Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Paul's Anniversary Card




Good Morning Ladies,
Well shock, horror, gasp......its one of my cards!!!!
I thought I would show you the card that I made for Paul for our anniversary.
It ended up being a little bit of a rush, but I certainly wasn't going to let Paul go away without his card.
I used an Anna Marie Designs Stamp for the focal element of the card, I love the words on that stamp.
I mounted it onto Blue Foundation Card, I then matted and layered the background with some red and the same blue card and the topped it with a piece of coconut white card, embossed with the A4 Swirling Hearts Embossing folder by Creative Expressions.
I then created a ribbon strip using red card and a Martha Stewart Punch, I layered it with some narrow matching blue ribbon and glued it to the right side of the card, I then added mounting foam to the back of the topper and placed it on top, I felt it needed something else, but I find it harder to 'embellish' mens cards, so I went with the heart theme, I die cut some different sized hearts, glueing two together with a strand of ribbon glued in the middle, repeated it three times and them glued it onto the card and topped with another die cut heart, i popped some red gems on for a bit of sparkle!
Paul seemed very pleased with his card, I hope you like it too.
We had a lovely dinner out last night after all the drama!
I will call in later to catch up with you all.
love and hugs
Sandra
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  1. Morning all, hope you are all TicketyBoo and looking forward to the day ahead.
    SANDRA:- I just absolutely love your wonderful card. I am sure Paul was over the moon with that one. You really do make fantastic cards and I feel we do not see enough of them.
    Hazel and I are off out for the day to Feythie, there is an amazing market there. We really do not need anything but feel with it being so hot we have not done all the things we would have liked. We are "biting the bullet" and stepping out into the heat. It's a bit of a drive away but the bus will hopefully be Airconditioned!! or at least all the windows open!!!
    Everything looks good in the Cafe today, lots of goodies for during the day. From what we have heard about the weather looks like that pot of soup will be needed.
    (((((Hugs))))) by the door as usual. Be back in the evening to see what you have all been up too. xxx

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    1. Hello Patricia,
      Have a lovely time on your trip to the market and I hope you find something interesting to buy! Have plenty of cool drinks! Xxx

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    2. Hi Patricia, hope you managed to get out to the market even in the hot sunshine. Plenty of drinks and shade when possible is what you all told me so, only wish I had some of the warmth now. Have a lovely time, hugs xxx

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    3. Patricia, I remember Fethiye well, don't think I saw the market though, it was the marina and the bars for me!! Have fun.
      Xxx

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  2. Good morning Sandra,

    What a beautiful card for Paul, I will reiterate Patricia, we do not see enough of your gorgeous creations.
    Can you tell me again where this new craft channel is?
    Every time I press 621 on Sky all I get is CITV and (tongue in cheek) I don't want to buy any programmes from there.
    Off for my early morning cuppa see you later
    Love 7 hugs Cheryl xxx

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    1. Hi Cheryl
      Try Channel 660, funny I thought it was 661 and found QVC and thought how funny that was because they claim it's nothing to do with them! There is another channel number on their web site but that's possibly free view? I did have a quick watch yesterday, I can't remember what was on, nothing that caught my fancy. It's nice to have a choice though - if there's something that doesn't take your fancy on one channel you can now look at the others. Hope you have a good day today, hopefully the weather will be better! Xxx

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    2. Hi Cheryl,
      Thank you for your lovely comment yesterday about how I describe Paul, I find it so hard to put into words how very much I love him, i consider myself incredibly blessed to have him in my life, we never tire of each other's company, from what I understand from things you have said you shared the same thing with your Pete, therefore I know you will understand what I mean when describe his love as ' a gift'.
      Now I can only get the watch the new channel online, (I just typed in 'The Craft Channel' ) .
      It was lovely to watch Christine in action yesterday, the presenter and what I understood from his description yesterday the founder of the channel Julian is a great presenter, seemed genuinely interested in the products, I know how very nervous Christine was not only because it was her first TV show in years but with the added pressure of being part of the launch of the Channel but she was a natural, informative but also funny with it.
      Between these two new channels though I find that some of the shows are very loosely based on craft, I watched part of a show yesterday about beads that you add water too and put flowers in....a craft??? Not in my opinion! Maybe I have the wrong idea.
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. In answer to my own question the channel number is 261 not 621 as advertised somewhere else. Hope this helps everybody else.xxx

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    4. You're welcome Sandra,
      I coined the phrase my 'soul's other keeper' for Pete many moons ago now when I was asked to describe him. The next question was "That is a lovely way to describe your soulmate but why that?' My answer "God will look after my soul in heaven and he sent me Pete to do that job for him on earth". I did post it on Sue's blog when I said he had passed on, so it is a very big compliment that you remembered it and have used it to describe Paul. Our love for our husbands is a very great blessing indeed.
      Give yourself a hug from me. xxx

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    5. Hi Cheryl, I got a bit confused too about the channels. When they kept showing children's programmes like 'my parents are alien' and other ones I know the channel couldn't be right Lol ! 261 and 660 are the channels I found it on. Sadly I think they are equal to Hochanda with poor sound and the camera shots are dreadful. Maybe It's just me. You have a nice day, hugs Xxx

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    6. Hi Cheryl I never actually saw your post on Sue's blog about Pete, so it is purely coincidence, it is a saying that we gave both used to try and describe our love over the years,
      I can say that I trued to explain love and how it feels to my girls, I just said that there are many times that you think you have been in love, but until you actually experience true love you won't know!
      They were very confused!
      Hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxx

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    7. Cheryl that is so beautiful, when I think of Peter I think of him as being my rock. When my Father died I explained to Peter just how bereft I felt and said of my Father that he was my rock, never judged me, loved me wholeheartedly and I could always turn to him and Peter said "now I shall be your rock " and he is.
      Xxx

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  3. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-the card you made for Paul is stunning. It's our anniversary while we're away & I have made a card but it's quite simple-I'll send you a photo after the event.

    Hoping work is relatively calm today-not feeling up to any drama as I've been awake since 3.30 this morning. I've got a few last minute bits of shopping to do tonight then will just sit & read or maybe start to pack the cases??!!

    Michele

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    1. Good morning Michele,
      What's keeping you awake then my lovely, work or holiday worries?
      When do you leave for Florida?
      I think that you just need a good long break from work Michele, I would love to see your anniversary card too.
      I think that simplicity is the key when it comes to mens cards.
      I hope your day passes quickly, so that you are back home and can relax.
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxx

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    2. Have a lovely holiday Michelle and safe journey, xxx

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  4. Hi All, firstly can I say a big thank you for all the replies from yesterday, it brought tears to my eyes.
    Sandra I think you're card is beautiful.
    Have had a bit of a rough year healthwise, but I feel better now so up and onwards.
    I sew for my living , so if any of you lovely crafty people would like to see what
    I make perhaps I'll try and send a picture, although how you do this I haven't a clue. (Techno phobe)
    Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

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    1. Hello Lilian
      I missed you yesterday so I'm trying to make up for it today. Welcome to the very best Cafe you will ever find. It has many many fantastic points of view and yes we're all a little on the Wackey side but heh whose wants to be totally sane!!!! I'm Janet and hail from Yorkshire; living in Sheffield and I adore crafting in any shape. I would love to see some of your creations.
      xxxx

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    2. Hello Lilian
      I missed you yesterday so I'm trying to make up for that.
      Welcome to the most FANTASTIC CAFE you will every find.
      We're all a little on the whacky side but heh who wants to be sane these days!!!!!
      I'm Janet and hail from Yorkshire living in Sheffield. I love craft in all it's forms and I would love to see some of your creations.
      xxxx

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    3. Lillian it's lovely to see you back. I'm so glad to hear you are now feeling better. I love Sues blog and try and read the comments if I can but by the time I get to the bottom I may have forgotten something or you just put a brief comment to someone. Isn't it funny how some names mean something to you, you were one of the ones I always read when you were poorly just to see how you were doing! I would love to see some of your sewing projects, I've got pictures of elegant ball gown or bridal dresses in my head but I expect I've gone for the wrong sewing items. I'm sure Sandra will tell you how to get in touch - a lot of us are techno phobes but I think we have all managed to send something. I've just realised the last photos I sent were upside down ( sorry Sandra) so I've taken some more photos to try again!
      I love Cornwall we have been there on holiday a few times, we hires a cottage in Fowey when our daughter was little, such a beautiful part of the world. We live in hampshire so not too far to travel.
      Enjoy your day and hopefully see you again soon xxx

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    4. Lillian, sweetheart, you are welcome with open arms to our crazy little family, there is nowhere else like it, the love and support that this amazing bunch of ladies give is just indescribable!
      I am sorry to hear that this year hasn't been too good health wise, but I am pleased to see that you are feeling a little better.
      I would very much like to showcase your crafting skills, be it cards that you make or items you sewn together, both are welcome, we have a 'mixed craft day' every Saturday, all you have to do us email me photos of what you want to share, you can include a brief description or come back on the day and add your description then.
      I have just returned from almost a month away, so still playing catch up!
      Welcome once again to my blog Lillian, I am very much looking forward to having you as part of our little family,
      Have a great day,
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxx

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    5. Diane,
      I just wanted to tell you that I hadn't forgotten to show your last cards, I love them and usually I can rotate them in picasa, but for some reason yours I couldn't, so I would love for you to turn them round and resend them!
      Have a great day my lovely day,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    6. Good morning ladies,
      Sandra , your card is very eye catching ! I'm sure Paul will treasure it , as you say the words in the AM stamp are heartfelt and that's what makes a really special card, love all the little hearts! So happy to hear you had a lovely dinner together after all the drama xo
      Well, I had a busy tiring day, I got back from craft day 5:30 and was back out again 7:10 - 10:30 I was so tired, thought I'd have a wee look in my iPad and found a message from a niece about her sister who is only 39 and she was in hospital with a suspected mini stroke , turns out her speech has returned and the numbness down one side has gone now ( thank goodness ) but they are keeping her in to have an MRI , but it certainly was a shock , so took a while to get over to sleep.
      Hello to Lilian , lovely to have a new name to join in the fun, the cafe is such a wonderful friendly place to pop into , the ladies ( I use the name loosely, only kidding) are a great bunch who love a laugh! and the fabulous cakes etc. are calorie free, what more could you ask for?
      It's a miserable morning here and I don't feel like going to golf but I better go and make an effort but not before I have a nice big cup of tea and some toast with homemade marmalade.
      Hazel and Patricia , please take care in all that heat, plenty of drinks and some nice cool shady spots with comfy chairs are needed frequently( to people watch) I hope you have a great day!
      Michele have you got your bags packed yet? you must be quite excited about getting away and having a much needed break from work .
      Money in the pot, dishes washed, love and hugs to you all xoxo

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    7. Hi Lilian,
      A very big welcome to you to our happy and friendly wee cafe where we come and everyone is more than welcome. Yes we are all screwballs in here but they are the finest friends that you ever have your good fortune to come across and meet. They lift you on the darkest days and join in on your daft days. We love all crafts in here and welcome seeing others skills and what they produce. It is the one cafe that you can have the largest cakes on the menu and not put on an ounce. And of course there are a few renegades that enjoy the odd tipple or barrel of baileys, wine, anything goes so please stay and have fun with us.
      I'm Norah who lives at Glenochil Village up in Central Scotland, where i look out onto my Ochil Hills that i love and have seen where ever i have lived in the central region. I have a 23yr old daughter Kirsten who has just given me a baby grandson 3 months ago and i have my lovely son who is 16 yr old and has autism and has just started college. I don't work now because of ill health retirement so this is the place i escape to.
      Sending huggles your way to welcome you,
      Love
      Norah (Glenochil)

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    8. Hi Lilian ,
      I'm so glad you felt welcome and have popped in again! I'm sorry about your health problems and I do hope that you re now feeling a lot better. I too would love to see what you make. Xxx

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    9. Hi Anne,
      So sorry about your niece and I do hope she will be alright. What a shock for you to get news like that after a long day! Have a good round of golf today! Xxx

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    10. Hi Lilian, you not alone to be a computer no know-how Lol It's takes me a long time to send Sandra a card or two but keep trying .
      Love to see your creations, here we got everything and Saturday's mix is one of the most fabulous days with different craft on show. Hope you feeling better after your tough year health wise and whenever you need to have a chat ,it is always someone here to listen and of course the coffee and cakes are extra tasty, hugs xx

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    11. Hello Lilian, lovely to see you again, glad you are now on the up and onwards after your ill health. I would love to see some of your work.
      We love to see what everyone has been creating, hope you manage to sent a photo or two in.
      Hugs Saba xxx

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    12. Hi Lilian
      Lovely to have you join us in the cafe. I missed your post yesterday. I'm just a bit scatty as I think I missed most posts yesterday. I'm sorry you haven't been to well lately, but I do hope we're able to cheer you up when your feeling low. I'm Pat and I live in Witney Oxfordshire, just down the road from Sandra and Mrs B. These ladies are the best ever. I know we're a bit mad but being mad is good believe me.
      I'd love to see your work as I'm definitely not a sewer. Not that's not right, but you know what I mean. No rubbish passes through me. Not to sure how your trying to send photos to Sandra, but let us know and we'll try to help.

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    13. My dear Anne, I've just read your post and send you lots of squishy hugs for yourself and your niece. I hope you are feeling a lot calmer now. xxxx

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    14. Hello Lillian, sorry I missed your post yesterday, I'm Jean and I live in Wigan, Lancashire
      Sorry to hear you've not had good health, the giggles in the cafe will certainly lift your spirits
      Nice to meet you
      Xxx

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    15. Hi again feeling a bit guilty as although not been well, none of it is very serious. I make the big "hoods" that beekeepers wear for protection, quite skilled but I have been making them for some years.
      Your cafe sounds just the place for me as GP tells me I must loose weight, but I love cake.
      Nearly time for bed, so good night ladies.
      Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

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  5. Morning Sandra and all who call in today
    I'm so so pleased that you managed to get out for a meal last night just the two of you. I too will say WE DO NOT SEE ENOUGH OF YOUR WORK. I love your card - it says everything you need to say to that wonderful man of yours and I know he will have loved every bit of it.

    Well it's really tipling it down here this morning and it's my Knit and Natter day too. I've everything crossed that it may have slowed down somewhat before 13.30hrs when I need to go out. It's the first one since I got back so I'll be playing catch up on all that's happened this summer.

    I hope everyone has a good day whatever your doing and that the sun may shine a little for you.
    Patricia and Hazel have a good hunting day at the market. I hope you manage to sniff out some bargains.
    My mug is washed and put away and money in the pot. Hugs are in their usual place so please help yourselves there's more than enough to go around.
    xxxx

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    1. Good morning Janet,
      Thank you for your kind words about my card, I know that you don't get to see enough of my cards, I am trying to rectify that as we speak, I think that after all the problems that were caused by 'you know who', my confidence took a nose dive, then with the holiday preparations etc I just didn't seem to have the time sit and 'play'. That's why I was so thankful for all of the cards that you lovely ladies supply me with, plus I do love to share your work too!
      It's a miserable day here too, so no excuse but to sit in that craft room!
      Enjoy knit & natter my lovely,
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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      Are you sure you live close to me as the day has been lovely in Witney.

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  6. Good morning Sandra and all the lovely ladies
    Sandra what a treat for us today, your card for Paul is lovely. I know what you mean about embellishments for men cards, it's so easy to put a flower on but that stops you short for a man. I'm pleased to hear you managed to go out for a meal together. I hope Matt was ok after his drama yesterday too. Life has returned to normal quickly after your lovely holiday hasn't it, makes it all seem like months ago now. Still with Michele off to warmer weather soon we van all sneak into her suitcase - I'm sure she won't mind !( oh what a thought opening your case and finding us lot in there!!!!) .
    I had a funny day yesterday, I did one lot of washing, put another lot on, cleared out the fridge of a few bits that had been overlooked in my mad dash to get Emma packed and off and bought some flowers out of the lounge that had gone crisp whilst we were away. I went to open the back door and no keys! I always give my neighbour a key when we go away and I'd given her my set, Julian had gone to work with his set and also had one of Emma's keys on his bunch! I realised I was stuck in the house! I could get out the front door but couldn't get back in again so if I popped round to my neighbour I was stuck unless I drove to Julian's work! Well I did have a chuckle. Luckily my neighbour dropped my keys back late afternoon when she came back from her day out so. Could leave the house and get the food shopping we desperately needed! I must get some new keys cut is the moral to my story, especially now there is just the two of us at home!
    Right I must go and get on, I'm out for lunch with some friends today so I will call back later.
    I hope the weather improves today - I've got washing to dry!
    Have fun xxxxx

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    1. Oh Diane, that brought back memories! We were always having " key problems" before Alastair retired! He would go off with both sets - his and mine - front door key and car keys! He worked about 45mins away from home - if the M61 was behaving!! Someone would come to the front door and I'd be calling through the door for them to come round to the back door as I could open it! Couldn't go out in my car either! It was going out the back door round to the front door to collect the milk from the doorstep that used to get me! Xxx

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    2. Oh Diane, so many times when living in Sweden there the door was slam shut and I couldn't get back in so the locksmith had to be called out or since living here and when working I forgot the keys at work and had to walk back to collect them, 40 min, roundtrip oh bother !
      Take care and hugs xxx

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    3. Diane enjoy your lunch out, I once got locked out of my car, I accidentally left the keys on the seat and closed the doors to nip into a shop, came out and it had self locked. Luckily I wasn't far from home so got a taxi and picked up the spare set. I am paranoid now when closing the car doors.
      Xxx

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  7. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. What a wonderful card Sandra. I'm sure Paul was delighted with it. I agree with all of the others about not seeing enough of your gorgeous cards, but I know it has been hard for you to craft over the last couple of months. Fingers crossed that you get back into it now my lovely. I am so glad that you managed to get out last night with Paul after what must have been a fraught time. Glad that Matt was OK though. Mother nature has perfect timing doesn't she....not! See you and Pat tomorrow. I will message you to sort out where we are meeting.
    Welcome Crafty Nana. Please come and join this wonderful group of lovely and very mad ladies : )
    Have a good day everyone. Take care xx

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  8. Good morning my little coffee shop cherubs,
    Sandra, i don't think you could have made a more thoughtful card for Paul than you have as it has all the true components in it for him, it has your love, admiration and most of all just what he means to you and what he is to you. I know that the next few days are going to be difficult for you with him being away but he'll be back before too long. Hopefully the girls can help you get sorted as best they can and you let them,mmh?
    Well the men have come and dumped off stuff to reskim and reharl the house with so that's me stuck for the day as his lordship has told me i can't go anywhere with them working outside....WHY???? Oh well just as well i don't go or can't go out much isn't it. We have a lovely day here at Glenochil the now so lets hope it continues.
    Saba, i hope you had a lovely day yesterday for your birthday and enjoyed your cake. I hope that your hubby got you something lovely for your special day. Sorry that i am late in wishing you happy birthday but it was just one of those days yesterday that everything was happening and Rory's appointment with Rhuairdh at CAMHS had been changed from 3pm to 11am which threw a spanner in the works as well. When i came out to retrieve my coffee this man shouts out my maiden name. It was someone from school who i have seen in more than 30 odd years, that's what i said to him "i take it i haven't changed much". Naw Norah, you've no, you still look the same". Good god i hope not as i didn't have grey hair then and thought i was fat at 9st 3lb and a size 12. Although i didn't recognise him until he told me who he was, perhaps because none of the boys had stubble never mind beards and moustaches.
    I think i will have a large latte this morning as the body could do with some heating up and toast today as i am trying to be good and stay out of the cabinet with the cakes in it but they are so good looking and just shouting out about eating them, but no i'm going to be strong and resist, for the moment anyway. Have a good day everyone and see you later hopefully, i have brought in my little huggles friends to assault each and every one of you
    Love
    Norah xx

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    1. Norah! It's good to be recognised by someone who hasn't seen you for ages! I see we've both got people decorating outside! I was frozen yesterday but he is at the front at the minute so not so bad! Scaffolding is here but not up yet! Happy days! Xxx

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    2. PS! I've been meaning to say this before - thanks for calling me an angel or a cherub - don't think I've been called that much in my life, despite my angelic behaviour! Thank you, dear. Xxx

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    3. Oooh Norah, was he handsome, did he have potential, I think you are way overdue an upgrade, that model you have is from Victorian times I believe !!!! Ha ha, you know I'm just kidding!
      He was right though, I bet you haven't changed that much, you are beautiful xxxxx

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    4. Norah, have a good day in your parts of Scotland, you describe it so vividly so I can see it in my mind. Hope Rory is enjoying the Collage life. How lovely not to have changed in 30 years, you do still look like a young girl. hugs Xxx

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    5. Thank you Norah, I did have a lovely day, Peter bought me flowers and a card ( a rare event in our house) and then I managed to cadge some cash from him later on!!
      What a lovely compliment from your old friend, he was right though, I've seen your photo and you still look so young and beautiful to boot.
      Xxxx

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    6. My word Saba
      How did you manage to get Peter to get you a card and flowers. Let alone con him out if some money. Hope you spend it wisely. NOT. My Pete never buys me flowers either.

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    7. Sadly Sandra he doesn't and David has never been blessed with the handsome genes not even when we were at school. It's strange though that he reckons I haven't changed as honest I never had grey hair at the school. Lol.
      Thank you my lovely friends but I definitely look and feel the half century coming nearer and the face is positive that it's already has arrived but the brain hasn't moved forward from being 19, so I'll stay at that and just add the VAT on. hee hee OH boosted me no ends the other day by his little turn of phrase "hey your fairly putting on the beef the now as your face, stomach and legs are all fat". Thank you dear, that's lovely to know I thought before I walked out and went for coffee with my friend. They really know how to boost a girls morale don't they?
      Myra, you and the rest of the lovely people that are in this special part of time really are my Angels. You all pick me up when I am having the worst day. You all take me out of these four walls to places all over the world in my imagination and dreams. I can say something in here that at home would be regarded as me being the most stupidest idiot that God almighty created, but in here it is taken in the context and happy way that it is meant, so you see you all really are the most wonderful bunch of Angels that set foot upon this earth for me.
      Love
      Norah x

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    8. We miss you when you are not here Norah. Take care.

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  9. Morning Sandra and ladies,
    Sandra your card for Paul is lovely, I bet he was delighted with it.
    I will have to pop back later to catch up on all the chat, we are off to visit OH sister in Fort William and stay overnight, I will get to use her wifi so can catch up then.
    Take care everyone, XXXX

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    1. Have a lovely time Jess! I love Fort William. Xxx

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    2. Jess, have a lovely time. I too like Fort William so hopefully the weather will stay nice xxx

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    3. Have a lovely time Jess.
      Xxxx

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    4. Hi Jess
      Have a great time in Fort William.

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  10. Fantastic card for your Husband Sandra, lovely sentiment.
    Hugs Pam x

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    1. Hello Pam,
      I watched yesterday - didn't see the whole show - but what I saw I liked very much. The new Platinum Machine looks really good and I like the fact that the sides fold away. Looking forward to meeting you. Xx

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    2. Hi Pam,
      Thank you so very much for popping in, I absolutely love your blog and as a result I have just been to do a bit of Memory Box die shopping, I love your cards!!!!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. Hi Pam, I have seen you around on other blogs I also follow and it's so nice to see you in Sandra's cafe'. I didn't know you had one too but will pop over later if that's ok
      hugs Maria xx

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    4. Hello Pam, lovely to see you on here, hope you will pop in again. I have just had a look at your blog, your cards are gorgeous.
      Love Saba xxx

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    5. Hi Pam, just had a look at your cards and they are beautiful! I love the one for your DIL and I bet she did too.looking forward to seeing more of your work.xo

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  11. Hello Sandra,
    Hello everyone!
    So pleased Sandra that you did manage to have your meal out in the end. I hope too that Matt is ok.
    Your card is really lovely - lovely colours too for a Serviceman! I like that sentiment very much - and your little hearts are gorgeous. It's lovely to see a Sandra Card!!
    Well I've made comments all the way down so it's taken a while to get here.
    I hope everyone has a good day. It's ironing for me first of all. It's looking at me but unlike some washing mentioned yesterday ,doesn't shout or call! I'd wear earplugs!!
    Lots of love Myra xxx

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    1. Myra my lovely, I think you mistook Pam for Christine!!! Pop over to Pam's blog her cards are stunning xxxx
      Time for your pills and a lie down I think
      , he,he,he xxxx

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    2. Oh Golly !! Muriel will have an absolute field day! I just wasn't thinking! I watched Christine's full show today while ironing! This dunce is going to stand in the corner!!
      Apologies all round! Xxx

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    3. You crack me up my young friend ! Is the halo slipping slightly....
      oh ,when you wished Littlelamb a slerp night yesterday I couldn't stop giggling so I woke OH when the bed started to shake tihi love you xxx

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    4. Oh Maria I missed that! But don't tease poor Myra, it's such an easy mistake to make, I mean the names Pam and Christine are almost identical so now wonder she mixed them up!!
      Xxx

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    5. I'm not reading any comments you may as well save your breath or finger!! I noticed the slerp - Maria - I laughed too! Xxx

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  12. Hello Sandra,
    I'm glad yesterday turned out ok in the end and hope Matt is o.k. Your card is lovely and I'm not surprised Paul was pleased with it.
    I'm busy shepherding the animals into the Ark and the monkeys are being just that - little monkeys - so I'll catch up with you all later. Going into town to meet my friend Ann, and have some shopping to do first.
    Be good, well as good as you can, just remember - I'm watching you and I'll be back!!!!
    Muriel xxx

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    2. Thank you, Muriel! Top Tips R Us !! Xxx

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    3. Have a lovely day with your friend Muriel.
      Xxx

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  13. OMG, OMG !!!!!
    My new dies have arrived from Sue, Double pierced rectangles and squares and they are WAY BIGGER than I expected, they are HUGE!!!!
    I am proper excited!
    Now a bit of an upstate on Matt, he has a middle ear infection, hence the dizziness and nausea, I have had this and it's awful.
    I was absolutely crying with laughter though as he came to me all animated, he said hey mum did you know that we actually have 3 ears! I looked at him a little puzzled, he then explained that he gad an ear infection but not in either of the ears on the side of his head, it's in the ear in the middle mum!
    I just nodded, told him to lie down and then almost had a 'tena moment'
    Love and hugs
    Sandra xxxx

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    1. Ha ha ha! Sandra that's a classic!
      We told these dies were huge! I couldn't believe it! I could only afford the squares!!!! Xxx

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    2. Sandra I am still waiting for mine!! Sod's law they will come tomorrow when I am out. Poor Matt, middle ear infections are not nice, hope he is on antibiotics and it clears up quickly.Xxx

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    3. Hi Sandra and all who are in today.
      The card for Paul is just brilliant Sandra ! Love the little hearts and don't know the stamp but it's all look great. Glad you managed to go for the meal out and that Matt is ok. Big hug to you all x
      Saba, is it typical for restaurants to be shut on the Monday ? glad you found one in the end but maybe not what you wanted so another meal out is required asap :-)
      Nice to see more people have taken the step in to our cafe' and hopefully you won't be scared away by the fun and craziness that's happening from time to time. This blog have helped me a lot and to be able to one day to meet up is a huge bonus. So I for one hope you are staying.
      Sandra, you asked the other day what we thought about Hochanda and the new craftchannel, when I at last found it, I can't see them making to good unless the sound and camera gets better.
      The prices are a lot more then other you can get on line so I'm not watching it unless our crafting makers are on. Did miss all of Sue W shows and have tried to find it on catch-up but no luck but hope to see her next time. More washing and actually some shirts to iron, can't hear them either maybe to tired after the flight.
      Is Sheila ok ? Michele, hope your day not to hard and you looking forward to the holiday.
      I see you later , must move around a bit to keep warm, brrr
      love and hugs to you all Maria xxx

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  14. Hi Sandra
    Love the card you made for Paul. I'll have to read back to see what all the drama was about, unless it was Matts ear infection. I'm glad you had a lovely meal out yesterday for your Anniversary. Fancy ordering Sues new large dies, even I was flinching at the price. Well, can we behave ourselves, I think not. Maureen is threatening us as She'll be back, or is that a promise. She's obviously expecting floods as she's ushering animals into the Ark. I'm glad I'm not living near her. Well, I hope I don't.

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  15. Good afternoon all,
    I have been so disorganised today, don't seem to be getting anywhere fast.
    Sandra what a lovely card you made for your sweet husband. I can see the love you have put into it. I agree with Patricia, it would be lovely to see more of your cards, they were always fabulous so put those noble squares to the test and show us what you come up with.
    Well I managed to squeeze some cash out Peter last evening after we came home. I had thought my flowers were my present but when he got in from work he told me he was sorry, he had gone to a perfume shop in the city to buy me my favourite perfume ( I am still in shock that he even remembered it's name) but unfortunately it had just closed. So I just thought I could play on the fact he was intending to buy me something. He had called at the cash machine as we were going out and was just checking that it had given him the correct amount when I walked into the room and said how lovely is that for me? Well it was like Dickinsons real deal, he laid a 20 on the table. I just raised my eyebrows and looked at his wallet so he put it back and laid down a 50. I then gave him a sickly grin, eyebrows even further up and nodded very slightly towards the wallet again. With great hesitation and never taking his eyes from me he laid another 50 down. We eyeballed each other for a few seconds and I risked another little glance at his wallet at which time he laughed and told me not to push my luck. So I grabbed my cash and ran. I am a very happy bunny.
    I am seriously considering buying a new cutting machine with it, the Platinum looks good but then so does the new Sizzix Big shot and it's cheaper.
    Bye for now
    Saba xxx

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    1. What a minx you are! I wouldn't know which machine to buy either if I were you - The Sizzix looks really sturdy but would maybe take up too much space for me. At the moment my GC is on a Butler's Tray! It's an M&S one so folds up. The tray is upside don on the stand thus making it flat. A glass mat comes next then the GC - I can move it if required and it freed up desk space. It's also higher so a more comfortable height when standing.
      Decisions, decisions!! Xxx

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    3. Hi Saba,
      I am going to go for the Sizzix Big shit A4 plus, it has fab reviews, Cheryl gas one and said it's great too. Sue and I watched a demo at Farnborough and challenged the lady, she cut a piece of really thick card 350 gsm plus and it was coated too, she used a really intricate lattice die popped it through the machine in the centre of the plates and it cut like a dream, I have just about lost my patience with the sPellbinder machines!
      Hugs
      Sandra
      Xxx

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    4. Well Sandra, thank you for giving me its new name!! I hope that doesn't apply to its performance though!
      But seriously I think you are right, I have always had Spellbinders. Started with the Wizard, killed that and bought another and then went on to the GC as it was one of the first with A4 size. I have been happy with it but it is definitely loosing it's pressure.
      Xxxx

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    5. Ooh SANDRA - you have renamed that machine!!! You have no idea how much better I feel! Ha ha! Xxx

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    6. Oh oops Big Shot, is it's name, I have gone through 4 grand caliburs, all gave leaked oil and lost pressure, so damn frustrating, particularly when you email customer services and get told it's mainly uk that have problems as we abuse our machines, putting dies through that are too thick what absolute rubbish!
      Sizzix (Ellisons) have been going years, this machine seems to have got it just right, the A4 embossing folder the lady embossed were so crisp we were shocked !
      I just need to find the right price (and the money)!
      I've got C&C on at the minute on tv and it's Mel with brother scan and cut, what a laid of waffle, you can tell paul is away and my brain is fuzzy as I found myself tempted!!!
      Cheryl has one that she hasn't really used and she is bringing it to the retreat for us to play with!!

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    7. Sandra is that a NEW model they have bought out??? Ha Ha xxx

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    8. Oh Sandra! I hope that new name for the BS doesn't stick , but it made me laugh out loud .xo

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    9. Saba- love how you got some money together Lol !
      And Sandra that name is going to stick for Zizzix, oh dear hihi xxx

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  16. Just to let you know ladies Sheila emailed me to say she is not feeling too great at the moment, so she doesn't feel up to coming into the cafe, I have emailed her back to say here is the best place to be when you are feeling down, if you gave her email address feel free to drop her a line, I think that she is really feeling poorly and it's highlighting how much she is missing Clive bless her, I wish I was close enough to pop round to give her a hug.
    We are all here for you sweetheart
    Hugs
    Sandra xxxx

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  17. Hello Sandra and Everyone,

    I'm late today, had a very early appointment to have my blood ( INR ) check this morning. Then John picked me up and we went to my friends she cuts and colour is my hair so that took us through till lunchtime. On the way home stopped to do a little shopping, came home and had our lunch, where has the day gone!!!
    Sandra, I am so jealous of you getting your dies. I have been waiting for mine which were dispatched on Wednesday or Thursday last week. Guess what the postman tried to deliver while we were out ????? You got it - my squares and rectangles. They are now sitting in the post office in Streatham and we can't pick them up until tomorrow. I hope I will able to sleep tonight's, because I know I shall be getting excited.
    Sandra, I love the card you have made for Paul, The message is spot on. I really love this one as I'm sure Paul does.
    Hope Matt is feeling okay now. I had to smile about his third ear, like that one - well done Matt!
    Well I better set to and do some work, before you know it it will be time for dinner.
    Sending love and hugs to everyone, Brenda XXX

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  18. I am giddy with excitement. I just popped down to see whether the postie had been today. Normally she has to ring the bell to get into the house but today I think the bin men must have left the door open. Anyway, there was a parcel on the steps from my best friend in the UK and inside was a handmake card, a pack of embossed card, a lovely embossing folder and the NOBLE CLASSIC ADORNED SQUARES!!!! I couldn't be any happier if I had won the lottery.
    Off to phone her now.
    Xxxx

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    1. What a lovely surprise and a lovely present ! Enjoy, my Friend! Xxx

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    2. Hi Saba
      What a lovely surprise and a super present. Might be asking to share. As my friends daughter says it's good to share.

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    3. Oh Saba, what a wonderful surprise. What a lovely friend,
      I need name,address and phone nr, NOW please tihi

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  19. Hi everyone, now in Fort William, had a lovely drive up until we got to Glen Coe, it was very misty and started to rain, have had a lovely lunch and lots of catching up.
    Lovely to see you Lillian, I am Jess Watson and live in Central Scotland, just outside Falkirk, welcome to the greatest little coffee shop in town.
    Sandra nice to know you had a lovely time yesterday with Paul.
    Saba what a devil you are, conning all that money from poor Peter, hope you buy something special.
    Will pop back tomorrow when we get home, as I don't like being anti-social at my sister-in-laws. Take care everyone xxx

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  20. SANDRA Your card for a Paul is lovely. I am sure he was pleased with it. Also pleased to hear you were able to go out for dinner last night.
    Well if looks as if three people are happy today as their new Noble dies had arrived although sadly Brenda has to wait until tomorrow. Enjoy using them. I am very pleased with mine.
    Went to a very large garden centre today near Bagshot. Called at a craft shop on the way and got some card that was needed for the craft group. I also wanted some glitter card to go behind the Three Wise Men mini Striplet. I got some just in case I didn't see any on Saturday. Wonder if they will have the new Spellbinders cutting machine. No they won't as think Christine said it is not available to buy yet only on the new craft channel. Think I will wait to see if it develops any faults first before thinking about it.
    Michelle hope you have a good holiday. Nearly time for Patricia and Hazel to come back. Good to see Maria, Diane and not sure now if it is a Jean or Jess went to Greece. Whichever it's goid to see you back and Welcome to Pam. I do follow your blog. Hugs by the door if Norah's will let them in the basket.

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    1. Hello Brenda LL, lovely to see you. I can never remember who's going where and when, and it's not because I'm not interested, it's just the memory is going fast!!! xxxx

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    2. Know what you mean Maureen. Off to watch Phill Martin now. Think it's a repeat but missed his earlier show. Shall cut out some SW Christmas trees (the one with words) whilst I sam watching. They are for a friend.

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  21. Helloooooooooooooooo
    I started reading this blog at 17.50. It's now 18.42, you work out how long it's taken me to get this far!!!
    I've had laughs, and I must confess a tear, reading all the posts, but I can remember a few.
    I think the most memorable is SANDRA'S Big Shit, and the fact that she says Cheryl has gas!!! I exploded (get it) at that one!!!!
    Reading Cheryl and Sandra's comments, and then Saba's Peter saying he would be her rock, really affected me. I didn't tell George though, give him a rock and he'd tie it around my neck!!!
    Lilian, I don't know if you are aware that people go back and forth answering peoples posts, so you are literally scrolling up and down the blog more times than a flag on the flag pole (I can be discreet at times, ladies.)
    Pam, it's nice to see you.
    Myra - what is the matter with you today?? I think you need a tonic - or a drink, here you are dear, a nice pint of cold white wine!!!
    Saba, I loved the tale of Peter, his wallet and the money. But it's no good just raising your eyebrows, you need to get a bit more adventurous than that ha ha. By the way, would you give your friend my address lol.
    Brenda OB - I bet you're first in the queue at the Post Office in the morning!!!
    Jess, I'm glad you've had a nice day, It's been pouring all day here but it's brightening up now.
    Norah, lovely to read all about your lovely hills, and the family.
    Ann and I had corns on our behinds by the time we left to go home, but we have sorted out all the troubles, including Jeremy Corbyn and the Refugee Crisis, so all is well!!! (If only it were that simple).
    I'm away to my little room, and will pop in later.
    Muriel xxxx

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  22. Evening Ladies

    Goodness-what a busy day today has been. Have gathered a few items together but will just have to pack the suitcases tomorrow evening . We fly at 11am on Thursday so will have to leave home just after 7am so quite civilised.

    I ordered Sues pierced square dies last Thursdat & have been panicking that they would be "delivered " or not as they won't fit through our silly letterbox-card arrived today so I can collect them on the way to work as I go past the parcel collection depot luckily! Pity I won't get chance to use them before we go away but heh ho!

    Right-have set up the payments for both credit card bills so not much more to worry about!

    Michele

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  23. Hello hello hello,
    I have been on the phone to my best friend for the last two hours. Bless her cottone socks, she took out her box of treasured things in which she keeps every card which I have ever made her just to make sure I didn't have that particular die and then bought it for me. We first met in the school of nursing in the year blob and have been best friends ever since. We have been through thick and thin together and when we were nursing together, well I can't tell you some of the escapades we got up to. She has had me locked in a supplies box on A&E for what seemed like hours on end, we both hid in the the mortuary fridge at work to scare the pathologist half to death, and once on night shift she scared me so much by setting up a skeleton in a shroud, put it on a wheeled stand and got it to move just when I entered the ward wherein I screamed and leapt into the arms of a senior night nurse and weed on her. Truly I did. I had to wear paper knickers for the rest of the shift! But I love her to bits.
    oh happy days when it was fun to be a nurse.
    Off to check out blood and gore Holby now. If Fletcher is dead I will not be happy!
    See you later
    Saba xxxx

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      I loved your stories and I believe every one of them. When I was a patient in the Sanatorium we lead the night nurses a merry dance. It was no holds barred, the bed pan was passed around all the beds until it was full to the brim, then put in the middle of the Nightingale Ward for one of the nurses to step into. (no polystyrene things then, all stainless steel and proper sluices.) We made up Apple Pie beds for the patients who were up all day, then when they tried to get into them, they couldn't get their feet right down!!! Filled the spittoons with green jelly! Oh we had great times. lol xxxxxx

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    2. Lol you can always cheer me up, love it ! Enjoy Holby, I have a few to catch up on, hugs Maria xx

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    3. I too, believe every word! Heard many a tale myself! The thing is we are going back to the days when nurses did sooooo much! Xxx

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  24. Hellooo ! Sue, Pat and Sandra ,I believe you are meeting up tomorrow so you might not do so much crafting then catching up but have a fantastic day xx
    I have been indoors all day and not done much,wonder if the jet leg hit at last or the might be the painkillers and the sleeping pill that's kicking in, anyhow I joining the earlybirds today and saying good night to one and all, see ya
    love and hugs Maria xxxx

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    1. Night, night, sweet dreams lovely Maria. See you tomorrow xxxx

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    2. Night night Maria, sleep well xxx

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    3. Night Night Maria! Slerp well!! I know - I've said that on purpose!! Xxx

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  25. Good evening Sandra and anyone else who is popping in for a last minute coffee. I have been trying to do some crafting and popping on here from late this afternoon but have been sidetracked most of the time with visitors, grandson came round, then son and daughter in law, they have had a lot of photos printed off and have made up an album for our wedding party on Saturday night. My daughter in law took the main photos of the wedding but they have an official photographer for Saturday, well we ended up sorting through the photos and putting them in order, have made an anniversary card for an order, just need to do the insert.
    Speaking of anniversary cards, I love the card you made for Paul, Sandra and it's lovely the way you describe him - so sweet.
    I'm now going to go back and see what everyone is up to, can't seem to get into a routine,
    Topped the basket up with hugs,
    Till tomorrow
    Hope everyone has a good nights sleep
    Xxx

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    1. Night Jean, sweet dreams, see you in the morning. xxx

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  26. i have had such a busy day I've only just sat down! Work, unexpected shopping trip, meal out with family to celebrate daughter's birthday. I haven't had time to read through, my eyes are drooping BUT I just wanted to say how much I love your card SANDRA Are you using the Fiskars thingy when you stamp?

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    1. Night, night to you Karen. See you in the morning. Lynda usually has more than her eyes drooping!!! ha ha xxxx

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    2. Thank you MAUREEN nothing wrong with my droopy bits,just a bit more droopy these days HiHi xxxx

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  27. Well, everyone seems to have deserted me. Was it something I said? The Butler has just arrived upstairs with two Margaret bags, oh where is she, she hasn't been in, I'll have to e-mail to see if she is all right. As I was saying, the butler has arrived upstairs, so I will make my excuses and say good night, sweet dreams.
    I don't know what time I'll get in tomorrow as we are going to the bungalow to continue with the front garden. Hopefully, the plasterer will turn up this time.
    See you tomorrow
    Love to all, and Sandra, Sue and Pat, the three Graces, have a splendiferous day tomorrow.
    Muriel xxxx

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  28. Well I haven't left you Maureen but I think now you have left me. Still watching Phill Martin. It is the same program I was watching before but miss a lot of it and then watching on the iPad it kept stopping and starting so can see it properly now. Night all.

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  29. Well looks like most of you have gone to bed, Muriel we had patients just like you, little monkeys they were. Holby well,Fletch survived, good job too otherwise I would have had to write in and complain. I think it's time for me too, I shall go to sleep thinking Platinun or sizzix big poo machine, decisions decisions decisions.
    See you all tomorrow, good night and God bless
    Saba xxx

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  30. Hi MAUREEN gosh you are very posh having a butler.
    Good night God bless love Lynda xx
    Ps haven't had Internent all day. Xx

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  31. Hellooooooooooooooo
    It is me, I finally have a few minutes to get on to my laptop! Sorry to everyone to have been missing I have just had a quick look to see what cards and crafts I have been missing, wow they just get better and more and more beautiful, well done everyone.
    To Patricia, Maureen and Saba your birthdays came, your birthdays went, this is the message I should have sent, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLS!!!!!
    To Sandra and Paul, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY but, sorry it is late delighted you had a lovely meal and time last night.
    Have I missed getting the list with everyone's contact details and birthdays? I had no idea that it was Saba's birthday?
    The reason I have been missing, my elder daughter and husband and our darling grandson were moving to their new home. There had been so many delays that at one point we thought the move would never happen. At last they moved yesterday, but as our daughter is a deputy head teacher she had to go into school, so our SIL had to take charge. So at the weekend we were helping get as much sorted and moved over to the new place as possible, they had to be our priority. I was also in charge of getting the curtains pressed, measured, altered and re-pressed and finally hung up too, can anyone tell me why oh why do they have to fold curtains up so much and pack them so tightly? Don't these companies realise how creased they get? They are finally moved into their dream home and it is fabulous, although there are packing boxes everywhere but come the weekend we will be on unpacking duty! There is school work and marking to be done each evening so it has to wait, I do hope you will all excuse my absence as they had to be the priority. Tomorrow we will be having a rest and relaxation day as we are cream crackered!
    If anyone has sent me any emails I will get them answered tomorrow sorry I am not ignoring you honestly, but bed is calling, so I shall wish you all sweet dreams and good night and God Bless.
    Margaret xxx

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  32. Haven't read your comment yet but goid to see you here. We have been worried about you. Always think you you when I use my heat bags MARGARET. Wouldn't be without them. Take care.

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  33. Good evening SANDRA & Ladies
    I don't think anyone is awake now. Sorry so late we had Internet trouble all day
    Think it might have been the weather we've had really terrible rain & very strong wind ( no not me MAUREEN ) anyway Internet came back an hour ago.
    Sandra love your Anniverary card for Paul,love the focal element & colours,I bet he loved it.Glad you had a nice meal & evening last night. Hope Matt was ok.
    Have a lovely day tomorrow with Sue & Pat.
    Spent most of day in craft room made a card for my youngest Grandaughters birthday it's not till November but it's done now. Also tideing it up.
    Had a warning light come up on the car this morning so OH took it too Nissan & got to go back tomorrow & see what's wrong,with it, I need it for Ally Pally.
    Well hopefully I will still have Internet tomorrow so see you then good night God bless.love Lynda xxxx

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