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Saturday, September 20, 2014

HOW TO make your OWN UMBRELLA - recycle, re-use, re-do....


WELL FINALLY.... there is SUNSHINE in my world,  .. And the RAINFALL comes in not
1 but 2 patterns...( available soon)

For all those who are accomplished sewers and designers..this pattern will be a breeze...you should have no troubles at all....I have included a dozen photos to assist you... This one was FREE  as promised!( after thousands of downloads and far to man inquiries...I have no more FREE time to assist you all. 

For those who may require  a bit more assistance, tidbits, what not to do, some wee additions that will have you breezing through making your own SHADE or RAIN UMBRELLA,  you may want a more detailed pattern....THIS  one will have 60+ photos....if ever you purchased any of my patterns, you know I am pretty detailed with every aspect of making anything. I don't hold back, I share with you in coloured photos, the threads, the needles, the sewing, the stitching and even the DONT DO areas-that I had accomplished successfully wink... Every one of you will be able to make your very own umbrella using any size "RECYCLED umbrella of your own" with ease. I will give you tidbits on how to make it with a laminate and a fabric one with a border print.

Years ago I purchased a very expensive umbrella while in France.....I added all those extra steps so your OWN umbrella will be extra special too. I even have one with a ruffled edge that is much easier than you can imagine... ( that is optional of course)


Now as you  read  this  the  FREE PATTERN is  for all those who really know how to do it....
after you have drawn your pattern, all you do is sew up all of the panels, and put it back the same way as you took it apart..... Pretty simple you say....all you needed were a few steps..... Take as much time taking it apart...and you will be successful. Do everything in REVERSE!


Many of the regulars here have downloaded it already....

IF YOU have not downloaded the PATTERN by now and would like a COPY
drop me a note ---I will see if I have some FREE time !

( made it easy for you to just print an attachment in an email, I took the time
to download it all smaller so it will fit on regular sized paper)



AND for those who may need a bit more assistance...I am still working on that pattern
it is well over 60 -80 photos and a whole lot more detail and close up photos so 
you will get the same results as this...
 ( cover of complete PATTERN) and it will be available in a PDF 
as it will be a very large file....




UMBRELLA- make your own-----will be very complete with 2 umbrella patterns
One for RAIN, ONE for SHADE-  how to work
with laminates and fabric with borders ---when  will this be  available.....
wellllll you may have to wait a wee bit longer.....( I will try for next weekend) 

It is taking me far longer than expected as I took over 125 photos...
I need to resize them all and place them in order...
I have already worked over 40 + hours on this ....

And again for those who can now figure it out on their own.....
Let's make UMBRELLAs.....






The FREE pattern that was available 
has been circulated to over 5,038 people.
it is no longer available for download...


There have been so many questions for more information..
I just do not have any more FREE time to answer you all..
A complete  pattern will be available soon!
Any questions that you have will ALL be answered in
the pattern. 

70 comments:

  1. Looking forward to have the detailed pattern- thank you!

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  2. thank you so much for the freebie! Now I have to shop for some nice laminates!

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  3. Thanks for the umbrella pattern/info .. much appreciated. Looking forward to info using laminates, but that may require more gray matter than l have access to .. :)) Trisha

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    1. thank you Trisha....I would have answered your note but you are a no reply blogger as you are with google plus....
      just know your comment is appreciated..

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  4. Sew many thanks for the freebie, but I am going to wait for the pattern with all of the pictures! I am a visual learner and need lots of WHAT to do and what NOT to do. All of your patterns, that I have purchased, are sew detailed that they make doing a project sew enjoyable and makes me feel like a pro when I am finished!

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  5. Thanks for the umbrella tutorial and info. I wish I would not have thrown away all of my torn umbrellas now that I know how to replace the fabric.

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  6. Yes you are a very detail oriented woman. I can attest that because I have your coin purse pattern and you don't leave any detail out, which is more than I can say for some other patterns I've seen. I may have to find some laminate to try this. Just thinking here, but I wonder if I used regular cotton and then sprayed it with ScotchGuard if that would also work for a rain umbrella. Hmmmmm, I must ponder this. Thank you for your tutorial.

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    1. They make a product that will make fabric a laminate. Can't remember who makes it but it's an iron-on product. I love the idea because you can use any fabric that appeals to you rather than just what laminates you have access to.

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  7. I have patience and will wait for the pattern. I'm not to good at working backwards. I have my granddaughters old umbrella and will start looking for some cutesy laminate. Thanks

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  8. How neat. Something different to try out. You know, it never rains in California.

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  9. How clever of you to come up with an umbrella pattern. I've never considered makin one until now. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  10. I am always so impressed with bloggers who take the time to produce a free pattern for us to use! If they also sell patterns, I at least investigate to see if there is something that I can use even if it is just to add to my pattern book! I am looking forward to the umbrella pattern being published.

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  11. Too cute! Thanks for the instructions. I know it may only help a little, but I will say thank you for myself and a few others. I appreciate your imagination and creativity and that you share them with us.

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  12. Thank you for taking time, detailed photos, and sharing this pattern/instructions. This would make a fun and different project for a Saturday quilt guild 'sit-n-sew'.

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  13. Soooo...is the good Lord trying to tell me something? I made one comment (and a nice one, too!!!) to you earlier and it hasn't posted - how weird is that? I commented on Janarama's comment above a bit later and that's when I noticed my comment wasn't there. I was then in the process of writing to you again when a wild gust of wind came up out of nowhere and then we lost our power which effectively erased that comment also. :( What I was saying was thank you so much for your pattern - I think I can handle it though I'll probably want the detailed version, too. You are always so generous with your embelishments/suggestions/pictures in your patterns. I am going to be heading out to the 2nd-hand shops to find a good used umbrella that I can utilize. You are the best!!

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  14. Good evening Samm, you are loved, even though it appears that you are under appreciated. Thank you for the gentle reminder to remember our manners. Soft hugs. Evelyn

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  15. I know what you mean Madm Samm - I have been reading some very interesting articles on costings and such recently on Sam Hunters Design Studio blog and Molli Sparkles blog. Their costings for making quilts was eye opening - I wonder how you do it for patterns and then start dividing by how many patterns you think you will sell. Wonder if there is some kinda formula.

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    1. Maybe we should ask Molli. He is really good with formulas for things like that Baa.

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  16. Now you sure made that look easy. I'm going to have to get an umbrella and give it a try. I'm guessing you have way more hours invested in this, than your giving yourself credit for. A little thanks goes a long way. From me, a BIG thanks to you!!!

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  17. Thank you, thank you. I have been waiting patiently for your instructions. You are perfect on your details.Your creativity is amazing. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  18. Love your work Madame Sam, just dropping I to say thanks for everything you do. I will wait for the more detailed instructions later on. Yes my manners can sometimes be bad, but I generally just bookmark a post until I make it them I share. But maybe I need to comment more. I am trying though. Thanks hugs and love from Australia

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    1. wanted to thank you for your note CASS, KINDNESS, and a NOTE goes a long way....

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    1. if you happen to see this NO REPLY blogger, drop a note with your email so I can answer...
      madamesamm@me.com

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  20. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea! My grandson just started kindergarten this year and is in need of an umbrella. We thought to get him one with a push-button open and close but they only come in navy and black. Now I can buy a new one and just recover it! Samm, you are so clever! Reading your tutorial has convinced me that it's do-able but I would like to wait for your detailed (hand holding) pattern! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

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  21. I guess I missed the free pattern, my 6 year old granddaughter has had major surgery, so I've been a little preoccupied. I have an umbrella frame without any material left on, but maybe I can wing it.

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  22. I haven't downloaded it yet, but I'm sure it's another amazing pattern. Thank you!

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  23. Do you think this would work with the BIG outdoor umbrellas? My Honeyman went to open ours (two days before your teaser post) and the poor thing gave up the goat!' :( we sit outside OFTEN and I sure do hate to throw out the perfectly good 'bones'!! I have not yet downloaded (because I don't know how on a Kindle) but I'm psyched to try this!! Thank you so much!! You rock!!

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  24. I love Your post, Samm !!!!! It is a good lesson for me, too. I really understand Your chagrin. Doing patterns takes a lot of time. I think everyone from that persons should say "Thank You". It takes a few seconds, but it is so nice.
    So, I really appreciate Your effort!!
    Have a good Sunday, My Dear.

    Ps. I haven't downloaded your pattern, yet :)

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  25. I understand your comment at the end more than you might know. I do tutorials and offer free things occasionally and I have only two, maybe three pepino who will comment regularly. Most sometimes i do it just for myself.........

    I do read you often for you bubbles and happy. You help me see a lighter side of things.

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  26. I am a regular here, I would have liked to have had the free pattern but I guess I missed it, or is there a link I am just not seeing? I am so happy you are posting your Observation!! I am right along side you cheering you on too!! Those who stop in for the "FREE" and can't take the time to leave a mere Thank~you comment, after you have put in HOURS of your time creating the "FREE", plain and simple don't deserve it!! Shame on them.......

    Have a Wonderful Sunday, YOU Matter, and are sew Gratefully Appreciated too!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  27. My best thoughts to you!
    You have completely right!

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  28. I forgot to mention yesterday, Anna is doing a Beautiful job with the Miss Apple Heart Etsy Boutique!! Putting this seasoned Etsian to shame, guess I need to get on the stick! Thanks Anna for giving us all such Beautiful Options and Gorgeous Photos!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  29. I'm sorry I missed the free pattern, if you have some time, please, could you send it? I would be very happy and I will say THANK YOU!!

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    1. Can you imagine? Mme Samm already sent it. Here is the promised THANK YOU!!

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  30. A great reminder Samm - good manners are good manners. :) blessings, marlene

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  31. I owe you (and many other bloggers) an apology. I do not often leave comments. Sometimes I just want to read all I can in the small amount of time I have. Sometimes I am tired. Sometimes I am on my tablet and it is more difficult to write things. I do I lot of justifying to myself but it's not right and I know it. A lot of others are just as busy and tired as I am and yet they find time to comment. I do apologize.
    And I will try to never take another free pattern without saying thank you.
    Never meant to hurt anyone's feelings or make them angry.

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  32. Sweet of you to offer the pattern for free. A thank you would go a long way wouldn't it? I am going to pass on the opportunity to try it but I appreciate the time and effort you put into it!



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  33. Great post, Mdm Samm. It doesn't hurt to leave a comment to say thank you or even just a hello. I was amazed to read that after all those people downloaded the pattern, only two had commented. It doesn't take much to say thank you.

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  34. How did I miss the pattern? I am here so often. I am going to have to go back and see if I can find the link. You are always most generous with your work, Samm, and we all appreciate it as you can tell by the number of views and downloads. It is a shame that many do not take the time to show their appreciation.

    I would love to make one of these in the new laminates. Of course my fair complexion is begging for a shade umbrella!

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  35. I missed the pattern !!! WHAAAA! :( ... dAng!

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  36. I realize I am late to your rain and sun umbrella party. I was out in the smoke-filled sun working hard in our yard. There is so much to always do especially when we are preparing for a harsh winter. I honestly understand every word you blogged and agree that people should always be grateful and say thank you for something they receive...free or not! When blogging it is very disheartening not to have wonderful comments to read and get constructive ideas from. The only times I haven't commented is when I am not with a keyboard or when I cannot imagine what I would respond to a blog post I cannot relate to (which may be offensive or rude or cruel). You my dear are such a gift to we bloggers you should always be thanked for all you do. I appreciate you very much and sincerely hope I have shown that in my comments through and through. Creative Blogging Bliss...

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  37. Thanks for this wonderful blog and for all you do for quilters!

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  38. I've tried to click on the link but it doesn't work. Can you direct me to the link?

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  39. Madam Samm......you are such an amazing lady! Missed you all summer and it's nice to have you and the blog hop gals back.

    It's very fitting that I follow Jeanne in Ohio cause I can't seem to capture the link, either! Can you help? Thanks......thanks.....thanks......:-)

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  40. I too am late for the umbrella party. Was gone all day yesterday and Friday and today working on a "rush" project. (wink, wink).

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  41. Only you could figure out how to make an umbrella! That is genius! Now can you teach me how to make a leotard? (Wink!)

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  42. I just came across this post now, and even if I don't think I am going to make an umbrella any time soon, I wanted to send you a warm hug because I have been sharing free patterns for the last 2 years and I had thousands of downloads for some patterns and very very very few people reaching out to me directly. I also found pictures of my blocks realized on other blogs not just without a note to me, but even without credit nor a link back to my blog. On my blog I had a couple of "sad" posts about "is it worth it" to keep sharing my patterns and those posts got me a lot of nice comments from people that appreciate what I am doing and supports me. I know that there are hundreds of people that just pass by, save the pdf and move on without even thinking about the time and effort that goes behind creating those patterns. But there are also a lot of people that care (as you also realized!).
    So thanks for inspiring us and sharing your talent!!

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  43. It is frustrating sometimes when comments don't come as easily as they should. You are so right. Sorry I missed out on all of this umbrella goodness, I am swamped with wedding. I have made time for the hops and will be hopping and commenting because I LOVE it. But, that is all I'm committing to for the next 4 weeks. After that, maybe I'll go back to writing a tutorial or two and a pattern or two, too. lol They are SO much work and I am always willing to pay for a great pattern. Free is so nice and I appreciate the time and effort that goes into any tutorial or pattern. I LOVE to comment about them too.

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    1. I just saw what Amanda said about a leotard. I could really use one.... Let me know when you have that one ready!!!! lol

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  44. I hope you realize how much you are loved by me. ;). I always look here for inspiration. I think people use the"Busy" excuse far too often and forget their manners. Thank you for being you!

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  45. I didn't blog this weekend so I missed this being posted. I have thanked you many times for the abundance of hours you give to all of us here. And I say thank you again for the time you are taking and have taken to get these umbrella patterns out to us. I would like to have the pattern if you don't mind sending it out. I do appreciate you more than you know. Love you to pieces dear Samm.

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  46. Thank you Samm, for saying those things which need to be said. Manners are not used as much these days. I work in retail and you cannot possibly believe the level of rudeness I see on a daily basis from so many who should know better. Sad that folks can't even say thank you for something given to them for free. Well, I hope you know we love you and appreciate you. You have given me many wonderful things since I first began visiting here. Please don't stop.

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  47. Gee whiz...look at all I missed while taking the weekend off! It has been raining here all weekend, and because I was not working, I spent my time on the couch in front of the tv with hand sewing and knitting...oh and some shopping with my son...oh and a little baking too...those pies were delish! Now, as for your patterns...they are always super amazing...don't kid yourself, they and YOU are soooooo appreciated. In the nursing industry we rarely get thanked and often get "cursed" for our efforts (I work mainly with varying levels of Alzheimer's and dementia) so I really don't expect much. I try not to forget my manners, but I'm the first to admit it does happen. When I meet people for the first time, I usually apologize at the outset and let them know I will most likely not remember their name and please don't take it personally; it is a weakness I have. I certainly hope that I've not been one who has made you feel this way; I would feel very, very bad to hear that...so I will apologize (just in case--if not for past then for future faux pas!) and send lots of x's and o's your way; would you like a slice of apple pie and a hot cider or cocoa to go? I do "drive thru" if you're ever out this way...just give me 5 mins notice...and I'll bring it out as soon as you arrive LOL

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  48. I, too, took the weekend off from the computer and come back to a free pattern! How lovely! I have been shopping thrift stores a lot lately and keep running across this weird fabric that feels like a cross between oilcloth and greased fabric. Ill bet it would make a great umbrella! Thanks so much for the pattern and all the time is took and is taking. Us little chickies love following you around, don't you hear us peeping at you?

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  49. I just found your blog and am looking forward to making my own original looking umbrella! Thanks so much!!

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  50. Just seeing this post...with Hubby home this weekend, I didn't really get near a computer..But I do love all the participants...YOU ARE ALL SO INSPIRING! I try my best to log on at least by lunch time (I work a full time job) if I am able...If I left anyone out the last hop, many apologies!!! Everyone was so fun to read!
    As for free patterns, I love them...and so just seeing this one, I must say YIPPPEEEEEE!!! Thank you for sharing!
    You know I love this blog..and all the community in it!!! HUGS HUGS HUGS!!!!

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  51. Madame Samm would you pleeeez send me the pattern too...I missed it... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! :)

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  52. How did I miss the free umbrella pattern when I check your blog every day??? I would love to have the pattern sent my way. Thanks!

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  53. Thank you for sharing this Madame Samm. Such a fun idea and how generous you are with your time and talent.

    I think the gentle reminder about manners is spot on. Sadly, this has been my experience as well with "free" and it's quite disheartening - especially after all the time and effort that gets put into sharing a design or pattern for others to enjoy. A simple, "thank-you", can make one's day. No wonder they are called magic words. Let's put a little "magic" back into the world... with 2 simple words....

    Here's a HUGE thank you... for YOU being YOU!

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  54. Mind your Manners was a phrase I heard often from my dear sweet mama. She had me writing Thank-You Notes to everyone from my teacher all the way to the sanitation workers who picked up our trash each week. She was a real stickler for manners. When I forget, which isn't often but it does happen I can see her wagging that crooked little finger at me reminding me to "do what's right, Jane Ellen." SO....if I EVER forget to Thank-You for all that you have done not only for me but for hundreds if not thousands of stitching artists , I offer my sincerest apology.

    Your post made me chuckle though , just a wee bit......I was thinking of that famous little phrase we both enjoy as one of those "inside" jokes between friends IHCP.

    Love you friend, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck (that's what I say to my Grandpeeps)
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

    P.S. The umbrella pattern is just the thing for a rainy day but knowing my limited skill sets when it comes to a project such as this, I deemed it best to not even attempt...much less download. I shall leave that for you more right brained people...or is it left brained? See I don't even know which side of the brain I think with.....

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  55. I agree with Katherine, Thank You for being You!

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  56. I am a lurker who binge reads your blog. Sometimes 2 weeks or more at a time but until Fridays post which I just read, I never saw any place to comment and never saw comments, not realizing I needed to go to a different page. I am used to seeing a Comment in larger type at the bottom right above the comments people have made. Actually,I just saw the words "see comments " in small print and thats when I found it.I love seeing all your beautiful ideas and long for a time when I might get time to do some of them but mostly, I just enjoy all the pictures. I do appreciate all your hard work and have often wanted to ask how in the world you have the time or energy to do all you do. I have not downloaded the pattern since although I think I have enough sewing experience to do it, i just know me and wonder, would I ever? Love your checks and support you all the way. Thank you for enjoyable reading and projects.

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  57. Amen! It is disheartening to put so much work into a post and only have half the participants comment. I know, though, that there are some people who read without commenting and I feel honored they visited!
    I am catching up (again) after a weekend in the hill country, but I did visit all the blogs on the hop before leaving and left comments! I know how much it brightens our day to have a kind word from someone.

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You think they are just words...they are sew much more than that...your wee messages tell me, you are kind, smart and important...