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Hi, it's me the rubbish blog posting lady!  I have been busy - no really I have.
I had a great time last week at The Bramble Patch with a couple of lovely ladies at an Angie Hughes class.
The Bramble Patch has had some building work done so if you haven't been for a while have a look as it means it has lots more fabric and some new lines of thread.  You can sign up for their weekly news letter or follow them on Facebook.
I've had a few classes with Angie and really enjoy them.  She's very generous sharing her skills and she always brings lots of kit for you to try out.
We attended the Tantalising Tag Book class.  And here is mine and some others work.  I'll post my completed tags very soon:









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