Friday, 8 May 2015

Five On Friday

I said that I would return and that Five On Friday would continue, and sure enough, as good as my word here we are again this week sharing our five things.

So five randoms, in no particular order!

1.  My hands may not have been busy writing over the last few days, but they sure have been busy crafting - and gardening and cooking and a thousand other things!  One of the things that I finished up was this needle/scissor keeper thingy.  I am not sure what the proper name for them is, can you tell!! 


It is made from two little cross stitch pictures.  One that I had already done and another that I had hanging around for several years just waiting to be used.  So I made up the little bunny, backstitched the two pictures together and added a plaited strand of the same embroidery floss that I used for the backstitching as a hanger. 


It looks very pretty on my stork scissors and is also great for keeping my scissors to hand as it dangles over my tapestry frame really well and also keeps the scissors from diving off the arm of my chair!


2.  Over the weekend we celebrated the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.  Isn't she beautiful! 

I just wanted to add my congratulations here to all of the Royal Family and especially to their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George as well of course!

You know, just in case they do read my blog....  hee hee!!

3.  Thank you all so very much for all your kindness, support, thoughtful comments and e-mails that you have sent over the last few days.  Really I did not imagine such kindness and was overwhelmed by all you had to say.  I cannot express my feelings other than to say THANK YOU!!!!!!

Now, I am one of those really annoying people that always think that there is some good to be found in every situation.  Don't believe me?  Think about these examples.  That appalling earthquake in Nepal recently.  Of course there is no one in their right mind who would think that was a good thing and I am not suggesting that it is.  But if you look to the positives.  All of those who have given money to aid recovery.  The incredible work done by rescue teams to save people from collapsed buildings.  The work that will be done to aid people and rebuild the country.  If we acknowledge the tragedy, but focus on the good and amazing that will keep us all going forward. 

After my post I had e-mails from a couple of people and chatted with them about things that we would never have talked about had it not been for my post and they gave me and hopefully I gave them in return some support.  I will not go into details, but good come from bad that would not have happened without the bad.  Sorry to say and I know that it isn't always the case and it isn't always a simple thing to find, but good coming from bad really has worked this time!!

For months now I have been singing the "let it go, let it go" mantra in my head to myself.  I had a couple of suggestions for new mantras in e-mails from some super lovely people - you will know who you are when you read these!

"Always look on the bright side of life", I know you now have images of Eric Idle in your head don't you!

Also "Keep your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you" not a song, but so very true.

So from now on, thanks to all of your love and support, my new mantra is "always look on the bright side of life, facing the sun with the shadows behind me".  I just need to work out a way to get that all into the whistley tune!!

So do not fear thanks to you, I will keep moving forward, even if I do have an annoying whistle thing going on, because I will keep looking to the good.  It is too powerful not to.  I just hope that you can too.

4.  The Thing.

What, what is The Thing I hear you ask.  It is this.


I have been crocheting it for what seems like months and every time someone saw me working on it and asked what it was I said The Thing as I wasn't totally sure myself what it would be!

It has turned out to a longish cowl, wraps round once, is longer than a cowl, much shorter than a scarf.  I made the pattern up to my own design.


I will do a fuller post, but it was one of the things I finished this week and I wanted to share it with you and ask for your name suggestions.  Any ideas?  I don't think that a post titled The Thing is really a very good idea!!

5.  Clandon Park update. 

You might remember that my post last Friday was all about Clandon Park, a National Trust property that suffered a catastrophic fire on 29th April.  Some of my colleagues at Basildon Park have been to Clandon to assist in the efforts to protect and store all of the items which were saved from the collection in the house.  From what I understand the situation is not only as bad as the pictures portray, it is far worse and the smell of the smoke and burning is overwhelming.

Work is progressing to keep everything as safe as possible, including the building.  It will be some time though before investigations are completed by the fire service and I don't suppose the high winds we have had in the last few days in the south of England will have helped matters either.

All of that said, there was some wonderful news yesterday.  We had heard that one room seemed as though it might be fairly untouched - the one and only room I might add.  On Wednesday Clandon Park tweeted some pictures of the room, which is in remarkable condition considering all that the building has been through.  To see pictures so soon was also amazing.  You can see the pictures here on the National Trust website.  I probably won't mention this again unless/until there is something of real note to share.  However, if you want to keep up to date, you can follow @ClandonParkNT on twitter to get their updates, or follow @lovemademyhome (me) as I will retweet anything of interest - as I already do for @BasildonParkNT.

Just one more thing.  The Five On Friday "opening hours" have changed and are now from 6 am on Friday until 7 pm on Saturday.  Also I will be asking everyone to either include a link or the button to my Five On Friday post within their own post, or to make reference within their post to the button if it is in their sidebar.  This is to be fair to everyone.

  If you want to check out anything else about Five On Friday see the All About Five On Friday page - top right of my sidebar.

Amy

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55 comments:

  1. I love 'The Thing' its so pretty, and the scissor holder is gorgeous, the cross stitch is so sweet, the cheeky cat and the cute bunny. I'm so glad that some good things have come out of your difficult week and I'm sorry things were a bit rough for you. I look forward to all your blog posts, you are such a dedicated blogger, it would be terrible to lose you. Keep smiling and have a wonderful weekend doing the things you love, blogging included!

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  2. Awww!! Amy thank you xxx

    I agree Princess Charlotte is absolutely beautiful, such lovely news.

    There is mention of the terrible earthquake from Miss Glade in my post today too, we must look to the positives and she writes about fundraising efforts at her school.

    I love your cowl/ short scarf / round collar, it's a pretty colour and fab design. I also love your scissor keeper thingy, it's very cute! Have a lovely weekend and thank you for hosting xxx

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  3. I love the thing, how about calling it a scowl a combination of scarf and cowl. I have the Monty Python song ringing in my head now...always look on the bright side of life...here's hoping it doesn't last all day. Heartening news about Clandon park.

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  4. A lovely post, Amy! The photos of your new needle/scissor keeper are so inspiring that one would like to start right away making (or trying to make) something similar. Also The Thing is very beautiful! :)
    Thank you for the interesting texts as well! I'm so happy to have discovered your blog.
    Have a great weekend! xx

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  5. Hi - such a shame about Clandon Park, I would imagine smoke is as destructive as water! I was very fortunate last year to visit the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio here in Norfolk which was amazing. We were shown various projects which were undergoing restoration - what incredible work they do ,so hopefully over time precious and historic items from Clandon Park can be saved and restored as much as is possible. By the way glad you are back xx

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  6. I do love the colour of 'The Thing', very comforting I find. I also like the design of course! I also need one of the scissor and needle keepers, I always loose either. Have a lovely weekend Amy and thank you for organising another Five on Friday. x

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  7. Glad you are back, missed you x

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    1. oops , posting by mistake under my husbands boat blog!!! It's Selma here from eclectichomelife, off to change the settings on the computer!!!

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  8. Good to see you back sounding so upbeat. Your cowl... or "scowl" is very pretty. I might manage to join in Five on Friday this week... Don't hold your breath!

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  9. Just catching up, as we've had only intermittent internet for a week due to 2 blackouts. Love your scissor keeper. I've one on my stork scissors which and old friend made, who has now passed away, but it always reminds me of her. Your cowl is just gorgeous and well done you for designing it yourself. I'll be in touch soon, but we are so busy with all this packing and stuff, that I'm sure I'll never get to do any emails. Take care and blog when you feel like it, not because you have to. You're on my sidebar, so I'll always know when you've posted. Huggles.

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  10. I like your needles/scissors keeper very much, it's so lovely. And I do understand what do you mean by Nepal earthquake - last year we had devastating floods in country seriously divided across ethnic lines (think N. Ireland, but worse, and with recent war), and people did help enormously, regardless of ethnicities. Ordinary, everyday people saved lives, collected humanitarian aid and took care of each other. Hugs from Bosnia!

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  11. Good news that a little of Clandon Park is untouched. Love the cross stitch, you've reminded me that I have some tucked away waiting to be worked on. Glad you have had so much support and nice comments, it doesn't surprise me, I know that you have a lot of friends out here. Keep facing the sun Amy, and have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

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  12. The scissors keeper is lovely. I have lots of old bits and pieces of cross stitch. Now I know what I can do with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. Hello Amy, I found your blog via Mrs Ford's Diary and really enjoy your happy style and positive approach (although sorry that you've had an upset recently). I'm new to the blogging world (I started mine a few months ago after years of 'thinking about it') and am amazed and delighted by all the other little windows on different lives. I also recognise a few names of people who've kindly commented on my blog in your comments, so I'm among friends already. I shall enjoy reading your blog. Have a lovely weekend. Sam

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  14. i have those scissors. so cute. i made a little pin, scissors case to keep our clothes looking good at home. i love it that my hubby knows how to fix a missing button or whatnot. ( :

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  15. Hi Amy, I found your blog via Mrs Ford's Diary (which I love) and wanted to say how much I like your positive approach and style (although sorry you've had an upset recently). I'm new to this blogging world but already feel I am among friends. I shall enjoy following your blog. All good wishes, Sam

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  16. I've been following the new royal princess's birth also....I adore the whole family!!
    Now this crochet project of yours...I LOVE the pattern. I've never seen anything like it with the raised shell stitch like that. And I love to crochet.

    oh, and that 'bird' set of scissors....need to add something like that to MY collection.

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  17. Such sad news about Clandon Park, I'm glad some things have been saved. I love your little scissor finder - such a good idea and the 'thing' is lovely such a nice colour. I like the idea of facing the sun and keeping the shadows behind. Have a lovely weekend:)

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  18. That cowl is gorgeous! It's not a pink that I would normally admire, but the stitch pattern compliments it so perfectly. Will you write up the pattern?

    The cross stitch items are perfect, I love them!

    My parents house was flooded a few years ago and everything destroyed. It made them renovate, and the house became such a welcoming, homely place, whereas it had been feeling a bit cold and uncomfortable. Not a great example, but you're right. It's just hard - and perfectly understandable - to be able to stand back when you are in the middle of these situations and know that this too will pass. Big love to you.

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  19. Sorry to read you've been having a rough time recently my dear. Hope you're feeling better now xx

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  20. It's AMAZING that with such a ferocious fire, one room managed to have been saved at Clandon Park. It's still quite heartbreaking to see such a beautiful building go up in flames like that.

    Have a gorgeous weekend Amy xxx

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  21. A very entertaining Five Amy! The cross stitched needle/scissor cushion is so cute. I've been thinking of making something similar. The pink cowl is so pretty! Such a nice lace pattern. It sounds like Clandon Park will be a long time in rebuilding, but amazing that one room was undamaged. Have a lovely weekend my friend!!
    Wendy

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  22. Happy Friday, Amy and it is good to hear you in upbeat form! Love that wee cross stitch so sweet!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  23. what a good idea the cross stitch needle cushion is, I'm always losing my scissors! have super weekend, Amy xx

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  24. Glad you are back posting dear Amy, and with such a lovely Five. I will think of you when I hear that song from now on xx

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  25. I love your little cross stitch scissor keeper - so sweet. I LOVE those stork scissors too - so cool!

    So happy to hear about the latest adorable Royal. I follow all of that here in the States too. I love the name they picked out.

    I'm so happy you're adopting a wonderful attitude about whatever rude/mean thing someone did to hurt you. YOu're so right to stay positive and keep going forward....then you win and they LOSE!

    I love your pretty neck warmer!! That color pink is so beautiful and gives good color to whomever wheres it (I love pink for color to my skin).

    And so happy to hear more good news about Clandon park - that's awesome!! Happy weekend ahead to you dear Gal and thanks for always being the hostess with the mostest! xoxo

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  26. Your scissor fob turned out so cute!!! And "The Thing" ---- just lovely and a beautiful color pink.

    I know what they mean about the smell at Clandon. DH was a firefighter and the smell of burnt building would cling to him when he came home. It was AWFUL. The other night I smelled it in our neighborhood. Sure enough ...there had been a garage fire close by. It's a smell you don't forget.

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  27. You always find the positives Amy X

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  28. Purple lace...for The Thing I think. Very pretty as is the scissor keeper.

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  29. Love your outlook and attitude. What a pretty color the cowl is and I love the scissors.

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  30. Some very pretty projects, Amy - I love the cowl and how wonderful that it is your own design! I'm inspired by your positivity. Sometimes it is not easy.....Thank you for hosting - wishing you a lovely weekend! xo Karen

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  31. Thanks for the update on Clandon Park, it's amazing that one room survived so well. I like your thing, lovely colour. Thanks for your comments on my blog, most welcome. :-)

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  32. I have to tell you...we here in my house all the way across the ocean were celebrating that birth of your little princess too!!! Every morning we checked first thing for news, and were thrilled when a bundle of pink was announced! And her name??? Perfect.

    I was telling my children how I remember Diana introducing William to the world. And now he is a grown man with a lovely wife and two beautiful children of his own.

    Have a wonderful weekend! : )

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  33. a sunshine-y post for sure......given the choice, I'll vote for the sunshine every time!!

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  34. a sunshine-y post for sure......given the choice, I'll vote for the sunshine every time!!

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  35. Hello. I have been anxiously awaiting the birth of the royal baby. She is darling! I've been in and out of doctor's and tests for the past 2 weeks and am catching up with you tonight. I try hard to visit each one who visits my blog. Like you, I love the friendships thru blogging and enjoy sharing both the happy and sad. Wishing you a nice weekend. Take care. xo

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  36. I adore your scissors fob! I need to make one for my scissors. I have one special pair of embroidery scissors that has a little silk tassel already attached to it. It's handy for finding the scissors! I also love your pretty cowl, it's so lacy and elegant! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  37. So glad you were showered with support and love Amy!!! And your creations are gorgeous! You have become such an artist of yarn!!! I love seeing all that you make! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Nicole xo

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  38. I love your positivity Amy. It's something I really admire in you and which I'm hoping to emulate : ) Keep that whistle thingy going! The Thing is stunning-- and you made the pattern yourself! Wow!! The colour is pretty and the crocheted fabric reminds me of lace. Well done! X

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  39. Hi Amy, thank you for sharing 5 lovely things! I'm so glad that you're feeling happier and back to your usual postive self X

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  40. Your post is incredibly positive - such a lovely thing to read. Your 'Scowl' looks beautiful - I'm currently crocheting a small balanket - it's the first time I've ever really tried to crochet and i'm sure I'm making a complete pig's ear of it but I am enjoying it.

    Also, thank you for extending the linky 'opening hours' - I was a bit sad at the thought that I might not be able to join in yesterday, as I do think this is such a lovely linky.

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  41. A very interesting five Amy, I love your scissor/needle thingy and I think the other thing is beautiful, it's very pretty it's a lacy spring cowl that' what it is. I'm pleased to hear that at least one of the rooms have been saved at Clandon Park it's such a shame the whole place has been destroyed. I love the Keep your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you quote I'm going to adapt that one maybe even print it out and put it on my fridge to remind me, it would make a lovely cross stitch. Thank you for your good wishes for my op Amy I just wish it were over and done with. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  42. Just found your lovely blog :) Definitely one for me to follow and enjoy xxx

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  43. Lovely post, like the cross stitch...
    Amanda xx

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  44. I love the scissor keeper, and the cowl is very pretty! I'm glad you have your "blogging feet" back under you. Your new mantra sounds like a good one. I might just take it on myself. :-)

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  45. I love your needle keeper, what a great idea, I'm always losing my needles. The Thing is beautiful, such a lovely pattern.

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  46. I like your little thingy !
    But the Big Thing, now that is really beautiful !! Great crochet pattern ! Any chance we'll see pictures of you, wearing The Thing ? ;-)

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  47. Hi Amy - it's always good to look for the positive. Sometimes not easy but always the most healthy approach I think. I'm delighted you have extended the opening hours of the linky party - I'm so disorganised I've missed at least two of them previously when I had hoped to join in! So with one hour to go I'm just about included by the skin of my teeth!! Really glad you are feeling more back into the blogging thing. Do what makes you happy and know that you bring lots of warmth and happiness to so many, J9 x

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  48. I am so glad you are back and feeling better. I love your post today. Of course the Royals read your blog, doesn't everyone? Love, "The Thing" I need a pattern for it because I think ift would be very fun to make. Good news that the fire destruction was less than originally thought, still damage is damage and that is hard to see.

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  49. Amy your 'thing' looks so complicated and beautiful, I admire your patience. I love your mantra too (and yes, I'm singing along to Eric Idle et al!). Sometimes we need that down time to make us more positive later on (I'm getting there too) :-) xx

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  50. I've been enjoying yours and others Five on Friday posts and would love to join but rarely have time or energy to actually blog on Fridays. So I'm pleased to note that I can do a backdated version on Saturday morning. Hope to do this next week. Don't have any craft project to show off though - I'm not much good at that.

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  51. You've had a very creative week - both your scissors 'thingy' and your cowl 'thing' are beautiful. Could you call it a neck warmer or an elongated cowl? Perhaps a 'never-ending scarf'? Lovely makes and very inspiring post. Judy.

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  52. I'm a bit behind, Amy. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I love the little cross stitch.
    Amalia
    xo

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  53. You are so clever with your handy work Amy, that cowl is absolutely stunning. And I think like you said we need to acknowledge the sad but remember the good to move forward, so very true. Here's to lovely positive people like you:) x

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