WOYWW 560

TIME MATTERS, COUNT IT MANY WAYS...

Brace yourselves (especially you Julia)...

Drum Roll.....

I have made a LIST!!

I know you thought you'd never see the day coming but I have so many different irons in the fire as it were, that I need to just clarify what the priorities are and when they're needed for.  This is just a one off however, it isn't natural LOL!!

Whilst sorting out fabric for the WI bags, I came across a selection of cottons that Sue Dyer sent me a few months ago. I had a good cutting out session ready for sewing when I need supplies for the cafe. Thanks Sue, they're really pretty!

And I finished off a couple of pieces of my stash too - that's the end of the camper van for example!

My WI are making five wreaths to be used in the D Day landing ceremonies in France later this year - a lot are needed so this is my TV crafting of an evening.

And these are for the WI craft club next Tuesday - we're painting pots! These were damp after being outside at the store so I'm allowing them to dry out first, just as well we don't need that table for a while eh?!

But the most important commitment this week is playing with my band at the Welsh Regionals contest - this is the important one of the year as your finishing position affects your placings in the sections. As with football leagues you can be promoted or relegated so it all hinges on this performance. This is the Second Section Test piece:

I rather like it! However just look at this one small section:

Even if you don't read music, you've got to admit that the composer is having a laugh with all these time signature changes! The 10/8 sections have to be treated like the Mission Impossible music, needless to say there's a lot of counting to be done.

Wish us luck on Saturday!
xxxx

27 comments:

Helen said...

Good luck indeed.. I never learn to read music (much to Mrs Norman's disdain at school, she was rather fierce...) the poppies are spreading nicely. I look forward to seeing the painted pots too. Helen #2

Shoshi said...

Fascinating post, Jan, and as usual I revelled in all the gorgeous colours and fabrics. I really love the bouquet of poppies. The Devon County Show is celebrating a major anniversary this year and they are calling for everyone to knit bunting flags, to make the Guinness Book of Records for the longest bunting in the world so I need to get my wool and needles out, I think! The pots look fun - almost an artwork in themselves en masse like that. As for the music, the best thing to do is forget counting, and just play the note values - we sang the Durufle Requiem once, and every bar had a change in time signature (3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 5/8, you name it!!) - and the conductor said, forget the bar lines and just count the quavers and it will take care of itself. The effect Durufle was after was plain chant, and it worked a treat. All the best for the competition - I am sure you will do fine. I would absolutely love to hear you. Every now and then the town band practises in our church after the morning service, and I’d happily stay all day listening to their wonderful warm tones, and forget all about lunch!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #11

Lillianb said...

Lovely lot of different colour fabric, and hope the pots dry out for you to paint them, Lot of luck for Saturday,

Happy WOYWDW Lilian B # 12

Bridget Larsen said...

You always have a very interesting desk, cant wait to see what those pots look like when done
Bridget #1

Anne said...

Looking forward to seeing the completed wreaths and painted pots!
That music looks very complicated!
Good luck for the contest! I'm sure you will all do really well. Anne X 14

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Always a delight to see what you've been up to Jan you never let the side down sharing your creativity. Those group poppies look fantastic so what will you be doing with the pots..?? Wishing you all the best with the Regional contest, i'm not a reader of music but there appears to be some busy sections with those notes.. have fun, i'm sure you will!! Happy WoywW Hugs Tracey #7 x

Julia Dunnit said...

Bloody hell missus. I’m reeling.A list. And now you see why I make them...just to corral stray thoughts, never mind commitments! And then I get to the part about the music and I’m lost..you may as well be speaking in tongues. All those pencilled notes and black dots, it’s a language I just dont speak, I’ll bet you’ve all practiced your socks off, so I do indeed wish you good luck and good playing for Saturday. In fact, I’ll add it to my list of weekend things to think about.....

Diana Taylor said...

I love the poppies - they are so simple and relaxing to make and that's a lovely idea for the D Day commemoration. I laughed about the list making - I can't get by without a list every day, sometimes several a day - I have a terrible memory and don't feel organised without one - all your little grey cells must be in good working order!
I wish you loads of luck for Saturday, I hope it goes well for you.
Hugs, Diana xx #15

Annie said...

It took me back a few years to my piano lessons as a child reading music....that looks challenging! It's only at times of pressure of work that I write lists....I often forget when customers say they are coming cos I don't write them down...It makes for a lovely surprise :-)Love the fabrics, the poppies are so lovely and I can't wait to see the finished pots....what a lovely idea.
Hugs,
Annie x #13

Glenda said...

I'm always pleased to visit and see all the fabric you have on your table!
Happy WOYWW!
Glenda #18

Neet said...

Wishing you luck for Saturday. I do remember about counting when I was a child playing the piano. Is that known as 'tempo' or have I dreamed that one up?
Crikey missis, that is one heck of a lot of plant pots and an even bigger lot of poppies. You have been busy, and are gong to be busy. The WI down there certainly got a gem when you moved home.
Hugs, Neet 9 xx

Catriona said...

Good luck with your music-I had no idea what the notation meant but I’ll take your word for it! The poppies are beautiful and I’ll look forward to seeing the pots finished.

Elizabeth said...

A list, Jan! Sounds like maybe you need to drop some of those irons for a while so you can concentrate on the most important. But where's the fun in that! Pretty fabric - shame about the end of the campervans though. Love the beautiful bunch of poppies you've made. They look like the perfect project for in front of the TV. Enjoy the pot painting and good luck in the finals for your band - especially with that piece of music which Alan agrees isn't for the fainthearted. I'm sure you're going to smash it. Hugs, Elizabeth x #21

shazsilverwolf said...

Hiya Jan, and HUGE good luck vibes coming your way. That piece does look extremely complicated! Lots of pretty fabrics. I love proper clay pots, so much nicer than plastic. Me & DIL used to paint them with acrylics, then fill with Citronella candle wax. Love & hugs to you all, Shaz #6 XxXxXx

Sue Jones said...

Good luck with the band for Saturday. I have lists all over the place and about three diaries too- still don't get it all done. ha ha . Hope you are warm and dry . Have a lovely week . Soojay 24

okienurse said...

WOW busy times at your house! Good luck with your band! The only music I could ever play was turning on the record player or stereo! My son is a band commander at West Point... https://westpointband.com/who-we-are/command-staff.html#doswell. My daughter Heather sang in jazz and show choir but when she went to college on scholarship she decided singing wasn't for her and switched to painting and art. I told my husband we didn't do so bad for two old science based people! Have a great week and once again good luck! Vickie #25

StampinCarol said...

Beautiful fabrics! Looks like you have them paired up pretty good!
That's a nice start to your wreaths. Bet they are gorgeous when done!
I haven't played any music in like forever but that's some fancy footwork you're going to be doing! Hope it goes well!
Thanks for popping by!
Carol N #19

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Those poppies are gorgeous, well done you. I'm not very good at reading music but it doesn't take much to see that's a bit complicated which is the main reason that my Saxaphone is still in it's case though I know practice is the only way to beat it. I need to get it out again soon. Have a lovely creative week and a happy woyww, Angela x16x

Little Dorrit does... said...

Hi Jan,
Those poppies are so beautifully made - they will make very lifelike wreaths and would also be lovely as individual brooches. I do hope you post some pictures of the finished painted pots next week too.
It's years, nay decades, since I picked up my violin or read a sheet of music - but I can still remember enough to wholeheartedly agree that the composer is clearly a bit of of a sadist! Love your pencilled notes - 'push...support...watch...keep down!'
Thanks for stopping by earlier. Lucky you to have had eleven years living in Northumberland! We keep having conversations about whether we might be able to retire there one day, we love it so! We are due to go again in June with the in-laws, and I am already looking forward to it!

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your visit, Jan, and for your lovely comment about my fish painting. Much appreciated! The painted pot with the fish sounds absolutely gorgeous. I am thinking of painting some more of the prints I made of that design, and I will certainly be incorporating some Perfect Pearls and metallics. I just wish they photographed better... I am working on some small Celtic motifs now and they should be ready for viewing next week. Lol at your comment re the music!! You can't go far wrong if you keep your eye on the conductor, that's for sure. We had a lot of jokes with our choral society conductor on that subject... Anyway, just ignore the bar lines and play the note values and everything will be fine! I do wish I could come and hear you... I do envy your participation in group music. I miss it a lot, but my health doesn't allow me that level of commitment unfortunately. I might do the odd scratch Messiah every now and again though.

Shoshi x

Dorlene Durham said...

Lots of great photos on your post this week. Have a great week. Dorlene #23

Sarah Brennan said...

Good luck indeed Jan. I think that is the first time I have seen a 10/8 key signature. Lots of counting indeed. I love lists as you know, hope yours is helpful. Happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #3

Camilla Fisher said...

All the best for the competition. I'm glad I'm not having to sing that!

Stacy Sheldon said...

Hi Jan, nope I cannot read music so I will take your word for it :) fingers are crossed for you all. love those Poppies and it sounds like a fun adventure for everyone to paint the pots. ~Stacy #22

Sue said...

Hi Jan, I have been away, so only now catching up with blogs.

Glad the fabric has come in handy. Sue

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thank you for your visits and words of support. I was in a panic the other day, I lost my LIST. Have to have one or I have no clue lately what's happening. Love your crochet flowers for the wreath I am using old music papers in some journals and WOW they are fascinating. Have a great weekend.

Kyla said...

Hope it went ok (sorry late with my visits), love the idea of the wreathes too, a fabulous idea.
your WI group seem to always be busy, no wonder you need a list now!

Kyla

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