Friday, 1 August 2014

Just A Happy Mix!

Hello again dear friends and I hope you're all having good times and enjoying some crafting fun in among all the other calls on your time.

This past week or so has seen me begin a couple of new projects which will quite possibly be works in progress for some time yet, but then, it's nice to have a couple of things to fall back on now and then when the creative nectar is not quite up to scratch and it seems difficult to decide what to do next! 

Do you have such times? I certainly do and, although it doesn't happen very often, when it does it hits with a bang and for me it's a good thing to have something waiting in the background, something that can be picked up and put down when needs must!

Before I show you those items I really want to let you see what I finally did with the cute tea towel that the lovely Robin so kindly sent me some weeks ago. I've been pondering regarding the best use for this lovely cloth, and I certainly didn't want to dry dishes with it - such a shame that would have been - so it finally dawned on me (yes, I wonder sometimes where my brain has been hiding!) that it was ideal to make another of the fabric baskets I've been making up lately, but this one's for me whereas the previous ones are intended for gifts.


I included a wee pocket in this one for hook or scissors or whatever, and every time I look at the lining it's good to be reminded about kindness, loving and caring!


Okay, let's take a look at the ongoing works …. 


Since I recently put the final touches to the 'round the colour wheel' blanket, I've been aware that I have a stash of leftover yarn - namely Stylecraft Special DK - that I can now have fun with. When I bought this lovely big load back in May of last year I was so excited about all the wonderful colours and have really loved the way it works up, especially as I had had no desire before this experience to use acrylic yarn of any description! 

Anyway, I digress; it was time to begin a new blanket and the V-stitch had caught my attention but, such a job I had getting the look I wanted. Anyway, I finally realised that instead of working into the actual stitches from the previous row, I needed to work between the two stitches in each 'set' …. have I explained that properly? Anyway, I think you can see in the pics what I'm trying to say. I'm really enjoying the way this is working up and hope I have enough yarn to make a nice size blanket. I've had the kitchen scales out and weighed it all up, and as long as all the colours continue to go well together it should be okay, and I'm loving how they're mingling so far! What do you think?


The other ongoing project is a baby coverlet. I saw a similar thing in the Australian Homespun magazine and rather fancied having a go so why not …


I like that there's a bit of machine stitching, hand sewing, and crochet involved here - ah yes, variety is the spice of life and I've said it so many times, sorry!

This is a reversible coverlet consisting of squares of fabric cut to six-and-a-half inches each and each pair stitched together in quarter-inch seams. Then they're turned out the right way, blanket stitched around, followed by a crochet edge worked into the blanket stitch. No wadding is involved in this so it should be a nice lightweight coverlet  when all those squares are pieced together. I've started off with six squares but will need to do a few more; I don't intend for this to be big big though, just enough to fit a pram or cot! 


This morning on our walk we spied a wee drift of snowflakes - not the real snowdrops - and a few jonquils close to the river so the phone camera was put to good use again …. 



…. and in the garden this week, well, our first daffodil of the season opened up to smile on us, and the jasmine buds from last week have begun to reveal their fragile little faces too …. signs of Spring in the midst of winter! Lavender too of course, as well as daisies and wallflowers - I think?



Thanks so much for visiting once again, and for your messages that always warm my heart and bring happy smiles. Have a wonderful week whatever you do!

With my love,

Joy xoxo

85 comments:

  1. I love your fabric basket and also the new rug you are crocheting. The baby rug is ineteresting, though I'm a little confused at how it is working. Can't believe how much you have out already in the garden. I've only a few lonely snowflakes as yet, though I've put all the bulbs in since we moved in this year. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, and maybe next post I'll manage to give a clearer view of the baby cover's progress - basically I now just need to crochet the (double-sided) squares together. I do hope your bulbs do well for you - once they first show their foliage the growth seem to be very quick … xoJ

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  2. Your wildlife photos look really good. I miss Australia lol. You live in a beautiful country.

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    1. Thank you for popping in Jason - you miss Australia and I miss Scotland but we have beauty all around us wherever we are, right? Joy

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  3. Wow, I just love what you made out of a tea towel, it is stunning. The colour combination of the blanket is a delight and the baby cover is beautiful. Some really lovely projects.

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    1. Thank you 'Mama', so lovely to have such a sweet message! xoJoy

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  4. I find myself always wanting to scroll to the garden photos at the end, don't ever stop posting them will you, I love them and today you did not disappoint. daffodils?? In the Northern hemisphere we are about as far away time-wise from a daffoldil that we can be so I was really thrilled. I love that stitch on the blanket and I have some stylecraft (quite a bit) from my crochet classes and because I am being kind to myself at the moment I have knocked crochet classes on the head until I have found out what working 4 days a week with a 2 children is like. maybe I will get back to it next year - never say never, but I don't want too many time pressures. You have inspired me to weigh it and dig out a pattern. Always good to catch up with your news. Jo x

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    1. I will try to keep on with the garden pics Jo, and thank you so much for always appreciating them! I think you are being very wise in cutting back on 'things' until you find a balance with your up-coming changes - you know I wish you the very best and loads of fun times. Enjoy your Stylecraft too - their colours sing! xoJoy

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  5. Another lovely post Joy! Really enjoyed reading about all your projects and loved them all. I especially like the beautiful crochet blanket. I think I am going to have to start one to have in the background for those 'inbetween' moments! Have a lovely weekend!! :) xx

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    1. Hello Christine, and thank you once again for your lovely message - I'll be looking forward to seeing your 'background' project :) xoJoy

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  6. That's going to be a beautiful baby blanket Joy, you are so clever with your hands. Well it looks like spring is arriving early in your garden, makes me think its about time I went for a few walks again to see what Wildflowers I can find.

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    1. Grace, thank you so much and yes, please get out there and find the blooms, we all love them, for sure! xoJoy

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  7. Hi Joy, once again every thing you have made is just fantastic. Those baskets you make are really good. How pretty your garden is and colourful x

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    1. Hello Joy and thank you so much - the baskets are so easy and quick once you get into them, and maybe a bit addictive too! Wow, your time is getting close now, I am waiting excitedly too …. take good care of yourself, xoJoy

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  8. You've been so busy, Joy! Everything you've made is beautiful. It was so clever to use the towel in one of your baskets. Now you can enjoy it all the time, not just for the dishes. And the blanket is coming along beautifully; I've been wanting to try that V-stitch pattern lately too but I'm afraid I've been overthinking the pattern, making it seem harder than it is. I'll have to give it a try soon. I hope you have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Jennifer, many thanks to you for your lovely comments. It's a funny thing with that pattern, I think I was 'over thinking' it too but it's so easy after the first row and so rhythmic and relaxing - give it a go! xoJoy

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  9. Hello Joy

    You have been busy, the tea towel is gorgeous and is perfect for making into a bag for your stitching bits and pieces.

    Oh Joy I've read a lot about the V stitch, and your blanket is coming along wonderfully, Love, love the colours and can't wait to see the finished result.

    Beautiful, beautiful flowers, thank you for sharing them.

    Take care
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Such a sweet message Irene, thank you! I'm having good times and hope you are too :)
      Luv to you too, Joyxo

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  10. Hello Joy.
    A quick hello and millions of thanks for our lovely card. You basket is lovely and you crochet is so pretty I really like the colours.
    I'll be back soon. Wishing you a lovely week. Thank you Thank you FB xxx

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    1. Hello lovely FB - I'm glad it arrived safely and in good time too. Thanks so much for popping in, talk soon! xoJoy

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  11. Your baskety bag (baggy basket?) is really lively, the antics complement each other perfectly. V-stitch seems all over the place just now, can't wait to try it!

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    1. Thank you Jill and do give the V-stitch a whirl - it's fun! xoJoy

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  12. This post is eye candy for me! Sewing, patchwork, crochet...and more of your beautiful garden photos! Can't get much better than this! I just love all your recent projects, enjoy the weekend! Chrissie x

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    1. Hello lovely Chrissie - you see, I know what you want and try to keep you happy, especially with the garden pics :) It's all fun isn't it - what a way to go! Joy xo

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  13. Joy! We must have the same brainwave sometimes! You will never guess what project has been swirling in my brain......fabric basket! Seriously it's spooky sometimes. :-) mind you I haven't made one yet but I have been researching what and how, something is cooking in my head. And I have just picked up a sweet tablecloth recently in the op shop and was admiring its crochet edging and thinking how nice it would look on little quilts!!! No stop please you are giving me goosebumps! There is where it stops a little because it's been arctic here and I have not seen a spring flower that is game to open up around here yet. Lovely to see what you have been plotting.....ahhh I mean pottering around with! Xxxx

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    1. Hello Susan - you're late :)
      Of course we're on the same wavelength, so get moving and let's have a look at your new handiwork, it won't take long once you start ….
      Sorry your spring flowers haven't started to put on a show for you yet - I wonder at the bravery of ours for we've had some very chilly days of late too, although probably not as bad as you've had to endure. Maybe that poor lone daffy is wondering if it was a bit silly opening its eyes so quickly …. okay, I'm off to 'plot' some more while you make a start!!!
      Joy xoxo

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  14. I really like what I saw here... the beautiful bag, all the colours (I love pink) and all the flowers... so different from my area..
    Your blog is lovely.
    Miss

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    1. How kind you are - thank you so much 'Miss'. I hope you drop by again soon :) xoJoy

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  15. I love all your projects! The bag is enormously cute :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind message, Šárka! xoJoy

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  16. Such gorgeous projects Joy, that bag is amazing! Also love your crochet, I would love yo try the V stitch as well, and I will soon, I'm sure. Love the gorgeous flowers you have shown us at the end of your post too, so bright, pretty and happy! Have to great weekend.
    Marianne x

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  17. Hiya Marianne, I'm happy you like the bag, it's very handy! The V-stitch is really nice and if you work between the pairs of trebles as I did, it makes quite a compact fabric; have a go:) You have a great weekend too lovely - you're on holiday now aren't you:) xoJoy

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  18. That was a lovely way to use your tea towel. I love your crocheted blanket. Normally I use natural fibres like wool, cotton, linen etc. but I have to admit that the Stylecraft special acrylic is very good, especially for blankets. I've just finished one and will be putting it on my blog soon. We're heading into Autumn now. It's still summer but you can see the days shortening and the weather is cooling a bit.

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    1. Hello Gillian and thank you - it just took me a bit of time to decide on the best way to use the tea towel and I'm happy to have not rushed into something as the little bag is proving to be very useful. I'll be looking forward to seeing your new blanket and I agree, Stylecraft acrylic is so good for suchlike. Our mornings are starting to lighten up a bit quicker now so that's the first little sign that the seasons are thinking of changing over here too - enjoy those changes as they happen and enjoy your weekend too! xoJoy

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  19. Hello Joy, it's good to have lots of things on the go, as long as there are no close deadlines. That just gets me wound up. What a great idea, making the bag from the lovely tea towel and love the fabrics you are using for the quilt. I look forward to reading your inspiring blogs.
    Scxx

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    1. Hello S and I'm very happy to have no deadlines or I'd likely be a nervous wreck! Thank you for your lovely message again - I'm very happy to have made the bag, it seems so appropriate now that its made and set to work. xoJoy

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  20. Joy, you are a genius with that tea towel basket, and I am so glad you have kept it for yourself. I love your crochet blanket, I have yet to try the V stitch. And oh my that sewing/crochet is so beautiful. You have outdone yourself on that one.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Dear Meredith, I'm glad you like the basket, it's very practical and I really don't know why it took me so long to decide on what to make with it … the V-stitch is very pretty isn't it but seems to swallow yarn and not grow very quickly but maybe that's my impatience! You are always so kind and leave such lovely messages Meredith, thank you and have a lovely Sunday, xoJoy

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  21. All of your projects are so lovely Joy, the blanket especially, and the tea towel turned basket is a great idea and it is good that you have made something to keep for you!! It is of course seeming so hot here right now, so it is funny to see the snowflakes and daffodils coming up with you, but totally appropriate for you of course and I am sure that you are glad to see them coming through and bringing signs of spring your way. I hope that you have a good week with your ongoing projects. xx

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    1. Thanks so much Amy for your kind words! We are having our second day of clear blue blue skies and lovely sunshine today - but extremely cold at night - so our gardens will be enjoying it and it will quicken their pace too, most likely! xoJoy

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    2. Hi Joy, I don't know if you are reading your comments right now, but I don't have your e-mail address and I wanted to check in on you as you haven't posted for a while so I just wanted to make sure that you are OK? I hope that all is well and that you are just off so busy having lots of fun. Take care. Hugs. Amy xx

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  22. What a lovely basket Joy and I love the interior fabric that reminds us that a little kindness is so important. I am especially interested though in the lovely blanket you are making using Stylecraft DK, because I bought a lot of of it for the carnival bunting I have been making, encouraged by the amazing colours. It does crochet up so well and is beginning to look a treat but there is so much left! Of course I can always make some more bunting...but your blanket does look great in it so I may make one! Alison xx

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    1. Yes, I am rather partial to that message too Alison, and think a little reminder now and then can only be helpful! When I first bought my Stylecraft huge supply it was for a blanket and it's just soooo good for suchlike - go for it, I'm sure you'll enjoy the making and use of a new blanket :) Thanks so much for your lovely message, xoJoy

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  23. Beautiful things as always Joy, I love that bag what a great use for the tea towel. I always like to have a few things on the go too but at the moment I have been making a lot of tiny baby hats and I feel I really must stop and do something else, it's not often I can stick to one thing only but I think it's because I'm trying to design a simple pattern and none of them are quite right yet. The baby coverlet is so pretty and your photo's are lovely. Have a great week Joy :) xx

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    1. Many thanks Linda, you are always so kind! I do hope you soon manage to get that pattern the way you want it, if anyone can, you can! Wishing you a lovely week too, xoJoy

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  24. All your makes are beautiful! I always enjoy the garden too ;-) I met a young man here at the local travel agency. He is from your city of Perth. xx

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    1. Aw, thank you Joyful, and I so enjoy including the garden pics as well as seeing images from other gardens too - they do bring us a lot of pleasure, don't they! It never ceases to amaze me how small our world is - that young man is a long way from home:) Have a lovely week, Joy xo

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  25. I absolutely love the bag you made with the tea towel. What a great way to get use of a thoughtful gift. I like the v-stitch blanket. I need to think about making a baby blanket and that would be a great way to make it nice and colorful. So pretty. Speaking of baby blankets, what a sweet little blanket you are making. Stitching and crochet all in one. I bet that would be great in a light weight flannel fabric also. I can't wait to see it finished. Finally, I forget that you are in winter right now. Daffodils are my favorite flowers. So pretty and always a sign of Spring.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely message Cathie and yes, I also think that a light flannel material would work out beautifully in the little baby coverlet. We have all of three daffys out now and a few more should be smiling their heads off by the end of the week if this lovely weather continues; they are very uplifting aren't they :) xoJoy

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  26. Bonjour Joy, it´s a real pleasure to read your post. You do a lot of beautiful things. The v blanket is à mon goût! Je suis réellement tombée en amour! Vos fleurs sont très jolies. Thank you for sharing your lovely bonheur of your life. Next week, I will ask to my boss for English courses...
    Lucie x

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    1. Bonjour Lucie, merci beaucoup! Je suis heureux the v-blanket is pleasing to you and that you have enjoyed the flowers. I am very happy to share with you - and I need lots of French lessons!!! l'important est d'essayer :) xoJoy

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  27. So many lovely projects Joy! The bag looks lovely and very useful, and I'm glad you're keeping one for yourself to enjoy! The crochet blanket with the 'v' stitch looks brilliant - I'm a lover of Stylecraft as it does crochet up very neatly despite it being acrylic and not some gorgeously expensive and soft woolly yarn!
    But the baby coverlet is just beautiful Joy! I love the combination of pretty floral fabric and crochet edge it looks just amazing, and the lilac colours you've used are perfect.
    So much creativity and inspiration Joy, thank you sharing it all!
    How lovely for you to see signs of Spring and pretty flowers in your garden, it is cheering when you know the weather can only get better.
    Have a great week Joy!
    Gill xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind message Gill and it pleases me to know you are taken with my projects; the lilac yarn around the cotton blocks is a viscose, and although it tends to separate (a more appropriate word than 'split' in this case) it does work up so nicely and has a gentle sheen to it.
      Soon be weekend again, enjoy it Gill! xoJoy

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  28. Thank you for your very kind comment about my hexagon wall hanging - I'm pleased with it. The fabric for your basket is eye catching. I really like fabric with graphics! Stylecraft is one if my favourite yarns for crochet, despite being acrylic! Fab for blankets, and very nice to work with. I've made 3 ripples for grandchildren - aren't phones useful for a quick photo? X x x
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    1. Lovely to hear from you again Jacky, thank you for your message - good to know another Stylecraft convert and you've certainly been busy with it, I bet your grandchildren are happy:) xoJoy

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  29. oh yes, I definitely have times like that. There are times when I can't bring myself to do anything creative, though it's what I really want to do. I usually end up tidying!

    I love your fabric basket, that's a fab tea-towel! The blanket is gorgeous, such a lovely combination of colours. I'm sure I made a V-stitch baby blanket, but I'm positive I couldn't remember how if I tried.

    There was a sew-along/crochet-along for the baby coverlet a couple of years ago, they called it a Fusion blanket. i've had it on my list ever since but still haven't got round to making one!

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    1. Aha! Just like me, and by the time the tidy is done with there are some ideas floating around and usually one that fits the bill for the moment, eh?
      I haven't see anything about the follow along for this little coverlet - I found this one in the Aussie Homespun mag and fell for it; the changes I've made are small, and it's turning out to be a lovely project to enjoy.
      I hope you're enjoying your week Wendy and thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your lovely message again, xoJoy

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  30. Hello Joy,

    just managed to find your blog (I've seen you commenting a few times on other blogs), so wanted to say hello.

    loving all the projects above, a nice mixture!

    Will add you to my blog list now! If you want, you can do the same, I have finally gotten started on my own blog: http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be/

    Happy crocheting!

    Ingrid xx

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    1. Hello Ingrid, and thank you for looking me up and adding me to your list - I will pay you a visit soon - and thank you for your kind comments:) xoJoy

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  31. Hello my lovely friend. It is so lovely to finally make a little time to catch up on your news and your beautiful makes. You have been very busy with some gorgeous makes. I really love the bag, what a great idea for the use of a pretty tea towel and one that will undoubtedly last a little longer and give a little more pleasure. I also love the sweet lining fabric with the lovely words, it really is a very special bag. Now on to your crochet, well, may I say that I think I am going to have to try out this V stitch. I have seen this before and even though it has grabbed my eye it clearly hasn't stayed, but now that I have seen your beautiful work, I am so keen to make a little lap blanket or something, after all winter will soon be here. I suppose just like you are seeing gorgeous daffs coming through, always such a lovely sight after the winter months and you know that spring will soon spring. Aren't we blessed to experience the joys of the different seasons. Now on to your little baby coverlet, I really love this Joy it is so very pretty and love the crochet edging, a very pretty one indeed. Did you get the pattern for this from a book or is made up? Well done on so many beautiful creations, you should be so proud. It is so lovely to catch up. I was hoping to get around to writing an email before we jet off, but I feel so guilty that I am not getting around to some of my fave blogs, so this must be priority. Hopefully I can make some time to email soon. In the meantime, sending you much love and as always keep smiling and spreading the love xoxo

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    1. Hello lovely Hannapat, and thank you for saying such lovely things about my projects, you're always so sweet;) The baby coverlet is from Australian Homespun magazine, but with a few changes: I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it and just had to have a go!
      I'll be looking forward to an email when you get time to catch up 'proper', but in the meantime have a wonderful trip! Sending much love to you and yours, Joy xoxo

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  32. Your garden is looking dazzling, so much rich colour. I love your teatowel project - and once again the colour combos in your crochet just blow me away!! just an absolute pleasure to look at. Hope you are having a fantastic week :) xxx

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    1. Dear Hazel, always lovely to hear from you, thank you for another sweet message :) I'm happy you like my projects. I have just baked your lovely slab sponge cake this morning again - it's such a fave with the family, thank you! Happy Sunday, xoJoy

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  33. Such a lovely post. You made me smile :) So gentle and with such glorious crochet to boot! xxxx

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    1. I'm happy to know I've been the cause of you smiling Hawthorn, thank you for being happy at what you saw here :) happy Sunday to you and yours, Joy xoxo

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  34. Oh Joy - I just adore your crochet edging! It's perfect and such a lovely colour too. It's definitely on my things to do list - I just need you to pop over and show me how! I always enjoy your posts so much x

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    1. Thank you Deb - it's the same edging as that on the pattern in Australian Homespun and works up so nicely but a bit far for me to pop over and demonstrate, haha! How nice it would be though! xoJoy

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  35. Hello Joy, I am delighted to meet you. I have been having so much fun going through your blog and seeing your amazing stitch work. Love this bag, but I have to say that the June, tree cushion is my very favorite. I am a new quilter and a want to be crocheter. I have made ripple pattern blankets and simple straight crochet work, but really want to learn to do a granny square. My Mom taught me about 40 years ago, but I didn't keep it up and now when I try they do not lay flat or look pretty. I need to make it my goal to have someone sit down with me and show me, like Mom did. That is how I learn best. Your blog is so fresh and pretty and I love your close up flower photography. I am your newest follwer.
    Connie :)

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    1. Hello and welcome to you, Connie, it's lovely to have you here and I thank you for your sweet message:) Have you tried looking up YouTube for videos on learning to crochet? You can find all sorts of helpful tips there - I have learned so much re quilting from those also - it's a bit like having someone with you really! Wishing you the best, xoJoy

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  36. I know just what you mean about needing crafty fallbacks for the creative lean times. You've started some interesting looking projects Joy. And photographed some stunning flowrers.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Annie, thank you! Joy x

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  37. Lovely projects Joy, the bag is fun in the tape measure fabric and I really like the shape. Your baby coverlet is just beautiful, the pretty fabrics and crochet edge are perfect together and I love your v-stitch crochet - I'm using Stylecraft for the grey blanket I'm making, it's such good value for money on large projects isn't it. Lovely spring flowers, it's decidedly autumnal in my little corner of Kent today, brrrr! Happy Sunday!
    Jane xx

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    1. Many thanks for your considered and kind message Jane! Stylecraft is a great way to go with blankets and items that require frequent washing too. Your weather is changing over there to cooler whereas ours is thinking about spring and the mornings are becoming lighter sooner - I really do enjoy the new life in the garden :) Joy xo

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  38. A lovely post, Joy! Your bag is gorgeous, and so is your pretty and colourful crochet. Love the flowers too! Wishing you a happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post Helen, and thank you for your kind comments. The gardens are really brightening up now - a lovely time of year! Joy xo

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  39. Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I choose your blog and nominated you for Liebster Award, as I like your blog so much :-) You can read all about it here: http://berriesandyarn.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/liebster-award/

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  40. Joy, your posts are always so rich and full, they are a delight to read. I think the storage basket is an excellent use for a tea towel which is much too nice to use on dishes, you'll get so much more pleasure from it that way. And your V-stitch blanket is just lovely, those blues and purples work so well together. x

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  41. I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! Check out my post about it!

    http://twokeckgirls.com/home/liebster-award/

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  42. Sweet Joy, how I enjoy reading your posts! I see you've been up to some very lovely projects (as usual!), and your garden never ceases to amaze me! I hope all is well and you're enjoying your start of spring. I've haven't been around for awhile and I've missed visiting you. Sending lots of hugs your way. xoxo

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  43. Hi Joy, I haven't spotted you around recently and I was thinking of you and hope you are OK. Jo x

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  45. Joy I have a rookie question. Your beautiful hexagon throw using the simulated braid join. The 1st step is done as an flat braid . Is this done on all hexagons and every side. Then go to step 3.
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  47. Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

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  48. Always like a breathe of fresh air to visit your blog. Thanks Linda Shire

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