Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Friday, 20 November 2020

So as not to deceive!!

 

 

 

I have updated my profile photo....will you????😊

 

Dear Hobbyloes in a comment on my post Have card will travel mentioned the following"When I look at your picture you still look young, not like a pensioner at all."  Well that made me feel a tad guilty because the photo on my blogger profile was taken 6 years ago in 2014 and I am older now so I thought it best so as not to deceive anyone to update it!!  The one I have uploaded is one I had taken in August this year. Nevertheless, bless you Loes and thank you for the compliment!!

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By the way....the blog list gadget is working again. If you aren't on my blog list please let me know and also please check to see if I am on your blog list if you use this gadget...thanks!!!

Collections:

Teresa Kasner in her post Going Green shared with us her fabulous, extensive Jadeite collection and she also suggested we share anything we collected. 

One of the things I collect are jugs. 

Here you have my little collection.  These are the ones I mostly use. There are cream jugs,milk jugs and a few are sauce boats. I thoroughly enjoy hunting for china and for jugs in the local flea markets and car boots sales here.  Some of them are vintage others quite new but all have that form and shape I so like and is what catches my attention!   

 

Part of my jug collection. The rest are put away but every so often I change them around. 



The two in the middle were last year Christmas gifts;cat and hen!  The vintage jug on the right my mother brought it over for me some years back. It belonged to my Gran so I treasure it! The  vintage jug on the left my sister found it in an outdoor flea market. 



I remember buying this one myself during a trip to London,approx 20 years ago.


A very old jug showing an old version of the Willow pattern! My Mother found it at the back of a cupboard but couldn't remember where it was from.



Others...and a glass sauce boat.



A cream jug. My sister sent it to me by post...amazing how it got here in one piece!!

and more......

A milk jug; lovely fine bone china! It must have belonged to a very fine tea set. I found it in a car boot sale.   There you have it....I like jugs and old doors too but I can't collect them! Now that gives me an idea for another post. The old doors of Alicante!!

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Crochet:  

Finally!!!   Two more hats completed to go to my little great nephew in the Uk!



Pooh bear trying to model the Hedgehog beanie and not doing it very well!!

 

My next make is going to be a blanket for my new great nephew who will be here with us from sometime in February. I have a very large stash of yarn but as is typical I do not have sufficient yarn to make a blanket in soft baby suitable yarn so I had to purchase more. 

 Although it is in the next town I often order online from Las Tijeras Magicas (The Magic Scissors) if it is a large order  and I go to my local haberdashery for smaller purchases. Tijeras Magicas is very efficient and quick. I sent in my order on Monday 16th and it arrived yesterday midday. This is a family business and began as a small local shop back in 2006 but as you can see it has expanded.  The results of good quality service I would say! 

 


 

In my case when I am making for others (90% of the time) the preparation for a new make is also an enjoyable part of the project and goes as follows:

I sent Baby's Mum several images from Pinterest to see what sort of blanket/shawl she had in mind. I asked for a photo of baby's room and also what suggestions she would like to give me about the colour scheme. I then sent her a screenshot of the colour selection of the yarns in question (Katia Planet) for the baby's Mum to choose from and once I received the answer I ordered online. 

 This was the purchase:


Baby's mother's choice of colours will produce a soft pastel toned blanket.  Katia Planet is a lovely soft yarn perfect for baby blankets.



Hello to my new follower Shaz from Shaz in Oz.

Welcome to Crafty in the Med my personal blog where I share my love of craft, particularly crochet and anecdotes from my daily happenings living here in Alicante,Spain.  Please feel free to comment!.😊😊😊

 

 

Keep well and have a great weekend 

 

Amanda :-) 






 

 

27 comments:

  1. Dear Amanda
    It's so nice to have a collection of things - things that make your heart sing when you look at them or use them. I am sure those hats will be much appreciated and I think Pooh looks very cosy in that one. I am sure the blanket will be another truimph!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks for calling in Ellie! I am not sure how I started to collect jugs. I also collect china so perhaps that has got to do with it! A x

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  2. Good morning Amanda, I am finding out I really enjoy using the reading list in settings-which I just discovered, so will stick with that for now-but good to know that the blog list is working again.
    I have thought of my photo being quite young-this was taken back in 2008 or earlier but I don't have any photos of myself to change this up-in my profile though readers will know I am a senior haha
    I love your jugs!! especially the ones with memories. thank you for sharing-enjoy your day hugs Kathy

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    1. Definitely the jugs that hold sweet memories are the ones I most treasure!! A x

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  3. I still don't think you look any older than your previous photo. Anyway, age is just a number. Mentally, I still feel 21, but my body tells me otherwise! I don't really collect (I don't count my yarn stash) but I have a "cabinet of curiosities". All sorts of bits and bobs in it that I want to keep, but haven't got a special place for. I love looking in it whenever I pass. Lots of memories in that cabinet. xx

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    1. Totally agree with you HH! Age is just a number and it really doesn't matter to me. The last time I truely worried about my age was when I was 16 and then I wanted to be 20...silly me!! Shame you don't have a blog and could wite about your "bits and bobs" A x

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  4. Good Morning Amanda, What a wonderful post. I'm also glad Shaz has found you. She is a wonderful, caring person and will be a great addition to your group of friends.
    I enjoyed seeing all of your jugs. I was drawn especially to the whimsical ones, the mouse peeking in and the cat and hen. :-). They are all beautiful though.
    Isn't that the way it is with yarn? I have so much, but never the right one in the quantity I need. The colors for the baby blanket are so soft and perfect for a little one to cuddle in.
    And the hats are great too. Pooh tried his hardest but it was just a little too big for him. :-)
    Have a lovely day!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. I think you need a new camera. Your profile photo still looks like a woman not old enough to be old.

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  6. It was fun to see you shared YOUR collection! I enjoyed seeing your jugs and pitchers, ewers and boats! The colors in the baby blanket are so pretty.. which pattern did she choose? It's nice of you to let the mother choose. I offered to crochet a baby blanket for my nephew's baby and she chose all white.. I have to say, for a crafter who loves COLOR, that was quite a slog for me to do. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Will post the pattern I used in my next post :-) I don't think I'd like making an all white blanket either!! A x

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  7. Hi Amanda, you look great in your photo! I haven't got my photo on my profile because I don't want to frighten people away haha, it was my birthday yesterday and I said to my son just think in 2 years I'll be 70! and he said Mother 70 is the new 40, I wish!
    Your jug collection is lovely the only things I collect are small souvenirs from places I have travelled it could be just a fridge magnet or a small ornament. I have collected things in the past but I don't really have the room to display things now.
    I have a huge stash of yarn which I use for charity makes but when I want to make something for someone special I have to purchase the yarn. I bet you can't wait to get started on the blanket I love the colours, I'm looking forward to seeing it as it progresses. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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    1. Thanks Linda,always good to hear from you :-) So what's 66 then the new 36....yes please!! :-)

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  8. Hi Amanda, you still don't look like a pensioner! I don't have a photo of myself on my blog profile, but I do have two photos of my children in the header, which were taken many years ago, but I can't bring myself to change them! My son kindly said I don't look my age recently, but I think I do, especially when I look in the mirror first thing in the morning! :)
    I too used to collect jugs. I display them on top of my kitchen cabinets, but I ran out of room so stopped collecting them on our travels. xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am already thinking of changing that photo to one of me when I was 4. First thing in the morning...oh dear me that isn't me its my grandmother!! A x

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  9. I like the updated profile photo. I've only recently put one on my blog as I didn't have many to choose from. Mine was taken three years ago and is a favourite because a grandson took it and it's a reminder of a lovely meet up with family during a day out with happy memories of that time. Your collection of jugs must give you pleasure. You're fortunate to have specialist shops where you can order yarn. We have a similar local shop that usually organises small groups to teach crafts. Of course, these are not available at the moment which is a shame. I look forward to seeing more of your makes in future blog posts.

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    1. Thanks Linda. That photo is special then to trigger such happy memories you need to keep it there :-) A x

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  10. Hello Amanda! I love your jug collection. I too, like milk jugs - so handy for many things. I barely have a collection but the few I do have I love very much and use almost daily. Thank you for visiting my blog Lupey Loops and sharing your thoughts there. I hope to get back to more regular blogging in 2021. That's the plan anyway! :-)
    Cheers from Australia, Jodie

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  11. Who is that young lady at the top of the page? My collection of jugs is all white to match the all white crockery in the kitchen - that's either boring or chic, take your pic. The blanket colours are lovely, will look forward to seeing the completed blanket. Hope Pooh has woken from his slumbers.
    Stay safe,
    xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I pick chic......white crockery can be classy and it also depends on the design. Pooh Bear is not very happy at present I washed him in the washing machine and he feels quite out of sorts....totally ruffled! keep well Amanda x

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  12. I love the cat jug and the beautiful glass sauce boat! Looking forward to seeing the old doors of Alicante. Or should I say las puertas viejas de Alicante? ;)

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    1. I am attracted to old doors as much as I am jugs trouble is I can't collect old doors only in photos. El relato de las puertas viejas sera muy pronto! :-) A x

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  13. Thanks for the welcome, Amanda, I must admit I haven’t done that for ages, need to remember when not so busy to do it, loved all your jugs I don’t have many but a couple mostly crystal ones as I love crystal. Bought second hand or inherited as have a few of them. From my mother’s China. That rug will be pretty.
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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    1. The inherited ones are the best type of jugs because they usually have a story to tell :-) A x

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  14. PS I’d dint have a photo of myself so no updates..
    I’m very private online.
    And that blog post the big Rock photos were up over the hill about three hours west on the tablelands the rest were around home.

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  15. Oh,this photo is nice too.
    You have a wonderful collection of jugs.
    Funny that you also made hats, yours are crocheted and the one I made is knitted, but not finished.

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    1. Thanks Loes. The hats are for my great nephew who is 2. Hopefully he will like them! A x

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Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)