Friday, 10 April 2015

Five on Friday

Hello, I'm joining in with Amy's Five on Friday again. A random round up if you like -

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A finished quilt top, hastily photographed last night after Mike had taken Rocky hound out for his evening walk. It was hastily snapped because a) I wanted to include it in today's post & b) Mike thinks I'm a prat for taking photographs of random things to stick on my blog. It's meant to be a heart shaped but I haven't photographed it particularly well, as usual! I shall do a post on it by itself one day, when it's completed. 

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My crochet blanket, well some of it, it's blinking huge! Mike bought me a pack of this yarn for Christmas a couple of years back. The idea of crocheting a big blanket scared me, silly really. I can do a small granny square but decided enough was enough & got on with it. Once I got past the scary foundation chain & the first couple of rows it was quite easy, I'm going to make another. The crafty ones out there will recognise it as an Attic 24 granny stripe. 
I like it folded up too!

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I am officially old, I went to pick up my new specs last week. A pair for seeing & a pair for reading & took my chance as Mike was parking the car or trying to find a parking space that is! I darted into my favourite charity shop. It's one of those proper charity shops, you know - the scruffy ones. I have a holy grail of things I want to find in a charity shop I have the first two now, a rose bowl & dressing table set. I'm now after a turquoise glass soda syphon & a rumtopf jar. Perhaps they will be there on my next visit.

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A small sack of dahlia tubers. I am still undecided where to plant them. I had first planned to put them amongst the fruit bushes in the back garden but now I have my new border in the front they may go there.

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I was trying to snap the plum blossoms against the blue sky yesterday evening when I heard an extremely loud buzzing noise. This bee was huge, much much bigger than it looks, I'm only small I thought it might try & carry me off at one point! I like bumble bees, we used to have a nest in the garden many years ago so I spent a good while watching this one. 

So there you go my dears, some random fives. There is a linky up thing over at Amy's blog should you wish to join up or see what other bloggers have been posting.

As always enjoy your day xx

32 comments:

  1. I love your quilt!!!! The colours, the fabric, all beautiful. The blanket is so pretty, and I love the green glass. Great Post xx

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  2. Your granny stripe blanket looks fab I lovemaking them too.

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  3. The Attic 24 blanket is looking good, glad you are no longer scared of it and I too had a huge bee this week buzzing around, enormous. Hope the specs help in everything you do too.

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  4. I love your quilt, it's gorgeous. The dressing table set is very pretty, I hope you find the other treasures too. That bee does look enormous, I have to say, I would have been too scared to get so close. Have a lovely weekend x

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  5. Wow, they are some similarities here. First up my granny blanket foundation chain was a struggle and encourage some inapporpriate language if I remeber rightly. Also I like my blnaket folded up which it is now when not in use. I have a second one on top of that whichis also folded.
    The green glass set........my Gran had one of those! No, this does not mean you are old but it is a lovely set when the sun catches it. I wonder if my Mum still jhas it now that she has down sized. Also I think that my hubby has a red soda syhon, well two actually as he went thorugh a phase of buying them years ago. I shall keep my eyes open for one.
    Love that quilt and you keep taking random photos...keeps them guessing what we are up to!
    Best wishes

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  6. I love the idea of Holy Grail items. I think I'll have to think up my own list. The quilt and blanket are gorgeous.

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  7. There is so much that I could say! I knew straight away that your patchwork was a heart, and you are most definitely NOT a prat or anything other than wonderful for taking a photo - I mean, I shared a broken cassette tape and a coat rack today! Goodness only knows what Mike would make of that!!! Goodness only knows what my hubby would make of that! I love your blanket too, that yarn pack produces some enormous blankets doesn't it, but so great for snuggling in!! Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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  8. My Mum had a dressing table set exactly the same in green glass, I think it had been my grandma's before that. I've noticed some really big bees over the last day or two, very dark with a dark red stripe at the back - they do make a loud buzzing noise too:)

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  9. Your quilt and crochet are brilliant, love your 5 on Friday. I get loads or raised eyebrows from hubby regarding the photos I take, they just do not understand blogging. Have a good weekend.

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  10. I guess we're all prats for photographing stuff in our homes ... but it's all meaningful stuff! Love the quilt top :) I can see the heart, and it's going to be so cozy when finished. Good for you for finishing the granny stripe blanket! I keep dithering on making a blanket (knitting), and now winter disappeared and I feel a bit defeated in making one in the warmer months (of course it would then be ready for next winter). Great dresser set ... you don't often see green glass. Have a great weekend Jo!
    Wendy

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  11. Love the blankets I remember picking up my first set of reading glasses sometime last year and feeling it was the beginning of the end! Officially getting old!

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  12. I have though to buy dahlia tuber to be grown on my garden. I have never success growing dahlia from seed. But it's not easy to find dahlia tuber that sold here.

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  13. A most enjoyable post. Thanks, and you too. Flighty xx

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  14. Your blanket is beautiful as is the quilt. I love your charity shop treasures.

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  15. I do love your heart quilt very much, and the glassware from the charity shop. What a lovely round up of things, thanks for sharing.

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  16. Your heart quilt top looks so gorgeous! Love your pretty crochet blanket too...you have been busy. I enjoyed seeing your five things :)
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  17. Love, love, love your patchwork heart quilt! 😊
    Happy weekend, lovely and we'll miss you tomorrow at our little get-together. Hugs xx

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  18. The quilt looks amazing, and the blanket. I am thinking about starting a blanket, but like you, I'm a little bit scared. Love the bumble bee, he is so sweet.

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  19. I have been known to photograph the inside of a compost bin, so I wouldn't worry about photographing a quilt!

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  20. Your quilt is stunning Jo! The blanket looks great, I've used the Attic24 packs myself and they are fun, it's hard to get bored when you keep changing colour :-) xx

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  21. Enormous respect for your crafting my dear- it all looks stunning :o) M thinks I am also a little bit mad for taking random pics for the blog xx

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  22. I like random, a bit of this and a bit of that, I love your granny stripe blanket a great project to just pick up and put down whenever you have a spare moment and I can see the heart it looks great. I need to get some dahlia's I like to get a different one each year. :) xx

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  23. I've got my grandma's dressing table set that she got for her twenty first birthday in 1928. I think my dad was quite pleased that I wanted it and that it's being kept in the family. Your quilt is fabulous, you're using such pretty fabric, I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. I'm also crocheting a Granny Stripe blanket using the same colours as you. I bet they'll look totally different though as the way the colours are used will change the way it looks.

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  24. My husband has stopped rolling his eyes at my taking photos of random things now, because he knows I'm not going to stop doing it! Love your quilt and your blanket, and I'm glad you took the photos because they made me happy to see them. There have been some huge bees about in my garden too - the weather must be getting warmer! And all the best people have to wear reading glasses, even if we're too vain to admit it sometimes :-) xx

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  25. Your quilt is lovely Jo, I can see the heart shape. The granny stripe blanket looks great too - I remember breathing a sight of relief when I got to the end of the first row and hadn't miscounted the foundation chain :o) I love dahlias and bought some lovely pink ones this year but our puppy is turning out to be a bit of a digger so not sure how long they'll last! Have a good week xx

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  26. The heart quilt is lovely, very vintage looking! And granny stripes are fine once you get past the foundation chain and first row or so. Xx

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  27. Five very fun things to blog about. Love your quilt and the beautiful crochet.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. Hi Jo, I've called in via Amy's Five On Friday. I think your quilt is FAB! Thank you for sharing. x

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  29. I love a bit of five on Friday. Olly and I were startled by a huge bee on our walk on Thursday. Olly was spooked to the point of not liking bees anymore. I hope that he gets over his new found fear.
    Leanne xx

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  30. I love your quilt and blanket - you have done so well to have made two such big items, and they are beautiful. I love green glass - it reminds me of my great-grandmother's necklace. You've shared some lovely things and that bee is ginormous!
    Cathy x

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  31. I too am considered a prat by my husband for photo taking. And the children get offended when I don't let them be in all the photos lol. Your quilt top is fab, definitely not made by a prat.
    Jillxo

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  32. Your afghan is gorgeous! Love the colours you chose. So sunny and cheerful! My hubby is finally over laughing at me taking "silly" pictures. He understands it's part of my "art-iness."

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