Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas Card Challenge

Good Friday Morning Ladies,
The weekend is upon us once more, but not before our usual look at a Challenge card, this one is a One Die Christmas card by the super talented Myra.
Myra has used the new Festive Collection Christmas Tree Greetings Die, designed by Sue Wilson and made by Creative Expressions.
I wasn't going to buy anymore Christmas dies this year but I really like this one, I also love that musical score Embossing folder that Myra has used, is it one of Sue's ???
I noticed that Icon UK have started stocking CE embossing folders now too, although I could only see two older ones, it would be good to have them all in one place.
I love how Myra has finished the card beautifully with a Bow tied using the gorgeous Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and a little (CE) Cameo popped in the centre, that's all it needs, this is one card that would have pride of place on the mantel piece!
Thank you so much for sharing your challenge card with us Myra xxx
keep the challenge cards coming in ladies x
Have a wonderful weekend,
Love and Hugs
Sandra
xxxxxx

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  1. Happy Birthday to YOU
    Happy Birthday to YOU
    Happy Birthday dear SANDRA
    Happy Birthday to YOU
    Have the most wonderful day ... love & hugs

    Good morning everyone hope you are all well, if not remember to pick up some hugs from the basket by the door.
    MYRA:- WOW!!!! that is one STUNNING card. I just love it. Absolutely fantastic design and colours.
    Place all set up, have popped up some banners just help celebrate Sandra's Birthday. I know, I know, she is not here but we can still celebrate!!! Birthday Cake is for us to share, please help yourselves. There is another for the family when they get home.
    Ladies:- I am in the process of making up a list of, Addresses, Birthdays & Telephone Nos. If you want your name added to the list please send me your information. Some of you have already done this, thank you. I thought it would be nice for the regulars to send cards (for any reason) to each other. It we each have a list we would not have to bother Sandra. I know Sandra does object but it is nice just to do things on the spur of the moment, well I do anyway. Everyone knows how nice it is to get a "RAK. card (Random act of kindness) popping through the letter box.
    Will leave that thought with you.
    Made myself some Tea & Toast, I am over at the corner table to people watch.
    See you all later xxx

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    1. Patricia , do I put my details on your blog ? xo

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    2. Anne - No !! Don't put your details on a blog. You never know who reads them. You must have Sandra's email address. If you don't have Patricia's email them to Sandra. Xxx
      Sorry to interfere!! Xxx

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    3. Thanks Patricia , I'm not a very good photographer though and my cards never look straight - they are really it's my photography that's bad! Xxx

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    4. MYRA:- thank you for keeping Anne on track xxx

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    5. You are welcome I worry about details on an open blog! We are all totally trustworthy but we don't know who else looks in - well! Xxx

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    6. Myra I love your Christmas card. I have that die. Think I might have a music EF but it will only be a small one.
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA. Hope you have had a good day so far.

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    7. Thank you Brenda! That means a lot! Xx

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  2. That of course should read "Sandra does NOT object" sorry!!!

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    1. I am happy to complete the list and circulate to all of you that want a copy, if you email me your details, address, telephone number etc, I have most of the birthdays but not any of the the newer family members, Jean, Anne, Diane nit sure if I have yours, I will check when I get back, I'm 48 now and my memory is not what it used to be!
      But great idea Patricia, the RAK cards that I received earlier this year lifted me so much, there were all so beautiful and the words inside will stay with me forever!
      I look forward to receiving your email with your contact info xx

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    2. SANDRA:- thank you.
      You do so much for us I thought I would save you some work.
      It is a lot more time consuming job than I thought .... so over to you!!
      I know your a year older but your still LOTS younger than me!!! xxx

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    3. Sandra, your just a baby compared with me. Oh to be 48 again? Enjoy your day. xxx

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    4. Hi Sandra happy birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day today and don't forget there are no caller it's in birthday food so enjoy! I think you have my birthday, it was back in May , I will let you and Patricia have my contact details too. Have a wonderful day.
      Love Diane xxx

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    5. Thank you Sandra and Patricia - I have tried to get names and birthdays but don't have them all. It's a great idea! Fortunately I have Sandra's! Xxx

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA hope you have a lovely day.
    Well I popped in early to give a hand, well Patricia has almost finished decorating the cafe (think I need her magic injection ) it looks beautiful. I have made some cupcakes iced them a decorated each one with a butterfly will put them in the cabinet for later.
    Well OH returned home abou 5am after his airport run. Talk about chatter - he was telling me all about the lovely time daughter and family had on holiday and what the children had been telling him. NOW I an wide awake and SUPRISE - SUPRISE he is snoring his head off. Anyway it was nice to hear they had enjoyed there holiday.

    MYRA I love your Christmas card, the word tree die really makes a lovely statement. Like Sandra I thought I would pass on the tree - Now you have me thinking .......... I really like ...... Need ..... This die.
    Well I can't see me getting back to sleep now, so will sit with my tea and toast, and chat to everyone as they stop by to wish Sandra a very Happy Birthday.
    Hope you all have a great day, love and hugs, Brenda xxx

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    1. BRENDA:- I was really pleased to see you in early I needed help getting those Banners up. Actually to give them their POSH name its "Bunting" ...... !!!
      Those Cupcakes are gorgeous, oh! the butterflies are beautiful.
      You might need 40 winks after lunch!!! xxx

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    2. Thanks Brenda! The die cuts beautifully and it is possible to carefully separate the words with a small pair of sharp scissors! Sue is always telling us to look at our Dies differently - so I did! Xxx

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    3. MYRA - I hadn't thought of seperating the words.
      Now I REALLY Really need it LOL xxx

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  4. Thank you for my birthday wishes and my lovely cake.
    Fridge is full of champagne so you can celebrate all day! Although I will have Cava as I am just 'cheap' and not keen on champagne!
    But only the best for my lovely friends!
    Back later xxxx
    Love you all Lots
    Sandra xxxxxx

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    1. Cheers Sandra, enjoy your day, xxx

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    2. Thank you Sandra, we will enjoy that later. LOL xxx

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    3. I don't normally drink but as this is a special occasion I will have a glass and say .... Cheers and a very Happy Birthday. xxx

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    4. We will have a Party later! Please warn the neighbours - Patricia gets a bit noisy! Ha ha !
      Had a piece of Birthday cake and a Cappuccino !! Thank you. Xxx

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    5. Thank you SANDRA hope you had & Having a fabulous birthday love & Hug's Lynda xxxxxxx

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  5. Happy Happy birthday Sandra, I hope you have a lovely day with all your family around you, no better way to spend your special day.
    Myra, I love this card the colours are so Christmassy yet sophisticated.
    Patricia, thank you for compiling the list of birthdays etc. such a good idea.
    Started reading all the comments late yesterday then the phone rang, dogs needed feeding, then they wanted to play and before I knew it , it was time for John to come in from work. Where does time go, I'd love to see where it hides so I could get some back.
    We had a good time at craft class yesterday, more laughing and talking, really enjoyed it, popped round to my daughter in laws when I came back and we chatted about the holiday ( clothes mainly) and it's time to book our Christmas meal, we like all the family together at Christmas but seating everyone is difficult so we now go out for Christmas Day Meal, no hassle. Then over the holiday time we take it in turns to host a buffet so we all get time to relax together.
    Will pop back later even if I don't get to comment, I am here,
    Have left hugs in the basket by the door, there is a special one for Sandra in gold wrapping just for her birthday,
    Hope Shela is feeling a little better,
    Xxx

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    1. Thank you Jean. It's a lovely Die which makes things a lot easier! Xx

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  6. Morning one and all
    This is a very quick visit to say

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
    Hope you have a wonderful day and that the family do something special for you.
    Hugs just for you today.
    xxxx

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  7. Happy Birthday Sandra. I am so glad that you noticed big sis that you had missed out that word " NOT". Yes we all! Well I enjoy getting those kind of cards,
    Myra, who ever gets this absolutely stunning card will be over the moon!! That die is fabulous and you don't need anything else, apart from like you have with the embossing folder and bow.
    I have just been reading last nights comments, I went to bed early couldn't keep my eyes open. This retirement lark is no good. Between my day going so quickly ( then again I was up late) to being tired by 9. I think I prefered working and all the running around. I will see what today is like, I got up at 6 - yes the 4 legged alarm clock decided it was my turn. So first load of washing is in and I am going away to do some ironing.
    SABA. Patricia is right, make those courgettes into fritters and have them with salad, they are lovely or look up a recipe for cake using them in it.
    Maureen, will you stop kicking poor George, you will hurt yourself.
    Pat, have you got those cases packed? I don't realy give Charlie a choice I pack what I want him to take and just tell him.
    Right I am over at the window having my tea. Then I must get that irining done, or before I know it the next lot that's in the machine will be dry and needing done. xxx

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    1. Thanks Hazel for your kind remarks!
      Not so sure about the ones referring to Maureen and kicking George though! Kind - no! Funny - yes!! Xxx

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  8. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic day.

    Myra-what a stunning Christmas card. I love the tree die & am pondering on purchasing it. I'll see what takes my fancy at the craft show on Sunday.

    Hurrah -it's Friday & I have a long weekend off! It will be a fairy busy one though-meeting a friend at the garden centre coffee shop tomorrow morning then a free afternoon (must make cards) then Dad, brother + wife will descend for tea a Saturday. Earlyish start on Sunday to collect M in L from Chorley then onto the craft show in Leigh. It's only a small show & we've been so many times that we won't be there that long. I've got a huge bag of magazines for M in L that I forgot to give her last weekend. Then on Monday I have a "free day" which really should involve gardening but we'll see!!!!

    Michele

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    1. Thanks Michele,
      Enjoy your long weekend! Weather is good, so far ! Xxx

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  9. MICHELE:- enjoy your long weekend, you deserve it.
    May I join you in being "fairy busy" I like "fairies" xxx

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    1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUGS ! Sandra, hope you get lots of surprises and pampering on your special day xoxo
      Myra , what a beautiful classy card, very sophisticated ! I love the traditional colours, I haven't bought any Christmas dies this year as I'm going to stamp most of them and just use dies from last year, the stamp I bought is two snowmen ( men? ) one is a female , meant to be Iain and me Ha Ha ! Only cost £1 reduced from £4:95 ( Sugar Nellie) it is quite cute , I will send one to Sandra when I get one made.
      I am so pleased I ordered my new GC from C&C at £71 odds , as it is a much better buy than Hochandra ! ( they are asking £99:99) .
      Sounds scrumptious in the cafe with all the treats for Sandra's Birthday, should we all wear Sandra masks like they did for Barbara Gray ? ( see her blog) and would you enjoy some appetisers ( water chestnuts marinaded in soya sauce , rolled in Demerara sugar, wrapped in streaky bacon and cooked in a hot oven for 10 minutes) they truly are delicious !
      They would go well with the Cava or Champagne, I'll put some in the fridge for you and you can zap them in the microwave , meanwhile I'll have tea and toast with cheese and see who pops in.
      I'll send my details Patricia , it's a lovely idea!
      I was reading your comments to Iain about Hochandra and he found it all quite amusing!
      See you later, love and hugs to all xoxo

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    2. ANNE:- Mmmmm!! those nibbles sound divine!!
      Off to have a look at the masks. Might just have time to make one for the party this evening ..... I take we ARE having a PARTY!
      Like the sound of your Christmas Cards. Have fun with your new GC, I find the Teal one so much better than the Pink. xxx

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    3. Nibbles sound delicious! I will give those a try! I get teased on this blog for having canapés / nibbles!! Xxx

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    4. Thank you Anne! Your little snow people sound lovely! Will look forward to seeing them. Xxx

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  10. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y S A N D R A
    Hope you have a fabulous day and get spoilt rotten. Sit back, sip your Cava and enjoy your special day.
    Myra, love this card, it's got style, elegance and the wow factor all rolled into one. I like the balance the wider black mat gives and its a lovely design. Might pinch it if you don't mind as I imagine it would be a fairly quick card to make.

    I ran up some birthday bunting last night so I'll just string it up across the window for all who are looking in to see that today is celebration day in the cafe, do drop in and have a piece of birthday cake with us.
    Love and hugs, be back later
    Saba xxx

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    1. The bunting looks lovely Saba!
      I am looking forward to this party!
      Had a lovely surprise this morning the lovely lady I'm the next plot to us handed me a beautiful handmade card, I told her that I too was a crafter and we had a lovely chat, I will give her the blog details so she can look in and see what mad lot we are, isn't it lovely when you find something in Common with someone!
      Have a lovely day everyone!
      Hugs
      Sandra
      Xxx

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    2. Hello! Thank you! So pleased you like the card. Feel free to copy! You are right it is an easy card to make and I shall make some more as you don't reall need anything fancy underneath it. Xxx

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    3. Sandra, that's lovely news about your Birthday Card! How lovely to meet a fellow card maker. Have a lovely day! Xxx

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA
    Wishing you the happiest day today and a wonderful year ahead too, xxx

    Myra what a stunning and very elegant card you have shared with us all for our delight and inspiration today thank you so much.
    Brenda so sorry your chatterbox spoiled your sleep why not have a wee sleep after lunch to re-charge your batteries.
    I have brought Mary Berry's new lemon cake for the party as I know Sandra loves lemon cake, but will pass on the drink and stick to coffee if you don't mind as my pain killers and drink will not mix too well! I will donate my share to Muriel knowing how much she love a tipple!
    Patricia do hope you are feeling more bright eyed and bushy tailed today now your B12 will be kicking in.
    Sheila hope all is well with you, and thinking of you today Cheryl as you say a farewell to your good friend.
    Must get my shopping list ready for my daughter never thought I would say this I miss going shopping!
    Have a lovely day everyone
    Margaret xxx

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    1. Oh Margaret, Thank you so much for remembering my favourite lemon cake!
      I can't wait to try a piece!
      Hopefully you will be shopping in no time!
      Giving up doing those little things that we take for granted was one of the things I found the hardest to deal with!
      Sending you huge hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxx

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    2. Hello Margaret,
      Thank you for your kind words! You will have to be careful at this Party tonight! No dancing on the tables! Xxx

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  12. Hi Sandra
    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to my fantastic friend. Hope you have a fabulous day and I hope the day is staying fine for you. I know the girls and Paul will give you a fabulous day.
    Myra, I just love your card. I've bought some if Sues new dies but wasn't very keen on this die. However seeing your wonderful creation has changed my mind.
    Patricia I hope your B12 injection has kicked in and your are back to your Superwoman ways.

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    1. Hi Pat,
      Your card is just so beautiful Pat, Thank you so much and I love the Sue Background die too, Thank you so much,
      Love you lots
      Sandra xxxxxx

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    2. Hi Pat, Thank you! It's funny isn't it how some dies appeal to us more than others. I went for Dies with words this year and am really pleased with all of them, xxx

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  13. Hi Sandra and all the lovely cafe ladies
    I've already said happy birthday but I will say it again Happy Birthday!!!! Have a fab day. Gosh I've just read yesterday's blog and you did have fun! It was late by the time my friend left - oh we laughed so much all day my sides ached! We went out for lunch and left about 3 hours later, had to stop off at M&S on the way home just because and then came home for more chatting and finally fish and chips so a wonderful day. I have t watched the new Channel yet I've got it recorded for later. Sounds interesting! Jess I haven't forgotten, I will email you over the weekend to see if we can meet up, enjoy your gathering on Monday everyone. Norah lovely to see you back too. Xx Myra what a great Christmas card. I hadn't seen this die cut, it really is lovely so thank you for sharing. Oh dear my phone is downstairs and I've had at least 2 text messages now so I shall have to move and see what's so urgent! Also I can hear the kitchen bin opening and closing all by itself. Blessed thing! My sister gave it to us but I think she got the message at the weekend how annoying it is! Yes it's fun you don't have to touch it to open or close it but not so much fun when it opens every time you lean across it to get the peg bag or when the sun shine goes on it! Grrrr. Shall I call it George Alistair or Peter! Lol.
    See you all later
    Love and hugs to you all xxxxx

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    1. Oh Diane, I think that bin would drive me mad! Mine shuts by itself but it isn't clever enough to open by itself!
      You could call it GAP - an amalgamation of all three !!!
      Thank you for your kind comments! Xxx

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  14. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe on this very special day.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA. Have a wonderful day with Paul, Sophie and Lucy spoiling you rotten. We will be celebrating with yummy goodies and I'm sure a drink or two will be sipped later on. Enjoy yourself my lovely : ))
    I am chasing my tail at the moment so am struggling to keep up with all of the comments so please excuse me for the next 10 days or so while I get camp out of the way, it's always the same every year. I will pop in every day and you are all always in my thoughts. I hope you understand.
    Myra your card is gorgeous. This is one of the dies that I hope to get at Ally Pally. I love the classic colours you have used, simply wonderful, thank you for sharing x
    Take care everyone xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue. I really like this Die . Wish I was near enough to come to Ally Pally - but never mind we'll meet up very soon now! Xxx

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  15. Hello Sandra and Everyone,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !!!!! Hope you have a lovely day. Thanks for the champagne !
    I got quite a surprise when I opened the door this morning and saw my card! It has now arrived in Romania! It went yesterday!
    I really like the tree die and I will use it a lot. The music sheet embossing folder I have had for years and I can't remember who made it but it's way before CE made them! It's square. It looks nice behind the Joy to The World Die too , particularly as people associate that with the Carol. Ribbon, card and cameos all CE.
    Well, I haven't read anything yet apart from Anne's Nibbles!! Read Sandra's too. Must go back and read.
    Have a good day everyone.
    Love Myra xxx

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  16. Morning Sandra and a very happy birthday to you, have a fabulous day, I know you will be spoiled rotten. How I wish I was 48 again!!,!

    Myra your card is stunning, love the die you have used, I have told myself I am not buying any more dies, but I think I will have to change my mind about this one, love your layout and the ribbon.

    Just back from the doctors getting results of my hip X-ray, he is referring me to the Orthopeadic Consultant as I am in a bit of pain, my hip replacement from 16 years ago maybe needs replaced, if I get another 16 years out of my replacement I will be 85!!!
    Did you all enjoy the new craft channel, it seems to be ok, a few hiccups, but I don't think I will be taking out the membership, a bit on the dear side for me.
    The cafe is looking wonderful, loving the bunting, (is it someone's birthday!!,)
    Anyway have a great day whatever you all get up to, I'm having a day off from our craft shop, I need to get some cards made, take care, Jess xxx

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    1. Thank you Jess! I hope you don't have to wait too long for your hip replacement op. Happy card making! Xxx

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  17. Morning Sandra and a very happy birthday, hope you and Paul and the girls have a great day.
    Gorgeous card very expensive looking anyone would be delighted to receive it.
    Patricia I left my e-mail address on yesterdays post as I don't know how to get in touch with anyone else.
    Gong to do some shopping then have to make sandwich tea for 48 bowlers tonight so will be busy. At long last we seem to have a sunny day, it was sunny yesterday but it was still raining through the sun . Have just read the Dawn has joined the craft channel.
    See you all later xxx

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    1. Thank you Wendy! That's an awful lot of sandwiches! Xxx

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  18. HELLO SANDRA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY PET!!!
    "Pet" is a term of endearment in the North East, and we tend to use it a lot - and not in a cat and dog way!!! Have a simply wonderful day, and although I don't drink I will also raise a glass to you at the grand old age of 48. I hope that when I reach that great age, I'm as cheerful as you!!! ha ha .
    Myra, don't ask me why but as soon as I saw your card the carol "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High" came to mind, and I'm going to be singing it all day! It's a gorgeous Christmas card, nice and festive. Much better than I thought one of yours would be (eeh, have I gone too far, hard hat and barrage knickers).
    I've been soooo busy this morning. Nearly all of first lot of washing dry and about to start ironing, second load nearly ready to go out, Mr Sebo upstairs ready to vacuum when ironing finished, and duster at the ready.
    You'll be pleased to know that I haven't kicked George this morning as he's outside in the garden!!! Not only did he eat Eleanor's strawberries yesterday morning, he sat in her seat. Now come on, I ask you, do you change places at the dining table, or do you always sit in the same place. Exactly, I rest my case (or knife and fork).
    I feel a bit calmer today, so I may actually go and make him a cup of tea before I start to iron - now where did I put that ground glass !!!!!!!! ha ha.
    See you later, the birthday cake is delicious Patricia, and I've finished my latte, my money is in the pot. Onwards and upwards as they say.
    Love, hugs and everything
    Muriel xxxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words - I'm sure there is a compliment in there somewhere! With friends like you - - I won't ever get a big head!!
      Now we always have to sit at the same place - especially at the kitchen table! Don't ask me why - my sons who should both know better are just the same as the children. Xxx

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  19. Thanks Myra I'll do that , I have Sandra's email xo

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    1. ANNE:- what ever you do please don't put any of your personal details on an open Blog. There are so many people "snoop" around Blogs and cause trouble. Send your details to Sandra or to me. You will get my e-mail address from Myra.
      I buy all my Sugar Nellie Digital Stamps from Funky Kits. They have some fantastic stamps. Glad you enjoyed the cake. xxx

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  20. Meant to say I just read this morning Sugar Nellie (Scottish stamp company have found new premises) I wondered why their blog had changed, also I think Funky kits are with them , they have some super cute stamps too.
    Just having coffee and birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to Sandra ( but not with my mouth full! ) cafe looks very pretty with all the bunting! Xoxo

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  21. Afternoon everyone
    First PATRICIA I've just sent you an email and have now read that Sandra is going to have the list. I'll get in touch with her but can you just do me the little ask I have made other than the list. Please.

    Myra your card I just beautiful. I looked and considered this die but as I have one of Sue's C.tree dies I decided against. I just might change my mind now.

    Well we have done our last Friday market for a while. It was nice to see more of the locals than tourists today and of course next time it will only by locals.
    Mrs Gossip was in full voice this morning and her tiny husband as usual was just sat their with that far away look on his face. She towers above him so they are really the little and large combination.
    We also have our last Friday pastries so I'll let you know how they were tomorrow.
    I'm now off to go and get changed as my tshirt and trousers are stuck to me and I cannot see properly for sweat running down into my eyes. Yes we are back into the highs again.
    Have a good day everyone and I hope all who are under the weather will feel a little better tomorrow.
    Hugs should be arriving.
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you Janet! You are very kind. I'm sorry you are getting such very hot weather. It'll be hot work packing up in the heat. Hope it cools down a little for you. It's a lovely day here today and I thought our water restrictions were going to be lifted last night. They were for some but not for us. They are saying maybe next week!! It's a bit of a pain but at least I'm not fleeing from my home and country like so many poor souls just now. It's always the innocent who suffer most. Xxx

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    2. JANET:- enjoy this weeks pasties. Looking forward to hearing about them. My vision of Mrs Gossip and her OH are the funny seaside Post Cards. Sorry it is so hot again, you will be glad to get home to the cooler weather.
      Off to check my Blog xxx

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    3. That should be Check my e-mails. I dowish we were able to get back in and fix Mistakes!!! xxx

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    4. Janet I think when you get home you are going to need your winter woollies on it really is chilly up here in the North! xxx

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  22. Hello folks are you all OK???
    I am having 5mins to have a cold drink.
    I have had a busy day. Did the house, had lunch, made a Meat Loaf for the dinner. Made a few other goodies for over the weekend. Rescued the washing when we had a very heavy shower, that's all ironed and put away.
    Right better go tidy the sink area. Washed all pots, pans, trays, tools and gadgets I used, they now need dried and put away. Oh! I did something else ... I got a few "bits & pieces" organised for my holiday. I know, I know, it's another 11 days till I go. You can never be be too early getting things ready for a holiday can you???
    Right better get a wiggle on, see you all later xxx

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  23. Hi everyone, just had a light dinner, keeping my appetite for the party later.
    Made a card for my daughter in law, will pop it in tomorrow, probably after our scrapbooking crop.
    Hopefully will manage back later, xx

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  24. Hello Hello Hello,
    What time is this party starting? I've put a couple of the bottles of Champagne which Sandra kindly bought into the ice bucket so that's me and Muriel sorted.
    As a special treat I've made some courgette fritters, some courgette muffins, courgette soup and to finish some courgette ice cream. Oh be a it careful with the fritters though, whilst I was busy grating them I noticed one of my fingernails was missing so if you do find it I thought I would offer a prize. It's made of glass and goes tick tock.
    I finally thought of a caption for yesterday's sheep, but it involves wellies so thought I had better not publish it.
    So let's get that music on, something from 1967, to remind us of the year and of course the day, our lovely Sandra was born, maybe Here comes my baby from the Tremeloes followed by Let it out ( let it all hang out) by the Hombres.
    Ooooh we could have fireworks too.
    Xxxxx

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    1. Oh Wow! 1967 . I got engaged to be married in December 1967! I remember The Seekers! Georgy Girl! Judith Durham's voice still gives me goosebumps! I so wish I could sing like that! Excuse me - but two Magnums of Champagne won't be enough never mind to bottles! Any one seen Jeroboam?
      Saba - may I do an Alastair and ignore some of the courgette delectations? I know you are trying to get rid of them - sorry make good use of them! Give them to Peter - he'll be green by bedtime!
      I've put some mini Yorkshire Puddings in the oven - they have roast beef and horseradish on top! Keep an eye on them - they only take 5 minutes! Xxx

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    2. Alastair is out tonight! Xxx

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    3. Just had a thought! Please don't anyone offer Wendy a sandwich! May I volunteer you for courgettes , Wendy? Xxx

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    5. What a question! May I think about it for a few minutes? Xxx

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    6. Yes! He has promised to defer the painting of the cloakroom! 40+ years is a lot of memories - mostly good! Bad ones - not his fault! We also have a big garden which I could never manage alone! Ha ha!, xxx

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    7. I would have had some of the Fritters but I'll pass. Sure as eggs is eggs I would get the fingernail. You would see it if it were mine ..... my friend does Avon, I do like to give her an order now and again. I get the Dry Oil Spray for the Mozzies from her. Last time I ordered some Nail Polish, it looked Ok in the catalogue but it is rather in your face Purple. Hazel can vouch for that, I have it on and had it yesterday. So!! if I had grated my nail you would have found it ... easy!!!
      I have made some Bailleys Truffles and some Tablet to share out. I was going to make some of the Peanut, Crunchie, Choclate slab I make but I ran out of time. I found some "Sparklers" I will bring them as well xxx

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    9. I used to always have Natural Nails but recently I have become a rebel and gone dark. xxx

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    10. Oh Patricia, I'm answering this in the wrong place, sorry!
      Just had an email from Indigoblu - they have a show on Hochanda at 8 pm! Xxx

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    11. SABA, I could spiralize some courgettes - everyone will think it's spaghetti, spiralized veg a much healthier diet. great way to use veg. Even Peter will not realise he is eating his courgettes xxx

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    12. Finished making my sandwichesfor48 folk, think I will eat courgette fritters rather than a sandwich . if I find the nail do I get. Prize. Xx

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA ! Sorry I'm late'ish but I thought off you all day
    Hope you have had a fantastic day and Paul ,Sophie and Lucy have spoilt you with things all day. Now enjoy your Cava and have a wonderful dinner tonight.
    Myra your x-mas card is gorgeous ! Love the deep red card and the E-folder.The letter tree is lovely too and what a good idea that you can easily split the words up. You are a very talented 'lady'.
    Patricia, the cafe looks so nice with the beautiful banners and are there some balloons hanging outside in the garden. The fridge is brimming with goodies and champie and also some red and white wine .We are having a party in your honour Sandra,, might even have a boogie. Maybe Karen can show us some Salsa moves.
    OH and I went early into town for haircuts and shopping this morning. Needed some new trainers and that took some time to find. It was so hot in all the shops so had to take it slowly, started to feel lightheaded so sat down for a scone and a cool drink at midday. Got back first at 5pm and are now completely pooped so will have a little sit down before starting on the dinner so I can enjoy the evenings antics. Only hope I don't dream of gourgettes and a certain person kicking poor George. ohhhh
    Many Happy Birthday Hugs to Sandra and to you all xxx

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      Thank you Maria - and you called me a lady!!! Xxxx

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    2. MYRA:- so are so considerate but should you not have had a word with that "friend" of yours. She's rather cruel to her darling husband. Maybe we should report her what do you think??? xxx

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      Oh wow! Do you think Muriel is the Dragon!! Xxxx
      Hard Hat! Trench and Help! Xxx

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      Muriel is such a lovely sweet person. xxx

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    5. What about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde!!! Xxx

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    6. Oh! MYRA:- you better get into the "shelter" quickly.
      Mind you Maureen is having difficulty getting through the door for some reason. xxx

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      Hard hat times 2 !!!! Xxxx

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  26. Evening Ladies

    Just had an email about The Craft Channel-yes, another new TV channel! Dawn Bibby going to be on it & is proud to be launching her new range....!! One to miss I'd say-sorry but just can't stand the woman!

    The "presenters " are leaving C&C TV in their droves aren't they??!!

    Michele

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      I am so surprised they did not have the Website up and running for the Launch Day.
      I have just sat down, John toodled off somewhere so I clicked on and it's John (next door) not My John!!! demoing Sue's Dies.
      Sounds seem a lot better today. Not so much of an echo. xxx

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  27. Right ladies if we are having a party can we have lots of fun and laughter. Oh and no 1967 buffet please. I will see to it if you want, small bite sized things lots of veggies and dips too. I even decided to make extra tiny krispie cakes when I was making them for andrews party, we can all be big kids I will bring top hats too. I can't believe that this time last week I was getting ready to go away in the early hours. Had a lovely few hours with the girls this after noon, had a fashion show too as they are away out to a wedding reception tonight and they couldn't make up their mined what yo wear. Oh boy trying to tell a 10 year old that black tights and gold shoes don't go and they don't go with light coloured dresses either. Right off to just get the buffet ready see you soon. Xxx

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      Hazel have you got plenty Melon & Pinapple??? I will bring some strawberries, might be a bit late I will pick them. That way they are FREE!!!! xxx

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  28. Hi ladies. I have just had an ail from the birthday girl. She has no internet now until late on Tuesday, it finished earlier than she expected and she wants to say a great big thank you for all of the of the wonderful birthday wishes and cards you have sent. Enjoy your evening. Take care x

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    1. That's lovely Sue, thank you! Sandra thoroughly deserves to be spoilt and pampered. I'm hoping cards will be waiting for her at home too and fingers crossed not damaged! I will keep an eye on the revellers Sue! I'm the sensible one! Xxx

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    3. Patricia - I don't understand what you mean! Have I said something wrong ? Xxx

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    4. No! not at all, nothing "wrong" just a bit PORKY!!! xxx

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  29. LADIES:- that's Sue saying SANDRA'S Internet has finished.
    I can't get into her Blog. I can get in but it is just "blank" and I can't type anything in.
    We will just have to keep going on the stream that we have. It's just a few days till she gets back but please try to keep in touch. xxxx

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    1. Don't worry Patricia we'll soldier on! We're British! Xxx

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    2. Thank goodness for us British!! xxx

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    3. Don't worry Patricia, you cannot do anything about it and we will still be here when Sandra gets back.

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  30. LADIES:- me again another announcement.
    MAUREEN:- she's having great difficulty trying to get in to the Café
    She's not being a Party Pooper and is rather upset xxx

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    1. What's the matter? Xxx

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    2. Maureen said she's typing but she's on to the next word before the one in front appears. Then when she presses the button nothing is happening xxx

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    3. Ohhhh! Sorry Sally!, Maureen, Muriel, Daffy etc . At least you can't hit me - sending lots of love, special lady!! Xxx

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  31. News Flash!! Saba has turned into a courgette!
    I'm green with envy! Xxx

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  32. Where's SABA:- has she taken a wrong turning and got lost.
    Let's light some of the Fireworks so she can find us. Light the Blue Touch Paper or have they stopped doing that??
    Wooooooosh!! Bang!!! Wooooosh!! That's a couple set off, hopefully she'll find us, xxx

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  33. Sorry I have taken a while, these 1967 buffets are a bit of a pain. I was making a hedgehog thing with the cheese, pineapple and pickled onions, hate picked onions. I even went to tesco and bought Ritz crackers. Then I was trying to think what it was that use to be put on them? No sandwiches, I would have made you some without butter big sis. I have done a party Susan with lots of different fruits, did we eat mango in 1967? Same with kiwis? I can remember them then? That's was a pain to do. Any way I have made up the party trays. Thank goodness I had the platters still here. I put them on the tables that have been set up for the food. xxx

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  34. I'm here! There was a documentary on about Syria and Islam and seeing as we were there just before the war it was both interesting but very upsetting but not going to dwell on it. We need to party****
    Myra, you need to hide. I am coming to get you and an upset courgette can be very mean!!
    Maureen, reboot. No not George your computer. Close down your internet pages and Switch it off completely then try again. Good luck, got everything crossed.
    Xxxxx

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  35. Hi Sandra and all you lovely ladies
    Sandra I do hope you've had a wonderful birthday and are enjoying your evening, so sorry I'm late with your Birthday wishes.
    Myra your card is fabulous love the colours too and I love that die it's so versatile.
    Well the sciatica has been a bit easier today and Margaret your bags have been a God send thank you so much. The only trouble is I never know where the pain will be, back, thigh or calf!!
    Anyway I kept myself busy today by doing decorating a wicker heart that I bought for Nikki 2 years ago!! I wanted to give her something special tomorrow and I actually finished it!! I've put it on my ' Cards for 2015' board on my pinterest page if you want a peek..
    I'm going to have an early night tonight as I feel worn out...see you tomorrow ladies.
    Love and huge hugs Sheila xxxx

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    1. I'll go and have a look Sheila! So pleased you are at least a little better.
      Hope all goes well with Nikki tomorrow. Thank you for your kind remarks about my card! Sleep well. Margaret's bags seem to be the 8th Wonder of the World and believe me I'm not being facetious. So many people benefit from them! Night Night, love Myra xxx

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      Margaret should be getting a medal. John swears by those bags as well. Has a small one for each knee. xxx

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    3. Sheila's Heart for Nikki is absolutely gorgeous. I've left a message on Pinterest too. How lovely! Xxx

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    4. Sheila, Margaret's bags are great as you can lay them on the different sore bits. I am glad your pain is a bit easier. Still take things slowly. xxx

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    6. Sheila, the pain comes from your lower back, just depends where the nerve is being nipped . Keep the bag on your back xx

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  36. FLOBBALOBBALOB, Yippee, this has been a very long 2 or 3 hours. I am so frustrated - what have I missed. Who's been doing what to whom. I've had a quick look at the comments so I've made some vol-au-vents with mushrooms and some more with prawns. Anybody who doesn't like them - tough!!!! I've also made some cocktail sausages on sticks with pineapple and cheese. Well, actually they are left over from our first wedding anniversary party, but they should be o.k. I've had them in Tupperware!!!!
    Where's the music, Sheila's away to bed, but I see she's feeling a bit better, do you think she'd do the Hokey Cokey if I got her up? She won't want to miss the fun surely.
    Bailey's Tanker is primed and ready, I've got the bottle opener for the Champers and Wine. Anyone for a Whisky or Brandy, we've got the lot here, I'll just taste them all to make sure they are all right hic.
    Sally (I'll sing you a song in a minute) from our Alley xxxx

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    1. Flobalobalobalob! Don't tell me you've come as a flowerpot man!
      Ooooh you have and Myra's come as little weed!!
      So glad you are here.
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    4. Not me!! there was a fingernail in the Fritters!! xxx

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    5. NOW!!! I am being serious I can be now and again.
      Do you guys honestly think we are going to get "ANY" crafting done on this weekend away?????? xxx

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    6. Let's keep the party clean shall we . My continence is excellent!! Xxx

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    7. So really not much point in hiring a trailer to hold the Craft stuff I was going to bring!! xxx

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    8. MYRA, I know the continence Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America! xxxx

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    9. It's unanimouse !! So far, I know the spelling is wrong - my niece used to pronounce it like that! Xxx

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    10. Patricia, I know, I was wondering how I was going to bring all the stuff that I wanted to take down. Then I thought about it standing in the train, with me halfway down the carriage, unable to keep an eye on it, and well, I won't be able to life my little weekend pully thing on the high up rack, so I think I'll be coming with a carrier bag!!!! xxxx

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    12. I think you are right Patricia, we will not need any craft stuff with us, there won't be time for any. Xxx

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    13. What's that song by The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby - her life is in a carrier bag! Xxx

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    14. It's definitely unanimouse, ha ha but we'll have such good fun. Hopefully, we will get a few things done. It's getting the equipment there that's the problem. Does anyone have any ideas? xxxx

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    15. You guys are lucky you still get Carrier Bags Free we have to pay for them. I am just going to wear everything and stuff my craft things in my pockets xxxx

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    16. Wow! I'm impressed - you've got big pockets! What is going in the same pocket as the Grand Calibur? Xxx

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  37. Evening all and a very happy birthday to Sandra.
    48 eh? and you don't look a day over 47!

    Had another gander at Hochanda this morning before I set off for Gloria's funeral, and I'm sorry to say they haven't learnt anything from yesterday. The picture was still on the fuzzy side and echoes galore. Really annoying ones too. I wonder if the fuzziness is due to that it could be in 3D? Now where did I put them glasses too? Perhaps they have eloped with my sunglasses and my special TV ones.

    The funeral was so lovely, a humanist one and we walked into the crem to the Emmerdale theme. Gloria loved her soaps, Acker Bilk's Stranger on The Shore was the tune for remembering past times with her, and we went out to Match of the Day! She had such a good sense of humour, loved football and fishing, and I'm sure she enjoyed every minute of it.
    Bedtime for me now.
    Nighty night ladies,
    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

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      Are you not joining in the party, we have loads of food and drink?
      Well, if you insist on going to bed, night, night and sweet dreams.
      Sally xxx

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    2. Interesting - Stranger on the Shore - by Acker Bilk - refers to Jesus cooking fish after the Resurrection! The Disciples didn't recognise him! It's such a lovely piece. Xxx

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    3. CHERYL:- glad the funeral was good. I really like a good funeral, you know what's mean, your friend deserved that.
      Stranger on the Shore brings back memories of an old boyfriend!!
      John's best friend who never spoke to Is after John asked me out. Always a trouble maker me!! xxx

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  38. Cheryl, I am so glad it was a good send off for your friend, she sounded like a very lovely lady. xxx

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  39. Think I'll have a Brandy & Babysham , seem to remember that used to go down quite nicely! Believe it or not ( I'm not a courgette lover) but tonight I had courgette spiralled spaghetti in my stir fry and it was pretty good so I could help you use a few Saba?
    All the food sounds great ! I love a good buffet, but I hope we have proper plates I hate those bendy paper ones ( they don't hold much) ! I also thought I'd bring some indoor fireworks, can anyone else remember them ? They make me laugh just thinking about them!
    What dances and games are we going to have? xoxo

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  40. Why am I answering questions higher up, when you are all down here doing your own things? xxx

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  41. I remember the Babycham adverts Anne! I was only a little girl. - ha ha ! Xxx

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  42. Uh Oh! Boss is home! I've hidden the champers under his chair! Xxx

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    2. MAUREEN:- who are you trying to kid yiu drank every drop in that bottle. There's nothing to spill xxx

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    3. Anne, I remember those indoor fireworks! Simple pleasures. I also remember having a little model of a dog and you stuck this pellet thing in its mouth, lit it and it blew out smoke rings. Xxxx

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    4. Saba, I remember the little dog, but did you not stick the pellet somewhere else? !! xxx

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    5. Muriel, that was the pig. I had one of those too but was too polite to mention it. If I remember rightly it Pooed.
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    6. That's because you are a lady, too posh to mention such things. You see, I don't have a balcony or a glass clock !!! xxxx

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    7. I'm tooooo young to remember any of that! Xxx

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  43. What about a "snowball" not the sweet kind or the cold kind xxx

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    1. Ooh I once got tiddly by drinking two of those small bottles of Snowball. George couldn't believe it, he said they weren't alcoholic. They were nice and sherberty !!!! xxx

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      John came with me to craft fair ..... I did not know where it was.
      Anyway there was a lady there from a local Winery. They make lots of wines such as Elderberry, Banana and other fruits. John got chatting to her and he tried quite a few different wines. He thought they were "NON Alchohlic" ..... I ended up having to drive home ...... !!! xxx

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    3. Barley wine. It was horrible but cheap. And you could buy them at the corner shop - even in your school uniform!!!
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    6. Not really two times funny Maureen!! xxx

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  44. MYRA:- Changing the subject what kind of card do you use for your Die Cut??? xxx

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    1. CE card. I use it for almost everything . However I don't make cards to sell . Xxxx

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    2. Me again!! The tree is from their lovely soft gold card. It's really lovely . Xxxx

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    3. Is the Tree Die cut from the dull gold card???Xxx

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    4. Yes! I think we crossed over there! Xxx

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    5. Thought that it is really beautiful. I have some of that card, I dont have that Die but I have last years Tree Die. Must try it xxxSubscribe To

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  45. You know that moon we were looking at the other night!
    Think it might be a full one tonight ...... Why?? just seen John sprint done the hall "bare naked" !!! He was off was off to put his dirty washing the basket. Think he must be going nuts or forgot that the loungendoor is glass. That's obviously what living with does!! xxx

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  46. Spoilsport, let an old woman have a laugh ha ha xxxx

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    3. Oh dear! Tooooo much champagne mixed with Baileys !! Quite a toxic mix! Xxx

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  47. Where is that sister of mine?? She spent all that time making the food, bet she's fallen asleep!! xxx

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    1. I think she's gone to Australia, I heard her saying she was popping to Perth for more supplies!! xxx

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  48. Helloooooo late late again I see you have all had a party MAUREEN has another name SALLY & not a drop of Champaign or birthday cake left.
    Hope SANDRA is still enjoying her birthday.
    MYRA your card is brilliant I have that Die but haven't used it yet I can't get motivated with C Cards yet. So well done, thanks for the tip about separating the words your not just a pretty face.xx
    I haven't read all comments I did start but it takes forever & a day so will go back.ANNE you have some lovely cards on your Pinserest I had a quick look this morning before I went out. Will have another look again.
    I still having trouble with not getting my cards on my blog. My Son's coming down tomorrow I will see if he can sort it out for me while I have Harry cuddles yaaaay. Oh Has just made me a builders tea.xxxxx

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    1. That's something I have to get someone to show me at the Retreat ..... this Pintrest Thingy I don't quite GET IT!!!!! Stupid or what .... no don't answer that xxx

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