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August 6, 2016

England Grand Tour, Leg IX ~ Swindon Craft Retreat

Greetings, my friends!

I hope you don't mind, but I have two more posts to finish up my amazing adventure in England. Thank you to those of you who have journeyed along with me every step of the way as I write this photo diary on my blog!

You might want to grab an epic beverage as this one is especially epic in length!

The next day dawned like this:
One of the ladies attending Kylie's Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Swindon was my friend Carol. And my good fortune continued because Carol lives very near Knutsford, so she kindly gave me a ride down to Swindon for the Retreat, saving me a train ride. Thank you, Carol!

Most of the happy little stampers arrived Friday afternoon and checked in. I had made arrangements to meet with another bloggie friend Amanda that afternoon before the Retreat started. She lives nearby, but she hadn't heard about the Retreat until after it was filled. Here we are:
Thank you, Amanda, for popping in and bringing me a delish treats bag! It was a pleasure to meet you!

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After cocktails, we all went to our rooms to freshen up for dinner. I came down fashionably late in order to make a proper entrance as Miss USA!
My talented American friend Kim made me the Miss USA sash! I borrowed the gloves and tiara from the Mister. Stop it now, settle down, that's a joke! I felt this attention-seeking moment had to be done as I was the only one coming all the way from the States. (As it happens, I was not literally the only American at the Retreat because Melissa is also from the USA, but she currently resides in Germany and she and her family came from there to the Retreat.) 

I couldn't resist passing my tiara around the table for photo ops and since you are all no doubt sick of seeing my mug in the photos with each lady I've met, these are sans me!
I will list each name (linked to their blog if they have one) row by row, starting in the top row left:

Anita Bowden (Neet & Crafty)Anne Ray (Stargroves)Carol Steedman (Inky Fingers)Chrissie Stokes (Simply One-of-a-Kind)Sarah Platt (Sazzle Dazzle Crafts)Debbie Morgan (Ribbon Dreams), Dianne Stewart, Julie Beech (Crafted by Jules)Kathy Kirby (Purple Princess Diaries) [you'd think, being a princess, that she'd be better at wearing a tiara!], Kylie Purtell (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps) [the Retreat Founder and Head Mistress!], Lilian Beazer (Lilian's Crafting Blog), Maree Hillery [Kylie's Mum], Melissa (Honeybee Lane) [wearing the full regalia!], Marina Mode (My Perfect Life)Monika Skinner (Tinker Cards Designs), Sue Jones, and Val Nolan (Canonbury Creations).  (Let me know if any names/blogs are incorrect or the links aren't working.)

These ladies are just as talented and sweet in real life as I imagined them to be! And don't they all look so fetching in a tiara!!

The hotel facilities, food, and grounds were sensational!
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We all turned in at a reasonable hour, anxious to get up the next morning and get crafty!
We were each given generous goody bags, including Brushos, and Kylie was a marvelous teacher!

I had actually given away a set of Brushos earlier this year after having them sit on Mt. NBUS for over a year, so I was bemused by the irony of the workshop materials and lesson. In truth, I felt like I already had enough backgrounds to last my lifetime, but I have to say I really enjoyed using the Brushos and I'm glad I now have a set again! I was also surprised by how easy it is to use them in a small controlled space for CAS cards and stencil work so I know I will be using them often.

Having said that, you can see below that I couldn't wait to have a sprawled-out go at them as soon as I could yesterday!
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But I digest. Back to the workshop, here we are hamstering away with the Brushos, our work laid out on the floor to dry, at lunch, cards from the Aussie Christmas card challenge, and Hammy saying hello:
Several of us made ATCs (Artist Trading Cards [like baseball cards]) to swap:
While we were swapping, we played a couple of games of Twister!

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Before I left on my adventure, I thought about what I could bring as a gift to all the lovely women I was meeting along the way. Since I was making ATCs for the Retreat attendees, I decided to make one for everyone I was meeting in England.

Here you can see that "everyone" turned out to be 60 women so that's how many ATCs I made!
It wasn't much as gifts go, but it was perfect for not taking up too much room in the suitcase and everyone now has a little pimento of my visit. On the back I put the date that I "met" them online (most of them dating back to early 2012) and the date we met for reals. Here is a closeup:
(Don't tell Hammy, but the image is actually a Stamping Bella mouse stamp which I, erm, had to perform a wee operation on!)

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Midafternoon Saturday, I had another bloggie friend stop by to meet me. Please met the darling Samantha Elliott of Hettiecraft, who drove all the way to Swindon from Wales!
Sam is a sweetheart and guess what she gave me? An adorable for-real hamster stamp from Deep Red, so now I'm set when I need to make ATCs for my next adventure! Thank you for driving all that way to meet me IRL, Sam! And thank you for the stamp and scarf! Kisses to my namesake henny girl!

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On Sunday morning, Carol gave us all a fantastic lesson on masking. Her talent is phenomenal and we all learned so much from her! Also, we all immediately went online to purchase everything she touched in her demonstrations! (Don't tell our husbands!)
It was a fabulous Retreat and weekend! Here is a photo of the beautiful cards and Brusho art we all made:
Some little imp photo-bombed the image. More from him soon!

Thank you so much, Kylie! I am still in awe that you managed to arrange this Retreat from Australia, which went off without a hitch that I could see. If it weren't for your bravery going for it, I wouldn't have been brave enough to use the Retreat as my launching point to go on my solo adventure around England! Mwah! I can't wait to hear where next year's retreat will be!

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Okay, diary-wise I'm off to London next and that will be the last installment. (Hey, I heard that huge sigh of relief back there!)

I found out we had incredibly hot days while I was away which was very hard on some of the garden. Some of the succulents, on the other hand, LOVED the heat. This one hasn't bloomed in the three years I've had it and what a showy magnificent bloom it is!
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70 comments:

Birgit said...

I am really enjoying reading about your trip and love the tiara. My hubby has one as well๐Ÿน I would have loved to be part of such a big group and it must have been so much fun. Your hammy card is cute and the card with the roses are beautiful. You are lucky that you are away from this heat.

Sue said...

The retreat looked fab. You all got a lot done.

I love Hammy's ATCs.

Your plant wanted to welcome you home. Beautiful.

Hope you are having a lovely day. Sue

scrAPpamondo said...

Such a lovely post, I enjoyed look at all your pics! Amazing workshop, and your Hammy gadget look wonderful!!You have had really an awesome journey!!

Marianne said...

So happy to see you all loved the retreat. I saw some pictures on the LIM blog this morning but it's nice to have some names to go with it. Love your ATC gifts. I bet Hammy looks even more handsome IRL or should I say: in your and my imagination lol. Well, I'd better go see if I can play a little outside using alcohol inks and yupo (for the current OCC Creative Chemistry 103 class) before it gets dark in 30 minutes.
Enjoy your weekend!
Marianne x

Lisa said...

Your Hammy ATC cards are too cute for their own good!! More great times, more great pics. SO happy you are sharing this with us Darnell. And how wonderful that the love of this craft reaches across the seas!!

Liz said...

You all look like you had a brilliant time at the retreat. Couldn't believe how many Hammie ATC you made and to work out the date you met everyone in blog land and IRL! It must have taken you HOURS! I know I'll treasure mine. xx

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS photos and thanks so much for sharing them with us all and, yes, you're right, I SHOULD know how to wear a tiara ..... and yet, you did it so much better!

Good to see your pix

Kathyk

Colleen said...

What an adventurous person you are! I have loved seeing your pictures and reading your stories...so fun to live through it and imagine how great to meet IRL all those whom you have known for so long! Thank you for sharing!! Your card is so cute...love your inspiration piece, Hammy sure brings a lot to your work space! * wink

Helen said...

Not at all surprised Sam drove to meet you, she's quite lovely. the retreat sounds great fun and you are continuing to have great adventures.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Darnell that's a beautiful post and sums up our fantastic weekend perfectly with brilliant photos and funny quotes! It was a dream to meet you IRL and so thrilled that you made such an epic journey on your own! You're a unique and fabulous lady and I'll treasure the memories forever! X

Lunch Lady Jan said...

More great pics of lovely crafters ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š. I'm so glad you got to the retreat ok and enjoyed it so much. Nice to see Sam too!
Hugs, LLJ xxx

Gay Peplow said...

That looks like so much fun :D Great to see so many lovely ladies that I know! I love your Miss USA outfit, the tiara is particularly fetching, looks good on everyone TBH LOL Great post again Darnell, look at you crafting already, only been back 5 minutes LOL xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, I'm in awe of your amazing trip to the U.K. and how many blog friends that you met. What a great idea to decide to attend a wonderful retreat and also arrange visits to many locations, which seems that it would have been a logistical challenge. I'm quite impressed that you managed to meet so many crafty ladies, it says a lot about you that so many traveled a distance to meet up. I probably missed some of your fantastic blog posts and beautiful photos but your vacation sounded truly wonderful. Your 'hamster'(mouse) ATCs are beautiful, perfect idea and beautifully coloured. How wonderful that you personalized each one. I will now bow down to you .. amazing and talented (in so many ways) lady. Happy Weekend, Hugs, Shirley xx

Sarah said...

You look wonderful as Miss USA Darnell. A great post and it was great to see pictures of all the ladies you have met along the way xx

conil said...

What a treat to share your love of crafting with so many other crafty ladies. Incidentally, you do look like a princess in your husband's tiara and the sash is the perfect accessory. so jealous of all the fun you're having. Although, Hammie must be a little miffed that he wasn't along for the ride.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful post!! The retreat sounds like so much fun and it's amazing the number of friends you got to meet!! I love your sash and tiara!! And the ATC's you made are so sweet and adorable!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Greta said...

So glad the heat is good for something! That is a gorgeous plant this year! So fun seeing your retreat & buddy pictures, Miss Darnell--think I'll re-name you Miss Congeniality. Of course, you always have been, but oh my goodness--you met 60 women (+ husbands)--so many people love you--a blessing indeed! Hugs, Greta

Susan said...

Loving every step (word) of your journey! And green with envy as I love the UK and would love to attend a craft retreat (so glad you enjoyed it!).

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful photos and you look so beautiful in your tiara and sash!

Redanne said...

Ha, ha, I love the tiara and sash, you are natural!!! It looks like the retreat was a huge success too, so glad you enjoyed it and got to meet more lovely ladies. I know you did a lot of Hammy ATCs but it looks so much more when you see them laid out like that - I love mine! Big hugs, Anne xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Not sure where to start. So happy that you and Hammy are happily reunited with the Mister, it must be lovely to be in the same place for more than two days! Also really wish I'd known about the Miss USA stuff, I would have loved you to turn up in it in Salsibury! You looked great, I bet the ladies loved your arrival! I love my ATC - 60!! Gosh you were so organised! Think it was a great gift actually, mine is in the pile with copies of your photos waiting to be scrapbooked! Again, loved our short meeting, so so chuffed that you threw a loop in the curve of your journey to meet up. Xxxx

Julia Dunnit said...

OMGEe I forgot to tell you how useful the dish holders are, thank you so much. Aside from the fact that Jenny and Her boyfriend were home last week and every time they came out of the kitchen they were wearing them as hats! LIke an idiot, I have no pictures, but they looked better on their heads than they did on my boobs!!! Xx

Laurie Unger said...

Awesome job on the Hammy ATC! Love it!

Julie B said...

You couldn't have written a better post that sums up our weekend together, just great. You certainly have a way with words and summed the weekend up in a nutshell.
I gather there has been lots of activity out there on t'internet as a result of the retreat and the delivery men have been v busy!
You are so brave to travel to meet up with your blog buddies across the pond. As you know there is the possibility of a get together in CA for some of us, not sure I have your sense of adventure, though the idea is very tempting.
Again it was lovely to meet you IRL. xx
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shirley-bee said...

You look wonderful in the Mister's gloves and tiara, Darnell! Looks like you all had a blast at the retreat. My ATC has pride of place in my (very untidy) craft room :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Everyone looks so happy! No wonder, they met the Queen of Blogland! The retreat looks amazing and I only wish I could have been there (fingers crossed it will be in Vegas at the beginning of July next year, when we will be over there!) You look so regal in your tiara and white gloves! I'm so pleased you had such a great time, and actually had mostly good weather it seems! Have a wonderful, restful weekend to regain your strength. It was a real pleasure meeting you my sweet friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Ruth said...

Sounds like you had so much fun and the retreat looked really fantastic. I love the little ATC you made for everyone. Been enjoying hearing your adventures around the country. Looking forward to your next post! Xx

Pat said...

Oh Darnell you looked fabulous in your tiara, sash and gloves and loved all the other photos from the retreat which was obviously a lot of fun and produced a lot of wonderful creations, and two more ladies hot footed it there to meet you too, how great! I love my ATC so thank you again and looking forward to seeing the last leg of the journey. The heat at home certainly produced some gorgeous flowers on your succulent too. Hope the jet lag is diminishing now. x

Kathleen said...

Wonderful post and a lovely set of Ladies, I am also so pleased that the weather was half decent for you, I think that you were very brave coming all this way and going up and down the country on your own.

Kath x

Cat Craig said...

Oh that must have been fun, nothing better than getting together with a bunch of crafty women. Still loving the pics and stories.

Stamps and Paper said...

Looks like you all had an amazing crafting weekend ..pleased the weather was good for your stay in the UK....and thank you for my hammy ATC...
I've loved following your trip and thank,you sharing your great photos

Anne x

Sammy said...

Hi Darnell, well, from the looks of this and the other posts, you definitely had quite the adventure over here in Blighty, and I'm so glad you and Hammy both made it home in one piece!
And I think it's testament to how highly you are thought of in Blogland, that you managed to lure so many of us from all corners of the UK to come and see you. I for one had a lovely time and would like to thank you again for hosting such a fab afternoon!

Hail to the queen of America! ;-) x

Amanda said...

It was so lovely to meet you, just wish it was longer. It has been fab to follow your journey around the UK and I hope you come back soon. Hugs, Amanda X

Di said...

I've been waiting for this post and it didn't disappoint of course. LOVED you in the Miss USA gear, exactly as I imagined when you confided about it in Southampton! What a trip you had dear friend, and I so treasure the memories and my Hammy ATC :)

But I bet your own bed and home comforts feel good! :)

Hugs

Di xx

Bunny said...

Oh what fun this looks like. I loved the ATC's you made. That is the cutest image.

Sandy said...

Wow. 60 people... That is a lotof bloggie friends. I have really enjoyed each post. Seeing your Miss America outfit might take the cake however.

Brenda said...

Sigh, what a trip Auntie! The scenery is just so gorgeous and I'm so glad you took us along with you! As I don't think I will ever leave the USA or even make it to CA. But one can hope and dream...How much fun the retreat looked! You cracked me up as Miss USA, but I have to admit you are looking pretty dang good in that tiara Auntie! I almost thought they let you be Queen for a day! lol I loved that you let everyone wear your tiara too, how fun that must have been, loving the pictures too! The one picture of that huge tree is amazing, love that tree and wish it was in my backyard. lol Looks like you ladies had an amazing time at the retreat, love the brusho work, love the twister with the ATC's and love your cute ACT. I would have never known that you use a mouse for Hammy, oh and I loved Hammy photo bombing! lol That Hammy, he really is something else! Fun, fun, fun for everyone! I just have been loving living this trip through your post Auntie and I thank you for it! Yes, lots of hot weather all over the US. Your succulent is gorgeous! Look at that bloom!!! I just got a cutting (fell off and I took!) of a different looking succulent from a friend of mine. I put it in water to see if it would root, but I might just place it in soil. It has already put some tiny blooms out, so I'm thinking I should be able to grow it. Succulents are so much fun. Can't wait to see the London gig next go. I will be sad to see this come to an end, but all good things must end don't they?! Hugs, Brenda

Sybrina K said...

Can I confess to being just a tad bit -- okay lots -- jealous of all of you enjoying that wonderful retreat?! Love, love, love your stash of card homemade gifts. These cards will be treasured by your British friends for... well, forever! Thanks so much for letting us share in your European vacation. :)

Misty Elam said...

Wow Darnell. I could read your blog all day!! I'm new to the blog world but saw you on the case this sketch page (which I'm also new to) but I will gladly follow you!! I love reading about these retreats! They seem like a dream come true. Some day in my life I would LOVE to join one of those. How do you hear about them? Are they pretty pricey?? It looks like a lot of fun. Hehe, and you make a beautiful Miss America!! Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your posts. If you get a chance, I would love for you to pop on over to my newest adventure/challenge/blog. It's still a work in progress so don't look too close... It's happyinkdesigns.wordpress.com If you have any tips or advice for this newbie, I'm all ears. Take care Darnell ~

Maxine D said...

So glad to hear Hammy had some fun too - and as for that STC - it's classic Darnell and cute as ever. So glad you had a great retreat.
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely way to round off your trip and it all looks such fun! Thank you for my Hammy ATC... It's brilliant! And I love that beautiful succulent flower .. It's amazing! Have a beautiful day!

Cara said...

So glad to hear that the retreat was as fabulous as you thought it would be. My ATC is treasured, bet you were sick of the sight of them by the end! Cara x

Happy Dance said...

With that regalia, HRH should have put in an appearance and given you some fancy order to pin on your sash! From now on, I guess we should all call you, "Your Maj," lol!! What an amazing adventure! You've made so many bloggers so happy. Those you've met irl in England, and those who've been delighted by your wonderful travelog. Pretty sure Kylie should hold the next event mid-USA...think of the people you'd meet, and those who'd wait outside just to meet you!! So glad you had a great time, and so happy you're sharing. Miss you!! Bev

Brenda in IN said...

The retreat looks like so much fun. How wonderful so many ladies were able to come. I wish I had been there for the Brusho class. The cards are awesome. You look great as Miss USA and Hammy looks like he's having the time of his life with all the attention he's getting! Can't wait for the next installment but I'm sorry to see your trip end. I've enjoyed seeing things and meeting all the ladies through you.

Nan G said...

Wow! What an awesome epic journey you've had! The retreat looks like s much fun! Love the USA get up...haha..lol. ;) It really is pretty cool that you were able to go to Merry Ol England and made even more the merrier! To meet so many bloggers is amazing. How many days were you there? I've lost count. From others comments I see you're home safely. Rest my dear. Hugs

Carol said...

So glad you enjoyed your whirlwind trip around Blighty Darnell...just been catching up on your posts. Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time with all those crafty peeps...wish I could have come down to meet you but alas with the house move it was not to be this time. Carol x

Sharon Underwood said...

I'm so pleased you got to take this wonderful trip! Truly an experience of a lifetime! Yes, I'm jealous. I think it's great you got to meet so many blogger friends. I didn't realize before that you had so many so far away. Awesome!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love that you had such a fab time at the retreat! I'll forever treasure my very own Hammy ATC. Thank you, again, for a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Em

Chrissie said...

I think that this sums up the weekend brilliantly, it was SUCH fun and I for one am so glad to have been part of your epic adventure
I shall look forward to seeing you again very soon and hope that there will be another retreat in store sometime in the future!

Kylie said...

What an amazing time we all had due to everyone that came to support the first HLS craft retreat! I am still overwhelmed from meeting everyone! Thank you for being there - I especially enjoyed meeting Hammy in the flesh. I bet he needs to go on a diet from all that good food - I do! It was a pleasure to meet you, Darnell :) Your photos are awesome!! xx

Anne Williams said...

The retreat looked, sounds fab. Very envious. Have enjoyed being part of your adventure - literally and via your accounts! X

Anne Williams said...

The retreat looked, sounds fab. Very envious. Have enjoyed being part of your adventure - literally and via your accounts! X

Marybeth said...

What an amazing trip! I am tiered just thinking about all the fun and travel you had!

Anita in France said...

Travelling vicariously ... love it, Darnell ... especially when you write such great day journals and add all those brilliant photo's ... it's as close to being there as one can get without being! Love your Hammy ATCs ... you are so sweet and thoughtful to make one for all the girls you met ... they must've been thrilled! I feel as though I should be curtsying to her royal missness ... you do look rather fetching and regal in your tiara and sash (so sweet of Kim!) ... will you travel 'togged up' again d'you think ... or remain incognito?? Looking forward to the final stages of your adventure! LYAMYLMA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Tracey McNeely said...

What an ending to your fabulous trip! Memories for a lifetime! <3

Pollard Carole said...

Oh these posts are just a delight will be sad when they are all over you had a ball and dressed for it as well !!Love and hugs Carole x

Loll said...

What fun you all had! So much fun!! And great instruction from Kylie and Carol. LOVE all the Hammy ATCs ... that would have kept you so busy before you left. Amazing that you were able to meet so many amazing card makers / blogging friends. A once in a life time trip! Bet Mister is happy to have you home. xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

You are having a great journey
the best
hugs Tamara

Lisa Tilson said...

I think your gift was lovely, and extremely thoughtful Darnell. And the tiara - well doesn't every husband have one?!! I have just been sent some brusho samples from a very lovely friend of mine - so I am looking forward to trying them out - the pigment gets everywhere though!!! Am sad we only have one more post about your travels ....

Susi K. said...

Oh wow ... what a wonderful, crafty retreat! To meet such talented ladies is really special too. And to use it to start off what sounds like an amazing adventure sounds dreamy! Have a fabulous, safe time.

Inkyfingers said...

Oh this post really sums up what a great retreat we all had. It was wonderful to meet everyone in the flesh and you were just as I imagined - generous, funny and kind. I hope you are settling down and are over the jet lag. I'm in the middle of redecorating my craft space so no crafting for me for a while:(
Hugs
Carol x

Valerie Nolan said...

You stole the show Darnell, arriving as Miss USA of indeterminate year, lol! Love that we all got to wear the tiara, great photos!
Val x

Shona Chambers said...

What an amazing time you all had and I'm still in awe of Kylie's ability to organise it from so far away!! Love the little hamster cards you gave out, such a sweet idea and great you were all able to swap cards as well for the memories. You met so many people in the flesh too, how fabulous is that!!!!

Geri said...

Who could possible get tired of reading your posts? Sure as heck not me cuz I am really, REALLY enjoying the trip! So totally in awe of the number of pals you were able to meet! And even more in awe of how well all the meetings, lunches, craft retreats, etc. fell perfectly into place! Definitely was one of those 'meant to be' life moments!

Sooooooo happy you are sharing it all with us! xx oo

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Looks like you had fun at the retreat.
Its wonderful that you had such a fabulous trip and met so many lovely folk (of course, I include myself lol!)
Hope you have got through all the piles of washing by now (though not many pairs of knickers eh?)
I love my Hammy ATC and will treasure it!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Craftychris said...

Ooh the retreat looked fantastic! You all rocked the Tiara and you make an awesome Miss USA! I love my Hammy ATC and will treasure it! Thank you! xxx

Zelda C said...

Have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip ... and seeing the photo's. Love the ATC's you made and that you wrote on the date you met each person - so thoughtful!

Michelle said...

So cool! Kylie lives just a hop, skip, and a jump away from me here in Australia, and you got to meet her first... in England! The retreat looks like it was super fun!

Barb said...

Wonderful photos of the Retreat and you all obviously worked hard and had lots of fun. You looked great as Miss USA in your tarara and the other ladies wore it so well too. Well done making 60 ATC. Now that really is batch making and I'm sure Hammy feels very special indeed be featured so prominently. What wonderful memories you have shared with so many buddies and thank you for sharing all your photos. Barbxx

Julia Aston said...

More and more friends AND two days of crafting - what more could you want??!!! I spewed my coffee all over my computer screen with the photo of Miss USA - you are just TOO funny Darnell!!! Julia xx