Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 4 April 2018



Goodness, it's been another busy seven days, two lengthy road trips, one for a funeral, the other for a party and lots of other goings-on too.

The desk:

I was in the mood to do some sewing so made another few bags for Margaret Glitter & Glue's charity. There's a pile of finished ones by the machine and some more fabric waiting to be cut out on the left.

The pale side is the 'right' side but I like the reverse of the fabric just as much, so these bags aren't going to be lined - the fabric is tough enough to make a bag on its own!

G and I went up to the Midlands to attend my brother and SiL's joint 125th birthday barn dance - we left the house early in order to meet up with some reprobates beforehand:

Shaz and Doug Silverwolf!! We haven't seen each other for ages so it was really lovely to just sit and have a catch up - I don't think we drew breath, lol!! Shaz was looking great after all her recent health upheaval and Doug never changes - we didn't have enough time though as G and I had to pick our son and fiancee up from the station. See you in Sept Shaz, if not before!!

The hotel that we stayed at was a converted convent and was quite idiosyncratic - but fun too. They were into calligraphy in a big way:

This made us smile!

And this looked like it was from some old poem - but G knew straight away it was the lyrics from Hotel California by the Eagles! Hence today's title :-D

There were lots of interesting nooks and crannies all over the hotel - even the stairs offered different viewpoints:
It's a bit like a picture by Escher! I have no idea which way is up......

The barn dance was awesome - the Willow was well and Truly stripped!  The band were fantastic with a really great caller, so after the first dance when everyone made fools of themselves, we soon got sorted and didn't do too badly for the rest of the night.  I took a photo of the band's name as it was appropriate:

I didn't see any wool or needles but they might have been stashed away!!

I am out today so if any of you are kind enough to comment, my replies are going to be very late in return.

Have a great week! xxxxxx


  1. that sounds a great night! Doug and Shaz look great, as well - fab that you got time for a catch up. Helen #?

  2. Gosh, that sounds a great night and takes me back to my college days - or rather graduation.
    Fab photo of the four of you and how lovely to meet up for lunch.
    The fabric you are about to use reminded me of furnishing fabric when I first saw it and I too like both sides of it. I would be tempted to use one side for one side of the bag and vive versa, or handles change?
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx
    ps roll on September

  3. What fabulous fabric Jan. I'm with you - the wrong side is my fav but both are really lovely so perfect contrast from the same material.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time meeting up with Shaz.
    Toni xx

  4. It sounds like it’s been quite a week for you and fancy managing a meet up with Shaz and Doug special. It’s good to see you all together looking so happy. Love the bag making....I keep intending to ask Margaret info about the bags but didn’t see her joining in the fun last week. I’m sure I have a metre or twenty of fabric that could be used to make some bags.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Annie x #12

  5. Hi Jan. Fab fabric and I too am in the 'like both sides of it ' club :-) Great photo of you all. hope I get to see you all in September! The hotel looks interesting - what's it called? Hope you have a lovely day. Anne x #15

  6. Hi Jan, How nice for you to catch up with Shaz and her hubby.

    Glad the barn dance was fun and the hotel so lodd. LOL

    Loving the fabric and agree about tyhe wrong side being so right:)

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #14

  7. Hi Jan, looks like a great time was had by all. I shall miss Shaz at Port Sunlight, but at least we'll all get to meet up at the crop. The bags are looking great and I'm sure Margaret appreciates all your hard work. Happy WOYWW, Sarah #16

  8. Morning Jan. Many thanks for visiting already. What a great time with the reprobates!!! Very Escher indeed! That stair photo is amazing. How can I thank you for those amazing bags? They are just lovely. The children will so enjoy them. By all means leave sending them until I get back. I leave after church on Sunday and get back in time for church the following week! There's still plenty of time before the team go out in July.
    Gordon is right - the Welsh Highland is a fantastic trip - two hours of sitting amongst God's glorious creation - a fun way to spend a day - can't do anything except sit and gaze.
    Take care lass. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  9. A Barn Dance! the only dancing I do!! So happy for you all and what an appropriate name for the Group!!!
    Hope your skies are sunnier than ours
    Have a good week
    Christine #21

  10. Hiya Jan, indeed a great time was had for lunch! That hotel looks awesome, so quirky.Love that fabric, how amazing to have two such different sides that can both be used. Sounds like you had a fab time at the barn dance, and indeed how appropriate is that name. See you soon again I hope, Lots of love & hugs, Shaz xxxxx

  11. Great post Jan and lovely to see the photo of you both with Shaz and Doug. x

  12. ah, Lunch Lady Jan, both you and Julia are busy!! enjoy your day out .. and lovely to see you post great bags for great cause and also the pickie with Doug and Shaz great to see .. the calligraphy is beautiful copperplate that is for sure! not my strong point.. more into older scripts.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Shaz in Oz.x #22

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  13. How awesome to see Shaz and Doug! She looks great! Looks like you had an awesome time at the dance! I love the fabric for the bags, just beautiful! Have a great week, Lindart #30

  14. Just been to Shaz's blog, love the pics of you 2 couples!! How fun!
    As to your fabric, I like the darker side... sounds like something out of a Star Wars movie. Oh well. Great door, strange but beautiful picture, and a barn dance with a fun band! Great times! Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Carol N #27

  15. Hi Jan, lovely photo of you all having a fab catch up. Love all the photos from the hotel too ... makes it more memorable if there's a bit of quirkiness thrown in. We were serenaded by our host in the hotel we stayed at the weekend - firstly with bagpipes (playing Highland Cathedral) and then with a rendition of Strangers on the Shore on the clarinet - and all while we ate breakfast. I agree with you about that fabric - it looks good whichever way. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #25

  16. Pick yourself up off the floor for it is me! I do read your blog every week but at last I can comment! Love that fabric & look forward to seeing the finished bag. Love to you dearest Jan. xxx

  17. OMG! Eagles! I was such a willful child back in those days! When Hotel California came out everyone was in a tizzy to make sense out of it! Where we lived at the time the warm smell of colitias permeated everything...young hippies! Love the fabric for the bag. Great picture of you guys and Shaz! Have a great week!
    Vickie #8

  18. Happy WOYWW & thanks for sharing! xx Jan (36)

  19. Glad you enjoyed the barn dance a good caller is essential. Those were the days. A few of the posts this week remind me of the things I miss here in Spain. Have a good week and thanks for your visit.

  20. Fab to see Shaz and Doug and you two together. Lovely pic. For once, I can match Gordon with my music knowledge, I would have immediately got the lyrics too. I shall wallow in this as the one and only time...! Xxxxx

  21. Love your fabric. Sounds like you had an eventful week. Hope you have a great week. Hugs Anesha

  22. Hi Jan, I got the lyrics! Yay! Mr M's favourite band. We went to see them at Wembley a few years ago on Mr M's birthday. The leaf fabric is my favourite one to date, Very nice! Great photo of you, Shaz and hubbies! Have a lovely week Heather x #13

  23. Gorgeous fabric, really glad you are not covering up the backside :)

    That hotel looks amazing - so many things to explore.

    Thanks for visiting mine - Roo now has now printed her lino print and has lost two of them to Devon and Craig now she's talking about charging anyone else. I think she has a new career in her sights!! She signed Devvies so that when she is famous Devon can sell it for millions! Talk about modesty!

    Carmen x x #36