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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)




With the summer rapidly approaching, what better time to pull out the cardboard boxes and packaging you saved in your {already packed} garage and have some good ol' free fun with the kids?

Check out the links below to venture to the best sites featuring the cheapest construction material on the planet!


32 Things to make using cardboard  {tip junkie}

Cardboard Ottoman  {esprit cabane}

Kids Box Crafts  {artists helping children}

Cardboard Box Crafts  {talking child}

Cute Cardboard Box Crafts  {parents.com}

Cardboard Crafts  {family fun}

Cardboard Crafts  {wiki how}

Cardboard Piece Craft Projects  {about.com}

34 Ways to Reuse Cardboard  {kaboose}

Cut-out Cardboard Coffee Table  {guardian.co.uk}

Cardboard Thank You Cards  {design*sponge}

Fun With Boxes  {squidoo}

How to Work With Cardboard  {ikat bag}

Projects Using Cardboard  {cut out & keep}

Cardboard Craft Search  {pinterest}



Driftwood Lamp {Tutorial}

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Soooo, cruising the internet recently and stumbled upon this awesome lamp on Sweet Something Designs.  You have to see how utterly easy this project is.

But Michelle makes it look so expensive!



Twenty minutes later she came up with her winning design inspired by the remnants of a Valentines trip to Table Rock Lake.  She compared it to that of a pricey one from Currey & Company at a whopping $326. Way to go, Michelle!


Her materials used were:

Lamp {w/ skinny base}

Floral Wire




Check out her site for other projects:

Sweet Something Desgns





30 Creative {D.I.Y.} Birdhouses

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

30 Creative {DIY} Bird Feeders



 I've always wanted to make a bird feeder and in thoughts of doing so, I came across many that I couldn't resist featuring for you. Let's hope you get as inspired as I did.

 




  1. Birdie Food Shack {SWiK}
  2. Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder {Life Hacker}
  3. Ikea Plate Bird Feeder {Curbly}
  4. Pomelo Bird Feeder {Home School Blogger}
  5. Upcycled Bottle Bird Feeder {Family Fun}
  6. Hanging Tea Cup Feeder {etsy - ohthepollybilities}
  7. Hay Star Bird Feeder {Sweet Paul}
  8. Gourd Bird Feeders {Martha Stewart}
  9. Mesh Bag Bird Feeder {Martha Stewart}
  10. Tray Bird Feeder {Family Fun}
  11. Upcycled Chopstick Eco Bird Feeder {Casa Sugar}
  12. Vegatable Bird Feeder {Green Living}
  13. Upcycled Platform Bird Feeder {Fowl Visions}
  14. Daisy Designed Upcycled Bird Feeder {Instructables
  15. Ceramic Plate Feeder {Carolyn's Homework}
  16. Coconut Shell Bird Feeder {Suite 101}
  17. Glass Bottle Feeder {Esprit Cabane}
  18. Pedestal Teacup Feeder {Holiday Crafts & Creations}
  19. Mason Jar Feeder {etsy - blackcrowforge}
  20. Pumpkin Bird Feeder {Martha Stewart




Others worth mentioning:

  1. Tinker Bell Bird Feeder {Kids Know Stuff}
  2. Sunflower Bird Feeder {Martha Stewart}
  3. Strainer Bowl Feeder {not a tutorial - The Commercial Appeal}
  4. Hanging Terra Cotta Dish Feeder {Home Musings}
  5. Holiday Inspired Seed Orb {Craftster}
  6. Windowsill Open Tray Bird Feeder {Instructables}
  7. Stop Light Bird Feeder {etsy - redyellowandblueink}
  8. Another Tea Cup Pedestal Feeder {Cap Creations}
  9. Garlic Pack Bird Feeder {Connect Green}
  10. Record Bowl Feeder {Craftster}



Which one do you think is the best?  Which one should I choose? 

Leave a comment and let me know.



9 Best {Upcycled} Pumpkin Decorations

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (2)

Check out these links to great DIY projects

to get your home ready for Fall.

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1.  Pumpkin Lanterns  Martha Stewart

2.  Dryer Vent Pumpkin Apples of Gold

3.  Pumpkin Drink Cooler  Wedding Bee

4.  Pumpkin Book Decoration Cheeky Magpie

5. Pretend Murcury Pumpkins All Things Heart & Home

6.  Pumpkin Picture Frames  Good Housekeeping

7.  Pumpkin Palm Print Craft  Woodland Kids

8.  T.P.  Pumpkin Decoration 

Chocolate on my CraniumFamily Fun

9.  House Number Pation Display  Sunset

"Soooo 1992" Cassette Case Notepad

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM Comments comments (0)
Soooo 1992!
Cassette Single Notepad Tutorial
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I've created a cassette single notepad and wanted to show you how to make one for yourself.



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Here's what you need:
You're going to need a cassette single. 
{I got all of these at Goodwill for about 50 cents a piece.} 
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...and this stuff:
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Scissors
Paper Cutter {optional}
Embroidery Thread
Needle
Strong Tape
Beads
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How to make it:
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Step One:
Remove cassette... {ha ha, that was easy, huh?"}
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Step Two:
This pic was taken to show you what NOT to do.  Do not peel the seam of the cover.  It will not be on the right side in order to turn into a notebook jacket.
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Step Three:
Pay attention to where the opening will be and using scissors, cut vertically up the center. 
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Step Four:
This is where I messed up when grouping all the pics in a grid.  This pic shows the edges all cut off.  So see step five to know how this should happen!  {shame}
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Step Five:
If you have a paper cutter this would be a good time to trim the excess to clean up the edges. {see pic 4}
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Step Six:
Using a strong piece of tape {I used electrical tape, because of the color,} run a piece along the binding around to the inside.  Now, it just so happens that the width of the tape is the same width as the binding of the jacket.  If you have another type of tape you should probably only run it along the inside.  This step just adds rigidity to the binding.
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Step Seven:
Poke 6 holes along the inside {or outside} of the binding.  Two at the top, two in the middle, and two at the bottom.
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Step Eight:
Tie a knot at the end of the embroidery thread and using another piece of tape, adhere it to the inside of the jacket.
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Step Nine:
Cut 30 sheets of paper measuring:  4" X 4.5" and separate them into two piles of 15.
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Step Ten:
Fold all of the sheets lengthwise. Still keeping two separate piles.  {folding the 4 1/2" side in half.  When folded,
each piece should be 4 x 2 1/4}. 
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Step Eleven -- Fifteen:
See this tutorial from Crafster.org for threading process.
{She explains it much more thoroughly!}
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Step Sixteen:
Leave about a foot of thread after you've done this process, and using color coordinating beads, string the ends of the thread.  Then knot at the end and snip excess.  This step allows you to wrap the thread around the book and tuck in the bead to hold it all together.  Once you do this, just wrap the thread around the book and tuck the end bead in.
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photos edited on photobucket.com
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R.I.P.  Tape Generation

26 Ways to Reuse...{Paper Towel Rolls}

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:46 AM Comments comments (6)
People have {hopefully} asked themselves many times if there is something you can do with paper towel or toilet paper tubes before just tossing to be recycled.  Yes, I encourage recycling but why toss it to go through huge machines to be reincarnated to be a tube again?  {...boring} 
Why not give it another life?.... or many?
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Here, I have compiled a {pain-staking} random list of 26 things you can do with them that may surprise you, in no particular order. Some are innovative, and some are crafty and some are even very beautiful. 
{Yes, I said beautiful... You'll see what I mean}
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1. Ribbon/Trim Storage
For a crafty way to store ribbon and keep them looking pretty, store them on 2" sections of the tubes and put them in a pencil basket to keep them aligned.  How OCD!... I love it!

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2. Hanging Pen Holder
This one from re-nest.com, is the only pic I could find that featured this type of project.  However, I believe that aesthetics are nothing to mess with.  I would've wrapped some pretty paper around it and duplicated them in odd numbers, but that's just me. 
There's something about the bare tube just hanging like that.

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3. Lantern Decoration
I told you there was beauty involved.  When people think about the tubes they think of the function they have and not thinking outside the box. {....er, roll}  When you want to re-purpose something, ask yourself if it can be cut up for repetition.   Anything in multiples can be very attractive.  I am soooo going to try this one.
also check out her tealight decoration
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4. Kid's Craft: Making Animals
The vertical shape in a toilet paper or paper towel roll is perfect for the torso of any animal or critter.  Just decide what creature you want to make and add the features.  Materials are up to you.  All you need are pipe cleaners, paint and some construction paper.  Check out what Crafty Crafted Studio did with their tubes.
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5. Crease Free Linens or Scarves
Folding scarves can make for an unsightly ensemble.  Why not roll them up around the tubes to keep their condition wrinkle free?  Then to hold them, wrap a ribbon through the tubes lengthwise and tie in a bow.  Then store in a linen closet or a drawer.  Check out what ideas Squidoo has in store.

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6. Cord Storage
Organization is key and cords take the cake for being one of the most unfriendly culprits when it comes to clutter. I don't see them going away any time soon.  Even with the wireless technology stepping up to the plate, it will be a looong while before we can stop holding our breath.  Another tip:  when wrapping the cords, label them with sharpie or wrap in pretty paper with labels if they are a specialty wire. ie: printer, mp3 player or cellphone.

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7. Kid's Craft: Make a Rocket
The tube shape is perfect for your child to create the wildest rocket he can imagine... and we know that imagination is WILD!  Have them decorate them with stickers, markers or foil.  Then watch as they instantly become an astronaut right before your eyes!
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8. Kid's Craft: Make a Kaleidoscope
This project from Mother Nature Network, shows you how your child can make their own kaleidoscope with very little materials and a lot of imagination.  The world could use a little more color...
So check out the tutorial. 




9. Napkin rings
You can never have too many napkin rings in your home.  Think about all the seasons and holidays families get together for a home cooked meal.  The kids are perfect for this project because it's sooo easy and it allows them to be creative.  The possibilities are endless.  In this pic from ehow.com, they have wrapped yarn around pieces about 1" wide.  You can wrap lots of complimenting fabric and store them for different occasions.  Check out the site for the tutorial on this project.
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10. Photo Displays
This project from photojojo.com shows you that you are not limited to just paper towel tubes. You can also use mailing tubes to vary the size of the circle.  There's a tutorial on the site.
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11.  Modern Fruit Bowl
More additions of mailing tubes.  All you need for this project from replayground.com, is a little paint and protecting spray and you have a very interesting fruit bowl to add character to your kitchen.  Check out replayground for the tutorial.

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12. Glitter Star Ornaments
This project is great, not just for the holidays but all year round.  Besides the roll, all you need is glue and glitter and multiply the process and it can turn into amazing wall decoration.





13.  Small Toy Storage
We don't think about it but in their own way, kids love to organize too!  It's true.  Kids love when there is a perfect spot for everything.  On this site, they show you that kids can store their collection of cars in a very attractive box.  And it won't be unsightly either.  It sure beats the pain you get from stepping on that yellow Ferrari!
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14.  Seedling Pots
If you have kids, this idea from The Good Mood Food Blog, they get a lesson in gardening and repsonsibility. They love to keep checking to see how their little seedlings are progressing. They wil get such joy when they see a little green "something" pop up out of the soil.   There is also an article on this type of project on Folsom Garden Club and  mrbrownthumb using a bakery container.

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15. Nesting Tubes for Toddlers.
These projects from Toilet Paper Crafts {top} and Highlights Kids {bottom}, show you that you are not limited to the radius of the tubes.  You can cut them lengthwise and they can nest into each other for a special suprise each time a new one is revealed.  In a child's mind that is absolutley amazing! 

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16. Wrist Cuffs:
All you need for this project from Eighteen25 are the tubes and embellishments like scrapbook paper, stickers, trim and jewels.  It's a craft so easy, any age can enjoy it.  My tip:  use two layers of rolls glued together to give it rigidity, so it sustains the movements of a child.
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17. Knife Storage/Transport
For social gatherings, we all depend on someone to bring the necessities for cutting the lasagna.  Transporting knives can be a bit scary!  Try this idea from RecipeTips.com for safer storing and transporting of those sharp utensils.

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18. Binoculars
Check out Two Hearts Together.  Again, very simple ageless project, and the tools are few.  Glue, yarn and tubes.  They'll feels special when they spot their first bird and better yet... identify it!
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19. Candy Cracker
Just in time for the fall season when candy makes it's way either onto the candy dish on the counter tops all the way to inside the tummy.  This idea is perfect for kids parties, Halloween, wedding favors, or your grandkids that stopped in for a treat!
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20. Mouse Trap
Ok, stop laughing... I know your chuckling about this one but, you have to admit, it's a great idea.  Just place the food at the inside outer edge of the tube and as soon our friend Mickey gets nosy, before he can even blink, he finds himself at the bottom of the can.  Still alive, waiting to be set free back with his family.
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21. Using End as a Stamp
Genius, genius, genius... We are so busy looking at the cylinder shape of the tube that we're not thinking about the shape of the tip.  Check out this blog to get the tutorial on how to create these onsies.  Believe it or not, the pic to the left is also from the end of the tube!  She slightly flattened the tube and pulled the one point down to make a heart.  {love it}
 
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22. Bubble Blower
What kid doesn't loooove blowing bubbles?  {Yes, adults too!}  The Helping Mommy helps you with this tutorial.  Check it out.




23. Rain Stick
Another thing kids can't get enough of is noise {...er, I mean, music!}  Rain sticks can add interesting sound to their one-man band.  Don't forget, you can make a kazoo and drumsticks with more tubes. Be ready for him/her to lay down an awesome track in the recording studio!

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24. Wedding Favors: 
Seed Storage & Mini Notebooks
When I came across this idea, from Do It Yourself Weddings, I was like... omg!  What an awesome idea.  For the seed packets, all you need are the tubes, letter stamps, flower seeds and a stapler.  And for the mini notebooks, just add some paper!  So inspired!
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25. Jewelry Storage for Kids
Having a place to store their jewelry is not the problem.  It's that they haven't created a place to store their jewelry!  Give them ribbon, pipe cleaners, fabric, and anything else to create a haven for their earrings and bracelets.  It's perfect for dress-up.  Or a great display if they play store.  C'mon... you remember! Don't play Miss Forgetful on me now!

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...And now for my favorite in the list!
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26.  Abstract Wall Art
Both, Design Sponge & Rhonna Designs feature wall designs so beautiful, you have to remind yourself it's garbage!  Simply cut the tubes in strips of 1" and freely create a design to your liking and glue in place.  Then, simply hang from two nails on the wall when dry. ...So creative!
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I hope you enjoyed this useful list of suggestions for reusing trash and turning it into treasure or function.  Let me know how this list has helped you bring out your creative side!  There are more links to creative and useful ideas at the bottom of this entry.

Good Luck!  And don't forget to...


more ideas at squidoo.com, howcast.com,
Book available at amazon
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Oh, and I also found this comic from a website called:... Enjoy!

I'm a "Wrap" Superstar!

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Fabric Wrap Tutorial

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This is a tutorial I've been wanting to do for a looong time.  It's soooo easy to do this at home and you don't even need alot of materials to do it.  I work in a custom picture framing store so the training came from that but when I started doing them at work, I began to think: 

"Omg..."   {well, you know the rest.}

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It's actually a very quick project and allows you to upcycle items you

probably have lying around.

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Here's what you need:

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Fabric

{anykind will do}

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Precut mat

{you can find these at any

craft store or even Wal-mart}

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Spray Adhesive

{not shown:  you can get

at Wal-mart}

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Glue stick

{on hand}

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Scissors

{on hand}

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Tape

{on hand}

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Embellishments

{In the above pic, I have felt for flowers,

scrabble letters and a magazine ad illustration

that I thought was cute just for the tutorial, but

you can use a photo.}




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Step One:

Lay the mat on top of the fabric as a guide and cut at least 1" bigger than mat.  Then cut the corners at a 45 degree angle on the corners.  You can cut to the corner if you want but just to be safe, give yourself about 1/8" past the corner so there is no risk of seeing the mat peek through.

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Step Two:

Using the spray adhesive, spray the face of the mat.  {outside, of course} and lay it down on the wrong side of the fabric. 

Now just so you know,  you can wait to make any cutting until after you do this step if you want to be more accurate. 

I would advise you to do this as a matter of fact, just to be sure.

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Step Three:

Cut an "X" in the center of the mat to about an 1/8" to the corner.  Again, don't cut all the way to the corner.  If you do, you will see the mat peek through.  Then cut the excess inside except for

about 1" to inner edge of mat.

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Step Four and Five:

Using a glue stick, or whatever you have on hand {not hot glue} apply to the back of the mat at the inner edge and fold the inner fabric back taut.

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Step Six:

Do this on all four sides.  Making sure that the corners are pushed in with a toothpick or Q-tip. 

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Step Seven:

Do the same thing with the outside of the mat.  On the outside, you need not be as perfect on the corners if you are putting this in a frame. 

{which you will most likely be doing}

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Step Eight:

Now tape all the edges of the fabric down.

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Step Nine:

Add any desired embellishments to the corners or you can leave it alone and add another mat under or above.  For a nice dimentional look,  try wrapping 3 different size precut mats.  This will give your framing presentation a really interesting look!  I also tried these scrabble tiles that say "YUM" thinking I could hang it in my kitchen {she's holding a tomato}:

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... but I felt it was taking away from the femininity of the illustration.

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Step Ten:

I rummaged through some magazines for a cute picture to put in mine and found an advertisement for McDonald's salads.  I love the relationship of the green mat and the green dress she's wearing and her orange hair.  {Hence the felt roses I added to the bottom corner.} Now, if you decide to put this mat in a frame with glass, embellishments wouldn't be practical.  So keep that in mind when planning this.  You wouldn't want the glass to either smoosh the embellishments and/or risk breaking the glass.

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This project literally only took about 10 minutes.  And it looked professional when completed. I almost threw away this mat when I came to my senses and decided to do a fabric wrap with it.

{What was I thinking?}

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Good luck and don't forget to send pix!













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