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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

A stash flash, gingerbread, market news and this week's giveaway #8!

What a wild weekend! I was not alone in my prayers for the wind and rain to disappear Friday night, but come Saturday morning, it was wet and windy as ever.  Luckily some brave and or foolhardy people ventured out and I was happy with my sales for the day, having covered costs and some more, but I can only imagine what it might have been like if the weather had been nice. As it is, some marketeers came and didn't set up, some set up and were blown over in the process, so packed up or moved elsewhere, and others left early. Many held on grimly to their canopies in a spirit of a wild mercantile adventure! This first pic shows the view from the front of my stall. The poor jewellery seller had a whole table of rings flip with the sound of tinkling silver flying through the air! His neighbours never unpacked. I got to visit with a couple of stalls across the way with some gorgeous handmade toys tees and brooches as well as vintagey goodness. Just how I like it!


It was a struggle getting the canopy and walls up on my own and hard to decide whether to keep the sides open or closed. Closed kept you dry but made a big sail for the wind. Open gave a better view but you got wet and things flew off the table even more often!
My stall was fairly secure so I held on until the last 30mins but next time I'm doubling the corner weights! I hadn't been to the loo all day and was busting so asked the lady next to me to watch my stall as it was very quiet people wise. While in the loo, I heard a loud roar and drumming sound and  thought it was raining again. (and no dear DH the sound was not emanating from within my cubicle). Turned out it was a huge gust of wind that had 4 men holding down my marquee, all my gear strewn over the grass and dirt. So the 3mins I wasn't there, disaster struck! So that was it for the day. Call me crazy, but it was kinda fun :)


If you look closely on the table, you can see some Keyka Lou bubble pouches which I made and added a loop and carabiner clip to. Here they are:

Here they all are waiting for clips and to be taken to market. These were a lot of fun to make. with the clip they can hang from your purse strap or pram or from your belt or belt loop. I particularly like the pirate pouches and am making more for boys. After all, pirates need a pouch for their treasure!
More about these later....

Beccy has finished school for the year and yesterday baked some gingerbread with Pearl and Michael. They just love baking and all 3 wore their special aprons I made them. Last night for Family Home Evening, we decorated them together. Pearl loved the pretty silver cachous best. We made up a plate for a ding-dong dash, wrapped in cellophane. It was fun, 7 of us piled into the van and sang carols all the way there and back. Sarah got to run in, ring the bell and leave the plate of gingerbread and snowballs (white chocolate and coconut covered marshmallows). She came dashing back and jumped into the car. She didn't quite shut the door so it was ajar as we took off. It was the side sliding door and everyone was buckled in, but it slid open as I put the pedal to the metal. A little braking and it slammed itself shut and we got out of there. I do hope they heard the doorbell and the ants or animals didn't get their treat! I'll keep my ears open tonight at a meeting to see if they received any mysterious packages :)




Mmm I love gingerbread! Later in the month we will make gingerbread houses as well.


Yesterday, my main goal was to "rationalise" the bookshelves. I took 8 shopping bags of books to the Op shop! don't worry, I still have plenty lol. But it did make room for more fabric :) when I get the room all tidied again, I will take a pic. I'll just let you imagine the "before" pic.
In the process, I uncovered a carton of vintage fabric I scored at a little church Oppy nearly 6 months ago. My supersonic crafty ears picked up a conversation between two old dears pondering what to do with all these boxes of fabric from so and so the dressmaker and I was right on hand when they brought out these cartons and got first pickings! Here they are with some of my favourites picked out.


















In the same vicinity, at another little old church oppy, I also picked up some lovely barkcloth potholders. When I got home, I painstakingly picked them apart and found some beautiful scrappy treasures. Wonderful water colour vintage prints of silky soft cottons and fluffly flannels. The photos just don't do them justice. One of the potholders covers became this little Keyka Lou bubble pouch, lined with Ginger blossom and with a resin snap closure.



And this my dears, is this weeks giveaway! It is so very sweet and vintage. Just leave a comment and I will randomly choose the winner next Sunday evening as per usual.

ETA I usually would draw this about now but I will give it another 24 hours, for our cousins over the ocean in the US, trailing behind us time wise.

 Don't forget to check out my own list of giveaways in the right hand menu. There are all sorts of treasures including OOAK lampglass owl beads and owl softies, just to name two.

Even more giveaways at Meet Me at Mikes, 46 participants in their 3rd birthday celebration giveaway.

Sew Mama Sew just happens to have 2ndDec as giveaway day and has a HUGE list of giveaways this week. I'm sure there will be lots of goodies to win and fabulous blogs to explore and discover.




Goodluck!

129 comments:

  1. way to go, what a trooper you are! glad the sales proved profitably with such adverse weather!

    I deeply love your top left pic of vintage fabric...that gray/yellow/green combo does it to me every time!!

    Thanks for the giveaway, the pouch is darling!

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  2. ooohhh Nice stash! That weather sounds wild!! (and a little fun!)

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  3. Pity about the weather and yes I agree, I wouldnt venture out in bad weather for the market either. Lucky there were 4 men standing by to catch yours. Your little pouches are very sweet and the vintage one looks beautiful. Love those gingerbread men, and what a wonderful thing to do, brings out the xmas spirit too I think.

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  4. I wanna come op-shopping with you! Lovely market stall and more power to you for staying. Glad it was worth it :) Kat xx

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  5. I am so glad that aside from minor major inclement weather interruptions that the market day was a success. Mmm, yummy gingerbread. And that fabric to so scrummy!

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  6. Your vintage finds are just beautiful!

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  7. Gorgeous work! What a score with your oppy find!

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  8. Wow, lucky indeed!!!
    What a sweet purse, I need one! ;)

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  9. great photos and what a great find!

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  10. Seeing that gingerbread has made my tummy rumble!
    Gorgeous fabrics, lucky you!
    I'd love the little purse :)

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  11. ....I LOVE your Keyka Lou bubble pouches, they're simply delightful, so I'd be so happy to win the one you've destined for this giveaway!

    Fingers crossed for it and, in the meantime, thanks so much for this generous chance!

    Hugs from Italy,
    Antonella

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  12. Goodness, you've been busy! That pouch is very sweet.

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  13. I'm very jealous of your fabric stash! Merry Christmas!

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  14. Wow your fabric is gorgeous! And this little pouch is beautiful! I love, love, love everything about it, the color, the shape, the fabric...

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  15. Cute stuff. The pictures of a little girl enjoying cookies are precious! Crisp photography.

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  16. What a cute bag! Sweet little giveaway!

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  17. Adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I love the little pouch. You certainly found some gorgeous fabrics. Bx

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  19. I love your little bubble pouches.=)
    Thank you for the chance to win,
    Andrea ♥
    ac_mc79[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. Your pouches are all so wonderful!

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  21. Cute pouch! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Beautiful! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

    Sarah0587@yahoo.com

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  23. wow you have been busy and definately it was fun. this small pouches looks cute. boys would love them:)

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  24. Sound like you've had some adventures!

    Your little pouch is darling- thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Love the pouch!
    Hope I'm a winner.

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  26. Cute pouch and what a great stash to play around with!

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  27. Vintage fabric is always so much fun and I love the pouch. Pink flowers alway are in style with me. Wanted to also say I like the apron you sweet daughter is wearing.

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  28. hi, i'd like to be included!

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  29. cool! happy giveaway day! here's mine http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/

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  30. Very cute! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  31. So cute. I'd love to win it.

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  32. Oh, these are so sweet. Just right for garage sale money!

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  33. What great fabric finds! These bags are so stinking cute - I love them!

    mc.crafty.bunny at gmail dot com

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  34. OMG - I hope the weather's not like that for me this Saturday!!!! As a market novice I amy not have the courage to unpack. Thanks for popping over and commenting on my giveaway. What an amazing find of fabric - I am truly, truly envious!!!! x

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  35. This adorable! Please count me in your giveaway!
    Happy Holidays
    h_freund@hotmail.com

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  36. Wow - so cute. What a clever use of material! Thanks for the opportunity for the great giveaway!

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  37. Great pattern and gorgeous fabric!
    Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win !!!

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  38. Very pretty. I made the decision early on that I would never do outside festivals, now I know why.

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  39. Very pretty! Thank you for the giveaway.
    alusco(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  40. Nice giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity

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  41. I love the fabric you've used. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. The cookie and cookie helper photos are very cute!

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  43. Impressive! Those cookies look mighty tasty... :-P
    Emily

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  44. I love all your vintage fabric finds ... and am a bit jealous ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway. My fingers are crossed :)

    jrenshaw@hotmail.com

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  45. Fabulous fabric finds! Your little bags sre darling! But sweetest of all is your cookie-taster.
    omashee@msn.com

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  46. What a good stash find, I'm never that lucky. Pretty purse. There is a little 4 y.o. beside me loving the pink colours

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  47. The pouch is adorable and the vintage fabric finds are enviable. :)

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  48. What cute little bags. Wonderful fabrics. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  49. I love those little bags!! Great giveaway. Hope I win.

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  50. so, so cute! great giveaway!

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  51. count me in please
    my giveaway is here
    http://busybeefree.blogspot.com/

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  52. the little bags are sooo cool! i want one.

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  53. wow - gorgeous fabrics! cute pouches! pick me!!!

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  54. how cute! thanks for doing a giveaway! sales4mp@gmail.com

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  55. Man those cookies are making my stomach growl. Literally. It just growled as I was typing that.

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  56. Lovely ! Thanks for the chance !

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  57. beautiful and vintagey!! very nice

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  58. Pick me, pick me, and if I win send some gingerbread it looks so good....ladycolmn@aol.com

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  59. Beautiful little pouch! And that gingerbread looks so good--I need to make some!

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  60. Oh I love the bubble pouch, thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  61. Pretty little pouch! Lindsey G
    grl_4_God(at)hotmail.com

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  62. Oh, I like the little pouch! How sweet is that!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  63. Love the little vintage pouch! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  64. Just adorable, thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. So cute! Can I have it? ;) Thanks for giving me a chance to win!

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  66. I love those little pirate pouches!

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  67. What a sweet pouch! Love it.

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  68. This wee pouch is too cute.What fabulous fabric finds!!lucky you.

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  69. hi
    your bubble pouches are so gorgeous!!!
    gill x

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  70. I love Kekalou patterns I have quite a few but have only tried a couple so far.
    I am hoping to win that lovely one you have made.

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  71. what a darling little pouch!

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  72. great little pouch - i have a 15 yo who would love to have this.

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  73. I like the cute little pouch. It would be great for holding those smaller items in my purse. I love to have everything organized!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    hamlin_r@yahoo.com

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  74. my little Ruby would love that bubble pouch.

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  75. This pouch is so so cute, thanks for a giveaway and I truly would enjoy one! Greetings from Germany

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  77. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    I am a homeschooling mom of 16 years. I have five children from ages 21 months to 21 years.

    I am also having a giveaway; so be sure and stop by my blogs. I have two, one for sewing and one for art. www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

    My 9 year old daughter is also having a giveaway on her sewing blog. Hers is www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

    Trudy
    trudy dot callan at gmail dot com

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  78. what a lovely pouch! thanks for the chance!

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  79. I'd love to win this cute bag!
    shou.milk@gmail.com

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  80. very cute bag I think it would hold my medicine bottles in a lovely way.

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  81. Cute! love the vintage fabric

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  82. What gorgeous pouches! I love them. Do you have a pattern to share?

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  83. i am drooling over here! that fabric...you lucky lucky woman!

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  84. What a cute little pouch.I've got some big ideas for it.

    susansisney@hotmail.com

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  85. Oooh...I love vintage, especially vintage fabric :). Thanks for the chance!

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  86. Very cute! I love vintagy things. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  87. So cute.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    curry(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. That is an adorable pouch. I love vintage fabrics. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  89. What a cute little pouch! I love the fabric. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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  90. Your vintage fabrics pouch is really fantastic... please enter me in the giveaway! Thank you.

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  91. The pouch is so cute -- thanks for the chance! :)

    Greetings from Munich,
    Birgit

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  92. These are beautiful! Lucky winner...

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  93. Thanks for a great giveaway..... good job and I hope you did well at your show!

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  94. Darling! I'm in a show on Saturday...glitter and ric-rac have taken over the house. Thanks for this chance..

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  95. I do love Vintage Fabrics- love the little pouch. Hope you weather improves- I'm in Calif and they say (finally) it's on the way this week!

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  96. Very cute. Thanks for the chance to win! lynnosborne[at]verizon[dot]net

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  97. oh, that is simply lovely. thanks for the chance!

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  98. Lovely, thank you for giving it away!

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  99. Your handmade purse is so lovely. The fabric is fabulous! I would be honored to own it.
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  100. the pouch is adorable! would love to win it, thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  101. Love the fabric and the pouch!!!
    espmax@gmail.com
    thanks
    Terri

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  102. Great projects!

    http://thelifeofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com/

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  103. Cute little pouch! I'm glad you left the giveaway a bit longer. I'm still trying to work my way through the list--it's huge!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jenny~

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  104. What a unique little pouch! Pefect for a little cash and a chapstick! Pulling those pot holders apart sounds like a painstaking task, but I applaud your repurposing! I'm looking at my pot holders in a new light :)

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  105. i love those hanging doilies!!! what a crafty lady you are.

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  106. Love the vintage fabric bubble purse! Just gorgeous!!

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  107. Oh sew sweet!

    Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway! You have a generous heart and giving spirit!
    Merry Christmas!
    mayhem5@softhome.net
    http://thequiltingdee.blogspot.com/

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  108. Merry Christmas! Beautiful fabric and work you do. A cold Christmas must be as odd for you as a warm Christmas would be for me, here in Kentucky!

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  109. Cute pouch, and thanks for the giveaway op!

    toilandtrouble [at] spambog [dot] com

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