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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Some crafting and some daffodils

I must admit I haven't been doing my daily quota of crafting but have made this which took several 20 minutes' worth of my time.

It was one of the items I mentioned wanting to have a go at when I posted about the magazine a friend had sent me here and I finally got round to trying it out. What do you think?


I made it with a friend in mind - I have put a tiny photo frame, a packet of seeds and a pack of book plates in the pockets and will post it off for her birthday - I hope she'll like it.
I added some friendship quotes.....

.... a picture of primroses which she has in abundance near her home in Pembrokeshire and which I love. When I visit there is often a little posy of them in my bedroom.




She likes Laura Ashley things so I left this selvedge showing .....


..... and again on the back...


We went to the market at Dorchester yesterday and I got a bargain - 4 bunches of daffodils for £2 so I now have several vases in different places each giving a little breath of spring to the house.


On the kitchen windowsill.....


On the breakfast table (it wasn't that dark when we breakfasted honestly!) .....



.... on the mantlepiece .....



And in the other kitchen window. This orange vase was given to me by a French friend so I can think of her when I see my lovely daffodils. The little chicken egg cup is also a gift from the friend I made the booklet for so more thoughts of friends there too.

29 comments:

  1. I really love your booklet. How special to receive that. I love daffs too so thanks for sharing them.
    A x

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  2. Your friend is going to be very happy with her book that you made! We have daffodils finally blooming here; it took a long time this year with the crazy weather we have had. I have daffodils such as the ones you bought, ones white with ruffles in the center, white with orange center, and little petite ones! Can you tell I am always ready for spring?!

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  3. The daffodils are so cheerful and like you I try to grab a bunch when I see them. But your cloth book is fabulous. I am very, very lucky in that Mr T says he will buy me a new sewing machine for my birthday, so I off to the local shop now to negotiate, seeing your work has helped inspire me to get sewing again, but my old machine is putting me off - heavy and the tension just won't hold, but it has seen me through many pairs of curtains and some dresses in the past. Oh no something else to keep me from blogging.

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  4. What a thoughtful and creative gift Jane, I can't imagine your friend being anything other than delighted!! LOVE the daffies! x

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  5. She is going to love it!

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  6. Well, I think that is such a personal present. Anyone can go and buy a present, but to make one for someone makes it that bit more special. The little sheep button on the front "makes" it. I love that orange vase, it reminds me of the coffee bowls you get in France. Our daffodils are still in bud in the garden, and I can hardly wait until I can pick them. :O)

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  7. Wow the present is amazing! Soft, makes you curious, so well done and so personal! I LOVE it! It is really a good idea!

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  8. What a lovely gift for your friend and so personal too.
    I might see you at CL then? Blogging badges would be a good idea!!!

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  9. It's really lovely - I'm sure she'll be blown away by it.

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  10. I absolutely LOVE the sewed gift it is so intricate and beautiful!! I like the little details on the pages. It is also nice to see daffodils at long last!
    Lucy xxxx

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  11. Jane,
    The book is gorgeous. You've chosen those lovely fresh greens and yellows that match the colour of the daffodils and remind us of Spring. Nobody could fail to love a present made with them in mind like this. Your friend will treasure it I'm sure. From the comments it looks like the book has found favour everywhere. I can see the idea being taken up by a few more people! Might even have a go myself... Lesley x

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  12. Lesley I'd like to say that I carefully chose the colour scheme to be springlike but if truth be told it was more by accident than design. I really wanted to do it in bright colours but then discovered that I didn't have sufficient suitable fabrics whereas these I did have and they all seemed to go together nicely! Story of my art work I am afraid - lucky dip rather than carefully planned.

    Jane

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  13. OMGosh, how I love your book creation. It's the most special book ever.
    If I were to be the receipient of such a lovely, well, I don't know what I'd do. But I know what I'd feel - - - - I'd feel that some one thought I was special, I'd feel loved, I'd feel wonderful.
    You did good.
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  14. The fabric journal is beautiful. I love the fresh spring colours you have chosen and I am sure your friend will be totally delighted with it. Who wouldn't. Its such a thoughtful present.

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  15. I think your little book is 'wildly creative'! I like how it's so free-form and loose. Creating is fun when we can just 'let ourselves go'.

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  16. hello Jane. Trying to catch up on all my favourite blogs and loved seeing the gorgeous daffs here. Great crafting project too x

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  17. what an inspiration - a lovely project

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  18. what a lovely gift - clever you

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  19. Oh my goodness, what a creation. Your friend will be delighted I've no doubt. How exciting to receive something so personal (and beautiful too)!

    Kate x

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  20. Very impressed with your craft pics. Your friend will be so delighted with the little gift you made for her. I know that I would be

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  21. Your booklet is just lovely, I am sure your friend will be thrilled! I wish we had lovely daffodils in the shops here or the ones in my garden would hurry up and bloom!

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  22. Your friend will love her birthday gift I'm sure, it's extra special when handmade and with such thought. I love the colours and the assortment of fabrics, which despite being a 'lucky dip' go together perfectly.

    How cheerful those daffs look dotted around the house - I've gone mad on iris at the moment.

    Jeanne x

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  23. Though Autumn is my favourite season, I love the Spring flowers. My grandmother loved Primroses, they always reminded her of England & her home there.

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  24. I love daffs, so cheery. Your make is simply lovely. I've never heard of that mag before it looks great, must get a copy.
    Twiggy x

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  25. I love this project! It's amazing! Your friend is very lucky. I know I'd be jumping up and down with joy if I got this!
    And ... of course I love the flowers and I love that they're scattered around the house.

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  26. oh my goodness - this present is STUNNING! I would love one, do you sell them?!

    Beautiful, thoughtful work.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Amelia.x

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  27. What a beautiful gift, your friend is very lucky.

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  28. Hi Jane....what a wonderful gift. So personal, and made with a friends caring hands....what more could you ask.

    Daffs brighten any home and garden. When the winter has been long, their bright yellow trumpets bring a smile.....

    Happy spring.....

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  29. l love your book..l make similar books too. it is so satisfying isn't it when it is finishedx what a lucky friend, l would love to receive something like thisxl am so glad so many people commented..you deserve itxlynda

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