Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 19 July 2017



We've had two sets of visitors in the past week which has been wonderful but busy so not that much crafting has taken place. I did get out all all the things that I've made for the RNLI Open Day (22nd July) in order to box them up to take to the relevant people.

There are tote bags, drawstring bags, zippy bags, doggy bandannas, hearts, tissue holders, sunglasses cases and carrier bag tubes - I hope they're useful for raising some cash.

The sunglasses pattern and tutorial came off Pinterest!

The doggy bandannas are folded and labelled....

This was for Son No 2 however, he wanted a doorstop to stop his bedroom door from creaking in the breeze. It's basic but functional...bit like me really :-D

My nephew Matt came to stay with his wife Kim and her mum, also Kim, who are from New York. They had a good couple of days exploring the area. I'd shown Mama Kim my crochet blanket-in-progress and, bless her, she insisted on finding a wool shop when the three of them were out and bought me these:

Posh wool!! It's Merino and incredibly soft. Mama Kim said she hoped I'd make a shawl or scarf for myself. That'll be my Autumn project for sure. How thoughtful a gift was that? As fast as I'm trying to clear my stash, more appears - it's the yarny equivalent of the Magic Porridge Pot, lol!!!

A couple of pics to finish with - Mr LLJ belongs to a local photography society who arrange some interesting trips out - this was last Wednesday's to a National Trust Property.

There were lots of deer enjoying the cool of the evening but the main intention was to see...........

Badgers!! This little one was muscling in to get its fair share of peanuts....

The one on the right was using its paw to shovel in as much food as it could...there were jays and wood mice helping themselves to the feast while 10 photographers sat in a hide. Better than tv huh?!

This is my favourite shot - G really enjoyed the evening and can't wait for the next one!

Have a great week xxxxxxxxx


  1. You seem to have had a never ending supply of visitors since you moved! having seen the scenery I can understand why! Love the photos of the badgers; what a treat for G that was. Well done on such a huge array of makes for good causes - I bet they sell well. Helen #??

  2. Morning Jan. Great things put together for the RNLI - you do keep busy!! No word "Boredom" in your dictionary either, I see!!! What a lovely gift from Mama Kim - enjoy using that glorious yarn. And what a photographer your hubby is - brilliant shots - well done.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret - no number yet

  3. Such a lovely collection of makes - you have been hard at work. The items you sent me for my RNLI fundraising have been amazing.
    That is a super gift from Mama Kim - enjoy making yourself something lovely.
    What fabulous photos - those badgers look so cute. Nature caught to perfection.
    Toni xx

  4. What an array of fabulous photographs. Love the badgers but then I love the deer too. Can fully understand DH waiting eagerly for the next trip.
    That is a lovely photograph of you two with your visitors. One for the album certainly. Do you get more visitors now you have moved than you did previously? Just wondering. Certainly a very thoughtful gift of that gorgeous soft wool. Something to give you pleasure whilst making and to give you pleasure whilst wearing. Must remember that one, greayt idea.
    Have a lovely week, one closer to the crop.
    Hugs, Neet 1 xx

  5. What a delightful page today Jan. Lots of super makes, nice visitor pics and back to nature ones. It was like opening a lovely magazine
    Lynn xx 6

  6. Such a lovely picture, and my word, you both look so well. Aren't the Kim's gorgeous! Mama Kim is quite should make something lovely for yourself, I hire you enjoy making up the Merino Wool, lovely colours.

  7. What a great post! I love badgers :)
    Happy WOYWW!
    Claire no. 2

  8. Oh My! What a feast of photos this week, great family pic and makes - hope you raised loadsa money too. Lovely wildlife pix too

    Happy WOYWW


  9. Hi Jan, You have made a lot of lovely things. they will be snapped up.

    Very nice of Mum Kim to buy the wool. You'll enjoy using that and like she said to make something for you.

    The photos are fab.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #11

  10. So many beautiful photos. Lovely to see the family crafting. And I love all the goodies you've made for 22nd - hope it goes really well. Hazel WOYWW 12 x

  11. Oh! Wow! what an amazing way to spend an evening! Looks like I'm going green again!!! Thank you for sharing those lovely photos.
    I have one of those doorstops - marvellous things .... simple like me and so useful to have around! lol
    Have a good week
    Christine #15

  12. Love all your makes and had a look at last week's too as I was away (love the bright pinks). But I DID wave to you - honest, told my son, he thought I was mad! BJ#16

  13. I'm not surprised at the lovely gift; nice things come to nice people. The things you've made for the RNLI fund raiser look great; love the sunglasses case. Happy WOYWW Sarah #17

  14. Lovely photos, Jan! If that's what your desk looks like when "not that much crafting has taken place" what does it look like when you're on a roll, LOL? Basic but functional - I can very much identify with that! Me and hubby often compare ourselves to our old Volvo - the basic model - no gimmicks but reliable! Loving all your makes - any K9 will be proud to sport those bandanas! How very thoughtful of your visitors to buy you some wool to keep you going! Lovely group photo! Enjoy your week! zsuzsa #18

  15. Love the badger shots Lunch Lady Jan, how clever is is Mr LLJ??? Brilliant I say, and love your bandannas for your doggies, they're sooo cute as are the bagggies and other goodies... I'm thinking of a friend amd her pup maybe they'd like one, or Cooper would, mmm.... will msg you if find out....
    Our lovely Julia shocked the socks off me today or yesterday actually days atminute kinda all slide into one another..
    Thanks so much for your great desky share, love the Kim's and the wool gift too!!! Kind plus...
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #13

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  16. OMgoodness the photos are absolutely stunning. Well done Mr. LLJ. Enjoy the merino wool... I am sure we have merino sheep in OZ.
    sandra de @25

  17. I'm rather late calling in today but yesterday ( on my day off!) I had a customer request 3 School Memory bears making for Thursday (yes tomorrow!) so quilts had to be put to one side and I've been head down sewing all morning....have now got an evening dress to shorten and a gents jacket to shorten the sleeves on.....all being collected tomorrow!!
    I really love all your makes Jan....hope they make a lot of money for the good cause. What a lovely gift of yarn you've been given....I'm sure it will be put to good use.
    Annie x #8

  18. Those dog bandana's are super cute!! Your desk is always a treat to see! Good to hear your Nephew and co had a good time with their visit. Those deer are all so cute!! Have a wonderful week! xo Cheetarah WOYWW #22
    Contemplations of a Kitty

  19. Love those glasses cases - and everything looks so professional :)
    Well, you learn something new every day - and today I have discovered (thanks to you lol) that badgers like peanuts. Who would have guessed?! lol
    Have a great day! :)
    Bubbles #5

  20. Jan, I like your basic doorstop, I think is fabulous! What a treat from Mama Kim and a blessing to be sure! Such sweetness! I LOVE the badger photos! How great are they! Thanks for sharing and you're right WAY BETTER than TV! Blessings, Felicia #32

  21. Oh wow, great shots of the badgers. The sight of them made me forget was I was going to say about the earlier photos! Oh yes, love that balloon fabric.

    Fiona #34

  22. What a wonderful selection of items you made for the RNLI, I hope they raise lots of money with the, they look fab. How thoughtful was the gift, what a lovely thought x

  23. The RNLI are so lucky! Great brock and other pics. Mama Kim is so kind. Love Lxxx#20

  24. How sweet of her to buy you posh wool! I love your sunglasses case! So cute.

    Have a great day!
    Diane #19

  25. Your made goodies look wonderful - such bright and colourful fabrics. You are SO talented! I bet they will make a lot of money.

    I'm jealous of your husband being able to view and photograph such beautiful creatures. I am getting better at my photography though no clubs around here.

    I haven't been very crafty lately (mainly taking photos!) so no desk to show. I wanted to visit though.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K

  26. Sounds like the two of you are now firmly rooted in Wales! The animal watching looks like to much fun! We do a lot of that in our front yard with all the varieties of bird, squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits! No badgers though, I don't even think we have them here. Your goodies are sure to help raise lots of money, Pinterest is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Thanks for sharing, Lindart #35

  27. I just love the sunglasses case and bandanas. Glad you had a good time with family. The badgers are adorable. :-)
    April #21

  28. Your crafty sale items are fab Jan - love the specs case pattern. The door stop will be perfect and I giggled at the thought of you being basic but functional!!! Yes we too have that Magic porridge pot syndrome here - the wool/fabrics and crafty items keep multiplying! xx Jo

  29. Your photos are so awesome. Love the photo of your family and extended family. That was so sweet of Mama Kim to purchase yarn for you. Love looking at your projects. You have a great eye for fabric combinations. Dorlene #31

  30. Hello my dear friend!
    Oh, how nice that Mama Kim bought you some lovely yarn -- and insist you using it to make yourself something! A shawl is a wonderful idea.
    The eyeglass case is adorable. I will have to check your pinterest account - what is your name there?
    Your hubby's photography expedition sounds like a lot of fun! What a great idea to put nuts out to see who shows up. I may try that in the mountains here. My luck would be a bear. A few have been spotted in town. Oh my...
    I'm visiting late this week!! Today is my last day on the job and I'm taking advantage!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (28)

  31. What an interesting and full post. What a nice thing Kim did, shopping for you and with you making something for yourself in mind. And your husband is a fabulous photographer! My favorite are all the deer. My grandson would love to get these kinds of photos. He loves animals and has a Blog. Next Door Zoo. Thank you for stopping by earlier, Jan, and your lovely comments. #33

  32. Oh the move has really been good, you are both looking fantastic. Some fabulous goodies for the RNLI (a fab cause) and how lovely to have visitors (and posh wool too).
    ps-love the wallpaper too!

  33. What a thoughtful gift and beautiful yarn. The photos of the badgers are amazing xx