2017 Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Giveaway Winners and Puzzle Answers

Well, the tuna can is opening and I see you’re all gathering around to see if you’re going to like what comes out! lol!

It was another fabulous hop and I am already counting the days until next year’s hop!!

Let’s start out with the answers to the puzzles (and hints):

*** Congrats to the one smart cat who got every answer correct!! ***

#1.  The instructions were to “find all the words that contain the letters C-A-T in order. Words can run up, down, across, backwards and vertically, but always in a straight line. Now, not including the words CAT or CATS, how many different words did you find that have ‘CAT’ in them? (With no exact duplicates.)”

Earlier in the week I mistakenly hinted there were 24 words with CAT in them (just like there were 24 hop sponsors). Sorry! Too many rough drafts and I lost one of the words. lol! Therefore, I accepted both 24 and 25 as correct answers to #1 (plus one word is archaic, anyway, as you’re about to find out, not to mention an old English word that only one person found (it wasn’t me!)).

Here is the correct list of 25 words that contain the letters C-A-T in order:

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Oh, and one smarty pants found an Italian word – PACATA, which means calm, but we’re sticking to English words only. And another well read individual wondered about CATEL (an olde English word from Chaucer, meaning property)… I would have allowed it, if it would have gotten her the right answer for #1. I vaguely remember trudging through Chaucer, but a quick search found this good quote using CATEL:

For loss of catel may recovered be,
But loss of tyme shendeth us,” quod he.

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Let us not shamefully lose any more time then… Onward!… to the hints!

Yes, CATSUP is another way to spell ketchup in English!

I’m sure you caught my hint that a bunch of cows (CATTLE) and a type of orchid CATTLEYA have several letters in common – and they ARE smack dab in the middle of the puzzle. : )   ( I really want to find a Cattleya that looks like a cow now!)

Another hint was not to forget to look for words within words and you might have caught that complicated gave you 3 words (COMPLICATE, COMPLICATED AND CATE- if you hadn’t used it elsewhere as I did below in vindiCATE).

Speaking of CATE, although you can only use it once… CATE, which means ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ is in there 6 times. If you’re like me, you’ve added a new word to your vocabulary of archaic words.

Perhaps you got the hint that words like DELICATE and CATER were backwards.

You couldn’t’ve missed the hint that 7 words crossed the T in the exact middle of the puzzle. (CATASTROPHE, SCAT, SCATHE, SCATHED, CATATONIC, CATTLE & CATTLEYA)

I  highlighted the words in the puzzle in case you’re interested in finding them all, although I know a few of you who would rather never see this puzzle again. lol!

Now I need to go and PACATA-ly eat a few chocolate CATES!

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#2. Instructions: “Take the leftover/unused letters and unscramble them to fill in the blanks:   __  __  __  __  __    the    __  __  __       __  __  __  __  __  __       __  __  __ !”

The clue to #2 was:  “I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink” And I sneakily hid another clue in one of my last Instagram posts for the hop: the first word of #2 is the same as one of the words you found in #1

The leftover letters were CVE SH OO APHC TR LATC

and they spelled out…

CATCH the CAT LOVERS HOP!

Most of you got that right – even if you didn’t get # 1 right… amazing!

#3. And the bonus words with the letters C-A-T in reverse order in them were:

TACIT, TACO and TACT

Since I am one lazy cat who is quite ready for a nap, I’ll let you go back and find those on your own if you missed any.

Speaking of tacos….. here is Sam (interviewed for last year’s hop HERE), doing his impression of a TACO:

In honor of #NationalTacoDay, here’s Sam doing his best impression. #iknowguacisextra #🌮

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Of a total of 8 possible entries per person, the average from all who replied was 6, so you all did quite well! A big round of apPAWse to each of you!!

Now, I’m sure your tails are impatiently flipping back and forth and you’re going bananas waiting to pounce on the next announcement:

I grouped the entries into USA (39 total) and international (5 total), assigned numbers to each correct answer and bonus entry, in the order they were received, and then asked Random.org to draw a random number for each group.

For the USA prize     the winner is:

MICHELE H. of CRIMSON OWL CREATIONS

For the International prize    the winner is:

FIT KITTY!

And, a surprise third prize (yet to be determined) goes to the one person who got all the answers – and who just happens to have been our hardworking hostess who put in MANY long hours behind the scenes to bring us this fun event… Congrats to:

JANIS of HER PEACEFUL GARDEN

Congrats,   MICHELE, FIT KITTY and JANIS!! You each have 72 hours to claim your new CATEL by contacting me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11am EASTERN time on Thursday, November 2, 2017.)

Thank you all for your kind comments and support! I wish I had gifts for you all!  Next year I may make a category for the funniest comment as several of you gave me some good chuckles, too… thanks! Let’s hope for better kitty themed results while I’m perusing the clearance bins this year for next years prize(s)!! That helps me stay in budget and still occasionally add in some extra fun for my loyal followers.

Upcoming events: In January I have some posts planned on craft storage… something I have to work on in my studio apartment! In March, there will likely be another Coffee Lovers Hop and my 3rd blog anniversary falls then. Since I wasn’t well enough to celebrate this year, I hope to do something special come March. I also feel that my whims are going to take me into some other cool crafts very soon. Plus, I have some cool travel and nature posts from the past year or so that I haven’t been able to post yet. So, do come back often and, if you don’t want to miss anything, feel free to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Instagram, or follow me on Pinterest. Thank you.

Until we meet again for a week of crafty fur therapy, y’all take care!

– D.Ann

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If you’re still here reading, I guess I must’ve trained you to look for one final treat, eh?!

There! Now, off you go to clean up the craftermath from the hop!

 

 

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Coffee Lovers Hop Blog Candy Winners

Well, the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop is over and now we all are cleaning up the craftermath and anxiously awaiting the Spring hop! There was much fabulous inspiration with 859 projects linked up. In case you missed it, the wrap-up and hop winners post is HERE.

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I’m sure you’re all ready to take a COFFEE BREAK and find out who the winners of the blog candy from THIS post are…..

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Drumroll (using coffee stirrers on your cups)….

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Of the 37 comments, 24 followed the instructions and indicated they were interested in the prizes, so I listed them in order and numbered them.

The Coffee Break stamp will go to #19… Helen F 20161219_winner19

and

The Thanks die will go to #24… Ann

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Congrats, Helen F and Ann! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11 am EASTERN time on Thursday, December 22, 2016.)

 

I have at least one more post coming up this year, so do come back as I think it’s one of the most beautiful cards I’ve made.

– D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Winners!!

It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! I’m a smidge late  (I shouldda said noon PACIFIC time! lol!) Time to announce the Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Winners! Woot-woot! So hold onto your tails and we’ll get this party started!

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Is it me???!!!!!

First, I want to thank each and every one of you for all your kind, funny and encouraging comments! It was a delight reading them! I wish I had prizes for all of you!! Let’s see whose prizes I DO have…

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The first blog candy was in the Day 1 post, with the interview with Sam, and those who wanted in had to mention EYEBROWS in their comments, plus there were ways to gain additional entries. Since there were fewer drawings for the international peeps, I gave those of you who said you were outside the USA one bonus entry to help even the odds for the USA only giveaways you couldn’t enter. (FYI, I only did this on the two posts where I’m sending the blog candy, evening out with the two USA only posts.) Of the 50 comments on that post, 30 qualified for the blog candy and there were 5 international bonus entries.

So, Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-35, and he said…

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#30 raggiodiluce82, from Italy, who posted a comment on October 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm. Congrats, raggiodiluce82! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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The next blog candy was found on the post with the interview with Black Coffee. Those who wanted in had to use her hilarious term for fishing: BATHING THE WORMS in their comments plus there were ways to gain additional entries. Of the 29 comments on that post, 16 qualified for the blog candy.  Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-29, and he said…

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#13 shartl, who posted a comment on October 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm. Congrats, shartl! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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The next prize was found on the post with the interview with Hobbes from Newton’s Nook and Jen generously offered THIS mischievous stamp set (HERE). Those who wanted in had to use CALVIN & HOBBES in their comments, plus there were ways to gain additional entries. Of the 40 comments on that post, 33 qualified for the blog candy.  Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-32, and he said…

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#29 Sue LD, who posted a comment on October 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm. Congrats, Sue LD! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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This blog candy was found on the post with lil BUB’s interview and those who wanted in had to use PERMA-KITTEN in their comments, plus there were ways to gain additional entries. Of the 29 comments on that post, 19 qualified for the blog candy.  Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-19, and he said…

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#3 Donna Mundinger , who posted a comment on October 28, 2016 at 9:51 am. Congrats, Donna Mundinger! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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This final blog candy was offered in my Final Day post and those who wanted in had to use PAWparazzo in their comments, plus there were ways to gain additional entries. Again, since there were fewer drawings for the international peeps, I gave those of you who said you were outside the USA one bonus entry this time to help even the odds for the USA only giveaways you couldn’t enter. Of the 29 comments on that post, 27 qualified for the blog candy.  Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-27, and he said…

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#6 Carole J, from the UK, who posted a comment on October 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm Congrats, Carole J! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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But, Wait! There’s more!! Announcing SURPRISE BONUS BLOG CANDY for my new followers this past week! Since this is Kitty Candy, I only chose from those who showed they are kitty lovers by commenting on the hop… there were 6 of you. Mr. Random.org was asked to pick a number from 1-6, and he said…

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#1 Christi Conley. Congrats, Christi! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

Here’s what I pulled together for you … let me know if you already have that butterfly Impressabilities and I’ll find something different. ok?!

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And, one final SURPRISE…. Janis, darling! I am so sorry your name didn’t come up in any of the drawings! You do, however, deserve a hostess gift for all your hard work on this hop! It will be a surprise as I have to pull something special together, ok?!! Congrats, Janis! You, too, have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com)  (That’s by 2:30 pm EASTERN time on Thursday, November 3, 2016.)

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Whew! Who knew a little RAK could take so long to distribute!

For those of you that didn’t win… as you dejectedly take to your couches,  couchunderstands

perhaps a warm beverage while I sing you this comforting song will help console you…

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Again, please know that I appreciate ALL of you and your kind support!

Have a wonderful day!

Until next time…

– D.Ann

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pps: For those of you who weren’t with us for the Cat Lovers Hop last year, I close with this comic that still makes me giggle…

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First Blogiversary Blog Candy Winners

Woo-hoo! Today’s the day to announce the winners of the recent blog candy I offered on THIS post celebrating my fist Blogiversary during the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop.

The first prize is this Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go:

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As of this morning’s deadline, there were 44 comments, 17 indicated they’d like to be in the draw by telling me whether they like their coffee/tea hot or cold (7 of those specified they’d prefer this prize (Tracy M.- I put your name in there, too, since I didn’t exclude international entries)) and 4 let me know they are followers of my blog for an extra chance, so I gave each comment a number in the order they were received and asked Mr. Random Org to pick a number from 1-21 and he said….

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#1…Suzanne Reynolds, who posted a comment on  March 20, 2016 at 11:21am – Congrats, Suzanne! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11:00 am EASTERN time on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.)

The second prize is this Studio Shop/Susan Winget Flour Sack towel.

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There were 10 qualifying comments that indicated they’d be interested in either prize and one of those is a follower of my blog and gets a second chance, so, again, I gave each comment a number in the order they were received and I asked Mr. Random Org to pick a number from 1-11 and he said….

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#8… tsurutadesigns, who posted a comment on March 21, 2016 at 7:52am – Congrats,  Amy! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11:00 am EASTERN time on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.)

I wish I had a prize for each of you who kindly follow my blog and those of you who have given such kind, funny, and encouraging comments. Please know that I appreciate ALL of you and your kind support! Have a wonderful day!

Until next time…

– D.Ann

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Blog Candy Winners!

Woo-hoo! Today’s the day to announce the winners of the recent blog candy I offered on a couple of posts for the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop.

The first post was HERE, and the prize was this lovely tea towel:

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As of the deadline, there were 23 comments, of which 13 indicated they’d like to be in the draw for the towel by telling me what hot beverage they like in their cups, and 3 let me know they are followers for an extra chance, so I asked Mr. Random Org to pick a number from 1-16 and he said….

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#9… Helen F., who posted a comment on December 14 at 11:57 pm – Congrat, Helen! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 10:05 am EASTERN time on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.)

The next post offering blog candy was my 100th (HERE), and the first of two prizes was this coffee sleeve I made:

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Of the 20 comments, 6 of you indicated you’d like a chance to win this by telling me whether you buy your drinks to-go, or make them at home. Mr. Random Org was asked to pick a number from 1-6 and chose…

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#4… Lisa Bzibziak, who commented on December 16 at 20:54pm – Congrats, Lisa! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 10:05 am EASTERN time on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.)

The second prize offered on my 100th post was only offered to US subscribers who told me what they would do with a yard of this fabric:

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Five of you responded and Mr. Random Org chose number…..

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#3… thepaperbaker who commented on Dec 16 at 5:09 pm – Congrats! You have 72 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 10:05 am EASTERN time on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.)

One additional notice: 4hetty… I’m sorry your name wasn’t chosen, but I do have a little piece of fabric left from making my coffee sleeves. It measures about 10 inches by 14 inches. If you’d like it for your quilt, contact me with your snail-mail info at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) by Wednesday, December 23, 2015, and I’ll send it to you.

I wish I had a prize for each of you who kindly follow my blog and those of you who have given such kind, funny, and encouraging comments. Thank you all for your support! Have a wonderful day!

Until next time…

-D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Winners!

Ok, I’ve got a wifi connection for a little bit… let’s see if I can get this posted!

Here are the winners that Mr. Random.org picked for the two blog candy posts I had on the Cat Lovers Hop:

First was THIS post, from day 1, offering this package:

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Of the 37 comments that were in before the Nov 1, 2015 deadline, 12 indicated they’d like the prize by telling me their favorite type of cat. Seven of those were followers, who get a second entry. So, of the 19 entries, Mr. Random.org chose…

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That is….  Crimson Owl Creations – congrats!

Please e-mail me your snail-mail address at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) within the next 72 hours or I will have to draw a different winner!

The second blog candy package was offered HERE, on my hop finale post, and was for this package:

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Of the 21 comments in by the Nov. 1, 2015 deadline, there were seven commenters who indicated they’d like to have this package by telling me the most cats they’ve had at one time. Six of them were followers of my blog who got a second entry, so out of the 13 entries, the number chosen was….

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Which was….. karenladd – Congrats!

Please e-mail me your snail-mail address at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) within the next 72 hours or I will have to draw a different winner!

Again, congrats to Crimson Owl Creations and karenladd! The other commenters have a message they wanted me to pass on to you:

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I wish I had a prize for each of you who kindly follow my blog and those of you who have given such kind, funny, and encouraging comments. Thank you all!!

Until next time…

-D.Ann

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Blog Candy Winners

Good evening!

The time has come to announce the blog candy winners! Woo-Hoo!

First up was this blog candy package

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It was announced on this post:  https://dannscraftingwhims.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/sending-coffee-a-hug-in-a-mug-blog-candy/

As of 6pm Eastern today, there were 37 comments on that post. Of those, 12 of you indicated you wanted in the drawing either by following my instructions or by mentioning it — I decided not to be too picky as my eyes got bleary after commenting on so many entries, too. : ) Also, I am grateful to the five new followers! You each get a second entry. So, Mr Random.org has picked the following number out of the total of  17:

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That’s Fitykitty1 – Congrats! Please e-mail me your snail-mail address at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) within the next 72 hours or I will have to draw a different winner!

The second blog candy offered was this tote:

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It was offered on this post: https://dannscraftingwhims.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/a-new-day-stamped-tote-blog-candy/

As of 6pm Eastern (Yikes, it’s taken me almost an hour to do this… Sorry I’m so slow – I seem to be technologically challenged still! lol!), there were 35 comments on that post. Of those, 10 of you indicated you would like to win the tote. Four of you are followers – Thanks! You each get a second entry. So, Mr.  Random.org has picked the following number out of a total of 14:

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Congratulations ionabunny! Congrats! Please e-mail me your snail-mail address at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) within the next 72 hours or I will have to draw a different winner!

But wait! There’s more!! : )

As a special Thank You to the 6 new subscribers, I have a bonus giveaway! I found two more of those cute Cafe Presse paper napkin sets I gave away last hop:

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I will draw two more names and give you each one of those napkin sets and a random stamp from a Unity Stamp Company grab bag. Ready?

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That is…

#5 – Janis in ID

#2 – Rebecca Yahrling

Congrats to both of you! Please e-mail me your snail-mail address at dannscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) within the next 72 hours or I will have to draw a different winner!

I wish I had gifts for everyone, but I DO want to thank ALL of you for your kind comments and support!

I look forward to seeing you stop by again!

-D.Ann

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