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Hello my friends. Has anyone ever told you that you are wonderful? Within minutes of my linking up to Julia last week I was receiving emails asking to send a card to Mrs D. Sarah even said she would like to visit Chris! She did, too, and Chris said what a lovely time they had together. It really cheered her. Thank you all! Cards have been arriving, and I’m getting them to Chris. She is still in Royal Stoke on Trent University Hospital, has moved bedrooms three times so far, is thoroughly fed up, is recovering in some respects, but has gone down with an infection which isn’t helping! Oh dear, she really is in the wars. I visited her again on Sunday after driving all the way to Rugby to visit my dad, then returning to North Wales via the hospital. I took her some stamps and inks, and we played for a couple of hours, trying out Chris’s new Stamping platform. Chris and Adrian don’t know when Chris will be discharged – the Dr is happy when the physio is happy, and the hospital is happy so long as they have a Doctor’s address to which to send all the details of the accident, treatment, etc. Until all that is in place… they stay put.

In the times between dashing up and down Britain I have been having a card fest! As I was sitting with Chris and Adrian last week and Chris was saying how she couldn’t do any crafting and would need to buy their Christmas cards this year, it dawned on me that after John died last year God had spoken very specifically about this next season in my life. He wanted me to use my art and craft skills to bless others… What better way to bless Adrian and Chris than to make their cards for them? I offered, and the offer was gratefully received. Chris had the stamp she wanted to use on the boat, so Adrian posted it to me and I got busy…

So, here’s the chaos which is my desk this week – talk about the left shove! I think I have employed left, right, up, down, and the floor!! Two shots – one from either end of my desk – and in answer to someone’s question last week, yes! It’s very long – about 14feet…

So, a very neat pile of finished cards in the centre on the cutting mat – I’d just photographed them – a box with dies I have been using and haven’t yet put away, and various bags of bits, plus the usual clutter of glues, tapes, etc.

And from the other end, a printer on which is piled some boxes and handbags ready made for an order, a basket with some cards for the hotel, piles of papers, boxes of peel-offs – all of which I have been using for Chris’s cards, my to-do list hanging up, inks, brushes and all sorts of bits.

The various bags of bits laying toward the back of the desk are from Chris’s Christmas box. She told me to see what was there – so I boldly went where few others have been before. What fun!!! I’ve been hauling pieces out, putting them together, and generally using anything I can find in order to make all the cards needed (between 80 and 90 – NOT that I’m that far yet! I’ve got 33 for her so far!)

So a few examples of what I have been playing with! This is the gorgeous stamp Chris wanted to use this year…

There in the box of goodies was a kit… so I played, and came up with four cards on a theme. Here’s one to give an idea…

Chris must have stamped this one when playing at my house – because it is my stamp…

So, still not bored here on the North Wales coastline – greatly looking forward to meeting so many of you at the crop in a few week’s time. There’s still time to say you want to come – plenty of room for you – just let Julia know. I shall be doing the shopping tomorrow for Step Inside – but will get to visiting between thinking about jacket potatoes, toasties, salads and cakes!
Take care everyone. God bless.



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    Gosh Margaret what a load of card to make! Jolly good job your desk is so long for all the fall-out. How lovely to bless Chris like that, may God bless you in return, hugs and thanks for the visit BJ#23
    Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:53:10

    Your cards are gorgeous, Margaret. I adore those die-cut flowers with the delicate cut-out overlay – so pretty! You are amazing – producing so many when you’ve been so busy travelling and visiting the sick!! I’m afraid when I’m busy, the first thing to go out the window is my art. My poor neglected dust-gathering studio… One day, one day… (when the kittens have grown up?!!). Thank you for your lovely comment – yes, we’re having a lot of fun especially with the kittens, and nooo, absolutely no success clicker training the hubby lol lol! I’ve now had the same suggestion from about 3 people – great minds think alike! He isn’t a bit impressed with the idea haha!! My sister suggested it on the phone yesterday and we had a good laugh, and she was amazed that I’d got Lily to sit on command, and said “Do you want to come and train my dog?” She takes her to dog training classes and the teacher calls her (the dog!) the “hooligan” – apparently she’s the worst in the class! Mum’s in hospital again having fallen and banged her head and had a small bleed in her brain which has made her extremely confused. She’s been moved to the cottage hospital today and will probably be in about a week. She’s now 96. Happy belated WOYWW, Shoshi #33
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:16:21

    Well Margaret, what a great friend and comfort you are to Chris. Very glad that she’s feeling slightly less bashed about and I feel her frustration at still being in hospital, poor gal. Fancy having access to her scrap box…bet you’ve been ever so careful and considerate over what you’ve used, despite it being sraps! The cards are wonderful and even amidst it all, I still think you work tidily.
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:01:12

    Hi Margaret Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments are much appreciated! I’m a bit out of the loop at the moment so I’m sorry to hear about Chris’ accident! I do hope she is soon feeling much better. I was watching Escape to the Country just yesterday and they were doing a bit on canal boating (somewhere in your part of the world!) and I must say the working the locks part was not for the faint hearted. We do some boating here, but it is nothing like canal boating. The Christmas cards look great! I’m sure they will be very well received.
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:04:54

    You are such a sweetie, to create all those cards for Chris. Did someone tell you YOU are beautiful lately?!! Well, YOU ARE! And you still found the time to visit my blog… thank you! Big hug from Holland, Marit #26
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:51:59

    Lovely cards Margaret. I do hope Chris makes a rapid recovery. You are a real treasure to help like you do. I agree about crafting being a blessing that we should use for others. I often think it’s like feeding the five thousand. Things just seem to take off and multiply! I have just sent 40 christmas pudding covers for choc oranges to one of our local charities – amazing how that wool keeps growing in my knitting bag!! xx Jo
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:47:17

    Hi Margaret Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments are much appreciated! I’m a bit out of the loop at the moment so I’m sorry to hear about Chris’ accident! I do hope she is soon feeling much better. I was watching Escape to the Country just yesterday and they were doing a bit on canal boating (somewhere in your part of the world!) and I must say the working the locks part was not for the faint hearted. We do some boating here, but it is nothing like canal boating. The Christmas cards look great! I’m sure they will be very well received.
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:27:56

    I love that you are making Chris’ cards-and I love them too! Truly a great calling to share your craft for others. And thanks for stopping by, and it is amazing how complicated even crafting can be sometimes! Now, if I didn’t have the deadline I’m sure it would have been a whole different story! Well, still messy, but you know.. Have a great week. -K #29
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:39:14

    Heather Marshall
    Hi Margaret, I love the cards you have made for Chris. And I am officially jealous of your 14′ desk! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely week, Heather #25
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:40:58

    Fiona@Staring at the Sea
    What a lovely thing to do for your friend. Sorry I won’t get to see you all at the crop. North Wales is where my lovely Gran came from and we visited often as children. Thanks for stopping by today x Fiona #36
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:56:11

    Gorgeous Christmas cards! I like how you hang up your heat embosser. Pretty neat set up you have. 🙂 #39
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:32:38

    Oh, I’ve been sussed, that lovely stamped image of roofs was a card you sent to us last year or the year before. That’s not my work, I couldn’t do it as beautifully as that. Lovely cards, better than I would make, thank you very much.
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:28:19

    Margaret, What a kind thing to make the Christmas cards for Chris and Adrian. The cards are all lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #9
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:16:42

    Margaret, That is so totally awesome for you to do their cards for them 🙂 and probably a big relief for Chris not to worry about one less thing too. Love what you have done so far, ~Stacy #37
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:12:05

    lots of inspiration her and yes, we are wonderful! Love the WOYWW community!
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:10:38

    Poor Chris but at least she has such a good friend. Sure this will make her feel a bit better too. Thank you so much for the visit to mine, have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x11x
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:55:13

    You are definitely a Christmas Angel to Chris! Thanks for the update on her condition, we are all thinking of her. Hope my card arrives soon! I don’t know how long it takes to get from Canada to the UK. The cards you have made so far are beautiful! Have a great week, thanks for sharing! Lindart #35
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:56:18

    Carol N
    Thanks for stopping by. You are such a sweetie helping Chris! God bless you! Love the cards you are making, they’re gorgeous! Have a great week! Carol n #22
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:40:34

    Great woyww. thanks for the visit xx Jan (30)
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:32:11

    Rose McGuinn
    Ooo! look at all of the pretty textures you’re using! It’s touches like that make everything extra special. Nice card design, Margaret Happy WOYWW! Rose of Rose’s Art Garden
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:50:36

    Shaz in Oz.x
    Hi Margaret, Seen Chris’ posts on FB and its mentally prayerfully on my agenda to send card for her, but truly not had any time to spare, just way life is for moment, and its all LORD’s way so He knows best. been praying though… and will keep it up. I’m loving your cards, you’re a kind, caring friend, may our LORD keep you safe in journeyings and in the work you do for Him. Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #21 {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:06:28

    So glad to hear that Christ is recovering well, but yeah these things take time, so it’s good to take it slowly. Do hope she’ll be out out the hospital and in her own bed soon. Those are some wonderful cards! Beautifully done! Have a wonderful week! Happy WOYWW xoxo Cheetarah #20
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:46:22

    Quite happy to help with the salad making. Bringing that tea loaf. Must get a card off to Chris via you. I need to have a card making session as I haven’t done any in ages and have an 80th, a special one for America and one for Chris now on my list. Sounds as if she is having a tough time of it whilst being stuck in bed but at least she is being looked after so ‘in the right place’ for the moment. As for you – what a lovely person you are, what a good friend. That is a lovely gesture to take on making their Christmas cards. So glad you heard the message. God Bless Neet xx
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:34:57

    Hi Margaret, I know just how Mrs. D is feeling- after my surgery my going home date seemed like it was just a faint hope on the horizon! Every time I expected to go home, something new popped up. It can be very demoralizing, so it’s good she has someone to craft with, and some stuff to do it with. I shall pop a card in the post to you for her, probably tomorrow. Love very much all the cards you’ve done, and that is such a lovely stamp she has chosen. Looking forward to seeing you again, and Llandudno. I haven’t been there for many, many years, my first husbands Mom had a caravan outside Caernarvon, and we used to go there often. I have asked Julia if she will be bringing her Big Shot, or if you will be bringing yours, I can bring my dies with me.So everyone can bring their card and cut what they’d like. Jan explained we cannot have a raffle, so I was wondering if you would like some Christmas Cards/ Birthday cards to sell for your Church fundraising? Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 XxX
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:16:56

    Super cards! Love that stamp – will have to see if I have that one ha! ha! Really looking forward to meeting up and seeing everyone. God Bless Christine #15
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:58:48

    Sarah Brennan
    Love the cards you are making for Chris; it was lovely to meet her and Adrian (although not the circumstances). We have managed to hook upon Facebook now, so will be keeping in touch. I’m glad you showed the stamp she described, it is gorgeous. Happy WOYWW Sarah #13
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:42:15

    Oh, wow, what a friend you are! I have enough trouble making my own Christmas cards let alone for anyone else, I am so impressed with your productivity!! I am really sorry I can’t get to the crop this time, i will really miss you all. Please send Chris my love when you next see/speak to her, and I hope she isn’t in hospital for too long.
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:39:43

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