Saturday, May 20, 2017

So Busy! And a Giveaway!

Hey Everyone,

I know it has been a while since I have added any kind of interesting content here. I decided a long time ago that I would quit apologizing for blogging absences, but really, I have been gone way too long. Let me tell you a bit about what is going on in my world :)


My child started college in January. She has finals this week and she is getting straight A's... super proud of her, but she doesn't drive yet.

For those of you in places like where I grew up that don't have a lot of traffic and craziness on the roads, it might seem strange that a 19 yr old would not be driving already but it is pretty common here. Add to that the fact that we only have manual transmission cars and you see my problem. I drive her to school which adds an extra 2 hours to each day for me. She will be driving by the time Fall semester rolls around LOL


I did a 30 day challenge with Creative Bug to learn brush lettering and I am practicing every day. It is super fun and I have used it in some projects which you will see below.


 I made this Zip-up Tray Pouch for my friend and roomie at Sewtopia, Jaime.


 We were in Denver and this is the gift that Jaime made and brought for me.

This is my Traverse Bag that I made at Sewtopia with Anna Graham (Noodehead) I use it ever day and LOOOVE it!

Had a great class with Lizzy House, who reminded me that being intentional about the items that I make and buy is what will keep my passion alive.


This is the quilt I made in Lizzy's class out of lawn fabrics designed by Heather Ross. I am going to hand quilt it with a lawn backing.

My child made these adorable origami bunnies for me for Easter.


I made the new Sorbetto Tank from Colette for Sally and Amy Sinibaldi's lookbook for Charleston.
Art Gallery didn't use it but you will see more of it once it gets back to me and I send it to Sally :) It is probably the most technically perfect clothing item I have ever made.

I went to Planner Con in March and came home with all kinds of swag. I love my planners and it is my new passion. Arting up the planners has gotten my creative mojo fired back up.


This is a picture of my three planners. The Marigold one is my daily planner for life, the Ballerina Pink one is my Faith planner, and the fabric one is my art journal/ listing planner.

I made the fabric planner as a tutorial for my new blog venture with Sally. It is called I'll Take Jesus, we do crafts and tutorials, give away fun printables, and do weekly Bible devotionals on Fridays. We post daily. So that is where a lot of my time is spent. Can I just say you don't have to be a believer to come over and see our arts and crafts tutorials? Here is one that I posted this week:

 It is a perpetual calendar. You can see I used my brush lettering technique for the month tags.

Speaking of paper crafting it is where my heart is right now and I am starting a new paper crafting club. (Yes, you all that have signed up already through the Scrappy Stash Buster Club I am finally getting going.) If you would like to sign up for the newsletter for paper crafting click here.


About the shop.... I mentioned a few months ago that I am changing the trajectory of the fabric shop. I am choosing small collections that not everyone else is carrying and only things that really speak to me. I found it soul crushing to have so much fabric coming in all of the time and to just cut fabric all day long and have no time to create with the beautiful stuff passing through my fingers. I am working on downsizing enough to move everything back home. I have enough room for about 1/3rd of what I had in the shop. So I might still be a bit quiet while I finish up with the warehouse and get things moved. If you wanted any of our shelves or classroom tables please email me because I am ready to give them up now. We did great with Neptune and the Mermaid and Charleston ... there is a bit left of both. I am still on the look out for small sweet collections and, of course, I have the Tilda coming.

Now for the giveaway. I am giving away one of my prototype Traveler's Notebooks that I made a month or two ago (I will let you choose your favorite). If you would like to win a notebook cover with an insert already installed for you to start with right away.

Please leave a comment on this post. I am also including a bunch of sticker swag from planner con and my own stash.

For a second chance, you can sign up for the newsletter and leave a second comment letting me know that you did. Don't forget to leave an email where I can reach you if you win. I will use Random.org to choose a winner next week on Thursday morning.


150 comments:

  1. Beautiful show and tell!! I love your writing style! Really love the Traveler's notebook with the telephones on it! ���� I have my fingers crossed! Looking forward to reading more blog posts in the future������ and incase I actually win....my email is Jeri@flannelladybug.com

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  2. Very pretty πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™Œ

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  3. Just signed up for your newsletter!😊🌼🌼

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  4. Jeri here and I just signed up for your newsletter!! Looking forward to reading it!

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  5. Some beautiful makes! I have a class with Lizzie House in Novembet and am really excited.

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  6. Beautiful planners. cwhippc at aol dot com

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  7. It sounds ike down sizing is going to make you happy and there is nothing better than just shopping what you like and being special. But I have to say I will miss the shop and all the gorgeous fabrics!
    The notebooks are so cute! I understand that they want you to be creative :)

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  8. Your planners look amazing! It sounds like you are happy doing what you enjoy. I really like the top you made and your purses. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love all your makes! Enen though you haven't blogged in awhile, you have been busy. I especially like your brush lettering, something I'd like to learn as well. Your travellers cases are so nice, I would love to win one! The telephone ones are so cute, but so are the pens! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Heidi @bessaboostudio

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  10. So inspiring to hear how you are refocusing your fabric selection. Less can be more! I'd love to win one of your handmade planners ��

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  11. Oh my goodness you have been busy! I love your bunnies. :-) And the planners are wonderful!! Thanks for the fun!

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  12. I am already a happy newsletter subscriber. ;-)
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  13. I've been dying to get myself a planner, but I'm afraid I'll go nuts buying all the cute swag out there!!! I would LOVE to win one of your awesome travelers, thanks for the chance!!
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  14. Julie, I knew you were busy but WOW. Love the planners.dhoctor@sbcglobal.net

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  15. Wow, there is so much beauty in this one blogpost! Congratulations on your daughter's very successful first semester, your gorgeous lawn quilt, the new endeavor, and your brush printing!
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  16. Your Traveler's Notebooks are awesome! I could keep track of so many things in one of these. Your lettering is beautiful too!

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  17. I have signed up for your newsletter and look forward to reading it!

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  18. Love your things....can't wait for a newsletter.

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  19. So glad you've been able to do lots of creative and fun projects. Love what you've made! I'd be so excited to win a notebook!

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  20. I've signed up for your new newsletter.

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  21. Looks like you are very busy doing some fun things! Love your notebooks!

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  22. I love your journal covers. The old style phones are so cute. Rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  23. Love your planners, very cute.

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  24. I am subscribed to your newsletter.

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  25. I sure do need some help getting organized, lol! :)

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  26. My newsletter subscription has been confirmed! :)

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  27. Love your openness and creativity!

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  28. Your planners look great! I need to use one for sure!!

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  29. I get your newsletter! thanks again!

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  30. Signed up for your newsletter.

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  31. Beautiful planners. You have been very busy.

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  32. Gorgeous planners! The telephone one (just saw a FQ of that fabric today!) is awesome.

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  33. Julie - You are such an inspiration. Love the planners and the brush lettering calendars. Beautiful!

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  34. I love your brush lettering! The perpetual calendar is a great idea. And what a delight it would be to win a journal!

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  35. Love your planner covers. They are so pretty.

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  36. Driving can be scary but they love it once they learn. Of course you will need a new clutch. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. You have been busy,love your work!

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  38. You have been busy,love your work!

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  39. you have been busy, what a small world was at out local MQG yesterday and one of the girls made the zip up tray pouch, never seen one before then 2 in 2 days.Best of luck moving your shop back home good that you will have more time for both quilting and I`ll take Jesus

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  40. Oh my, you have been busy. I must pop over to see your new blog too, my faith needs a bit of a kick at the moment. Thank you for a fun giveaway. x

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  41. Oh my.....I am exhausted just reading about everything you have been doing!

    Good job for your daughter with straight A's.....that is wonderful.

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  42. Enjoyed seeing all your projects! I love the telephone journal!
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  43. Signed up for your newsletter!
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  44. Love that you are following your heart with your new direction. And your planners are beautiful too :-)

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  45. I love your planners! So cute and useful... My most favourite would be the peachy one.

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  46. I am a happy receiver of your newsletter...

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  47. I subscribed to your new blog! :) Thank you

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  48. Really fun planners. Love the fabrics you used for hte covers. thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. I signed up to your newsletter and I already follow you through bloglovin

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  50. Love ALL of these beautiful planners! It is definitely something I would use to get better organized and have more time for QUILTING!
    Thanks for the chance.......................nettiecrain@live.com

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  51. Just signed up for your newsletter, can't wait to get it.
    Thank you.
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  52. This post has been so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

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  53. I have to laugh. Both my daughters (26 and 24) don't drive. The oldest will probably never drive as she has terrible anxiety over it. The youngest, will be getting her license this summer, so she can drive to/from college! Love the planners.

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  54. One of my daughters did not drive until the age of 20. She still limits herself as much as possible and she's 32years old! My other children could not wait to put the pedal to the metal! Go figure!

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  55. Congrats to your daughter-good job! Love your planners-so pretty! Thank you, Susan

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  56. I am now a newsletter subscriber! Thank you, Susan

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  57. Love your planners, fabulous and great tool!

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  58. Thanks for sharing all of your creativity with your readers!
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  59. I signed up for your newsletter.

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  60. get your newsletter , follow your blog and you on facebook

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  61. I love your notebooks! My daughter would love one!

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  62. I get your newsletter.

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  63. You are not alone in missing posting for long periods of time. I bet I beat you by months. LOL. The projects you shared are all fabulous! Thank you for sharing them. I would choose the Grey and Red one, yet I would really love to have them all! Thank you for having this great give away opportunity to win these fabulous planners. Have a great day.

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  64. I've never had a notebook like this and would love one!!! Thanks!! Oh, and if you want to send me any extra fabric that you have to part with, they would be very welcome in my studioπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰! Lol

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  65. I just took a brush lettering class a couple of months ago. Really need to practice more.
    Would love a chance at a new journal.

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  66. Your notebook covers are beautiful! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  67. My you have been busy creating! Lovely items and thanks for sharing!

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  68. I am subscribed to your newsletter. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  69. I get your newsletter and always enjoy the read. Thanks for the chance to win!
    pilkcindy@gmail.com

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  70. Just subscribed to your newsletter.

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  71. I love planners and your covers are the bomb! It looks like you found a new creative bug and that you really rock and roll with it!
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  72. Your Lizzie House quilt is so lovely. I applaud your decision to scale back. I've been thinking a lot lately about why it seems so hard as adults to know ourselves, when as children that seems so clear. I think we get distracted, or allow other people's priorities to interfere, in some situations. That doesn't seem to be the case here, where you are listening to your heart. Good for you!

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  73. I just signed up for your newsletter: wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

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  74. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  75. Neither of my sons got their Drivers Licenses until they were 18+.... i'm with ya, there!! Love all the creativity you are feeding yourself! Carry on, I love tagging along, and good luck in your business transitions!! (I love the orange case...I bought some of those dots from you just a while back!!πŸ‘πŸ’•)

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  76. Glad to hear what you've been up to. So many fun things! 4jodie at gmail dot com

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  77. very pretty am heading to your new blog now
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  78. hi! that is a lot of driving!! wow! straight a's! awesome. thank you for the giveaway :)

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  79. My oldest 3 were all 19 when they got their licenses but it got old when they got jobs and worked until well after my bedtime! Your notebook covers are lovely! patti(dot)mcg(at)verizon(dot)net

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  80. I receive you newsletter. martha.cook51@gmail.com

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  81. I have always admired those who can do calligraphy. Yours looks fantastic, Julie!!

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  82. And I already get your newsletter. 😊

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  83. I thought planners were dead and gone now that (almost) everyone has a cell phone. I'm glad I was wrong, your traveler's notebooks are really cute.

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  84. I am a subscriber to your newsletter.

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  85. Such cute planners,I find it impossible to use my phone for this

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  86. I already receive your newsletter

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  87. You have been SOOO BUSY!!!! I switch between paper crafts and sewing: both are fun! Love your lettering, and your quilt that you made in the Lizzy House workshop!! So pretty! Hugs, H

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  88. Those are sooo Pretty!!! Thanks for offering the giveaway! krisfmm@yahoo.com

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  89. I already receive your newsletter :) krisfmm@yahoo.com

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  90. It's always good to change things up. Keep having fun. Thanks for the update. I'll sign up for your new blog.

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  91. I already get your newsletter. Thanks.

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  92. The notebook covers are adorable!

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  94. HOW NEAT! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
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  95. SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR NEWSLETTER!
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  96. I love your work. The planner might help to keep me organized. Happy Creating

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  97. I have subscribed to your newsletter
    Happy Creating

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  98. Your notebook covers are so cute!

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  99. Love the fabrics you used for the traveler's notebooks.
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  100. I think I already receive your newsletter but I did it again just in case.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  101. I would love the retro phone. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  102. I am a happy receiver of your newsletters.

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  103. You have been busy! Love your Heather Ross fabric quilt top! And the Sorbetto top! I was hoping to make my first Sorbetto top this month for MeMadeMay but it is now May 21st and it hasn't happened yet (clothes making is scary to me, seems so much harder than quilting!).

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  104. already miss your store Julie. You had great fabrics. what is te name of the pattern with circles that you made in Lizzy house workshop? I have the same fabris and love how it looks in this pattern.

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  105. I follow Intrepid Thread now by subscription email

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  106. Wonderful giveaway, so adorable.

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  107. Wow, great giveaway! I get your reasons for downsizing the shop. Best wishes on your progress!

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  108. Very cool planners. I blog very rarely, usually when there is a significant update. (there are many things that slow down my process) So, I never apologize. It is what it is. We all have many many responsibilities and do not always have time to post.

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  109. I love seeing all your different ways to be creative! Looks like you've had a busy spring =)

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  110. Thank you! Everything is gorgeous!!!
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  111. Your planners are fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  112. Your travelers notebooksare sooo cute! Love the pens and pencils!

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  113. You did a really nice job on the Sorbetto tank. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  114. I follow you by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  115. The notebook covers are adorable. Thank you for the chance to win. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  116. What an awesome Notebook! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  117. Having your children not drive can be a pain but also it saves on extra cars and insurance and gas. My son was 25 when he finally got his license and my daughter still doesn't drive. Thanks for the chance to win the cute planners.

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  118. I would love to win your notebook. They look amazing! Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!!

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  119. What a fun and busy life and your notebooks are wonderful! If I don't win one, I'll make one...or three! Thank you for the give away!

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  120. You are not the first nor will be the last who comes to this crossroads in their life and chooses to simplify. One must do what brings peace and enjoyment.

    I would love to win one of your notebooks.

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  121. I signed up for your new newsletter.

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  122. I love planners! The covers make it so nice!
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  123. I subscribe to your newsletter!
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  124. I love ALL of your makes! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  125. Great show and tell, I love all of the projects... The tank top is Superb!!!! Thanks, quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. all signed up for the newsletter~ Thanks, quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  127. I need to take some time out and blog about all the projects that I'm working on. Yours have inspired me.

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  128. Looking forward to receiving your newsletter.

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  129. What a great giveaway. Thanks so much

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  130. I am already a newsletter subscriber!

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  131. I already get your newsletter!

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  132. Those travel books are great. Love the ones with pencils and pens. Could have used one earlier this month for my trip to Portland -- perhaps I wouldn't have gotten mixed up about when my return home was scheduled.

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  133. Lovely fabric. I would love to pet it! 8-)

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