Hello my friends – long time, no see! I have been dashing around Britain again, seeing both my daughters , sons in law, grandchildren, and on to Chris and hubby (Mrs D). I had a great time and apparently managed to work some magic in Mrs D’s craft room to help her. So now I’m back home until the school productions begin and I go away again to see the youngsters acting and playing instruments.

But first, my workdesk this week…


This is the chaos resulting from simply attempting to make one card – a style I had seen before, but never attempted. It’s sitting on the green cutting mat, but I can’t show it properly as it hasn’t been received yet. On the desk are paper pads, all from the drawer which is pulled out onto the floor; the waste bin is overflowing as there were so many bits and pieces to cut and shape; there’s a box of peel offs not yet put away after a bit of a card fest to finish all the main Christmas Cards; glue, DST, ink duster, ink pad, baby wipes, mini glue dots, some tiddly bits of cardboard backed fabric. In the distance is an A4sheet of watercolour paper on which I had a bit of fun mark-making. Yet again the cutting blade is left uncovered.

I’ve spent some time since returning home, attempting to finish some unfinished symphonies! Remember the green pyramid from a few weeks ago?


Well… here it is (sorry about the lighting!). Decorated and ready to act as our family table centre at Christmas, because…

…it opens up and the square in the middle can be filled with little sweets or gifts. I’m pleased with it now it is finished – but, oh my word, what a palaver to make – I don’t think I have a real affinity with glue!


I’ve managed to finish all the Christmas cards – this was one of the last ones I made.


And I finished a blanket for Uganda – took it with me when I went away, and was so enthusiastic with the squares I ran out of yarn before I ran out of time away! Oh dear… that meant a visit with Mrs D to the Crafters companion store near Chesterfield! What a problem to have!

So that’s me folks. I’ll be missing next week – will be watching Mary Poppins at my grandchildren’s school!
Take care. God bless.


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23 Replies to “WOYWW493”

  1. Morning Margaret, love the finished Christmas tree ready to be filled with sweets. It was worth all the palaver. So sorry to hear that you were forced to go craft shopping lol. Hapy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  2. Glad to hear that your absence from WOYWW means you are enjoying family and friends.
    Love your new centrepiece – that is wonderful – I take it it is fabric?
    Have a lovely time until we meet again.
    Blessings, Neet 11 xx

  3. Happy WOYWW. As usual, you have been very productive and creative, despite being away travelling! Can I have some of your energy? I do not do well with sticking fiddly projects, so avoid it. I do admire people who can finish a complicated creation without getting angry with themselves and throwing it in the bin! Ali x #12

  4. Oh my Margaret, the very words *I’ve finished all my Christmas Cards* makes me stop in my tracks!!! Well done, you certainly have been a busy bee, lots of unfinished now finished and plenty of time to find time for family and friends. I really need to know what your secret is.
    Your fabric tree will be worth all that wrestling with glue when you see the faces of the family light up when they see the treats inside it at Christmas.
    Thank you for the kind well wishes for Hubby.
    Enjoy Mary Poppins next week.
    Happy WOYWW Tracey #10

  5. It’s been so long since I visited, you have a whole new blog! That tree centre piece is just beautiful. Enjoy the school productions. Something I miss at this time of year now the children are adults.

    Fiona #18

  6. I’m sorry to say it’s a copied and pasted comment today to let you know I’ve visited you and read your blog. My ipad isn’t playing nicely and wont let me comment on many of the blogs and I am unable to sit for long sessions at the lap top with my painful hip.
    Love the tree and would love to make one.
    Annie x #15

  7. You have been one busy lady ! Lots of great fun projects. Love the unique little tree. I bet it was a time gluing ! Wish my grand kids were closer, I miss all the school activities, but the DIL’s are great about photos. I just miss my time with all 6 of them scattered here and there. Have fun with the children and enjoy a great week.

  8. I’m so glad you had a good time on your travels! The blanket you finished is great, I always think that hotch potch blankets are fun to do as you don’t care about colour co-ordination and it all still works! Love that Christmas tree table decoration, it looks complicated to make but so effective.
    Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

  9. There’s so much to see (and admire!) on your blog today… that christmas tree/pyramide/box is fabulous! I too would have problems making it… I’m not that good with gluing tiny bits either 😉 The blanket is lovely, I am crocheting a big blanket right now – it’s such a lovely thing to sit with my beloved in the living room, watch a movie (or Scandinavian crime series – we’re all hooked on those!) and crochet. Happy woyww, enjoy your day. Big hug from Holland. Marit #20

  10. Hi Margaret, my you do cram so much into every day! Love that tree, what a fab idea, and it looks gorgeous. Glad you had a great break, and poor you having to visit a craft shop, lol. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #9 X

  11. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments this morning. I started my parching with purely traditional methods years ago, but I find the Groovi system allows me far more freedom to create my own designs. I do even create my own non-Groovi designs by freehand embossing and drawing on the parchment. Groovi also allows me to create perfect circles and ovals, something that would have been impossible for me before that. It has revitalised a dying art which has to be good. I wish my desk/table was as tidy as yours. I suspect I need to get rid of a lot of things to be able to achieve that beautiful state of affairs. Have a good week, Maggie xxx #8

  12. Margaret … well as usual you’re doing lots but you manage to still look organised and neat in doing it despite your protest of it being messy. 😉
    Love the tree.. its stunning and will be a delight on day.. and perhaps used in lead up as well!
    Great Uganda blankie too.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  13. Hi Margaret, I can see that you’ve had a bit of a tidy up since last week – there’s less out on the floor. What a busy week you’ve had too. I think, after all that travelling, that C cards would be the last thing on my mind. Joking aside it your week of visits sounds fun. Love the tree centrepiece – more a masterpiece – it’s fab and will be a hit with the children. Thanks for your comment earlier. The next UFO is a bag with many pockets – very complicated and looking more like a jigsaw puzzle than anything else right now. Enjoy the week ahead. Hugs, Elizabeth x #23

  14. Hi Margaret! The tree is awesome! Is it covered in fabric? What a fantastic idea – I will have to look for it on You Tube! The quilt is beautiful and I’m sure will be a welcome gift in Uganda! Have a great week, Lindart #29

  15. Hi Margaret, The tree is fab, as is the card.

    Your blanket is lovely.

    Enjoy the play next week.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #19

  16. Hi Margaret, you really are a one woman whirlwind! I’m glad you enjoyed your quality family time. The finished tree looks great, everyone will enjoy the hidden treats. My mother used to make similar blankets, I loved all the colours. Poor you having to force yourself to visit the craft shop, I hope you bought lots of goodies besides the yarn. Love the Christmas card, I’ve not made any big inroads into mine- too busy playing with the new sewing machine, and now Gelli plate. Thanks for stopping by earlier and have a lovely week Heather x #13

  17. How fab to be able to spend time with family!! I love the tree centerpiece! Very cool and will definitely be a hit! The blanked it pretty cool! So bright and cheery! Very pretty Christmas card. I’m still making them and have a class to teach coming up the end of the month! Thanks for popping by and Blessings!
    Carol N #22

  18. My word what a productive time you’ve been having, Margaret! I love your tree explosion box which I am sure will elicit a lot of “wows” on the day! Your blue poinsettia card is beautiful. Your grandchildren must be so thrilled that you turn up to their various events and all your trekking around must be so rewarding. It’s just such a shame that John isn’t with you to share in it all and I can only imagine how much you must miss him at such times… Thank you for your visit, and your good wishes re my health – everything is more or less OK and I can live with the hernia – if my surgeon will let me lol! I’m very delighted to have got the sourdough “licked” as well – if that’s the right word haha! I found another YouTube video yesterday with advice for better dough handling so my next effort may be even better – we shall see. So worth all the learning curve because the bread is so delicious.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #14

  19. I agree with Helen. For someone who has been traveling, there sure was lots to see. I LOVE the blues in that Christmas card. Would never have thought of that. So elegant. Darn.. a trip to Crafter’s Companioin. Now there’s a problem to have. LOL Glad you’re home safe and sound, my friend. Creative Blessings! Kelly #27

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