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Mary Athey

I love augusts issue!! There's plenty for me to sew lol x

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24 June

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    Jun 24, 2015, 07.59 PMby Mrskipcak

    Thank you for your nice comment Mary :)

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      Jun 24, 2015, 08.19 PMby Mary Athey

      You’re very welcome x

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    Jun 24, 2015, 06.21 PMby Mokara

    Haha… how did that happen Mary? Do they have a different cover? I saw the July issue last week at the magazine stand & I couldn’t decide if I should buy it or not! Nice garments, but very easy patterns that I could create them myself. But I think I am going to buy it, since I haven’t purchased any of the issues this year & I miss it :))) I need some eye candy :)

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      Jun 24, 2015, 08.18 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi, well I bought 3 patrones while I was on holiday and I spotted the burda on my last day. It didn’t have a date on it? So I assumed it was a burda special one. I have my burda ordered from my Newsagent so even though I realised I had already bought The issue I still had to pay for it lol. Ill photograph them side by side when I post OK.the insides aren’t identical neither? Different photos for the same outfit x

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    Jun 24, 2015, 05.12 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lucky you Mary, I bought my June issue yesterday..! I receive my magazines so late that I have always found it another place/city while travelling, so now I decided to buy the magazine instead. My mother in law is also sewing so therefore she got the double issue I had from the other months, so she’s very happy :)

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      Jun 24, 2015, 06.00 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi Ellen, I didn’t realise when I bought the burda in Spain that it was julys issue? I thought it was one of their specials lol. I also bought 3 patronez magazines which was heaven for me. There’s such a lot I want to make from them.I used to have to take a day of work once a month to go into Belfast and buy my burda. Then I asked. My Newsagent in my town if they.could order it so now I get my magazines kept for me which is great. I’m loving all your new projects, your seeing skills ate fantastic x

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      Jun 24, 2015, 09.14 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Oh, I love Patrones too, but the sizes are a bit different. I also bought a few when we had holiday in Tenerife, so this summer I have to try some Patrones patterns as well :) Thanks for such lovely words Mary – you always cheers me up ;-) I’m looking forward seeing your new projects too. Cheers my friend!

21 April

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    Apr 21, 2015, 10.11 PMby ellie-sew

    Hi Mary, thanks a lot for all your nice comments you leave on my studio! And by the way, I really need to stop buying fabrics. :D Happy sewing to you! Ellie

12 April

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    Apr 12, 2015, 07.38 PMby rita61

    Hi Mary. Just reading your new status; is that why you haven’t posted anything in over a month??? :-) I miss seeing your projects and photo shoots. Hope you and mum and family are well. Rita

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      Apr 12, 2015, 09.50 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita, I’ve Been sewing away but I havnt been out much to photograph them. Most are for my holiday in June. Mums on the mend, she was very ill for a while and has now decided to holiday closer to home. I’m ggoing with Kelsey in June. I’m hoping mum changes her mind but ill have to wait and seen.
      I have bought the new sewing bee book and There’s a good view patterns in it. My friend brought me 2 patrones magazines which are wonderful, one has some gorgeous vintage dresses in it. Then There’s my image magazines plus I bought about 6 new patterns from vogue simplicity etc and loads of fabric lol. I hope you and your loved ones are well Rita x

17 March

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    Mar 17, 2015, 11.28 PMby rita61

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Hope all is well with you, and mum. Where are you going on holiday this year? Take care.

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      Mar 18, 2015, 03.51 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita, I’m going to Spain in June with Kelsey, mum didn’t want to go! I was booking us an all inclusive break in October but she said no!! She said the journey etc was to much for her now and she dosnt enjoy it any more.she hates the travelling whereas I love it. I was so upset as we have had so much fun the last 15 years and now It’s ended. MuM said we can go for weekends away to England as It’s a short flights for us. I’m hoping she changes her mind in the future when she’s 100% again but I have to abide by her wishes. Mum has copd rheumatoid arthritis asthma and an irregular heart beat so she has a lot to contend with. Kelsey said she’d go with me for a few days for my birthday So I’m really looking forward to that.(they go to San Francisco in Sept for a family holiday) As long as mums fine Rita we’ll be grand. I hope you are all well x

24 February

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    Feb 24, 2015, 03.56 AMby izbott

    Yeah, I’m having problem too. Oh dear, well I think keep sewing on!

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    Feb 24, 2015, 12.01 AMby rita61

    Yes, it appears we are all having problems. Oh well, they’ll fix it again.. :-)

23 February

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    Feb 23, 2015, 05.23 PMby cougar2

    Yes having problems. !!!!! For about a week , won’t let me post my projects. So frustrating.

27 December

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    Dec 27, 2014, 06.38 AMby rita61

    HI Mary. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. The selfie stick sure came in handy for family photos!!!! Wishing you a great New Year, Rita x

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      Dec 27, 2014, 09.30 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita and Thanks, I.hope you all had a great Xmas as well. We where all due out last night but everyone was exhausted lol. Maybe we’ll go out tonight. I bought my daughters boy a selfie stick and Kelsey said it was the best present of xmas 2014. i am now ordering my son o e lol. Mum and me where due to go away for new year but it all fell through. There’s always another time rita and if mums well enough we’ll go to spain in April. I wish.you and your family a very happy healthy new year xx

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      Dec 29, 2014, 05.37 AMby rita61

      Thanks Mary. I just finished a jacket for my husband; there will be a special photo with it just for you. :-)))
      Missing photos of your projects; I know you are not camera shy like me….. I keep your Mum in my prayers, and wishing you all the best for the New Year. x

1 November

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    Nov 1, 2014, 01.12 AMby rita61

    Hi Mary. Hope all is well with you, your mum, and family. I have my selfie stick!!!!! Now to stay healthy for our trip on November 12 !!! Sewing frantically !!!! Have a great day~~~~

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      Nov 1, 2014, 09.22 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita, I’m so glad you got your selfie stick. I am stickless at the moment as my sister who lives in London fell in love with mine!! Of course I gave her mine lol I have ordered a new improved one though!! The new one has Bluetooth is charagable and you take the photo by a button on the pole rather than the timer on my phone!! I can’t wait to get it. I booked mum and me a weekend away for new year. This is mums Xmas box.our favourite artist Shaun wasn’t in benidorm spain this year but he’s doing Xmas and a new year concerts where he lives. Sunderland England. We’ve been before to his Vegas show and it’s well worth the trip. This time e he’s hosting the whole event so i know our new year will be fabulous rita. I had to tell her though as she wanted me to book it and I already had lol.
      Mum has highs and lows rita, She’s still losing weight which she cant afford to do? My.sister fed her up while she was over and she still lost 5lbs. She’s fed up being I’ll so she has a touch of depression I think. We an only Hope and prey mum gets her health back rita. I don’t want our last Spanish holiday to be the real last one for us? We have such fun together. Hope you’re well Rita, as I always say health before wealth. Take care Mary x.

9 October

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    Oct 9, 2014, 10.56 AMby Trudy McGrath

    Raining here also…when you forget for a few months you live in the UK or IE…there’s your reminder :)

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      Oct 9, 2014, 12.41 PMby Mary Athey

      Lol and true Trudy, I’m just back from Spain and it was lovely. I’m always freezing until I settle back down again x

6 October

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    Oct 6, 2014, 12.19 AMby izbott

    Oh you look great. I like the fashions you selected for your mom. She looks great too. Que tengas unas memorias linda! May you have lovely memories of your holiday. Seriously where did score your fabric? The dresses are so much funner with a mix of print & solid. I do love that. I’m gonna try with some tops.

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      Oct 6, 2014, 07.12 AMby Mary Athey

      Awwwww Thank you so much, I have had a fantastic time with my mum. I am so glad She’s mine!! I bought mum a photo frame a few. Years back with an engraving that said " my mother by nature, my friend by choice" and popped a funny pic of us 2 in it lol. It sits on mums kitchen windowsill x

20 September

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    Sep 20, 2014, 03.09 AMby rita61

    Hi Mary. Wishing you and your mum an awesome vacation !!! Hope all is well. Looking forward to some fabulous photos!!! :-)

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      Sep 20, 2014, 06.15 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita, we go on the 29th. I’m just counting down the days now. I booked next week of work as well to finish all my sewing. I havnt posted in ages but I have lots made . I have to many dresses now though lol . I will have lots to post on holiday. Hope all’s well Rita x

19 August

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    Aug 19, 2014, 03.49 AMby izbott

    Oh Mary , mum gave me such beautiful fabric for my birthday. I already have patterns for it ! I should take a week off work to get to work to do it! I do believe it would be heaven. My colleague gave me fabric, it’s just wonderful!

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      Aug 19, 2014, 05.16 AMby Mary Athey

      Oh what perfect presents. I Had a half say of work yesterday so i went to ballymena. The next town. They have a lovely fabric shop there. I fell in love with beautiful lace fabric with sequins. They had it in royal blue and red. Problem is I loved both colourways and it was £20 a metre!!. It would make a Gorgeous bolero. I will look on the internet to see if I can get it cheaper then icon buy both lol x

16 August

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    Aug 16, 2014, 02.50 AMby izbott

    Lol! I know what you mean. I have fabric & patterns to try! It’s just such a fun thing to do.

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      Aug 16, 2014, 06.57 AMby Mary Athey

      Its more a compulsion now lol. I just love seeing all the nre fabrics and waiting on the parcels to arrive. I get such a thrill seeing my fabric patterns and notions. Have that much stuff I am now turning my biggest spare room into my sewing. Rather than the box room I first thought of..more space for everything lol x

14 August

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    Aug 14, 2014, 04.12 AMby schnui

    GOOD LUCK Mary with that!!! Not buying anymore fabric is like me saying “I won’t breathe again”. I have just returned home from shopping and I bought 3 new pieces. Did I need them??? NO. I just heard them calling out to me to take them to my place!!! Just know you are not alone and we are here to support you. Can’t wait to see what you make.

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      Aug 16, 2014, 07.14 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol schnui we are all the same. I have changed the list of what I’m making for my holiday every time i see and buy new fabric lol. I’m the same with sewing magazines patterns thread etc. I found a shop that sells mixed size and style buttons so I bought two bags totalling 200 buttons!! Lol. The reasoning behind that buy is one day will need them?? Lol. Im going to make a top and use some buttons As a pattern a like studs x

13 August

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    Aug 13, 2014, 08.59 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Hi Mary! I think we are in the same situation…! I’m trying my best not to buy anymore before I have used all I have collected over many years now….! but it’s hard.. So now I’m just looking on the internet.., not buying – ha-ha!! Cheers!!

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      Aug 13, 2014, 11.07 PMby Mary Athey

      Between fabric and shoes all my wages go lol. I have bought 7 pairs of shoes now for my holiday? stupid really as with weight restriction I can probably take 2 pairs lol . I saw Jersey waffle fabric advertised on eBay so i ordered some out of curiosity!! Its.gorgeous Ellen so I bought more. It’s got a crinkled effect to it and will make great beach dresses. The problem is I had already bought my dress fabric?? Lol. I can.t help myself. My sister and my niece called round earlier and where loving my fabrics. I have made my niece a top and shorts for bed as she finds it hard to get pyjamas as she’s tall and thin.well they’re that cute on her she said she would wear them out. I will post them once they’re hemmed x

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      Aug 14, 2014, 08.37 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Wow! You are a Great shopper! :) I can imagine that you are looking forward to this trip!! I have to check out this jersey waffle…. I have been looking on the net, but only found color that I didn’t like.
      I would love to see your niece’s pyjamas :)

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    Aug 13, 2014, 12.53 PMby orchiddream

    Hi Mary! Have you shopped with EOS, Emma One Sock, yet? Her goods are amazing and affordable. I use her all the time. Most of the garments in my studio are made from her fabric. Just trying to give you a little help with that fabric addiction!

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      Aug 13, 2014, 11.08 PMby Mary Athey

      Feed my addiction please lol, thank you I will check This out xx

23 July

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    Jul 23, 2014, 10.53 PMby Luz Kettle

    Having the samrnproblem

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      Jul 24, 2014, 12.51 PMby Mary Athey

      Its awful, it says I have activity but its from last year?? I’m missing out on peoples projects as well x

8 July

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    Jul 8, 2014, 05.23 AMby rita61

    Hi Mary ! Thanks for asking. I am improving !! :-) Finally !!! My chiropractor has been doing A.R.T. on my head/neck, and I feel so much better. Now I just need to get the anxiety that developed under control, figure out how to fix the head pains/balance when I bend over or change position, and the numbness in my hand. We were away for ten days, as we decided to go cruizing in the motor home, and had wonderful relaxing time doing nothing!!! We spent the last three days parked in my girlfriends driveway; it was awesome to see her again. I found buckles, finally, that will work for the jacket I have been planning since January. The ones I first purchased, were too small. I had no idea when I started the plan, that it would be so difficult to find the ‘hardware’ I needed. So I purchased 40 buckles while I was at the store; I need 8 for the jacket. They were only $0.49 each, compared to $5.00 anywhere I could find them online plus shipping costs. This store was so awesome, the basement was all notions and awesome prices on most things. Plus there were a few clear out sales of things I could use ‘at some time’. It was so hard to keep within the budget I had set for myself, but I did. I can’t wait to see all your new projects as they are always inspiring !!! Try not to work to hard, and get sick from exhaustion before your vacation!!!! HUGS

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      Jul 8, 2014, 09.52 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks Rita, glad to hear you’re getting better. That store sounds fantastic and I would love it. I have been known to find a fabric or haberdashery shop and go in when it’s light and go back out when it’s dark lol.
      Mum hasn’t been well at all since just before Xmas. She has had COPD since she was 12 and refuses to go on oxygen as she said ‘she has coped with it for 60years’.mum also has bad arthritis in her hands and feet. Well think she got a virus at Xmas and it’s travelling round her body attacking the weak spots like her lungs hands etc?? She now thinks she has frozen shoulder as she can’t move her arms up?? It’s scary for us to witness Rita as although moms 72 she was incredible and so fit. People thought she was my sister on holiday. I got myself the extra job to pay for our holiday and also get some work done on my house. It’s hard going but I love the money lol. It’s lovely being able to do things and buy things for mum. She has been there for us all our lives and we’d be Lost without her. I told her she can just lie at the pool and drink baileys till the cows come home lol. We/re all inclusive. Mums of to the docs today so hopefully they can at least give her something. X

25 June

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    Jun 25, 2014, 10.00 PMby kisses

    Cant wait to see your projects…Hurry up and post them

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      Oct 6, 2014, 01.13 PMby Mary Athey

      Posting now lol x

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    Jun 25, 2014, 08.38 PMby PennyMac

    Hi Mary, I wanted to ask you a question about the kimono you made for you daughter way back in 2011 (Lace Kimono 07/2011 #124)- I want to make a kimono dressing gown for myself. I can’t see from the pictures if there’s a decent wrap-over at the front of the kimono. I don’t want to be accidentally flashing myself – my sons would be mortified! Thanks, Penny

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      Jun 25, 2014, 09.42 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi penny mac, yes there is enough coverage. Kelsey took this on holiday and wore it with shorts, very Boho!! She said!! Over her bikini and in the apartment as a housecoat. It’s a great pattern. I bought 5 metres of A lovely scuba fabric and they sent me 6!! Delighted!! An extra metre for a present . I’m making one for myself plus a top culottes?? And maybe the bombshell bathing suit. I can’t wait to see yours. Xx

26 May

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    May 26, 2014, 07.27 PMby rita61

    Hi Mary. I love your new status !!! It’ is great being able to have the opportunity to sew everyday; although one does start to talk to herself, or her dog. I’ll go through major withdrawals when they tell me I’m okay to return to work. I listen to audio books when doing tracing/cutting, and I am running out of choices from the library of the type I like. LOL You may have already guessed, I haven’t posted everything I’ve made yet. LOL It’s that modelling thing LOL I recently made two of those tops I asked you about, they are soooooo comfortable to wear!!!! Thanks for the neckline tip. Have a wonderful day!

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      May 26, 2014, 08.17 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi rita. I always feel like such an idiot getting my photos taken!! People tend to stare when you start posing lol. Mum always takes my photos bless her but i did’nt want her to stand about in the cold on sat night taking them.
      I hope you are feeling well, sewing does take your mind of a lot of things. I’m buying mum a asus tablet like mine for out holiday at the end of sept. She’s an avid reader and i know she’ll love this. I can customise it for her as it works on the same principle as my phone so i know what i’m doing for a change. I had to hide mine as it’ll spoil the surprise when she gets her at the airport.
      i’m going to sew the other scuba dress i cut out out sometime this week rita and wear it next week for my sisters birthday. This one is the reverse of my last one, its black where the floral is, i hope it looks ok when finished lol. I really need to knuckle down and get my diet under control again but working in the ice cream parlours so hard lol plus theres a fab chinese next door so thank god the scuba fabric keeps everything all tucked in hahaha.
      i can’t wait to see your tops
      take care and god bless xx

15 May

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    May 15, 2014, 06.27 PMby kisses

    Hi Mary! You are a jersey lover and sew very well with it. Which machine do you think is best for sewing such fabrics?

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      May 15, 2014, 09.27 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi daina, all my machines are heavy duty vintage ones. I love them and have 7 now. They sew anything from jersey right up to leather with no problems. I recently bought a pfaff 30 for £25 in a charity shop. They sell for over £200 on ebay so i’m delighted. I also got myself a necci.(itilian) and its immaculate for the same price. Mum bought me a jones one and i use it all the time. For jersey sewing i use an 11 needle and change it regulary. Good needles and the right size are what you need. Any machine can sew jersey x

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      May 15, 2014, 10.31 PMby kisses

      Thanks Mary….I use an 11 needle too but sometimes I get misstitch when sewing with jersey. I admire jersey alot but I really want the finish to look immaculate. Probably I need to buy an heavy duty machine.

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      May 16, 2014, 05.23 AMby Mary Athey

      Morning daina, i try and let the feed take the material through without holding it to Taut. Its trial and error and a lot of practice keeping the jersey from stretching. My machines where built to cope with all fabrics and where built to last so they sew jersey so well. Good luck and practice with stitch length tension etc until you get it right x

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      May 16, 2014, 12.19 PMby kisses

      So true Mary…practice makes perfect. Thanks again for your advice

28 April

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    Apr 28, 2014, 08.02 AMby ellie-sew

    Hi Mary, thanks for your nice comments. By the way, I am overwhelmed by your huge studio! :-)

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      May 15, 2014, 09.28 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi and thank you. I love seeing what everyone else has made x

22 March

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    Mar 22, 2014, 03.39 PMby slmnstyle

    I agree with you, can’t post anything until this site refreshes! I am sick of looking at the same jacket and denim shorts posting! I need to see a new Mary Athey design to make me happy!

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      Mar 23, 2014, 08.58 AMby Mary Athey

      I’m the same lol, that floral jackets gorgeous but enough now!! I want to see more projects. I have three more projects to put on including one of my mu. Looking fabulous, come on burda x

17 March

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    Happy St Patrick’s day to you….:)

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    Mar 17, 2014, 07.35 PMby Mbaliyethu

    Thanks Mary, Have a good one yourself.

16 March

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    Mar 16, 2014, 10.31 PMby rita61

    Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Mary, and a fantastic time with your granddaughters !!

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      Mar 17, 2014, 06.29 PMby Mary Athey

      Hello rita and thanks. The girls have been here an hour and a half!! The house is wrecked and my cats are hiding lol. I have them both fed and watered and we"re now watching ‘peter pan’. Happy st patricks day to you as well x