Thursday, January 30, 2014

GIVEAWAY from my friends!

** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND COMMENTS ARE CLOSED. The randomly chosen winner is SimplySoap by Alyce.  (Email me at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net and I'll get your prize out!)

My dear friends...  have been away from regular blogging so long I hardly remember what that feels like!!  I appreciate that in keeping it real y'all understand that sometimes hanging out on this page takes a backseat.   Last week Adrain was in Nashville all week and my kids were in meltdown while I had a full plate to deal with besides all that.  I was toward the end of the week bawling over the phone to Adrain because it was so hard walking hormonal tweens thorough missing daddy and dealing with the excruciating middle-school awkward age social skills side of a child with asperger's, plus LIFE, and I was probably a bit hormonal too, truth be told.  My man listened patiently and then he did something that made me cry way harder, even though it wasn't his intent.  He had to go to another meeting so I knew he had to get off the phone, but he said, "Can I pray with you?"  And right there on the phone with a wife and kids in meltdown, he prayed for me over the phone and it completely undid me.  To be loved so much is a gift I don't take lightly.  But life returned to normal the minute I stood at the baggage claim in Seattle, and saw his face walking toward me.  The world quit spinning and suddenly everything was "alright" again.  He looked taller and his shoulders seemed broader than I remembered and I realized how much I had missed testosterone.  Ha! (Does that ever happen to you?)  (And as it always does, it sure gave me an all new respect for mama's who go it alone non-stop.)   

I've been working on something all month- (the BRAVE thing)- in between getting my shop restocked for opening next Wednesday. (Feb 5th!)  I can't wait to share more about the brave thing (eeeek!!) but I'm not allowed to give details just yet.  I've sure appreciated you cheering me on though.  I wouldn't be in this place without your encouragement and constant support.  You made this brave opportunity possible for me...  and regarding my shop- that goes without saying because if it wasn't for you, I'd never have had the courage to open it up in the first place back in 2011, let alone keep doing it.  YOU are my customers, my cheering squad and my friends and I appreciate you so much.  (As always, I'm as nervous as can be, just before my shop is about to reopen.  I hope you LOVE all the goodies I've been busy creating for you.  I love thinking that some of these special items will be finding a spot in your homes.  A little piece of me, shipping out to YOU.  That's the best thing about this nervous part.)

So... talking about shops. I've got a few girlfriends who were willing to send me some goodies from THEIR shops and I wanted to not only give them away to one of you before Valentine's day, but also share their amazing talents and sweetness with you before I open my shop next week.  (I'll be doing another giveaway on Wednesday to kick off my reopening, and it's a few of my favorite things, so be sure and come back!!)

I love these ladies and their hearts.  All of them are precious women that I either know in real life, or would someday love to know in real life.  They make special things, and I can promise that you'll love everything you ever purchase from them. I'm doing this as ONE giveaway, though there are several components.  I wanted to break down all the separate adorable items you'll be getting in the mail if you win!  
 My friend Megan from Shop Nestled, makes jewelry that stuns.  I own several of her pieces including a statement necklace, bracelet and cocktail ring, and they are some of my favorite things!  She is giving away a pair of the cutest teal green rhinestone studs (Oh I wanted to keep those so much!) and a teal green cocktail ring. She is also offering 10% off any order right now, with the coupon code "LEMONADE10"
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My friend Amber from Half Pints Prints, (who is also a sponsor of this blog) makes prints and invitations and takes custom orders.  She is giving away these two Valentine- themed prints.  They are the sweetest!! She is also offering a 20% discount code good toward anything in her shop by using the code "LOVEANDLEMONADE"

 My friend Becky from Farmgirl Paints, makes leather cuffs and now sells her artwork too!  She is giving away a sweet cuff that will practically go with anything you wear, and says, "be love."  She is also offering a coupon code toward her shop for you guys. Use "LMM15" for 15% off.  She opens her shop on Feb 3 and will only remain open for orders until the 7th, so be sure and place your orders according to that schedule.  Her cuffs make wonderful gifts. 
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My friend Heather from Life Made Lovely, makes printables, prints, and designs blog layouts that make you drool.  She is giving away this set of prints (above). (My favorite from her shop is probably the "Be still and know" print. It hangs in my office/ guest room.) She is also offering 20% off your purchase by using the code "LOVELY20"



Okay, so I'm waiting for the exterminator to find the dead animal that is stinking up my home, presumably under my house as I type this, so I've got to go... How's that for a closing??  I've been keeping ya posted on that if you follow my Instagrams (@lemonademakinmama).  However...  I will announce the winner Wednesday when I reopen my shop and host "My favorite things" giveaway.  In order to enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment of encouragement for these precious ladies and the beautiful things they create.  You may also tweet, pin, instagram, blog, or facebook this giveaway for extra entries, just leave a separate comment for each of those.


Now cross your fingers the exterminator finds the dead animal!!  I'm freezing with all my windows open right now.  



142 comments:

  1. Have missed your words: ) Happy Adrain is home: )

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  2. I so enjoy your blog! I'm all about "keepin it real"!!! So thank you! The give away items are all so, so lovely! I've purchased a cuff for a friend from Farmgirl and it was adorable!!!!! I loved the personal aspect of it! I don't know the other ladies or their products! But am going to check them out!, always excited about discovering new places to shop!!exterminator can find the stench!!!
    Whatever it is that The Lord is calling you to the "Brave-thing" He will bring you through!!! He is always so faithful! We only need to trust!
    Blessings!

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    1. Oh dear.... Should have read before I posted!! *hoping the exterminator..... It should have said!!! Lol

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  3. I am unsure about if we leave our comment of encouragement here, or on their blogs or websites, but I'm assuming it's here.

    Megan, Amber, Becky, and Heather, (and you too Sasha!), are all so inspiring. If I feel stuck, or uncreative, I just have to browse through your work, and I am instantly inspired again! Don't ever stop doing what you do.

    (I hope you find your dead animal today)

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  4. I also just wrote a quick blog post about the give away :)

    http://craftedcanary.blogspot.ca/2014/01/lemonade-makin-mama-giveaway.html

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  5. Gorgeous prizes! I so love the camraderie that happens with crafters and artists! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  6. I have been reading you're blog for a few months and im addicted. You all are so encouraging. Thank u for all the time and effort u put into this.

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  7. Love your blog. Would just love to win these amazing treats!
    I am hoping to order a bracelet from farmgirlpaints soon.

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  8. I just love to come to your blog to rest my eyes on beautiful photos and my heart on sweet and gentle words. Thank you as always, Sasha, for sharing your life!
    Each of the women who are brave enough to create and share the lovely things they make, are a constant inspiration to me. I'm excited to see how these gals take God's ingredients and mix and stir them into brand new works of art!
    I want to do it too.
    Thank you ladies.

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  9. terrific prizes. Sorry to hear about a dead animal under your house..well..hope that is resolved soon.The earrings and ring are a lovely color.....everything is very nice,would love to have it all! Thanks

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  10. Meagan, heather, Becky and Amber, your works is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  11. I'm so inspired by you, and by the creativity of these ladies...thank you for this giveaway!

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  12. Sasha, Megan, Amber, Becky, and Heather, are all so inspiring. I have been blessed by reading your blogs/instagram posts!
    Jen Mitchell

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  13. Beautiful pieces from beautiful ladies! What a great giveaway :)

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  14. WOW! Sasha, you are so kind to have such a sweet giveaway in the midst of your stinky house and kid drama! (Boy can I relate to the kid drama!) I hope the critter is found and your lovely home is back to (smelling!) normal soon. I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago, and find that yours is now the first I read! Wonderful that your friends are giving some of their lovely pieces away. I love when creative people give of themselves and their talents and ask nothing in return. Looking forward to hearing about your "brave" thing someday soon. :)

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  15. Girl our men just make life better. What would we do without them?!? I should've called you today. My girls were off school again. It's getting ridiculous. Miss you. Thanks for the shout out:-)

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  16. What a super give away. You are all so very talented. Thanks for sharing your gifts!!

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  17. Love every.single.thing. I facebook'd the giveaway.

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  18. Thank you, ladies, for your giving hearts and sharing your beautiful creations with us. ♥

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  19. I've been looking for something encouraging to send to a friend who had a stroke almost 2 years ago. I know she is feeling down and I think a print from Heather at Life Made Lovely might just do the trick. Heading there now to check it out.
    ~ Pinned the giveaway

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  20. I love seeing the awesome creativity abilities the Lord has given each of us. Especially you 4 ladies a part of this giveaway. Just instagrammed the giveaway.

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  21. Can't wait to hear more about your braveness!

    These prizes are beautiful :) I hope to win

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  22. I just pinned your giveaway to share it....oh man now I need to go look at the jewelry...and as for your shop...can't wait for your new stuff! I purchased the cow print for my mom for Christmas and she ADORES it....and Becky at FGP is my fave, only have one of her cuffs but I plan to buy more someday!

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  23. I adore Becky's cuffs ~ I have 3 now! The items here are all gorgeous ~ what a lucky girl you are to have these ladies as friends ~ please throw my name in the hat for the giveaway. Cannot wait to see your new items when your shop reopens next week. I am tweeting this as well!

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  24. Love ALL these sweet things you are giving away, these are some very talented ladies!!! Yourself included! :-) Thanks for sharing it with us today! Have a great weekend. :-)

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  25. Goodness sake. I was just thinking that I hadn't heard a peep out of you in a while. Glad you're back & glad Adrain's home safely! Sounds like you had quite a week.

    What an awesome selection of beautiful goodies from your talented friends! So many special items could easily turn into a number of gifts for others -- because, you know... it's nice to share. ;D

    Hope this week is going better for you my friend! xo ~Sally

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  26. Tweeted here:https://twitter.com/sallykellyDFMS/status/429058152269488129

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  27. Shared on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/sally.h.kelly/posts/10202227333699647?stream_ref=1

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  28. Can't wait for your shop to reopen. This giveaway is wonderful!!

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  29. Pinned here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/234890936789144015/

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  30. What an amazing group of goodies. Can't wait to see your shop!

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  31. Love all these goodies! Such talented ladies. :)Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Wow, you have amazing talented friends! Love your blog, and open honesty about being a mom and the struggles it brings. I love moms that "keep it real". God bless you

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  33. Megan, Becky,Heather, Amber and Sasha you are a great group of talented ladies. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  34. These are all wonderful giveaways! Thank you to you and your friends!

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  35. Just pinned the giveaway. I enjoy reading your blog

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  36. Love them all... especially the cuff.

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  37. I have just started following your blog - it is a true delight to read your posts. I would love to win your giveaways - each one of the gifts are so unique and special. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Stasha Rondeau

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  38. What a beautiful giveaway from from really talented women!

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  39. Wow - love it all! Hope I win. xoxoxox

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  40. I love the cuffs that Becky makes. What an amazing reminder to "be love" on your wrist. All of the ladies, including yourself are so crafty and sometimes I am consumed by envy because I don't have a crafty bone in my body, but it's just not what God gave me. So I'll buy crafty stuff instead....or win it! :) Kristen

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  41. Oh what neat gifts. Really like them all:)

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  42. All great gifts and a great giveaway. Good luck on your shop opening.

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  43. Such beautiful things! Looking at them is almost as good as getting them would be! Off to check out their sites and do some more window shopping!

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  44. They're all so beautiful. I love the prints. They'd be great to wake up and see on those 'ugh...that can't be my alarm' mornings. And well, I'm a sucker for shiny things so those earrings would brighten any day - especially when blue sky is but a mystery! The cuff would be a great reminder that love is active - it's not something I should expect others tondo for me, but something that I can do for others. Any well, valentines cards....always useful ;)

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  45. Oh my gosh! It is like you called and asked me who my favorite Etsy ladies are and then put this give away together!! These are all of my favorites!! I have given both Becky and Megan's goodies as gifts too! We are in the process of turning my daughter's bathroom into a more grown up space and these prints would be perfect!! I would certainly share some of the goodies with my loved ones and I would keep one for myself. We had a dead animal in our walls this week too!! It must be dead animal week! It made the entire house reek!!! I cant wait until you reopen. I have missed your pretty things(: I am still in the process of searching for bedding like your guest room. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings! Susan

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  46. Beautiful items...each and every one of them! I have had the Good Morning Sunshine print pinned for a while now thinking I might purchase it to put in my kitchen near my coffee maker. Thanks for introducing a few new companies to me too!
    We have had the occasional dead mouse in our walls before and that's enough to make one room smell terrible...I can't imagine the entire house! I hope they find it!

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  47. As we grow older women are our go to's for product advice, style advice and any other kind of advice. Hats off to these ladies for making pretty things to keep life pretty!

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  48. I love everything on this list! How great. Farmgirl Paints, cuff! I have wanted one of those forever. So great!

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  49. Girl, I am still on the part about "Can I pray with you?" <3 ...melted over here! :-)

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  50. Beautiful items. Love that they are all handmade!

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  51. I love the creativity of these very talented women....everything is so pretty. Thank you for sharing them along with your heart.
    Hope you have a great weekend enjoying your man being home!

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  52. So amazing how someone i don't know can create *just the thing* i most need to hear or be reminded of. So glad all of you are brave enough to share your talents. Thank you!!!

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  53. What an awesome group of talented ladies! Everything is so beautiful! I wish I was as creative as all of you! Hope you find what is stinking up your home. Have blessed weekend!

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  54. What a wonderful gift of creativity the LORD GOD has blessed each of you ladies with! Everything is so lovely!! Thanks for the great giveaway! May the LORD bless you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!!

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  55. What beautiful things! It would be a delight to win this giveaway and be the recipient of so much lovely goodness. Good job, creators!

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  56. Such lovely little things....so thoughtful of you!

    Also, thanks for being such an inspiration. <3

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  57. Amazing lady artists! Thanks for sharing their talent!!

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  58. I love any and all homemade things! The creative gene skipped me. These items are terrific and I can't wait for your shop to open!!

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  59. These ladies are all so talented and generous with their gifts. It would be a blessing to win all of this wonderful stuff.

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  60. Love your blog, but who wouldn't? You are one amazing lady! (And sweet to do the giveaways!)

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  61. You are speaking my language once again, Sasha!! My honey left me this week and both his girls were a mess! As we were driving to the airport to drop him off, both of us at our wits ends with our girl, me sobbing, he asked me if he could PRAY!! What better gift could he have given - NONE! To be placed right back in the hands of God for protection is the ONLY place I want to be when weathering these storms. I am so thankful for friends like you who are transparent! It sure helps to know you are not alone sometimes! Here's to ya opening your store - can not WAIT to see what beautiful things you have been creating! P.S. I am off to pick me up some testosterone in the shape of my buff man - HA!

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  62. Love this giveaway! Such beautiful things!

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  63. I shared the giveaway on Facebook! :)

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  64. I also shared the giveaway on Instagram! :)

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  65. Thanks to all the super talented and generous ladies who've made something with their own hands and then gave it away. So sweet!

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  66. I look forward to each and everyone of your posts. You are always so inspiring!

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  67. My hubby was also out of town this week...it is hard...isn't it?! It was nice to know that other mommas have a hard time keeping it together when their other 1/2 is away! Oh, I love every single part of your giveaways this month. What talented ladies! I love anything handmade :).

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  68. Love every item, plan on using the coupon codes this week!
    God sure has blessed y'all with some talent!
    THanks for sharing

    Stephanie

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  69. I also tweeted about his giveaway
    @thebestest_babe….
    :)

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  70. SUCH talented and gifted friends you have! I love the prayer over the phone and even more that God hears every precious word. Excited to see what you will be offering in your shop : )

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  71. Such talent displayed in this giveaway as well as generous spirits. Hope they've figured out what's causing the smell by now.

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  72. Sasha, Megan, Amber, Becky, and Heather LOVELY Work All of you!!! Thanks for your graciousness in this giveaway!

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  73. I've missed you Sasha! Megan and Amber, I didn't know about your beautiful talents, but am looking forward to "getting to know" you and bringing some of your arts into my home. Becky - I'm a big fan and own two of your cuffs. LOVE! And Heather, I love your blog and have enjoyed your beautiful printings. May each of you continue to be blessed as you do His work! <3

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  74. all the prizes look so fantastic! what a fun giveaway :)

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  75. all the prizes look so fantastic! what a fun giveaway :)

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  76. Love the love items in the give away.

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  77. Love the love items in the give away.

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  78. Love the love items in the give away.

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  79. You are so blessed to have a spouse who adores you and knows what you need to comfort when distance is between you.
    Crafty ladies, you are most talented and thank you for sharing your gifts with us... ~Kerri J

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  80. love all these shops!
    I hadn't "met" the first one…so thanks for the introduction!

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  81. Thank you all for being BRAVE & for sharing your amazing talents! Hugs, Margie

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  82. Thank you all for being BRAVE & for sharing your amazing talents! Hugs, Margie

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  83. This whole collection just speaks encouragement to me, and I sorely need it! From the sparkle of the earrings to the words and beautiful images on the cuff and prints. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! And I can't wait to browse your shop on Wednesday!

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  84. So much talent! I love how people create in so many different ways :)

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  85. I've missed hearing from you, Sasha. Thank you for sharing these talented women with me. What a wonderful use of God's gifts.

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  86. your be brave thing... YOU'VE GOT IT!
    no question.

    and i LOVE all those creative & generous woman!

    and yeah... what did happen with that smell?
    please tell me it went away?

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  87. Traveling is not easy on a family, I do it way too often to know. I am envious of these wonderful ladies talent. And so grateful for theirs and yours willingness to share. Beautiful products, beautiful people. Thanks for the contest.

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  88. These handmade items are beautiful. These ladies are so talented and their items are so unique! Love your blog as I have followed it for quite awhile now.....

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  89. Lovely artistic women turning their talents into treasures for other women to share!

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  90. Such pretty lovelies! And the women creating these lovelies are beautiful!

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  91. Beautifull blog...awesome items!

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  92. I love the simplicity in all of these treasures. Thanks to each of them for spreading the lovely around...we all need more of it!

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  93. The creativity of these ladies...as well as you, is mind boggling. Truly.
    Thanks for the chance to win and I am hoping the source of the smell is removed soon...been there before and it is awful! Have a lovely week.

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  94. I am inspired by the creativity and beauty of these women!

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  95. Such creative and gifted ladies! So glad they are sharing their gifts with us!

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  96. This is great! Your heart is so sweet!!

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  97. What sweet, beautiful items! Best wishes on your shop reopening!

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  98. What a beautiful set of items! Would love to win this giveaway! I thank all of you wonderful women for the opportunity!

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  99. Everything in this giveaway is beautiful! Such talented ladies. And thank you for doing this giveaway...I sure hope I win! =)

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  100. Also tweeted here: https://twitter.com/ottogirls/status/430367932040744960

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  101. Oh, I just love Becky's cuffs and would love to have a sparkly silver one. Great way to add some sparkle to any day.

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  102. I love all of these beautiful and inspiring pieces! Wow, how generous a giveaway!

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  103. I also instagrammed this (private account but used #lmmetsy)

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  104. I also pinned this giveaway! What can I say? I really hope to win! Amen! Haha.

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  105. Such an awesome group of prizes! So much prettiness!

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  106. Best of luck on your new venture! I love all these and including you LMM hard creative Gals very inspiring each in a very special way!

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  107. I love all these woman and follow most of them on instagram...I love your shop as well. I have some wonderful goodies from you.

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  108. Oh, I'm already a big believer in your shop and Becky's, so thank you for the opportunity. And now I'm off to check out the other sites…especially the bling!

    Here's wishing you a great week.

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  109. eeep!! what a great giveaway! farmgirl paints is one of my favorite shops! and, life made lovely makes amazing beautiful prints! so excited to see the other shops!

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  110. Just shared the giveaway on IG under my name @happythis.

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  111. Great giveaway! Each of their creations is a blessing in its own!

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  112. FGP is one of my most favorite shops. Such beautiful artisans you ALL are. Creating from your hearts. Just love it and so grateful for the encouragement and inspiration you share with so many. Encouraged by the love & support you give one another. It is pure light. Thank you beauties.

    Stay warm!!..and my fingers are crossed. ;)

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  113. FGP is one of my most favorite shops. Such beautiful artisans you ALL are. Creating from your hearts. Just love it and so grateful for the encouragement and inspiration you share with so many. Encouraged by the love & support you give one another. It is pure light. Thank you beauties.

    Stay warm!!..and my fingers are crossed. ;)

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  114. Wow! so much amazing talent - what fun giveaways!

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  115. thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway..... : )

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  116. Thank you for sharing the gifts that God has obviously given you!!

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  117. I just pinned those lovely rhinestone studs. I love them!!

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  118. Love the creativity of these women! Way to go!!

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  119. What a lovely collection for a give away!

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  120. Stunning pieces from talented women!

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  121. Thank you so much for the opportunity with this amazing giveaway! They are all so talented, and I absolutely love their Etsy shops!

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  122. Great giveaway! Each of these ladies are super-talented. I'd love to win any one of these awesome prizes :)

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  123. I shared this giveaway on my facebook page southern rhodes design!

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  124. I posted about your blog and these giveaways on my blog today.

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  125. Great giveaway! I told my followers over on instagram to check this giveaway out!

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  126. I love to see what other talented women are doing out there. I have passed the word along about this giveaway on twitter!

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  127. Thank you for the chance to win some great items before Valentines Day! I repinned this post on pinterest!

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