Thursday, 17 September 2015

There once was a crafter called Sue....

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Late again as always!
Went up to London for an important meeting today, 
and am so happy to report that it was very successful.
The first blueprint for the new Classroom Shows 
on HOCHANDA LIVE 
were drawn up today.
Believe me when I tell you this is going to be brilliant.
More will be revealed....

Now I have to get my thinking cap on, but we’re on the right track!
I was sooo excited when I was whizzing around on the tube back to Charing Cross. Veritably grinning!
And then the funniest thing happened.
“Barbara?” I heard. And there was lovely Teresa Pace!!!
The irony of it!
Of all the millions of people milling around London,
of all the many hundreds of corridors in the vast rabbit warren of a London Underground.
There she was. 
And even more ironic, I had only just been discussing her and Massimo, her little boy at the meeting!
Classroom Homework had come up, and I used her and her little man as prime examples of people who really connected with the classroom interaction. 

Spooky or what???
So yeah.
Great day.

Caught the train back with Paul Church, which was cool too.

But by the time I had made supper, 
I was really not up for making a card. 
Forgive me?

Tell you what though.
The awards voting thing has come round fast again!

I dug out a cool photo of two very good friends of mine who I bumped into at the trade show in February.
Perhaps you know them???
They are both class acts. Really creative, really arty, 
and good women.


Thanks to you, we at Clarity have been nominated again.

Best Rubber Stamp Range
Best Overall Designer
Best Blog
Favourite Craft Demonstrator/Presenter

And if you think our Groovi Product is worthy, 
you could even add it to the Best Products of the Year category!
 TO CAST YOUR VOTES


Tomorrow we have to set up for the Ally Pally Show. 
really looking forward to it.

Shall we have some fun?
We do love a limerick, don’t we!!

There once was a Crafter called Sue
Who ran out of things to do...

So copy and paste those two lines below and finish the limerick.
Then on Sunday night, highlight of the weekend,
Dave and I will thoroughly enjoy reading them all in bed!
Dearie me, said the sheep farmer, can ewe believe it??

And on the laughometer, we will pick a worthy winner to send a £20 Gift Voucher to.

love and hugs,

85 comments:

  1. Wow what a jazzy day, looking forward to,seeing the new classroom, fantastic!!! Enjoy The weekend.

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    1. Oh you are back! Got some dates for you and Gill. will you be at Ally Pally on Sunday? E-mail me if not
      Anne (Reading)

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  2. So pleased you had a successful and happy day. I, too am looking forward to the new show. I am a bit pleased with myself - made a groovi card yesterday with the peonies. Would you look at it at Ally Pally on Sunday, if you aren't too busy - silly really - your stand is always busy? I cannot wait for Sunday - hope there are Clarity goodies left. (Cannot come on Sat as I am working)
    Hope to see you
    Love and hugs
    Anne (Reading)

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  3. Sooooo glad to hear our classrooms are coming back. C&c were bonkers not to realise they were onto a good thing. Really pleased you are able to do something similar soon. Can't wait! X

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  4. Ooooooo classroom shows!!!! How exciting, I can't wait. Xx

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    1. Morning Dot. Nice to see you again, how are you? Xx

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    2. Hello Dot lovely to see you - can you keep the terrible twins in control please! :) xx

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    3. Hi missed being here to but getting back to my old self now been on the happy pills for a wee while doc said it was anxiety but I'm on the mend but didn't want to comment rubbish the way I was feeling this is a happy place if you know what I mean...take care...xx

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    4. Hi Dorothy glad your feeling brighter we are always here to share missed you xxx

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  5. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    So she accepted her fate
    And bought a groovi plate mate
    And joined up with the Clarity crew..

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  6. Evening Brenda xx
    Evening Sheila xx

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    1. Evening Donna are you ready for ally pally ? Have you manage to craft today ?
      I haven't as I went to visit my friend who is having the chemotherapy and my partner took me for a early tea at the garden center he is so sweet lovely to get out as I don't go out very often xxxx

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    2. Yes I was good tonight and have started a new bookmark slightly obsessed!!!! Everyone I know is going to have at least one! I hope your visit went well, I bet she was happy to see you. It sounds like a good day, so I will let you off crafting today. Xx

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    3. Thank you you can have a gold star the bookmarks are addictive to make xxx

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  7. It is always fun to catch up with friends expectantly. Really pleased that your meeting went well today. It is exciting that you have new plans. I will need to think about a lymerick now.... Perhaps I will come back later with one as I am supposed to completing a card this evening!

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  8. Hi Barbara, I am really looking forward to your classrooms on Hochanda. It seems to be my best way of learning techniques watching you and then giving it a go. Doesn't always work out but we all learn somewhere and there are no real wrong ways in crafting are there?? As for your little challenge, well I'd love to be in with a chance of winning so here goes.......
    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    She read Barbara's blog
    Whilst drinking egg nog
    And ended up as a star on you tube!
    Hugs
    Amanda Rose

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  9. Hi Barbara
    I somehow really need to learn your strategies - yesterday's blog.
    (I'm still working on the lists, one I could have filled 10 times over, the other two still struggling)
    Thank you love Brenda xxxxx

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    1. Hi Brenda, sending you a big hug xxxxx

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    2. Evening my lovely, good to see you xx

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    3. Lovely to see you again Brenda, just thinking about you Donna and Sheila, founder members of CCA. Much love and many hugs to you and Daisy.

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    4. Hi Brenda lovely your here to blog big hugs xxx

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    5. Hi my friend let's get back on this happy trail together ....xxDot

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  10. Hi Barbara
    I can just picture you tottering around on your high heels with a big grin on your face ! I remember you saying about high heels meetings! Hope your feet aren't too sore! The new classrooms sound wonderful I'm really looking forward to seeing them. Enjoy your evening with Dave - must go and look at this voting lark. That's the second time you've mentioned the lovely Leoni, would love to see her with you at Hochanda. Right, limerick time!!!!! I've just ad a brain storm:-

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She googled Clarity all night
    Gave herself such a fright
    And now she's got so much do do!

    Love and hugs
    Diane G xxxxxx

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    1. It's amazing what a nights sleep and a shower can do! I suddenly gad a moment of Clarity in the shower so can I change mine please?

      There once was a crafter called Sue
      Who ran out of things to do
      She googled all night
      Gave a squeal of delight
      And now has so much Clarity crafting to do!

      Just a subtle change but it means more!! I must also say other internet search engines are available - just in case I have to pay millions! :)
      Have a great day Barbara - I've got my fingers crossed I can meet you at Ally Pally tomorrow , I've met you before but now you will put a name to the face of the mad woman who puts comments on your blog! Xxxxx

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  11. Shall miss you at Ally Pally, looking forward to new classroom, hope it is soon, can't wait!
    There once was a crafter called Sue,
    Who ran out of things to do,
    That was before she found Clarity and our Barbara too
    Now she has a stash that will live longer than me or you
    And she will have to join CCA like me and you!

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    1. Evening Karen did you have a good holiday? Xx

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    2. Still on holiday for another week, yeah!!!! Can't quite do without my fix mind, so 3 entries tonight!

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    3. Hi Karen enjoy the rest of your holiday hugs xxx

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    4. Cor lucky you! Enjoy the rest of it. Xx

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  12. Not too good at limericks but here goes.
    There once was a girl named Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She put on the telly
    saw Barbara with the Geli
    Now she was hooked
    Clarity retreats were booked
    Out with paper, and glue
    A Clarity follower was Sue

    and another
    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She found Barbara's blog
    Whilst drinking egg nog
    What an amazing hit
    Especially the Blue Tit!
    No more mood of Blue
    Groovi Clarity for Sue

    Sorry - quite pathetic but worth a smile - off to bed, I go - booting all bad thoughts with my big toe!
    Anne (Reading)

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  13. OK here goes:
    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She signed up to Clarity
    Joined in the hilarity
    And her crafty stash grew and grew
    Xx

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    1. Oh yes! It just grows and grows and grows......... :)

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    2. Does anyone ever use anything from their stash? Mine is usually too nice/too flowery/too dark etc etc fort he current project so I just have to buy more!!

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    3. I never have what I need either! That's why I have to get a new set of papers or a new colour of ink, or I see a great demo and then need the stamps or stencil. I'm a lost cause! Xx

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  14. So pleased that you had a successful meeting. How wonderful to meet There's a too. Well Here's my attempt at the Limerick. Hope it gives you and Dave a giggle in bed on Sunday.

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    So she read Barbara's blog
    But thought it said BOG
    So set of to Groovi the loo

    Hugs Jeanette xx

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  15. Hey have you all seen the amazing offer on wee folks and word chains, 25% off. Fab, even though in France with slow internet connection have to have Christmas ones have been on my list since seen on tv. Am having a Groovi holiday done about 6 already and 2 bookmarks, love love all things Groovi. Have voted it top in every category on awards. Don't know what half the other things are on the list, so added Groovi instead. Cheers me dears. Karen

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    1. Oooooo off to look, thanks for the heads up :-)

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  16. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    To her mate she cried out " I've nothing to do !"
    So with a grin and a swagger to the bed he did drag her
    No need to ask her smile will proclaim , dear Sue found something to do! . Joy and love to you all Jan

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  17. There was one a crafter called Sue
    Who ran of things to do.......

    ....I ask my husband, he's good at stuff like this.....

    He said "what's it all about?" I said "You know the lady you like, who's into the groove"! He said he needed more...I said about the "balls"!

    He said "I haven't a bloody clue"!

    C x

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  18. There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    so she went to Ally Pally
    To visit everyone at Clarity
    and spent a fortune there too

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  19. Back in the land of UK and look forward to all that Hochamda offers. Roll on 'The Classroom." Enjoy your days at Ally Pally.
    And now for the limerick.

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do.
    She engaged with her Groovi
    To distract from the movie
    Which turned out decidedly 'Blue.'
    Remember to look after your neck aches and pains over this busy weekend. ;~}

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  20. On a roll now - woken up at this late hour, even if heavy day tomorrow - whatever
    There once was a crafter named sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She went on B's retreat
    Cuddly "Dave" she did meet!
    There was Maria, Jane and Paul
    Oh, my she had such a ball!
    A job in Gay Kent
    Application swiftly sent
    Great beginning anew
    For our crafter named Sue

    I am really going to bed now!
    Anne (Reading)

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  21. Glad to read your day has been so positive, mine not so much but hey tomorrow is another day, early night for me. Have a great time at Ally Pally, bring on Port Sunlighy xx

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  22. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She said "Heck, it's too odd
    Best go read Barbara's blog"
    Now her creativity is renewed.

    Really looking forward to the classrooms - I never saw them on C&C, so it'll be all new for me.

    I was very excited to see the new offers - like Karen I've had my eye on the Christmas wee folk! And more word chains. Hubby just groaned when he saw it.

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  23. fancy getting a mention on your blog! it was a nice surprise and Massimo guessed immediately when i said "guess who i ran into at the underground?"
    he will be so happy to see the classroom back on screen! and so will i, hugs xx

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  24. Hello Barbara cannot wait for your classroom lessons to start
    I've voted yesterday and the groovi should win the best new product it's amazing.
    Another super sale on your word chains and wee folk .
    There was once a crafter named sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She found a channel named hochanda
    Saw the groovi had landed
    Now she has got endless things to do
    Rubbish at Limericks
    Have a restful night with Dave
    Crafting hugs to all xxx


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  25. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    So Barb's blog she perused
    And her stash she did use
    Now her card box is full - well done you!


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  26. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    Then she married a horse…
    T'was a dream, of course
    A true crafter will never be through!

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  27. Had to join in as it' s my name!
    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    So she thought and she thought
    Then went out and bought
    A Clarity stamp or two!

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  28. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She'd played with her Gelli Plate
    And parched on her Groovi Mate
    So Barb and Dean?( whoops Lee) on Hochanda she'd view!!

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  29. Hello Barbara

    What a coincidence!

    I have voted. Enjoy your weekend at Ally Pally. It will be a lot of hard work but, hopefully, fun.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  30. Sounds like you had a great day! Will do the voting tomorrow as I need to get to sleep now!

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She said but oh no!
    To the craft room I must go
    And she's now stuck to her desk with glue!

    Best I can muster at this time of night x x

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  31. There was once a crafter called sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    Boohoo boohoo boohoo
    Oh what am I going to do
    I'm off to the clarity sale
    The wee folk do wail
    As they are all in the sale
    Now sue will always have something to do


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  32. There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    Do she picked up some glitter
    And guilding flakes to flitter
    On a card, for a bit of a do.

    Have voted already! The new classes sound fab.

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  33. Good morning, here is my contribution to the Limericks. I've added a second verse I hope you find it amusing

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    who ran out of things to do
    can't wait for the Gelli
    to come on the telly
    then they'll be plenty to do


    Whilst reading in bed
    Dave turned to Barbara and said
    these limericks are funny
    I'm feeling quite sunny
    and turned out the light instead

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  34. Hello Barb, can't wait for the new Classroom shows, they were always so inspiring. How amazing as you say to meet Teresa amongst all the masses. Will head over for the voting as soon as I am done with my attempt.
    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    He husband took a look
    And just gave her a book
    Saying, well Adult colouring is Arty too!
    Hope you have a fab time at Ally Pally
    Bx

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  35. Hi Barb,
    Sounds like you had a good day ( if busy). How lovely to see friends amazing though when you think how many people are using the tube! Glad to hear that the classroom will be coming soon - can't wait! Here's my feeble attempt ( I'm hopeless at limericks).
    There once was a lady called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She stood on her head
    And bounced on the bed
    Then glittered the cat with the glue

    Well, I tried!
    Love Alison xxx

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    1. Oh Alison - that did make me laugh! X

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  36. Hi Barbara. Thank goodness we are going to have you back in the classroom soon : ) I will think about the limerick, I can't think of anything at the moment. Enjoy Ally Pally, see you tomorrow. Take care xx

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  37. There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    With craft stash from days of yore
    Piled up from ceiling to floor
    Her mojo was buried in there too.

    Hope you have a wonderful time at Ally Pally. I'm sorry to be missing it this time but will be away.

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  38. Hi Barbara,
    can´t wait to see the classroom again!!!

    Here is my limerick:

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    who ran out of things to do...
    She climbed up a hill -
    rolled down like a pill.
    Her hubby cried out of the loo:
    "I book a Clarity workshop for you!"

    Hope that´s funny.
    Rolf xxx

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  39. Dear Barb, Good luck with the voting I have done mine.

    Here is my effort for the limerick:

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    Her hubby,Dave whispered “lets go cycling”
    But to her consternation she ended up aching
    Cos her bicycle seat started chaffing boo hoo

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  40. How great to have all those nominations but not really a surprise as you totally deserve it! Hope you have a good time at Ally Pally. Well here goes:

    There once was a crafter called Sue,
    Who ran out of things to do,
    Got bored with the movie,
    So pulled out her Groovi,
    And the time it just flew and flew.

    I will definitely be voting! x

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  41. Have put my vote in.
    Now for my attempt:

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She had stamped on paper and card
    Grooved border by the yard
    Then thought why not a Stencil Tattoo

    At the Tattoo Parlour
    (Owned by her father)
    She gave him Jo's Bubbles to view
    He asked 'Have you permission?'
    She said 'No, but Barbara has vision'
    He said 'Sorry, without it can't do'

    Sue sent a message to Barbara,
    On behalf of her father,
    To ask what they legally could do
    They had clients awaiting
    In anticipation
    With the rugby team first in the queue.

    Anne x

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  42. Enjoy Ally Pally. Sorry I can't make it. Apart from the show I love the building.

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of tings to do.
    So she stamped and she stencilled,
    She masked and she pencilled,
    And Grooved with her Mate the night through.

    Carol x

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  43. There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    "Impossible" she thought, frantically checking her stash,
    But alas it was true and she'd run out of cash!
    So she switched on Hochanda for a bargain or two.

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  44. Oh I wish I could come to Ally Pally, but I'm sure you'll have fun, and I'm very excited to hear about the return of the classroom sessions.

    Struggling a bit with the limerick as I never have nothing to do, but here goes for my namesake!!

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    She loved all things arty
    So she threw a big party
    And her pals brought their glitter and glue!

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  45. There once was a crafter called Sue

    Who ran out of things to do

    She groovi’d some stuff, while sat in the buff

    And glued her left boob to her shoe


    Much love
    Kim x

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    1. That did make me laugh Kim - you get my vote! x

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  46. Dear Mrs. Gray, I am writing from Fort Worth, Texas. Today is the first day I have had the pleasure of watching one of your darling videos, and it is my first visit to your blog. My very best friend, Darlene (friends since grade school, now we are both Grandmothers!) sent me the link, to watch you. I have not recalled being able to watch many ladies' craft/how-to videos, without being completely bored (goodness gracious, even, at times, to the point of wanting to pull my hair out) before they finish! Your videos have not only kept me watching to the end, having some laughs in between, and wanting to see more, by the end! How wonderfully refreshing!!! Thank you, so very much, for sharing your talents and that lively wit of yours, with the crafters, that, if they are anything like me, will be back many times over!!! Bless your heart!!!

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  47. Many thanks for the Open Day last Sunday, Barbara. It was great to see the best at work Mxx

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    She spoke to B Gray
    Then went on her way
    To brayer and stencil the loo!

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  48. Hi there.

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She watched Barb on Utube
    Many demo's she viewed
    Then her mojo returned anew!

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  49. There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    She went to the net for ideas to get
    And now she has too much to do

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    To her husband she flew
    Exclaimed she had nothing to do
    So they Groovied all night
    And much to his delight
    They moved down the hall
    And just had a ball !!!

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  50. There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    Though she had Products Galore
    From Ceiling to Floor
    She still needed to buy a thing or two?!?

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  51. Hi Barbara, votes are in! Here are my two attempts at the verse...

    there once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    But she Groovi'd and Gelli'd
    Used her stamps off the telly
    And now her craft room is jammed fu'. !

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do
    So she brushed and she stencilled
    Promarkered and pencilled
    Now she's stuck to her desk with glitter glue


    Ruth X


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  52. Hi Barbara - just popped back to deliver my contribution.

    Disclaimer: This limerick bears no intended similarity to the author!

    There once was a Crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    Cards she stencilled and stamped
    Then her home she'd re-vamped
    (and most of the neighbourhood too)!

    Tonbridge Sue

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  53. Hi Barbara

    Here's my contribution

    There once was a crafter called Sue
    Who ran out of things to do...
    She sorted her stash,
    Came out in a rash
    Then painted her bottom blue
    Came out in a rash.

    Gayle x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x