Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday smile

I was feeling a bit under the weather until I came to my kitchen sink this morning!!
This really is what greeted me - weird but certainly put a smile on my face.

Happy Friday everyone!
x Jo

For more smiles pop over to Annie's "A stitch in time" blog

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


 Well folks - I have made a start to my my Christmas cards - it still needs a bit doing to it but at least I have something to show on my desk today.

Annie and I watched the footie on tv last night to see Shrewsbury thrash Chelsea and only lose because our brilliant central defender scored an own goal in the last minutes of the game! ( A bit of creative writing there!)
Whilst watching all the big Chelsea stars like Drogba and Oscar being outwitted by our own stars, I even managed to stitch a few buttons on my little Christmas trees.

My other crafty activity of the week can be seen if you follow this link to my FB page.
It's a photo of Ben in his latest outfit.

Maxine wanted  a spider suit for Ben to wear to a halloween party so I whipped one up out of an old black skirt and kind aunty Annie even crocheted him a cobweb. Mad as hatters aren't we.

Hope you are all well and loving this mild Autumn weather (though not so for our Scottish friends I think).

Join in the WOYWW blog hop over at Julia's Stamping Ground.
Blogger has been playing up this week and I have found it impossible to leave comments on some blogs - so apologies if you are one of them.

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


 Good morning all - I am a bit late in posting my WOYWW desk today - but better late than never!!
I have some lovely fabric to show - I bought it at the  The Quilters Trading Post and I will probably be making a quilted playmat for Ben with it. Beside it is some chunky wool to knit some little hoodies with.

Now tell me I am not the only one who would have rescued the two little items below.
They were scattered across the floor amongst boxes of house clearance clutter at the car boot sale.
The little blue hand embroidered item is a small cover for maybe a teapot or small kitchen item.
I just had to buy it with a view to using that pretty floral stitchwork for a future project - certainly too nice to get dumped in landfill!!
The little pinny is beautifully made and looks as if it has been made from a recycled pillow case with that lovely white on white embroidery on the front. Again, it was looking unloved and I thought it was worth rescuing. It would make the perfect pinny for a school Victorian day!

OK - tell me I am mad or maybe agree with me!!

I have had a busy week so far - a hospital appointment yesterday - apparently I need my gall bladder removing - yuk! But - better out than in, I think.

Today I am tackling a little Roman blind - I just hope it all goes to plan. I have made quite  a few so it should be fine.

Have a good week.
Thanks for calling by.

x Jo

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


Good morning all.
Firstly - apologies for not managing to visit many WOYWW desks last week - I promise I will do better this week.
I had a couple of days with little Ben and the time just flew by.

Also I had a day crafting with buddies at The Quilters Trading Post near Audlem hence the picture above.
We each made a star block. I am hoping I can put mine on the front of a tote bag as I have just enough matching fabric left over to do it.
I am not a real quilter so I had to concentrate and make a big effort with accurate cutting and sewing (not my strong point). Pam, our tutor was really helpful and we managed to complete the block in about 2 hours.
The rest of our time was spent perusing the gorgeous fabric in the shop.
See Annie's blog A stitch in time for more pics!
We could have spent a fortune as it was all so lovely but I tried to restrain myself to just a few pieces for a little play mat for Ben.
Having just emptied and sorted all the junk craft materials in my sewing room and now trying desperately to get it into some sort of order, I realise that I don't really need MORE fabric!

I am looking forward to getting back into action with some sewing. I think I have roman blinds for a friend and some dressing up clothes to do fairly soon so that will be fun.

I hope you are all well and looking forward to some warmer drier weather over the weekend. It's been flippin cold here today.

Have a great week.
 x Jo

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Good morning all.
I hope your WOYWW desk looks a bit more productive than mine!

My hubby decided today would be a good time to paint my window so everytning is stripped ready for action - lol - no!!!! you don't want to see that now do you!

So, here is my window sill with a few of my birthday cards for you to enjoy.
My favourite is the little collage Maxine put together for me from Ben - right there in the centre.
To the right are the two that Maxine and Annie gave me - both needle-felted and stitched in almost identical shapes and colours - a bit of family telepathy going on there I think!

So, go on, show us your WOYWW - I bet there will be lots going on and plenty to snoop as usual.

Have a great week.
x Jo

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Good morning everyone!
Firstly, thank you to all you kind folk who left lovely messages of congratulations on the safe arrival of my gorgeous little grandson!
As you can imagine I have had lots of opportunities for cuddles and I know I am biased but he really is a beautiful baby!  (See below if you missed him last week!)

Of course, this week I haven't been crafting but I thought I would just post the little quilt I made for his travel moses basket which I have here ready for any visits.

I hope you are all well and still enjoying this amazing weather.
I hope I get round a few more WOYWW desks this week
Have a great week.
x Jo