Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving, Family Memories & a Holiday Giveaway!




 One last ode to the harvest season before one more holiday of the year is quietly ushered onward.  Another metamorphisis has occurred here at our farmhouse, the jack-o-lanterns have been put to rest in the barn for another year, and the pilgrims have been put out upon the shelves.   Psst...you can now click on my photos to enlarge them if you like...











We have a standard menu prepared homemade each year, I like to try at least one new recipe to add to our traditional fare each year so I will be searching some cooking blogs to find the perfect one to try this year.

My favorite holiday item would probably have to be our sweet potatoes praline, a recipe added to my holiday menu years ago. One passed on to me by my sweet SIL's mother, someone dear to my family. She has been so good to us....Aunt Me-Me, but she and Uncle Sam are really another set of grandparents to my children. A name given to her by my oldest daughter when just a little tot because she couldn't properly pronounce her real name. So they are known to us as Me-Me's Sweet Po-tater Pralines....(You have to say it with a Texas accent too, since our Me-Me is from Texas all the way)......mmmm....like a dessert for a side dish.  Speaking of my favorite dessert.....Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving for sure!





I have so many wonderful memories of the holidays as a child too. The bowl of mixed nuts my Na-Na used to put out that my brothers and I would sit and crack the shells so much that our finger tips would be stained from the wallnuts with a tinge of pink because they were so sore. The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade would always be on the Television while the meal was being cooked, and the ever so popular kids table. I don't think that I got to sit with the adults til I was married! But what a glorious day when you were asked to sit amongst the adults!  Later, I was a cheerleader when I was a teenager and there was always the Thanksgiving Game, we froze our tails off!  These days I cook for my inlaws, my husband and children all join in the preparations. 

All the preparation and love that goes into the holiday, the childrens faces and the simplicity of graciously enjoying one anothers company and good food.....








I have been making preparations for the Christmas Season here at the farmhouse, in addition to painting many, many signs, making gifts and crafts but I like to take things slowly season by season. I will be doing a Christmas post after Thanksgiving has been given its appropriate recognition. You can however, do some Holiday Shopping in the Mercantile (link top left hand column). Be sure to head on over the and check it out!


http://farmhousesignshop.blogspot.com/

And now for the last giveaway of the year......Mrs. Claus Corner Cafe sign for the holiday season.......



Mrs. Claus Cafe....a distressed and glittered with diamond dust sign accent for your holiday home. What would I like in return you say? Nothing, the only requirement is that you are a follower of Farmhouse Country Style blog....If you would like to put it on your blog as well please feel free to link to this post, but it is one entry per follower who leaves a comment below.

A bonus to any customer of Farmhouse Mercantile, my sale blog, is that if you have purchased a sign from me in the past year, then your name has automatically been entered twice into this drawing! So be sure to leave me a comment below if you are interested in this cutie pie sign!  I hope that you like it too!  The giveaway will close at Midnight, Dec. 1st...be announced on the 2nd after 5pm....and shipped out by the following Saturday.  Good luck!







I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and eat lots of wondeful foods that fill your tummies with love and gratitude!

Take Care now, ya hear?
Dee

83 comments:

  1. Dee, I would love to have my name put in for your drawing! I've never had a blog, but hope to some day. Until then I enjoy yours and any that I can find about country living!
    Thanks, Lisa

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  2. Great post and lovely giveaway. Please enter me.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  3. I'm sitting here having put the last appetizer on...waiting for my daughter and family to arrive....what a pleasant way to spend the few quiet minutes I'll have for the rest of the week-end!
    I am going to be on the look-out for some pilgrims for sale after the holiday...they just make your decor in my opinion ;D

    Please enter me in your generous give~away as I'm now a follower!☺

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Your Thanksgiving displays are so cute and it was fun to see the details. Your sign is absolutely adorable and I love your vignette with the little stove and utensils. Precious!!
    I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. I am signed up as a follower, but it shows up as humbird170 (my e-mail) rather than my blog address. Forgive me as I'm still learning.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  5. What beautiful decorations for Thanksgiving. I almost missed the info about the giveaway because I was so busy looking at all the pretty photos. I love following your blog.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  6. Just recently found your blog and I love it! Thank you for the giveaway--I'd love to win the sign!

    texasaggiemom
    crawford6910@yahoo.com

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  7. Please enter me in your giveaway cause that is just the cutest sign ever! Love your blog have a blessed thanksgiving....Barb

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  8. Beautiful displays. Everything is gorgeous. Please enter me in your giveaway. I love that sign, it is so cute. Thanks, Linda gypsyluv1010@gmail.com

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  9. Hi there! I came here by way of Sugar Pie Farmhouse, and I love your beautiful blog. You are living the dream my hubby and I have had for many years. We love the simpler times. I'm definitely a follower now that I've visited for the first time! And that sign is just the cutest! Thank you for the chance to win it - it would go great with my Candy Barrel theme this year.

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  10. What cute signs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would love to own one for my home!! I really enjoy going to you blog!

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  11. What talent!! If I can ever find a job I will be back shopping for your signs....but until then, I would love to be entered in your giveaway!! Thank you for a blog that is a "comfort" to visit!!!

    Laurie in Calif.

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  12. Dee - I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I'm a follower and I LOVE your blog - and your signs.

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  13. Oh Dee this is the cutest sign ever..please add me to the giveaway..:) I love your home and the wonderful decor you have up..Happy Thanksgiving..:)

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  14. I really enjoy your blog....I love all the signs that you have created, what a wonderful talent. You have some wonderful decorations. Will you please put me in your drawing, and I want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving...I am a follower of your blog.

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  15. Your signs (and your home) are beautiful! I'd love to be entered. Thank you for having the giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Christy Lee

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  16. The sign is adorable please enter me into your contest. I already am a follower-thank you!
    Tress

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  17. Love your blog. I'm already a follower. Yes, yes, yes, please enter me in the drawing for your cute sign.
    Sheila
    whitjsss@aol.com

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  18. I want to come to your house for Thanksgiving !! I know I'm a stranger but I'm polite and I don't eat that much.

    I love the warmth in your photos. Please enter me in your drawing. I'm a follower.

    Thanks :).

    Kristen Smith
    searchforgod@yahoo.com

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  19. What cutie patootie sign!!!! Enter me, I'm already a follower from way baaccck! I love your signs that I already have and this one would be perfect by my little stove, too!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  20. I would love to be entered, and I am a follower!

    You had a great post about Thanksgiving memories. It really made me WISH we were going back 'home' (east coast) to celebrate with my relatives. We also had the kid table! It only had two matching chairs, and we all fought over who got them! (no other chairs seemed to let us sit with our legs UNDER the table...) Haha. Well thanks again for the post, as you can see, it has me reminiscing!

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  21. Oh that sign is really cute ! I'd love it in my kitchen for the holidays. :)

    Gwyn Rosser
    gwynrosser.blogspot.com
    The Pink Tractor

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  22. I LOVE your blog and I am a follower!!! This is the cutest sign and so unique!!! You do such a great job on all of your signs and I would LOVE to be entered into your very generous giveaway!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    Blessings,
    Dana

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  23. I'm a follower..just love all of your Thanksgiving decor. Everything looks so warm, cozy and inviting! I will be getting the Christmas things out today, but I am sad to see the Fall decor go. It's my favorite. Please add my name to your drawing. That sign is too sweet!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
    Cupcakegirl

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  24. This a adorable!! I would love to have my name added for this drawing - I know the perfect place for this.
    Audrey
    bretz@roadrunner.com

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  25. What a great posting with beautiful fall dacor. I also love your litle antique mini stove/oven.
    Thank you for hosting such a great givaway. Adorable sign, i really hope hope hope I win!
    Keep up the wonderful interesting posts.

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  26. Your home is absolutely stunning! Can I move in? I'll blend, I am a 6ft tall red head...you won't even know I am there :>)

    I would love to be entered into the chance to win that adorable sign!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Oh my what an adorable sign would love to win it..love your blog and your home is so awesome...please enter me in your giveaway...
    Thanks..
    Sweet Blessings...
    Tonja

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  28. Oh sweetie.. I LURV sweet potato praline.. that is one of my favorites!! Those signs are just precious.. you have been a busy, busy girl. Your home looks lovely.. so festive!

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  29. May your Thanksgiving be a day Of Blessings for you and your Family!!!
    I would love to display that sweet sign in my kitchen as I am the baking queen!!!

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  30. I love all of the traditions of Thanksgiving too! Not just the food, but being with the people that I love most! But also the food!
    Oh my, that sign would look sweet in my kitchen! Please enter me, and I am a follower!
    Happy Weekend!
    Carol

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  31. Please enter me as I'm a follower who loves your blog! That sign is adorable, I'm off to check out your sale!

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  32. I have so many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving as a child that I really treasure!

    The sign is adorable! It would look wonderful in my kitchen :)

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  33. Great post and lovely pictures. Please enter my name in your giveaway.

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  34. You have a great blog! What a cute sign! Thank you for entering me into your giveaway!
    Erin
    PS. I love your thanksgiving sign also. Did you make it?

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  35. I just found your blog and I love it. It makes me want a farmhouse of my own!! Keeping my fingers crossed for this adorable sign. Thanks!! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  36. Oh my goodness, I'd love to be entered to win your sign! You do beautiful work and I love your blog! God bless!
    Kali

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  37. Love your cute little sign and all the great pics on your blog. I'm a follower now! I'd love to read more about your farmhouse.

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  38. Your blog is so adorable! Found it through Sugar Pie Farmhouse. I'm going to follow you now too and I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

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  39. Hello - I just found you through Sugar Pie Farmhouse :) I have added you to My Yahoo so I can follow your blog that way. Please enter me for a chance to win your beautiful sign - I really like the one you made for Aunt Ruthie too :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.
    Smiles, DianeM

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  40. Sigh - ah the bliss.... I feel so at home here on your blog that I made myself a follower! Maybe you would do the same? Or at least drop by and say "hi"...I'd be so thrilled!

    sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

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  41. I just loved this post, Dee. Your description of Thanksgiving at your Nana's reminded me of Turkey Day at my Grandma's also. She had a huge bowl of nuts that everyone used to love. I still think of her when I'm in the grocery store and see the nuts for sale this time of the year. And, of course, finally being moved up to the adult table. LOL

    Your pictures are all absolutely wonderful and I wish I could come and see your decorations in person. They are so, so pretty!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  42. How adorable. Would be perfect in my retro kitchen. Please enter me. I am a fellow SPFS.

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  43. I love your blog and your sign! Please enter me in the drawing. See you on the Sugar Pie Farmhouse site!

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  44. Dee,
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    I am a follower and I think your signs are wonderful. You are very talented to be able to make so many things.
    See you at SPFH.

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  45. Dee: I can just smell that pumpkin pie baking in your kitchen! Your home is so "homey!" Thanks for offering this great sign. Please sign me up! I already own one of your wonderful signs and wouldn't mind adding a second! In everything, give thanks, GrandmaSoucie

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  46. OMG I just came across your blog today and it is just delightful! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Brandi & Family in IL

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  47. Hi I just found you through Sugar Pie Farmhouse and love it! I became a follower and also became a follower on your other store blog as I know I'll be ordering signs from you ...they are all wonderful! Please enter my name into the draw for this adorable "Mrs Claus" sign! It is so sweet!

    I am also having a give away of a Lenox china Christmas design teapot! Please visit my blog and leave a comment so I cam enter your name for a chance.

    Thanks!

    Pat in NY

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  48. Dee,
    I've been following your blog for a while now and I just love it. I'ld loved to have my name entered into your giveaway. The sign would look wonderful with my embroidered Christmas cookies.
    ~Cindy~

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  49. Your blog is wonderful! I am listening to all my Christmas favorites, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and Bing. I have a hot cup of cocoa next to me as I read your blog-Bliss!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Karen

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  50. I just found your blog. Wonderful. Please enter me.
    Happy thanksgiving.
    Teresa

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  51. You ALWAYS do such a lovely job on your blog, and on your signs (so consider throwing my name into the mix, too!)LOL!!!!!
    Many blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving~~SPFH Sista scrapbook1

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  52. I am so impressed by all your Thanksgiving decorations --- how long have you been collecting them? Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday!
    Your Mrs. Claus sign is wonderful.

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  53. Your talent is so amazing..and absolutely love your signs. I'm a follower and love not only your signs but your blog... Hope I'm lucky.. I have the perfect place for this sign.

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  54. I just love your website and all your decorating. I wish I had your talent to "see" things in my home when I'm shopping! I love your signs too!

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  55. Oh fiddle dee..
    Dee you've been quite a busy gal creating such delightful signs.. Does your hands hurt? Well I want to first say thank you for my entry to win such a "cute as a button" x-mas sign.. I simply looove your blog I look forward to your new posts...(I check daily so I don't miss any)
    I've been one of your followers for awhile now and girl you are so TALENTED.. So sweetie have a wonderful thanksgiving..

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  56. What a super cute sign!! Please sign me up for your giveaway - now I'm hopping over to your sale blog to see what goodies I can find LOL!

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  57. Oh this sign is so cute I would love to have it in my kitchen!
    thegrants(at)live(dot)com

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  58. Dearest Dee,

    Oh my Honey! I just found your blog and I must say that I have been enjoying my stay. I am now taking a look at all the links that you have posted for other wonderful blogs!

    I have added you to my favorites list and plan to "drop by" and visit.

    Please feel free to stop by my blog:

    http://homesteadblogger.com/HoneyHillFarm/

    I would just love to have you for tea in the parlour!

    Yours so kindredly,
    Shan
    Honey Hill Farm

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  59. Loving your blog and that sign!! So adorable! Your pic with the lil stove almost looks like my kitchen hutche set up! :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  60. What a sweet sign! I just love your blog and seeing all your decor. Just lovely and homey! Please enter me to win!

    Jennifer Millett

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  61. I do love your signs! They are so wonderful. Please enter my name in your giveaway.
    ~Tabitha

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  62. Hi Dee!

    Oh my word, what a BEAUTIFUL post!! and of course I'd LOVE to win that gorgeous sign too! You know how much I love your signs! :) They look so great in my house and that one would be a stunning addition to my little collection and fit perfectly in my kitchen! Count me in sweetie! and have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving too!!

    Big Hugs, Cynthia xo

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  63. What an adorable sign! It would fit right in my farmhouse kitchen. I just found your site from Sugarpiefarmhouse and I love it already! Jane

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  64. Good Morning Dee :)

    I am a new follower and found you through Aunt Rithies :) You create such beautiful signs it would be ablessing to win one. Thanks for entering me and I do enjoy your blog :)

    Sharon

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  65. What a sweet little sign! I found your blog via Aunt Ruthie, and I'm enjoying all your posts.

    Janet

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  66. Love your blog. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway. Love your signs! Robbie Washburn

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  67. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  68. What a beautiful post and I LOVE the sign! Please enter my name in the giveaway, I would love that in my kitchen!!

    Carla

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  69. Hi there! I love your sign! It's just my style. I also checked out your Photobucket photos - what lovely decorating ideas. I am squirreling away some ideas for when we buy our house next year.
    Please enter me in your draw. I am a follower, and look forward to reading more of your blog.

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  70. You are so talented with the signs! The Mrs. Claus sign is so adorable. Please enter me in your contest!

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  71. Miss Dee, Your blog is adorable...I enjoy following along! Your signs are great & I'd love your darling Mrs. Claus sign!
    Smiles,
    Jacqueline

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  72. I enjoy yours and any that I can find about country living!


    Work from home India

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  73. What a cute sign!! Your blog is wonderful! I have just started geting into simple, farmhouse country style.♥

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  74. Your blog is really cute and fits you to a "T". I would be honored to "win" this lovely sign. Please enter me in your gracious give-a-way!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  75. sure would enjoy being in your give a way! Enjoy your blog!

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  76. I am a new visitor to your blog!
    I love it....... it feels like home!
    I want to read all your past posts now :-)

    Hope you had a beautiful thanks giving!
    Come and visit,
    Hugz, Dolly

    P.S. I am a follower so I won't lose you!

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  77. i can't remember if i posted already, but i am a new follower courtesy of Ruth Ann and am THRILLED to find another blog similar to hers! i luv your pictures of your homey and cozy home. i plan to read thru your archives. i hope your Thanksgiving was lovely-i'm sure it was. i look forward to getting to know you. blessings on your holiday season...joanna in ca.

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  78. That is the cutest sign EVER! I love ALL of your work!

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  79. You make amazingly cute signs! I love signs and have them all over my house:) Thanks for hosting such a neat giveaway! I'm enjoying my visit here!
    Christie

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  80. My sister Melinda recommended your blog to me.... and I'm so glad she did.

    Please enter me in the giveaway... I know just where I would sit the sign if I win it.

    Have a super Sunday!

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