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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Well fancy that - I am on time today and actually posting my WOYWW on Wednesday morning!

Things are on a green theme here today.
The machine threads and embroidery floss are all ready for Tilly Tea Dance to get to work this morning. She will be creating a few more little pictures with free machining and hand embroidery sitting here in my sewing room.

Beside the threads is a little Katie Morag kilt that I made this week. Green tartan is difficult to find so I have used a green tartan/check cotton winceyette for the little dressing up skirt.
It went together well and is cosy too.

I made a little kilt-like flap at the front and embroidered a mock kilt pin in silver thread.
The waist is elasticated so it should fit a 4-5 year old.

This is a tiny hoodie which I knitted for my great nephew's cuddly monkey.
It is dressed in football gear so I thought this would go nicely with it.
I even put the monkey's  name on the back! (Bonkers, I know!) But he will love it.

So that's my crafty activity for this week.
Thanks for all your lovely comments. I will look forward to a good snoop round your desks later.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


At last, a spare minute to pop my WOYWW post up for you all to see.

I have been busy looking after Ben - well, playing in the garden on a crisp sunny afternoon would be a better description!

My table has the results of my knitting marathon over the last few days.
Two little fancy shrugs for my great nieces' dolls and a Katie Morag aran sweater.

I am knitting a couple of these little sweaters to go on ebay for World Book Day.
If I can find some suitable tartan fabric I will make a couple of Katie Morag kilts to go with them.
Lots of little folk love these little outfits so I hope I find time to do it.

Oh and just peeking out is a tiny Tilly Tea Dance embroidery that has been left behind on my work desk. It's pretty - I wonder what she is going to do with it!!

That's it for this week.

Hope you are all well.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WOYWW - Happy New Year!

Just a bit late posting today!
I have my little helper here today and his Mum is busy wet felting in my kitchen....

 It's a lovely way to create beautiful, original backgrounds for her Tilly Tea Dance art work.
It just takes time and peace and quiet.
So we leave her to it and Ben gets to have fun with Nanny and Grandad.
He has used his magic painting dinosaur book, played with Grandad's model railway, played diggers and dumpers on my coffee table "building site" and is now enjoying 5 minutes of Thomas the Tank Engine on tv.
It's a nice life - I don't know who enjoys it most... Ben or Grandad. Happy days!

Below are the two little shrugs I knitted recently. One tiny one for a new born and one large one for a one year old. I love this little pattern.

So all that leaves for me to do is to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

See you next week!
xx Jo