Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WOYWW 419

CRYIN' OVER YOU...

Thank you to everyone who asked after Harry the Cat last week - unfortunately, it wasn't a good outcome. Under sedation for an x-ray, we found out that he had a massive tumour and it was kindest to let him slip away in his sleep. Poor old puss cat, we miss him so much. He was a very big personality and has left a moggy shaped hole in our lives...
He had a fab life (16 years) and is hopefully chasing mice up there in the clouds :-)

Crafting helped fill the void. I'm still making items for various projects:
This is the aftermath of a big cutting out session.....

I'm taking a leaf out of Wipso's book and making PE bags for the charity stalls. I'd forgotten I'd got that hearts fabric, there wasn't much left, hence pairing it up with the lilac spot.

And I managed to make three tote bags and a grown-up drawstring bag out of the jelly roll strips. They came together really well and I'm pleased with how they turned out.

G and I went out on a road trip the other day to cheer ourselves up after Harry's demise and found this tiny little wool shop, which doubled up as the main reception office for a caravan park. My dear hubby insisted we stop (no, honest, he really did!) which earned him lots of brownie points :-D I had to buzz an intercom to speak to someone to come and open up - that's a first!

Unfortunately there was nothing that caught my eye, but Emily the owner was lovely and she had a neon sign in her door!  Hopefully she gets lots of custom from the holidaymakers on the site :-D

I hope that Julia is behaving herself stateside - what am I saying?? There's no chance of that ;-D

Have a great week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

42 comments:

  1. Oh, poor Harry, and poor you too! Great PE bags, love the mix of the heart and spotty fabric. Helen #?

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  2. What a beautiful, handsome soul! RIP Harry xxxx
    hugs, Claire, no. 4

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  3. Nothing like a bit of shopping to try to cheer oneself up. So sorry to hear about Harry, I had no idea. He looked such a handsome fella! No doubt he is keeping himself busy playing along and chasing those "meeces". It will leave a sizeable hole in your hearts for a long time but happy memories will help, so focus on them dear Jan.
    Looks as if the weather was kind to you too, what a lovely little shop you found on your road trip.
    Sending gentle hugs and thinking about you both
    Neet 7 xx

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  4. So sorry to hear about your fur baby....it's never easy even when they are old and poorly but one thing is for certain....he's had a good life with you.
    I love your new bags. Be sure to check out my blog today if you make any toys to sell Jan and shout if you want to know more.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #14

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  5. Sad news about your big kitty and what fine looking fellow in the pic. Love the little wool shop and those bags are tops. Have a lovely week.
    sandra de @11

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  6. So sorry to read about the loss of Harry but at least he had 16 good years and be assured you did the right thing. Lovely pix and projects too

    Happy WOYWW

    Kathyk
    #12

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  7. Yikes I forgot to say thank you for the great ATC the sings LLJ from it bright sewing bits and bobs.
    SD

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  8. I always say people who don't own animals don't understand what their passing means, they are like children when you have them so many years. Love the idea of a wool shop on a caravan site, perhaps this could be a first of many handicraft shops so holidaymakerscould always have something to do when it rains. Anickoana#20

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  9. Ohh Jan. I'm so sorry about poor Harry. Freya will be so sad for you and him too, she often talks about Harry and Ron. They become members of the family don't they? Sending you hugs. Love all your makes and that shop made me smile, you always find the quirky things don't you?
    Hugs Lisax #23

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  10. What a great selection of bags!!! One of my failings in life as you know ..... crafted rather than labelled of course.
    have a great week
    Christine #24

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  11. Hi Jan, So sorry to hear about Harry.

    Fab bags. I love the fix of patterns and colours.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #27

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  12. Such a handsome cat Jan - he lived to a good age and had a great life, I am sure. Now, isn't that little shop fab and what a thoughtful hubby to insist you popped in! Your bags are beautiful and will be so useful. Enjoy the sunshine! x Jo

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  13. I didn't even know you had Harry - I only remember seeing Ron! What a lovely cat he was - a bit like Oreo but with a lot more white in him. My son would call him Double Stuff, like the Oreos that come with double the cream! 16 years is a good age for a cat - just think of the good life he had with you - not all cats are so lucky! Loving what you did with the jelly rolls! Did you not feel obliged to buy something LOL - after they opened the shop for you especially? I think I would have felt compelled to spend some money, even if I didn't want anything, haha! But that's just me. I'm sure the lady enjoyed just having a chat with you. Have a nice week, Jan, and fill that moggy shaped hole in your heart with lovely memories of Harry. xx

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  14. I'm sorry about your deal old cat. Losing a beloived pet leaves a big ache doesn't it?

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  15. So sorry about wee Harry, I'm sure he had a wonderful life and is enjoying the mice like you say.... Now that wee wool shop looks fab as well as is your sewing makes ... love those tote bags... I'm trying to learn all about the world of sewing...I've worn the you-tube channel out Loving it all... Have a happy week ahead... May #29

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  16. Hi Jan, sorry to hear about your kitty. I have learnt in my time of keeping dogs that they only have a limited lifespan and all we can do is make sure they have a good time while they are here. We should enjoy every moment and be blessed that we had that time with them. I must say he was a very handsome chap. The little shop is so sweet too, looks like it has everything. Have a happy woyww, Angela x16x

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  17. Hi Jan, I was sad to get your message about Harry. I'm sure he is chasing mice like a little demon! What an amazing little shop- pretty sure it's things like this that are uniquely British. Gorgeous bags, so zingy. Love and huge hugs, Shaz XxXx

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  18. Lovely tote bags,happy WOYWW vicky#18

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  19. And I am so sorry for tour loss,my mom just lost her cat on monday,was only 8years, keep well,Vicly

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  20. Oh noes, I am so sorry for your loss :( *hugs WOYWW Cheetarah# 37

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  21. So sorry to hear about Harry. Cats are such wonderful creatures and become such a part of the family. I didn't particularly like cats but ended up with one as my middle son really, really wanted one (and yes Mum I'll take care of it!). Years later son is moved out and cat still here. Apparently he adopted me and will only sit nicely on my lap. He's wormed his way into my heart. I'm sure Harry is chasing mice somewhere and getting into mischief!

    I LOVE your bags. As always the fabrics are so bright and cheery. So talented! I admit I'm not a sewer. Maybe one day - still working on the knitting!

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #38

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  22. Your bags are so lovely :) My grand-daughter Lily thinks you're VERY clever too and says thank you for your kind words (she is rather proud of her writing)
    How sad about Harry... I do hoe you're coping okay since he's gone to the the Great Kitty Park In The Sky.

    Bubbles #13
    http://patchworkapples.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/woyww-419.html

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  23. Hi Lunch Lady Jan, sorry about your very handsome moggy, how lovely are his colours. We had a beautiful coloured tabby with white socks and tummy, he died fairly young sadly from a cattle tick, one disadvantage of the countryside and when they go, they do leave a hole.
    Love the library bags totes and what cute shop!!
    Thanks so much for your great desky share.
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #31

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  24. I'm so sorry that you had to let Harry go, it maybe the kindest thing we can do, but it does break your heart. Gosh, PE bags, that takes me back! Looks like you've been working wonders with that fabric. Hugs x

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  25. Happy WOYWW. RIP Handsome Harry. He lived to a good age. Your sewing is so colourful. Looks like the shop down near Amroth? I have always wanted to run a caravan park - it would be great to have a craft shop/reception! Will be in touch to arrange to meet up. Ali x #42

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  26. Hello LLJ!! I'm so sorry to hear about Harry. He definitely was a handsome cat and I'm sure he had a great life with you and yours. I bet he's rolling around in catnip and enjoying a mouse every now and then.

    The gym bags look adorable! I hope you sell out of them in a jiff. I find myself attracted to jelly rolls but just don't know what I'd do with them. Did you stitch the stripes together then make your project? I can see where that would work....
    Julia is stateside??? Hmm, I wonder where she is? Email me?? Oh, and I need your mailing address once again please....

    Hugs, Kay (43)

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  27. I am so sorry to hear about Harry, 16 years is a good long life, and with you as his cat-mom, I'm sure it was a lovely life. Your sewing projects look wonderful, and kudos to hubby for insisting you stop at the yarn shop! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #64

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  28. How sad about Harry. It's always difficult when a furkid has to be put to sleep. I have oodles of cats and a horse I will see again someday. Love all your bags, they are so colorful and cheerful! And what a cute little shop! Thanks for the visit and have a GREAT week!
    Carol N #39

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  29. Farewell Harry! did I not thank you for the lovely ATC! well, THANKS!
    Robyn 6

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  30. Sorry to hear about Harry,

    Great having something to take your mind of thing.
    Happy WOYWDW

    Lilian B

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  31. Hi Jan so sorry to hear about Harry. It does look like he was quite a character.I'm sure he had the most wonderful 16 years with you and is now looking down with a big cat grin and a mouse tucked under one of his big fluffy paws to play with!..As always your creations are wonderful and your talent never ending. Take good care hugs Andrea #10

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  32. So sorry about Henry! Parting with pets, however old is so difficult! Great find of a shop!! Thank you for your comments on my blog - this darned BPV is a nuisance for sure! Just tried to catch up with a few desks but now it is time to stop! Hugs, Chris34

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  33. Hello my lovely! So sorry to hear such sad news about Henry but he did have a good long life with you guys. I expect Hamish has sought him out up there and is reassuring him that over the rainbow bridge isn't such a bad place to be....


    As always your lovely desk is a delight to the eyes with its riot of colour and patterns.... Happy stitching!

    Morti @22😀

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  34. Oh how sad about Harry! I don't own a cat myself, but every morning I borrow my sister Peggy's cats and they play in the garden while I pray and paint. One is also black and white, handsome and dignified like Harry.

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  35. So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs. Anesha

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  36. Sorry to hear about Harry.
    Love all those fabrics that you have about your desk.
    Toni xx

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  37. Aw poor Harry and poor you too, hugs. Love feasting my eyes on all your lovely colourful fabrics. Cute little wool shop. Thanks for visiting me BJ#5

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  38. That was a lovely photo and he was a lovely cat. Love your bags.xxx Lynne #21

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  39. I am so sorry to hear of Harry Cats passing...I would love to swap an ATC with you! Send me your address...the one I have is the old one. Love all the bright colors in your bin and on the table. I think your bags are turning out awesome! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my desk earlier. Vickie #26

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  40. Oh Jan, that's two of us crying over our lost babies. It's so distressing, isn't it. My hubby had to take Beatrice to the vet on Wednesday and have her put to sleep. She seemed to give up the will to live after Phoebe's passing. Such a shock to lose them both in the space of 3 weeks. The house feels horribly empty without them and we are busy trying to find 2 new little babies to love. Maybe Beatrice and Phoebe are playing happily with Harry now, never having met in life! I hope Ron will pick up and settle down and be happy again. For Beatrice it was too late as she was too old (very nearly 17) and didn't have the resilience any longer.

    The weight loss han't been that difficult with the 5:2 diet - it's taken me a while but that way it's more likely to stay off. It's more a way of life than a diet now. As for the pantry, the carpenter can't start now till the beginning of July but I don't mind - I'm so used to coping in Mum's tiny kitchen that a couple of extra weeks won't matter.

    Shoshi #32

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  41. So sorry for your loss, our four legged friends are truly special.
    Katie xx44

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  42. I've been away so I'm only just reading about Harry. Awh one so sorry Jan, I know only to well that pain and emptiness you'll be feeling.
    We were feeling yesterday when we said goodbye to Harvey the Labrador who I've known for 15 years.
    Aren't we lucky to have had those precious years with them
    Keeping busy is a big help lovely lady
    Love Lynn xx

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