Thursday, December 3, 2009

collections & a giveaway: with my handbound books




i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series: 11 & a 1/2 quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) you can also check out my new *the collectors* series, based on these posts, on Etsy's blog, the storque! hope you'll just love: santas with the wonderful Rhonda of My handbound books.

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well here we are!
we're dancing into december and there is festive merriment all around! yay!

and if you're like me, thoughts also turn to the wonderment of the *new year* ahead, time to re-organize, re-evaluate, re-imagine!

so just imagine my delight with the wonderful shop my handbound books! it's filled to the brim with gorgeous handbound journals (a gift everyone would love - and how about treating yourself to one for the new year - to re-imagine yourself with!) AND her fabulous 2010 weekly planners - to get the new year off to a wonderfully organized start!

rhonda and i first met on the fabulous TransCanada Etsy team (psst: there's still time to WIN that fabulous giveaway on that blog, too!)

i came to quickly admire her as a wonderful leader, supporter and encourager in the handmade world! she's also a fabulous crafty mommy, and a wonderful bookbinding artist. so you'll be especially thrilled to hear that you can also WIN one of her amazing pieces here! yay!
and there's still time to shop for your holiday gifts in rhonda's beautiful shop! yay! so visit her beautiful and ever-popular shop, her wonderful blog and read more about the fabulous woman behind my handbound books here in her etsy featured seller interview! and now for rhonda's lovely collection!



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who (are you) : Rhonda
what (are you collecting) : Santas
when (did you start) : when I was a teenager
how (many do you have?): I counted at least 50 this morning; although, I haven't fully unpacked my tree ornaments yet...
where (do you find them) : Craft shows, various shops, and as gifts
where (do you keep them) : Most of the year, I keep them neatly packed in boxes then I rediscover them every year in December.
what ('s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : I'm amazed that Santa ornaments can be made from anything: sticks of wood, mussel shells, sand dollars, star fish!! what (piece would you like to add): Some antique Santas might be nice. why (do you love them) : Santa's story and history and all his manifestations in different cultures is so fascinating and magical. which (one is your favourite) & why : I have one that is three silly Santas standing on each other's shoulders. I gave it to my Grandmother many years ago and a few years ago she gave it back to me so it always reminds me of her.
what (else do you collect) : Artist's books. And envelope security patterns.



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what a festive collection, myhandboundbooks! thanks so much for sharing it with us! and now... the lovely rhonda has something else marvelous to share with you... one of her uber-popular 2010 weekly planners! woohoo!


just think of how beautifully organized we'll all be!

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here's how to enter the giveaway!
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1. go visit the lovely myhandboundbooks shop
... take a look around ... come back here and leave a comment in this post about your fave goodie from her shop & why.= 1 entry


2. visit the myhandboundbooks blog and follow it!
... then come back here and tell us about it. = 1 entry.

3. become a follower of myhandboundbook on twitter (@myhandboundbook)
and come back here and tell us about it!

4. tweet on twitter
about this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here. please be sure to include @therikrakshop so i can find you! :) = 1 more possible entry.


5. blog about this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here.= 1 more possible entry

6. follow or subscribe to the rikrak studio blog
and leave me a comment here telling us that you do! = 1 more possible entry.

7. :: PLEASE NOTE:
each entry must be it's own comment.. thanks! ::

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:: RULES ::
a) it is possible to have a maximum of 6 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) using random.org, 1 winner of the my handbound books giveaway will be chosen on
wednesday december 9th @ 9pm EST
d) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.

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i should also note that myhandboundbooks is one of my sponsors, and i'm thrilled to have her!

yay books!
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128 comments:

  1. My fav from my handbound books shop is the Extra large leather sketchbook. As an artist, I think it would fuel a lot of creative energy!

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  2. I'm now following my handbound books blog.

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  3. And subscribed to rikrak studio. Whew!

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  4. Beautiful....

    I follow rikrak and the handbound book!

    I love the red soft leather 2010 planner....LOVE IT!

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  5. Sorry....got too excited....

    Second entry...I follow Handbound books blog!

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  6. Ah, I LOVE journals! Thank you for sharing!

    The dark chocolate leather journal is gorgeous!

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  7. Followed her on twitter

    @toiltroubleknit

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  8. Third entry...I love the red soft leather 2010 planner....LOVE IT!

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  9. I really love the bitter chocolate leather journal/guestbook. It's so practical.
    But my favorite piece of hers was the pink suede journal with HOT PINK pages!!! I mean, do you ever see stuff like that?? So cool! )http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=22258207_

    abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

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  10. My favourite is the small leather note book , so classy and small enuf to carry around!

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  11. Following my handbound books blog!! Yay!

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  12. I am a huge fan of Handboundbooks! I adore her gorgeous leather bound hard cover books! In fact there is one on its way to me!

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  13. And subscribed to rikrak studio via google reader!!!! ^0^

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  14. I follow Handboundbooks blog!!

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  15. I am also following Rhonda on Twitter!

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  16. I just love evereything from this shop. I flat refuse to make a choice, because everything is just so perfect!!!

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  17. What beautiful books!! I love the red leather 2010 Weekly Planner. Beautiful!!

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  18. I love the black leather journal with red pages. It is the epitome of handmade waiting to be filled with creativity. This will be the perfect gift for my sister. Thanks for the intro. to the handbound books shop.

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  19. now following handbound books blog - I've always wanted to make my own marbled paper....what am I saying...I've always wanted to know how to make my own EVERYTHING.

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  20. I'm already a follower of the rikrak studio.

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  21. I love the black journal with red pages

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  22. Ohhhh! I love the purple leather journals! :)

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  23. I already follow My Handbound books and own two of her mini journals. I would love to own a big planner.

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  24. My favourite has to be the Extra Large Sketchbook and then the Caramel Leather Journal. I just love the torn edge papers in them.

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  25. my fave is Small Leather Notebook in butterscotch, because it would easily fit in my purse and i could take it around without much problem.

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  26. i tweeted! http://twitter.com/sadiekate08/status/6329963680

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  27. HI!

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35673736

    love the color:)

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  28. I love the leather hardcover book--it would be perfect for my journaling!

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  29. I'm a subscriber!


    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  30. I love the 2010 weekly planner - it is beautiful.

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  31. I follow the My Handbound Books blog.

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  32. I follow myhandboundbooks on Twitter (@sd9302)

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  33. i subscribe to the rikrak studio blog.

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  34. What a fun collection! I'm sure it must be so much fun unpacking them each year! I love these features rikrak.

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  35. I really love the Cherry Wood Journal with that gorgeous leather binding! It is so natural and warm! I really like it!

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  36. I am following Handbound Books on Twitter! @JustJingle

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  37. I love her little ones.

    Catherine.

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  38. I just LOVE MyHandboundBooks so much! Thanks lots for this giveaway! A real paper products and leather freak over here.

    My fave, which was hard to pick, is the Extra Large Leather Sketchbook or Journal - Dark Brown.

    Just thinking of what I'd do with it gives me the shivers.

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  39. Have visited the myhandboundbooks blog and now Follow it!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  40. Am a Rikrak follower too!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  41. I really like this one: Leather Journal - Dark Chocolate Journal - 250 pages

    Very pretty for everyday use and to keep lots of secrets!

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  42. Already a rikrak follower hehe

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  43. OH! I love the Caramel Leather Journal with over 500 pages! Beautiful stuff!!!

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

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  44. Am now following my handbound books' blog!

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  45. I am now a follower of My Handbound Books Blog!! :)

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  46. I am a Twitter follower of My handbound books too!!! :)

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  47. I am a follower of the rikrak studio! :)

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  48. awesome prize!
    i just visited Rhonda's shop and i love the Leather Journal - hardcover with abstract floral detail
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33470009
    quite impressive!!

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  49. Love (& NEED!) the 2010 planner - the crimson red is GORGEOUS.

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  50. I just love the red 2010 calendar.
    Penny Powell nursetoes@gmail.com

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  51. The pink leather journal is fabulous!

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  52. I love this one. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36001089

    The Dark Chocolate Leather Journal looks like it costs a fortune but is affordable!

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  53. I am a follower of my handbound books.

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  54. I am a follower of my handbound book on twitter.

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  55. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35902543

    Ohhh..love this pink one the most..my daughter and I have a weakness for notebooks! Love all the rest too but we had to pick one, right! :-)

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  56. I twittered about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/Fettbot/statuses/6356526370. emilyfette@gmail.com

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  57. I follow them on twitter! emilyfette@gmail.com

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  58. I also like the Red and White Hardcover Journal with mixed paper! emilyfette@gmail.com

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  59. As I've said, I love handmade books, so I really really can't pick one thing. I love everything. *everything.*

    spektorish@gmail.com

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  60. Following her pretty blog. :)

    spektorish@gmail.com

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  61. Fan on Twitter, spektorish is my name.

    spektorish@gmail.com

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  62. I follow your blog! :D

    spektorish@gmail.com

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  63. I enjoyed this post and interview.
    Everything is so pretty..She is so talented!!
    I love the beautiful Leather Journal with Black with red pages;)

    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  64. I am following My Handbound Books blog.
    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  65. the small one bc I could keep it in my workbag and jot down all the ideas / to-dos in my head!!

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  66. These leather books are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us about them. I like several but if I had to say one I think it's the Leather Journal - Dark Chocolate Journal - 250 pages.

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  67. Just became a follower on handbound books blog (leslie doughty).

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  68. I like the Oak Wood Journal

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  69. my fave item in MHB is the cranberry leather journal. stunning! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36026356

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  70. I've tweeted this contest :) http://twitter.com/littlereddoor/status/6401266721

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  71. I just followed MyHandboundBook on Twitter from stonedragonfly.

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  72. Wow, that 2010 planner in neutral-toned sheepskin is gorgeous! I love the natural color and the sleek style. It's perfect for my taste. :-)

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  73. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/stonedragonfly/status/6401473066

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  74. This is my favourite today:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36130489

    I have to admit I visit handbound's shop almost every day :-)

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  75. I am now following handbound's blog.

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  76. I follow handbound on twitter.

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  77. I just tweeted about this giveaway :-)

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  78. Just lovely! I've got my eye on the brown leather and floral hardcover journal!

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  79. I like the Red and White Hardcover Journal with mixed papers best.

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31580961

    I love the colors and feel to it.

    Ronit
    internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

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  80. Gorgeous journal!
    I've retweeted it ^.^
    http://twitter.com/verypurple

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  81. I love those small leather notebook from the MyHandboundBooks' shop, especially the cranberry one!
    I think is just perfect to be put in bag and carried everywhere.

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  82. I love the caramel leather journal with the flower bead. I always seem to need a something to write in when I'm out and about, and a little journal like that would be perfect. It's definitely on my Etsy favorites list now!

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  83. Officially a follower of My Handbound Books - Bookbinding Blog.

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  84. Following @myhandboundbook on Twitter.

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  85. Retweeted for you. (@1rockstarmommy)

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  86. Blogged about the giveaway!

    http://wp.me/pJ5j3-6

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  87. Officially a follower of the rikrak studio blog!

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  88. the extra large leather sketchbook or journal--that is great!

    sandtneal at mfire dot com

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  89. I LOVE the Lil Chunky Chocolate book. It is just lovely with the aqua stitching.

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  90. I love the Red Cranberry leather journal. The color is gorgeous, and it's the perfect size to journal in!

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  91. I am now following myhandboundbooks blog! So excited!

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  92. I am now following myhandboundbooks on twitter!

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  93. I tweeted about this awesome giveaway!!!

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  94. I am now following RikRak studios blog! :)

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  95. I now follow myhandbound books blog!

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  96. I also follow handboundbooks on twitter.

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  97. I love all handbounds's books but this is my fav:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31580961

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  98. Yippee!! I featured this giveaway on my blog!! Come see! http://beeyourselfdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/12/awesome-giveaway-lovely-handcrafted.html

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  99. I love the cranberry "Small Leather Notebook" because it would be perfect to use in my purse. I'm constantly referring to my lists and this would be a fashionable way to keep them all organized!

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  100. I'm a follower of rikrak!

    craftgasm @ gmail dot com

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  101. I think I love her small notebooks best, because then I can put whatever I want in them!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35835729

    craftgasm @ gmail. com

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  102. Just tweeted about the giveaway!

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  103. oooh I hope I didn't miss this!!!

    THis is one of my favorite!

    Red Cranberry Leather Journal with over 500 pages

    Its so wonderful!!!

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36026356

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  104. ok I'm following entry 2 right...
    :) tweeting :)

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  105. Entry 3 I think...following on twitter :)

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  106. Tweeted :)
    http://twitter.com/ArtoftheMoment

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  107. following the lovely rikrak studio blog :)

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  108. Blogged :)

    http://artofthemoment.blogspot.com/

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  109. Blogged here to :)
    http://etsyatlantic.blogspot.com/

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  110. I love the Small Leather Notebook in Chocolate please :) So perfect for sketch and carrying around.


    beccaalley at gmail dot com

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  111. I love Rhonda's blog. I follow it regularly,and am so glad to discover her work here!

    thank you!

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thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!