Hello my friends. I hope this finds you well and safe. Some countries and cities are needing to go back into Lockdown as I write, due to a surge in Covid-19 cases – whilst we here in Wales are slowly easing out of it. I can now drive more than 5 miles from my home… so, weather permitting, I hope to cross the border into England come Sunday, and finally see my family. It’s my eldest grand daughter’s 19th birthday, so it would be good to celebrate with her.

My desk this week has moved around the house, as usual! Firstly, here is the desk on my landing…

… hmmm. Particularly uninspiring! Right in the distance is a small pile of photos ready cut out to put onto card fronts. I had just finished a commission which came this week for more cards, so had done a tidy up. There are a few cards next to the pile of photos, they are for Christmas presents; an empty cutting mat; pile of scrap paper; the orange wallet hasn’t been opened all week; a card sits on top from Camilla – I like the design, so am keeping it handy to try something similar; then some papers; a cassette of Hoffnung – sent this week by a friend who tells me we had loaned it to her – apparently! The piece of paper by the keyboard are my directions to the venue where I aim to catch up with my family. And that’s it for that totally boring desk top!!

But… the lounge is a different matter. I LOVE Wimbledon – my life’s unfulfilled ambition is to go there – and this past ten days the BBC have been broadcasting old finals as there are no live ones this year. We didn’t have a TV for over 30 years of our married life – our girls wanted to play rather expensive musical instruments, so said they would sell the TV and video to buy them!! – so consequently, I never saw all those final matches – and now, my afternoons are being spent on the settee, feet up on a footstool, crocheting squares and watching old tennis matches. The pile of squares is growing!

The little sewed sample from the C&G course I showed you last week caused a huge amount of interest – thank you! I intended to make a further one and show you how it was done – sorry!!! Tennis got in the way – I’ll try again next week… But I have got a photo of a different sample – not such weird techniques on this one!

This was based on a photo I had taken of a stream. You could see items on top of the water, floating in the water, and lying on the bottom. So this piece was lots of layers to represent that – shells, rubbish, fishermen’s line, are all on top, then under that are some bits and pieces – some of which look jewel-like through the “water”. I seem to recall there were three layers of fabric, some of which I turned back to reveal the underneath, using the cathedral patchwork technique.

So there you have it folks – me this week. If you have found your way here by accident, then why not peek at a few more desks around the world – link in with our esteemed leader, who sometimes manages to keep us in control. https://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ will find us! We’re a friendly bunch. I shall leave you with a photo of the sunset in Llandudno. The land mass is the Great Orme a large headland at the Western end of the town. At this time of year the sun sets over the sea on the North Shore here…

Take care, everyone. God bless each one of you.


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24 Replies to “WOYWW579”

  1. Good timing that you are now able to travel further Margaret. Enjoy the meet up with family and your granddaughter’s birthday. I recall listening to the Connors McEnroe final on the radio as I was doing my D of E Silver expedition in the Peak District many years ago. Haven’t caught any of the reruns though. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #1

  2. Glad you are going to be able to have a family meet up at last. I think all the re-runs of some of the sporting events has been great, (although glad to have “live” football back!) and good that you are getting to enjoy the tennis whilst working on your squares – what a pile! That sunset is just staggeringly beautiful! Happy WOYWW Helen #2

  3. S’mae, I love your pic of the sunset over N shore, very atmospheric.
    That city and guilds piece is fab, it’s such a shame you can’t do some more of it, you missed your calling, you should have had a career making clothes for costume dramas.
    Enjoy meeting the family on Sunday, give them our love
    Chris #7

  4. That crafting space on your landing is wonderful!
    What a lovely pile of squares! The only time I actually managed to get to Wimbledon was 50 years ago! Mind you I have been to the Australian Open more recently – my memories include seeing Agassi…
    The stream embroidery is fabulous – and I would love instructions for last week’s!
    Happy crfating – and visiting!
    Susan #8

  5. Another lovely sample from the C&G course, really up my street with those added details stunning.. You reminded me of my Mom with those knitted squares, she has been doing exactly as you have whilst watching not only tennis.
    Enjoy your family reunion what a wonderful get together that will be..
    Stay safe & happy WoywW Tracey #12 xx

  6. Gosh how peaceful is that photo of the Great Orme ? What a wonderful sunset. Brilliant capture. As for your desk M, I thought you were moving out! Worried me for a minute! I’m so happy for your tennis addiction – and very glad that you’re benefitting from something that makes me shrug and pass it by as just another repeat! Hope you have a marvellous day on Sunday, you must really be very excited by the prospect….I think you will feel a bit naughty as you cross the border, it’s been so long since you were out and about!!

  7. Your embroidery is beautiful and I love the idea that inspired it – I really enjoy hearing how work came about, I think it gives added enjoyment to what you are seeing. Glad you are enjoying the tennis, it’s a great way to relax and it looks like you are getting on like a house on fire with those squares too!
    I hope you have a lovely visit with your family,
    Diana xx #14

  8. Will you have to take your passport with you as you crossover the border, lol?? Have a marvellous time Margaret, what a wonderful time you’ll have seeing your family again xxx. I haven’t caught any of the old matches but am glad that you’re enjoying them so much, I wonder how the players of old would fare in today’s game? Love your embroidered piece of the river bed, so interesting to see and hear of the different techniques.
    Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

  9. Morning Margaret
    That’s such good news that you will be able to celebrate with your granddaughter in person, what a treat for you both and fantastic that you can see everyone again.
    Your post is so interesting, I love that sample based on the river, it really spoke to me. It’s very clever.
    Have a wonderful week and travel safely
    Hugs Lisax #17

  10. How lovely that you will get to see family soon. 30 years without a TV – my lots would have cried ( including hubby!!) Your work is beautiful. The photograph is just stunning. Enjoy your freedom . Soojay #19

  11. Ooh, I’m honoured that you want to copy one of my cards. When we lived in London I was offered free tickets to Wimbledon, in a private box no less! Me being me said, “Oh, no. I can’t think of anything more boring!” I don’t think my mother-in-law ever forgave me for that as she would have gone instead. Enjoy your meet-up with your family. xx

  12. I can see you’ve kept yourself busy even watching the TV. The crochet squares are coming along nicely but the stitched sample is my favourite, it’s a stunner. I studied creative needle work as part of my teaching course and it encourages you to see things in different ways. As fabrics are a compliant material to work with there is so much that can be done with them. This piece is beautiful and very imaginative, love it. Have a lovely and productive WOYWW, Angela x15x

  13. Hi Margaret, that is a lovely photo of the sunset, how beautiful it is. Your embroidery piece is stunning, and loved the description of how it was made. Not a sports watcher of any sort I’m afraid, in fact for the past three weeks Doug has spent most of his time at Worcester Royal with his 13 year old nephew, as he’s the only one of the family in that hospital, and my tv hasn’t been turned on once! I’d much rather have a good book, or watch some craft videos. Stay safe, have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 X

  14. How wonderful! To meet up with family again! Something glorious to look forward to most definitely.
    I attended the grandboys birthdays and had wonderful days with them, out in the garden of course. Didn’t stop me giving them a hug and smothering them in (unwanted) kisses.
    Great excuse for crocheting, pile grows without you noticing!
    Take care and have a good week
    Christine #26

  15. Lovely crocheted squares, they build up quickly don’t they. Another lovely embroidery piece, I tied to find a tutorial or explanation on Google, but couldn’t find anything. Angela #25

  16. Good luck with your family meet up Margaret – it’s been a long time coming hasn’t it! I love your photo of the Orme – happy days. I have also watched the tennis – I guess I was working first time round and too busy to sit watching tennis so this time round it has been very nice. It makes me chuckle to see Borg etc and realise how slow and “small” they were compared to the “giants” of today. xx Jo

  17. Happy WOYWW. I too love Wimbledon. Never been to the tennis (although been to Wimbledon Village many times – a lovely area of London) and don’t think I would cope with sitting on a hard seat for several hours now (especially if it got hot). I used to do lots of crafting in front of the tv – but both of my suitable projects (one embroidery and one needle felting) need some concentration, and I can’t watch tv and concentrate on anything else! I might take some of my new pens to test downstairs, and just do some colouring pages. That should be ok. I booked our car in for its final service (it was 3 years old in May and we had a 3 year service plan with it) up in Solihull for 5th August, and will visit my Mum too in Oxfordshire. We also need to take it to Carmarthen soon to have a job finished that they started at the beginning of March. It feels a bit scary to travel anywhere. Ali x #29

  18. Such a fantastic photo – a place I long to visit but I know it will be a long time before I am allowed to venture into Wales. Just glad we did not buy a caravan there again. Just imagine not being able to check it is ok!
    Wimbledon and crochet sounds perfect for your afternoons.
    No need to tell you to enjoy your family visit – but do enjoy yourself as I am sure you will.
    Love the sampler, perfect visions of stones at the bottom of the water, beautiful colours, something to lose your thoughts in as you gaze at it. Well done!
    hugs, Neet 11 xx

  19. Hi Margaret, I’ll give you a wave as I cross the bridge tomorrow, I can’t wait and I only have an empty house waiting for me. What a beautiful sunset and what a lovely pile of squares you’ve built up! It will certainly tell a funny story when it’s finished. Have a wonderful week, Lisa-Jane #16

  20. How lovely that you can actually get together with the family again this weekend, after such a long time! We were supposed to get together on my birthday in May but of course it didn’t happen, but we are going over to Dorset tomorrow instead. I’ve pretty much done all the prep for the meal which we are taking – it’s been a busy day in the kitchen.

    I love seeing your embroidered samples! They are so different, so imaginative and so inspiring. I must remember to tell our Bristol friend about it because she did it, and is now working on what she calls her “diplomall” (lol – Bristol accent!). She’s done some fabulous things too.

    Stunning sunset picture! I am glad you are enjoying your tennis, despite the lack of live Wimbledon this year. Mum and Dad loved it every year and Mum would have been very fed up to have missed it this year.

    Thank you for visiting – yes, my hubby has made a lovely job of the garden this year (thank you lockdown – it’s been great having him around all the time!).

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #9

  21. Still really enjoying your C&G work. An old friend’s mother had beautiful creations on her walls not dissimilar always admired them. Tennis and squares what a great combo. BJ#24

  22. Hi Margaret! Fun to see your hobby room and your creations. Wish I could crochet too. Have thought to teach me … 🙂
    You have managed to create very nicely since last time.
    Thank you for visiting my site earlier. That it was so many weeks since I was online … thought it was yesterday …
    Have a great summer day!

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