Tuesday, 27 December 2011

WOYWW 134 & Brighton Belles

WOYWW 134
 It's the last WOYWW of the year and I'm happy to be here in Brighton spending a few days visiting the Southern branch of my family. Here's my alternative work desk and the only crafting I have brought with me is on there......my knitting..... yet another scarf, shawlette style. Also on the desk is a good bottle of Port which DD1 is very generously sharing after the lovely meal she cooked. 
Don't you just love the retro kitchen unit and the old refectory table... just like my Mum used to have in the 1950s when I was a child and I'm sure it will bring back memories to many of you. 
 I really had fun watching the Brighton Belles open the Christmas gifts we brought Father Christmas sent for them.
 Look how fast the little hands below manage to tear those wrappings!
We all went down to the seafront today for a healthy walk along the beach then a rather unhealthy but delish lunch of fish and chips! Amazingly we bumped into my next door neighbour from 250 miles away who was also visiting her family down here! 
Tear along to the desk of the Queen of WOYWW aka Julia of stamping ground as it's the last chance this year to spy on the craft desks of the world. Service as usual all next year too!

Don't miss a chance of winning my blog candy... still a few days to enter so check out my sidebar for full details or last week's 20th Dec. post.
Have a Wonderful New Year



39 comments:

Neet said...

Gosh what a coincidence bumping into a neighbour. We had Chish and Fips the other day too - at Bannys. You know how good they are. Ooh doesn't the wee one look like the German Grandee from the side?
Happy New Year - see you soon for the work we have to do.

sandra de said...

Looks like you had a wonderful christmas with family. The retro kitchen unit is divine and looks perfect as the backdrop. Looking forward to woyww in 2012 and all your wonderful creative tips.

ScrappnBee said...

Oh, enjoy those belles! ...and the Port! The expressions of little ones on Christmas morning is always the best! Thanks for sharing, and happy New Year! -Amanda #9

Sue from Oregon said...

Holidays are so much fun! Oh to be at the beach this time of year...very lucky crafter you are!

Sheila said...

Quick little hands that tear into the wrapping paper! But aren't they a delight!

Happy New Year

Di said...

Lovely photos Jo - and I certinly do remember the kitchen unit. Didn't the front drop down so you could use it as a bread board or whatever? Happy days! Enjoy your time in Brighton. Di xx #23

Bridget Larsen said...

Kids make Christmas so memorable no matter how young or old they are. Love that retro kitchen. BTW your blog candy link doesn't take you to the post it self-just to your main blog.
Bridget #14

crafty....du said...

lovely non desk :) Happy new year

Kerry #19

May said...

Love the retro kitchen unit, my mum had one of them to x x Glad to hear you are having a good time in Brighton, I just live 20 mins away, you could have popped over and saw my desk (he he ) Happy 2012 to you and your lovely family x x Hugs May x x x

Annie said...

What fab pics of the southern branch of your gorgeous family Jo. Hope you all have a really special time together.
Hugs,
A x

Neil said...

Hi there, enjoy the visit and perhaps next year we'll meet in Liverpool! Thanks for your WOYWW company this last year and I hope 2012 brings more of the same! Happy New Year!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wow, how amazing to meet your neighbours when 250 miles away from home! and do so love the Brighton Belles Jo - so intent on their pressie! and yes had one of those cabinet in the kitchen I lived in the 1970's in Sydney - it was not painted but old stained timber one with green handles - really liked it very sensible to use! but had a distinctive smell of the timber - camphor laurel used in it somewhere as I recall! . Happy WOYWW! Love, Shaz in Oz. x #24

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi Jo! ´Brighton Belles´is really a good name to those beautiful girls! That cupboard looks great... and the bottle of Port don´t look bad either ;)
Hugs
Tuire

Lunch Lady Jan said...

How gorgeous are those little girls?! Glad you're having a lovely time down south - although that was weird meeting your neighbour, lol!
Thanks for your support and friendship this year, may 2012 be truly wonderful for you and your family.
Hugs, LLJ #35 xx

Ann B said...

My sister had one of those kitchenettes in the early 60s - I thought it was very modern at the time (we had a pantry and a meat safe then). Funny how both are making a bit of a comeback.
Enjoyed the photos of the Brighton Belles and at that age wrapping-paper is just an inconvenience on the way yo a good present.
Enjoy the rest of your family time Jo and see you soon.
Ann B
#20

Shazsilverwolf said...

Gorgeous pics of the Belles! I bet they had as much fun with the wrappings as they did with the gifts, lol.Hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas, and that you have a wonderful New Year, Shaz

TangolikeRaindrop said...

I love the colour of the wool you are using for that shawl, and that kitchen looks most splendid indeed! Happy WOYWW! Tango, #37

olive said...

Happy New Year Jo to you and your family..... dont forget to keep us entertain next year... God Bless. xxx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a fun post, love the kitchen unit, I could use that anywhere. Adorable little ones, they just make Christmas fun. Happy WOYWW, and may you and yours have a wonderful NEW YEAR. Enjoy the merriment.

Julia Dunnit said...

Gorgeous photos Jo, there are definitely some familial resemblances, I wonder if you see them. Somehow a bracing walk doesn't sound so difficult if there are fish and chips at the end!

Karen said...

A great post, I am glad you enjoyed your Christmas and I love your photos, especially of the little ones opening their pressies :)

Have a great WOYWW and a very Happy New Year, I hope 2012 is a good one for you :)
Karen #42

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Such sweet pictures of the little ones! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!

jude said...

So glad youve had fab christmas and fish and chips makes a change from turkey!Although we dont have turkey,but theres nothing better than f &C by the sea!
Have Happy Healthy,Creative New Year
Hugs Judex 57

Lee said...

So glad you having lovely family time.Gorgeous pics.Am still trying to find some Noro Wool to start me scarf can't wait lol.Happy 2012.Hugs xxxx

Twiglet said...

Hi Jo - that photo on your xmas eve post is a gem and your Brighton Belles are gorgeous - lovely time for them! Glad you are enjoying your break. I tried knitting the scarf - my wool was maybe too thick but still looked Ok. I gave it to M for Xmas. Might try again with some finer stuff. Happy New Year. x Jo

bohemiannie! art said...

I love seeing the pictures of the children opening their gifts. Precious! And I can't wait to see the finished shawl! Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy!!!

Jingle said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time! YAY!!! Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Craftychris said...

Love the unit! The Brighton Belles are so cute and are making short work of the wrappings, bless em!! I think I need to open some port tonight having seen yours, such a good idea! Thanks for sharing xx

Darcy said...

aww just look at those 2 little ones tearing into gifts, great photos. love the kitchen too. wishing you a wonderful 2012.

Jacqui said...

Fish and Chips on the sea front sounds really good

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jo, lovely photos of the little ones unwrapping their parcels, and, yes, they can open them far more quickly than it takes for you to wrap them. A bracing walk sounds good to me, pity gales we are enduring here make it out of the question - but the fish and chips sound tempting. Love the retro kitchen cabinet - everyone I knew had one of these back in the fifties. One of those could be very useful storage in the craft space, methinks. I hope you enjoy the New Year celebrations and that 2012 will bring health, happiness and prosperity to you and yours. Elizabeth x #65

sandysewin said...

Looks like a lovely day of celebration.

Happy WOYWW and Happy New Year!

Sandy #73

Doone said...

ah, lovely (the girls and the kitchen unit), I didn't get 5 mins to myself and just got back from work, will definitely try to call at the weekend - send best times?

Sam said...

Jo I would KILL for that cabinet. We had one like that at home when I was a kid and we also a narrow one in the same colour as your daughter's.
Those little ones are gorgeous.
I am salivating at the thought of fish and chips by the sea.
Thanks for your visits and friendship this year since I joined the blogging world. Happy New Year.
Hugs
xxx

Ohhh Snap said...

Sounds like a lovely Christmas! Love that kitchen unit :D. Great pictures. Happy WOYWW! #17

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I find the photo of your "desk" to be very peaceful!

butlersabroad said...

Nothing beats a bracing walk by the sea with the promise of good fish and chips at the end of it! Loving the Little Belles with their Christmas gifts, such concentration! My step father always ran into people he knew where ever we went, be it on holiday 200 miles away or just in the next town! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

Hugs
Brenda 58

505whimsygirl said...

Isn't knitting the perfect travel project! After posting this morning I went to work on my wreath (almost done) and then went to see the Sherlock Holmes movie. Watson was going to Brighton for his honeymoon......

Wishing you a wonderful and creative 2012!

WOYWW #72

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What would Christmas be without little kids tearing their packages! So cute! A blessed season to you! Patsy