Thursday, November 18, 2010

My favorite things: a giveaway!

Darling Melissa from 320 Sycamore is having a Favorite Things party this week. I think this is a great party for Melissa to host, since she's definitely one of my favorite bloggers! Here are a few of my favorite things.

Beverage napkins. So useful, so pretty, so easy to keep on hand! Here's one of my favorite drawers in my kitchen:


It doesn't look too bad at first glance, but every one of those stacks contains four packages of napkins. . .


I may have a bit of a napkin fetish.

Welcome signs. Right now I have two on my front porch, one on my back porch, and one in my back entrance hall. I love the very word "welcome"; that's the feeling I try to evoke in everyone who comes to my home.


Snail mail. I love email and use it all the time, but there's just something about getting something out of the mailbox--something other than catalogs and bills, that is. So I like pretty notecards, too--like this beautiful one hand-made by Leslie from Goodbye House, Hello Home:


Books. I dearly love to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Some of my favorite books are like old friends. I read and re-read, underline and highlight. One of my favorite authors is Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. His books are just splendid.

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Candles. I love candles and candlelight. Leather-scented candles from DeeJay's Candles are my all-time favorite.


Crosses. I have a collection of crosses that started many years ago with an Easter gift from my husband. Since then, I've enjoyed finding a special cross as a souvenir of the places I've traveled. My newest one is from Notre Dame in Paris! Most of my crosses are on display in my living room, with many of them on this wall:


That's my kind of gallery wall.

And if I need to choose a line from "My Favorite Things," I'd have to go for "brown paper packages tied up with strings." I hope that's one of your favorite things, too, because I'd like to send a package to one of you!



I've collected a few of my favorite things to give away--beverage napkins, a welcome sign, pretty notecards, a book by Richard J. Foster, some leather-scented candles, and a cross. It'll make a nice brown-paper package tied up with string, don't you think? Leave a comment to enter; I'll choose a winner one week from today. Just click on "Comments" at the bottom of this post; you don't have to have an account to post a comment. (If you're reading this as an email, you'll have to click on the title of the post to go directly to my blog; then you'll see "Comments" at the end of the post.) You can simply check "Anonymous" and leave a comment--but be sure to leave me an email address or some way to get in touch with you if you win! And you don't have to be a follower to enter, although I'd be honored for you to follow along if you like.

Check out all the Favorite Things posts at Melissa's!

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94 comments:

  1. I,too, have a fetish for cute napkins and note cards! Actually, it may extend to most paper products. :)
    What a sweets for the giveaway! Thx! :)

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  2. That's quite a collection of napkins! :) Love candles too! I have one going right now... mmmm baked pie.

    xo

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  3. I would love to win your brown paper package! I love all your favorite things - although I've never smelled the leather candles - they sound wonderful!

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  4. I Love this giveaway!!! I always send my sister in law packages with my favorite things. So much fun!

    I love all the things you love and cannot wait to get a house here in Illinois to have a place to keep it all!

    Thanks for offering your favorite things!

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  5. I agree about the cocktail napkins; my collection has spread to guest towels. It is really rather silly because the only person who ever gets to use the guest towels is our babysitter; I can't leave the towels out or the children use them all up! I'm looking forward to putting out my Tom Turkey guest towels when she comes this weekend.

    My most favorite thing right now is a fleeting moment of peace and quiet when I can take a deep breath and appreciate and give thanks for my many blessings.

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  6. Oh! I love your napkin drawer! It is filled with such fun and colorful napkins and THINGS that look "happy". I too love napkins (cloth ones too). Love candles and other things you mentioned. Your cross collection is awesome!

    Donna

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  7. I love all of these beautiful things and I often pick up cute napkins too. I also love that welcome sign
    Would love it all!! Thanks for the chance!!!

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  8. Wow that is some napkin collection! I absolutely love your cross wall. It speaks volumes about your faith. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a generous gift. Blessings!

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  9. Love all of your favorites! What a nice giveaway.

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  10. Sweet giveaway. I love this post. Very fun. I got a little giggle out of all of your napkins. I always want to buy cute napkins when I see them but I never do.

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  11. What a thoughtful gift. I remember when my mom said it is the best gift when we give the things we love away.

    Here's hoping!! I can even share with my daughters (4) for Christmas.

    Thanks for the chance.

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  12. How generous to give away some of your favorite treasures. I can relate to the napkin collection. When I go shopping to the Caspari store in Charlottesville, VA I get the shakes-so many napkins and other pretties!!

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  13. Richella what beautiful and elegant lovelies are your favorite things. I can see why they are. I adore your organized napkin drawer. How pretty it looks. I think I would open it just to take a look at it throughout the day.
    The cross wall is simply beautiful too.

    Thank you for the chance to win your precious giveaway. You are so kind to host it.

    Happy weekend to you.
    ~Melissa :)

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  14. Oh the napkins kill me! My mother collects them also and is always pawning them off on me... which I certainly don't mind!

    Visiting from 320 Sycamore...You have a beautiful blog!

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  15. I've just recently found your blog and love it. Your home is lovely and I appreciate your sincerity in all that you share!

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  16. Somehow I think I'd feel really at home in your lovely home, as so many of your favourite things are mine, too. What a lovely post.

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  17. I have a bit of a napkin fetish, too. I think a pretty napkin makes a guest feel extra special. Melissa's party sounds fun. I'll have to check it out!

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  18. Richella, those are beautiful gifts. Then again, I'd treasure anything that came from you!

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  19. I love your wreath! Did you make that? I have an unhealthy obsession with pinecones & acorns this season for some reason :-) What a sweet giveaway too! Hope you have a great weekend! :-)

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  20. I just had to giggle over your napkins collection. That's so fun and I would love to be entered in your favorite things giveaway! I love receiving snail mail also.

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  21. Sorry to say, I have the same fetish for napkins and candles!!! So comforting to know that someone else has a napkin collection too. Love all your beautiful and inspiring posts!!!!

    Sherry

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  22. I feel like you've been parking in my driveway! We love all the same things. "Celebration of Discipline" is one of my most favorite books ever. Even if I don't win the giveaway (and how sweet of you to include one!), I am so happy to have found your blog. I'll be back!

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  23. I didn't know you had a napkin fetish! Look what you learn at these parties :) Love the giveaway as well~you are so thoughtful, as always.

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  24. Thanks for sharing your favorite things! I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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  25. Wow you have a nice organized kitchen drawer! :) Love 'welcome' signs. What a beautiful cross collection! You are so sweet to giveaway some of your favorites collection!

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  26. Great list...I love this link party. My husband laughs at me because so many things that I have say welcome. I love it! I also love mail...it is hands down the best. I make cards and try to send mail often.

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  27. Love your favorite things! And snail mail is the best isn't it? My mom always had a drawer filled with beautiful stationary, and it would always be open to us to use whatever we wanted. I loved it!

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  28. I am so happy to have discovered your blog. It is beautiful. I love your crosses, and I am impressed with how neat your kitchen drawer is. :)

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  29. Hi, Richella! Your beverage napkins are so neatly arranged. Love that :)

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  30. Hello! Thank you for the opportunity to win this nifty little giveaway, and for sharing your life so honestly - I follow your blog via Google Reader and I truly enjoy 'getting to know you' through your posts! :)

    (p.s. I AM IN LOVE with your cross wall! Is it a bad thing to covet thy cyber-neighbor's religious decor?) :)

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  31. What a fantastic list!!

    You have a wonderful blog! I'm glad I found you today. :)

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  32. I love your attention to detail, and those cute napkins are exactly that!

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  33. WHat a great list. I might have to start collecting beverage napkins, just because they're so cute. I love candles too and receiving and sending cards in the mail. It seems so thoughtful and special now. How sweet of you to think of a favorites giveaway too. I'll try to remember that for next year.

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  34. Your giveaway is so thoughtful and adds such a personal touch.

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway!, My mom collects crosses just like you, but her collection is way smaller than yours so I know she would love to receive another one!
    Have a great week!

    rebeccagonzalezg@hotmail.com

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  36. I've admired your cross gallery wall for a long time!!! It's so stunningly beatuiful!

    You're so sweet to give away a few of your favorite things!

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  37. Hi Richella,
    I'm visiting from Kelly's Korner. I love your blog. I will be back to visit. When I had a home with storage space I collected placemates/napkins/napkin rings. I loved the whimsey effect of setting a table.

    Have a blessed day,
    I'm Viola over at;
    www.alongawidowedroad.blogspot.com

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  38. Would love to win something from your precious home!!! Love the crosses!!!

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  39. Love the pine cone wreath. I too have an obsession with napkins,candle & note cards

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  40. "Candle fetish." I love it!!! :) Your Welcome sign is so pretty!! :)

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  41. What a sweet giveaway! Tell Jack hello for me. We saw Ken & Teresa again a couple of weekends ago. Our son has decided to attend Harding University.

    Have a good weekend!

    Judy :)

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  42. I just love your home and your sense of style. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Hi Richella, what a delightful post, I knew you liked crosses but reading all about your other favorite things was super fun. I might have to think of a post like that for next week?
    You should send me your snail mail addy, I love sending cards and letters ;) I joined Kimberley's snail mail swap exactly for that reason and was given two partners, we're in to week 4 at the minute and it's wonderful getting letters in the mail again after so many years of email (not that I don't love email too) ;)
    Happy Friday my sweet friend.
    xxxx

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  44. What a great giveaway! I would love to win!

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  45. I would have to agree...I {heart} getting snail mail! It just makes my day!

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  46. Well, I am feeling much better about myself: If you could see the drawers, yes, drawers, of decorator napkins I have. I could be on that Hoarders show.....I love matching plates/napkins.etc. I could have a party for 8-16 for just about any occasion/color scheme you could think of. It's an illness, I'm sure!!

    I love Note cards too and candles...Are you sure you're not my daughter??

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  47. I love your napkin drawer. I also love cards and candles. I have lost count of how many I have but I have never seen one with leather fragrance.

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  48. I enjoyed reading about your favorite things - they are all very comforting and 'homey' feeling. Your giveaway is a winner!

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  49. Your list is so cozy, Richella! And what a great giveaway...I'd love to win :)

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  50. Love this post....I do love me some pretty, pretty napkins, too! and I usually have a quick hostess gift if I need one, because I manage to have way too many....
    I have more probably!!! I love the looks of your sweet package..how generous of you! I love all the things you love!

    Suzanne
    I need to do a list of my own!

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  51. My husband once told me he was leaving if I brought one more thing into the house that had "welcome" on it!

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  52. Richella, I can so relate to the napkin and candle thing. I may have to order some candles from DeeJay's. Anyway, thanks for this great give-away of your favorite things. BTW, I'm now an official follower. Love your blog!

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  53. I love the snail mail too!
    I'm always looking at note cards!
    I love candles!

    very nice give away!!
    thank you for offering it!!

    Tina
    mom_bjl@hotmail.com

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  54. You're so generous! Love the napkins!

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  55. Fabulous favorites list and giveaway! Happy to say I am your latest new follower. Love your style of writing. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at winning! Hugs, Judi

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  56. Great giveaway! I just recently became a follower and love your blog!

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  57. Leather scented candles? I think I'm in love! Cute stuff!

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  58. Great napkin storage! What a nice giveaway. Count me in. Peggy from PA

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  59. Hi :) I too have a collection of crosses, begun when I scattered my husband's ashes on the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC. I am always eager to add to it :) I need to look up that author you recommended; his books sound fascinating. Thanks for this post :) With gratitude, Heather (chacounne@gmail.com)

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  60. What a wonderfuol list of beautiful things

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  61. Well, aren't you nice to offer all those goodies? I love napkins, too, but I've made myself start using my stash. Why shouldn't I enjoy their beauty?

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  62. Love, love your cross wall! My mom has a fetish for cute napkins and note cards, also! :)

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  63. What a beautiful package that will hopefully bless someone! I think I started on my Facebook page about an hour ago, traveled to the Inspired Room, and now have about 20 windows open with all sorts of new, wonderful bloggers I've discovered tonight! Can't wait to follow & read more =) E-mail is CLR(underscore)LPC(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. What an amazing giveaway. I too am obsessed with napkins and candles. I have an antique dresser full of napkins for every occasion.

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  65. I love napkins and setting up a pretty table too! It does not take alot of time, but I think it is always so thoughtful. Thanks for the giveaway!
    deblmoore@att.net

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  66. I see you do have a napkin fettish!! But there are so cute and ue-able!! love that wall of crosses/

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  67. I love Welcome Signs too! I have a wreath on my front door right now (though it doesn't say welcome). But I have a welcome mat, and a welcome door hanger on our closet.
    In the summer, I think I change our welcome wreaths or signs every other month!

    Thanks for doing a lovely give away!

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  68. What a great giveaway! I, too, love napkins. I realized the other day that my stash is getting low.

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  69. I would love to win your giveaway. Everything looks so beautiful. In this economic time, we don't always get to "treat" ourselves, but this package would definitely be a treat. Thanks

    andersonbeverly@bellsouth.net

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  70. Great List! Beautiful wall!

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  71. I love getting mail, real mail, in our box. Especially cards. And my toddler loves to help check for mail everyday.

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  72. Ooooh love your big gallery wall of crosses!!! I have a mini one but would love to expand it. I love your napkin drawer. It's so organized!

    Warmest Thankgsgiving wishes,

    Manuela

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  73. I recognize one of those crosses! ; )

    My favorite thing to collect has got to be birds and/or nests. I lurve them! Last year my husband gave me a Susie Harris sign for Christmas, and instead of fleur de lis he had her use birds. It is my favorite favorite thing. : )

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  74. I absolutely love your cross wall.. so beautiful!!

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  75. I love all things paper...napkins, note cards, scrapbook paper, etc. I could go on and on. Thanks for the give-a-way opportunity. These are some nice things for you to part with.

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  76. I love all the things you do Richella! One can never have too many beverage napkins!

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  77. I love your cross wall what a unique way to decorate your home xx

    I love candles and have so many hubby thinks I should open a store lol xx

    Please may I be entred into your giveaway xx

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  78. I Love that drawer...everything right at your hands for a party!! Also love your favorite things to giveaway, so count me in! Stop over to enter my giveaway, too! Happy Thanksgiving

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  79. I must admit I found myself here by follwing the link from your Best Pumpkin Bread Ever recipe! Thanks for sharing both!!

    kendra@wesleycc.com

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  80. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Richella!!

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  81. OOOH! One can only hope- but I never win N E thing!!
    (This is my first comment!)
    You posted the card I sent you! Too neat!
    Still adore your cross wall-I have a cross stairwell, but only about 8 crosses in it right now :)
    I think you DO have a napkin fetish, and I would too, only I started using cloth ones... but I need some for the holidays!
    You inspire me! Thank you!
    ~me

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  82. If I win or not it doesn't matter to me, just looking at your favorite things is warming, welcoming and inspiring.

    :)

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  83. What a fun giveaway. I love the welcome signs too!!

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  84. Perhaps another one of your favorite things has become sharing yourself here with us, Richella? Thank you for doing so with such gentle, loving grace. May you and your men have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  85. Love the napkins - they remind me of my Mom (now deceased) who loved pretty napkins!

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  86. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thank you for this opportunity. cwray@cox.net

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  87. Oh Richella, this post is so you! We have never met in person but each of those things that you listed just represent who I think you are. Pretty, smell good, organized, a christian, smart.....Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  88. am i too late?
    it doesn't matter :) i am finally in one of my favorite places- here! i have not made time for blog reading, but here i am catching up. i was missing you!

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  89. I love your favorite things! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

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  90. What a WONDERFUL and just plain ole nice thing to do, thank you!

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  91. Love your blog. Your posted are down to earth and very centered. So many of your favorite things are mine too! How neat.

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  92. Your crosses and neatly arranged napkin drawer are my favorites! Carla

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  93. What a thoughtful give away, its lovely. I like your blog also and will try the pumpkin bread asap.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your
    have a wonderful day...

    Regards, Susie
    susanafreeman@msn.com

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  94. Oh I love your napkin drawer! Maybe when I grow up....

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