I wish you a very happy new year – welcome to 2019 – and, to…


… the 500th edition of the round the world blog group of art and craft addicts hosted by the delectable Julia of http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/   A wonderful group of people who bare their workdesks each Wednesday for the world to see. Congratulations, Julia – this must surely be one of the longest running blog groups on the web!!! So, in honour of the occasion – some photos of my desk and my recent work…

I’m still struggling with these changes which have recently happened here, so I have no idea how many titles this post will have!! – sorry

Some of my Christmas presents, not yet tried or put away, and also some sale items from a little retail therapy – “all Christmas items half price” – well, I mean, they just fall into your basket, don’t they???

A little further along the desk – specs case, hand cream, some techniques I watched on you tube and wrote down the instructions, 3 (yes – three!) diaries, the Caravan Club handbook listing all their large and small sites – thinking about going away in the caravan as soon as April appears, so am thinking ahead – the master list of rotas for church – ready for this week’s notice sheet, and a copy of the previous sheet, now out of date. Not a lot of action! But the desk did see action leading right up to Christmas…

A couple of birthday cards – now sent and received – one fairly simple, made by colouring a preformed tag shape with metallic pencils. The other more complex – lots of layers and pockets!

My house guests are currently staying with family in Cheshire over Christmas and the new Year, so I’m on my own now I am back from Nottingham. Time for the obligatory jigsaw!

Let’s just say it wasn’t easy, shall we? The pieces didn’t fit together very well and the sky nearly defeated me!

So that’s me here on the North Wales coast – having had a wonderful Christmas with my family. I wish you every blessing for 2019. As we walk into a new year I am reminded of part of the poem “Gate of the year” by Minnie Louise Haskins.

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” “

Take care. God bless.


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30 Replies to “WOYWW500”

  1. Good morning Margaret and a Happy and Peaceful New Year to you. Love that first card so good for a man. Good to stock up on Christmas goodies early as when we want them they are not in the shops I did likewise at the local Chinese. Here’s to Julia for keeping us all together, wonder what the record is. Have a good week. Ani

  2. Happy New Year Margaret! that does look a very tricky jigsaw (I hate skies in puzzles!) I made a card yesterday but forgot to photograph it before getting it ready to post…doh! Helen #’2

  3. Happy New Year Margaret. The traditional Christmas jigsaw does indeed look tricky. We haven’t broken open the one which my son got for Christmas yet, but it is a beautiful looking picture. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #12

  4. Happy New Year Margaret, what a lovely scene on your jigsaw but annoying to hear the pieces where not kind to you. Looks fabulous finished though, well done for being patient.
    Happy 500th WOYWW & blessing for a happy & healthy 2019 Tracey #9 xx

  5. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda lovely gal! Hope 2019 is healthy, happy and craft filled. Nice jigsaw, I did one too but it was a Terry Pratchett one so slightly different to yours. Still a challenge though!
    Hugs LLJ 7 xxx

  6. Ah dear Margaret, so nice to see your desk, as I know it now, am loving the new stash, quite drool worthy, and the cards are really lovely.
    Am glad you had a lovely time with dear family…
    And how you have patience to complete a jigsaw of that size, quite amazes me!
    Happy 2019, dear sis, seem to remember seeing the copy of “gate of the year” hanging in your house too.
    Hugs Shaz in Oz.x #10

  7. Hi Margaret. love all your projects. Especially the metallic one. Gorgeous. Gave up on diaries years ago, they never got filled in after the first week, lol. Happy New Year, Hugs, Shaz #5 X

  8. Happy New Year my friend…..isn’t it lovely to be able call you a friend thanks to Julia’s efforts over the years? I’ve been a little out of touch over the past few weeks [shall we call it life’s challenges?] but I’m back now and it’s good to be back amongst my friends.
    Annie x #11

  9. Hi Margaret! Glad you’re safely back from your travels. Love the cards – especially the interactive one with the tabs and pockets – more like a mini album that you could add some photos to! I can see why the puzzle sky almost defeated you – it looks rather challenging – well done for persevering! Sending you best wishes for the New Year! May it bring you joy, peace and happiness! zsuzsa #19

  10. Happy 500th WOYWW. A great busy desk. I now use digital planners rather than desk diaries, which definitely frees up my desk – and I can decorate with ‘stickers’ etc as much as I want. I have also signed up to an e-card service, so I can send cards to friends/family without relying on having a craft room. I am sure I will still make some ‘physical’ cards occasionally. I am enjoying getting back into scrapbooking – and not pressurising myself into doing it perfectly. I also hope my cold is gone soon – so much to do! Ali x #23

  11. Hi Margaret, Happy New Year and Happy 500th WOYWW. I love the tag with the metallic pencils, it’s gorgeous! Retail therapy is exactly the same for me, things just fall into my basket. Plus we are doing our bit for the country’s economy. Well done on finishing the jigsaw. I think I’m ready to admit defeat on mine! Have a lovely week Heather x #33

  12. Hello Margaret and
    Happy New Year and Happy 500th WOYWW – such an achievement on Julia’s part.
    Though the jigsaw was difficult I do like it. I have done very little since my family all went home- well apart from New Year’s Eve – a meal out and then games at my son’s home. it was a lovely evening. Anne x #18

  13. Well done for completing the jigsaw… we left my mum with a nearly finished one! Wishing you a Happy and Creative New Year. Thanks for Sharing. God Bless, Caro x (#20)

  14. ‘Gate of the Year’ – I must look that up, beautiful.
    I am so glad you have had a wonderful Christmas with your family and how lovely to have Adrian and Mrs D around as well. Friendship is so important in life and thanks to Julia we have made lots of friends, some of whom we may not meet in person but whom we feel we have known forever.
    Lovely gifts, shopping, cards you made and well done with the jigsaw – it looks a hard one.
    God Bless and all my love and best wishes for 2019.
    Neet xx 4.

  15. Happy New Year! I love the part of the poem you shared at the end of your post! Beautiful! Glad you had a good time at Christmas. Great projects and cool jigsaw but I can see why the sky is a tough one! Thanks for popping by and have a GREAT week!
    Carol N #24

  16. Ooh my lovely Margaret, a Happy and slightly slower New Year to you! Loads of love for health and happy days. I’m liking the new stash, do you know for the first time ever I got stash that I didn’t choose, and I LIKE IT!! Your desk looks poised…but 3 diaries? are you waiting to choose one? I operate from two and even that’s a mild disaster. Yikes you must be even more organised than you’ve led us to believe! Beautiful book/flap/wallet card, what a super idea.

  17. Happy 500 and Happy New Year!
    I’ve been on a bit of a craft slow recently.. but hoping to get back to it soon. Loved having a look around your desk 🙂

    Sumbunneh hugs,
    Erika #35

  18. HI Margaret, Happy New Year!! That’s a good idea, writing some notes on the YT demos you want to try, I should do that, I always get inspired and then forget what I’ve seen once I actually get to my desk :o) I love the effect you’ve got with the metallice coloured pencils. Annie C #37

  19. Hi Margaret, Happy New Year and #500! I love all your cards and projects! I inherited some of my Mom’s puzzles, as she can only do the large piece ones now; congrats on sticking to yours, that sky does look challenging, and there is nothing worse than poor fitting pieces!

    Have a great week, and thank you for visiting!
    -K #34

  20. Happy New Year! I agree that the 50% off holiday goodies just appear in our carts! I bought two Christmas paper pads that I really don’t need, but hey for $7.99 each pad, you gotta get them! Great cards and thanks for your earlier visit. Dorlene #31

  21. Hi Margaret, we can’t help buying a few crafty items when they are such a great price and you know they’ll be used…..sooner or later! Love the Steampunk style card. Looking forward to another year of friendly creativity. Happy New Year and big hugs, Angela x16x

  22. Hi Margaret, OOh I love what you did with the card with the sprockets the texture and pencils look super on it. and my eyes watered looking at the sky on your puzzle haha. 🙂 that’s cool that you did finish it. ~Stacy #27

  23. Hi Maragaret!
    Thank you for the lovely visit. Always nice to see you stop by. Ooo jigsaw puzzles. You and Lunch Lady must be on the same wave length. I love puzzles. Maybe that should be one of my ‘me time’ goals for 2019. I have some here somewhere in need of being put together. One is a solid hologram. just a solid background of prismcolors. May drive me nuts. Wanna come help?
    Pretty cards. I need to start thinking about my February round. I have the January ones ready to mail if I can ever get time to sit and address them. Creative Blessings! Kelly #38

  24. We had a lovely Christmas jig saw on the go this year too – I didn’t know my hubby was that keen but he probably found more bits than me! (We have only been married 45 years this year!) I am so late getting round desks and missed last week all together! Happy New Year – hope we see you at Crop Ten in June! xx Jo

  25. Lovely cards, Margaret, and that jigsaw looks very, very difficult! Well done completing it! Thank you for your visit and I’m glad you like my knitting. Our turkey is all gone now and I’m sure you’ll find the opportunity for yours soon! Sorry to be so long replying – again been pretty busy and very tired and got behind with my blog this week!

    Happy New Year and happy belated 500th WOYWW,
    Shoshi #27

  26. Hi Margaret!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed 2019 and yes I do hope to be at the crop in June!
    Love and hugs,

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