05 February 2013

An Announcement.....

Hello everyone, Mandi here...
Can you believe it was October since I joined in with Less is More.
 Where has the time gone!

It is with deep regret and a very heavy heart to say I am having to leave 
"Less is More" for good!

I can bearly imagine life before LIM. That little idea I had and then asked Chrissie,. whom I didn't know, (just admired from across the Solent) if she wanted to join me for this 'vague minimal challegne idea'...never imagining her to say yes....
But, she did!
The rest as they say is history!

Less is More would never have grown to be the sucess it is without her. I am honoured to have worked with such a talented lady. 
The best thing is I have a true friend for life, of which I am SO grateful.
Thank you for everything Chrissie, but, most of all for your friendship x
Whilst I am still holding the Oscar (te hee) I must also thank the lovely generous sponsors that supported us and gave not only the prizes, but, to Chirssie and I too. To Jen for stepping in and filling my shoes. Your cards are amazing!
Lastly I thank every one of you LIMettes, 
for also making us such a popular and successful challenge blog.
Happy 2nd Birthday to us!

"I shall miss you all very much"

So as most of you know the reason for my absence is my lovely new business.

I've been busy in the shop, would you like to see....

Aren't those old steps THE best.
 They showcase our Vintage range perfectly
They also make a superb seating plan!

Beach themed weddings are pretty popular on the Isle  of Wight. My trolley, that squeaks when I push it houses the sand and elements great I think!

 Our new opulent crowns for centrepieces. Ideal for the wonderful royal heritage we are lucky enough to have over here, with Osborne House and Albert Cottage.

The view from the doorway. We have a large round table we use to do a mock set up for our clients to envisage their tables for their big day! The colourful array of our sashes, we have over 50 different shades!

Our Valentine window

It has started to pick up and in the last 10 days I have taken 8 bookings. It si SO exciting I cannot put it into words how happy this has made me. Steve too, I have to add. He is actually in our lounge ironing sashes, bless him!

If you are still with me...

Here is my card for this weeks 
Feeble effort, but, a bit of bling for you to remember me by

 May I wish you all happy crafting and happines always.

Mandi xx


  1. Sorry to hear that you are leaving Mandi but can understand why it must be an amazing feeling to see all your hard work in the shop come to together.Good luck though I'm sure you wont need it! and hopefully you will continue to post now and again won't be the same without a little bit of your bling! :-) x

  2. Sorry to see you leaving but ocmpletely understand your reasons and wish you the best of luck and huge success with your new venture - hope you'll stop by from time to time


  3. Hi Mandi, your shop looks amazing! I know it must have been a lot of hard work, but the end results will be so wonderfully rewarding.
    Sorry to hear that you are leaving Less Is More. You will be missed! I wish you every success with your business. Take care! xx

  4. You will be missed from Less Is More Mandi, but wish you all the success with your new business venture. Thank you for all the inspiration over the years.

  5. Will miss you here at LIM Mandi - but - wish you all the luck in the world with the business - oh and a real nice card too !!!

  6. The best thing about LIM is having you for a friend...for always, bless you and what a wonderful job you are doing with your business.
    Hope to see you very soon!
    Chrissie x x x

  7. Wishing you both a huge success in your new venture Mandi, your shop looks wonderful. I know those bookings will keep pouring in.
    hugs Mau xx

  8. we'll miss you lots but we understand why - thanks so much for having the idea in the first place :-)

    Wishing you all the success you deserve.

    Tara x

  9. Wishing you every success Mandi. Your shop looks amazing and you must be so happy to be doing something you love. x

  10. Aww Mandi, you will be so missed from LIM, but I am thrilled that your shop is doing well. It looks amazing. You are so incredibly creative and I wish you all the luck in the world with it.
    Caroline xxx

  11. By the time I found LIM you were allmost of and bussy getting your shop in order to open. So I didn't catch a lot of how you started here... But I love your card and wish you good fortune with the shop! Greetings, Gerrina

  12. So sorry you won't be returning to LIM but quite understand your reasons - wishing you as much success with the shop as you have had with LIM - this is such a popular weekly challenge and it all stems from your determination to make it happen. Well done.
    As ever your card is lovely and I hope we still see you popping in occasionally.

  13. mandi you will be missed dearly... thanks for changing my crafting life and for all your wonderful comments.... good luck with everything and i hope i get to the IOW soon

    jen xxx

  14. Aw, so sad in lots of ways but I wish you loads of luck and success! Thanks you for all your hard work with LIM and hope the wedding business booms for you on the IOW :) Hugs, Di xx

  15. So sorry to hear that you won't be coming back Mandi - you will be missed, and so will your inspirational creations.
    Your shop looks wonderful, and I wish you the very best in your new venture.
    Sylvia xx

  16. Hi Mandi, delighted to hear how well you are doing, the shop looks fabulous! So sorry that you are leaving LIM but I wish you all the best for the future and will miss your wonderful cards:)
    Hope to pop over in the summer during one of our many trips to Portsmouth.
    Val xx

  17. Sorry to hear you won't be back to LIM Mandy but great to hear that your business is taking off. The shop looks amazing and I wish you every success. You'll be missed at LIM but it's lovely to see your last gorgeous card.

    Take care,

    Kat x

  18. I'm so sorry to hear that you're leaving, Mandi. But then again I'm so excited for your new adventure! Much success to you!!!

  19. Hi Mandi - glad to hear that all is going well with your new business and wish you well for the future. However sorry to hear that means you will have to say goodbye to the LiMettes

  20. You'll be missed Mandi but it's so good to see you making a sucessful business over there on the IOW. The shop looks stunning and full of your creative flair and sparkle, wishing you all the best for the future.
    Fabulous card as always :0)
    Jenny x

  21. Sorry to see you go, but at the same time happy for you and your new journey.

  22. Best of luck and many blessings to you on your business !

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  24. It's really a great jorney u r now in. Wedding business isn't as easy as it can be seen on first look but it's very exciting! I wish you do it in your best way! And hope to hear news from you cos I run the same business in Ukraine :-)

  25. Mandi, your shop looks wonderful! Congratulations on the success of your new business. Wishing you the best of luck in the future. You will be missed around here. :-)

  26. Wishing you all the best with your wedding shop, Mandi! I know you will be successful! Thanks so much for all the effort you put into LIM...we will miss you.

  27. Oh Mandi, your post made me teary eyed. So happy to see those pics and all the wonderful stuff you are doing and happily so BUT sad to say goodbye. I am a big fan of LIM and am so grateful that something like this came up in Blogland which can get carried away by More is Less most of the while. So this challenge was a breath of fresh air... and is continuing to be so.
    Your card is beautiful, Mandi. And I could spot some beautiful LIM design cards in your shop as well.
    Wish you much success,


  28. Good luck with your new venture Mandi, you will be missed here by everyone.

  29. Awh!! Mandi. It is so sad to see you go, I miss seeing your 'bling' cards which were always amazing, as is this one.

    I wish you success and good luck with your new venture,although I am sure you don't need luck, as your shop looks stunning. Hope all goes well for you and of course Steve.

    We can be sure that Chrissie, and Jen, will carry on making LIM the successful challenge that it is.

    Love Sheila x

  30. Mandi so pleased to hear that your new venture is successful and although we will miss you I'm sure you are doing the right thing.

    Cyprus Anne

  31. Wishing you every happiness and every success, Mandi - I miss your work! Change is good and I really do wish you well. Cath xx

  32. Good luck with your enchanted new endeavor. Enjoy!

  33. Sorry that you are leaving LIM , but very happy things are going well for you , take care
    Nicky x

  34. So sorry to hear you're leaving LIM, we'll miss all your fab designs and inspiration.
    The shop looks fab, so pleased that everything is going well. Good luck for the future. xx

  35. Mandi, I'm so sorry - we'll miss you! I'm only pleased that you're leaving for a wonderful reason. All the best with the shop, and I hope you come back and play so we can still see you.
    Rosey x

  36. Hi Mandi, your shop looks amazing! Sorry to hear that you are leaving Less Is More. You will be missed! I wish you every success with your business.

  37. Good Luck in your new venture
    Hugs Suzy B xxx

  38. Sorry to hear you are leaving LIM Mandi but I wish you all the best in your new venture. Business seems to be going well for you and I couldn't wish for more for such a lovely person like you xx

  39. All the very best Mandi, all your hard work has paid off, your shop looks fabulous. LIM was the first challenge I entered so thank you so much for kick starting my blogging life. Good luck!! Xx

  40. We will all miss you lovely Mandi but I can see that the new business is going to keep you very busy! It all looks so fabulous and is the perfect outlet for your creativity. Your card is beautiful - you've always used that gorgeous set SO well! I will always be thinking of you when I carefully place my bling - and while watching Downton of course! Take care and don't be a stranger. Vicky x

  41. Sorry to see you go, Mandi! I wish you great success with your new business - it will keep you busy! Thanks for the beautiful card you created. Best wishes,


  42. Sad to see you go, but what an adventure you're on! Your shop looks absolutely gorgeous - and the next time on the IOW I'll certainly make a point of popping in. Wishing you every success. Hugs, xx

  43. Your shop looks amazing Mandi! I wish you success with your new business! I'll miss your lovely cards and comments.


  44. So sad you won't be returing, but all the very best with the venture, it looks amazing.

  45. Oh! Mandi how wonderful that you are doing well in your shop, may you continue to grow and prosper.

    We shall miss you and I for one will be thankful for learning how to glitter words from you LOL.

    God Bless

  46. What a wonderful source of inspiration your new venture must be to the many who will visit. Your card is lovely. Wishing you every happiness x

  47. Wow, Mandi! I am sorry to hear you are leaving Less Is More, but know that we wish you all the best in your new, exciting, wonderful endeavors! Your cards have always been and will no doubt continue to be inspiring! Best of luck to you and thank you for everything!

  48. Wow Mandi...... big decision to leave LIM... but you created something fabulous and should be very proud!

    And talking of fabulous.... WOWW to your gorgeous shop! As I've said before, we'll certainly be popping in to say hello when we're next over on the Island! I wish you every success for your future with the shop... but I've confident you'll do a wonderful job!

    Big hugs
    Christine x
    PS .... is that post box that one that's gone missing in Union Street?? hehe!

  49. Hi Mandi

    Oh no you are leaving..... but completely understand why - your new venture looks amazing and when I come to IOW I will look you up and pop in for a visit!!

    I'm sure that Chrissie will miss you loads, but you know you might just want to pop back every now and then and join in the fun - lol!! After all LIM is your baby!

    All of the success of LIM is down to both you and Chrissie and of course now Jen. Looking forward to lots more LIM challenges and wishing you a very successful venture with your new shop.

    Take care Mandi

    Big hugs


  50. Ahh such sad news, I for one will miss your brilliant C&S inspirational cards Mandy:{ But I also want to wish you good luck in your new venture, it looks loads of fun:0) Thank you so much for your dedication to LIM over the last 2years, it's been a great deal of fun, hugs Gay x

  51. Hi Mandi
    So sad you are leaving .... But your new venture is taking up your time .... How exciting for you... The shop looks stunning.... Boo hoo !!
    Lots of love and wish you every success.... You will make it.....
    Hugs and lots of love
    Sylvie xxxx

  52. Mandi
    Best of luck in your new endeavor - oh I loved your pictures of the shop and I would visit it in a heart beat if I lived close by. I have only discovered your LIM blog so I was worried at first it was not going to continue but my heart has calmed down and all my best wishes are pouring out to you for a huge success with your shop. Hugs, CaroleAnn

  53. Mandi ... thank you so much for all your hard work and inspired creativity that made LIM what it is ... looking at the pictures of your beautiful shop it seems you've brought the same skills and enthusiasm to your new adventure! Wishing you every success ... Anita :)

  54. Sad to see you go, but happpy that your new venture is going well and probably down to your wonderful creativity.... I miss your lovely creations.
    Thank you for starting LIM... CAS was new to me but I now love it!
    Wishing you much luck
    Suzi B xx

  55. Your shop looks amazing and to be getting so many bookings no wonder you have had to hand the reigns over.. Good luck with it all.
    Sandy :)

  56. Hi Mandi,
    I wish you always the best with your new business! It's look great!
    And yes, we will miss you,too.


  57. Sorry to hear you are leaving Mandi but completely understand why, so pleased that your wedding shop is such a success, it looks gorgeous. Thank you so much for LIM, (still the best CAS challenge in my opinion) and all your input during the last two years. All the very best.

    Fiona x

  58. ( Gulps ) Oh will be sooo missed !!! I am so sad you are going for good...but happy for you too. Lovely to see fresh pics of your new venture also, glad it's going well. Sending huge hugs your way, don't forget all us LIMettes. :) Viv xx

  59. You'll be missed Mandi, but I wish you all the very best in your new venture. The shop looks fabulous and gives you a brilliant opportunity to showcase your creative talents. Have fun!!!! Jo x



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