Wednesday, 3 December 2014

WOYWW It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

Don't tell them I took these, but here's Mum writing her Christmas cards yesterday morning

At 90, it's taken her 3 days to put a sentence on 18 cards, but I'll address them

Just noticed Rosie asleep on the armchair behind, with the abandoned hexie quilt on the back.

and DD2, on Saturday, practicing on her newly acquired machine

A sneaky one from my perch on the sofa!

They both hate their pictures taken and would kill me for doing it, let alone posting them here - heehee! But I'm just so darn proud of them both.

Meanwhile, I've been tackling the craft/spare room as I'm replacing the sofa bed with a proper, double one which will be surplus to requirements when DD1 moves house this month. The room has got so bad, due to me diving in and plundering, every time I start something new, downstairs at my sofa 'work station', and there not being a proper 'home' for everything.

'Not before time' I hear you mutter, quite rightly! 

The view when half the boxes had been
removed from the wardrobe

The bottom of one very sad, dilapidated box

What a difference a day makes - and some lovely new storage boxes. I only dared show the last two shots, cos this is how the wardrobe looks now - phew!!

I don't dare show you the rest of the room at the moment, but will, when yet more storage boxes arrive and get filled with fabric. These 45L ones are a great size for the job.

Yesterday, we celebrated my friend Joyce's 87th birthday with a wreath making workshop I did for my prayer group. They all seemed to enjoy it - well, Joyce looks happy with her result.

Back at home on the sofa, I'm still surrounded by Christmas pressie project bags - the holly brooches are almost complete, there's a minion with one leg, and the cards are well underway. Just about managing to swap/hide projects, depending on who's in the room with me!

Santa's little helper asleep in one of the pressie
project bags, under the coffee table

I hope you're having a good week, and keeping any festive pressure at bay. I have to say, I love Advent, and the lead up to Christmas, but then I am just a big kid at heart.

See you over at Julia's for our weekly virtual cuppa. If you don't know about WOYWW, click the button on my side bar, and prepare for a whistle-stop worldwide tour of great crafty spaces.

Hugs, Chris xx


  1. What a very busy household, and how sneaky of you to take those photos... Love Joyce's wreath, too - no wonder she's proud of it. Helen 8

  2. Looks like you had fun sneaking those photos and writing chistmas cards can be a challenge. I try not to say the same thing but I always catch myself every once in a while hugs Nikki 1

  3. Hi Chris,

    Oh your mom looks beautiful sitting at the table reminds me of my gran looks like the same kind of house my gran had when I was young... Brings back beautiful memories.... Cherish each moment.....
    Do you have candles on your christmas cake?
    Wishing you a lovely day of crafting can you make me a wreath for my door please lol.....

    Maria No:17

  4. I wish I could put on a jumper right now, we had temperatures at 40 the other weekend, and then freak storms it was a nightmare....
    Thankfully we have solar power so can run the aircon when we need to without worrying about a massive bill....

    Maria No:17
    Thanks for stopping by and saying hi...

  5. What a lovely, life affirming many good things to celebrate..your mum, your mate and your lovely DD sewing (that's a fab sight!). But the things that made me laugh the most was your cat squished up into that bag!! Lol.....they love confined spaces, don't they?!
    Hugs, LLJ 22 xx

  6. Yup, if I can brush off any feeling of pressure, Advent is wonderful, I agree! I love the sneaky pohotos..even more, I love that your dear Mum persevered, how marvellous! So you want 45L boxes for Christmas then? My, they'll fill some space under the tree!!

  7. Well done to your mum for writing her cards. I have had to admit defeat with mine now as my arthritic hands making writing very difficult and painful so I print off my inserts now....I like to send lots of cards and this is my only way now. I'm sure those that know me understand and those that don't tough 😃
    Annie x. #23

  8. Sneaky photos are the best.... especially the one of kitty. Love all your projects.
    Sandra de @29

  9. Hi Chris....sneaky you and you must feel great to have started the sorting and tidy up.'s difficult when your storage and workspace aren't together. Have fun...cheers RobynO#26

  10. Well done for sorting out your storage! It feels so good, doesn't it? I think the key to keeping things tidy is to always put things back to where they belong as soon as you're finished using them. It's a no brainer, but it took me 40 odd years to realise this, LOL! Bless, your mum's so sweet writing her cards. She's doing so well for her age! Rosie put a smile on my face again! Such a sneaky little thing seeking out the oddest places for a nap. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #30

  11. Love your little helper in the pink box. They are just the best company. Though mine woke me for breakfast a little early today...5am! Great project you did with the wreath. As for the sneak shots...fabulous! #24

  12. Hi Chris,
    Well done on getting sneaky photos undetected! Will they see your blog? I guess your Mum won't, how about DD2? How lovely that your Mum is still able to do it at 90, if slowly. Joyce does look very happy, and the wreath is gorgeous.
    Well, cats will sleep anywhere they choose!
    Your storage re-org looks to be going very well too.
    Cazzy #37

  13. You really are busy, but you seem to have a lot of fun with it!
    Thank you for your earlier visit and friendly comment.
    Gabriele 12

  14. Wow, you've been busy with all your sorting and re-organising - and in the lead up to Christmas too! Have a great week,
    Diana #38

  15. Hi Chris, lovely shots of our family, I always think these photos are more special because they are not posed. Always had to snap my Dad this way! Santa's helped looks nice and snug- what is it with cats and bags? Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xxx

  16. I feel the urge to organise in the run up to Christmas. It's nice to have a lovely organised space before all the decorations go up! x

  17. I've got your message, Chris! Sorry you couldn't comment on the blog. There's something funny going on - I remember I had trouble replying to your comments before. It's got to do with some privacy settings but I can't figure it out! It's bugging me! Anyway, thank you for your lovely comment! Enjoy your new pencils when they arrive and prepare to be amazed!

  18. Oh course she was proud of her wreath, it's lovely!

    Looks like everyone in your house is keep busy with Christmas coming, especially you. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #23

  19. Fabulous photos to share. Love that kitty is in the bag - don't they find the best/baddest! places to be :-) Thanks for stopping by.

    Karon #33

    Karon's Krafty Korner

  20. I too have a craft room kitty or two. Thanks for sharing a part of you life with us.

    Pat #50

  21. Looks like a very busy time you've all been having. The storage boxes look very neat. Happy crafting, Angrla x 28

  22. Chrys - you are good, getting their photos like that. What a wonderful thing to share, even if it is sneaky. Both are precious in their own ways. I can't even imagine being coherent when I'm 90--so she's doing pretty good! Hug her. And thanks for your sweet visit. I have to laugh because I get away with posting just about anything since my family never reads my blog! Tee hee! Sandy Leigh #40

  23. Good sneaky photos! Hope that closet sorting out helps a bit :)
    Cute kitty too :)
    Have a good week Chris,
    RosA # 3

  24. Hey Chris, thanks for the visit earlier. Love your super busy household right now! How is DD2 getting on with her sewing machine? Love the wreath your friend made - very clever. I want to see the one legged Minion...Great sort out you did there...I really need to do under my desk...another day...Cx #44

  25. How sneaky to get those photos but wonderful memories! Closet looking good! Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #36

  26. Lovely post, Chris, with 3 generations being involved! Lots of interesting stuff going on.

    Thanks so much for such a wonderfully uplifting and encouraging comment on my blog. Thank you for the beautiful Scripture, which I shall attempt to hang on to in the days to come. I know the Lord won't test me beyond my strength to endure, but it can be hard sometimes!! Losing myself in my ARTHaven is so incredibly therapeutic and happiness-inducing and I's really enjoying working on the album. I haven't done much over the past couple of days because I've been too exhausted but that's normal!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #35

  27. Oh, you are just too sneaky!! You have every right to be prowd! A wonderful post this week. Thank you for sharing. #55

  28. It looks like everyone in your household is busy with holiday functions! Great job on getting your yarn all organized. Putting things in plastic bins is so satisfying and it really helps you see what you're after. Thanks for visiting and happy WOYWW! ~ Laura #53

  29. hehehe I love your Santa's little helper :o) Happy WOYWW Annie C #52

  30. Aww your mum looks like she is really enjoy the spirit of christmas
    Bridget # 4

  31. Hi Chris,

    What precious photos of the family, ssshhh I wont tell either but isn't she a dear sitting and managing to get through her work load at that age, she is such a sweetie, please give her a hug from Australia and tell her I think she is beautiful. Oh and santas helper looks all tuckered out and in need of rest, don't worry Yoda is doing the same but in his new dome. Oh and what a great result with the wool storage, good for you, just a little at a time, gets the job done. That Christmas wreath looks fantastic too, thanks for sharing.

    Happy Belated WOYWW
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 61

  32. It's good you got the photos of your family - moments like this captured are the best! I envy your organised closet... it's amazing how fast my stuff/closet got messy (I unpacked my stuff/studio only 4 months ago or so - after the move - and organised it neatly but it's already a mess behind the doors, believe me! My desk may look tidy, but the rest... oooh the rest! Happy (belated) woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #32

  33. It looks like you've made great progress on your organizing effort. And your kitty in a bag is adorable. Say hi to your Mom and Sister. ;-) Thanks for stopping by my blog. April #43

  34. I love the sneaky photo.. no worries, we will keep the secret that the photo made it to your blog! :D Don't you just love that kitties can sleep comfortably just about anywhere?! What is with bags and boxes and kitties? lol! I would never have thought your friend was 87 and yes, she does look like she had fun making that wreath! :D Sorry for getting around to your desk so late... I am indeed one of the tortoise in life :D
    Hugs and happy crafting... til next week...
    Beth P
    #49 WOYWW

  35. How lovely your Mum still writes her cards. My Nan is 90 also and I love getting her card with her own handwriting on-it is so personal.

    Great wreath too, nice a festive.
    Thanks for visiting my desk already