Sunday, 30 August 2015


Our front window looks out towards the west and the sunsets this week have been amazing.
We have a wide view of the sky - albeit fringed by the scaffolding poles of the new housing going up.
Nevertheless, it still makes a stunning splash of colour outside every evening.
The shades of pink, grey and blue are so subtle and change and deepen every minute - glorious!

Join Annie's Friday smile - even a bit late like me, over on "A stitch in time" blog

Enjoy the Bank Holiday.
Thanks for calling by.

x Jo

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


 Good morning all - well actually a wet and gloomy one here.
It doesn't matter much as I am going to town and will dodge the showers.

My table is covered with left over bits and bobs from our crafty activities yesterday.
Maxine has been designing Ben's 1st birthday invites and I guess she will show you what she has been doing on her Tilly Tea dance blog.
On the left is some flesh coloured wool waiting for me to knit some little dollies. Flutterby Patch blog has some really lovely little dollies and she is going to sell her patterns on Etsy so I will make a few for my nieces little ones for their Christmas stockings. The little scrapbox doll on the right is also made following another of Flutterby Patch ideas too.

Below is the little discovery toy that I made for Ben.
He likes to shake it and see what shows through the little plastic window.

Well that's it folks. I need to get sorted ready for my trip to town.
I might be gone for some time as we are going to Watson and Thorntons fabric shop. A great place to lose an hour or two!!

Feel free to snoop around my WOYWW table and leave a little comment - I love to hear from you all.

Enjoy your week.
x Jo

Friday, 21 August 2015

Friday smile

Just two picures from the Dingle at Shrewsbury Flower Show last Saturday.

Have a great weekend.
x Jo

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


 I am having fun with old school friends this week so my desk is very quiet.
Just my latest knittie to show you and a few fabric brooches that I found in a box - I made them ages ago and will probably pop them into a charity shop sometime.

Below are a few photos that I took at Shrewsbury Flower Show on Saturday.
I just thought that a splash of glorious colour, that is so uplifting, is what we need today.

I know so many of you are feeling especially sad at the loss of a dear friend. 
I didn't know Janet - other than through her cheery caring comments on my blog but I know from others that she was a treasure - a funny and feisty lady.
So Janet - this little splash of colour is for you.

Like many, I will be trying even harder to make the most of every day and treasuring friends and family more than ever.
So - have a great week everyone and thanks for calling by and leaving your lovely comments. You are a very special bunch and we are so lucky that we have had WOYWW to bring us all together.
x Jo

Friday, 14 August 2015

Friday smile - It is me isn't it!!

It is me isn't it!!

Do you remember the view of a badger (on a plinth, on the building site) that I posted here?
Well today this caught my eye and straight away I thought "penguin"!

Bonkers, I know, but that's the way my mind works.

Now every time I see this bit of black plastic membrane poking out of the footings that's all I can think of.
It would certainly be a happy penguin today. It is pouring down and the concrete floor looks like a pond. AND  no men in shorts today!

For more smiles - just pop over to Annie's "A stitch in time" blog and see what's making her smile today!
Have a great weekend.
x Jo

Wednesday, 12 August 2015


Just a bit late with my WOYWW post today.
I have sewing buddies coming for lunch and a bit of free motion machine embroidery.
My work table is all neat and tidy and ready to go and lunch is all sorted

It's a lovely sunny day and the building site is busy - lots of men in shorts - what more can these girls ask for!

So it's a short sweet post from me today.
Just thought I would post a picture of my latest little knittie now that its finished.

Did you see the meteor shower last night? - I saw a few "shooting stars" - but the sky is very light here in town - nothing like the big black skies at my old house where we didn't have any street lights.

I hope you all have a great week.
Don't get too wet in the rain predicted for tommorrow.
Thanks for calling by.
x Jo

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Smile - on Saturday!

There must be some advantages to living on a dusty building site!
It's a beautiful, sunny day here and the swallows are out making the most of it.
As I was mopping - yes MOPPING the dust from my windows, I could hear lots of swallow chatter.

One of the houses opposite has scaffolding up and I stood watching the swallows playing "Tick off pole".
About 20 of them were circling the house and landing on the tops of each pole.
I am guessing many were fledglings building up their skills.
They spent about 10 minutes playing then all of them flew off.

My little video won't do the moment justice but it really was a pleasure to enjoy these beautiful little birds at play.
They will be gone from us all too soon but today they are here and loving it!
Just a smile for any bird lovers out there!

For more smiles - just pop over to Annie's "A stitch in time" blog and see what's making her smile today!

Have a great weekend

x Jo

Wednesday, 5 August 2015


Can a needlewoman ever have enough reels of thread?
Here is the little hoard that I found at the car boot sale - 3 little plastic tubs with about 40 reels - some partly used, but still a bargain for £2!
They will be fine for my crafty projects although I tend to use new stuff for my dress making projects.
So that's my desk for today. On Monday it was filled with Maxine's busy book.
She is putting bias binding around each page and it is looking really great. No doubt she will blog it on her Tilly Tea Dance blog later.

This is my latest little knittie.

I used Sirdar Faroe chunky wool to knit a little cardi for autumn days - size 1-2 yrs.
I love the colour combo.

I am also knitting a similar one in lovely blue/green shades of the same random wool.

However, I do get a bit hung up on making both sleeves and both fronts "match" .
Annie and Jan know what I mean. I have been known to almost unravel a whole ball just to get the colour match! Annie and I have laughed ourselves silly trying to get it right. I don't like a totally random look. But I came to the conclusion with the blue shades that there was no real match as each ball was slightly different so I gave up - well, almost!!!

If you want to see what crafters' desks around the globe are looking like today, just follow the link to WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Have a great week
x Jo

PS - for those of you who left lovely comments about my dancing lessons last week - I am still practising and not quite up to producing the video that several requested!!!! However, the pole is in place and is perfect for the job!