Friday, 29 July 2016

Five On Friday

Welcome to the last Five On Friday before we break up for August, it is great to have you here!  Thank you for joining in.  We will reconvene on Friday 2nd September and I will try and remind you all - probably via Instagram - a few days before.

It has been so much fun reading all of your posts over the first part of the year.  Thank you so much for taking part.  I always try to remember to tell you how much I appreciate you all, and I really do mean it every time that I say it.  Without you it would just be me here posting and that wouldn't be anything like as much fun!

When we return in September I hope to have a new badge for Five On Friday and that we will all return with lots of things to share!

I am also planning for this to be my last post until September, although if something happens that I just cannot wait to share I might drop in a post or two, probably book reviews - of which more in a moment.

Thank you for all of your comments on my post about comments and blog visiting.  Your support was wonderful.  I have returned and replied to all of your comments, but I have taken your words to heart and although I have kept up with my blog reading, I haven't been commenting, safe in the knowledge that you understand!  Thank you for that.  It has allowed me to get on with some other things I needed to finish and take a little time out to relax.  I am looking forward to more of that in August and I know that it will renew me and I am grateful for your support in that.  When I come back it will be with vigour and joy and that will be a good thing!

I will be around on Instagram I am sure - link in the sidebar - posting snippets here and there.  It would be lovely if we could keep in touch if you are on IG over the summer, so come and follow me and I will then follow you back.  No pressure, I know that it isn't for everyone and trust me, I resisted for the longest time, but it is a lovely place - and very quick too just for those odd moments.

On with my five things in a just a moment, but before that I have to tell you that I have "upgraded" at the insistence of my computer to Windows 10, so if there are any glitches that is why!  So far so OK, but we still need to get to grips with each other!!  We are still arguing about photos.  I liked Windows 8.1 much better for photos!

One

A little making.  Do you remember I finished a tapestry cushion front earlier this year?  I decided that I would give it as a birthday gift to someone special.  This is what the finished front looked like. 


This is the envelope backing.  The fabric was a terror.  It frayed everywhere.  I knew that it would because my friend had made a jacket out of the same fabric and told me how it would behave but I was still very surprised at just how difficult it was to work with.  No matter, it is all done now!


I think that it looks pretty good.  The pattern isn't matched, but I don't think that matters on the back of a cushion and the design is busy enough that I don't suppose most people would notice anyway.  Overall I am pleased with it.  I just need to see if I can get a cushion to go into it before I need to give it away, if not, I will give it as is and let the recipient fill it themselves.

It is good to have something else finished!  I seem to be a on a roll of finishes at the moment, but I am saving the rest until September for you.


Two


Above is a nearly finished, and below is a to be started.  I have had another finish this week and have also started something else, but that will be really quick to work on.  Just as well because I am working on a list of things I want to do!  Always a list!!!


Three


Do you remember my yucca drama last year?  This plant - well, bits of it! - has been living with me for nearly 4 decades now.  Yes, really!  Last year we decided to cut the plant in two and repot it.  After we did so I was really worried that both pieces would die.  They didn't and are both thriving.  Thank goodness for that!!!

Not only are they thriving, this piece has flowered in spectacular fashion.  In fact, the flower is so heavy that I have had to stake it to hold it up.  It doesn't look elegant, but it would be a lot less elegant squished on the floor.


I love the creamy white flowers, but most of all I love the memories that this plant brings back for me.  They are so very precious.


Oh, and by the way, if you get ants on your yucca flowers, don't worry, that is quite normal.



A quick sunflower photo too because this will be gone by September!


Four


I have lots of plans for the summer, crafting as I already said, and lots of reading!  I treated myself to more books - which I need like a hole in the you know where - but these are special because they are Persephone Books, which I adore.  I will share more when I have read them, but don't hold your breath in case it takes a while.  I might get distracted by all of the other books in my pile!

Five

As I said, lots of plans for August, which rest assured do include lots of resting, but they also include some of these things.

A blog look refresh.
New Five On Friday badge.
Update/upgrade for the podcast production.
Finally sort out all of my photos.
Sort out the missing photos - still! - on my blog.
Upload patterns to the other shops where I do/want to sell them.
Pattern writing.

No doubt there will be many other things too!  If you do pop into my blog over the break though and see things changing around, this is why!

That is it.  Thank you as I already said for joining in, for your support and all round general wonderfulness.

I will be by to comment on all of your Five On Friday posts, otherwise I will see you in September!

Have a great August, whatever you are up to, or not up to, I just hope it will be fun and that you will enjoy it!

Amy

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51 comments:

  1. Morning Amy, love your yucca & sunflower pix, how wonderful that both parts of the yucca have flourished.
    Enjoy your time away from blogland, I would say enjoy taking a rest but can see from your to do list that you have many things to tick before September rolls around.
    Have fun!

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  2. Such a beautiful tapestry cushion! What a wonderful gift...
    And all your other craftworks. I've googeled, what are Persephone Books - a truly interesting edition. And a great yucca, glad, that it was sucessful and they are blooming so marvellous.
    Enjoy yout time :-)

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  3. Thanks for hosting as always, Amy! Your cushion cover is beautiful, how generous of you to gift it after all the work you put into it. I've never seen such an amazing yukka flower, your TLC worked a treat! xx

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  4. Lovely craft work as always, Amy (I do admire anyone who can make things, me being so useless with needle and thread! But then I do other things - we can't all be good at everything, can we?) and lovely flowers, too. But I had to smile about breaking up and reconvening in September, just as if we're at school, tee-hee!
    Have a good Five on Friday break, then! I shall still be busy writing, we writers (sound of scraping violin!) don't get a break ... I have to bash out 1200 words on an historic house, and another 1500 on the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666, plus my column of 700+ words on ... well, I won't give away the subjects for my monthly column, but something interesting, I think, all by the 10th for one and the 18th August for the others. Plus bits for the local paper, too. Have a lovely time in your gorgeous garden! And also, enjoy our time - as you always do, I think - at Basildon Park! I shall look forward to more Basildon stories in the future!
    Margaret P

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  5. What an amazing yucca flower. Love your crafts you have been very busy. Have a good break in August. Thanks for hosting. B x

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  6. have a lovely August Amy. Happy Friday x

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  7. Have a lovely time ! We will "see" you in September after your break !

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  8. I don't think I've ever seen a yucca flower before - that one is magnificent! Hope you enjoy your blogging break.

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  9. Enjoy your August'break' although I think you are going to be busier than ever! Love all your photos, the yucca flower is very impressive and quite unexpected. Have fun and see you in September. x

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  10. My, you have been busy! The cushion cover is beautiful.

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  11. Your tapestry cushion is amazing, Amy! What a wonderful gift! You are always so creative...So glad that your yucca survived. Such a special plant for living so long. I have a couple Persephone books - they are wonderful. It is after midnight here, so I will have to wait till morning to catch up with everyone posting. Take care and have fun on your break! x Karen

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  12. Love your makes and wonderful flowers. Have a wonderful August break Amy, you have quite a 'to do' list, I hope you have some time out for yourself and for reading too. Take care, thanks for hosting and see you in September

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  13. Your yucca is absolutely stunning - and the sunflowers too. Enjoy your August dear Amy!

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  14. I'll miss your chatty blog, but think a rest is good for us all and you're certainly going to be busy. Your yucca flower is amazing and I'll look forward to seeing the NEW look blog. I can't make up my mind whether to update to windows 10 or not of not? Have a great rest and take care.

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  15. Ah a lovely five, the cushion looks very pretty. I can't believe how the Yucca is thriving, it is stunning. Have a lovely summer and I hope you get some time to relax. Thank you for hosting, we very much appreciate you too. Best wishes Amy xx

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  16. Joining in whilst at sea so may not be able to visit you all until next week. But visit I will...

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  17. Hi Amy
    Your tapestry cushion is gorgeous, so much work has gone into it and I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled. Your crochet is lovely too, I am a sucker for vibrant colours. Glad to see that your Yucca suffered no ill effects after your administrations, what wonderful blooms. Enjoy your 'rest' Amy and see you in September. x

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  18. Amy, thank you as always for hosting, I am sorry that I don't always join in but when I do I always enjoy. Ilove the sunflwoers, they sing to me and always make me smile. Have a lovely August and see you in September. x

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  19. I wish you a wonderful August. Your cushion is absolutely stunning! And, those books look like great reads. I'll miss you but I'm sure you will be having a wonderful time. Take care dear friend. Pat xx

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  20. The tapestry cushion is gorgeous and it is a very lucky friend who receives it. Glorious yucca flower! Have a good break and rest during August Amy and looking forward to catching up in September.

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  21. Love the colours in your Friday five. Sounds like you have excellent plans for your summer. Enjoy those lovely Persephones. There's no such thing as too many books!

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  22. Have a wonderful August! See you in September...

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  23. Enjoy August, I don't know about resting, I'm not sure how you'll find the time to get everything done you've got planned but I'm sure you'll have fun with everything anyway. See you in September.

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  24. The cushion looks great Amy. Have a good August break my friend x

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  25. Enjoy the break Amy. I had plans to join in Five on Friday today but the day is filling up with more and more other things so may not make it! See you in September!

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  26. Great Friday post Amy, love the cushion cover. The flowers are so joyful! Enjoy your August.

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  27. Hello dear Amy. I really enjoy seeing all the nice things you make with your hands. I'm a bit of a klutz with small details but I appreciate what other people can make. It will be fun to come back in September for 5 but until then I have you in my feedly so I'll see what you are up to if you post. I resisted the 10 upgrade because my computer is olden and I didn't want it to explode. LOL!

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  28. Have a great break Amy! Love the crochet project on the green Kaffee Fassett fabric, an all time favourite of mine. x

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  29. Enjoy your break, Amy. I didn't have much time to comment while we were away on our trip to your beautiful part of the world, but I did do some occasional reading. Your tapestry cushion will be a treasured gift - so much work goes into something like that. Enjoy your break and come back refreshed!

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  30. Thank you for this link party, Amy. It has been fun to join in when I could and I look forward to September and to taking part again. I hope you have a very relaxing August. I see that you have lots of projects, but do take some 'down' time too!

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  31. A lovely five Amy. The colours in your crochet are gorgeous. You have reminded me to take a photograph of Lily's sunflower. It's huge now! Have a wonderful weekend.X

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  32. Hey I really appreciate the linky party, even though I haven't joined it in a few weeks, I plan on getting back on track. Just as you're going to be gone for awhile, but no worries, we'll meet up in September! How many days does August have in it this year? Because I'm thinking you are going to need A LOT with that list you have ;-)
    Cindy Bee

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  33. Windows 10. I did it for about a week, then uninstalled. I couldn't take the glitches. Your photos are lovely, as always! We will miss you this upcoming month... enjoy the rest of the summer :)

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  34. Such a beautiful yucca, the flowers are amazing. Sorry I haven't taken part this week I am busy with family visitors.

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  35. The cushion is lovely Amy, enjoy your break although I have to say it doesn't sound as if it's going to be much of a break to me you are going to be so busy. I will hopefully see you on instagram although I'm always forgetting about it, try and make some you time! xx

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  36. I'm crushing on your colorful crochet and hoping you have a wonderful time on your break. Thanks for hosting your blog party. I love seeing all the blogs from near and far.

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  37. Hello Amy, I think you'll find a blog refresh and updates motivating for when you begin blogging again. I'm sporadic during the summer for commenting and since I signed up for IG, I keep forgetting I can leave comments. Oh well, you'll see a heart from me and know I was there. :-)
    Glad the yucca divided with success and enjoy your month away to craft or just sit in your garden.

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  38. Thanks for hosting every week, Amy, I'm sure it can be tough at times to fit everything in! You are a great blogger and deserve the break!
    Best wishes!

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  39. Lovely cushion tapestry cover Amy - and what a sweet gift. ;) I'm intrigued about your future projects too! And your yucca and sunflowers are gorgeous!! I love when we start reaching this kind of late summer time of year. Still lots of time to be among the flowers, but fun to dream ahead a bit on things for the Fall and holidays (I start letting some of those thooughts creep in).

    I hope you have a wonderful break that leaves you beautifully refreshed!! Thank you so much for sharing your space and fun with us so we have a place to link up. Looking forward to more fun in the Fall!

    Blessings to you dear Friend! xoxo

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  40. Enjoy your break, Amy and thanks so much for hosting. Colorful post filled with yarn and flowers -- love the yucca. Sounds like you plan on being busy on your break. Have a good time!

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  41. I love the tapestry, very pretty. I hope you have a great August and will see you in September.

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  42. The yucca is amazing! Enjoy your break Amy. X

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  43. Enjoy your blogging break, always good to,take a step back occasionally. What an amazing yukka plant, I have never known one to flower, it looks spectacular. X

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  44. Wow. that cushion cover must have taken ages - it's lovely. You are indeed very busy. I like the tiny crochet squares too. I'm glad that your yucca is surviving and flowering in spectacular fashion. Have a restful summer.
    Cathy x

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  45. I am in love with the photo of your crochet, those colours put me in mind of autumn.
    Have a fabulous August!
    Lisa x

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  46. Amy, your fingers must be very green! Thank you so much for Five on Friday, I feel as if I am part of a very special, supportive community which lifts me up when things are grim, and that's entirely due to your hard work. Well done, you have made a huge difference to me. xx

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  47. Have a fantastic August Amy, sounds like it will be a busy fun one - enjoy!
    Wren x

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  48. The yucca blooms are so pure and pretty. I just came from a blog friend in Florida who photographed her yucca, also! Busy time for you. Your finished projects are simply gorgeous. Enjoy your break and take good care.

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  49. Have a wonderful break, and I too am one of those who also struggles with blog comments! The cushion cover is lovely, and yes, upholstery fabric is a bugger to work with.

    We used to have yuccas in California where I grew up. Looking at yours makes me feel very nostalgic. :)

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  50. The yucca blooms are beautiful and I love the tapesry you have been working on. Thanks for hosting Five on Friday. Have a great vacation.

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  51. So many good things above, and look how many join in with your Five on Friday posts now! Good on you. I think your month off in August idea is an excellent one and I hope it leaves you rejuvenated and refreshed ready for September. xx

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