Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Thanks to whoever linked earlier when my internet connection was down.

WOYWW 147 and it's the best of work desks for me this week as mine is in the local park along with my gorgeous little Fraulein visiting with her Mamma from Germany. My old strawberry desk cover comes in handy once again and 
I sat in the glorious sunshine doing my crochet whilst we all enjoyed a dolly's picnic... Bliss! Hop over to stamping ground to see the product of Julia's original idea to share the secrets of our crafting spaces. The biggest snoop on the net!

I was so thrilled to receive my blog candy prize from fellow WOYWWer Vickie Okienurse and it was as good as Christmas! Thanks so much Vickie for your generosity and, as it can be seen from the picture below, there was so much in my box of goodies. Buttons, brads, matching papers, ribbons, trims,  diamantes, canvases, brushes, oil paint set, scrapbook pack, etc., etc., and a super card too. It really is worth a good snoop so I've made the picture large!
Vickie had a post it note inside stating "Grand Prize" and it certainly is just that!

Blanket update
I began, at the beginning of March, to crochet squares to make an Afghan blanket after reading how just one square a day will result in 365 over a year ... enough for a blanket. I take my crochet everywhere and make them in the car, waiting rooms, watching TV... all otherwise wasted time. I have as a result completed 95 (and a half) in 25 days... all bagged in tens ready for the mammoth task of joining into a blanket...... eventually!

With this magnificent magnolia overhead and the little one happy pouring our "tea" it was precious time in the park.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week knowing I couldn't return your kindness but I'll have a couple of days this week before the Brighton Belles arrive so I will be visiting as many as possible.


Helen said...

Golly, you're keen! Have a great time on your strawberries!
Love all those crochet squares.

JoZart said...

OOps! Didn't mean to post so early and now don't know how to remove it without losing it all
Jo x

Artyjen said...

What a gorgeous day you had!
xoxo Sioux

Neet said...

Not to worry Jo - lovely to see you all enjoying this rare sunshine. Bet DD is thrilled that the weather has been so good for their visit. Love the one of your grandee pouring tea and so enjoyed my little chat with her the other day.
Love to them both before they leave.
Hugs, Neet xx

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Looks gorgeous there Jo. Been a long time since I enjoyed a picnic on the lawn. So good to see jolly and sunny photos. Px

HeatherLynn said...

Looks like you are having a lovley visit with nice weather! I am so happy for you. :) Congrats on your winnings! The prizes look awesome! :) Love those blanket squares! Enjoy your family, Jo!!

Sheilagh said...

Lovely to see you enjoying you gorgeous grandbabies. The weather has been amazing, think we best enjoy it while it is here, this maybe summer, like last year:(



Minxy said...

Looks like a lovely day out was had,thanks for sharing it. and congrats on your win.. seems to be alot of winners about today.. Now if i could just be a lotto winner things would be perfect LOL
Happy Woyww'ing
Minxy #11

Sarah said...

I'm thinking you could hang the strawberry cloth up where the apple tree was - it is a bit of a celebrity now...fabulous sunny pics and your own sun-beams of family bliss too! At this rate you could crochet a house-cosy! Sarah at 1.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Those strawberries really get around. Impressive. Congrats on winning Vickie's candy. There's a LOT of stuff, too. Love your spring photos and your day in the park. Happy WOYWW from #3, which is easy to type.

voodoo vixen said...

How lovely to be able to sit in the park and what an absolutely beautiful photo of the magnolia in full blossom... a real cutie pouring tea too! Annette #22

trisha too said...

What a beautiful post, Jo! I have to admit, I posted early, too but I know there probably won't be much chance for visiting this week if I don't do it now, so . . . don't tell, okay?

Your blanket squares are such lovely colors!


dix said...

Yummy colors in your crocheted squares. Can't wait to see the blanket. And cool colors of spring in your photos too. thanks for sharing. dix---

Neesie said...

A wonderful post Jo,
What a very special time you spent together...such lovely memories in a beautiful spot looking at that photo. Little Fraulein is so cute.
The blanket squares are such a brilliant idea.
Congrats on your great prize too :D
Neesie #33

Tuire said...

Nice picnic - the only green one here am I, green with envy, ´cause we still have lots of snow! Love your "granny squares".Little Fraulein looks also fabulous :).
And congrats on your winnings!
Tuire #72

Helen said...

Oops., here I am going down the list and I've already been, lol!! That's what comes for doing this so early!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

lovely desk, yes, the best! and wow, your giveaway prize is indeed grand!
happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
peggy aplSEEDS

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yay for sunshine!! Yay for spending time with your loved ones!! Yay for generous folk on WOYWW who do kind things all the time!!
Hugs, LLJ '76
PS Lovely colours in your crochet :)

jude said...

Im so pleased your making the most of this glorious weather and in the back ground my fav tree Magnolia.The picnic piccys did tyake me back though those where the days teddies and dollies picnics.Glad you enjoyed yourself.Ive done more gardening than crafting this week may as well make the most of the weatehr while it lasts
Have fab wedensday and creative week hugs judex 67

Anonymous said...

magnolia trees are spectacular aren't they!!

Annie said...

I'm just enjoying a coffee break while my little munchkins take their nap so thought I'd catch up with a few of my blogging friends and check out what you've been up to this week. Lovely to see the gorgeous sunshine Jo isn't it and so special when you can share it with your gorgeous family. Enjoy every minute Jo.
A x

Ann B said...

Thought you wouldn't have time to post this week Jo - so busy with those gorgeous children - glad you did though. Lovely photo of the tea-party and your Grandee looks to be having a great time there pouring out. I can remember by blue plastic tea set many moons ago now - may favourite toy.
Ann B

CraftygasheadZo said...

What fab photos. Your squares are gorgeous and colourful. Take care & enjoy this weeks snoop of WOYWW desks. Zo xx 77

Tracey Potter said...

What a delightful day you must of had, it's wonderful to spend time outdoors creating. Your crochet looks fantastic, it will make a beautiful blanket, I like your choice in colours. oh and lucky you for winner the grand prize, it is grand! Happy Crocheting Tracey #69

May said...

What a wonderful post Jo, so lovely to see the tea party in the park, with your lovely Grandee, sooo cute...., I am so impressed with your crochet squares WOW---WEEEEE!!!! I have only done one as I am now on my 3rd class I think now I may have grasped it, I need to practice, practice & more practice!!! I soooo want to make a small blanket!!! at this rate I will still be trying this time next year (lol)Have a super week, with the Brighton belles , Hugs May x x x x No 14

Cardarian said...

Oh you had a lovely time with your German family and soon comes the Brighton lot! Enjoy your days with them! You are soo good with all this crafting, I can't believe how many squares you have made for the blanquet! Ha, ha you will have to bring the crochetting with you when you come to me! Well you might have already done them all by the time you come! :-)
Lots of hugs,

Suzanne said...

Great pictures, lovely weather. Looks like you are having a lovely time.
Suzanne desk 90

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow your crochet looks amazing!!! Clever you! Have a great day hugs trace x no70

Rita said...

Fantastic pictures. I'm totally amazed at how neatly stored all your little squares are packed. Have a Great week. Hugs Rita xxx

April said...

Ahh looks like you had a lovely time! your really cracking on with those crochet squares. Have fun with all the goodies from Vickie :o) x April #99

Danielle said...

What a lovely way to spend a day! Sometimes we need to step away from the desk and take advantage of Mother Nature.

The granny squares are so pretty. I am sure it will be a tresured blanket once it is finished. dani42

Lothian Crafts said...

Looks a lovely day enjoy the nice weather. You are doing brilliant with your squares I look forward to seeing the massive blanket you will be able to make. Have a great Wednesday Elaine

okienurse said...

Love the pic's of the day in the park. I wish I lived closer to my grandbabies! Love all the squares you have completed! My MIL bought me a blanket when we were first married made from the squares and almost 40 years later it is still in excellent condition. Glad you like the candy. It was fun. Didn't mean to leave the post it note in the box! Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #138

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh what a beautiful post, this is the best, such beautiful work as well, I have joined as follower, makes my heart smile just to see such inspiration,

Karen said...

A wonderful post and great photos, it looks like you had a really fab day and well done on your prize :)

Take care and have a fab WOYWW, Luv Karen xx #91

Twiglet said...

What a fab little dollies picnic and a perfect occasion for a bit of granny square crochet - I love the colours. x Jo

kay said...

what fab photos,tea party looks grand,have a great week :)

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

Oh, I got giddy when I saw your lovely blog candy from Vickie. Isn't she such a sweet lady. I received third prize. I got even giddier (is that a real word?) when I saw all those granny squares. I LOVE granny squares. I knit but don't crochet. I keep thinking I'm going to learn just so I can make granny squares.

The picnic looks like you had a great time. You certainly had the right weather for it!


sandee said...

Your crochet squares look so pretty but not as pretty as that little one pouring tea, so darn cute!! wow, what an awesome prize you won too! Congrats!! waving hi from my balcony in the hills of North Carolina :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Enjoyed your post, Jo. That picture of Little Darling pouring the tea is so precious, I can't stand it!

Joynana said...

What a gorgeous day to spend with a gorgeous lady. She is a cutie and you looked like you were having a lovly tea party. Enjoy.

karen said...

Beautiful post today! How sweet is that dolly picnic with your grand daughter poring the tea! Precious!
Congrats on the candy win too! Lots of great stash there!
xoxo Karen #180

SueH said...

Thanks for sharing your precious photos of your tea party Jo, they will be treasured memories for a long, long while I’m sure.

I was only talking about getting my crochet hooks out again yesterday to my cousin.
I need a little bolero to go over an evening dress and they wanted anything from £30 to £70 for one in the shops. I’m sure I could make one for half the price if I really put my mind to it but I haven’t done any crochet in years and I’m not sure I remember all the stitches.

Happy Crafting!

Angie said...

I love the family shots ... you must be having such fun ...and the weather is good too. What an amazing prize ...and the squares are growing so well too ...cant wait to see your final creation. Loads of hugs Angie xx 17.

Lee said...

Hi Jo,Lovely to see your Gorgeous little one and your family enjoying the sun in the park.wow that tree is Beautiful,reminds me of my grandads garden he had a Stunning Magnolia tree in his garden.

WOW Jo,i have only made 33 squares Lol,hope to catch up with you soon.Huggles xxx

Bridget Larsen said...

Glorious sunshine, we will be losing ours soon as we are going into autumn/winter early. You have been busy with your crocheting, I had to give it up long ago when my thumb would not bend because it was fused.
Bridget #79

lisa said...

Now I know why it's been so glorious this week. It's all in honour of your very special visitors, I should've realised, Jo. You look as though you have had a brilliant time. Knowsley sounds amazing. Must have a trip over.
I hope you don't feel too low when little L and her Mum go home. Sounds like you will be kept good and busy when you next visitors descend. Have fun and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Your little Fraulein is very sweet -- nothing like a picnic in the nice weather. Your crocheted squares are lovely. Happy Thursday from #151.

RosC said...

Your picnic looks picture perfect and what a lovely sunny day. I remember making crochet rugs years ago and your squares look nicely uniform.
Ros. #127

Elizabeth said...

Lovely post Jo, a picnic in the park with your little Fraulein sounds perfect to me. At the rate you are going you will have your blanket well before the year is up. Hope you have a lovely week. Elizabeth x #145

SophieNewton said...

Love the tea party. Isn't this weather stunning. Happy belated WOYWW x
Sophie no.183

Paula Gale said...

what a precious time that must have been with your granddaughter - and a lovely spot under a beautiful magnolia tree. Well done also on your progress with the blanket. They are so warm aren't they when done. My grandmother had them, and I remember her having one that looked like one massive square - not sure how that would have been done... oh I wish I could crochet.

A truly lovely way to show us what you are up to on WOYWW 147

love and hugs

Paula x x x (#51)

MaggieC said...

How lovely to spend that time with your family, and with such good weather. That is an impressive number of squares too. I hope you will show us your finished blanket. Thank you for your visit , and I a glad to report that the bees seem to be going, and Flash is recovering well today. Have a good week. xx Maggie #7