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4 days ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, this is Leila (well her daughters and her baby bump anyway!) Leila has been on all of my workshops except for Baby Casts and Prints. She is due her 3rd baby today and I said that if she had the baby in time then she was welcome to come to the Baby Casts and Prints workshop this Friday for free. As of 4 minutes ago Leila hasn't had the baby yet :)
Leila is one of the many woman who I've seen have baby 1, baby 2 and very soon, baby 3. Leila sends me photos she is proud of after having attending 2 different photography workshops I ran. She shows me her makeyness she does with her daughters (this is them painting her pregnant bump) She even once agreed to meet me and take me into her doctors surgery so that I could leave some flyers to advertise some courses (I was too sacred to do it on my own).
Leila isn't someone I knew prior to running Makey Mamas and it's this sort of relationship that makes me understand that what I do is about more that workshops. Thank you Leila and other mamas who've let me into your life and share in your mama journey. Mistyx
p.s. I have 2 spaces left for the workshop on friday afternoon. details below.
p.p.s proper photos of Leila in comments :)
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Beauties, this is Leila (well her daughters and her baby bump anyway!) Leila has been on all of my workshops except for Baby Casts and Prints. She is due her 3rd baby today and I said that if she had the baby in time then she was welcome to come to the Baby Casts and Prints workshop this Friday for free.  As of 4 minutes ago Leila hasnt had the baby yet :) 
Leila is one of the many woman who Ive seen have baby 1, baby 2 and very soon, baby 3. Leila sends me photos she is proud of after having attending 2 different photography workshops I ran. She shows me her makeyness she does with her daughters (this is them painting her pregnant bump) She even once agreed to meet me and take me into her doctors surgery so that I could leave some flyers to advertise some courses (I was too sacred to do it on my own). 
Leila isnt someone I knew prior to running Makey Mamas and its this sort of relationship that makes me understand that what I do is about more that workshops.  Thank you Leila and other mamas whove let me into your life and share in your mama journey. Mistyx
p.s. I have 2 spaces left for the workshop on friday afternoon. details below.
p.p.s proper photos of Leila in comments :)

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Here she is, is all of her pregnant glory <3

4 days ago

Makey Mamas

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5 days ago

Makey Mamas

Some outdoor therapy today with sun and stone balancing. I always like to think of myself as 'Andy Goldsworthy' when I do rock balancing. Something so simple gives such pleasure and really balances out the sewing machine rage :)
What creativity did the sun bring out for you today?
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Some outdoor therapy today with sun and stone balancing. I always like to think of myself as Andy Goldsworthy when I do rock balancing. Something so simple gives such pleasure and really balances out the sewing machine rage :)
What creativity did the sun bring out for you today?

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A bit of planting and clearing up in the garden 🙂

I thought Dave was the only person I knew who did the beach rock balancing thing...

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

My goodness. I had a 2 hour fight with my sewing machine and this happended. My heart was palpitating with rage. Doesn't it know I have a deadline?! Doesn't it care?!
No it doesn't.
In the run up to Xmas makeyness I talked about my how when I getting sewing machine rage I turn into a facist version of myself; Mistlini.
Mistlini was in full force. Good thing FB didn't 'go live'!

And breathe....
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My goodness. I had a 2 hour fight with my sewing machine and this happended. My heart was palpitating with rage. Doesnt it know I have a deadline?! Doesnt it care?!
No it doesnt.
In the run up to Xmas makeyness I talked about my how when I getting sewing machine rage I turn into a facist version of myself; Mistlini. 
Mistlini was in full force. Good thing FB didnt go live!

And breathe....

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OMG..... this happened to me on Monday.... how did you fix ? Or was it like mine and just decided to work on its own???

What's happening?

New needle? When my machine plays up a new needle often helps. So annoying though!

I get sewing machine rage too!! Had been a while since i used one, and thats why!!

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

Cutting,cutting,cutting. That is what tonight is all about; cutting squares for a bespoke ‘patchwork a pillow’ workshop this weekend. The mamas will make the patchwork mainly out of their little ones old clothes.
I can’t wait!!
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Cutting,cutting,cutting. That is what tonight is  all about; cutting squares for a bespoke ‘patchwork a pillow’ workshop this weekend. The mamas will make the patchwork mainly out of their little ones old clothes.
I can’t wait!!

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I’ve just been cutting out triangles - yearning to make my first quilt 😊

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, meet Deb Ted. She was given to me by a dear friend when I was her brides maid a very long time ago. TIny Creature has adopted her and loves her so much that she made her first pair of clothing for her. This was our first attempt at making mini clothing and we just felt out way through it. They kind of work. Sort of. Deb Ted has a builders bum when she leans over though :) I did this with TC over 3 sittings so that I kept my patience and she kept her interest.
Have you tried making toy clothing? Did it work what patterns did you follow??
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Beauties, meet Deb Ted. She was given to me by a dear friend when I was her brides maid a very long time ago. TIny Creature has adopted her and loves her so much that she made her first pair of clothing for her. This was our first attempt at making mini clothing and we just felt out way through it. They kind of work. Sort of. Deb Ted has a builders bum when she leans over though :) I did this with TC over 3 sittings so that I kept my patience and she kept her interest.  
Have you tried making toy clothing? Did it work what patterns did you follow??

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We have several generations of dolls clothing made by women in my family, sadly I have not braved yet but as ever you are inspirational and I love Deb Ted's trousers

Lots of patterns on pintrest if tc wants to make more! They look fab though!

2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Right Beauties we have a sunday night show down!
Makey Mama (me)
Vs.
Man Beast (him)

We have both written something that one might call a poem or a limerick in honour of my up and coming Baby Casts and Prints workshop next week. You have to vote people. None of this 'liking' business please. Only real hardcore votes count. Never mind our attempts at raising our children in a non competitive way. IT IS ON!
Who is the best?
Votes in by midnight so that we can go to bed without the stress weighing on our mind! :)

Man Beast:
Baby grows fast
They must be cast
So the memories last!

Makey Mama:
Baby casts are very sweet
Remember forever their tiny feet
Such chubby toes
Or a squishy nose
A makey mamas workshop treat!
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Right Beauties we have a sunday night show down!
Makey Mama (me) 
Vs. 
Man Beast (him)

We have both written something that one might call a poem or a limerick in honour of my up and coming Baby Casts and Prints workshop next week. You have to vote people. None of this liking business please. Only real hardcore votes count. Never mind our attempts at raising our children in a non competitive way. IT IS ON!
Who is the best?
Votes in by midnight so that we can go to bed without the stress weighing on our mind! :)

Man Beast:
Baby grows fast
They must be cast
So the memories last!

Makey Mama:
Baby casts are very sweet
Remember forever  their tiny feet
Such chubby toes
Or a squishy nose
A makey mamas workshop treat!

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Have it Man Beast! In yr face!

YES!!!!!

Makey Mama has my vote! When’s the workshop Misty? (Sorry if I missed this) I’d love to bring baba no:2. Xx

Great effort from the man beast but yours wins it! Except you don’t cast noses...do you?! 😂

What a wonderful workshop. Makey mama... I'd love to do something like this.x

I'm going against the tide with a vote for man beast

Makes mama wins my vote x

Makey Mama for sure x

Makey Mama smashes it 👏🏻

Makey mama

Makey Mama!

Makey mama

Makey mama xx

Makey mama!

Makey mama 😁

Makey mama

Makey Mama wins hands down...sorry Man Beast! X

Makey mama!

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2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Ha! So I might be makey but I am no artist. This is my brother. I drew a picture of him. He is handsome in real life but not in this drawing. Oh dear.
Please show me your drawings ... surely I'm not the only makey person who can't draw for sh*t :)
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Ha! So I might be makey but I am no artist. This is my brother. I drew a picture of him. He is handsome in real life but not in this drawing. Oh dear. 
Please show me your drawings ... surely Im not the only makey person who cant draw for sh*t :)

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Beaumont Tunks- I see you have liked this post. (Beau is my brother!- how do you feekl abotu this picture. Show us some of your art!!

Bryony Kay, Chloé Bodard, Emma Odeh, Debra Newrick- you cant get away that lightly. Show me some of your art please!! Maybe you are all really good drawers and trying to spare my feelings! :)

I've attempted to draw Belle from beauty and the beast but think she just looks weird.

I’m very crafty but can’t draw at all, I have a very talented step daughter who draws and paints and I asked her to do something for my youngest sons room, involving Disney cars and planes, I did a quick sketch to show what I meant, she could barely breath for laughing! I should have taken a pic of my sketch and what she actually produced!

I'm much more of a geometric drawer and I'm obsessed with mandalas!!

lool.....not exactly pen to paper x

I’m awful... I can nuke many thing but draw NO!!! I would show you but they are in the bin!

*hides*

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2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeeeee, happy birthday to me!
Check out the cake! OMG! 4 full size bars of Toblerone died in the process of making this cake. Man Beast had to hunt them down, wrestle them off the shelves, pulp and grind them within an inch of their lives and push them into a roaring fire when they weren't looking! (errrrr, sorry I've just been reading Hansel and Gretel!)
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Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeeeee, happy birthday to me!
Check out the cake! OMG! 4 full size bars of Toblerone died in the process of making this cake. Man Beast had to hunt them down, wrestle them off the shelves, pulp and grind them within an inch of their lives and push them into a roaring fire when they werent looking! (errrrr, sorry Ive just been reading Hansel and Gretel!)

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Wow super misty super cake❤🎂Have a fantastic birthday I hope xxx

Brilliant! Happy birthday Misty. Please can we have the recipe Man Beast?! Sounds like my kind of cake!

Aww happy birthday Misty! Hope you’ve had a super lovely day xx

Happy Birthday Misty!! Mmmmm nom nom!!

Happy Birthday x

Happy birthday

happy belated birthday xxx

Happy birthday x

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday 🍰

HiPpY BIrThDaY x

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! xx

Happy birthday yesterday. Hope it was fab.

Happy Birthday! Looks yummy x

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3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

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Happy Easter lovely xxx

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

"Two little ducks went swimming one day, over the hills and far away, Mama Duck said Fu*k, F%*k, F*%k......"

Ok these might be the cutest things ever but my goodness they hurt my brain when making them... the smaller ones are about 1cm and the bigger one is about 1.5cm. Have you been in Easter Makey Mode? Show me your wares...
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Two little ducks went swimming one day, over the hills and far away, Mama Duck said Fu*k, F%*k, F*%k......

Ok these might be the cutest things ever but my goodness they hurt my brain when making them... the smaller ones are about 1cm and the bigger one is about 1.5cm. Have you been in Easter Makey Mode? Show me your wares...

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Papier mache Easter eggs here, hoping they will be ready to paint tomorrow! X

Been making these for St Lukes Cheshire Hospice. 😀

They are just the cutest!!!!🐣🐥🐣🐥

Your ducks are sooo cute!

my daughter's easter bonnet ^_^

You are amazing Misty ❤❤❤

Wooden egg decorated

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3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Today the easter makey fun really started- we went to a brilliant circus making costume workshop courtesy of Let's Make Art. Tiny Creature was in her element: cutting, sticking and pom pom galore.
This is her costume. I told her I'd ask you Beauties if you could guess what it is??? Can you, can you? Guesses below....

Let's Make Art are doing this Easter Bonnet extravaganza on Easter Sunday. It looks so much fun. I think want to do it without my children.
www.facebook.com/events/156691078376403/
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Today the easter makey fun really started- we went to a brilliant circus making costume workshop courtesy of Lets Make Art. Tiny Creature was in her element: cutting, sticking and pom pom galore. 
This is her costume. I told her Id ask you Beauties if you could guess what it is??? Can you, can you? Guesses below....

Lets Make Art are doing this Easter Bonnet extravaganza on Easter Sunday. It looks so much fun. I think  want to do it without my children.
https://www.facebook.com/events/156691078376403/

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Thanks - was nice to meet you and your little artists today :-)

is she an animal? <3 I'd say unicorn x

Poppy? (Trolls)

Looks like a moo bag to me

Chicken!!

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties as you probably know we just had another amazingly successful 'Hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day' Campaign. We always have a chunk of hearts left, not enough to send a bulk load off anywhere (like last year) but enough to give them out one at a time to parents who are facing a challenging time with their little ones in Hospitals. Over the last year I've sent off about 10 hearts to friends of friends, companions of friends, work colleagues of friends - all of whom have had babies in hospitals. Not just in NICUs. This heart is currently on it's way to a Makey Mama who attended a course of mine. Her baby ended up in hospital for a week recently- a hugely difficult time for her and her family.

Please get in touch with me if your little one is in hospital and a heart will brighten your day OR if you have a friend, or family member etc whose little one is in hospital. There are no real restrictions on this. These hearts aren't mine, I'm just the keeper of them. I can send a heart directly to you, to them or to you to give to them. Whatever works. This is an open offer.
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Beauties as you probably know we just had another amazingly successful Hearts for NICU mums on Mothers Day Campaign. We always have a chunk of hearts left, not enough to send a bulk load off anywhere (like last year) but enough to give them out one at a time to parents who are facing a challenging time with their little ones in Hospitals. Over the last year Ive sent off about 10 hearts to friends of friends, companions of friends, work colleagues of friends - all of whom have had babies in hospitals. Not just in NICUs. This heart is currently on its way to a Makey Mama who attended a course of mine. Her baby ended up in hospital for a week recently- a hugely difficult time  for her and her family.

Please get in touch with me if your little one is in hospital and a heart will brighten your day OR if you have a friend, or family member etc whose little one is in hospital. There are no real restrictions on this. These hearts arent mine, Im just the keeper of them. I can send a heart directly to you, to them or to you to give to them. Whatever works. This is an open offer.

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Thank you so much for our beautiful heart. Such a lovely gift to receive after such a difficult time. Thank you makey mamas xxx

4 weeks ago

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Misty well done you sorted a shelf up and finding as a sweet home xxx cutest things and Love xxx

4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

'Spring is coming, Spring is coming, mama batiks an egg,
Lay together leaves and feathers, each one looks likes berries and leather.
Spring is coming, spring is coming...'
Misty Makey Mama, Poet in Making

Today I reached the pinnacle of motherhood. I batiked eggs for TC's Kindy Easter fayre. My mothering is now done. :)

'Recipe' courtesy of Mud & Bloom who do lovely things.
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Spring is coming, Spring is coming, mama batiks an egg,
Lay together leaves and feathers, each one looks likes berries and leather.
Spring is coming, spring is coming...
Misty Makey Mama, Poet in Making

Today I reached the pinnacle of motherhood. I batiked eggs for TCs Kindy Easter fayre. My mothering is now done.  :)

Recipe courtesy of Mud & Bloom who do lovely things.

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Well done xxx they are so beautiful xxxx

Wow Misty, these are amazing! Leanne Marie Watts

Oh this so reminds me of Easter as a child - my mum is Polish so we'd always decorate eggs and take them to the Polish church for blessing. Now my kids get to join in too. Reckon we'll have to do a few of these traditional styles this year :-) what did you use for the dark blue/green colour? X

4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, meet David the Gnomie.
Tiny Creature made David after a failed woodworking adventure we had together. Basically she wanted to make a Gnomie snow sledge our of a chunk of wood we'd found the day previously but it all went wrong. The wood split, 20m old Mini Creature was in the way, the nails were irritating and I couldn't stop my potty mouth from shouting expletives! TIny Creature was amazing and said "it's all ok mama, I'll make it another time". She then proceeded to pick up a twig from the floor, and a scrap of sandpaper and sat for half an hr sanding David the Gnomies face. She sewed the hat, gave him a beard and drew his face. This was 95% her. I was so frickin proud of my daughter.
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Beauties, meet David the Gnomie.  
Tiny Creature made David after a failed woodworking adventure we had together. Basically she wanted to make a Gnomie snow sledge our of a chunk of wood wed found the day previously but it all went wrong. The wood split, 20m old Mini Creature was in the way, the nails were irritating and I couldnt stop my potty mouth from shouting expletives! TIny Creature was amazing and said its all ok mama, Ill make it another time. She then proceeded to pick up a twig from the floor, and a scrap of sandpaper and sat for half an hr sanding David the Gnomies face. She sewed the hat, gave him a beard and drew his face. This was 95% her. I was so frickin proud of my daughter.

4 weeks ago

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1 month ago

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Right then Beauties. I'm off. 5 days in Morocco, minus small people but with big bulging breastfeeding boobs! Oh dear. Breast pads packed.
Oh and did you see I booked in a load more workshops for April- June?!

I'll leave you with this lovely message of thanks that came in for the hearts...

“I'm currently in Bath RUH NICU. My son has been here for 8 weeks and I was dreading Mother's day as it was my first. Your little heart brought a huge smile to my face and made me feel a bit better about spending it in the unit so I just wanted to say thank you much.”
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Right then Beauties. Im off. 5 days in Morocco, minus small people but with big bulging breastfeeding boobs! Oh dear. Breast pads packed.
Oh and did you see I booked in a load more workshops for April- June?!

Ill leave you with this lovely message of thanks that came in for the hearts...
 
“Im currently in Bath RUH NICU. My son has been here for 8 weeks and I was dreading Mothers day as it was my first. Your little heart brought a huge smile to my face and made me feel a bit better about spending it in the unit so I just wanted to say thank you much.”

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Morocco wow! well deserved enjoy your holiday xxx

Wow.Have a wonderful time in morroco!You deserve it most ❤🌈

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

Today marks the 9th day of giving thanks to our phenomenal CHC's. I saved these 2 women to now because they are 1 women CHC armies. Seriously these women have some serious determination and stamina and I'm very proud to be working together with them.
Liz was our first ever CHC. Last year she took on 2 of the Neo Natal Network areas on her own (that is 17 units!), leading her team of helpers to make, label and personally deliver actually on Mother's day. She did it again this year. Put her head down and made her magic happen.
Charlotte was new to us this year but previously had contributed hearts. She took on a HUGE area with great gusto and has been so supportive to everyone involved. Women like Charlotte just know how to work as team. She also takes great photos (If you know me then you know I feel strongly about my heart photos so this made me happy!)

Our CHC's for Cheshire and Merseyside , Greater Manchester and North West Lancashire are:
Liz
Charlotte

“After being involved crocheting hearts and sending them in last year i wanted to do more and help locally after seeing the struggle for so many of us willing but unable with the labelling events being so far away.
I am 46 yr old mum to 25 year old and 13 yr old daughters, a proud Aunty and great Aunt. One little special bundle of great niece came into our lives way too early weighing 2lb 5 and thanks to the amazing team of Lancaster NICU and the strength and love of her two wonderful mummies, Winter-Rain is now a very healthy (and spoilt) one year old.
I saw the hearts for mothers day 2018 post, and instantly knew i wanted to be a part of it! really is as simple as that.” Charlotte

“This is a beautiful campaign, made with love to make someone in pain smile.
I first got involved in the project when I was off after kidney surgery, my body was broken but mind well awake! I'd made hat's for the homeless and blankets were taking too long, I saw Mistys post on Makey mama's & messaged her to see if I could help, my son having spent a night in NICU being 5 weeks premature, he's 14 now by the way & towers over Me!” Liz
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Today marks the 9th day of giving thanks to our phenomenal CHCs. I saved these 2 women to now because they are 1 women CHC armies. Seriously these women have some serious determination and stamina and Im very proud to be working together with them.
Liz was our first ever CHC. Last year she took on 2 of the Neo Natal Network areas on her own (that is 17 units!), leading her team of helpers to make, label and personally deliver actually on Mothers day. She did it again this year. Put her head down and made her magic happen. 
Charlotte was new to us this year but previously had contributed hearts. She took on a HUGE area with great gusto and has been so supportive to everyone involved. Women like Charlotte just know how to work as team. She also takes great photos (If you know me then you know I feel strongly about my heart photos so this made me happy!)

Our CHCs for Cheshire and Merseyside , Greater Manchester and North West Lancashire are:
Liz 
Charlotte

“After being involved crocheting hearts and sending them in last year i wanted to do more and help locally after seeing the struggle for so many of us willing but unable with the labelling events being so far away.
I am 46 yr old mum to 25 year old and 13 yr old daughters, a proud Aunty and great Aunt. One little special bundle of great niece came into our lives way too early weighing 2lb 5 and thanks to the amazing team of Lancaster NICU and the strength and love of her two wonderful mummies, Winter-Rain is now a very healthy (and spoilt) one year old. 
I saw the hearts for mothers day 2018 post, and instantly knew i wanted to be a part of it! really is as simple as that.” Charlotte

“This is a beautiful campaign, made with love to make someone in pain smile.
I first got involved in the project when I was off after kidney surgery, my body was broken but mind well awake! Id made hats for the homeless and blankets were taking too long, I saw Mistys post on Makey mamas & messaged her to see if I could help, my son having spent a night in NICU being 5 weeks premature, hes 14 now by the way & towers over Me!” Liz

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Thanks for this it's lovely! 😊brought a tear to my eyes! Well done to everyone involved and here's to 2019! But don't forget to keep the momentum going now with baby items too, your amazing volunteers have made for you they will want to keep going and don't forget to say thank you! ❤

ditto Liz! me too.. such lovely words thank you xxx