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Hello my friends. Goodness! I am writing this on the afternoon of August 1st!! Where, oh where… ? My only encouragement is that you all seem to feel the same. The days seem to be slipping by so fast this year!

My desk this week is absolutely neat and tidy.

There are two reasons for this. One is that I am on holiday in Derbyshire next week, so am getting things tidy for my daughter and family who will be staying here whilst I am away.

And the second reason is that I have spent this last couple of weeks REALLY tidying up my craft space – putting like with like, labelling everything, tidying the utter chaos under the desk – and even hovering the floor. Look, no paper poo!! The bird book and binoculars are there to identify some of the many varieties of bird we have coming to the field opposite my landing window! – no, honestly, I don’t sneak looks at my neighbours…

So, you can actually see what is there now. I have spent so many hours and days manically making cards this summer for the hotel – who are not slowing down on their sales – that tidying was a non-event. Left shove was more the in-thing! The few things still on my desk are ready to take away with me on Saturday.

I have made a few cards, though – one for my daughter’s parents in law who celebrate their Golden Wedding a week on Saturday, one for each of my daughters – both August birthdays – one for my nephew away on the sandwich part of his university course, two for friends who are married and both have their birthdays on the same day!, one for a daughter who’s 20th anniversary is on Sep 6, and one for friends who had their 46th anniversary on July 23rd. Needless to say – I forgot to take a number of photos here…!

I have to confess I have spent an incredible amount of time in front of the TV screen the past few weeks – Wimbledon!! I LOVE IT! However…. I couldn’t sit idly by whilst the players were working so hard…. so…

Having crocheted together so many blankets over the past five years, I have ended up with a great bag of part balls of yarn… Here they are all put together. I simply kept going round and round, joining in new colours until each square was 12 rounds. Then crocheted them all together and added a border to tie it all in – my Wimbledon blanket!

The team who went to Uganda had a fantastic time – and had asked me before they went for a teaching aid – a large banner. They wanted to use it to explain what happens when people live God’s way. So…

One 6foot by 4foot banner. A brown heart in the centre, then four character attributes of the heart – in black, held on individually by Velcro, then, as the teaching continues….

A white and gold attribute covers the black – the black is still there because we are not yet made perfect.

So, all these have indeed been ON my desk in the last little while – but they aren’t there now, I’m afraid. Hope you can cope, and I don’t get too many black marks from Julia our hostess with the mostest!

Take care everyone. I’m doing this on Tuesday afternoon, as in a few minutes Mr and Mrs D are due to move in for a couple of nights. The packers have been in their home for the past two days putting everything into boxes, cartons, etc. Tomorrow the lorry and storage container arrive. They will watch their entire life disappear into a van and not know when they will see it all again. Thursday they complete the sale on this house and move into their canal boat for… who knows how long. They haven’t bought, but are waiting to find a new home as they travel the waterways.

See you all after my holiday. I’ll do my best to get around folk in the next three days.

God bless.


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    I am sorry to be so late, but am out of town Andy busy with grands! Lovely afgan. I am one that loves all the mixed colors! I am envious of your organized craft room! Thanks for your earlier visit. #30
    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:24:52

    Ali Wade
    Happy Very Belated WOYWW. Your room is looking great – and I hope you are enjoying your holiday. I plan to get round my craft room with the hoover this week – I think are some parts under tables that have not been hoovered since I moved in there – 4 years ago! Ali x #20
    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 15:10:23

    A terrifyingly tidy workspace, Margaret!! I’ve no doubt when you are back home again and things get back to normal, it will become comfortably messy again! I love the banner – what a clever idea and a marvellously graphic way to describe the “before and after” heart! The card and the crochet blanket are gorgeous too. Thank you for your visit – even a non-cat person can see the attraction when they see our adorable new kittens haha! Have a great holiday. Happy belated WOYWW, Shoshi #19
    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:53:58

    Oh my, what a lovely tidy workspace, Margaret, and you always get so much accomplished each week! Enjoy your holiday and thank you for visiting my desk yesterday 🙂 Happy WOYWW! Claire, no. 7
    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:01:15

    Hi Margaret, I think we get to a stage where a good sort out not only helps to make you more organised but gives the brain a rest. However I love the card you’ve made too. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x15x
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:18:17

    Wow – you’ve been busy! – and well done with all the tidying and organisation. Thanks for visiting earlier. Bernice #25
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:09:05

    Wow, you have been busy! Your desk, card, blanket, and banner all look great! Have a wonderful time in Derbyshire. Suzanne #28
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:28:43

    Hi Margaret, That’s a lovely card. You have been busy. Hope you have a lovely time in Derbyshire. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #10
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:20:07

    Very impressed with all the crochet – good to have something to do while watching TV. And I’m sooooo impressed with all the sorting, labelling etc … something I’ve been trying to get to the end of … but still haven’t succeeded, but there always seem to be soooo many interruptions that it never fully gets done. Enjoy your time away. Thanks so much for your kind words left on my WOYWW post – bless you. Thanks for sharing – Hazel, #26 x
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:09:59

    Oh well done for all that tidying! It’s looking great – I do love it when things are organised. My pet hate is wasting time searching for stuff. I love that blanket, you’ve done such a good job, your granny squares are so neat and tidy, mine tend to go splayed for some reason, that’s why I stick with stripes. No logic at all, it just is! Give my love to Mrs D – we launched ourselves into the unknown too and it worked out brilliantly. Hugs LLJ 8 xxx
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:19:56

    Margaret, LOVE, love your tidy craft area! Everything in it’s place!!! LOL Upon closer look at your stash, I noticed that I have the same paper pad you have in one of your drawers! So funny! You have SOOOOO many things to comment on your page today! First off, I LOVE that crochet! I have never learned how to do that. My grandmother was fabulous at it, but I never took the opportunity when she was alive to get her to teach me. So sad. What a fabulous idea you had to make this one! I love it! And….that banner….how lovely! I think you were spot on for teaching them about God’s love and His way! Fabulous! Have a great holiday! Blessings
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:17:17

    Hi Margaret, have a lovely break next week! Such a beautiful part of the country. Laughed at all your Birthdays & Anniversaries. Same thing here, in fact, the week of our birthday we have TWO every day, and three on one! Whole pride of Leos in this family! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #16 XxX
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:59:43

    Super banner what a great idea and love the Golden Wedding card too. Nothing like a good tidy is there? Thanks for the visit BJ#6
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:46:57

    Good grief you deserve a holiday..your craft area looks magnificent, frankly! And you’ve made more cards for August occasions than I have n the last three months I think! I rarely do much in front of the tv these days, I certainly couldn’t crochet and keep up with a tennis match….I have to look at each hook entry point! Love to Mr and Mrs D…I hope they are thinking along the lines of adventure rather than panic, am quite sure that when it’s time, their new home will reveal itself. Have a marvellous time in beautiful Derbyshire. Xxx
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:13:43

    Hello Margaret. You put me to shame with your tidy desk and all that you have achieved.Have a wonderful time in Derbyshire – not too far away from me. Anne x #13
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:07:10

    Sarah Brennan
    I am in awe of your productivity. I must admit that I could do far more than I do in my shed, but often procrastinate and as long as I have something to blog I don’t push myself. Have a good holiday. Sarah #12
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:34:51

    Well Margaret, once again you put me to shame. How do you manage to watch tv and produce so much? You are such a busy bee and complete so many good works. What an honour to be asked to make the banner for Uganda. What a wonderful job you made of it too. Such thought went into the production. Well done. Do enjoy your holiday, sorry we couldn’t meet up but hey ho, there will be a next time, and I will see you soon. Exciting or what? Derbyshire does not know what a lovely lady it has coming to stay – Enjoy! Love and Blessings Neet 5 xx
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:47:34

    Nikki C
    What a tidy space you have and great way to use up all your scraps for your blanket it looks wonderful hugs Nikki 1
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:46:14

    My, you are good at tidying and sorting! Love the organised look! Hope Mr and Mrs D find soon, a friend of mine has also just sold and not yet found (late collapse of chain) so has done the same… she has at least offered on somewhere though now. Your blanket looks amazing. Helen #2
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:44:46

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