Saturday, February 26, 2011

~ Beautiful Burlap ~ handmade burlap gift bags and a giveaway

Oops -- I shouldn't have gone off a whole week without anything to share, but today, I'm back, for a little burlap love.

On to the fun things! I trailed after my mum and sisters to "arab street" (a cute, old, antique-y place here in Singapore) to find material for our choir girls' dresses for our next season  and I found a big roll of burlap in one of the stores! .exactly.what.I.wanted.

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 So I asked the "auntie" to cut half-a-meter for me, and I took it home and snipped it up and made these little gift-pockets.

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trimmed with real, crocheted lace and fairy wings, tea-dyed buds and a felt rose. And the most beautiful chandelier drops I found in a beads-and-trinkets store.

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little lockets and key trinkets I found somewhere on "arab street". these stores are nameless and I'm not sure I can find them again next time. *frowny face*

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And I made a card with a little burlap too.. here 'tis..

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   .. see the cute wall-panels behind my card? I picked it up for just a few dollars at the wonderful beads-and-trinkets store ... the old fashioned kind of place with lots of cute things to pick over -- and I just love that little panel! here's a full photo -- darling isn't it?

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 Last of all... today is...
 
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 ~ give away day ~

... here are some of my very favorite goodies that I used in the creations shared today... and I would love to give a bundle of them away to you as a "thank you" for all the times you've come to visit. whether you come often, or this is your first time popping in, just say so.. I love to get to know my readers too :) 

only one rule: if you don't leave a comment, you don't get to be picked. Easy? you can say anything you please in your comments. Niceness not enforced here :)

*sometimes, just sometimes, I feel cranky and don't participate in giveaways... if that's you today, please do still leave a comment because I'm just aching all over to know just who reads my silly blog... will you? you're a dear!*

Next weekend, I will be back and draw a name. And if we go more than 50 comments, I will pick two winners. each will get this goodie bundle...

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~ my favorite mulberry roses ~ chandelier drops ~ locket-trinket ~ key-trinkets ~ tea-dyed buds ~ my favorite, favorite tea-dyed lace trim ~ all tucked up into your very own burlap baggie, ready for you to dress up for yourself.

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Ok --- see you then. Next week!

Happy weekend!
~ vi 




 


99 comments:

  1. I am so glad I found you via lilybeanpaperie I adore your style. Good luck with your music exams.

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  2. This is the first time that i've been on your blog.I love your style of crafting and will be back to see more!

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  3. These are so sweet! I've made some pouches with papers but burlap is pure inspiration! I love your blog and always enjoy my visits here. Best of luck on your exams and thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  4. Viola! I was just going to ask u where u got your burlap from and now I know it's Arab st. U make me want to go raid that place tmrw but I have work waiting for me..so yeah..Will try to fly down! ANd those trinklets..dun get me started! I am so into them now!
    ALl the best for your exams! U take care!

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  5. Your burlap creations are beautiful!!! In fact, all of your creations are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting a little giveaway with such pretties...please add my name:)
    Have a great weekend!
    Abby

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  6. Just adorable Viola. Melis's emails and yours often arrive together and today, a double dose of sweet scrumminess! I love burlap too and adore your little pockets. Good luck for you upcoming exams!

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  7. Beautiful cards, and you're right-that wall panel is great!

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  8. I love coming and enjoying your creations. You never cease to amaze me what darling cards and ideas you come up with. Good luck with your exam.

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  9. I just discovered your blog very recently and just love it! Your creations are so beautiful and inspiring! Now I must find me some burlap!

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  10. Your art becomes more beautiful with each post. Your love and gentleness definitely show through. Both my children are also in college, so I will include you in my prayers as I pray for them during testing. Blessings!

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  11. You are sooo talented. I love your vintagy style. I think I came across you through Lilybeanpaperie. Anyway this is only my 2nd time here and it's such a treat. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I just love checking in on your blog and finding the sweet creations you've made. It makes me smile and is a happy spot in the day. Having done what you're doing now (school), I'm amazed that you can create and post as often as you do. Thank you so much for sharing your delightful creativity!

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  13. Lovely burlap, gorgeous color combos as always! Such a delight to visit your blog, good luck with the exam and recital!! : )

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  14. What a joy to explore your blog! Your creations are lovely and your gentle spirit shines through. Thanks for the chance to win goodies and best wishes on your exams.

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  15. I have just found you and your sweet blog through Lilybeans Paperie. I love your vintage style! So interesting you live in Singapore; I visited once and loved it! GREAT Shopping and people were so nice.

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  16. Pretty pretty creations! Got to know about your blog through a friend. Love all the sweet creations. All the best for your exams! Looking forward to making another trip to Arab Street soon (I hope...)

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  17. I just adore visiting your blog. Such beautiful creations you make, very inspiring! I visit every few days to catch up on what you're creating. Good luck on your exams, as I have a 20 year old in college and know the pressure of exams. Look forward to seeing more beautiful things!

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  18. I somehow found your blog through your Etsy store..I believe one of your creations was in a Treasury..and well, the rest is history :) I love your style..your work is beautiful!

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  19. Such sweet creations. Love looking at them

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  20. Viola...I do love gushing over your name. It is so very beautiful. The same with your work. Incredibly lovely. Your goody package is yummy. Good luck on your exam. If you give your school work the same love and attention you give your paper crafting you should soar. TFS

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  21. Ok, I'm so going to go to Arab Street! Thanks for sharing, I think the burlap balances the sweetness of your creations really well! And I like the new look of the blog! All the best for your exam!

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  22. These are just beautiful. I always find your blog posts so inspiring. Good luck on your exam!

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  23. hi miss vio! it's happy aloha friday over here! hope you have a wonderful weekend! i'm so glad it's almost here. i loooove how you used the burlap with the lace. wonderful texture :). your projects are just beautiful! thank you for sharing and i wish you the best in your exams. big *hugs* steph :)

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  24. I think the new name for your blog is so apropos! You definitely bring sunshine to all who read your blog! I've never used burlap on a card - now I just might give it a try. . .
    Thank you for sharing all your lovely creations - so inspiring!

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  25. OMG I love these lovely burlap bags!!! I adore your blog and lovely art. Thank you for the chance to win. Have a wonderful weekend. Crystal N

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  26. Miss Vio, you have such amazing talent! I love your creations and visit your blog often for inspiration. Your use of burlap with pink and cream - genius! Good luck with your exams!

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  27. Would love to hold one of these burlap pockets in hand as they look fabulous, Miss Vio!!! Your blog is truly one of my favorites! Your absence just makes the heart grow fonder!
    How delightfully sweet the new look and name of your blog! "Sunshine" is my nickname so I really am drawn to the whole of it! How fun it would be if you would take photos of the quaint shops you visit in your area and then share them with us! Here in Southern Minnesota we have to travel a ways to find such places!
    Best wishes on your prep and exams coming up! God's guidance will help you along if you are well studied as I am SURE you are!
    God's sweetest blessings to you.......~Sandie

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  28. Hi there! It's my first time stopping by. . . following a link from Melissa Phillips at Lilybean Paperie! So glad I found you. . . I can see you will fast become a favorite spot for inspiration! Good luck on your exams!

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  29. I love all your lovely things but these burlap creations are my favorites! Love, love the givt pocket. i've been looking lately for burlap but obviously not hard enough. i will up my game on obtaining some now that I've seen your lovelies!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. Viola: What a beautiful website. I just "discovered" you through Lilybeans Paperie-happy day for me! Don't you just love finding sweet things when shopping, it feels like such a score! I will continue to be a regular vistor, love, love, love your ideas, thank you for sharing.

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  31. I am a newby and SO inspired!! Thank you.
    ~Shari R

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  32. Boohoo :( I missed out on your Je t'aime in Pink. I had a dental appt out of town yesterday, and when I got home had to make supper and my night was filled. I didn't have a chance to check your store. I do check in everyday as not to miss anything. I don't have any shops to explore near me, but it sounds like soooooooo much fun!
    Saying a prayer for your studying and exams and a thank you for allowing my name to be included in your drawing. I'd love to try my hand at trying to make a pocket as cute as yours. I will cross my fingers xxxxxxx.

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  33. love the burlap! the smell always reminds me of the inside of our barn when i was a kid,a mix of hay, clean dust, {there really is such a thing} animal feed and COWS! Ahh home. anyway... well done viola. the vintage feel is the perfect setting and you have done a wonderful job of it.

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  34. Your little burlap pockets are adorable! But then again.... everything you do is simply adorable! Good luck on your exam!

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  35. I read every post of your blog. You have some of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen! I have my own card making business and you inspire me to excellence. Love the burlap!!

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  36. I have been stalking you for a bit now....and love your style! I appreciate the chance to win some of these darling goodies!

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  37. Oh how I would love to win you little batch of crafting goodies! I LOVE your work and blog!

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  38. I love your blog! I wonder how I missed it for so long. I love your stories about shopping in Singapore. As a teenager, I lived in the Philippines and would fly to Singapore to shop on long weekends. Some of my favorite food memories are from stays in Singapore :)
    Keep up the beautiful work. Oh, and thanks so much for commenting on my blog!

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  39. Hi there! I'm a recent follower. I discovered you on Etsy. I adore the shabby chic or vintage look. There is only a handful of women I regularly follow...you've been added to that list. You're so talented and inspirational. Good luck on your exams!

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  40. Who knew burlap could become so beautiful? Your work is exquisitely lovely and although this is my second visit, I feel at home already. Study hard and test with the highest of scores! If your musical abilities are anything close to your artistic talent, your recital performances will be hugely successful!

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  41. i've been reading your blog for about two months now... i think i stumbled over here from melissa philips blog :D i love your sweet creations. and i'm totally one of those, "non-comment people" but i decided since you asked so nicely... well, i'm more than happy to oblige :D

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  42. Wow, Viola! These are incredibly beautiful! I make it a point to visit your blog every day because it just makes me feel good. I stare in awe at the things you make and wish I were that creative! I hope I will be a lucky winner!! Good luck with your exams.

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  43. Hello, Miss Vio! I just found you from the link on LilyBean's Paperie...and what a find! I definitely will be back to visit! Good luck on your exams...I am proctoring a music qualifying exam as I am visiting your blog!

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  44. I think I follow your blog since the very beginning. And I see that your blog is blooming with creative and stylish beauties! Well done! You've found your style!
    I LOVE your gift baggies! Must, must, must... hm... copy them. ;)))) Very cozy baggies.
    Very best luck with your exams!

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  45. love your cards and projects! all in really sweet colours! tks for this giveaway! (:

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  46. Melissa Phillips introduced me to your wonderful blog in her blog. Love your creations and your Etsy shop!

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  47. Oh my goodness - this is just unbelievable! You made burlap so beautiful! Thank you for your inspiring ideas!

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  48. Hello Miss Vio...Have been following your blog for just a short time. I love your sweet style...you are a very talented young lady. Thanks for the chance to win the bundle of goodies.

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  49. I can't remember how I found you a few months back, but it probably was through Melissa Phillips. Your blog and beautiful creations quickly made it to my favorite list; I check in often. I love these creations with burlap. Is this K and Co. paper? So fun to see the mixture of textures (roughness of burlap with the softness of the lace). Great inspiration here everytime I visit. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. I just discovered your blog a few days ago and my mouth just drops with your elegant creations! Amazing stuff! Please keep up these beautiful pieces of art inspiration!

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  51. I love your blog, everything is so pretty

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  52. I LOVE your blog Viola! I love looking at all your beautiful creations. I found you through Melissa Phillips blog. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful cards.

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  53. I too just discovered your blog via Melissa Phillips. Love all your creations and helpful hints on where to find some of your beautiful papers, etc. Love everything you do. Good to know your a Sister way over in Singapore (I'm in the USA). May God be with you during your exams.
    Ginny

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  54. what a day to pop by and leave some love.. everyone's here.. such a pleasure to see a blog update on my list!!
    those burlap bags are so yummy!!! love love love..

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  55. Hi Viola, I discovered your lovely blog about a month ago and am now subscribed - so whenever you post I drop by:-)) Love your sweet burlap bags...and it looks great on the stunning card too. Here in Australia we call burlap hessian...there's a bit of trivia for you lol.I love your shabby style...Shabby Chic is my fave style of design and I get lots of ideas from you. Good luck with your exam and recital. Cya.

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  56. Just beautiful, Viola! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and your creations are jaw dropping. Your creative talent is stunning and what is so amazing - you took ordinary stuff and turn it into such stylish projects and cards. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration each time I visit.

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  57. I discovered your blog recently and have been following ever since. Who would have ever thought humble burlap could be so lovely. Such an earthy look and yet it goes so well with the lace and baubles. Thanks for having such a great giveaway.
    Mary
    www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

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  58. Viola, I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did! You do beautiful work and I check in everyday multiple times! I love your color choices and your gorgeous style! Thank you for a chance to win some wonderful goodies! Good luck with your exams!

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  59. Oh, my goodness...how late am I?!? I did my usual "quickie" check in yesterday and am back today with more time to stop and chat. I thought, where in the heck are all these comments coming from?!? Then I read about the give away. Give away or not...I love these. I've always enjoyed the burlap on Melissa's projects, also. The neutral color of it makes the pretty clean whites and pastels just shine...kind of like good Kraft card stock, only with way more texture! The little drops are so lovely, too. And I really like the extra wide trim on the bag--seems to really soften the burlap. OK, I'm rambling...gotta git. Good luck next week! I know you'll do well!! Each one of these are true beauties!!

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  60. i came to know abt your blog late last year from Etsy and love your creations. Was amaze that you can create such professional designs though you mentioned you are a student. Now i re-visited it again and was amazed again with your new creations!!
    Wishing you best luck with your exams!

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  61. You are simply so talented!! Your blog serves as an inspiration to me!! =D

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  62. I'm new to your blog, Viola, but I love it! Very inspirational! Would love to know more about you! Were you born in Singapore? Are you in college? Where did you get all this talent?! Love the new look and name of your blog!

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  63. Wow! Everything you made is absolutely STUNNING! Gorgeous work!! And that giveaway! Scrumptious!!
    Hugs...
    Melissa

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  64. I just recently discovered your wonderful blog. Just my style, and you have inspired me to make some of my own trinkets. I haven't tried using burlap on cards but it looks great and will be my new go to item. Thanks so much.

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  65. More wonderful creations Vio, I adore your sweet style of creating. I love your new little wall panels, it looks so pretty with your cards! Best wishes to you on your music theory exam and on your recital!

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  66. Dear Viola:
    I LOVE your blog!!! You colors are so serene and the combinations are perfect!!!
    I have a scraproom and those are my colors. I'M subscribe to your blog snd everytime I see you new posts I get very EXCITED. Thank you so much for such beautiful things!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  67. Amazing stuff you've done with burlap. Love your style! Melissa Phillips turned me onto your blog, fyi.

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  68. Viola it's always good to be here :) and the creations you showed us today are breathtaking; I love evey piece of it!

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  69. Your projects are just stunning.. the touch of burlap is just perfectly textured and divine!
    I wish you much luck on your musical exams...all the best!
    Peace,
    Kim

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  70. I just recently found your blog from Lilybean and just love checking our your gorgeous creations. Your little burlap items today are awesome, love the little extra's you always add.
    Good luck with your exams and recital.

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  71. Hi Vio, I emailed you previously about where you get your card blanks! Looks like I must pay arab street a visit one of these days; I have been searching for some burlap myself!! I've started making a few cards, and I will send you some pictures of them in an email soon! :) Thanks for being such a great help!

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  72. What a sweet blog you have, I adore your style and I totally understand why you treasure those pretty trinkets :)

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  73. I just found you this week through Melissa Phillip's blog. Now I'm catching up. Love the texture of the burlap. Maybe I have some...hmmm.

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  74. Everyone needs a little time off now and then. But you're back with a bang with burlap. Your creations are truly beautiful. Thanks for inspiring all of us.

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  75. Love the beautiful little flowers. You have such a delicate touch with your creations. Love them!

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  76. Love your blog Viola - I just found you from lovely lilybean's Melissa P ;)
    I'm finding your inspiration so breath-taking, I'm happy to have found you and I'm subscribing to you in my google reader!

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  77. I love your blog and etsy shop. I came here from Melissa Phillips blog and have returned often. The little creations you have today are just beautiful and soft. Which is why I like to visit. Your work is so sweet and pretty.

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  78. Wow! I'm new here, just found your blog from Melissa Phillips' Lilybean Paperie - so, so happy that I did! Your work is gorgeous, and that shabby chic little bundle is such a fabulous, generous gift. I'm off to explore your blog some more. Thanks for the chance!

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  79. Wow Viola, you are so sweet!! Yeah I know we can get a lot of unique things at Arab St hehe!! Your card is always so sweet ever!! All the best in your exam yeah!! xoxo.

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  80. Wow! Everything you made is absolutely BEAUTIFUL ! Gorgeous work!! And that giveaway! Scrumptious!!
    I just recently discovered your wonderful blog. Just my style, and you have inspired me to make some of my own trinkets. I haven't tried using burlap on cards but it looks great and will be my new go to item. Thanks so much.
    God Bless
    Hugs Dottie

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  81. Jennifer RichardsMarch 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Your little burlap pockets are beautiful and very inspiring...I love the burlap on the card too!!! I can't wait to get out my burlap and put her to work... This is my first time visiting you thanks to Melissa Phillips and wow are you amazing!!! I will visit often to see all of your beautiful inspiration...Thanks for a chance at the giveaway...

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  82. Love the look of your blog...I've got your Etsy store in my bookmarks but for some reason haven't visited your blog until today...I've missed a lot, I can see! :)

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  83. too generous! Im so glad I found your delightful little blog!

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  84. Viola,
    What a fabulous parcel of goodies.I would love to be lucky enough to play with them.I loved your burlap pockets......they really did hit the spot for me.Practical,girly and just plain delicious.

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  85. So very beautiful gal! Love the project that you made! You are so talented I love your new blog header!

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  86. Oh my shabby goodness, Viola, your blog simply makes me smile! So much shabby and vintage inspiration here -- such eye candy -- such a happy place to visit :) Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity :):):)

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  87. Wow! Viola, awesome giveaway! Thanks for stopping by with those encouraging words. I am a whole lot better, for now! Have a great week ahead. Cross my fingers and hope its me for this giveaway! :D

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  88. Gorgeous LOVELY cards! I love all the burlap, ans good luck on your music exams!:)

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  89. I love those burlap!
    I've been looking for them for the longest time too!! :)
    Thanks for the sweet giveaway!!
    Love,
    Lynn

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  90. Viola, I like your new blog!, I've been following you for a while and love your creations! The burlap is a great addition to the shabby chic projects! Thanks for a chance to win your fabulous giveway!!

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  91. Viola,
    I found you site via Melissa Phillips blog. So glad she sent so many of her followers over to see your work. Just beautiful!

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  92. Hi Viola,
    I found your blog thru Melissa Phillips. I love shabby chic and pastel colors. I love seeing your creations. Your cards are so pretty. I've been trying to create this look for my cards, but no luck yet.

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  93. I love that little wall panel! I wish I could find something like that here in the US!!
    sigh... I like the new layout, your blog looks so feminine!

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  94. Your work is simply gorgeous! Very talented young girl... Hehe..

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  95. Hi, It's my first time visiting your blog and I'm so glad I found another inspirational place to go to. And yes, I shall go to Arab Street this Saturday to get some burlap too. Love all your beautiful creations! Thanks. Dorine

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  96. I am loving your blog! Hope I get picked :D

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  97. I am touched by the ladylike femine elements, lace, roses and pearls. I love the use of keys as they take on so many different meanings. A Heartfelt thank-you for your beautiful work.

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  98. Oh, what a beautiful blog! Love your style.

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  99. I was just browsing through and searching for ribbons and stumbled upon your creation in one of the search results. Am hooked onto the beautiful crafts you made, was going "ooh my" at each piece. Very gorgeous pieces and hope I'd get to try to create some myself too. Am truly inspired to get started! Keep it going :)

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