Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Tour & A Give Away

Heidi Ho there everyone. Today is special in more than one way. I want to give a shout out to my hubby as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary today. I love these days of reflection and realizing how blessed I am that God gave me someone to love, cherish, and love with all my heart.

Today I get to join on on chatting about Lori Anderson's new book during this book tour from all the contributor's to her book.



The process was started over a year and a half a go when I got an email from Lori asking if I would like to participate in  the book. "Heck Ya" I said. That is a total non brainer. So after a few emails  back and forth, I learned that I would get to work with Libby Leuchtman's bead soup. All I can say is that when I opened up my pack of soup, I was jumping up and down. Have you seen her Lampwork pods? They are incredible. I had always admired them in photos but to see them in person is a revelation. This thing is big, bad, and bold. It measures at least 2" tall.  Truly fabulous, and I couldn't wait to design with the awesome collection.  Working with a large focal can be intimidating to me because I'm never sure what to do with it besides the obvious of just stringing it on a chain.




When I sat down to create with the soup, the design just came together all on its own and there was zero struggle or conflict in the designing process. I do remember thinking that I'm not a big fan of the color peach so I'm going to use the pink as my accent color since or course it is my favorite color. Don't you love it when you have one of those "on" design days?

Here is a teaser photo of the necklace. There is also a matching pair of earrings. The full photos are in the book.



Honestly, Libby's pod beads are drool worthy. You can find them and her other cool beads on her Etsy store.


There are some fabulous creations in the book and each project is written as a tutorial so that you can follow along and make a similar creation or using them as a spring board for creating your own jewelry designs.

Here is the soup that I put together for the book. It includes one of my red Lampwork Hearts that I attach to a hand sawn and shaped sterling silver heart. Lori ended up using it for one of her several bead soup projects. You will have to see the book to see the cool necklace she created with the mix.



So.... For the Give Away....

Just leave a comment here and on the morning of October 9, I will draw a winner and make the announcement of who won. I think Lori will also place the winners on her site too. There will also be one grand prize winner that Lori is hosting a gift for that will be for everyone who posted on any of the Bead Soup Contributors' blogs during the book tour.


The winner chosen from the comments made on my blog will win one of my handshaped and patinaed pure cooper flower toggles that measures 1" wide. AND... 4 of my lampwork beads and 4 pure copper smaller flowers. Use them together or separate them out. Loads of possibilities.

112 comments:

  1. So cute! I'd love to win these!

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  2. I would love to win! The soup and design you made are stunning..

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  3. OMG - love that toggle AND the beads AND the flowers - I so hope I win!!!

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  4. I think I have to check out Libby's shop, that pod is truly lovely! So are your flowers, beads and toggle... so many possibilities to use these in different ways!

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  5. I love your beads they are always so colorful & fun. Adding the metal flower just makes them more desireable. I would be honored to create something with your beads & clasp. Thanx for the chance to win. I also want to say Lori's book is awesome. I recommend it to everyone. Because it has 26 designers instead of just 1 like most books there is something for everyone.

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  6. First, happy anniversary.Second, those are both fabulous soups pictured above and I look forward to getting the book to see the pictures of the finished jewelry. And third, your giveaway is so generous and I would absolutely positively love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. Lovely necklace, Unique and Elegant design. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  8. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby. I would just love to win some pretties, thanks for the chance.

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  9. Happy Anniversary!! Your bead soup piece is truly gorgeous.

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  10. WOO HOO! I love hearing about how people felt about their pieces!

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  11. Happy anniversary!!
    Your lampwork beads are lovely - thanks so much for giving us the chance to win =D

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  12. Wow, what a jackpot! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  13. Happy Anniversary!!! I love your beads and the necklace is gorgeous!!! I would love to win your generous giveaway. Getting ready to order your DVD and tool to work on my lamp working adventure. Any other tools that are a must have for a newbie?

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  14. Wow! Those are some awesome flowers, and a clasp too! Thank you soo much for such a great giveaway!

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  15. Elena Adams (ElenaAdams1992@yahoo(dot)com)October 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I love the toggle :) and i blame you for not being able to get that song "she wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini" outta my head because thats what your beads did!Awesome:)

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  16. Loved the color combos in both the bead soups. With two very special focals, oh my. Your giveaway will may someone very happy, I'm sure. Fingers crossed!

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  17. These are gorgeous. I would love to win!

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  18. I love the sneak peek of your soup project. I'll have to check out Libby's shop. Congrats on your anniversary. I'd love a chance to win your beads.

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  19. Libby's pod's are on my wish list, they are so beautiful a true work of art! Your necklace is gorgeous can't wait to see it when my copy of the book arrives. I love your toggle clasp and flowers!

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  20. Your beads are FABULOUS! The chance to discover new artists is one of the greatest side benefits of the bead soup experience, isn't it? I would love the chance to work with your creations.

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  21. Happy Anniversary to you and your man! 15 years, awesome! You are so talented and I would be honored to win some of your beautiful beads! Please!

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  22. I love those beads, especially the blue one. The copper flowers are awesome too. Congrats on being part of the book :)

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  23. The Lampwork pod and your red Lampwork Heart are stunning!!! Thank you for giving the opportunity to win some of your goodies.

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  24. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Cassie! Hope you guys have fun celebrating today. I always feel like we have so much in common...I've been married 17 years - close. I just love what you made with Libby's pod bead soup mix. I remember when I was taking the soup picture wondering what would be made of that particular soup with the large and stunning focal. Just leave it to another lampwork artist to know what to do! And I really, really love the red lampwork heart that you made for Lori's soup. I think that is one of her favorite projects in the book. It is so much fun to see the before and afters! Thanks for the give aways - they are really amazing. I just love it when you combine your colorful beads with metal work. :-)

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  25. Love these so much! I also love the red heart pendant...great stuff! I hope I win :)

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  26. adorably and beautiful = it's badorable!

    Love that first necklace - even the peek.

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  27. First of all...Happy Anniversary! Lori did a fantastic job in choosing her designers - you begin one of them! Your beads are so gorgeous! And, thanks for the opportunity to win some of your beads, too!

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  28. Wow what a great giveaway! I would love to win! Those Pods are fantastic! Thanks for the link! Stunning work all the way around!

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  29. First and most importantly, Happy 15th Anniversary,Cassie and Hubby! That is an accomplishment in itself! Now on to the more mundane. Pick me, pick me, pick me!!! I mean I would be delighted to win your delightful beads and wondrous toggle and have the joyous opportunity to turn them into a tempting delight that I fancy I might wear to the next momentous occasion I attend. Your lovely design for the tome has inspired me to burst forth with such poetic verbosity.

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  30. These are gorgeous! I would love to win these!!!!

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  31. Your glass is so very cheerful and fun, keep up the great work. I see you have a Boston Terrier (on your banner), we have two. The best dogs ever.

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  32. I can't believe what idea you can come up with next after receiving beads. Love your work.

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  33. First let me say Happy anniversary. October is a good time for getting married (I will be celebrating my 18 this month). Secondly, I can not believe how generous you and Lori are being with these great giveaways. I would love to be the winner in your giveaway. And I adore your red lampwork heart.

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  34. Happy Anniversary! Thanh you for your generous giveaway. I would love to win your creations. They are gorgeous!

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  35. Beautiful glass beads, fantastic toggle and copper flowers! Be still my beating heart!
    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

    zanc@att.net

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  36. I love them! And the necklace you created with the soup for the book is great --there is always something of fun in your designs.

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  37. Wow! What a generous giveaway! Please toss my name in the hat.

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  38. I lovehow you photographed the lampies on top of the copper flowers. Gives a girl ideas! Great giveaway,.

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  39. Fantasitic toggle and copper flowers! I'd love to win!

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  40. Hi Cassie,

    Happy Anniversary; I hope you have a fantastic day!

    Lori Anderson's book looks amazing. It is such an interesting concept and I can't wait to see it in person. Your beads and jewelry are just gorgeous; I am such a big fan. I would love to win one of your copper flower toggles, lampwork beads and small copper flowers. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  41. Cassie, I love you beads and copper components. Thank you for the give away. You are very generous.

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  42. Those flower beads are so cute love them

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  43. Those flower & bead combos are adorable, and I love that glimpse of your necklace! I would be too intimated by such a large and beautiful focal!

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  44. Cassie, I would dearly love to win your beautiful glasswork beads, copper flowers, and that wonderful toggle clasp. Thanks for your generosity!

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  45. Love love love love your beads.

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  46. Happy Anniversary!!!!!

    Both bead soups are wondeful. Thank you for the chance to win your lovely copper components and lampwork beads. I'd be thrilled to win!

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  47. Love your copper flower toggles!

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  48. Love your work! now if you will just pick me as the winner!

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  49. Wonderful work on those copper flowers. So cute. Thank you for this giveaway!! ;) Hoping to win. ;)

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  50. Wonderful flowers…wonderful giveaway!

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  51. I am loving swimming through all of the soups...and your flower and bead giveaway is divine!

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  52. The "teaser" piece is beautiful as are the copper flowers!

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  53. I would love to have these!

    Nancy

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  54. Those copper flowera are amazing. What a great giveaway! Beautiful work! (Lee)

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  55. I love your give away. Congrats on contributing to the book. Also I cannot believe you took the pictures for etsy with your iphone. They are great. I will be updating my phone soon. My biggest problem with listing on etsy is the photo taking and posting.
    Linda

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  56. I also love your beads and would love to win them! Hope you had a great anniversary and wish you many more!

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  57. I totally love your beads. *sighs* I'm going to cross my fingers and my toes.

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  58. Wow, it would be wonderful to work with such a beautiful bead. Please enter me :)

    baychriz at gmail dot com
    Bead Soup Mix

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  59. I love this giveaway, thank you so much.
    ciao dall'Italia

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  60. Beautiful book! Both soups are gorgeous and so is the prize for posting a comment!

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  61. That is a gorgeous toggle! I love it!

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  62. What a fabulous giveaway, I'd love to win one of your beautiful copper flower toggles. I can't wait to get the book!

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  63. Beautiful! By the way (totally off the subject) I purchased a Hydro Flask. it is truly amazing!

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  64. THose beads are so neat! I would love to win them!

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  65. Happy Anniversary! And, thanks for the chance to win your bead soup ingredients! I'd love a chance to create with them!

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  66. What a great idea! Lampwork in brass like that. Love it!

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  67. Happpy Anniversary. Your piece in the book was wonderful and I love your give away. Thank you for the chance. rmar261783@aol.com

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  68. I keep thinking... what could be better .. each soup bowl collection are eye poppers.. can't wait to see your creation in the book.

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  69. Your soup mix was wonderful and i love what you made with it.
    thanks for the giveaway opportunity

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  70. Congratulations on being a part of this amazing book! Your work is beautiful!

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  71. What amazing flowers!! Thank you for the giveaway chance to win!

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  72. Oh! Miss Cassie! Your necklace is truly one of my favorites. I have wanted one of Libby's pods for so long but truthfully it is a bit intimidating. Your treatment of it was just right and so very you! I love those flowers you are giving away. They are calling my name! It is wonderful to be on this bead soup journey with someone I greatly admire. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  73. Cassie, I love your work! I have ordered several beads from you but I would love to have more!! Thank you for the opportunity. Great write up on your tutorial.

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  74. They are so clever. And pretty. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

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  75. Congratulations on your anniversary ... and being a contributing souper. Libby's lampwork looks awesome, and who better to know how to turn it into an exquisite piece of jewelry but you. The toggle and flowers would be so fun to work with.

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  76. How AWESOME to be a part of this book. Love your giveaway!!!

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  77. Congratulations on being part of something as wonderful as this book! I can't wait to nab myself a copy and look at all the gorgeous pieces people have made (that and all these sneak peeks are driving my curious side crazy LOL) :)

    Thank you so much for contributing such a wonderful giveaway prize! My my fingers and toes are both crossed for this contest ^.^

    TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

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  78. I love the stacking of the copper and the lampworked glass; Great Design!

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  79. Gorgeous teaser photo - can't wait to get the book & see the whole piece! Your toggles and flowers are AMAZING - thanks for the chance!!

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  80. Oh, yes, please! This is a wonderful giveaway! This whole blog hop it pretty wonderful, too! It's such fun! Thanks for hosting this part of it!

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  81. Those little flowers are awesome! That clasp is drool-worthy. Ok, I can almost feel them in my hands. I absolutely love this set! That heart bead you made for the bead soup is gorgeous!

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  82. When I saw the book, the focal that you received from your partner, so so gorgeous. And I love the way you play with it =)

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  83. These are adorable! Love them :) Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  84. Congrats on being a part of Lori's book. I've loved your work for years...I would be so thrilled to win!

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  85. I love the necklace you created, in particular the detail around the focal. It's such a great piece I'm not the least bit surprised that it was the product of an "on" time. Perfect. I would love to creat with your generous giveaway too

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  86. Cassie I am a huge fan of your work and I would love to win your prize package!

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  87. Would so love to win your gorgeous beads! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  88. I would love to win your prize! Thanks so much!

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  89. Your giveaway is fabulous, would love to win.

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  90. What a wonderful beads! Thank you for the giveaway chance to win!
    Regards!

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  91. Would love me some bad girl beads! Great components, great soup.

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  92. Those are beautiful! I would love to win and congrats on being in the book!

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  93. Oh, Cassie! I LOVE your work! Your copper flowers are so cool, but your toggle is absolutely drool-worthy. What lovely work!

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  94. Woohoo! Pretties! Love the teaser, can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  95. Cassie-Everything you design is amazing no matter if you made the beads or someone else did, they always seem to scream you creative name. I admire that about your work. I only wish I could be half as talented as you are.

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  96. Oooohhh, what a lovely prize! I would really love to win these. Thank you for the generous opportunity. :)

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  97. I love Libby's beads! The necklace looks whimisical and pretty. Thanks for the opportunity to win something from you!

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  98. Cassie,

    Love what you did for the book and would love to win a set of your beads.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

    Carolyn
    carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

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  99. Cassie, those flower beads and clasp are so sweet!

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  100. I have loved your work for several years and I got my mom and I some flower rings using your beads! I always get compliments on them :) Thanks for the chance to add more flower-power beads!

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  101. Thanks so much for the chance! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Congrats and many thanks,
    Holly (zeniswoman@yahoo.com)

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  102. Oooooh - this is lovely, lovely, *lovely*!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

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  103. Lovely beads -- would love to win them! -- and I loved the sneak peek of your necklace too, looks awesome!

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  104. Put my name in the hat for the give-away. Love your work! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Alice

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  105. I LOVE your work! I would love for a chance to win!
    Sandra

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  106. oh my gosh!!! pick me! pick me! :)

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