Wednesday 20 November 2019


Firstly a massive apology.  I failed dismally to comment on many blogs last week - life got severely in the way with a bit of a family crisis, but hopefully all is back on an even keel now and I will be able to comment this week.  If you want to know more about the WOYWW (What's on your Workdesk) phenomenon pop along to Julia's for all the news and how to join in.
Here is my desk as it was last night (I am on a long and boring team training day today so this is a scheduled post).  The desk is pretty empty apart from a few bits that need to be put away (cutting dies, stamp and pen), my mug of tea, and a lawn fawn stamp shammy for cleaning my stamps.  Neet demonstrated one at the 10th anniversary crop and I have finally got around to getting my own.  Can't wait to try it as my stamps are in a bit of a mess!
I also had some happy mail this week from Jan (10 little stockings) and Jo (3 knitted chocolate orange covers), but am trying to keep them hidden from the family as a surprise for Christmas!
My desk has seen some action this week as I had to make a 100th birthday card for my Great Aunt - she can hardly see now so it had to be a clean and simple and bold design.
I took a day off work to see her on her actual birthday (19 Nov) - here she is with her card from the Queen.
And admiring her cake (as Mum described it to her). 
We also got her to pretend to cut it (like a wedding cake). It was lovely to see her as it has been a while, she tires easily but was on good form.
That's all from me for now folks. I hope you have a lovely week.  Happy WOYWW.
With love & God Bless,


glitterandglue said...

Morning Caro. So good to see your tea mug back on the desk! Sorry you had a crisis - but don't worry about the non-visits. Life happens! Lovely shots of your great aunt. A great celebration for you all. Some lovely happy mail surprises, too.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #3

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Caro, wow what a milestone birthday. She looks very well at 100 too.A good ink removing tip is Hand Sanitiser, just clean after with water to make sure it's all gone. Came from Tim Holtz himself, so definitely a good one!Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #1 X

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Don't worry about not commenting, stuff happens! Hope all is ok now though xx. I'm glad you're happy with the stockings, I reallly enjoyed making them!! Jo's knitting is genius, I knew it was hers before I read your text. I've been knitting similar but smaller ones to put Ferrero Rocher in - I thought I'd finished but someone has delivered more this morning so the knitting needles have to come out again! How lovely to see your great Aunt looking so well and enjoying her birthday!
Hugs LLJ 8 xxx

Annie said...

Sorry to hear you've had a crisis but hopefully things have improved now. Lovely to see the photo of your Aunt....what a wonderful lady.
Annie x #12

Twiglet said...

Jan's little stockings are fab aren't they - perfect for popping a little gift into. What lovely photos of your aunt. We are so lucky to have had these special ladies in our lives. xx jo

Little Dorrit does... said...

Your desk looks very inviting!
Lovely pictures of your great aunt, who looks amazing at 100 years old - wonderful how she and the Queen are perfectly coordinated in those turquoise-blue ensembles!
Amelia #21

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Happy birthday to your great aunt - not many people make it to 100! Chances are you inherited those genes of longevity. Your desk looks tidy and ready for action when you have more time, hopefully quite soon. Enjoy your week, Caro! zsuzsa #17

Kathryn Frantz said...

Birthday Greetings to your Great Aunt! Such a treasure she is. So fortunate that you were able to spend her birthday with her. Precious memories.

Happy Wednesday!

Helen said...

Hope your day wasn't too boring! Love the 100th birthday card, what a great achievement. Bet the cake went down well. Helen #2

Catriona said...

What a lovely photo of a very special lady and how lovely you were able to see her on the actual day. Hope the family matters are now sorted.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Your Aunt looks great and the cake might be difficult for her to see but I bet she enjoyed it just the same. Hope your day has gone well. I'm late as I've been doing a workshop for friends but I'm here now. Wishing you a happy woyww, Angela x15x

Shoshi said...

Sorry to hear you've been dealing with family problems, Caro, and nice that you are back. I was AWOL for a couple of weeks too because I simply didn't have time to do it. Aww your lovely great aunt, bless her heart! Congratulations on reaching Triple Digits! What a lovely celebration she had. Was she related to your wonderful Granny who died recently?

Thank you for your lovely comment, and I so appreciate your continuing prayers for me. I am so hoping I won't have to go through the agony of an appeal for my PIP. My sister was on the phone today and she said I shouldn't have any problem getting it, but you hear such horror stories... She used to work for the CAB and helped a lot of people with their DLA forms. PIP is unfortunately a lot tougher and the process is pretty arduous. So glad you like my Tudor gown project and the fabric I managed to find - I've got my work cut out now to get it done in time! Our Bible study group has now broken up till the New Year so I've got a bit of respite from preparation, which will give me more time. I'm glad you liked my sketches, too. I love drawing on the iPad. The kitties do look adorable all cuddled up together, don't they! If you poke your finger into all the fur between them you can't believe how warm it is in there!

Happy WOYWW and God bless,
Shoshi x #20

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Happy belated 100th Birthday to your Auntie Caro, so nice to have shared her special day with her. How nice to see makes from other Woyww(ers) on your desk, good luck keeping them hidden until Christmas.
Wishing you a super creative week ahead Tracey #5

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, 100 years old! What a fab life affirming day you must have had. Your Aunt looks amazing. I know it's important but somehow a card from HM Queen no longer seems enough to me..I think it should be accompanied by a Lord Lieutenant in full regalia to add some pomp! Glad to see you're managing some Christmas preps too, I do wonder how you fir it all in. I expect actually, that you would wonder too if you had time to think about it!!

My name is Cindy said...

100 years! That really is something - I had a 100 year commission last week and like you I kept it big and bold. It is so lovely seeing all this Christmassy inpiration everywhere - might even find some Christmas Spirit if I don't watch out!! Hope the family crisis is resolved!! Happy (late) WOYWW Cindy #18

Crafting With Jack said...

Wow! You don't get to make many 100 birthday cards. I can see your aunt is holding a photograph of the Queen. So many people look forward to getting their letter from the Queen.

Neet said...

What a grand old lady hour Great Aunt is. She looks very aware of what is going on around her even if her eyesight is not that good. How lovely for you to see her on her special day. A good idea to make her a tactile card with big numbers on so that she could see them, I bet she loved it.
Great ideas for stocking fillers from the girls, I love the idea of the chocolate orange wrapper as I always buy one for my son, and the stocking is so pretty.
Glad you managed to track down a shammy for your stamp cleaning, hope you enjoy using it but don't be like me and worry about the fact that it is black and won't come clean - but if you do find a way to not ruin it and get it back to its original state (or even close) do let me know.
Blessings & Gentle Hugs, Neet 14 xx

craftyani said...

Congratulations to your aunt on her 100th birthday. She looks proud of the Queen's card. Sorry you had a family crisis hope all is ok now. Ani#6

Shoshi said...

Hi Caro, it's me again - I just wanted you to know straight away that your faithful prayers for me have been answered! I got a letter from the DWP today saying they'd awarded me PIP for 10 years and I'm getting the same amount that I got with DLA. The payment will continue without a break from when the DLA stops. So... phewww!!! What a relief, and Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your support through this anxious time!!

Big hugs and God bless,
Shoshi xxx