I really did enjoy last week's celebrations, rather different to the normal ATC swap but no less wonderful - I'm glad you enjoyed the video, thanks again to G for helping me with the techy stuff!

How can it be nearly June though? The last time I turned around, it was March - thank goodness for WOYWW because at least I know what one day of the week actually is, lol!!

After all the mask sewing I was in a bit of a lull, unsure of what to do next when Rhys came to my rescue.

His favourite ancient linen shirt had a hole in the front, so a bit of make do and mend came into play. The grey and yellow fabric is the tail end of a duvet cover used for scrubs bags and I kept it to make glasses cases or something, anyway, it was the perfect tone for the mend.

I cut three bits out, bondawebbed them to the shirt and sewed around - you can see they're there but it's quite subtle and Rhys is happy!

I have continued crocheting my Lockdown Blanket and in the lovely but slightly cooler evenings it has been quite nice doing it outside. This was taken at 9pm last night - I so wish we had smello-vision because the scent from my roses was amazing!!

The antics of the birds in the garden has kept us all amused - the sight of baby sparrows in the bird bath is a thing of joy. They discovered a good place to perch whilst waiting for a parent to feed them:
Patience is a virtue eh? Sparrow numbers are diminishing so we're quite happy that there seems to be a growing population around us.

Hope you've had a good week, keep safe and well xxxxx


Anne said...

Hi Jan. I admire your mending, the blanket of many colours us very cheering. It would be lovely to smell those roses- your garden looks very inviting. Take care. Anne X

Sarah Brennan said...

Nice work on Rhys' shirt Jan. A lovely garden to crochet in and the blanket is looking vibrant. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #7

Ali Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. Another sunny day in glorious Wales! I am definitely even more grateful for having so much space around us when the weather is this good. All of the farmers are busy cutting silage, including us. We then need some rain ASAP to make the grass grow again. I bought a couple of masks from a friend in Cornwall, but put them away in the cupboard for emergency use (if we needed to go to A&E for instance). Hoping that they will never need to be used. A neighbour of my Mum made one for her, so she felt a bit more happy about going to the doctors' clinic. This month seems to have gone even quicker than April. 2020 will definitely be a year to record in a journal. Not so many photos to include, but I must write down my feelings and what has been happening outside our Pembrokeshire bubble. Ali x #3

craftyani said...

Why is it because you can sew everyone thinks you can work miracles? Love the shirt repair reminds me of beeny hats! Cant see any roses in your pic but is that lavender? I've been following a friend of mine webcam she has swallows nesting in the roof area of her terrace they have five little ones expect them to fledge before weekend. ANi #1

Lillianb said...


Great that Rhys came to your rescue and you could get a bit more sewing done, Love the colours of the blanket they really cheer you up.

Stay well and safe,

Lilian B #9

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Well done on rescuing the shirt, lovely fabrics to give it a modern twist. The crochet blanket is fantastic, those vibrant colours are a sure reminder of the circumstances surrounding it's making. It will keep you nice and cosy come Autumn & Winter. Those wee birds sure have been delighting us all during the lockdown, always a pleasure to see and hear. Happy WoyWW Hugs Tracey #16

Twiglet said...

A neat little way to repair the shirt for Rhys - I would never have thought of doing that. I loved the photo of the sparrows - we watched bluetits fledge from our bird box in the crab apple tree. The weather pic on breakfast tv was Burryport today! xx Jo

glitterandglue said...

Morning Jan. So glad you are enjoying the slower pace - but yes, I'm sure you will be glad to get back to band... one day! Hey - nothing "in your face" about that blanket!! It's gorgeous. My next one will most definitely be.... different! I have a load of blacks, greys and greens in my stash now - and not a lot else. I'm scraping the bottom of the bag when it comes to other colours. However - when it finally gets out to Uganda, I'm sure someone will appreciate its warmth. Great repair job! good one. Your garden looks beautiful - wish I could say the same about mine...
Take care dear girl, with those lovely men of yours, and may you all stay safe.
God bless.
Margaret #5

Diana Taylor said...

Well done on that fabulous mending - it looks great and very 'designer'! The blanket is lovely too and I can imagine how lovely it is to sit out and crochet in the evening with the smell of roses around you - sounds blissful.
Like you we've had some baby sparrows and they are delightful little things aren't they.
Hope you have a lovely week,
Hugs, Diana xx #21

Mariane said...

G'morning Jan. Each time I visit your blog I learn new things. THANK YOU!! I "envy" your garden. I live in 2 rooms apertment, with no garden. So I am looking deeply into your garden pictures. WOW. Smell of roses that is awesome!!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Mariane #20

sandra de said...

What beautiful photos of your crochet, garden and birdies. I wonder if this little COVID 19 lockdown has provided nature with some respite from our intrusion. We also have noticed far more birds in our garden. Well done with the mending ... a work of art even when you repair. Stay safe and keep creating.
Sandra de @15

Sue Jones said...

Love the shirt. My very fav time of year , when the evenings draw out and the days are longer - heavenly. Love the sparrows , adorable. Have a great week, hope you get a few more evenings out in the garden. Soojay #27

Julia Dunnit said...

I must say that even our garden has succumbed to the perfume - it’s heady isn’t it, in the early evening. It’s a good year for the roses too...I have flowers on every one and buds on every one. AM a bit made up!! Got a tall clump of white Nigella that must have dropped from a birds bottom at some point, they are obscuring a rose, but I cant bring myself to take action, let everything flower! Those little sparrows are real babies aren’t they, fluffy edges! We have some too but they’re a bit older than yours, certainly not so cute, super noisy too! Still enjoying the video by the way!

Neet said...

That photo of the sparrows brought joy to my heart - what a beautiful photo and how lucky you are to have them so close (or was it G's special camera lens?). I was saying to a friend who said she has loads of sparrows that they were a rare bird the4se days but she said not where she is. That was good to hear.
Thanks for the idea on the t-shirt - I have a cardigan that has got a hole in the back rubbed away through having Chas rub my back with this pain - I will not part with it, it is my rug (as in a baby's one). I will now make some patches for it that are cute shapes and sew them on rather than try to knit a piece which was my original intention.
Keep smelling those roses
Love, Neet 9 xx

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier, Dexter has another visit to hospital this morning, more xrays etc.
I am not receiving any email notifications of my comments and I thought I was BillyNoMates!!
Love the photo of the sparrow chicks, we have lots of sparrows but will have to look out for the babies.
That's a brilliant mend on the teeshirt, well done.
have a good week
Christine #24

Crafting Queen said...

Those little birds are so cute. Looks like you are keeping busy. Keep well. Anesha x

shazsilverwolf said...

Hiya Jan, oh that sparrow photo is adorable. They're so fluffy!Great job on the fix, love it. I agree, it seems crazy we're almost into June, half the year gone almost.Roses up here are still in bud, be a couple of weeks yet I think before they open. Love & hugs to you all, Stay safe, Shaz #17 XxXxXx

Annie said...

I've finished the latest Memory bear so have a little time to pop round my favourite blogs :-)
Well done you with the patch....it looks like it's meant to be :-) I love watching the antics of the young birds...it's better than anything on the telly at the mo :-)
Annie x #13

Lisa-Jane said...

Love that blanket! Goodness how I have missed my visits! Your garden is looking gorgeous too. It looks like you've done a lot of work on it since I visited way back when visits were a thing! I hope you are keeping well over there lovely lady xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Lunch Lady Jan, thats my kind of mending, works a treat esp if rest of it is just fine. Linen is lovely to wear. It breathes!
Wonderful rainbow rug.. thats uplifting and cheery as is your garden!
Happy WOYWW 😊
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X 6

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
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My name is Cindy said...

Hello Jan, I am smiling so much at your sparrow photo - you really are a talented photographer!! We are loving seeing all our garden visitors - our favourite at the mo is a young woodpecker, he is really quite something. I do love that blanket - I may have to consider this knitting malarky, need something I can do in the garden. Thanks for your visit AND I'll message you dhortly. Happy WOYWW, Stay Safe, Stay Well, Cindy # 14

BJ said...

Love the make do and mend and super bright blanket, I can smell the roses too, sigh
Thanks for the visit BJ#11

Stacy Sheldon said...

oh wow that is some really good light for 9PM Jan, your garden looks so inviting. our sparrows, or what I think of as them are a little different looking and they seem to be doing well around my house. ( but, I have a ton of feeders out too) so, I think I get lots that nest in the neighborhood that just come by my house to eat haha) ~Stacy #32

Kelly said...

Good morning, Jan. Lovely pictures. I'm eying that lavendar. So pretty. I want to grow lavendar. Love the colors on your afghan. So bright and cheery. No desk for me this week. Dealing with a personal security issue. Ugh. I'm trying for that patience level at this moment. LOL Hugs & Creative Blessings! ~Kel

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Happy WOYWW.

Great mending job.

Your garden is lovely.

The blanket is very colourful.

I looked out first thing and there were four tiny ducklings in the water bowl. It's a small dog bowl, so they only just fit. Have had to put fresh water in several times these warmer days.

Well you stay safe. Sue

Belinda said...

Hello Jan! How are you my friend? I am loving the lockdown blanket. It's so vibrant. I really love seeing the birds. I never get enough of nature and birds in photos. I am sitting on my deck right now listening to them while I type. I am reading a book right now about how to help bring back birds and wildlife into our backyards. The main thing I get from it so far is that the fact that we plant non-native plants in our gardens and it messes up the whole ecosystem. So I am trying to slowly change my ways. It doesn't help that the garden centers sell more non-native plants. Stay well my friend!
Belinda #34

Lindart said...

I love the sparrow photo! We seem to have a lot of songbirds this year, singing away all morning long, but we rarely see them. What with foxes and kitties watching them, they are probably only coming out when to coast is clear! Your lockdown blanket is fabulous, so colorful and uplifting! Our garden is just starting, just leaves on the rose bush so far. How lucky to have roses already! Have a great week, Lindart #33

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

You may have finished the masks but you look as though you've still got plenty to do. That's interesting that you said sparrow numbers are diminishing as I have noticed there don't seem to be so many where we live so I shall watch out for them. Wishing you a lovely creative week and a happy woyww, Angela x19x

Caro said...

Fabulous mending and I so love the bright colours of your blanket, but the baby sparrows win the day! Happy WOYWW. Take care of yourself my friend. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#4)

Shoshi said...

Another lovely post as always, Jan. Always something of interest and gorgeous colours too, like your fabulous Lockdown Blanket - so fresh and summery. I love the white strip between the colours to set them off. It also looks great on the grey chair beside the grey table. (Your lavender in the background is looking gorgeous...) I love the subtle grey patches for Rhys's shirt! I am quite getting into grey at the moment. The fabric from the duvet cover is gorgeous with lots of interesting bits in it and I look forward to seeing what else you make from it. Your little sparrows are so dinky! All the birds do in our garden is "pip, pip, pip" in alarm because they can see the kitties prowling about! They try in vain to catch them but it doesn't stop them trying. We have a bird bath but nobody uses it except Lily, who likes to jump up and pat at the water with her paws.

Thank you for your visit and your good wishes for our anniversary. I agree - the kitties are part of the family, so why not make them a card!!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #22

StampinCarol said...

I'm finally getting some visiting done after having to get a plumber this morning! (Just the kitchen drain, but still....)
Anyway, pretty good mending of the shirt. And what a gorgeous cheery blanket! You have more light out at 9 compared to us.
We have quail blocks out and have oodles of bunnies, wrens, cardinals, quail, and various other critters come visiting.
Thanks for popping by. Hope you have a great week!
Carol N #30

Kathryn Frantz said...

I love your garden! It is beautiful and does look so relaxing. The little sparrows are cute as can be! Nice of them to pose for you.

Stay safe and well.

Happy Wednesday (still Wednesday here as I am 8 hours earlier than you.)

Crafting With Jack said...

Hi Jan, I do so love the scent of roses - sigh! Smell-o-vision would be great! Your blanket is looking lovely. I am thinking of making some masks. I have seen a simple pattern and I am sure I have a pillow case to spare. We are supposed to be going to Spain on the 13th July and I am thinking we may have to have masks on the plane. We are only now thinking we might be able to go after so much uncertainty. I would prefer not to go actually, as I hate travelling and all that it entails, but this is a family holiday and everyone else is really looking forward to it. I would love a Tardis to take me places (are you a Doctor Who fan?). I downloaded a lot of the older ones and have enjoyed watching them. I think I am in danger of rambling here! Stay safe x Angela#31

Marit said...

Love, love, LOVE the photo of the little birds, it's wonderful to have birds in your garden/surroundings isn't it? We view baby jackdaws on the roof across our balcony, the nest was in the chimney and it's fun to see them come in and out and sit on the roof waiting for mum and dad to bring food. The big oak tree in a nearby garden (another lovely sight from our balcony) houses all kinds of birds including a woodpecker... I should only get me some yarn to start crocheting and we are similar :D Sorry I am late with my return visit, happy belated woyww and happy weekend! Love from Holland. Marit #25

Kyla said...

LOVED the video last week, was great to remember all those amazing meet ups.
Loving all your makes too and mending brilliant


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