Monday, 9 March 2015

Fabulous Monday


 Good Monday Morning Lovely Friends,
Before I talk about todays card I would like the once again thank Saba (Barbara) for the incredible amount of work she put into producing the photographs and step by step instructions for yesterdays 'Izzy Bag' blog post.  I for one hugely appreciate the effort you went to and reading yesterdays blog posts, pretty much everyone else felt the same, so I hope you can feel the love!
Sheila (Ginger) If you look in today, please read some of the blog posts from yesterday, most of us have some idea of what you are going through and how tough life must feel at the moment.  We are all here to give you the love and support you need to help make the next few weeks and months a little more bearable. Please don't feel any pressure to comment, I just didn't want you to miss reading the lovely messages that have been left for you and Nikki.
Pat, I am so relieved that you are home and now well on the road to recovery, take it easy though, its easy to get carried away. Hopefully Sue and I will see you tomorrow.
Steph, I know you probably won't get to read this but just in case, I hope you are counting down the days until you are back home with Andy, I imagine he has been lost without you,  I hope you felt bright enough to do some more crafting.
I would also like to thank you all for 'Following' me yesterday, I am flying high at 16 followers! woo hoo!  Seriously though, I am just incredibly grateful that you all take the time to call in each day.
Right todays Card........
I wanted to use one of the new Anna Marie Designs Colours, so I went for this soft lilac colour, the new range of colours are gorgeous, sherbert hues of lemon, lilac, lime orange, blue, you name it, the shades are gorgeous.  I started with the Sue Wilson Background Die, cut out in white, I then cut a piece of the Lilac coloured card slightly larger than the background die, I then did a sneaky card save and cut out the middle size of the Californian Dies used for the focal element out of this background piece, I covered it with a double sided sticky sheet and covered that with Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow for a bit of sparkle.  I put a large piece of double sided foam tape on the back of the white background die cut (as this bit will be covered by topper) I also added a little cosmic shimmer glue onto the adhesive foam as it was being stuck onto iced snow.  I layered the the two pieces together, adding
tiny bits of double sided adhesive to the edges for support.  I then used the Californian Collection Dies collection from Creative Expressions, designed of course by our very dear friend Sue Wilson to cut a series of layers of both the Lilac and White card to form the focal element of the card, ending with a lilac layer which had the Justrite Fabulous Day sentiment on it, stamped with Archival Black Ink and Embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder.
I layered these up using double sided adhesive foam tape.
I matted this whole section on to a slightly larger white Matt and then onto a pierced matt, another lilac and then onto a white card base that measured approximately 7 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches.
To finish the card I added a piece of White Tulle, which a cut and knotted, then a bow tied using White Seam Binding from Creative Expressions, I topped this with a flower which I made using the matching Lilac card from AMD but this time it is the Dotty card, the rose was made using the
instructions from that fab booklet I got from Pink Frog Crafts, at the show last weekend. I was quite pleased by how it turned out, I then added a few lilac pearls and two Stick Pins made from the new Creative Expressions range of embellishments and a couple of bits from my stash. However I will add that when I left the card the stick pins were pointing straight up, so I am not sure what happened between me leaving it and Paul photographing it, but use your imagination, I hadn't realised until I sat down to write this post. My thinking with this sentiment is that you could add one of Sue's pierced flag dies with 'Mum' on for Mothers Day, So it would say 'Mum Have a Fabulous Day' then maybe have Happy Mothers Day inside, but having just this sentiment means it is quite versatile.
Let me know what you think below.
How Would you all like to spend your Mother's Day, if you could choose the perfect day?
Well, here's hoping for a Happy, Healthy week ahead, filled with fun and laughter!
Love and Hugs to each and everyone of you!
Sandra
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  1. Good morning Sandra, hope you are having a good day today.
    Coffee Shop Ladies I hope you are all well. If not I send you some (((((hugs)))))
    Looks like I am first here ..... might be that by the time I finish this some one will already have been in. However I will pop the kettle on and open the box with the Teacakes so they are ready for the toaster.
    SANDRA:- your card is a real beauty, a brilliant take on a Sue card. Your makes are just stunning, a card suitable for lots of occasions, I love it.
    Unfortunately, our mum Died very young so no Mothers Day Card. I had the "worlds best" MIL she is dead as well. However I will be helping the boys make their Mothers Days Cards.
    Busy day here, Monday is my Big Clean day when I go from one end of the house to the other. John helps by doing the Kitchen floor then disappearing to let me do things MY way!!
    I will turfing him out of his bed when I finish this to get the bedding in the machine. Not very nice weather here at the moment, looks like it will be the Tumble Drier for the washing today.
    Ok had my cuppa and Teacake, money is in the pot.
    Will pop back later to see how everyone is getting on.
    (((((hugs))))) in the basket by the door, please help yourself.

    Patricia xxx

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  2. Good morning Sandra. A flying visit this morning but just wanted to say how much I love your card today and the stickpins are amazing. Did you use the Britannia dies for the flower or something else?
    Pat, Steph, Theresa - I hope that you all feel better each day. Sending special wishes to Sheila and Nikki and also to Michele and her friends.
    Alison (Barbiepinkfairy), I'm pleased that you and Tilly have managed to get a great rail price to get to Ally Pally.
    Thanks again Saba for the Izzy bag instructions and everyone for the laughs yesterday! Sue xxx

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    1. Sorry Sue. The ipad had a funny just now. Thanks for the wishes. I'm feeling much better but still well off 100%. I now not being sick thank goodness as that was awful. I still have a horrible taste from the anaesthetic, hope that goes soon though.

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  3. Morning Sandra and all the lovely ladies. I've put subtle lighting on and the urn and I've put some bread ready for toast. Hope you don't mind, I've bought my duvet because it's cold outside! I've just got back from taking Julian to the airport, he's off to Manchester today. I've got a few minutes to drink a cup of tea before I'm off again to the station and then it's a busy morning ahead. Thank you for the splutter warning last night Sandra, it was needed. Thank goodness I don't drive a mini! Lol. Your card today is beautiful, I didn't get the Anne Marie new colour, they are beautiful aren't they and a lovely quality. The sentiment stamps really well doesn't it and your flower has turned out gorgeous. I was looking at my booklet yesterday but didn't get round to playing. Now don't get me started on droopy stick pins! (Gorgeous again by the way). I put some on Emma's birthday card last year at a pert 5 to 1 and after a few hours they were at 25 past 7! That was with glue dots, so I must investigate something stronger. I don't use them often, just for very special cards and ones that are handed over rather than posted. Hope you had a good nights sleep Pat and everyone else wakes up feeling bright and breezy this morning. I will pop back later to top up the urn, but must go now and stir a grumpy teenager! Take care everyone, I've put some hugs in the basket by the door if anyone needs one. Wrap up warm if you are out early. Love Diane xxx

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    1. Morning Diane,
      I use silicon glue for my flowers, bows & stick pins. Because the embellishments are then raised up slightly, the pins tend to stay put when placed into the silicone. But I always lay my cards flat for the glue to dry.
      Love Cheryl xxx

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    2. Hi Diane,
      It's silicone glue for me as well.
      Xxx

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    3. Hi Diane I use a hot glue gun as I cannot stand the smell of silicone and it take so long to dry compared to the hot glue but you do have to be careful with your fingers! I have also tried Pinflair glue but that can go off and boy does it pong! Glue guns are cheap on Amazon by the way
      Love
      Margaret xx

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  4. Morning Sandra,

    Gorgeous card, it would make a perfect Mother's Day card.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Morning Ladies

    Am up bright + early as I havd to get my car to the garage soon for a service & MOT.

    Todays card is just stunning, I love the layers/details and the sparkle.

    So far the weather here looks lovely but the Met Office say heavy rain due soon-hope they're wring as I plan to walk into Southport from the garage, do some non-food shopping then bus or train home with another short walk to the house. Ah well-if it rains I'll just come straight home and get crafting with some music on as hubby is away.

    No more news on my friend so I'm keeping my fingers crossed he is peaceful & pain free.

    Michele

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    1. Hello Michele,
      Love and prayers for you and your friends. xx

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    2. Michele, I hope you didn't get to wet? It's been pouring with rain here, and miserable. I hope your friend is being made comfortable and pain free? And that his wife is able to be with him. Hazel x

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    3. Hi Michele, hope your car went through the MoT alright. Were you seeing a friend for lunch today? if so hope you had a nice time.
      Thinking of you and your friends
      Hugs Maria x

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    4. Hi Michele,
      Hugs and hugs for you and you friends, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
      Cheryl xxx

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    5. Hi Michelle
      I hope your friend is being made comfortable and pain free.

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    6. Hi Michele. Sorry this later but for some reason I couldn't leave messages earlier. Hope the car passed the MOT and am thinking of your friend. Hope he is comfortable.

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  6. Morning Sandra my dear Friend
    Also All My Other Dear Friends,
    Could I Please Have My Usual! Thank You
    It's a very Cold and Frosty one out there this morning and because it's getting lighter the boys wish to stay out longer even though I tell them I'm Cold anyone would think I'd lost my marbles if they hear me talking to my boys Oh! If only they could talk back.
    I'm truly thrilled Sheila has joined your Blog she may not comment straight away but she's very aware everyone is thinking about her.
    Now SANDRA Don't you ever tell me your Cards are Pants etc Today's Card is Superb I Love Everything About It!
    The Beautiful Soft Colours The Fabulous Dies You Used And The Use Of Iced Snow That And The Diamond Snow My Favourite Products.
    I Really Love The Sentiment As JustRite Are My Very Favourite Stamp Company I Love The Different Fonts On There Sentiments, And Can I Say
    I Really Love Your Flower I'm Rubbish At Those That's Why I Buy Mine From Wild Orchid, Your Messy Bow Is Also Great And There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Stick Pins I Love Them.
    SANDRA Your Card Is Splendid Exquisite Very Beautiful I'm Sure Sue Would Love To See This At Some Stage. Thank You For Sharing.
    PAT: I'm so pleased your now back home.
    STEPH: I'm thinking of you take great care.
    NORAH: I'm thinking of you take great care.
    LITTLELAMB: I'm terribly sorry to hear about your dear friend.
    MARIA: Thank you for asking about me I'm fine just waiting for my results (worst part) and then an appointment date for my operation.
    To All My Dear Friends Take Care It's Cold Out There.
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam xxx

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    1. Hi Sam, don't you worry about talking to your boy's because I speak to anything , pets, flowers and baby's tihi many times my lively son has been very embarrassed by his mamma, bless him. Hope your day is fine, Hugs Maria xx

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    2. Hi Sam,
      How you feeling?
      It's quite chilly here in Oxfordshire too, such a change to the sunny weekend! It was so nice to get washing dry in the line in the sunshine!
      Sam, have you looked on that Craft Clearance.co.uk site, they gave a lot of Justrite stamps on their at sale prices! It's worth a look,
      I too love Wild Orchid, it's not a cheap site though!
      I hope you have a lovely day sam, are you going to make a bag?
      I am off gorgeous a go right now!
      Huge hugs my lovely friend,
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. Hi Sam
      I think to it's ok to talk to your boys. At least they won't answer you back.

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  7. Janet Ecco of Sheffield9 March 2015 at 08:29

    Morning everyone - Thank you Patricia for opening up and sorting things out. Sandra I love love your card of today - your colour scheme -is a favourite of mine- just suits the dies you've used to their full advantage. All in all one fantastic card ready and waiting for any occasion.
    I too use silicone glue when putting in hat pins. I also use glue on the back of foam mounted tape as it's one dread I have that someone takes their card out of the envelope and it falls apart. 'Belt and Bracers' as the old saying goes.
    No Mothers' Day cards to make for me as I lost Mum 21 years ago as tomorrow. I still talk to her every day and when the need arises I sit half way up the stairs (there is a picture of four generations of us there; Mum. Me, my two lovely Girls, my Grandson and my middle Granddaughter) and all is well then. It is my comfort space.
    Pat - I'm so pleased to hear you are back at home and following Sandra's words please take things easy for a while afterall you don't want to undo all the good the surgeon has done. Comfy chair; foot stool in place; coffee/tea and refreshments close at hand should be the order of the day.
    Michele - my thoughts and my prayers are for you and your Friends today and I too hope he is peaceful and pain free.

    Well It's going to be a big day today as I'm going to try and achieve a 'Izzy Bag' so please save a seat in a corner as I just know I'm going to need it. I shall be using Saba's tuition sheet so all should go well.

    I've left my daily dose of hugs with Patricia's so please help yourselves.
    This morning's latte tasted just right.
    Janet xx

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    1. Hi Janet
      Hope you have a lot of success at making Izzy, bag. I must have a go when my brain gets back into shape.

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  8. Hi ladies,
    After Hazel & Patricia's disappointment at the Glasgow a Show on the weekend I decided to go and look at the a Exhibitors List for Ally Pally, well the list us shorter, that's for sure, most of the usual Stands are there but there seems to be a but of a pattern, doing a bit of research I have worked out that a lot of the companies that are on that British Craft Network ....indigo Blu, Krafty Hands, Hougie Board, Ali's Inky fingers, for example are not at this years show but were there say year, it seems to be too much of a coincidence the other two big companies missing from this years show.....Crafters Companion & Pinflair!
    I am quite surprised at Indigo Blu not going because Kay always used to do the big demo's in front of a big crowd (not just on her own stand)!
    Most of the other popular names are there, Barbara Gray, Ali Reeve, inky
    Inkyliscious, Anna Marie Designs, the Creative Expression Crew of course and our Sue on her Rubbernecker stand.
    I don't quite understand why the companies from the internet craft channel are Not doing the shows, I will pop over to the NEC craft fair Exhibitors list to check if they are attending that one, it's pretty much the biggest show so I would be surprised if they weren't !
    Love & hugs
    Sandra
    Xxxxxxxx

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  9. Good morning Sandra and all who call into the coffee shop
    A quick latte please as I am having to take one of the corgis to the vets but will call in later.
    Your card is so very beautiful Sandra the colours are fantastic I will have to have a look at Anna Marie web site all her card is just wonderful.
    Have a lovely day everyone hoping that Sue has had a good night at home and that Steph is over the worst of her treatment and all who are feeling life is not fair in any way hang on in there we are all here for you especially Sheila and Nikki.
    Hugs
    Margaret corgi owner

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    1. Hi Margaret,
      I hope your corgi is ok x

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    2. Hi Margaret,
      Hope it's just a routine check up.
      Love Saba xx

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    3. Hello Margaret any word on your Corgi.
      Hope it was just a usual checkup
      Pateicia x

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    4. Hi Margaret,
      Checked to see if your lovely doggie was ok! Hope so.
      Love Myra xx

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  10. Dear Sandra and all your wonderful followers thank you so much for all your kind thoughts on the loss of my dear hubby.....it's only been a week but my heart feels so empty. As I'm on my own now I pop into your wonderful cafe alot and your kind wishes help me so much even had a little titter once. Nikki, although she is Special Needs' understands about heaven and when I told her about he dear adored Daddy she was heart broken. I promise I will pop back in when things start to settle after the funeral but I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you at this time. Bless you all.
    Love and hugs Sheila xxxxxxx
    PS I'm not very good with words but I just felt I needed to say Thank you xxx

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    1. Welcome Sheila. I went through this time a few years ago so do know how you feel. Everyone here is very friendly. Even if you just read the comments and don't send one yourself I think it will help. Take care.

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    2. Sheila. Just take your time, a day at a time is the only way to deal with your loss. Yes you will feel empty, but remember a good memory hold it in your heart and it will help. Nikki has a good support network where she is, which will give you peace of mind knowing that, you will get the support from her team too, when you visit. Take your time, pop in their is always someone around, I am glad you had a little titter too, did you read Sandra's comment with the " splutter warning" if not go have a wee look, I about had a "Tenna Lady " moment. Take care ((((((hugs)))))) hazel x

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    3. Bless you Sheila,
      I am so pleased that you have seen the incredibly supportive messages that gave been left for you, you really do gave a place here among friends that care very much about you Sheila, we may all be miles apart but you wouldn't think it, it also feels like we have all been friends for years! You just pop in and out as you feel up to it, I personally felt really strange and empty between my darling dad passing and his funeral, you almost feel lost, but once the incredible sadness of the funeral had passed and we had sent him on to be with his mum and dad it did kind if feel easier, like he was at peace. I know we all have totally different views and ways if dealing with things, you have to think about it in a way that suits you best.
      As everyone has said, one day at a time is the only way, we will be here every one of those days my love, for you to laugh, cry, shout, or scream with.
      Lots of love and a comforting hug
      Sandra xxxxx

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    4. Hello Sheila, you should be so proud of yourself, you have taken the step to come into this wonderful coffee shop, everyone here is so kind and supportive. I'm so pleased Nikki was able to understand. I did realise she had special needs, but wasn't sure she would understand. Thank goodness she did, I know the days ahead are going to be difficult for you, please be assured we are all here for you. If you want to laugh, or cry even tell us something about your day, just remember the coffee shop is always open.
      Sending both you and Nikki Love and Prayers, Brenda

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    5. Janet Ecco of Sheffield9 March 2015 at 13:53

      Hello Sheila - you are one very brave lady and as it's already been said the prescription is one day at a time. You will be welcome wherever and whenever you call. We are all here for you and just remember no-one every goes away while you keep them in your heart. Hugs for you and Nikki. xxx Jaanet

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    6. Hi Sheila, welcome to the most wonderful, warm and sometimes the nuttiest coffee shop in the world. You come in back when you are ready and feel like a chat. This place is always opened so don't be shy and stay outside in the cold, we are good listeners and have plenty of hugs to give and therefore I'm sending you and Nikki some Maria x

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    7. Hello Sheila, so glad to see you visiting. There is always a friendly face here to chat with if and when you need them.
      There is always room for everyone and always, always plenty of Love & Hugs.
      Thinking of you and your lovely daughter Nikki.
      Hugs a plenty

      Patricia x

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    8. Hi Sheila,
      So glad to see you visiting this wonderful cafe. Remember all the good and your husband will never be far away. One step at a time my dear.
      I'm so glad Nikki is able to understand where her Daddy is.
      Love Cheryl xxx

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    9. Hi Sheila. I am so glad that you have taken comfort from the love and support that we all have for you and Nikki. Do what ever feels right for you to help you through each day. We are here for you whenever you feel able to join us . love Mrs B/ Sue x

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  11. Hello Sandra,
    My your card is beautiful, and the stick pins are gorgeous. The pins seem to follow the line of the background die, anyway it's all lovely.
    I feel more like my own self today (oh, no I can hear you say. ~The girls are sorted and off to school, although when Eleanor was getting on the school bus she realised that we'd left her PE bag at her house, queue much gnashing and wailing of teeth because her teacher is extremely strict, so we had to dash back to her house, pick up the bag, and get to school before the bus. Easy peasy with George driving the jet mobile!!!
    I'm in Zoe's class this afternoon sewing with them (8 and 9 year olds), there will be long lines of children waiting to have the knots taken out of their silks and their cross stitch put right - I can see it now. Happy days!
    Saba - I can't decide whether you'd be a good Helga, Gerta or Gretchen, so much nicer than Barbara!! Do you wear your hair in plaits around your ears often? I think it's very becoming on you (I must stop this, you are a bad influence on me). I did mean to say yesterday when you did the wonderful tuition on the handbags, I love that vase - it's so pretty.
    Pat, I am so glad you are back home, take care.
    Steph, I hope you are soon "in the pink" and back with us.
    Sam, good luck with the results and hope you get a date soon.
    Cheryl, I hope you are OK. x
    Well, the latte and toasted teacake are finished and there's no sign of Mrs B, so I'm off to Blood Pressure Alley (the supermarket) and will do some housework before lunch and the school volunteering. I've popped my money in the pot, and put the dishes in the dishwasher, although I did notice someone had left their champagne flute on the side so I've hand washed it (very nice crystal, Sandra) and put it safely away. Now, I wonder who had that?
    Margaret, if you want a copy of Saba's fantastic instructions, just let me know, my e-mail address is on yesterday's post.
    Love to all, I've helped myself to some hugs xxx

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    1. Maureen
      Firstly, my plaits are pinned to the top of my head and held in place with a messy bow. It was that princess From Star Wars who wore hers wrapped around her ears.
      Secondly, what wrong with Barbara. - Barbara, don't worry you are fine - Maureen's been casting aspersions about our name.
      Thirdly, I think it was Maria who was on the champagne. If you read yesterday's last comment you will not believe what she took to bed with her!!
      Love and hugs
      Saba xxx

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    2. Saba, nothing's wrong with Barbara, it's a lovely name, I just think of you in my mind as Gerta as it somehow seems to go with you!!!! Oh, all right I'll call you Barbara.
      By the way my nicknames at school - even with the teachers and Headmaster - were Matty (surname Matthewson) or ginger - which I shall not elaborate on! Anyway, the Auburn went the way of the Dodo a long time ago.
      And as for Maria - lucky girl!!
      Maureen xx

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    3. Oh Barbara, I will use your proper name as Maureen is confusing me with all these other ones, plus she has filled my head with all these pictures of you with your hair up in plaits is just to much. I hope you are not to stiff and sore today, at least you likely have cycle paths where here it's side roads that are cycle ways and they are the most dangerous place to ride a bike as they are rat runs for drivers, our villiage is a 20mph area, but the boy racers ( usually they aren't even boys) don't even slow down while going over the humps on the road. You don't often see children on their bikes round here - to dangerous. Hazel x

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    4. Hi Maureen,
      are the little ones behaving themselves during the sewing lesson ?
      I'm usually so late with my last posting so didn't think anyone was around to hear and as it turned out I didn't have any sleep at all so it was quite a weary 'hippo' going to the pool this morning.....lol

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    5. by the way, who's Barbara ??
      Saba it was red wine not champagne, it has too many bubbles !

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  12. Oh Sheila, I'm so sorry that whilst I was wittering on you came on line and posted. I send my love to you and Nikki and wish you both nothing but strength, kindness and love from your fellow human beings.
    Love Maureen xxx

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  13. Hi Sandra
    I hope you don't mind me popping back into The Cafe
    Sheila/Nikki my heart goes out to you both, Please give Nikki a Huge Hug from me, please remember we'll always be here for you.
    I'm thrilled you've made the first step into The Cafe hopefully again in a few weeks time.
    Please Take Great Care Thinking Of You Daily.
    Love And Hugs
    From Sam xxx

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  14. Good Morning Sandra and lovely ladies,
    Love the subtle lighting in here this morning. I think I'll have the toasted teacake and a earl grey, thank you Patricia.
    Sandra your card today is so beautiful. It is everything I love about a card and so professionally made you really do need to get on a design team. Have you had a look at creative expressions new blog challenge. Get something entered on there girl.
    Thank you again for all the lovely comments yesterday, I am so glad it helped to share the pleasure of making an Izzy bag.

    Janet, you brought a tear to my eyes this morning. It's 25 years since we lost our mum and it still hurts. Your comfort space is a lovely place for you to go and think of her. It made me think of A.A. Milnes halfway down the stairs.
    I'm not particularly looking forward to Mother's Day, but if I could be anywhere Sandra, I'd be spending it with my mum.

    Sam, I hope you don't have to wait too long for your results and hope everything is alright when you do get them. Please give my love to Sheila, she is in my thoughts daily.
    Michele, my thoughts are with you too.
    Pat, so glad you are home, take it easy and get strong again.
    Steph, hope the new meds have settled down now and you will be back home soon.

    Hope everyone has a good day, its glorious sunshine here in Nuremberg, beautiful but only high listing how dusty my home is so its time to get the pledge out.
    love and hugs to each and every one of you
    Saba


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  15. Hi
    Me again, Margarget I do hope one of your Darling Corgis Is Alright
    Take care my friend
    Love from Sam xxx

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  16. Good morning dear Sandra and the coffee shoppers,
    *****************EPIC WARNING*** EPIC WARNING**********************
    Sorry i have been AWOL but more after about that. This is going to seem that i have went right off my head but here goes.
    Janet, i do not think very much to your Knit and Natter friends for their dispersions on your beautiful card that you went to all the work of making all of their components up for them, for them to start to complain about the difficulty or anything else about it as i think it is beautiful. The rose alone is a peace of beauty and intricacy to get it right and look like a true rose. I am just wondering whether there is any one of them has had to endure their horrible and frankly wrong aspersions. I wonder how they would like a taste of their own medicine on their K&N week?
    Brenda, my mum would have loved your wee owl as between them and hedgehogs, she had a love of both. When ever there was a wee hedgehog injured, the children of the village would always take it to mum as she would nurse them back to health. She had made a couple of hutches especially for her returning hedgehogs that would come to hibernate each year. Mum's garden was not one of those posh pristine things, it was a definite nature inspired place(that anyone could go missing in without the ball of string to lead them back). Thank you flower for such a lovely cutie who is going to bring someone a lot of joy.
    Janet, i'm back to you for the wee fella's cake and card and the blanket of love. I bet the wee lad's face was a picture when he seen his card and then his cracker of a cake. Getting a cake especially made just for him, it is a wonder he let it be cut to eat. You have made every wee 5-7 year old boys dream come true with the cake and card. Rory was a Lightening McQueen from Cars fan when he was that age. I had to paint him a desert with a blue sky with some sprigs of grass trying to come through the sand as Lightening McQueen raced through the desert. Rory loved his room as it went right around across his built in wardrobes the lot. I had better not give your wee grandson any ideas as your talents might just take you into a different kind of crafting. Your beautiful, stunning blanket, is a book i bought for the same reason as you, i thought the squares were absolute crackers. Yours has turned out stunning flower and since i have just received my book recently, it has made me want to make a start on my quilt. Did you do it in Aran to make the squares or DK as i think i am going to do mine in an Aran pure wool so that it has warmth as well as pure appeal and looks. How long did your blanket take you to do?

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    1. Janet Ecco of Sheffield9 March 2015 at 14:23

      Oh Norah you don't know how good it is to have you back. I hope all is well with you now.
      I knitted the bedspread in Aran which I bought from Deramore's site off the net. It's a classic Aran Cream and comes in 400gs balls. It took me 12months to knit 56 squares 12"x12" using Bamboo needles as they are light weight and warm to the touch. It then took 2 months to stitch them together; backed it with a king size cream sheet I bought from Primark and finished it off with cream satin ribbon. It was lovely to knit something beautiful again all because it was done in small manageable squares. Hope to see your quilt in the not too distant future. Hugs and many of them. Janet xx

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    2. Norah, great to see you back in your usual seat by the window.
      We have missed you.
      Look forward to hearing more of your tails from the hills
      Patricia x

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    3. Good to see you back Norah. Hope you will soon feel a lot better. I also have a problem with low iron and have started taking tablets. Hope they work. Thank you for your kind comments about my owl. Your mums garden sounds like mine except I have about 6 foxes in it. I don't encourage them to live there.

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    4. Hi Norah. I t is so good to see you back : ) Rory's bedroom sounds wonderful, his friends must have been very envious. Take care xx

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  17. Sheila, it took me so long to write my comment during which time you posted.
    You are both in my thoughts and prayers.
    I hope the love and support you feel coming from us all gives you some small comfort at this terrible time. God Bless love
    Saba xx

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  18. Saba (Barbara), thank you for the beautiful clear and concise pictures that you have produced for us as they are super clear to see and understand of Issy's stunning bags. You have made some beauties there yourself with the middle being my favourite as it matches almost a bag that my mum had when she went to the dancing. I made a sampler bag up for my friend the other day there and took it yesterday to give and her eyes were as big as saucers at it, so i think these are going to proof popular as something that bit different. Thank you Barbara flower for your stunning examples for our delight and that it truely is, a delight to see.
    Oh Sandra, i love your card both for the colour scheme which isn't too bright and for the design. I love the French background die as it just looks so pretty to me. I tried to get some of the AMD's new card yesterday up at the SECC from them but they had totally sold every last pack, which that is ok as i bought some more card and 8x8 cards from Tim. I see you have managed to get Sue's messy bow off pat, me i can't get it some how. Did you have a lovely time seeing the girls play on Saturday although i hope it was dry as it was teeming down up here at the Wee County.
    Right girls i need some suggestions here as how i can get my iron up as the blood pressure is rock bottom along with my iron and that is why i have been so completely innighalated these past number of days. As Hazel said the show was just wee this year but it still took me 4 goes to see most of the stalls in between coffee's, but i was shattered by the time i got home. I got down the first aisle before i had to go for a pick me up yesterday and so it went on but for me this time it was enough as it took me until 3pm to see what i did see. Thank goodness mum bought me the scooter because i wouldn't have stood a chance otherwise.
    To the lovely Sheila and Nikki, sending my thoughts, prayers and hugs to you. I don't know what to say flower as i know how my mum and i were at my beloved daddy's passing , but stay strong and you will get through this horrible time.
    Michele, i too hope that your friend is peaceful and pain free at the moment that he can enjoy this time. Sending him, his fiancee and you some hugs just because.
    Sorry for the epic book today girls, and i will now go and sit in the dunces corner with my hat on and a latte and a big cream cake. Well i may as well be all bad :))
    Brought my basketful of hugs of all shapes, sizes and occassions just waiting to be picked. Have a good day girls
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah Glenochil

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    1. Hello Norah,
      Welcome back, I have missed your lovely short!!! stories lol. Seriously, it's great to read them again, and I hope you get sorted out. As Saba says, your doctor should either give you iron tablets or injections. See you tomorrow, all being well.
      Love Maurreen xxxx

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    2. Oh Norah, my life now seems complete, I absolutely hate it when you are not around, but I dint feel like I should keep pestering you with emails, especially as you were so poorly, I do know that there are certain things you can take that help you absorb iron mire easily but there are also things that make it harder for you yo absorb iron too, so I will have a little research and get back to you, I only know this because Becca suffered quite badly with low iron, I distinctly remember telling us to avoid somthings, leave but with me, I will research and be right back,
      Love
      Sandra xxxx

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    3. Norah, you need to rest!!! Your body won't remake that iron if you keep using it up. No rest, and they say red coloured foods and drink help to make iron, don't know if it works, but liver etc are meant to be full of iron, but Sandra is right often some foods deplete iron. Nice to see you back, you sit down and I will bring across what you would like to eat and drink. Hazel x

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    4. Hello again Norah,
      You need to be eating more citrus fruit, an orange or orange juice set breakfast can help you absorb more of the iron in fortified cereals etc, things like peppers and other vitamin c rich veg can help too.
      Things to avoid are coffee and cocoa based drinks as these inhibit the absorption of iron. There us a wealth of information on line, but adding these things into Becca's daily dirt helped her with get naturally low iron, she like you was totally washed out all the time, I hope something helps to restore you to your normal lively self!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    5. Bloomin predictive text thingy, Becca didn't have daily dirt, she had a daily diet!
      Maybe dirt would have worked better!
      Hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxxx

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  19. Norah
    Welcome back, you have been so missed, so glad you are feeling a bit better and thank you for your lovely comments.
    Is it iron deficiency anaemia that you have and Have you spoken to your Doctor about Iron supplements or even injections to get it sorted quickly. I had to have a course of the injections once and although not pleasant they really helped.
    Otherwise spinach is rich in iron and liver.
    Love and hugs
    Saba

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  20. Good morning Sandra and ladies, I have been in for a while, but delayed chatting to those who are in already? Right I am helping myself to my usual tea and a crumpet with jam, I will put the money in the pot. Not into work this morning just as well as I didn't get up till just after 8. But then again I was up between 2-3 just couldn't sleep, but on saying that have the trouble was all what was going on in my head - trains, planes and automobile ! Yes I was thinking of ways to get to Ally Pally, but on reading this morning about a lot less stands going to be there it's maybe fate that we aren't going??? Sandra and ladies I was sitting here in the early hours trying not to laugh out load, I had tears running down my face? Sandra thank goodness you put up that "splutter warning". I just about wet myself!!., oh between that and Saba and " basting the duck". Well it was to much!!! Who else has a blog that gives you so much fun and laughter plus friendship??? 172 comments ok some where from yourself Sandra but not that many, you don't need a big followers list its the ones that call in all the time that matter. Oh nearly forgot - see got carried away. Your card is just stunningly gorgeous, they didn't have that gorgeous colour on their stand on Saturday or I would have had it, a visit to their website I think? I just love everything you have done to make this card so gorgeous. Right I'd better move, will be back later. Hazel x

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    1. Hi Hazel, I know, I'd have loved to have gone to Ally Pally (never been before) but trains fares and time from Newcastle would have been too much and then overnight stay in hotel as I'd have never made it home that night. It's just out of the question. But as you say, if it's not so well attended this year, hey ho - it's not meant to be. BUT, wouldn't it have been fantastic for us all to meet up, can you imagine the noise and laughter, what a tonic that would be.
      Maureen x

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    2. I would so live you all to come down to the show, even without the few that I mentioned, which apart from Indigo Blu, weren't there in October it was still a good show, plenty of Stamping companies and of course a lot selling all the dies, paper pads, card, inks. Well you name it, but it us all paper crafting, which is better I think.
      I do have a spare room, two most of time so anyone wanting to come, could always stay in our madhouse and travel to show with us!
      Just let me know !
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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  21. Hi NORAH
    How Truly Wonderful to hear from you again,
    SANDRA, do you think with "Ally Pally" not everyone has confirmed as yet, I know my Craft Leader used to go there but apparently The Rents of the site became too expensive and possibly because IndigoBlu aren't on Create and Craft as much things are tough for them?
    My Craft Leader holds two small shows a year with around 26 Exhibitors going and like Ally Pally it's got a great seating area whereas
    The Large one that Stephanie Weightman does its crammed very difficult to get round there's been lots of complaints, but she doesn't care as long as the money comes in, she and Nancy Watts do a workshop for about four hours which cost £70:00 I went the first year the show came to Doncaster Never Ever Again!!!!!!
    My Craft Leader has been doing her show for about Eleven Years and
    Barbara Gray always supported her she had a really large stand and when Create and Craft and Stephanie came to Doncaster she said she wouldn't do that show as she does my Leaders Craft Show until this year and she's not doing it!
    I feel for my Craft Leader as the big companies have got so much more pull, and Barbara was great for my Craft Leaders show, and I know my Craft Leader will worry about her numbers being down, but she doesn't wish to cram to many Exhibitors in a not very big hall she wishes people to be able to get around in scooters or wheel chairs etc:
    I've tried to check out the Exibitors List for Summer Crafts and it's not available as yet!!!
    Take care all
    Love from Sam xxx

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  22. Hi ladies, just in time for my coffee today, sorry to be so late, hospital appointment, all is well. Sandra, your card is gorgeous, the colours are lovely, what a talented lady you are. I have tried to follow you, but I don't know what I am doing wrong, google want me to enter my email, this I have done and a password, but then it says server unavailable! It is driving me mad, this is also happening on Patricia's blog. Hubby does not understand why this is happening either and he is good with computers, maybe it is because this is an old IPad
    anyway, Norah so good to have to back in the fold, take care and get yourself sorted out.
    Sheila thinking of you and Nikki.
    Hope to catch you all later for afternoon tea.
    Take care, Jessx

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  23. Hi Sandra,
    I know it's 11 30am but it's taken me ages to read everything and being a Nosey Parker don't like to miss anything!
    First of all today's card - it is beautiful Sandra - really gorgeous and I loved the card when they showed it on C&C . However the packs were so huge I decided against buying but I will check out the website. The shades tone well with the CE foundation card too. Your stick pins and flower are gorgeous - you should not have mentioned the jaunty angle as being a fault as it looks lovely! It's a real Sue style card.
    Where do I go next!
    Saba / Barbara - I have been in stitches at you with your hair wound round your ears! I felt guilty as I called you Daisy yesterday on "your bicycle made for two" .
    Maureen - it's an old song - even older than Orville!
    Norah - how lovely to have you back! We have missed you and get that dunces hat off! So pleased you were able to go to the SECC but sorry you are feeling so weak - no wonder! Hope you can get some Iron very soon.
    Sheila - How lovely to hear from you. Words at times like this are hard to get right! We do genuinely think of you and Nikki daily and you are both in my thoughts and prayers. So glad Nikki understands about Heaven as that will really help her. Sending you both love and hugs. Pleased we made you smile or even titter!
    Pat - hope you've had a good night's rest . I'm sure the coffee tastes much better here than in hospital.
    Allison - so pleased you got a good deal to go to Ally Pally. I couldn't really justify the expense just now as I too would have to stay overnight and my husband is not a cook so I have to think about him. Mind you he could survive on bacon sandwiches for two days?! That's his level of expertise. I hope Tilly and you have a super time.
    Steph - we are incomplete without you! Hope you are nearly at the stage of getting home. Sending hugs to you.
    Michelle - I fear you may hve got wet as the rain came on with a vengeance here and we're not far away! Enjoy your crafting. Hugs to you and your friends. Hope he is comfortable.
    I'm putting it in black and white - it wasn't Myra who had the Champagne! Wish it had been lol!
    I must go as today is crafting with children day! Be thinking of you Maureen - we'll be making gifts for Mother's Day.
    Thanks for the coffees - been here so long had a refill. Put extra money in the box.
    Love to all, for now,
    Myra xxxxx

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  24. Hello Sandra,
    Love today's card, the colours stickpins it all just coordinate so beautifully.yes, it would make a great Mother's Day card. Unfortunately my mother died in 1999 just 6 hours short of the millennium. And she would really love this card.
    Anyway I do get help the grandchildren make cards for there mothers, and that is always fun.
    NORAH, it was so lovely to see you up there, you just sit quietly and anything you want we will bring over to you LOL
    Sheila, What a brave step you have taken and I am sure one of many WELCOME TO THE COFFEE SHOP. We are all here for you. Just come in and sit down, you are with friends (allbeit virtual) there is a table near the window where you can sit, no one will bother you, Unless you want us to. LOL

    Well must get on, we are on school run today, daughter wants us to pop into ASDA on the way, then will go into cemetery to tidy up Mum and Dads grave.
    We will then go and pick up Ciara from her school and Callum from his. Take them home, at some point big sister will want picking up from the station. feed them do homework etc. then come home for a REST !!!
    John always says to people "don't retire you work harder" We wouldn't have it any other wat.
    Wil pop back later, love to all Brenda xxx

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    1. God heavens that an exhausting afternoon if ever I have heard one!
      How very sad that your mum, made it so close to the new year but couldn't hold on any longer, I always feel it's harder when someone passes so close to a memorable date, as it sometimes becomes difficult to celebrate that day each year, we list my dad whilst we were on a camping holiday in Spain, we were expecting a call from my sister as she was going to give Matt (my son) his GCSE results,the call came the morning we were expecting, although a little early, it was also the day before Matt's birthday, I answered my phone expecting good news only to hear my duster tell me that dad had died in the night. He had a couple of health issues but nothing that made us even consider him leaving us, but unfortunately, he had a Coronary Heart attack, so despite my poor little sister trying to revive him there was no chance she could of, she was only 19 bless her!
      So now every time we go away, it always comes to mind, it also makes you make sure you say your proper goodbyes before you go anywhere !
      You make sure you rest later my lovely,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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  25. Oh that is a gorgeous card, and the colours are beautiful, it makes me think of summer. It is not exactly summer here though, it is blowing a gale and with the north east wind it is like being in the arctic. Saba, I am still singing your praises for the work you did with Izzys handbags, I would never had managed to work them out without that help, thank you. Also the tip regarding puting your finger on a picture on the ipad and it goes to pictures, I did that, and it worked, so not only card help ,coffee, cakes and great friendship but tips for computing available in this coffee shop also. So glad I plucked up the courage to come in, thank you all.
    love to all
    Wendy xx

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    1. Wendy
      It's you singing in the corner is it!! I thought somebody had put the hallelujah chorus on the radio.
      I am so glad you plucked up the courage to become a member of this lovely family and thank you I am happy to have helped.
      Love Saba xxx

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    2. Hi Diane,
      Thank you for your kind words, it too am glad you took that step into the Cafe, just think of what you would have missed out on!
      It's such a benefit to me, I look forward to checking in here as soon as I wake up each day, I have you lovely lot to thank for that!
      Hugs
      Sandraxxxx

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  26. Hello again ladies,
    I just wanted to confirm that all the companies I mentioned thus morning that are members of that British Craft Network Channel are not at the big Hobbycraft show in Birmingham either, although Pinflair and Crafters companion are, Debbie More isn't at the Nec either, which is very unusual, I wonder what us going on? It seems more than coincidence to me that all the companies on that channel were at Ally Pally last year, but none of them are doing any shows thus year, I know that Create and Craft have a big presence at the NEC show but they do t run it,I would hate to think that they have enough influence to prevent those companies exhibiting! I would love to find out as I know from reading a huge post on another site that Create and Craft had said that nobody with a connection to the BCN channel would be allowed to exhibit at British Summer a Crafting Show, it just makes me wonder that as they promote/sell tickets to the NEC show and broadcast live from their that they have said 'if they come we won't "
    I wouldn't put it past them, they clearly can't take a bit of healthy competition!
    I would live to hear your thoughts.
    Hugs
    Sandra xxxxxx

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    1. Joanna Sheen , she's another one that doesn't exhibit anymore!

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    2. Sandra, I heard that at the SECC the cost of a stall was a lot more expensive than before. One of our crafters who decorates goose eggs ( like Faberge) usually goes, with a friend and they only demonstrate their craft not selling anything, the cost of a 6' by 4' foot space was well over £2000 for the 4 days. If they wanted an electricity point that was extra as well! Maybe the same thing is happening at all the exhibition centers! Jess x

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    3. Sandra, I really wonder what in heavens name is going on in the Crafting World. That's not good that some are not even going to Ally Pally and NEC. I know things are hard financially these days BUT to me those shows are a fantastic Shop Window for these companies. Hazel and I had already made up our minds about not bothering with Birmingham this year, we have been the last 2 years.
      How many other are now thinking the same.
      Patricia xxx

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    4. Sandra, Sometimes I wonder what is happening in crafting circles. Craft has become a big industry but if they lose the loyalty of the customer they'll be in big trouble! It's the problem of greed again isn't it. Why should C&C' be so chuffed to win best crafting channel ? There's no real competition! It's sad really.
      I have learned more about good crafting products on this Blog than I ever did from C&C . It's lovely being able to share our favourite products. It's lovely.
      Love Myra xxx

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  27. Hi Sandra and all in the coffee shop,
    large coffee with a custard doughnut would sit good this afternoon.
    Your card Sandra is gorgeous !.Beautiful colour and the stickpins and the flower goes into the wow factor.
    It has taken me nearly two hours to read what you all been up to this morning lol I'm also a 'nosy parker' ( where does that come from?) and can't just go direct to comment. Norah it's so nice to see you back. Hope you soon feeling better and your iron levels coming up again. Liver and red meat is meant to be good and green vegs, maybe brussel sprouts. lol hopefully Sandra might find something out that could help.you out pronto. Hope you been resting today after you outing to the craft fair. Very good Jess your hosp.appointment were ok.
    Pat, are you taking it easy ? no dancing around the lounge yet but hopefully you can do some crafting while you sitting there and soon it's Wednesday again. Are you all meeting up Sandra or is Mrs B poorly ? Brilliant you can come too Alison and Tilly to AP she will be in heaven looking through all the stamps, glitter and cards on offer so have you re mortgaged the house yet lol
    If someone seeing Steph, send her my well wishes to her and say we are missing her,please. The hoover is standing and glaring at me so I best get a move on, It's lovely when the sun shining but uj it also showing the dust laying lol See you later, can't say what time but maybe just going around and hear some gossip from one and all lol Warm hugs Maria xx

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  28. Good Afternoon ladies, vanilla slice and strong coffee please. Love your card Sandra colour gorgeous and those stick pins fab I am loving that background die ANOTHER to the list!

    My Hoover has looked and even winked at me but not been touched! I had intended to clean but got distracted by an Easter basket I am decorating, making stick pins and doing a card! I am easily distracted from any Hoover! However, I have put away everything that was in the wrong rooms, abandoned etc so will give me a clear run to clean tomorrow - watch this space!!!

    For those of you who keep losing stuff in cyberspace make sure you are signed in before you start if you sign in after your comment it seems to lose it well that is my experience anyway!! Hope that helps!

    Sheila, nice you can call in for a brew everyone will support you in the coming days and months. You will soon know who your true friends are. It amazes me that people think the grieving process ends at the funeral it is just the start of a long journey. Take one step at a time and at your own pace. Love and hugs xxx
    I have a few projects in the go so need to finish them off and then I can tackle an izzy bag! Not started my Mother's Day card either!

    Love to you. Michelle hope your friend is comfortable hugs xxx

    See you soon xxx

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  29. HI everyone, such a miserable day I need a something sweet, like hot chocolate and cake...OK I know I should get in shape, but round is a shape, isn't it?
    Such a lovely card, Sandra. You are very talented.
    I really need to go and make a Mothers day card for my Mother in Law, but I am struggling. I lost my Mum 2 years ago last week, had her funeral the day after Mother's day, so it still hurts.
    Re the craft shows, well, C&C could have that power, the tourist board used to do it...if you don't join us you can't advertise in this or that publication. They can refuse to have someone on their show etc. Personally I think they are far too big.
    I know many years ago SECC did not only charge you for the space, but for carpet, table, chair, electric, etc, and it all added up quickly.
    See your numbers are up further today, Sandra.
    By the way, last night I went back to the beginning of your blog...oh dear, I went to bed at 12.30 and still have a year to go. I think I am more confused than ever though, the insanity is obviously not just temporary. (You are awful...But I like it)
    Janice

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  30. Good afternoon Sandra & ladies,Yesterday was so busy, what with still clearing out some of my clutter from my desk station and then unpacking my new craft cupboard and assembling it. Jamie and I agreed this was the best way to start because, its on castors so would be easier to move than moving the boxes all over the room. Result is 2/3 ceiling done and skirting board. I have had to replace 3 sections of the lining paper as once the bookcases went, we noticed there was a bit of a problem behind them. That will be ready for painting Wednesday. I prefer to let it dry at least 2 days before painting. My walls are over a hundred years old so the surface is not good enough just to paint.
    Painting tomorrow, allow for drying time then craft cupboard can go in its chosen place then we can dismantle the desk and decorate those two walls, then we will be finished except for storing all my crafting bits and bobs in their new home. Next week I will be making Izzy bags in my new playroom. Yay!!!
    I only popped in last night to catch up with the chat but you'd all gone home, so I had an early night instead. Probably what I needed.

    Sandra your card as always is divine, love the colour combo and the stick pins? WOW.so classy.
    Hugs to everyone
    Cheryl xxx

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  31. Hi Sandra
    Such a stunning card today. I suppose you had to order the card direct from AMD as they didn't have any at the show, they'd sold out on Friday. Hi Marie
    Thanks for the well wishes. Still feeling yucky today, so I'm unable to start crafting. Hopefully Sandra and Sauevwill visit tomorrow for a chat. I'm not up to long visits yet. No sitting for long apparently no standing for long and plenty of bed rest doing exercises. I've never been a person to really exercise but did like to walk, especially on holiday. I can't read all the comments as my brain is very much still mush, everything goes in but it doesn't remember anything. Hope that goes away fairly soon.

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    1. Hi Pat,
      I got the linen and the dotty in the new colours at Farnborough, but we went and chatted with Anne Marie soon after we got there on her stand. Not the one that her husband runs selling card! But she did say the other colours would be on her website the following week.
      Although I haven't ordered anymore yet!
      We will see you tomorrow afternoon.
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. Hi Pat,
      Lovely to have you back, take it easy until you feel strong again. Hope tomorrow is a better day and you feel up to seeing Sandra and Sue . Healing hugs. Saba xxx

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    3. Hello Pat, great to have you back, please take it easy.
      Tomorrow will be good if Sandra & Sue pop in for a visit. There will certainly be plenty of laughter. No dancing this week though, maybe wait till next week for that!!!!!
      Hugs

      Patricia x

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    4. Pat, it's great that you can pop in to the coffee shop, now just take things easy and do as you were told? No point trying to rush things as it won't work. Enjoy your day with the other two graces tomorrow.
      Hazel x

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  32. Hello ladies, just popped back before I have to put the finishing touches to dinner.
    Isn't predictive text wonderful. Just been looking back and already today we have Sandra giving Becca her daily dirt to eat, Maria has a lively son and I have the sun "high listing" my dust and they are only the ones I spotted. Mind you maybe Maria does have a lively son.
    Jess, do you have a Google account? I think to follow Sandra you have to have one. If not when you press the join this site, instead of giving your email and a password, click on the create an account a bit lower down. Once you have got an account you should then be able to follow Sandra. Think that might be the problem.
    Be back later
    Hugs Saba

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    1. Thanks Saba, I think I tried that as well, maybe it could be hubby has a Google account and I can't access it, will speak to him later.
      I am following Sandra with my email address I think. Will see how that works, terrible to be so stupid!
      Jess x

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  33. Good afternoon Sandra and all the lovely ladies.
    Mind you it's nearly evening, I stopped by to read the comments and have a quick cuppa and it's now nearly 6 o'clock! Mind you I have had a good chuckle!!!
    Norah lovely to see you back, hope you are enjoying your sprout and liver cake! I know you shouldn't take iron tablets with tea or coffee as they stop the iron being absorbed so orange juice is better. Mind you, take care with iron tablets as they can make you constipated! Your doctor should tell you things like that though. ( had to take iron tablets when I was pregnant.) wish I could send you some sunshine too because that would help a bit in sure but it's been raining here all day. Xxx
    Michelle hope you didn't get too wet today and your car passed it's mot. Sending you a big hug, my thoughts are with you and your friends xxx
    Sheila lovely to see you in the cafe, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Nikki, sending a big hug to you both.
    Cheryl and Sandra thank you for the tip on the silicon glue/ pinflair glue - there's nothing worse than droopy stick pins so I will try that.thank you xxx oh yes and Cheryl your craft room sounds lovely.
    Margaret I hope your corgi is ok. Xxx
    Oh goodness, I think I need a list like Wendy (what a fab idea) especially when I'm being co fussed by Gretta, Daisy and Saba and I'm sure Princess Leya got in there too! ( now spell check is confusing me by auto correcting!!!) . Alison has got tickets to Ally Pally, it's too far for Hazel and Patricia (sisters) and too expensive and too far for Myra. Brenda has been so busy she will meet herself coming back and Maria and Barbiepinkfairy have tried to do hoovering but haven't managed it. Now someone was singing in the corner, was that Jess or Wendy and Myra went to bed with a glass or bottle of red wine so perhaps it was Jess or Wendy on the champers late at night. Sam is talking to her dogs in the corner and little lamb is there too. Janice round is a lovely shape, who wants pointy bits anyway. I'm sure I have missed a few of you so I'm sorry I must write names down!!! Hope everyone behaves themselves tonight. It is so good reading back and having a good chuckle over the comments. I have been told I have a wicked sense of humour but I can see there are a few of us on here so I feel right at home. It's good to have a laugh isn't it. Right must go and put dinner on, will try to call back later, don't worry Myra I won't lock you in again! Will have to have an early night I think as my day started at 5.15 when the alarm went off!
    See you all later, love Diane xxxx

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      I do have pointy bits but sadly they point down now instead of out, mostly near my belly button if left free to roam!
      Sorry just thought I would share yesterday snippet I picked up from your conversation!

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    2. Hi Diana
      Your just like me. I read most of the posts but then forget whose done what. I know that at the minute it's the meds doing it. But I don't think I was much better when I was off it.

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    3. Hi Diane,
      I don't know ! I pop out for the afternoon to craft with some children and come home to news that I went to bed with a bottle of red wine last night! How did we get there - not to bed - I go upstairs to that - I mean me drinking red wine! it's a foul slur ! You see I can't have red wine because of migraines . Champagne or white no problem!
      I'd better investigate further! Lol!
      Lots of love,
      Myra xx

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    4. Sandra you should have put a splutter warning with that comment. Hazel x

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    5. Sandra, I think we both suffer from the furniture problem! Chest fell into our drawers!,lol Jess x

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    6. Jess that is bloody hilarious! That did make me splutter!
      Haha, you are quite right though!
      Hahaha
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    7. I have pointy bits too, sadly mine won't go into my drawers unless I get a really big pair and pull them right up to just below my armpits.
      Fried egg anyone?
      Xxx

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    8. I just don't know what you are moaning about. I just wrap my boobs around my knees and they keep me nice and warm.
      xx

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    9. I'm like you Saba, fried eggs, Mind you , you can lie with a bikini on and no-one gives you a second look thinking your a guy and not a female with a bare chest.
      xx

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    10. Haha what are you lot like! Yes definitely any pointy bits I have got are pointing south and everything else is very well padded. Oh Myra I'm so sorry to ruin your reputation! Who went to bed with the red wine then? Was that Saba???? Right so now we know you are Patsy from Ad Fab with the 'time for Bolly darling?'!!! . Sandra I think we need a wine fridge in here! Xxx

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    11. Oh Diane,
      Please! I could never walk in those shoes and Saba's hair would be better suited to Patsy's style as mine is too short to pin up! Xx

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    12. Hi girls, well my pointy bits still point straight out despite being a e cup but that is only because my cousins' wife yelped in my ear when I was "9 "mark you, that I needed an over the shoulder bolster holder and I needed to keep it on 24/7. This wumin has hands as big as shovels and wasn't afraid to use them on a frequent basis. Mum was in and out if hospital and at that crucial point poor mum was in getting her kidney out and Anne took matters into her own hands that I needed taken into hand as I wasnt a wee girl anymore(32aa). I stayed that size right up until Kirsten was born when I went up to the grand size of 34c, at which I thought I was a supermodel. So to this day my bolster holder still is on at night time as Rory was my pointy bits explosion cause at being 38ff at day of his birth. I am going to take my pointy bits off to reguvenate now so night night, sleep tight everyone
      Crafty hugs
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  34. Sorry me again, oh Janet and Jackie I forgot you! Janet, I hope you managed to make a bag today- don't stick yourself to it though! Xxx
    I've just looked back at yesterday's comments because Brenda said her tortoise was awake. How lovely Brenda, my sister looks after the family tortoise now , he was a stray when I was two and my mum rescued him as he was going to be dumped on a common just as he was about to hibernate. My sister sent me a picture the other day to say Fred, our tortoise was awake- he hibernates indoors now because last year he didn't eat enough and the vet said he must be kept awake- you try telling a tortoise that! He comes to stay with us when my sister goes on holiday and he's quite a character . He's always been Fred, but he started to lay eggs 10 years ago so really she is a Freada but after 40 years a names sticks so Fred it is. My dad used to moan about Fred until he found out how much it cost to buy one then it was have this lovely thistle Fred, let me polish your shell Fred! Lol. He's outlived both mum and dad , let's hope my sister and I can keep going longer than him!!!
    Right I must go now see you later. Diane xxxxx

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    1. Diane, what a lovely story! I'm afraid I didn't realise tortoises lived for quite such a long time!
      The education on this blog is quite staggering!
      Love Myra xx

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  35. Good evening Sandra & lovely ladies
    First sorry I was AWOL over weekend same old Internet trouble as we had a busy weekend Terry has been on the phone today to BT all morning well nearly all day actually,just caught up with Hazel & Patrica's blog now I am with you Sandra your card is Gorgeous love your new card stash from Anna Maria the colour is so pretty & delicate that flower is SOOO lovely I have ordered the book now.thank you for that.I love your stick pins even if they are droopy( bit like my upper bits really ) hihi. They still look good would never known if you hadn't said.Thank you so much Sandra for my parcel they are Gorjous
    Saba thank you so much for the Izzy bag excellent instuctions yesterday will defently try one..Sending Val her daley Hug hope she is improving daily & of cause hug's for you too.
    Pat glad your home & you are recovering well but don't over do things gentle Hug's.
    Sheila good to see you here thinking of you & Nikki your in my prayers my lovely friend one step at a time ((((Hug's)))
    Patricia thank you for trying to help with the follow button but I can only find the follow by Email which I have,never mind but thank you again I now have a brain ache hihi. Think I need a cupper any in the pot.please.
    Norah good to have you back you have been missed you take it easy now.
    Margaret I hope your corgi is ok xx
    Sandra I will have to read more post to catch up & think I will have to take notes of all the comments soooo many now. So will get my pen & paper & see what iv missed.
    Love & Hug's my lovely,hope Girls football went well.
    Love Lynda xx


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    1. Hi Lynda,
      Did you like your card too?
      Glad you got it ok, tried to include a bit of everything, paper toppers and ribbon strips, those other toppers are quite handy too!
      You are more than welcome xxx
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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  36. Oh dear, here we go again.
    Myra, it was Maureen started it all off. She found a champagne flute by the dishwasher when she was tidying up and wondered who left it there. I don't think she was cross, more intrigued as to who it was. Well, I told her Maria was the last one in and she was obviously squiffy as she took a basting duck to bed. Now Maria has openly admitted to having red wine but strongly denies drinking the champagne, says the bubbles tickle her or something. Diane has been casting the aspersions your way telling the whole world you take a bottle of wine to bed with you, not only that but poor Jess and Wendy are being blamed for the champagne. Now if you ask me, it was Cheryl. She mentioned she pept in late and nobody was home, so that's where I'm putting my money.
    Mind you, you have admitted you like a white wine and champagne, so maybe it was you after all.
    The mystery deepens.
    Saba xxx

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    1. Oh Gerta, I've laughed so much I've just had an accident!!!! You know the more I get to know you, I think you are just a tad eccentric. A tad eccentric - I think your bl**dy mad!!! Keep it up, it's so funny and cheers me up no end. Got to go and get changed. Good job I'm going in the bath lol.
      Maureen xx

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    2. Maureen Killen, who are you to call me mad! I don't go running round my brothers house shouting out that I'm the gardener. That's right you go have your bath, and don't forget to rinse those knickers before you put them in the wash basket, otherwise it won't be a little fishy on a little dishy it'll be a little fishy somewhere else.!!!
      Lots of love Hidegarde

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    3. What do the bubbles tickle.....not her tuppence I hope!

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    4. If they do I blinking well hope she washed that glass well.!

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    5. I surrender! I can't cope any more!
      I have laughed so much I hurt. Xx

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  37. THAT'S IT, NEVER AGAIN. TRIED TO POST TWO MEGA LONG MESSAGES and they've disappeared into cyber space. I've been on ages so I'm going off in the huff to have a good cry.
    WENDY, I tried to tell you what I had found out about the ladies so that we know what we are talking about. I'm going to shorten the post in case I lose it again - and if I do, that's it, I'm supposed to be having a bath instead of typing and re-typing.
    SANDRA our esteemed leader with pointy bits and she doesn't have tuppence to keep body and soul together, or did she say that she had tuppence.
    LITTLELAMB is Brenda
    BRENDA is Brenda
    SABA could be Gerta, or Barbara and she likes sailing, but doesn't like cycling and likes to wear her hair in very old fashioned styles lol!!
    THERESA likes Cruises
    BARBIEPINKFAIRY is Alison (I think she could be a nurse, but I'm not sure)
    MARGARET CORGI OWNER is Margaret who has Corgis.
    SAM SMITHARD is a very nice lady called Sam
    CHERYL BROWN is a very nice lady called Cheryl
    PAT S WITNEY has been in hospital for an operation, but is back home and even better, is back on the blog
    STEPH is in hospital where they are treating her and trying to get her meds sorted.
    NORAH has been poorly and away but is back with her stories
    MYRA and MARIA are one and the same person who try to confuse me by pretending they aren't and that one likes Red Wine and the other likes Champagne, but I'm sure they are one person with a split personality!!!! (Oops sounds like me).
    Well Wendy, I'll let you absorb this. I'd be glad of your input and we've still got Jess, Diane, Jacqui, Janet, Janice Lynda, CraftySuetoo to sort out. I bet I've missed someone out.
    That's it, I've made it
    Love, hugs xxxxx

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  38. Forgot to say that Myra likes old songs, way before my time. xx

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    1. And Hazel and Patricia are lovely sisters, and Maureen thinks she's a gardener but she's not, that's Cheryl , and she's got an Ology. Xxx

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  39. Hi all , I'm trying to be back for a catch up at a reasonable hour and to have my last cuppa for the day. Hihi Diane you are funny, I haven't stop spluttering since after reading your post, I'm splitting my seams lol and Sandra and Lynda you not the only ones who got things going south ,oh dear!
    Saba, I haven't got that thingly bobby only spell checker so it was only me who hadn't proofread before sending lol. I have a lovely not very lively son, at least not when he is at home unless it's in front a computer of any kind and hopefully with his girlfriend...
    Myra no Maria are signing off before the closing and I see you all again tomorrow, good luck Wendy ! Hugs Maria xx

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  40. What on earth is going with you lot tonight? have you all been on the bubbly!
    I want to share with you all that yesterday we had our biggest comment day.
    165 comments when I last looked which is bloomin Marvelou, thank you very much ladies.
    I love you all,
    Love and Hugs
    Sandra xxxx

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    1. We love you too esteemed leader
      I think it's Marvelou too. Now where's that champagne glass got to?

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    2. Why bother with a glass!
      Love Myra xxx. Straws in box under counter!

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  41. Hello Maureen my Dear!
    No wonder your message went into the wide blue yonder! There is justice after all!
    I don't know what Maria will have to say about this Maria Alder is younger than me! At least I think so the way you go on - most people must be younger than me! Alder is the way older is pronounced in Scotland now and again! It is also a tree but that has nothing to do with anything!
    So the older one - who is not called Alder is signing out! Confused.com.
    Hope so!
    Lots of love,
    So wish we could meet up - all of us - we'd have such fun!
    Myra xx

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  42. PS - as for old songs! When my Dad had told us a joke of his for the hundredth time - he would laugh and say - the old ones are the best! Xx Myra

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  43. Oh dear,
    Thank you ladies for the best laughs for a long time. I'm just going to change myself again ha ha. It's Saba who's the ring leader and I'm the innocent sap who gets drawn in. I could never think of all these things if it wasn't for her. Im just a lovely little old lady - ask the police!!!!
    Maureen xx

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  44. That's a lovely card today Sandra. Just my colours. Love everything about it. Sorry I am so late but couldn't post replies for some reason. Well Sandra the wanderer is wandering off again on Wednesday until the end of the month. Can't believe it. Won't be here on Mothers Day but it is not Mother's Day in Brazil apparently. Had a nice lunch with a friend and got a top in the EAST sale. It was very cold out today though. Hope everyone is ok and it's good to see Pat and Norah back. Hope Steph will be back soon. Week I hadn't better have a hot chocolate as you say with low iron you shouldn't have cocoa - does that include hot chocolate. I suppose it does. Well I suppose this once I can have one and I do find having a milky drink before bedtime helps me to sleep. Goodnight all.

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  45. I am gobsmacked....got me on the wine now, I can't stop spluttering ,think I need more wine. But is littlelamb , Brenda ,is she not the little owl. Is Saba or Barbara or is it Gretchen or Greta she could maybe tie her big braids round her little pointy bits to help out.
    Margaret corgi owner would that be a dog or maybe a little toy car.
    Got to go and get more wine before I can think anymore
    xx

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    1. Yes I am Littlelamb (Brenda) and it is my owl. Not the other Brenda who was here first.

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  46. Hi Sandra and all who call in to the best coffee shop there is,
    Sorry to be late but our internet is on and off like flipper kipper, when I get time I will be making a phone call!
    I had to take Tomas to the vets this morning, he has a cornea ulcer bless him if he is away from his sister Amy they both fret so it was not a happy morning for them. We have got some gel drops to put in four times a day so fingers crossed they work.
    Well I got home and had to start a marathon bake, my little grandson's class are having an ancient Greek day they are all dressing up and having a Greek feast, so he asked me if I would make the bread for it! So there are 30 white rolls 30 wholemeal rolls and 31 fruit rolls Don't know why I got 1 extra! They were all baked in sandwich tins so they are like a tear and share breads, I then had to collect him from drama club he has been given not one but two parts in the play so is delighted with his little self!
    Michelle you and your friends are in my thoughts each day I do hope he is peaceful and pain free bless him.
    Brenda I do so agree with your husband, when you retire you really do work harder!
    I shall post this before I loose it then have a read at all the comments while I have my usual latte, thank you Sandra my money is in the pot.
    I agree with Saba I too think it was Cheryl that left that glass!!! ha ha
    Norah wonderful to see you back sweetheart, we have so missed you, your corner looked so empty without you sitting there having a little chuckle and a latte,
    Shelia so lovely of you to pop in today, thinking of you and your lovely Nikki each and every day sweetheart, we are here for you when you are ready so don't worry just take things a day at a time.
    Pat lovely to see you back hope you are feeling ok please take it easy.
    With love to you all, have a good sleep, tomorrow will soon be here
    Margaret corgi owner

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    1. Hi Margaret,
      Sorry to hear about poor little Tomas, is he in pain with it? it sounds very painful bless him, I hope the drops work fast, although getting them In maybe a challenge! Milo and Bella don't like being parted either, Milo is the worst he cries like a girl If he can't find her, so you have to take him to look for her. When she came back from her spay surgery she must have smelt different as he treated her like a stranger, but they soon got back to normal! I would have never thought a year ago that these little rascals would have carved such a huge place in our hearts. so I know exactly how worried you must have been this morning.
      That was a baking marathon and a half, I hope you have a mixer with a dough hook or your arm will be killing you tomorrow. The Greek day sounds like a fab idea, what is Ben going as?
      I hope you haven't had to make the costumes too!
      I have baked some Digger Bars which are like flapjack but with a little flour in and coconut, it is a recipe from the Hairy Bikers mum knows best book, there are some lovely recipes in there. I also made a carrot and orange cake, it smells yummy, the icing is made simply by added the squeezed juice of an orange to icing sugar so it is a little lighter than the cream cheese icing that you usually have on carrot cake.
      Will I had better go and hide it all away or else it will be gone by the morning!
      Love and hugs,
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. Hi Margaret sorry to hear about Tomas and his eye problem, hope you manage to get his drops in alright. Hope it's not too serious a problem though, I heard on the news this morning what happened to that lovely Red Setter, it must be heartbreaking for the family.
      Love Saba

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    3. Hi Margaret, sorry about Tomas - I love his name! Hope the drops do the trick and that you don't have too much trouble getting them in his eye.
      Love Myra x

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    4. Hello Margaret , oh your poor dog, that must be sore. Good luck getting the drops in though! I hope he's better soon. Yes I saw that on the news Saba, so sad, he looked a gorgeous dog. Xxx

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  47. Oh dear Maureen not another Tenna moment!!! I'm sat here having a good chuckle to myself over everyone's comments. All I know is it's not me drinking the alcohol, still got antibiotics to take! I'm not sure who is the naughty ring leader here, it's Sandra's blog but I think Saba, YOUNG Maureen and Myra/Maria have got a hand in there somewhere! I thought we were all 21 on this blog ! Well we can dream. Soon we will be introducing ourselves - hello I'm Diane and I'm 21 and a half and I'm a craftaholic 😃, well a couple of bits are true.! Oh well I must go and make some Horlicks and go to bed. I've put the dishwasher on but there are a couple of pans to wash which I will do in the morning. Night night everyone, sleep tight and don't forget it's a Hot Water bottle that goes to bed with you, not red wine or champers! Love Diane xxx

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  48. Right ladies, that's me done for the night. I'm going to hit the sack.
    Thank you for such a hilarious evening, I have laughed till I cried.
    I'll leave the night light on just incase anyone pops back in. I've hidden your Digger bars behind the tea urn Sandra just in case but couldn't resist a tiny piece of your carrot and orange cake.
    Good night God bless all
    Saba
    Take that you naughty sack, and that, and that. That's better sack well and truly bashed now. Xxx

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