Wednesday, 29 December 2021

WOYWW Happy New Year!


Good morning all!

Another late posting - I don't know where the time goes.

I had a couple of lovely days with Ben here for a sleepover and then all of them for tea last night.

It was great to have them here (we are all testing every 2 days just to be sure we are negative) and we all enjoyed a yummy roast with loads of veg followed by home made bilberry cheesecake.

My only crafting this week has been knitting. 

No twiddlers I am afraid, as I have been making little hoodies for a friend's little girl. 

I've made lots of these over the years as they are cosy and comfy as a pull on. I don't know if the tinies actually use the pocket on the front but it's a nice feature and I bet the older ones love having somewhere to pop there tiny toys and favourite bits and bobs (as long as Mum takes then out before popping in the washer!).

Well that's it - short but sweet.

Happy New Year to you all and maybe we can meet up later in 2022 when this virus clears off!!!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Happy Christmas! WOYWW


Happy Christmas everyone - I hope you all have a lovely time and can be with the ones you love.

This is Maxine's little felted Christmas card - so typical of her Tilly Tea Dance tiny sheepy landscapes but with a bright shiny star above in the purple sky. I love it.

Below are a couple of tree fairies that I made a for a friend's granddaughters. 
They are bout 3 inches tall - cute!

And then of course it wouldn't be Twiglet's blog if I didn't share my latest twiddlers.
I thought two Shrewsbury Town Football Club ones might make nice gifts amongst the twelve that I dropped at the hospital this week.

So, that's me for this week.

All the very best to everyone who drops in to see what I have been up to this week.
Thanks for all the WOYWW fun and friendship. Long may it last.
Stay well and stay safe.

Happy Christmas!
xx Jo

Wednesday, 15 December 2021


Good morning - Happy WOYWW!

I thought I would start with my Nativity twiddler this week... 

I enjoyed knitting all the little characters and then added a few sheep and palm trees to twiddle.

I think I have 12 mitts to drop off now.

Below are just a few of my Christmas card designs for this year. I like to vary what I do so that it's not too much like a factory roll out. I think I made about 10 of each.

Lastly, I am chuckling at the things I do sometimes.
This crumpled paper was packaging in a big box that came through the post with a gift for a family member. The brown paper looked too good to throw away - a total waste of the earth's resources! So, I ironed the 7 metres x 30cm length ( Yes 7 metres in one parcel). I think Ben will enjoy printing it as Christmas wrapping paper so that it will, at least, get one more use before being re-cycled in the normal way.

Enjoy the next week of Christmas busy-ness.

I think I will make mince pies today - maybe mini ones with an almond topping. Yum!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 8 December 2021


 Well folks - where did last week go?

As you know, I was busy sewing for Maxine...

Two matching Roman blinds

Then, a re-fit of her own linen basket for her room.

She dreamt up the design using curtaining and an inexpensive frame which had previously had fabric shelves fixed in it.

I was tasked to remake the hanging bag that fits inside.

I also made a plain small cushion cover too. About three days work in total!

Needless to say she was pleased with my efforts.

These are my latest festive twiddlers.

I have a nativity one to finish and then I will pop them down to the hospital so that they can be given out before Christmas.

I hope you are all staying safe and well and not suffering too much with this chilly, wild weather.

We are fine but I will be glad when it warms up a bit - or maybe just a few bright sunny days will do.

Have a good week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 1 December 2021


 Well here we are on the 1st of December - where did the year go?!

My dear daughter decided to re-vamp her bedroom and wanted new Roman blinds.

As you know, I have made quite a few over the years and I enjoy making them. I do, however, tend to forget just how long they take. I was hoping to finish one so that I could show and tell but that will have to wait till next week now.

So here is my latest twiddler instead.....

I promised you a few Winter/Christmas themed ones so here is Frosty the snowman..

I shall be making a few more once I have finished the blinds, a matching cushion and fancy washing baskety thingy. Never time to be bored in this household.

I hope you haven't been too badly affected by the cold snap. We had a wild, windy night and a bit of frost but otherwise escaped lightly thank goodness.

Have a good week.

xx Jo 

Wednesday, 24 November 2021


Good morning all!

Nice to be back - I was busy helping Maxine with her Tilly Tea Dance display for the exhibition at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms last week.

I thought you would like a nice splash of colour to start your day.

Above are the ten twiddlers that I took for the Dementia team at the hospital last week.

Below is the seaside one in close up...


It's a quick post from me today as I am going to the opticians this morning and I forgot to get this post ready last night.

Have a great week all - hope you are keeping cosy!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 10 November 2021



Good morning all.

Another week, another WOYWW.

This week I am sharing my latest twiddler.
I thought the poppies would be appropriate for Remembrance Day this week.
I have parcelled up the latest ten twiddlers to drop off at the hospital later in the week..
I might make a few Christmas themed ones next.

Don't faint... but. I have actually made a few Christmas cards in a mad crafting moment last week.
I might share them a bit nearer the season.

Hopefully, I am nearing the end of the admin for Tilly Tea Dance so I might have a bit more crafting time to think about the festive season - apparently it's 46 days away, according to Steve Wright on Radio 2 today!

So, that's me for today.

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Good morning all.
I love this crisp Autumn weather don't you? 
(Well it's better than the torrential rain we have had over the last weekend!)

My craft room has seen a hive of activity over the last week.....

Chaos rules!
I am busy sorting, coding and packing Maxine's artwork for her Tilly Tea Dance exhibition at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms. It is very time consuming and I get in a tizz trying to keep tracks on it all. I am sure, as they say, "It will be alright on the night!"

I even managed a real treat last Saturday.
Tilly Tea Dance asked me to join her for the day at her workshop at Bayston Hill Shrewsbury.
It is only a couple of miles away so I was able to get there nice and early and to stay late and help her pack away.
We had a lovely day - it's such a treat just to enjoy her company and see her in "action" (Proud Mum here).
We were also joined by Sarah B so that was lovely. Good to see her and catch up on her news.

We felt we should mask up for this photo...

 but Max asked one of our other crafters to take a snap of all three of us...

We both had fun needle felting our bluebell pictures .....

Sarah didn't want to show hers as she is giving it as a gift soon.

Lots more crafting going on - any suggestions what I can recycle these cot bumpers into? 
I made it for Ben's cot and I guess it's been sitting in a cupboard for the last few years.

There are ten lovely beach hut collages and it seems a shame to dump them. ( LLJ - maybe I could make something for your RNLI shop?)

So that's me for this week.
Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

I spent a little bit of happy, crafting time making cards for friends and family this week.

The above is the flowery collage I made for my much younger sister!

Below is the little seascape that I made for a friend who loves the Isle of Man.

They are just made from tiny scraps from my fabric stash.

I have drawers full of colour sorted fabric and it's fun just to dip in and use some of it.

I use Bondaweb to secure the fabric to the backing piece and then machine in place.

A few hand stitches here and there and that's it. Probably an afternoon's work though.

My latest twiddler is intended as a Halloween themed one but, of course, I can't make them scary, so I went for a suitable colour scheme, pumpkin face, cats, buttons etc and a few twiddly knitty/crochet bits.

So, that's it for this week.

Hopefully, I am meeting up with Sarah B at Tilly's workshop in Shrewsbury on Friday - really looking forward to it.
Have a good week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 20 October 2021



Good morning all.

This week I have been knitting tiny spooky monster dolls. I made one for Ben and he loves it - I guess zombie style is his thing! He loves all the fun of Halloween and last year the whole family went for the pale ghostly look!

At the weekend I had a get together with an old school friend and we went for a snack lunch at Battlefield cafe/farm shop and museum. Whilst we there we spotted this beauty - a European Eagle Owl. I was even allowed to stroke his feathers. His tufty "ear" feathers were a bit messy but then he was called Boris!!

Thank you for all your kind comments about Annie - I am pleased to say she is on the mend. It's a slow process. She will take a while to be her normal bouncy self but is taking it one day at a time. 

And lastly for those who look forward to my latest twiddler unveiling.....



That's it for this week.
I am really busy with admin for Max's workshops and exhibition at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in November. I enjoy all the jobs that I do and it's so nice to be back helping out.

Have a good week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 13 October 2021


 Thank you for all your good wishes for my birthday last week

I had a lovely time and even managed a weekend away with friends which was a treat.

My lovely girl made me the most gorgeous felted picture for my wall.....

It seems to be more lovely every time I look at it and I am so thrilled with it.
She is starting up her workshops next week so I have been helping get her roving packs organised.
Look at this beautiful range of purples that I have to dip into.

Then she asked if I could make her an extra bluebell woods sample piece.
She is really busy producing work for an exhibition so I was happy to help out.

It's only a small piece about 4 inches square but was fun to do.

Now you will notice Annie hasn't blogged today - she has Covid and is feeling really under the weather so we are all hoping she soon feels better. There seems to be so much virus about. We are all being really sensible but somehow the little "bug..." gets through!!

I hope you are all keeping clear of it and have enjoyed our lovely Autumn weather.

This was where I went at the weekend...

We walked across the aqueduct at Pontcysylite near Llangollen. We went over in in a canal boat with Ben in the summer but you don't appreciate how high it is until you walk over it on the tow path! Quite a feat of engineering for 1805.

(LLJ - if Annie hasn't linked me to Julia please could you do it for me?)

Have a great week

xx Jo

Wednesday, 6 October 2021



Just gorgeous birthday plant and flowers to share with you today!

I had a lovely day yesterday with visits from friends and family.
It was so good to spend time with them all and as we are all doing Grandparent duties we were all weekly tested! What a strange world we are living in.

My only crafty activity has been a little bit of twiddler knitting which I will show you next week.

I hope you didn't get flooded out on Monday with all that heavy rain - I noticed Pembrey Sands had about 36mm of rain overnight.  Raincoat, sou'wester and wellies Jan??

Have a great week all!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 29 September 2021



I chuckled at how many folk said they were looking forward to seeing the cake last week.

Well here it is - Minecraft is Ben's favourite thing at the moment. I cheated and bought the toppers on line but nevertheless he was delighted with it. It was value for money because after his party with his best buddy the week before, I then re used the toppers for his own little cake/candles event on his actual birthday.

This week I made a little card for a friend's niece...

It's just a little fabric collage with some free machined detail and her name in free machining too.

It's been cold and wet this week but we did mange a lovely walk at Attingham Park on Monday. There were definite signs of Autumn - trees almost on the turn and lots of sweet chestnut and conkers.
It's a lovely spot for a walk.

Well that's it for this week.

Enjoy your week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 22 September 2021


 We spent last week in the Lakes.........

Early morning mist in the valley.

The mountains from Coniston.

                                                         The steam boat ride on Coniston.


Crummock water

The weather was perfect and we were so lucky to see the Lakes and the Mountains at their best.

We walked every day and really enjoyed the fresh air and company.

I might be back to normal service next week but this week I have lots of jobs to catch up on. Max needs some admin and Ben needs a birthday cake!

Have a great week all.

xx Jo