Wednesday, 10 August 2022



Good morning all - I am a bit late posting today.
I had two lovely days of activity with Ben so, I am not making excuses, I just had no time for computer play.

We sat in the shade on my patio on Monday with the water colours. This was Ben's plan...
"Nanny we can paint little pictures and then you can buy mine from me.
I will give you £1 if you paint four pictures for me."
"Then I will sell your pictures - probably for £1 each."

There is a business man there I think!
His rock pool picture was entirely his own work as we sat chatting in the garden - bliss.

Yesterday we had a day in Chester.
There was a magnificent Lego model of the Cathedral inside as we went to look at Pete Waterman's model railway in there. Ben bought a Lego brick to raise funds for the Cathedral and the ladies helped him put it in place and showed him where the Lego workmen were working on the tower where it would go.

He wasn't so impressed with the model railway. It was a long thin track with nowhere near as much detail as his Grandad's models. He is becoming quite the expert at seven!

So, a day of fun but with the walking and the heat - quite energy sapping.

Today I am recovering in the cool.

I hope you are managing to enjoy the sun when you can, but being sensible and keeping cool.

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 3 August 2022


 Just a quick post today.

I have been busy with Ben for the last two days and I am worn out. I really hope I get my "bounce" back soon. 

He came here last week with this furry friend that he had bought with his pocket money. It is called Huggy Wuggy. I think it's scary but it seems to appeal to this seven year old! He was hankering for a friend for Huggy so I said I would see what I could do.

Ben said if I could do it in a week I would get a treat - but if it took 2 weeks I wouldn't!! Cheeky monkey!

So, I raided Annie's fur fabric stash and came up with a friendlier version as a pal for Huggy....

Needless to say Ben was really pleased and had to take him home to show the family tonight

Apart from a few mending jobs and some admin for Maxine, I haven't really found much energy or time to craft.

Apologies and thank you to to all those kind folks who visited and left comments last week - I only managed to get round a few of you but will try a bit harder this week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 27 July 2022


 I'm back!

In case you were missing me... life just takes over sometimes doesn't it.

We had a wonderful week in Scotland and unfortunately I came home with Covid, testing positive on the day I got back. So - even though I didn't feel too poorly with it, it seems to have taken my "bounce" away! I have struggled to find the energy needed to do all that I love doing.

This week I am feeling a bit better but seem shattered by the end of the day - I hope it goes away sometime soon.

I have managed some picture mounting and brooch finishing off for Tilly Tea Dance.

I love doing these tasks for Max but must admit it took a lot longer than usual!

Her bestie asked if I would make bunting for her little girl's party table so I have enjoyed a bit of fabric craft this week - well it took me all morning really.

So that's about it.

I did manage to climb "Arthur's Seat" on our last day in Edinburgh. The views were amazing.

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed our wonderful (if a bit hot) summer weather.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 29 June 2022


 Good morning all.

My sewing room has seen very little action for a week or two.

Last week we had a few days away with old school friends.

We visited Skipton Castle

 and East Riddlesden Hall NT

and The Bronte Parsonage at Haworth.

The weather was perfect and we had 3 lovely days.

This week I am helping Tilly with some admin. I have been putting together workshop packs and mounting some of her stunning, felted and  embroidered  mini landscapes.

Heather Hills - felted wool and embroidered landscape picture | t-dance-web-site (

My latest twelve twiddlers are all set for the hospital...

So that's it for this week.

I shall probably be enjoying the tennis for the next week or so!

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 15 June 2022



Good morning all.

Do you remember the beige boucle yarn that I showed you last week?

Well, here it is hanging out to dry.

I used a variety of acid dyes to get shades of greens and purply pinks as requested by Tilly.

She was really pleased with the end results and I think they will work well in her wet felting and for use on her workshops.

The other thing I want to share is this..

Years ago I was given lots of polyester flags. I have cut the logos off and now I am left with yards of thin fabric and have no idea what it can be used for.

If anyone has any clever ideas I would be grateful. It seems a shame just to scrap it but I really can't think of any purpose for it. What do you think?

Well that's me for this week.

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather with more to come I think.

This week I am watching the tennis at Queen's (only on tv not the real thing!)

Have a great week.

xx Jo