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Wednesday, 25 March 2015


I apologise to those that left me messages last week.  Unfortunately, life got really complicated and I am ashamed to say that I did not manage to answer all your lovely comments, although I did read them.

This week is not doing any better, and is not helped by bringing a nasty cold and cough back from the NEC.  However, it is Wednesday again so time to visit all the other WOYWW friends.

This was the state of my table on Tuesday afternoon after a session of putting cards together, some of them from the last workshop with Maria Simms at Shrewsbury.  The others are ones that I have been playing with after watching Barbara Gray and Maria demoing at the NEC last week

The following pictures have already been up on Facebook so if you have already seen them, then just ignore them this time round and nip off to Julia to see all the other desks.  They show my new stash from the show.  I am dying to get busy with my new toy, the pyrography machine from Bob Neill, but with a stinking cough I will have to be patient for now.

Just to finish off, how many of you saw a decent eclipse on Friday.  Other people in the town had a reasonable view but not me.  The thicker clouds just rolled in and obliterated the eclipse proper.  I did get some good cloud shots though.


Helen said...

I did see the buys on FB.. good clouds - i was inside at work and we had more cloud than that, so couldn't see anything! Helen 3 (hope you get better soon)

MrsC.x said...

great cloud shots, i watched it on bbc so i guess i cheated lol. did get very dark here erie all the birds started their morning singing again-odd

feel better quickly so you can enjoy your haul of stash :)
thanks for sharing
Luv Mrs. C.xx

Anonymous said...

Lots of stash shopping this week! You must be the 4th in almost as many blog visits! I love a bit of stash on view, but oh dear does it tempt me to dash off and shop too...

Happy WOYWW day!
Mary Anne (2)

Debbie Rock said...

How odd we both came away from the NEC with the razor blade throat and most awful cough and sniffles! We were not together long enough for either of us to have given it to the other so I reckon we must have been following in the footsteps of someone coughing and spluttering their way around the show without the consideration of a pocketfull of tissues! Love to you my dearest friend. xXx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I saw your new stash on FB too! I'm glad you managed to get some stuff even though you were unhappy with the show itself. And boo to picking up a cold there, hope it's short lived......
Hugs, LLJ 24 xx

Sue McDonald said...

Love going to shows to see demos its great to pick up tips n refresh what we've already done but forgotten. Enjoy playing with your goodies

Sue #3

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

The pyrography machine sounds really interesting, and that 6x6" stencil design is awesome. Those are some cool shots of the eclipse. Happy WOYWW! #53

Julia Dunnit said...

I reckon you three NEC shoppers have all picked up a cold from there! Hope your cough passes soon..such a pain, especially at night. Ow.
We had a totally invisible eclipse too, so dont take it personally, although your cloud shots at least look more interesting than anything I saw!
That pyrography machine is a beast huh, don't know what I thought it would be, but not that. Oo err, will you be drawing freehand?!!

StampinCarol said...

The eclipse wasn't visible here in the southwest U.S. Love the pics you got. And so many deskers are ill! Almost all who I've visited so far. Hope you get to feeling better! You have some interesting goodies on your desk! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #59

Eliza said...

Shame about your cloud cover and lack of seeing the eclipse, I watched it on the computer and it was fantastic. Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly, in no time at all you will be burning wood with your new toy. Have fun and get better soon.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Marg, funnily enough, the cloud cleared just in time over our end of the town!Odd how that happens, I've been speaking to Beck before now, and its been dry by us and raining over hers, or vice versa. I think Debbie is right, and we all followed someone with the dreaded germs- I was pretty much Ok till Friday, then my cold went supernova!
Hope yours is clearing now, Love, Shaz xx

Pat Taviss said...

Love visiting with you, and thanks for the eclipse pix. Pretty cool, eh?

Thx for sharing
Pat #15

Angela Radford said...

Sorry to hear about your cold. I think that can be a problem in places like the NEC, the germs don't seem able to escape. However, hope you feel better soon and have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 42

Nikki C said...

You can never have enough card packs and I think the clouds rolling in look amazing so loving the 1st picture with those errie colours it looks so kewl to look at.
hugs Nikki 1

Shoshi said...

Beautiful eclipse photos, Maggie, and what a lovely lot of stash too. Sorry to hear you have got a cough. Thank you for your encouraging comment - not long to go now.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #38

CraftygasheadZo said...

Well I'm getting itchy fingers with all the new stash on show! Fab pics! Take care Zo xx 64

glitterandglue said...

Some great buys there, Maggie. Bob Neill and his wife are lovely, aren't they? Just LOVE his wooden hat! John has a pyrography machine like that one - they are fantastic. Enjoy!!!
We didn't see the eclipse either - on the road to the show at the time. Halfway down the A5, about to join the M54....
Take care - have fun with all your goodies.
God bless.
Margaret #8