Friday, 1 July 2016

Competition Winners...

Hiya!
Thanks for popping.
Yep, late again. We just this minute finished the Groovi prep 
for the HOCHANDA TV shows.
Stamps and stencils on Sunday at 2pm and 5pm



Groovi One Day Special, launching on Sunday at 8pm,
then carrying on on Monday: 9am 12noon, 4pm and 7pm.

Believe it or not, 
I am launching the Christmas Season on the channel!
Have I got anything to tease you with....

Black Parchment. Love it.




I know.
We haven’t even had the summer yet!!
Mind you, if you were thinking of making and giving 
Groovi Parchment Christmas Cards this year,
you’d best get cracking soonest !!!
I can only imagine how long the traditional parching method used to take! There are still those who dismiss Groovi as cheating.
Whatever. 
Too tired to argue. 
I seem to spend more time picking a background colour card 
than I do on the front piece!!



It’s no good.

I’m going to have to change this.
I think we are just going to have to design a bumper 
paper pad of every-ones’s-a-winner Groovi backgrounds!
Seriously, I have got enough designer papers to decorate the Albert Hall! But have I ever got the right one?
And yes. I KNOW I could make one!
I could bake a rhubarb crumble too,
N O   T I M E   L E F T.

Teamwork makes the dream work!
Paul and I made a plan and then stuck to it - more or less!
Really chuffed with the demos now.
I think you will enjoy them - stamps and Groovi.



Hope you can join us!
But now I think it is time to announce 
the winners of the Limerick and Caption prizes.
Oh boy, did we laugh!

Helen. 
You had me in fits with your caption
for this photo from Glastonbury:

Has anyone seen the dog?

And as for the limericks, well!
There were some corkers,

but the one that caught me off guard and cracked me up was 

       Allison Marsh’s:

There was a young hippy called Flo

Who to Glastonbury did go

In the mud she did slip

It turned into a flip

And the hippy became a hippo!


So.
2 gift vouchers to be sent out Monday. 
Well dome to everybody who had a go -
got to be in it to win it, eh!!

Time for bed, said Zebedee xxx
Love & hugs

Barb.

Ah yes!
PS
I have some brilliant news!
Gracie is coming home for a couple of weeks.
Actually, she’s coming home for a Beyoncé Concert in Manchester,
(Best friend lizzie got her a ticket for Christmas)

But she’ll be home by next weekend for sure.
That’ll be nice.
Saw the kids in California recently, 
and now Grace is back in England again.
I could get used to these monthly visits, 
if only the bank manager agreed!

This was when we were at the Bernie Sanders Rally in Monterey,Ca.
We could really use a Bernie Sanders in this country.
What a visionary.


xxxx

81 comments:

  1. Hello Barbara

    So pleased for you that Grace is coming home for a visit. Also really pleased you have brought out Twas The Night.....etc as Groovi plates. I love the stamps. Looking forward to seeing Paul tomorrow and both of you on Sunday and Monday. Three days of Clarity - bliss.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  2. Oh how lovely to be seeing your beautiful Grace. Looking forward to the shows and seeing your demos with coloured parch and everyone's stunning samples.xxxx

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    1. trying to work out how to hang your wonderful Twas the Night artwork up in the studio.... thanks Linda xxx

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  3. Well done to Helen and Allison. Great news about Grace. The kids put everything else into perspective. Looking forward to the shows. Carol x

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  4. The sneaky peeks look intriguing Barbara. We are going to be ready for your shows on Sunday, with a cuppa, some cake and a few things may accidentally fall in to our shopping basket! I hope you have a great day. Groovi is not cheating! It is a step up for those who find the line art part of the craft difficult, those who say it is cheating need to grow up!

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  5. Hi Barbara
    The lion stamps are beautiful , you are spoiling us and 'Twas the night Groovi plates look fabulous, I'm really looking forward to the shows. Your samples look stunning. What great news about Grace being home, that's lovely. Congratulations to Helen and Allison, I had a good laugh at those two comments. I hope you are going to bed now and not burning the midnight oil!
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello my lovely blog friends, I hope everyone is ok today. We've had sunshine! Windy and cloudy a lot of the time but with glances of sunshine. Sending you all big hugs. Sheila I hope you are ok and Brenda , you too. Lots of love Diane xxx

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    2. Evening my dear blog friend we have had rain thunder sun mixed weather like I am today thank you for always thinking of me goodnight hugs xx

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    3. Hi Diane,
      Hope you have a good day today as well. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    4. Morning Diane, I hope the sun shines again today xx

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  6. Just off to bed but had to see the blog. Looking forward to the programmes, you and lovely Paul. Your pictures of Grace are so beautiful.
    Thank you so much for your suggestion that my daughter comes with me to the retreat. At the moment she cannot face people. You know so well what stigma there still is with such problems. She has asked me to thank you but will stay with her big fire-fighter brother and his detective wife! (marriage made in heaven!) They will really look after her.
    Also I am so very touched by all the bloggers who have sent me such heart-warming comments, hugs etc. You are such lovely people.
    Thank you again Barbara et al. One of the best days of my life was finding Barbara, the blog and everything that goes with it.
    "Virtual" flower bouquets to you all.
    have a good weekend watching the Queen of craft. She will be brilliant, professional and humorous all at the same time.
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

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    1. Dear Anne what a beautiful thought virtual flowers bouquets for us all you deserve a beautiful bouquets of hugs goodnight hugs xxx
      I'm one who wouldn't have got through without this blog of special people xxx

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    2. Hello Anne, I was about to press the button and go to bed when I saw you pop up. It must be such a relief to you that your daughter will be in safe hands while you at the retreat, they sound like a lovely couple. Thank you for the virtual flowers, what a lovely thought. Sending you a big hug, hope you enjoy your weekends viewin xxxx

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    3. Hey Ann. If she changes her mind, we will pull up a chair for her xxxxx

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    4. Hi Anne,
      Thank you for the virtual bouquet - very kind of you. I'm pleased that your daughter will be able to stay with her brother and sister in law whilst you are at the retreat. That must be a great relief for you and I'm sure she will enjoy being with her big brother. It is also nice that Barbara has given her the option of going to the retreat as well if she feels up to it. Have a lovely day, love Alison xx x

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    5. Hello Anne - a virtual bouquet - what a lovely thought. I hope you enjoy the retreat and how kind of Barbara to offer a space xx

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    6. Hello Anne. It is so good that your daughter will be able to stay with your Brother and his Wife, while you are at the retreat. You will be able to relax and enjoy it knowing she's safe and secure. Sending you both, love and hugs xxx

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    7. She can't be in safer hands than that !! X

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  7. So looking forward to the shows and all the wonderful art work you and your design team brig to us ,brilliant news grace will home for a few weeks .happy for the winners enjoy spending goodnight hugs xxx

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    1. Night night Sheila my lovely lady xxxx

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    2. Evening dear family of blog friends I'm having a mixed day like the weather we are having at the moment I've been thinking of you all sending special goodnight hugs to you all and to all on the blog xxx
      Dorothy hope you coping ok missing you here xxx
      Sue 57 missing you too xxx

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    3. Barbara when is the members sale please as I cannot remember xxx

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    4. Sheila I rang up about the sale as I thought I must have missed it being it's usually in June. It's going to be this month but no date as yet. So that's something nice to look forward to.xx

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    5. Hi Sheila,
      The weather is certainly not what I expect for July. My poor bedding plants really need some sunshine on them! My sister is coming home from Switzerland on Monday and she's going to notice a big difference coming from weather in the 40s!! Have a good day, love and hugs to you, Alison xxx

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    6. Morning Sheila, I hope you had a good night. The weather is all down to the jet stream being too far south it seems xx

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    7. Hello my dear Sheila. I'm so sorry to hear that you're not doing so well healthwise at the moment. I do wish I could wave a magic wand for you , and for quite a few others on this wonderful forum too! Sending you love and hugs. xxx

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    8. Morning morag reading how many of us on this wonderful blog have health issues and problems on a daily basis to cope with I do feel blessed to have found all these special blog friends that help me through each day hugs xxx
      Alison enjoy your sister coming from Switzerland on Monday I keep looking at my baskets / tubs of flowers as they brighten the day all the lovley colours hugs xxx
      Pam glad I'm not the only one waiting for the members sale bless us clarity crafters hugs xxx

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  8. That's great you have Grace home hope you get some time with her hugs to you bothxxx

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  9. So glad you'll be having Grace home for a few weeks. Be lovely for the two of you to be able to spend some quality girlie time together. Live and hugs, Pam xxx

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  10. Hi you all you lovely blog friends. Hope you've had a good day with nicer weather. Ours has been a bit mixed but mostly dry & cloudy. Late tonight aren't we, off to bed now as really shattered. Thinking of you Dot, Sheila and Brenda. Goodnight all, love and hugs Pam xx

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Have a good day, love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. Hi Pam. Sending you love and hugs. xxx

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    3. Pam left you message up on mine xxx

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  11. Forgot to say congratulations to the lucky winners Helen and Alison, well done.xx

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  12. Great for uou to have Grace around for a couple of weeks Barbara, make the most of it and I will miss your Sunday programmes and love the little tantilising peeps and hope it all goes well. Congratulations to Helen and Allison too. x

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  13. I like the idea of black parchment and look forward to seeing the show, have a lovely time with your daughter xx

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  15. What good news about Grace's trip. I know you will make the most of every minute. I was going to bed early tonight to try to shake off the last bits of this fluey thing I've had all week, then I realised that the BBC were showing edited sections from the Vigil and today's (Friday) services from France in remembrance of the terrible loss of life at the Battle of the Somme. To watch that puts our present problems, personal and national into perspective. I don't think I had ever appreciated that there were over 75,000 men who have no known grave. That is very sobering. Sorry if this appears to be a gloomy post, but I do feel that all of us have a duty to look for the good in our lives, and live as positively as possible. We owe it to all those who lost their lives in our defence, no matter what the politics. On a much brighter note, looking forward to seeing all the new goodies you are paying in front of us this weekend. Have a safe journey and great shows. xxx Maggie

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    1. Not "paying" but "putting". Dratted predictive text. xxx Maggie

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    2. Hi Maggie,
      I totally agree with you, love Alison xx

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    3. I agree, too. There are so many people who gave their lives for us and of course those that still risk theirs that we owe it to them to make the best of ours xx

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    4. Maggie we have been watching some coverage of the Somme I totally agree with you xxx

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  16. Morning Barbara, I'm loving these 'sneak peeks' and I'm drooling !!!!
    Brilliant news about Grace coming over, enjoy !!
    Congratulations to the two Winners.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  17. Morning Barbara

    The sneak peeks do whet a girl's appetite! Looking forward to tomorrow

    Enjoy your daughter's visit

    Great caption and limerick from the winners, well done

    Enjoy your weekend!

    June x

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  18. So glad Grace will be with you again soon. Congrats to the winners - hilarious. I am so glad it's not just me, it takes me hours if not days to find the right backing paper for my Groovi projects, it's by far the hardest part!
    I don't do football but well done Wales, you made all of us in the UK so proud last night & boy do we need something to celebrate at the moment. Keep up the great work! Have a happy weekend all xx

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    1. Hello Lynne, sending you love and hugs xxx

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    2. I don't do football either but have been following Wales as they are so grounded and so proud of what they are achieving xxx

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    3. Hi Morag
      Sending you hugs back x

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  19. In the land of nod when you posted last night so I will say good morning instead. Excited about the new stamps and stencils on tomorrow. Xx

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  20. Morning bloggy friends. Hope you have all got your cushions, suits, springs and trampolines ready for the shows tomorrow and Monday. I have mine ready to go! Xx

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    1. Morning Donna,
      Yes, I've got everything ready for tomorrow too. Have a good day with Phoebe love and hugs Alison xxxx

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    2. Good morning - I'm wondering if I dare watch!!

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    3. Hello Donna. No cushions needed this weekend alas! I'm spent up! But I'm saving hard for Leyburn!!! Have a good weekend my friend. Love and Hugs xxx

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    4. Morning Donna sounds like the waggon will be in good use so looking forward to the shows see you round the campfire hugs and cuddles for you and pheobe xxx

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  21. Hi Barb,
    Sorry I'm so late but I'd gone to bed before you posted last night. The stamps look fabulous and as for the Groovi plates - well they will definitely be in my basket( from Clarity of course). Really like the look of the Christmas coloured parchment too. Gosh, you must be shattered this morning working so late. Good that you and Paul made a plan and mainly stuck to it though. Looking forward to the shows. The backing papers sounds like a good idea too. Brilliant news that Grace is coming home for a couple of weeks, I'm so happy for you. Hope you can have a restful day today. Love and hugs to you, Alison xx
    Ps congratulations to Helen and Allison xx

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    1. Morning to all my blog friends,
      Hope you all have a good day today and hopefully pain free. Really looking forward to Barb's shows tomorrow and Monday and will definitely need the cushions. Looking a bit overcast here at the moment - can't believe this is supposed to be summer! Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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    2. Hi,
      Forgot to say thank you for the lovely comments about my guest designer piece - very kind. Love Alison xx

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    3. Morning Alison. Looks like we are in for more of the same weather today but it may improve next week. We didn't go to Kiplin Hall for the outdoor theatre after all. Dad has rallied again but still frail and we didn't want to spoil it for others if we needed to leave. (We weren't too ken on sitting out in the rain either). xx

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    4. Hello Alison. That's good news from Chris, if we're to get some good weather this week. Hope you have a good weekend. Love and Hugs xxx

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    5. Alison left you a message up on mine hugs xxx

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  22. Good morning Barbara. How lovely to be seeing Grace again.
    I am another one who finds backing papers hard to choose, the colours or patterns never seem to be right. I often want something that stands out enough yet is subtle at the same time, contrasts yet complements which is probably impossible to achieve xx

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Sorry you didn't get to Kiplin Hall, but considering the weather, probably a good choice. Take care, love and hugs to you ( & your Dad) Alison xxx

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    2. Good morning Chris. I'm so pleased to hear that you're Dad's rallying a little now. Love and Hugs xxx

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    3. Morning Chris hugs xxx

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    4. That's good news Chris, glad your Dad has rallied a little. Love and hugs,Pam.xxx

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  23. Hi Barb, love the sneak peeks. Looking forward to the shows. Great that Grace is coming for a visit. Congrats to the caption and limerick winners. A good laugh. Take care all. Bx

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  24. Hello Barbara, I'm another who spends ages getting the right backing for my pieces. It always amazes me how different they look each time. I'm really looking forward to watching your shows tomorrow and Monday. Skint at the moment, but I fully intend to have a GOOD spend at Leyburn. So pleased for you that you you're going to see Grace so soon. You must be so excited. Have a great weekend, and enjoy standing in front of the camera knowing that you are making so many of us very happy. Hugs xxx

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  25. Hello my dear blog friends. Congratulations to Helen and Allison. Things are a little easier here, very much thanks to Brenda and her great advice. With Liam, we have been putting together a photo album of Ruby, and yesterday we planted a rose for her in a spot in the garden which he chose. As he said he needed to make sure we wouldn't forget her. I've also told him that Ruby will be so sad knowing how unhappy he is, and also that she would be sad if he didn't have another pet to love. He said he would think about it if it could be a boy. So we found a litter of Yorkies, as we've always had them, but couldn't be more different to Ruby, who was a rescue dog of mixed breed. Predominantly Lurcher and Border Collie! The puppy won't be ready to leave for another 4 weeks, so plenty of time to prepare. Liam wouldn't go with us to see them, but he did ask to see a photo last night!!!
    We lost our little 16 year old yorkie a while back, so it took me all of five minutes to persuade hubby to have one of his sisters. So our home will be complete once again.
    Sorry for waffling!!!
    I hope you all have a great weekend. Love and Hugs to you all xxx

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    1. Dear morag when I read Brenda's help for Liam it brought tears to my eyes so thoughtful of her and lovley to read how much it has helped you and Liam something so simple can be so much help to your dear grandson lots of hugs for you all xxx

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    2. Hi Morag,
      I felt exactly the same as Sheila when I read Brenda's advice. I am so pleased that it has helped you all, but especially Liam. I'm sue he will love his new pet (& also your addition to the family) which is natural, but he will never forget Ruby. I know I look back very fondly at all the cats ( & 1 very special dog) I've had over the last 61 years. I can remember all of their names still. You take care my friend and we really must make at date for our coffee and cake. Love and hugs, Alison xxx

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    3. Brenda's advice made me tear up too, so I'm really happy to know that it's helped your grandson so much and that you have new puppies on their way into your family. x

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  26. Well done Allison that was a great Limerick and Helen for the caption!

    Great news about Grace, lovely that you're seeing her more than once ! I'm going to have to record Sunday as now have mum and nephew coming to lunch. Loving the look of the cat stamps - still haven t been tomHochanda for a peek that's my next stop after catching up here!

    Have a great show! X

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  27. That photo caption made me laugh! All that fretting about being ready for Sunday and there you go pulled out of the bag again. Looking forward to Sunday. I hope the weather picks up for Grace or she will think she has got the wrong month. Much love Jayne

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  28. P.s. I meant to say I think I spend more tine looking for the right background for anything and then, with parchment, wondering which way to attach it !

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  29. Fabulous limericks sure made me laugh. Looking forward to watching you tomorrow and seeing what goodies you have for us. I might even get my Groovi out and craft along ;)
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  30. Hi Barbara & ladies well you sure know how to keep us Groovi kids happy. Yes I would love a paper pad so I could choose one that fits my Groovi designs. I also seem to take quite a while to choose a background paper to fit. Looving the peak at the night before Christmas plates. Just got to work out which things I need to get next. It has taking me a while to get to grips with some things but I am really pleased with the ones I have done, getting better all the time. Hi ladies well could do with a little sunshine but just have to be happy with what we get. Hope you all are a little better today. Hugs Lynn xx🎄

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  31. Delighted for you that the prep is done, and that Grace will soon be with you again. Love the sneak peaks, and I'm looking forward to the shows x

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    1. Oops - forgot to say well done to the caption and limerick winners - both so well deserved, congrats ladies! x

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  32. Cool Grace is coming home again! Congrats to the winners too! xxx

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  33. Hi Barb
    Hope you have a fab weekend, your shows sound good, congrats to the winners X X X

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

Barb x