Thursday 31 December 2020

Happy and Healthy New Year

Good afternoon everyone, 
Hope today finds you well. 
We have had lots of snow over the past few days 

Our village looks so beautiful 

Like a Christmas card 

We have even managed to go or sledging with the boys (in our bubble ) 

Even Eric had a little play 

And look, 
This photo is so cute 

They were having a cuddle to keep warm. 

I must thank all the lovely crafters who send me Christmas cards, I will be taking photos and putting them on here next week. 

I just want to wish you all , 
A very Happy and Healthy New Year. 

I know this year hasn’t been easy, 
but together we have got through it. 

Thanks for your friendship, support and love this year, 

Take care 
Enjoy this evening 
and see you tomorrow.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Thursday 24 December 2020

Happy Christmas

Good morning everyone, 
and welcome to another new follower. 
Please pull up a chair and make yourself at home. 

It is Christmas Eve and I just wanted to pop in and wish you 
the very best, 
I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow, 
It won’t be the usual Christmas Day, 
but let’s hope we can all make the most of it. 

I am going to tidy my craft desk this morning and then close the door for a few days 
I am really looking forwards to having coffee, catching up with Christmas movies and spending some time with Karl.
Oh and finding  out what my craft gift is this year....

I must thank everyone who send me a Christmas card, 
and I will take photos of them all and post them on here between Christmas and New Year.

I have recorded a little you tube for today 

Keep safe everyone. 
Much love and hugs 
God bless 

Jo xxx

Tuesday 22 December 2020

Just for fun

Good afternoon all, 
Hope you are feeling well 
How are your preparations going ? 
It is slow going here, but the beauty of it just being Karl and myself for Christmas Day, we don’t need much. 
We will just eat what we have, 
No panic buying here. 

To be honest we are both looking forwards to having a couple of days off work, 
Karl has worked all through lockdown , and many off his days involve leaving before 6am 
We just need some time together, and to recharge our batteries. 

I must try and find some time to tidy my craft room too,
Maybe Boxing Day when the footie is on. 

Today I have a couple of makes to share with you. 

These are using a lovely little die cut, for the first one I used watercolour card and painted it 

This one is simply cut out in black card. 
An inky background and some water splats. 

The sentiment is from HobbyArt .

I had such a lovely time creating these, 
and just making them because I wanted too.

I hope you have a lovely evening, 
We have just put our bin out, bin day tomorrow. 
Oh we know how to live !!!

Take care 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 21 December 2020

Creating little gifts

Good morning all, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend and that today is going well.
I know we have had bad news about lockdowns etc, but let’s just all stay safe , 
keep well, and hug each other at a distance. 

A big group hug 

Let us stay positive, it will soon be spring, 
We can do this...xxxx

Today I thought I would share some pyrography with you. 
As you all know I do love doing this, I just haven’t felt well enough to do any for the last 6 months. 
So it was so lovely to be able to do some the other week. 

These were a bit of a challenge as Tracy has drawn so much background detail 

But I was so happy with them in the end. 

These little mice always make me smile. 

It was so lovely to have a day off on Saturday, and just catch up with some housework..
I know,

I did so much washing, but now I have so much ironing,,.not so good. 

Please take care everyone. 
Have a lovely Monday 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 18 December 2020


Good afternoon everyone, 
Hope you are keeping well. 
Another very wet day here. 
We have another new follower,
Please welcome Tracey to our happy little family.
You know how excited I get when we have another new follower. 

 I hope your week has gone well, 
I managed to get my magazine commissions finished and posted so that is good. 
All my cards are posted , have you finished yours?
I still have a few gifts to get, 
and then all done. 

So today I have made a little YouTube video on the 
Brusho SorinkleIt Powders
I have had a few ladies messaging me asking about the powders. 

Once you start playing with them, there are so many things that you can do. 

The video is here 

And if you paint with them the water that you use becomes  a Sparkelicious pot of water too 
A win, win, 

I got another lovely surprise yesterday 

I really am such a lucky bunny 

And a very grateful one too.

Oh and a special Christmas card from Gibraltar...
Thanks Sylvia, it is stunning 

Tonight I am planning on walking Eric early, 
having a shower and getting my pj’s on. 
Then watching tv all evening.

I hope you have a lovely evening, 
whatever you are doing,

Please take care 
Look after yourself 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Monday 14 December 2020

Christmas workshop

Good morning everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend and that your week has started well. 
We had our Christmas online workshop on Saturday. 
I had my Christmas jumper on, and my Christmas cracker ready to pull.
We had such a wonderful time and created such a lovely project. 
Something that can be a gift or just a keep sake. 

This is the front 

And this is the inside 

With this as the back cover 

Plus some lovely little gifts to go inside the pocket 

I was just about to finish the class when there was a knock on my door, 
Sally arrived with the most amazing flowers, a potted bay tree, a bottle of Prosecco, 
An amazing cheque and a bag full of Christmas cards. 
She read out a poem and honestly there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. 

Thanks to all the wonderful crafters who joined in , 
Honestly, you made my week, actually my year .

It took me all weekend to recover.

Honestly, I feel so blessed. 

Back into the craft room today and another magazine commission to get under way.

Take care all
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 11 December 2020

Beautiful candles

Good afternoon everyone, 
I hope your Friday is going well. 
It is another grey day here in Cheshire, 
I just feel at the minute that the days never really get light. 

So what we all need are some lovely candles, 

I really love stamping on tissue and decorating these 

I have made a little YouTube video of you fancy giving this a go 

They make lovely presents too. 

Speaking of presents, 
I have been spoilt this week (thanks Fi ) 
Look at these beautiful flowers 

Then today , this arrived 

I have definitely bagged the box, when it is empty. 

The boys have written their letter to Father Christmas 

Elliot could only just reach to post it , bless him 

We have our online Christmas workshop tomorrow, 
So I am really looking forwards to that .

Time for a brew now. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Beautiful artwork

Good afternoon all, 
Wow it has been very wet here today. 
I believe we are in for at least a week of wet weather. 

I had such a wonderful surprise at the weekend , 
When our neighbours knocked on our door and gave us this fabulous creation. 

Such beautiful artwork from a 3yr old. 
Do you think I can sign her up for classes after Covid. 

Then the postman delivered these 

Thanks ladies they are beautiful. 
Honestly I feel so blessed. 
I have been trying to catch up with making some Christmas cards today 
Plus I had a special gift to make, 

Also I have a Fb live for the workshop crew at 7pm.
So better get on 

Take care everyone 
Keep dry and warm 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 4 December 2020

Freezing Friday

Good morning all, 
Hope you are keeping well and warm. 
Have you got snow ? 
Bet you have Mum 
It is certainly very cold here.

Today I have a lovely little design to share with you. 
I have used 2 of the new Lavinia stencils, 
Flora and white orbs.
Obviously I love any stencils with circles in it, 

And here is a close up 

I have made a little you tube video too.

So if you fancy crafting along with me,,,let’s do it. 

I have a Thank you workshop tomorrow. 
Just a little free workshop for those crafters who have supported me over the past 6 months with my paid for classes. 
I just feel I need to give them something back. As without them , 
I wouldn’t still be running my classes and groups. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend...
More Christmas cards need to be made here, 

Take care all 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 3 December 2020

In - depth make.

Good afternoon all, 
I hope you are well. 
It seems so cold, wet and dark outside today...
I don’t think it has got light yet 
Good job there are lots of Christmas lights around to cheer us all up. 

Today I just wanted to share a recent magazine commission with you. 

I was so honoured to be asked to feature in this edition. 
Especially as it was to create an in- depth make, 
I do love creating these. 
Lots of play, and such 
great products to use 

This is the 2 page spread 

I hope you enjoy reading it and maybe creating a tag of your own. 

You know how much I love tags, 
We had a Fb live last night creating xmas tags.
It was such fun. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 1 December 2020


Good morning everyone, 
Welcome to December
and welcome to icy pavements this morning , 
So please do take care if you need to go out. 

As it is the first of December it is a new Challenge over at the Lavinia Challenge site. 
Our theme is 

Here is some inspiration for you, 
And not the usual snowy scene, 
I thought I would just do something a bit different. 

We do have snowflakes, and snow, 
Oh and some Hope.
I think we all need some of that at the moment 

I have made a little YouTube video incase you fancy joining me and creating this

Have fun everyone. 

Take care 
Much love and hugs...
Jo xxxx