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Can you hear the audible gasps all around?! Yes t’is me! Today I shall sit and chat with you – as if I don’t do that enough already on air! But this is minus the bossy producers and directors…but sssssh don’t tell them I said that. I’m joking, as without them I’d witter on and we’d run out of time. And believe me, if our connection fails and fear and panic sets in, then it’s all about team work at QVC!


Now where to start…

Let’s begin now and go backwards. Today I’m off to hopefully straighten myself out, with a non-cracking chiro-practitioner. I’ve been having more migraines recently and on air on Monday and Tuesday I just knew one was threatening. I fell into bed when I got home yesterday at 7pm after my prescription drug was taken and 13 hours later Dan had to heave me out of bed to get the children off to school…so still feeling really yucky, I thought "Bull by Horns" and managed to be squeezed in for an appointment.

But, last time I went for an appointment like this I had a hideously embarrassing situation. I had thought about my underwear, but even my big pants just weren’t big enough! I was mortified, though all my friends I told about it (once they had stopped laughing) admitted they too had similar embarrassing stories! So, perhaps Spanx may be more appropriate this afternoon!

Brunch with Ali

One person who I know would have a million hysterical stories to share is Ali, who incidentally made Ian’s (c QVC viewer) day last week. Ali and I met up and were just mooching around after our brunch when we were spotted by Ian, who watches QVC.

He was delighted to meet two of his QVC girls at once and out of context. We had a picture together and, I have to say, Miss Keenan looked totally gorgeous. I, on the other hand, was having a 'day-off' day. You know minimal make-up and hair in a pony tail, but we both felt super after Ian’s lovely comments.

Ali is, as we know, an extraordinarily special girl and is managing to tackle yet another of life’s testing curve balls with dignity, bravery and the unfailing Ali-style humour. I shall be seeing her again tomorrow. Oh and I know she delights in your comments on her blog, by the way. Have you recognised Ali’s dulcet and much missed tones on the Yankee Candle promo? It makes me feel like she’s just going to be in her dressing room whenever I hear her. …HURRY BACK LOVELY GIRL!

Family celebrations

Birthdays in the family have been a joy, and I now have a 'baby' of seven years old – NOOOOO! Where oh where has that time gone? Maddie had a skate party with ten friends…oh my word, being responsible for Bambi-style skating children was hysterical!

When Grannie asked if she too could skate, bearing in mind she broke both ankles not so many years ago, you can imagine my response: "No Mummy, you really ought not too", or something along those lines!

Still, skating and pizza was achieved safely that day and no trip to A&E, phew! Though squabbles and tears over who should sit next to Spencer was both amusing and worrying. This little boy in Maddie’s class seems to be the object of most of the girls affection – with them all agreeing to share him! This does not bode well for the future I feel! Poor little Spencer is the sweetest, most unassuming little boy – they say it’s always the quiet ones!

Tom’s 10th birthday party (yes I know!) was fantastic. We had his entire class of 34 in my garden and I hired a blow up gladiator ring, complete with pugil sticks. But when I started careering around with imitation pom-poms, shouting "Gladiators READY….contenders READY", the children looked most bemused. Actually, most looked concerned that Tom’s Mummy was even more potty than they already knew! Still, Dan was amused and it brought a little glint to his eye….memories, memories!

Tom’s face was an absolute picture when the ice cream van arrived. I think we emptied the Whippy machine in the space of ten minutes! Reigning in the emotions when Tom did a "speech" after blowing out his candles was tough.

He thanked all his friends for coming and said how much he loved them – made all the sweeter as they truly love him back and have grown up with him. I couldn’t wish for a kinder, sweeter bunch for Tom. Only one more year with them, though, as secondary school looms…aaaaaaargh!

Joe, however, is disgusted that he has to wait until October for his 9th birthday. He shares it with QVC, but thank heavens he’s not the same age!

Dan’s birthday resulted in my creating a 'house' book for him, which took an age, as I had to search everywhere for the pictures. Both of us were guilty of just downloading pics in the most obscure places (believe me if there was anything hidden in Dan’s computer I would’ve found it!).

He was delighted with the book, and it is brilliant to see how much we have done so far. Be warned though, it is an addictive process, resulting in me wanting to make photo books for all occasions!


New house photos!

So I’ve opened up a couple of the pages from the photo album to show you, it’s just a little taste of what we did. I tell you, I got quite artistic with the attempts to show finished bits, especially as there aren’t many fully finished bits! No chandelier up yet, no kitchen etc, etc! But boy oh boy, I’m thrilled with where we are up to.

 
House in January 2010 Claire's bit of New England Look at the beautiful wallpaper! View from picture window

 

 

Birthday surprise…

And then there was my birthday! Well, for those of you who know me, all I shall say for now is…DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE! Go on, I'll give you three guesses!

Tonnes of Love,

Claire xxx

61 Comments

  1. sheila watson July 11, 2011 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    thanks for the all the news and I bet it was your gypsy caravan x

  2. Jo B July 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, Lovely to read your blog and see your pics. Your home is coming on beautifully. Do we need three guesses? Was it a gypsy caravan? You sound like you’ve had some exciting birthdays – you must be worn out what with work and children and home things. You look fab though, as always. I often want to ask you where you find your lovely clothes, and your skin is really glowing at the moment. What is your secret – are you using a highlighter? Are you allowed to spill the beans?! Look forward to hearing from you. Glad you’re blogging again. Love Jo x

  3. Joanna Downey July 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, how we have missed you and how lovely it is to hear from you. Exciting news that your home is taking shape, your second photo looked very New England and totally gorgeous. At the risk of sounding exceedingly old children grow up at an alarming rate, obviously they always have, but when it’s your own you realise that the years just melt away and there have been many occasions when I’ve wanted to freeze frame everything just to hold on to those moments for a little longer. I can hardly believe that our older daughter will be getting married on 29th of this month. I have a vision that I’ll be standing watching the ceremony when really I’ll be re-running her childhood in my mind, a bit like in “Father of the Bride”… Along with so many others I blog back to the amazing Ali K. Her grace and bravery have shone through this year and she’s often written about you and how much you mean to her. Hope the migraines soon get sorted, they are awful and I know I’m fortunate to be the only non-affected one in a family of sufferers. Wishing you and yours lots of sunny days. Love from Jo x

  4. Claire Sutton July 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello and thank you Shelia for your reply. You know me so well! More to come, have a lovely Tuesday.
    Love Claire X

  5. Claire Sutton July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Jo, how kind you are, mind you the lighting guys are always telling me to powder down, I’m too shiny!
    It must be my old fave, Laura Gellar Apricot Blush, with a little New CID thrown in. Both delicious, though pot rouge from Bobbi Brown is winging it’s way to me for a play!
    I’am a summer girl though and think I come alive in summer. Thank you for the clothes compliment too, I like to find things the other girls don’t have. It tends to be from Fenwicks, or not on the high street.com, or if I can sneek into Brent Cross on my way home occasionaly.
    I have a lovely shop near me that stocks such nice things, I have to stay away! Hope all iss well with you.
    Love Claire x

  6. Claire Sutton July 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Well Mrs Mother of the Bride,
    How exciting, is it stress city or calm and tranquility at yours I wonder? What colour are you in, hat or fascinator? Flowers? tell tell, I LOVE weddings! Actually it’s really close for you all now isn’t it?
    Ali and I were discussing Lucy’s and it made me just want to renew our vows…think better wait until other financial commitments are done before I launch myself at something else!
    Gosh, Sports Day to attend, then chiro again, but really helping thank you, then assisting at the school disco!! Do you think I’ll deserve a large G and T later?!
    Lots of love Claire x

  7. Joanna Downey July 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Claire, I don’t often reply after first message because I don’t want to look greedy but in answer to your questions here goes. I’m wearing a sort of oyster/blush dress which has a pattern of watercolour style poppies in black all over. I also have a bolero jacket, amazing silk peep-toe shoes (I bought 9 pairs but these are THE ONES) and a mad fascinator because they’ve had their day and I probably won’t get to wear one when our other girlie gets married. Wedding colour theme is ivory and “Cadbury” purple. Wedding dress is 1950s Grace Kelly style because Bex is tiny (dress is USA size 2) and all long dresses made her look as though she was eight and in her nightie ready for bed… Wedding is in Bath with reception after at a super hotel; all Georgian splendour outside and modern British inside. We’re calm AND organised, I suppose because I’m the sort of woman who puts her tins in alphabetical order and Bex has an organising sort of job for a charity and has become that way. Our younger daughter is her bridesmaid, my fab husband has written a funny, bittersweet speech and I’m doing the reading which is her favourite story “Guess how much I love you ?”. If only my mum and dad were still with us it would be totally perfect. Whew, what an epic so, if you’d like to see us, I’ll put a photo in the post to QVC Towers. Love from Jo x

  8. kay salisbury July 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire-my first ‘comment’ to you, although I have followed you on QVC since your 1st day and watched you get engaged ,married, have children etc. I remembered many, many years ago when one evening you had a fit of the giggles and it was such a lovely show as you could not stop finding things to giggle about-being a fellow giggler I could sympathise and giggle with you—that ‘oh no-its coming again’ feeling-just when you think it’s all under control. I sympathise also with the migraines-I started to ‘suffer’ from them 22 years ago-from when my 3rd child was born, but they have been at their worst for 12 years.I found I would really crave chocolate(nothing new there!!!) and feel very sleepy the evening before an attack started and the terrible headaches etc would last 5 days!!!!!!Horrendous. Hope you can get to know the triggers and signs quicker than I did. Good to read your blog-please don’t leave it so long next time-you have a lovely, ‘easy’ style of writing.Take care.K.X

  9. Lizzie July 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire
    Glad to see you are back in blog land.Thank you for sharing some of your photo’s definitely loving the New England style! Your birthday surprise was definitely your Gypsy caravan I bet you were over the moon – I recently saw an article in one of my home magazines where someone had one in their garden and thought of you.
    Sorry to hear about your migraines I know they can be very bad hope you can get some help with them.
    Your children’s parties all sounded fun and to hear that Tom has such special friends is lovely.
    Can’t wait to see a picture of the Gypsy caravan in situ as long as you haven’t gone and got a dress to match!! (hopefully I am not wrong with this guess otherwise I will be very disappointed for you!) Maybe it won’t be too much longer before the chandelier is up who needs a kitchen if you have something sparkly to look at!!
    Lizzie x

  10. Tony July 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hey Claire, lovely to hear from you again. Your house looks fabulous (and so do you).
    It cannot be stressed enough how one should cherish every moment one spends with loved ones because that’s what makes life worth it and you never know what will happen tomorrow. And this transpires from every one of your posts so that’s nice to read.
    Migraines are no fun though. There is no real way to definitely get rid of them and my Dad has had his fair share of moments ruined by them so I can sympathise with you on this.
    I can’t believe Tom is 10 already. I still remember when you brought him with you on the air as a baby. That is moments like this that makes viewers bond with presenters.
    And how lucky is this man, Ian ? It would make my day, and that’s an understatement, if I were to bump into you, ‘day-off’ or not. That’s unlikely to happen to me but it happened to him, lucky guy.
    Always a pleasure to read from you, and a little bit more than every eight months if possible would be even better.
    Take care,
    Tony x

  11. Steven July 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Great to see a blog from yourself. Sorry to hear you have been feeling a little under the weather lately. Hope you feel better soon. I have to say anytime I have seen you lately on QVC you have looked fab in my eyes.
    Your blog made me laugh when you were talking about the Gladiators moment in your back garden. You can just picture the kids faces! Sounds like you have a great and special relationship with your kids though.
    Great that you keep in touch with Ali too. She is such a brave woman and I’m sure you two have shared many laughs. Will be great to see Ali K back on our screens hopefully in the not too distant future.
    All the best
    Much love
    Steven x

  12. Claire Sutton July 14, 2011 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Lizzie, I laughed at the thought of me having a dress to co-ordinate, mind you a black shawl and uri gellar’s huge crystal and I’d be well away!!
    Another answer has been …the patter of tiny feet……..!!! Well I can say that one is not correct for sure!!
    The Chandalier in situ and kitchen now have a time frame of November and with the speed life’s racing by it’ll be Novenber in a flash, especially as Christmas in July is looming!!!
    So sparkles and sleek order to look forward to,
    Lots of love Claire x

  13. Claire Sutton July 14, 2011 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Kay,
    Thank you so much and I hope the first of lots of chats for us. I tell you it’s worst when Dale and I are on together that I giggle, sometimes quite innocently I say something, but you can imagine how nothing gets passed him and it ends up a disastrous attempt to control the inevitable! Still it’s good for you and shows we’re live. I used to laugh at Fern Britton with Philip Schofield for the giggling too!!
    Think this chiro is going to be a good thing, though I think our hormones have lots to answer for. It’s hard to explain to non-sufferers how horrid it is, though I think anyone who’s been unfortunate enough to witness mine “gets it”.
    Ali Young always shoves chocolate in when she’s going to have one.
    Love Claire x

  14. Claire Sutton July 14, 2011 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Nine pairs?! Did they go back now The Ones are IT?! I love the sound of your outfit and the elegance of colour, gorgeous. I smiled at the “Cadbury” Purple, as I too had it and called it the same, mind you not such a sophisticated palette as hot pink, lime and orange joined it, only for the flowers though. The boys cravats were the purple only, I couldn’t be that mean .or mad!
    Grace Kelly-esque sounds enchanting, though I think oh to be so petite, I guess it poses it’s own set of problems for Bex. Will you make it through the “Guess how much I love you” without losing it? Me thinks not, even when I read that now to mine, and velveteen rabbit I cry.
    My Mummy stayed in check all through her speech for me as she did her tears when we were together getting ready. Me, I cried lots and laughed lots too, all through. It’ll be so the best day ahead for you all.
    Yes, yes and yes for a piccie please!
    Lots of love Claire xx

  15. claire sutton July 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Tony,
    as always you are tooo kind! Thank you ever so much,
    I know it`s been an age I’m so delighted that you still check me in the hope….I always like to suprise!!!!!
    Just preparing for Ralph’s TSV from Honora….bring on the pearls! Lots of love, hope you can watch, Love Claire xxxx

  16. claire sutton July 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Steven,
    How lovely to see you’d written to me, and I’m glad I made you smile…you should’ve seen me yelling at sports day this week too, most people are just too reserved, I think my team scored extra points for the cheering anyway!
    I’m just getting sorted for the TSV Launch, think I’ve had toooo many coffees but it’s been a busy day here at QVC, BUT 2 HOURS CHATTING ABOUT PEARLS WILL BE PERFECT, SHAME i CAN`T GROW WINGS AND FLY HOME AFTERWARDS! oops I hit the capitals!! see what the coffee has done! Love Claire x

  17. Steven July 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Ha Ha It must have been the excitement of replying to me Claire that made you hit the Caps. I thought you were shouting at me! Hope you enjoyed your pearl hour and have a fab weekend. I’m off work next week so I’m in a great mood now. Should be a good weekend..
    Did I see you were on pilates too? THought that was strictly Julia that did that. I’ve steepped up my fitness regime for the summer
    Thanks for your reply
    Take care xx

  18. Helen Magowan July 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, what a joy to read your blog, catch up with the biz and view your lovely pics. I cannot believe the age of your children. My Son, I know thinks I’m ‘mad’ – in a nice way of course (well, I think so!ha!)- I reckon it’s the only way to be -that and a GSOH have been helpful coping mechanisms for me in life! That’s why I agree with you when you say most people nowadays are just too reserved – life is much too short to take it too seriously! You’ve just made me realise how long I’ve been with QVC – I too remember you getting married and I was QVC-ing a long time before that. Feeling old or what? (well maybe for a few seconds)lol! Love to you and your lovely family, Helen x

  19. Steven July 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Claire meant to ask you – do you have a facebook page. Some of the other presenters do I believe x

  20. Sue July 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    HI Claire lovely to read a new blog from you, I really enjoy all the presenters blogs as I dont twitter or facebook.Sorry to hear that you are suffering from migraine, I have been a suffer since early teens and now into my late 50’s, I avoided coffee and orange juice completely for 30 years, other things I can get away with occasionally and pleased to say since reaching the golden age they are much less frequent.What a great Mum you are all those parties, all those children, trust your birthday treat was a great reward.very best wishes Sue

  21. Gill Roberts July 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    HI Claire,I too was a migraine sufferer.Every week without fail and hormone based.I had a course of Bowen treatments (google ‘Bowen Technique’ for info) a VERY gentle manipulation for sciatica etc., and as a welcome side-effect have not had another migraine .It took a course of 6 treatments but apparently it can happen as blood vessels are affected. Worth a try perhaps? and it makes you feel good too.
    I am nothing to do with Bowen apart from a recipient so no axe to grind and my cynical husband is a convert as he doesn’t have migraines now either!
    Love Gill x

  22. julie July 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire. You are such a joy! Just love you! You always cheer me up when your are on air and readiny our blog!
    I also suffer with migraines and am wondering how to go about treating them!
    You are looking great these days, you always do and I love your toe nails, what is it you use?
    Ali Keenan is a star isn’t she, so brave, I have nothign but respect for her!
    Love Julie
    xx

  23. Claire Sutton July 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    I don’t have a Facebook page at all. However, someone is being a fake me, which is more than a little worrying you can imagine. I have reported it on more than one occasion but to no avail…it seems this so called me has a shoe fetish as is repeatedly asking lots of models and people I know what size feet they have and strange things.
    I HATE the idea of this so sadly am totally put off the social network thing so unless it’s to shame the other me to getting her or his own life I can’t say you’ll see me there!
    Oh and yes twas me on Pilates, Julia is of course the Queen of Pilates but just sometimes we get a go!!! It’s truly fantastic and gives you such a feeling of balance, along with a realisation of stomach muscles!
    Have a great day perhaps see you later, I’m on at 7,8 and 11, at least Ithink so!
    C x

  24. Claire Sutton July 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    ‘Mad’ in a nice way is perfect Helen! It’s weird to think I’ve been at QVC now for so long – 13 years!! So yes I fully understand the feeling old bit!
    12 year Anniversary this September, with so many people I know who’s marriages are ending, I consider us very lucky, and intend to keep it that way!
    Mizzy day, and Joe ill with tonsillitis possibly, so a calm home day before I head in to work,
    Love to you, C x

  25. Claire Sutton July 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Sue, isn’t it amazing how many people suffer from such a horrid thing, which can be sooooo debilitating. Orange and coffee seem to be a stimulus for many, I wonder why? Though not for me, coffee just makes me tremble! I only have it when I need a boost.
    Cup of decaff on its way,
    Much love Claire x

  26. Claire Sutton July 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    I almost laughed Gill thinking you meant Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen!!! I thought surely not he of the passion, the purple velvet and swathes of sumptuous fabrics could be the answer! Then I realised!
    It sounds similar to the McTimminy treatments, with gentle re-alignment, but I shall Google that, it sounds great and especially to convert the sceptical ones!!
    Dan would go along with anything if it lessens his need to massage! His excuse is…his hands are too big! Sometimes though he can alleviate a migraine by getting the blood flowing, if I can only pin him down,
    Thanks so much for the advice,
    Love Claire x

  27. Claire Sutton July 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Oooooh it’s so fab isn’t it? It’s called MINX I’m sporting my new set, the other had been on since Feb! It’s such a cool thing and causes so many, men too to ask about it. Paula put it on last week, it’s like a transfer really, but good prep of the nail and skill is vital to creating a good set. I wore it last year too and just rested my nails in the winter for a while, Google it and see who does it in your area.
    I tell you it will make you smile and there’s tonnes to select from, I love the shiny ones – Mrs Magpie!!
    Have a lovely afternoon ,
    with lots of love,
    Claire x

  28. sylvia July 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I’m just back from my summer holidays and I am so glad to read your new blog! Your home is coming on a treat—As they say “All good things come to those who wait”.You will get that chandelier up sometime and I await a lovely photo on your blog.Did you get your Gypsy Caravan? I do hope you did and A very Happy Belated Birthday to you and your children.I can’t believe Tom is 10 already—Where do the years go?
    Take Care Claire x
    Ps I am so sorry I missed you on with the lovely Ralph from Honora.I love watching you two together.x

  29. Beverley mercer July 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I totally sympathise with the migraines. I’ve had 2 this month lasting 5 days each!
    Can I ask how the chiro practor works for migraines?
    Bev xx

  30. Karen July 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire loved reading your blogs. A quick question. You were wearing the most beautiful maxi dress in your michelle hope show today 19 july..where did you get it? Looked amazing!! Also, love your hair colour..what colour do you use? Be great to hear from you. Karen x

  31. Steven July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Thanks very much for your reply Claire. I did wonder because I added “you” on facebook but got some strange replys plus it was kinda quiet for you! You are so full of life. Suppose you should be flattered that somebody wanted to be you! Seriously though once I realised it wasnt you I reported the page too and have blocked it. Pilates looks great fun and has certainly worked wonders for you. You look great Claire. Have to say love the hairstyle you have at the moment too. Looking good. I’m getting right back into my fitness and have a gym at work so I go there early in the mornings when it is quiet.
    Hope you are not too shattered for your shows tonight.
    Take care and thanks again for your reply. Great to see you back on the blogs so frequently
    Much Love xxx

  32. Beverley mercer July 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi clare, I totally sympathise with you and your migraines. I’ve had two this month both lasting days. Can I ask how chiro practor is good for treating migraines? & does it work???
    Big hugs xxx
    Bev 

  33. pat July 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    glad to read about you claire,it has been a while.your house is looking good and well worth the time its taking, from pat

  34. Sarah July 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Claire
    Sooooooooooo FAB to have you back. Your family tales bring a smile, enjoy yours whilst young innocent and gorgeous, they soon become teenagers with all the trials that brings. My eldest is 24 next Monday -Happy birthday Ems, she is truly my bestest friend. My son of 22 is not bad either!!!! The 18 year old daughter is getting there…..as the youngest she has ferrel tendencies, but we’ll get there. Lots of love keep blogging.

  35. Claire Sutton July 20, 2011 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Sylvia,
    How lovely to hear from you, and I hope your holiday was super. Did you escape this rain we seem saddled with currently? Or were you in more exotic climes?! Do tell…
    Ralph was lovely, I had 4 hours chatting with him all together which as usual was a pleasure and a cheeky giggle all at once…as you know!! Yes “Gypsy” is mine…I am soooooo happy and will dedicate possibly my next blog to her, she’s being lovingly nurtured at the moment.
    Lots of love to you, Claire x

  36. Claire Sutton July 20, 2011 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Karen,
    How lovely of you, I love that dress too though it’s now about 5 years old, from Warehouse, but silk lasts and lasts doesn’t it. My hair colour is a Recital colour, lightest ash blonde even though that’s not me it seems to come out a lovely apricot shade and just a couple of times a year a few blonder strips thrown in by a hairdresser to lift it. I’m a brunette with warmth in naturally which is why I prefer a golden colour.
    Have a good evening, in and out of the rain! Claire x

  37. Claire Sutton July 20, 2011 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Bev,
    Poor poor you, that sounds vicious and debilitating for you. I think the gentle manoeuvre helps to readdress the energy flow, and mine seemingly are triggered mostly with stress and tension in my neck from that so it makes the greatest sense to keep the channels open so to speak!
    I have a prescription from the doctors. Have you tried anything? Also the Bowen Technique, Gill mentioned in her reply sounds worth a look at too. Oh I hope you find something to work for you.
    Love Claire x

  38. Claire Sutton July 20, 2011 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Steven,
    They say first thing is perfect for exercise so well done to you! Do you feel better for it? I am experiencing such weird shift patterns I can’t seem to make a habit yet! Isn’t that weird you sensed it wasn’t me on Facebook, but how harmful it could be? Who’s to know what information he or she could glean from an unsuspecting “friend” and it worries me that they also may access everyone’s life and pictures too. I will deal again with this as it’s a flipping outrage!
    Kitchen, fashion and a one am hour awaits me later, so farewell for now,
    Love Claire x

  39. Dorothy Collins July 20, 2011 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire, I’m the new girl on your blog but I just had to add my penny’s worth to the migraine saga………..cheese is my trigger and stress is another stinker, don’t know why. Obviously I don’t eat cheese anymore but stress just comes and bites your bum when it feels like it!!! Hopefully you’ll get it under control asap ‘cos they are not funny!!
    On a happy note I don’t think there is another presenter on QVC that makes me laugh out loud, you’ve got lots of made up phrases that you use like ‘ super duper whooper bargain prices’ that make me chuckle. I can be through in the kitchen and I hear you do a ‘Claire’ and it tickles me.
    Love to you and yours
    Dorothy x

  40. Cindy Corrigan July 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Claire-E-Belle, how lovely to see you are back blogging. You always make me smile when you are on QVC, my husband always says you have the ‘devil’ on your shoulder and mischief in your face! I have to say I agree with him, and it is so lovely to have someone so bubbly on the screen. Good luck with the house!
    Love Cindy xx

  41. Pearl Emery July 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Clare, so good to see you have started blogging again, as it has been such a long time,sorry to hear about the migrains,i am one of the lucky ones as i don’t suffer from them, althou saying that i have had one migrain,and i don’t ever want another one,i also have been with q.v.c for a very long time and also remember you getting married,please don’t leave it so long till your next blog, love to you and your family x

  42. Shirley July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I enjoy reading all the blogs especially yours – The Bowen Technique should be worth a try as I used to work with a girl who had many migraines – I had been to a talk by a Bowen practitioner – and suggested her to my colleague – it worked straightaway and she advised her to stop having piping hot baths – which she used to have everyday – but after a few weeks she returned to having the hot baths again and unsurprisingly the migraines returned again also! – from what I remember Bowen also helps asthma sufferers too! If I feel stressed or know a stressful situation is looming I use Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles – they work for me. Can’t wait to see a pic of “Gypsy”. Best Wishes Shirley.

  43. Steven July 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Claire
    Thanks again for taking time out to reply. I know I wont be the only one that appreciates that.
    Yes I do definitely feel better for it. I’ve been going on a Tues/Thurs now for almost a year. I don’t relly go for all the muscular stuff, but tend to spedn time on the bikes treadmill and cross-trainer. I really enjoy it and with it being early I get the place almost always to myself so its ideal!
    The facebook thing is quite weird really. Why would someone want to do that. I was hoping it was you but knew after a couple of times interacting with ‘it’ that it blatantly wasnt yourself. I have reported it and have also done the same with another couple of people. How do you still look as good as you do at 1am! I don’t envy you that shift
    Take care xx

  44. sylvia July 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I was in Cape Verde on my hols.The weather was lovely,the hotel was great and it was very relaxing,but couldn’t wait to come home again and switch on my beloved QVC. LOL X
    PS.Can’t wait to see your gypsy caravan x

  45. Karen July 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I sympathise with the migrain situation. No – one really understands the agony unless you get them. Thankfully I have not had one now for 6 months!! Just recently Claire you had a black and white striped dress with a wavey/hankerchiefe hem. You were with the pilates lady Margelon. Please could you tell me where you got your dress. I rang up asking whether it was available to buy but they said it was your own. I know you may not want to share where you got it from but I have been after somethink like that for ages but have not seen anything until i saw the one you were wearing. Please do tell Claire. I have provided my email address in case you are not allowed to advertise another brand. Thanks so much.
    Regards,
    Karen.

  46. claire sutton July 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    just to say hi to you all and I can’t post up my replies till monday now, but speak to you all then, have a super weekend,
    Lots of love ..oh and schools out for summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xxx

  47. Carol July 26, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I noticed that you have had your toenails Minxed, they look fantastic. Can you let me know what the design is as i am going for mine doing next week and would love them to look like yours.
    Cheers
    Carol

  48. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen July 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    good to hear from you claire

  49. Carol July 28, 2011 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Posted this 2 days ago but it seems to have vanished. I noticed last time you was on air that you had your toe nails minxed, they looked fantastic. Can you tell me the design shade as i too am going for mine minxed next week and would love my toe nails the same.
    Thanks Claire
    Catol

  50. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Carol, I’m sorry to be so so late in replying, I’m a poorly one, but let me see what the pattern was called. It was a total horror to do as Paula had to try and pick the best bits as otherwise most of my toes would’ve been black without the silver and gold blobs. I’ll text Paula and ask its name….she’s a good girl and will come straight back.
    Good luck and tell your lady to plan it out.
    Love Claire x

  51. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen,
    Its called the Masai Clothing company, you could google them to find them, I got it just before our Feb holiday, so I don’t know if it’ll be available, but worth a try!!
    Good luck!
    Love Claire x

  52. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Cindy,
    Aahhh how lovely to be called Claire-E-Belle, that’s what my sis-in-law calls me too!
    I just can’t help myself sometimes , trouble is I think I’ve gotten away with it, and it’s been un-noticed, the cheekyness that is, but. You’ve seen! hee hee! I do have a “naughty” streak, in the nicest possible way of course!
    Love to you and your husband too,
    C xxx

  53. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Sylvia,
    I’ve heard the hot bath thing loads now, and guess what I have outrageously hot ones so that’s really interesting.
    Thank you for your reply and I’m desperate to sort “Gypsy” Today has foiled as I feel rubbish, perhaps over the weekend I can complete her paint work and then measure her up for her foam bits , and start to sew!
    Wish me luck…
    Love Claire

  54. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Pearl,
    A pleasure to hear from you, I’m 13 years this October, but it sounds as though you beat me!
    Love to you Claire x

  55. claire sutton July 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Think I posted Sylvia’s and Shirley’s replies in a muddle; I do apologise ladies. Think it’s the sorting out of Tom and placating Joe and Maddie whilst popping the washing in and out that did it.
    Needless to say thank you for writing to me, oh and a hello to you also Pat and to Martin.
    Better dash now as Joe has drawn on Tom’s face. WHY?!
    Lots of love xxxxx

  56. Karen July 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Claire, you are a beautiful woman for sharing. Thanks so much.
    Take care.
    Regards,
    Karen.

  57. Susan July 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    You are an absolute hoot and a half! My how I would love to see you and Ali K out!! You’re both as mad as each other! Oh and throw in Debs G and F and my my you’d be dangerous! So glad you’re getting the migraines treated…I must remember about the baths. Stress is defo a big pattern for me…and head and neck tension.
    I also have to echo what Steven said about the Pilates shows…it’s great to see you and other presenters on as we can learn so much more from a variety of you. You brighten up all our days.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  58. claire sutton August 1, 2011 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Susan,
    Thankyou so much for your reply, well we did have a rather brilliant time at debbie G’s party a while back!! Anthony Heywood enjoyed himself that’s for sure!!! he visited us last week, looking fantastic, and doing really well, think he misses us a little though he’d never admit!!!!
    Off to deliver my 3 to my super special childminder and head in for 5, 6 and 7 tonight….in the kitchen!! I always have a giggle on those shows as it’s not my chosen place of the home!!
    Lots of love to you,
    Claire xxxx

  59. Susan August 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    How lovely of Anthony to pop back and see you…and make you jealous of his ship adventures! But I just have to say I say a snippet of you on the Jacqueline Kennedy show today and you look stunning!! Your hair is to die for and you are glowing with your tan, and I adored your outfit – your trousers were amazing!
    Hope you have a good weekend.
    Susan x

  60. claire sutton August 9, 2011 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Aaahh Susan,
    Thankyou, you are lovely,
    Summer certainly helps us all with it’s golden blur on every thing doesn’t it!!
    I’m off with the children this week doing well bits and bobs, so lets hope the sun still shines…..
    Lots of love
    Claire xx

  61. Dawn Curwood September 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, It was lovely to meet you at the QVC fashion show, I have a great photo of us together (I was in mobility scooter!!). Really enjoyed show, am just learning to use computer again and cant find the fashion show video anywhere on website, please help. Had a great day out,taken days to get over it but well worth it, lovely to meet models and marie francoise (kipling) and quacker factory guy too. Absolutely great, everyone couldn’t have been more helpful, have great photos too, must learn how to send them to QVC on facebook, need a little help with that. Much love and thanks Dawnx

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