Aug 2, 2011

garden giveaway {no. 2} :: etsy chat with brighter day

To-day, I have an absolutely fabulous sponsor who makes the prettiest little purses that I know you will love just as much as I do. 
Brighter Day etsy shop is a lovely little shop filled with sweet clutches and wristlets both colorful and modern with a vintagey feel and perfect for summer!


the interview

Me :: How delighted I am to have you here in my garden. Thank you so much for joining me to-day. 
Would you mind starting by telling my readers a little bit about yourself?

Whitney :: Of course! My name is Whitney and I live in a little yellow house in beautiful Tennessee with my husband of two-and-a-half years. I'm a full-time nursing student by day, and in the evening, I teach acrylic painting classes. Oh, and I like to sew. :) It's therapy for me.
Me :: What encouraged you to start an Etsy shop and when was it opened?


Whitney :: I have always loved making things, and I actually started my Etsy shop in June 2008 to sell jewelry. I sold lots of earrings and necklaces, and then branched out to sewing somewhat recently. I love that Etsy allows you to change things up whenever you'd like!
Me :: Are there any particular Etsy shops that inspire you?

Whitney :: There are too many to count... I'm always so inspired... but here are my current top five ::





Me :: Those shops are lovely! I especially like the last one. What is perhaps, the most enjoyable part about owning your own shop?

Whitney :: I absolutely love when I get custom orders. I sew lots of clutches for bridesmaids, and it's such an honor being a small part of such a special day. I love hearing brides' color and pattern choices and making those a reality.
Me :: I love your shop’s name! Is there a specific concept or story behind it? 

Whitney :: Yes! 10% of all of the proceeds that come from sales go to an organization I'm very passionate about called the International Justice Mission. IJM works to secure justice for victims of modern-day slavery and it is my hope that through this little shop, women around the world may experience a "brighter day." :) 
Me :: For the new Etsy shop owners out there, do you mind sharing a few of tips or things that you have learned through experience?
Whitney :: I'd say the most important things I've learned are to take the best pictures possible (natural light is a must!), interact with your customers by responding to them quickly, and just enjoy the process.  


Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, Whitney! I hope that your business flourishes this year and is blessed by many sales. :) 


a peek into the shop


Whitney sells a beautiful assortment of clutches {with lots of ruffles and colors of course :)}...




pillows....


makeup bags...


and, of course, her beautiful wristlets...





the giveaway

I am quite sure you are wondering what lovely you will have a chance to win to-day, no? Well, one very very blessed young lady will receive...


 This beautifully, crafted, summery, wristlet!!! 


Is this not generous of the owner? Thank you SO much to Whitney for contributing this beautiful item. 

:: important information :: 
{before entering, please carefully read the information below} 


{one} You must complete the mandatory entry before completing extra entries.
 {If you fail to complete the mandatory entry, all other entries will not count, thus, you will not be entered in the giveaway}. 

{two} You must leave separate comments per entry you complete. 
{I use random.org when choosing the winners of my giveaway. If you leave all of your entries in one comment, it will be accounted for asone entry}. 

{three} Giveaway ends at 12:00 Noon {Pacific Timing} on August 9th. Late entries will not be accepted past 12:00 Noon. The winner will have 24 hr. within the time of the announcement to contact me about her prize.

{four} Giveaway is open to young ladies in US only. 

{five} Please leave a way for me to contact you whether it be an Etsy username, blog address, or e-mail. I WILL not accept separate comment for your e-mail. I apologize for this, but I simply cannot have e-mail address comments cluttering my inbox, for it is quite confusing and I sometimes delete them on accident. 


Alrighty now, here's how to enter :

:: mandatory entry:: 

Visit Whitney's shop, look around, and come back here telling me what catches your eye. 
{click to "enter" shop}


:: extra entries :: 

 Heart Whitney's shop.

Add Whitney to your Etsy circle.

Be or become a follower of this blog. {worth two entries; leave two comments}
{only if you like what you see posted here, not just as an extra giveaway entry}


Be or become a follower on my crafting blog.

Read this post and link up your craft.

Post about this giveaway either on facebook, twitter, or on your blog. {please only do one of the three}

Purchase something from Whitney's shop. {worth ten entries; leave ten comments} 
{all of thee above are worth one entry unless otherwise stated}


You may begin entering now, ladies!

118 comments:

  1. I like the pleated chocolate brown wristlet, but really everything in her shop is lovely! :)

    Blessings
    xoxo Miss ALK

    http://confessionsofamaineteenager.blogspot.com

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  2. I am a follower #1 :)

    Blessings
    xoxo Miss ALK

    http://confessionsofamaineteenager.blogspot.com

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  3. I am a follower #2 :)


    Blessings
    xoxo Miss ALK

    http://confessionsofamaineteenager.blogspot.com

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  4. http://confessionsofamaineteenager.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-page.html

    ^ I posted! :)

    Blessings
    xoxo Miss ALK

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  5. My favorite item from Whitney's shop (hard choice):
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/78119395/ruffle-clutch-in-gray.

    ~Johanna

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  6. I hearted Whitney's shop.

    ~Johanna

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  7. I added Whitney to my circle. My usename is CreativityStartsHere.

    ~Johanna

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  8. I already follow this lovely blog. :)

    ~Johanna

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  9. I'm already a follower of your crafting blog.

    ~Johanna

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  10. Ooh, what a delightful giveaway, Grace! :)

    My favorite item from Whitney's shop is:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/76686280/gathered-clutch-in-gray-shantung

    Much <3 in Christ,
    Moriah

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  11. I linked up to the sew and tell.

    ~Johanna

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  12. I 'hearted' Whitney's shop on Etsy!

    my etsy username is: lovelylavendershoppe

    Blessings,
    Moriah

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  13. I posted about the giveaway here: http://texasskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/grace-is-having-another-lovely-giveaway.html.

    ~Johanna

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  14. I am already a follower of your blog! :)

    {comment 1 of 2}

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  15. I am already a follower of your blog! :)

    {comment 2 of 2}

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  16. I'm already a follower of your crafting blog as well! :)

    Blessings,
    Moriah

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  17. I really like this item:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/78119395/ruffle-clutch-in-gray

    Thanks for hosting this Grace!!!!

    -Faith

    faith-somethingfun.blogspot.com

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  18. I visited Whitney's shop, and one of my favorite items is the Gathered Clutch. There are two colorways which are both lovely, but my favorite is the Gray Shantung.

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  19. I added Whitney to my Etsy circle!

    Etsy Username: KnittNerd

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  20. I hearted Whitney's shop on Etsy!

    Etsy Username: KnittNerd

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  21. I am a follower of your crafting blog!

    Etsy Username: KnittNerd

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  22. I really like the makeup bag in lace ( http://www.etsy.com/listing/78167588/makeup-bag-in-lace )
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  23. I follow your blog.
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  24. I follow your blog.
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow your crafting blog.
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  26. I added Whitney's shop to my favorites:)
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  27. I linked up my craft to your post. I really enjoyed those tutorials, by the way.

    Etsy Username: KnittNerd

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  28. I linked up:)
    -Tori
    toriradday@yahoo.com

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  29. I already follow this lovely blog. :)

    ~Johanna

    Comment #2

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  30. the pleated clutch in paisley bue and green is a favorite of mine.

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  31. I follow your crafting blog.

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  32. I added her to my etsy circle.

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  33. i follow this blog already.

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  34. i love the ruffled clutch in grey( next to the giveway item ;)

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  35. /LOVE/ the evening clutch (gray)!

    photographer4ever832@gmail.com

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  36. I'm following your blog (comment 1/2)
    photographer4ever832@gmail.com

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  37. I'm following your blog (comment 2/2)
    photographer4ever832@gmail.com

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  38. I would *love* to get the Gathered Clutch in Mustard & Cream!! Defiantly on my wish list!! =)
    ~Hannah L.
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  39. I love the Gathered Clutch in Gray Shantung!!! It's so pretty.;)
    ~Kimmi

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  40. I'm a follower of your beautiful blog.<3
    ~Kimmi
    kimmi.brown97@gmail.com

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  41. I'm a follower of your beautiful blog.<3
    ~Kimmi
    kimmi.brown97@gmail.com

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  42. I posted about it here
    http://kimmi-giveaways.blogspot.com/2011/08/g-i-v-e-w-y.html
    ~Kimmi

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  43. I follow your awesome craft blog.;)
    ~Kimmi

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  44. I hearted her lovely shop.<3<3<3
    ~Kimmi

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  45. I like the pleated clutch in Paisley Limestone
    So cute!!

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  46. I posted about your giveaway
    http://snazzygiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/08/click-here-check-out-this-beautiful.html

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  47. What a lovely shop! I really like her "Pleated Clutch in Summery Lime" yet she has many sweet products.....

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  48. I am a follower of your dear blog!

    {Number 1}

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  49. I am a follower of your dear blog!

    {Number 2}

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  50. I have also posted about your lovely giveaway on my blog...

    http://brightlight412.blogspot.com/p/giveaways_28.html

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  51. I also follow your dear crafting blog.

    Many blessings!

    ~Shannon~

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  52. Oh, this giveaway is SO DELIGHTFUL! What a blessing it would be to win... Miss Whitney has so many lovely items in her shop. I really like the Gathered Clutch In Gray Shantung!

    Your Sister In Christ,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  53. I hearted Whitney's shop!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  54. I added Whitney's shop to my Etsy Circle!

    ~Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  55. I follow your lovely blog, dearest! {Entry 1}

    Your Sister In Christ,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  56. I follow your lovely blog, dearest! {Entry 2}

    Your Sister In Christ,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  57. I am a follower of your craft blog as well!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  58. I posted about your delightful giveaway on my blog!

    Many Blessings,
    Jenna
    wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

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  59. My fav. is the gray clutch with the purple flower!

    Rachel

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  60. I am already a follower of your blog!
    Rachel

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  61. I am already a follower of your blog!

    Rachel

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  62. I am already a follower of your crafting blog!

    Rachel

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  63. I will post on my blog about your giveaway!

    rACHEL

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  64. I love the Ruffle clutch in gray but they are all lovely. Just the right amount of ruffle and colors.
    Jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  65. I like her evening clutch in grey!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  66. I hearted her shop!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  67. Her shop is in my circle!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  68. I follow you!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}
    Comment #1

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  69. I follow you!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}
    Comment #2

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  70. I follow your crafting blog!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  71. I posted about it here:
    http://wardfamblog.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You may contact me on our blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  72. I linked by DIY Zippered Pouch Tutorial from RDOTK on your sewing post! I've recently bought some meterial that I want to make a pouch out of and currently I'm looking for patterns/tutorials so thanks for posting those!
    Blessings,
    Bethany
    {You can contact me on my blog's contact page: www.royal-daughters-of-the-king.blogspot.com}

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  73. I love the grey ruffle clutch! It's beautiful and so simplistic! :-) Thanks for the opportunity to win, Grace!

    Many Blessings, dear!
    Sonja

    girlishmusings(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Hello Grace!

    I posted about this giveaway on my blog here: http://uniquelyfashionedforhisglory.blogspot.com/p/current-giveaways.html

    <3 Moriah

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  75. I follow your delightful blog, Grace. Also, I love the grey ruffle clutch! Thank you so much for the chance to win. =)

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  76. I "hearted" Whitney's shop.

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  77. I added her to my Etsy circle.

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  78. I am a follower of your wonderful blog! =)

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  79. I am a follower of your wonderful blog! =)

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  80. I am also a follower of your crafting blog! =)

    Love Your Sister In Christ,
    Emily N.

    (emmylou520@gmail.com)

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  81. I love the Sweet Pea Zip and Go Wristlet / forest wood fern and would like to have this wristlet is I win!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward
    www.wardfamblog.blogspot.com

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  82. I follow you!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward
    {Comment #1}

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  83. I follow you!
    Blessing,
    Ashley Ward
    {Comment #2}

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  84. I follow your crafting blog!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward

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  85. I like the evening clutch in gray!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward

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  86. I follow your blog!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward
    {Comment #1}

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  87. I follow your blog!
    Blessings,
    Ashley Ward
    {Comment #2}

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  88. I follow your crafting blog!
    Blessings,
    AShley Ward

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  89. I love the checkbook cover.

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  90. I love the linen ruffle pillow cover in grey and the clutch in blue, green and cream. So pretty!

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  91. My Favorite thing is:Pleated Clutch in Blue, Green, & Cream!

    Savanna~~

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  92. I am a follower of this Wonderful Blog! ;)

    Blessings,
    Savanna!

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  93. I am already a follower of My Crafting Blog!

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  94. We follow your blog! #1
    ~Emma & Kaydee

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  96. We follow your blog. #2
    ~Kaydee & Emma

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  97. My Favorite item is the Gathered Clutch in Gray Shantung.
    ~Emma

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  98. I love the Emma Clutch in Mustard & Gray!
    ~Kaydee

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  99. We follow your craft blog.
    ~Emma & Kaydee

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  100. We posted about your giveaways!
    ~Emma & Kaydee

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  101. Whitney has so many nice things. My favorite is the Emma cluth in mustard and blue.
    Thanks for having this giveaway.
    Hannah

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  102. I added Whitney to my etsy cirle.

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  103. I have been a follower of your lovely blog for months. It is really a blessing.:) #1

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  104. I am a follower of your crafting blog.

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