Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Samhain's Sirens, Day 14- October 16

Wow, can you believe we're already half-way through the celebration? Time sure does fly when you're having this much fun!

We have another great blog and offering today from Kourtney Leaf and Kindred Creations.

Since we're half-way through our celebration, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek into the grand prize giveaway. I'll post it again next week, but I thought I'd at least whet your appetite:


Every time you enter, you get a chance to win all of this, so keep playing!

Ok, on to the celebratory fun!

Today, we honor Jimi Hendrix





Kourtney Leaf of The Multi-facted Experience

For us witches, Samhain (aka Halloween) is the biggest day of the year. It's about much more than just costumes and candy, though that's not going to stop me from pulling out my pretty pointy hat and snagging a few chocolate bars from the kids' stash. But it does also serve as a reminder that everything is fleeting, that everything must come to an end eventually and that there is always a new beginning just around the corner. And as witches...we get a head start!

That's because this Sabbat doubles as our marking of the New Year. This totally makes sense to me. I mean, why not say good bye to the last year as we're saying goodbye to our loved ones? The sun is saying its goodbye, everything has stopped growing, the animals are settling in for the winter ahead; everything is coming to a close, just as our year is coming to a close.

It’s at this time of year that I like to reflect on all that the last year has thrown at me. I find meditation an excellent tool for such work. Grounding myself and focusing on the changes I've encountered over the last year, how they've affected the world around me and my family. I try to find the positive energies and aspects to events that have happened in the last year. Sometimes things can happen and we’re so entrenched in the why’s and how’s of them that we can’t see the positive effects and/or outcomes until much later. And most of the time, I find anyway, they aren't all that obvious. We sometimes have to dig in to reevaluate the circumstances. Sometimes it’s this reflection that can show us that the Universe really does knows what it’s doing!

When you start to look forward though, you’re going to want to make sure that you've released all the negative the last year may have dished out as well. But this is why I like to focus on the positive first; sometimes the negative isn't actually negative. So taking some time to make that distinction is a definite must. Once you have made those distinctions there are several ways to release them. My favorite is writing them down, including any and all feelings you have about them; any details that may carry forward or don’t seem to want to relent. I like to take a flame to them and watch them release through the smoke. I pay attention to the swirls of the smoke or the pattern the flame is taking through the paper. But I make sure to focus on letting them go. The smoke or the flame is just the path they take out of my life, out of my mind and off of my path.

Once the negative of the last year is reduced to nothing more than ash, I rely on the elements to do their thing. I’m most connected to Water, so I like to send them on their way on the waves of the ocean. But you can also let the Winds take them or even bury them in the Earth. It’s whatever feels right to you. I also make sure to pay homage to my Gods with an offering and a prayer. But this is also up to you and your relationship with your Gods.

Now that we've done away with the negative it’s time to look forward to the New Year. But I personally believe that New Year’s Resolutions are pointless. You can set goals but they tend to set you up for failure. I prefer setting intentions. “I intend to be healthier, feel sexier and love my reflection!” Vs. the goal of losing 15 lbs. and going to the gym three times a week. You’ll end up beating yourself up every time you skip the gym or when you don’t see the scale moving. Instead, set an intention and then repeat that intention each and every morning to reinforce it. Soon you’ll be eating better, becoming more active and all because you intend on feeling healthier. You aren't as concerned with the scale as you are with just being healthier all around.

And this year I intend on taking my own advice. I have a lot of things changing, moving and working right now. But I’m setting the intention to make the best of whatever situation presents its self. I’m looking forward to this New Year and all the wonderfully positive opportunities I see right over the horizon! And I hope ya’ll are as well! So here’s wishing you a Happy Samhain and a Wonderfully Witchy New Year!


About Kourtney: I
'm a mother of two beautiful daughters, and the wife to an amazing man! I am a Gnostic Pagan practicing solitary, and have been on the path for nearly 10 years now. I love to craft, write, read and dance. You'll find me at several social networking sites, and I blog over at The Multi-Faceted Experience (The Multi-faceted Experience) and selling my crafty wares at Kindred Kollections on Etsy.
I'm truly honored to be a part of this great project and look forward to a wonderful month!




Slow Cooker Pork and Apples

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin, cut into 6 pieces or 6 boneless pork tenderloins
4 medium golden delicious apples, sliced  (can peel too if you want)
3 Tb brown sugar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Place pork in the slow cooker.  Cover with apples.

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in small bowl and sprinkle over apples.

Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. 

Great with potatoes or mac and cheese !


*You can shred it and put it on buns for a great sandwich too.  
Blessings

Autumn


You can visit Autumn's blog at My Moonlit Path and her shop at Verbena Lane Botanicals!






Our giveaway today comes from Kindred Kollections. A Witch-Craft Tote.


Photo Credit - Kourtney Leaf


This very roomy, drawstring tote is the everything - everywhere essential bag; perfect for your crafty projects on the go. A beautiful embroidered Crafty Witch (courtesy of Urban Threads) adorns the front of this bag This beautiful tote features a drawstring closure and a slide interior pocket with elastic closure.The reinforced lining gives this bag the ability to stand on its own, making it an easy bag to use on the go. You'll be sure to turn heads with the green, black, purple, orange and gold pallet of this festive tote. The handles are 14" long and feature our signature inlaid design. The tote measures apx 8" high, 7" wide and 4 1/2" deep.




Here’s how to enter: You have until 6am EDT tomorrow to enter. Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made on the October 10th blog post at 9am EDT.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


You MUST provide a valid email address to enter the contest.


1. Go to the Kindred Kollections Etsy Shop  Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)

2, Go to Kindred Kollections and like the Facebook Page. Come back and tell us  you did (1 entry)

3. Be a follower of Samhain's Sirens via this blog. Let us know you are (1 entry)

4. Like The Sirens Facebook Page. Be sure to comment below and let us know. (1 entry)

5.  Blog about this giveaway (make sure you link back here), come back and leave us a link to your blog. (1 entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (link to us, please), come back, and leave us a link to your tweet (1 entry)

Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all three on it, it will only count as 1 entry.


Canadian residents, by law, instead of the above, you must answer the following question to be eligible:

What is 14-11?


What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 6 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question!  Remember, you still have to give us a valid email address J


The winner of the PIP Designs Blogger Blog Makeover is:
Hex Parker

The 3 winners of Wendy Callahan's Phenomenal Book Giveaway are:

Danni Supplicki
Hex Parker
TK
Tune in tomorrow for more Siren Fun!!

114 comments:

  1. I really like the gift bags and my favorite one is the painted raven. oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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    1. I absolutely love the rich autumn-y oranges of the pumpkins on that one! And the ravens are beautiful! Urban Threads does a wonderful job with their designs! Thanks so much for taking a look! And for linking our FB page!

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  2. I liked Kindred Kollections on FB - oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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  3. I'm already a follower of Samhain's Sirens

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  4. I love the Eat, Drink & Be Scary drawstring pouch brevsmom@aol.com

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    1. I think they are just the cutest! Thanks Loren for taking a look at the shop and liking us on facebook!!

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  5. I Kindred Kollections like on Facebook
    brevsmom@aol.com

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  6. awesome!
    14-11=3
    jessi.carr@hotmail.com

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  7. I blogged http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2013/10/samhains-sirens-samhains-sirens-day-14.html

    brevsmom@aol.com

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  8. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/SagasCottage/status/390470594027716608

    brevsmom@aol.com

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  9. Omg, i LOVE the dragonfly memo board on the kindred kollections etsy store! ~amy innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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    1. It's so dainty and cute! And on Sale! So glad you like it! Thanks for checking us out!

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  10. Now a FB follower! ~amy innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  11. Of course I'm a SS follower on FB... ~amy innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  12. ...and in the blogging world! ~amy innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  13. My favorite item in Kindred Kollections' etsy store is Falling Autumn Leaves Tote - Gift Bag (Hostess) - Craft or General Use Tote. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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    1. I love the metallic threads we used, and the reds are so beautiful... they just scream FALL to me! Apple Cider and snuggling under the blankets.. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking us out!

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  14. I am a follower of Samhain Sirens blog. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  15. I have liked Samhain Sirens on FB. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  16. I have liked Kindred Kollections on FB. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  17. oursunnyview@ gmail. com - I love the raven/pumpkin tote on Kindred Kollections

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    1. So glad you like it! I love those colors! And I have a growing obsession with Ravens! Thank you so much for checking us out!

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    2. As a Saxon pagan, ravens make me happy :)

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  18. oursunnyview@ gmail. com - I follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

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  19. oursunnyview@ gmail. com - I follow Samhain's Sirens on Blogger.

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  20. YAY! I can't wait to read Wendy's book!! :D

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  21. My current fave is the Falling Autumn Leaves tote. It would be perfect for storing knitting needles.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that... but you are certainly right! And I nice ball of threads too! Thanks for checking out the shop! And for liking our FB page!

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  22. I follow Kindred Kollections & Samhain's SIrens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  23. I LOVE the Halloween Unicorn Tote on the Kindred Kollections Etsy page! :D rapowell4@gmail.com

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    1. I must say... it is probably my favorite Halloween Themed item in the shop right now! I love that Unicorn! So glad you like it too! Thanks for checking out the shop and for liking the FB page!

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  24. I liked the Kindred Kollections Facebook page :) rapowell4@gmail.com

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  25. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog rapowell4@gmail.com

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  26. I like the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  27. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/Raitalle/status/390495702733709312 rapowell4@gmail.com

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  28. The Nevermore tote is great!! Itll matchmy sleeve !

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    1. Ya... I think I may have a growing obsession with ravens, and I couldn't pass up that Edgar Allen Poe design! Thanks for looking through the shop and liking our FB page!

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  29. The Nevermore tote is great!! Itll matchmy sleeve !

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  30. What cute bags!! I'm not sure I can choose just one favorite. My top four are: Halloween Unicorn, Nevermore, Raven Heart, and the Victorian Butterfly. I love the Clockwork Owl too but my Kindle is too small... robyncha (at) yahoo

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    1. Ahh... but we can do custom orders! And I still have some of the fabric from the Clockwork Owl case available... I love that fabric so I bought a whole bunch! Just message us if you're interested. Thank you so much for checking out the shop! :)

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  31. I follow SS♥
    robyncha (at) yahoo

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  32. I've "Liked" SS FB page :)
    robyncha (at) yahoo

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  33. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/RCchrps/status/390515503879319554 robyncha (at) yahoo

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  34. Love the skull wallet!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/126624068/now-on-sale-embroidered-skull-wallet?ref=shop_home_active

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    1. Did you see the purple skull purse too? They would go so well together! They were actually one of the first things we made for the shop! So glad you like the wallet! And thank you so much for checking out the shop!

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  35. I happily follow Samhain's Sirens blog. the_penns@cox.net

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  37. I like, like, like the Siren's FB page. the_penns@cox.net. (Forgot to put on my email address before).

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  38. The answer is 3 :)

    wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com

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  39. I love the Nevermore Raven drawstring tote on Kindred Kollections.
    Lynda
    lfe61@comcast.net

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    1. I love that little Raven! I'm half tempted to keep that one for myself! Thank you so much for looking through our shop!

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  40. I like Kindred Kollections on Facebook. :)
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  41. I follow Samhain's Sirens on GFC.
    Lynda
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  42. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.
    Lynda
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  43. The skull and butterfly tote is eye catching and perfect for Samhain.

    O' My Frigga Goodness! I wrote a poem today, left it on All Hallows' Grim site, and when I wrote that poem, I was thinking of Hendrix! I was wondering when you were going to put up Jimi Hendrix! I've been waiting since the first of October to find out when you were going to put him up, and which video you were going to choose (I was thinking about Wild Thing, which is just plain raw in terms of sensuality, but May This Be Love is a beautiful song.)

    Raving over Jimi aside (I was born a little too late to meet him in the next world), come and enter my giveaway, Sirens o'Samhain. It's my way of putting a "thank you for all your generosity" into the Universe. And, if you may, please try not to be late.

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    1. That tote is one of our favorites and the reason we decided to use that design as a logo of sorts! We love the delicate balance of the design. Thank you so much taking a look at the shop!

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  44. I blogged about this entry: http://thecauldronborn.blogspot.com/2013/10/sgsd-vampire-tarot-tarot-get-whole-story.html
    Lynda
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  45. I tweeted about this entry: https://twitter.com/TheAuldGreyMare/status/390586106632097793
    Lynda
    lfe61@comcast.net

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  46. Almost forgot. Find me at The Gratitude Journal of Ms. Lilypads, generous ladies.

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  47. Everything is so beautiful in Kourtney's shop! Your Victorian Butterfly Tote is absolutely gorgeous. What a lovely bag.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! I must admit that that tote was completely my mother's doing... but it is one of the most popular in the shop, so she must have done a good job! Thanks for checking the shop out Engie!

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  48. I have liked Kindred Kollections on Facebook (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  49. I am a follower of this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  50. I'm already a fan of Samhain's Sirens on Facebook (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  51. I have blogged about this giveaway.

    http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2013/10/win-lovely-tote.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  52. I have tweeted about this giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/390587462948364288

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck everyone!

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  53. I love the Embroidered Dragonfly Wallet!

    Orionova [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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    1. I'm green kinda gal, so that's one of my faves too! Thanks for checking out the shop!

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  54. I liked Kindred Kollection's Facebook page.

    Melody Siracusa

    Orionova [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  55. I am following the Samhain's Sirens blog.

    Melody Siracusa

    Orionova [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  56. I am a liker of Samhain's Sirens Facebook page.

    Melody Siracusa

    Orionova [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  57. I like Samhain's Sirens FB page! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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  58. I like Kindred Kollections FB page! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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  59. On the Kindred Kollections Etsy page, I love the Skull and Butterfly drawstring tote! soto.adelina@gmail.com

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    1. The colors on that one are so beautiful! And the embroidery design from Urban Threads is amazing. My mom keeps threatening to take that one for herself! Thanks for checking out the shop Lina!

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  60. I tweeted about the Giveaway! https://twitter.com/Adelina313/status/390660875628990464

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  61. I blogged about it! http://midstridemoxie.blogspot.com/2013/10/samhains-sirens-samhains-sirens-day-14.html

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  62. Of course..... I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog!!!! Muah!!!

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  63. I love the colors in the Embroidered Dragonfly Wallet!!! I also really like the Halloween Unicorn Tote but it totally doesn't compare to the tote in the giveaway I absolutely love that one!!!!

    lmm.mills@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much for all your kind words Iesadora! I love the doodle designs from Urban Threads so use them often... they work great on the wallets! Thanks for checking out the shop!

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  64. I Liked the Kindred Kollections FB page =D

    lmm.mills@gmail.com

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  65. I'm a follower of Samhain's Sirens blog =D

    lmm.mills@gmail.com

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  66. I Like The Sirens on FB =D

    lmm.mills@gmail.com

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  67. I like the cover for reader have a picture on blog

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    1. Thanks so much Dora for featuring the Steampunk Lady Bug case on your blog! We really do appreciate it!

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  68. I like samhain siren on facebook
    peppylady_60@yahoo.com

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  69. Post about the give away http://www.peppylady.blogspot.com/2013/10/just-hair-pass-half-way.html

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  70. my twet...https://twitter.com/Peppylady

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  71. I have liked the Kindred Kollections facebook page.
    rebeccajof@live.com

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  72. I think the dragonfly cover is beautiful on Kindred Kollections Etsy page.
    rebeccajof@live.com

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! And thanks for taking the time to check the shop out!

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  73. Since I just found your party I know I am missing each of the previous days prizes, but can I still copmment to enter for the grand prize?

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  74. I am loving the blog and crafts/recipes. I love the steam punk ladybug on KindredKollections etsy shop.

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