It's getting a bit embarrassing, all this 'too busy to craft' lark, but it's true.  The crochet blanket is growing slowly as I'm not that keen on using acrylic yarn when the weather's been so warm - sweatyhanditis, you see!

I have got the card making stuff out however as I had to make a sympathy card for an old band friend in Wiltshire whose mum passed away recently:

Crafting on the dining room table this week! The photo of the bluebells is one of G's, it's beautiful, I may make a few more cards with this image for WI:

A soft focus vignette courtesy of Photoshop and Bob's your Uncle!  G has taken a couple of really beautiful pics this week:

Backlit roses in the new border....

...and a common blue butterfly feeding on the broom down in the dunes by the harbour!

Other artwork is courtesy of my friend Lynne (Lynnecrafts) who came to see us last week - she's discovered watercolours big time and painted this for me as a thank you for the hare cushions I made for her recently:

I love it! When the JanCave is back to normal, this lovely painting will be going on the wall with some other artwork. The earrings are also from Lynne and are in suffagette colours - I wore them to this event:

I played as part of an all female brass band at the Cardiff Processions 2018 event, where thousands of women marched through the streets celebrating 100 years of Women's Votes in the UK - other marches were in London, Edinburgh and Belfast. I wish you could have seen the amazing banners, all sewn by the marchers but I was too busy playing to take pics. 

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, the Paralympic champion, was the BBC presenter, a lovely lady. We just made it onto the BBC footage and our playing was heard on the news but that wasn't the priority, being there to witness and take part in a wonderful event was the most important thing.

And the first ice cold beer afterwards didn't even touch the sides :-D

It's supposed to be a quieter week but I remain to be convinced!



Nikki C said...

That is one lovely gift from Lynne you can get addicted to watercolours quick too hugs Nikki

Helen said...

I love G's photos. I saw the pics on the BBC website but didn't see you on the news - guessing that was on your local coverage, ours concentrated on the London march. Helen #?

glitterandglue said...

Morning Jan. Well, what a week you have had! Just LOVE that bluebell picture - that's fiddling with photos to a good purpose!! The watercolour is lovely - well done to Lynne. I must go hunt out the BBC Wales news page... see if I can find you.
Hope the renovations are going all to plan.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #1

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I don't suppose you could have found a bigger horn to play, Jan (grin)! You looked good all decked out in your suffragette outfits.

G's photos are incredible. I especially like that he used Photoshop to soften the bluebells. But those backlit roses are to die for. He is one incredible photographer. Happy WOYWW from # 6.

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I think I saw you on the news. I was watching carefully and you may have been on screen for a second! Amazing photos from G - and beautiful to make cards with. Lynne's watercolour is fantastic - what a talent. Hope you have some time to relax now. Ali x #11

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Good Morning Jan, what a lovely display of creativity in many forms and happy events. Not being a knitter I hadn't given the wool a thought until my Mom said the same thing regarding the season and blend.
G's photography is magnificent, fabulous way to share them by using those images on cards, the Bluebells are my favourite. Amazing talent.
Thank you for sharing WOYWW. Lynnes watercolour creation is a real delight to see.
Creative Hugs Tracey #7

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Those photos are lovely and make any card more of a treasure.

The artwork and earrings are lovely.

Glad you enjoyed the event.

Sue #12

Twiglet said...

Such lovely photos all round there Jan - but I especially love the bluebells - there is something so peaceful and calming about them I think - perfect for the job. xx Jo

Annie said...

What wonderful photos....well done Gordon. Well done you for getting on the beeb to all the girls...so proud of you all.
I’ve not blogged today as I’m up north enjoying some time with Ellie and her hubby.....lots of fun,laughter, chatter and ice cream 😀😀😀😀....she made me do it!
Annie x

Hazel said...

Sad to need to make that sympathy card, but it's beautiful. Love the painting that Lynne did. Thanks for sharing today - Hazel, WOYWW 472 xx

Diana Taylor said...

What stunning photos - the soft fuzzy edge to the bluebell is just perfect, and I just love that gorgeous little butterfly, and Oh my, those roses.... What an incredible photographer he is!
It looks like you've been having a great time with your band and how marvelous to take part in the marches - I saw some of the London one on the news, what an amazing sight.
Love the watercolour too - lots of delicate little details - it will look lovely on the wall of your Jancave.
Hope you have a great week,
Hugs, Diana xxx

Sarah Brennan said...

What beautiful photos Jan; G is most talented! Your friend's artwork is beautiful too. I'll have to see if I can catch up with some of the footage of your march. Have a great week. Sarah #16

Crafting Queen said...

Your photos are stunning and great idea to use them to make cards. Have a great week. I am clearing my craft room, a never ending task. lol

Eva said...

What a lot of beautiful photos and impressions! Thanks for sharing with us. Love to see you as part of a band. And the progress in your garden and bath room. Today we had the first rain in Wels, we are happy. It was a long time hot - not common in May and June.
Enjoy your life!
Eva from Austria

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

sweatyhanditis, LOL! I didn't realise suffragettes had their own colours, but now I can see that you ladies are wearing those colours in the photos too. Stunning photography and a thoughtful gift from your friend. Thanks for your visit earlier - have a lovely week, Jan! zsuzsa #22

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh your photos are vibrant I think this is the first week in a long time I haven't had to send sympathy cards or go to a funeral in a long time. Just crazy. And I love watercolor photos.This one is gorgeous Have a fun week.

Shaz Brooks said...

Hiya Jan, great band photos, saw them on FB over the weekend. Love Gordons pics, we have a climbing rose like that one, I love the 'cabbage' types, and ours has a gorgeous smell to it.Had a fab weekend, but I'm paying for it this week! So totally knackered, there was a lot of walking, and a lot of uphill too! Love & hugs to you both, Shaz XxXx

Kim said...

I totally get the "too busy to craft", unfortunately! Loved all the band photos from FB, and the flower shots are wonderful. Have a great week, and I hope your back in your Jancave soon!
-K #35

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Jan, I'm with you on the too busy to craft at the moment, but it's there waiting for me! Lovely pics of your band, what a marvellous event to take part in. I love the bluebells photo, I might take my camera out in the garden this weekend! Thanks for stopping by earlier and the extra hugs, and your kind words. Have a lovely week, Heather x #15

SumBunneh said...

Wow.. what a lovely blog this week. Loving the nature photos.. so beautiful. Making sympathy cards is so hard :( but such a peaceful image does help.

Sumbunneh hugs x
Erika #13

Angela Radford said...

I don't know what quiet is it just never happens even when it's supposed to something turns up to keep you busy again Lol! Have a great woyww and happy crafting, if you get the chance! Angela x18x

Caro said...

Gorgeous flower photos and what an occasion to be part of. Such fun. Thanks for sharing! Caro X #37

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

G's flower photographs are simply beautiful and make exquisite cards. I'm also glad to see you continue to cultivate your musical gifts - I just wish I could listen to you play. Blessings!

Neet said...

Oh Jan, I smile every time I come on your blog and see the new life you have carved out for yourself. Your beautiful nature has helped you make so many friends so quickly. It warms my heart.
Those photographs by the Welsh renowned photographer are beautiful, especially the bluebell one. No wonder you are using it to make cards. And what a joy to me to see you embracing the card making so easily and successfully.
A lady of many talents I am pleased to call my friend.
Hugs, Neet 4 xx (and thanks for the visit to me when I was otherwise occupied with visitors yesterday)

Stacy Sheldon said...

Hi Jan, I love all the bloom and butterfly shots. Those will all make awesome greeting cards too. It is so nice to see the band shots too where everyone looks so happy. :) Quiet hmm? I find that hard to imagine. Have a good week no matter where it takes you, ~Stacy #28

misteejay said...

Wonderful photos Jan. Sounds like you have had a very busy time lately.
Toni xx

Dorlene Durham said...

Great photos. So pretty and perfect for cards and for hanging. Have a wonderful week. Dorlene #30

Frayed Round The Edges said...

wow you certainly packed a lot in. Thank you for visiting Karen #24


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