For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WOYWW 160

TIME KEEPS ON SLIPPING, SLIPPING,
INTO THE FUTURE....

Well, who'd a thought it, eh?? One whole year of blogging and I'm still not bored! It has been a voyage of discovery for me - mainly how many amazing people are out there, when all we hear on the news is the bad stuff. It has been wonderful to have been on the receiving end of friendship, joy, support (oh, boy did I need THAT recently...) but most of all, FUN and the sheer enjoyment of creating. This sums it all up for me....
We had such fun - thank you Di, Elizabeth, Alan for coming to see Julia, myself and Gordon. It was a day of laughter and chatting....oh, and a little bit of shopping too! Doesn't get much better than that :D  Elizabeth had made beautiful albums for us...


This is mine - isn't it gorgeous? It's so detailed - I wouldn't know where to start!! Thank you, Elizabeth, I love it.
I made something small for the ladies as well...
Bling Bins!! I know that crafters find these little hanging bins handy, but I used some of my extra special trimmings...


I bought these from an Indian lady at Ally Pally at least three years ago and have never brought myself to use them...until now :) I think the bling adds a certain jazziness, even though I say so myself!
OK, in honour of my 1st Bloggaversary, I'm going to hold a giveaway, the prize being a Bling Bin. But the eventual winner will have a choice of fabrics and blings! If you would like to enter, please indicate your preference for both!
                                                          BUBBLES

                                                        DRAGONFLY

                                                         SPOTS/DAISIES
and....
from top downwards: PEARLS: PINKS: ORANGE/TEAL: MULTI.
So, if you fancy the top fabric with the third row of bling, just indicate BUBBLES/ ORANGE & TEAL on your comment. I don't mean this to be complicated, it's just that the winner gets the colours that they prefer *grin*
It'll be interesting to see everyone's colour preferences!
Please can I just add that this giveaway does extend to those overseas, but I would ask that I send the bean bag part out empty for you to fill yourself and slipstitch shut, otherwise the postage will cost an arm and a leg!!

Thank you again for the wonderful camaraderie over the year and to Julia especially, for getting me started and for being an awesome mate.
From L - R:  Elizabeth Silverscrapper, LLJ, Julia Dunnit, Di (Pixie's Crafty Workshop)

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82 comments:

  1. What fun that you all got together:) The album is gorgeous and the bling bins are wonderful. I need one of those...LOL

    Gee your choices make it difficult to choose as they are all nice...but I think I like the spots and daisies with maybe the pink trim:)

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  2. Hi LLJ
    I always enjoy your posts, this blogging thing is a lot of fun, even if it keeps me up to the earky hours when I really should be in bed.
    It looks like you all had a blast, what a bevey of blogging beauties!
    Love the bins, it is hard to choose but for me it would have to be bubbles and pearls.
    who know what time Julia will post today, so I'm off to bed and will link in the morning and catch up after work
    janet aka fairy thoughts

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  3. Hi Jan, couldn't have said it better myself. Alan and I had the most fun time too ... love the photo of us altogether at the table. My bling bin now has pride of place on my table - it's beautiful and I am so honoured that you took the scissors to your treasured trim. Glad you like the album. I can still remember your first tentative blogging posts and here you are celebrating a year - congratulations my friend, and long may you continue :) Happy WOYWW and have a great week. Elizabeth xx

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  4. I love the WOYWW get together photos, good friends, good times. I've loved all your posts and your wicked sense of humour and just wish you'd started earlier so we could have been blogging buddies earlier! Beautiful little bling bins but lord I've never had to work so hard to win something lol! I think for me it's the dots/daisies and pinks that float my boat. Looking forward to the next year.

    Hugs
    Brenda 5

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  5. I'm with Mary Ann, Spots/Daisies and Pink is the colour combination I like. Going all pink in my old age!! LOL. Your post is so happy and the photos are super, what a great bunch. BJ#4

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  6. Love those bins such a great idea. Love that you can meet up with other fellow WOYWWer's.

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  7. I have that dragonfly material too! So cute. Love the bins and that lovely album. Sooo sweet.

    Aren't good friends a blessing ?
    Well done on a year of blogging. I held off for a long time, now I can't imagine not doing it.

    Happy, colourful WOYWW

    Mary Anne (1)

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  8. Sounds like we're both celebrating blogoversaries. HMM. I like the picture with you gals and the red fabric with red trim. How's that for confusion. Hope I didn't throw you too much (Grin).

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  9. OOPS. Forgot my number. Happy WOYWW from # 6.

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  10. Love the photo of you all, saw one earlier in the week - looks like you had a great time! The album is gorgeous, that embellishment on the front is delish! So glad you converted to blogging, I always enjoy your posts and your comments when you come to visit!! Oh and yes please I'm up for a giveaway! My choice would be pearls/dragonfly.

    Happy 1st anniversary and Happy WOYWW! Cindy x

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  11. It looks like you all had a delightful time! Lovely gifts all around, happy 1st anniversary and Happy WOYWW!

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  12. How exciting to have a meet up! Thanks for the pictures, nice to see how you all look! And I would love having the daisies print, although I'm sure any of the others would be fab! What i really like is what you said about blogging a whole year and not being bored! Yes! We get to meet so many wonderful people from all around the world, don't we? patsy #22

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  13. Nice way to meet up with friends! Your little album is very pretty and the bling bags, oh my, they are fabulous!!! dani31

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  14. gorgeous bling bins, lovely get together for you all and thanks for posting photos, its good to put faces to blogs lol
    Bridget #27

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  15. It is so good that you were all able to get together and enjoye each other. #35

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  16. Hello LLJ! What a grand post...I am tickled to see pics of the crew over there! Looks like a great time had by all! Love your craftiness today...I am sure the girlies loved them...very cool! The bling you added is wonderful, no wonder you did not want to part with them! Only for special friends LOL! Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary!!!

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  17. Hi LLJ, What a great day you all had! And the little album is lovely! The fabric bins are gorgeous. I've not seen anything like them before. I reckon the dragonfly fabric with the pink beads would be good :)
    Congratulations on your blogging birthday!
    RosA # 40

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  18. Dragonflies and pinks! What fun and colorful bling bags! Glad you've had lots of fun blogging this year. Hoping you have many more anniversaries!
    Have a great WOYWW,
    Lisa
    #45

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  19. oh oh oh..pick me, pick me!!! lol I adore the Dragonfly/multi combination! They are so dar CUTE!!!!!!! I love that you ladies got together for a visit, that's really awesome! waving the number #49 from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  20. Hi there Lunch lady Jan think i missed you last week wow where does a week go?? and do love the pickie of all the young ones at the end quite a happy little gathering indeed isn't it fun.. and wow so I love the bling bins - now I love all the materials and blings, prob red spots or dragonflies is fav wand any of the trimming just fine - to be honest would be so excited to get one it would not matter at all, thanks for being so kind - happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #50

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  21. Wow, that album is stunning and. Your bling bins are awesome. Who knew something so convenient could als be cute? I think my preference would be dragonfly with pinks, too cute,

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #54

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  22. your bling bins are lovely..and blogging friends are great, i agree!
    have a great week.
    ps i have some nearly a year anniversary blog candy! trace x 58

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  23. Thank you for sharing your photos of a wonderful meet up. How happy you all look - and the sun shone!
    Great makes you two did - love the books from Elizabeth and your bling bins. In fact if I won a bling bin it would be pink daisies and pink trim. Thanks for the chance.
    Hugs, Neet #20 xx

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  24. WOW to blings
    WOW to one year blogging
    WOW to blog friends. I think crafters are some of the most generous heated people around
    Lynn. 76

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  25. Well congrats to one year! we have come to love you as much as Queen Julia herself. I would love one of your bling bins (though not having a desk, not sure where I'd hang it....) my preference would be dragonfly/orange-teal. You are a star. Helen, 26.

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    1. Blogger playing up - I just said what a fab day indeed. And, my vote would be for the dragonflies - but then I would say that, stroking the one you so kindly made :)

      Grin, love the milk jug on the table :))

      Happy WOYWW, love and hugs, Di xx

      (OK, so what's this cracking idea of yours? I need to know!)

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  26. Congrats on your first year. Wednesdays just wouldn't be the same without you now. If I won your give away I'd choose spots and daisies. :-)
    Hugs,
    A x #83

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  27. Sounds like loads of fun LLJ!!! The weather was good looking at the photos, laughs, shopping, crafts, what more does a girl need?!?!?! My choice would be pink spots/daisies with the pink droplet bling....fingers crossed!!!! That would be so handy by my bed when I can craft again...!!!

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  28. Oh I do love Elizabeth's album, it is just gorgeous! Your bling bins are fab too and if I was lucky enough to win I would go for bubbles/pearls. Happy blogaversary, I have a way to go to my first year, but loving every minute of it so far. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #57

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  29. How lovely for you all to get together (I am slightly, well, a bit more than slightly! jealous). Love your bling bins - would love spots/daisies/pink. The album that Elizabeth made for you is gorgeous. Hope you have a good week. Hazel, WOYWW #27 x

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  30. What a fantastic idea I would love the dragonfly one. Its just so cute. Happy blogaversary. So great that you can all get together. Sandy :) #51

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  31. Happy Blogiversary to you Happy Blogiversary to you!!!!! Mmm think it's a bit early for my singing so I won't deafen you any more. Has it only been a year. I thought you'd been with us for much longer. It's been a privilege and a real joy to get to know you, Jan, over that time. I'm so glad Julia persuaded you to get into cyber space.
    Your day with the fellow bloggers and their DHs sounds perfect. What beautiful albums Elizabeth made and I love your bling bins.
    If I was lucky enough to win one I would choose dragonflies and multi. I'll be keeping everything crossed!!
    Thank you for your friendship over the last year and here's to many more. I'm raising my mug to you, it's a bit early for anything fizzy unless it's leamonade!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #98

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  32. Number three? Check you out early bird.

    Happy Blogiversary to you. I hope you have cake.

    If I were to win, I would love the pink spots with whichever bling floats your boat.
    Take care

    Jakix #101

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  33. Cant believe its only a year ...Happy 1st Aniversery. How wonderful to have a gathering of like minds ...you all look so happy ...and you exchanged such beautiful gifts. IF, and its a big IF, I were lucky enough to be chosen I would choose dragonfly/pearls ...but all the trims are so special and beautiful its hard to choose.xx#93

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  34. Super pics and an amazing give away too. I'd love a Spots/daisies with pinks if I were lucky enough! So generous of you. Take care, enjoy this week's snooping extravaganza! Zo xx 74

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  35. Congratulations on your first year - just coming up to mine as well so I need to think of a give-away too - not sure mine could match yours in terms of gorgeousness. If lucky enough to win my choice would be dragonfly and orange-teal.

    Ann B
    #71

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  36. Congratulations on your bloggaversary! It really is lovely how so many friendships and visits have been made thanks to WOYWW and to add to it, next week I'm going with Donna to visit Cardarian.... in Slovenia woo hoo! So lovely to see you all together enjoying Elizabeth's visit and what lovely gifts were exchanged.
    As I make hangabouts and even though I love yours I will leave your lovely gift for someone else to enjoy!
    Love JoZarty x

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  37. Congrats on your first year and how lovely to see you all. Now I can finally put faces to blogs. You all look like you're having such a lovely time. I will put my claim in for spots/daises and pink, actually they are all gorgeous and you are super generous so I would be happy with anything. Sandra @105

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  38. Happy anniversary. I love blogging (nearly 5 years!) mostly because it's given me a community of people who don't think i'm crazy for playing with paper! The bins are awesome. I'll have to make one for myself, unless I win dragonflies with pearls!

    Happy WOYWW from Rachel, #68

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  39. Congratulations me old chum, where that year went I cannot account, but I do have memories of laughter snot and tears. Love that you're blogging. See, I KNEW you'd be good at it. So, all about me again really!!

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  40. Has it really been a year? I couldn't agree more about the friends made through the Blogosphere. Such a wonderful bunch of people :) It's when you suddenly realise they've become good friends that feels great :)

    I'd love to enter your giveaway Jan :) My choice would be the Dragonflies and the orange/teal. Thanks for the chance.

    I love those photos of you all :)

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  41. Looks like you had a really great time - and NO rain - wow! I love your little bling bins - what a fabulous idea and so beautifully decorated - they are gorgeous!

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  42. Oh ladies! Wonderful pictures of you together! So glad you were able to have that visit! Happy WOYWW!
    Glenda #107

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  43. Ooooohhhh I love your bling bins, spots and daisies/pinks are my fav! Well done to you for a year of blogging xx Sian. WOYWW Number 100

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  44. I love love love the bling bins!!! what a great idea

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  45. Wow, these bling bins are gorgeous. You look like you had a great time on your get together. I've been blogging since February and absolutely love it! Thank you so much for the chance to win one of these fab bins. I'd love a dragonfly and pearl one xxx

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  46. Love the pic, Luuurve the bling bins - SPOTS AND DAISIES AND PEARLS for me, if I should be so lucky!!

    Looks like you had a fab time, and elizabeth's books are lovely too.
    I always enjoy your song lyrics at the top of the page, loo for it each week

    happy woyww, will be posting later when I get home!

    Debs x

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  47. Hi Debs what a fab what to celebrate your blogaversary - congratulations to you. Thank you for the opportunity to win a fabulous bling bin. I am torn but I am going with the colour combo that best suits my craft room just incase I am lucky enough to win! It's spots and daisies and pinks for me. WOYWW Hugs from Helen 89

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  48. So glad you joined up with WOYWW, it's always fun to see your work and I enjoy your cheery blog posts..Looks like great fun to all be together. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Happy WOYWW and enjoy the week.

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  49. Hi Jan,
    All I can say in reply to your comment is ....make the next journey this way on a Monday and join Jo and I for some dumfing fun :-) Warning though.....you would go home hooked.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  50. Oh, cute bling bins are awesome! I'd love to win one! It would go so well in my new crafting space next month. If I win, I'd like dragonflies with pearl bling... =D

    Have a happy Wednesday!
    Zildara #132

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  51. What a fab heart warming blog Jan - the photos of you all are brill - so lovely put a face to a name/blogger. x Jo

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  52. I love the sharing of the pics you gals have shown us of all of you meeting and having a great time of fun and sharing with each other! You are very fortunate to be able to get together! No one around me so am mostly on my own doing my own thing. I would love to receive one of your fantastic "bling bins" (Dragon Fly with pinks) if they work well together. Thanks for offering this great giveaway to us! Continue to enjoy. #118

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  53. Love the photo's! Looks and sounds like you had a great get together! Elizabeth's album is beautiful! and I love the blinged up hanging bins! If I was lucky enough to win I would really like the Spots / Daisies with Pinks bling and my god that was a tough choice!! all of the fabrics look lovely and the bling, well, I can understand why you have found it hard to use them, they're definately the kind of stash you get out once in a while swoon over it then put it away again :o) I've had a paper pad for months that I haven't brought myself to cut into yet! Yes we're all a little bit bonkers :o) x April #102

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  54. Oh! and forgot to say happy 1st blogaversary!!! I can't believe it's a year since you joined us! x

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  55. Happy One Year anniversary! I haven't been at it a year yet myself but I too, wondered if I would just taper off, but I find myself thinking of my blog and what to put on it all the time (like in a good way, not like a burden!). I understand what you are saying about it. How fun to have gotten the chance to meet and hang out with some fellow WOYWW folks. I love Elizabeth's albums. I saw the one Di got too. Beautiful. I love the bling bins. They are such a clever idea. I can see them being useful to drop your scissors or tape roller dispenser into when your desk was really messy so you wouldn't lose them in the piles (not that anyone has a messy desk, mind you). If I'm the lucky winner I would love the dragonfly fabric with the multi beads. Such a generous offer! Happy day to you!

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  56. Wow, Jan. You are so lucky to meet up with your crafting friends like that. I read about it on Di's blog. I am so glad you had a great day together.
    I would happily stuff a bean bag if it meant one of your lovely bling bins found it's way to Spain. They are great. Happy anniversary! Kate 137 xx

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  57. those albums are really supper and looks like everyone had fun.

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  58. Happy blogaversary. I would love a chance to win one of these bling bins and my choice would be spots and daisies with the pink bling. Being overseas, I would diligently add sand and slip stitch it shut. I have a pink thing going on in my life right now...am having a late childhood! LOL! Bella 145

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  59. Happy Bloganniversary Jan! Loving those albums Elizabeth made for you and those bling bins are great! As for which bin I would like then I think maybe dots and daisies and pinks but you may choose which one you would like to make. BTW! I didn't recognise Di without a flower in her hair! LOL!

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  60. Well Happy Blogaversary to you! Very pretty album, and the bling bins--wow!!

    Thank you for commenting on my daughter's pages last week, and Happy WOYWW to you!
    :)
    trisha too
    #140

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  61. Happy 1st blog birthday and WOYWW.

    Great photo's and a lovely keepsake of your day. I feel the same way as you, blogging is fantastic and there are so many lovely people out there. I started mine this year and am thoroughly enjoying it.

    Love your hanging bins, saw Di's on her blog, a great idea and very useful. I always have to pinch my son's out of his bedroom!

    Have a good evening x

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  62. Hello Jan how lovely to meet with your friends from Blogland it certainly looks as though you had a lot of fun. I've met with two fellow bloggers and hope to soon meet up with a third.
    The gifts to you and yours to your friends are just gorgeous.
    If I should win I would choose Dragonfly with orange and teal. Thankyou for the chance to win one of your gorgeous makes.
    Congratulations on your 1st Blogaversary. Anne x

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  63. Oh LLJ,

    I can't tell you envious I am of you all!! I'll have a special visitor here hopefully in August or September (Di). The bling bins look great! If I had to choose (just one) it would be the bubbles with whatever bling you choose (you are the expert after all).

    Thanks for the change to win some blogaversary candy!!

    Hugs,
    Kay #34

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  64. Congrats on a year blogging! I love the giveaway! Are you making them to sell? I think I really like the dragonfly/orange multi! Have a great week. Vickie #159

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  65. As the song says, "What a difference a day makes", and suddenly it's a year! We are anniversary creatures, aren't we?
    The bling bins are really lovely, the bling and the fabrics are gorgeous, and I couldn't begin to do the stitching. Great pics of the four of you. It would be nice to be round the corner rather than round the globe.
    Cheers,
    Ros #121

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  66. Fabulous pictures of our favourite bloggers! And what a fantastic card from Elizabeth, she is soooo clever! HaPpY WoYwW ((Lyn)) #32

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  67. I have gone a very lovely shade of green, so jealous that I stay on the other side of the world and could not join in the fun. Those bling bags are awesome, I like the daisies and spots and the 2nd row of bling.
    Finally finished my exam marking, so now I can visit a bit.
    Happy WOYWW

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  68. Popped back to say! Yes!! Got the hedge and the lawn done yesterday, computer up and running in a different room... Taken a few pictures of the window men!! They are working very hard getting my old windows out!

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  69. Sounds like you had a fabulous day filled with laughter and fun. Great to catch up with friends and relax. What lovely gifts you have all made for each other. As for your bin, bubbles, orange, teal just awesome. I saw these on another blog and went ooooohhhhh I just love it. So hopefully I am in the right place. LOL

    Eliza
    Thanks for visiting me to I really love it when you pop over.

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  70. Happy blogaversary! I am in awe of your sewing! Obviously I would have to go for the orange and teal bling! Thanks for visiting my blog today! Sarah (88)

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  71. These wee bins are such a great idea - maybe if I had one I wouldn't be walking around with 'bits' sticking to my sleeves!
    Bernice

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  72. Yeah to have such a grand day! And the wee bins are a super fab idea...very handy, yes? :) That was very sweet of you to make them for the ladies! And the album Elizabeth made is beautiful, huh? So nice to have dear friends! :)
    I would love to be considered enter into your giveaway(I really like the
    bubbles and orange/teal combination). Happy bloggaversary!
    Deeyll #153

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  73. Looks like you had a wonderful day together Jan…and it didn’t rain, what a bonus!
    Loving the little album that Elizabeth made for each of you, it’s so pretty.

    I can see why you couldn’t bring yourself to use those trimmings, they are just too gorgeous aren’t they. I would love to join in with your birthday candy and should I be lucky you’re going to have to cut into the lovely Pink one which I think will go beautifully with the Pint spots and daisy fabrics.

    Thanks for stopping by this week.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x
    # 143

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  74. ooh elizabeth did tell me about the albums, but she didnt tell me that they were gorgoooos. love your bling bins too. my fav has to be dragonfly (but that is because it represents little miss A)and the orange & teal bling.
    Maybe one day Mr K and I will get to do some travelling, although that relies on him getting back from turkey.lol.
    caroline

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  75. Looks like the weather was kind to you that day too! So wonderful to get together with other crafters and bloggers, this blogging lark does open some unexpected doors and friendships doesn't it? Those blingy buns look fab, I think you can guess my preference (spots / daisies and pinks!). xx

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  76. blogging is fun......have fun with your friends...I also enjoyed your previous post and had a little giggle with all of your strange unexpected guests

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  77. Love your Bling bins....and your blog. I stop by as often as life will allow a few hours of fun. Would love to win and my choices would be Dragonfly and Orange/Teal Bling.

    Thank so much for the chance to win and your super blog.

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  78. Can't believe I nearly missed commenting on your blog this week - shame on me!!!

    Well....

    A whole year eh?

    And to think, if you hadn't stood in for Julia that week, you and I would never have met as WOYWWers - you'd just have been some stallholder, and I'd have been just another Mum looking over your stall...LOL.... Congrats on joining the blogging frenzy and making such a success of it (78 comments, how DO you do it???) - here's to the next year!

    Ooh yes - nearly forgot to join in with the give away, make up the numbers.

    My choice out of the choices available to choose from....

    Spots/daisies with the pink trim.

    Only cos there's no purple - I have a covetous eye on the purple one you made..... LOL

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  79. I can't believe I forgot to mention Elizabeth's gift in my previous comment. I fell in love with it instantly.

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  80. How on earth did I miss this post??????
    Great pictures of your day together with special visitors. LOVING the bling bins . . .

    And WOW . . . Elizabeth's folder is so gorgeous.

    Congrats on one year of blogging. S'fun isn't it?!

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  81. OMG I hope I haven't missed this fantastic giveaway! Sounds like you had a fab day, you all look so happy. Well done on your 1 year, it seems like only yesterday that I stumbled across your lovely words.
    If I not to late to enter - Spot/daisies No 2

    Thanks

    Famfa xxxx

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