Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Good morning all!
I hope Storm Aileen hasn't been too hard on you over night.
We are so lucky that we haven't had to suffer like all those poor folk in the Caribbean.
Our thoughts and good wishes go to them all.

Sitting on my work desk today is Ben's teddy that I made for him last year. He usually sports a pair of blue trousers and tan jumper but today he is modelling the dress and wrap that I have made for a charity project that my sister in law set up. She has been knitting for the Birmingham Children's hospital.
I think he looks very smart but he seemed quite relieved when I changed him back into his usual outfit!!

So WOYWWers - not much else going on here this week. I seem to have been out and about or busy with some wet felting in my kitchen. I might post a few pictures next time.

Thanks for all your lovely comments. My blood test was all fine, so that's it for another year.
My eye test proved that I do need a pair of reading glasses for my close needlework - I was struggling to thread a needle etc. I suppose I am lucky to have otherwise healthy eyes and have got to 65 before needing reading glasses!

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Good morning all!

My work table hasn't seen much action this week so I thought I would show you the knitting I have been doing over the last week.

It's a little hoodie for my great nephew. I made him one about 2 years ago and he has always insisted it's his favourite jumper so I decided it was time I made him a bigger one. This time he requested giraffe buttons. I managed to find some so will show you the finished article next week.

I have to dash this morning as I have to go for my annual blood test. As diabetes is in my family, the GP decided I should have a regular check so hopefully all is well.
Then I have Ben for the day - he had his first half day at pre-school yesterday and loved it.

Have a great week and thanks for calling by.

x Jo 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday smile

Gardening horror!

Sitting at the computer
Movement caught my eye
Glancing down - I screamed
A blood curdling cry.

Slithering down my jumper
Surely no mistake
A six inch mini creature 
The image of a snake.

Jumping to my feet
The creature I had seen
Tumbled to my feet
The trimmed edge from a runner bean!!!

Panic over - heartbeat returned to normal.
Serves me right for not being more careful as I prepared beans for the freezer this morning.
I thought it might raise a smile on a Friday for Annie's Friday Smile.

Have a great weekend but keep a sharp look out for snakes!

x Jo

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


I know it's a bit late in the day but at least it is still Wednesday!!
So, here I am, sharing my work table with my WOYWW buddies around the globe. Enjoy a good snoop over all the bits and bobs scattered over my table!

In the foreground are two needle felted pictures that I have just framed for Tilly Tea Dance.
Check out Maxine's new website here.
I love -  but then I would wouldn't I!! (Proud Mum)
She has been very busy creating beautiful little works of art for a shop in Muker in the Yorkshire Dales. I am sure her little sheepy pics will sell well up there too!

The rest of the bits and bobs are left overs from her crafty session this afternoon.
I will tidy up later, ready for another busy day on Friday.

I hope you are all well and enjoyed the beautiful weather over Bank Holiday weekend.

Thanks for visiting.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Summer Exhibition

Good morning all!
Well after a few weeks absence, I am back posting a few pictures for my WOYWW buddies to enjoy.
We have had a couple of really busy weeks. Maxine had a crafters' demo table at Burwurton Show and then she spent last week preparing for her Summer exhibition at The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.

So, I have been helping out by mounting pictures and of course.......

The best job in the world - looking after Ben. We have devised a few new games - Crab apple basket ball using the composter, wet giants (a game in wellies on a rainy day) and World Benthletics - races and field activities on Nanny's back lawn. He can run much faster than I can now!

As for my crafty activities - well my room is slowly being taken over by packaging and bubble wrap...

I don't mind - it's so good to see her little business flourish and great to be able to help out.
In the evenings I am finishing off  about 40 Chocolate Orange Christmas puddings. Ha ha - sounds like I am eating them!! No, just knitting to stop me falling asleep after busy days.
My scar face is healing nicely but still feels tight and I know it sounds silly but it wears me out by the end of a day. I guess it's all the extra effort needed to move my facial muscles over tight skin - would help if I just kept quiet but that's not likely to happen!!

So, that's me for this week.
I hope you are all well and enjoying this changeable August weather. We have had some lovely sunny days - not too hot - just fresh and beautiful.

Have a great week.

xx Jo