Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Spellbinders Romantic Rose, Monochrome!


 





Good Morning Ladies,
A bit of a slow day here yesterday, but  I was keen to get in the craft room to play, I always like
to open new ink pads and do a little colour swatch, it makes it easier to find matching ink for card stock if you have them ready stamped on a piece of white/black card. The colour on the label can be very deceiving at times!  So I did that, used some of my new magnetic sheets to try and sort some
dies out and then sat and stroked and "ooo'd & aaaa'd " at the colours  of the new Anna Marie Card that I bought, just too nice to use!
Today's card I made for Paul to send to his Aunt in Canada, sadly his uncle had just died of lung cancer, so sad, Aunty Rita didn't really want loads of sympathy cards but Paul felt that he wanted her to know that she was in our thoughts, so I used the Spellbinders Romantic Rose die cuts that I made when Pat was over a couple of weeks ago, I layered them with Spellbinders Matting dies , I stamped the Justrite sentiment in the centre of the smaller die and added a couple of tiny Camellia Flowers from Creative Expressions Open and Closed Camellia Petals, in black and white.
I took my usual 8 X 8 card and matted it with black card and them white that had been Embossed with the Creative Expressions Floral Brocade Folder, designed of course by Sue Wilson, I placed my focal element at the top centre of the card and run a piece of black satin ribbon across  the lower
section of the card and adhered a Triple Bow to the centre, topped with a couple of pieces of the C E Delicate Fronds die cuts in white and popped a larger Camellia on top of that, made using both the Open and Closed Die Sets. I popped a few black gems around to finish the card.
I hope you like the card, I am finding more and more of the new Spellbinders that I like and that would work very well with Sue's dies too.
Lynda sent me a photograph of her
Huge Shopping basket from Ally Pally, those die storage cases in the background were a proper bargain, I wish I had bought some now, as the came with 10 pockets in with a double magnetic sheet in each pocket, so twenty sets of dies atleast in each folder! She got loads of dies too and some masks by the look of it, Lynda please let me know how you get on with that Stamp Positioner thingy, Sue and I looked at them at Farnborough but weren't sure about it, great idea though, for people like me that aren't very confident with stamping!

Well that's al for today Ladies except to say that Sam I hope the Doctors Visit went well, I look forward to seeing you back at your number one slot in the morning, after feeding your boys their buttered toast, fingers crossed for you my lovely!
Love and Hugs
Sandra
xxxxxxx



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  1. Dear Sandra and dear friends
    What a Truly Awesome Card, I'm supposed to be going to Craft Class today I haven't been for such a long time so I will decide later.
    Please take care my friends
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam xxx

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    1. So pleased to see you back at the top my lovely, how did doctors appointment go?
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxxx

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  2. Good morning Sandra and ladies. A quick cup of tea this morning, oh body doesn't want to get going, back to work I have to be in for 7.15.
    Sandra your card is stunning the black and white combo is lovely and so is the design, yes sometimes you just have to send a card even if they say they don't want any.
    Sam lovely to see you in this morning.
    Norah where are you?
    Steph I feel is still sulking!
    To the those who were at AP I hope you weren't up till all hours playing with your new goodies.
    Oh nearly forgot! Lynda you got a haul to? You ladies must have spent a small fortune.
    Right for those who aren't feeling to good or are in a bit of pain and struggling with things today there are loads of (((((( hugs)))))) in the basket.
    Patricia might not be in till late, her boys will be getting dropped off at theirs early this morning and she will be busy.
    Will likely not be in till late myself as I have an 11 hour day ahead of me then again I pads are portable and the girls don't need looking after just survised, 12&10 years olds like to just get on and do what they like at times yes within reason! But I think you know what I mean, Right off to get myself in gear, the body has got to use to being off and just taking its time to get going. Hazel x

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  3. Good morning Sandra and the Gang,
    WOW!!! what a stunning card. I just LOVE all the wonderful Die work and your fantastic desing. Aunty Rita will love and treasure it.
    Lynda, Lynda!! what a brilliant haul of goodies. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful creations you will be making.
    I am going to try sending this I have a feeling it will go into Cybre Space. I will be back for a cuppa with Hazel.
    xxx

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  4. Me again!! my comment did not disappear after all.
    Sandra, I do hope your fine and getting over your adventures of the weekend.
    I will take my Tea & Toast and have it with Hazel.
    Steph, are you still sulking in your Crfat Room??? your muffin was given to the birds it was a bit stale waiting for you to come.
    Sam good to see you, hope you are good today.
    Norah where are you??
    OK folks I have the Bacon, rolls and plenty milk ready. Our boys will have had a quick breakfast at their own house but that will not stop them wanting a bacon roll with Grandpa when they arrive.
    OK, that's it, cleared up my things (did not turn Hazel to crumbs) money in the pot.
    Be as good as you can. Wishing you a very happy day and I will see you all later.
    Left a basket of (((((hugs))))) by the door as usual.
    xxx

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  5. Morning Sandra,

    Stunning card with just the right sentiment.

    Love Lynda's stash, such a lot of goodies there.

    Love & hugs

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

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  6. Morning Ladies

    Beautiful card Sandra. We 're meeting my friend Daves wife tomorrow for lunch & I
    want to make a card for her (not a sympathy card) but something more like your card. I asked her to join us & her reply was so sad -" she was touched that we'd even thought of including her"!

    Lynda-WOW, that was a mega crafty shop. Everything looks so interesting- hope you have fun using it all.

    Michele

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    1. Hi Michele what a lovely thought and gesture, it will make such a difference to her to feel involved.
      What a wonderfully thoughtful lady you are,
      Live & hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    2. People always think the grieving is over at the gates of the crematorium when it is just the start for the bereaved. Glad you are there for your friend xxx

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    3. Lovely! Michelle - this is just when your friend needs some company. Xx

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    4. Hi Michell,
      Yes I did get a lot of crafty things didn't I very naughty---not.
      It's lovely of you too include your friends wife but why wouldn't you glad you are there for her. Xx

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  7. Hi Sandra and all the lovely ladies
    Sandra your card is perfect for the occasion and I'm sure Paul's Auntie will be touched. I hope it travels well. Take it easy today and have a gentle day to recover from the last couple of weeks. Love the spellbinder die you have used, isn't it pretty. Xxxxx
    Linda can I come round and help you sort your stash out and play please. What a lot of things and a good selection too, you are going to have fun. Xxx
    Hazel I hope your first day back goes well, are they back at school yet? Xxx
    Patricia hope the boys like their bacon sandwich with grandad , can I have one too? Xxx
    Well I have woken up to thick fog this morning and I have got plans to do washing housework and hopefully gardening so hopefully it will burn off quickly. Right I'm just going to sit in the corner with my cup of tea and read a couple of chapters of my book. If I'm still here at 10 give me a poke, I can't have another catch up day like yesterday!!!
    See you all later
    Love Diane xxx
    Oh yes I forgot Sam, lovely to see you at the top, I hope the doctor was able to help yesterday xxx
    Michele any hunky chest oglers yet? Xxx

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    1. A rather short tubby gentleman peered at me & suggested we look like twins as he was wearing an identical coloured shirt (burgundy)!!!!! I don't consider myself short or even tubby but then again, maybe he doesn't.

      Michele

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    2. Oh Michelle! Some people just think they are funny! Would love to have seen your face! Keep smiling! Xxx

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    3. Diane your welcome to come round anytime & play with my stash xx

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    4. Lynda that was some serious shopping you did lucky you!
      xxx

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    5. Oh Michele, I imagine you to be tall and eligant and I'm sure the tubby gentleman thinks he's Robert Redford !
      Haha Lynda I would love to see your face if you opened your door to find us all stood there tomorrow ! Enjoy playing with your stash xxx

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  8. Good morning Sandra and everyone in the cafe.....such a beautiful card Sandra and what a great Spellbinders die, haven't seen this one yet so I must check it out. Lynda you have bought some great items there.....I bought one of those dotty die cases at a special price at a craft show because they were slightly creased and I wish I had bought another couple. I'm trying to get back into crafting as I need to make a Silver Wedding anniversary card but my mind keeps wondering off thinking about Clive...he would be asking me if I was winning as I take so long to make a card! So I will have a quick coffee and get back to it.
    Hope all went well at the doctors Sam and hugs to everyone you are a lovely bunch of ladies and it was great to see such lovely photos of some of you yesterday.

    Love and hugs Sheila xx

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    1. Hi Sheila,
      Great to see you! I'm sure everything must be difficult just now - just one day at a time is all you can try to do I guess. I'm sure the crafting will eventually help as you make lovely cards! xx

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    2. Hello Sheila my lovely,
      So kind of you yo stop by today, I think it will do you the world of good to get back into crafting, it's so therapeutic in so many ways, I find that it helps with the loneliness mostly as I do struggle with being alone!
      I really wish I had got some if those dotty die holders as Sue, Pat and I all travel with our crafty stash to each other's houses so they would gave been perfect for that!
      I hope you have time to pop in again tomorrow, we are all so thrilled to see you,
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. Hi Sheila, glad you popped in. Still early days take one day at a time. We are all here for you anytime. I am sure crafting will be good therapy for you it can be so absorbing. Take care xxx

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    4. Hi Sheila
      Lovely to see you. Craft does help to take you away from the here and now, so I'm sure it will help but as others have said one day at a time. Do you have a friend nearby who crafts? I bounce ideas of a crafty friend sometimes and if we sit together to craft time seems to fly. I think it's lovely you can hear Clive talking to you in the background , I'm sure he would be there giving you encouragement.
      Take care of yourself
      Love Diane xxx

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    5. Hi Sheila lovely too see you,hope you can do your crafting it's surprising how crafting helps. Just one day at a time .my lovely friend xxxx

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  9. Good morning Sandra and everyone,
    You'll love this card to Sandra and I'm sure Paul's auntie was delighted with it.

    Sorry dashing as we are going into London, Think we will take a boat trip everything she would like to go on the river Thames.
    Sorry haven't got time for a drink but will definitely be back later.
    Love and hugs to everyone, Brendan XXX

    Sheila, so lovely to see you there LOL
    Sam, hope all is well with you, sending love and hugs.

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      I hope you have a lovely boat trip, I haven't done one for years, I am sure Ciara will love it!
      Catch up later if you aren't to exhausted ,
      Love you lots
      Sandra xxxx

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  11. Morning Sandra and ladies, well you certainly bought a lot of things yesterday
    I wonder if any thing was left for the other crafters that were there, have fun with all your goodies ladies.
    Sandra your card is lovely not overstated it says what needs to be said, I'm sure Paul's aunt will appreciate it
    Shiela good to see back take every day as it comes, it won't be easy but it will get better.
    Sa so good to see back a the top, getting everything ready for us to have a coffee and chat, thank you, hope all went well at the doctors.
    Sandra about the colours of ink pads, I bought the shaded lilac pad but it looks like blue when you use it.
    Take care everyone, will catch up later, coffee finished, will catch up later, Jess x

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  12. Hello Sandra and Ladies,

    I'm so envious of your Ally Pally day out!...sounds like you all had a wonderful time and the pics of your purchases had me drooling...one question though - what exactly does Sue sell on her RubberNecker stand?...is it just her dies and the CE stamps or is there a different range of stuff that we don't get to see on Create & Craft and on her blog?...

    Izzy

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  13. ...and forgot to say, love your card for your Auntie - I can understand why she didn't want sympathy cards but your is perfect just to say you're thinking of her...

    and Patricia - Robert's recycled tins are amazing...that's a very talented grandson you have there...

    Izzy

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  14. Hellooooooooooooo,
    Sandra, first of all I hope you are feeling well this morning and taking things easy, well easier.
    Second, what a beautiful sympathy card, without being gushing. It's so elegant and says that you are thinking of her, what more could anyone want?
    Now you sit still Sandra, I'll help myself to a latte and a toasted tea cake and sit myself in the corner to wait for Mrs B. My money's in the pot.
    Lynda, I enlarged Sandra's photo to see what you'd got and nearly went cross eyed trying to look at everything. Can I come with Diane to help you play with your new goodies, and that goes to all the others who went to Ally Pally. If you want someone to keep you company, I'm your girl (girl - who am I kidding lol).
    Sam, I hope you are feeling brighter today.
    Cheryl, I hope you are well and I'm thinking of you.
    Hazel, I'm thinking of you and your long day ahead, that will be me next week, although not quite so long. I'm thinking of giving up my three sessions volunteering at the school, but I know the girls will be disappointed, especially as I won't be getting the school bus with them. They have been on the phone from Spain this morning asking when they can have sleep over!! Keep away from Patricia in case she turns you into something else other than crumbs today - sisters, I ask you!!
    Patricia, did you see that I posted last night that the Works were selling washi tape packet of 3 for £1? It was before I signed off but you had already gone, so I addressed it to Hazel.
    Steph, I hope you are well.
    Norah, I hope you are well.
    Sheila, it's lovely to see you post xx
    Miichele, how lovely of you to think of inviting your friend's widow to lunch. A lot of people are not so thoughtful and the person left behind gets very lonely. How's your name tag doing - had any interesting comments yet??
    Got to go, food shopping to do, but I'll see you all later.
    Muriel xx

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    1. See my comments to Diane-not very flattering response so far-maybe its just me!! Ha ha

      Michele

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    2. Maureen:-
      Was in "The Works" today and got some. I also got some Lace ..... which I need like a hole in the head but it was nice and only £1. None of the £3 card though I really liked that stuff.
      xxx

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    3. Maureen your welcome to come with Diane to play with my goodies.You can bring Muriel as well hihi. Xx

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    4. Steady Lynda - Maureen and Muriel = double trouble! Xxx

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    5. Not sure where we are heading Maureen but what time shall I pick you up???!!!! Lol xxx

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  15. In just for a quick cup of tea. How is one meant to get a 12 1/2 year old moving and get dressed??? I know she just wants to chill, but come on we are going out. Of course nothing being got for her until we take Beth to vaulting. She has to have a new back protector for eventing, I do agree it's like a riding hat they do need them and Anna's is just on the small side. When will that girls stop growing!!! Well I am only working today and a couple of hours on Thursday, am I bothered no. They have been invite to a friends for the day. It's good for them to have company of their own age. Glad my sister hasn't turned me into crumbs again it was a bit messy where ever I went or was that the die cut bits??? From me playing with that new die? Has my tea, money in the pot. Now to see if big one has got dressed or is she back in her bed? Hazel x

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    1. Hi Hazel,
      Don't be working too hard, remove her phone, that usually gets them shifting!
      Any news of the puppy?
      Catch up later
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    2. Talking about the puppy coming in the summer, the girls were told I wont stop them getting one but I will not be staying as I am to old for dealing with a puppy, so we will see. Hazel x

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  16. Morning Sandra and all,
    large coffee please but no cake today hihi had way to much real one last night so not feeling to sharp and my throat is playing up again and all I want to do is play with my dies, oh well doc. appt. this afternoon .
    The card for Paul's Auntie is lovely, sure she will like it. Nice just to say you are thinking of her.
    Hi Sheila, nice to see you this morning. Hope you and Nikki are doing alright. I'm thinking of you every day.
    My OH just shaking his head when I keep buying new things but he never see's anything being done with it , thinking of taking all the dies with me to the retreat so I can get some help how to put things together.
    It is a shame Patricia you not closer so you could have us in your craft class, understand why you packed in the one you were holding, what silly woman.
    You are a superwoman doing all that cleaning yesterday I just hope you left the crumbs ,sorry Hazel, alone tihi Lets the boy's have fun in the Burn getting wet and muddy ,hope your OH can stand on his feet and not get pushed in, hihi,
    I read yesterday too that Margarets Corgis are casting for something, will they be on the stage for a upcoming show ?
    Diane, how are you this morning ? have you stopped chasing your tail tihi
    Will have a look at " fantastic ribbons" site and see what they got even if my name is not Myra, I don't mind. Hope your cousin doing ok with his outing today, it's a nice day.
    Brenda, who are you going on the river Thames with today ? have a nice day.
    Norah, Sam, Alison, Steph, Saba hope to see you around later.
    I hope Pat and Terry feeling better today and you Sandra not in too much pain after the weekend ! See you tonight, until then
    Love and hugs to you all Maria xx

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    1. Hi Maria - maybe Margaret's corgis are casting for the Royal Variety Performance! Sure they'd fit the bill. Xxx

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    2. Myra dear, I didn't know corgis had a bill, I thought Showboat had one, or maybe a duck billed platypus, or even a customer in a shop, but a corgi - never. (oops, I'd better duck quick) xx

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    3. You're Quackers ! It's official! Xxxx

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    4. Watch it Myra, you'll put me in a fowl mood !!! xxx

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    5. I'll blow the whistle then! Xxx

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  17. Janet Ecco of Sheffield14 April 2015 at 12:05

    Afternoon one and all
    Just had lunch and had a lovely if very exhausting morning going round the monthly market in Corbigy. I managed to find some different ribbons so purchased some of those but put tempation behind me when I saw packs of wool and embroidery packs as I want to see what Sue has for sale on her up and coming C&C shows.
    Thank you Cheryl re buying one of my GC machines. You certainly can have one and I've asked Sandra to let you have my email address so I can sort things out with you. I cannot do anything until I get back to the UK in a couple of weeks so I hope that's OK with you.

    Right comfy chair and feet up in the veranda as it's a beautiful day and very warm. You never know I might even pick up my cross stitch I've started that's if my fingers will awake and do what they're supposed to do lol.

    My hugs are on their way so can some--one please put them in the basket after taking one or two for themselves. Will pop by later.

    Oh Sandra I'm so sorry I forgot your card is just out of this world and definitely fits the bill not completely a sympathy card but one to just let Auntie know that despite all the miles apart you are all thinking of her. I'm sure that she will cherish it.

    Sheila it's lovely to have you back in the cafe.
    Norah where are you? I hope all's well.
    Now for all those purchases from the week-end I think we all should be able to help sort out and of course be 'testers' to see how they all work - how about it ladies?
    Janet xxxx

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    1. Oh Janet I love ribbon! It's very hard to use favourites isn't it ! Or is that just me? Glad you had a good time at the market and that the weather is lovely where you are. It's dry here and nearly sunny! Think the idea of being a "tester" is an excellent one!
      PS - Steph hasn't turned up in Marigny by any chance. Xxx

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    2. Hi Myra. I love looking for ribbons and buttons over here. They always seem to have different than in the UK. A couple of years ago I found son really antique black buttons at a Brocante. The lady had a large jar full and I tried to get her to sell the jar but she would only sell individual. I bought 10 and haven't used one as they are irreplaceable!
      Sorry Stephen didn't end up here but doesn't thought transference work wonders!! The very next post and our Stephen arrives all better and in her own attire!!!
      Xxxx

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    3. I know ! I could hardly believe it! Oooh I love buttons too and old jewellery that can be broken up and used in other ways. Who said recycling was new! Xxx

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    4. I'm in agreement with you ladies. I have some buttons that were off my mothers clothes from during the war and the 50's. Some even from my clothes in the 50's. Mam never threw anything like that away and it's fab. Zoe loves to "play" with them. xxx

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    5. Oooooo!!! buttons love, love, love them. I have a BIG sweetie jar full. I love to put my hand in the Jar and just stir them about.
      xxx

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    6. I love ribbon and have got so much I've been told I'm not allowed to buy any more! I agree though, some is too nice to use. I've got two long poles full of reels of ribbon, I need another one! Then there's a full box of other ribbon just in case I run out! I used to love playing with my Grans button tin when I was little. Xxx

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  18. At last, we have our internet back !! I managed to pop into Particraft, send a couple of email's then that was it, no internet till 7 this morning ( Id almost just finished my comment here a minute ago and it all froze so this is my 2nd attempt) !!! Only when I started my 1st attempt did I remember I had Sandra's moby number and could have txt her yesterday as I thought you'd all think I was stropping lol, well at my age, im still capable of feeling low and down (being polite there) when I cant acheive a long wanted goal, just to say "thank you " to Sue personally for giving me some of my smile back 2yrs ago is ALL I want to do, so yes I found it hard to read, but im over it !! Not that middle aged brat after all !
    I have to say how lovely to see Sheila, I know I dont know you but you've been on my mind so much, im saying no more as the wounds are still deep, but im thinking of you.
    Oh Sandra, this is amazing. Is it a new SB die as I feel I need it asap. You have shown its beauty to perfection, this card says it all.
    Will you do me just 1 favour ? When CE do their yearly DT call will you think about showing them what you can do ? Last year the theme was Summer, and they wanted a stamped summer theme peice of work, and now you have your blog, I really think you could do it. I asked the same of Tina.E last year and look at her now, she's loving it, I really think you stand a good chance hon. Please give it some thought at least.
    Dear Sam, I really hope you are starting to feel a little better, its not the same not seeing you here or at Particraft. Thinking of you swwet lady, get well ready for your amazing May holiday.
    Well I must go, not been into Sue's blog yet !!! Keep getting side tracked with this chuffin card that's giving me grief grrrrrrrr.
    Hope you all have a good day (if you can)
    Lancashire Steph xxx

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    1. Good to have you back, Maid Marian! Just asked Janet if you gone to France! Technology eh! x

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    2. So pleased to see you Steph. I thought you had "gone off" us altogether.
      xx

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    3. Hi Steph,
      You are allowed to strop, I know how frustrating life can be at times when you really want to do something that is as much for someone else's benefit as your own! Sue knows how grateful you are my lovely, you have put a lot of work into showing her how much you appreciate her, it doesn't go unnoticed!
      Take care,
      Love & hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxxx

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    4. Hello my friend, they have let you loose!!! We did pay the "Ransom" at the weekend, we did we promise.
      We have all missed you so much, glad to have you back.
      xxx

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    5. Good to see you are alright, the others thought you gone away and they were worried. You know we all have days when nothing works, the brain is swirling with idea's but you can't get it out and that can really make everything feel wrong. pop in when you can, it always makes me feel better hearing what our friends are up too xx

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  19. Good Day Sandra!
    What a lovely card . It looks really elegant and is just right for the occasion for which you made it. I'm sure Paul's Auntie will love it.
    Well, Patricia and her window cleaning gave me the impetus I needed and windows are half done! Now now - I don't mean I cleaned half the window! Downstairs nearly done - upstairs to go!
    We had a little hiccup earlier - my lovely husband was using his Karcher power washer! Suddenly it stopped , he came inside and announced - power cut! Since everything in the kitchen was working I poured cold water on that idea. Discovered he had plugged this big machine into an outside plug I have in the porch for Christmas lights! Yep he blew the fuse! Men!
    Well I've had me little rant! Have a good day everyone,
    See you later!
    Coffee was lovely Sandra - looked for Norah but couldn't see her!
    Love Myra xxx

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  20. Hello Sandra and the lovely crew,
    I just don't know where to start,
    Sandra I think your card is perfect, it lets Paul's aunt know you are thinking of her and I am sure she will be very touched to receive it.
    I have looked through the window these last few days to see what you have all been up to and it was lovely to see the photos and be able to put some names to faces. And to see all your purchases. I wish I had seen those ink pads, I would definitely have bought some. As it is though both Joanne and I spent a fortune.
    We arrived on Sunday at about 11am following our day out in sightseeing in London and seeing Phantom in the evening. Phantom was amazing, I have seen it on DVD before, but to see it on stage was something else.
    Ally Pally was lovely in that it wasn't too busy and there were no crowds around the stalls so shopping was perfect. I have been to shows before where you simply cannot get near so I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a delight to finally meet Sue and we spent quite a lot of time chatting. She mentioned she had met a few of you the day before and also that she had met Patricia and Hazel previously. Patricia, she said that the tablet "cake" which you made when you met her was the best thing she has ever eaten! Not sure if that was what she called it, I am sure you will know what I meant. Myra, when I told her I had met you she asked me what you were like, and when I told her what good friends we had all become she was delighted and said that had she not been away when we all met on our retreat, she would have considered coming along.
    We returned Sunday evening, very tired but happy. Yesterday was spent with Oliver and then an early night. Glorious weather here, we have been in the garden most of the morning and I think I have seriously damaged every muscle in my body bouncing on his trampoline and now we are setting off to a park. I do hope it's not the one with the zip wire otherwise I might not survive the day.
    I shall be back this evening to read what you have all been up to but in the mean time, Sam it's lovely to hear from you.
    Brenda hope all went well at the hospital yesterday.
    Sheila so pleased you are feeling up to joining us, it must be so very hard for you. Special loving hugs for you.
    Love and huge great hugs to you all,
    Saba xxx

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    1. Senior moment,
      Brenda love don't worry you were not at the hospital yesterday I meant Pat. Sorry.
      Saba Xxxxx

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    2. Hi Saba,
      Lovely to see you and glad you enjoyed your weekend.
      Muriel xx

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    3. Hellooo , So pleased you had a good time! I knew you would and Oliver would have had great fun with Daddy! Hope you didn't show Sue that photo! Lol xxx

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    4. Careful how you go down that zip wire Saba, make sure you're wearing trousers or you've tucked your skirt in your knickers!
      Have fun with Oliver. Lovely to gear you enjoyed Ally Pally xxx

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  21. Saba so glad you had a lovely time in London. Yes the " Tablet" is a very Scottish sweetie and very sweet Sue admitted she ate the lot . Patricia will make and bring for the retreat. Off school shoe buying so that won't be fun. Hazel x

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    1. Oh Hazel, you have all the fun!!! xxx

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    2. Someone offering my services I see!!!
      I gave some Tablet to Norah & Jess, think they liked it as well.
      Well!!! OK I will make some for the Reatreat, I promise ... just remind me nearer the time, I do have a bad memory.
      xxx

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  22. Love the card Sandra it's lovely. I sometimes send a card to friends on their loved one's anniversary or birthday - they're still here with us if only in our heart.
    LINDA Your stash looks great, I bought one of the dotty storage cases and wished I had bought more too. Off to play with my stash now
    PATRICIA Have you seen the technique Ally Reeve does? She tears strips of masking tape to get rid of the straight sides and edges and covers a piece of card, the more random the better. But make sure piece of card is completely covered Then swipe with distress ink. Cover with embossing powder and heat... See you later

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    1. Karen, Sue does that technique with masking tape, it's on her DVD and looks great on a man's card
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      That sounds fun, must have a play. I'm glad you found Jackies blog, I finally caught up today and saw your comments.
      Take care love Diane xxx

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      I don't know how much the storage cases were at the show but Craft World have them on offer with additional pockets so if you need more have a look on their site.
      Margaret xx

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    4. Hi Karren I have done that technice for one of OH friend. it's quit therapeutic & the effect is good & great for men's cards. Xx

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  23. Well ladies I was a little shocked this morning, I receive all of your posts on my email, which comes through on my phone, I was both shocked and upset to receive my first "hate" message I would think it us called, it makes no sense to me at all, have any of you ever experienced anything like it before?

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  24. Oh my goodness Sandra love. Don't know what to say. What sort of message. Did it mention the blog? Because there is nothing posted here.
    Love and soothing hugs
    Saba xxx

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    1. It is back on Wednesday last weeks post which seems odd as easier to post on today's blog than last Wednesday!

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      As the others have said just ignore it. How odd that it was posted on Wednesday and doesn't seem to make sense. I think you should be able to delete it from your blog, you have that right as the author . Don't let it worry you, you have more people who care about you and they are the ones to focus on rather than someone who hides behind being anonymous. I'm sure Paul will say the same. Xxxx

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    3. Sandra, please don't take it personally, in away it's aimed at us all, look at the time it was posted and why last week? We are all here for you and as we are all saying why hide! I know a lot of bloggers use annoyanous but they don't go around leaving nasty messages. You will always get one. Hazel x

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    4. Sandra how awful, you need to delete it immediately, take no notice of it, we are all here for you if we can help in any way.
      Jess x

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  25. Was it from someone you know or random? People do all sorts of bizarre things just ignore

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  26. Lovely card love monochrome always really effective.

    Loved seeing all your photos nice to put names to faces!

    Glad you all enjoyed AP I may go in September just a long day and have already priced up my usual hotel and really expensive so I wonder if a big event on that weekend

    See you soon xxx

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    1. So Sorry about that Sandra!
      Never had that - it's very upsetting! Good advice to ignore it , I think! Xxx

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    2. Oh Sandra, how upsetting for you. I am so sorry. There are some horrible people in this world, as well as lovely ones, and occasionally one of the horrible ones raises their ugly head. Here's a special hug to cheer you up. Is there any way to trace who sent it?
      Maureen xx

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    3. Thank you Maureen,
      It has knocked me a little to be honest, but I guess there are some weirdo's out there, I feel worse because Paul us away again so I am dealing with it on my own!
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    4. Have read it. Reckon I have a good idea who it is off. Think back to the launch of sues dies!

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    5. Yes him who wanted to swap a die do you know who I mean?

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    6. I don't think it would be him as I didn't go on his blog, what is the "family" bit all about? There isn't one of us that doesn't put our family first!
      Then there is the " I will come down on you like a ton of bricks" you know what I'm talking about!
      What the heck us that all about, it just puzzles me that they went all the way back to Wednesdays post instead of adding onto yesterday or today's, he commented of 00.02 am today!

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    7. OMG!!! Sandra that's awful. Please try not to let it upset you too much. I know it's easy for me to say that. I am so wary about what I say on my Blog. I have had horrible mail, nothing as bad as that.. The person commented after every Comment I had that day. I never mention on my Blog when I am going away. I have always said you never know who is looking in..
      It's that bit about family that I don't get. I actually thought it was aimed at ME!! why did they post it last Wednesday and not today. Sick or what ???
      xxx

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    8. Patricia, I wondered about that too as it seemed so odd! It's so very sad that a happy, lovely, supportive group of ladies can be upset in this way. Xxx

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  27. Hello There,
    I just wanted to say that if I go "missing" it's because my laptop is having a hissy fit and keep seizing up (a bit like me!).
    Brenda, I hope you enjoyed your trip on the river and weren't seasick!!
    By for now, see you later (I hope) xxx

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  28. My what a stunning card - so elegant . I don't know everyone yet but love reading through the comments - it's so disheartening when you get one bad message in amongst so many nice ones - best turn away from it they ( whoever it is) have nothing better to do - take care everyone - Jean xx

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  29. OMG Sandra that message is totally evil !! Any idea at all ?
    Thinking of you hon xx

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  30. Hi Sandra. Sorry you have had all this hassle. It's not nice and I cannot understand how people can do these things. That is a beautiful card to send to Paul's Auntie. I always send cards to friends on the anniversary of their partners passing away just to say I am thinking of them.
    SHEILA. So good to see you on the blog today. Please pop in again soon.
    SAM hope you will soon feel better. PAT how did you get on at the hospital yesterday. I hope they were pleased with your progress. Take care everyone and hugs to those who need them. I will just have a Ginger and Lime tea and put the money in the pot. Hope to be back later

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  31. Hi Sandra
    A stunning black and white card today. Must have a play with that die. To be truthful I hadn't realised that I'd bought it. My brain must do a number on me sometimes. As you didn't understand the nasty message from last week on your blog Sandra. Well just assume the the person got the wrong blog and ignore it, if you can.
    Well I'm not to sure who said no news was good news. Oh yes, that was me wasn't it. Well we went to the hospital fir me first and everything is ticking along nicely with my hip. Now Pete asked the Dr if I could start the digging tomorrow. He was aghast and said not for at least another 3mths. But I could do some gentle pottering. He got down on his knees, that's the Dr not Pete to show me how I could weed. No stretching etc. if I see a weed to the side of me, I was to stand up and turn round to face it and then pull it out. I told Pete off as I very rarely do any gardening, but Pete said he was only joking, but the Dr didn't know that I said, killing myself with laughter.
    Well, after lunch we went to the Churchill for Pete, me assuring him all the time if anything was really wrong they would have called him sooner, how wrong can you be. We were devastated to learn that his Cancer has spread to his bones, mainly to his spine and pelvis. Pete looks and feels really well as Sandra and Mrs B can testify. We talked about new medication for him which has to be funded and authorised apparently. He has a load of papers to read ( which he won't ) that will be down to me. We go back in 2 weeks where he will have to sign papers to say he'll start this new treatment. We had a specialist nurse come in to speak to us after Mr Protheroe left us. At least we saw the head Man, which you always seem to do when some bad news has to be reported. I'll have to try and keep spirits up as he's a glass half empty kind of guy rather than a glass half full one. Plenty of reading for me in the next few days.

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    1. Oh Pat, I'm so sorry to hear about Pete. I send hopes and prayers to you both.
      Much love, hugs and prayers Maureen xx

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    2. Oh Pat, I am so sorry to read about Pete. Now you have to be possitive the new treatment has been authorised, that means he must be worth the cost, they don't tend to spend out if it's not going to work, I know Richard has to make that decision at times, but if he thinks it will work he will go for it. Hazel x

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    3. Oh Pat, I'm so sorry you had this upsetting news! These decisions are never taken lightly so my prayer is that all will go well with the treatment. Sending you both a hug! Xx

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    4. Pat I am so sorry to read that the news was not what you wanted to hear. Do your reading carefully then hopefully you will see the way ahead and hang on to some positive thoughts it is amazing what they can achieve especially when you stay positive. My positive thoughts and prayers are with you both my darling.
      With love
      Margaret xxx

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    5. Pat I am sending you both some (((((hugs))))) what awful news to get. Positive thoughts from both of you during this time, I know it will be hard but you have to keep positive.
      Read about the medication, every day brings new wonders and Pete is getting the chance to try them out. They would not spend the money if they did not think there was a very good chance of it working.
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    6. Pat I'm so sorry Pete news wasn't what you both wanted but think positive thoughts & he is getting the chance too try the new medication as Patrica said they wouldn't spend the money if they didn't think he was a worthy candidate so good chance of it working,
      Your both in my thoughts & prayers sending ((((Hug's )))) xxx

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    7. Pat so sorry to hear your news, but he is at least getting to try medication which should help thinking of you, take care, Jess x

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  32. Dear Pat, sorry to hear your bad news. I am not sure where Petes primary is I am guessing prostate as it tends to metastasise to bone. However, if that is the case prostate patients do well. Read all the info and write down all your questions for next appointment. If I can help in anyway just get in touch and I will do what I can xxx

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    1. Hi Pat what a blow for you both. Sending you both hugs and love, I will be thinking of you. Xxx

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    2. Hi Pat. Sorry to read this news but as everyone else has said they wouldn't offer this medication if they didn't think it would work. Thinking of you both. Am always here for you.

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    3. Just catching up with todays news, Pat. So sorry to hear this, but stay strong. The treatments for cancer are doing so well now. My friend has beaten it twice and he is now 72. (lung and prostate)
      Hugs
      Janice

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  33. Hi Sandra
    Sorry I haven't visited for so long but I haven' t been in a very good place for a while with not much interest in craft or blogging. I did try to comment briefly on Sue's blog on times but have not read the comments. The same with your blog, looked in from time to time but didn't feel up to reading or commenting. How sad am I ? Anyway I am starting to feel better and have just had a look at the comments here and see that you have had a nasty message. Being nosey, I went back to last Wednesday to have a look. What sort of person writes such horrible things anonymously. Someone with a sick mind obviously. Please don't let it upset you too much, that person is not worth it.
    Today's card is gorgeous and I agree with Steph, you should show your work to CE.
    Will sign off now but hope to pop in again soon. It may not be every day just yet, but hopefully normal service will be resumed before too long.
    Take care Sandra, and all the lovely ladies in the cafe.

    Hugs to all
    Pat xxx

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    1. Hello so lovely to see you call in, don't just look, we are all here for you come in for a friendly hug or cuddle, after all what harm can it do? Do take care and look after yourself.
      With love and hugs
      Margaret xx

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    2. So sorry Pat that you have been feeling so low! My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that with the better weather you may feel a bit better each day! It is so kind of you to come on and offer Sandra support when you haven't been commenting! Come back very soon. Love Myra xxx

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  34. Hi Patwyn,
    Nice to see you back on the blog. I agree with you. I have looked back and it's sad that the person who posted last Wednesday is so inadequate that they have to remain anonymous. If they only realised that they could have a ball and be cheered up and supported on this wonderful blog, they would not vent their spleen on such a lovely lady as you, and incidentally because it is aimed at you, it applies to all of us. We must just hope that whoever it is regrets their actions and is sorry, they might be in a very dark place at the moment.
    Muriel xx

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    1. Sorry I meant to say that because the remark is aimed at Sandra it applies to all of us. xx

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    2. Hi PatW lovely to see you pop in. Sorry to hear you have been in a dark place, I hope you are starting to turn the corner and a little chink of sunshine is edging it's way in to help you along the way. Take each day as it comes, we are here for you if you are feeling in need of a chat.
      Take care
      Love Diane xxx

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    3. Hi Patwyn, hope you start to feel better & that dark place starts too get brighter for you one day at a time my thoughts are with you sending (((Hug's )))) Lynda xx

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  35. Hi Sandra and all the lovely coffee shop crowd.
    Patricia what did you start yesterday! I've spent the morning hoovering and washing floors and getting loads of washing done and then I've been in the garden for 3 hours this afternoon emptying pots tidying up and trying to tackle some wild garlic that is spreading around the garden. I'm sure some posh restaurant I'm London would pay a fortune for it but it's a blooming pain in the garden!
    Just had a hot bath so now it's time to get dinner on- think it's time for the crocodile onesie!!!
    See you all later.
    Love Diane xxx

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  36. Good evening Sandra and all the coffee shop crew
    Wow Oh Wow Sandra such a truly beautiful card just a pity it was for a sad occasion but I am sure it will bring Paul's auntie lots of comfort.
    Well what have I been telling you sweetheart, you really are more than good enough for a design team now Steph is on the case too!
    Well what a brave blogger to say such rubbish and not declare who they are, please Sandra don't give them a second thought, they are not worth it.
    Well what a day I have been chasing my tail all day and still not caught up, why does time go so quickly, what about a go slow for a change!!
    Sam thinking of you just take it a day at a time, lovely to see you here today.
    Sheila so lovely to see you too thinking of you and sending hugs to you and Nikki xx
    Well enjoy the rest of your evening everyone
    With love and hugs to all
    Margaret xxx

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    1. Hi Margaret I spent my day chasing my tail yesterday, you didn't meet dashing around after myself by any chance did you? I hope you have a better day tomorrow. Xxx

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  37. I wonder why that 'brave' anon scared no name blogger chose to add their peice on last Wednesday's entry why not be big enough to add it today if they felt it necessary to comment at all ? And what do they mean "glad to see you have got rid of some blogs ?" this is the first ever blog you have created, im wondering if its a message meant for someone else's blog ? Either way its not nice ! It couldnt be anything to do with the blog prize from last year ? If you know what I mean ? Delete it Sandra hon xxx

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  38. Good evening all,
    Diane:- sorry if I started something but I bet all the work done makes the place look great. See it was all worth it, even if you feel tired it's a "good" tired is it not???
    I never did the rest of my windows cleaned yesterday. Will get them done tomorrow.
    We had a great day with the boys, spent far too much money's on them but Hey! Ho! they are worth it. They got their cycling shoes PLUS new Joggers and T-shirts. whitch will stay here. The both got trainers to take home with them as well. They have clothes here in case they fall in the "burn" ..... the little stream that runs along the side of the garden. They arrive in "play clothes" sometimes then we deside to take off so they also need half decent things to change into.
    Poor wee Robert ends up with a lot of Thomas's things but he really does not bother. All Roberts go to my friend Isobel who lives across the road for her Grandsons, nothing wasted.
    I have a really sore back for some reason, I am off to bed to like flat in hope it helps.
    Will have a chat with Hazel before I actually do that, have not spoken to her much today.....this working nonsense fairly gets in the way of our social activities.
    xxx

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      Sorry you have such a sore back! Hopefully with a rest you will feel better tomorrow. Glad you had a good day with the boys! Xxx

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    2. Hi Patricia yes it all looks lovely and oh boy am I tired! I'm off to bed in a mo, so night night, rest your back, I hope it feels better tomorrow. Xxx

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  39. I agree with Steph what they said did not make sense, delete the rubbish it does not deserve the publicity Sandra, I have emailed you too xxx

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  40. Oh Patricia see what happens when you go out and clean windows in the cold! Sorry you are in pain, have you tried a heat bag? This may sound daft but if you put a cushion or pillow between your knees it helps to take the pressure off your back, they told me this in hospital after my fusion and it really does help.
    Hope you feel bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning xxx

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    1. Hi Margaret!
      I hope I'm not going to suffer tomorrow! Thanks to Patricia I cleaned windows today but inside only - window cleaner does the outside as I can't shin up a ladder! Nothing to stop me but fear! Xxx

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  41. Hi Patricia,
    You're not getting any younger you know - not like Myra!!! I always say that too much housework is not good for you. Although if you rest too much - if you're anything like me you'll seize up!!
    Sandra, I've been thinking about you and I think the least said, the better. Put the whole episode in the trash bin and don't worry about it.
    Cheryl hasn't been in today and neither has Norah, I hope they are both all right.
    George has arrived so I will say goodnight and switch off the light. I've cleared the benches and filled the dishwasher, but Maria is hanging around so I'll not switch it on. The cat is out and the clock is wound up, so goodnight everyone and have a good night's sleep.
    Sweet dreams everyone
    Muriel xx

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    1. Night Night Muriel! Why did you bring the cat back? Was it George's orders after it was sick on the patio?
      Sleep well, xxxx

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  42. Hello Sandra my lovely I wont harp on that anonymous person just bin the ba.....d. Your card is gorgeous I love black & white cards love the SB die is it a new release,I'm sure Paul's Aunt will love it.
    Sandra the stamp thingy i bought from AP is brilliant do you remember that stamp I had that kept leaving a void well I did it with thingy & stamped perfect I'm so glad I bought it. I'm not the best stamper but this dose help. I have filled one of the die storage cases & am pleased with them too. Used the extra inserts as well & still more room for a few more extra ones.
    How long is Paul away this time.Have you got Sue & Pat coming tomorrow that will cheer you up my lovely enjoy your day.
    See you tomorrow love & Hug's Lynda xx

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  43. Good night everyone,have all the night owls gone to bed !!!! Your all early it's only 10.45 pm. Hug's Lynda xx

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  44. Myra don't go near the dishwasher! Remember you got ear ache last time!!!
    Night night, sleep tight everyone, see you tomorrow xxx

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    1. Hi Lynda. I am a night owl and still here but feeling tired. Am in my Pj's and in bed but feeling tired so probably go to sleep soon. Goodnight all.

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  45. Sandra ,just delete that horrid comment. They have no clue how good your blog is for us all and remember we love you and stay with you !
    So sorry for Pete's news Pat, don't know what to say. I just want to give you both a huge hug. I'm so sorry. Glad that your hip op went well and you are on the mend xx
    Saba, lovely you had a full day of fun on Sunday. AP was great, fabulous to meet up with some of the others and getting bankrupt. Love going to the theatre, we have a nice one in Mk and sometimes we have some good shows. Really enjoy your time in the Uk!
    Got to go, my eye's are shutting so bed it is. Mug washed out and put back.
    I'll see you tomorrow, Love and Hugs to you all Maria xx

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  46. Hello Sandra and all of our lovely friends,
    SORRY this mornings message was rushed OH kept calling are you ready yet. ( NO - not are we nearly there yet Miss) I had v important email to send, make a packed lunch. Anyway we got out in good time, all the connections were brilliant. Walked along Thames (South bank) to Tower bridge got ferry to Westminster Bridge, walked to St Stevens(or is it Stephens) green opposit House of Parliament had our lunch went back to Thames got another boat down to river, eventually getting off at Tower Bridge. Where a Big Ice Cream was waiting for us.
    Sorry , Sandra YES it was Ciara we were taking out. She said on the train back home it's been a lovely day. Tomorrow she is going with school friends and mums to see Wicked at the Apollo. I should have said I would be happy to go as a minder. Because I haven't seen the show.
    I have not been able to get my sleepy head around what has been going on today, I need more time to get my head around it. BUT why would anyone send YOU an offence email? You are the last person on this earth who would upset or offend anyone.
    Rest your head, cast whoever it is out of your thoughts, don't feed their evil mind with your worries. If you ignore them, they are beaten.

    Please drift into sweet dreams, have a lovely sleep,
    Love and BIG HUGS, Brenda (Mumma ) xxxxx

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    1. oh thank you Mumma,
      I am so glad you had a lovely day out, Ciara obviously loved it as she did what most children rarely do and tell you what a lovely day she had, what a little sweetheart, that makes it all worth while doesn't it!
      I was quite taken back by the comment to be honest, its just all a bit bizarre, the fact that who ever it is went back to Wednesdays post to leave a comment, rather than just add it on to todays! very odd, but I am not going to think about it anymore today!
      thank you for commenting, I can just feel your hug!
      love you lots
      Sandra
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  47. Has everyone gone to bed?
    I'm so afraid to touch the dishwasher. Maria has gone to bed and she washed her cup up! Clearly has issues with being near that dishwasher! Can't blame her for that! Are you still up Sandra? Xx

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    1. Are you going to go to bed soon? Xx

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  48. I've been making lots of Camellia's tonight! I was too tired to do my ironing after cleaning windows and changing the bed etc! Ironing can wait till tomorrow! Really pleased with the flowers - you get such a lot . Xx

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  49. SANDRA Can't add anything else to what everyone is saying Ignore the silly person Haven't looked back Won't give that horrible person the satisfaction
    PAT I am sorry to hear your news Life really slaps you in the face at times
    I am covered in ink trying stamping (for the first time proper) I'm obviously doing something wrong because the results have been very hit and miss

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    1. Karen, you'll get there in the end! Practice makes perfect as they say! Remember people like Sue make it look very easy as they've been doing it for years. Also you have to kind of break in new stamps ! That's my excuse anyhow! Xx

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    2. It can be hit and miss at first Karen, keep trying, you will get there, I am still on the journey, Pat is a natural stamper, I tend to stamp five times and get one good one!
      There is a new thing out that helps with stamp positioning etc, I will look it up and let you know tomorrow!
      love and hugs
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  50. Sorry I am so late tonight, don't know where the day has gone. It hasn't stopped raining either,
    Sandra, that is one beautiful card, and just hits the right spot when you need to tell someone that you have been thinking of them.
    Looked back to see your weirdo's comment...just delete and ignore. There are lots of nutters who spend their lives writing rubbish on their computers. Generally random shite, like this. You should see the emails I get daily. Today I had 2 bills for items I have never bought, 1 win..(really) and a court appearance, again just deleted. It's so sad that this is how some idiots get their kicks. It's why I don't use facebook either, I have seen too often what happens with nasties on that.
    Right, I'm off to bed. They say the sun will shine tomorrow, here's hoping.
    Hugs for anyone still up
    Janice

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    1. Night Night Janice - sorry it's rained all day as it's been lovely here. Hope you get some sunshine tomorrow! Sleep well. Xx

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  51. Sandra, You going to go to sleep now my Dear!
    Please sleep well, night Night,
    God Bless, Myra xxx

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    1. I can't sleep, wondering if we will have another visit? And of course I am on my own!
      Oh good lord that reminds me I haven't locked the door, hang on back in a sec!

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    2. Sandra , I'm still here and I will stay here until you are happy to settle down for the night! Please don't rush about - don't want you to fall.
      Xxx

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    3. Don't stay up on my account my lovely, I was late coming to bed, I had to remember to do all the things that Paul does, for instance I almost forgot to feed the cats, then there was the doors, things that I don't think about normally, if I did them regularly I would remember, that's the Molly coddled life I lead!

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    4. Wow have you seen pick of the day?

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    5. Sandra, we are all a bit like that! Alastair does things like locking up and putting milk bottles out and putting cars in garage! I clear up the kitchen as I hate to come down to a mess in the morning even if it is just cups! Sad eh? I'm not a morning person! Don't worry about me - I am wide awake - despite the window cleaning! Xx

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    6. Is it the Spellbinders one? I didn't really look properly? Xx

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    7. It is a beautiful collection of Spellbinders, £249 though!

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    8. Wow! That's a lot of money! I really need a new iron! Boring I know but necessary.

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    9. We have had the iron we have now for. Few years, I went through a period of them burning out after a few months, this one is a Steam generator iron and it's fab, the steam is so good you can steam dresses etc on the hanger, I think it's a Morphy Richards one, the tank sits on the floor and the iron on the board! Would definitely recommend it !

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    10. I was going to say that I wasn't sure if it was worth spending the extra to get a steam generator . So that's really good to know.

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    11. Ours wasn't the most expensive but it's still done us ok, things like you only need iron one side of jeans etc as the steam is powerful enough to go through both sides ! You need an ironing board that is kind of open mesh, pat is like my mum and still has her original board and it's a solid sheet of metal with an asbestos plate for your iron!
      That would be no use for steam ironing

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    12. I've just bought a new board! I'd had the other one for years and years and it weighed a ton! Well not quite but it was heavy. At least I wouldn't need a new board!

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    13. Are you like me and do loads of looking round and comparing before you take the jump into buying something big household wise?

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    14. Yes! The thing is nowadays there's so much choice and sometimes quite a wide price range . When we had the kitchen done last year it took ages to settle on appliances - then I had to learn to work them all! Everything now seems to beep! Leave fridge door ajar - it beeps! Dishwasher beeps when it finishes! Kettle beeps when it boils! I could go on. I must say I like the fridge beep and the freezer too because that is helpful.

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    15. Myra, please tell me you are not ironing at this time of night/morning.
      I also have a steam generator iron and would not swap it for the world. The only thing I would say is if you do buy one look out for one which you can fill whilst stil switched on. Mine has to be switched off and allowed to cool down first and if you are doing a lot of ironing in one go it can be a bit of an inconvenience.
      Saba xxx

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    16. Thank you for the advice! Noooo dear! I'm not ironing. I was just keeping Sandra company for a while. Xxx

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  52. Sandra are you in bed yet?
    I have just popped back and there are one or two things I really wanted to say.
    Most importantly to Pat, so sorry love to hear your news, however, as everyone else has said, they would not be looking into a new treatment if they were not optimistic, so try and remain positive, sending you love, healing hugs and prayers.
    PatWyn, so glad you have felt up to,coming back in and sorry you have been in a bad place, please let us help you.
    And finally
    Sandra, the coward who published anonymously is really not worth bothering about. Not only a coward, but also illiterate, they don't understand the use of apostrophe s, and obviously don't have a very good vocabulary either if they have to resort to foul language and on top of all that they are stupid enough not to realise they could be prosecuted for using threatening behaviour on a blog. So all in all not worth bothering about. We all care deeply about you.
    Love and hugs
    Saba xxx

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    1. Saba, can you persuade this young lady to go to sleep! Xx

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    2. Sandra,
      Look into my eyes, look into my eyes. You are feeling sleepy. Think happy thoughts, close your eyes, dream of more dies for your collection, sleep.

      Do you think that will have done the trick Myra?
      Xxx

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    3. Good morning Saba,
      Thank you my lovely for your reassuring words, for both myself and the others, I was devastated at Pats news about Pete, he is a remarkable man, if you were to meet him you would never know that he had cancer, he seems so fit and well and always busy helping out older folk who live near them! Life just seems so unfair at times!
      How much longer do you have left over here?
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    4. I do hope so! I am going to bed very soon and I would like to know that You are calm and ready to sleep , Sandra. Switch the technology off and forget about it all until morning! I think we should decide not to talk about this person any more as we are letting them think they are important!not so! Xxx

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  53. Well, my hypnosis didn't work did it!!
    I still have till the beginning of May before I go "home" so ages yet. However I know it will fly.
    Saba xxx

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  54. Well I am going to try and grab some sleep, I am watching the new Spellbinders pick of the dat, they are fabulous, but very expensive to buy!
    Keeping my mind occupied,
    Good night my angels
    You mean the world to me, you really do!
    Love and hugs
    Sandra xxxxxx

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    1. That works both ways! I do sincerely hope you sleep well! Will check on you in the morning!
      Night Night Saba and Sandra,
      God Bless,
      Myra xxxx

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    2. Good girl. Sweet dreams and to Myra too. My alarm clock will be jumping into bed with with around 7 so I am turning off the technology too.
      Good night and God bless.
      Saba xxxx

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  55. Why are you up discussing irons???? My excuse is I have just got in from work!! Bed should be calling but yes I do love my steam generator iron. night night

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