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Reader Celebration :: much love, illy

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up for grabs: a $20 gift certificate to this super fun shop!

meet ilene, the super cute gal and designer behind the blog and shop, much love illy, and one of Wild and Precious' lovely monthly sponsors

Q: When and why did you decide to open an etsy shop & start blogging? 
A: I decided to open up my shop back in November 2009. It took me about a year to make that decision. One of my best friends kept tell me I needed to. We would have art dates every now and then, and she would be working on orders while I was painting or something else. Then Renegade came to Chicago and I found the place to be both inspiring and intimidating - but it helped me to make that big step. Though I had a wonderful full-time job, I realized I needed more of a creative outlet. Much Love, illy filled that void for me.

As for blogging, I started that to keep in touch with my family and friends. Then as my shop grew, I started to blog about my new designs and then also used my blog as yet another creative outlet for me, whether to keep tabs on online fashion finds. I've always loved to take pictures so the blog also became a kind of photo gallery for me.


Q: What are the inspirations for your shop? 
A: Things I see in the every day, fashion trends and colors, and florals

Q: In three words, why do you love blogging? 
A: Creativity. Community. 'Cause-I-love-it. (heheh.)

Q: Name 2 celebrities you'd like to see one of your hairpieces on and tell me why you picked them. 
A: Oh, fun question! I'd love to see Zooey Deschanel because I already admire her taste in fashion so much and feel like her vintage-look would showcase the handbeads so well. and then Kristen Bell who is just such a cutie and makes anything look good! I love how happy go-lucky she is - and I think she too would sport the Much Love, illy pieces well.

where to find ilene


How to Win:
Visit ilene's shop & come back to let me know what your most favorite design is.
{This is a mandatory entry & must be done prior to any other entries}

additional ways to enter:
1. follow Wild & Precious and much love, illy
publicly with google friend connect {2 entries each}
2. favorite much love, illy on etsy
3. be a fan of Wild & Precious on facebook
4. Tweet about the giveaway. {1 entry per day}
make sure to include @blairita @muchloveilly and a link
5. follow me (@blairita )  and @muchloveilly on twitter {1 entry each}
6. add my blog button to your side bar {1 entry each}
7. blog about this reader celebration linking to my celebration page {2 entries}
8. let me know if you have entered another celebration giveaway {1 entry total}

{you must leave a separate comment for each entry. for example: this includes leaving 2 separate comments for following. Giveaway closes late Sunday night 10/31 & winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday 11/1 with the rest of the celebration winners}

 Ilene is just about one of the cutest things to ever happen to the blog world.  Love her!  Good luck everyone!

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  3. I adore the sweet vanilla crush poppy garland headband!

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  4. I follow much love, illy on etsy!

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  5. I'm a fan of wild & precious on facebook!

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  6. I tweeted the giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/MarsonCoore

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  7. I follow much love, illy on twitter!

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  8. I have your blog button on my sidebar!

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  9. I've entered the Fern & Flora giveaway!

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  10. I love the green of the sage green poppy garland headband.

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  11. I entered the Moonbeam Wishes giveaway.

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  12. They are all so lovely! But the starry starry one in particular.

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  13. I love muchlove,illy! This is one of my favorite headbands of hers!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59739346/evening-whispers-poppy-garland-headband

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  14. Second entry for following much love, illy!

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  15. Much love, illy's etsy shop is definitely one of my faves. :)

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  16. I follow blairita on twitter (@aisletoaloha)

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  17. I also follow muchloveilly on twitter. (@aisletoaloha)

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  18. I also entered in the blonde peacock, ande monster and hello, splendor giveaways. Thanks for these great giveaways blair!

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  19. My favorite is the not your grandmas gold poppy hair pin.

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  20. I follow wild and precious and much love illy.

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  21. The burnt orange rose earrings are perfect for autumn! exactly what i've been looking for.

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  22. I adore Ilene and her shop...I am totally in love with vanilla crush poppy garland headband..Kisses and have a sunny Sunday

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  23. I totally love the Waking Up to Autum Showers poppy headband. :)

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  24. I love the winter blue rose ring. It is absolutely beautiful! :)

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  25. I follow much love, illy as well. :)

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  26. I tweeted about this giveaway. :) (@justhope412)

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  27. And I now follow Ilene on Twitter. :)

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  28. aweeee so adorable!

    My fave is the sweet love poppy garland headband :)

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  29. I love the woodland whispers single espresso headband!

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  31. I've entered all the other celebration giveaways so far!

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  32. I follow @blairita on twitter!

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  33. I follow @muchloveilly! (@shelltonbelle)

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  34. I love the Cotton Candy Rosebud earrings.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  35. follow you on twitter @jhitomi
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  36. follow you on google as jhb
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  37. follow you on gfc as jhb 2
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  38. entered the Brooklyn Thread giveaway.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  39. favorited her shop (jhbalvin)
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  40. Love the "crushing on you poppy garland" headband. I am a big fan of her anyway, so I would take any of it! :)

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  41. I love Ilene's blue rose ring. I told her it should be my 'Something Blue' at my wedding :)

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  42. Tweet Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Danielle_Jeanne/status/28650018044

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  43. Blog button - check!
    http://fromthebriarpatch.blogspot.com/p/blog-roll.html

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  44. I've entered a few other celebration giveaways, too :)

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  45. I love the break of dawn poppy garland headband.
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  46. 1. GFC follower
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  47. 2. GFC follower
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  48. Your button on my sidebar: senalovescandy.blogspot.com
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  49. I entered another celebration giveaway
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  50. Follow you on twitter @senaslc
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  51. I follow @muchloveilly on twitter @senaslc
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  52. I favorited much love, illy on etsy - senasagani
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  53. I'm a fan of Wild & Precious on facebook - Sena Slc
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  54. love the woodland whispers - espresso brown single poppy headband from much love, illy

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  55. following W&P and Much Love, Illy

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  56. added your button to my blog: bbgoad.blogspot.com

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  57. I love the "do you like me" poppy garland headband. So cute!

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  58. i love the olive poppy hair charm!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/56502781/lost-in-the-woods-olive-green-poppy-hair

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  59. added much love illy to my etsy favorites!

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  60. i follow you on twitter - i'm @busygirlnicole

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  61. i entered many of your giveaways!

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  62. i posted about your celebration on my blog giveaway bar!

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  64. i've entered other giveaways :)

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  65. i love the violet rose earrings!

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  66. I love her just friends poppy garland!
    xo

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  67. Of course I hearted her delightful etsy shoppe!
    xo

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  68. I follow you on twitter!
    @moonbeamwishes
    xo

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  69. I follow muchloveilly on twitter!
    @moonbeamwishes
    xo

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  70. I follow Ilene's amazing blog!
    xo

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  71. I follow wild and precious via GFC
    xo

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  72. I have your button on my blogroll
    here ---> http://moonbeamwishes.blogspot.com/p/blogroll.html
    xo

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  73. I like the rose rings. There are some pretty cute pictures as well.

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  74. yay! love ilene and her shop! my fave is the oh so lovely poppy garland headband

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  75. much love, illy is already a fave of mine on etsy.

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  76. i'm a fan of you on facebook!

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  77. i've entered several other celebration giveaway because they're AWESOME

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  78. I follow Wild and Precious on google friend connect!

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  79. 2nd entry for following Wild and Precious on Google Friend Connect

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  80. I added Much Love, Illy to my favorites on Etsy!

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  81. I follow @blairita on Twitter! (@lacretia)

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  82. I follow @muchloveilly on Twitter! (@lacretia)

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  83. I entered the other celebration giveaways!

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  84. I love colors on the While the World is Sleeping Garland headband!

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  85. how cute! of course i follow you!

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  86. and i love the burnt orange large rose earrings!

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  87. I love the follow my dreams poppy headband!! Gorgeous!

    I follow you on GFC - KateBeebe225@gmail.com

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  88. My favorite design is the pomegranate-orange sherbert poppy garland headband
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I favorite muchloveilly on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. I follow Wild & Precious with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
    #1

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  91. I follow Wild & Precious with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
    #2

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  92. I follow much love illy with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
    #1

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  93. I follow much love illy with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
    #2

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  94. I'm a fan of Wild & Precious with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. I follow @blairita on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  96. I follow @muchloveilly on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I entered your Blonde Peacock giveaway

    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  98. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/28729183027
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  99. I lovedhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/57677791/sage-green-poppy-garland-headband! so foresty!
    THANK YOU!!!!
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  100. I love the "sailor of my dreams" headband.
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  101. gfc follower
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  102. gfc follower 2
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  103. I entered lots of your other giveaways :)
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  104. i follow much love illy via GFC! :)

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  105. I really love the do you like me poppy garland headband

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  106. i follow much love illy via GFC! :)

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  107. I entered the Sandy a la Mode giveaway

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  108. i follow wild & precious via GFC! :)

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  109. i follow wild & precious via GFC! :)

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  110. i heart much love illy on etsy! :)

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  111. i follow you on twitter! (@ohsweetjoy)

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  112. i follow ilene on twitter! (@ohsweetjoy)

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  113. i entered 3 other giveaways so far! :)

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  114. I really like the woodland whispers - espresso brown single poppy headband..

    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  115. I love Ilene's blog and shop!
    My favorite is the turquoise twilight poppy garland headband.

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  116. I follow Wild and Precious using GFC.

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  117. I follow much love, illy using GFC.

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  118. much love, illy is a favorite on etsy!

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  119. my fave item http://www.etsy.com/listing/56855464/walking-in-the-rain-gray-poppy-garland

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  120. I love the winter blue rose ring.

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  121. I love the nautical blue poppy hair clips. cute!
    hmcnaron @ gmail dotcom

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  122. I like the olive poppy hair charm.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  123. My favorite is the wishing for tomorrow olive green poppy headband. ^.^
    -Kinsey

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  124. I follow W&P via google friend connect! :)
    -Kinsey

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  125. I follow 'much love, illy' via google friend connect as well! :)
    -Kinsey

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  126. I am a fan of W&P on Facebook!
    -Kinsey

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  127. I follow @blairtia on twitter!
    -Kinsey

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  128. I have added your button on the side of my blog!(:
    -Kinsey

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  129. I've entered other 'reader celebration' giveaways! ;)
    -Kinsey

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  130. I like the sage green poppy garland headband.

    monaodegard at hotmail dot com

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  131. I like the under the lilac - purple rose earrings.

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  132. http://www.etsy.com/listing/58348568/sailor-of-my-dreams-poppy-headband

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  133. I love the under the lilac - purple rose earrings. They're so simple and sweet!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  134. I entered the brooklyn thread giveaway.

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  135. Love the red poppy headband!

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  136. I like the woodland whispers - espresso brown single poppy headband.
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  137. I follow Wild & Precious publicly with google friend connect {2 entries} #1
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  138. I follow Wild & Precious publicly with google friend connect {2 entries} #2
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  139. I follow much love, illy
    publicly with google friend connect {2 entries} #1
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  140. I follow much love, illy
    publicly with google friend connect {2 entries} #2
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  141. I favorite much love, illy on etsy
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  142. I am a fan of Wild & Precious on facebook
    Karen hargis Foster
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  143. I love the burgundy red rose large earrings

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  144. i love the cotton candy rosebud earrings.
    stracey2010@live.com

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  145. i like the vanilla crush poppy garland headband.
    lil.blessing at gmail dot com

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  146. I love the walking in the rain - gray poppy garland headband!

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  147. I like the to my heart's content magenta poppy hair charm

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  148. I liek the cotton candy rosebud earrings.

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  149. at lola's tea party poppy garland headband

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