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Hello my friends.

I was MIA last week as I was kept busy at home and church. Step Inside, our café outreach gets busier! I was detailed to do the shopping last week and get all the stocks in for the invasion on the Thursday! Folk love to come – and it is so good to get to know our regulars, having great conversations with them week by week. I also had to make sure I was ready for the coffee cake and craft morning last Saturday. It was a great time – not a huge footfall – despite the homemade cakes! – but the total raised was over £140 – so the organiser was thrilled. I had some really lovely comments on my work, which was very encouraging – and after the coffee morning took the rest of my cards over to the hotel – only to discover they only had around 20 cards left to sell! Good thing I didn’t sell out in the morning!!

My desk this week is totally bare as I am having a few days off to catch up on everything else – like mending a pair of trousers, making two cushion covers smaller for a friend, putting elastic in a blouse where it had broken, getting the garden under control, and tomorrow I must make two cushion covers for my garden seats. I’ve only had the fabric for two years….

So… my pictures today are of my little stall on Saturday.

We really are incredibly blessed in our church building – no pews! The one behind my stall is one of only three remaining from the original Welsh chapel. Now it’s a big open space and we even have a dance floor in the middle of the room! What this means, of course, is that we can use the room in many ways – chairs out for a Sunday service, tables set out for a café or a coffee morning, no chairs in the middle ready for a party! It also means a lot of moving of furniture – but we manage that. So, this was my 6foot table. Mrs D had loaned me the tall unit her hubby had made some time ago. And a few close ups…


My little village of gingerbread houses soon became a hamlet, and by the end of the morning was an isolated farmhouse! The little Christmas trees went, too, despite looking somewhat drunk in the photo.

And a little something for ladies who lunch!! Exceedingly popular. Aren’t they the cutest little bags? I put a sticker on the latch so it could be closed when a gift had been placed inside.

And something for those cold winter evenings, when curling up by the fire with a good book and lowered lighting is all you want to do…

There were also around 150 cards for sale, but you have seen photos of some of those, so I’m not going to bore you any further.

Some exciting news for regular WOYWWers – Mr and Mrs D’s house sale is FINALLY going through!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it really has taken 12 months since the offer on their property was made – ridiculous, but there you go – and at last, they should be on the move. I’ve spoken with Mrs D this evening and she tells me I can tell you all – they will be living on their canal boat for the foreseeable future until they find a property they really like with a canal mooring. They are becoming Waterways chaplains. No, I didn’t know such things existed either! There’s a large number of folk who live on the waterways out of forced necessity, or out of choice, and for some, they are very isolated. A hand held out in friendship when folk are in need is the aim… Last Sunday I abandoned my own church and went along to their service as a minister from the waterways chaplaincy came and commissioned them for the work. It was a lovely time, and good to see them finally on their way to the next season in their life. Who knows where they will end up living… They certainly won’t be on the North Wales coast – no canals here! Our nearest one is down in Llangollen and hour and a quarter away.

So, that’s me this week, folks. Taking life a little differently from recent days – even managed a lie-in this morning!

Take care. God bless.


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    Kyla aka Lilpidge
    Your church fete sounds very successful and I really like the ‘bags’ too. Excellent news on the move and how exciting living on a canal boat (my cousin and her family live full time on one and my mum volunteers on one for tourists). Kyla
    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:25:25

    Loving all your makes and I really ought to make replacement cushions for my garden chairs too! Thanks for the update on Mrs D as well, thanks for visiting me BJ#16
    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:45:43

    Great week you had. Interesting information about the Waterways Chaplains. Who knew? But what a great service for the people who live on the canal. Thanks for visiting me earlier. Dorlene #31
    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:57:30

    April S.
    Such a wonderful cause – I am so glad you were able to share your crafts and raise all that money. It is so nice when you can do what you love and make a difference. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. D on their next adventure. April #21
    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:22:45

    your booth display is just beautifully done Margaret, I esp. love the little purses 🙂 ~Stacy #30
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:34:23

    You are one busy lady! Your set-up looks great, and those Gingerbread houses are too cute! No wonder they went fast! Those little purses are also adorable! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #35
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:11:24

    thanks for visiting before the link went up! well done for all your gorgeous makes! You wouldn’t have seen us on the tv as we weren’t where we thought we were going to be!! hope you managed to see the photos.
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:45:06

    Hi Margaret, By heck you have been busy. Loving all the things for sale. Hope you get your various projects done. How exciting to live on a canal boat. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #11
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:57:41

    Margaret, I simply love all of your crafty items in your booth. What wonderful Saturday mornings! Your church sounds like it does many wonderful things, what a blessing! They are also blessed to have your gifts and talents to incorporate to the vision! Have a great week! 🙂 Felicia #32
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:55:31

    Hi there! Good to see you! Your booth is so inviting! Absolutely love those little purses! Exciting news for Mrs. D. Wow! #33
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:54:09

    Carol N
    Oh my! Your crafts are just too cute! Glad you did well with your sales. And what a great way to get together and get to know each other! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a most wonderful week! Carol N #26
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:35:38

    Exciting news indeed! I would love to live on a canalboat – we have beautiful waterways quite close to us. Mrs D is very lucky. Your stall looked amazing! No wonder it was so popular 🙂 Have a great day! 🙂 Bubbles #5 https://patchworkapples.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/woyww-424.html
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:30:13

    That stall looks great Margaret! Thanks for stopping at my desk earlier ! Have a wonderful week! xo Cheetarah WOYWW #22 Contemplations of a Kitty
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:15:09

    Shaz in Oz.x
    Hi there dear Margaret, I’ve missed seeing desks, been ill with winter lurgy, but on mend now… it’s been very active downunder this year!!! Am glad though that dad has been well, though. What fab news for Mrs D. God is amazing. As He closes one door another opens, may the Lord bless them in this ministry. I’m praying still re trip next year but itinerary still in limbo. Will let you know when I know. Really all in Lord hands as is health, needed monies, etc. one day at a time, eh?? Wonderful crafty goodies coming forth from your hands, dear friend, wow you’ve been busy, glad the Lord has blessed. Praying for your catch up, I’ve some of that here too, need to weed and get roses done. My usual one who helps at this time of year is away so guessing it’ll just be moi, with Lords help. Thanks so much for your great desky share. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #13 {Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:48:59

    Diane Futrell
    I love all the little things on your display. Sounds like you sold tons! Have a great day! Diane #19
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:23:54

    Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith
    So many lovely things in your stall! I especially like those gingerbread houses! Hope you have a good week! zsuzsa #18
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:13:18

    Sarah Brennan
    So glad your fund raising went well even if you didn’t get many people there. Your stall looks amazing. I remember many happy family holidays on the canal when I was younger as my parents had two different boats. Very crammed with a family of 6 but great fun. Happy WOYWW Sarah #17
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:26:25

    Thanks for your visit earlier. Do give Mr & Mrs D our congratulations…May God keep His blessings flowing (!) down on them… our days as Missionaries were such happy and blessed ones. What a wonderful selection of goodies you had for sale, no wonder you did well. Have a restful week Christine #15
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:20:20

    Well done on all the makes and sales at your church – great job! And just as well you had a few cards left for the hotel too :-D. I’m glad you had a lie in this morning, you’re always so busy, sometimes it’s good to have a change in routine xx Great news about Mrs D! Please send her and hubby my very best wishes in their future roles and the perfect house. Hugs LLJ 4 xxx
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:42:30

    Love all the goodies you had for sale on Saturday and well done on the result. Thank you for sharing. Hazel WOYWW 12 x
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:01:27

    Great pics and best of luck with your catch up projects. YAY Mr and Mrs D on their decision to become canal waterways chaplains Happy WOYWW Kathyk #10
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:37:45

    What a great post, Margaret! And thank you for visiting already 🙂 Happy WOYWW! Claire no. 2
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:28:44

    That’s interesting what you were saying about people living on boats. Here in Lincoln UK we have lots with their own little community. They even have their own post box etc. Thanks for the visit to mine. Have a great woyww and a happy crafty week, Angela x9x
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:28:09

    Well, light footfall or not, you did well..I had a feeling the village houses would be popular..isnt that always the way with the fiddlesticks of makes! So impressed at your outlet in the hotel too – it really is more than a trickle isnt it1 great news for the D’s..a great idea to take their ministry to the water too, and hiow nice to be able to have the option to take their time to find the next house. If indeed they do…!
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:20:42

    Good morning my friend. You sound almost as busy as me with sewing today. My quilts have been put away cos yesterday (yes on my day off!!) a lady came wanting three Memory bears making by Thursday….yes that’s tomorrow! Oh and I’ve got an evening dress to shorten by then too. There won’t be much blogging done today but I couldn’t miss popping over as you were the first to leave me a message. Hope we both get our sewing done. Hugs, Annie x #8
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:15:02

    I’m not surprised gingerbread village sold out, they are super cute. Your stall looked lovely. Lynn #6
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:56:51

    Well my lovely friend – what an inspiring post to read. So glad you did well with your little hamlet, it looks gorgeous in the photo so I can understand it disappearing so quickly – and it’s trees going too. You have, as always, been a busy bee. You put me to shame when I read of all the good works you do – the cards for the hotel are wonderful – bless you. Good to hear about Mrs D and her sale at last. What a wonderful way to live on a narrow boat and sailing the seas (I mean canals really but sailing the seas make them sound like pirates). Remember me to them both and wish them all the best in their new careers. See you soon, hopefully. Hugs, Neet xx
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:53:24

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