Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Just a late in the day quickie!
It's been a busy few days with little time for crafting, but my dear sis and hubby really deserved a little dumfling for their coral wedding anniversary this week. It was just a hasty bit of dumfing and stitching but I quite liked the result.

Below are my fabrics all sorted for some bunting - perfect for a little girl's christening, I think.
So, now to nip round a few WOYWW desks and see what my crafty friends have benn up to this week.
Thanks for calling and leaving lovely comments.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

WOYWW - April 5th

Good morning all - and a beautiful, sunny April morning it is too!
I love this time of year - everything is beginning to grow and blossom.
The swallows are back - well I saw just one on March 31st, so they are here somewhere.
The robin sings his little heart out from about 6am till 7am each morning.

AND today is April 5th - the day we celebrate the life of a very special Dad who we lost 28 years ago.
On my table is the beautiful carved owl he made for me - one of three, as he made one for Mum and Annie too. He was the best Dad anyone could wish for and a great role model in how to live our lives and how to treat others. He holds very special place in our hearts.

AND lastly here are my ten twiddle mitts ready to go to a new home.
If anyone wants one, let me know. Otherwise they will go to somewhere local.
What do you call a host of twiddle mitts?
A twoddle? A twizzle?
I have had fun trimming them up with chunky hand stitches etc.
Never a dull moment when there is a twiddle muff to trim!

Have a fab week all you WOYWWers.

x Jo

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Better late than never in joining my WOYWW friends around the globe.

My weeks seem to get ever more hectic but I am not complaining - it's fun and I enjoy every minute.
This week has been taken up with more picture and pendant mounting for Tilly Tea Dance.
My table has a beautiful little wet felted piece sitting patiently on my machine waiting for Tilly to work on it with free machining to create a background piece for her pictures.

She has also rounded up some of her pendants ready for a quick sale on Etsy.
If you want to see more of her work click here..  Tilly Tea Dance on Etsy 

My day has been spent having fun with Ben - his latest phrase is .. "First things first, nanny!"
He is like blotting paper and soaks up everything that is said to him, so I guess, when he has wanted to do something, I have said just that to him!
Here he is debating potato planting with Grandad...

 Well that's it for this week.
Thanks to all who visited and left lovely comments last week - I am sorry if I didn't manage to get to see your desk. I will try harder this week.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


This week I have been mostly painting little frames with chalk paint for Tilly Tea Dance, mounting little sheepy pics for same clever artist or looking after Ben - for same clever artist!!
AND in my spare time I have relaxed by knitting a few more twiddle mitts and a little pair of pink ballet leg warmers,  going to a charity concert at Theatre Severn (lots of brilliant local dancers and singers) and dining out for a Sunday lunch.

So really the only thing to share with my WOYWW friends  is the knitty lovliness in my half finished twiddle mitts.

OR alternatively you can peruse all the crafty stuff filling my table and waiting to be organised and put away in cupboards - enjoy!!

I don't know where the weeks go - I missed last weeks WOYWW completely.
Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Just a quickie for all those WOYWW crafters who love a bit of textile work!

I managed to create a lovely little duvet cover using the patchwork pieces and some of the bedroom curtain fabric. I am not really a quilter and do find difficulty in keeping my seams straight and matched up.
I think it looks OK and I am sure its recipient will love it, which is all that matters.

It's another busy week for me so I am dashing to supermarket shop and then get down to cleaning my kitchen floor - I opened a wine box last night and the spout squirted red wine all over the place!! Yuk! Luckily it hasn't stained but it is still a bit sticky so I need to get the mop and bucket out!

Have a great week.
Thanks for calling by.

x Jo

Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Tilly Tea Dance stole my table for last week's WOYWW so this week I am determined to get in early...

My photos were taken last night while I listened to the radio as Shrewsbury town won their footie match.
(Hubby and BIL went out in the cold to watch it.)

So here we are...

These are the little patchwork hearts that will be the centre piece to the baby quilt that I am making.
I hope the finished item works - It's all a bit of guesswork - using up fabric from my stash and some of the curtain fabric to match the nursery.

This is what I have been knitting this week - a little ballet cardi for my friend's grand daughter. It's in 4 ply so it took ages to knit but I think it looks OK.

That's it for this week.
I hope it's not too cold where you are. There is snow on the Shropshire hills but luckily I am in town now and we haven't had any.

Have a great week and lots of fun (Especially the WOYWWers who are getting together in South Wales this week! You know who you are!!)

xx Jo

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


 It's Wednesday and I have actually managed to post my WOYWW post this morning!
My table is covered with all sorts of bits and bobs...

A pretty pink hoodie for the little one that I made the floor quilt for.
A pair of socks for the little one that I knitted a gorgeous chunky cardi for and was asked if I could make socks to match.
Some chunky blingey beads etc that might get stitched onto a twiddle mitt or two.
A couple of mags/catalogues.
AND apart from all the usual stuff lying around, there is this.....
I found it when I was tidying a drawer.
I think it sums me up perfectly but how did they know?!!!!

Max and Ben are here today and I am making a new recipe for lunch so that will strain my brain!

Have a great week.

Best wishes to those who feel the need of a WOYWW hug.

x Jo

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOYWW - 401

 Better late than never!
I seem to have been AWOL for a week or so.
Today I had to take a 100 mile round trip to see a consultant about my face!! So, yet again, I am a bit late getting round to my WOYWW posting. ( Nothing serious - just an op to remove a blip - I only have to wait 4 months for the op!)

Here's what I have been up to on my sewing desk this week.

As World Book Week approaches I decided I would make a Katie Morag style Aran jumper and a little tartan dressing up skirt. They seem popular for little ones and I usually donate my profit to a charity so it's a win/win situation. The Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick are used in school and she even had a tv programme created around her character. I have also made several little Katie sock dolls and I know she is loved by lots of children. See her here on my blog -

 Below, I have been knitting for a new baby in our family. One of our favourite cousins has just become a grandad so, this little cardi is for his beautiful little grand daughter.

That's it for this week - apart from wishing all our blogging buddies our very best wishes - if you need an extra hug from us all this week then here it is!

Have a great week.
Thanks for calling by and leaving your lovely comments.

x Jo

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


 Good morning all - welcome to my offering for WOYWW today!

As you can see, the old knitting needles have been busy twiddlemuffing. I was given lots of lovely wool, so I decided to use it for a  few more of these little mitts - they will be going to the local hospital for use with patients who have dementia.

AND this is is going to be one of six little patches in the centre of a cot quilt. It is my first attempt at this sort of patchwork and I am really quite pleased with it. I am not usually very good at cutting and sewing accurately so it was quite a challenge for me. I hope I can manage five more without losing my patience!

Well that's it for today.
I am  having fun playing with Ben today.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday smile

These pretty pink hyacinths certainly make me smile.
I love their waxy pink petals and their delicate fragrance.
I know Annie isn't keen because of the smell but, when there is snow on the ground and howling gales, they really do remind us that Spring is just around the corner!

Join in with Annie's Friday smile over at "A stitch in time".
Keep cosy and safe.

x Jo

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Just a quickie today as I am looking after Ben - he is playing with Grandad's model railway at the moment!

Firstly my pretty fabric that I will make into a little cot quilt. It will match the puffy play mat that I made before Christmas. I am not really a quilter but my friend Jacquie is brilliant at it, so I may well ask her for a suitable - simple design!

I found nice spotty buttons for the little cardi I showed you last week. This week's cardi is in soft pink 4 ply and I love the little picot edge.
Now I am busy with a few more twiddle muffs so I will show you those next week.

Have a great week everyone.

x Jo

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


 Happy New Year everyone!
Let's hope 2017 is a healthy and happy year for all.

I am a bit late posting this as I have been out on the building site discussing diggers, dumpers, fork lifts and tipper lorries with Ben. What fun hey!

I have been trying to mount a few needle-felted sheep pics for Tilly Tea Dance. She is now re-stocking after a fab pre-Christmas rush.
Also on my ironing board (used for crafty activity - hence the mess) are three of the books I was given for Christmas. Gervase Phinn was one of my Advisors when I taught in North Yorkshire so I always enjoy reading his latest books. The other two will amuse me too no doubt.

AND this is my latest little knittie - just waiting for me to sort out some pretty little buttons. I have boxes and jars full but I bet I can't find five suitable ones to match!

Short and sweet today.
I hope you are all well and looking forward to a busy and exciting WOYWW New Year.

x Jo