Jane's Jottings

Retirement? Where did 2017 go?

Hi Everyone,

This is just to prove that I am still here and now back to work properly. I know I have been rubbish about keeping in touch but I think at last, I may have caught up on the last 3o years of obsession……….As a result, I am definitely going to be in touch through My Jottings and Facebook!

To catch up…..

Andrea Thompson took over the CSG at the end of December last year and has worked miracles running the company from her new offices in Stockton Heath – I don’t think many of you saw the difference except that your new look magazine goes out on time and many tasks were done properly! I cannot pretend that for me, the first few months were easy or that I took to having more time like a duck to water…….. I found it all very difficult to begin with……

It is difficult to let go after such a long time and share something that was so special and so personal after more than 30 years – Did you know that my cross stitch business was started with £50.00 in 1984?

We were very disciplined and within three weeks of the big move, our cars were in the garage and I was beavering away at my new desk.

My lovely work space

I gradually got used to my new tiny office space (must keep it tidy so that I can open the door!) and with Jenny Dixon’s help and much support from Andrea, I am well ensconced in my new role as CSG Designer. I think Andrea has come to realise that when I said “I work when I am awake” was no exaggeration so she has given me free reign over creating the designs and charts for you for the foreseeable future. Perfect!

In the spring, Bill and I went of to Sicily and I thought you would like to see some pictures from that trip. In case you have not guessed, this is where the idea for the Paradise Garden was born – the very air was photogenic and very inspirational. We travelled with Voyage Jules Verne on the Taste of Sicily Tour and it was marvellous in spite of Mount Etna’s attempt to scuttle it!




I enjoyed this trip much more than I expected and really enjoyed sketching and taking pictures with time to plan the stitching when I arrived back in the UK.

As I write, I am sorting out pictures of my delicious grandson and will be back with some images of his first few months and more of our travels very shortly but for now here is just one picture which I know will make you smile……


All the Greenoffs hope you had a lovely Christmas and are free from coughs, colds, Flu and all the other rubbish that is about and that you have a happy and healthy New Year…………and i will be back soon

Date posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017


Comments (2)

Dear Jane,
It’s so wonderful to hear from you your jottings have been missed the photos are amazing your grandson is a real cutie hope you enjoyed his first Christmas which is so very special.
I absolutely love the greenhouse seed box project in our magazine.
Jane thank you so much for all the wonderful projects you gave to all the CSG family through 2017 long may it continue.
Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.
Best Wishes

Comment by Teresa Gibson on Saturday, December 30, 2017

I was very lucky to have one of your wonderful cross stitch kits as Christmas gifts Bugs and Beast and i have made a start and husband will once again be doing the mounting and framing in the next few weeks.

We have all missed your .
When will you be back on TV i record all you programs so my 12 year old granddaughter can watch them when she get in from school. She is very keen on cross stitch and has just finished a sampler that is is a surprise gift for her mum
Blessings to you and yours

Comment by Christine Ward on Saturday, December 30, 2017

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