Wednesday, June 23, 2010

giveaway & a collection with: lil fish studios

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 on Etsy, based on these posts! hope you'll just love: antique wooden dough & butter bowls with Lil Fish Studios!

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who (are you) : I'm Lisa from lil fish studios
what (are you collecting) : Antique and vintage wooden dough and butter bowls
when (did you start) : About 5 years ago
how (many do you have?) (do I have to tell my husband this actual number?) about 2 dozen.
where (do you find them) : I search garage sales, auctions, and antique stores.
where (do you keep them) : Most are in practical use, holding eggs in my kitchen, buttons in my studio, and showing up in my product photographs.
what (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : My largest bowl - 20" across (!) was a garage sale find that was meant to be. I had seen this beauty at a garage sale a few years ago, and having found myself short on cash, left the garage sale empty-handed and sad. It was two years later that I stopped at a garage sale at that very same house, and much to my surprise, found the bowl was still there. It then became mine. I actually skipped to my truck, clutching this giant bowl to my chest. (I blogged about it here. )
what(piece would you like to add): I'm pretty content with my collection, but wouldn't pass up a bowl with just the right kind of patina and age.
why (do you love them) : These were items that saw practical use and earned their patina through service. That to me, is beautiful.
which (one is your favourite) & why : The largest bowl, my lucky garage sale find, because of its heft, color, and rarity. (it's beauuuutiful!)
what (else do you collect) : I have a large number of vintage buttons and Pez dispensers hanging about.





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how wonderful, lisa.
thank you so much for sharing your beautiful collection with us.

i'm an adoring fan of lil fish studios. (see those beautiful wooden bowls on display in her fabulous shop photos!)

our family had a another fabulous weekend away camping a few days ago, and everytime i look at lisa's amazing natural home decor creations i'm whisked happily away to the forest again.

thanks for that, nicey!

a favourite of oh-so-many in the handmaking world, lil fish studios has become synonymous with a love of things natural, beautiful, sustainable & with quality craftsmanship adored by all! i think it takes a truly gifted artist to capture the imagination and beauty of the outdoors. and i know lil fish studios has done just that ... perfectly!

so visit lil fish studios' shop. her lovely blog. follow her on twitter & flickr...
and read on to see how YOU can WIN an amazing woodland prize pack of your very own!




woohoo!

one lucky rikrak studio reader is going to WIN this amazing lil fish studios woodland sampler prize pack, valued at $48!

the artists writes: I'm offering a woodland sampler. There is a set of three wool pinecone ornaments, a rainbow of wool acorns with rusted iron caps, and a birch bark brooch. The pinecones are made of reclaimed wool from coats that I have turned into felt. The acorns are made of wool and real caps from my woods. The brooch is made from a piece of birch branch upon which I've applied a veneer of birch bark, and being inspired by the woodpecker holes in the trees around us, have tapped out a little heart and embroidered it. Everything is made of sustainable materials.



1. go visit the lovely Lil Fish Studios Shop.

... take a look thru her items for sale (& her sold ones, too!) & come back and tell us about your favourite goodie & why you love it!
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1 entry

2. heart/fave the Lil Fish Studios etsy shop.
... come back and tell us.
= 1 entry

3. follow the Lil Fish Studios blog.

... come back and tell us.
= 1 entry


4. follow Lil Fish Studios and the rikrak shop on twitter.
(she's http://twitter.com/lilfishstudios
& i'm http://twitter.com/therikrakshop) .
come back here and tell us!
= 1 entry.


5. 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 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. do a facebook update about this giveaway
come back and tell us.
= 1 more possible entry

8. do a
blog post about this giveaway
come back and tell us!
= 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 Lil Fish Studios giveaway will be chosen on thursday july 1st @ 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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yay to the woods!
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125 comments:

  1. My favourite item amongst so many is Lil Fish's set of three felted acorns in orange, red, and aqua. Why? I like the number 3, they are gorgeous colours together and super cosy cute!

    I also really enjoyed the photographs in this post such sombre lovely colours and shapes.

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  2. I love the felted wool toadstool scene that she sold! It is so neat and totally me! I really love it!

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  3. I added Lil Fish to my Etsy faves!

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  4. Okay, my favoritest thing from her shop is "rusted iron and wool - felted wool twin acorn in your choice of color". I just love her combination of nature, creativity, simplicity and sweetness. :)

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  5. I am following Lil Fish and RikRak on twitter. :)

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  6. Iy's sooo hard to choose a favorite! But if I must, I adore these little robin's egg blue acorns: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/10767376

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  7. i love this-rusted iron and wool

    i really like them together...


    nitzan.sc at gmail dot com

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  8. i follow rikrak


    nitzan.sc at gmail dot com

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  9. Hearted her shop (quite some time ago) :)

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  10. ... and I'm now a follower of her blog.

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  11. Lil Fish Studios has wonderful work, wow...I am so glad I found your blog and hers as well.

    I became a follower of 'Rik Rak" and "Lil Fish" and 'hearted' both of your shops before I even knew it was part of the contest, ha ha.

    My favourite item in her shop, if I had to choose one is the set of 6Verdigris acorns...they are so whimiscal and the colour so gentle...I might have to get some for my coffee table soon:D

    Thanks guys....

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  12. Love the birch bark brooch - love - crimson red. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Hearted the shop (username: melissa0785)

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  14. My favorite pieces are the birchbark rings with the pictures in them... [drool].

    Why? Delicate. Natural. Just *something* about them...

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  15. Lil Fish Studios is already of favorite of mine on Etsy!

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  16. I FB'd you, too!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/rhymeswithmagic

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  17. And I follow Lisa, too.

    *phew* am I done yet?

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  18. And I posted on my blog, too...

    http://rhymeswithmagicart.blogspot.com/2010/06/check-this-out.html

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  19. I love :

    heart of lichen - wool and birch bark brooch


    SheilaC

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  20. I love this collection and that she uses it practically too:)

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  21. All of her work is so lovely. I am a regular follower of her blog.
    I am partial to her lichen heart brooch.
    carol

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  22. Lilfishstudios blog is in my favorites and I am a regular follower!
    carol

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  23. I faved lilfishstudios etsy shop in my etsy account!
    carol

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  24. rikrak studio blog is now in my favorites and I am now a follower.

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  25. Enter me please! I love americana - wool heart mini garland - red white and blue! It's fantastic for my bedroom


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  26. Following both on twitter (@fisiwoman)


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  27. Tweeted:http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/16877875499



    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  28. Following on google


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  29. Post it on FB (Ana Belén R M)


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  30. I've long admired Lisa and have enjoyed her online companionship. My favorite item in her shop right now is any one of her new series of birch bark and felt brooches. I love the subtle color shifts!

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  31. I've been following her blog for a couple years :)

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  32. I am also a lucky follower of her Twitter feed!

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  33. I am now happily following RikRak on Twitter, too!

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  34. I just added RikRak's blog to my Google Reader feed. Can't believe I wasn't already following you!

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  35. I love the white acorns with the copper patina. I've been eyeing them for a while now as I already follow her blog.

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  36. Lisa's work is lovely: evocative, rich, and gentle. I was particularly drawn to Flow - the wool and birch bark brooch. Thanks so much for introducing me to Lisa and her pieces, and to Lisa for the giveaway.

    Clara

    cboza(at)vna1(dot)oom

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  37. I'm rather in love with the felted acorns in "autumn."

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  38. And I follow you, naturally!

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  39. I love the felted acorns in spring bloom, lovely colours :)

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  40. My favorite item is this one : http://www.etsy.com/listing/47601209/rusted-rainbow-felted-wool-acorns-set-of
    Because I love when my house is colorfull

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  41. What a cute shop! ^^ There are so many items I love but one of my favorites is the 'needlefelted nature scene - toadstool hollow' because I think it's such a unique accent piece to any home. c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  42. I subscribe via email! c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  43. I love these, the rainbow of color makes me so happy! http://www.etsy.com/listing/47601209/rusted-rainbow-felted-wool-acorns-set-of
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  44. I hearted her Etsy shop, how could I not?! It is lovely:)

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  45. I follow Rikrak and email subscribe as well, yay!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  46. Following the Lil Fish blog, thanks!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

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  47. My favorite item is the birch bark brooch - love! The tiny red heart is adorable! I also love birch trees.
    ms.johnsonmahs at gmail dot com

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  48. I love the turquoise acorns! Very pretty!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  49. I like the verdigris copper and wool felted acorns in cream. They're flashy :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I love this brooch!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/45336702/birch-bark-brooch-love-crimson-red
    kyliept(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I love the rusted rainbow set of 12 wool acorns – these are such a clever idea and would look so adorable in a glass jar on my mantle!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  52. I hearted Lil Fish Studios on Etsy As JennyBolech
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  53. I’m following Lil Fish studios blog on GFC as Jenny
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  54. I’m following you and lil fish on twitter as JennyBolech
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  55. I’m following rikrak studio blog on GFC as Jenny
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  56. Just clicked to follow @therikrakshop.

    :)

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  57. I *love* everything about Lisa; her kindness, creativity, her wooden bowl collection!

    She was kind enough to send me a little bowl that needed a home and when thrift stores in my area just didn't have any.

    I ordered a set of her acorns quite a long time ago and seeing them here in my windowsill STILL makes me happy.

    Her photography is superb, and her packaging is perfection.

    I follow her blog.
    Her shop is a long-time favorite.
    I could never pick one favorite thing of hers, but I do adore her mushrooms.
    I follow her tweets, and flickr..
    And now I sound like a total creep.

    ;)

    Big 'lil fish fan!

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  58. I love the birch bark brooch - love - ocean blue
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I heart Lil Fish Studios etsy shop - my Etsy username is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I follow the Lil Fish Studios blog
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I follow the rik rak studio blog with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. My favorite is the set of 12 felted acorns (rainbow). I love the vibrant colors and the wooly textures!

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  63. I love the birch bark brooch - woodpecker holes. The lines and the circles really play off each other well. I think it would be lovely as an ornament as well.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  64. I love lil fish studios!! I really love her broochs!!! I'm in love with thw broch in the giveaway!!! Is one of the my most favourites!!!

    sarahrl at hotmail dot com

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  65. For a long time lil fish studios is one of my favorites!! I use her items in my treasurys!!

    sarahrl at hotmail dot com

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  66. Now I'm follower of her blog!

    sarahrl at hotmail dot com

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  67. And now I follow the rikrak studio blog

    sarahrl at hotmail dot com

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  68. Came over from the lil fish blog which I follow with delight.

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  69. I am now a follower of the rikrak studio blog

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  70. Lil fish studio is one of my favourite shops on etsy.

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  71. One of my favourite items in the Lil Fish Studio etsy shop is the rainbow acorns. I think I love them so much due to the wonderful story told by Lisa on her blog. fingers crossed. Thanks

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  72. I like rusted rainbow - felted wool acorns - set of 12
    Because I like those colorouful small decorations!

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  73. I added her to my favorites

    princessophie

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  74. i follow her blog

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  75. I follow Lil Fish Studios and the rikrak shop on twitter.

    sofiathereader

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  76. I am subscriber

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  77. Well I love everything, but mostly the spring's new arrival - felted nature scene in birch bark. Because as much as I love pinecones and acorns, I love mushrooms and moss even more.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  78. I added Lil Fish to my etsy favourites, username sugareater.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  79. I'm following the Lil Fish blog on my google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  80. I'm following rikrak on my google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  81. hi, i am in lovey with rusted rainbow - felted wool acorns - set of 12

    email me :)
    liz_crowny@yahoo.com
    pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

    thankies for helding this giveaway ?

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  82. I like the verdigris copper and wool - felted acorns in spring bloom - set of 6.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  83. My favorite is the rusted rainbow felted wool acorns!


    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  84. I hearted the shop! -Cannaria


    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  85. following your blog!


    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  86. a new friend ... i heart her etsy shop!!

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  87. a special artist ...i would love the brooch with the ocean blue heart...love all of her work tho'

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  88. I hearted lilfishstudios' Etsy shop!

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  89. My favourite item in her shop are these,
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/44433314/gold-patina-and-wool-felted-acorns-in
    I think they would look great on my Christmas tree or as she displays them in a wooden bowl on my sideboard!

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  90. I'm now following lilfishstudios' blog.

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  91. I like all the acorns and americana - wool heart mini garland - red white and blue
    tiffypoot@aol.com

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  92. Subscribed to the blog on Bloglines! (Also for quite a while!)

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  93. favourited! (A long time ago...)

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  94. I'm a long-time follower of Lil Fish studios. Of her current items for sale, my favourite is the adorable rusted iron and wool twin acorns: http://www.etsy.com/listing/44428432/rusted-iron-and-wool-felted-wool-twin
    They're so cute! I love the patina too. (The gold and copper patina ones are also gorgeous!)

    I really love her little felted mushroom scenes... red cap mushrooms with white spots have long been a favourite of mine, and her little arrangements are so precious! The moss she creates is amazing!

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  95. Blogged: http://noricum.blogspot.com/2010/06/contest-alert.html

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  96. rusted rainbow - felted wool acorns - set of 12 is my favorite!

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  97. I heart he shop as user zannajune.

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  98. My favorite in her store are the felted acorns in robins egg blue that come in a set of 3. My favorite color is blue and they would go wonderful in my home.

    zannajune (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  99. What a cute shop! Everything seems right in a house when there is a bowl of acorns in a bowl. I really like the rusted iron and wool - felted wool twin acorn in your choice of color. I think I'll go for the green, or maybe the gold, on the other hand the rust. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

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  100. I love the rusted rainbow - felted wool acorns - set of 12.
    jswandrn at gmail

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  101. I love the gold patina and wool acorns and the Americana hearts! I like changing decor with every season.

    blancetcaramel@gmail.com

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  102. I love anything with gold patina! An adorable shop.

    Fingers crossed,
    Jane

    1771janelowry@gmail.com

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  103. I faved her a while ago!

    Fingers crossed,
    Jane

    1771janelowry@gmail.com

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  104. This is my favourite - http://www.etsy.com/listing/45336702/birch-bark-brooch-love-crimson-red

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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  105. I like the teacup nest ornament because I love both teacups and nests! :)

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  106. I follow the rikrak studio blog

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  107. I follow the rikrak studio blog

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  108. I follow you both on twitter!

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  109. I follow the Lil Fish Studios blog.

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  110. So happy that you're having this giveaway from Lil Fish Studios! I have been an admirer for a long time. I really love the cream colored acorns in her shop (http://www.etsy.com/listing/45316369/verdigris-copper-and-wool-felted-acorns). I like the simplicity of the white against the natural colored tops. I feel like they'd be great to use throughout the year.

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  111. Wanted to let you know that I am following both Lil Fish & rikrak on Twitter.

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  112. Wanted to let you know that I've subscribed to the Lil Fish Studios blog.

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  113. Wanted to let you know that I've added the Lil Fish Studios shop as a favorite on Etsy.

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  114. What a great shop. I'm loving all the acorns, but my favorite tree is the birch so the summer dandelion - wool and birch bark necklace is a fave. Thanks!

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