Wednesday, April 14, 2010

scrumptious: a strawberry scones recipe & a giveaway with five forty




yippee!
it's handmade earth week here @ the rikrak studio: 7 days of celebrating eco-friendly handmade, and meeting some of the amazing artists behind future-friendly, sustainable indie businesseses that you & i love!


today's our first: an amazing handmade recycled rug GIVEAWAY with the fabulous Pegg of five forty. each giveaway will be up for 8 days. be sure to come back each weekday between now and earth day (next thursday) to enter all 7 giveaways - you're gonna LOVE them! - and meet some of the fabulous folks behind the green handmade movement!


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check out all of the giveaways so far!

1. a beautiful handwoven recycled rag rug by *fiveforty* here!
2. a necklace by the *broken plate*, here.
3. a gorgeous eco chic seatbelt bag by *alamodestuff* here.
4. a fashionista's dream moo moo dress by *julesmae* here.
5. a lovely textile necklace by *vadjutka*, here.
6. a pair of fabulous wall pockets by *greencouchdesign*, here.
7. a gorgeous rose organza purse by *karen meyers* , here.

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strawberry scone photo by shok
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gosh.
i love a delicious handmade treat. there's just something so fabulous about enjoying food that someone has hand baked. hand made.

but i'm a terrible baker. poor family rikrak.
i like to hapzaradly substitute wherever needed in recipes. and sadly, baking doesn't seem to love this approach.

so of course i superadmire the great chefs, superbakers among us. those great folks handmaking yummy good foods. one is the fabulous eco-artist five forty (read on to see how to WIN one of her amazing recycled rugs!) ... her yummy blog is filled with tantalizing recipes for all occssions, and i adore each and every one i've tried. (don't worry, nicies - i stick right to her directions!)

so i asked the lovely pegg to launch our earth week festivities with a scrumptious recipe for all of us to celebrate spring! hope you'll enjoy this mouth-watering delight: yummy strawberry scones.

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Strawberry Scones Recipe
by five forty

4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. cold butter cut into 1/4” pieces ( you can use olive oil instead of butter if you do not eat dairy)
1 1/4 cup buttermilk ( use soy milk, rice milk... With a squeeze of lemon if you do not eat dairy)
2 cups hulled and chopped fresh strawberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips ( again if you do not eat dairy, substitute carob chips for the chocolate)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 Preheat oven to 400 F.
2 Lightly grease 2 baking sheets and set aside.

3 Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder,
baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
4 Add the butter and cut it into the flour mixture using your fingers. Do not overwork the dough.

5 Add the strawberries and the chocolate chips and toss until well distributed in the bowl.

6 Add 1 cup of buttermilk and mix until just combined and the dough begins to stick together. Add the remaining buttermilk one tbsp. at a time if the dough is too dry.

7 Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll or pat into two 6” rounds, about 1 1/2” thick. Cut each round in half, then cut each half into 3 triangles and place on the baking sheets. Brush the tops with egg wash.

8 Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Makes 1 dozen scones.

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scrumptious, pegg! thanks so much for sharing!

pegg is also brilliant on her weaving loom & as a jewelry artist. be sure to visit her shop here. follow her on facebook here & follow her on twitter here.

pegg's amazing handwoven recycled sweater rag rugs have caught the eye of many and i cheered all the way to her gold medal victory in the handmade olympics - everyone around the world loves her beautiful rugs!

so you, like me, will be delighted to hear that now... that's right...you can WIN one! woohoo!

five forty is offering one lucky rikrak reader ....



.... this gorgeous, red recycled felted wool sweater rag rug!! it was woven by pegg on an upright loom she adapted using wool for both warp and weft. therefore, it's an all recycled wool textile.

this rug measures 24 1/2" X 34" (62.2 cm x 86.3 cm), woven edge to woven edge, not including the wool fringe. pegg writes: "the rug is very cushy underfoot, it feels great. it's a gorgeous mix of rich beautiful reddish tones with stripes of grey, black and brown in the warp. Bright red, deep red, peachy red, coral, dark fuchsia pink...This rug can be dry cleaned, hand washed in room temperature water, or on the gentle cycle in a front loading washing machine, in warm water, no hot or cold. Please hang to dry or lay flat to dry. "

good golly! thanks so much, five forty!
are we ever in luck!
so enter here to WIN!




1. go visit the fabulous five forty shop!
... take a look around ... come back here and leave a comment in this post about your favourite goodie from her shop & why you love it!= 1 entry

2.
leave us a comment about what's one of your own favourite recipes to make and share!

... = 1 entry

3. visit pegg's lovely blog (it has the most amazing recipes, ALL THE TIME!) and become a follower. then come back here and tell us!
... = 1 entry.

4. become a five forty facebook fan . come back here and tell us about it!
... 1 entry

5. leave a comment over in this etsy thread here sharing an eco tip.
come back here and tell us about it. = 1 possible entry


6. tweet on
twitter
about this giveaway and come back here and tell us! please be sure to include @therikrakshop so i can find you! :) = 1 more possible entry.


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


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

9. :: 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 8 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 five forty rug giveaway will be chosen on thursday, april 22nd (EARTH DAY!) @ 9pm EST.
d) open to contestants worldwide.
e) 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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--------> UPDATE: <---------
check out all of the giveaways so far!

1. a beautiful handwoven recycled rag rug by *fiveforty* here!
2. a necklace by the *broken plate*, here.
3. a gorgeous eco chic seatbelt bag by *alamodestuff* here.
4. a fashionista's dream moo moo dress by *julesmae* here.
5. a lovely textile necklace by *vadjutka*, here.
6. a pair of fabulous wall pockets by *greencouchdesign*, here.

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352 comments:

  1. Thank you Kristal!
    This is an exciting giveaway celebration!! Happy Earth Week to everyone!!

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  2. Whoo hoo! a fiveforty giveaway! I must enter!!

    It's not easy to pick a favourite from pegg's shop because I love her work...but I really like these Blue Sky Copper earrings
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27660557

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  3. my fav recipe right now is from pegg's blog - it's the grilled ceasar salad - it's amazing - just thinking about it now makes me want to have it for dinner!

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  4. I love the
    "Lust .. Red Hollow Glass and Copper Earrings" They look just like candy and I adore candy!
    escuishi (at) hotmail.com

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  5. I Now follow the Pegg's blog!
    escuishi (at) hotmail.com

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  6. I twitted
    https://twitter.com/Amapanther
    escuishi (at) hotmail.com

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  7. I follow your blog...
    escuishi (at) hotmail.com

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  8. I've known Pegg for quite awhile now! I've always admired her rugs, and now the new copper jewelry is fabulous too. The shades of autumn rug is beautiful!

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  9. wow I am tired hahaha
    ok, and I blogged...
    http://hello-my-little-world.blogspot.com/

    escuishi (at) hotmail.com

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  10. I love the Veggie Burger recipe and people now request that I make them!

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  11. I love catching up on Fiveforty blog

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  12. ...and I enjoy being a FB fan : )

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  13. I have lots of things hearted at fives shop but my favorite is her denim rug

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5383784

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  14. I posted over "home" on the Etsy forums.

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  15. I'm now following your blog @the rikrak studio : )

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  16. OK, I have coveted Pegg's rugs for years now. Yes, years! I actually (and I'm not making this up) woke up thinking about them this morning and here she is, having a giveaway. Could I be more excited?

    My favorite item in her shop right now is the rag rug in ivory, yellow, and taupe.

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  17. Lazy Day Cake...one my grandma used to make and my favorite. Brings back lots of good childhood memories :)

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    2/3 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup milk

    TOPPING:
    1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    5 tablespoons whipping cream
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Directions
    In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla.
    Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
    Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
    Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Broil 3-5 in. from the heat for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

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  18. i love the Handwoven Recycled Sweater Mixed Fibre Rag Rug
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34545472

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  19. i commented on the etsy thread.

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  20. tweeted;
    http://twitter.com/thepeachrainbow/status/12165600240

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  21. Hi rikra/Kristalk,

    I think fiveforty/Pegg's rugs are gorgeous. She's got such a wonderful sense of colour.

    I like this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34834266

    cheers,
    Ele

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  22. Fiveforty has lots of great items in her shop but this is my fav:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40469359

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  23. I love all of Pegg's rugs but this one especially because of the beautiful rich colours she's used:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33721232

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  24. I am a fiveforty facebook fan!

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  25. I also subscribe to the rikrak blog!

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  26. I love the look of those scones! Thank you for the recipe.

    I love all of the rugs in her shop. Maybe this one most of all -

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25281274

    Thank you.
    jjbeans145 @ yahoo.com

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  27. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter! But I do subscribe to the Rikrak Blog!!!! Love your blog.

    Thank you.
    jjbeans145 @ yahoo.com

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  28. Wow -- so many cool things to choose from in Pegg's shop! I think this is my fav! Love the colors

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25281274

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  29. My favorite recipe to share is my Grandmom's Raisin Oatmeal Cookies. They're delicious!

    Thank you.
    jjbeans145 @ yahoo.com

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  30. I am now a follower of Pegg's blog! I can't wait to try some of her recipes! Yum....

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  31. I left a comment in the Etsy thread about not idling your vehicle - it's my environmental tip and pet peeve.

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  32. I am now a five forty FB fan!!

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  33. Just twittered about this fantastic giveaway - oh, I would love to win this rug:)
    twitter from @kootsac

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  34. I am already a rikrak studio follower!! :)

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  35. I just subscribed to your blog RikRak through my Yahoo acoount.

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  36. These muffins are a family favorite! A friend gave this to me, so I'm not sure who originated it!

    Lemon-Blueberry Muffins
    Makes 1 dozen large muffins

    3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon table salt
    10 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
    1 cup granulated sugar, less 1 tablespoon
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    2 large eggs
    1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
    1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen)
    1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
    Vegetable cooking spray or additional unsalted butter for muffin tins

    1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

    2. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest to butter-sugar mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in one-half of dry ingredients. Beat in one-third of yogurt. Beat in remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with yogurt, until incorporated. Toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour and fold into finished batter.

    3. Spray twelve-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray or coat lightly with butter. Use large ice cream scoop to divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until muffins are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Set on wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.

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  37. Oh my. This rag rug is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are so rich!

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  38. Enter me please! Nice giveaway!
    My favorite item is: Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug. It's very colorful and veru funny, and I love it!

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman@hotmail.com
    Spain

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  39. Following pegg's lovely blog (fisiwoman)


    fisiwoman@hotmail.com

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  40. I'm a five forty facebook fan (Ana Belén R M)

    fisiwoman@hotmail.com

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  41. Tweeted:http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12171820270

    fisiwoman@hotmail.com

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  42. Following the rikrak studio blog


    fisiwoman@hotmail.com

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  43. I love this felted wool rag rug:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41612665

    maybe because it's so bright and colorful! My feet could find this in the morning!

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  44. I like this handcrafted wool felt rug
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36586310
    I like the blue colors
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  45. I love to make cranberry crescent rolls
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  46. I love her rugs! Especially this red one, and the plaid ones at her shop. I also really like the Blue Ice ... Glass and Silver Necklace, pretty!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  47. subscribed with email to your blog
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  48. My favourite recipe for taking to friends is brownies, of course, but I also often take Chili Corn Scones for dinners. They are really simple, and go great with everything from chili to steak!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  49. Following on google reader!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  50. Posted a tip to use vinegar on the eco forum!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  51. FiveForty rules the school! I love her red biwa pearl *dried cranberry* earrings :)

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  52. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/littlereddoor/status/12175138803

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  53. love fiveforty's rag rugs!! and her cute collection of sneakers :)

    my fav in her shop right now is
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23500827

    thanks for the chance to enter!

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  54. i tweeted about it.. tweeted? twatted?
    either way its there
    http://twitter.com/mooshoome

    :)

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  55. I love these aqua grey earrings:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=44407721

    because they are one of my favorite colors!

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  56. I now follow Pegg's awesome blog....I'm really looking forward to putting those recipes to use!

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  57. What a beautiful rug! I tweeted :D

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  58. I am now following the blog also. Have a great day!

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  59. I'm officially a fan of fiveforty - on facebook even!

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  60. I am now a follower of the rikrak studio and (I hope) an entrant in the giveaway--love the colors in that rug!
    You can also visit (or follow) my blog, www.thosebluerememberedhills.blogger.com or visit either of my etsy shops, The Creative Block, www.siragwatkins.etsy.com and Findings, www.leslietsy.etsy.com
    where I'll be posting some Trashion Team Earth Week specials.

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  61. I love this colorful rug: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41612665

    although they are all beautiful!

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  62. Silver Leaf .. Recycled Paper and Silver Earrings, love these, they're simple yet the length makes them really striking!
    thanks
    monkeychild92 at gmail dot com

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  63. Facebook Fan of Five Forty
    monkeychild92 at gmail dot com

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  64. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/candidreviewer/statuses/12179354166
    monkeychild92 at gmail dot com

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  65. My favorite item from the store: Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug .. Ivory, Yellow and Taupe, because the colors are so earthy and beautiful; this would look lovely in any season.

    nupur.kittur AT gmail DOT com

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  66. One of my favorite recipes to make and share- almond buttercrunch candy. It is really easy to make and everyone loves it as a special treat.

    nupur.kittur AT gmail DOT com

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  67. I left an eco-tip on the Etsy thread (user name: Nupur)

    nupur.kittur AT gmail DOT com

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  68. My favorite item is the Old Wood modern necklace.

    bead.eclectic@gmail.com

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  69. My favorite recipe to make and share is strawberry cheese cake! I just found a fantastic recipe that I posted on my blog. :)

    bead.eclectic@gmail.com

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  70. I am loving ALL the recycled rugs in five forty's etsy shop. I'm thinking one would look fab on the front porch of the cottage! Definitely marking as a favorite shop - thanks for the introduction.

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  71. My favorite item from fiveforty is the pair of silver leaf recycled paper and silver earrings; they remind me of a pair my mother has.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  72. My favorite recipe to share is rosemary garlic beer bread.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

    3 cups flour
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    3 tsp baking powder
    1.5 tsp salt
    2 Tbs garlic powder
    2 tsp dried rosemary
    12 oz. beer or hard cider

    Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the beer or cider, and stir well to get a sticky dough. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for ~ 1 hour until done. Best served hot with butter.

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  73. Wow...love her shop! This is my favorite rug...the colors are fantastic! And, eco-friendly...awesome!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21053224
    Beth

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  74. I followed Pegg on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!
    @RubysUpcycleDes
    Beth

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  75. I'm following Pegg on Facebook and I added her page to my favorites!
    Thanks, Beth

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  76. I am not a follower of Peggs lovely blog! Beth

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  77. I posted on the etsy link about using all natural cleaning proudcts and reusing everything as much as possible.
    Beth

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  78. I love this forest moss necklace!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/21500480/forest-moss-glass-pearl-and-copper-neckl

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  79. I'm following the fiveforty blog! (I actually thought I was before!)

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  80. I follow fiveforty on facebook.

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  81. I follow the rikrak studio blog too!

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  82. I love these earrings!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/44459945/smoked-iris-enameled-copper-and-oxidized

    kimhigueria(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. This is my all time favorite recipe to make for others (and save some for myself hehe) The recipe is on our family recipe blog:

    http://satkorecipes.blogspot.com/2008/09/butter-toffee.html

    kimhigueria(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. Howdy! I am now a faithful FiveForty blog follower. Please enter me to win that lovely rug!

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  85. from my favourites

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/34650828/handwoven-recycled-sweater-mixed-fibre-r

    I love pegg's jewelry too & so do those I've given it to as gifts

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  86. I LOVE her rugs! Oh my gosh!! How beautiful!! I think this rug is so gorgeous! http://www.etsy.com/listing/36586310/handwoven-felted-recycled-wool-sweater-r

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  87. I love to share my recipe for quinoa tabouli- very fresh and healthy!

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  88. one of my favorite recipes is a chicken wing dip recipe. it's a staple at parties! only i make the vegetarian version and substitute tofu for chicken!

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  89. I really like the 'Chocolate Turquoise .. Turquoise, Pearl and Glass Necklace' the colors in that are just gorgeous! Thank you so much! ~Cee~
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  90. One of my favorite recipes to make and share is a scone recipe that involves orange zest and sour cream. They are so light and delicious! Thank you again! ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  91. I just became a public follower of 'Follow Five Forty at Home'/Pegg :)
    Thank you yet again!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  92. I follow the rikrak studio blog. It initially gave me an error message, but when I went back to select 'follow' again, it said I was already following :) ~Cee~
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  93. I'm already a follower of your blog and totally enjoy it!

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  94. My favorite recipe to share is for a frewh apple cake! Ummm scrumptious!

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  95. I am now a follower of Pegg's blog!

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  96. I'm now a follower of fiveforty on Facebook!

    lmoore(at)flippinweb.com

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  97. I've checked out Pegg's Etsy shop and I've got to say that I love the Autumn rug or any of her rugs, they are really awesome!

    lmoore(at)flippinweb.com

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  98. This giveaway is so awesome - I hope I win! I totally blogged about it in my upcycled blog:

    http://slyraccoon.blogspot.com/2010/04/sisters-are-best.html

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  99. Wow this is a fantastic give away! Thank you Rikrak & FiveForty for giving us the chance to win this rug. I especially love to find other Northern Ontario artists. :D

    My favourite item from her shop is the pink and blue rag rug because it would look lovely in my kitchen. :)

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  100. I fanned Fivefourty on Facebook. :)

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  101. to choose one single fave is next to impossible so I have to go with the beautiful denim rug because it would match my bedroom perfectly! :)

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  102. Wow, it is so difficult to pick just one thing from five's gorgeous shop. I am truly loving the recycled glass pieces though, like this one:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/44550998/ice-blue-copper-recycled-glass-and-coppe

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  103. I am fiveforty blog follower, too.

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  104. I am also a fiveforty facebook fan.

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  105. Here is a recipe that I used at Christmas for peppermint candy cane meringues. It could be so easily adapted to seasons, tastes. I am thinking of changing out the peppermint for some lemon for my next go.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peppermint-Meringues/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=28331266&prop26=HealthyBites&prop27=2009-12-09&prop28=Main&prop29=Recipe&me=1

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  106. I like all the rugs, especially the blue green one!

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  107. Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 large eggs,beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • if desired, 1 cup chopped pecans, or chopped walnuts

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl by hand. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. The dough will be very stiff.

    You can even use a Kitchen Aid mixer for this first step. I use the batter attachment and mix on a lower setting. Just be sure that the dough is well mixed before moving on.


    The perfect comfort food!

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com
    Stir in chocolate chips by hand. You'll need to use a sturdy wooden spoon for this and a bit of muscle. You can add the pecans, or other nuts, at this time if desired. Keep stirring and folding the chocolate chips and nuts into the dough until they are evenly dispersed.

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  108. I am follower in pegg's blog

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  109. I'm a five forty facebook fan

    Sophia Komninou

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  110. It's hard to pick a favourite, but I love the woodland moss bracelet with a copper clasp - I love copper!

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  111. I love the Coppered Ivory .. Freshwater Pearl and Copper Earrings because they are beautiful and simple!


    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

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  112. I love the Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug because it would freshen any floor!

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  113. I love the Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug because it would freshen any floor!

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  114. I love the Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug because it would freshen any floor!

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  115. I love the Amber Rose .. Acrylic, Glass and Copper Earrings, the colors are beautiful! Thanks!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  116. My favorite recipe to make and share is a toss up between my two most requested treats - I am famous with friends for my Chocolate Chip cookies, and my family is always asking for my Strawberry Mandarin Trifle, mmmm!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  117. Following Pegg's blog, too many recipes to choose from!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  118. I follow and subscribe to your blog, thanks!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  119. I love the handwoven recycled sweater rug - the colors available are just gorgeous
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/34571823/handwoven-recycled-sweater-rag-rug

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  120. I love to make and can salsas and share with friends and family.

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  121. I subscribe to the rikrak blog.

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  122. i love any of the rugs with red in them!

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  123. my new fav recipe is chocolate chip banana bread or chocolate chip red velvet cake. just add the chips to your regular recipe!

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  124. i left a comment on the etsy thread about saving water

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  125. i tweeted! http://twitter.com/alexandrakeller/status/12222109937

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  126. I love love love this rug: http://www.etsy.com/listing/41612665/handwoven-felted-recycled-wool-sweater-r
    Due to the beautiful colors used, and the fact that it made from felted wool, therefore it would be quite water resistant keeping the wood floor under nice and dry.

    missavene (at) gmail (dot) com

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  127. I'm a Rikrak Studio follower!

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  128. I'm a Fan Girl for Five Forty on FB!

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  129. http://www.etsy.com/listing/44407721/aqua-grey-enameled-copper-and-oxidized-s

    These Aqua Grey Enameled Copped earrings are FAB!!!

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  130. I've been digging on homemade chili lately...so easy and yummy!

    As many veggies as I can fit with some chicken or ground meat, seasoned to perfection and left to stew in the crock while I play!

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  131. You are now following Five Forty at Home!

    What an awesome blog! Thanks!

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  132. I love, love, love all of the rag rugs on the etsy site! They remind me so much of the rugs my great-grandmother used to have all over her home.

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  133. I love these pumpkin cookies that my friend Sundari shared with me:

    Pumpkin Cookies

    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup roasted pumpkin (or canned pumpkin)
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp ground nutmeg
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    *I've been taught that, when baking at altitude, it's good to include a little extra flour so the cookies don't flatten when baked. When I tried this recipe the cookies tasted great, but were kind of flat. So, next time I'll add a little more flour.

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets

    2. In large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the pumpkin and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture (do not overmix). Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

    3. Bake in the preheated oven until light brown, about 25 minutes.

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  134. I am now following the rikrak studio blog! :)

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  135. I posted a simple eco tip on the etsy discussion.

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  136. Oooh, to have one of Pegg's rugs! *swoon*

    One of my fav items from her shop is this stunning rug:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/36586310/handwoven-felted-recycled-wool-sweater-r

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  137. One of my fav recipes is for Double Chocolate cookies... taste them for yourself! http://designedbyrj.blogspot.com/2010/02/double-chocolate-almond-cookies-made.html

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  138. I already follow Pegg's blog!

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  139. I'm a five forty facebook fas as 'RJ Charms'

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  140. I subscribe to your lovely blog as well! Whew, and feel like I'm spamming you with all these entries! *lol*

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  141. Everything in the fiveforty shop is very lovely! I am partial to the color combo of pink and green though, so this Rhubarb Rose...Chalcedony and Pearl necklace is my favorite item from the shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/12759965/rhubarb-rose-chalcedony-and-pearl-neckla

    ~stephanie~

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  142. I love the Poppy Red .. Enameled Copper and Silver Earrings. The color is fabulous!

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  143. I love making and sharing our special banana pound cake. It is so tasty with a glass of milk on the side.

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  144. I became a follower of pegg's blog!

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  145. I became a five forty facebook fan!

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  146. I left a comment on the etsy thread.

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  147. I am following the rikrak studio blog!

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  148. I love everything in fiveforty's shop.
    Her rugs though are divine, and would love to have one, love the bright ones

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  149. I love making dump cake and it is great to make with kids and to share with other.
    I just posted the recipe and picutes on my blog http://fineartbymattos.blogspot.com/

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  150. It was my pleasure to follow pegg's blog, it is amazing

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  151. I am also now a facebook fan

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  152. following your blog rikrak, it is beautiful thanks

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  153. I like the Black and White Recycled Rubber and Hemp Necklace, because I found it very interesting.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  154. I love cooking my special spaghetti with dried vegetables and spices.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  155. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/12242627217

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  156. Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-with-five-forty.html

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  157. Email subscriber.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  158. Anyone's Guess15 April, 2010 18:28

    The rugs are beautiful! I posted a comment on the etsy thread.

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  159. Awesome contest. Love Fiveforty's shop!
    Here's my standing favourite:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40975316
    :)

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  160. How can I pick only one of Pegg's items???

    If I must it would be these gorgeous earrings http://www.etsy.com/listing/44441890/circle-square-oxidized-copper-and-sterli

    I have several pairs of Pegg's earrings and they are fabulous!

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  161. I am now also following Pegg's blog. Not sure why I wasn't already.

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  162. Now also a follower of therikrakstudio blog!

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  163. I added an eco tip to your etsy thread.

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  164. I love the Steel Blue Ivory Glass, Pearl and Silver Necklace. I like the combination of materials that were used and I love the colour of this piece. pretty pretty :)

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  165. My favorite is the Corduroy Rag Rug - I love the warm, neutral colors in it.

    ang
    ang_vaughan at yahoo dot com

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  166. I am following Five's Blog (I finally figured out how!).

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  167. Arlene = Arly
    And these are my all time favorite earrings from Fiveforty:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/16400205/rosy-rings-of-silver-silver-and-copper-e

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  168. And now that I figured out how to follow a blog - I am following Rikrak too!

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  169. Love the
    Cranberry Butterscotch .. Hollow Glass and Copper Necklace


    duhnellecarter [at] yahoo . com
    get this giveaway free exposure too at http://byhandgiveaways.com

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  170. I love the Handwoven Felted Red Wool Sweater Rag Rug! Such great colors for the rugs! emilyveale77@gmail.com

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  171. I make a mean apple pie; perfect in those midwest autumns.

    Cassie@wrencommunication.com

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  172. I love the Coppered Ivory .. Freshwater Pearl and Copper Earrings.

    Cassie@wrencommunication.com

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  173. rag rug in ivory, yellow, and taupe - love this one too!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  174. Cute stuff! I love the felted wool cuff bracelets, especially the burgundy colored one.

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  175. I love Spring Ice Fog .. Pearl, Glass, and Silver Earrings because the colors are lovely.

    carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  176. My favorite item is Smoked Iris .. Enameled Copper and Oxidized Silver Earrings because they would match so many of my outfits!

    celestia dot price at gmail dot com

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  177. One of my favorites is the Copper Blue Glass and Copper Earrings! I love the shade of blue and the circular details on the copper.

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