Wednesday, 16 June 2021


 Good morning all!

I collected my last little ATC this week - thanks Julia.

We seem to be flying through the year don't we.

As expected, we will not be free to roam completely for another few weeks, but it won't make a huge difference to me. I am happy doing what we can at the moment and would like to think there was a lot less Covid about before we completely let our hair down!

My sewing desk has remained almost empty this week.

Maxine did mention making a pair of paper bag shorts like they made on The Sewing Bee so I had a look through all my patterns to see if I had anything we could adapt.

I found this one which I think will do nicely. We just need fabric and measurements and then we can get going on it. A quick and easy make, I think.

These are my boxes of patterns - many vintage of course, as I have been sewing for over 50 years!

I love browsing through and reminiscing about the clothes that I have made for myself, Mum, Annie Maxine and even aunts, nephews, nieces and grandmas over the years. Many a happy hour spent at the machine.

I have made a couple of twidders but I will group them together for a snap next week.

So that's it for this week.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe.

xxx Jo

Wednesday, 9 June 2021


 Hello all!

I hope you are enjoying this fabulous weather.
We had a day in Shrewsbury yesterday and it was like being abroad - traffic free town with tables and chairs around the cafes, folk sunbathing in the park by the river, boat trips and such a happy, brilliant vibe!
I also called into 61Mardol which is where Maxine is selling her artwork at the moment. It is a real treasure trove of wonderful local artwork of all descriptions. So, if you are in Shrewsbury at anytime pop in. I have my eye on a beautiful hand crafted pendant and matching earrings!!

On Friday we sailed down the Llangollen canal and over the Froncysylite aquaduct with Ben and enjoyed a lovely day out. It's such a treat to spend time together and get out into the world (albeit very cautiously) again. 

Needless to say, my desk hasn't seen much action.
However, I did receive a lovely pack of goodies and ATCs from Spyder. She included gorgeous bits and bobs and buttons for me to use on the Twiddle mitts. A big thank you, Lynn - I have already used much of the wool and some of the buttons.

Lynn also sent me this little gnome card. Ben loved it!
Along with it came the hilarious poem that she penned about making it.
We all had a chuckle at that. Thanks Lynn.
And this is my ATC from Christine - Bishopsmate.
Thanks lots - it's lovely.

Lastly - here are the 7 latest twiddlers that will be going with the 3 themed ones.
I try to put colours, textures and twiddly bits together to make them eye-catching and cheery.

So that's it for this week.
Enjoy your week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 2 June 2021


 Happy WOYWW - I hope it's a lovely sunny day where you are.

We have had a few sunny ones which have been really beautiful and quite uplifting.

My work desk hasn't seen much action - too nice to be indoors.

However, I did snap the last of my wonderful ATC packages that came through the post this week. ..

I do hope I haven't forgotten anyone. It's been so good seeing what you have all done and now I need to think how I can display them best. Thank you to all.

And then WOYWW wouldn't be the same without one of these....

It is part 2 of the "What did you play with" twiddlemitt collection!

So that's it for this week.

Enjoy your week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 26 May 2021


 Good morning all.

Thank you to everyone who has sent ATCs to us Shropshire gals. Annie and I have had a couple of celebratory get togethers to pass on ATCs sent for both of us - good excuse for a chat and swap -its been so long since we have been able just to pop over to each other whenever we wanted!

I have loved everyone of them and the detail in each little work of art has been a delight.

Here is my collection so far.....

Aren't they all lovely?

Thanks also to Lynn, Angela and Sylvia whose  wonderful little packages have arrived safely. I will take photos and put them in next week's WOYWW.

Thanks to all of you who commented on my little needle-felted ATCs. They were fun to do too and I had forgotten what pleasure I get from a bit of felting. I even got a positive response from the Queen of Felting - Tilly Tea Dance - so they must have been OK!!

My latest twiddler is called  "What did you play with?"

I think I have the arms (or legs) slightly wrong on the roller skater as she appears to be skating in both directions somehow (or is it just me?).

I have yet to make a stitched label on my sewing machine. I thought making a question of the label might stimulate a conversation where possible.

I said I would make as many twiddle mitts as possible during lockdown (since January). To date I have made 73 and I am hoping to have completed 100 by the end of June. Some are simpler than others so take less time but I really enjoy designing and making the themed ones as they are more fun. (Simple pleasures).

If the weather had been a bit better I am sure I would have been out and about more this week. We did manage a Friday lunch out - although it did seem weird being in a room with so many other folk.

We need a bit more sunshine and warmer weather. My garden could certainly do with it to encourage my seedlings etc to grow a bit faster.

I hope you are all able to enjoy a bit more freedom and some may even get away for a little break - well deserved after our enforced hibernation!

Take care all and stay safe.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

WOYWW 12th anniversary!



Well here we are. 
Can you believe that we have been linking up our crafty work desks for 12 years now?
Thanks to Julia and her glamorous assistant Jan, we have kept going through thick and thin, feast and famine and... yes we are still going!

What a year we have had. We missed our annual get together last year due to the pandemic and I don't think we will manage it this year either. So, our annual online celebration is all we have.

My little ATCs, which I will be sharing with those who have sent me details, are like a little wish list of places I would like to see when we can get out and about more - sea and rolling hillsides!

Thanks to all you wonderful WOYWWers for sharing your desks and crafty activity, for your encouragement and lovely comments but most of all for your friendship. Long may we keep going.

Lastly, a little word of remembrance for our special friend Shaz, who we lost this year.
She always made such beautiful ATCs to share with us and always had a kind word or funny comment for us all. We miss her and Annie and I decided we would send Doug an ATC just to keep up the tradition. I know she would like that and loved our little offerings each year.

So, as we roll into another year of desk sharing and because some of you would suffer withdrawal symptoms if I don't... here is my latest twiddler for your enjoyment!!

Best wishes to all.

xx Jo