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13 September

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    Sep 13, 2016, 11.48 PMby EdieWalicki

    I love the effervescence that comes through in all your creations. It is a delight to see you sewing for yourself and all the generations in your family!

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      Sep 14, 2016, 05.44 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much for your lovely message. It means such a lot to me xx

16 April

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    Apr 16, 2016, 06.33 PMby izbott

    Ha! To post this comment I had to check all the rv’s also that I am not a robot!

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      Apr 16, 2016, 09.08 PMby Mary Athey

      Lol, it slows everything down x

15 April

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    Apr 15, 2016, 01.41 AMby nrobson

    hi Mary i think we do have to verify now before every comment…. at least that will cut down the high amount of comments i do hahhaha ;D

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      Apr 15, 2016, 05.32 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi Nadia, it’s an awful pain. I comment on nearly everything as well Lol. Some of the comments had added verification pictures where I had yo click on the ones that had trucks etc? Even worse x

26 March

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    Mar 26, 2016, 07.52 PMby rita61

    Have a Happy Easter Mary, and your family!

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      Mar 27, 2016, 05.28 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks Rita and the same to you and yours. I’m working all over Easter but I’m going on holiday in may so it’s worth it x

27 January

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    Jan 27, 2016, 08.50 PMby rita61

    Hi Mary !! Hope all is well. Where are you off to on holiday? I need inspiration; what have you made??? Wishing you lots of fun. Rita

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      Jan 27, 2016, 10.32 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi rita, im of to benidorm again on the 6th feb. This time though I’m one week all inclusive and the hotels lovely. I think this will suit me a lot better and hopefully nothing will gp wrong lol. I’ve made dresses shorts culottes tops capris plus i made a couple of dresses from a swimsuit pattern from 1989. Im hoping to get some good pics so i can post. Hope alls well with you x

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      Jan 29, 2016, 03.31 AMby rita61

      Sounds exciting ! Going solo again? How’s mum? I’m doing okay, some days better than others. We are going on vacation, and I need to get some weight off fast, so I am trying to sew stuff that will fit now, and when I get the weight off, as I have nothing that fits right now….I’ve been bad and snacking. I am having problems deciding what to make though. Can’t wait to see your pics. :-) ( I joined a couple of Facebook sewing groups, but still not getting ideas that I would wear. )

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      Jan 29, 2016, 09.06 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi rita, yes im going solo again and this time I’ve no friends going at the same time. I do know people who live there though should anything go wrong lol.
      Im on Facebook under mary Anderson (maiden name). Im the same about the weight. Im doing dry January to give my liver a break as it’s all inclusive in spain. I only lost a 1lb so now I’m on slim fast shakes and I’m starving lol. I’m never going to be skinny as I love my grub to much and anyway a bit of weight looks better than bones. Everything i have made is figure flattering i think and sone dresses ive made twice. I bought myself a bluetooth clicker to connect to my phone for photos. Hopefully i can out my phone on a decent wall and get some beach and sea photos instead of my balcony lol. Im bringing my bluetooth selfie stick as well.
      Mums doing well thanks. She’s up to 9 stone which is brilliant as she went under 8.., the doctor gave her steroids for her arthritis and its increased her appetite. I pop in with cakes and buns to fatten her up as well.
      I wish she was going with me rita but she will be there in spirit. I need this holiday as working 2 jobs is tiring. Im looking forward. To eating and drinking all round me lol. Im in a better spot this time, just 2 streets back ftom the beach and in the centre between the old (grest shopping) and new town (night life and more shops lol) 0x

18 November

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    Nov 18, 2015, 04.46 AMby rita61

    Welcome Back!!! Bummer about your phone. Hope your holiday was good???

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      Nov 20, 2015, 12.23 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita, everything went wrong. I will email you. My brother is fixing my phone. they where going to charge me 250 euros to fix mine?. I just bought one to keep in touch with home. Only 5mp camera so no good photos. I was gutted x

17 November

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    Nov 17, 2015, 04.12 PMby izbott

    oh dear! maybe you can plug into the computer to save data?

8 November

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    Nov 8, 2015, 01.46 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Have a Great – Fun and Fantastic holiday my friend! Keep your eyes open for nice fabric! ;-)) Cheers!

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    Nov 8, 2015, 09.55 AMby rita61

    Have a wonderful time !!!

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      Nov 8, 2015, 10.00 AMby Mary Athey

      I wish mum was with me Rita. She would love to go and hid in the back of my brothers car to surprise me when he collected me for the airport .I just wanted her to go though x

2 November

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    Nov 2, 2015, 07.43 AMby floralgirl

    Thanks for the tip about my image mag Mary. They look good value and even reasonable postage to Australia…Although I have so many patterns and magazines. I would have to live to be 300 to use them all. My daughter says I’m a hoarder and need counselling-although others call it collecting.

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      Nov 2, 2015, 06.19 PMby Mary Athey

      My daughter said I’m a boarder as well lol. I’m so bad my friends buy me patrones mags as presents now. I buy them plus Diana moda when I’m on my hols as well. I go away to spain on Sunday and im hoping the X’mas issue is out before I go home lol. The my image magazines are really lovely to look at and they show different ways to wear the items much like burda. The dresses sew up really well as well which is a big plus. I have bought them all now right back to 2011 x

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      Nov 2, 2015, 11.14 PMby floralgirl

      Thanks Mary -Have a great holiday and I’m sure you’ll come back with a good stash!!

30 September

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    Sep 30, 2015, 11.35 PMby izbott

    Congrats on getting featured! Its about time :-)

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      Oct 1, 2015, 05.14 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much izbott I’m thrilled. Cant stop grinning lol x

19 September

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    Sep 19, 2015, 05.38 AMby izbott

    Wow! So brilliant with the new – vintage machine.!my mom has an old kenmore here. I’m going to fix the zip on a leather jacket. It totally can do it. We hav an older model that’s for shoes. It was a thrift score. I’m going to have it re wired as I want to make slippers. Grandpa was a shoe maker many moons ago..,

    I totally could do slippers! We have three now & it’s just wicket!

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      Sep 19, 2015, 09.06 AMby Mary Athey

      Oh wow! I love the older ones and that’s all I sew with. Even though I have about ten now I still use the Jones ones mum got me, it’s a fabulous charity shop find as are all my machines.I love the fact these machines where built to last and can basically sew through just about anything.I wrecked that many mordern machines as they’re rubbish lol and I do tend to sew fast!! A leftover trait from my factory sewing days!! the faster sewers got more money lol.
      I’m going to photograph them all once my sewing room gets started? Its been a long slow process. My living room is nearly finished then the rest of downstairs and my outside and then!! My sewing room .I can’t wait. my machines plus stash and magazines are everywhere at the moment and the thought of all of it in one room fills with me glee lol. Make some slippers and post them .what a skill to have xx

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      Sep 19, 2015, 11.08 AMby nrobson

      I agree you guys, you can’t beat the dependability of the old makes and models, esp. from a few decades ago; my mum even said her antique treadle Singer from the turn of the century, was the most reliable shes ever had to date and it never broke down; and had no problems like my clunky machine often does lolz. Nevermind its been good for learning on haha. I’ve always wanted a 70s bernina. =)

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      Sep 19, 2015, 05.06 PMby Mary Athey

      Oh I would love a bernina as well. I have 2 singers, 2 necchis, 2 pfaffs, a Jones a new home a cub. A new overlocker plus a couple more I can’t remember the makes lol, so it’s more than ten lol x

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      Sep 20, 2015, 06.07 AMby nrobson

      thats excellent Mary, an impressive and very handy collection lolz! i used to write off the idea of me getting an overlocker, but i now realize how great they are after using a friends’ semi-industrial serger lol.

15 September

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    Sep 15, 2015, 11.49 PMby floralgirl

    So happy for you Mary-Last week I bought a Necchi supernova with lots of accessories for $31!!!

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      Sep 16, 2015, 05.24 AMby Mary Athey

      Omg floralgirl. That’s what I got. I got a necci Julia supernova but alas no accessories, the other one is a new home and has everything with it. I have an embroidery machine so I wasn’t to unhappy and maybe one day I can get the cans for it? The thing is I can’t seem to Get the automatic sewing to switch of? And the instructions are no help. Let me know if you know how to please . I absolutely love vintage sewing machines and this makes ten I think. Taking these two home on Saturday was wonderful for me. I couldn’t stop smiling x

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      Sep 16, 2015, 06.19 AMby floralgirl

      that’s amazing!!i Mine is supernova automatica. Hopefully will have a chance to play with it over the next few days. And yes I love vintage machines too-another proud buy is a singer 201 treadle made in Scotland for $45. It sews through anything. -I bought a 60s elna special for $20 many years ago and it wouldnt switch off and it turned out to be a foot pedal problem .

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      Sep 19, 2015, 05.56 PMby Mary Athey

      It would be worth getting the necci supernova checked out as it’s a lovely machine x

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      Sep 19, 2015, 10.57 PMby floralgirl

      Had a go on the Necchi last night ,mage a few hankies using the rolled hem foot. Sews perfectly-tried it on a thick wad of cotton too. Reckon you’re right- it would respond well to a service. I have several machines too and my mum is a bit shocked I’ve bought another!! But when it come times to scale down this will be a keeper!

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      Sep 20, 2015, 07.48 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol my mums the same!! She said to me the other day,I think you have enough machines now mary? Lol. I can’t help myself though. Its the first thing I ask When I’m looking around charity shops, they’re addictive. I said to mum I’m putting them on shelves in my (eventually finished ) sewing room, she replied mary!! They will pull the wall down with their weight lol x

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      Sep 20, 2015, 10.31 AMby floralgirl

      wow!! your mum and my mum would totally agree with each other if there were a meeting. But seriously I’m in love with my Necchi-can’t wait to make a pair of jeans on it.

12 September

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    Sep 12, 2015, 10.33 PMby rita61

    Hi Mary. Congrats!!!!!! Have fun shopping !!!!

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      Sep 13, 2015, 07.22 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks Rita, I bought 2 more sewing machines in a charity shop for £30. I love the older machines that sew through everything. Both of these are in great shape. I have about 10 now lol but sure what’s 2 more. I ordered a lot of boiled wool as well to make s couple of winter coats so I will be busy.x

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    Sep 12, 2015, 05.59 PMby Mokara

    Hi Mary, just saw your status update, that’s awesome! I’m so happy for you, have lots of fun shopping for fabrics :-)

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      Sep 13, 2015, 07.27 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks mokara, it was actually £830 altogether as I won £30 first.I rang mom and said we have a free day.I was down first.we go halves so it was lovely for us both. I love older sewing machines,the ones that weigh a ton but sew through anything. I also love charity shops car bout sales etc well I was in the re-store buying mirrors and 2 poufees which I’m recovering when I mentioned sewing. The man goes we have 2 machines out the back, happy days!! Both working and I got them for £30 for both. It was a Fab day yesterday x

31 August

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    Aug 31, 2015, 01.03 AMby rita61

    Hi Mary. Hope all is well with you, your mum, and your family. What special issue did you purchase? Is it new? I should admit to you that I have two copies of 5/1990. (Actually I have two copies of several issues). If you are interested, send me an email. :-) Take care. Rita

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      Aug 31, 2015, 08.05 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi Rita,
      Well mums not 100% , she’s fed up being ill as it gets her down. My sister is unwell as well and is waiting on test results back. I’m hoping mums well enough for a weekend away at the end of Sept,just across the water to sunderland for 3 days. Our friend that sang in Spain shaun has opened up his own club so we would love to go. It all hangs on my sisters test results. we’re hoping no news is good news as it will be 3 weeks on wednesdsy since she had the full body scan, they found 4 lesions on her back at a previous scan.
      The issue is burda style special plus size.it’s just in the shops. I always have a look inside before I buy as normally they just take the patterns from various burdas I already have. This time though there was a couple of different ones and one colour block dress made me buy it. The dress is lovely and I can see a few dresses and tops being made. I have a huge stash of scraps needing used up as well. yes Rita I would love that issue, I can get you this one if you like and we can swop lol. I will email you when I get home from work.I hope you and your family are all well.
      I have gained that much weight with stress, I tend to comfort eat. I am now cutting down like mad for my holiday lol , I’m looking for an exercise bike as it’s to wet to jog outside. My friend offered me one last year but I didn’t need one then, hindsights a wonderful thing lol x

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      Sep 2, 2015, 07.33 PMby rita61

      HI Mary
      CONGRATS on your dress for your friend being featured. !!!!!!!
      (If you sent me an email, I have not received it.)
      Have a proud smiling day !!!

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      Sep 2, 2015, 09.40 PMby Mary Athey

      I can’t find your emaill address Rita, mines maryathey@hotmail.Co.uk. am I featured lol x

4 August

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    Aug 4, 2015, 12.04 PMby Franci Kettman

    Ok Mary, let’s see some digital swatches of your new goodies!

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      Aug 4, 2015, 03.42 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi, I will post them with my next project.I have lots made but finding time to get photos taken with some sunshine is so rare here in Ireland lo. I bought gorgeous gray faux leather and matching silk for lining to make a jacket. going to make a muslin first out of curtains from a charity shop to make sure I get a good fit x

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