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    Hi Everyone,
    Have just joined this forum, so thought I would say hello. My name is Pen Harrison, and as some of you may know, I run a company called Colly Brook Fine Furnishings. I've been sewing since my mum taught me on her treadle machine, and now specialise in hand finished, interlined window furnishings and loose covers, but will make most soft furnishing items. The covers I'm thinking I'm going to give up, as I'm getting too old to crawl around on the floor! My plea for sympathy, my shop was destroyed in a fire in February (it started in the unit next door), so I'm in very temporary accommodation until my new unit is ready, about mid July. I've no space for anything, and I'm doing hardly any making up, but just ticking over. Can't wait to move to somewhere with space and light, indoor plumbing and underfloor heating!

    A tip for you all - make sure your computer data is backed up, in case!

    Hope to get to know you all, and in giving my twopennyworth, hope it's of use.
    Regards
    Pen
    Kind regards
    Pen Harrison
    Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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    Hi Penny,

    Nice to meet you! I think we'll have to call you 'Pen', as you signed off as we already have one lovely 'Penny' on board. Hope that's ok?

    I am truly sorry to hear about the fire. You must have been mortified! But, like the Phoenix, I hope you rise from the ashes and, as you say, enjoy extras like the underfloor heating.

    Will be looking forward to your posts.

    Welcome aboard!

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      Hi Pen!A very big welcome to the forum from me

      So sorry to hear about your current situation, my goodness , you really have been through it. I really hope that things get back to normal for you soon, it must have been devestating to go through something such a a premises fire, my goodness. I have no doubt that you will soon build your business up in no time, and the premises of your dreams is just around the corner.I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you

      I look forward to all your knowledgeable input, it seems you could enhance what we know ( or what we dont we can learn !) with your knowledge.

      Off to back up my pc!

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        Hello Pen - I'm sure you will have plenty of invaluable advice for us all.....hopefully we might be able to help you out sometimes too. I know you from your online shop and information, in fact I receive your email newsletter.

        I sympathise with the 'crawling on the floor' as that is how I usually work - in my dining room without the luxury of a workroom table!
        Louise


        sigpic Simply Sewing

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        • #5
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          Hi Pen
          Welcome to the forum, you will love it. It is very addictive and there are lots of lovely people here that can solve any problem.
          I too was sorry to hear of your recent fire thru your news letter but I hope that you are managing to get back on track.
          I look forward to your posts from your wealth of experience. By the way my laptop is backed up everynight thank god!
          Kindest Regards

          Penny

          Denton Drapes

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            Hi Pen

            We've met before too, through your website and newsletter. Nice to see you here and hope you're soon up and running properly again.

            Angie

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              Hi Pen lovely to have you on board iam sure you will love dropping in , this forum is soooooo addictive and we can all share different experiences , i was sorry to hear about the fire it must of been horrendous i hope things soon get sorted out . keep signing in and we can all learn of each other all the best for the new workroom ali x

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                Hi Pen
                Lovely to meet you.....welcome to the forum. So sorry to hear about the fire - I do hope you're able to get set up again properly soon. You'll find your experience and expertise will be very welcome here and hopefully we'll be able to help you out ocasionally too.
                Jane

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                  Hi Pen

                  Welcome to Decozo! You must of been devasted with the fire, I cant imagine how you must of felt, I really do hope you get back into normality soon.

                  I bet you will love this site, as they have already said - its addictive and its great to log on for support, advice or go to the chat room for a natter - everybody is very friendly.

                  Good luck with the new workroom, underfloor heating sounds great for the winter!

                  Kathy
                  K W Designs
                  Bournemouth

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                    Hi Pen,
                    So glad u have joined us...I've seen u often on my friend Google so feels like we've met. Wow lovely to realize there's a friendly face/voice/ writer behind a web site!

                    Welcome to our friendly forum

                    hope to find u in the chat room some day...u should make use of this down time to get to know us all. I don't have a web site but I too am a soft furnisher originally training in upholstery & loose-covers before going out on my own & discovering the art of curtain & blind making...thot i knew a lot b4 I joined this forum but glad to realize I am still learning loads from my new friends on here.

                    Enjoy our company Pen & hope u get up & running again very soon
                    Regards
                    Mairi

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                      Hello Pen

                      Its Karen Rhodes and you may remember speaking to me a couple of years ago. You gave me some invaluable help on making arched window curtains italian strung. Sorry to hear about the fire and I hope your new shop is ready soon.
                      Karen Rhodes
                      Karen Rhodes Design
                      Pole Design

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                        Hi Pen, welcome to the forum. Lovely to "meet" you!

                        Lois

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