Hello my friends. I do trust this finds you well and coping! I have a twofer for you all today…


…Taken around lunchtime Tuesday, this was the second version of my desk. Earlier it had been chaos. Papers, card blanks, scraps of card cut on the guillotine. Testament to a card fest of epic proportions. Then a rapid tidy before starting in on this. Remember those tessellating boxes from some weeks back? Well, I have pondered how to use them, thought up a few ideas – and come up with something. More later! So, now on the desk are two sets of 6 boxes, a 12 x 12 paper pad, 2 pairs of specs, the base of a daylight lamp, glue, DST, blade, etc.

So, desk number 2?


The floor! Evidence of that card fest… Boxes of different coloured card used as backgrounds and simply not put away yet in the haste to start on those boxes before I chickened out. Paper poo from die cutting all around the almost full waste bin – good thing the recycling is collected Friday. So what exactly have I been up to this past week?


Made a load more Christmas cards. I ummed and aahed over those new dies from last week, and in the end decided they were just so gorgeous and said exactly what I wanted to say, that I would keep them really simple. The dies are big – 6 inches across, so these are 7 inch cards. The Gemini has been working overtime.


Isn’t this just the cutest nativity scene? Decoupage isn’t my favourite technique (understatement!), but I saw this pack of 10 and thought… Just right for families.

So, those boxes…


They make a lovely hexagon shape when placed together. Stuck onto a base card piece, I spent ages making the shape for the top decoration – a nativity picture. Cut out a hexagon to match the size, then I cut the hexagon into six triangles (keeping the picture the right way up all the time!), and am sticking them onto the tops of each box. A large brad will ensure the lids can be opened when I have made and attached a short tassel to each one. Into each box I shall place a little gift for my family and a clue to a Christmas treat. The treats will be wrapped separately, and added to the large box I am making up for each family – yes, I am anticipating a virtual Christmas. I do hope that description makes sense!

So, what else have I been up to? I like to spend the evenings down in the lounge – and, of course, therefore have to have a jigsaw on the go! Here’s the latest…


And finally…. Thought it was about time I added a Welsh picture. I’m not allowed to go anywhere at the moment as Wales is in total lockdown – so here’s a picture taken some years ago. Get your tongue round this… Just remember that “ch” isn’t pronounced as it would be in the word “church”, but has its very own Welsh way, as does “ll” – umbrellas are passed around when at Welsh class, as this is a non-covid sensitive pronunciation involving a certain amount of huffing and puffing… and yes, it is just one word!


… Although I wouldn’t try pronouncing it as in the photo!

Thanks so much for all the visits and lovely comments last week. I do so appreciate them.

Take care everyone. God bless you.


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30 Replies to “WOYWW595”

  1. Good morning lovely. so much to discuss…. the cards from those dies look amazing, well done! absolutely love the boxes, they do look good. I had a post card of that sign once upon a time; no idea where it came from as we never visited when i was young – couldn’t say it then, can’t say it now! Have a great week. happy WOYWW Helen #1

  2. Morning Margaret. Great idea for the boxes and the cards are beautiful too. I am not surprised that the abreviation Llanfair PG is often used lol. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  3. Love those boxes, perhaps an idea for 25 of them (smaller) for an Advent calander. Many years ago my mother who was welsh taught me how to say Llanfair…………… but have forgotten now it is so much easier to say LlanfairPG. Ani #

  4. Dear Margaret, no won’t try pronouncing it, remembering we went to a long named one, (perhaps longest?) on one of our trips around, I remember I bought a few things including a pen (of course!) there.
    Well, looks like you’re well on the way too with your cards, I’m going to start my Christmas letter and mailing out furtherest overseas cards this week, God willing. Hope nay pray you see in the flesh some family for Christmas.. walk by faith not by sight.
    Happy WOYWW.
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x #5

    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

  5. Wow you have been busy and your virtual Christmas sounds brilliant, and the covered boxes very exciting! I’ve been to…umm llanfair-a go go! Camping in Wales was always wet but fun!
    Happy WOYWW

  6. Love the hexie card! Very cool and your plan sounds a fun one for sure. Bet the fam will love it.

    How helpful they add the pronunciation to the sign! Maybe Leicester Square could do the same to save all the American tourists who used to ask me “Where is Lye-cess-ter Square?” when we lived in the Barbican!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (7)

  7. So Christmassy! Love those triangle boxes and the silhouette cards! Is that the fabled longest word in the world? How do they announce that station on the train I wonder? Have fun this week, Margaret! zsuzsa #9

  8. What beautiful dies!! love the first one especially. I have yet to get my Christmas boxes out, but I will . . soon.
    Peter used to love saying the name of that station, used to tell a great story to go with it . . . well, he would!!
    Things are gradually being sorted round here, they have to be although I could do without all the covid stuff! Seems to drag everything out and I am a ‘get on and get over’ sort of person so it just doesn’t suit me!!
    Have a good ‘boxing’ week
    Christine #17

  9. Those triangle boxes fitting into the hexagon is sooooooo pleasing! What a great idea, it works so well and the family will love it. I think (hope) that the governments will bend over backwards to ensure that families are able to meet up at Christmas, there’ll be ructions otherwise. Love the cards, the dies are simple but very beautiful. You’re even faster at jigsaws than I am , lol!, it’ll soon be time to get my panoramic Christmas jigsaw out, we do it every year. And the LlanfairPG made me laugh!!
    HUgs LLJ 11 xx

  10. I love your triangle / hexagon boxes. Having a Welsh husband (albeit from Llanelli) I learned to pronounce Llanfair PG in full, but I agree the pronunciation guide underneath is odd.
    We watch Scarlets rugby matches on S4c and odd phrases from the commentary have become house phrases – our favourite is “Dim clue really.”
    Stay safe and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 6

  11. These boxes will make great presents. You’ve made some beautiful Christmas cards too. I’ve never heard of card poo! I had a good laugh at that. The bits from dies do get everywhere don’t they, but the results like you said are so pretty. Love the Christmas puzzle too. Blessings on your week! Love, Karen#22

  12. Oh just had to have a go at the pronunciation. Don’t recall the “ch” as I do the “ll” (moved to Wales when I was 9yrs so did Welsh at school). Back in those days Welsh on TV wasn’t an option it was just there so you heard a lot of it, Pobol y Cum springs to mind! LOL

    Loving the triangle/hexagon box great idea. Adoring the “Child is born” card/die, loved it last week and even more now. Great jigsaw, I don’t seem to have and festive ones and just avoided them in my latest order from “The Works” (should be here by next week – I hope…

    Yes we are really lucky with church. They went back the day before my operation on a 3 week rota of 2 services a Sunday – so 6 options hoping everyone would come as we were a 400+ strong church. Unfortunately some are shielding or have gone elsewhere or even fallen away so we have gone to a fortnightly rota of the 2 services. There are youth options as well and a monthly family service on a Sunday afternoon for the little kiddies who can’t really come the the main services due to the social distancing malarkey. They steam clean the chairs before ALL services and the services are streamed on You Tube for anyone to see so we can watch on the weeks we don’t go.

    Oh gosh I have gone on a bit – oops…
    Thanks for the visit BJ#10

  13. Hi Margaret, they always say English is a hard language to learn, but accounting for pronunciation, I think it’s probably actually Welsh! Love those little boxes, fab job. Yes, I agree, I think the sensible ones will be scaling Christmas right down this year. The jigsaw is beautiful, what a great image for cards that would make. I have a few of those paper edger dies, time I got them out I think. Mind, I’ve probably almost got enough Christmas cards for next year too!Stay safe, have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 X

  14. Hi Margaret, loving the way you’ve used the boxes they look great. The C Cards are really nice too and when you’re not busy making those you have the Jigsaw, busy lady.! I am just hoping that people will be sensible over Christmas but I am not holding my breath. So far we’ve done okay in Lincolnshire but we still see people who just don’t get it. Take care my friend and wishing you a happy and creative woyww, Angela x18x

  15. Well done you on decorating your boxes with the pictures all the right way up! I just know one of mune would have gone wrong. I think we had all better plan for a virtual Christmas this year – can’t say I’m that bothered about Christmas day, as we’ve never had just ‘us’ , it might make a nice change and still could be 6 if everyone’s home. It’s all the other Christmassy things I shall miss! Well done on your card fest, sometimes simple is best, they look great. Have a great week! Stay well, stay safe, Cindy #19 xx

  16. Wow you have been busy!! the cards are Beautiful . I love what you have done with the boxes, what a lovely idea. We always have a quiet Christmas with no visitors but there are 5 of us. Have a great week. Soojay #26

  17. OMG – and I thought Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was a long word! At least you can pronounce it! Your Christmas box is very intriguing, I am looking forward to see how it will all work virtually! I love your cards, I think my fav is the Silent Night one, beautiful! Thanks for sharing, have a great week! Lindart #28

  18. Hello lovely Margaret, thanks for popping by. I love that your workdesk is also on the floor. Maybe you should begin a WOYFF – What’s on your FLOOR Friday? I’d be there with you… (not on the floor obvs) ….. with lots of my stash within reach of my chair, but on the floor. It’ll catch on I’m sure.
    I love your little boxes, there’s so many possibilities aren’t there? Hopefully we’ll be in a safer world at Christmas to see at least some of our reli’s and friends, if not all. Let’s live in hope.
    Take care, with love and hugs from Sue. #24

  19. My word, that’s a card fest indeed, Margaret. The triangular boxes are brilliant, too. I’ve heard of that monstrously long Welsh place name and can only manage the final 3 syllables lol!! Imagine living there and having to write your address all the time… I think I’d move!!

    Thank you for your visit – I’m very pleased to have completed 5 tiny carpets and only one more to go! I’m sad about Granny’s glass but things like this should be used and enjoyed, and if they are breakable you take a risk every day. I miss it, though! One of the glasses from my old yoghurt maker simply isn’t the same…

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #14

  20. One of our teachers at school was Welsh and he could say the name of the place/station quite easily. When we were in Treaddur it was always a quick visit to the store in LlanfairPG as I called it, especially on a wet day.
    Lovely cards Margaret and that box promises to be a winner.
    Good luck with all of them.
    Blessings, Neet 13 xx

  21. Super-calli-fragilistic-expi-alidocious!

    that sign is fab-u-lous! And you are much braver than I to tackle such a big puzzle. My grand-aunts loved puzzles, too. I tried one – gave up after 45 minutes. But it taught me a lesson. Now I know how long I can do something I don’t like – 45 minutes! LOL Keep up the good work.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween!

    LuLu #33

  22. Hi Margaret, that looks like a really fun idea for all the families to open the treasure boxes like big advent surprises. Ha, that word made me cross my eyes and trip over my tongue before I could even look all the way across it. lol
    ~Stacy #32

  23. Hi Margaret. A very Christmassy post. Love the journey one. I started learning Welsh when we first moved to Wales and couldn’t keep anything in my head, so I gave up. The classes were in the evening when I get very tired which didn’t help. I think if we lived in an area where speaking Welsh was more natural I would have persevered. When we first came to Wales I was telling someone where we had been for the day and she said oh you mean Such and such. I didn’t recognise the name and said so, so she said “Betsy coed” as you English call it; I told her I was trying to learn pronunciation from local people who say they are Welsh. There are several local names mispronounced by local people, it’s natural someone moving in to the area copies them. My mother phoned me to say she was visiting and told me they were staying in “Lan-gol-en” . I said I didn’t know where that was and she said it wasn’t far from me. Of course she meant Llangollen ! Have a great week Angela #26

  24. I love love love the plans for a virtual Christmas, some clues and a such, what w great idea Margaret. The cars are stunning, their simplicity says everything. I’m amazed that you aren’t a fan of decoupage, and yet you have all that patience and carefulness for Pergamano. Obviously, I don’t decoupage either! I’ve tackled the list backwards this week, so am sorry to be a bit late!

  25. Good morning, Margaret. Lovely, wet morning here in the Ozarks but this should be the last for a few days. That word made me laugh. I once saw a My Lottery Dream Home show on our HGTV channel where the host visited some place in Maine (?) where he had to fumble over the pronunciation of a lake. Took him the entire show to get it right LOL Not near as long as this one, though. I’ll see if I can find and post next week.

    Those boxes look fabulous. What a neat ‘treat’ for this unusual Christmas season. I agree, those dies are perfect the way they are. You have an eye. Creative Blessings! Kelly #25

  26. Beautiful cards. It’s good to see that that die work as you hoped. Very nice. Sorry for the late visit. It’s been a long week. Dorlene #31

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