Thursday, January 27, 2011

a giveaway!!

** WE HAVE A WINNER! ~ THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED :) **
For quite some time I have been considering a new
comment format for this site...something
that would allow me to reply more easily
to your kind words & questions
...something that would make my replies visible
to other readers as well.
Today I made the jump to Disqus, and I'm
hoping all goes well.  None of my old comments
have made the move, but I am patiently/nervously waiting
for that to resolve.
It is my hope that this platform will
allow more conversation.
To encourage you to give it a try,
I would like to have a giveaway ~ just leave
a comment and let me know what you think
about Disqus.
You have til Friday night, and I will announce the winner
Saturday.
Up for grabs is the little notebook you saw above
and this snap wallet, which is made
from a vintage cotton tablecloth and some
natural colored linen.
There are two compartments inside--a main
pocket and a smaller zippered pocket.

THANKS!

172 comments:

  1. Pattiedonahue5:12 PM

    From what I have seen Disqus looks to be a good move for this blog. I hope it works out well for you! And thanks for sponsoring a giveaway, such a nice thing to do.

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  2. I like how Disqus allows comments to before more like a conversation. Easy to use, too. What's not to like :) I'll have to look into it further, perhaps for my own websites!

    Thank you for this giveaway, both the notebook and the snap wallet are adorable!

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  3. Dawn/Quilted Noodles5:21 PM

    The new page looks very nice!!! The note book is lovely too!

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  4. Brenda5:31 PM

    Hi, I don't know anything about disqus, but I love your blog, so anyway I can read more bits and comments sounds great! Brenda

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  5. I've never even heard of Disqus before, but this does seem to be a perfect fit for your blog!! Thanks for the chance to win : ).

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  6. Elizabeth @ Blue Clear Sky5:36 PM

    I haven't heard of disqus before, but it sounds interesting. Weird thing happening as I type, the whitearea below this comment area keeps getting longer and longer, more than two times my screen size. It appears to grow by one line for every word I type.
    The giveaway looks intersting. Acutally , now I can't see what I'm typingl. Hope the 'bugs' work out.

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  7. Bugalugshandmade5:38 PM

    I too have never heard of disqus - There is always something new to learn in Blogland =) It sounds really good - hope it works out for you. Love your Blog!

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  8. Disqus is new to me. I will have to investigate it further. There is always something new to learn in blogland, love that!

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  9. thanks for being our guinea pig! I hate when I want to start a conversation via email with someone who has commented on my blog, but their address comes over as "noreply" type :( I'm interested to see how this disqus works.

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  10. alcatmom5:57 PM

    OK, I'll try it. Seems easy enough but why does the box keep getting bigger and bigger as I type?!?!?!?! Ai-yi-yi!! That's really strange. I love that pussywillow fabric - so cute!

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  11. Mumsie6:06 PM

    I'm still quite blog illiterate..it's one of my goals for this year..to amp up my blog and I find so much inspiration from your blog and those others out there that are so awesome. Disqus is one of the things I will need to check into..once it's passed muster! ;o) Thanks for paving the way! Blessings!

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  12. disqus ? never heard of it! but I have never typed into a box like this before, is this a taste of the future? jennyx

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  13. Babslanglois6:12 PM

    This is the first time of used this format. We'll see. Forging new territory. Good for year. Darling giveaway.

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  14. Michelle6:23 PM

    Well, here goes. The box is growing as I type!! What a lovely giveaway! Hope your day has been a good one!

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  15. Sandra Dodd6:28 PM

    Ooh another one of your fabulous giveaways! I wait to see how disqus works for you, hope it all goes well.

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  16. Oh, I've been looking for a comment format like this. I'll look into it more. Thanks!

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  17. I really like this. This is so cool and the first time I've ever commented on a format with Disqus. Please enter me in your lovely giveaway.

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  18. Hoosier at Heart6:35 PM

    This is exactly the type of format I've been looking for. I always find it confusing as to whether I should just email the blogger personally or just comment back on my own blog and hope they see it. I hope this works for you. Let us know and maybe give us some hints when you've decided how you like it? Lovin the snap wallet too! Thanks!

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  19. Mary Hastings6:44 PM

    I am curious to find out how this new comment system works and I have been admiring your snap wallets for some time now. In fact I have a blog about them ready to be posted 2/11.

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  20. Well I am really curious to see how this new comment format works for you. I make those snap wallets too, so don't pick me for the giveaway....and good luck with this new format.

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  21. Kathyscottage6:52 PM

    I have never heard of Disqus, sounds interesting though. What about spam?

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  22. Jeannette6:56 PM

    What a good idea, I do like the new format, I think I will try it out when I update my blog

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  23. I have never heard of Disqus, like several other posters. And, I am in love with both of the items you are giving away! Love the blog :)

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  24. Jaimie@AtHome7:02 PM

    I haven't heard of disquis either, but so far it looks like it will work wonderfully! I like the idea of being able to reply to individual comments!

    I love the notebook and wallet, someone will be lucky to get them!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by Jaimie!

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  26. Cute wallet! Don't know much about disqus, but it will be interesting to see how well it works. Love your blog!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by Jeannette!

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  28. So far it seems simpler than the traditional blogger faire. I've had a lot of problem with random comments from some Asian country? Yikes! I wonder if there are any safeguards built into this system...

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  29. Bareftmom7:23 PM

    I have never heard of Disqus but I will be interested to hear what you think about it. I always feel bad that I can't reply easily to comments left on my blog, so this just might be the answer.

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  30. Supposedly, from my research, spam should not get through--I will certainly find out :)

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  31. Ellen7:24 PM

    Just found your blog. Love that cute wallet. Don't know much about Disqus, hope it works well for you.

    Hugs,

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  32. I really like the format--will let you all know if the bugs are able to be worked out.

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  33. Glad you stopped by Judy!

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  34. Crickitjo7:28 PM

    I can't wait to see how you like Disqus. This is the first time that I have heard of it. Let us know what you think! I love the wallet and notebook.

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  35. I'm hoping it will work well here. Thanks Kathleen!

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  36. I have to get the box issue resolved, soon!

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  37. Thanks for coming by!

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  38. FarmgirlCyn7:33 PM

    I'm for anything that makes commenting easier! I hate having to type in some random letters (which look all lopsided and squiggly so's I can hardly decipher them!!) to be able to comment!

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  39. The expanding box has got to go! Thanks for stopping Jenny.

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  40. There are a couple bugs to work out, but I do like the format so far.

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  41. I sure hope the box issue can be resolved!

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  42. Thanks for stopping by!

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  43. I know, if only the box can be fixed!

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  44. Thanks for stopping by!

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  45. Pinkconeflower7:40 PM

    I have never heard of this before but hey I am for anything that makes communicating easier....

    Love the purse giveaway....

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  46. Hi Cyn, thanks for stopping by!!

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  47. Thanks! I'll let you all know how it goes.

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  48. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes; thanks for stopping by.

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  49. It should control spam--I'll let you all know.

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  50. Patti7:51 PM

    I've been following your blog for quite some time. It's my favorite go to place for inspiration. I love the variety of projects that you create! Keep up the wonderful work! I look forward to each post. Never heard of disqus... hope it works well. Love the wallet.

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  51. Bobbie B38:00 PM

    Hello Deb, first time comment for me but seems very easy to do.Your blog entries are inspirational and we have re purposed our first lil cupboard found at our "tip shop". I love it to bits. You are helping me see things I find as what they can become not what they are.
    Many thanks
    Bobbie from Denmark West Australia

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  52. Disque is new to me too. I've often wondered if there was a way to respond to comments easily. This sounds like a great tool. Wow, great giveaway too. Love visiting your site.

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  53. Saljunk8:15 PM

    Very cool! I need to learn more about this Disqus. I love your blog and have been inspired by it for a long time. This is my first comment.

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  54. Disqus is so easier for me to use. Love your blog!! I have been reading your post for some time now, and I always enjoy seeing what you are creating.......A terrific Blog.

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  55. Thanks for stopping in!

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  56. Thanks for sharing about your cupboard; glad you came by!

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  57. Patti, thank you for the kind words!

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  58. Lilian8:42 PM

    I love your blog - it's like visiting a comfortable house with no airs about it! It's homey and welcoming and I draw inspirations on simple living from your posts.

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  59. Hi, You'll have to let us know what you think of it on your side.

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  60. Elaine8:59 PM

    I love the new aqua background.. very soothing.. The snap wallet is sweet too.

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  61. Kerichojoy9:07 PM

    Oh, I like this...I may have to do the same if I can figure out how ;-) Lovely giveaway you are having.

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  62. Pammie9:17 PM

    Deb, I'm not familiar with Disqus - but want you to know that I have been reading your blog for several months now and enjoy it immensely. I'm always anxious to see your crafting, sewing, cooking and decorating. Thanks so much for what you do.

    Pammie

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  63. Grammieburk9:36 PM

    Wonderful giveaway! I enjoy reading your blog so much.

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  64. I like this comment format a lot. I'll have to check it out for our family blog as well. Please do keep us posted about your previous posts switching over.

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  65. Sheila10:20 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway! I enjoy your blog so much. I have been reading your archives and you have so many nice things you have made and shared with your readers. I would like to learn how to knit. Your creations are so lovely. I like your Royal typewriter as well. Wish I had one like it.

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  66. Stickhorsecowgirls10:21 PM

    Never heard of Disqus, but maybe I should check it out! Throw my hat in for the giveaway!
    V

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  67. corners of my life10:39 PM

    Your snap wallets are so very cute.

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  68. Well, Debbie, I've always loved your blog and would love to win something! I've never heard of Disqus, but leave it to others to find the newest trend in blogging!

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  69. Jennifer11:18 PM

    I just wanted to let you know that your blog was the first blog I had ever read, and for a while the only one :) I just love to look at your photos and read what you've been up to. My life is busy and hectic with 3 children, 2 cats, a dog, and oh yeah, that guy that brings home the bacon, my husband...lol. Reading your blog and seeing your beautiful pictures calms me down and makes me imagine what it would be like to lead a more peaceful life. Thank you.

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  70. Jann Olson11:34 PM

    Just found your blog for the first time. I checked out a few posts, then hubby wanted to watch a movie. I'm sure to return. Very enjoyable!

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  71. love dropping by your inspiring blog...fun giveaway...hadn't heard of disqus...but love finding new things

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  72. I have made about a zillion of your waffle dishcloths. A set of them makes a great shower gift, I have decided. Next up: Aunt May's. Thanks for your generosity in sharing the patterns.

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  73. Qubasket11:35 PM

    What a great night to stop in to visit. I love your Waffle Dishcloth and lost the pattern and so I stopped in to write it down again. Would love the chance to win something. Haven't heard of Disqus, so good luck with it. Peggy

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  74. Ah yes, I have seem Disqus before and it seems to work well. Deb, I just finished your newest dishcloth pattern, it turned out as well as the reliable waffle weave. Rose in Oz

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  75. What a wonderful giveaway. Hope you get your comments to work the way you want.

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  76. I have used it once on another blog I read, and it seems to work well! Hope you like it!
    Michelle

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  77. Bethany7:22 AM

    I have not used Disqus before, but it is always nice to be able to leave comments, read other's comments, and read your responses. I hope it works for you!

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  78. Pam12287:33 AM

    I just love seeing what you are doing next! The snap wallet is so cute!
    Please enter me for a chance. Thanks for the great giveaway. I really don't know about Disqus, but I may have to check into it.
    Pam

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  79. I've never used Disqus (before now), but it seriously took me about three tries to figure out how to say it. Apparently I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed first thing in the morning :)

    The notebook is so cute -- did you make it? I sure I hope I win (of course), but otherwise I'm considering making a few notebooks to offset the disappointment in my 8 yo who loves it and thinks I'm buying it. :)

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  80. Mg60008:05 AM

    Like many others I have not heard of Disqus but will be interested to hear what you think of it once you have given it the full test drive.
    The wallet is very pretty. I'd love to enter the draw please.
    Your waffle dishcloth pattern is a favourite with me.

    Margaret

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  81. Karen8:09 AM

    I've never used this before, either. I'll be interested to see how you like it. Thank you for the drawing! I would love to win both of these goodies. :o) Can't wait to see what you've done with the french door.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  82. I like this format. Is this something through blogger or an outside source?

    Happy Friday! ~Andrea~

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  83. RCrater8:34 AM

    This is great! I love that it allows you to comment directly below a readers comment, rather than just adding it to the roll list in chronological order.

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  84. I will be watching this with interest, I too have pondered how to reply to comments more easily, and have more of a dialogue. Interesting to see how it works out :)

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  85. Jessica8:49 AM

    seems great to me!

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  86. I like the idea of being able to reply on individual comments... Hmmm might have to try this on my blog! :)

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  87. Heystek9298:54 AM

    Seems simple and well organized. Would like to use googleID or name when I "post as".

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  88. LALarsen9:25 AM

    I'm fairly new to your blog and LOVE it! And I LOVE the little snap wallet! I can't tell you how many times I've been antiquing and fallen in love with a vintage tablecloth only to find it not quite in the best shape! This would be a great idea to still save a piece of history (and enjoy some of the great fabric designs of the past!).

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  89. this is great, just typing the comment right on your site. Thank you for your inspirational blog, and your giveaway!

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  90. I'm interested to see how disqus works! It is new to me, too! Love your blog.

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  91. This is nice! Love that you can reply to an individual comment. It would be nice to sign in with google id.

    Your work is so beautiful! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  92. I can't really comment on it since I'm not familiar with it (til now!). It sounds like a good plan, though. I've not 'often' commented on your blog, but never, ever miss reading it. Anytime I see it pop up in my google reader that you have a new post, it's one of the very first blogs I click on to read

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  93. Renna, thanks for visiting!

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  94. I know, I wish they allowed a google sign-in also.
    Thanks for the kind words!

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  95. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  96. Thank you for visiting!

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  97. I wish it allowed a google ID also. Thanks for visiting!

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  98. Thanks for stopping by Jen!

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  99. I will keep you all updated on how it goes.

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  100. I really like the format too; now if we can just get a couple bugs worked out.

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  101. It's an outside source; you can find out more at disqus.com.

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  102. Thanks for entering the drawing!

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  103. Glad you're enjoying the dishcloth pattern. Thanks for entering the drawing!

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  104. It was some time before I found out it's pronounced 'discuss'.
    And yes, I did make the notebook--a bunch actually.

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  105. I hope it works out too--I really like the format.

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  106. Glad you like the new pattern Rose; thanks for visiting!

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  107. I love that so many are putting the patterns to good use--Enjoy!

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  108. Thanks for visiting!

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  109. Things do calm down some when the kids get older, and now I miss those wonderful times when they were young :)

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  110. Grace, thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  111. Done! Thanks for stopping by.

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  112. Thank you Sheila!!

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  113. I will update on how it works out.

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  114. Thank you for visiting!

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  115. Thanks for entering!

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  116. I'll keep you all posted.

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  117. Lilian, thank you for such kind words!

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  118. I'm new to your blog, but Disqus seems very organized and user-friendly, even for the less tech-savvy like myself!
    I like it:)

    The notebook and wallet are so precious! I'm crossing my fingers!

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  119. I have heard of it before and haven't liked it for the mere reason I'm not sure who to post myself as... what I mean is that it doesn't usually take the same "name" that I typically use.
    I don't know we'll see as I finish this up to send...

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  120. actually, it worked different/better then for other times. Maybe it's not so bad... after all.

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  121. I hadn't heard of it before either but having bought one of your totes I know what beautiful work you do and would love the wallet! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  122. Jeanine Q.12:05 PM

    First time I've used this-seems easy enough. Thanks for the chance to win. I visit your site on a regular basis and love your work.

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  123. Momto12sofar12:18 PM

    Haven't used it before...

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  124. Wendy Madden12:26 PM

    You do such wonderful work! I would be honored to win -
    Wendy

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  125. Hi Rita, what about some hot glue to adhere the burlap?

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  126. Thanks for dropping by!

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  127. I'll keep you all posted.

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  128. Thanks for entering!

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  129. shannon4:28 PM

    just found your blog recently. love reading it and love the give away! thanks for posting your talents and inspiration.
    God bless
    shannon

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  130. I love your blog! It gives me so many idea's to do with my daughters. Beautifully laid out.

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  131. Mary Ann4:41 PM

    Hi,I love your blog and all the good ideas,baking,the scones, they are so good,the sewing and knitting,I have made 10 waffleknit washcloth.Thank you.Mary Ann

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  132. Spring4:46 PM

    I love reading your blog. Would you consider adding the ability to add your blog to an RSS feed? I know blogspot offers that feature. I have it on my own blog and I use it on other blogspot blogs. I LOVE the wallet!

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  133. w9yards4:47 PM

    I must admit I never pay attention when I leave a comment what the format is so I am clueless on disqus. I do know I enjoy your blog and your handcrafted items!

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  134. MaryAnn4:48 PM

    O yes,Mary Ann would like to enter the giveaway too.hopefully I will get lucky.

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  135. Randi4:57 PM

    I have to admit that I've never left any messages on your blog, but I have to tell you what apleasure it is to read! I'd love to visit & walk around your yard & garden & meet the animals & have a cup of tea, It relaxes me just reading about it, keep up the good work. & yes, I'd love to win!

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  136. Mamabeanof45:08 PM

    It's very easy to use-I like it.I'm hoping I'm your winner-would LOVE one of your things-I'm a huge fan!

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  137. Good idea! The bottle is antique so it should not damage with hot glue right?

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  138. Bo Taitai5:21 PM

    I think this is the first time I have left a comment on your blog.

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  139. I generally find that hot glue will peel right off anything smooth/shiny. I don't think the hot glue will do any damage to glass. Good luck with it!

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  140. Carla5:29 PM

    Hi Deb!
    This is very easy leaving a comment here, I have tried before without any success and am not sure why....it never posted. Anyway, LOVE the giveaway and am very hopeful to win!!
    Carla

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  141. Pyolanta5:30 PM

    Hello
    I didn't leave comments on your blog before. I'm not familiar with the other system but I love your blog and your pictures.

    Yolanta

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  142. Hi Carla, great to hear from you--hope all is well. Thanks for entering!

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  143. Jllbarron6:28 PM

    I would love anything of your's-enjoy your blog very much!!

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  144. Jandsgaff7:05 PM

    Since I live in the dark ages, I don't know what discus is!!! However, I adore your blog!!

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  145. Debbie7:32 PM

    I don't comment often, but I do enjoy your blog...it is inspiring!

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  146. Bhunt605047:54 PM

    I agree with your Spring feeling. I love to plant grass in a rectangular container around this time of year and have an inside "lawn."

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  147. Villarosa8:00 PM

    Totally love your blog and have enjoyed some of the beautiful items you made from the 'store'! Am thrilled you changed to Discus and that we are able to leave a comment. Do believe i've gone through every single post on your blog and have loved each one!

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  148. Cnickmc12:43 PM

     Enjoy your fresh ideas!  Thank you for the free patterns- intend to learn to knit/crochet this winter and I've begun to watch for supplies and patterns so when my needle-mentor and I get together we'll be ready!!

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  149. So glad you stopped by--best wishes with the knitting/crocheting!

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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