Thursday, 2 January 2014

Tick Tock ...

Today I've been writing in this small part of blogworld for exactly five years. I'm amazed to be truthful that I've stuck at it, I'm not a very good sticker at things person on the whole. A mixture of being impatient, losing interest and just giving up are usually to blame. When I find something I really love and enjoy though I stick to it like glue.
To be sure there are times that my blogging voice has disappeared slightly and I've found I can't write, but I just can't imagine leaving this space behind for ever more. I had a quick look back over this last year and my heart lept at all the happy memories captured here.

Now I know we sang in the new year yesterday, so I'll wish you a Happy New Year firstly for 2013. If you fancy I've a put together few of this last years blog memories to cast an eye over. Although my blog has changed slightly in focus over the years, I've always written about the things I love most.
First off are the some of 2013's new to me treasures.


I've always been a collector of things, a searcher out for stuff other people don't need anymore. Years ago before it all became vintage and fashionable treasures could be found at jumble sales and fleamarkets. I remember a fabulous white mohair 1960's coat I picked up at a jumble sale when I was 16 along with a few Freddie and the Dreamers 45's. I found an old Post Office bike in a skip so I painted it up and rode that in my art college days. I delighted when aunts gave me their clothes from the 50's and 60's. I don't search for clothes now in the same way, the treasure I'm seeking has changed, but the thrill of the search and the excitement when I find something gorgeous to me hasn't.

There have also been a few yarny projects over this last year. 


I love knitting and crochet the same, both give me a chance to try out different yarns, techniques and play about with colour. It's how I relax and stop awhile from all the mad rush. 

I taught myself to crochet years ago now, but it was my mum who got me knitting before that. She had tried teaching me when I was a child, but it wasn't for me. Knitting Nancy's looked lovely, but I found them tedious. I preferred painting, drawing and sewing when I was little. When I was pregnant with Little Bun my mum suggested knitting as a way of relaxing.
At the three month scan we saw the left half of her brain was white when it should have been black. While Miss Rosey who was only just one, screamed and struggled a Consultant told us it was probably Edwards disease. In a nutshell if our baby had this then they wouldn't develop any organs whatsoever. He told us to wait until the five month scan to find out. He read the symptoms of a scrappy piece of paper, struggling to find the English words and so we left shellshocked and confused. Luckily at the next midwife appointment our midwife (who was going to be there for the home birth) said we needed the dna not a scan as that would be more certain. We booked in straight away. I'd never had the triple tests out of choice, but now I needed one. Our baby went from being 1:25 to one in 1:25000 at risk. I wobbled about having the amniotic needle that could cause miscarriage now the chances were lowered. The Consultant, who looked like Father Christmas, held my hand and told me if you were my daughter I'd tell you to go ahead. I cried and felt as reassured as I could be. I asked him to explain the choices we had if it was positive. None were a choice and were all bloody awful to be honest.
While they scanned to see where the baby was lying I looked the other way. My man was watching and suddenly said it's not there is it. He told me later that the Consultant had looked and then looked at the previous scan picture again. He then told us the fluid had gone and he had no medical explaination. Fluid, he said, simply can't leave the brain on it's own.
The picture of that scan shows three fingers with the nails clearly outlined held against our baby's head. We paid to have the test done privately as on the NHS we would have had three weeks of not knowing. Instead we had three days and that was hell enough. It came through as all clear, but until I held that wee bundle in my arms I wasn't able to trust fully.
Little Bun arrived at home on a sunny Spring day all 11lb's of her. We wrapped her in my first ever knit, a blanket covered in hearts.

I think that leads nicely into casting an eye back over some of the wonderful times this past year with my family. Plans have already been made for some of the adventures we want to have this year.


Alongside my love of yarn and family, I'm always itching to sew something. Whether it be small stuff or big stuff I'm always thinking of something to make on my days off work. From patchy quilts, dresses and bags to revamping things and making felt brooches I feel happy with it all. I have such a pile of fabric that is still waiting to be the things I planned for it and quilt shapes cut out but not stitched. I really better get on as I've decided not to Procrastinate this year. 
I'm often to be found making excuses or just letting time slip by me. Truthfully I think the biggest eater of my time is family life. That's a very good thing for sure as these magical days don't last for ever. I don't want to regret not enjoying them as much as I could, but I do need to find more time to make my own dreams come true.


This post like most of my posts started off with a general plan, but as always the words have taken over. I write them down and then see if I want to share them or not. I decided from the start of writing my blog that I wanted to be as lighthearted as possible, celebrate all that made me creative, but sometimes I get an urge to talk about what's deeper in my heart. Only sometimes, but that's how I live my life.

Now as all good birthdays have presents, I have decided on a 5th birthday giveaway open to all you lovely people who stop by my blog for a read. I've chanced by a spare copy of Mollie Makes Feathered Friends and as I only need the one I thought someone out there might appreciate one for themselves. Due to mad postage charges I'm afraid I'm only offering the book to UK readers, which means I have a brooch as a gift to any overseas winner. If the winner if from the UK you'll get an anenomes brooch and the book, if the winner is from overseas then I'll send the brooch with a few surprise extras. How does that sound?

Rules: well rules really pee me off to be honest. If there's a rule I'll be the one doing my damndest to break or ignore the rule. So there are no rules, just a simple request. After popping down your name, I'd love to hear what you enjoy reading or seeing on my blog. After five years I want to change things a little and a few helpful suggestions would be really appreciated.

By the way, I'll keep the giveaway open until Monday 13th.
That's me done I think, far too much chat really. Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

68 comments:

  1. We started our blogs at the same time, I bailed out and yours has grown beautifully! I love your makes, would you ever consider more outfit posts, you've got such cute style x x

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    1. Glad you're on IG though Lucybso not disappeared completely. Thanks for the style mention, I'll try if anyone's around to snap me. X

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  2. I love your blog exactly as it is. Is that a cop-out? I love the vintage finds (the girl with her arms out and the cross expression is one of my faves!), the knitting, the crochet and the sewing. And the snippets of family life. I am glad to hear that you are going to keep blogging.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    1. Glad you like her, she makes me happy too Lise. Happy new year x

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  3. All the colour is lovely, especially all the lovely fabric and making and vintage finds. I like to hear your deeper ramblings too and a gimpse into real life ups and downs. Five years is quite something! It must take on a life of it's own. Happy new year to you! Heather x

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    1. Thank you Heather, I think you're right and the blog does do its own thing sometimes. X

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  4. Hi Lisa,

    I agree with Lise above - it's the wonderful, colourful, creative, family and domestic life that I love about your blog. I'll be happy if you don't change a thing!
    Jo x

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    1. Subtle changes and design stuff I fancy though Jo. Thanks for your lovely thoughts x

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  5. Me too.....I love it all. I enjoy the mixture of news......things you are making, treasures you have found, family stories, and those deeper more personal stories too. Life is all a bit mixed up, so why shouldn't your blog be too? Happy new year.

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  6. I enjoy the variety of things you include in your blog, which makes it lovely reading. I especially love your vintage buys, and would love to know how you manage to find such wonderful things

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    2. Pressed delete dur. No secrets about finding stuff , I always wonder how other people find it too.

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  7. I enjoy the variety of things you include in your blog, which makes it lovely reading. I especially love your vintage buys, and would love to know how you manage to find such wonderful things

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  8. We'll done for five years! I love your blog just as it is? It's a real mix of all your life which makes it so readable. Here's to the next five years.

    Alison x

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    1. Tx Alison, not sure if ten years sounds a but overwhelming,x

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  9. What I love about here is the colour, I'm always drawn to the colour, it might be on a piece of vintage fabric, on one of you wacky (and may I say, downright scary finds!) or maybe on one of your lovely crafty makes!
    I'm also drawn to you dry sense of humour, similar to my own....gosh it does on occasion get me into little spots of bother! Do you ever find yourself in spots of bother?!!
    We had a similar experience when I was pregnant with little Bea, it was the longest 3 days ever. I had not long since lost my Dad and I really felt him with me, reassuring me. Luckily all good in the end.
    I'd love to enter you giveaway, this year I'm going to try my hand at more stitching.....not sure how good I'll be!!! Right off to drool over your other posts! :) xxx

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    1. Yup I'm always upsetting people who take me literally Ada. Used to bother me, now I think life's too short. X

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  10. I'm in the US, so enter me as appropriate, please. I enjoy your blog very much, though I only found you this year. I had an almost identical experience while pregnant with my daughter (in addition to separate problems in both pregnancies...I don't reproduce in a healthy way at all, it turns out), and I had to be hospitalized for lots of tests on her. It was horrible. I have often thought, since becoming better at crochet, that I should have been doing something like that to calm myself down. She was fine, thankfully. But I would have liked to make something for her like you did for your daughter. I love coming to your blog for the colorful trinkets and treasures you share, as well as your unique blogging voice. I enjoy your stories and ideas about life too.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I'm pleased you found me. Go on make that blanket now x

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  11. The variety! When I am lacking inspiration I come and have a read and marvel at all the lovely colour and the mix of crafts. But it's also good to get to know the person behind the creativity - the things that inspire you; that make you do what you do. Happy New Year!

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  12. What a great post and congratulations on reaching 5 years.

    Gillx

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  13. I love all the colourful photos and the way you write about them - don't change a thing!

    Helenxx

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  14. Happy New Year! I really like all the mixture of vintage, makes and family life because that is exactly what I am interested in. Life is a journey of passions and challenges and your blog reflects this so well. The photos are really lovely and your vintage finds are so cute and quirky I really have to stop myself going out hunting for more thrifty treasure. Congratulations on your significant birthday.
    Shauna. x

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    1. Good to hear from you Shauna and thanks for your words really thoughtful. X

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  15. Happy Blog Birthday! I love your blog for your honesty and creativity...it's so colourful and full of life, your writing is always from the heart. Here's to many more years of BoboBun fun! xxx

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    1. Hello there thanks for that. I always hope it sounds the way it seems to me. X

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  16. Gorgeous post as ever Lisa, wow what a story about little bun, she is very precious as we can all see together with Miss.Rosey too. I would love to see all the craft books you have and which ones you would recommend for the likes is us knitters, crocheters and sewing gals. Your blog reflects your true voice and I for one and so pleased you have stuck by it over the past 5 years. I am very similar to you in getting fed up, losing interest or patience with something but my blog seems to keep going too. I am planning a few things to keep mine a little bit. Fresh and interesting. I look forward to seeing all your family adventures and collections and beautiful makes over the coming year xox Penny

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    1. I'll do that with the books great idea
      Penny. Start saving in case there's some you fancy. X

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  17. Your words about your daughter are so moving and I am so glad that things turned out well for you. It must have been a scary time for you. I have only been following you for a little while, but I like your bright and colourful attitude and the things that you get up to and the way that you try to be cheery. Most of all, what I like on any blog is people who are themselves, whatever that happens to be at the time they are writing. So stick with that and I don't think you can go too far wrong. So kind of you to offer this giveaway, it is beautiful! HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU!! xx

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    1. Hi Amy, an awful time with a wonderful prize at the end. X

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  18. The giveaway is a lovely idea, a way of celebrating your blogaversary - will that word enter the OED?
    What I enjoy about your blog is the passion for all you do that comes through, your love of family life, your crafting and little treasures hunting. It's a great read without being too saccharine, as some blogs are I find. I love the colour of it, and have taken inspiration more than once from something you have crocheted. And I would hope to take inspiration from your sewing too, as I want to return to the days of making my own clothes. Did them back in the 60s as a teenager, but never since. Now I want to give it another go, so thank you for the spur! And good luck to everyone who enters the draw.

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  19. What a lovely give away, congratulations on your blogaversary. Your blog is bright cheerful, happy without being overpowering. I enjoy reading about your crafting, collecting & the snippets about family life. Your blog is a nice all rounder. Your look back at last year was just lovely.

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  20. Congratulations Lisa - I am way behind you just coming up to two years - quite soon I think! I LOVE your photo mosaics, I just haven't got the energy to do a year in review but have so enjoyed yours. (I WILL learn how to do mosaics one day!)
    At risk of sounding boring and sycophantic, I'd say you have it just right with your blog content - a great mix of family news and makes, with an honest vibe to it. We can't always be on our best behaviour or be feeling on top of the world, but neither do we need to blether too much or too often. Right on the mark I'd say! Happy New Year to you and yours. Lxx

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  21. I don't think you need to change a thing! Like others say, it's a good mix of everything: family life; creative pursuits; ups and downs. I supposes I like seeing the makes the best, but then that puts so much pressure on a person to just show those. Congrats on five years of blogging!

    Jenn @JennsCraftyWorld

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  22. I wish I had found blogging 5 years ago, I'm only a toddler. You introduced me to my first swap...don't change...I'm always looking for inspiration in your crafty corner and would love a chance to win that felt brooch. Here's to the next five. xx

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  23. What a lovely post.

    I have always loved coming here, your blog world is always such a colourful place. And even when words overtake you and you broach subjects a little more serious and closer to your heart there always seems to be a positive vibe going on.

    Glad that all turned out well for you all in regards to youngest bun. And loved that you had such a story to attach your learning to knit. I love what I see here on your blog. Long may it last and you don't start getting bored! lol. What a lovely giveaway I would love to enter if I may.

    Well done on five years of blogging its a funny thing for sure. And I am nearly at that five year mark myself and have at the moment rather lost my blogging voice and am not really sure about carrying on. But on the other hand love being able to look back at the things I have made or written about. It a tough one for sure.

    P x

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  24. Five years that is really good going. I fell off the bloggy wagon but have jumped back in for this year and although I have not been blogging I have kept looking at your blog to read your posts and also to jump to all the other blogs you read so a BIG thank you to you.

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  25. Congratulations to five years of blogging! I started reading your blog earlier this year and have enjoyed following it ever since. I like reading about all your crafty makes, what you're up to with the family and all your vintage treasures because those are what I'm interested in too. I also like the way you write, quite light hearted, genuine and spontaneous. And the photos are always interesting and full of colour.

    Thank you for sharing your story about your Little Bun and all the other stories about your family. All the best to you all for 2014!

    Congratulations again!

    Marion x

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  26. I love that your blog is cheery and colourful, I like reading about your vintage toy finds and the stories behind them xx

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  27. I really do not think I can add anymore that hasn't already been said . You have a really great blog . It covers so much family , treasures sewing ,knitting and much more when you talk so freely . It is a real pleasure to tune in to your blogging. Thank you for allowing us all to share a little snippet of your colourful life. It really puts a smile on my face . Congratulations to 5 years xx

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  28. Congratulations on your Bloggiversary, Lisa! You inspired me to return to my own stalled blog several years ago and I haven't looked back. Here's to a good 2014 and we WILL meet up and catch up! love to you all, Penny x

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  29. Congratulations on your Bloggiversary, Lisa! You inspired me to return to my own stalled blog several years ago and I haven't looked back. Here's to a good 2014 and we WILL meet up and catch up! love to you all, Penny x

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  30. I enjoy your blog for it's colourful variety. Tales of family days out, baking, knitting and sewing projects are all told with a lightness of touch that takes us all along with you. Congratulations on your 5 years of blogging.

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  31. Congratulations on your blogiversary - wow 5 years. I am glad that all turned out so well with the littlest bun - we had something similar with our middle child - who wouild have thought they could worry you so before they even get here?
    I love reading your blog - the writing style and tone are lovely, your posts remind me that the greatest joy in life is often in the small things. I also appreciate it when you share the not so rosy things in your life, you seem so very grounded.

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    1. PS - forgot to say I am also the proud owner of a Mollie Makes feathered friends book, so could I pretend to be from overseas please lol?

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    2. Of course, pick somewhere warm and sunny. x

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  32. Congratulations on reaching 5 years. I love my blog, I too really enjoy looking back at all the memories. Sometimes life isn't pretty or perfect & it's good to share with online friends :) xx

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  33. Gosh your little one certainly liked to create some drama behind her arrival didn't she! Love that you share these snippets of tricky reality behind what is a gorgeous, colourful, creative blog. I love all the colour in this space and definitely all the clothes sewing, for a beginner like me it is incredibly inspiring. mel x

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  34. Hey my colourful quirky friend ! Congrats on 5 years / love reading your blog and seeing you when we have the time ! Love me x

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  35. Wow 5 years! I started my blog this week and only have 2posts so far. The technical stuff is a challenge at the moment! But your blog is one of the many that inspire me daily. Thank you. I particularly love the crochet stuff btw.

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  36. Hi.. Congrats on the five years.. well done ! The book sounds delightful ! I really love seeing all your vintage finds and snippets on family life. I love the clothes you've made for yourself and your girls as well !

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  37. What a lovely post, I think it's the mixture of thrifting, making and real honest to goodness love and Ponderings that makes your blog so special. I always feel as though I am catching up with a friend, and even though we haven't met, that's exactly what I am doing! (Does that make any sense?!) x

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  38. I agree with Mrs Bertimus above! Reading your blog does feel like having a good natter with a friend with whom you share a lot in common. Your love of yarn certainly makes me return gladly too ;-)

    Happy, peaceful, creative New Year to you and your family.

    Stephanie

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  39. We had a great time away from home over the yuletide, but i did miss reading your posts, It is lovely to finally catch up, despite my pooter trying its best to stop me!! Think i called you Clare at the tills the other day so apologies for that (Have been at the festive port a bit too much me thinks) and look forward to catching up with you in the near future....Catx
    Ps. This is not an entry for the give away just a bit of a waffly message.

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  40. Happy Blogiversary to you ~ I've been blogging for just over five years too and sometimes find it difficult to find things to blog about and not sound too repetitive. But you should be very proud of yourself as five years is quite an acheivement ~ I love your blog just the way it is too. I'd love to enter your giveaway please ~ that book looks good :O)x

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  41. Congrats on your blog birthday! While I have never had your experience with a pregnancy, I have had a daughter that, at age 3, we thought had cystic fibrosis. We were living in Germany at the time and had to wait almost 6 weeks for the test results. I can say I do know your fear of waiting. I am pleased to say her results were negative. She has severe asthma, but is alive, 32 and has 4 children! Things always work out as they should! I would love to be entered in your contest. Have a wonderful day!

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  42. Congrats!! I love seeing all of your great finds and love how you display them around your house. I also love the fabrics and colors you choose for all of your creations! I am in the U.S. and would love to win that brooch!

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  43. Hello Lisa
    Recently I came back to blogger - I missed it so much! And I thought I'd pop over and see how you are and what you've been up to. I've only managed to read this post and the one above . I haven't read all the comments but wanted to say I love the way you write, it's personal and very honest but also fun. Carry on I say! any changes should just be whatever you'd feel like doing or trying. On a completely different note and purely selfish I noticed that you've been kind enough to include me in your blog list - always was so grateful for that; but my blog address is different now so you won't have seen anything I've said for the last year or so! Now don't feel obliged to change it to the new address but do remove the old one as it does neither of us any favours :)) I hope I see you this year; wish we'd been able to meet up. We went to Southwold last Jan too as a family on a very misty but thankfully not wet day. Fish n chips and a wander on the seafront - lovely. X Gabs

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  44. Congratulations on your blogs birthday. Giving a comments simple... I wouldn't change what you're doing, it's gentle, genuine and has the strangest feeling of reading a letter written by a friend. Your post on the amnio brought back the terrible time I had to have it because of my age, and such a long way into the pregnancy, luckily he was a healthy happy baby, who'll be 21 in February. Just keep doing what you're doing, as they say, 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. x

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  45. Thank you for the chance to win that lovely book . I wasn't going to enter as I'm engrosed in my knitting but a change is as good as a rest,me thinks. You are a natural with words, take lovely pics, always have lots on the go and I look forward to your posts. X

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  46. Have really enjoyed catching up on your posts - you had me in tears at one point. Hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you all. I'd love to be included in your giveaway please. Karen xxxx

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  47. Hello there!
    I would agree with posts above that you dont need to change anything, you are doing great as is and I really enjoy reading your blog posts! I do love patterns and tutorials mind so any time you have any to share I would love to read about them, as I think tried and tested ones give me more confidence but thats just me. Thank you for an opportunity to be a winner and I look forward to your 2014 lol
    Ruth xxx

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  48. It's the colour on your blog that always stands out to me. Even if I'm feeling down a visit to your blog leaves me feeling cheery and it's the colours that do it - who can be miserable in the midst of such glorious colour. I also love the variety of topics and seeing all your beautiful makes and finds. Thank you for the opportunity of entering your giveaway. xxx

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  49. I do hope I've made it in time? Over the years I have enjoyed your beautiful quilting (you inspired me to learn to quilt!) I have loved the little glimpses of your cosy home, and its beautiful, bright colours! But mostly, more than anything else, I have enjoyed your friendly voice; even when you have been through tough times it is still like visiting a friend. Your warm company always shines thorough and makes us feel at home. You may not know us in person, we may not know you..but this blog is a homely place filled with the joyful words and colours, and the welcoming warmth of a friend..long may it continue xx

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