Wednesday, 26 January 2022


 Good morning all.

Thank you for all your lovely comments last week.

I worked hard with Tilly's admin and created packs for her "Shropshire Hills" needle felted picture workshop on Saturday. She said it all went well and the packs were fine. I popped over to help her clear away tables/chairs at the local venue. It's a great space and she has everything so well organised that it goes like clockwork.

I will be busy this week making packs for her "Bluebell woods" workshop this week. It keeps me out of mischief!

My latest twiddler is a Spring/countryside one...

I have partly finished a seaside one so that will be four made so far this year.

I didn't really count last year's but I am sure it was well over one hundred.

And finally....
Here is the latest crazy cake from my kitchen!

Ben said we must make a cake for his Grandad's birthday. So here it is.

His idea for decoration was a "Where's Grandad" cake.

This is what I rustled up with my left over Christmas fondant icing.

Ben will love it - not sure about Grandad when he realises which one he is!!
The yummy, rich, fruit cake will go down well with all of them.

So that's it for this week.

Have a great week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 19 January 2022



Just a couple of rainbow twiddlers on the go, to share with you today!

I found some nice bright chunky yarn on offer and of course I couldn't resist adding a bit to my rather large stash.

I think they look bright and appealing. I have added a few colourful, fancy buttons to both and also a few crocheted twiddly bits too.

I now need to spend time on a little bit of admin for Tilly Tea Dance's Saturday workshop.

I may be gone for some time...

Have a good week all.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

WOYWW -bigger and better!

 Just a little update on the Amaryllis from last week.

All nine blooms on the 2 stems have now opened up and it is just the most stunning plant I think I have had. I know it won't last long but it is so beautiful and a delight to greet me as I enter my kitchen each time.

When I was teaching, my little ones used to love painting them and I am tempted to dip a brush in a pot of red paint and give it a go! Maybe I will have a go with Ben when he is here over the weekend.

My craft room remains unused at the moment but that's because in spare moments I have continued with my knitting challenge - to date - 3 hoodies, a little cardi and I have almost finished a little lace edged jumper.

So, as you see, never a dull moment.

I hope you are all well and able to make the most of life in these weird times.

Maybe later in the year I can email you all and say "Party in Shrewsbury - bring your own booze!"

Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 5 January 2022



I just wanted to share this beauty with you all this week.

Ben planted the Amaryllis with me a few weeks ago and of course it took off like a rocket growing over a cm a day. Each time he came we measured it and made a graph to mark it's amazing progress.

This week the two big buds burst into bloom. The first one has 5 flowers and the second one has 4 slightly smaller ones. It stands proudly at about 55cms!

Isn't nature wonderful.

With all the misery around I just love how this cheery, bright red bloom brings such pleasure.

No crafty activity this week although I have nearly finished 2 more hoodies and Tilly and I cleared her exhibition so, hopefully, she will get a little post Christmas boost to her funds.

I hope you are managing to avoid the bug and the snow. It's colder here today but at least we had stunning sunshine and blue skies as we drove past the Stretton Hills yesterday.

Have a good week all.

x Jo