Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


                                 CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS.....

Wow, what can we say? Eight amazing years of crafting fun, support and friendship around the globe - well done Julia for keeping us all going, we appreciate your hard work more than you could know. After the terrible events in Manchester, it's more important than ever to share the love. 

I'm looking forward to visiting desks today but it will be after the visit of the lovely Hettie, who's coming to's been ages since we last met. 

There has been a reasonable amount of crafty goings-on at the desk these past few days. My friend Helen (she of Knitted Boobs fame) came round for a coffee last week and was more than happy to be dragooned into some serious cutting out for me:

Oh but she had a lovely time! Once she'd got through what I'd sorted out, the riffling through my scraps box commenced; the next hour was spent cutting out co-ordinating fabrics for tissue pack holders...there would be a squeal as another good combination of colours was found.  We had lots of fun and chatting may have been involved :-D  Helen is my oldest friend, we've known each other since we were 11 and started grammar school together. She's seen me through my rebellious teenage years and is still friends with me!! It's good to be back in my old home town and see more of her x

This was the desk yesterday. I'm making a whole load of tissue holders, sunglasses cases, small zippy bags etc for a couple of charities. I'm in Production Line Mode, it's quicker that way. The fabrics were fat quarters that I got in a family Secret Santa last Christmas - I wouldn't have chosen these myself but am really enjoying the colours. Something a bit different!

I received a parcel on Monday - inside was this:
The most gorgeous mug! With a hare...swoon! But there were no details about who sent it. So I rang up Little Weaver Arts (whose logo was on the bottom of the mug) who sell gorgeous homewares and asked if they could help - the very lovely lady who answered the phone told me it was a Secret Squirrel present and she was under orders not to reveal who had sent it to me!! Friends on FB didn't own up and so if it was a desker, then Thank You! I love it xx

Hope you like the new header, I had fun doing that. Hope you all have a wonderful time moseying around the desks today. Long may the crafty madness continue.....


Wednesday, 17 May 2017



Hello lovely deskers around the world - hope you've had a good week! There hasn't been much crafting going on here again, although there has been fun in the JanCave Mk2 :-D

My friend Lynne came to stay for a few days - she has recently joined WOYWW as Lynnecrafts, so pop along and say hello if you can!  Lynne and I have known each other for a very long time (34 years to be exact!), she and her husband have been great and loyal mates to me and Mr LLJ and, do you know what? We still chat away happily, there's never any silences :-D 

From the other end of the table, so you can see experience the full deskiosity! Lynne was helping me out by drawing around the circle template for some ornaments I'm going to make. It was lovely having someone to chat to while I was mending some clothes!  Lynne had brought some jewellery with her that she was going to make a necklace/chatelaine with for a party she's going to soon:

A little light extra internet bead shopping may have occurred at this point :-D

Lynne also bought me some really fab postcards by a photographer she's stumbled across in France - Nicolas Ughetto:

He's a wonderful landscape photographer (see here) As well as some amazing wildlife pics, he's played around with the printing which I love - the top left is my favourite, I could live with that on my wall!  Lynne bought me a hare triptych which I'll show another time.  We had a great few days and visited The Ginhaus in Llandeilo again - it's getting to be a habit :-D

I'll leave you with a couple more pics of my home town harbour. G and I decided we didn't want to sit down all evening so went for a walk and spent ages watching things go on down there....

The RNLI crew had been out practising....

The tide was going out and the sun was setting...

It was a still evening, we spent about three hours just watching the world turn.

ATC anniversary next week, I really must pull my finger out and get some made!!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017



Another 7 days has just whipped past....if I tell you that whiskey, brass and dolphins were involved (not all necessarily at the same time!!) then you get some idea of how life is panning out for me at the moment :-D

Some sewing has been done as well, in amidst the randomness! I'd offered to make some tissue holders as part of the local Knit&Natter Group's fundraising, also some felt ornaments. I thought I'd make a couple as samples for the ladies to see what I was on about...
Finding some suitable fabrics wasn't a problem with my newly sorted stash :-D

I really must sort out those embroidery flosses next.....

The brass part of my week was closely followed by whiskey when we came 3rd out of 8 bands in a tough category in a national welsh band contest but there are no pics to share which is probably just as well!

But I can show you these - Monday was a gorgeous day here in Wales and Mr LLJ and I decided to have another road trip to Cardigan Bay. We went to Newquay, what a charming little town it is, gorgeous painted Georgian houses set in rows on a steep hillside leading down to a very picturesque harbour. Just like this:

You can see what a glorious day it was! Boat trips leave from here to go out and view the marvellous wildlife, cliffs of nesting seabirds:

Seals basking in the sunshine:

...and Bottlenose Dolphins (not the clearest of pics but they weren't close)
It was so exciting to see these wonderful creatures - Cardigan Bay is renowned for them, also Minke whales, basking sharks and leatherback turtles. who come to feed on these:

Obviously this photo was taken back on land but those pinky blobs in the sea are barrel jellyfish, just like the one I showed you a couple of weeks ago. There were hundreds of them floating around and getting washed up too.

Mr LLJ and I had a really wonderful day!

We are really enjoying rediscovering our beautiful part of the world :-)
Have a great week! xxx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017



It's been another full week here...the decorators have been in doing some wallpapering (Mr LLJ and I are pretty good at most DIY but wallpapering is not one of our skills!) and we've done lots of walking as the weather has been so glorious.

But I have been back at the sewing machine too - yay!
I made some personalised bunting for the new grand-daughter of friends in band - it's been a while since I last cut out lots of triangles and I enjoyed doing it again. While the embellishments were out I had a bit of a tidy up as they hadn't survived the move all that well...
See Shaz, almost as you left them last year :-D
I'm a bit down on the button count however...any excuse to go craft shopping eh?! Lol.

I also had a massive sort out of my yarn stash and gave quite a lot of odds and sods to my mate Helen (she of the Knitted Boob fame) I do love a good sort, it's very cathartic.

Two pics to finish off with: this one was taken over Easter, it's me and Son No 1 on our beach...we found this huge bit of driftwood and tried to stand it up. Needless to say, it stayed vertical for all of 5 seconds but it was enough time to take a pic!
And the other was taken at a place in Llandeilo called the Ginhaus, where they had a gazillion different types of gin. This little scene caught my eye:

I thought of quite a few people when I saw this!! I won't name and shame but I'd be at the top of the list :-D

Enough randomness from me for this week...honestly, you lot have the patience of a saint!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017



There has been more crafting this week - woohoo! It made my brain hurt though because I was making a pattern from scratch and had to work out in what order things had to be done.

It all started with my younger son's birthday, you see - he turned 21 and one of his wish-list presents was a replica longsword! He does medieval sword fighting and wanted a resin weapon that doesn't hurt when you get hit with it (well, not as much anyway!). But it needed a cover as it's not really sensible to walk through a town with a sword on display these days.....

If you peer closely, you can see the grey resin blade lying on the stripey fabric with the cross guard, pommel and handle dismantled - they go in a pocket on the front. The fabric is a tough canvas so hopefully should stand up to the wear and tear of use!

Rhys had done a good turn for me - a flat pack bookcase had been delivered and he put it together:
It's a good life skill being able to assemble flat pack furniture eh?! He did a really good job.
I spent a very happy hour arranging some of my stash and bits and pieces :-D

We went on a road trip on Rhys' birthday - to Pembroke Castle which is a real gem. The weather, as you can see, was perfect!

I can't believe my boy is 21...where did the time go? We had a really wonderful couple of hours pottering around the castle and found these:

Dragon eggs in their own special nest (I took this for you Shaz!!) They were about 18" long and obviously will hatch out into little Welsh dragons :-) A fun thing to come across!

Have a wonderful week everyone - I might get some fabric scraps out and muddle through something else! Steady on....


Wednesday, 19 April 2017



LOOK!! Don't rub your eyes in disbelief.....they are not deceiving you!

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is craft on LLJ's table.

I repeat, there is craft on LLJ's.....yeah, you get the picture.

I had a good riffle through my fat quarters box to find some fabrics for Lynda's doggy bandanna that she wants for Isla, her young dog. Even more amazingly, I found the cardboard template....

It may be battered but it's seen some action, I can tell you!

And it still works! Woohoo :-D I haven't forgotten how to do it either (always a relief)  I'll show the finished bandannas when Lynda's had them.

This is the yarn on my table ready to be put away:
A belated Mother's Day prezzy from Son No 1! He had great fun in the shop picking colours that he thought would appeal. He was right, I love them all and will have fun making something with them. The little pot is full of beads and pretty things - you could buy a pot and fill it with whatever you liked apparently. I knew his early years training in how to fill a Woolworth's Pick and Mix pot to maximise the sweetie quotient would stand him in good stead :-)  We had a lovely couple of days with him and DiL-to-be before they had to return for work...Son no 2 is still here so I can spoil him for a couple more weeks!

Talking about being spoilt, this arrived from my great friend Lynne - I had no idea it was coming and was completely bowled over by it. Lynne sent an explanation with it as well:
OMG, I absolutely love it! I can take things off to make up a brooch or whatever I want as all the elements have lobster claw findings. There is so much meaning to each item - I have to admit it made me cry. What a beautiful and unique way to sum up our long friendship. I know Lynne reads this blog so would like to thank her publicly for this - there will be deskers all around the world who'll admire this, not only for the contents but the reasons behind it.  I think she's onto something here, don't you?

I am a lucky girl.

Have a great week everyone and hopefully there's be a little more desk action  to share next week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017



Now don't faint but I have a desk to share!!! I KNOW - exciting eh?!

Admittedly there's no crafting on it...yet, but at least it's ready for action. I found the sewing machine foot pedal (in the first box I tried - woohoo!) and I sorted out the buttons, bits and bobs that had got all mixed up in the move. I even have a project to do now, so that may kick my a*%e into gear. It's a dog bandanna for the pooch of my lovely desking visitor who came for a cuppa yesterday:

Lynda B, who lives quite close to my new house - it was brilliant to catch up again!  I suspect we'll be meeting for quite a few cups of tea in the future :-D

Shaz Silverwolf - I took this for you! It's at the National Botanic Gardens (I meant to share it last week but forgot!)

I'd quite like him as a garden feature but couldn't fit him in my backpack.....shucks.....

Mr LLJ and I went for a road trip around the beautiful Welsh mountains last Saturday when the weather was stunning. By chance we came across a place where they feed red kites every day, so we called in. Mr LLJ took eleventy billion photos but I thought I'd share two:

Good huh?  There must have been 80+ kites, they gradually arrived about 30 mins before feeding time and started circling 5 mins before the bloke started chucking the meat...they're not stupid eh?!

And talking of Mr LLJ, we hired a skip in which to dump the 6 palm trees and copious bamboo canes that we cut down a couple of weeks ago. Foliage takes up such a lot of space so in he went:
and performed a stamping dance! It worked though and we got loads more in.
Gawd knows what the neighbours must think........:-D

We've got both boys and DiL-to-be coming to stay for a few days today, I can't wait to see them and give them all a massive hug.
Have a wonderful Easter everyone, see you next week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx