Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Anne's 3 graces card




 Good Tuesday Morning Ladies,
I still haven't managed to unearth my new machine, I am not sure deciding to tidy and reorganise my craft room was a great idea, but my stamps were all in a box in a muddle, as were my dies.
Being in the 'reflective' mood I was I found it very therapeutic, so all the stamps were washed and returned to their sets. My dies all mounted onto magnetic sheets and popped into the new die storage folders, boy does it feel good! So once again I have created a 'positive'! I will turn around so that you can all pat me on the back! lol x
Now will you just look at this fabulous card?! I saw it and immediately thought of the image from Hazel, see the similarities!
I gave the card the title 'the three graces', although Pat is the only real drinker in our trio!
Anne has designed and created this fantastic card, the stamp is by Art Impressions, they have some hilarious stamps, I might just have to invest in a few!
Anne has stamped the image and coloured it in perfectly with alcohol pens (copics or promarkers) maybe? amazing blending Anne!
Anne has then cut the image out using the Tuscany Die by CE, you don't see these dies used as much as some of the others but they make great frames for images like this.
Anne has then matted and layered the card with colours that compliment the stamped image and mounted onto a scallop edged card.
It needs nothing else, you can just focus on the main image!
I love this card Anne, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us, it really did bring a smile to me face! xxx
Michele thank you sweetheart for taking the trouble to catalogue all of your stamps, so that we can all ask you for die cuts, you are amazing! xx
Thank you all so much for your uplifting messages of love and support, you really are the best friends a girl could wish for! xxxx
Sending love and hugs to all
Sandra
xxxxxx

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  1. Good morning Sandra and the Café Gang. Hope you are all TicketyBoo and looking forward to the day ahead. Dry here this morning, we had a beautiful day here yesterday. Washing all dried Ironed and put away. Lots of cooking, even managed some baking. Did not get round to making Margaret's Lemon Curd yet. Don't think it will get made today either. The boys are here all day. Mum & dad worked their shifts to cover being at home as much if this week as possible. Today was the one day they could not work in. John is a very Happy Bunny, of course I enjoy having then here as well.
    ANNE:- your card is absolutely brilliant, sums the girls (three Graces) up perfectly. Love the colours and great design. I have never met the girls so not sure which is which!!
    Not long till that will all be rectified. Yesterday there was such great excitement in here chatting about the Retreat. Not long now folks!!!
    SANDRA:- glad you had a "positive" day and got great satisfaction out of what you did with your Stamps & Dies. When you sit and reflect on what you have achieved its a great feeling. Maybe today the new Die Cutting machine will be put though its paces.
    Hazel, I hope you have a day that goes at a slower pace. Will you be able to sit and make something today???
    Everything set up and looking good, again lots of goodies in the fridge and cooler cabinet. Off to make some Tea & Toast .... Saba will you be joining me today?? I have put a big mug out for your coffee, I hear the Plumber is calling.
    (((((hugs))))) in the basket by they door as usual. See you all later. xxx

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    1. I am certainly planning on getting some 'Big shotting' in today! I want to put it through it's paces!
      I actually have room to use it properly now, so watch this space!!
      I bet your home smelt delicious yesterday, but doubt there will be left by the time those darling grandsons have visited!
      Have a fun day,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    2. Ooooh Sandra I've got visions now of big hairy men throwing the shot put! ( it could be women, some of these sports people it's hard to tell!). Haha what a thought! Enjoy your day big shotting (oh my goodness iPad didn't like that!). Xxxxxx

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    3. Hello Patricia, it's lovely in the Cafe this morning, and all your baking yesterday will soon be gone with the little darlings at your house (well not so little now). Pity you didn't get the Lemon Curd made, I love it on toast. Oh well, now where is that Damson Jam!!!!
      Dainty, you gave me the best laugh with your big shotting and predictive text !!!! ha ha
      xxxx

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    4. Hello Patricia,
      Sandra and you got us of to a good start again ! Then Diane and Maureen! The blog's making me smile so far. Xxxx

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    5. Hi Patricia, have a fabulous day with the boys .your house must be smelling so gooood of freshly baked xxX

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  2. Morning Ladies

    Anne-love your card! The image is great & it's coloured in perfectly.

    Sandra- sounds like you had a busy but nice day sorting things out in your craft toom. You've helped me decide to do the same in Saturday- I was thinking of going to a craft demonstration (Crafters Companion) but it would be better use of my time if I spent the day in my craft room. You never know- I might start another list!

    Quick visit as off to get ready for work, will call in later.

    Michele

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    1. Well I guess you could catalogue all your stamps and CD roms next!
      You want me to come and give me a hand?
      Have a good day at work, if thats possible!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    2. Is it the hobbycraft demo with Sara Michelle? It was worth going to for the free stamps and bargains but I don't want to stop you tidying! Have a good day at work xxxx

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    3. Hi Michele, your list can wait, get yourself to the demonstration and enjoy yourself! Have a good day at work, hope the chocolate whatsit behaves. xxx

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    4. Hi Michele, where was this demonstration being held? At your favourite place or somewhere else! I'm nosey in case it's near me and I missed it. Xxxx

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    5. Lady Green garden centre 10am to 4pm. Then in 2 weeks time they're having someone from Indigo Blue which I might go to.

      Michele

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    6. Thanks Michele, I like Kay from Indigo Blu and have bought a few of her products. Her paints are really good. Xxx

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  3. Good morning ladies,
    My word it's dark still outside, but we had a lovely dry day yesterday, got the painting all done, everything is ready for the carpet fitters.
    Went upstairs after John had gone to darts match, to watch Phill Martin, saw most of it and guess what, yes , fell asleep.
    Anne I must say I love the stamp image you have used on your card and the die is beautiful, not seen this one, must Google.
    Sandra, you sound as if you had a good day yesterday, did you find any forgotten about items when you were tidying. I had a quick tidy up when we were clearing up, if the carpet fitters saw the floor in my craft room I would have been talked about. I have cushion floor down in there so it only takes a minute to clear up thankfully.
    Saba, you are so busy - a plumber today - glad you didn't gave much mess this time.
    I'll pop back later, I'm going to the Range this afternoon to see if they've any
    more dies in, I'm really pleased with the ones I bought on Saturday.
    All the talk of the retreat is getting me excited too. Patricia I think you are right, another is possibly going to be requested next year ( oo that sounds a long way off but it's not really)
    I've topped the basket up as usual,
    Take care everyone
    Xxxxx

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    1. Morning Jean, wow you sound like you have achieved loads in your home this past couple of day!
      Isn't it funny how we worry about what total strangers think about our homes!
      I bet they would have barely noticed! But we can't take that risk can we??
      That's why I could never have a cleaner, as I would have to go and give the place a good deep clean before they came! Then I might as well have just paid myself, it would change my wage currency to 'Dies', so Hoovering and polishing lounge would equal 1 decent sized die, etc we should create ourselves a brand new currency, Dies & Embossing folders! What do you all think?
      Try and have a less hectic day today!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    2. Jean, I do wish you would stop cleaning!!!! George is at the bungalow painting while Peter is tiling the bathroom. When I mentioned painting here for Christmas, he just looked at me and said "what for?". I must admit that it's only the kitchen which could do with a lick of paint. Cushion floor in the craft room sounds a good idea, my carpet is stained with ink pads (from when I've dropped them) and oil off the GC. Sometimes I put the GC on the floor whilst I'm doing something else on the desk, I don't know why - it would be just as easy to put it back on its shelf!!!! xxxx

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    3. Sandra I love your train of thought being paid in dies and folders - sounds like heaven to me. Once the carpet is down, a quick hoover and then im not doing anything else - going shopping this afternoon,
      Take care xxx
      Maureen My pink Calibur leaked oil and stained my cardstock down the edges, John said he will take it apart and 'tinker' cos I bought the Teal one when it was on offer at C&C few weeks ago.
      Im jealous of Sandra to be honest.

      xxxxx

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    4. Jean, I didn't really notice it was dark this morning!! Xxx

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    5. Sorry but what is cushion flooring ? I'm sure it's not what I think it is, a floor full of cushions hihi xxX

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    6. Oh Maria! Isn't it funny how some expressions seem silly after its pointed out! Cushionfloor is a brand name a bit like linoleum used to be. It's a vinyl floor covering but it's supposed to be soft underfoot so it's called cushionfloor! No - you aren't walking across a sea of cushions!! Imagine George spelling the gravy on that !! Xxx

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    7. Or even spilling !!! Xxx

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    8. You could spell it with feathers xxx

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    9. What dies did you manage to get Jean? I do like those Sweet Dixie dies. Apart from the ones I bought recently I bought a hot air balloon and an owl a long tome ago and am pleased with those as well.

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    10. Tattered lace have a lovely die just out with a cute pair of owls on a branch. xxx

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  4. Good Morning Sandra and friends, sorry did not get back in yesterday, had ironing then my friend from Oxford phoned at 10.30pm, the care company that looks after her, sent her a letter threatening the debt collectors, because she hadn't paid her bill (which she had ). What a way to treat a lovely lady who will be 90 in a week.
    Hope every body has a good day, its beautiful here at the moment, Sandra hope
    the tidying goes well
    Anne I think you're card is fabulous, just right for the ladies going to the retreat if last nights post are anything to go by.
    Well time to get dressed!!!
    See you later.Lil

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    1. Oh my goodness Lillian I hope she gets it sorted out - what a shock for her. She sounds like a very with it 90 year old and able to fight her own battles which is good. Julian's great gran was like that, she wrote a letter to the company decorating the nursing home she lived in tearing them off a strip for leaving such a mess as they worked so people could trip up. The matron was so impressed at her fighting spirit she kept a copy of it - she was 98 at the time! Have a good day xxxx

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    2. Hi Lilian, that's shocking. it must be a very big Company to not know that your friend had paid her bill. Big and impersonal. I hope it's sorted out now. xxx

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    3. Hi Lillian. How disgusting. Your poor friend is not the first to be treated in this way either, there have been several cases round the Oxford area. And all have already paid so shouldn't have even been passed to debt collectors anyway! What is this country coming to when our oldest ladies and gentlemen get treated in this way? I do hope she has got it sorted out. X

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    4. Hi Lillian - I hope your friend is able to sort out her bill. Its awful to treat someone like that, firms don't seem to care anymore do they
      xxxx

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    5. So sorry about your friend Lilian. It's most upsetting for someone when that happens. They will more than likely blame a computer! Who feeds the computer it's information? Hmmm! Xxxx

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    6. Hi Lilian, that's awful. How they can treat our elderly in that way, hope you friend be alright xx

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    7. Thanks for letting me know that she is not the only one, she has to get some to phone them as she nearly deaf, and gets very flustered when bombard her with questions, she will let me know what going to happen soon.

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  5. Good morning. Sandra and ladies. Jean you are right it's dark out there, at least there's not the frost they said we would have here.
    Anne, you have made the perfect card for the "Three Graces". I know it was for Sandra, but seeing how she is one of them its fantastic, now I see Sandra has let it be known she doesn't drink, so she must be one of the ones with red juice in her glass, that will be Cranberry then?? I think the Middle one is Pat she likes a glass of White! So now is Sue's red wine or is she on the Cranberry too???
    Looking forward to meeting Anne next week at Glasgow, I just hope they have a hall open for having your lunch, as that's where we are meeting.
    Now ladies do you think I am going to get time to do something? Answer I don't think so! I have to take my niece shopping this morning, mum and dad and siblings home on Thursday, so she wants to get everything in so mum doesn't
    have to go out on Friday - how thoughtful is that seeing how she is just 16?. She has planned to cook 2 chickens ( 7 of them) make a big salad and she will put the rice cooker on too. She says" if they feel like eating it's not heavy and if not it will do FRIDAY". I am proud of them , these two have mum at home all the time she doesn't work so to have managed for just short of a month is brilliant, they have got up for school, kept the house spotless and the washing and ironing all done. I think mum might regret going and letting them stay, as they have grown up and got so confident. I will have to do the 40 minute round trip going getting her and then home plus going the 28 miles or so to the supermarket, So I will be away a while, before that I have the normal house things, I found out yesterday that our son and DIL have finally got a house after a year of living in a rented flat after selling their house, I bought lovely long photo frames this time last year for the two grand daughters for their new rooms, so today I need to go find them? Put away for safe keeping that safe I have forgotten where? So that will causes me to go pulling out places. You get the picture??? Oh I'd better get a move on, I will have my tea and some toast, then get on. Will be in at some point. Xxx
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    1. What a lovely niece you have Hazel, she is a star. Safe travelling xxxx

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    2. Hello Hazel, those two youngsters really sound like what we were like when we were their age. Well done the two of them!
      You are going to be kept on the go today, but you know what, I bet you get more done in the long run.
      I hope you find thee frames, I sometimes find Christmas presents that I've wrapped and put in a safe place about 3 months after Christmas!!! xxxxx

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    3. Hi Hazel, You must be so proud of your neice, she sounds lovely and caring.
      Ive got a vision of two legs sticking out from somewhere deep and dark and objects being hurled in the air (get the picture) haha
      Hope you find your picture frames, take it easy xxx

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    4. Hi Hazel. Enjoy the shopping trip with your niece. Her parents are going to be very proud when they get home arent they and grateful at her thoughtfulness. So many youngsters these days don't even know how to wash up. My lot always enjoyed running the house on their own and we never had to worry about coming home to a mess or them not eating well either.
      Good luck with finding the frames. Isnt it annoying when you can't remember where that "safe" place is? X

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    5. Hazel, safe travel! I haven't forgotten I just got sidetracked last night! Good to here about your niece! Our boys used to do that maybe not until 6th form but they coped beautifully and the older one had to drive them to school which was half an hour away! I came home to a clean tidy house! I did like Jean's picture of you searching for the frames! It made me giggle. Xxx

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    6. Here - no , hear - yes !!! Xxx

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    7. Myra - here, here, or is it hear, hear? ha ha

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    8. Think their Mum & Dad will regret leaving them on their own for so long. They have matured so much and will not put up with being "told" what to do so easily. Mum & Dad ... bewear !!! xxx

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    9. Hazel, What a thoughtful young lady your niece sounds, and has the good sense to ask for help cooking the chickens. Her parents should be very proud of her. xxx

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    10. I hope they will be, mum would, I think prefer them to not grow up so she can mother them more. Their are 5 of them 8-18, she had the oldest at 31 had she started at 20 there would have at least another 5. Even Hannah was saying that today. They have been away in Malaysia visiting dads relatives and the 3 younger ones have been spoilt rotten. Yet Hannah said she still is glad she didn't go, and the hardest thing will be sharing the bedroom again. She was away to give mum and dads bedroom a good Hoover and dust and make up the bed again. Then tomorrow it's the downstairs her and Shaun will pull everything out? Tell me what 16 & 18 year old would even think of doing that in their own rooms these days!!! So I hope on hope they will be brought home and great present each. I don't do things like that but those two deserve to get. xxx

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    11. Gosh what a marvellous pair, my would have OK with the cooking, but always told me cleaning was a waste of time as you have to do it again next time !!!!! ( it's different now he has his own house and family).

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    12. That should read my son!

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  6. Oh sorry Sandra take a big pat on the back from me for getting back into a " Positive" mood. We don't do negitive in here. So well done. X

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  7. That's my boys been dropped off, the peace at the Ranch is broken!!
    They have been fed but ..... "Granny will there be Bacon Rolls when Grandpa is ready for breakfast"
    Off to rattle the Pots & Pans. xxx

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    1. Patricia, wasn't that a song, "Rattle those pots and pans"!!!! I bet you love it when you cook for the boys and they enjoy it, it's fabulous xxxxx

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    2. Bacon Rolls are always better when theres a few of you to enjoy them, love that smell in the kitchen.
      xxxx

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    3. Oh I can smell it here! Xxx

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    4. When the boys arrived they "had" had their breakfast ...... Robert 8 December he will be 9 ate 2 bacon rolls. Ok they were not the biggest rolls in the world ... but 2 ... there is more meat on a Butchers pencil than there is on him!!! Thomas and Grandpa just had 1 each. Oh! well as long as they are healthy and enjoy their food. xxx

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  8. Morning/Afternoon to all who pop in today

    PAT - I love love love your card. It sums up 'The Three Graces' perfectly! I know I might be on sticky ground as I haven't met any of you three yet but oh I can imagine you all can't I lol.
    SANDRA - so pleased you managed to get finished with your sort out and are now in the positive range- BIG pat on the back for you plus large hugs.
    MICHELE - you have put me to shame - your die list is wonderful thank you so much. I've got as far as photos of my Spellbinders and Tonic but still have to find out their names and then list them all.
    HAZEL - good luck with all your journeys today but please slow down or you'll meet yourself coming back and that's not good.

    Can't stay this morning as I've got to check on my K&N packages (I always like to get them all sorted well before the day but then I have to check that all is in them as I'd hate to arrive with anything missing) and then last minute packing as Jim is to pack the car while I'm out this afternoon. I'll see you this evening so have a good day whatever you're doing. Hugs are in their usual place just waiting to be used.
    xxxx

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    1. Janet:- it is all getting very exciting for you .... off on your travels once again. Hope you get your packages all sorted out.
      JIM:- please do NOT forget any of Janet's Crafty STUFF!! xxx

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    2. Hi Janet, hope the checking, re-checking and double checking goes well!!!! xxxx

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    3. Hi Janet. I would be the same, having to re check that everything is ready, even though you know it is. Have a good time at Knit and Matter, and I hope the car packing goes well today, not yesterday as I thought. X

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    4. Janet do make sure that Jim does not forget to pack YOU !!!

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    5. Have a good day Janet. Try to keep calm!
      I do like Sue's new name for Knit and Natter !! It's that predictive text again but it gives a laugh. Xxxx

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    6. Have a good time with the Knit and Natter club Janet, xx

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  9. Morning Sandra and all the lovely ladies
    Anne what a fabulous card, I love the image you have stamped and your colouring is superb. My money was on the right hand one being Pat with Sandra in the middle and Sue on the left but in real life they would probably have mugs of tea! Thank you for sharing such a beauty with us. Xxxx
    I'm full of cold this morning - thanks Julian! So may just have a lazy day - if that's possible. He's gone to work today but no doubt he will be home this afternoon if the air con gets on his nerves! The sun is out here again but it feels a bit chilly so hopefully I can get the washing done again today. We were chatting to Emma last night and she fell over on Friday ( she's turning into me!) - one of her friends fell down some stairs and grabbed her as she went so she fell too! Face time is great - she showed us the huge bruise on her bottom ( lovely!) and finished it with ' mum it's the same purple as my frying pan!' She didn't hurt herself more than the bruise which is a relief. Just her pride!.
    Sandra well done with your tidying up, I'm impressed! I keep looking at the study but it's such a mess it's a nightmare! We were looking at storage units at the show on Saturday though so if I made a real effort that might become a reality but it's going to take both of us to achieve that really. Perhaps a wet weekend might help!
    Well I will say Cheerio for now and go and dose myself up. See you all later. Xxxx

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    1. Hi Diane. Sorry to hear that you have a cold. There are some things that you don't want your husband to share with you, aren't there and his cold is one of them! Dose yourself up and keep drinking that tea as hot as you can bear it to help kill off the bugs in your mouth and throat and snuggle up and get some rest. X

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    2. Dainty, glad Emma hasn't hurt herself too much, but that certainly puts a new meaning to "FACE time"!!!! Have an easy day and dose yourself well xxxx

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    3. Oh Muriel! I did laugh at that! You really do have bare faced cheek!!!
      Diane - glad Emma wasn't badly hurt! Trendy frying pan! Xxx

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    4. oh dear, daughter like mother ouch glad she is ok xx

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    5. Oh! dear poor Emma! good her bruises were somewhere people don't see and not on her face, like mum did. Glad she already has her Frying Pan and did use her newly acquired "colour palet" to show the colour she wanted!!
      Hope you are feeling a bit better this afternoon (((hugs))) xxx

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    6. Diane - Julian has taken his sharing to far this time. Bet your cold will not be as bad as his!!!!! Oh poor Emma, hope she is feeling better now. LOL xxx

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    7. Hope your cold doesn't get too heavy, if you feel like eating try some plums (natures antibiotics),and plenty of drink. Alovera good for bruises!

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    8. Hi Diane, I missed out wishing Emma a very quick recovery as that bruise is in a most uncomfortable place isn't it! Thank goodness she didn't do more damage to herself x

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    9. Hi Lillian, I didn't know about plums being a natural antibiotic, bow interesting, thanks for sharing that x

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  10. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today.
    Sandra, I am so proud of you, it is wonderful to see you recognising your positive actions, and I can't wait to see your organised stamps and dies and your Big Shot tomorrow. You must treat yourself to a day of cutting and embossing after a your hard work.
    Anne, you have done a great job on this card. The colouring looks perfect and I love the ladies. I am not a drinker now due to some of the meds I am on but I did my bit at supporting the red wine industry years ago though : )
    I have the house to myself as Chris is looking after Christopher at RJ and Gemma's. I have lots of little bits and bobs to do today, I have a list of things to do when I have a moment and now it needs attending to. I don't mind doing the jobs on it as they are all quick to do and ticking them off gives me great pleasure. I just wish the big jobs would be so easily finished!
    I hope you all have a good day, we have a lovely sunny day here, I will try and spread it out to any of you that need it as seeing the sun shining always lifts the spirits, even if only by a little doesn't it. Take care xx

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  11. Forgot to say to Pat, we will miss you tomorrow but have a lovely time with Pete and your friends : ) x

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  12. Guess what, I also forgot to say that I love your idea of having our own Dies and Embossing Folders currency Sandra. There would be no moaning about having to do the dusting etc. then would there : ) xx

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    1. Hi Sue, I'm disappointed that there wasn't another P.S. It was like reading a serial thriller, I didn't know what was coming next!!! lol xxx

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  13. Good morning all
    I slept in this morning. Good job the Plummer is not coming until this afternoon.
    Anne your card is brilliant, it would bring a smile to anyone receiving it. Your colouring and shading are amazing. I think it sums up the three Graces perfectly, three good friends who laugh a lot together.
    Michele thank you for your list, what a lot hard work you must have put into it.
    Diane sorry you've got the sniffles, good excuse to have a lazy day though. Poor Emma and her purple bottom, what a picture you you got to see!
    Janet have fun at K&N, hope they appreciate today's project.
    Hazel well done to your lovely thoughtful nieces. Their mum will be so proud of them. Drive safely.
    Patricia, hope you have a lovely day with your boys.
    Jean have fun at the Range, treat yourself.
    Lilian how upsetting for your friend and from a company who professes to offer care services.
    I am watching Phill Martin, I love his work, he is so precise and organised, bit like me really. (I wish).
    Sun is shining here so I had better get some washing in, see you all later,
    Saba xxxxx


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    1. Sandra, sorry I forgot to say well done, big pat on the back for you. Have fun today with your Big Shot.
      Xxxx

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    2. I keep forgetting about these Hochanda programmes! I have to watch on my iPad really. I saw a bit of one last night and only because Brenda LL reminded me! Phil is a very neat worker. Xxx

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  14. Hello everyone,
    I've been answering all the comments on the way down, but for some reason it wouldn't let me post under Saba's comment, probably thought we had talked enough!!! I wanted to say that you probably slept in as I had bored you to death!!!
    Anne, what can I say that the others haven't already said. I love this stamp and the colouring is fab. I can see a likeness to a few on this blog, but they shall remain nameless as I have no wish to name and shame them ha ha. Of course, as others have said, it could be non-alcoholic drinks in the glasses, in which case it would suit our 3 Graces down to the ground.
    Sandra, well done, you have channelled all your efforts into sorting out your room, and it sounds as though you have done a really good job. Now get yourself up here and do the same for me!!!! lol, Enjoy using the Big Shot. By the way, how is your hip doing?
    I am going into town this morning when I finish this post, and then will be back for lunch and maybe get a few birthday cards done.
    Be good everybody and see you all later.
    Love Muriel xxxx

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    1. P.S. Ooh I'm doing a Sue with my p.s. Sandra, I think it''s a brilliant idea to have craft currency. Now I am going to town to get some shopping in, that's got to be worth a new ink pad!!! xx

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    2. Don't buy too many embellishments!!
      Have a lovely morning! Xxx

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    3. Please Sandra when you have finished at Maureens could you pop over the Pennines to me and sort all mine out, Yes? Brilliant I'll get a lemon drizzle cake in the oven shall I? xxx

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  15. Good morning my little coffee shop cherubs,
    Funny Sandra as that was the image that popped into my mind when this cracker opened up and before i scrolled down and i just thought of you 3 having a giggle and natter with something in hand whether it be wine, baileys or just plain coffee or tea. Anne flower, i love it and it fair cheered me up today. I love how you have coloured it in and the colours of card that you have used makes the focal point stand out and not merge into the background and be lost, although you have matched the background blue lovely with the ladies top on the left. I think if i was on one of those stools with a glass of wine, me, the wine and the stool would be lying in a heap on the floor somehow. I know trying to keep upright from drinking that glass of champagne was proving to be an art all on it's own at the wedding, lol. Thank you Anne for giving us such a giggle with your beautiful card and it's exquisite colouring in as your attention to detail in the shades and tones is wonderful and so accurate. Makes me wonder on seeing all the skills that are in our little happy bunch, just how many of us would have taken the career path we took instead of what we were good at back at the start of our working lives if we had had the opportunities that the children have nowadays, i know i wouldn't have been in hairdressing.
    Well another exciting day in the house for me, oh goody......not. It's obvious that my boys friends aren't up out of their beds yet as there is no shouting at the xbox going on up my stairs. Why is it they can't just speak, they have to yell at everybody and everything? It's a bit nippy outside being only 2 degrees at the moment but the sun is shining so hopefully it should warm up. I was watching Phil Martin last night on Hochanda and the bundle that they are putting out as such a fantastic saving, well it's not. The Spellbinders die set is in Icon at under £10 and they are saying it's £27 worth normally, its made me just look at things they are selling and seeing if i can get them cheaper else where first. I will say that i do like his style and finishing as he always turns out a lovely card even if his bows are normally upside down, but that is what he perfers but like him they are always immaculate ( a waste of a handsome lovely man) but so was Rock Hudson. Oh well now that i have left the real world for the moment(but i did like Rock Hudson, he was so handsome) i will go and sit in the corner and continue with my dreams. Please can i have a latte today but i'm goign to keep off the cakes as not good for the waistline.
    Love and huggles in the basket
    Norah x

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    1. You are right Norah and all the others - it's a great card! I love a bit of fun. Bet you had not noticed that. This card is just perfect for three good friends!
      The sun is shining here too and it's showing up my Conservatory Windows! Mr Karcher here I come!
      I agree about Phil's bows by the way! I guess he's turned it into his signature or something. Xxx

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    2. Hi Norah, I shop for most of my dies now at Icon, their prices are always so much cheaper than elsewhere. The latest ones I bought were delivered within a day of my order going in! And their customer service is excellent. I would certainly not hesitate to give them 10* out of 5. xxx

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    3. Norah, they are all the same over playing their x boxes, I am always telling Calum that yes Samuel,lives 2 miles away but no matter how loud he shouts he won't hear him so just speak quietly. Two minutes later he is back at it again. xxx

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    4. I also used to love Rock Hudson, still love his films, do you remember McMillan and Wife, used to love that programme.
      Don't know about this "icon" is an online store?

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    5. Oh Norah I always want to take his bows off and turn them round too! He does make lovely cards though.
      Lilian icon uk are an online company that sell lots of dies (including Sues) for quite a lot less than elsewhere. Their p&p is free and service is excellent. Worth having a look at xxx

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  16. Morning Sandra and friends,
    I have been trying to comment on the way down but for some reason the IPad won't publish, so I have been making notes about everyone's comments.
    Anne your card is lovely, like the idea of the three graces, even if they aren't drinkers.
    Patricia I hope you have some of your baking left after the boys have gone, I think probably not.
    Sandra good luck with your shotting later, that made me laugh.
    Lillian how awful for your friend having that letter sent, especially at her age. Hope she gets it sorted out.
    Hazel, I have done the same as you, put so,etching away in a safe place the couldn't remember where, good luck in finding it.
    Diane, hope Emma's bruise is not too sore, girls do the most stupid thing when they are together, sometimes you are better not knowing what they get up to.
    Ignorance is bliss!
    Just housework for me today, then some crafting later, nothing exciting in the Watson household today.
    Will pop back later, meantime take care everyone.xxx

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  17. Yes! I've reached the end Sandra!
    No cause for alarm as I just mean the end of the blog!
    I'm so glad you had a good day yesterday ! I patted you on the back higher up where you turned round!
    Have a lovely time today with the new machine and tomorrow with Sue! It will be quieter today I think!
    I love Anne's card - it is just right! I would love to get either that stamp or similar so will have a look!
    I hope Anne is having a lovely time in Spain and that the weather is still good.
    Well, today is a sorting out sort of day! I'm going to try and not get sidetracked! I'm the world's worst for that although Saba said she did it too!
    Don't worry I don't do it when I driving - just when cleaning or tidying up!
    For example - was just wiping round the kitchen yesterday - looked at the cooker hood and before you knew it it was in bits and some of those in the dishwasher! I had no intention of doing that! It's lovel and shiny again though. It wasn't filthy before - honestly!
    I've got a load of whites out! Coloureds next - guess that means ironing after that! It's such fun living life in the fast lane! Ha ha !!
    Be good! Or at least goodish !!
    Love Myra xxxx

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    1. Good you not getting sidetracked while driving or you would never reach the destination. Saying that I was in the car with friend and she missed the turning we wanted so had to drive nearly 4 miles before going back on ourself. She blamed me from talking to her, me never xx

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    2. I used to make lists of things to do - I've given that up, because I keep getting sidetracked, and end up feeling I haven't achieved anything. LOL xxx

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    3. If We are late for the Retreat - blame Saba - she can't half talk!!! Xxx
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  18. Shopping trip done and dusted! Again she was organised and stuck to her list and was full of good healthy shop. She has asked if I could cook the two chickens as she Is scared she doesn't cook them correctly, of course I will do that for her, I am glad she had the confidence to ask and tell me how she felt. Off to see if I can find those frames. xxx

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  19. Hello Sandra and all you lovelies,
    Oh dear I'm a bit late today have been watching Phil martin (oh don't you just love that little guy?) and John Lockwood on Hochanda. I do enjoy their shows and their work.
    Yesterday passed really quickly thank heavens after being to town I just let the happiest of memories flow through my mind. Later on I sat and made a pretty tree decoration for Nikki out of SW's Christmas tree die....very pleased with it.
    Thank you so much for the special thoughts yesterday and Cheryl your words were so ...thank you.lovely
    Anne what a fantastic card I love it! Those three ladies are wonderful and they put a big smile on my face.
    Well I owe each and everyone of you a 'thank you' email for my beautiful cards
    and I promise I will get round to it in the next week or so.
    My friend Carol has booked us in for a workshop on Thursday evening....it will be a first for me so I'm looking forward to it. It's to make an MDF Christmas heart so something very different for me.
    Will try and pop back later if my eyes don't decide to have a rest.
    Love and lots of hugs Sheila xx

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    1. OOOOOPS! Just found out I've got the wrong date for the workshop....it's next month on the 19th!! What a numpty!! I just text Carol about it as the date didn't tie up and she told the reason was because it's Nov we go and not OCT!! Oh I don't like these senior moments especially when they make you look so stupid....which doesn't take much with me! Heehee! xxx

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    2. Oh Sheila, that made me laugh. I had, no have the same problem at times.hihi Never know what day it is anymore or even worse ,what year ! Have a nice evening XxX

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    3. SHEILA:- so glad to hear your day went well yesterday. Give yourself a "big" pat on the back for a brilliant effort.
      You are definitely NOT stupid it was just a little "blip" it really was only the difference between Oct & Nov and they are both just 3 letters!!!! xxx

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    4. Oh Sheila in here you are one of many who do the same thing, only last week I had daughter away on her holiday a week early. xxx

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    5. Sheila, so pleased you got through yesterday, it couldn't have been easy - but you did it. I'm sure thinking of all the happy times certainly helped. ove ang hugs xxx

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    6. OOPS Love and hugs - as well xxx

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    7. Sheila, I'm so glad yesterday is now over for you! Well done you for keeping yourself busy. As for getting dates wrong - just join the club!! Xxx
      I am told - why bother writing things on the Calendar if you don't read it? Xx

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    8. Sheila and Myra, I forget to write things on the Calendar, and then I forget to look at the Calendar !!! xxxx

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    9. I am terrible with getting dates wrong, also names ,our daughter is treating us to a break in bath for our golden wedding,she has told me the name of the hotel several times, don't think I'd better tell her I've forgotten again, she'll think her mothers lost it.

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    10. Sheila delighted to know all was well yesterday for you, your really are doing so well never forget that, and treasure those happy memories they are yours to keep forever. As for forgetting the date it's only a few weeks and what is a few weeks between friends! xxx

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    11. Lilian - you just don't need to remember it yet! Seemples! Xxx

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    12. Hi Sheila, it is so good to head how well you got by on Monday. And Nikky will love her tree decoration.
      You know how good my memory is ( I'm surprised that I can even remember that, lol ) so join the club : ) I hope you can share the MDF heart with us as I bet it will be beautiful x

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  20. Good afternoon Sandra and all the crafty crew
    Sorry to be late again! I have been busy all morning and not had a minute, Washing all out in the lovely sunshine, taken our grandson to school then had to get some shopping. After a quick coffee some visitors arrived and they have only just left.
    Thank you so much to those of you who left such lovely messages yesterday about my friend who was taken ill, I am pleased to report she was discharged late yesterday with more drugs to take and today is feeling a little better. I popped in last night and she was telling me the hospital were livid with the GP practice and had been in touch to register a complaint. She had rung the surgery early yesterday to ask for a GP and was told no but a telephone appointment would be arranged TWO HOURS later even though she had stressed she was having difficulty breathing! Luckily she then rang me. She has now been told by the hospital in future do not even bother ringing the GP it must be 999 immediately. The infection she has is caused by the flu vac she had, the same thing happened last year too, apparently her white cells cannot cope with the vaccine, needless to say she has decided to have no more. I popped in just before lunch and she is starting to look better but for once is taking things easy thank goodness and is awaiting a visit from the GP organised by the hospital.
    Anne such a lovely cheery card that would bring a smile to any ones face the colouring is super and so like the three graces too!
    Hazel are you on super power today do ensure you get a rest sometime today please. I really must congratulate your two young people they have coped wonderfully well so sensible and organised they would put some adults to shame, well done them.
    I do hope two boys are enjoying their time with their Grandpa and Granny is feeding them!
    Maureen I looked out for you on the local news last night when they were showing the ruby world cup players at Newcastle, where were you hiding?
    Sandra so pleased you are feeling more bright eyed and bushy tailed keep up the good work.
    Michele thank you for your very organised list, I do hope no one is in a hurry for mine, sorry but they will be disappointed I'm afraid.
    It is nearly school time so must get organised, I will try and call in later take care and enjoy your day everyone.
    Margaret xxx

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    1. Margaret, I'm so pleased the hospital felt your friend was well enough to go home. I hope when her GP visits she has a full apology for them not responding immediately. Even to have told her to ring 999 would have been more help, than being told she would be called back in 2 hours. Thank goodness she has a good neighbour like you who she could call on. You dread to think what state she would have been in if you had not been at home. Lol xxx

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    2. Good news about your neighbour Margaret, pleased about that. You do worry about folks who have no one to call on though, don't you! My list will fly down with yours sometime!! Ha ha .xxx

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    3. Margaret C, Good news that your friend and neighbour is on the mend, and well done to the Hospital for complaining to the GP Surgery. You wouldn't have seen me on the TV, I was busy in the Players Changing Room ha ha xxxxx

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    4. Good news about your neighbour, she's luckily to have you nearby.

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    5. Yes good news about your neighbour MARGARET and so good that you were at home.

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    6. Hi Margaret. That is good news about your neighbour. And its good to hear the hospital is making a complaint, let's hope no one else is treated in the same way x

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  21. Hello Sandra and everyone,
    Been out most of the morning, I had a dental appointment. Would you believe last night when I was eating my dinner at big filling came out, had I not had my appointment already booked I would've been on the phone first thing begging to be seen, anyway that's all sorted now. Then did a bit of shopping and by the time I got home it was time for lunch. After that picked up the iPad and have been trying to catch up with you all, before I add my comments. - I didn't make any notes so will add them later.
    Anne, I love your card, it is so appropriate, (yes the three graces come to mind - sorry girls!) Your colouring is fantastic, I would love to sit and take tips from you, love your shading, and the way you've added depth by that little grey outline. I am really impressed.
    Sandra, sounds like yesterday was a good day for you. It's a lovely feeling of achievement to get things sorted. Then as crafters we start another project project and what happens - mess, mess, mess. Or am I only talking about my craft room?
    I think I must away to my craft room, guess what? It's in a mess! But I have a few other important task to do before it gets sorted, so will just have to ignore the mess for now.
    Hope everyone is having a good day, take care, love Brenda xxx

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    1. Hi Brenda, In glad that you have got the filling sorted out, don't you hate the feeling as your mouth comes back to life though, if you had to have it numbed x

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  22. Hallo Sandra and all in the cafe' I hope we can have some heating on now because I'm cold to the bones here but I do think I have to ask OH for permission. Fleece, slippers and scarf is not enough anymore.
    Anne- I love the Image of the three graces ! I have seen it before and would love to get hold of the stamp, do they sell it in the UK ? The colouring is fab.
    Hope you all have a good day and evening to come.
    Shopping and washing done this morning. and some bits gluing together for c-cards done. Now tired and hungry so will make some porridge and put my feet up and watch some NCIS, see you later Warm hugs XxX

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    1. Oh Maria, I hope you get warmed up. I've had to put the heating on the timer as it's been so wet and cold up here. I believe it's been nice and sunny in other parts of the country, so I'm not speaking to any of you!!!! xxxxx

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    2. MARIA:- I hope your heating is on and you are warmer.
      Our heating is on the timer has been for a couple of weeks. I don't do cold just like I don't do rain!!! xxx

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    3. Hi Maria, I hope the porridge warmed you up and that you have the heating on now. Much as I love this country each year as the days shorten and it gets colder I realise that I live in the wrong climate, give me low to mid twenties any day : ) x

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  23. Just read back on what happened after I left last night.
    Lillian, you wouldn't be gate crashing, the retreat is open to any who comment on here! We organised it back I think in April time and oh boy it's come round quick. I can see it will be saving for the next one straight away when we get back from this one.
    Myra, you shy??? I do wonder! But I know what you mean, I am like that I am all for it, then panic at the last few days. Yet I had to go with Lesley and the girls to big world pain meetings and was introduced to all these delegates from all over the world, Lesley always like to introduce her girls her fellow researchers etc and always introduced me as " oh please let me introduce you to Hazel, if she wasn't there to help me I would never get any work done or make it to these things". I always admired her for it as a lot would have said " this is my girls nanny" But going by all the lovely ladies I have met so far I am fine about it now.
    Sheila, I am glad yesterday went ok, those lovely memories will always be there, just open the door to them and go in.
    I'd better go look busy, Charlie will be in from doing some gardening and he will know I have been in here again. Doesn't mind at all, always now asks how everyone is doing. Be in later xxxx

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    1. Just wait until Muriel reads that! I'm under the bed if you need me! Xxx

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    2. Ha ha ha ha, Myra .... shy ..... anyone see that big pink pig fly past the window???? Now me, I'm so shy, retiring and I get terribly tongue tied that I cannot speak - as Saba, Hazel and Patricia will confirm!!! xxxx

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    3. MYRA shy!! that's just as bad a Maureen saying she is worried about not having anything to say at the Retreated!! Who are you guys trying to kid???

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    4. Ok ok! Enough! I am shy with strangers but I did say you are not strangers! My Dad used to say I had verbal diarrhoea! You have been warned! I was a little girl then chattering to my Mum !! Xxx

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  24. Hellooooo!! grabbing 5 mins to myself.
    John is at the park with the boys playing cricket. The park is wet, no doubt they will be back and it will "strip off" at the back door. I have jeans, t-shirts and socks laid out for them, that includes Grandpa!!!
    We were out all morning, stopped off at Elaine's Tearoom for lunch. Boys love going there, think it is because they know Elaine so well. Of course she does spoil them when we go in there. Home again, for a change Thomas wanted to make a cake .... his personal recipe!!! Marshmallows, chocolate, more marshmallows, more chocolate, more marshmallow ..... you getting the picture??? Finished it off with a layer of white chocolate sprinkled with grated chocolate. It actually looks ok but have passed on having any. Much too sweet for me, it will be going home with them that's for sure.
    Right best get a move on, they will be back soon.
    Sorry folks, unlike Hazel's hubby mine is NOT in the least interested in me coming in here. He knows and likes the fact, I have met up with Jess, Norah and Maureen. He is interested in all that and what these people are like and that they are all ok. He is just NOT interested in all that "virtual" stuff!!! As long as I am happy, he's happy. See you all later xxx

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    1. Patricia, That's like George. I sometimes ramble on about something on the blog, but he just says "That's nice" - but not meaning it in the way of Mrs Brown!!!!!! xxx

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    3. Then again Patricia would you be interested in what going on with his railway? I think Charlie asks now as the many a day he has asked why I was laughing so much, I would tell him,,he would walk away saying " all as bad as you then?" So that's how it started. X

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  25. Hello ladies
    Just a quickie.
    My plumber has still not arrived and I am feeling very cross indeed. Not only cross, I'm flipping freezing. As well as looking at a leaky tap in the kitchen (cleared everything out from under the sink) a slight problem with the shower (cleaned the bathroom) he is going to service the gas fire so I haven't had it on all day - didn't want him to burn himself. I am going to turn it on in a few minutes, I'll give him until 6pm and if he comes after that he can burn his blooming fingers for all I care. I'm wearing two jumpers and a cardigan. Might just run round the flat a few times and see if it warms me up.
    Xxxxx

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    1. Not good Saba? He could have phoned and told you he was running late. I agree why should you get cold to save him burning his fingers. More to the point you had cleaned all the bath room for him to fix the shower? How dare he not turn up. xxx

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    2. Well, how very dare he. These Bavarian Plumbers are all the same. They'll TAP anyone for a job, and leave them BOILING mad when they don't turn up. It's enough to give you that SINKing feeling. If he does turn up, tell him to PIPE down or you'll FIRE him. He obviously works for a SHOWER of a firm.
      And to add insult to injury, you did some housework before he was due to arrive!!!!!
      xxxx

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    3. Oh Muriel! Have you been playing word association again! At least Saba wasn't blowing hot and cold! Just cold! I felt quite drained after reading that lot!! Xxx

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    4. Muriel have you been on the baileys again?
      Brilliant though I loved it.
      Xxxxx

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    5. Oh I do love how clever you all are with your responses, so quick and so funny. Please don't ever stop x

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  26. You know what's really troubling me? I'm afraid that I won't be able to think of something to say when I meet you all!
    xxxxxx

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    1. MAUREEN:- who are you kidding ??? xxx

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    2. Exactly? Patricia and I will be their by your side, but I don't think we will be needed. Do You!!!

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    3. Maureen! I'll just give you a big hug when I see you , so get ready! Hope you won't be dumbstruck as a result!! We'll be just fine! Xxxx

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    4. Maureen Killen, I nearly collapsed when I read that! 3 1\2 hours on the phone and I barely got a word in edge ways.
      Joanne says we should bring a talking stick. No, not a stick which talks, a stick which we have to hold in our hand and hold it up when it's our turn.xxxxx

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    5. Haha Saba, I know what you mean, we used them at school - it was so funny watching the ones who loved to talking almost bursting because it wasn't their turn with the stick! Xxx

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    6. Oh oh ! Hope we don't have spontaneous combustions! Xxx

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    7. As long it's not a peace pipe, I don't smoke xx

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  27. Helloooooooooo everyone

    Had a good afternoon at K&N - card went down well this time so I can stop panicing now.
    Jim has finished packing the car while I've been out so I've missed all that - thank goodness - and so it's just the overnight case to go in and we're off tomorrow morning at 06.00 hrs for Dover and the ferry at 14.00hrs. Overnight stop and then Marigny by tea time Thursday.
    I'll try and have a look in tomorrow evening from the hotel but if there's a problem with the tinternet then it will be from Marigny.

    Now be GOOD GIRLS ALL OF YOU while I'm off air and I'll catch up later.
    I've replaced hugs in the basket and told them to behave but you never know Norah's huggles might just tempt them out.
    See you all soon xxxx

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    1. Janet, so pleased everything went well today. Pleased you missed the packing too! Have a safe journey. Trouble free and a good crossing! Bon Voyage ma cherie !! Xxx

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    2. JANET:- I so wish I lived nearer you ... I would have stowed away in the boot of your car!!!
      Have a great journey and the most wonderful stay in France. xxx

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    3. Janet, have a safe journey. I hope Jim's packed all your craft goodies and not left any lying!!!!! Please get up and go quietly, we don't want to be woken up too soon! xxxx

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    4. Janet so pleased you had a good day today, have a good and safe journey and I'm sure you will as always have a wonderful time in your little bit of French heaven. Looking forward to the Friday cake report! xxx

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    5. Safe travels Janet. Hope the channel is calm for you or do you use the tunnel? Glad the car was all packed when you got home? I wouldnt be so lucky as I am the chief car / case packer. Xxx

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    6. Safe journey Janet, have a wonderful time xxx

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    7. Janet have a safe journey down to your lovely French home. Hope it is not too messy when you get there. Looking forward already to hearing about your pastries. Xxxx

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    8. Bon Voyage Janet ! Looking forward to hear your news from Marigny. Hope the place is not to bad xxx

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  28. Good evening all, well I'd nearly nearly finished my orders for delivery,on the last 20 half way through,and now machine timing gone, so will have to wait for the mechnic to come, he lives in Devon so a long way for him to come.
    Going to copy Sandra good example and sort out work/craft out. Dies and stamps, all in a large drawer going to put them in my new tonic folders.
    Luckily I have done 80 hoods for delivery on Thursday.
    Well I'm away to find something calorie free for dinner.
    See you later have a good evening Lil

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  29. Well folks I need to have something to eat then get my feet up, or do I???
    John Jnr flew in, picked the boys up at approx 6pm. The boys had been fed, they were going to pass their own house to pick up Thomas's football kit then continue on for his training. Oh! My! Goodness! where do they get the energy?? John Jnr drove to and from an "all day meeting" which was half way across the county. Gets home and off with his boys to "football training" ....!!!
    Those boys can't half eat. There is more meat on a Butchers pencil than there is on our Robert but Man! Oh! Man! he has eaten more today than I have or could have. Thomas was not quite so bad but still ate lots.
    I am off to have a shower put my PJs on. I really don't need anything to eat, once I am showered I will have a cuppa and put my feet up. xxx

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    1. Good for you! You have definitely earned your rest have a lovely shower and enjoy your rest and cuppa. xxx

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    2. Patricia I have just done exactly the same. I have a Margaret bag at my back and the world looks rosy. I made some flowers from the CE snow paper today and they are so pretty. I wasn't keen on that paper when I made a poinsettia but am starting to like it now.
      Enjoy your cuppa. Xxxx

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    3. I've been glueing clothes pegs! Don't ask!
      I need to make a birthday card to two before the end of the week as well as some Christmas ones! Ooh! Where does time go! Got to iron tonight! Xxx

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    4. I am sitting comfortably PJs on, popped on a pair of socks, hate cold feet. Heating on, house cozy, John made me a nice cuppa and brought me 1 of Margaret's Butter Biscuits. I am in "seventh heaven" easy pleased me.
      Just thought our Margaret brings us lots of comforts .... Thank You Margaret what would we do with out you. xxx

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    5. Good one Myra, she sure is. xxx

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  30. Well we have had the most wonderful sunny day today sorry if you did not, I got all the washing dried, ironed and put away, I do so love the smell of washing dried out of doors.
    My friend has had he visit by the GP who after hearing what the receptionist had said was non too happy and was going to be speaking to her. She has to see the GP next week and has been told the GP will decide if she goes to Australia, so that decision is now out of her hands. In the mean time she has to rest and keep warm and of course take all her medication, for which she needs two glasses of water! I am both pleased and relieved the doctor is going to make the decision as to if she is fit to fly.
    Hazel have you found your hidden things? If it is of any consolation I do that too, what annoys me is when I put something somewhere I tell myself I will know exactly where it is when needed!
    Have a lovely evening everyone.
    Margaret xxx

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    2. Glad your friend is feeling better, I do hope she manages to get on her trip.
      Beautiful day here as well, I washed a few of John's Lambswool sweaters got them all dried. Did not have time to give them a quick press, will do that in the morning. xxx

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    3. That's right, rub it in. Cold, damp and a little bit sunny, but no warmth in it. It poured off and on all day yesterday. I hope it's find tomorrow or we will have to start going au naturel (now that's not a pretty sight!!! xxx

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  31. Hi Ladies
    I've had a lovely lazy day but feel very snotty. I'd forgotten a friend was dropping in at lunchtime, thank goodness I was up and dressed! I'm just off to make dinner then I'm going to climb into bed for an early night. See you tomorrow xxxx

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    1. Sleep well Diane, hope you are less snotty tomorrow. Don't get it all over the pillowcase. Xxxx

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    2. You take care Diane and I wish you better, my snotty little friend <3
      Have a good night xxx

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    3. Delightful!! Xxx. Sleep well Diane! Xxx

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    4. Sweet dreams, keep plenty hankies handy - proper ones, not those paper rubbish!! Hope you feel better in the morning - here have a Baileys ha ha xxxxx

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  32. Hi everyone, just popped in for a quick catch up, been on and off since 5, a quick catch up I should be so lucky!
    Done a bit of housework early on and was in the middle of hoovering the living room when we got visitors, just left the Hoover where it was and had a good catch up when they left I just finished off the hoovering.
    Managed to start some C. Cards, cut out some shapes and watched Phill on Hochanda, very tidy crafter!
    Off to try and finish off the cards, so will catch up tomorrow, no nonsense
    ladies, promise. xx

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    1. Well. we'll try. Although we will probably be very well behaved and save it up for the Retreat!!! xxx

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  33. Hi Janet wishing you a safe & trouble free journey xx

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  34. Well I have settled down now for the evening. I am all snugly warm. I have turned on the gas heater and am sitting about 6 inches away from it.(Sorry Maria). We don't have central heating, just the gas fire in the dining room and what's called a Kachelofen in the sitting room - it's a sort of tiled structure which you can burn wood in. Otherwise our flat is perishing. I have been known to take a hot water bottle with me to the loo in winter, and I am not telling porkies.
    I'm going to pop off and watch Holby now but will be back later. It's such a nuisance having to watch it on the I pad.
    See you later
    XXXX

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    1. That reminds me of my Mother in Law's flat. I used to sit as long as I could then Roger Bannister would have been proud of me. I would do the 4 minute mile to their loo, and when I washed my hands the water was absolutely freezing. xxxx

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  35. SABA, I think you need to get the thermals out and start wearing, we don't want you Ill. I take it he didn't turn up? How do you manage to get the wood up those stairs for your Kachelofen? If it's like the one at the ski lodge we ran, it was huge and took a lot of wood. I hope you don't have to carry it? xxx

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    1. Hi all.
      Margaret, good to hear your neighbour is back home. Hope she be ok for her travels.
      Saba, It is heat in the house ! OH gave in when I also put gloves and blanket over my knees and sat shivering in the lounge watching Casualty, yay. Only for downstairs,never any heating on upstairs unless it is -20 I love a Kachelofen, they makes a room so nice and warm. Really hope you got someone helping you out by tomorrow.
      Brenda LL ,will you bring your dies ?, not sure why but I love Owls and Hot air balloons are so amazing but not sure I would go in one except ours from the cafe' .
      Cushion flooring sound good Myra , I had all weird things in my head reading it first Lol If you see Northampton on the roadsign you have gone to far South tihi Turn around and follow the cackle and you will soon find us . XxX

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    2. Thank you so much Maria for the top tip on Northampton! I will write that down in case I forget!!! Xxxx

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    3. Hi Maria, I'm glad that you have finally got the heating on : ) x

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  36. Hi Sandra & all in café.
    Sandra congratulations on your hard work in your craft room now enjoy it. Have a lovely day with Sue tomorrow.xx
    Ann I love the card well done.
    I have had a busy day today feel tired now so ill wish you all a good night hugs on way to all who need them love Margaret xx

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    1. Night, night Margaret P, sweet dreams and see you tomorrow xxxx

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  37. Helloooooooooo,
    Well I've messed about in my little room and managed one tiny card. No cutting, just stamped and it took about 2 hours. WHAT is the matter with me at the moment, I don't seem to be able to do any craft.
    I also watched, well listened really as I was trying to craft, the new series called "River". Did anyone watch it. I quite enjoyed it. That Scandanavian chap from Mamma Mia was in it, and the daughter of Derek Jacobi in Last Tango in Halifax. Honestly, I'm hopeless, it would be so good if I knew their names!!
    I've been pulling more stuff out for the Retreat and I have decided to hire a Removal Company to take it ha ha. There is no way I could possible carry it all, and my clothes and shoes. Not that I'm taking many clothes but I need a case just for my red silk bloomers in case we feel like a balloon trip!!! ha ha.
    Saba can do the navigating, it should be good.
    I'm away to see what George is doing, he is very quiet and hasn't gone upstairs yet.
    Oops, spoke too soon, he's just come through to the dining room (I have the laptop in there at the moment) to say that he's away to heat my Margaret bags.
    So I'll say, Goodnight, God Bless, Sweet Dreams and love and prayers to you all.
    See you in the morning, please keep the noise down, I'm tired and I want to go to bed!!!
    Muriel xxxx 17 days and counting.

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    1. P.S. George is going to make a Talking Stick, but only I can use it because, as he says, I am so quiet - I'll never get the chance to talk ha ha. xxxxx

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    2. Sounds as if you're about to sing Show me the way to go home!"
      Night Night oh Silent One! Sleep well!
      God Bless! Xxxc

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    3. Night God bless my dear. Bet you even talk in your sleep.
      Xxxxx

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    4. Silent night Muriel and good night to anyone else off to bed. Going soon myself, I think. See you in the morning Zzzzzzzz xxx

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  38. Just stopped by to say night, night. I emailed almost everyone with my die lists earlier - if I missed you out and you would like a copy. Just let me know as I may not have copied (or not have not got ) your email address correctly. I was trying to copy addresses as our daughter was talking to me on the phone. She was driving from East End of London going home to Essex. Oh yes! Her mobile is hands free!
    Goodnight God Bless everyone, sweet dreams. xxx

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    1. Brenda, thank you so much for the list, you have an amazing collection, makes mine look like the poor relation.
      Night God bless you my dear.
      Xxxx

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    2. Thank you Brenda for the amazing list of goodies, wow you must have written them down as soon you bought them to remember all the numbers too. Have a good night xxx

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  39. Once I realised my collection was growing I thought I should make a list. Now if I get new ones I add them to the list before I take them our of the packing. But storing them, I have a 'sort' of system but it needs to be worked on! Getting there LOL xxx

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    1. Sometimes think it's funny that Sue W haven't come out with a die storage system of some kind. Wonder how she keeps hers xxx

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  40. Hello I'm here at last
    Sooo late we have been out visiting good friends in London (Sidcup) if any of you know it.we haven't been in long nealy 2hour drive home.
    Looks like your all going to bed. Well I don't think I will be long going.as very tired.
    SANDRA did you manage to play with your new machine today.
    Will look at comments tomorrow. May look at some now soooo many.
    ANNE your card for Sandra is brilliant what a fun stamp so appropriate.
    Hope everyone has sorted their craft bag's or cases for the retreat.
    Hope everyone had a good day
    Good night God bless.Xxx

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    1. Only another hour to go and you would have been here tihi
      Glad you had a nice day. Natti natt Lynda Xxx

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  41. Just dropped in to say good night will catch up with you all tomorrow.
    Sweet dreams,Lilian

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