Tuesday, 18 December 2012


My heart goes out to all in Newtown, Connecticut and I would like to pay my respects and express sincere sympathy to all involved in this tragic loss.
May it never happen again.

I didn't think I'd manage to post this week but I've received such super treats from all around the world over the last couple of days that I must send my thanks to so many of you. 
First here's my desk for the time being and, for lots of fun, try hopping across to Julia's desk at stamping ground then you'll understand the reason I'm showing mine here.
I'm still crafting in the warmth of the living room on a small breakfast table, the coffee table, sometimes a tray on my knee or even the floor. The good thing is that I DO have to clear up after myself as I try to keep the living room somewhere between a "reasonably tidy" to a "very tidy" state.

Lynne, one of my friends from Vicky Stampers, came round for lunch last week and brought me templates and instructions for one of the Make & Takes from the Christmas Party that unfortunately l missed whilst I was away. 
I decided to make some of these cute little trees, (which are nifty little gift boxes) and really enjoyed this simple crafting project, making something without having to think much and getting a good end product. Thanks Lynn for thinking of me!
Here's a close up of one finished and if you too would like to make some the full details and free printable templates are over on www.waffleflower.com


First to arrive was this beautiful atc from Peggy Appleseed all the way from the Phillipines. A special one in purple just for me. What a mini treasure and isn't she lovely? Thanks so much Peggy!
My lovely special friend Dolores, who is familiar as Cardarian to WOYWWers, has sent me this lovely Angel Gabriele from Slovenia, such a pretty addition to my ever increasing heavenly host. If you pop over to her blog you can even see how to make this and also the one Dolores sent to Ann B. Thank you Dolores for my little treasure to add to my flock. She is gorgeous!

Ali at teddybobscrafts blog sent this super, contemporary, collaged Angel Shraosha with acetate wings. They worked very well to get her from Wales up North! Thanks so much Ali!
Such a great, unusual,idea and I love her.
Here's the lovely treat I received from Janet of fairythoughts blog in an unexpected return gesture for a little favour I did by sending a few die cuts for Erin, a special little girl. Thank you so much Janet, I am so thrilled to receive such a beautiful piece of festive beading. 
Just look at those tiny holly leaves.
Little Erin specially coloured in one of the gingerbread men for me too!!
Finally I'd like to express my thanks to everyone who sent me such lovely cards and amongst this collection of hand made gems there are beauties from WOYWWers...Wipso, Donna, Dolores, Ali, Twiglet, Neet, Tuire, Peggy and Janet. I don't make or send cards so I do feel an element of guilt at receiving so many. Thank you to everyone and I wish you all a Happy Christmas and Healthy, Peaceful 2013


peggy aplSEEDS said...

hi Jo, i'm sure your ATC is on it's way to me. i'm looking forward to receiving it! glad you like the ATC i sent you. what lovely tree boxes, angels, cards, and beadwork. and of course the gingerbread man is just wonderful! Christmas blessings to you!

Redanne said...

Hi Jo, what a lovely festive post! You have received some real beauties there, love the angels and all your pretty cards. Hugs, Anne x No. WOYWW number yet...

sandra de said...

Such lovely goodies and that gingerbread man is so sweet. Wishing you are wonderful christmas.
Sandra @17

donnalouiserodgers said...

HAppy CHristmas Jo - ps. your link is mispelt on Mr Linky,


Lunch Lady Jan said...

I feel Christmassy now I've read your post!! Love those tree boxes - I@m going to go to the website and get the template to see if the kids would like to make them at school!
I have received loads of cards too, but don't send out, hence the e-card on the blog today!!
Thank you so much for all the friendship, fun, love and support this year. I REALLY enjoyed meeting you at the crop. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas :)

Sending love and hugs, LLJ ~25 xx

Lynn Holland said...

Happy Christmas Jo it has been an absolute pleasure to meet you this year and I hope we all meet again in 2013.
Lynn//36 xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Jo, ah lovely things to share indeed! ah Peggy's lovely atc some great beadwork by Janet and Delores' angel... and those gorgeous cards!!
Just wanted to say thanks for being an encouragement throughout the year, (and to think we actually met up too because of Neet) and pray you are blessed with happy safe God-blessed Christmas time :D
love Shaz in Oz.x {not linking but wanted to say hi.. still zero on craft scene...}

Helen said...

What a lovely post - so many gorgeous gifts and cards. Those tree gift boxes are fabulous. Have a wonderful Christmas, Helen, 3

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. You have received some wonderful creations. Glad my angel got to you safely. That beading is truly amazing. Merry Xmas. Ali x #31

Paul B said...

Those trees look amazing, especially made in different patterned papers. And what a lucky gal you are, receiving all those lovely creative goodies through the post. Looks very festive in your house :) Pxx

lisa said...

What a lovely post, Jo. You are very much in the festive spirit by the look of things. So many beautiful gifts.
Love your trees too.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Crafty New Year.
Hugs Lisax #44

MrsC.x said...

love the trees Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TFS Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.xx #34

Rita said...

Beautiful gifts Jo. Your trees look fabulous , how about a tutorial in time for next year. Wishing You & Yours a Very Merry Christmas an an even better 2013. Hugs Rita xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oh wow such lovely things. No desk from me today as I've got DT projects on there and I can't share them yet! So Merry Christmas and take care. Zo xx

Kyla said...

Wow, the tree boxes are fabulous, I have not seen these before and you made an entire forest of trees-gorgeous.

Love all your goodies you have recieved, lovely and festive.

Kyla #50

Lynne said...

wonderful cards, Jo, and aren't home made ones just the best? Hve a splendid Christmas and all good wishes for 2013! Lx

Lynne said...

I left a comment, Jo but it seems to have disappeared! Have a lovely Christmas Lx

butterfly said...

Fabulous trees and so many lovely bits and pieces! Have a wonderful Christmas, and happy WOYWW too!
Alison x

Ann B said...

Some lovely gifts on your desk this week Jo. Had to laugh when I saw the tree boxes - guess who glued the bottom piece as well as the sides? When is a box not a box - when I make it.
Wishing you all the best for Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.
Ann B

Minxy said...

What a lovely selection of gifts, lucky you x
Happy WOYWW & wishing u A Very Happy Christmas too x
Hugz Minxy #57

C said...

Lots of pretty things to look at today. Merry Christmas!! #49

Krisha said...

Thanks for sharing the tree boxes, went to the web site and got the template. Yours turned out so adorable.
Merry Christmas
Krisha #78

BJ said...

Thanks for stopping by earlier. Great trees - tried the tree link but couldn't find the trees on the site. Happy Christmas BJ#1.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty little trees and it's nice to be in the comfy living room with the fire on. Love your little flock of angels, very serene. I'm feeling a little better, still got the nasty phlegmy cough but I've stopped shivering and shaking. Poor Andrew spent more time throwing up in the bathroom than he did in bed last night, but I just talked to him and he's feeling much better. Better out than in my mam always says but I'm glad I bypassed that bit of this bug!

Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas,

fairy thoughts said...

hi Jo
looks like Christmas has arrived early in Jozartland, so many lovely things
Have a great one

Twiglet said...

What a fab festive blog Jo! Such lovely little treasures. Have a wonderful Christmas. x Jo

Julia Dunnit said...

Well my year has been utterly enhanced by meeting you at the Crop, and your sharing just goes on. don't you think that Dolores' angel is just a little bit like her?, I think it's adorable. Happy Christmas!

Bridget Larsen said...

awesome stuff. ok I went looking for that Christmas tree template but gave up. do you have the direct link to it pretty please


Elizabeth said...

Lovely post Jo, can't add anything to what you've already written about the tragedy in Newtown, those poor parents, my heart bleeds for them.

The gifts and cards you've received are all lovely.

Wishing you and yours much happiness throughout the festive period, happy holidays. Elizabeth x #46

Nikki said...

Amazing little trees and all your cards look fantastic up :) have a Merry Christmas hugs Nikki #5

Renee B. said...

Oh I love those tree boxes..now, do I have time to make some before the big day? What lovely gifts you have received from your friends! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Hugs, Renee #92

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love this post too. Those links are great!Those trees are so cute.They would be sweet additions to any table or shelf.I will try some.Thanks a lot.
Judy x

Neet said...

I'd forgotten about those trees Jo and mine is still unfinished. Maybe over Christmas!
Lovely array of cards, must get Paul to show me how to do those quick ones he is so good at.
Have a wonderful holiday period with the family, and give them all my love, especially the little ones.
Love to you and Dave
Hugs, Neet xx 12

Caro said...

What a wonderful selection of beautiful things. I especially like the tree boxes...I must try and track down the template and give it a go with Alex. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a very Happy Christmas. Caro (#65)

Scrapcat 1 said...

Hi Jo, what lovely cards and gifts you have received but thats because your are a lovely person :)
Am going to look at how ot make the lovely trees now have a wonderful Christmas :)

Nan G said...

Lovely gifts! Thanks for sharing. See you in 2013! Happy Holidays! Nan 75

Cardarian said...

Oh your trees are just so lovely! I don't know if I will have time to make them, but I did print off the template! I am happy you like my angel! Your card display is very nice too - I can spot mine there too! My decorating happens tomorrow so if I can get up to it I will take photos and post them!
Happy Christmas my dear!
Lots and lots of hugs and love,

Alexandra MacVean said...

Your Christmas trees and little angel are so cute. How incredibly crafty and creative! :)

Tertia said...

I was so horrified by the shootings in America, I sat crying in front of the TV. So totally senseless.
Those boxes are so cute (note to self 'Self, you should try that sometime.')
You recieved some fantastic goodies from everywhere. That ATC is just amazing!
Tiani is doing very well and her daddy is landing in America tomorrow, so I am sure then she will do even better.
Happy very belated WOYWW and may you and your family have a very blessed Christmas.
Tertia #15

Angie said...

Just a quick one to wish you a very Happy Xmas ....love that beading ...you recieved some beautiful creations.
I am just hoping we get rid of our bugs that are working their way round us here.xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

So many lovely thing in just one post! Have a lovely Christmas, Chrisx

SueH said...

Hi Jo!

I know I’ve not joined in with WOYWW just recently but I’ll be back in the new year for sure.

I just wanted to pop by to say thanks for all the fun and inspiration you’ve shared over the last year and to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.