Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

WOYWW 151

RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES
(ok, you've got to do some work for this week's music title...
Put out your arms and sing to Wagner's Music..)
BOM BOM BOM BOM BOM,
BOM BOM BOM BOM BOM,
BOM BOM BOM BOM BOM,
DA DA DA DAAAAAAAAAAAAA


Do you feel better now?? Hope you're not at your place of work while you're reading this...don't blame me if you get strange looks :)
This music came to mind when I was at my desk sewing last week, looked up out of the window and saw this...
It was like the end of the world was nigh!! We'd just had a huge hailstone storm pass over and the light was really dramatic.


Anyhow (apologies for the diversion), my desk...
Started to try out a new idea this week.
Personalised bunting..thought it might be something different. This was a try out - it was for the beautiful baby daughter of friends of mine from band.


I had scraps of different pink fabrics and I liked
the funky purple material that was bought 
on holiday last year.

I quite like the effect....
I also 'broke open' the mad chicken and duck fabric this week - don't know what to call the range yet - any suggestions??
Now, don't be rude - clean ones only please :)
I've kept this week reasonably short!! (If anyone is interested in a trip to Prehistoric Avebury, see the previous post)


I always knew my cat Harry was a hero - he is named after the famous boy wizard after all - but I didn't realise that he was also Batman in disguise...
Robin's out in the garden.... :D


Have a great week xxxx



















Monday, 23 April 2012

AWESOME AVEBURY!

It was G3's 16th birthday on Sunday. He wanted to go out to Avebury then have a picnic (the day before had been his day with mates, celebrating). That's easy to do we said. 
So we rolled up quite early and almost had the place to ourselves...
 It was a glorious morning and so peaceful before the crowds turned up
 Walking around the top of the bank, it's amazing to think that it was all snowy white chalk when first constructed, no turf at all. It must have been awe inspiring then - it still is today!
 Our favourite trees! Love these roots, they're so knotty and tangled. Is that a tree sprite I see??
People often leave tokens in the trees to say thank you to whoever they believe in...

One of my favourite stones is the Dragon. He's almost primeval...


Can you see him draped over the top of the stone with his head swooping down to the right? Dragons feature large in the Wiltshire mythology. The Celtic word for dragon is Hack and the word for head is Pen. We have a few Hackpen hills, the most famous having a white horse cut out of the chalk. A friend of mine has mapped out many of the notable sites in Wiltshire and interestingly, the most important correlate with the position of the major stars in the constellation Draco.  A coincidence? Maybe, but we underestimate our ancestors far too often....
My favourite piccy :)
And I'll leave you with a view down the Vale of Pewsey. I live at the far end! This is my favourite spot on a midsummer's evening. You can climb to the top of the hill (with a Neolithic camp on top) and sit listening to skylarks. Heaven on earth....
When I've shuffled off this mortal coil, Julia's on a promise to throw my ashes off the top to the winds so I can be up with the buzzards too. LOL!!!! That's what friends are for :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

WOYWW 150

APOLOGIES FOR LAST WEEK.....
HORMONE-ITY LEVELS BACK TO NORMAL...
HAS IT MADE ANY DIFFERENCE????
NOPE....
*grin*


A new week, a new post - unfortunately for you lot, the same old me!!
The indoors desk this week features the schizophrenic 'Am I a flower or Citrus pattern??' fabric. I was having a rummage (as one does...) and I found a length of this, not big enough for a bag or apron so I've made two carrier bag tubes.
I use the box construction to attach the loop - I like sturdy loops, me...
The finished article (also in my shop)
This past week has also included the magic changing bin!! Oh yess, Ladieeees and Gentlemen, prepare to be amazed at the chameleon-like ability of this humble bin to change from....
To THIS!!
Da- daaaaaaaa. *drum roll*
Now, I'll have you know that I made the pattern up for this and it included GEOMETRY. Oh yes, indeedy, Pi R sq H and all that!! I made a similar one in red/taupe spots as well for the Sister Bin.

But it hasn't been all sewing - here's the Outside desk
Lots of bedding plants potted up. It's just as well they're snuggy warm in here, cos we've had some vicious morning frosts...
I've worked hard tidying the garden up and it looks better for it!

FINALLY - you know that WOYWW is taking over your life when you go to an Artillery Museum with your lads and Zentangles pop up. What is she blathering on about now, I hear you cry....
The patterns just reminded me of the amazing artwork that's been featured on many desks these past few weeks. And if we pull out....
An 18th century cannon from Burma. Quite amazing!

You see, sturdy loops, geometry and Zentangle cannons...I do worry about my leapfrog mind sometimes...... :D
Have a great week xx





Wednesday, 11 April 2012

WOYWW 149

SPRING HAS SPRUNG,
THE GRASS HAS RIZ
I WONDER WHERE DEM BIRDIES IZ.
DER BIRDS ARE ON DER WING.
BUT THAT'S ABSURD,
SURELY DER WINGS ARE ON DER BIRD?
(Spike Milligan)
Sorry, normal service will be resumed as quickly as possible.... hang on, what am I talking about, it's never normal here!!
Slight hysteria is setting in, dear bloggy pals of mine. I don't know whether it's the sap rising or Julia's hormone-ity that's rubbed off, but I'm definitely feeling a bit hoppity skippity!! 
Anyhow..the desk..
I'm making a carrier bag tube for my friend who ordered the table runner that I was making last week. It's easy to make but I hate threading the elastic through  - daft really as it's a simple job, but one I loathe doing!! 
I've been cutting the cupcake fabric to make an apron for two commissions, there was enough left over to cut out a peg bag and messenger bag as well.
Here's the finished peg bag..
It's a pretty, fresh fabric, isn't it?  I bought the blue and white spotty material in Fabricland last week and have used pretty much all of it already - but there's still the other two colours left..
They're only poly-cottons but are lovely soft tones that will be brilliant for lining bags and apron strings etc.  I'm going to have to get some more blue though!!
I finally got around to setting up my blogshop - after much 'encouragement' from Julia. If you'd like a peek, then please click here. All visitors welcome :)

As the poem says, Spring has most definitely sprung in my garden. My tree is bee-yoo-ti-ful...
All you can hear are bees buzzing around in the blossom - gorgeous!!

And finally...Julia has often said I should find another profession...
Do you think there's much call for S&M ice cream in the area???? lol...... You see, definitely too much hormone-ity  :D xx
Have a fab week!


Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Shop is Open!!

It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears - and that was just setting up this new blog!!  But I actually have some stuff up for sale in my shop here.


I'm so excited! So is Harry..
He's just too cool to show it! :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

WOYWW 148

SPRINGTIME IS ON MY MIND,
FLOWERS BLOOMING ALL THE TIME,
SMELL THE ROSES, SMELL THE GRASS,
OLD MAN WINTER CAN KISS MY *!@
(From Spinal Tap - fab movie!)


On my desk today are stripes and spots!! I've had a commission to make 6 place mats and a long table runner for a friend. She came over and spent a happy half hour rummaging through my fabric and chose this combination. Bright and breezy!!
The craft fair last weekend went reasonably well (given the petrol situation AND a competing fair at Marlborough College). I made some cushions for the first time ever and they went well.
The Union Jack fabric looks good whatever I make in it!
As does the Punky Jack (my nickname for it!) and the stripy. Think I'll make some more of these!
I bought some fabric last week - well, there's shocking! The cupcake fabric is another commission for an apron for a mad keen baker and I just liked the other one. It's the same colourway as the very popular doggy fabric, so we'll see how it makes up. But I still haven't found a cat fabric at all!! Turned up zip, nada, rien, zilch on that score. Definite gap in the market for any textile designers out there :)

Even though the temperatures have fallen this week, my tree has started to show his blowsy, feminine side! The blossoms are just peeking through - I like the faint moon just below the branches.
Other signs of Spring are the daffodils and celandines on our long hazel hedge bank.
The bank is our garden boundary and is a very old hedge line - you can see it on all the old maps of our village. When we bought the house, the hedge was in a right old mess, so DH and I read up about hedge laying and set to. We're really proud of it, must take a bigger pic to show you sometime.

Finally. I'm in the process of setting up a blog shop and was taking some photos of stuff yesterday. I was trying to take an arty shot of one of the cushions when someone felt they could add a certain cuteness to the scene....
He's thinking 'But you couldn't POSSIBLY afford to buy me!'
I'm thinking 'Harry, me dear ol' mate - you're so cheap, you'll be anybody's for a tin of tuna and a tickle under the chin....' !! Sounds like someone else I know!!
Hope you all have a great week :D xx