Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Grow Your Blog" Party and A Giveaway....


~*~Click above to go directly to the party and list of participants~*~

Good morning Mes Amies.....I am happy to be participating in Vicki’s 2nd Annual “Grow Your Blog” party. It’s a delightful “meet & greet” event where you blog hop and introduce yourself to bloggers you might not have met yet. So...for those who don’t know me, permit me to introduce myself:














(Hmmmm..time for a new hairstyle...ya think??)

My name is Michelle , sometimes known as “Mickey”, “Mimi”, “Frenchy” (hubby’s nickname for me) and, here in blogland...“Petite Michelle Louise.” I decided to start blogging shortly after I opened my ETSY shop. Another shop owner encouraged me to blog as a way to share my creations with a wider audience. Little did I know then that I would end up sharing so much more than my “creations”and that I would grow to love & cherish the many kindred spirits that I would find here. 


I thought it would be fun to share my very 1st Blog Post with you. I haven’t altered it in any way as I think it shows you my “younger blogger self” and, hopefully, how much I’ve grown in the last 5 years of blogging....

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~November 23, 2009

“Oh my....i am shaking as i type this first "post." i am new to the world of blogging so bear with me while i take a look around and figure this all out. a little more about me...i am a proud shop owner on ETSY and have admired the many talented people out there who share their creative spirit with the world. i only hope that my little corner of the blogworld inspires someone out there to tap into their creative souls as well. right now i am busy in the shop creating and assembling winter and holiday-themed items. I am loving winter whites...anything that sparkles...and all things vintage-inspired!

merci and thanks for stopping in!”

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Fast forward 5 years later and it would take more than this humble blog post to truly share my “whole” self with you but I hope you’ll follow along and get to know me through the bits and pieces I share on :
Petite Michelle Louise.”
~*~London 2012~*~

So...”Who am I?” 
I am a wife...a mother...a daughter...a sister...an aunt...a sister-in-law...a blogger...an artist....and last, but by no means least...a “friend.” I am “Franco-Americain”...born & raised in Maine and living in the Boston area now with my wonderful husband and son. I am an Educational Audiologist , member on the Board of Directors of my local Historical Society and spend the rest of my time creating to my hearts content in my home studio (you can take a tour HERE). 

~*~Cape Cod 2011~*~

I am a lover of many things and try to infuse my creative passion into everything I do. I truly find inspiration all around me...every day. Sometimes I think I see the world through different “lenses” than most people do. Not a day goes by that I don’t see an ordinary, everyday object and imagine what else it could be. I like to think that in doing so....I help its’ inner beauty to shine through.
~*~Maine 2013~*~


I call myself a “mixed media artist” but I guess you could say I use the term “loosely.”  I don’t always use more than one medium in my pieces but I also don't use only ONE medium in everything I create.A bit confusing, I know but what I’m trying to say is that I use anywhere from paint, pencil, metal, fabric and “found objects” to infuse into whatever I’m creating at the moment. I have a “fickle muse” so I can be all over the place at times but that’s ok with me. I would get bored quickly if I didn’t have my hands in different mediums.

I’ve a had a few obstacles  along the way (who doesn't) but I’ve always just accepted them as “part of the process.” I’d like to think that I have great faith and, with great faith comes the peace of knowing that, in the end, all will turn out as it should. I’ve learned that obstacles can actually be what gives a person the strength they didn't know they had to make the changes they really need. Obstacles force one to envision new beginnings and the courage to take a different path. 

That one f those “paths” led me here.... has been one of my greatest blessings. 

And so, to honor this special event, I am offering one of you a custom Inspiration Holder from my new “Give Your Spirt Wings” collection. 
© 2011 - 2014 Michelle G. Ferullo
This collection is near & dear to my heart because it reminds me that, when you follow your hearts passion...it truly gives your spirit “wings.”

© 2011 - 2014 Michelle G. Ferullo
Just leave one comment on this post. 
Winners name to be announced on February 15th

And a very special “merci” to Vicki from “2 Bags Fullfor hosting this wonderful event that allows us to share ourselves and our “loves” with new bloggers. Vicki is one of those “kindred spirits” and “life's’ blessings” that I spoke about earlier. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I am beyond blessed to call her “friend.”
~*~Sweet Vicki~*~

73 comments:

  1. Hi blog friend. This is a nice way to introduce yourself with this blog meet and greet. I am a long time follower and please enter me to win. I would use the angel wings to hold my word for the year, which is "simplify."

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  2. Congratulations a beautiful anniversary :) ... willingly gather you a wonderful wings ... I love this :) I cordially greet :)

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  3. You were shaking with your first blog post? Ah, and look what beauty you've brought to the Internets.

    Visiting from GYBH - come on by for a visit.
    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  4. Everything you create is amazing and beautiful! It isn't hard to tell how much you love to create and inspire!

    ~Trisha

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  5. Hi, I am one of Vicki's helpers for the Grow Your Blog party and I wanted to welcome you aboard! I hope you have a lovely time blog hopping and that you meet some great new friends along the way. I couldn't resist joining as a new follower as well :D
    Hugs and enjoy your weekend, and most especially the blog party!
    Beth P

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  6. This is an incredible meet & greet post! Those images of you are my favorites! We have since become such close friends and so I am very happy you started blogging! You inspired and encourage me when I started blogging. I am forever grateful. Love you French sister!!!

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  7. hello...I feel like I am travelling the world today and all from the comfort of my couch in the cold and grey UK! you have a very pretty blog....popping by as part of the 'grow your blog day' Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read...I am joining along with you too
    bestest weekend wishes
    Daisy j

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  8. What great timing, Michelle! I started following your blog shortly after seeing your spotlight with Kris' and Susan's series, and it's great to know you better. Best wishes for many more eventful years!
    Rita C. at Panoply

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  9. Hello ,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to take part in your giveaway.Lovely presents.:)
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.
    Bernadett

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  10. Hello from another 'grow your blog' participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do? I would love some wings for my spirit. Please add my name to the hat.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  11. Aw what a sweet heartfelt post! I am also in Massachusetts (Mattapoisett)…..and I am participating in this event as well! Glad to have found you!

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  12. I always enjoy my visits here! I love the "Give Your Spirit Wings" idea...truly that is what creating does!
    xo,
    Deb

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  13. Dear Michele,
    A beautifully written post. I would be honored to win a lovely piece from your new collection.
    enJOY a sweet weekend,
    Kimberly

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  14. hello, nice to meet you! i enjoyed my visit, you are very talented!

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  15. You have such a lovely blog and you blog from the heart....that's the best way to make friends. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  16. How lovely to meet you today on the blog party. Your blog is so pretty and inspiring. Your new collection is just stunning, I don't think I have ever seen anything like it before. Thank you so much for sharing something truly special.

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  17. Love your blog! I so enjoy travels with others! So nice to meet you at the party. I will be following! Hugs, Terri

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  18. Love your blog and your amazing creations! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!!
    Blessings~

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  19. I think my first comment didn't get published... I loved meeting you and your beautiful blog! It is just gorgeous!! I added you to my sidebar so I will be sure to visit often... xoxo Silke

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  20. I love your blog and am a faithful follower. I would love to win one of your beautiful creations. Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  21. Your creations are marvelous. I would love to have one of these on my nightstand.

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  22. This is such a beautiful post Michelle. You are such a gifted writer! You definitely have the ability to express in words your candid heartfelt emotion. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and talents with all of us out here in blog land.
    Christine

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  23. I have followed your blog for a long time and a big fan of your work. I adore your vintage style. Thank you for posting that very first post, that was so good. I never would have believe you were that scared. I see you as a very confident person. Funny how we read each others blogs and feel like we know these people. I love being a part of this blog hop and hope you will stop by my blog, and comment for the vintage style necklace I am giving away. I look forward to coming back and seeing what is new with you!
    And I would love love love to win you give away. Wasn't it featured in one of the Somerset Press magazines?
    Hugs, Teresa
    www.foxhollowtales.com

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  24. Sorry....just saw you magazines posted on the side. I feel quite silly now. LOL Teresa

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  25. Your blog is like a pinterest board--love the whites and grays. I will never see antique silverware without thinking of your blog, lovely.
    www.outandaboutineurope.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh Michèle,
    M'y French heart can only take so much, and these beauties have left it pitter pattering. I taken notice of your beauties featured and when I visit you a definite reminder of I have meant to make sure in letting you know how you inspire your pieces so divinely.
    Count me in on this GiveAway and if I am not the winning pick, I want to right now here and now let the winner know how blessed she will be to have a famous Michele piece adding soulfulness to there home.

    Michele, I need to get busy in the next couple of days and create something that inspires me all over again, this is what your creations have done to me.

    Keep up the great work, keep inspiring us through blogging and a big congrats on the years of beauty you have added to our lives :)

    Blessings,

    Xox

    Doré

    Oh, Michèle, i havé béen bénding and twisting wire over at my place, come visit the crown I have been creating from wire, I just know you will be inspired, from one wire artist to another wires artist.

    Xoxo
    Doré

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  27. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  28. Hi: I love following your blog. It is always full of wonderful eye candy. I would love to win your wings. Thanks and sending hugs your way, Martha

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  29. you look so comfortable in front of the fire there. what a lovely view. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :
    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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  30. Love your blog! Found it this morning from GYB party. I adore your angel wings and agree so much about being willing to walk on a new path when the one you've been on seems to crumble! Hope you enjoy the party and looking forward to being your newest follower.
    ~Tanya

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  31. Rita @ Auntritz
    Hi Michelle - love your blog and your creativity; it is amazing what you create. Please include my name in your giveaway. Thankyou, Rita

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  32. I love your "give your spirit wings." They are adorable. I have been following your blog for a while now and enjoy every minute of it. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.
    Linda

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  33. I'm so glad that I discovered your blog, it' beautiful and ethereal. A sense of peace comes over me when I visit. Merci!

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  34. I have been a follower for a while and learned some new things today. Thank you for sharing! I especially liked your comments about obstacles. I frequently remind myself to be content that I will end up where I am supposed to be.
    Enjoy the party!

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  35. Hi Michelle,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. Your blog is gorgeous! There is so much beauty over here. I plan to look around a bit more and then finish up the last batch of bloggers. I wanted to try and visit everyone. If you haven't already, please do stop by to enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

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  36. I have followed you for a while admiring all your lovelies! I commented very few times with another name. Thank you for sharing your "beauties" along the way and sharing a bit of your life with us. I used to be another name in the blogging world. I stopped blogging & then just this week started a new blog. I hope I meet and establish relationships with such "kind souls" as you have. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to win one of your "lovelies!"

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  37. Dear Michelle,
    We have known each other for many years, and I love your creations, and treasure the ones I have from you... but even I have followed you for years, there were new things to learn about you, today, reading your post!! Wonderful as every little thing, like a puzzle creates a "bigger" picture of you ,in my mind, my dear friend! Beautiful photoes, of you, and your gorgeous collection og new holdres !! Someone will be very happy to win!!! Hugs and love, Dorthe

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  38. oh michelle, you look so cute in your photos and i love getting to know you just a little bit better today....your inspiration holders are delightful, as is everything you do....thanks for sharing yourself on your bloggy.
    erin
    xoxo

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  39. I love the photo of you by the fire on the beach!!!
    Your new holders are so lovely...the addition of the wings is perfect!
    I adore mine and so will the lucky winner!

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  40. Ooooh, your blog is beautiful! I have to come back again and again and drool over all the beautiful photography and projects. Please count me in to win one of you wonderful Inspiration Holders! Love the wings! Love all those old gorgeous door knobs!!

    -Maggie
    www.themagrag.com

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  41. I find peace with your blog. You give inspiration to create and the feelings of warmth. I would love to win your wing holder to keep with me . Hospice has just entered into my mom's home and she will be honored soon with her own wings.

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  42. Hello, one more follower out of so many :)Seems You just might have a FUN blog and that's what I like.Oh yes please do include Me in Your generous beautiful artwork giveaway.Come and visit Me in My cottage of "IMAGINATION"Quote-Sponge Bob Denise Of Coffeeberry Cottage

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  43. good morning thank you for the special words about great faith, obstacles towards new beginnings, and the courage for a different path. We are going thru some of those obstacles in our life at the moment and each day the Lord puts someone in our path to reaffirm to have great faith, today it was your encouraging words thank you again and look forward to reading your blog in the future. I have always loved your work in the somerset mags and know have a face to go with the beautiful work.

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  44. Hello sweet Michelle
    thank you so much for visiting. and yes, you're right. one of your covers are on its way back to the US with a new life. How great is that

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  45. I love that you shared your first post. Suzan of http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.com/ were chatting recently about how much we have grown as bloggers/writers/photographers in this little blogging adventure.

    Your giveaway is wonderful and I would love to win it.

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  46. Hi Michelle, You have such a pretty blog. I enjoyed visiting today via our 2nd gyb party.
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  47. Hi Michelle,
    You made such lovely wings! Wonderful idea. Did the blog help your Etsy shop?
    Lyn

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  48. What a beautiful post Michelle! I'm just now catching up in blogland and felt so happy to see this personal post, which captures your beauty inside and out. Loved it!
    And no, it's not time to change that adorable hairstyle. :)
    What a wonderful giveaway - the winner will just adore those wings and feel like they could soar to their dreams with your creative encouragement. Thank YOU for always encouraging the rest of us in this friendly and supportive blog world. xoxo

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  49. What a joy it has been to follow your blog. Your "Give your spirit wings collection" is truly gorgeous and inspiring!!! Thank you for bringing inspiration to us all!
    Janet

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  50. Oh WOW, Absolutely georgeous!! I am so jealous of the talent you possess in your mind and your fingertips! Haha Love your blog...love your ideas!
    Would be awesome to win such beauty!
    Thanx
    Brenda

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  51. Sweet Michelle,
    at last I made it over here. I have always love your creations and would love to have the chance to win one of them.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  52. You should be proud of your designs! They are stunning and whimsical. Did you use those old, glass doorknobs? I lived with my grandparents when I was a kid, and we had those types of door knobs, and I used to pull them out of the doors, and play diamond thief with them. I never would have thought to use them in such a beautiful way!

    msmaryjenkins@gmail.com

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  53. Beautiful blog Michelle! Lovely work you do! I'm a new fan for sure!

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  54. Wow, so pretty! Your holders look so nice. Thanks for sharing so many nice pictures of your art and studio area.

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  55. Bonjour Michelle! I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. You have such an amazing blog and you are so talented. You are definitely an artist. I'd love to have one of your inspiration holders. Merci et à bientôt. Ana

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  56. It's nice to learn more about you, Michelle. Some lucky winner will have your special inspiration holder - wish it could be me.

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  57. I am glad I found your blog. I usually enjoy mostly quilting blogs but yours sounds like it would be fun to follow too. Looking forward to it.

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  58. My sweet Michelle- what a journey you have taken over the past few years with your beautiful blog-- so many accomplishments -- so many beautiful creations. Your blog is such a wonderful outlet for you to share your passions with us all----

    You know I love you dearly-- actually we all do. I'm thrilled to have you participate in this little party-- xoxo
    Vicki

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  59. What a lovely blog! And very nice work you do here. I love it all! Just stopping by along the blog party route, having a marvelous time. And now, I'm off to visit your shop...SWOON... Aloha

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  60. Ah, the work of your hands and hearts is lovely and I agree with every word about Vicki. She's one of a kind! Visiting via her GYB party and enjoying your beautiful blog and work.

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  61. Wow ! what a beautiful blog you have created. I'm so glad I scrolled right down to the bottom of the list or I would have missed finding you. I like what I've seen , but will be signing up to follow you, so that I can see all the fantastic things you create. Please put me in for your give away. Maybe you might like to see my blog and have the chance to win my give away, so come & visit.

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  62. Hi, I have been a follower (lurker???) of ours for some time. I really enjoyed your post for the hop and for the chance to get to know you a little better. I am also a jewellery maker (fairly new) but enjoy the process tremendously. Thanks for sharing. Happy hopping!

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  63. Ooooooooooooh la LA!!! Glad to have fought my way through that HUGE Blog Party list to land HERE! Your blog (and the post about your little space here) is delightful - count me as your newest Follower, GLADLY! Off to read a bit more before the Olympics start - I will be back for more. Oooooohh la LA, for sure!!! Happy Friday - Tanya

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  64. Hi Michelle,

    I really love your introduction -- the way you describe yourself both with words and photos. :) Your artwork is great -- the inspiration holders are such a good idea!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Birgit

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  65. Hi, Michelle. Glad to meet you via GYB. A very interesting post. You make lovely things.

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  66. Hi sweetie, what a beautiful post... Your words of encouragement and inspiration speak to my heart. So nice to see more photos of you too! And I love your gorgeous inspiration holders, so yes of course I'm all in for this giveaway!! :-)
    I had time nor energy (and still don't) to do much on the internet besides the obligational posts for OBW and CCCB. But I did really miss your happy Grey Dey parties and beautiful vintage greys! So hopefully I will be able to join in the parties soon again.
    Big hugs to you! xx Wendy

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  67. Beautiful blog and giveaway. Glad to have found you. Jackie

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  68. What a fun and lovely blog! So nice to meet you at the party!! ~Terri

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  69. Visiting from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. You create lots of interesting things. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Interesting blog and am enjoying the grey linky day pics. Might give it a try myself.

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  71. Wow I love my visit and the bubble hearts on my cursor. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 533 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.
    Oh thanks for letting me enter your give away.

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  72. Dropping by on the GYB party from New Brunswick- Maine's next door neighbour! I've enjoyed browsing around your blog- love your wonderful creations! Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  73. Nice to meet you, Michelle! Your collections are so tender! Would follow you with pleasure!
    Best wishes from Russia!

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Taking the time to share your thoughts...your words...and your inspiration fills my soul....Merci.
~*~Michelle~*~