Thursday, 8 November 2018

Happy Birthday Brenda

💖Happy Birthday Brenda💖

Good Morning Ladies,

First up today I would like you all to join me in wishing Our amazing Friend Brenda a Very Happy Birthday, with Many Happy Returns.  I hope you have a lovely day, filled with fun, laughter and hopefully some surprises! xxxx

Today's card is for someone special, I really fancied going for something different with a Vintage/shabby chic feel to it, I loved getting all the flowers out and playing, hot glue gun made a mess though.  I forgot how nice Seam Binding ribbon is to work with, it ties such lovely bows.
I hope it's recipient likes it as much as I liked making it.

Sue came over yesterday and we set up a production line, she was doing all the die cutting and I was assembling, it still took both of us working non stop until after 6pm to finish them, it was the embellishing that took that time.  I am so grateful for Sue's help, thank you so much my lovely.
51 made, it felt so nice to have them all finished!

I wanted to let you all know about something I discovered last weekend, I have always bought my paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts as they have an amazing variety and are always good quality, so I placed an order last Tuesday (30 October) and paid Royal Mail 24 postage as I needed the flowers quickly, well by Saturday they still had not arrived so I went to try and find a number to call to chase them up as every other time I have ordered from them the goods arrive next day.
As I looked around their site I noticed that the main currency was polish, which seemed odd for a UK company, I then spoke to Cheryl who confirmed that they shut down their office here and moved it all over to Poland, which is why the 24 postage wouldn't work, so if you want paper flowers just bare that in mind.  Mulberry Paper Crafts have also moved, they are in Singapore!

I guess that the likes of Ali Express etc have made it harder for UK companies to keep going, we all like a bargain though so hard to complain but it is sad that we lose great UK businesses though, I wonder how Brexit will change things for all of them???

I hope that you all have a lovely day, especially Brenda !

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Happy Birthday Brenda-hope you have a lovely day.

    Sandra-what a pretty Card, the flowers on it are beautiful. I’m sure the recipient will love it.

    How disappointing that your order didn’t turn up when you expected it., hope you didn’t pay extra for that delivery-that needs taking off their website.

    Finally managed to spend some time in my craft room yesterday evening & made 4 Christmas cards. Sent photos to my crazy friend & she wants to buy them all plus 2 more I hadn’t finished! Very kind of her & I joked that she was ordering them quicker than I could make them! Might try to spend Friday evening in my craft room.


  2. Morning Everyoneo

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA. Have a wonderful day whatever you have planned.

    What a beautiful card SANDRA. I just love that look and always have. I'm sure it will be more than loved.

    To add to your comment re Wild Orchid Flowers. As you know I have always bought my flowers from them and some time last week I had an email saying that they had been bought by another company and unfortunately I cannot find the mail and I cannot remember the name of the company.

    I'm hoping to get my CC sent off today and make a start on the tissue box I have been requested to make so it's another busy day for us.

    The CAFE is OPEN so pop in for a chat and a cuppa and remember all cakes etc are calorie free here. There's also a Birthday Cake for our Birthday Girl

    HUGS are winging their way to you all. Take care everyone.xxxx

  3. Happy. Birthday BRENDA I hope you have a lovely day
    After three evenings of dancing I am pooped So I hope to relax and craft today Challenge card nearly finished but I’m having one of those “not sure” moments I’m visiting MIL this afternoon Her daughter wants me to remind her how to crochet Sadly from past experience I don’t think it will help because her senility is so bad she cannot remember a thing I know she’s trying to help but.... we’ll see I can only try
    Take care all xx

  4. Hello it's me again
    SANDRA- I've just looked through my trash in email and found the one from Wild Orchids.
    They are now called PROMLEE FLOWERS and can be found at They say flowers are direct from Thailand. Hope this helps.xxxx

  5. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Lovely card today Sandra. I’m sure the recipient will treasure it.
    Such a shame for you ladies that Wild Orchid flowers have moved abroad. I must say I rerelease put flowers on my cards. Will pop in later if this publishes. I’ve already pressed publish once and nothing’s happened.

  6. Hi everyone.

    Lovely card Sandra. Definitely one for a special occasion.x

    Off for my flu jab in a moment then in the shop again later.

    PAT so sorry Pete's not so good at the moment. Sending huge hugs to you both.x

    LYNDA hope today finds you in a lot less pain. Hugsx

    Love to all especially if your not so well.
    Love Valx

  7. Good morning all,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA ! Have a lovely day.
    A stunning card Sandra. The receiver will love it.
    Meeting with our lovely decorator and his wife this morning for a coffee at Frost. After more then 20 years with us we have got to know eachother pretty well. He is now retired but still helps out with some jobs when needed.
    This afternoon will be for some tidying up and hopefully finish up the CC. It's getting very messy very quickly when you card making and glitter is absolutely everywhere at the moment, sure we eating some Lol
    Have a nice day all. Big hugs to anyone who need some.
    Love & hugs, Maria Xxx

    Wishing you a lovely day and hope you get to relax and be spoiled as you certainly deserve to be. Sending you big hugs xxxx

  9. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today.
    I loved yesterday's Christmas cards, the colours you have used give them a fresh modern look don't they. I was happy to be able to help you finish the die cutting for your gorgeous swaps. I don't think you will be bringing any back home. I hope you get on well today my lovely xx
    Michele, it sounds like your crazy friend will be keeping you busy night she continues to buy your cards when some aren't even finished! X
    Janet, do you get lots of orders? Have you decided what "make" you will be doing for your craft club? Please will you share it with us? X
    Hi Karen, enjoy relaxing this morning before visiting MIL later.
    It sounds like her daughter is struggling with accepting just how cruel dementia is. But I'm sure your MIL will still enjoy talking about it and watching you X
    Pat, sending hugs to you both. I hope Pete has a bit of a better day today X
    Val, how many more Christmas cards do you think you will need to make for the shop? X
    Lilian, I hope you are not feeling too bad x
    Maria, I hope you are feeling better that you have been. Mum and I lik to have a look at all of the Christmas goodies, we don't buy much but one or two new tree decorations always ends up on our trees each year to add to all of the others 😋X
    I want to get my challenge card sorted today so must get on
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  10. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Brenda a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you & may you be spoilt rotten have many
    Sandra a beautiful card I am sure it will be treasured. So pleased you have got all swaps done, hope it is worth it & you have a good
    I managed to finish 5 Christmas cards yesterday, have a get well & birthday card to make today.
    Pat sorry to hear Pete is feeling so poorly hugs on
    Lynda hope the floaters have gone or you have luck at clinic
    Sending hugs to all who need them love Margaretxxx

  11. Just finished work and waiting for a taxi
    Your card is absolutely gorgeous SANDRA I have never managed shabby chic
    A shame to hear about Wild Orchid and Mulberry
    Great to hear you were able to finish your makes SANDRA
    Right I’m off Will pop in later

  12. Hello Sandra and lovely friends,

    Sandra thank you for your lovely birthday card and birthday wishes. xx
    THANK YOU Ladies for you fantastic cards and lovely birthday wishes �� you really are very special friends xx

    OH taking me out so will drop in later and share that delicious cake with you all xx
    Love and hugs,Brenda xxx

    1. I tried to publish the message above about 10.30 this morning, after trying to prove at least a dozen times I’m not a robot! - AND OH calling to me “are you ready yet” I gave up and we went out did some birthday shopping and had a lovely meal. Fortunately the message was still there when we returned home and again I had to prove I’m not a robot, I lost count on how many Buses, Fire hydrant, traffic lights and road crossings I had to tick on very grainy pictures just so I can be anonymous....... but I don’t want to be anonymous!!!

      The postman called while we were out, yes - even more lovely cards, I am so blessed having such lovely friends thank you, thank you everyone.xx

      NOW - Who would like tea and a slice of that delicious cake?

      Love and hugs Brenda xxx

      It’s now 16.05 see how long it takes this time to publish �� xx

    2. Thanks for the cake Brenda it was delicious.

  13. Good afternoon Sandra & ladies
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA 🎂🎉🥂🍾🎁hope your having a lovely day
    Love & Hug's Lynda xx

    Well I popped into the eye clinic at the hospital this morning well that was a waist of time. I waited till someone was about I asked this nurse only to be told in a very abrupt voice she can't talk to me as she was very busy & to talk to the Sister. Well I spoke to her & she asked if I was a patient I said I was & just Wanted to know if it was anything to worry about. she just said to go to the optition & they would refer me back if they thought anything was wrong Oh so helpful NOT.
    JANET I received your beautiful ATC's thank you so much xx
    Just going to pop in craft room it needs a bit of a tidy well a lot.
    I want to cut some backgrounds out of a Die I borrowed from Margaret.a John Lockwood one.
    SANDRA glad you got all your swaps finished with Sue's help.
    PAT hope Pete's having a better day sending you both Hug's.
    MARIA how's your back hope your in less pain.Thank you for your link about that lovely shoe.i will watch it on Hochanda tomorrow.
    Hug's for everyone xx
    Love Lynda xx

  14. Hello All

    Firstly Brenda hope you had a lovely day, my card will be in the post, sorry to be late.

    Saw Dr this morning and had a real telling off, have to go for counciling for anxiety.
    Feeling very down so I’ll not say any more. Hugs to you all, Lilian

    1. Hi Lilian
      I’m glad your dr has decided to send you for councilling. Take care my friend.

    2. Thank you Lillian. Please don’t be so hard on yourself, you have had such a difficult time this year. Hope the counciling appointment comes through soon. We are all here for you.xx

    3. Hi Lilian, we are all here for you whenever you need to talk. You can also message me if you like to have a chat. Take care xx