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2013 in review and a few pics

Friday, December 27, 2013

I can't believe it has been well over a year since I posted anything except pics. Where does time go?

2013 has been a very busy, but good year. I spent a lot of time at the stable, quilting, visiting with Li'l G (DGS) etc.

I helped out with the summer horse camps again and enjoyed that. I taught for a couple weeks (had forgotten how much I enjoyed teaching) and was asked to continue with regular lesson students once the camps wound up. I declined - I'll gladly help out in any way I can but I'm just not willing to take on the time commitment of a "job". I'm enjoying the ability to pick up and go whenever I want way too much.

My big news is that I bought a horse in August. I'm so very happy with him and we've become good friends. He's the big, red guy in my page pics. His registered name is Righteous Red Prince and he was known as Red when I bought him. I tinkered with changing it to Prince (because he is a classy kind of guy) but somehow the name didn't take - so he's still Red.

In October the owner of the stable where I board him took a bad fall and broke four ribs. She was laid up for several weeks so I (along with another friend) pitched in to help her husband with the chores. They have 23 horses and around 30 sled dogs so it was a big job and he really did need the help.

Since then I've been scrambling to get the quilts for my DS/DIL and DD finished. They are both king size and hand quilted so it was a big job. But, I got them finished emoticon DD got hers at the end of November (we did an early Christmas with family in the SW corner of the Province). My previous blog showed pics of hers so I'll just put a couple up, then I'll show you DS/DIL's.





This is the one I made for DS and DIL; it's a log cabin variation.







  
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R-U-JELLEN 3/4/2014 2:48PM

    Your quilts are lovely. Since I also hand quilt, I realize how MANY hours went into them - especially since they are king size. I am still piecing my log cabin and the quilt I am quilting had to be taken down for the holidays and I don't have the frame back up yet. Love the pics of your beautiful horse, My daughter is good friends with a man around Amarillo who runs a ranch and trains cutting horses. He was out in the canyon doing something with cattle, the horse stumbled and fell--on him. As good and experienced as he is, you never know what is gonna happen. Hope your fiend is healing nicely. Jo

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ROSEWCI 1/2/2014 6:13AM

    Beau-ti-ful! Just beautiful! I'm in awe! Congrats on the purchase of your horse! EnJOY him!!!

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SNOWFILLY 12/29/2013 6:50AM

    WOW!! You are one busy women!!! Those quilts are just GORGOUS!!! Such talent!!
I am so happy that you are enjoying Red so much!! Hopefully things will slow down so that you have more time to spend with him. I hope they have an indoor. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDIEMAE 12/28/2013 4:27PM

    TB those quilts are beautiful and full of love !! WAY TO GO !! AND LOVE Red !! Prince or not, he's your horse !! I know you will have a good 2014 and will make the most of it that you can or need to. emoticon

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VOLARI52 12/28/2013 11:28AM

    Beautiful quilts....and what a busy year you have had! Hope 2014 is filled with health and happiness for you and your family.

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IMEMINE1 12/28/2013 8:13AM

    Good luck with REd and the quilts are beautiful.

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BUTEAFULL 12/27/2013 10:59PM

    I can't blieve you waited this long to tell us you bought a horse
I today adopted 2 rescue kitten sisters about 4 months old, they are black and so cute playing all the time

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JUST_ALICIA 12/27/2013 8:27PM

  Both the quilts are amazingly beautiful. Yup, 2013 has been a busy one.
All the best in 2014 emoticon

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LILYGAL 12/27/2013 7:33PM

    The quilts are beautiful. I don't blame you for not taking on a committed "job"! Some times I wish I had extra income (to feed my habits!) but not enough to go back to work!!! emoticon Your year has been very eventful and very blessed. Take care!! And Happy New Year!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 12/27/2013 5:41PM

    Love the quilts and the year in review. You are staying busy. My friends who are retired often complain that they have less time than they had before they retired and I think this might be the case with you.

I do enjoy your quilts--both very unique and colorful. The craftsmanship is amazing. You do have a talent and an eye for color and order. I am amazed and enjoy seeing your self expression.

I do enjoy your stories about your horse also. A beautiful animal and you will enjoy him immensely.

Have a wonderful new year.

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PJSTIME 12/27/2013 4:52PM

    You have had quite a year and finally got to make owning a horse a reality. Love the quilts as another one of your talents shows in their beauty. I hope you have an even better 2014 my friend.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/27/2013 2:49PM

    Great blog. Thanks for the update. You have had a really full year, done much good, and made some beautiful quilts.

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/27/2013 10:24AM

    You are so very talented in many ways! The quilts are beautiful. I am glad this year you were able to achieve your dream of owning your own horse! I can't think of anyone more deserving of getting something you truly want after all you do for others! May you enjoy 2014 and see more dreams come true!

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TXGRANDMA 12/27/2013 10:15AM

    Beautiful quilts! I really like the Log Cabin Variation quilt that you made for your son and DIL! Both were a lot of work, I am sure! I hope that the lady who owns the barn where you board is recuperating well, and not in too much pain. What an accident! How interesting that they had sled dogs, too! That is something we don't see much of down here, I don't think they would be comfortable here. Hope Red is doing well! Keep us posted! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Quilt

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I made this quilt for my daughter for Christmas. It is made from scraps; I'm pleased with how well it went together! It is hand quilted.







  
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IMEMINE1 12/28/2013 8:14AM

    It is beautiful.

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JUST_ALICIA 12/8/2013 9:23AM

  OMGoodness that is soooooooo beautiful. We saw quilts at the Craft fair yesterday and the quilts there were not even half as beautiful as this. I am sure that she is going to love it always.
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LYNETTEMOM 12/6/2013 10:29PM

    another gorgeous pce of handwork--congrats!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/4/2013 11:50AM

    Pat,I just saw this blog now - this is absolutely beautiful!!!! What a wonderful gift of your time and talent and love for your daughter. Lucky girl. :-)

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CHALLENGER15 12/3/2013 6:27AM

    TB, how large are the little individual squares in the nine-patch blocks?

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LILYGAL 12/1/2013 7:43PM

    The only thing to say is "BEAUTIFUL!"

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BUTEAFULL 12/1/2013 1:32PM

    the grey really makes the colors pop
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VALBOY2010 12/1/2013 11:13AM

    Wow, that's beautiful! Great Job, Pat.

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PATRICIA4472 11/30/2013 5:46PM

    Just gorgeous! I love the combination of bright colors set against the grays! Congratulations on making such a beautiful heirloom gift.

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/30/2013 4:37PM

    So beautiful! Lucky daughter to have such a talented mom.

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VOLARI52 11/30/2013 4:04PM

    What a beautiful heirloom you are giving your daughter......it truly is a labor of love Pat!

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PJSTIME 11/30/2013 12:25PM

    Beautiful I'm sure she will or did love it.

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Forest Friends before and after

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I recently posted a picture of a panel "Forest Friends" that I've made into a quilt to list in my sister's on line store. I added borders and other 'touches' to make it my own; I hand quilted the whole thing. I'm pleased with the end result... this is one of the least complicated quilts I've made in a long, long time. I'm not sure why I like it so much but I do - I smiled the whole time I was working on it and I find myself looking for reasons NOT to sell it. Sis thinks I'm "losing it" emoticon

Here is FF before:



This is FF now:









  
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IMEMINE1 12/28/2013 8:15AM

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BOMBCHELL23 2/4/2013 5:50PM

    This is absolutely beautiful!

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ROSEWCI 2/2/2013 6:36AM

    Awwww, so cute! I love it!!!

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DDHEART 1/27/2013 5:17PM

    Well it makes me smile too and as far as your losing it..............Can't lose what's already gone! LOL Well heck, you knew I was going to tease you bout that didn't you? LOL

I guess we're lost together!

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MSWEEZER 1/17/2013 7:50AM

    It's adoreable!!!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/16/2013 10:32AM

    What a beautiful quilt - it just brings a smile to my face! It would be difficult for me too to put so much work in to a quilt and give it away.

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SNOWFILLY 1/16/2013 7:57AM

    It would be a hard quilt to part with. I found that with every picture my smile got bigger. I love it!! You do such beautiful work!! Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 1/16/2013 7:34AM

    I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing.

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PJSTIME 1/16/2013 7:11AM

    I love it too. It is such a cheerful quilt. I'm not sure but what I would have to hang it up and look at it for while at least before selling it.

You did a great job as you usually do.

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BUTEAFULL 1/16/2013 3:24AM

    to resolve this dilemma you could make a second one then you could keep it

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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/15/2013 11:44PM

    What a beautiful quilt - and all the more special because it is hand stiched! I can see why you might not want to part with it. :-)

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LITTLEBJANET 1/15/2013 10:13PM

    I love this quilt. Such a nice one for little kids.

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JUST_ALICIA 1/15/2013 9:12PM

  I don't think I could let it go either. Reminds me of the Berstein Bear's book of Mama's New Job - she opened a quilt shop and all the quilts were like this one. I really wished as I read the story to my girls that I could make quilts like that. It is so very beautiful. You take orders? Hugs and Sparkles emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 1/15/2013 8:22PM

    So beautiful! I love it, too, and can see why it would be hard to sell! Great job! emoticon

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LILYGAL 1/15/2013 8:18PM

    You do amazing work!! I can see why it is tough to sell it!!

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LOUISEH54 1/15/2013 8:13PM

    Nice job! I can see why you 'd like to keep it. I don't think I would have the patience to hand quilt anything. I love getting things done faster....lol

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KNITTABLES 1/15/2013 7:50PM

    I absolutely love it. It would make me smile a day long too! You did an amazing job on it. Hugs and thanks for sharing.

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VOLARI52 1/15/2013 7:21PM

    Love it!

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NEEDBU66 1/15/2013 7:04PM

    Very nice!!

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Forest Friends quilt

Friday, January 04, 2013

I'm working on a 'quick and easy' quilt to contribute to Sis's on line store. I started with a panel (pic below) and added borders and lots of my own personal touches to make it unique. This is the base panel:



I hope this helps, Weeze.

  
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VOLARI52 1/6/2013 11:23AM

    Pat if your sister's store was near me I would definitely buy this quilt.....my youngest DD is having a baby in May and this would be perfect for the nursery....love it!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/6/2013 1:02AM

    Love it.Thanks for sharing this on your blog.
Irene in BC

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KJMPEACHES 1/5/2013 10:47AM

    Soooooooooo cute............ emoticon for sharing! emoticon

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LITTLEBJANET 1/5/2013 9:49AM

    Very nice!!

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CHALLENGER15 1/5/2013 9:40AM

    Love it! Glad you shared with us all.

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SNOWFILLY 1/5/2013 7:38AM

    Too cute!!!

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ROSEWCI 1/5/2013 5:24AM

    So cute!!!

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BUTEAFULL 1/5/2013 12:48AM

    aw the animals are sweet, good choice

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MERRYMARY42 1/4/2013 8:40PM

    I really like it, anyone would, anyone young at heart not only kids

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WALKINGGRANDMA 1/4/2013 7:56PM

    I"d make it even if I found something else that I wanted to make as well. It is so fun.

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SURLYGIRL 1/4/2013 6:58PM

    This would be adorable in a nursery. Love it

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TXGRANDMA 1/4/2013 6:58PM

    Really cute! That should be fun to make! emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 1/4/2013 6:48PM

    This is adorable.

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BLUEANGELLK 1/4/2013 6:39PM

    So cute!!

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KNITTABLES 1/4/2013 6:33PM

    How cute is that! So adorable.

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LILYGAL 1/4/2013 6:23PM

    Really cute!!!

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JAMBABY0 1/4/2013 6:16PM

    I like it!

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DDHEART 1/4/2013 6:14PM

    Sweet!

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Sis's Christmas quilt

Friday, November 09, 2012

As many of you know, I haven't been around the site much. Between riding and working on the quilt I'm making for my sister for Christmas my computer time has been pretty limited.

I used flannel so it's soft and warm ... finished today emoticon It's name is Christmas Rose.





This is the border. It took me (what seemed like) forever to finish hand quilting it.



The block is made up of 1 1/2 inch pieces.



These blocks are hand embroidered and hand quilted.



I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - I'm very happy to have it finished!

  
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IMEMINE1 12/28/2013 8:16AM

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ROSEWCI 11/18/2012 5:58PM

    Beautiful work! You should be proud! And I know your sister will be thrilled! Great job!!!

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JENNA-P 11/16/2012 4:03PM

    Pat!! I love it! And I know she will too! Your sister has an amazing sister emoticon

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WALKINGWOMAN07 11/14/2012 12:12PM

    I agree with what someone else said - can I be your sister? What an absolutely beautiful quilt! What wonderful work you did making it. Your sister is one lucky lady. You should have a great feeling of accomplishment, and I am sure that your sister will love this quilt.

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SURLYGIRL 11/12/2012 3:34PM

    Wow - it's gorgeous ! What an amazing gift - it's so beautiful and functional and for it to come from your hands and heart ... extraordinary.

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KNITTABLES 11/12/2012 12:01AM

    THIS IS ' BEAUTIFUL", wonderful job on the quilt and I know how much time and energy it took for you to make it. Your sister will be so pleased to get it and proud to have it. Hugs

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VOLARI52 11/11/2012 8:10PM

    These pictures just verify that this quilt is an work of art....you should be so proud!

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SNOWFILLY 11/11/2012 7:45AM

    That quilt is just BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your sister will love it!!! I can just see all the love that you quilted into it!! emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 11/10/2012 6:35PM

    so beautiful, I saw it as a work in progress, you should be very proud, and your sister is so very lucky
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BUTEAFULL 11/10/2012 6:20PM

    no wonder you haven't been around, that's a LOT of hand stitching missy, your fingers must have calluses after all that
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DDHEART 11/10/2012 8:27AM

    Beautiful!

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LINDIEMAE 11/9/2012 10:35PM

    WOW TB fantastic, your sister is gonna love it !!! AND you know that feeling that you have of accomplishing something so worth while? That is the feeling we all need for our goals so that can reflect in our faces as your accomplishment reflects so positively in yours. What a beautiful quilt. You are so talented !!! Congrats !! emoticon

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LITTLEBJANET 11/9/2012 9:52PM

    Can I be your sister? This is so pretty.

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TXGRANDMA 11/9/2012 7:46PM

    So beautiful! I know that your Sis will absolutely LOVE it! Fabulous!
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SENIMMO 11/9/2012 7:34PM

    Oh my gosh! AMAZING!! I can knit, I've won awards for my crochet, but I don't quilt. That is emoticon !! Maybe when I retire from the knitting/crocheting/designing business I will learn to quilt...

If she doesn't love it, you have plenty of sparkfriends that would be happy to take it off her hands emoticon emoticon

Happy holidays!

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SAASHA17 11/9/2012 7:13PM

    oh wow..u are talented..thats beautiful..all the details..I know ur sis will love it..its so cozy...

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CHALLENGER15 11/9/2012 6:44PM

    So very lovely and what a gift of love it is. Thank you for sharing with us!

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VALBOY2010 11/9/2012 6:40PM

    That is just so beautiful! You did a fantastic job and I'm sure you're sister will love it. I know I would. (hint - hint) LOL

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LILYGAL 11/9/2012 6:11PM

    Very beautiful and I'm sure that your Sis will treasure all her life!! You did a wonderful job.

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PJSTIME 11/9/2012 6:04PM

    You should be happy that turned out gorgeous. And all those hand embroidery and details you sis will LOVE IT.



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LOUISEH54 11/9/2012 4:39PM

    You did a wonderful job. Your sister is sure to treasure this.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 11/9/2012 4:30PM

    That is a lot of work. I do love it. Your sister will love and treasure it as well. I love your sense of color. Each quilt is a different work of art. Your creations are so imaginative.

Good to have you back.k

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JUST_ALICIA 11/9/2012 4:22PM

  That is soooooooo beautiful, my DH says - when do we get it emoticon
You do beautiful work!!
Hugs and sparkles!


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LDAVIS648 11/9/2012 4:17PM

    gorgeous i wish i had that kind of talent emoticon

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LAC936 11/9/2012 4:15PM

    Unbelievably gorgeous! Beautiful job. emoticon

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