Friday, 15 January 2016

Five On Friday

Welcome to Five On Friday!

Thank you to everyone who joined in again last week with the first Five On Friday of the year.  It was so great to have so many of you taking part either with your posts which you linked up, your comments here and your visits to other posts.  Thank you!  Without you it wouldn't be Five On Friday.  You make it what it is.

This week my Five are again a mixture of things that I have noticed or thought about during the week.

One.

The Nandina Domestica, also called the Sacred Bamboo, or in this house because it is growing over a large lump of concrete that we cannot get out of the ground, the Concrete Plant.  It seems to be very happy with its lot in life though and the berries are looking beautiful.  The birds never eat them, I assume because they are so small and the branches are so flimsy, but perhaps they are poisonous to birds, I don't know.  Either way they look very nice.


Two.

Usually in January one of our fellow bloggers starts the Sunlit Sunday link up for the first three months of the year.  For various reasons it isn't running this year though.  I am missing looking out for those sunny moments to share on a Sunday.  This week though I noticed the sun coming through some obscured glass onto this wall making a pretty pattern.  It reminded me that even though there isn't any Sunlit Sunday, I can still look for sunny moments and enjoy them.

I wrote this on Thursday evening and just after I pressed publish to schedule this post - because I am not up just before 6 am writing this! - I saw a post from Karen and she is in fact starting up Sunlit Sunday again this weekend!  Yay!  So I will be joining in and if you want to take part go and read this post.


Three.

My tapestry is coming along well.  I have completed another square and am now just over halfway there!

Work is slowing though for a little while because I am working on something else for a little bit.  My year of sewing is off to a good start though.


This week when I was visiting Lady she had another visitor who was working on a cross stitch.  She - the visitor - showed it to me and it is exquisite, the work is so beautiful.  I turned it over and the back was as perfect as the front.  No threads hanging or crossing, everything was perfect.

It put the back of mine to shame...


I explained though that I am not worried.  After all if Kaffe Fassett can leave the back of his tapestries looking like this so can I.  This is from the exhibition of his work that I visited in 2014 you can read about it here.  This is a photo of the back of one of his pieces.  I will at least trim and tidy mine up!


Four.

A little homemaking that made me happy.  I saw this ceramic piece for sale and just had to have it.  After all, love made my home and love does make a house a home so it was perfect for me wasn't it!  Plus it fits under this dome perfectly.  What could be better!


Five.

My so called "seasonal cactus" is having another go at flowering.  It is very pretty, but the poor plant is so confused!  It doesn't know when to flower.  I am not complaining though, all blooms are welcome!


That is it for me this week.  Just five little things that I have enjoyed or observed during the week.  I hope that you will join in with your five things and write a post and link up or perhaps go and visit some of the other participants.

I do have one little sidenote.  Well, two actually.  First of all no doom seems to have been wrought upon us by whatever follower changes were taking place, thankfully!  Secondly, yesterday I did a p.s. to my post about comments.  None of what I wrote about has taken place here, I very much doubt that it applies to you, but it is something I have noticed creeping in again.  It is one of my bugbears so I just like to remind us all to play nicely when I see it.  Please don't be upset or take offence, as I am said, I am sure that it doesn't apply to you!

Well I need to go now as my computer is playing silly wotsits with me so I better save this and run!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Amy
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57 comments:

  1. Your tapestry is indeed coming on well and I love your new ceramic piece, very apt. As to spotting and looking out for Sunlit Sunday, I too was sad to see it wasn't on last Sunday, it added an extra hurrah to my weeks last year. But now I can say HURRAH again, looking forward to Sunday as well now. Have a 'sunny' week Amy x

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  2. Great works a nice find and marvellous blossom...
    Have a nice weekend

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  3. I have just posted my first Five on Friday. Thanks Amy.
    That's a very sweet little ceramic piece and does sound just right for you. Nice to see you have some flowers during your chilly winter.

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  4. The ceramic quote is so right for you - wishing you a wonderful weekend x

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  5. That tapestry looks lovely! I'd like to see the whole project! I never learned tapestry, it's such a nice craft!

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  6. Have a good weekend Amy... I'm about to add my link as I've joined in this week. Love your little ceramic find!

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  7. Your tapestry is fabulous and I wouldn't worry about the back...that doesn't go on display! My cactus seem to be flowering at odd times as well..hey ho! Keep warm this weekend. B x

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  8. A joyous five on Friday! Love the rose-pink cactus bloom!
    Margaret P

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  9. Love the sacred bamboo and your tapestry - I never would have guessed that Kaffe Fassett would leave all his ends showing! Have a sunny weekend. xx

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  10. Love the tapestry! The cactus is so pretty.

    Kathy

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  11. Such a lovely Five on Friday, Amy! I found especially interesting the parts about tapestry and stitch works. You should see the back of my tapestry work. :) But I think the back is important only when one is stitching on a very thin material.
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  12. Your tapestry is going great guns. Fancy Kaffe Fasset not darning in the ends! Thanks for the link up, have a great weekend. x

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  13. The ceramic quote is a great find and fits you perfectly. A great five. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

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  14. Love the Cactus and the homemaking plaque, Enjoy your weekendxx

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  15. A lovely tapestry square, Amy. I'm still looking for some needlepoint to work on. I went to a well-known department store in our city centre which used to have a great selection, but didn't find anything suitable and I don't buy on the internet. A walk or Hobbycraft today? Hobbycraft is way out of town so I think a walk would be better. I'm glad the sun is also shining where you live. Love the ceramic ornament - perfect and a good motto for all of us.

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  16. Lovely post as always :) I love the tapestry - it looks v neat. The back of my sewing always leaves a lot to be desired, but at least noone will see it! I have a seasonal cactus just like yours and it seems to be on strike... no flowers for ages! Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  17. The tapestry is looking really good. There was a message from Karen that Sunlit Sunday will start this coming Sunday.

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  18. Lovely! That ceramic piece was meant for you. Have a super weekend:)

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  19. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to look at the back of stitching to see what it's like, I often think that people may think I'm odd. Love the ceramic piece, that's so you.

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  20. We're finally getting little pockets of light creeping into our home too - after so many dark, wet days.
    And I do love a tapestry. So therapeutic (I find cross stitch lovely but demanding as it requires a lot of cocentration, not great when the TV's on in the background!)
    S x

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  21. Hey Amy I hope I have linked correctly it's my first time linking with someone but I am determined I will get the hang of my blog this year. Tapestry looks good and as my Grandma always used to say people it's the front that people look at so the back doesn't need to be perfect though that could just have been because unlike my sister's back whose was perfect mine always look a mess. Happy Friday

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  22. I so enjoyed seeing your photo of the sacred bamboo. I did a watercolor of this plant awhile back as its so pretty with the red berries. Your tapestry is coming along nicely. It's a very lovely pattern. Enjoy your weekend, Pat xx

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  23. happy Friday Amy, hope it's the start of a lovely weekend x

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  24. I havea tapestry on the go too, but it has been on the go for about 20 years! One day I will finish it!

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  25. My Christmas cactus is having a rough year. I'm trying to nurture it back to health. I've had it a few years and it's only bloomed once since I bought it. They sure are pretty. Enjoyed your post.
    xx Beca

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  26. beautiful stitching, I love the colors in it!!

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  27. I've never tried the taspestry, but looks like you are doing a great job, Amy. I'm sticking to crocheting. Love your "christmas cactus" although it must be a bit confused about when to bloom since it's January.

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  28. 1. and 5. are lovely! Enjoyed seeing the tapestry and also the ceramic piece. I continued right on through Christmas & New years! :-) Didn't do any linking, but was there in case anyone had a down moment....glad the memes are back in the swing of things with 2016! Nice post!

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  29. Doesn't your Christmas cactus look pretty :) Or Seasonal Cactus as you refer to it. I've no idea what it's proper scientific name is lol. Mine hasn't flowered at all. I've tried moving it to a sunnier spot but it's still not happy with me. It has grown a few new leaves though so that's something I guess. Maybe it needs a feed...

    I like your "Concrete Plant", lovely bit of colour in a Winter's garden

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  30. Hi Amy - your tapestry looks lovely. It is years since I have done any tapestry. I mainly cross stitch now. The ceramic ornament looks super underneath the dome. Joan

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  31. Your tapestry is beautiful...wonderful colors and combinations. I hope that what I'm about to say does not qualify as one of your bugbears, but I think that your cactus may be an Easter cactus as they have a more rounded leaf (oddly enough) and not the jagged leaf of the Christmas cactus. It sure is pretty and I can only hope that when mine blooms, it will be so lovely. (No buds yet.)

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  32. Isn't that funny! It must be a northern hemisphere thing to look for sunlit spots in our homes around this time of the year. In my Five on Friday post I shared a sunlight photograph before having read your post! :) It's one of my favourite things in winter, to see sunlight streaming into my home and watching the shadows it creates.

    Lovely post Amy :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. Amy, I love the colours in your tapestry and am looking forward to seeing the finished article (eventually - no pressure!). And I think that Love makes your blog. Thank you, as ever, for organising Five On Friday for us. xx

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  34. Your tapestry is going to be beautiful and as tidy as needs be. Love the plaque.

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  35. I agree, your tapestry is beautiful. I have never heard of Nandina, it is a pretty splash of colour in the winter garden, as is your cactus (But in the home!). Have a good weekend
    Caz xx

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  36. I like your FIVE, Amy! I had too many photos for F on F today, but later I'll visit the fivers.
    I wonder why the birds don't eat those berries.

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  37. Funny that your cactus is confused! Ours get confused, too. I think it bloomed in October, then again in December. It probably doesn't help that I am inconsistent with watering it.
    Love your collection of 5 things today, hopefully I'll be able to participate next week!

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  38. I always like picking branches of Nandina and bringing them inside for colour, when there aren't many flowers about in winter.
    Have a happy weekend.

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  39. I haven't been organised enough to join in this week Amy (sorry) and unfortunately won't be able to participate next week either as I will be away, but hope to join in the week after. You've planted the idea in my head to get a cactus for my table at work. Cheers you up.
    And so true - love make a house a home. Hope you have a fab weekend, I am looking forward to a rest after a manic week at work.

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  40. I am thankful that I had no idea what your p.s was about Amy, I'm relieved that only lovely people seem to visit me at Glade, it's such a shame there is any other sort. Anyway on to much nicer things, that tapestry is a work of art but so is yours, surely it only matter what the front looks like and yours are beautiful. I love love love your new decoration, so very appropriate and it looks lovely under your dome. Ah sunlight, I'm desperate to see some, it's so dark up north at the moment. But your cactus has brightened up my day, what a joy, perhaps like Slade, it wishes it could be Christmas every day ha! Have a lovely weekend and thank you, as always for hosting xxx

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  41. Those squares are coming along a treat. I guess we have to wait a bit longer but I am getting itchy feet now...Jo x

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  42. The ceramic piece is just perfect for you. If I'd seen it in a shop, I would have thought of you straight away.

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  43. Love all of your bright cheery moments Amy! I agree that your tapestry can have things hang in the back - after all what really matters is the front! Lol

    Love your blooming flowers and berries. And your sunlit moment made me smile. Hope you have more sunshine and cheer this weekend. Blessings my dear GAl! xoxo

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  44. Your backside looks much better than Kaffe Fassett's! :oD

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  45. It sounds like you had a nice week Amy. I love your cactus. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Julie

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  46. love that first picture - a lovely plant I have never heard of.

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  47. Your seasonal cactus is a gorgeous color.

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  48. I really like that first plant. I've never heard of it, and it must be quite hardy to grow over cement. Your tapestry looks very nice too. I haven't done cross stitch for a while, but I don't know how anyone would keep it as neat as you described. :)

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  49. Your tapestry is lovely. I admire those who do needlepoint and cross stitch. I like to embroider but the counting for other things drives me batty. Your cactus is so pretty. Mine hasn't bloomed at all this year. Perhaps it will yet.
    Hope your weekend is off to a good start.

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  50. I have sacred bamboo, but it doesn't get berries. Your tapestry is goreous and once framed, you won't see the back. Tidier than any of my backs. The weather everywhere is playing havoc flowering times. Take care.

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  51. The tapestry is coming on a treat, the back is fine too! I like the nandina, the berries look pretty. I wonder why the birds haven't had the berries. Happy weekend to you Amy and thanks for hosting! xx

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  52. Your tapestry is beautiful, Amy!

    We had Sacred Bamboo in our garden too. Unfortunately we had to pull it up last year as G, being two years and inquisitive, tried eating the berries one day. Not good.

    Thanks so much for hosting! Xxx

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  53. Your sewing is coming on great Amy, the back of my embroidery work was always a mess too, it doesn't mater who is going to see it anyway. The ceramic piece was just waiting for you it's perfect. Have a great weekend. :)

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  54. Hi Amt
    Finally catching up with some blog reading after internet problems! Love your collection of photos, especially the little ceramic piece!
    Anne x

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  55. Wonderful things to catch up on.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  56. My christmas cactus has also started to flower this week, i think a name change is in order! Have a great week and thanks for hosting x

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