Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HO HO HO

It's Day One of the
HO HO HO Blog Hop!
Thank you
Madame Samm of
!Sew We Quilt!
and
Fabulous HO Mistress Carol
(? - oh that really does not sound proper...but I'm leaving it because it makes me LOL 
and these days I'll take a laugh wherever I can find it)
of
Just Let Me Quilt!

I had grand plans of getting oodles of Christmas projects done for this hop...
you know what they say about the
"best laid plans"....
But I'm thrilled to show you what I did finish up...
from the new book
by Nancy Halvorsen
"HO HO HO - Let It Snow"
(how could I resist that title?)

I just love it!
(And so does my BFF Diane [she is a Snow Ho]...yes sweet friend...it IS yours but you'll have to wait for Christmas and then ONLY if you are very VERY GOOD! *wink*)

It's a smallish wall hanging - about 20"x 35"
and was inspired by the larger quilt featured in the book.
I machine "stitched in the ditch" around the
snowman, trees and star blocks.
The nose was machine appliqued on with a buttonhole stitch.

Instead of flat black button for the eyes,
I found these cuties in my button box
(they reminded me of coal...not that I've ever really seen coal up close and personal, cuz I've always been a "good girl" *wink*)
I added a simple stitched SMILE with black perle cotton.

(click the pic for a surprise)

You'll notice above the word "Paws" and an arrow.
See it?
Do you see the paws?
That is Zeek.
(Yes...the same kitten featured during the Tammy Bag Hop).
We found him a home after all...
OURS.
He comes to the shop most days right now...
and is sew very helpful...not.
He never stays still long enough for a picture...
and I have NO idea how to add a video
(I can upload them to my FB page...from my phone...but can not do the same just to save it on my computer...the file is always TOO BIG...or won't play...I don't pretend to understand).
But if you'd like to see Zeek in action today as I was trying to finish up this quilt...
either click on the "Paws" picture
(surprize..haha)
or
click HERE
(it should take you to the vid I posted on my FB - you don't have to be my friend OR have a FB account to see it...so they say...just click the pic when it comes up to get the very short vid rolling).

Back to the buttons...
Dontcha just LOVE these?
They are
HUGE!

I was hoping to get a few more HOs finished for today....
these are the corner "leftovers" from Mr.Snowman above
YES...I've really been inspired to use up the scraps from each project
...and I have made something with these....
You'll just have to come back later in the week and see what it is...
because right NOW what it IS...
is NOT finished! lol

BUT...here is a peek at another almost done....
my own creation
(yey...I DO have some brain cells still operating)
She (He? so hard to tell these days) will be spending Christmas in Wyoming!

I've really missed being here posting....life is...well....
LIFE.
These days besides running the quilt shop with dear Spouse...I am:
1) busily prepping classes for a future retreat...
2) getting ready for the Jacksonville QuiltFest in Sept....
3) sneaking in some training as a Weight Watchers "receptionist" and hopefully, eventually "leader"
4) but really First and Foremost...I'm spending a lot more time with my Mom. 
She's had a few health 'issues' since the end of March...
each day has been a roller coaster ride to say the least.


But I WILL be back...hopefully sooner than later.
I miss all of you!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget there's a
LOT MORE
HO-HO-HO-ing
going on...
Please be sure to visit my bloggie friends also
HO-ing today
(that for sure is not proper english...I think I'll blame it on the heat)...
The full schedule is listed below.

HO HO HO

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<

Jump on your magic sleigh
Santa is waiting for you
Visit these gals...
Shoo bee do do do do
(good thing I chose quilting over song writing...dontcha think?)

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109 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed looking at your projects and reading your post! Merry Christmas to you EARLY! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I was laughing so hard I had a tough time concentrating on your Christmas project...you are too funny! I kind of like the title "Fabulous Ho Mistress." LOL! Once I got control of myself I was able to notice how adorable your snowman is and how lovely he looks with his scarf. He really is so cute and so is that sweet kitty! Sounds like your life is very busy, so I'm glad you were able to fit some time in for hopping. :O)

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  3. A fabulous post. I just love what you have sewn.

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  4. love your snowman wall hanging and the frog almost finished it cute too. nice job

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  5. You made me laugh so hard!! It is always a pleasure to stop in to your blog. Love your sweet snowman and the froggy is so kissable! :)

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  6. I looooooooooooooooove your snowman & the video - too cute!

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  7. I'm with Carol! My vision has finally cleared up and my nose has stopped running and your Ho projects are delightful! Now that Mistle Toad would really look great with my Kissed But Missed Toad wall hanging. Thank you for sharing and hugs to your Mom.

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  8. Ho Ho Ho to you. I love your MistleToad. and your post had me giggling the whole way through.

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  9. Oh, the MistleToad is just too cute!! Family is always first, so many hugs.

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  10. Love your projects! Mistle Toad is cute.

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  11. Great work :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. After seeing the video I am amazed you managed to finish that adorable snowman! My cat (why do we ALL seem to have cats?) just likes to hang out on my fabric..... She doesn't go all nuts like that! I love the Mistle Toad one too. Well done you!

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  13. Love your snowman. Its so cute. Thanks for sharing

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  14. Your Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow quilt is gorgeous. I love your Mistle Toad. I had a little chuckle when I saw it.

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  15. My kiddies just saw your snowman, now they are dreaming again of X-mas, 5 months too soon.... laugh! Your quilt is so nice, I think I have to do one :-))

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  16. Cute snowman! thanks for sharing it it is adorable

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  17. Wow! Zeek is an attack cat! We love your snowman - especially his scarf - almost rearranged by the cat!.. And your mistle toad is too funny for words! Very cool.

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  18. You have certainly put a smile on my face and I am still smiling. Between the smiles I am laughing thinking of your cat playing with the yelling buttons. I love, love your snow man wallhanging.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and your sense of humor
    Warm Christmas hugs all way from Sweden

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  19. Your project is great but I'm being so distracted by the pouring hearts and the wild design of you blog, sorry.

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  20. Your snowman is adorable! I love, love, love Mr. Pucker Up! - so funny!

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  21. Life happens...but your snowman is very cute. Nice job.

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  22. I love your post!! The snowman is cute but that Mistle Toad steals the show!

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  23. Lynn, your snowman is adorable. Love the Toad. You have such a good play on words. Great work.

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  24. Love the snowman! I haven't seen this book yet and will be on the lookout. Mr Toad is quite charming and kissable. And so glad that Zeke has a forever home with you..... what a darling fuzz ball!

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  25. The snowman piece is wonderful, great job!

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  26. Fabulous Snowman -- lucky Snow Ho! :D

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  27. You are getting me in the spirit.

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  28. Oh fabulous pieces....I just love the lips on he or she...

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  29. Your pieces are toadily delightful. Hmmm spell check says I have a misspelled word. Hehehe

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  30. You are a busy woman. Thanks for spending time w/your mom. I cherish the time I have with my kids and grands.

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  31. I love everything Art To Heart does - I mean seriously addicted - and your snowman is just perfect! Love the button eyes; they were a perfect choice. I'm so sorry that your mother is ill but I know how much you treasure your time with her right now. I miss my mom every day and it's true what they say - the older you get the more you miss them. May God bless her with good health and both of you with many moments of joy together. blessings, marlene

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  32. I'm new to your site and I love your humor! What would the world be without it. Your work is lovely, cheerful and ... yes, funny!

    bevwalks at aol dot com

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  33. Your projects are just the cutest. The snowman grin and that funny toad. Just love it!

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  34. Cute snowman hanging - love it!! I watched the video of Zeek... what a hoot! You must have some good laughs with all his energy!

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  35. Great projects - I love the snowman!

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  36. What an adorable snowman!!! (I may just have to to make one of those (before it snows?)

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  37. Your snowman wall hanging is beautiful... lucky friend!!! and Mr. Pucker Up is so fun! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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  38. Oh, Lynn, I am still smiling over your post and the video of your cat-very funny. Your projects are wonderful. The snowman wall hanging is just beautiful and the toad is so cute. Thanks for sharing. You made my day!

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  39. You always bring a smile to my face! Zeek is hilarious. Is his name short for Zeeeeeeeeeeeeek? Love your snowman wallhanging, snowmen are my absolute favorite. Just blown away by Mistle Toad.

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  40. Your projects are adorable, the toad you are almost done with it too cute! What a great job you did!

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  41. I love the snowman and your toad is adorable!

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  42. Wow! Great projects!! The snowman is adorable and I love the toad! How clever!!!

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  43. i really love the frog. when i saw it i just about peed my pants from laughing. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  44. Sorry to hear about your Mom. I love reading your posts they are funny and make me smile. Your projects are stupendous! Zeek is so cute. I love that video. The snowman is wonderful and the frog is too cute!

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  45. I adore Nancy Halvorsen's designs so I would probably be a "snow ho" too. Your lucky pal to get that lovely piece. BUT I got to laugh out loud looking at the Mistletoad! That is just tooooo cute. Seriously I could see you selling that as a pattern, girl!

    Hope that life straightens out one of these days but that you can continue to roll along with it with grace and your sense of humor intact. Enjoy your feature day!

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  46. That snowman is too cute. (so is your new kitten!).

    So many new blogs to check out. . .sorry, got to run!

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  47. Your projects are always so cute and these are every bit as wonderful. I love your snowman, but the frog stole my heart.

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  48. Ribbit Ribbit...gotta love mr. Toad!!
    Gmama Jane

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  49. Adorable! Both your projects and Zeek but do watch him with the curling ribbon. My Gizmo eats it and gets it stuck down his throat! We now keep it locked up and treat it like a controlled substance! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Great projects! I am a SNow Ho too:) And I love frogs:) We could be grand friends:) have missed your wit!

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  51. Such a cute kitty. Love the movie, they are so active when their tiny. Love Mr. Snowman, so cute and winter is my favorite season.

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  52. Ohhh how I love what you have done. They are all sooooo cute, but that Mistletoad!!! He just speaks to me heart! LOL!! I am sure hoping your going to write a pattern. I will be the first in line to purchase it from you! (please, pretty please)

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  53. I like your snowman. Your BFF will be happy to get it,too.

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  54. Lynn you never cease to crack me up! Zeek is so darn cute and I have always wanted an orange-colored kitty. Cute snowman, but the Mistle Toad is the best! So cute and funny. You must be a blessing to your mom with your energy and humor. Take care and enjoy your mom, your spouse and Zeek too.

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  55. Love your projects. But I allways love all of your projects....You are allways very creative. Who kew ho. ho. ho ing could be so much fun....

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  56. eek zeek is ADORABLE!! great snowman

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  57. I always have a soft spot for snowmen, I love yours. The Mistle Toad is AWESOME, I LOVE it.

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  58. What an amazing wall hanging. I love zeek and kitty!

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  59. Love your snowman and sweet frog. Congrats on being one of the chosen. Sorry to hear about your Mom. Hopefully things will improve. Your video is sweet. Love your kitty.

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  60. Cute projects :) I'm partial to "helpful" kitties, too. Mine seem to always wait until I'm trying to press and then decide that the ironing board is their home. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Lynn Ho you are a hoot my dear! Cute beginning to the hop. Hope your Mama fella better and better every day.

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  62. Mistle Toad is really the cutest! I see he won a special place on Madame Samm's site today. Way to go!!

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  63. Oh... they are beautiful! And the Mistle Toad is THE best!!!

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  64. I really love the Mistle Toad! All your projects are so Ho Ho Happy!

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  65. Cute snowman and one hyper cute kitten.

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  66. Hiya Lynn!!! Love, love, LOVE your Snow-Ho!!! So very very cute, as is Zeek lol. What a helper! Sending some positive energy your way for your mom. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  67. the snowman quilt is adorable - Zeek's antics were hysterical - and the Mistletoad ... oh my ... loved it!

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  68. I'm still chuckling after watching Zeek! Adorable! Love your projects, too. I think we've "talked" about how our days are so similar...hope all is well at your end, and that your Mom is doing better. Hugs!

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  69. Well I absolutely love Zeek watching him just gave me the giggles but I really am enjoying that snowman....very nice job.

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  70. your toad makes me giggle..... great job on your projects and thanks sew much for sharing with us today
    in stitches

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  71. wow, wow, wow, love it all! Great toad and adorable kitty.

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  72. I'm in the mood for Christmas. I love the snowman and his striped carrot nose. And who could resist puckering up for the toad? Certainly not this princess. This is going to be a hop to top all hops. Thanks for participating and encouraging all of us to use our stash, including our button stash. I hadn't thought about perle cotton for button thread. Thanx.

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  73. I'll pucker up for that toad. Great stuff!

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  74. Beautiful, beautiful projects! Sounds like you are very busy and I hope your mom starts doing better! HUGS!

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  75. Really cute post and Zeek is a loveable hoot. I think you are wise to spend time with your Mom; I miss mine terribly but have many fond memories of times spent with her, even at the end.

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  76. Apologies for being at the end of your day....I had to be out today but not without seeing all of the projects before I left. Have you been told today> LYNN how I always look forward to measuring how big my smile will be this time....as you well know YOURS Truly TOAD made it to the top ....I could have certainly chosen both, they were sooooo amazing...

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  77. I love your projects, but Mistletoad??? That is hysterical! Love it.
    And Zeek? He is so sweet and clearly in charge of the sewing room! (Just like my Henry).
    Thanks for sharing and for the smiles.
    Cheers
    maggie

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  78. Forgot to add, maggiemine42@gmail.com

    maggie

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  79. Love that snowman and your funny toad :)

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  80. What a cute snowman. For some reason I can't stop looking at the scarf. It is awesome the way it looks like it's moving with the wind. Too cool. And your frog is just adorable.

    Sorry about the roller coaster life. I totally understand.

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  81. I love love your Mistle Toad!
    xo jan

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  82. Love the snowman - he is just so cute.

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  83. Your snowman is adorable. Thanks for sharing him with us. I truly hope that your Mother improves. Praying for her and for her caregivers.

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  84. Very cute I always love snowmen.

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  85. Congrats on being the creative pick of the day! That toad is totally adorable! Prayers for you and your family.

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  86. Both the snowman and the mistle toad are adorable. The video of Zeek is hilarious.

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  87. I've missed you, too. You always bring a smile to my day. Enjoyed both of the projects and Zeek! But...Mistle Toad is just the best!! Hmmm, I never thought of the irony with Ho, Mistress, and Madame!!

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  88. Both projects are cute, but Mistletoad is very cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  89. I was laughing right from 'HO Mistress Carol' to the end of this post! Zeek looks like a furry bundle of fun. Your projects look great. I have a stuffed Mistletoad that I hang up every Christmas.

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  90. Thanks for the chuckle & thanks for sharing your lovely projects.

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  91. Your snowman is adorable and I love your frog as well!

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  92. so stinkin cute! both projects! great job :)

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  93. Wonderful projects! That toad is too funny!! Congrats on being a pick of the day. Oh, the video was very cute too!

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  94. Just so adorable the cute snowman and love the frog also.
    Such pretty work you do..
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  95. Your Mistle Toad quilt is just so darn cute! Love it! As a snowman collector, I love your snowman quilt too!

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  96. I love your snowman and toad! Catchy lyrics too ;-)

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  97. The video of Zeek made me laugh so much I shared it on my Facebook page, what a cat! I appreciate your sense of humor, thank you for the smiles today :)
    ~Brandy

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  98. Cute projects and very funny video. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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  99. Love the snowman!! So cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  100. Your frog is too fun! And you HO comments...hilarious. Thank you for sharing!

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  101. I absolutely love your MistleToad as well as your sense of humor! I've been out of reach of internet for a few days so sorry for the late posting. Nothing is more important than time with your mother. As much as I enjoy reading your posts I'd rather not hear from you than take away any time with her. I hope all the health issues turn out okay!

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  102. Haha, mistletoad, very cute!!!

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  103. Your mistletoad is just adorable.

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  104. - it is a usual a great pleasure to visit your blog, wonderful christmas projects and a funny blogpost too.
    Wish you a good time with your mom.

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  105. Your snowman is so cute and I got such a laugh out of seeing Zeek. And the mistletoad is such fun too.

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