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

Wednesday, 8 September 2021


 Yesterday I dropped off a parcel with 10 more twiddlers for the hospital dementia team.

Here are my two latest...

I am just hoping that the tiny moths that I have found in my lounge this week are nothing to do with my wool stock! I took myself off to Lakeland for one of their carpet sprays so I hope that's the last I see of them.

Short and sweet today.

I am busy making birthday cakes ready for Ben's party later in the week. just my luck to be baking on one of the hottest days of the year.

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 1 September 2021



Another week another Wednesday! Where does the time go?

I had a few little sewing jobs this week. Some not so much fun - repairing the rear of my hubby's gardening jeans so that he isn't exposing himself whilst trimming the shrubs.

Then, my friend asked if I could use some stretchy fabric and make a little swimming costume for this rag doll. She made 3 dolls for her grand daughters but her machine doesn't sew stretchy very well.

So I adapted the pattern and had a trial run - it's quite cute isn't it.

Below are the colour bags for all my twiddler yarn. My SIL gave me a bin sack full of yarn this week so I sorted it and really was quite overwhelmed by the quantity! It will last a good long while and I won't need to buy any for ages, so that's good.

Here are the last two bobbly twiddlers that I knitted last week.

So, that's me for this week.

Have a good week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 25 August 2021



Happy WOYWW everyone!

This week I have been mostly quilting.

I am not a great quilter but was asked to make another little puff quilt play mat for a friend of Maxine's.

I always enjoy making them but glad when they are finished.

In the evenings I have been knitting my second Olympic themed twiddle mitt.

Swimming, boxing, gymnastics, skate boarding and diving feature on this one.

Lastly, look what I found in my garden.....

I thought it looked a bit like a dragon so I added a daisy eye and crocosmia flames ( you might need to click on the picture to get the full benefit!)

My friends and family have left me home alone this week - I even cleaned my oven yesterday - I need to get out more!!!

Well that's my nutty nonsense for this week.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 11 August 2021



Good morning all. 
I'm on Nanny duty this week so this is a pre- loaded quickie!

Firstly, my Olympic twiddler - as promised.....

I hope you can recognise... gymnast, high jumper, footballer, basket ball player and a beach volley ball player, I have started another one with different athletes. Ben was very impressed so I thought the idea was worth another attempt..

Below is my first foray back to normal entertainment...
Last week I went to an outdoor performance of Macbeth at Shrewsbury castle. It was a perfect evening and we enjoyed a picnic and a couple of glasses of wine before the performance.

The cast:  Lord Chamberlain's Men -  seven lovely young men taking on all of the roles - some playing 3 parts!

 It really was a memorable event and if they come to a place near you, I would recommend it.

The backdrop of Shrewsbury castle, as the sun set behind it, helped make it a most atmospheric performance - only slightly marred by the sound of a train pulling into Shrewsbury station just below the castle!!

Have a good week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 4 August 2021


 Just a quick post today.

I have been busy with admin for Tilly Tea Dance. She is re-stocking at The Bog Centre at The Stiperstones. I have been labelling and pricing up her stock for her. It's so lovely to be able to help her out again and relieve her from some of the mundane jobs so that she has more time to craft.

I really love the tiny flower embroideries that she has made.

My crafty activity has been a bit limited.

I have started my Olympic twiddle mitt but it will take a while to finish, I think.

This is one of my latest Footie related mitts.

So that's it for this week.

I hope you are all well and enjoying watching our amazing Olympians at work.

What talent we have in our country!

 xx Jo

Wednesday, 28 July 2021



Good morning all.

It's been far too hot for knitting this week so this is one I made earlier in the month, after I made the one for Jan's friend. She sent a lovely thank you card saying how much the recipient liked it, so that's lovely isn't it.

I love the rainbow colours and a few rainbow trimmings.

I think I will make an Olympic colours one next.

It's been great watching all the amazing sports folk excelling in Tokyo.

I loved the synchro diving  - well done to Tom Daley and Matt Lee. Also Adam Peatey's amazing swim.

Our male gymnasts did well in the team event. Such strength, grace and fitness.

This week I will be playing "tennis" again with Ben - he has improved a lot and now has me chasing the ball all over the place. (It's not real tennis but we both have lots of fun!)

That's it for this week.

Enjoy your week.

xx Jo

Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday smile

 One "Happy Birthday" clematis - 3 smiles!

I thought you would love this Annie.

The clematis you gave me is planted in the border at the front of the house...

However, it is a wonderfully profuse bloomer and has popped over the fence to the area where we keep the gardening stuff - wheel barrow etc....

But then, not satisfied with that, it has also crept over the fence into the veg corner...


Don't you just love how nature can make a place its own!

Thanks Annie - I love it.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 21 July 2021



Good morning all!

I have been helping Tilly Tea Dance to get some stock ready for one of her local outlets.

All her little printed coasters needed pricing and labelling.

It's an easy job and I love all her colourful coasters - each one printed from one of her hand felted and embroidered pictures. I think McFelty, the Highland coo, is still one of my favourites.

Below is my latest twiddler - just a nice textural scene.
It's been too hot to do much knitting this week and I still have 6 more to get me to 100.

I hope you are manging to keep cool. The sunshine is wonderful but just too hot for me to spend much time out in it. It's just nice to find a cool spot and put my feet up with a good book.

However, I will be busy for the next few days as Ben is coming for a sleepover.

So - it will be "fun in the sun" for a bit and then a few "keeping cool" activities in the shade. We will be collecting pebbles to paint, planting a few seeds and doing a butterfly count.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 14 July 2021



Good morning all.

Today, keeping in the footie theme  (as if we haven't had enough!), my latest twiddler is a Shrewsbury Town Football Club version. 

Ages ago, the STFC were kind enough to give me lots of bits and bobs to embellish them with. I have just about run out so, this time, I knitted ball bobbles and printed on fabric, pictures of old footie boots etc. I always think those old leather buttons look like the old style footballs.

Now some of you will remember that pristine, white Crafty Cover that I made for the business end of my ironing board where I tend to do odd jobs like cutting and sticking. It might sound odd - I do have a big table in my sewing room but the board is just the right height.

You can tell it's had good use - hence the melted Vilene, glue and felt pen.
But, note the bottom left hand corner. Annie will laugh at me for this.

I was carefully cutting out a few small items on my cover until it dawned on me that the fabric seemed a bit thick!

Hence the beautifully zig-zagged join holding the slashed piece together again.

What am I like! Answers on a postcard please.

I hope you all enjoyed the amazing tennis and brilliant footie 

Our youngsters deserve praise for giving so many folk such a lot to celebrate over the last month.

And maybe a few folk need reminding that " It's not the winning but the taking part" that matters.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Here is a bright, cheery start to my WOYWW post this week.
LLJ asked if I could make a rainbow twiddler for her friend, so here's the result. I hope it's Ok Jan - it's in the post so you maybe have it by now.

Next is my brilliant solution (well I think so) to my red currant jelly straining problem.
I had the mesh jelly bag but no way of suspending it. Then I had a light bulb moment. I had saved a hook/clippy thing that something I bought had been hanging on. It seemed too nice to throw away so I saved it (along with all the other "useful" bits and bobs in my sewing room!)
Here it is suspending my jelly bag from a kitchen cupboard handle. It was the perfect height to strain the juice into a jug. I then made two jars of jelly - one for me and one for Max - the red currants came from her garden.

Lastly, I thought I would share with you just a few photos from my trip to Powis Castle.

That's it for now.
I am sorry that I didn't get around all my desks last week. I will try harder this week.

xx Jo