Friday, 31 July 2015

Five On Friday

Welcome to Five On Friday!

Just a quick reminder in case you haven't taken part in the last few weeks, there will be no Five On Friday during August.  We will start again on September 5th after we have all taken a little summer or winter break.  Of course you can still share five things on a Friday, but there will be no link up.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my wreath, I am so glad that you liked it and thought it a good bit of fun which was what I intended!  I was very nervous about sharing it for some reason as it seemed a bit daft which is why I hadn't showed any of the making.  So thank you for being so nice - as you always are!  I am glad too to hear that so many of you are bakers and also enjoy your own baking.  Perhaps it goes hand in hand with being a blogger - blogger/baker!

Yesterday I was wishing for the return of summer, well, it did sort of come in that the sun came out and it didn't rain!!!!  Yay!!!  However, I spent the day inside cleaning the oven!  No, it didn't take all day, but I was worn out after that!

So, I hear you say, what will you be doing on Fridays in August as there is no link up?  Well I have decided that I will not post on Fridays and will instead use the time to work on some of my still outstanding WIP's.  I posted about the list here and it has only grown since then....

One - I want to get to grips with and finish my quilt.  It is three quarters "quilted" and then I need to bind it or sew the edges somehow.  It hasn't worked out as I hoped and I don't think that I am going to become a quilter, but I need to finish this.


Two - I bought this cute little needlefelting rabbit kit earlier in the year and haven't even touched it yet other than to have a feel of the contents of the box.  So I need to at least start this as well.


Three - Continue working on my tapestry.  There is no hope of getting this finished in August, but I can at least get a couple more squares done.


Four - My stash boxes - all three of them.... - need sorting out and tidying and then I need to decide what I am going to do with the contents so that I can start some more WIP's...  It is a never ending list isn't it.


Five - Decide which of the large stash I have of free kits from magazines I am actually going to make and then spend some time making them.  You know that I am going to make the pineapple brooch though right!  I need that pineapple!!!


I think that sounds like a reasonable list of crafting ambitions for the month.  I will also no doubt be working on a new mantel and wreath arrangement for September and I will - if my yarn ever turns up - be working on my crochet hexi blanket as well.

Plus I have a ladies lunch to plan for in August - I am hosting at my home and preparing the main course and a dessert (non fruit).  As well as all of that there is a long list of housekeeping tasks to be attended to - window cleaning, kitchen cupboard sorting and office organising amongst them.  Most of which need to be done before the ladies lunch so that they all realise what a good homemaker I am.  As if!!!

So you don't need to imagine me being bored or sitting around in August as I will be very busy indeed.

I hope that you have a great weekend and a great summer or winter whatever you are doing!!!

Remember, put the 5th of September in your diary to restart Five On Friday!

Amy

Oh, and what is a WIP - Work In Progress!

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Thank you - as always! - for joining in last week.  I look forward to reading your posts again this week too! 



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53 comments:

  1. I think your quilt looks lovely. Good luck with finishing it. I would love to be able to make a quilt. I'm intimidated by the thought of learning to quilt, but hope it's a skill I acquire somewhere down the road.

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  2. All those free kits !! Sooo cute ! I have always wondered why the magazines in England include much prettier gifts compared to their continental editions... (e.g. Mollie Makes, the differences in the kits is just ridiculous...)

    And please hurry with the rabbit :-) - so looking forward to see it !

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  3. Oh I love the idea of the pineapple brooch, you must show us when you've made it and the rabbit kit is so sweet too. Thank you for hosting, I am participating today, I know its the last one for a while, but its better now than later. Have a good Friday, I will be back later to check out the other participants entries.

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  4. Looks like you'll be busy on Fridays in August! Hope the ladies lunch goes well :-) xx

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  5. Can't wait to see your pineapple brooch! I know you love them so much! The quilt looks great, I think you are being hard on yourself. I agree with Ingrid on the craft kits in magazines overseas compared to the UK, we don't get anything half as good as you ;icky people. I am planning a quick trip to see family in the UK in october hopefully. I will have to make sure I have plenty of room in the suitcase for some craft shopping!

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  6. Your quilt looks great and will be your pride and joy when finished, I have lots of WIP's it will be Autumn winter before I start tackling them again :-)

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  7. Good luck with all those WIPs - I love the little rabbit and look forward to seeing your completed one. Enjoy your rest from Five on Friday in August and your special lunch date too:)

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  8. Sounds like a very busy August. It's good to have a mission, it keeps you focused. You certainly have plenty of variety to maintain your interest. The needle felting looks interesting. I've never tried this, so I'll be keen to hear how you get on with it. Have a good weekend. XXX

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  9. You are going to busier than ever in August Amy! X

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  10. Dear Amy
    It looks as though you will be busy with all your plans for August. I would like to try making a quilt, but just haven't quite plucked up the courage. Perhaps I should start with a cushion and see how that goes! I have got the Jennie Barnett needle felting book, which has some adorable little chickens in it, as well as the rabbits and hares and I need to get started on making too! I'd be interested to hear and see how you get on with your rabbit!
    Enjoy all your creative projects and the ladies' lunch!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  11. I vote for Lucky bear plushie kit (ok, so I know you didn't ask for a vote but..........). August sounds like a lot of fun. Let's hope you get sunshine to help with all your making.

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  12. You are going to be busy! I like your quilt - I don't know what you had planned as you say it didn't turn out as you expected, but I really like the result you've shown above.

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  13. I loved this post :) I think the quilt looks great! And those kits look wonderful, enjoy diving into them :) I hope your ladies' lunch involves pineapples in some form ;) Looking forward to seeing your progress with the tapestry and needle work xx

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  14. Good luck with all your August plans, Amy. I suspect that, if the summer does come back, a lot of your list will be put aside in preference to being outside in your garden. Nothing wrong with that ... or so I keep telling myself! :oD

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  15. Busy gal you are!! But, I admit, I must now go to Google to find out what a hexi-blanket is.

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  16. The quilt looks very impressive! It sounds as if you have got a busy crafting month. The lunch sounds like fun. It's something to look forward to as it's lovely to have company come to visit and enjoy a meal together.

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  17. Oh my goodness, you are one busy lady. I hope you get a lot of your projects done as they all are so worthy and wonderful. The tapestry blew me away. So pretty, so ambitious. Have a good month off and we will be waiting for you in Sept.

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  18. Your quilt looks wonderful already! It looks like you will have plenty to keep your creative & busy. Enjoy!

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  19. Amy, we were at the Maine Lobster Fest yesterday and there was a display of Alpaca yarn and products. I can't tell you how soft these were, and I thought of you and your wonderful crochet items.

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  20. I have so many of those kits that are just stuffed into a box, I really must get them out and give them a go. I thought your stash boxes were beautiful, where did you get them if you don't mind me asking? Hope your Ladies lunch goes well.

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    1. Hi there, glad you like the boxes, I got mine at the supermarket some time ago, but I see that Homebase does them in other designs. Hope that helps! xx

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  21. Some of your craft kits look like fun, I'll be glad when it's cool enough here for some crafting. Your stash boxes are so pretty, did you cover them?
    Have a great August.

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    1. No, the boxes are plastic and come printed like that. They are pretty aren't they! xx

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  22. Hi Amy! You are the busy one, aren't you? I love your quilt. Almost looks woven! Those are some very sweet little boxes you have. I'm trying to get organized with some little boxes but they are not as pretty as yours. You have lots of crafties to keep you busy this fall. Oh, I've seen this kind of felting and have been so impressed with it but have never tried it. I'll be looking forward to yours.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. I really like your August plan to get to grips with those unfinished/not yet started projects. I might do the same here!

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  24. You're funny. I can relate to that kind of tidying and cleaning, just because I'm having a meeting at our house. I really start to go crazy with all the unnecessary stuff that has nothing to do with hosting real live people.
    You have a lot of kits! You WILL be busy.
    You WILL finish the quilt and enjoy it, too. I am sure of it.
    I'm glad you had a bit of sunshine!

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  25. Your kits are darling. I can't decide which one I'd do: Probably the Lucky Bear if I had the talent!

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  26. What a pretty quilt. I'm totally hopeless with a needle of any king - darning, embroidering, knitting - so I leave craft to those who 'can' because I'm one who 'can't'.
    Now, ovens. To all of you out there, and Amy of course, who struggle with this really tar-some (as Georgie Pilson would've said in the Mapp & Lucia books by E F Benson) chore, save up your pennies from other means of frugality and have someone clean your oven twice a year! I thought it a total waste of money until a neighbour was having her oven professionally cleaned (in our area a company called Oven Kleen) and I asked if I might see the finished result. It was truly spectacular. And so I booked for my oven to be cleaned, also the extractor fan over the hob (I can manage the hob myself, that isn't as much a chore as an oven.) The chap duly arrived and spent a whole morning cleaning my double wall-mounted Neff which is now 15 years old. He used nothing but steam, hot water and elbow grease and when he had finished my oven looked like it had just emerged from the showroom, and I do not exaggerate. My husband thought I had taken leave of my senses. "What's wrong with a can of Mr Muscle?" was his comment. Until he saw the end result and ate his words. So now when I book my oven-cleaning man there are no adverse reactions from him (not that it would've made any difference, I'd still have had the oven cleaned professionally!)
    So, quit this oven-cleaning lark. It's a total time waster. Time is precious. Save your pennies and get someone in to do it. It costs me £70 to have my oven cleaned (a large double oven) but after that I only need wipe it out with a damp cloth for the next six to nine months. If it was only cleaned once every 6 months, at £70 a go that's only £2.69 a week. Well worth it, I'd say.
    Margaret P

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  27. Your quilt is looking so pretty! Wonderful and ambitious plans for August. You go get 'em Girl!! Sounds like a perfect plan for those Fridays.
    Have a wonderful weekend sweet Lady! xoxo

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  28. Amy you are so talented. I would not have the patience to do these crafts but am in awe of those that do. Beautiful. Happy Friday. Cheers. Beckie

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  29. I've got a couple of weeks off at the end of August and am thinking of making a list of crafts to do - I have a needlefelt kit too which I bought well over a year ago! Your bunny is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing which of the kits you make - I have a pile of those as well. I tell myself my pension will go far when I retire because I'll never need to buy any craft materials ever! x

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  30. You have a lot of fun projects for August! I love the needle felting kit; I've never tried that but knew someone who made felted things back in Florida. You have gorgeous stash boxes, too. Enjoy your ladies lunch and I look forward to seeing your crafty successes :-)

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  31. Hi Amy, I love your quilt. It looks very big, should be lovely and cozy. You are going to be busy Hope the lunch goes well, enjoy yourself, you deserve it! I would make the fabric purse - didn't see that one. Have a great month! Barbara xx

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  32. What fun WIPs to work on! Thanks again for hosting this Five Friday link up Amy! It's such a fun link up! Have a happy August! Looks like you'll be having fun!

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  33. Love the quilt - and the stash boxes. Some friends made a simple quilt like that for our kids when they were in grade school and it was their all time favorite quilt.

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  34. I hope you enjoy the Jenny Barnett kit! I did the sheep in February and he is absolutely lovely - sits on our mantelpiece and watches over business.

    I hope you have a wonderful time in August finishing off your projects!

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  35. Love your quilt and those boxes look gorgeous. I see you get Mollie Makes as well. I don't buy every issue but I do like the look of those brooches on this month's cover - maybe I will buy a copy and see if I can make one. I am terrible at sewing. Have a great August and thanks for hosting the Five on Friday. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  36. Great projects to work on! I still have a lot to finish in the next month or so, but I am going to keep on with my blogging now that I had a short break. Have a great time off...see you when you get back!

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  37. Hi Amy, thanks for all the 5 on Fridays you have been hosting throughout the year as I have enjoyed them a lot. Good luck with your WIP list too. Enjoy the weekend. Take care.
    Julie xo

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  38. Oh that little needle felted rabbit is so cute - looks like he belongs to the book "Guess how much i love you"
    Have fun with all your projects.

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  39. WIP's!!!! I'm sure they breed for us crafters, whatever we do. I hope you progress a little, but don't set too big a task for yourself, as it is about enjoying the journey. Listen to me talking (lol). I gave a lot of those little free gift thingies to charity when we moved, but still have a few I'd like to do. Look forward to seeing a few of your bits come together, take care and have a lovely break.

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  40. I get the sense that you stay busy most of the time. The calming blues and grays of your quilt are very pleasing and It is going to be very cozy. You are going to love it! It looks so Mia's Landliv. I hope to get out and run off on a summer breeze with a couple of day trips each week in August. You enjoy yourself!

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  41. Oh I love your WIPS, and what a great idea to take off Friday to work on them, I may just do that too, if not Friday then a different day because I have so many to finish. Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

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  42. You are so talented with your handiwork...love that quilt and the tapestry. Sounds like August is going to be a very busy month for you!

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  43. Hello, Amy!
    Your posts are always so interesting and full of lovely WIPs.
    Enjoy your August! (I hope the weather will be good.)
    See you soon! xx

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  44. You are going to need more than a month to get through all the stuff you have planned Amy sounds like you are going to be so busy! Thank you for hosting your 5 on Friday I have enjoyed joining in when I could, good luck with your wips and have a lovely weekend, I'm hoping for some sunshine here too. :) xx

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  45. Have a great August! Hope you get lots done but still have time to relax...

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  46. Hi Amy, sorry I am late in commenting. I loved your photos this week but I am especially taken by the beautiful tapestry you are making. May I ask the name/design of this pattern? I just recently started to do needlepoint and I am hooked on this new hobby. I wish you a wonderful August and I look forward to chatting with you in September. Again, thanks for hosting this great party. My best to you, Pat xx

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    1. I am really sorry but I don't know. I bought the canvas and wool with no packaging as the packet was lost and so I got it very cheaply quite a few years ago now. There is a picture of this on my pinterest under the embroidery board I think though, that might give you some more info, but I am not sure. Sorry not to be more help. I hope that you enjoy your own needlepoint adventures! xx

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  47. I think you can do each and every ambitious item.
    You are the best,
    Meredith

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  48. you have so many fun crafty items to do! I love the array and I believe if you want to do get them ALL done you could very well do so.

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  49. I adore the quilt....hang in there! I love all the crafty ambition you have. I'm still behind due to a furry new family member!

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