Wednesday, 15 August 2018


Good morning all.

I took a few quick snaps on my workdesk yesterday before my playmates arrived - I have to snatch my moments these days!!

So, today you can see some of the little inspiration packs that I made up for Tilly Tea Dance workshops. She has had lovely feedback from everyone. I think they all appreciate having created a finished, mounted and framed needle-felted work of art by the end of the session.
Then, Max gives them all a tiny pack of useful bits and bobs - rovings, yarn, curls, silky bits etc ready to use next time they pick up their new hobby!
It's fun choosing toning colours to pop in each little bag.....

Lastly, here are the latest twiddlemuffs ready to go to the hospital for use with patients suffering from Alzheimer's. Annie gave me some little letter tags and dominoes which I stitched on a few of them. Also if you look carefully there is one of her tiny blue bears peeking out of a pocket!
Thanks lots Annie!!

So, that's it for this week.

I hope you are all well and enjoying what appears to be the last bit of the lovely weather.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


As my Mum would say.... I'm like the cow's tail today - all behind!!

It's been a Ben day and we have had lots of fun in the garden until the rain came. Then, not to be beaten, Ben did a "Stop the rain" dance on the lawn and the big raindrops stopped and the sun shone - he was amazed!!

So this is what's left behind on my work table...

A dress that Maxine wants me to alter - just an extra bit of elastic in the waistline.


A few of her sheepy brooch backs for me to stitch brooch pins onto ready for the completed sheepy fronts to arrive for me to finish over the weekend.
So, never a dull moment here.

Hope all is well with anyone who likes to pop in here to visit - thank you for calling and for the lovely comments you leave. I will do my best to get around a few desks in the next day or so.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Just a quick post today, joining in with my WOYWW buddies around the globe!

I have been on admin duties for Tilly Tea Dance, getting some of her lovely sheep felted pictures ready for sale/exhibition. They are all selling well - especially at this time of year when Shropshire is looking at it's best and lots of visitors and holiday makers drop in to our local craft shops and centres.

Our latest crafty activity will probably involve the dyes below. Maxine would like to try dyeing some of her own raw materials and maybe even try some natural dyes too, so that should be fun!
She bought the dyes and also lots of lovely dyed yarn/curls/roving from a lovely lady whose trade name is Hope Jacare Designs. She produces some lovely colours and textures with raw sheep's wool and natural fibres. A great fast service too.

So, that's my work desk for today. Maxine will be busy here later and I will be having fun in the sunshine with Ben. Happy days!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


My workdesk has been loaded, unloaded and re-loaded with Tilly Tea Dance gorgeous craftiness!

Here she is in action last weekend - more photos on Shaz and Annie's blogs, I guess.

We had a wonderful two days at the Shropshire Leisure craft fair and will be really looking forward to going back for the Christmas Craft Fair later in the year. Lots of friends popped in for a visit including the lovely Shaz and Doug who we met for the first time. They are just as lovely as we thought they were!! WOYWW has certainly created a wonderful band of super crafter friends thanks to our leader Julia. 

Now, just to prove Tilly isn't the only clever crafter in the family, Ben was busy creating fruity faces for us all on my kitchen unit and delicious they were too.

Thanks for calling by - maybe I might have a little of my own crafty activity to share next week.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Well, I had quite a chuckle at your comments on my footie addiction last week!
It even included an offer to share the fun with a WOYWWers husband!! Ha ha - I don't get offers like that every week!

This week has been even more addictive as Wimbledon has kept me on the edge of my seat too and I daren't mention Silverstone and Hamilton's remarkable recovery from 1st to last to 2nd!!

Hence my crafty activities have slowed to a standstill.
I have just managed almost one twiddlemitt but then along came Tilly with some brooches to mount on card and one or two pictures to mount ready for her Craft Fair at Shropshire Leisure this Saturday and Sunday.

It should be a great event with lots of local crafters exhibiting/selling their beautiful artwork and hand made crafts. Come along if you are nearby - it's handy to get to - just off the A5 and has free parking a café and garden centre too.

So - that's it for this week.
Enjoy the semi final tonight - "Come on England!!!"

xx Jo

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Another week, another WOYWW!

Good morning all.
I am writing the text for this in the cool of Tuesday morning waiting for Tilly to come and start a day of crafting. I am not sure where we will work today as it is soooo hot! Maybe on the patio in the shade? Sounds good to me.

Now I have a confession to make.
My name is Twiglet and I am addicted to the World Cup Football!

I've always enjoyed watching the odd game or two but the footie this time has been brilliant and I have spent most evenings watching these amazing players try so hard to win.
Now, I say watching footie but, of course I can't just sit there only doing that - so here is the result of my addiction - ( And I think this is seriously becoming another! )

I have to make each one into a little work of art otherwise it gets a bit tedious.
So I try to combine colours and textures that please me.
The recipients might not be so fussy but, as my friend reminded me - "They still deserve to have beautiful things around them to enjoy."

So that's it for this week.

Enjoy the sunshine - and the footie!!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Another almost wordless WOYWWednesday photo....

I have a lovely length of wet felted background on my desk today.
It needs cutting into pieces to make packs for poppy pictures - hence the rovings, threads and beads.

Maxine thought they might sell well on her Tilly Tea Dance workshops as folks always love the wet felted backgrounds she uses for her pictures.

So that will be a little admin job for me this week!

Have a great week all.
Enjoy the sunshine!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Good morning all!
My post is an almost wordless one today as I am on nanny duty any minute!
 Just a few of Tilly Tea Dance's sheepy brooches waiting to be packaged on my table - she was here yesterday embroidering them. Link to online shop if you are interested..

AND below - a most beautiful old peachy rose with a heavenly fragrance that came via my Dad's/Annie's garden originally from my dear Godmother's garden -hence we call it Aunty Lilly's rose.

Have a great week WOYWW folk and anyone else who calls by here!
xx Jo

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Good morning to all my WOYWW friends around the globe.

Now - as you know I am NOT a card maker. My love is embroidery and textiles.
So, when my friend suggested meeting up with her card making friend for a little get together and workshop I did wonder what I was letting myself in for!!

However, our evening was perfect - four friends chatting over a glass of wine and nibbles with some very well prepared card making thrown in - I can recommend it!

Now, I don't take much credit for this, as each step was demonstrated and each piece cut out ready for stamping/sticking together etc.

BUT - I must say I was thrilled to bits with the results I achieved so, I just have to show and tell to all you brilliant paper crafters out there.

I think some of your inspiration must have rubbed off don't you?

Lastly here is my latest, beautiful, arty ATC that arrived yesterday...

Thanks to Cindy for the clever little card too.

That's it for this week.

My playmate/coffeemate is away this week so I hope she is enjoying meeting up with special friends over the border!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


Some more little WOYWW beauties landed on my mat this week.....

It's lovely how different they all are and so nice when little - very appropriate- cards send lovely messages too - don't you love the little kitten with a pin cushion!! Thanks lots to Sylvia, Julia, Nikki, Christine and Robyn. I now need to find a little frame to pop them in so that I can display them in my sewing room.

AND below is a little dolly sunning herself in the late evening sun on my sewing table.
My friend's little grand daughters came to see me this week and the oldest one already has a "little Josie" doll. As she walked through my door she said "I think my sister would like one of these dollies" "Please can she have a blue one." 

So - Voila-  here she is - I think she will be "little Jo Jo".
The felting brush does tend to look like a bed of nails - I think she might have found a comfy cushion to lounge on!

So that's it for this week.
Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Well, what wonderful ATCs dropped through our letter boxes this week!
Annie and I sent out about 20 ATCs and our WOYWW blogging buddies certainly kept Mr Postie busy. I still have a couple more to photograph but I left them at Annie's when we met up for Sunday lunch. So, I will pop them on here next week.

Thanks lots to all.....

What a lovely way to celebrate 9 years of WOYWW friendship.

My table hasn't really seen much action, although I did spend an hour trying out my new stitches on my sewing machine. I made this little rag book as a reminder of what they actually look like on fabric.

I don't have any stitchy projects on the go at the moment but I am really pleased with my machine and I am sure it will get lots of use soon.

AND - just to send you off with a smile - take a look at the clematis running riot over my fences this week. . .

So, that's it for this week.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

WOYWW 9th birthday celebrations!

Good morning to all our WOYWW friends around the globe!

Thanks to that lovely blogger Julia, we have been linking up with crafty bloggers around the globe for 9 years.
We have "met" such talented crafters during our mad Wednesday blog hop and, even if we haven't met you in real life, we really feel that we have a whole set of friends that we would never have known without WOYWW.

So, thanks Julia and long may WOYWW keep going.

Annie and I posted our ATCs yesterday but I have saved one for my PIF.
So, if you sign up after me on Mr Linky - send me your address and I will post one to you today.

Have a great week!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Happy WOYWW everyone!
It's been a busy week so far.
I managed to find a little bit of time to get to know my new machine (well, I call it "playtime"!).

I decided to make a few cards using the free motion machine foot, hoping that it would work as well as the old Husqvarna it has replaced.
This was my first attempt and I think it worked well - it was smooth and easy to use and all the fancy add-ons, like thread snipper etc proved really useful.

I also had time to finish off and parcel up 25 little dollies for Margaret (glitterandglue).

Here they are waiting on my desk on Sunday and if you look on Annie's blog and maybe even Margaret's blog you might see us handing them over to the lovely lady herself!
She called in to collect dolls and bags from Annie and we managed a little get together for an hour or two - the time flew - so good to meet up with her at last!

Oops! Looks like one has escaped Margaret!

I will pop him in a box where he can wait for a few more friends to arrive.

I still have a bag full of wool - how did that happen!!! lol So, I will continue making dollies or twiddle mitts or anything else that takes my fancy.

Have a great week all.

Enjoy this lovely weather.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


I am hoping I have time to post a little something for WOYWW.
Today I am at the hospital for a check up on my face.
The scar is fading and looks Ok so I hope the consultant will sign me off - I think I have made about eight journeys over to Birmingham in the last twelve months!

My workdesk is a fun place to be (if only I had time) - as I bought a new sewing machine last week. Annie and I had a play with it on Saturday, while the men were at footie, and we both agreed it is just the job! I just need a few hours to master all the new bits and bobs.

Here is a quick snap of it....

So, it's short and sweet for this week.

I hope you enjoyed the last few days of sunshine. I loved it - except for the nasty minibeast that bit me four times on my shoulder and is a nasty itchy mess at the moment.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 2 May 2018


This was my little job for the day - sorting through a big bag of workshop leftovers for Tilly Tea Dance.
Workshop link

At the end of her workshops, they just get popped in a bag and I decided it was all useful stuff.
So, I sorted it into colours and re-bagged it. Now she will be able to re-use it for more workshops or taster sessions. Doesn't it look pretty and wouldn't you just love to dabble with all those little bits and bobs?

Below is just a sneaky peek at some of my ATCs. I have made 20 so, if anyone wants to swap just leave me a comment. Annie and I will do our usual trick of sending them out together. If you want to swap with us both you can pop yours into one envelope and send them to me or Annie and we will share them out! We both love our annual WOYWW birthday celebration so feel free to join in with our fun.
I apologise for not visiting many desks last week. Time just flew by.
I promise I will try harder this week.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Good morning to all the WOYWW friends around the globe.

Just my knitting activity on show today.

 A little pink hoodie for my God daughter.
The latest collection of giggling, cartwheeling dollies for Uganda.

I have Ben here for a few days so my time has been taken keeping him busy.
He is a happy little soul and we have lots of fun.
At the moment his sentences usually start with...
Do you know what nanny...
Imagine if we.....

Of course that is followed by all sorts of his own ideas and suggestions for our play time - many of which involve Nanny being a story character and acting out his favourite stories.
I am making the most of every minute and know I am very lucky to have him.

Now, where did that lovely summer weather go?
It is cold, wet and windy here today - probably 15 degrees cooler than last week!
That's British weather for you.

So, I must get on with the chores.
Have a great week.
See you next week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Another week - another WOYWW!

Just a quick post as I am nipping out to the shops before I have my super arty crafter and her wonderful boy here for the day!
My desk today.....

Loaded with lovely artwork that I framed for Tilly Tea Dance yesterday.

And - in the centre- two little rainbow dolls that I am knitting for you Margaret! (glitterandglue). They will go to the project she supports in Uganda.

I thought I would use up my last wool scraps on these little dolls.
Ha ha - of course I was wrong!
A good friend was clearing out her cupboards and sent a bag of wool for me - yes that wool bag of mine is just like the magic porridge pot isn't it.

So, I have plenty to keep me going for the next few months.

That's it for today.

Have fun snooping round my desk.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 4 April 2018


Good morning all.
Time flies these days and I know it's 2 weeks since I blogged so, I am writing this in a quiet moment over Easter!

I have nothing on my WOYWW today but at least I can show you this lot.....

I have had enough of twiddle mitts for the time being so, I will be dropping this lovely lot off at the hospital this week.

I have almost got to the bottom of my wool bag - I am saying that quietly as it seems to keep refilling itself - strange isn't it!!!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Good morning all.
March 21st - first day of Spring and my Grandma's birthday - born 144 years ago - that must mean I am getting on in years too - not so bad as you might think - she was 47 years old when my Dad was born!

My table is loaded with Tilly Tea Dance goodies today.

Maxine is re-stocking her local outlets and of course, everything needs pricing and listing so I am helping with the "admin". I know my place!!
I am always happy to help out - it is lovely to see how she has blossomed as a crafter, tutor and saleswoman!

I have even used my needlework skills in stitching the backs on brooches so I am not totally relegated to the drudgery -lol.

If I have a spare evening, I have been knitting for Annie's twin grandchildren.
This is the hoodie I finished last week.

AND here is the same pattern, different colourway.

They are wanted for the Easter hols so I need to crack on with it.

Thank you to all who responded to my plea about Ikea frames.

Hopefully, I have solved the issue for the time being, but it's lovely to know so many folk out there are willing to go shopping for me! Thanks lots.

Well that's it for this week.
I am on Ben duty today so need to organise some crafty fun for him.
Yesterday we wrote a few more pages in his adventure of Pod the Pea man.

(His idea prompted by a pea escaping from his plate at lunch.) You would be surprised what a fertile mind a 3 year old has and where it has lead Pod the Pea man to go. Happy days.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Good morning all!
Well here is a snap for all you card makers out there....

Please don't think I made them - they were kindly given by a card making friend.
I just thought I would share them with you.

And below are my latest little twiddle mitts

I have also just finished a lovely little hoodie for my great nephew but need to buy some orange buttons so a trip to Watson and Thorntons is necessary. I wonder if I can manage to come away from that fabric/crafty shop with just 5 buttons!!

It's just a quick post today as I have lots of admin for Tilly Tea Dance to accomplish before Ben arrives for his favourite lunch - Nanny's homemade chicken soup.

Oh and just a thought... Does anyone live near and visit an Ikea store?

We buy tiny Tyssslinge 8cm x 9 cm white and oak frames but struggle to get them at our stores.

If anyone is going to Ikea and spots any AND fancies sending them to me in a small parcel I would love to hear from you!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Good morning all. I hope you are not too badly affected by the snow.
We had a dusting yesterday which quickly disappeared in the sunshine.
I hope we don't get more today!

My table was crammed with Tilly Tea Dance artwork yesterday but, today it is empty and waiting for Tilly to arrive and begin again!
I have been busy mounting pictures and her beautiful little bookmarks.

My own crafting has been limited to these two little cosy cardis that I have just finished to go in my charity donation box. I have had a request for a few items so thought I would have a clear out of my cupboards and put anything that I don't need into the box.

Below are some of the little hand crafted items I have made over the last few years that have obviously been waiting for me to do something useful with them! They can go in the box, I think.

Have a great week and keep cosy!

x Jo

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Good morning WOYWW deskers!

We had a glorious day yesterday - the bulbs are almost in bloom (tiny "tete a tete" daffs that is) and the birds are singing! Hopefully it's the end of the coughs colds and flu and the start of Spring-like weather.
I am afraid my table is bare as my time in the sewing room is limited.

However, I have still managed to play with yarns and needles to create these little beauties.....

Eight little twiddle mitts all neatly trimmed!

They will probably go to the local hospital.

So - short and sweet for this week but at least I have managed it today.

I will try to visit a few desks to see what everyone has been up to.
Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 7 February 2018


Just a quick post today!

I have had that nasty winter bug that everyone seems to have had, so have missed out on my WOYWW posts for a week or two.
Yesterday I felt well enough to finish off the little twiddle mitt I have made for a friend who has had a brain injury. I thought it might help get coordination back so I have added a zip, poppers, buttons and lots of textures.

Also on my table are some of the items that I have mounted and framed for Tilly Tea Dance.
She is busy re-stocking all the local shops that sell her artwork, so I am on hand to help out!

Well that's it for this week.
Hoping you are all feeling well and for those - like my little sis -  who are still struggling with this nasty bug - Get Well Soon!

xx Jo