Friday, December 28, 2012

New Years DIY... and a GIVEAWAY!!

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, AND COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.  THE WINNER IS SALLY.  SALLY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT LEMONADEMAKINMAMA@COMCAST.NET TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE. 
The hoodlums are more or less still in a toy-coma, so I decided to finalize a few of our New Year's Eve items before the weekend hit... and I was able to squeeze in a post about it like I'd been hoping to do, without taking away from time with them!  (They're pretty much ignoring me anyway.  Ha! Fun new toys!)  Chance are, it will only be the four of us celebrating and eating PF Chang wannabe lettuce wraps (yum!) but I plan to make it FUN no matter what! 
 I'd been skulking around Pinterest, looking for inspiration and here's what I came up with. Numbered glasses.  I used to have ten.  Oops.  I think it would be better if you had ten.  You know... for the countdown's sake?  And of course since we're celebrating with kiddos, this is sparkling cider.  Kids LOVE drinking anything out of a fancy glass.  (Hence the reason I used to have ten.)
 I really wanted some clock face chargers but I couldn't find any in my price range (almost free) so I hit the local Goodwill store and snagged some large cream plates for $2.00.  They had flat edges and though I'd have loved to make a full set of eight, I couldn't find more than four.  Luckily, I found a dollar's worth of four milky-white plates with gilt-leaf designs and they were so cute I decided to intermix them if we do have anyone else join us.  I love that look anyway so it all works out.

I tried two ways of doing this, and I think that your best bet is to print out the numbers you want, then cover the backside thickly, with pencil lead.  Tape that number exactly where you want it to appear on the plate and carefully trace the number (filling it in helps too) by pressing firmly.  After you lift off the paper, there will be a very faint outline of what you traced and colored in. Trace and fill in with a brand new sharpie. (I went through two on this project) Bake at 350 for about a half hour and it should be permanent.

**If you mess up during the sharpie drawing part, use a slightly damp Magic Eraser and it will fix any mistakes.
 **I tried using carbon paper but it didn't work as well with the sharpie.  
 My plan was to layer them with a smaller, clear plate... and I LOVE how it turned out!
 I made two with Roman numerals and two like this. 






 I fell hard over these rock candy swizzle sticks. I found them at Trader Joe's... who incidentally has the best Cinnamon Pear cider- and if you mix in some sparkling mineral water it's delicious, sugar free, kid-friendly "champagne!"  (Not that we call it champagne of course.... because of course we don't encourage underage drinking or whatever... which makes me ask why they ever made candy cigarettes?  Just saying.)
 We made these little crowns.  Every party needs a crown, yes? I cut the basic shape out of brown wrap, and then we used our number stamps and some silver ink to put the 2013 on them.  Quick and easy.
 Don't I have the cutest models in all the land?

 And because all of this festive sparkly fun is happening, I put together a very small (but sweet) little giveaway for you!  Included are some silver and gold dessert plates, some coordinating napkins, a box of rock candy swizzle sticks, 20 gray stripey straws, a teeny white candle, a great sample of lotion that will make your hands feel like silk, and some sparkly little ear bobs.  (I'm sorry they can't be real.)
If you'd like to be entered to win this Sweet Sparkly giveaway... please leave any kind of comment on this post.  And for extra entries, you are welcome to Pin, Instagram, Facebook, blog, or tweet it.  (Just be sure to leave separate comments letting me know you did those things.)


We'll choose a random winner next week after the New Year!



Happy New Year sweet friends!! 


168 comments:

  1. You are so creative, your set up is so pretty and festive! I would love to win your sparkly giveaway :)

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  2. I want to win the napkins, straws and swizzle sticks so I can make a table sort of like yours. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  3. I am pretty excited at the possibility of getting happy mail from you!!

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  4. everything looks so pretty! love the sparkly giveaway items... thank you for the chance & happy new year to you and your family!

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  5. Super cute! love the color scheme! Happy 2013.

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  6. Wow!! You are SO creative!! :) Thanks for posting your sweet ideas! I LOVE sparkle...so of course I would love to enter! :) Thanks! Happy New Year!

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  7. LOVE it! Such FUN ideas!

    If I win . . . then I can come pick up my prize and MEET you. :)

    My daughter, Hosanna, was looking over my shoulder and saw that you have a pinterest board, and she is so excited to take a peek. (okay . . . stop laughing now . . . I have no idea what the proper pinterest lingo is). :)

    Hope your extended weekend is BLESSED!

    Laurel

    PS: I would LOVE to drive to your city and meet for coffee some time in the New Year. :)

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  8. A very happy New Year to you sweets! May God bless your family this upcoming year with peace and happiness :)

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  9. You really rock mama! Love this beautiful post and entering to win a lovely giveaway too! Happy New Year to you & the beautiful family with many, many blessings!

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  10. My husband usually goes to a poker night at a friend's house on New Year's Eve, so I don't really plan anything. You post makes me want to do something fun with the kiddos though! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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  11. Oh my goodness. You come up with the most festive ideas! Happy New Year sweet Friend!

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  12. I pinned here: http://pinterest.com/pin/234890936786802323/

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  13. I shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=517148924995904&id=315856718443651

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  14. Happy New Year! Love your blog....thanks for a chance to win a fun,sparkly giveaway:)

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  15. So stinking cute! I'm so happy I follow your cute blog. Happy New Year :)

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  16. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/sallykelly1/status/284787096529563648

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  17. I put a P.S. on my blogpost here: http://sally-drinkingfrommysaucer.blogspot.com/2012/12/easy-christmas-gift-tags-do-it-now.html

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  18. Wish we had Trader Joes in Canada! Happy 2013!!! Donna in Kelowna

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  19. Okay Sasha, I just posted on my blog your giveaway & inspiration for the New Year. The readers will love it! http://www.inspirationsbyd.com/2012/12/new-year-inspiration-from-lmm.html Hope I did a good job.

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  20. Can you tell I'd like to win:-) Tweeted:https://twitter.com/inspirationsbyd

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  21. oooh how fun! I'd love to win! the crowns are super cute, thanks for the darling idea!

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  22. So creative! You are setting the bar high girlie! Those two kiddos are sure lucky to have a fum momma like you :)

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  23. what a great idea for the plates. your table set looks amazing.
    love those rock candy sticks too :)
    happy new year!

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  24. What a fun New Year's you are going to have! Love it! (Oh and I'm going to pin it too.) Thank you!

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  25. Luv those chargers!! Such a great idea!! (and LUV me some sparkly ear bobs!)
    Kim

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  26. I love all of your sweet ideas! Dying to know how you made the "2013" swag in your last post. Happy New Year!!

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  27. Love the give away! Here is hoping for some New Years Luck!!

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  28. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Preppymama/status/284818024261906432

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  29. Love the numbered plate ? You always have the best holiday ideas . Thanks For the opportunity.

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  30. Super cute! Crossing my fingers. Hope you have an amazing 2013!

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  31. I pinned this for the plates. Love the idea - now if only I can find some at Goodwill.

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  32. We most often celebrate just the four of us...and it's delightful! Enjoy.

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  33. pinned it, love the plates and will "like" you on fb. happy new year and ty.

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  34. well, i guess you're not on fb so i'll follow on pinterest. ;)

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  35. Super cute idea for the plates! Love them! And rock candy is my favorite! I would love to win your sparkly giveaway! Happy New Year to you and your family. :-)

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  36. I tweeted about the giveaway too:
    https://twitter.com/kentucky_wife/status/284827383457005568

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  37. I pinned your adorable plates here:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/224054150183494009/

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  38. I did not expect a post from you until after the New Year...what a surprise to find a post PLUS a chance to win a gift! Your ideas and decorating are contagious!

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  39. I love how you give a special little touch to all the holidays! I love the plates, I may have to do that myself!

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  40. Great giveaway!!! Love it all : )

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  41. You are such an inspiration! Hoping I win your sparkly giveaway!

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  42. I also pinned a few ideas, LOVE the plates!

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  43. Oh how I love your creativity! Your newly crafted New Year's plates, crowns an glasses and such are awesome! I am inspired to do more than just my last minute store bought party hats and horn blowers (yep, I do punish myself with those ;-)). Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Now that I am finally finished taking down Christmas, I am ready to think about New Year's. Have a wonderful evening! Oh and I am gonna pin you too!

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  44. I am always so excited to see what you are up to in each post. I love the sweet ways you show God to your children!!

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  45. Seriously. You are the most adorable thing ever. I dream of having the time to create like this! Hope you have a rockin New Years Eve! xo

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  46. Fun ideas! I love your house, so fresh and clean!!

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  47. I love, love, love this post! you have totally inspired me for New Year's! I am going to try to create my own little New Year's Eve Party for Ava and Caroline even if there bedtime is before 8 o'clock! I showed Ava the pic of your Ava wearing the 2013 hat and she loved it! I am heading out to Michaels in the morning for some New Year's Eve party items and crafts! Happy Weekend and Happy New Year's Sasha! XO oh, and I love those darling earrings!

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  48. How adorable is this? I love how you celebrate holidays, you make everything so much fun!

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  49. You always have the best cutest blog posts!! I get so excited when I see a new post in my reader. You inspire me! Hope you have a great 2013.

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  50. I love the roman numeral plates. Maybe I can make them :)I plan on doing the balloons with things in them every hour on New Years for the kids.
    Sarah Trochman

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  51. I love tout clock plate idea! How simple, beautiful and fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. I just love your style. Simple, fresh, clean! So inspiring. I'm always looking forward to your next DIY. Happy New Year to you and your sweet family. 2013 will be a good one!

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  53. So cute! Looks like a fun way to ring in the new year!

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  54. Love the table setting - and the plates are so cool. Thanks for sharing :)
    Happy new year to you and yours! x

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  55. What a sweetie you are ~ just love the striped straws you use for every occasion - not sure where to find them around here..Simply in love with the way you make every occasion special for your family ~ what a gem you are.

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  56. I love the New years set up! I am absolutely in love with the stripey straw! We have had them in red, blue, green...they are so fun. The only probelm is that they are so fun we use them all up crazy fast! :-)
    Happy New Year!

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  57. I love when you post! I love all your ideas...but this ranks as one of my favorites because I love typography and numbers:)!

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  58. ummmm....I need you to come over and help me!
    love all of it! :)

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  59. Happy New Year to you and your family! I love those straws. Your table is beautiful.

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  60. annnnd.....I Facebook's you tok!!

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  61. Loving all these great DIYs you have been posting!

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  62. You make everything look so pretty!! Favorite blog!!!!

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  63. Love it!
    Mackenzie
    Richandmax@att.net

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  64. You are amazing.....can't imagine your energy and creativity!

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  65. So simple and elegant!!! A blessed 2013 to you and your lovely family.

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  66. With family still here, I can't think about New Years! Yet.

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  67. I love all things sparkley!!! Lovely table!

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  68. So fun! I was wondering about those chargers you talked about! I've always wanted to try sharpies idea. I've seen it all over the place. I'm thinking mustaches on little cups for my kids cocoa! I really want to try to pull together some New Years decor now! Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog. Happy New Years!

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  69. I love your NYE decorations! It's always been one of my favorite holidays - the more sparkles the better! Happy New Year!

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  70. So very sweet of you to share your year end celebration. New Year's Blessings!

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  71. I'd love to win!
    Kathy at Olsonsforchrist@msn.com

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  72. What a fun party! You are a great mama to plan such a fun celebration for your kids to enjoy. Have a happy new year!

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  73. Pinned ya! (in my best Nala voice from Lion King .. sorry I'm sorta awake :) )

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  74. and love the ideas! Our tree this year is silver and burlap and I may just switch everything today to your ideas!!! :) Thanks much

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  75. You certainly know how to make things special for your family. Looks like it will be great celebration!

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  76. I LOVE your blog and the photos bombs are beautiful.

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  77. I don't see you on FB anymore, still there?

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  78. I love everything on this blog post. So creative!

    maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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  79. as usual it is all adorable.
    that is one thing nikki and i always say about your post they
    are just so full of sweetness. and those two kiddos lately are
    cracking me up! yeah...i am finally taking some time to go to my
    BLOGS to catch up:)...love ya girl..I do!!
    someday we are gonna meet!!
    xo

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  81. Lovely ideas. I love the color scheme you used. You are so creative. Thanks so much for having a giveaway.

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  82. This has to be the sweetest giveaway I've seen. I have to admit, I'm entering partially just so I'll have a chance at that rock candy! =)

    On another note, those plates are absolutely darling. I think I'm going to have to steal your idea and make myself a few of them for New Years. So clever!

    I hope you have a blessed new year.

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  83. Such festive and creative ideas! Love it!
    Happy New Year. May the LORD bless your socks off in the coming year! :o)

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  84. You make every occasion so special and fun at your house, Sasha. I truly love everything for your New Year's party. Blessings in 2013! xox

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  85. I love all of this sparkle and how you add beauty to the every day. Those little straws make me so happy. Your photography is so gorgeous and one of my favorite little ten minute vacations is to come and sift through the loveliness that is you! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Here's hoping 2013 is our best year yet!

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  86. Love the decorations. Happy New Year! Hope it's filled with many blessings and much peace and love for you and your family!!

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  87. Such cute and festive ideas! Would love to my hands on those swizzle sticks! Keeping my fingers crossed....

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  88. What fun, fun, fun ideas!! Happy 2013 to all!! Woot woot :-)

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  89. you have the best holiday decorating ideas!

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  90. What a sweet giveaway! Thanks!

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  91. Just love to see what you plan for each festivity through the year! You rock it girl!

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  92. That hanks for a chance to win. Hugs, Margie

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  93. Shared on Facebook! Hugs, Margie

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  94. Tweeted your awesome giveaway! Hugs, Margie

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  95. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet giveaway.

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  96. what a sweet giveaway! happy new year to you!

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  97. LOVE!! What a fun start to the New Year this would be!! We are celebrating the arrival of 2013 with several neighborhood friends overs for appetizers and drinks...kid-friendly and hosted at our home - my two favorites :) Happy New Year!!

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  98. Love the New yrs hats so festive, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  99. You always have the most beautiful table.....love these ideas! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

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  100. You never cease to amaze me! I love your blog, it's such a happy place!

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  101. Okay I'm n for this give-away...and wow...the creative ideas in just this one post is ~limitless~. Thanks for the ideas!

    Rita

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  102. Love, love the chargers!! I will be borrowing that idea for next year!

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  103. Love all the kids friendly new years eve ideas!

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  104. I have just subscribed to your fabulous blog! I found you via The House of Belonging. I have been subscribing to a few blogs of other Christian women and loving the fashion, decorating, recipe, and crafting ideas! Your house is gorgeous and your kids are darling! The give away is perfect as my daughter's birthday is in January. Perfect for her party:) Thanks for the fun blog and blessings to you and yours. Susan

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  105. Happy New Year!! Love the chargers. They inspire me to see what I can find at the Goodwill store.

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  106. Love all it is a special time to bring in the new year !!!!

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  107. You are so creative! I always love reading about all the sweet touches you add to your beautiful home.

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  108. What sweet ideas to ring in the New Year! We have a family coming over for New Years Eve dinner and an outing to see the Duck Drop in Havre De Grace, Maryland at midnight! They also have a 3 1/2 year old and I wasn't sure what New Years activities we could do with the kids until I saw your crowns! What a perfect and fun way to spend the evening!! Happy New Year to you and your family and may 2013 be filled with many blessings!

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  109. Your creativity inspires me....and makes me tired! :) Wonderful ideas to make the day/evening special!

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  110. I pinned this on my News Year's Eve board on Pinterest!

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  111. Just posted your blog on my FB page! Can't wait to see how many of my friends jump on over to read your fabulous blog! :)

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  112. Looks like a fun party! You have such great ideas!!

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  113. Looks like a fun party! You have such great ideas!!

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  114. Those plates rock! How fun! We are going to do the hourly bag thing this year. I'm kind of excited. We got ring pops to "ring" in the New Year!

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  115. Such a great idea a champs countdown, I passed up the rock candy regretting it! Heres to all the best in 2013!
    Happy New Year

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  116. You guys are going to have a great new years! Love all of your decorations....So much fun!

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  117. Happy New Year!! ITs going to be a great year! Thank you for the opportunity to win these fabulous items!!

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  118. What a fun giveaway! I'd love a chance to win.

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  119. I always enjoy your blog, and the beautiful combination of colors and design.

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  120. Love the chargers! How do you have the time to make such adorable stuff?

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  121. The clock idea was so cool. Very creative.

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  122. I love your blog - so many great ideas! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

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  123. Happy New Year Sweet Sasha! Continuing to be encouraged and lifted up by your posts, it is only miles that separate us. You are a blessing to us in countless ways. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family in 2013! (yes, I pinned away too!)

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  124. Your blog is one of my all time favorites!!! Thanks for taking the time to post!!! You are making a difference!!!

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  125. I also just posted to my fb. You are fabulous!!! Thanks girl!

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  126. love your blog!! happy new year!

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  127. I have found SO much inspiration on your blog, it's like a treat to come by and see what I find next! Thanks for the chance!

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  128. Happy New Year and thank you for all the ideas and awesome photos!

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  129. I love your ideas, and am glad that you began decorating on Christmas Day! It's 4:00 Jan 31 and I'm just beginning!

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  130. I just LOVE the idea for numbered glasses. May have to give that a try! ;-)

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  131. That was a great post! I would love to win!

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  132. What great inspiration! I hope your family has a happy, healthy and blessed new year!

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  133. Super cute; I'd love to do something like this next year!

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