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What a Week....

As a lot of you know (I still can't quite believe it!!) I was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List this week. I am absolutely thrilled to bits and feel incredibly humbled by the appointment. It was such a shock and I have been living on cloud 9 since the announcement was made!!

What has made this even more special, is the hundreds and hundreds of lovely comments I have received from everyone on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in and via email. I am incredibly touched by the overwhelming support and I would just like to say thank you as it really does mean the world to me!!

We took my family and closet friends out for dinner on Friday evening to announce the big news. My Mam and Dad just cried and cried at the table, it was so emotional probably one of the best moments of my life! Here is a picture of us at dinner....

sara and parents

There has been some lovely press regarding the announcement, so thought you might want to take a look......

Lots of Love

Sara xxx

17 thoughts on “What a Week....”

  • Julie Woolston

    Sara it it fantastic news and so very much deserved, you have worked so hard and your team to get where you are, I for one am really pleased I found Crafter's Companion in 2009 it has changed my life for the better, so enjoy every moment.
    Hugs Julie xxxxx

  • Jackie Welch

    Sarah it is no wonder your parents cried they must be so proud of you and your achievements. We met at Mountain Ash a few weeks ago and you gave me some advice on how to go forward with an idea I have. Not many will do that as I have found sadly. The TV does not do you justice (the other one), you were friendly, warm and welcoming and gave time to everyone there. I am very pleased to have met you ( your flagship is a little too far to go shopping) but who knows. Less waffle, Many many congratulations Sara your hard work is appreciated by many crafters and you deserve the recognition. well done
    West Midlands xx

  • Sue comer

    Hi Sara. I congratulate you on your award, but not too sure what it is for! You are a business woman, and a successful one at that. Surely this doesn't merit an honour from the queen. I have known many business women who were successful in their careers. The only difference being you and your company get plenty of air time whereas the other successful women are 'doing it' behind the scenes. However your honour is deserved and I am pleased for you. Can I ask you why you moved over to Hochanda? I can only assume it was for business reasons. An explanation to all of your customers would be appreciate. Good luck in your future adventures.

  • Jean

    Congratulations Sara. What wonderful news. You are such an inspiration to so many people you thoroughly deserve the honour. Enjoy your day in London with your family. xx

  • lorna anderson

    Well Sara iv been following your progress since you brought out the first wooden boards on tv and i can honestly say its been fantastic many congratulations on your MBE well deserved and thank you for all you have done for the crafting world you truly deserve it all xx

  • Mary Brooks

    I too have been following you since you brought our your first wooden board and feel just the same as Lorna, I am so thrilled for you and pray you have the best day ever, when you go for your MBE it is well deserved, also would like to extend my thanks to your Dad, for all the work he has put in in the engineering side of the ultimate pro. Thank you once again for all the lovely DVD's and CD's you have done that have made everything I have made so easy to do. God Bless you and your family xx

  • Wendy Potter

    Sara brilliant news, you are a great inspiration to us all, and give so much to us with all that you do and all the lovely materials of craft
    No-one can beat you as you are the best crafter of this time. I learn new things nearly every day by looking at the gallery on Crafters Companion and
    hope one day I might be able to achieve half of what you do and your team.
    Thinking of you and wishing you the best luck in the world and just carry on bringing us the wonderful crafting that you do.
    Congratulations you have earned your MBE I feel honoured just to know who you are and what you do amazing
    God Bless to you and your family.

  • Wendy


    What can I say that has not already been said!
    I also purchased your first board (and probably too many of your other products since!!!) and have watched and applauded your hard work and tenatiousness now I applaude your award.
    Many, many congratulations to you, your family (and all that work with you!) - you are an inspiration to all those with an idea. Your MBE is very well deserved, you have not let the 'big boys' in the crafting world intimidate you - and now you are a 'big girl' in the crafting world yourself. I hope you go from strength to strength and continue to enjoy what you do and remain happy and healthy!! xx

  • Evadine Phillips

    Well done you deserve this wonderful award, it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.You have brought British companies back to the forefront of industries.

  • WheelyBad

    Hi Sara

    Many, many congratulations. I remember the very first shows on TV too and the progress Crafter's Companion has made has been amazing. You are a shining example to any young woman who wants to start a business of their own. Your MBE is thoroughly deserved.

    We're so lucky in the UK where the craft industry has grown so much in the last decade and women are at the forefront of so many of the businesses and designs, be it papercraft, jewellery or needlecrafts. It's something to be truly proud of I think.

    Congratulations again Sara and congratulations to everyone involved at Crafter's Companion.

    T x

  • Lin

    Hearty congratulations and well deserved. I don't know what we crafters would do without you! Have a wonderful day at the Palace!

  • Pearl O'Brien

    Hi Sara - Your vitality, enthusiasm and creativity are an inspiration to us all. Many congratulations on this fantastic award - you so deserve it!! Your family must be sooo proud of you and all your achievements - not forgetting your engineering dad!! Just enjoy the day. xxx

  • corinna

    just found out about the MBE, congratulations and celebrations, your family and all surrounding you will be thrilled I am sure. thank you for all you have brought to us, looking forward to the future, crafty hugs and kisses, corinna xxx

  • Jean-Marie Penny
    Jean-Marie Penny 23rd June 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Sara I am delighted. You and your team have worked so hard over the years to bring the crafting world such wonderful products. I started my craft shop the same year as Crafter's Companion started and your products were some of the first I bought in to it. Unfortunately, due to many things, I closed my craft shop at Christmas 2007, I still miss it but I'm still crafting. Good luck for everything in the future and again well done for your MBE. xx

  • Eileen Jones

    Congratulations Sara on your MBE. What an honour and very well deserved. you and your team have been a great inspiration during over the years. You have worked very hard to bring us the best products and your team is always very helpful. Good luck with the new shop too

  • mary tudor

    grrrrreat news well deserved you add a little ray of sunshine each time I se you, and your products are second to none well done xxxxxxxx

  • Jan Holden

    Wow! What a wonderful thing so have happened. Congratulations Sarah, this is so well deserved. I know your parents and all the family will be so proud of you. I feel as happy for you as if you were my own daughter. Very very well done - Amazing.

    With best wishes
    Jan Holden

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