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  1. Hi everyone, I know I haven't been around for a while, and I had fully planned to get online last week just to give you an update on how we were and then... ...on Thursday morning, more than 3 weeks before our due date, my waters broke and our very tiny daughter, Josephine Helen, was born by emergency C-Section at 11.38 that morning! I can tell you, it was quite a surprise. We knew she was breach so we had expected an elective section, but we had spent the morning calmly getting Ethan ready for nursery, then dropping him off before going to the hospital and fully expecting them to monitor us and send us home. But no - we arrived and within an hour we were in theatre and I was holding my brand new baby girl. Anyway, we're home from hospital now. Josephine is fine and I am recovering (both from the ordeal and from the shock of her early arrival). I'm taking it very easy but I am very, very happy. Hopefully I'll be back on board soon. With love to you all Nancy x
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    June swaps to be with me by 30th....

    Mine also - hopefully they should arrive around the same time... Apologies from me too.
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    Hi everyone, I know I have been very quiet recently as I have been trying to catch up with things, but I really do want to host the swaps so as I am a bit late, I will give an extended closing date. You can send swaps right up to the end of the month, 31st May, and I will get them sent back out as soon as possible. Anyway, the swaps this month are: 1. Make a Card - Butterflies You will need to make one card which features butterflies in some way. martingale Fenicia Stakreem Maritrez 2. Knitting or Crochet - Make a Tiny Friend You need to knit or crochet a small animal, doll or any other kind of friend or mascot. The only stipulation is it may not be bigger than 10cm or 4in tall. martingale Stakreem Maritrez 3. All Crafts - Celtic patterns You can make anything, as long as it features a celtic pattern. That means you can stitch, draw, collage, paint, knit or anything else, and you can make whatever you like - a bookmark, towel, pincushion, card, ATC, piece or jewellery or something I haven't even thought of. martingale Fenicia Stakreem Maritrez For everyone joining, I have moved house so as soon as you sign up I'll PM you with my new address. If you do send to my old address by accident, that's fine as I do have a postal redirect on, but it may not get to me as quickly. As usual, please send a SAE. Overseas are very welcome of course.
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    I just wanted to let everyone know that all of the swaps arrived safely - @Stakreem, thank you so, so much. Unfortunately, my son found the tiny friend you made and has claimed it and nothing I can do can get him to give it back so I haven't much choice in the matter!! Anyway, just to let you know the swaps will be sent back out in the next couple of days. Thank you again, all of you most talented of ladies.
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    I hope you have a really wonderful day and get very, very spoilt. Love and hugs coming their way to you. xx
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    June swaps to be with me by 30th....

    I'll definitely do the bookmark swap at this stage. Can I hold on the wall hanging swap at the moment? I need to see how I am getting on with study in the next week and I may come back for that one too. x
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    Fenicia and MT, both of yours have been received safely - thank you! x
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    @Crafty Nannie - that's fine. I do hope you're OK? I am sorry to hear that you have been so ill and I wish you the speediest of recoveries. It will be wonderful to see you back swapping when you can. @Fenicia - thank you! I'll look out for them x
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    Thank you everyone - all added. I'll PM you now with my address x
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    MAY Swaps - Extended Closing Date

    Thank you! Fenicia, I have added you - will PM you with my new address now xx
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    So very sad

    I am so, so sorry to hear your news. Time will heal a little but he will never leave you completely. Sending all of my love and hugs over to you at this incredibly difficult time.
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    DLA tribunal date

    It makes me so angry to read the troubles you are having. I just want to go and shout at the powers that be and force them to try and live under the kind of conditions they are expecting genuine people to live under. I am so, so sorry you have had to go through all of this and all of our thoughts and hopes are with you. I know it has already been sent, but no matter how awful you are feeling, you can come and talk here any time and you know we will support you. I think the thing that makes me most angry is I see evidence, even where I live, of people who are claiming various benefits and for all intents and purposes, there seems to be no logical reason why. There is a family in our street that is absolutely notorious for it, but for some reason they are untouched. I know it is a tiny, tiny percentage and that's what makes it worse. It is because of the very few people who do use the system that hundreds and thousands of genuine people end up losing out. It is absolutely infuriating. Sending you love and strength xx
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    Healing thoughts and prayers needed please

    Also thinking of you and hoping that the news is good. xxx
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    Very Sad

    I am so sorry to hear your news, Bc. All of my thoughts are with you - you need to be focussed on each other right now as nothing else matters. Sending you lots of hugs and strength. xxx
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    How is Everyone?

    Well done, both Debbie and MT for the writing. Mine has stalled completely at the moment due to the house move and generally feeling overwhelmed by life, although I have entered two short story competitions in the last month (I have no hope of winning, but at least I entered). Only a month or so to go now before I need to start writing my dissertation, so I had better sort myself out! Debbie, sounds like your papercrafting is going really well too. It will be great to hear how you get on with all of the challenges.
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    Happy Easter everybody xxx

    I hope everyone had a lovely Easter too. We spent it in our new house, trying not to fall over boxes. Ethan did an Easter Egg hunt in the garden before it rained and then ate far too much chocolate and was sick...oh well, he's learned a lesson!
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    Bursting to share...

    Congratulations - heading into 2nd trimester now which is fabulous. I'm just about to embark on 3rd trimester which is not so fabulous, but at least we're heading towards the end. I really hope it all goes well. xx
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    Hello Lovely Ladies!

    Hello everyone! I am sorry I haven't been around for a little while. We're in the throes of moving house at the moment - we finally exchanged on the house we offered on last December and we should be moving within the next few weeks so everything is all over the place. Most of my craft stuff has been packed away in boxes as our landlords are selling our house too so we've had to keep it tidy for viewings. It has all been pretty stressful and I can't wait until we finally move in and I can get everything sorted out again. The bump is growing very nicely - in fact, in two hours time we are off for our 20 week scan and I am going to finally find out if it is a boy or a girl! I am very excited! I feel great except I do get a lot more tired when I play with Ethan than I used to. Because of the impending arrival of baby in August, I have really been focusing on my studies as I have to get the first draft of my MA dissertation written by baby due date. That means I have been really working hard to keep up with my coursework so I can get my semester essays in almost immediately and then get started on the dissertation. That means crafting has taken something of a backseat and I have had my head buried in books for most of the past couple of months. I do hope everyone is OK and I will resurface once this move is done and life is feeling slightly less chaotic! Love to you all xx
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    Hello Lovely Ladies!

    I just wanted to add to this, because just two days after I posted, everything went wrong. The bank pulled out of the mortgage leaving us completely stuck - we had exchanged so we had to buy the house (or we would stand to lose an eye-watering amount of money) but we were left with no way to buy it. We have spent time since pulling together every penny we can, borrowing from parents and relatives just to get enough money together to get the house bought. It had been absolutely awful. As such, we are living out of boxes and we have to be out of our current house by the 15th April. We should hopefully have everything sorted with a view to moving next weekend, but I am so paranoid now, I just can't relax. As such, I completely forgot I was supposed to be hosting swaps this month, and I have already apologised to Louise for letting everyone down but while I can't confirm my address yet and I don't want anything to get lost with mail redirects etc. I just don't want to take the risk and host it. Also, I can't get to all of my own craft stuff so my contribution wouldn't be very good. I hope you can all forgive me and I will definitely host as soon as (and if!) we are settled. My life feels a bit like the London buses at the moment - just way too many all coming at once...
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    Not been around much

    Robyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and my thoughts are with you. Keep strong, especially for your grandad. Sending all of my love your way.
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    I completed the charity walk this morning!

    Congratulations! What a fabulous achievement...
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    I love to see what other people collect. I don't think I really collect anything at the moment, except maybe books, but that isn't a conscious thing. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I 'amass' books rather than collect them with any kind of system! When I was a very little girl, I used to collect My Little Ponies. I think my Mum still has my collection so I would love to have a little girl so I could pass them on to her. When I was a bit older, in my later teenage years, I used to collect cows and dragons.
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    At Last, Some Wonderful News

    As most of you know, 2013 was a tough year for me - first losing my brother to cancer, and then I had two miscarriages, one in February and one in September. Well, at last we have some fabulous news. I have just come back from our 12 weeks scan and we have a healthy baby on the way. I have been so frightened since I found out I was pregnant, just waiting to miscarry again. You can imagine the relief when we saw baby today, kicking its little legs and looking just fine. One of the reasons I haven't been online much is I have been so exhausted and nauseous. Christmas was incredibly unpleasant because I felt so sick the whole time I couldn't even join the family for Christmas dinner. But at least feeling that bad, I knew that everything was going well. I still feel very, very tired but the nausea is tapering off a little bit at last. I am busting out of my size 12 jeans, but then the scan said that already baby is bigger than it should be, so it looks like I am going to be enormous again. She/he is due in August.
  24. I just finished knitting Bramble Bunny from issue 57 for a birthday gift. But she is so adorable, I almost don't want to give her away. Of course, in knitting her I used up all of the China White yarn which came with the kit, so rather than disappointing anyone, I wanted to knit another. Could someone tell me what would be a good equivalent yarn to use? I have looked at a number of budget cream DKs, but the yarn in the kit had a really nice sheen to it which I haven't been able to find so far. I'd be grateful for some help.
  25. Thank you! It's reasonably priced too, so I can make a whole family of Bramble Bunnies...