Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WOYWW 463

AND GO GET YOURSELF SOME CHEAP SUNGLASSES...

It's been a lovely week, the weather has been much sunnier and warmer, friends came to see us and we've been outside an awful lot more - maybe Spring is finally turning up! 

I have been in a sewing mood however:


The tote bag is a present for my SiL in Wales who turned 60 last week. I love this faded rose fabric so much she almost didn't get it - there is just enough to make a smaller bag so I may see what I can do. The stripey fabric was the perfect lining but I don't have anymore of that left. There wasn't enough for a bag so I used it all up as linings for sunglasses cases to go on the WI Table top sale. 

I wanted to finish off that Scottie fabric too as there wasn't sufficient to make anything bigger, dunno about that elephant print though, it's too big for a small sunglasses case.

This photo is a bit fuzzy but I'm showing it because every time I used those Clover clips I think of Janet Fairythoughts, who 'persuaded' me to buy them in the shop she worked in!! They are really useful and much quicker than pinning everything, which many of you will know how much I detest doing that :-D  Good old Janet, she is much missed by everyone.

I've sold two already before they even made it to the sale, lol!! They're very quick to make and the secret is ironing everything as you go along, makes a much neater finish. That's the only time I'll ever enjoy ironing.......

Talking about wonderful desking friends, two more have made my day recently:

Julia passed on some stamps and ink pads for the making of some more cards for WI fundraising - thanks mate, they'll be very useful!

And a parcel arrived from Elizabeth Silverscrapper in Scotland which contained all these amazing toppers, papers and other bits and pieces. A complete surprise for which I'm very grateful - thank you so much Elizabeth, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. How kind of you to think of me and the fundraising, it's a great selection with loads of stuff for sporty, vintage and male cards - absolutely brilliant xxxxx

Have a good week and lots of fun getting crafty :-D

30 comments:

  1. The bag for your SIL is gorgeous, I can see why you nearly held on to it!! love the sunglasses cases too, what a great idea. Enjoy the sunshine. Helen #??

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  2. I love your bag, your SIL will love it. The cases are so pretty. You are so very talented. Can't wait to see the cards you made with these lovely things. Have a great day. Anesha x

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  3. Loving the fabric you used for the glass cases and bag. Those glass cases are divine. Lots of fun things for you to use for your card making. I can see it already, soon you'll be needing storage. Enjoy a lovely week. #11

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  4. Happy WOYWW. I would struggle to give away that bag too (in fact I have only ever made 3 bags and kept them all !!). I bought some dog design fabrics in the Create & Craft sale this week (one FQ has Jack Russells on it, so I had to buy it), so will be getting my little sewing machine out next month. Going to attempt some dog bandanas. Loving those ink pads (great colours) and the pile of toppers/papers etc are fabulous. We will definitely meet up once we are back from Spain - at least the weather should be better. Over in the west we are not having the wonderful Spring weather that a lot of the UK are enjoying. Still cloudy/cool/damp here this morning, but it is meant to brighten up later. A foggy day tomorrow too. I am quite grumpy about this - but just imagining the warmth of the Spanish sun and counting down the days. Ali x #12

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  5. I really love the bag Jan and can see the struggle with parting with it. I’m sure those fab glasses cases will sell well. I love the design and nearly made a few like them for my last craft sale....great minds eh?
    Hope you have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #14

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  6. Gorgeous bag Jan. I hope you have plenty of boot space for the crop, because I foresee rather a large amount of donations for your fundraising card making. How generous of Elizabeth and Julia. Happy WOYWW Sarah #17

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  7. Hiya Jan, I'm just lolling at Sarahs comment. You may need to hitch that trailer up again, lol. Fab stash from Elizabeth, and Julia too. You'll be a stamper before you know it, lol.Lots of fab stuff you made, and yes, Janet Fairythoughts is much missed. I still have the box that held the chocolate she sent me on the back of one of my desk, think of her every time I see it. Lots of love & huge hugs to you both, Shaz XXXXX

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  8. Hi Jan, You have ben busy. Love your sisters bag.

    You'll have fun with the crafting stash.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #21

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  9. How funny, I was just thinking of Janet when I saw the 'I'm not a robot' tick box on Julia's blog and remembering how much that tickled her.
    Gorgeous fabric and I don't even like florals much. Another bag that will be warmly received and well loved, no doubt.

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  10. Morning Jan. That bag is simply lovely - well done - another stash busting exercise! You do use up every last square inch, don't you. Those specs cases are great - just what a lady needs - and so much more pleasant than the plastic boxes presented to you by opticians!!! The parcels from Julia and from Elizabeth are great - you must be having SO much fun with all that papercrafting. I trust the WI is really enjoying your new found skills.
    Take care, lass. God bless.
    Margaret #7

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  11. See, Elizabeth in her loveliness has no reason to need a topper that say ‘total diva’. And that’s enough said. Working like a maniac but will chat before the week is out. Trying to do these comments on the phone, sitting on shed doorstep! So slow!

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  12. I have recently mastered the art of (simple) bagmaking and nearly swooned when I saw the one with the roses. Beautiful makes as always.

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  13. Hi Jan, I just love that combination of the roses and stripes prints it is so what is the word classic? :) ~Stacy #33

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  14. Love your fabric combinations! And great eyeglass cases! You got quite a haul of goodies to play with, too! Have a great week!
    Carol N #28

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  15. Hi Jan, loving that Scottie fabric it's so sweet. The weather here today has been lovely too, so sunny. Have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x18x

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  16. What super makes, I know what you mean about wanting to use up every scrap when you are on a roll. Again the glasses case are genius.
    I think everyone should invest in the clover clips there are times when life is too short to pin everything down, a fabulous invention!
    and it's so good to see stash being donated especially when friends know they are going to a good home. Hope to see those creations soon.
    Creative wishes & Thank you for sharing WOYWW
    Tracey #13

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  17. Love the sunglass cases, shame I don't wear them. I think about Janet often as I use a coaster she made nearly every day. Did I tell you that I am doing a craft demo for our local WI at the beginning of June? A little nervous. I need your address. For stash purposes as you may guess. Happy Wednesday Cindy #20

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  18. The bag is adorable! Love the glasses cases and all that fabric. Flowers and dogs - you can't get any better.
    April #23

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  19. Hello lovely lady. Well, what a stitcher you are. Wish I had the will to sew and the knowledge on how to get such beautiful items made.
    Lovely gifts of stamping things you have had and when I see you you will have more. One of these days you will have to either find an even bigger house or have a crafting shed, I can see that day approaching LOL.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xxx

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  20. That is a beautiful tote bag and I'm sure your SiL will be over the moon with it! Great ephemera package and stamps/pads too!! Hope you're having a fantastic day! xo Cheetarah #24

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  21. "she almost didn't get it" LOL but of course she did - gorgeous bag and I can see why you grew attached to it. The best presents are the ones you want to keep for yourself ;) The cases look so well made and very useful. It's so touching that you think of Janet every time you use the clips she made you buy. Thanks so much for visiting yesterday, Jan. Have a lovely week! zsuzsa #5

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  22. I felt in love with your eyeglass cases! Is there any chance to get an "how to do" instruction for beginners? You would make me so happy. And thankfull.
    Eva from Austria

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    1. Hello Eva, I hope you get this reply as I don't know your email. I found the eyeglasses case on Pinterest, there are a couple of tutorials there with free patterns. I'm glad you liked mine, thank you for reading my blog!
      LLJ xx

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    3. Thank you for your answer. I'm on Pinterest and will have a look to the tutorials. Your cases are so nice, without ugly stitched seems. ( I removed my first answer, having writing mistakes...)
      Best wishes to you,
      Eva from Austria

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  23. Hi Lunch Lady Jan, well so agree that riose fabric is gorgeous and am sure the birthday pressie was loved... great glasses cases, too, I do love your taste in fabric.
    Thanks so much for your great desky share.
    Happy belated WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #26

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  24. Yes Janet is missed, she had some great tips for sewing. Love these glasses cases and good luck with the WI fundraising too
    kyla

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  25. When your in the mood to sew, you really sew! Wonderful glasses cases! Lucky you to get such awesome mail! Yes, my journal does "talk" to me, tugs at me as I walk by, tells me yes or no to what I've been trying to come up myself. Very Harry Potterish! Sorry I'm so late, thanks for your visit! Lindart #29

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  26. I am lovin' those eyeglass cases. Do you have a pattern you'd share? I hope to be sewing soon. valances to sew for the office, curtains for the kitchen... list goes on. LOL Lovely RAK from Elizabeth! Those will be used and loved for sure. thanks for the stop-by last week. Hope we meet up again tomorrow. Hugs & Creative Blessings! Kelly #27

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  27. I seem to have missed lots of weeks of blogging (I blame Spain!), so going back to read/comment on lots of posts. Those glasses cases are fab - another idea for some charity sewing (when I finally get round to getting the sewing machine out). You are so busy at the moment, I forget what I need to comment on and have to keep scrolling back! Lots of lovely new stash (I am still decluttering my craft room and must bring my box of stash with me when I eventually come to visit again - got a score board that you may find useful). Ali x

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