Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Good morning to everyone who has popped in to have a look at my untidy table today.
I can't say I have been too busy crafting to tidy up - I blame the Olympics. When I haven't been watching the amazing sporting achievements of the GB team, I have managed an hour or two of crafty activities.

You can see my half made Katie Morag sock doll. She has a hand made needle felted kilt!

Near the front - hiding under the embroidery threads- is a pretty beaded and butttoned heart on a card that I have made for my daughter M. on her engagement. Yahoo! We are thrilled for her and Steve. So, another wedding in the family.  Above is the frame that I will give her just in case she wants to hang it in her bedroom.

Below is the pretty blue mohair scarf - perfect for dumfing yarns and rovings into. One of my car boot bargains. Also, just look at that gorgeous vintage lace. Oh and the piece that is folded and tied with a price label - 2 yards for One shilling!! Er that would be 5p in today's money. I paid a bit more than that but well worth it as it's really lovely.

And lastly some of the wonderful colour at Powis Castle. We had lunch and a walk round the gardens last week. Well worth a visit if you are down this way.

Well that's it for today - I am popping to M's with her card and to await delivery of her new fridge.
I shall take Katie Morag to finish off  whilst I watch the Olympics.

Have a good week.
x Jo


Annie said...

Fab car boot finds again Jo.....and even more lovely cos I know I can share them if I have need :-)
Have fun today.
A x

Redanne said...

Hi Jo, love what you found at the car boot sale! The pics from Powis are wonderful too. Not joining in today but just called to say hello. Anne x

Helen said...

Love all that lace; and your sock doll too. The only good thing about the Olympics being in the last straight is I may have some crafty time again!!!
Helen, 4

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah love is in the air! Congrats to M and her intended. You've an eye for a boot sale bargain I must say Twiggers. AM most impressed at the hand felted should be entering WI competitions with those sort of details on your makes!

Claire said...

what a busy, busy desk!! would love the see the sock doll when she's finished :)
gorgeous pictures! peacocks are SOOOO photogenic!!
happy WOYWW!!
no. 11

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Seems the Olympics have everyone's attention this week. I love your yard (boot) sale finds. Not sure what a boot sale is, but I can only imagine people lined up in a parking lot selling goods out of their trunks/boots! Thanks for visiting already.

Ann B said...

That lace is so pretty. I have some that I bought when doing my dolls house years ago and it is saved for very special projects. Love the felted kilt.

Happy WOYWW.
Ann B

Lynn Holland said...

More doll pics please she looks lovely

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What beautiful lace!
I too have been watching the Olympics- I had to wake up at 4 am to catch the opening! Patsy from
HeARTworks and

JoZart said...

Fabulous read... lovely pics. Congrats to M and lovely makes! I adore peacocks and we have a nearby farm with lots of them . You reminded me how cute and gawky the chicks are!
Blog candy fun over at my place!! No doubt Annie has let you in on it!
JoZarty No35

Glenda said...

Love all that lovely lace! And I don't think I ever say peacock babies before! Great pictures!
Glenda 55

Minxy said...

Oh to have a car boot near that actually had quality finds like that lace, i'm totally lusting over it, you lucky gal
Happy WOYWW Hugz Minxy #50

May said...

Gorgeous lace... a right wee bargain too... Love the pics of the Garden and those peacocks are Stunning.. Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#40

sandra de said...

A hand made felted kilt!!! You are amazing.
Sandra @74

Trish Latimer said...

Blimey that lace was a bargain!!! Great find, I only ever see total rubbish whenever i've been to a car boot... clearly I'm not going to the right ones!! Trish #27

famfa said...

Lovely doll. Great car boot finds. Congrats to M.
Famfa 83

Lisa said...

Love all the lacey goodness. Congrats on your daughters engagement. Enjoy your day! LisaDV #86

donnalouiserodgers said...

I envy you the lace,

Morag is beautiful

and I too am off to watch the atheletes,


Gita said...

Congrats to your daughter on her engagement!!! Your day at the castle looked lovely -- I've never seen baby peacocks before..too cute!!! Have a great day!! #97

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, Many congratulations to M on her engagement. I'm sure she will want to frame your card and keep it as a memento of the happy occasion.

Love the vintage lace you've managed to find at a boot sale ... can't believe some of it had the original price still on it!

The photo of the peahen with her chicks is terrific. Powis castle looks a great place to visit.

Happy WOYWW. Hope you have an enjoyable week. Elizabeth x #18

Hazel said...

Love your photos and your bargains too. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #99 x

Tertia said...

Congrats on your DD's engagement, weddings are so exciting!
Love that lace!!!
Tertia 86

CraftygasheadZo said...

Think we've all been watching our fab girls and boys compete. Great pics on your post. Take care & enjoy snooping this week. Zo xx 77

Darla said...

Great lace, cool Peacocks and love, love the flower photos! #106

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Love the doll!
And I have been enjoying the Olympics this time around, too! :)
Happy WOYWW!
Mary Jo #74

trisha too said...

So fun to snoop through your finds, and thank you for sharing the lovely photos!

:)trisha, #113 this week with a quilted inchie

Peggy Cain said...

enjoyed my visit to your desk.. awesome finds of lace and the pics are pretty cool

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you all Twiggy on M's engagement, bet you're happy about that! Love that lace, great find and lovely photos from Powis too. Never seen pea chicks before! Lovely flower border there too by the look of it.

Brenda 38

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I don't think I've ever seen baby peacocks before!! Aren't they sweet?

Congrats on another wedding in the family - what a lovely time for you all, the card looks very pretty :)

Hugs, LLJ #13 xx

BJ said...

Beautiful lace. BJ#19

Cardarian said...

Such lovely things on your desk! The lace is exquisit! I had a snoop back to other posts - so much lovely things you have made!Can't wait to see the finished Katie Morag sock doll!
Lots of hugs

mamapez5 said...

Welcome to my blog, and thanks for becoming my 50th follower.
I hope Katie Morag gets finished. The Olympics are very addictive watching, but they have stopped us all getting much crafting done.
Lovely photos of Powys Castle. It's a long time since I was there.

Do sign up for my blog candy if it is of any use to you.
Kate #50

Fuchsia said...

What lovely gardens there and birds bet it was a lovely day
love your doll
Thanks for passing by
have a nice week x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Whoa! I've never seen peacock chicks before. LOL! No, that's not the only thing I picked up from your post. Beautiful flowers, lovely lace, and the dolly is so much fun. We'll keep an eye out on her progress, amongst the Olympic events of course.

Samantha Elliott said...

Ooooo! Peabodies -Peacocks to most people! My name for them when I was little! What an array of colour at Powis Castle. Love it!
Yes, WOYWWers are a wonderful bunch! Loved meeting Jan though I didn't look so good after my mascara had run!

RosA said...

I am drooling at the sight of that beautiful vintage lace! Happy WOYWW!

505whimsygirl said...

Your doll looks great - please post photos of her progress. Lucky you to find the lace! Very cool.

The peacocks are so cute - the babies are just adorable. the flowers are lovely. I think the one is a hydrangea. I tried to grow one here once and it didn't make it.

Today is my one year anniversary so blog candy will be posted soon. I'm taking a poll so pop on over and leave me your 2 cents!

Kay #96

RosC said...

The kilty doll is terrific, and the lace is gorgeous. I have a blue rug that colour on my bed and I'm sure it would make for excellent dumfing. Love the castle photos too.
Ros #16

Sue from Oregon said...

Finally some time to visit my WOYWW friends. Had to go browse and check out what you ahve been up to whilst I have been harvesting cherries! Love your wedding journal and the peek into how you make your wonderful creations (back in mid July) oh so creative Jo!

Happy WOYWW!

Love that daughter used to have one like this, but it was a mermaid and had daisies for her bra...she loved that doll!

Neet said...

Katie Morag is looking good - love that kilt! Some really good stuff to look at on your desk and I do love that lace. Saw some dumfing on silk scarves in Cambridge - £60! Loved the green ones but the blue ones looked a bit sparse.
Thanks for the photos of Powys Castle, especially with the peacock chicks.
Thanks for sharing those photos etc - Hugs, Neet xx #36

Di said...

Wonderful car boot finds Jo, and lots of lovely piccies too.

Congratulations to M and fiance - what fun, another wedding to look forward to.

Did I spot a favour box from Shell's wedding on your desk there - I suppose the contents will have been eaten though? :(

Belated Happy WOYWW, at least we finished the envelopes in super fast time! Di xx #3

Anne said...

Hi there. Gorgeous lace. Congratulations to your daughter- how exciting another wedding. Thanks for visiting me. I scheduled my post as I was in hospital yeterday and had hoped to link up when I came back Was much later back and still groggy from the general anaesthetic. Anne x

Sandy Leigh said...

So many fun things to do with that pretty lace--and your doll looks so cute! Sandy Leigh at #103

Lindart said...

Very cute doll! Great to have something to work on while watching the Olympics!
Linda #139

Becki Ritson said...

Wow - great finds at the car boot sale! Loving the sock doll too, and the gorgeous peacock photos. The chicks are adorable! Hugs, Becki xx (79)

Suz Pinner said...

You think that is untidy Jo? shut my eyes when I go in my craft room lol
Congratulations to daughter and fiancée,
hugs to all x

SueH said...

You look busy as always Jo!
That lace is gorgeous and no need to explain 1 shilling to me…….sadly, Lol. Why is it that I never come across wonderful finds like that when I visit car boot sales.

Thanks for visiting this week.
Happy Crafting!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love, love, love your photography. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings!

Monica said...

never seen baby peacocks, noisy lot1 Look like you have some great finds and will have fun using it. love socky!

Morti said...

Awwwww - peacock chicks!!!

I'm really late getting round to everyone this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog though.

Congrats to M & Steve on their engagement, too....

Ohhh Snap said...

LOVE your doll and it's felted kilt. Looks like you have been crafting and out and about. It's the first Olympics I've watched since 1976 and I think tomorrow is going to be quiet around here. Happy WOYWW (belatedly). #128

Virginia said...

My gorgeous "Dumflinh" arrived today, and I'm delighted with it! Thank you Jo, you are so clever.

We have been to Powis Castle three times, the first in 1987 - each time on the way to visit friends in mid-Wales. When you come all the way from the other end of the earth you certainly wouldn't miss Powis, it's a treasure. It's great to see how the National Trust has improved the services it offers to visitors over the years. Last time we visited there was an excellent exhibition about the restoration (conservation) of some of the tapestries. Is it still on?

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Oh what a FUN blog to visit.... LOVE that lace!! it's Beautiful!!!
So many different things going on here.. Love that!! In fact I had so much fun I became a follower too!
Tahnks for your visit and comment too!!!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Beautiful photos..I've always loved these birds. Great lace finds and how I've been bitten by that bug@!!
See the start of a cute little doll too. Enjoy...I'm catching up