Sunday, 29 March 2015

Uncle Colin's Card & tag!


Good Sunday Morning lovely friends,
I just wanted to finish Uncle Colin's birthday package, so we have this amazing card and tag created by Diane.
It looks like Diane has used several different techniques on this card, I love the woodpecker , the effect of the hills in the background and the birds flying off into the distance. This card together with the fabulous cake from yesterday, in my opinion make Uncle Colin a very lucky man.
Hopefully Diane will be in later to tell us how she created this amazing scene.
It was so lovely to have Cameeli visit us yesterday, such sad news about her craft room, I hope that things work out right with insurance etc, that way will see her on a shopping spree at Ally Pally!
Well this time next week it will be Easter Sunday, just where is this year disappearing to?
The only good thing about this is it will soon be OCTOBER! Have you all got your rooms booked?
I will just remind everybody and inform those that didn't read Steph's post yesterday about the Magnetic sheets that are printable and good enough to store your dies on too, they are from poundland & poundworld, none of you smart Alec's ask what the price is, right,! They are a pack of two! Thank you Steph, I think from this day forward we should have a Bargain feature, any if you that find a great deal or bargain on any craft item anywhere, just let us know and we can feature it!
What do you think, I know that we are all bargain hunters at heart!
Let me know what you think below, as always I love reading your comments.
I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, what ever you are doing, looking at the weather I don't think we will be gardening though!
Love & hugs
Sandra xxxxxx

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  1. Good morning Sandra and all, you coffee shop,ladies.
    Think I might be first in ....... that is if this actually prints and does not go off into Cybre Space.
    Will go get things ready, Urn on, cups set up, bread and crumpets open. Will just boil a wee drop water in the kettle for my cuppa!!
    MAUREEN:- your a winner on Sue's Blog .......Lucky Lady congratulations.
    DIANE:- your card and Tag are so beautiful. Love, love, love the beautiful scene, colours and the Woodpecker so wonderfully coloured.
    Nothing much on the cards here for today, however it is still early so you never know.
    I am leaving my usual basket of hugs by the door for all who are ill, in pain or just a little bit down. Please take as many as you need to help.
    Washed my cup, cleared the crumbs, money in the pot.
    Will be back later
    Patricia xxx

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    1. Thank you Patricia. I've had a cuppa, thanks for putting the urn on xxx

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  2. Janet Ecco of Sheffield29 March 2015 at 08:53

    Morning one and all
    Just thought I'd better pop in now as I might not get a chance later on.
    Well Diane your card and tag are just wonderful. I love your Woodpecker and cannot wait to see how you created such a beauty.
    We've gone back to winter this morning never mind putting the clocks forward - hope you all remembered. We have rain/winds and it's cold so will have to think carefully re travel clothes for tomorrow. Just have the overnight stuff and meds to sort and then hopefully have a few hours feet up and an early night.
    If I can get signals OK I shall be popping via cyber space to keep up with all the news. So all please take care; stay safe and extra hugs are in the basket for all in need.
    Once again thank you for all your kind comments yesterday; they really are appreciated and especially so because you're all fantastic crafters.
    Janet xxxx
    Oh Sandra sorry I hope you had a good day yesterday and picked up one or two things.

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    1. Janet, I hope all goes well with your travels. You will be glad to get away from the winter like weather we have here.
      Looking forward to hearing your tales from your little "corner of paradise"
      xxx

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    2. Hi Janet,
      you and Jim have a fabulous time at your own little retreat. Hopefully the weather will be some better then here. It's really winter chill and sleet this morning. Every time I take a bite on a pastry I will think about you tihi
      Hugs Maria x

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    3. Hi JANET Safe journey tomorrow,we have also gone back to winter rain high winds ( no not me hihi) & cold. Hope you get better weather in your French retreat enjoy Hug's Lynda xx

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    4. Safe journey Janet and Jim, hope your crossing is a smooth one. Hazel x

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    5. Morning Janet,
      Have a safe journey, I hope these gales die down before you sail!
      Let us know when you have arrived safely, looking forward to the latest chapters of "Janet & Jim's French Country Retreat".
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    6. Oh lucky you Janet escaping this really cold and wet weather, do have a safe journey and a wonderful time in your little retreat, I will be looking forward to your tales from the Friday café. Hope you have a smooth crossing.
      Margaret xxx

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    7. By the way I never got those 'inside' photos!
      Xxxx

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    8. Thank you Janet, I hope you have a safe journey. Where do you sail from? The wind has died down a bit here so hopefully your crossing won't be too bad!
      Love Diane xxx

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    9. Janet,
      Safe travel for you and your husband tomorrow! Hope everything goes really smoothly and hope all health issues are resolved.
      Looking forward to pastry and market tales!
      Love Myra xxx

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    10. Safe journey tomorrow. Very windy here. Rain stopped but not nice. Hope you have better weather.

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    11. Janet have a safe journey, looking forward to your tales from your little market and of course your pastries!
      Jess x

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    12. Jim behave yourself(crikey i used to tell my Jim that and it didn't make the blindest bit of difference), Janet have a good journey across the sea tomorrow. Back to the french pattiseries again, i wonder what treats we're in for this break? mmmmhhh. Have you got the car packed up with all your treasures that are vital for the break? Have a wonderful time any way and i hope that Jim behaves himself for the doctor this week so that you have no outstanding worries. x

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    13. Janet, safe journey, looking forward to hearing all about your wonderful pastries. Hope Jim's INR results are back to normal.
      Love and hugs Saba xxxx

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    14. Hi Janet. Wishing you and Jim a safe and trouble free journey. I am looking forward to hearing of your yummy cakes : ) Take care x

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    15. Enjoy the break, and hopefully some better weather.
      Janice

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  3. Hi Sandra,

    Fabulous card & Tag from Diane, beautiful scene.

    Thanks for the info on the magnetic sheets I shall have to take a look at those.

    Have a great day

    Love & Hugs

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

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  4. Morning Ladies

    Been up for a while and reading all yesterday's comments. Had quite a laugh over some of them-just what the doctor ordered!

    Todays card & tag are such beautiful works of art, stunning.

    After all the housework is done (one hour less to work) I'm planning on completing a card/book to go over to Florida as hubbys sister in law is expecting a baby boy-due 12th May. Her second baby which is great news as she is an older Mum and thought her first was going to be her only child. She's a fantastic step-mum to two older children who live with them over half the week. We Facetime them every few weeks which is a great way to keep in touch. The older two have just been told we're going over to see them in September so they were excited last week when we Facetimed.

    Might have to plan some craft shopping as dies etc are such bargain prices in the USA.

    Right, best move as I'm still in my dressing gown.

    Michele

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    1. Good morning Michele,
      I was sitting in the Dressing Gown mode thinking it was just after 8pm ... NO the only clock John had NOT changed was the one in the Lounge.......typical just typical.
      Hope you manage to get lots of your project done today.
      When I was in Florida last year I came home with very little. The Dies were few and far between and I had most of what they had. HobbyLobby had the best selection of goodies that time. Usually it's Michaels or Joann's.
      Have a good crafty day
      xxx

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    2. Hi Michele,
      hope you are doing alright. I'm going to NY in Sept. and have also thought about getting some bargains while being there, however if you looking around on some of the on-line sites that's surprisingly not much difference in price, will still take an empty bag if a sale on lol Take care Maria xx

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    3. Good morning Michele, I thought I'd get loads of craft stuff when we went to canada, but no I was so disappointed plus what there was, was dear and a bit out of date. Cheaper here personally. Hazel x

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    4. Hi Michele
      It's Sunday so dressing gowns are fine, you could even wear a posh hat! Thank you for your kind comments. Love Diane xxx

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    5. Michelle,
      Enjoy your day! You deserve a rest . Glad we made you smile!
      Love Myra xxx

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  5. Hi Sandra. Short one today as joints are not good! This horrid weather is not good for them is it. Hope it leaves you alone my lovely : )
    Diane, your card and tag are stunning. Your Uncle Colin is a lucky man : ) Please can you tell us what the Happy Birthday stamp is as I are looking for something like this, and I know Sandra is too.
    Congratulations Maureen on your Sue W win : )
    Have a good day everyone. Take care xx

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    1. Hi Mrs B
      Thank you for your kind comments. All the stamps are from Clarity. I got them in a sale so they were all unmounted so quite reasonable. Their stamps are lovely and give a really clear image and I don't seem to get smudges from the edges either. I much prefer clear stamps as you can see where you are going with them and I get in a muddle when I use other stamps! It is worth paying the extra for good quality stamps, they seem to stamp so much better don't they. Enjoy your day.
      Love Diane xxx

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    2. Sue, sorry you are struggling, let's hope the sun shines for you tomorrow.
      Hugs Saba xxxx

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    3. Diane. Thank you for the stamp info : ) I am not too good at stamping but certainly get on much better with clear stamps as I can never line up the others at all, even though you often get a much better image. Clarity stamps are wonderful , I have tried them at shows and I have a £20 gift Clarity voucher that I won that I am saving ton spend at Ally Pally. I will be getting this Happy Birthday one I think, but I will find it very hard to chose as they have so many gorgeous ones don't they. Take care x

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    4. Saba, thank you. I have got myself well doed up now and the hands are not quite so sore at the moment so making the most of it! Take care x

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    5. Lucky you Mrs B, enjoy your spending spree :) xxx

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  6. GM everyone,

    I don't think I will be gardening either Sandra, too wet, wild and windy for me. Not only that, I woke up this morning with pains down my left leg, heel and bottom. Not only has Arthur Ritis struck but also Miss Sciatica. Damn, just when I was beginning to think I am Wonder Woman with this new lease of life! Oh well I suppose I'd better have a quiet crafty day? Hip hip hooray! No guilt trips there but come tomorrow, desk is here and the final reveal is on the cards, if I could only find my camera. It is somewhere amongst my clutter.

    Colin's card and tag, Diane, you certainly have made a treasure, I love the perspective of the hills and trees, whilst your woodpecker is so lifelike. Can't wait for the lowdown on your techniques.

    Congratulations to my dear heart, Maureen, on winning SW comment game!!! You will be absolutely thrilled with your prize.
    The (((hug))) basket has been filled up so please help yourselves to a couple or two.
    I've washed my cup and plate, did so enjoy the hot, buttery crumpets this morning, still in my PJ's so I think I'd better get dressed now. I don't think B&Q staff will be much impressed at the sight of me all bedraggled.
    love
    Cheryl xxx

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    1. Oh Cheryl not good with those two coming to pay a visit, here I go. Do you take calcium tablets? If so try taking calcium and magnesium ones or at least get a magnesium one to go with your calcium. It was the best thing Anna's piano told me to do over three years ago. I suffered with scatica like you hip leg ankle with in 7-10 days I could feel the difference, when I feel it going to play up I increase my two to three tablets but that doesn't happen very often. Also cut out wholemeal bread, pasta etc as that can trigger the Arthur Ritis ( love that way of saying it) Have you a tens machine if so get it on. Sorry working for a pain consultant all these years, I get my instructions. Hazel x

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    2. Oh Cheryl,
      I suffer with Miss Sci Atica, she is a cow! Mine is down to the physical changes at the bottom of my spine due to always having a leg length difference, therefore the whole of my pelvis is tilted too! It is so painful, you have my full sympathy, I take morphine 5-6 times daily and even that doesn't help!
      I hope you get some relief, were you overdoing things yesterday ?
      Warm hugs xxxxx
      Sandra xxxx

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    3. HAZEL:- that must be one wonderful Piano!!!
      xxx
      Folks I think Hazel meant Anna's Piano "teacher" ...... !!!

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    4. Well hello, it's me again.
      Yes, I have to take calcium and vitamin D ( combined) tablets for the Osteoporosis, I'll ask Doctor re the Magnesium. Thanks for the tip Hazel. Never heard of a talking piano though. Is it New Age Medicine? lol
      Also take Zapain for Arthur Ritis, they are the strongest tablets I can take, was taken off Paracetamol and Ibuprofen because I had acid reflux every time I took them. I don't eat much carbohydrates, bread rice etc as that also causes me reflux.
      Poor you Sandra, having to take morphine that often, I can't begin to imagine your constant pain. And yes, I probably was overdoing it yesterday. I can't keep expecting Jamie to pop over every other day to help out, he's a lovely lad and I really do appreciate all that he does do. It will be lovely though when Robin has finished the Outage at Hinkley Point, he's been working 12 and 10 hour shifts and just goes straight home to bed.
      Microwave has pinged so onto my lunch, will pop in to chat later.
      Cheryl xxx

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    5. Hi Cheryl thank you for your kind comments. I hope you are enjoying your crafty day. Don't over do it though as it sounds as though you need to look after yourself. Wasn't it Sparky who had a magic piano? It used to talk to him and play by itself. Remember listening to it on the radio with Ed Stuart!
      Enjoy your lunch.
      Love Diane xxx

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    6. Thanks big sis, told you I wasn't with it this morning to much sleep. Yes Anna's teacher told me about it, Hazel x

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    7. Oh I'm so glad that's been cleared up! Had heard of a mouth organ but not a talking piano! Xx

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    8. Crikey and there was me thinking that we had a very clever piano as well that gave out medical advice although i think that Mr Piano might have been a tad too long in his medical environment if he has taken to advising cures some how.
      :)
      Norah
      P.S. i was quite sane until i met all you lot

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    9. Really ! Who are you trying to kid or convince! Love Myra xxx

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    10. Cheryl, sorry you are suffering love, hope your quiet day crafting has helped.
      Love Saba xxx

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    11. Ho Cheryl. Sorry to hear of your bad visitors. Why do they have to come and visit just because you have been enjoying doing every day things? It is so frustrating isn't it! It is a good reason to have a few quite crafting days though, enjoy yourself : ) Take care x

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  7. Hi Sandra
    Must keep in mind Stephs tip on Magnetic sheets. Hope you feeling ok today. Sorry to here the weathers playing your joints up Mrs B.
    Diane your Uncle Colin sure is a lucky man. Wish I could do hills like yours. Barbera Gray always makes it look so easy. Look forward to seeing how you do yours. Congratulations to Maureen on winning on Sues comments. Hugs to all in need of one today. I'll add mine to the basket in the corner. Horrible windy, wet weather in Oxfordshire today.

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    1. Thank you Pat, I can recommend the hill masks if you struggle to tear the hills out of paper. I used to have some very odd hills when I tore them!
      Love Diane xxx

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    2. Thanks Diane
      I'll have a look when we go to Ally Pally in a couple of weeks.

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    3. Right folks who has been in buying all those magnetic sheets??? Been to get some - sorry sold out? Never mind will keep looking! Hazel x

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    4. Hi Pat. Thanks my lovely friend, all dosed up now so not too bad : ) The weather here is awful isn't it! I'm not sorry that I am having a day in bed. Take care xx

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  8. Morning Sandra and ladies, coffee and toast for me, gosh where has the morning gone this losing an hour is not funny. Not such a good day weather wise so not got much planned.
    Cheryl, I would not be too worried about going to B&Q looking bedraggled
    When we are in our little shop you should see some of the sights that pass by, I'm convinced that some people don't have a mirror in their house!
    Diane your card and tag are amazing.
    Well done Maureen on winning a prize from Sue, enjoy!
    Coffee finished, cup washed, of to do not much, take care everyone, Jessx

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    1. Thanks Jess, though with this wind I shouldn't have bothered getting presentable, I saw my reflection in the glass doors, it looked like I had a 10 ft beehive!!! xxx

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    2. Thank you Jess, yes I've seen some sights in B&q too, saw one lady with a 10 foot high bee hive !
      Love Diane xxx

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  9. Mornin' all The cramp lasted for most of the night so in need of this coffee and crumpets DIANE your card and tag are lovely looking forward to seeing instructions
    I am humbled by all of your mad creativeness
    SANDRA great idea re the bargain bucket bit
    I hope to come back later The ironing is calling and I need to get my legs sorted for some Salsa dancing later this afternoon

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    1. Karen, taking calcium and magnesium tablets is good for cramp too!!. Plus cut back on salt as its a trigger, I don't take or put salt in anything I cook or eat as there is so much of it in everything these days, sorry on my soap box again but if it helps that's all that matters. Lack of sleep will catch up on you, sorry you had a rotten night. Hazel x

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    2. Hi Karen I suffer with cramps & i got some Quinine Sulphate tablets from my doctor they are brilliant I take one every evening touch wood I don't get cramp anymore. Hug's Lynda xx

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    3. Thank you everyone for your tips re the cramp My right leg still feels "tight" I take quinine sulphate BUT soon after being put on them I had this excema rash Didn't tie the two together - blamed stress work etc Then read the side effect section and lo and behold "itchy skin rash" was one of them Stopped the QS for a couple of days Skin improved but ob not the cramp! Did a bit of dancing on Fri night Need to keep a diary and see what flares up when But I will look into Calcium/magnesium Us diabetics have to be a bit careful on what we take etc

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    4. Hi Karen thank you for your kind comments. When I was expecting my daughter I used to get dreadful cramp at night and my doctor recommended drinking tonic water. I buy it in little cans so it doesn't go flat. My mother in law saw them and now keeps a can by her bedside to drink if she gets cramp in the night. It's up to you if you put the gin in it!!! Lol. Enjoy your dancing this afternoon. Love Diane xxx

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    5. Karen, Anna's piano teacher is diabetic, yes you have to be careful. Hazel x

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    6. Hi Karen, as Diane mentioned tonic water can help. I find a bit of gin in it doesn't go amiss!!
      Hugs Saba xxx

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  10. Right good morning everyone else that is in or coming in to the coffee shop this morning. It's taken me an age to get to the counter to order my tea and I think a toasted Hot X bun please. Been chatting to much, seeing how Cheryl and Karen are suffering and I have been telling thrm to try calcium and magnesium tablets to see if it helps. Yes Sandra a bargain bucket is a great idea.
    Diane. Uncle Colins card is fantastic that wood pecker is just beautiful, we have them come to the feeders and I love watching them. Also your tag is lovely too.
    Norah if you pop in today, Jess, Patricia and I are wondering if you are for a meet up for a real coffee at say Sterling Mill the week beginning the 6th will send an e-mail via Sandra ( sorry Sandra should ask you first, but you did say you didn't mind before) to arrange it all. Oh boy I slept in well and truely this morning and I just can't get going. It will now take me a week to get sorted. Better go Charlie wants us to go out and get the bits we need. Yes Jess you are right I do think folk don't look in mirrors these days, and Cheryl I have been in Asda and Tesco late on and seen folk in their pjs shopping. Hazel x

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    1. Oh yes please Hazel, that would be absolutely wonderful and give me a real treat to look forward to. I am norah backwards with that common unlucky number and i am at british telecom shortened with internet after that and com and not co or uk. I hope this makes sense to you flower
      Norah x

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    2. Ooooh! That's sounds fun! Hope you can find a quiet corner! I hope you manage to meet up and have a really great time. We want to hear all about it - not nosey - just interested! As I keep saying!
      Xxxx

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    3. Hi Norah, Hazel just mentioned the "meet up" really looking forward to that.
      xxx

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    4. Hi Hazel. How lovely that the Scottish ladies are getting to meet up. You will have a wonderful time. Just make sure you are not sitting on hard wooden chairs as Sandra, Pat and I made that mistake at our first meeting. we all thought it would be just an hour or so, nearly 5 hours later we had a job to stand up! You have been warned : ) Thanks for the magnesium tip. I already take calcium but will try anything. Did you know that you should take calcium just before you go to sleep at night as basically it is absorbed so much better (can't remember the full details now) I was told that by my specialist many years ago. He is still campaigning to get that info put onto the dosage details on all calcium packaging!
      Hope you get a good nights sleep again tonight, but maybe not for quite as long if it is going to mess up tomorrow for you. Take care.x

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  11. Hello Sandra,
    I hope you are well today, and sorry to read that Arthur has decided to visit Cheryl, he's lousy company , and don't worry about going to B&Q in your PJ's, they are well used to a certain little bag lady in Newcastle! And Lynda's high wind is playing up again, it's a good job I'm just a low down bum! I hope it settles down for our little soiree or she'll be in the corner all by herself!!!!
    Oh, Patricia (and all you other lovely girls), I haven't been on to Sue's blog yet but you've said that I've won something - how exciting. I tend to come on here first because I so enjoy the comments you all post.
    Oh my, I just realised that I haven't commented on Diane's beautiful card and gift tag. These are just fab, I love Barb's stamps and techniques. She is just so inventive now, but you know Sue W used to do a lot of stamping, way back before Spellbinders came into her life.
    Hazel, what a fantastic piano Anna must have - it talks to you - all the ones I have seen only play notes lol. (I pad playing up again?) You know what - He who must be avoided always says "Maureen, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit" and he's right, so sorry!!! I will write 100 lines, must not be sarcastic, must not be sarcastic, must no...........oh bug*er it.
    Michele, are you going to send Sandra some photo's of the book/card for the new baby before it wings its way to America. And you are off there later in the year, lucky duck.
    And Maria your off to NY later as well. I can hear the airport scanners now when your dies go through the machine - alert, alert, alert!!!
    Well, I'm off to see my name in print on 'Sue's blog. I'm soooooo excited!!!!! (I really hope you ladies are not pulling an early "April Fool".)
    See you later,
    Muriel xxx

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    1. Hi muriel,
      I need to have a quiet word my lovely, come closer so I can whisper, as I don't want to embarrass you! When we say about wearing a 'Tena' in our knickers, sweetheart we don't mean ten 'pound notes' ! That's just not the same, the aren't absorbent my love, bundling them into hundreds won't work either!
      Let's just keep this quiet,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    2. Hahahahahahhahaha Sandra, I nearly wet myself with your remarks. Stop it, young lady, this moment. xxx

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    3. Hi Maureen
      Enjoy your prize my lovely lady, it's very exciting to be chosen. I haven't won a card yet but a friend of mine has and it was beautiful . Thank you for your kind comments about my card and tag, yes uncle loved them.
      Now if it helps with the finances you keep a tender in your knickers my love but make sure it is nice and dry when you use it!!!!! Haha just re read that and blooming spell check has changed it to tender! Haha I'm not going to change it, I will give you all a laugh about your tender behind!!! What has George been up to now!!!!!
      Take care lovely lady. Love Diane xxx

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    4. Maureen had to give you all something to talk about today, it was your turn yesterday with keeping your money in your knickers, to be honest this is what makes this blog so wondeful we can make mistakes, no I pad not to blame to much sleep is. Hazel x

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    5. Oh no! Now you've turned Maureen into a steam train - with a tender behind! Xx

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    6. Maureen, well done flower as i get so excited when one of my angels win as they do so deserve it to me more than the clingers that only comment on prize day. I hope that you enjoy your surprise when it comes flower. EEEEEee that has made my day seeing such good news.
      Norah x

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    7. I just love how you all change what I innocently say and turn it completely on its head. Soooooo funny. No wonder my pants are always wet if it's Tena I should be using and not Tenners. I did try fifties (I wish) but they weren't any good either. Goodness knows what we'll all be like in October - we'll be awash with laughter!!!!
      Muriel xx :-)

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    8. I'll send in some pictures of the baby book-well, if it looks half decent I will!

      Michele

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    9. Maureen, I was so giddy when I saw your name up in lights, had to jump up and down. Please may I have a few of your tennas

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    10. I did NOT hit publish. How rude of my I pad to interrupt me like that. What I was trying to say was I need something to counteract what tends to happen to ladies of a certain age who jump up and down, and a bunch of your tennas will do nicely.
      So pleased you are a winner!!
      Love Saba xxx

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  12. Good morning Sandra & everyone,A very wintery day today here.Hope your feeling better now Sandra after your painful trip last week too the garden centre & are now well rested. Mrs B sorry your in pain this morning with your joints please take care & rest healing hug's xx
    Cheryl sending you healing Hug's too that sciatica is bad enough on its own without the added arthritis xx
    Congratulations Maureen on your SW comment game win lucky you did Muriel Win too hihi.
    Well Diane your Uncle Colin's card & Tag is Amazing your stamping is brilliant love the woodpecker so life like,bet he loved it.
    Well we are going to see Darren & Sam for dinner & YAAY Harry cuddles my little prince he is growing so quickly.
    Try & pop back later all enjoy the rest of your Sunday love & Hug's Lynda DB xxx

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    1. Hi Linda thank you for your kind comments. one Maureen thinks I'm going to give your Harry a cuddle this afternoon so what time would you like me to come over!? Haha, I think the fame has gone to her head! Lol enjoy your day love Diane xxx

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    2. Diane you enjoy little Prince Harry's cuddles as much as that Lynda and enjoy the lovely dinner that Darren and Sam are putting on for you in honour of your visit as well
      :)
      x

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    3. All right, all right, calm down - who's giving who a cuddle, who's getting dinner at Darren and Sam's? I try to be nice and caring, and what do I get? Cheek !!!!
      xx

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    4. Now is Darren & Sams some fancy new Eatery?? Sounds good, bit too far for me to travel though.
      Free cuddles, yes please..... may I join the queue our boys have not been here today and I have missed my cuddles.
      xxx

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    5. Hi Linda, thanks for thinking of me but not so bad now : ) so I am enjoying all of the mad comments : ) Take care x

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    6. Hi Lynda db
      I hope you had lots of Harry Cuddles and a lovely dinner cooked by Darren & Sam
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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  13. Hi Sandra,
    My normal black coffee please ,this is not good at all. The stupid Clock's, I really needed that hour because the day's seem so short anyway, humph !
    Diane the card and tag for your uncle is lovely, where did you get the woodpecker from or have you drawn it yourself ? Great for a man's card and the opportunity to get a taste of a cake you made, oh Can't wait !
    You know this weather is doing my head in, the cold is going right through to the bones and I got plenty of padding . I hope everyone with 'stupid' pain will cope today. Sitting infront a open fire under a thick warm blanket with a hot drink in your hands and meeting up with good friend's what better way to spend a Sunday morning, oh two out of four it's not bad. Warm up al a hoover might be working too
    Take care everyone, I see you later
    Warm hugs Maria xx
    ps. congrats Maureen winning Sue's wow ! can't speak to you today then.....lol

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    1. Hi Maria
      Thank you for your kind comments. The stamp is one from Clarity, I'm not good at drawing but my daughter is. She's very critical of my shadows as I always get them going the wrong way so now I ask her before I put the detailed bits in!
      Hope you get warm soon, it is a miserable day isn't it. Love Diane xxx

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  14. Good morning Sandra and all the coffee shop crew
    Where has spring gone and why oh why has winter come back? May I plese have a warming latte to combat this cold weather.
    Diane your card is wonderful I do so love woodpeckers and sometimes we have one visit our garden. The colouring is wonderful I love everything about the card and the tag too your uncle I hope would be delighted to receive such a wonderful gift, well done.
    Well I have enough trouble keeping hole of the 24 hours in a day but to loose one is dreadful, how I wish there were 28 hours in a day then I could keep up with things!
    Cheryl you take extra care, keep warm, and rest, dear lady and give some thought to Hazel's suggestion re the calcium and magnesium, I now take them and the really do make a difference.
    Maureen very well done on your win, delighted to see your name listed, enjoy your prize when it arrives.
    Well take care and enjoy you day folks my basket of hugs and cuddles are over in the corner so that no one falls over them, please just help your selves.
    Hugs
    Margaret xxx

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      Thank you for your kind comments, yes my uncle loved his card and the tag, it was lovely to be with him when he opened it too. Enjoy your day, I don't like the missing hour either!!!
      Love Diane xxx

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    2. Margaret, Spring has gone from here as well. Hope your keeping cozy and happily crafting.
      If you have a woodpecker, in a while you will have the "whole" family visiting. We have had them in our garden for quite a few years. It starts with Dad and Mum then it is so wonderful when the babies come. I spend hours watching them and the other birds. Whe are keeping an eye on the sheep just now as well .... hoping to see the lambs very soon. Not our sheep but our neighbours.
      Hugs
      xxx

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  15. Sorry about the typing mistakes it should be ,
    may I please have
    keeping hold
    they really do make
    This is the trouble with left handed typing sorry folks xx

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  16. Oh Ladies,
    How could I doubt you and think you were winding me up. My name is there but when I was reading the comments I nearly choked on my liquorice (only kidding, a bit soon even for me). Janet congratulated MURIEL and I could hear everyone saying Muriel, Muriel, who the hell is Muriel!!! So I explained in my post that it was a nickname. I had a good laugh at that.
    Cheryl love, thank you for your lovely post.
    Diane - enjoy your Harry cuddles - there's nothing like it is there? Zoe was sitting on my knee after school on Friday (and after the sweet shop, so we were all very happy, or should that read hyper!) and she was stroking my cheek. I told her that I once had lovely smooth skin like her when I was young and she said "But Grandma, I love your wrinkly skin". So I heard the word love and was lifted up, then I heard wrinkly and I was back on ground ha ha. She is known in the family as Zoe two portions, or Zoe tell it how it is!!!!
    Margaret, how are you today, I'll be careful not to trip over your basket, but I've taken a hug from it. You and Littlelamb do amazingly well to type your posts. Brenda, how is your wrist now? How is the physio going?
    I'd better go to do some vacuuming upstairs, the confetti has been trailed all over and the carpet in our bedroom is dark blue, so the smallest die cut shows up immediately. It's an everyday job.
    See you all later.
    Muriel xxx

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    1. Hi Maureen or do you answer to Muriel as well :-). For some reason my hand and wrist are feeling very stiff today. Not for lack of exercise. Didn't have physio last week as I was away for a few days and she is not there on a Monday. Next session is Tuesday. Hoping she will say I can drive. Must say it's a lot better than it was and leaving the splint off when I am indoors. Congratulations on winning a prize from Sue Wilson today.

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  17. Have you got Soup on the go today??
    I need a BIG Bowl, it's freezing here. Oh! I will also have a big chunk of that crusty bread.
    I wear UGG boots most of time during the winter ... I hate cold feet.
    Yesterday I put them all away. Tell you what I am off to get my very short pair out again my feet are so blooming cold.
    Off over to the seat by the window ...... want to see if the people here have "mirrors" in their houses. Jess says the folk beside her don't
    xxx

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  18. Hi Sandra and all the lovely coffee shop ladies.
    Oh what a lovely surprise to see my card and tag today and thank you for all the kind comments. The stamps I have used, the woodpecker and the happy birthday and numbers are all Clarity ones. I managed to get them all in a sale un mounted and have been waiting for the opportunity to use the woodpecker. I bought it with my uncle and his sons in mind as they are very keen bird watchers. I had a good look on the internet before colouring it in as I knew they would be quite picky with the colours! I coloured it in with pro markers. The happy birthday stamp is lovely and always stamps so cleanly. The numbers are from the letterbox kit, you get the squares and ovals and the individual letters and numbers so if you are a bit wonky it doesn't matter! I drew the tree in by hand and had a stamp for the little trees which doubled as a branch. To get the colour in the trees I just dotted different colour pro markers over the branches. I invested in the hills masks because I'm rubbish at tearing paper. I've got the Clarity brushes so I used them instead of a brayer. I started with lettuce adirondack and added expresso for depth then wiped the colour off the mask with a make up sponge (pound land!) to create a clean edge. The sky is stream and denim adirondack just brushed over using the brushes again and a moon mask. I drew in some little v shapes for birds with a micron pen. When I trimmed the card down I had a hill bit left which was too nice to throw away so I turned it into a tag to go with his garden voucher. I have been on a Barbara workshop and learnt a lot, she is a genuinely lovely person, I have also picked up hints and tips from watching her on TV too. One last tip, after I finished colouring the woodpecker in I outlined it in pastel blue pro marker and it gives depth to the picture and makes it 3d. I haven't made a Barbara card for ages as I've been using my dies so it was lovely to do something different for a change. Uncles sight isn't good these days but he was able to see the picture and put the card in pride of place with his family ones. I'm very close to my auntie and uncle, their boys are close in age to my sister and I so we spent a lot of time together as children. I have also stayed with them whilst house hunting. To make matters confusing my aunt was my mums cousin and she married my dad's brother so we are cousins as well as aunt which makes us even closer and them even more special to me.
    Well this hour is really making today very odd, nothing has been done yet and it's lunchtime already!!!
    I will pop back later to see what mischief is afoot and tell you about my afternoon tea!
    See you later and thank you for showing my things Sandra.
    Love Diane xxxx

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  19. Afternoon ladies, boy its busy again, cant keep up with all the messages or id be here all day with no crafting time ! Although as yet ive not been able to carry on with the 50th birthday card as my left hand, particular the 'chicken leg' part of our thumb's which meets the wrist was like a boxing glove when I woke up at 5am and so dam painful, so holding the e-bosser plates was just impossible, its still SO uncomfortable, but im now thinking some craft excercise will help !
    This card and tag is fantastic, the blending of inks is just perfect, blimey, such an artistic clever bunch of ladies here, bet you cant wait to get to Brum ?
    Maureen hon - congrats on being chosen a comment winner, I love my prize and im sure you will too.
    Janet - have a safe trip love. I really hope the weather changes for your crossing. As we've all read about your Friday treat, we will expect to see some photo's of these pastries we read about on Sue's blog. Talking of our lovely Sue, have you thought about dropping her an email asking the best craft shops in Florida Michelle ? A dear friend of mine is going to FL and just happened to mention it to Sue when emailing her about something else, Sue's reply was - what a shame they wasn't there at the same time or they could meet for coffee and do some craft shopping together... OMBG can you imagin THAT ? Id be like a stupid teenager... Getting all stupid and tearful over meeting my idol lol I need to get a grip at my age lol !
    Dont you just LOVE Sue's card ? I adore simple cards like that. Talking of which, im only too happy to cut some camelia dies for anyone that hasn't got that die yet, I believe its like looking for hen's teeth !
    Im done. Latte enjoyed as was my apple turnover. Taken a doggy bag as couldn't eat it all.
    Sending love, friendly hugs, and comforting cuddles to anyone in need.
    Love ya.
    Lancashire Steph xxx

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    1. Morning Steph, sorry to hear your suffering today. Kai. Is such a horrible thing to cope with,
      You are such a generous person. Your telling us you are suffering and you are offering to do Die Cuts for others. You're a strar!!!
      Hazel & I are so lucky to have spent time with Sue. She is a beautiful person, both to look at and her nature.
      Sending some (((((hugs)))))
      xxx

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    2. Ooopps!! it's afternoon, where did the morning go
      xxx

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    3. I met Sue in Florida 2 years ago , my wonderful sister in law drove us and she had to hang around craft shops all day. We all had lunch , shopped some more then went our separate ways. I was quite "gobsmacked " when Sue suggested meeting up-nearly asked for her autograph and to have a photo taken with her like a real fan but I decided that was taking things a bit too far!
      Might email her again before we go away this year.

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    4. Hi Steph Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you managed to get some crafting done today and your hand behaved itself . I think we would all be like giddy teenagers if we could meet up with Sue and go shopping with her. That would be so exciting!
      Love Diane xxx

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  20. Hi Sandra,
    First of all - young lady! I was not being sarcastic last night! I read that this morning! I really thought it was funny!
    Diane - your card and tag are really gorgeous. The woodpecker is lovely! We have one comes to the garden regularly. They are so lovely. Love your whole scene. You are clever. Have just read how you achieved it all. No wonder your uncle was thrilled.
    Maureen - you're a winner! I knew that! Congratulations - couldn't happen to a nicer lady! x
    Steph - so sorry you in such pain! Try to rest today .x
    Will call back later and see what's going on here!
    Love to everyone, but special thoughts and hugs for Sam, Sheila and Nikki, and all who are suffering today.
    Love Myra xxxx

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      Thank you for your kind comments. Hope you have had a good day, I'm still looking for my missing hour! I'm not sleepy yet although my brain is looking at the time saying I should be! Ho hum.
      Night night sleep tight.
      Love Diane xxx

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  21. Hello Sandra and everyone,
    Hope everyone is having a good day, here this morning it was very wet and windy, but now the sun is trying to come out so you can hear the wind whistling outside. Think I'll stay indoors and play.
    Diane, love you uncles birthday card and gift tag. Love the way you've coloured them both, what a talented lady you are.
    Maureen, it was lovely to see you are one of Sues winners. Enjoy your prize.

    Well will try and sort myself out, we are off to younger daughters in the morning, the two older ones broke up on Friday but Ciara doesn't finish until Maundy Thursday.

    Will stop by later, love Brenda xxx

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  22. Well, if I say so myself (and I think I'll have to), I make gorgeous crusty dumplings. Mince and dumpling dinner, just the thing for a wet, windy, cold day today - although the sun is shining at the moment, the rain will be back in no time.
    I've had another good laugh at your comments, although it's not nice to be cruel to a defenceless, old woman. I'll send George around to "help" you all and then you'll be sorry !!!! lol.
    I think after that huge lunch I'll have a nice latte and a slice of lemon cake. No sit still everyone, you all look knackered, I'll get it myself and put the money in the pot.
    Woe, woe and thrice woe, I've lost one of my new stamps on the floor of my little room, so it looks as though I'll have to have a blitz and tidy it up. Well the 4" square that I'm crafting on is getting a tiny bit small. How come my desk will be absolutely clear and two days later I'm working on a bit smaller than a hankie (and not one that's been in my knickers!)
    Janet, safe journey and don't forget to have a pastry or three for me. Do you go by ferry or chunnel?
    Sandra, what a good idea to have a "thumbs up" if there are any bargains to had anywhere. We have all benefited from being told about the Works - but I can't remember who told us about the pads. Oh, we are back to knickers!!!
    Finished my coffee and cake, I've put the dishes in the dishwasher and am going to see if I can find the stamp. I suppose I'll have to try to make a bit space too!
    Muriel xxx

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    1. Have you found that stamp yet??
      It's not stuck in your Knickers is it??
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    2. My granny one lost her bracelet when she was on a bus trip. Was really upset about it, but when she got home she found it...caught on her knickers. She wore red ones coming almost to her knees, with black lace around the edge.
      Actually, it's so cold today, I could use a pair of them
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  23. Good afternoon my lovely Sandra and coffee shopper friends,
    OH Diane, your card and tag for Uncle Colins birthday is exquisite without a word of a lie flower.What a fantastic job you have made of the background as well as the fore. You have managed to capture that woodpecker brilliantly and he looks so very realistic. In looking at the superb job you have done of this masterpiece makes me wonder when you are going to set up lessons for others as with the talent that you most certainly have it would be lovely for others to gain some of that incredible knowledge and work on the skills do make such a mini masterpiece. The other cards of Uncle Colins i can see coming down but this might just end up in a frame on the wall(if there was any justice it would). I am so glad that you gave him a birthday to remember and we can all see the pride he will have telling others of his perfect day.
    Well you know i think i really will need to get the eyes seen to as they are reading all sorts of weird and wonderful words today. For B&Q i seen barbeque, Michele's doing a car boot over in Florida in her dressing gown. A darn long way to go to do a car boot as far as i can see and i thought they did garage sales any way? We have a diagnosing piano who has definitely lived too long in a medical household that even the furniture is getting in on the act. Patricia's sitting around in her dressing gown at 8 o'clock at night when everyone else is still trying to cope with loosing an hours sleep. Cheryl has got horrible visitors at the moment and well i think they should just take their unwanted gifts back with them from where they came. But on a cheerier note Maureen is taking Maria for dinner, now whether the people giving the dinner know this or not is a different matter but isn't that nice to share like that.
    Ok i am going to behave myself now, i took the sheets, nets, curtains, pillows, duvets, cushions and soft toys down to the cash for clothes place because they go to various charities. Rory had said to me before going in if we could get a McFlurry and i said that as i didn't have my purse with me we could use some of the money from the clothes place. Well once they had taken out the duvets, toys, cushions, pillows i came away with the princely sum of .....£3.70. See now i can see you are all in awe of my grand prize money, so was Kirsten. She asked me if i had made enough to get her a changing table, ha ha ha ha. Campbell took the other stuff down to the recycling center as they have lots of different places that they sort stuff out to so at least it will be going to do some good some where but i had to work out whether i had enough to get Rory the promised ice cream after our big haul. It's just as well i can see the funny side of things and that i am not banking on ever being a millionaire as i can see a few hurdles in my path on my chosen course of pathway.
    Sandra i will have a latte please in my Tommy Tippee cup as i have the shakes and wobbles back again so i will go across to my little corner with my basket of hugs...watch as some of them have spilled out across the floor. It's those little wriggly ones that keep seeing people and think they should be picked instead of waiting their turn. Right thats me given them a telling off to behave otherwise they wont be picked so i shall sit and do my knitting,
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

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    1. Norah hope you will manage OK with your Shakes & Wobbles, we really miss you when your not here.
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    2. On Norah thank you you are so kind. I hope you have had a good day and the shakes haven't been too bad. I can't believe you got less than £5 for your things, I'm sure they make a fortune when they sell them on. The amount of stuff we had to give away when clearing out my mum and dad's house was shocking. We tried to find good homes for a lot of stuff, I started a bottom drawer for my friend Jane- she says she always remembers my mum and dad fondly when she uses her lemon squeezer as it belonged to them. I hope Rory enjoyed his ice cream. Take care love Diane xxx

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  24. Norah, I will sit and think about how you have your coded message, I have been having the piano talking to me today so I will may be take a few minutes, but I will get back to you. It's these senior moments that's the problem. So glad you can come, we might not be able to ever go back there fore a coffee if we end up bring like we are here??? Hazel x

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  25. Very late today. Thanks for showing Diane's card Sandra. Hope you are feeling a bit better today. Have to make a Sympathy card today. Thinking of doing something like Sue's card today but am sure it will not be as easy as it looks. Hope the GC behaves itself today. I did manage to cut out the Gift bag yesterday but the Xcut dies seems to cut very easily.love the bag I have done. Used the double sided card from The Works. Have left hugs for all who need them today. I will help myself to a cup of Ginger and a Lemon tea and a Welsh cake if there are any. Try and come back later but must get on with this Sympathy card.

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    1. I hope you have managed to get the sympathy card done with your sore hand and wrist. It may well be the weather that is making it sore at the moment. Asa youngster I couldn't understand when older folk talked about the cold and damp "getting into their bones" but sadly I do now! Rest is about the only thing that may help a little. Take care x

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    2. Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you managed to get your sympathy card done. I find they are the worst ones to do so often chicken out and buy one, but it can't be too frilly in the verse department. Take care love Diane xxx

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  26. Evening ladies, or is it still afternoon? I hate clock changes, it confuses the dog too.
    Diane, as someone who only stamps a sentiment, I am in awe of the skill involved in creating a picture like this. It's lovely.
    Well done winning the comments prize Maureen. It's usually stamps, isn't it?
    Absolutely perishing here, I think this wind has came straight from Siberia, Forecast of snow too.
    I'll pop in later after my walk. I'll need a hot drink then.
    Janice

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    1. Hi Janice
      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you have managed to warm up today. The sun finally came out here about 5.30, just in time for it to go back to bed!!! I hope you don't get too much snow. Love Diane xxx

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  27. Brenda, so glad you are likeing you bag die, I can imagine it cut from the works paper? Have you seen Patricia's shoes made from some of it? They are brilliant. Just take it easy with using your wrist turning that handle? Hazel x

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  28. Gosh! whats happened it's very quiet in here tonight? Thought I'd pop in and have a cup of tea and a chat, but no, so I have given everything a clean and put the dishwasher on. Looks like I will have to just go home and find something to do. Charlie watching TV, nothing new there at this time of night. If it wasn't raining and cold I would have taken Harris for a walk, then again looking across at him I think he might just not be interested. Hazel x

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  29. Hellooooo!
    Anybody there? Did I just miss you Hazel? Looks like it. Xxx

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    2. No I'm still awake but only just I think! Xx

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  30. Think the hours less sleep is catching up on everyone Sis.
    Looks like we will just have to read our books tonight ... gosh have not settled to really anything for ages.
    Goodnight folks see you tomorrow
    xxx

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    1. I've missed you too, Patricia! Well I only talk to myself when it's absolutely necessary so I will wait for a few minutes and if no one comes I 'll put the cat out! Xx

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    2. I was ready to put my feet up and read a book......was forgetting how to do that lately.
      Don't get the same laughs from a book
      xxx

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  31. Maureen are you still looking for that Stamp???
    Maybe George could help or would he get a shock at all your new Crafty Stash??
    xxx

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    1. I think it's lovely that you ladies in Scotland are going to meet up! I'm being serious for once. Xx

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    2. Good isn't it, I am really looking forward to it.
      Just hope it does it put Jess off coming to the Retreat ...... she might cancell her room after meeting me.
      xxx

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    3. Myra, I think it's lovely too
      Muriel xx

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    4. I think it's a great idea! I am hoping to meet up with Saba this week, so I am so looking forward to that! After meeting me there could be another cancellation! Xxx

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    5. Maureen, my dear, you have given yourself a right lot of work! I need to put Easter Kiddies stuff away now . Not tonight though. Xx

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    6. Oh! that's brilliant we can then all compare notes on our "meet ups"
      Only thing it will make Oct/Nov seems so far away and so long till we can ALL meet up
      xxx

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    7. I know - we thought if I was going to pick Saba up to take her to the Retreat I should really know what she looks like! I'm getting the poly filla out Muriel! Xxx

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    8. A wee bit frightening in a way ........ think we get pre-conceived ideas about people.
      xxx

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    9. It is I guess but I am so looking forward to meeting up. I live just under an hour away from Saba's daughter. An hour down the M6 that is. Xx

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    10. Oh! I agree I just LOVE meeting people. We are down in Yorkshire in a few weeks. If I had more time I would have loved to meet up with Saba and you as well if it had possible.
      xxx

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    11. I am so excited about meeting up with you Myra.
      Patricia you are right though, it is scary, I am as nervous as a kitten.
      Xxxx

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  32. Ok,, I admit defeat.
    I found the stamp almost immediately, on the opposite side of the room where I dropped it, but being the good girl that I am I thought - in for a penny, in for a pound, and got the step stool from downstairs. Up I went to the top shelf of the shelving unit in the alcove (Ikea) and got the 12" x 12" boxes of scrapbook paper and card down, and moved them over to the other side of the room on to the top of the drawer units. I was up and down that step stool more times than
    Janice's granny's red drawers. Now I want to know why I did that. I didn't gain anything, it doesn't look any better, and in fact they were handier to get to where they were originally. So tomorrow, I'll move everything back!!!
    Now I am dog tired going up and down, the desk is still covered - in fact even more so - but I did get the floor hoovered and threw out 3 empty boxes, but I might rescue them, because you never know!!!
    That is an exercise in wasting two hours, tiring oneself out, and having to redo it all again another day. How stupid am I - no please don't answer that.
    Norah, I enjoyed your summary of the day's proceedings. You got it all in a nutshell - clever you, and I was wondering if you will let your £3.70 change your lifestyle, or if you will still visit us in Sandra's cafe. Did Rory get his ice cream?
    I hope your shakes and wobbles calm down, and that your Tommy Tippee cup does the trick. I just love your wiggly hugs that go seeking people, they are so cute!!
    My word, I've just seen the time, He who should be avoided will be coming up soon and that will be that.
    I'll pop in just before I have to turn off the light for himself.
    Muriel xxx

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    2. Oh my goodness Maureen you take care and make sure George doesn't get any funny ideas about "helping" you off the step ladder!!!! Love Diane xxx

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  33. Hello Ladies
    MAUREEN You made me laugh about crafting on a space no bigger than a hankie I clear my table and think A must keep it that way and .... Yes it's back to a mess within hours and as to the floor! I don't know what colour the Lino is anymore! Salsa was great fun meeting old friends and the odd dance or three The knees survived and the cramp seems to be at bay but I'll definitely invest in some calcium/magnesium if diabetic nurse approves Some of you seem to be able to reply straight away How does that work Are you permanently in the coffee shop Does the coffee machine ping when a message/reply comes in???

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  34. Ok like Maureen .. I admit defeat not from moving furniture.
    I am tierd, I am going off to bed.
    I was going to read my book but the eyes will not stay open for long.
    See you all in the morning
    Love & Hugs
    xxx

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  35. Big sis, I might have had a piano talking to me, but your not nice hopeing that meeting us will put Jess off coming in October !!! I think you meant" I hope it doesn't put her off??? " Maureen the amount of times I do the same, thinking that moving everything round will work better and give more space? No i end up in a muddle, can't find anything and less space than before!, but a good work out all the same? Hazel x

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    1. Gosh Sis your right, we really should read "every word" we type.
      Better just go to bed and say nothing more.
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  36. Helooooo,
    I am getting later and later. Those clocks going forward have a lot to answer for.
    Have just finished reading all the comments and replied to most along the way, it was easier than trying to remember everything.
    Diane your card is amazing. I think I have done well if I manage to stamp a sentiment well. You can stamp, colour, draw and design, wow. Your woodpecker is amazing, however I really have a thing about them, and not a good thing either. A few years ago one nearly killed my husband and try as I might I don't like them very much anymore.
    Myra, I am so glad you have let that cat out. Who let it in in the first place! Horrid things, they make me sneeze and they leave puddles all over the place. Or was that Muriel doing that. And no before you ask I am not allergic to Muriel.
    Xxxxx

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      but I'm not touching the puddles, it's deffo. from a human ,too big for being the cat so you might be right Saba. What do you want me to do with Oliver, just let him sleep and pick him up later on
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  37. Hi Karen,
    I just keep popping in to see if anyone is around. It's usually the evening when I have the time in between crafting or faffing around! George tends to watch sci-fi films or sport, so I come upstairs where I can please myself.
    I'm in school volunteering tomorrow and we are having a Teddy Bear's picnic in the Forest School in the afternoon so I hope it keeps fine, we can wrap up warm but if it's wet we'll have to have it in the school hall. The class (7 to 8 year olds) is going to cook in the pizza oven if we are outside, but it won't be pizza!!
    I've taken some photos of the Forest School and if Rachel will put them on the computer for me, I'll post some. It's actually part of the school grounds which is joined to a large municipal park.
    Well he who must be avoided is here and I suppose I'd better put off the light and let him get some sleep. He doesn't sleep well - even though I dop him with a rubber mallet!!!
    Patricia, I have tried to put a photo of myself on the Rogues Gallery at the top of Sandra's blog, but it won't do it. I do feel that I should pre-warn people before I meet them, particularly you and Hazel. Just think of a 5'2" (I've shrunk an inch) old woman who looks a bit like Whistler's mother and you won't be far wrong, and I'm being kind to myself!!!
    Well, I see the dishwasher on but there's a few bottles lying around, I'll get rid of them before Norah sees and close up.
    Night, night all.
    Muriel xxx

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    1. Evening Maureen,
      Have you got over the shock of winning yet? I hope you didn't ruin anymore of these 'tenners', were the mixed with fivers too? I reckon you wear 'fivers' instead of 'tenners' if you wear those thong things(cheese cutters)!
      You still haven't finished for Easter up there then? Do you finish Thursday and have 2 weeks?
      You could email me a photo, maybe we all should make 'members Badges' for our vacation!
      I have had to get another recycling box from the council as the other one was over flowing with bottles!
      I'll have to be getting a licence next!
      Hope you have had a good weekend
      Love
      Sandra xxxxx

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  38. Gosh that lost hour has really sent you girls into hibernation. I know the weather hasn't been good. Maybe we should blame the wet weather.
    Anyway - Hope you all have a lovely sleep, Sweet dreams
    See you tomorrow, love Brenda xxx

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  39. No Karen nothing pings, just have to keep looking back in at this time of night you can read the comments, reply check its there( many go into cyber space) if you are lucky and your comment hasn't , you will see 3-4 others have commented so you start again answering them, never stops till we all give up and go to bed. Maria, Saba and Myra are the night owls. Poor Maria finds it hard to sleep some nights, so we worry she will get locked in. Myra your journey to meet Saba will be worth it, Patricia and I will have about an hours travel but on back roads that if we lucky we might get up to 50mph. But it will be worth it too. Hazel x

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    1. Got out in time today but so wet on that floor tonight, someone forgot to put their Tena's on . and little Oliver laying under the table sleeping it off, bless him he had a long day and Maureen going for a Teddy bear Picnic while faffing around with a pizza ? we had pizza last night and very nice it was too. Take care now, Hugs Maria x

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  40. Saba,
    Lovely to see you. Bet you are having a super duper time. Got to go. You know who wants the light off.
    Lots of love xxxx

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    1. Muriel, I took Oliver to Church this morning and we received our Palm cross and took communion. First off he wanted to know why he didn't get the bread and wine too, then proceeded to turn his cross around and tell people he had got a sword to play with. Don't think I'll take him next week!!
      Love Saba xxxx

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  41. Good night my lovely and all in the cafe. I have a feeling that you are not at your best either today my lovely so I hope you manage to get some pain free (ok, less pain) sleep tonight. Will email you about our meeting up this week. Oh and I forgot to say that the Bargain feature is a great idea. Any savings we can make are always welcome. Sleep tight xx

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    1. Good night my lovely,
      I hope you have a less painful day tomorrow!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxx

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  42. Maureen your not being nice either, cooking children in the pizza oven,? That's not on? No it won't be pizza it will be children a big difference??? Maureen why do you think I don't have a photo of myself by my name? I don't want to frighten people, my baskets give you the hint, I am a basket case!!! Hazel x

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  43. Very late just watched the last episode of Mr Selfrige. Prepare yourselves
    Ladies you are in the company of a Euro Lottery winner!!! Yes I won the pricey some of.......da ...da...da £7.20. I'm off to bed now to dream how I am going to spend it, maybe I will put it away for our retreat. Catch you all tomorrow, take care Jess x
    PS Patricia and Hazel I hope that I don't put YOU off our retreat after our meeting. Lol, Jess x

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    1. Jess! Congratulations! Now you have upstaged Norah's windfall today! Sleep well and dream of the big time! Xxx

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    2. oh wow, wonder how many liquorish bags you can get for that lol
      Congrats Jess xx

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  44. Good evening ladies,
    Well another busy day here! Racing round trying to find that lost hour !
    Lovely to have all my chicks in the nest today, amazing how the attraction of a roast beef dinner brings them home .
    It is our Soph's choice for movie night tonight, she has chosen a film called Divergent! Very strange!
    I preferred last nights movie that had the very attractive Channing Tatum in, he makes any film watchable, even White House Down!
    Well I must get back to the movie,
    Have fun,
    Hugs
    Sandra xxx

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    1. You go off and enjoy the movie. I'll lock up. I think everything is all tidy.
      Night Night all
      Janice
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  45. Well looks as if I am the last one here and everyone else has gone home. Sympathy card is part done. Cut the flowers on the piece of card and embossed the ones on the backing. Now have to put it together tomorrow. Also cut out the XCut gift bag and will put that together tomorrow. GC was behaving itself tonight. Perhaps it heard me threatening to buy the Teal one. Well Patrica I met Sandra, Sue and Pat at Farnborough and that wasn't scary and I am usually scared of meeting new people. Also met a lot of the Sheenies at Ally Pally a few times. Enjoy yourselves when you meet. Well I will just turn out the light and lock up. Looks as if someone has already tidied up. See you all tomorrow.

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  46. How nice it's sound for you up North to meet up too and we down South will meet at AP and then we ,most of us meet at the retreat. I love having something to look forward too . How come it is so wet on the floor in here tonight, Mareeeen ! what have you been up to you lucky lady winning a Sue's card !
    Lynda I hope you had a bundles of hugs from cutie Harry today and Mrs B are you feeling any better, I think we all would like to see a picture of baby ? so sorry but has forgotten his name :-( I'm sure he is getting bigger every time you see him. So many of you have grand children ans as they are Easter break you will see them more, lol I'm a bit envious . I used to look after some of the neighbours little one's if the parent wanted go out for the night or day sometimes when they had some kind of appointments, they are now older and these days they can stay home alone, I miss does times but they know if they need anything I'm just across the road. How do this cat belong too ? and why was that a talking piano around ? and why is little Oliver sitting in Norah's corner and swigging from the wine bottle that got left behind ? Going now, will try the bed for some shut eye or I might swim in a zigzag tomorrow,done it again, of course I mean later today and then the weekly shop to do, is it me or did this week go very quick, the Month ? !
    God Natt my friends, see you later pm. Have a nice morning! I take the cat with me so I got something to cuddle while OH laying snoring next to us lol
    Warm hugs Maria xx

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