Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Good morning all - let's hope today is as warm and sunny as the last two days - this could be our Summer folks!
Just a few bits and bobs to share today.
At the top - a pile of fabric snippets given to me this week. I think they will make lovely dolly dresses or crazy quilt pieces.
The printed picture below was an idea I found on Pinterest for making crazy quilting so I thought I might give it a go. A creative way to use up scraps of fabric/lace etc.
On the right is a bag of threads that was a bargain at the car boot sale. The narrow pale blue ricrac was really pretty.
And below.......
This little creature was sucking nectar with its long proboscis from our Aubretia flowers in the sunshine this week. I had never seen one before. It was about 2 cm long and furry like a bee. It had a pointed head and long proboscis. I looked it up and I think it is a Bee fly - Bombilius Major.
That's country life for you!!
That's it for this week.
Thanks for joining the mad bloghop that is the brainchild of the lovely Julia of the Stamping Ground.

If any of my blogging buddies want to join in with the WOYWW ATC swap then email me  and I will pop one in the post. I think I made quite a few so first come first served.

Thanks for calling.
x Jo


Annie said...

Looks like you will be having fun with all your snippets this week Jo. As for that bug.....does it sting? If so please keep it and don't send it my way :-)
A x

Hettie said...

I do love a bargain when I see one.
We have lots of those bugs and thanks for letting me know what they are. We also have our own bees so I hope they don't take too much nectar!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think it might be a Hummingbird Moth..possibly. They fly during the day unlike most moths. We have them on our garden too. Though I've never Howard of a bee fly...must look it up!

Lovely fabric snippets and bargains..that'll keep you busy for a while!
Hugs, LLJ 34 xxx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, love the collection of things on your desk this week and that lacy crazy quilting sounds a lovely idea. The photo of the insect on the aubretia is brilliant - they always fly away before I get near enough to snap them. These sunny days are what makes the winter just about tolerable :)) Have a great day, Elizabeth x #55

Sue Zue said...

How delicious...a pile of fabrice to entice you and what a brilliant photo!
Have you seen Hummingbird Hawk Moths! They hover brilliantly!
from Sue / Zue


Helen said...

Well, whatever it is, it's a great nature photo! Have a lovely day. Helen, 5

Candace said...

Think summer was here yesterday and its certainly gone now!

Thanks for sharing your crafty space and have a great week

Candace #64

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh that sort of collage lacey quilting thing is right up your street huh! My Julia Dolly is hanging within my line of sight all the time, so I know how many dresses you could get from that lot..good luck!!

The Taming of the Glue said...

That's a great pile of snippets to play with. Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

glitterandglue said...

The lace picture is beautiful - enjoy having a go. Yummy looking scraps - have fun!
Have a great week.
Margaret (glitterandglue)

Angelfish said...

That looks like a great selection of fabric scraps and threads to rummage through. Have fun xx

Fiona #77

Sandy said...

The picture looks really interesting. I am sure you will make all your snippets look wonderful.
A bee fly have never heard of one of those before..
Sandy :) #36

Neet said...

Never heard of a Bee Fly - must look it up - thanks for the picture.
Love your bits and pieces and love the lace picture - look forward to seeing what you make.
Take care and thanks for visiting me earlier.
Hugs, Neet xx 18

Ria Gall said...

Hi Jo
lots of lovely fabric pieces there for you to work your wonders on and all these people finding such great stuff at the boot sales, I need to get out more
Thanks for sharing your desk today, Happy WOYWW hope you have a great week
Ria #42

trisha too said...

Well that's a fun lot to add to your stash--but you'll use it up in no time! Now that it's spring, there are all kinds of critters showing up, aren't there?

I'm not really woywwing this week, just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting me last week--you can tell that upcoming wedding #2 already has me behind!!


MiniOwner said...

What a fab photo of the bee thingy - worth sending in for the Country File calendar, I think. Happy Wednesday :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@101)

Sandy Leigh said...

Love your bee photo!! And you are right, just looking at that wonderful pile of fabric speaks dolly dresses...quilts...tote fun! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #96

okienurse said...

Awesome buy from the boot sale! I think a lot of us made out well this week buying second handed...I am all about recycling and repurposing. Thanks for visiting my desk earlier. Hope you have a great week. Vickie #36

Regina Hamilton said...

You are really going to have some fun with the bit and boobs. Happy crafting #1

Gill Edwards said...

well ive never heard of a bee fly before, you learn something new each day.

Gill x

Lisa-Jane said...

I like the idea of a crazy quilt! Suits my personality and my hap hazard sewing I think ;-) Have a great week with your pile of offcuts :-)

Caro said...

That carzy quilting photo looks fab...can't wait to see your version. I love your photo of the bee fly. I can't remember if I asked to swap with you last week or not...if not please put me down! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#133)

fairy thoughts said...

ooh lots of sewing goodies again this week lots of us WOYWWers have got the bee.... you have literally. I recently brought threads like that in a charity shop.... just for the wooden cotton reels , the plastic ones just aren't the same are they?
janet #32

Anne said...

hi Jo love the look of the lace. Lovely photos as well of bee fly or whatever it is. I wouldn't have known what it was. Thanks for visiting me already. Anne x #70


G'day Jo
I usually don't get around for WOYWW till Friday as when Julia posts the link I am at work in the evening here in Oz. My day off isn't till Friday then but I'm home sick all this week so here I am just one day late(I couldn't type yesterday due to sore hands and why I am home!!). Oh have fun with all the fabric...I always wanted to make a crazy quilt. Love the flower and bee thing LOL
Annette In Oz #39

Nan G said...

That's a pic of a quilt?! How cool would that be to actually make one! Great pic of the bee fly. He looks way too heavy to be hovering like that! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #87

Alison Wade said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. Some lovely fabric pieces to rummage through. Ali x #25

JoZart said...

Lots of crafty fun there and the little bee fly is fascinating... great pic too,
Love Jo x

Anonymous said...

Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun! And a funny little bee fly you found! Thanks for sharing
Gabriele #112

voodoo vixen said...

Nice little pile of snippets you have there Jo and I love all the pics of the flowers, makes me believe summer might be on its way in the UK after all! LOL Annette #7

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

What a nice pile of fabrics! Isn't pinterest so much fun. I really need to monitor my computer time though. This week I haven't gotten on at night (except for Tuesday when I did my WOYWW post).

Thanks for visiting me already. I knew it wouldn't be before Saturday that I'd get a chance to visit people but here it is Sunday already!

Kay (11)

Kezzy said...

Wow lots of lovely fabric and threads. I really love pinterest it has so much inspiration. Wow never seen one of those before it's certainly a different kind of bee lol. Happy woyww :-) Kezzy xxx