Hello my friends. I do trust this finds you well, and not hitting the overload button getting ready for Christmas. As so many of you guessed last week, yes, once I had finished making those wee boxes with Camilla and Denise (they will be given out this Thursday at step inside)… I moved on to the next thing on my to-do list. Not many dull moments here on the North Wales coast! So, this was my desk when I started on Tuesday morning.

Not a lot of natural light – but here are some large, 8inch tall, boxes I’m putting together for my family to carry their Christmas present. There is the usual clutter on the desk, the die set, a box awaiting folding, low tack and Double sided tapes, scissors, tweezers, glue – still upside down – and a couple of completed boxes. By 4 pm Tuesday afternoon the desk looked like this!

Still no natural light – it has been fairly dark most of the day, although there was a big golden ball appeared in the sky for a few minutes round lunchtime. Yes there is a difference in the photos – I’m now on box 5. They are all different colours, with a different set of embellishments.

This is really a quite fantastic die set – tonic – and around 29 dies in the set. It cost an absolute fortune, but I decided it was worth splashing out as I will use it a lot.

A great investment, I think. Of course, I don’t actually spend all my days up on my landing! (Oh, I wish I could) I do come downstairs occasionally and visit the lounge where I am trying to stash bust my yarn collection. Failing again – although with this blanket I haven’t bought extra yarn – but it was close!!!

So that’s it from me, folks. I wish you the very best of Christmases. May you know the gift of the season – God, coming to earth as a baby, born in a country ruled over by harsh leaders, to an unmarried mother, in poverty. Emmanuel – God with us. How good and precious that He understands!

God bless you all. Take care.


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26 Replies to “WOYWW550”

  1. I love your boxes, Margaret, and that looks an amazing die set. Definitely worth the investment if you are going to use it a lot. Imagine cutting that lot by hand – for quantities, the die will be essential. Thank you for your visit and I’m sorry to be so long replying but as you can imagine it was a busy week! I managed to get the Tudor gown finished in the nick of time and we had a wonderful day on Saturday. A long and exhausting day and I’ve been spending the time since resting and recovering, and there’s now a lot of catching up to do. Hopefully I’ll get a post up for tomorrow and there will be more news then.

    Happy WOYWW and belated WOYWW for last week!
    Shoshi #18 (last week) God bless x

  2. the boxes look lovely- what a huge die! and love the colors of your crochet! Happy Seaonal wishes my desker friend! Robyn 4

  3. I do love those boxes, they look amazing, and the dies look a very good investment Your latest blanket also looks so good. Wishing you the happiest of run up to Christmases before the big day! Helen #7 xx

  4. What beautiful gift boxes Margaret, the dies certainly look like they will get plenty of use. Wishing you the joy of the season and hopefully a relaxing time with family and friends. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #6

  5. A fabulous investment that i’m sure you will use time and time again Margaret not only for boxes judging by the dies included. Your blanket looks so cosy.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Happy WoywW hugs Tracey #5

  6. Hello Margaret . That die is fab. Your desk looks so tidy!
    Wishing you the happiest Christmas.God Bless. Anne X 9

  7. Oh you’re so patient! The boxes look amazing, what a fabulous way to present a gift. Love how you’ve extended the due to make em bigger…is it a cut and glue job or a real extend the cut scenario. Please tell me it’s cut and glue…I can’t bear too much cleverness! I love that you got a whole coverlet from your ‘scraps’. I don’t have yarn scraps anymore, but could probably paper a medium sized room with offcut papers!! Meanwhile as lovely as that blanket is, my eye was drawn to that beautiful cushion! Am sure tomorrow will be a triumph, but hard work, so get an early night tonight girlfriend. Much love to you and your beautiful family.xx

  8. Hi Margaret, love the boxes, what a fabulous die that is.’m sure the Step in will be a great success.Great job on using up all that yarn, I’m laughing about Julias comment about papering a small room, pretty sure I could too. Sending you much love, and may your Christmas be wonderful. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #2 X

  9. I guess the die has more than paid for itself already with those boxes you have made for the family. What a die it is! Never seen one so huge.
    I think you have earned the title of The Queen of Boxes as you have made so many. I am sure Step Inside will be pleased with your efforts (Camilla not forgotten) an the whole event will go so well.
    Guess we won’t see you on here next week as you will be busy with family, have a lovely time.
    May I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year. May the Lord be with you each step of the way. Come back safely to us.
    Hugs, Neet 11

  10. Your boxes look fantastic Margaret – and I agree, it’s worth investing in those dies if you use them all the time! I have some dies that I’ve only used once – or never – and even if they were cheap, they were a waste of money. Having said that – you never know what you need further down the road! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas! xx zsuzsa #19

  11. That box is going to be wonderful! What a huge die that must be! Now you have sparked my curiosity and I want to check those out! Happy WOYWW!
    Glenda #18

  12. Oh I wish I’d known you were there….Doddy did ask but I thought you were away …sorry. I actually had earache and vertigo so ended up staying in the van while we’re there because the wind was so cold. I really love your boxes…such a lovely way of making gifts special. Hoping Christmas is special for you.
    Annie x

  13. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family Margaret and would like to wish you a very happy and healthy 2020! I love that die and if you use it all the time, then the expense is justified. The boxes are fab and perfect for gifts and that yarn scraps blanket is lovely, – it may be made from odds and ends but still looks coordinated!
    Hugs LLJ 3 xxx

  14. Wow, your boxes are stunning – I love the die and can totally see how you will get more than your moneys worth out of it. The blanket is beautiful and I also love the cushion behind it.
    I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas,
    Hugs, Diana x #23

  15. Your boxes are amazing! I may have to look for that die set!
    Gorgeous blanket.
    I hope you have a fabulous and blessed Christmas!
    Carol N #22

  16. HI Margaret, ooh the boxes look beautiful I love that they have so many components for you to mix and match too. Have a blessed Christmas with your family! ~Stacy #26

  17. Fabulous boxes Margaret. Some of those tonic dies are expensive, but as you say they contain a lot of dies. I am still thinking about the legacy keepsake set. Happy WOYWW and have a great Christmas Angela #21

  18. Loving those gift boxes – that die certainly was a good investment. Love the blanket too. Happy WOYWW. Hope you have a lovely Christmas. Caro x (#15)

  19. Thank you for your visit, Margaret – yes, it’s been quite a week! If you want to hop back to my blog, I have just updated the photos of the Tudor gown with better ones that a friend took this afternoon, complete with the jewellery I wore.

    God bless,
    Shoshi x #17

  20. Hi Margaret,
    A belated thank you for your lovely comments. The boxes look fab – beautifully put together. I really love the blanket too – stash-busting is a very serendipitous pursuit.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Amelia (16)

  21. Hi Margaret, Sorry I am late visiting. As most have said, those boxes are lovely and a wonderful way of presenting your family gifts. I would not have the patience for that, at the moment. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family at Christmas. Love Heather #31

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