Hello my friends – it seems the weeks go by too fast for me to keep up! I’ve missed a few weeks yet again – however… here I am, like the proverbial bad penny! I do trust you are well, and not stressed out because Christmas is approaching.

So, my desk… It has been very varied – from extremely overcrowded to completely empty! This was last week when a friend came round – new to crafting she asked for some help and reminders – arrived with her entire stash… and lots of time to have fun together!


And now it is different again…

A few left over cards and scraps of fabric; some card fronts given to me by a friend who thought I might make use of them, a couple of Christmas baubles – and my Advent tree. This comes out each year and is normally in the lounge. This year, though, life is about to change for me, and I have brought it upstairs onto my workdesk so I can enjoy it here. The rest of the house is decorated, trees in the lounge and dining room, decorations in the hall, cards written and presents wrapped (is it any wonder I have been missing recently?) – and a spare bedroom changed beyond recognition and awaiting friends who, whilst their static caravan site is closed for the winter, are coming to stay. A delightful American couple  in their 70s and 80s, their caravan is their permanent home. Normally they travel to family in America when the site is closed – but this year they can’t go. Hubby is undergoing cancer treatment. It just “felt the right thing” to offer them a home… So life for each of us will be different – but, as I believe it is what God has asked me to do at this time – I’m sure that we will all be blessed.

But – the Advent tree… On it are 24 pyramids all worked in pergamano. I love them, and so enjoyed making it (Yes, it took a while – 5 years to be precise – but to be fair, I did make other things at the same time!!!) So here are a few pictures of some of the pyramids. They stand about three inches tall (around 7.5cms). Worked using a variety of techniques including painting, pencil work, pricking, and embossing with a ball tool, to name just a few. Enjoy!

So that’s me at the moment, folks – attempting to be ready for friends (nearly there); attempting to be ready for Christmas (almost done); attempting to stay healthy so I don’t pass on any infection to my friend ill with cancer (failing dismally); unsure whether I will have the opportunity to post each week; not at all sure when I will get round to each of you this week – but I will, even if it takes four or five days! I do visit you all, I’m only sorry there are a couple I can’t leave a comment 0- be assured I love to come peek!

Take care my friends. God bless you as you prepare for Christmas – the time when we celebrate Jesus coming into this world which is so torn apart, determined to go its own way and not “hear the angels sing”.


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22 Replies to “WOYWW496”

  1. What a very lovely thing to do, to open your home at this time of year – it does seem appropriate. Love your desk, in all its forms, and the advent tree is gorgeous. If we don’t see you again before (stay healthy!!) have a lovely lovely Christmas Helen #3

  2. Morning Margaret. I love seeing your parchment Advent tree hangings each year. They were well worth the time and effort you have put in. You are far more ready for Christmas than I am. What a lovely festive thing to do, to offer winter home to your friends. Hope you are feeling better soon. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  3. Morning Margret your Tree is surely stunning, what a joy it must be to see those completed pyramids and admire all your hard work. A beautiful gesture to have friends stay for Christmas, there is nothing like having those good around you in time of need.
    Shows the true meaning of the Season.
    Wishing a blessed week to you and yours & Happy WOYWW.
    Tracey #8

  4. What a wonderful thing to do, offering support and comfort to your friends…I’m sure Christmas will be wonderful for you all. Your workdesk is looking really lovely this morning, my beautiful card arrived yesterday, thank you!
    Hugs LLJ 12 xxx

  5. Your advent tree is delightful – what beautiful little pyramids, they are definitely worth all the time and work that went in to them. What a lovely thing to do to open up your home to your friends over Christmas – that is the true spirit of the season – my dear mum used to invite neighbours and friends in on Christmas Day if they were on their own, and it’s something I’ve continued to try and do – it’s made for some very unusual and fun Christmasses!
    Hugs, Diana xx #20

  6. Margaret, your kind words about your friends brought tears to my eyes. I can imagine how they felt and you will be soooo blessed to obey God. I too know that when we obey, the Blessings we receive are mighty.
    Love that Tree.
    God Bless you and keep you healthy.
    Christine #23

  7. Margaret, I can’t stop ooogling over your advent tree. I want it! It’s so beautiful. I love the idea and want to make one now. I wish you lived close so you could show me how to make one. Love it!!! I am glad to her you had some play time at your craft table. I am trying to remain calm. This is a special time of year but it can get rather hectic. I do have all my decor up on the outside and inside of the house. I am now focusing on my craft room. I hope you are well and have a blessed day!
    Belinda #24

  8. Hi Margaret, I’m sure you are going to have a wonderful Christmas- having your friends to stay at a difficult time for them is the real meaning of Christmas. Love the little pyramids, all so beautiful. Now I have to get around to the gift wrapping, so you’re ahead of me. Have a lovely week, Much love, Shaz XxX #7

  9. Hi Margaret, Loving the tree with the advent triangles on it.

    What a lovely thing to do for your friends. I’m sure you will all have a nice time whilst they are staying with you.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #9

  10. That is so you – to open your home for someone. I don’t think it would have mattered had they not been friends of yours – you are such a warm and generous person. God Bless you.
    Love the tree with the Pergamano pyramids on – having done some of that craft I know how difficult some patterns can be and you have done so much on them – absolutely beautiful – like you.
    Blessings, Neet xx
    ps thank you for my first Christmas card xx

  11. I love your pergamo trees – so clever! Thanks for your fab card – I really must get going on mine – even Ben is one step ahead of me this year – he was wet felting with Max today and created a fab piece to cut up for Christmas trees on his cards. Mmm I might steal his idea!! xx Jo

  12. What a blessing you are to open your home!!!
    Your Advent Tree is beautiful! The Pergamano pyramids are fabulous!
    Thanks for popping by and God bless you!
    Carol N #22

  13. HI Margaret, That advent tree is such a gorgeous labor of love. and speaking of love, you are such an amazing woman to be able to open your home to those people to share the holidays with. 🙂 I love that. ~ Stacy #28

  14. Seriously dear Margaret, knowing you is like having a personal Angel. I don’t doubt for one minute that your Christmas will be busy but deeply enriched by your giving-ness. I hope you stay well enough, if you’re feeling the effects of a cold now, slow down and rest up! Your advent tree is wonderful, my word the detail..you do take on a challenge don’t you! Hey, don’t you love having a friend around to play and hey, remember the days when you could fit your entire stash in a hold-all!much love to you, if you can pop in to WOYWW or not, we will be thinking of you. Xxx

  15. Hi Margaret, I may not have known you very long, but it does not surprise me in the slightest that you would open up your home to friends in need, at Christmas or at any other time me thinks! I absolutely adore your pergamano decorations, truly beautiful. I hope you had lots of fun crafting with your friend. Well done on being so organised for Christmas. I haven’t even made cards for my sister and her family in Canada yet – and they need to be posted soon! Thanks for stopping by earlier. I’m still not fully decided on an electric die cutting machine, but if I did get one I think it would be the Gemini… or the Cut n Boss – and definitely wait until its on offer! Lol! Have a lovely week Heather x

  16. oh Margaret, you sweet lady you to offer the couple to stay with you during the Winter – and you have so much on your plate. You truly have a great heart! I do love the advent-tree with those pyramids, what a labour of love that was to make! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday, big hug from Holland. Marit #21

  17. How lovely are you, Margaret. It’s so good of you to open your home to your friends for the winter. I’m sure they will be most appreciative. I do hope you all get along just fine – I’m sure you will. Your advent tree is simply gorgeous. Long gone are the days when I could have, as your friend has, popped all my stash in one bag! Have a great week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #25

  18. Hi Margaret I was only wondering this morning how that couple was going.
    Will be praying,
    Sorry am bone weary so haven’t been around earlier.
    I think I know who it is in first photo though must confess if I’m right her name slips my memory like lots of things Eg just where did I put my comb this morning, my radio last Tuesday and I could go on see to have a run of missing items and not found !! Lord bless sis, thanks for popping over, amAzing tree love it. Shaz.

  19. Hi Margaret! How nice to have a friend come over to play! And to open your home to friends for the winter, it’s always nicer to spend time in the dreary days of winter with company! Your tree is amazing, so beautiful, and such a lot of work! We now have our kitten, and as much as I tried to name her Cariad, hubby wouldn’t have it. Nope. Her name is now Mittsy, short for Mittens. Have a lovely rest of the week, and thanks for your visit! Lindart #26

  20. What a wonderful idea to have an advent tree in your craft room! It looks lovely with all those handmade decorations – each and every one of them very precious. Thanks so much for your visit, Margaret. Hope to see you again soon! zsuzsa #6

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