Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 25 April 2018



Before I get going, can I wave to Eva from Austria and Catriona, who comment on my blog! As they're no-reply bloggers I can't email them but the fact that you read my nonsense is very pleasing and this is the only way I can say thank you :-D

You know when someone asks you how your week has gone and you can't remember a thing you've done? Thank goodness for taking photos for my blog, because they're a good aide memoire to remind me what I've forgotten!!

And there's a lot to share so apologies for the picture heavy post.....

My WI needed a collection basket - someone had a lovely wicker one but it needed a lining, so I measured it and made everything else up :-D Pattern? Moi?!

Threading through the cords...

Et Voila. Job done.

Then I was talking to my mate Lynne (Lynnecrafts on WOYWW) who has cracked a rib, poor gal and is in a lot of pain. She mentioned she needed another pillow to brace against when coughing or sneezing so.....

I bent a cushion pad in half and sewed it up then searched for a tough but soft cotton. That hare fabric I got recently fitted the bill just right:

The pattern really lent itself to the tall shape - hope it helps Lynne. x

It was the table top sale at my WI meeting and so I thought I'd use up some scraps to make some more sunglasses cases (hope you found the Pinterest pattern Eva!) and tissue holders - you know, stuff that takes no time to make and can be sold to raise some cash.

Tissue holder Jenga!!

Now this might look as if I've been chained to the sewing machine most of the week but other things have happened too:

I made these cakes for the funeral wake of the WI President Rita, who passed away a fortnight ago - I haven't done a run of cakes like this since I used to cater for Julia's cardmaking workshops (where I earned my Lunch Lady Jan nickname) There's coffee and walnut, sticky gingerbread, lemon sponge and maids of honour. The funeral went as well as these things can and loads of people came back to the hall for refreshments - no-one wields an oversized teapot as well as the WI !

You bored yet? Lol...there's been plenty of walking in the beautiful weather as well:

The sand martins have returned from their winter in Africa and were just starting to excavate their nests in the sand cliffs down on our beach. We watched them for ages, they were very busy with holes of various depths providing new homes for these tiniest of creatures,

It's hard to make out but there are two birds hurtling straight towards holes in this pic - we loved the way they folded up their wings just before they shot into the entrance!

Last pic! Phew, all my short blog Brownie points have well and truly been used up today :-D
Our son Rhys turned 22 this week and we went out for lunch and a mooch about and ended up at:
Cenarth Falls in Cardiganshire. The beautiful River Teifi is a home for salmon and sea trout and there's a museum all about the Coracle,a small single person boat that has been used since pre-Roman times. We had a grand day out.

And someone HAD asked me what I'd done last week, I'd have scratched my head and pondered for a bit and said 'Errrm, not much I don't think'   *grin*

Have a good crafty week everyone! xxxxxxx

Wednesday, 18 April 2018



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

Wednesday, 11 April 2018



I've been out dancing two Saturdays in a row!! This used to be the norm when I was younger but is a cause for celebration these days :-D Not so the aching ankles and knees the following day however, age is a-creeping up on me, lol!  When I think of dancing for hours in 4 inch heels...sigh.. don't think I could even walk in them these days :-D

I only tell you this because I've been out of the house more than in. Last Monday, we went to Winchester to up our lad from uni - we dropped in on Julia en route, hooray!! It was so fab to see her and we had a really good catch-up. Forgot to take any photos though...doh....

So here is a very short expose of what's been occurring craft-wise:

I've completed the crochet blanket and finished it off with a scalloped edge - it's a prezzy so has to be stored until needed. Julia had asked me to make a couple of little drawstring bags for her, so the fabric and cord is all to do with that. The boxes in the back contain card making stuff as I needed the dining room to be clear!

Blanket close up.......

Two fabrics for the Julia's bags - actually it was good using these as I bought them during a lunch stop when we were heading up for the Llandudno Crop last Sept!  I'd forgotten about them until I had a good rummage....

A tangle of cord - no matter how carefully I put this away, it always emerges looking like a rats' nest :-D

I'd also forgotten that I'd promised my SiL that I'd make her a fabric glasses case for her handbag. The spots attracted my attention and 15 mins later, there you are!. That's my own cardboard pattern behind - I have to label the front and back to make sure I get the right pieces facing the right way.....sad, I know but it works. Simple is so often the best :-D

Short and sweet today - things to do, places to go, meetings to attend. So apologies once again for late replies to comments. Hope you're all doing well.

Have a great week! xxxx

Wednesday, 4 April 2018



Goodness, it's been another busy seven days, two lengthy road trips, one for a funeral, the other for a party and lots of other goings-on too.

The desk:

I was in the mood to do some sewing so made another few bags for Margaret Glitter & Glue's charity. There's a pile of finished ones by the machine and some more fabric waiting to be cut out on the left.

The pale side is the 'right' side but I like the reverse of the fabric just as much, so these bags aren't going to be lined - the fabric is tough enough to make a bag on its own!

G and I went up to the Midlands to attend my brother and SiL's joint 125th birthday barn dance - we left the house early in order to meet up with some reprobates beforehand:

Shaz and Doug Silverwolf!! We haven't seen each other for ages so it was really lovely to just sit and have a catch up - I don't think we drew breath, lol!! Shaz was looking great after all her recent health upheaval and Doug never changes - we didn't have enough time though as G and I had to pick our son and fiancee up from the station. See you in Sept Shaz, if not before!!

The hotel that we stayed at was a converted convent and was quite idiosyncratic - but fun too. They were into calligraphy in a big way:

This made us smile!

And this looked like it was from some old poem - but G knew straight away it was the lyrics from Hotel California by the Eagles! Hence today's title :-D

There were lots of interesting nooks and crannies all over the hotel - even the stairs offered different viewpoints:
It's a bit like a picture by Escher! I have no idea which way is up......

The barn dance was awesome - the Willow was well and Truly stripped!  The band were fantastic with a really great caller, so after the first dance when everyone made fools of themselves, we soon got sorted and didn't do too badly for the rest of the night.  I took a photo of the band's name as it was appropriate:

I didn't see any wool or needles but they might have been stashed away!!

I am out today so if any of you are kind enough to comment, my replies are going to be very late in return.

Have a great week! xxxxxx

Wednesday, 28 March 2018



A couple of things before we kick off into Desk Mode today - if you follow me on Bloglovin' then I have deleted my account there so you may find I don't pop up in your feed anymore. And thank you for the various tips on how to deal with the BPOs  (B****y Peel Offs)...I think they might be a step too far for me..the aggravation factor completely outweighs the satisfaction!

My card making took a different turn this week - my son gave me a beautiful Mother's Day card with a paper-cut front. Well, it HAD to be recycled...look:

Pretty huh? Well, I had fun with a craft knife and 5 minutes later.....

...had deconstructed it into several pieces. Also, the back of that navy card had rather lovely stripes on so I used that instead. In all, I made three new cards from the one! I did ask R if it was ok to do all this first :-D

It struck me that I need to do some sewing as well and I thought I'd make some more bags for Margaret's charity so the fabric stash was upended onto the JanCave table again!

Well, a small part of it anyway! I sorted out the stuff that I don't think I'll use again and cut out another 8 bags' worth.

And this is the final piece of this fabric - I must have got this 7 or so years ago, there was just enough to make one bag. Bye bye fabric, I've really enjoyed your muted tones, great typefaces and design - you're going to be used for a great cause.

The weird upsy-downsy weather has continued this week but Sunday was a gorgeous day, blue skies, sunshine, warm. Hooray!! I know it's going to change again by the end of the week but G and I made the most of this day and went for a walk.  This magnificent Norman Castle is in the next village:

It's a beauty! We didn't go in this time but walked all around and up lots of hills!

Can you imagine being an attacker and facing an assault on this? No, me neither - no wonder sieges and undermining the foundations were the most effective ways of achieving a surrender! And I know it's wrong of me but I kept expecting to see the Monty Python and the Holy Grail mob peering over the battlements  :-D

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018



Hello everyone - another week of the crafting madness that is WOYWW rolls around! Hope the weather hasn't been too bad for you, we seem to have missed the Mini Beast that struck with snow at the weekend...fortunately.

My crafting has moved downstairs from the JanCave and I'm now in residence on the dining room table:

If I have a spare ten minutes, it's good to be able to sit and make a couple of cards - the pile is mounting up and hopefully will sell at the next WI Meeting. I'm not asking much for them but every little helps ;-)

Shaz Silverwolf donated a HUGE amount of bits and pieces including these butterflies which go really well with the soft tones of the paper. I turned them into Get Well/Thinking of you type cards - any tips on how to get those blasted peel off words in a straight line?! It may seem like teaching your granny to suck eggs but I need all the help I can can get!!

My other downstairs crafting has been some crochet:

This lovely lot is slowly being turned into...

This! A blanket for a prezzy. Nice colours huh? It's a slightly different colour choice for me which was dictated by the fact that these were the only ones available in Hobbycraft. They're WI double knitting yarns, for every ball sold a small percentage goes to the WI. It's acrylic which I always use for blankets as it's washable and is of a good quality. But why is it that white yarn always seems thinner than coloured?! It's weird, I know the ply is identical, it just doesn't seem as thick!

I also played in a contest with my band last Saturday, we thought we played well but weren't positioned very high - ah well, c'est la vie, adjudicating is very subjective. We held an open rehearsal a couple of days before when friends and family can come to hear us play, which entailed moving from our smallish band room to a bigger hall - and EVERYTHING had to be taken over including:

So last Thursday I was helping to lash tubular bells and timpani to a trailer ( you couldn't make this up, huh?!)

We got some really funny looks, I can tell you!! I was tempted to play them in transit but wasn't allowed....spoilsports :-D  They got there in one piece, phew, and then back again the next day.

You can't say my life isn't varied...........

Have a good week!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018



It was tough to top the Boobs lyric from last week! Today's is a little more mundane but all will be revealed later :-D

There's been no crafting done in the JanCave this past week, but plenty elsewhere!

In fact, it's pretty much how it looked last week - just too many other things going on at the moment. I bought a metre of fabric that spoke to me in the shop:

Be still my beating heart!! It's got it all - hares, patterns and that wonderful graphic lino print that has always been a favourite of mine. I bought a metre of it and am going to make something for me, but am not sure what yet. It might even get framed, I honestly could live with it on the wall!

Some more cardmaking went on at the kitchen table workdesk - Janet, my friend, came over for a cuppa and a play. She is a scrapbooker and wow, did it show. Her cards were beautiful!

Is that enough of a mess for you?! Ron looks seriously unimpressed :-D  We had a wonderful couple of hours and made quite different cards.

Janet made the two at each end of the bottom row and the second from left on the top. Just fab! I had a go at making Man Cards, using up a couple of prints of G's photos. They turned out ok but it taxed this newbie cardmaker's brain, that's for sure!

G and I went for a day out to the Mumbles, a cute little seaside town on Swansea Bay - we had a coffee and a mooch as you do. And then found this place:

Now, a new quilting shop is reason enough to take the pic but the flat above it is special too! I spent quite a lot of time as a child visiting my mum's cousin and aunt who lived there. They were old even then and I remember the rooms being dark brown with lots of Victorian bits and bobs. Uncle Ron had a study that was tobacco brown, with bookshelves, racks of pipes and a desk and battered leather armchair. Such strong memories for me, just standing there took me back to being about 8!

But apart from having a Proust-type Madeleine moment, I HAD to go investigate the shop!

Small but beautifully formed! There was a lot packed into a small space - they do classes and online too, see here for the link. This was where I got the hare fabric from, don't you think that was restrained?!

But the thing that made me hoot was this:

And mine was there....and he pretty much said that....but I was a good girl. Well, it's got to happen sometime huh?   *grin*

Have a great week everyone!