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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Vintage Ladies and Friendship

I would like to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments about my ICAD and Pocket Watch, they really gave me a big boost!  Just what I need when Mr Mojo has gone off on an extended holiday.....

Today I want to share my Design Team piece for Nicecrane using Ignatio's Parisien Ladies (which sadly is not available at the moment but hopefully will be again soon).  However, Ignacio has lots of other fabulous Vintage Lady designs which can be found HERE.


This is a fairly simply design, as the image says it all really - three friends having a chat.  I love this gorgeous image.  The paper looks positively vintage and slightly distressed.  Click on the photo for a closer look.


The base card is Kraft coloured and I simply matted and layered patterned and plain papers to tone in with the colours on the image.  The edges are all distressed and finished with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The script paper is BoBunny, the larger mat is Craftwork Cards.  I added some lace and a metal corner.


The book plate is Tim Holtz and I dabbed Vintage Photo Distress Paint over the book plate and the metal corner to dull them down and then lightly brushed Treasure Gold over the raised areas.  The word friend is from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set of stamps.

This is my entry to Sunday Stampers where the wonderful Hels has set the challenge theme as 'Friends'. My card will be winging it's way off to a non-blogging friend soon.

Edited: I also wish to enter this into the Frilly and Funkie challenge, where Anything Goes.

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Now - on to Friendship, I have a little story to tell you, if you are interested (I hope you are). Long story, shortened version.

Those who know me well, know that I am every so slightly obsessed with a certain Tim Holtz.  You will also know that I missed out on his recent visit to the UK, despite spending 5 whole hours on the phone!  I was seriously distressed afterwards - I know, I know, there are more important things in life, but I was very upset.

On the day of the class, DH took me out to cheer me up and take my mind off things.  Well believe it, or believe it not, my amazing crafty friends Jenny, Annie, Rita, Alison, Kath and Brenda all frantically tried to contact me to tell me there was a place available in the afternoon session.  Did I get the message in time?  No, of course not, I was out shopping!  This was a double whammy for me and I think I was even more upset than the first time round..........

A few days later I got a parcel in the post from the lovely Jenny (Buttons).  It contained a personally signed, addressed to me, copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Book and a Ranger apron!  You could have knocked me over with a feather!  I have since been in touch with Jenny who says that she interrupted Tim's lunch to tell him my sad story and he signed the book straight away!   The apron is from the very kind and generous Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies).  It is a long time since I have been so touched by a group of wonderful friends, each one met through crafting and blogging.  I know people say it all the time but crafters really are the loveliest, kindest and most generous of people - EVER.

I also need to mention my friends Mo, Darnell, Nicola and Laura who have all done some very kind things behind the scenes to try to both help and console me.  There may be others behind the scenes who have tried to help too and I apologise if I have not mentioned you.

So I want to say a very big,  personal and public THANK YOU to all of you, from the bottom of my heart. No one could ask for a more lovely group of friends.  Apologies, I did not mean to write a novel here....

So, why am I telling you all this?  Well, apart from wishing to thank these special people I want to do a 'Pay it Forward'.........  I have in my possession a used, but in excellent condition, copy of Tim Holtz Compendium Volume II (my old copy - alas, not signed by Tim though).  If any of you do not have this amazing book already, please say so in your comment and I will get DH to do a draw early next week.

Thanks to you if you have read through and reached this point!  Hope you are all getting some crafty time and please don't forget to enter our 'Forgotten Things' challenge over at Our Creative Corner if you get the time.

Big hugs, Anne xx


55 comments:

  1. Sorry to be missing again Anne.

    Your card is beautiful and I think you did right to allow it to be the star of the show; it really is stunning.

    Your story is so heart warming. I cannot imagine how you felt having to accept that you missed two opportunities to work with Tim. What can be said about the wonderful Jenny? If you had asked me to guess who did the deed, I could only have chosen that gorgeous lady!
    You do deserve it of course and I hope it went some way to making up for your 'loss'! (I KNOW it did from your post!).
    Hugs Juliaxxx

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  2. Er.....I meant to say: to allow the image to the star of the show. Sorry!!x

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  3. What a beautiful card Anne. We were all so sorry that you missed out and then when the opportunity arose and a space became available, we were jumping about with excitement. But it was not to be, and your lovely DH had taken you away for the day, and I'm sure you enjoyed that too. There are so many lovely people in the craft world including yourself Anne, who have generous hearts. Jennie, you are a star. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  4. I was truly gutted for you... and even me saying it would have been rubbish and you wouldn't have enjoyed it didn't help lol I am happy that you have such lovely friends ... what a beautiful thing to do... you are SO worth it tho hun! Next time, there will be a next time, ask him if you can sit on his knee... double dare you!! Love your card... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  5. Stunning card Anne I love vintage. I totally agree with crafter's being the most totally amazing friends I have so many new friends some I've been lucky enough to meet others I truly hope to one day. Lots of huggles hun Sue xxx

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  6. You have made such a beautiful card with that lovely image Anne. Love the touches of lace.
    We were so sad not to get hold of you that day and I can imagine how you felt, sorry to have upset you again. Jenny is such a sweetheart and was determined to do something for you. I am so glad she managed to get the book signed. You will get to see him next time ism sure.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  7. Hi Redanne! So sorry to be absent so long but the loss of my father and other things have thrown me off this summer. I absolutely LOVE that image and your design! I always love vintage! Your Tim Holtz story is both funny and heartbreaking. I was reading it and could just imagine how you must have felt! I do not have any of his books! I know, sad, but I have attended some of his classes and follow him on the Internet. I love his style and techniques! Again, so sorry to have been absent for so long!
    Hugs
    Ellen

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    1. Hi Ellen, I have tried to contact you but cannot access your profile or blog. If you read this will you please contact me by email (address on my sidebar). Hugs, Anne x

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  8. First, let me say how delightful your card is. I absolutely love these vintage ladies & your treatment of the image was spot-on. Even down to the delicate lace trim. A showstopper. Enjoyed your TH story and TFS. It always helps to 'get to know' another cardmaker when you hear a bit of the background. It was so sweet of your DH to try to console you. He must have felt terrible when finding out your friends were frantic to let you know about an opening. And how kind of your friend to get Himself to sign a copy for you. Yes, it sounds as though you do have some wonderful buddies, lucky you (and THEM!). You just have to tell yourself, it was meant to happen this way, for whatever reason. I can just guess how disappointed you must have been though. Perhaps the chance will come your way again one day, and TH will remember this occasion, and make the next opportunity even more wonderful than this one may have been! Hugs & TFS such a beautiful card! And a lovely story too

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  9. Another gorgeous card Anne. So sorry that you missed out on seen TH in the UK - hopefully another time. You are so lucky to have such great friends. I would love to be added to the draw - the book has obviously served you well!! Hugs, Jacky

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  10. another beautiful make Anne...what a lovely gesture from Jenny...we were all as upset as you were that you missed out on the TH workshop twice around despite our running around like headless chicken efforts but there WILL be a next time....enjoy your book and apron in the meantime...big hugs kath xxx

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  11. Hi Anne. Your card is stunning. I love the elegant vintage ladies, the papers are colours work so well together.
    I can imagine how upset you must have been to miss out on seeing TH, I can tell how much you admire his work and how much you enjoy and love using his products. How lovely to hear about your wonderful friends, such a shame that they could not get in touch with you on the day. What a thoughtful and lovely surprise for Jenny to send you Tim's signed book and apron, I am sure you will treasure them forever.
    It really is nice to know that you have so many kind and caring friends in blogland and I am sure they value your friendship too.
    sending you big hugs
    Sue xx

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  12. Oh Anne, you are worth all the effort and much more besides. Still gutted for you but we will just have to start bugging Personal Impressions en masse to get him to come back next year for you and everyone that missed out this time. And how generous of you to put your own copy of CC2 up for anyone who doesn't have it (don't put me in by the way).
    And as for your card, what a beauty! Love the design for this and I can see why you are proud of it. You are one clever and lovely lady. Take care of yourself, hugs Jenny x

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  13. Hi Anne,
    the image is gorgeous, indeed. And you certainly made most of it with this stunning card. I'm so sorry you missed the TH class but I'ma lso happy with you to have such wonderful friends :-) Big hugs, Suzanne xx

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  14. Hi Anne,
    What a lovely vintage card, the image is beautiful.
    I can't imagine how you felt missing Tim's workshop like that. What a fab bunch of friends you have though, and a lovley hubby too. I'm sure Tim will be back over here again, and next time we'll both be there! Hugs ..... Linda xx

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  15. oh Anne - what a fabulous card first of all but what a tremendously heart warming story - crafters are the best of folk - and that includes you as evidenced by your friends actions! I'm not sure whether I've got book 2 or not - I know I always meant to buy it but I'm not sure if it ever happened! What a loon! So you could put me in the draw - but I'll let you know! Hugs Rachel xx

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  16. Oh I love those ladies! I'm inclined to invite them over for tea and wear a fancy hat with a bird on it so I can be like them :). I love the simple design Anne you sure know how to showcase an image!

    Amy*

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  17. A 'haute couture' card Anne! Gorgeous design with such elegance and almost understated beauty. How lucky are Nicecrane to have you!

    I'm thrilled for you that you received such a special package from Jenny (and Brenda). It was a beautiful gesture from those terrific ladies. (There was no need to mention me at all as I don't feel I did anything but thank-you). I have the book so no need to enter me to your generous draw.

    Love, Nicola x

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  18. O Anne so near and yet so far, but what a fab bunch of Friends to do that for you, well done the Girls!! And what a beautiful card as well. Elizabeth xxx

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  19. First of all Anne, I love your Vintage Ladies - very elegant! What a lovely end to a sad story, I know how upset you must have been not to get tickets to see the great man, but wow what wonderful pals and I don't have to book, so would love to be in the draw! Hugs, Carole Z X

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  20. Absolutely amazing Anne,,,,Love the way you used my Vintage Ladies,,, and the metallic embellishemt, and al over I am falling in love with your background,,,,my friend it inspired me,,

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  21. Oh Anne I felt your disappointment but then your joy in the kindness of craft friends. You took me on a real roller coaster of emotions with your story.
    Lynn xx

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  22. We were so desperate when we couldn't get hold of you... and then feeling even worse knowing that you would then find out you'd missed the opportunity. I did my best to do some strong persuasion to get TH to come back to the UK soon - so maybe next time?!

    In the meantime, your vintage card is delightful - such a lovely image, and the perfect papers to frame and layer with it.
    Alison xx

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  23. Gorgeous card Anne, Love the vintage ladies...Bless you with the TH day...Your lovely Crafty friends are so special...Fabulous idea girls to send these gifts to this special lady....Hugs May x x x

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  24. Of course Anne I read every jot and tittle. You have a group of amazing friends who are also so very talented! Yes I have both of Tim's books. On to your card "Friends". It is no wonder that you are thinking of friends right now - you have a bunch!! I liked your explanation about the three friends having a chat. Do you think they were talking about getting the vote?
    What a double whammy about the TH class. I would be willing to bet that he will be back to England. The only things we get around here are bears!!
    sandy

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  25. Sorry to hear you missed out on Tim's class but lovely to hear how,your friends all rallied around and sent you a special gift. Like you say crafters are the kindest of people. Lovely vintage card too, love the image and design. Tracy x

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  26. A beautiful card Anne and a lovely story. It is good to have such caring, thoughtful friends.

    Dianne.

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  27. The power of friendship is intend something very special for us to have in our lives Anne and this story is surely as special as it gets. How touching that your friends would go to so much trouble and then for Jenny and Brenda to gift you with signed goodies. I am sure you had a tear in your eye.
    As for this card, oh how I love the softness to this, it is brimming with elegance.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  28. A stunning vintage ladies card Anne. Not surprised that the girls went above and beyond for you as you say crafting buddies are the best. I have the book but I am sure your copy will go to a good and loving crafty home.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  29. Anne your card is just beautiful and I love how you used Ignacio's image.

    As you know I met Brenda for the first time this last weekend and she told me the whole story (I had seen her call outs on Facebook too of course). You are so right, Crafters and blogfriends are the best and you are right up there with them!!! I have Tim's book already but I am sure it will find a wonderful home very soon!!

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  30. A beautiful card and such a wonderful story!

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  31. Oh Anne...you are just a doll! What a very moving post! I so agree about the crafting blogging world! I've met so many fabulous people, you included!!! I'm so sorry you weren't able to go, but what a fabulous surprise! Great lovely card too!

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  32. Oh wow Anne, what truly wonderful people you have met, both in person & via ye olde t'internet! Well we all have, not least myself, but what a truly fabulous thing your friends did/tried to do and for jenny to ice the cake with a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' to Tim then I can imagine your feeling that saying Thank You isn't enough. I know I would, too. I hope you privately did a twizzle & a twirl in your new apron and I'm sure you will wear it with pride every time :D How kind Tim was huh!? But I always feel he is genuinely like that to everyone, and he's ALways smilng!
    I would be grateful for you to put my name in the hat for your DH to perhaps pull out for me to win the Compendium. That is very generous of you to offer it up. Sending loving hugs, Mo xx

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    1. of course I use, 'nudge nudge, wink wink' metaphorically ;) xx

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  33. Another brilliant creation, Annie, and I'm sure it will be a winner in the challenges! Nicecrane is so fortunate to have you showcase for them! I love the vintage look with the metal corner paired with that stylish book plate and the offset lace is an awesome design feature!!

    You are welcome for any comfort I brought when you were so distressed, my friend. You would have done the same for me and more! It is a comfort to me to have met you and befriended you so thoroughly through this incredible community. God bless Brenda and Jenny Buttons for their thoughtfulness in helping to ease the pain!

    No thank you to the generous book offer. You are so sweet to turn around and randomly perform an act of kindness like this for another crafter! Love you! Big hugs, Darnell

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  34. Wow your story is truely amazing, timing is everything! You really have awesome friends!! Very important in our lives to have the love of friends. Your card is beautiful, those ladies are elegant and look so smart. I love the layers of papers and the slight distressing. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
    Hugs Kelly

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  35. HEAR, HEAR, I second that,Anne crafters really are the best people around, when I ran my group there were 200 women and they were all very special, kind and sharing..
    Your piece is gorgeous, it's a winner to me :). Love the images all the yummy brown, love it, thanks for sharing and thanks for the lovely story,it made my heart sing, I know you won't miss Tim next time, hope you have a wonderful day..

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  36. you have a lot of friends. It's evident by all the responses to your blog. You're doing exactly what a kind, grateful and generous person would do, you're"paying it forward."

    Your card is just stunning. Friends! Beautifully made.

    I don't own any of TH's books. I would appreciate being included in your generous draw. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to own a book of creativity.

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  37. First of all that is one awesome card my friend, your non blogging friend will be over the moon with it! Secondly I loved your story, I'm sad for you that you missed out on the Tim workshop ( me too!) but what wonderful friends to send you that delightful surprise. Perhaps you and I will be lucky enough to go next time he's here, then we can meet up for sure! We must ask the crafting fairies to make sure we get lucky! Lots go hugs Barb x

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  38. your card is beautiful with your usual top notch crafting skills. Ann I feel for you with the missed opportunity to attend the class, how lovely that the fabulous crafty girls immediately tried to contact you and when that failed their kindness did not stop but was re-directed into a really thoughtful gesture. One of the main reasons I would have liked to attend the workshop was to have been able to meet some of these fantastic people. I know that you will really treasure the gifts as they have value way beyond their cost. So Ann, bitter but at the same time oh so sweet memories of that day!xx

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  39. Love your card Anne and that image is a fabulous one - right up my street. So sorry to read about your double disappointment but what a lovely parcel to receive from those who did make the workshop. Hopefully, you'll be first in the queue next time! I would love you to put my name in the hat for your book, I have the first one and just never got round to getting the second one. Thanks so much for offering it up. Love, Margie xx

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  40. Liebe Anne, das sieht wunderschön aus.
    Und das ist Vintage perfekt :-)

    Ganz liebe Grüße und Umarmung
    von Sophie xx

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  41. Hi Anne, I love your vintage card, what a lovely image. I was so pleased for you to read that you have received these gifts from such thoughtful friends, you must have been over the moon. I know first hand how upset you were to miss out on King Timmy last week but this week however we need to save our energy for retail therepy at Event City. Look forward to seeing you then. Hugs Mo x ps I have volume 2 also. x

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  42. How absolutely wonderful! It is true we have some lovely blogging friends...you deserve them , you are a lovely lady x hugs x trace x

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  43. That was a great story--recognizing some of those names, I'm not surprised at all.

    And your Parisienne piece is lovely!

    :)trisha

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  44. Hi Anne.....love your gorgeous vintage card with those beautiful Nicecrane images.

    We were so upset for you and even more distressed to upset you again x Jenny and Brenda's gifts have cheered you up but I am sure you will be at the next workshop x take care and have a great week

    Annie x

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  45. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this lovely card Anne. Hugs, Jenny x

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  46. An absolutely gorgeous make Anne . Thanks for playing along at Frilly and Funkie x hugs x Trace x Hope to see you next time x

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  47. This is a stunning card Anne! The colours and the image are so elegant.
    Good luck with the next Tim workshop you try to get onto!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  48. True friends Anne are rare and precious! How absolutely wonderful for you that your friends organised such a heartwarming and thoughtful gift for you.
    You deserve it too as you are always such a cheerleader for so many including me. I did not share my story today lightly, in fact it has not been publicly told before.
    It is not sympathy that I seek for I feel I am stronger for the experience. Instead if it helps one person to understand that they can work through their feeling and not only survive but perhaps thrive then I will be satisfied.
    Your beautiful card has such a joyous feeling to it that it does not need too much at all to make it the beautiful piece that it is.
    You know something marvellous just might be around the corner... you never know.
    Hugs to you
    Julie

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  49. Wow! What a beautiful card! The vintage ladies are beautiful and I love the fancy frame! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Good evening Anne, a wonderful card, great image and a beautiful layout.
    An even more beautiful story. What a shame you missed out on the Tim Workshop but how great were your Crafty Friends ...... we are so lucky to share in the wonderful circle of Crafty friendship.
    I have met so many great people (virtually) and face to face since I started Blogging a year ago.
    I hope to meet a few more when my sister Hazel, Kate (who I have met face to face) and my self fly down to Birmingham in November.
    Thank you for sharing you story
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  51. This is so lovely, Anne. The image is gorgeous and you made the right call in allowing it to stand alone. The beautiful layered papers and delicate embellishments play up the elegance and vintage feel. Wonderful design. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. I can only imagine your disappointment at missing out twice and then your delight in the loving wishes and thoughts you were showered with...your husband wanting to cheer you up, your friends thinking of you and trying to make things better. You deserve every good thing that happens to you. You are a blessing to others in so many ways.

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  52. This is a wonderful card Anne...made by a wonderful lady!

    Your story touched my heart...I felt so badly for you! But in true Redanne fashion, you found a way to showcase the positives!

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  53. This is a wonderful card Anne...made by a wonderful lady!

    Your story touched my heart...I felt so badly for you! But in true Redanne fashion, you found a way to showcase the positives!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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