Wednesday, 17 July 2019


This is the reason that I am not at my workdesk today.....

In just over a week, I have mounted, labelled, numbered and catalogued over a hundred items.
There are pictures large and small, cards, pendants, bookmarks, coasters and prints.

Today Max will be taking it all down to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms and displaying it in their gallery.

Of course, mine is a fun day as Ben will be here to entertain me!

Have a great week everyone.

xx Jo

Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday Smile

Just one for you Annie!
This is my Happy Birthday Clematis that you gave me.
Isn't it gorgeous.
Thanks lots.

The others are a delight for the bees at the moment. Hebe and lavender.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 10 July 2019


It is that time again!
I have been busy putting together little inspiration packs for Max to give out on her Tilly Tea Dance workshops. They are very popular so this time I have made 60.

I love sorting through all the lovely bags of "fluff" and yarns to coordinate these little gifts.
It does tend to take over my sewing space until I eventually get them into little cellophane bags.
AND then, I even had time for a bit of yarn dyeing this week.
These worked well and will be useful for some of Tilly's backgrounds.

She has an exhibition starting next week at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms so, we will be busy putting a collection of her pictures together this week.

So, that's my craftiness for this week - see you for another trip around the WOYWW desks next week!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Guess who has been busy on my work table.

Tilly Tea Dance will be here with Ben later to finish off these little pieces.
I love the colours in her little sheep pictures.

We are busy sorting stock for all her local outlets and today she will be working in my kitchen wet felting more background pieces.
I will take a few photos to show you next week - I love what she does with just an array of coloured fluff!

Needless to say, I haven't had much crafty time at my work desk but I enjoy helping out with the "chores". and better still, Ben will be here today so we will have a bit of outdoor fun if the weather holds.
Well that's it for this week. I hope I manage to get around a few more desks this time. Apologies for not visiting many last week - I don't know where the time goes!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 26 June 2019


For all you button lovers out there!
I have been sorting through my buttons to add to the twiddle mitts that I have finished.
I bought a bucketful from Abakhan or Askaban as I keep calling it!
They were in big bargain bins and I sorted out as many big, shiny, colourful ones as I could find. They will be perfect to add a bit of glitz to my twiddle mitts.

The next batch are ready to go down to the dementia nurse at our local hospital. I have a stiff shoulder at the moment so haven't done much knitting. It's been a bit too warm and muggy anyway.  They certainly look a colourful bunch don't they!

I hope the weather hasn't caused too many problems where you are. We are heading for a heatwave now by the sound of it!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 19 June 2019


My left over CROP 10 ATCs have been re-purposed into little dumfling cards. I just chopped off the text and mounted them on linen in a 3 fold card. They will make nice little Thank You cards I think.

These are few of Tilly Tea Dance's latest needle felted pictures that I have mounted and framed for her. She is having an exhibition at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms soon and is busy stocking up. These tiny ones are perfect for a little gift but she now needs to make a few large felted pictures.

My other little job is to stitch name labels on Ben's school uniform - I can't believe how fast the last 5 years have flown. He is really looking forward to going with all his pre-school buddies and has a couple of visits this month.

So that's it for this week.

Thanks Shaz for your ATC which came via Annie - I don't know how we missed out on the day!
I have put all my ATCs in a picture frame in my sewing room. They really are lovely.

See you next week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Here is my work desk all set up for a bit of brooch making action.
I have cut out and sewn on the pins ready to attach to the fronts when Tilly drops them off.

The lovely Julia pointed out the real purpose for the "giant paper clip" that I showed you last week.
It is, of course, a  clip on drinks holder. So here it is with my glass of fizz at the ready!
Not wanting to get too tiddly, I have also got a mug of coffee in case I need sobering up!

The little bars of choc etc that came with my ATCs last week have also been munched in my sewing room - I can sneak up here and have a little work time treat. Thanks to all - they were much appreciated. My little lavender cushion is tucked into my fabric drawer so that I can admire it each time I delve in for fabric - thanks Elizabeth.

I am still awaiting a little parcel from Shaz in Oz who has posted a few ATCs. I think the journey from the Antipodes has foxed them this time - it seems a long time since Shaz posted them!

Short and sweet this week.

I will try and visit a few desks later.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Friday, 7 June 2019

Friday smile

I just thought you would like to see this gorgeous Clematis Josephine in all its glory.

It doesn't look so good after the overnight rain on Tuesday but has been stunning. 
It has about 40 blooms! 

Thanks Annie, I love it.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019


Saturday 1st June CROP 10

Well folks, I have to say, the day was all we hoped for and showed the true spirit of WOYWW!

The sun shone, Shrewsbury was at it's best and 21 WOYWWers turned up to enjoy the day.
As you can imagine, the two terrible sisters were a bit pre-occupied with the smooth running of the event so didn't have enough time to socialise (or craft) but that didn't matter. We were surrounded by lovely friends who, hopefully, had a great day.

You will see from the only photos I had time to take that my focus was the food table - lol. Nothing new there, I hear Annie say. Sarah kindly "pretended" to be first in the queue!!!

There was such a huge generosity from all that we raised a wonderful amount to go to Alzheimer research. Tables were laden with raffle prizes and donations of fab crafty bits and bobs. Thanks to all for that - it was brilliant.
Here are a few snaps of the items I came home with.....

A few items thoughtfully brought along by Neet and Chris with us in mind.

A giant paper clip and yarn, my raffle prizes.

Thank you for all my beautiful ATCs and gifts - you really are a talented bunch.

AND last but not least....

This is the beautiful framed piece of artwork that Julia gave to us for hosting the event. Such a kind thought and much appreciated - a perfect gift for us both and we will hang them in our sewing rooms as a reminder of a fabulous day with everyone. Thanks lots.

Rumour has it that we might be tempted to repeat the event next year so, watch this space!

Now if you didn't pick up one of my ATCs on Saturday, or if you would like me to send one to you, email me with your details and I will sort it. First come first served as I only have these 10 left.

 So - here's to the next 10 years of WOYWW.

See you next week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

WOYWW CROP 10 week!

Well only 3 sleeps until our WOYWW CROP 10 get together!
We are looking forward to meeting up with everyone and I promise we will take a few photos and share them next week so those of you who can't make it can join in the fun.

I couldn't resist taking this photo and thought today would be a good day to share it.
Don't they look lovely all together in a big group!

I know it's an idea I have used before but, no two pictures are the same and I had lot's of fun making them.
I will take them all to the crop and then share the remainder next week. I know Shaz in Oz will be getting one so I will post mine and anyone else who is sending to her can pop them in my envelope at the crop if you wish. (Shaz in Oz - I hope that leg is healing well by now!)

Diana (velvetmoth) was my PIF so I parcelled up one of my little dumflings for her. Very kindly she sent me this gorgeous ATC and lovely bits and bobs. What a lovely bunch of crafty buddies our WOYWWers are!

I might just have to have a go with the pretty items and see what I can come up with. As you know, I am not a paper crafter but, I feel inspired to try as Diana's artwork is always so beautiful.

So, that's it for this week.

See you soon!!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Ten years of WOYWW!

Well I'm not sure where those years have flown to but I am glad that I have been around to share in the fun, friendship and frivolity of our little Wednesday crafty get together!

CROP 10 on June 1st will be a good day to celebrate the anniversary - if you haven't signed up yet, please let us know this week as we need numbers for food etc.

Now I know you will all be dressing up to the nines for CROP 10 BUT please can you not wear stilettoes as the hall has banned them!!! (I doubt many would be wanting to, but, just in case, I thought I should mention it). Dress code - casual, of course.

We are all looking forward to meeting up and it will be lovely to see friends old and new.

So, here is a photo of one of my CROP 10 ATCs. Well it's a tad bigger than an ATC but that is because I wanted to frame a few. I shall be posting one to my PIF and the rest I will save until CROP 10. If I have any left, I will happily send them to anyone who wants one so, I will save them and put on my post for Weds June 5th.

A huge thank you to Julia for starting the fun that is WOYWW and to her back up team too - you know who you are - Jan! We all really appreciate the effort that you have put into keeping the whole thing going and it's really lovely to think that such a simple idea has brought so much love and friendship into so many crafty lives.

Here's to many more happy WOYWWs.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


Firstly, thanks for all your replies about food for the crop. I am sure we can cope with any that have come in so far - don't forget to let me know if you haven't already done so.
June 1st is getting closer! I hope we manage a lovely sunny day like we have had for the last few days - it has been glorious hasn't it.

We spent a few days in Llandudno and it couldn't have been better.

Bodnant was stunning, although the laburnum arch wasn't quite out yet.

Llandudno Great Orme tram ride took us to the top to see the most lovely views around the coast.
In the walled garden of Penryn Castle the thrushes sang their hearts out, providing a stunning, tuneful background to such a lovely spot. I can't say the same for the "castle". It has an amazing view across to the coast and Snowdonia but I found the inside quite oppressive even though it had some fascinating details and excellent guides.
I thought you might like to see a few photos....

My desk has seen little action - except for a tiny bit of finishing off work on my ATCs.

I will be taking them to the crop for anyone there who would like one, and, of course, there will be one for my "pay it forward" buddy as described in Julia's post here.

Have a great week.
See you soon.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


Hello to all our WOYWW friends AND a quick reminder to sign up with Julia if you are coming to the crop on June 1st.
If your driver/friend/partner/hubby also wishes to enjoy lunch with us that's fine as long as you tell us. At the last count I think we have around 25/30 to cater for. 
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements - we will be ordering party food and will need to know if we have to order some gluten- free etc.

We will be setting out tables for..

  • Cakes 
  • Crafting and chatting.
  • Bring and anyone would like to bring any crafty item they no longer use to pass on to others then they are welcome but if by the time they leave it hasn't been taken by anyone then we ask you to take them home with you.
  • Draw prizes....most people usually bring a little something to go in a draw [doesn't need to be anything crafty]
  • And maybe a little more cake!
  • Food....there will be a cold finger food buffet [PARTY food....cos we have a lot to celebrate!]
  • Tea / Coffee and cold drinks will be available throughout the day
Julia has explained about our celebratory "pass it forward" -(see here). June 1st will be a good opportunity to save postage if you want to swap ATCs with folks there too, but that is entirely up to you.

Now here is what you really want to know....
This is what is on my desk today!
Tilly always gives out little "Inspiration Packs" at the end of her workshop.
So, I spent a good 5 hours happily mixing and matching yarns/rovings etc to make little colourful packs for her. Each one has a business card stapled to it as a reminder of Max's details.
They are always very popular and a lovely idea, I think.

So, that's it for today.
Not long till June 1st now!!!

See you soon.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


 I thought I would show you some of the woolly gorgeousness that Max and I discovered at WONDERWOOL Wales - Builth Wells last Saturday.

 The three photos show most of the contents of our numerous bags that we returned home with.
There was such a lot of wonderful colours and textures to choose from and I am sure Max will enjoy crafting with such lovely stuff for her Tilly Tea Dance artwork and workshops.

It was a very cold, wet day and even in the big "halls" it was chilly and draughty, but that didn't stop us having a good time. Luckily I was saved from doing a "Vicar of Dibley" and stepping into a humungous puddle before I even got into the show! Max and I were jogging through the rain and I didn't realise the barriers were fencing off a deep stretch of water and nearly ran into it - it did cause quite a giggle.

So, all that is left is for me to catalogue what we bought, so that we know where it came from, in case we need to re-order.
I must admit I am tempted to get my "dumfing" machine out and play with some of it - do you think Max would notice if a bit was missing?!

Have a great week

xx Jo

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


My workdesk is empty so I decided to post a few photos of the Dingle flower garden in The Quarry park in  Shrewsbury.
Maybe, if you manage to get to the crop, you might have time to visit here during your stay. It is beside the River Severn in the heart of the town. It looked stunning in the Spring sunshine today 
All trimmed up and bedded out beautifully as it will be competing in the Britain in Bloom competition again this year. 
Percy Thrower had a big hand in creating this oasis in the centre of the park when he was head gardener back in the day.

Short and sweet today - I am on Nanny duty as Tilly has workshops on the go.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Welcome to my WOYWW post for this week.
I have had a request for some twiddle mitts from a local group working with the elderly.
I hope they like the ones that I sent today.
These are my two latest ones.....

Lots of bits and bobs to twiddle with and talk about.
The little creature in the garden is supposed to be a mole poking his nose out of a mole hill but Annie said it could even be a hedgehog - I like to keep my options open!!!

It's a quick post today as I am going on a trip to the theatre to see Les Miserables and will be out all day - Yahoo!!!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Just a quick post for WOYWW today.
My work table has only seen a bit of Tilly Tea Dance admin this week, packing parcels and putting collections together ready to send of to stockists. All very necessary but not fun crafty stuff!

So, my only makes of the week are these two little knitties - Brock Badger and Jemima Puddleduck.
Theo had them when he went to Annie's yesterday and loved them. She will probably post pictures of him in action with them.

I thought I would also leave a link to Julia's post about the 2019 Crop to celebrate 10 years of WOYWW. So, if you want to join us here in Shrewsbury, the details are here CROP 10 WOYWW

If you want to know more about the event/ Shrewsbury/ or anything else about it. Just leave me a message. BUT don't forget to leave Julia a message on her WOYWW post if you are planning on joining us.

Lots have already signed up so it should be a lovely day of fun and friendship.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 3 April 2019


Good morning all!

My WOYWW desk looks like this....

Tilly Tea Dance has been busy putting collections together for delivery to local outlets and finishing off some of her lovely art work.

Of course, I am the gofer!
I help frame and label each piece ready for the shops.
We make a great team.

So, my crafty activity has happened away from my work desk.
When I gave Theo his set of bunnies that I showed you last week, his kindly Nanny Annie couldn't resist setting me a challenge. She rather fancied having a Mrs Tiggywinkle and Mr Todd the fox.
So this was my little effort...

I know I needed to make them look neater by using smaller needles but they will be fine as little finger bobs for Theo to make stories with. Rumour has it, they really would like a badger and maybe a squirrel - she's never satisfied, that sister of mine!!!

Have a great week.

xx Jo