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

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


Just checking into WOYWW for another week.
It's a happy place where crafters join together every week for a quick chat and to share their crafty activity with us by showing us what is on their work desk.

Today, I am sharing my latest little knitties…….

Ben loves Peter Rabbit stories, so I knitted these little bunnies for him.

Of course, I took them to show Annie and she thought Theo would like them too.
So, I knitted another set - and she was right - he does love them!

Then, I thought maybe Ben's little friends would like one each, as a little treat, when he goes to a little Easter "get together" so I knitted a few more!.....

They are just big enough to take a crème egg.
I bought a few Lindor ones but, I am afraid to say, they never got as far as the bunnies!!!!

Well that's it for this week.
Have a good week and enjoy this lovely Spring weather.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Health warning - don't get too close to the screen - this week I am working under the tradename of "Sneezy and Snotty"! Can you believe I have yet another cold and hubby has the nasty cough. Roll on Springtime with sunshine and lots of fine "out and about" weather.

This is my latest sewing project....

I am making angels' wings - "Of course you are!"- I hear you say.
My friend wanted to donate some to her granddaughter's school and I have  been busy making them this week - it keeps me out of mischief.
The gold lurex fabric is a bit tricky to sew but the end result is fine, I think.

We did manage a lovely day out at Ironbridge last week, taking in the Victorian town at the museum.

The bridge has been renovated and painted in its original rust red colour. It looked lovely and stood proudly over the rising waters of the River Severn. The flood barriers are up this week. This link shows the river flowing under the bridge yesterday.

Now, I really must apologise for not visiting many desks last week. I blame my cold. I promise I will do better this week.

See you soon.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 13 March 2019


A really quick post today to show you 4 cheery twiddlemitts all ready to go to our local hospital
I took a bagful last week and had a hilarious time trying to park in the drop off zone...

The only parking space was a very tight one and I squeezed my car into it and opened my door. It was a really tight squeeze and as I tried to ease myself out of the car, I dropped my car keys.
So, I had a minutes panic when I thought I couldn't get out and neither could I move my car as the keys had fallen under the car beside me!!
Luckily, I manged to squeeze sideways out of the car and ease my fat bum through the gap. It was even trickier bending down to pick up the keys. I bet the folks on CCTV had a good giggle!

That's it for this week. Sorry it's so short.

Have a great week everyone. I hope the gales are not too fierce where you are.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 6 March 2019


Happy WOYWW to everyone who drops in here to see what my workdesk looks like today.
As you can see - no crafty activity - just set up ready to parcel up Tilly Tea Dance sales when Max brings the list. 
She usually does well around Mothers' Day as her little pieces of artwork make perfect gifts.

I think, when she arrives today, she will be mounting the pieces of work which she did with... wait for it... 2 - 4 year old children at Ben's pre-school group! They had a fab time wet felting with her. Follow this link if you want to see some of the pieces they made ready to create one big collage.

I also want to say-  thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes last week. Thankfully, I am feeling much better. Still not as bouncy as usual but I am getting there.

So, just a short post this week.
I hope you are all well and able to make the most of a lovely early Spring. The daffs are out around the town and Shrewsbury is looking lovely!

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 27 February 2019


Well, the cough I mentioned way back in WOYWW 505 really took a hold - some nasty virus.
I lost my voice and came out in a rash and even now I am still coughing and croaky.
It is slowly improving BUT, I want my "bounce" back!!!

It just isn't like me. I guess that means that I have been lucky in life and kept pretty healthy.
So, February seemed to pass me by and I know I've missed two weeks of WOYWW fun.

I decided, come what may, I will be posting something this week.
Apart from knitting, I had little energy for crafty stuff.
Then Maxine said she wanted some little collapsible bins for her Tilly Tea Dance workshop tables so I set to and made one.

I need her "Ok" before I make a couple more but I think they should do the trick.
I love the Hungry Caterpillar fabric don't you. it really cheered me up.

We have had some stunningly beautiful, sunny days over the last week, so lets hope it lasts.

I will try and visit a few desks and catch up with everyone in the next day or so.

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Well here we are again exposing our workdesks for all to peruse!
I am pleased to say mine has seen some action this week.
Remember the red and the sparkly blue fabric from last week?

I've had a tickly cough all weekend so I kept cosy and away from everyone in my sewing room and created....

A Red Riding Hood cloak and a large "royal" cloak and a small one to go with it.

I think the recipients will be happy with these don't you?

This week I am knitting Katie Morag jumpers ready for World Book Day dressing up outfits.

What has kept you busy on your WOYWW?

I will be around to see, at some point, over the next few days.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 30 January 2019


Here we are again - happy as can be - all good friends and jolly good company!

I don't know where this song comes from but it came into my head the minute I sat down to do my WOYWW post!

These pictures sum up my week....
  • Knitting chics for charity...

  •   Making a little Katie Morag dressing up kilt...

  •  Making a quick cake for hubby's birthday so we can pop a candle on it when Ben comes to call. (When I say quick - I mean really quick - don't look at the detail!). We bought a spitfire cookie cutter at RAF Cosford Air Museum last week and I couldn't resist using it for the cake decoration.....

  • Lastly, my friend and I bought fabric for angels wings, Red Riding hood cloak and another cloak. So I will be busy over the next few weeks...

I hope you don't have too much snow. It was wet and cold here yesterday so who knows what will arrive today. Thank goodness we can keep warm and cosy and have some play time fun!

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Good morning to all my WOYWW blog friends and anyone else who calls by to see what I am up to.

As my desk hasn't seen much action over the last week, I thought I would post my latest little knitties…

My niece is helping to support the Haematology Cancer charity and asked me if I fancied knitting a few chicks to sell before Easter. Each one will have a Cadburys crème egg inside.

So, I knitted 6 little yellow ones and then decided funky random wool would be fun too.
I also had to name them so that's why each of the funky ones has a name tag.

There are advantages in having a never-ending supply of wool in my bag!

So that's my "show and tell" for this week.
Today, I will be having fun with Ben whilst Max catches up with some Tilly Tea Dance crafting in my sewing room. All good fun!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOYWW - 502

Good morning all.
Just a quick post for WOYWW.
Time flies and here we are on our weekly blog hop around crafters' desks again. (Although it usually takes me ages to actually get round to visiting and apologies to those I don't reach.)

I seem to have been busy this week but not crafted much. Just a couple of twiddle mitts.
I am trying to theme my designs so they may be a bit more "conversational" for the recipients.
This one is a flower garden design...

AND, this one is a seaside design.
I thought the words to songs might be good too.

Annie suggested - "Bluebirds over white cliffs of Dover" for my next one.

I am sure there are lots of other ideas out there for a little mitt that can not only be twiddled but stimulates a conversation or a song or two. What do you think?

Well, that's it for this week.

Sending our love and good wishes to all our blogging friends and anyone else who pops by.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WOYWW - 501

Good morning all!

I chuckled when I typed WOYWW - 501 - I think that was the sort of Levi jeans we all wore in the seventies! 501 - not WOYWW obviously!

So, I popped to see Annie for a coffee and to take her a bunch of bright yellow tulips, and this is what I came home with.....

That wool bag of mine will never be empty will it?

This is what she inspired me to do when I said I was using up all my scraps...

Two rainbows, clouds, sparkly sky and lots of bits and bobs plus a label stitched on my machine...
All things bright and beautiful indeed! (Another twiddle mitt to go in the bag ready for the hospital.)

Lastly, I promised a snap of one of the pairs of recycled jeans that I made for Ben to play in.

I think the original was a pair of jeggings. There was just enough room to recut this small pair once I had slashed the side seams and laid them out flat.

I would do a tutorial but I am not sure anyone else would want to do it. I just like little challenges. I will try and post a snap of Ben wearing one of the blue denim jeans that I recut. They were certainly worth the effort and look really snazzy.

Well that's it for this week.
My Tilly Tea Dance workmate is coming round today so that we can have our first "staff meeting" of 2019 - lol. She will tell me what to do and I will obey!!!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 2 January 2019


Just a quick WOYWW post to wish you all a Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

My table is a mess as I am sorting out a boxful of Tilly Tea Dance artwork ready to go off to one of her stockists. I always seem to end up with a mountain of bubble wrap and packing stuff!

The pile of old jeans came from Maxine (top left) - she thought they would recycle into jeans for Ben to play in. I just recut them and used the existing waist band/zip/buttons etc as they were, without removing them - so quick and quite easy once I had made a pattern from his own jeans.
Actually a great idea and I have upcycled 3 pairs so far and they look good - must remember to photograph my next pair!

I guess 2019 will mean much of the same - so plenty to keep me busy!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019.

All the best

Jo xx