Monday, 5 September 2016

Up with the larks and some beautiful Dahlias...

Hi there.
Just got home, after a very succesful and enjoyable 
couple of days at HOCHANDA.
Jayne’s beautiful Groovi Flower Plates are just about to sell out,
which makes my day at so many different levels.
At 9am this morning I played with the superb Dahlia Groovi Plates.

Pair of Dahlia Plates



I just wanted to show you how easy it is to position the butterfly
in front of the box frame by just sliding the butterfly plate in on top of the Frame Plate and embossing it into position first.


Let’s get in a little closer, to check out the colouring in.
Polychromos Faber Castell, or Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils.
Both have a waxy consistency which works well on parchment

 

If you watched, you may have noticed the two huge Ball tools 
I was using....



They are both larger than the 2 tools in the 

Then there was the lovely writing from the large frame which goes with the Floral Collection.

Alpabet Picture Frame
Spot the difference.....



There is something perfectly charming about these flower illustrations by Jayne Nestorenko.
Whether without colour, just with whitework..


or in full bloom, in all their glory.



I love the Dahlias, but I really can’t pick a favourite.
They’re all fantastic.

And the samples from the Design team!
Well, blow me down with a feather!!!

They would graciously argue that Jayne’s flowers are inspirational, and that you can’t really go wrong with them.

Many, many thanks to the DT ladies who inspire and delight.

Look at these two Agapanthus offerings, from Josie Davidson and Gail Sydenham, two of our traditional parchers who are enjoying our Groovi system! So different and yet using the same plates.

Josie
Gail

And then there’s this beautifully thoughtful piece by Julie Owen, which involves a whole other lot of skillsets.
Julie

 Well, it’s time for me to stop for the day. 
Paul is still working his little cotton socks off at the studios.
He is thinking on his feet and doing a brilliant job.

Where would I be without this Clarity team?
Don’t answer that !!!


Love & Hugs always,

Barb 
xxx

126 comments:

  1. Wow Barbara stunning design team samples including yours Paul is amazing too I've enjoyed all the shows so much inspiration you get plenty of rest put your feet up with a nice cuppa tea and a piece of cake and a big pat on the back for you and the clarity team and a big hug for Jane I couldn't resist buying the full set from clarity towers a must buy xxx

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    1. Afternoon family of blog friends sending heartfelt hugs to you all hugs to all on the blog I've put my cushions away and zebadee springs too I've gone into my piggy bank for an early birthday present to myself poor piggy 😒 Happy me ☺️ So excited for my postman to arrive next week hugs xxx

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    2. My birthday isn't until December but I shall be getting my present at Leyburn (Christmas too) xx

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    3. Me too Sheila but I'm going to wait till I come back of hols ! X

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    4. Hi Sheila - not surprised to hear that your cushions have been in use! Jayne's designs are wonderful! Thanks for your comment earlier today, I was actually commenting from the hospital. Please continue to rest and take things easy - love and special hugs, Gilly xxx

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    5. I'm surprised there's anything left in your piggy bank to raid Sheila!!!;-) I need to work out which Groovi and which stamps I'm getting, really don't think I could justify buying the lot! I'm glad you've got a new appointment and it's only 2 weeks later. Shame though as the Dr's strike has been called off, so there was no need to postpone it for you. But you'll be able to enjoy your big birthday now, so it's worked out a good thing in the end. Thanks for letting me know. Hope your bloods/results go ok tomorrow xx

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    6. Hi Sheila,
      Yes I couldn't resist either! I raided my holiday fund!! Hope you get on ok tomorrow and glad that you've got a new appointment. Keep taking things easy, love and hugs Alison xxx

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    7. You lot make me feel like I'm falling behind in my purchases. I have only just seen the second half of Paul's last show and it has switch on my crafting juices. I must get the groovi box template. I wonder what else I 'must' get once I've watched all the shows.

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    8. Hi Sheila I'm glad you've got another appointment sorted. Your poor piggy bank, his tummy will be really empty but I don't blame you for treating yourself, they're gorgeous aren't they. Sending hugs xxx

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    9. Ooooo Sheila can I come round and play? I will bring chocolate! Xx

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    10. Your very welcome White chocolate please xxx

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    11. OOh, I'll come too Sheila!!! Wouldn't it be lovely! It's good that you've now got a nice Clarity package to look forward to. Love and Hugs xx

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    12. Morning all CCA owlets and night owls your all very welcome if I'm in bed you can all go to the craft room to play hugs xxx

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    13. Oh, now there's a very tempting offer Sheila, your craft room must be like a crafty version of Aladdin's cave. Mind you mine is a bit too!!! There will be queue outside your door!!!!! Better get Tom onto ticketing, and searching everyone as they leave!!! Hope you're feeling well enough for a wee bit crafting today xx

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  2. A great show this morning and I learnt a couple of things, i.e. Placing the butterfly and colouring in the line with a ruler! Lovely plates and they will be going in my basket after my holiday. Thanks so much xx

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    1. I agree Jackie them tips where so good to know .hugs xxx

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    2. I always learn something from Barbara's shows xx

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    3. Hi Jackie I also agree, I found all of Barbara's tips so useful! I really needed to learn more about colouring and shading, so I really enjoyed watching her do that on the 9.00 a.m. show. Husg Gilly xx

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    4. Me to Gilly, mine's a little flat. I liked what B did with the Merry Christmas on Sunday ! I must remember that. xx

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    5. Hi Jackie,
      I just watch in awe! Getting a bit better with the colouring, but still lots to learn. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    6. It's amazing what you learn isn't it from watching the shows xx

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    7. Hi Jackie. Sending you a hug xxx

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  3. All absolutely amazing. Must out my order in x

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  4. Beautiful beautiful set . Top of my xmas list , I think I like the daliah best though . Cards by dt were stunning x

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  5. Hi everyone, I've had a lazy day while the carpenters started the staircase, couldn't do anything as was also waiting in for our sofa which came just before 1 P.M. Our time slot was 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. !! Just got to get used to seeing it in it's spot, a little bigger than the other one as it's a 3 seater instead of a 2, we've had a 3 before but it will look massive until I get used to it! I was able to watch the Clarity show on the iPad this morning with no interruptions as the men got on with their work, John went to get the paper etc. And I was just sitting ! The men have left now and will be back tomorrow to complete. I shall be able to go out to town tomorrow and have a little look around the fair while there is no one there ! It's nice that I'm not sitting in my office having to listen to it outside ! It's been a funny day weather wise, dull but warm after a very wet start. Hope everyone is ok and hugs to those that need them xx

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    1. Sounds like a good day. Furniture always looks smaller in the shop than when you get it home xx

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    2. Glad it all went ok Jackie! Enjoy tomorrow! Hugs Gilly xxx

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    3. Glad it's going to plan and you can enjoy some free time xxx

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    4. Hi Jackie,
      Glad things seem to have gone well today. Hope things go as well tomorrow too. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    5. Hi Jackie it will look lovely when it's all finished - know what you mean about the sofa, we've done that too. I hope you're not shinning up a ladder to get to bed tonight!!! Xxx

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    6. Hi Jackie hope you get it all sorted tomorrow so you can go to the fair. Have a ride down the helter skelter for me. Xx

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    7. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14232391_1162927647086939_2893347880827908107_n.jpg?oh=6bfe7933eb9ecacfd02ab6a4cf091410&oe=58490766

      I don't know if this will work Donna. x

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    8. I can't click the link, but I'm guessing its not that sort of fair? So hooking a duck then! Xx

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  6. Glad you got home safely. I haven't had time to watch the shows yet but have them on the DVD player to watch several times xx

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    1. Hello everyone. Donna I hope school wasn't too bad, I always used to wonder who was the least with it after 6 weeks off - the kids or the teachers!
      No hot water tonight, tank out, lots of pipes leading nowhere at the moment. It's a bit more complicated than expected so may take longer. Dad has a visit from the lifeline people on Thursday so I couldn't have gone up to Durham anyway.
      We are out for the evening so I may or may not be back here. Love to you all in case I don't make it xx

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    2. Hi Chris - I hope that all goes well for you tomorrow, and that you get hot water again soon! Hugs Gilly xx

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    3. Hugs Chris hope all goes well xxx

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    4. Hi Chris,
      It's a shame you can't make it on Thursday but there will be other times. Hope everything goes well tomorrow. I hate it when things are upscuttled in the house! Have a good evening. Like ve and hugs Alison xxx

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    5. Hi Chris, definitely the teachers! Hope you get the water sorted. Xx

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    6. Hi Chris, hope you get hot water back soon. Nothing worse than a cold wash and endless boiling of kettles to wash up! Sending hugs xx

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    7. I'm sure we'll all get together soon Chris, certainly at Leyburn anyway! I've got my Leyburn Countdown pinned up in the Kitchen!!! Hugs xxx

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  7. Fabulous show Barbara and I just had to buy them all! They will be here waiting for me when I get back off my holiday! Stunning samples by the design team and great demonstrations by Paul and yourself. Enjoy your evening.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  8. Hi Barbara - I really enjoyed all of your shows, and I was so pleased to see you showing us how to do the white work, and the colouring and shading - all things which I really need to learn. Jayne's designs are amazing, and I am sure that she is very pleased with both the stamps and the Groovi plates. Enjoy your evening. hugs Gilly xxx

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    1. Hi to all of my lovely blog friends - sorry that I didn't see you last night, but I was tucked up in bed watching Poldark, and then it was early to sleep for me. Today has been the worst day at the hospital so far, we left home at about 10.30 a.m. and didn't get home until 15.45 p.m.! Neill had some problems, and is now experiencing some nasty side-effects from the RT - so we had to wait after his treatment to see an Oncology nurse, and she has given him some advice and medication. It wasn't all bad though - the man who came and sat down next to me today,
      made me laugh and so I was on the receiving end today, which was lovely. It will be another early night for me I think! Hope that you have all kept dry today, love and hugs - Gilly xxx

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    2. ooh Gilly, sorry to hear that about Neil and you had a long day. I hope Neil improves x x

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    3. You rest up dear blog friend I do hope Neil's side effects ease bless you both life is not easy hugs and cuddles xxx

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    4. Hi Gilly,
      Sorry today was so awful for you and especially Neill. I hope the side effects don't last too long. Hope you get a good night's rest. Love and hugs to you both, Alison xxx

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    5. Hi Gilly, hopefully today was just a little hump and things will settle down.

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    6. Hi Gilly, sorry to hear Neill has had a bad day. Fingers crossed tomorrow is back to normal. Must take a lot out of the body. Glad you had someone to lift your spirits at the hospital. Xx

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    7. Hi Gilly sending hugs to you and Neil, you must both be exhausted. I hope Neil feels more comfortable tomorrow, how lovely someone was there to cheer you up today, one good turn deserves another xxx

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    8. That must have been disappointing after things had been going so well, but it was nice for you to be on the receiving end of someone's kindness. I hope today goes better xx

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    9. Hi Gilly, I hope Neil improves soon. Sending you both a hug xxx

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  9. These designs are so lovely, and the samples just beautiful. I haven't been able to watch the shows yet, have them recorded. Must go and set the last one to record while I remember!

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  10. Liebe Barbara, ich kann nur sagen ein Traum,sooooooooooooooo schΓΆn gemacht
    glg Gertrude

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  11. Beautiful samples and the artwork by Jayne is gorgeous and the parchment and Groovi system combined bring out the best in these fabulous flowers. Have a lovely evening Barbara. x

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  12. Hi Barbara, guess what, I watched your 9am show, the whole way through, without even dozing off! Really flagging now though!!! I too love the Dahlias, the whole plant one is so pretty, and spot on. And the agapanthus. And the fuchsia. And the rose. and the alphabet. And the.... ok you get the message!!! This is going to be such a hard decision...

    What do I do with a paper stump after I've used it? The point has gone a bit flat, and obviously it now has the blue colour on it which I don't know how to get rid off either? Thanks

    Hope you manage to have some chill time
    love Brenda xx

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    1. Thank you Brenda for your message above dear blog friend I've gone for the full set of groovi but no stamps as I can groovi in bed but cannot stamp as I'm too messy and I'm more in bed than out now .enjoy choosing big hugs for you and daisy xxx

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    2. p.s. thank you for all these close ups, they're going to help me xx

      Aye Sheila, I've never found a way to stamp in bed, so far... I'll let you know if I ever do!!! I stamp on the floor, but when I'm bad, it's not very successful, so I just pick my moments, and do a wee batch. You should try that when you have better days, and keep a wee stock of them for working on in bed. Or get Tom to do the basic stamping for you (I'll take the blame for suggesting it to him!!!) xx

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    3. Hi Brenda, you can get sanders for paper stumps, I hope this helps. Lol Lynne m xxx

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    4. Hi Brenda,
      I loved them all too, so just bit the bucket and bought the lot! The paper stumps are easy to " sharpen/ clean" crafters Companion do a paper stump sander - you can also get it on Carity website- I think it's £2.99. You then just rub your paper stump on this until it's clean again and with a point again. Very easy to do. I suppose you could use a fine sandpaper too. Hope this helps you. Love and hugs to you and Daisy, Alison xxxx

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    5. I'm pleased you find a way round your crafting Tom does most of my stamping now with the pains in my fingers wrist elbow they all out of shape now and I've not got the pressure now so you don't need to take the blame . Hugs xxx

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    6. Thanks Alison and Lynne, got plenty sandpaper here, and a block, I can cut it up and stick it on and use that. Never thought, I was using that method for keeping the point on my posh pencils! xx

      I could do with a Tom Sheila, has he got a twin!!! Barbara wasn't obliging with a cloned Dave for me!!!! xx

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    7. I will send round my Swedish man, Urll he is very good at sanding and sharpening pencils. Xx

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    8. He sounds a bit dodgy to me Donna!!!! xx

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    9. Hello Brenda I was going to sat the same about the paper stub, glad you got that sorted. It's a big decision isn't it, groovi or stamps, which flowers, dahlia, agapanthus, fuschia ooh the Rose is beautiful. Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx

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    10. Hello Brenda, just make sure it is fine sandpaper or an emery board or you won't have a stump left it will wear away too soon xx

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    11. Hi Brenda, I just use a piece of extra fine sandpaper for mine Brenda. Love and Hugs xxx

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    12. Afternoon Brenda Tom hasn't got a twin but one of him is enough πŸ˜‚ Hugs for you and daisy xxx

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    13. I hope doesn't read this blog Sheila, he might just go on strike!!!! ;-) xx
      Thanks for the sandpaper tips, glad you said!!! xx

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  13. Hi all, fantastic shows yesterday and today. What absolutely beautiful groovi plates. I can't wait for mine to arrive. Off to watch the final show. Lol and hugs Lynne m xxx

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    1. I've ordered a few of the Groovi plates too Lynne. enjoy them when they arrive. Love and Hugs xxx

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  14. Hi Barb,
    What fantastic shows yesterday and today. I cannot believe how beautiful all of the samples were! I have to say that the seasoned parchers ones were absolutely stunning and inspiring. That is not to take anything away from all of the others too - there wasn't one that I didn't like. I have to say that you did Jayne proud and I'm not surprised that the plates all sold out. I ordered mine from Clarity and I can't wait to see them up close and personal. Thank you to all at Clarity and also to Jayne, I hope she feels better soon. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  15. Hi bloggy friends,
    Hope you've had as good a day as possible. I was expecting it to be a nice today today but it's been overcast although warm. At least I managed to get my washing dried. Dave got on well at hospital today, his uric acid levels were into the normal category for the first time for years and the enzymes were down too. So hopefully he won't get a gout attack now which is good news. I managed to get caught up on all my of Barbara's shows and the first of Paul's and really enjoyed them and learned so much. Donna, I hope school wasn't too bad and that Phoebe didn't miss you too much. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Evening Alison brilliant news for Dave and yourself and you've had a good day hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Alison, school went well, children start tomorrow. Glad you have had good news regarding Dave. My Mum had gout and she said it was very painful. Xx

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    3. Hi Alison, that's good news about Daves levels, gouts really painful isn't it. Sending hugs to you both xxx

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    4. Hi Alison. Great news re: Dave's results. That should give you both peace of mind for a while. Love and Hugs xxx

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  16. I love Jayne,s designs and had a really hard decision which to buy, stamps or Groovi, as I couldn't afford both. I am really enjoying learning parchment craft and think the samples you have made are delightful and I can't wait to try them. Last week however, I bought a lot of natural canvas at a knock down price with the intention of making tote bags as gifts for family and friends at Christmas, filling them with wine and goodies and decorating them using Inktense blocks and pencils. For my own bag (the test run) I am going to use some of the Clarity birds as I love them, but Jaynes flowers would be perfect too, so stamps it was xx

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  17. Such beautiful artwork and the stamps and plates are stunning, difficult to choose a favourite

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  18. Such beautiful artwork and the stamps and plates are stunning, difficult to choose a favourite

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  19. Hi Barbara, well just don't have words which describes the new plates by jayne and yourself absolutely outstanding. Saw your show this morning as others have learned such a lot with the colouring and white work.
    What a system I just love it and just waiting for my birthday to place my order for quite a lot of plates.
    My husband brought me some dahlias back from the allotment today the colours were wonderful.
    Thank you for all you bring us and the design team samples were amazing.
    A job well done, have a nice evening.
    Thank you once again amazing.
    Lynn xx

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  20. After a really horrible week I feel a lot better today and how could I not after reading today's blog. I have only watched half of one show and I have lots of ideas running around my head...much better than the stuff that was running through my head last week. I'll keep those good crafty thoughts going by watching the shows on catch up.

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    1. Evening Julia pleased your head is in a better place this week the groovi has a way of pulling you in with all the beautiful insperation sending you lots of hugs to keep you cosy xxx

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    2. Arrr the magic of Groovi! Glad you are feeling better this week. Keep crafting. Xx

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    3. Hi Julia the box show was wonderful, wait til you see the beautiful Jane plates. Xxx

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    4. Crafting works wonders doesn't it, glad you're on the mend xx

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    5. Love and Hugs Julia. xxx

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  21. these are absolutely stunning!!!

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  22. Beautiful art. I can't decide which to have, Groovi or stamps, stamps or Groovi? The decision is too hard! I will have to hope for a windfall this month. Xx

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    1. Bread / water/ beans on toast/ 😱 Xxx

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    2. All sound like good options! Xx

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    3. I'm thinking it may have to be the same one or two of each xx

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    4. Mine will be bought in dribs and drabs too Donna. Love and Hugs xxx

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  23. Evening bloggy friends, hope you have all been enjoying the shows today, I will catch up with my recordings soon. Can't wait to are the plates being used. First day back today, children start tomorrow. Early night tonight. Xx

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    1. Sweet dreams Donna hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Donna, I would say enjoy your first day back but I think you would rather be watching your Barbara recordings and crafting!! Hope Phoebe didn't miss you too much. Sending hugs xxx

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    3. She was pleased to see me, then went back to sleep! Xx

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  24. Dear Barbara and Paul. I have spent so much time watching your programmers, enjoyed every minute . Love the flowers and the boxes, just wish it was nearer Christmas then I could have some for presents. Your picture you made on the plate was amazing. What a talented lady you are. I would love to get to Leyburn , but have to look into how to get there on public transport. Hope your getting a rest now Xxxx

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  25. Night,night Donna, sleep tight xxxx

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  26. Lovely samples and inspiration Barbara. I have pushed the boat out and bought the groovi set. I hope I can do Jayne and all of you justice. xx

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  27. Great shows and stunning artwork. Hope these are available in Leyburn. X

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  28. Such beautiful samples - can't wait to watch the shows and see all the others too. Hope you have a restful evening x

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  29. Hi Barbara
    I have really enjoyed the shows today, these new plates are absolutely stunning and the samples from your incredibly talented design team were just out of this world. I do hope Jane was watching to see what everyone thought of her beautiful artwork, she must have that lovely warm glow about her knowing how appreciated she is. What can I say Barbara, you were fabulous too, thank you for all the hints and tips, I've had a lovely day watching.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello lovely blog friends, hope everyone is ok. It's been a funny day here, wet, cloudy and very warm. My friend in Germany watched one of the shows and said if they were stamps she would buy them so I told her the good news. I do like helping my friends spend money! Think these plates will be on my Christmas list unless hubby is feeling generous, but with new washing machine and new glasses already this month it would mean bread and water I think! Sending hugs all round xxx

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    2. Nothing better than helping someone spend their money! Oooo can you wait till Christmas? Xx

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    3. The trouble is you know there are bound to be more lovely products in the pipeline xx

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    4. Hello Diane. It's awful when daily living expenses get in the way of crafting isn't I!!! I understand exactly how it is.

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  30. I'd like to say 'ditto' to what Diane said. Just had to order them and can't wait to start playing with them. In the meantime, I'm going to practice, practice, practice! Paul is amazing, I love him xxx

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  31. Watched the 9am show on catchup Barbara, wonderful. Love all the plates, lots of great tips you've given us, thank you. The design team excelled themselves yet again. Hope you've been resting tonight.xxx

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  32. Hi to my lovely blog friends, thinking of you all. Love and hugs to all.xxx

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    1. Evening pam how is the pain ? lots of hugs to help you through xxx

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    2. Morning Pam, enjoy catching up I'm doing it slowly too. Xx

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    3. Hope you're feeling a bit brighter Pam xx

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  33. Hi Barb

    Beautiful designs from you and your design team, in fact they are stunning!

    June x

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  34. Gorgeous artwork from Jane -Thank you!, great alphabet - Thank you
    Jim!, stunning samples - Thanks DT!; fab demos Thanks Barb and Paul! Now sitting awaiting delivery of my parcel so I can try for myself xx

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  35. Gorgeous artwork from Jane -Thank you!, great alphabet - Thank you
    Jim!, stunning samples - Thanks DT!; fab demos Thanks Barb and Paul! Now sitting awaiting delivery of my parcel so I can try for myself xx

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  36. Fabulous shows and fabulous products Barbara. If only I had a money tree!!! Love and Hugs xxx

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  37. Absolutely stunning collection, a must have xx

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  38. Dahlias always remind me of my Dad, happy times. Always grew them and I grown them now.

    xxxx

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  39. Hello Barb, beautiful and stunning. Bx

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

Barb x