperBeech:

Useful papers, die cuts, ribbons and bits and bobs. Gosh Anne, thank you again, they're fantastic and I really appreciate the thought. xxxxx

The fabric that I cut out last week to make bags for Margaret's charity has been assembled - bit of a production line really but not quite as many as she is doing!

Just simple across-body messenger bags - I think they look like jellyfish here, lol! It's an odd perspective, the bag bit is much bigger than it looks here - they'll be in the post soon Margaret.

Do you remember the paper flowers from a couple of weeks ago?  Well, my WI's 1st birthday party was yesterday so I thought I'd better get on with getting the table decorations made last Sunday....

I got quite messy using the glue to stick the flowers on to the wire stem - I can't do anything tidily :-D  My friend Janet had made those die cut pink flowers, I did the tissue paper ones.

Arty pic of the peonies!

Everything was made from stash, begged & borrowed doilies (thanks Helen!) - the only things that are new were the pink and green ribbons from Bath. Oh, and the vase is a soup tin filled with chippings from the garden as ballast!

All ready for the party!!

Have a wonderful week, lovely gals - enjoy your crafting :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. the bags will be great I am sure - they do look like jellyfish with all those straps! love the flowers (I get messy with glue too.) the decorations look fab. Helen #??

  2. What an industrious week you’ve had and what gorgeous things you’ve all made. I love the bags and those flower arrangements are really pretty.
    Annie x #10

  3. What a glorious photo at the end of your post! Absolutely beautiful and such a delight to see - brightened up my cold bleak morning no end.
    You have been so busy and it looks as if you will be for weeks to come. Keep up the good work.
    Hugs, Neet xx 5

  4. Hi Jan. You are more than welcome. The decorations for the tables are STUNNING!!!!! As Neet says a bright start to a very cold bleak day. Stay warm :-) Anne x #13

  5. Wow Jan; those table settings are incredible. The bags for Margaret are brilliant too. Have a great week and keep warm. Sarah #15

  6. Hi Jan, Loving the bags.

    The table arrangements are fab.

    Glad you have stash to keep making cards.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #17

  7. TRIUMPH! bet the table arrangements were the talk of the erm, tables! They look marvellous. Great to see Lynda, bet you had a lovely day together. The old card making..much less of a dark art now,huh! xxxxx

  8. Wow, the table decorations are amazing - I love the idea of using a soup tin - upcycling at it's best. I hope you're enjoying all this paper crafting but nice to see you are still making those fabulous bags - I love that floral fabric.
    Have a great week,
    Hugs Diana xx

  9. Jan, you are amazing! What a huge amount you have achieved this week... The bags are beautiful. Thank you so very much. I'm spending part of today cutting out linings. The table decorations are just gorgeous - I'm sure the party will go with a real swing! Enjoy. The stash you have received from Lynda and Anne is great - just think of all the new techniques you are going to come up with now!!! Well done to Lynda for teaching you more new things.
    Take care young lady. God bless.
    Margaret #2

  10. Well didn't you do well!! I love how those flower decorations turned out. I didn't realise you had actually asked for card making bits (missed that and a 100 other posts). Do shout if you need more or are after anything specific. As you may have read I have been busy sorting and have some great ideas for scraps - I'll share a couple of those in the week.Love your medical recommendations - there's quite a lot of whisky in the cupboard after Christmas.......(Gin doesn't work with the warming up quite so well........Thanks for stopping by.
    Happy WOYWW Cindy #19

  11. Hiya Jan, wow, those table decorations turned out fab! Isn't Linda lovely? We met up at the NEC Hobbycrafts show a couple of times. You're getting a great collection of stash from everyone, I think you'd better bring a pick-up truck to the crop, rofl.
    Hot glue guns! Is it even possible not to get the glue everywhere/stick your fingers to each other & the table? If it is, I've never yet managed it. I usually end up with the project attached to my fingers instead of what i was trying to stick it to. Lots of love & hugs to you both, Shaz XxXx

  12. What stunning flower arrangements! You've excelled yourself there Missus!
    Love the bags you've made so far - they will be treasured.
    Take care and stay warm
    Christine #29

  13. Oooh! Good to see you making cards! Love the bags and flowers too! Thanks for calling by mine! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. Happy WOYWW! Thanks for the visit! Love your items received and the cute bags! And wow! Such pretty flowers! Have fun cardmaking! I love it!
    #30 Sandy from Texas

  15. What an incredible and creative post. So much diversity and the cross body bags are perfect. Have a fun week and keeep letting us share in your creativity.
    Monica #27

  16. Oh my gosh! Those flowers are gorgeous! And looks like you're becoming quite the card maker! Love the bags, too! Thanks for popping by! Hope you have a great rest of the week!
    Carol N #24

  17. Jan those flowers are amazing. I would never have thought they would look so fantastic made out of paper. Really enjoyed our catch up. You can show me how to make flowers next time. You could do a class! Take care in the snow xx

  18. So nice to see you doing some papercrafting, Jan, and I'm glad people are helping you out with spare stash! It takes a while to build up enough, doesn't it. I love your beautiful paper flower bouquets. Thank you for your visit and I'm glad you liked my purple backgrounds - now they are finished they are slightly less "in your face" lol! It's good to have an operation date at last and I'm really hoping I don't get any postponements this time around.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #33

  19. It looks like you've been really busy. The flowers are really pretty and pleased you are having success with your card making. Thanks for stopping over at mine and happy woyww, Angela x16x

  20. Hi Jan, the flowers look great, very impressive! As do the bags, and I'm sure your cards will when you use your latest stash of goodies! Thanks for stopping by earlier, and I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Crop. Have a lovely week Heather x #31

  21. I love your move into paper and I need you to inspire me to do more fabric! when wiolwe sleep? lovely flowers. Robyn 4

  22. Gorgous flower arrangements.the loops of the bags remind me of bunny ears, have a artfilled week, Vicky#6

  23. Gorgeous flower pots, and love those bags. Talk about happy mail you are certainly getting some great stash to make cards from. Thanks for visiting BJ#8

  24. What a happy little crafter you have been this week - the flower pots are fab! Such a lots of lovely stash has come your way too - it is certainly a dark art to me but fun nevertheless!! xx Jo

  25. Crafters are a generous bunch. Those papers are gorgeous. Excellent job on the flowers. I always make a mess while crafting too.
    April #22

  26. woo hoo looks like you have caught the paper crafting bug! I think crafters are some of the most willing to help and share people I have ever met. Love the stash and those flower arrangements are just too awesome! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Have a great week! Vickie #32

  27. fantastic, the paper crafting is looking great, sadly I donated my excess to the 'golden oldies' charity (a local one) but next time I have a destash I will keep you in mind.


  28. Oh Wow, you have been busy - what fabulous creations.
    Toni xx