Sunday, 5 February 2012

a shot of happiness

MrM
What are those?
MrsM
Handmade gifts for my friends.
MrM
Seriously? Empty tomato tins?
MrsM
There is a craze for crochet covers
for empty tins to put herbs in.
MrM
But these don't have crochet covers?
MrsM
They are so clever they will crochet their own.
MrM
So how are these handmade?
MrsM
I washed out the tins myself.
MrM
Right.

*****

Thank you so much to Tracy
for hosting a wonderful day at her home
and to Ali, Val, Emma, Julie, Monica and Nancy
for the delicious food, gifts and laughter.
Such friendship is life affirming.

26 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Definitely counts as handmade in my books. Love this post! :D

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  2. This is a very good idea. Often the simple ones are the best. Will your crochet design include a tomato?

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  3. Beautiful homemade gifts... although feeling very sad and left out of your lovely get together! Hope you all had lots of fun.

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  4. Right.....

    To what use might washed-out cat food pouches be put, do you think?

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  5. Why is the parsley on my counter in a cup?!
    I ask you.

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  6. You are a genius Alice.

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  7. I do not have the necessary crochet skills (and a silver jacket for the tin would be a little too much). It's chic enough as it is.

    It was such a good day, wasn't it? I hope you got home safely.

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  8. Absolutely wonderful! If they all have your sense of humour then it must have been a hoot!

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  9. It was a life-affirming kind of day, all that laughter was certainly good for the soul. It was lovely to meet you at last Alice x

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  10. Such a lovely day - and your tomato tin has joined the tuna tins I have already turned into herb holders. I know, it's very sad ;-) So lovely to see you again - let's hope we can repeat soon! I thought MrM was very brave to venture into the house - I suspect we were rather high pitched and overexcited ...

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  11. oh what a good day Alice. I keep smiling to myself!

    let's not leave it so long till the next time.

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  12. Mine is on the windowsill in it's naked glory and it makes me smile!

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  13. Was so sorry to miss you this time round :( Sounds like you had the best day! K x

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  14. Aha, I saw one of these in Monica's photos of your play day ... wondered what they were ... me I think I prefer them without the crochet :D

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  15. I nibbled some of the parsley on my way home on the train, and now the pot is on my kitchen windowsill looking sunny and bright agains all the white snow outside. It was wonderful to meet you and all the others, and feel like I'd already known you all for years. Life affirming indeed.

    Nancy x

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  16. And did you plant up the cans as well as hand washing them?

    Perhaps Rachel could put a cord on the cat food pouches and make mobile phone holders to wear around one's neck?

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  17. With a bit more notice I could have dug out my old cotton reel with the four nails in the top and knocked out some French knitting which could then could have been converted into egg cosies or similar. I think that this would have merited a coffee cake at the very least but I was denied the opportunity.

    On the positive side I believe that the tomato tins were on special offer and we can have some serious tomato soup for the next few days. My first thought on seeing the parsley was this was what the Romans used for earplugs in the Asterix books. Not sure if it works in practice though - do not try this at home.

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  18. off to go and wash out a tomato tin and put it on the window sill (minus the parsley) and then I can pretend I came to the party....

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  19. one could always connect all of the tins up with bits of string and have a conference call - do children still do that sort of thing these days or is it all texting and BBM ??

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  20. Oh Mr M, I first read that as 'doesn't work in practice'. Feeling slightly deflated that you don't drown out excess noise with vegetation.

    Mrs M, have just read a summary of the day over at Julie's. Sounds delicious.

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  21. And I must confess to a twinge of jealousy - how I would love to sit with you and Tracy. I will one day. x

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  22. The day will keep me energised for some time to come. Life-affirming indeed.
    Someone is missing their tomato tin ... I have two on my windowsill!

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  23. You know what? I hate the lot of you.

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  24. gives a whole new meaning to the can-can ...

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  25. Can't.stop.laughing.

    Between the post and the comments it's a delight to come over here.

    Also, the sweet lady crocheting her little heart away for a carton (! but really genius) wouldn't sweat making homemade soup.
    Priorities.

    And I don't have parsley.

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  26. Very cute, and sounds like you all had a great day. Those labels are pretty enough to stay as they are.

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