Monday, 20 August 2012

FoQ, friends and a Japanese scrap giveaway!

** THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

I think there's nothing better than meeting blog friends in real life... unless maybe you meet them at the Festival of Quilts and you get on with them even more than you thought.

I was lucky enough to meet up with the lovely Nat on Saturday in Birmingham. We literally spent so much time talking that we didn't see everything at the festival and I VERY nearly missed my train home - I had to rudely jump up and rush off - sorry Nat!! She was so wonderful and easy to talk to it was great fun.

We agreed to make our unborn babies little gifts and I was thrilled when I saw the beautiful owl hat she crocheted for me. Truly adorable!


For the pattern details and even better pictures, see Nat's post.

I made her a Buddy Rabbit from the book Dare to be Square by Boo Davis. I love this little guy and thanks to my friend Michala for suggesting it when I was thinking about what to make.


I used a cute, soft green gingham flannel for the main body and scraps for the tummy. I am so pleased she liked it :)

I have no pictures from the festival (so sorry Hadley!). I was enjoying the company of Susan, Nicky, Laura, Katy (Laura and Katy were both working super hard on the stands but it was nice to chat briefly) and Nat too much :)
I suggest looking at Susan's post for a glimpse at some of the quilts and a funny picture of Nicky and me and Nat with our bumps.

I did of course make some purchases...

I got a couple of lovely Liberty fat quarters - I have plans to make a red quilt and very little red fabrics!! So this is a good start:


A handy triangle ruler from Creative Grids:


And a two scrap bags of Japanese fabrics from The Eternal Maker. In fact there were so many in there that I thought I'd share and have a little giveaway:


You get all this! A couple are quite small scraps but great for paper piecing or little crafting accents, most of them are bigger than you see in this overlapping picture.

You get two chances to win:

**SORRY THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

- leave a comment telling me your favourite thing to do with scraps

- followers of Charm About You get a second entry, use the buttons on the left to subscribe by email/RSS/GFC and just leave a comment telling me you have or do already!


**If you are a no reply blogger please include your email address in the comment - if there is no way to contact you the entry will not count**



The winner will be chosen on Friday 24th August by Mr random.org

Also make sure you stop by on Saturday because I'll be having yet another giveaway as part of the Quilter's Gallery Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Linking up:
Plum and June


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142 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fab day, really sorry I didn't get to go & see everyone :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. It is totally awesome to meet up with blogging friends and it is even more amazing how well we all get along when we do meet up. I am glad you had a good time and I love what you each made each other,

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  3. I'm saving up scraps for a quilt! I just started, so I don't really have enough to do anything yet. :)

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  4. One day I'll meet up with a bloggy friend *sob* !! Sounds like you had a great day though!

    I love making scrap quilts but for 'special' scraps (like your rather lovely Japanese scraps!) I like to make pin cushions, thread savers and pouches, etc. - they're great for really small fussy cutting!!

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  5. Sou seguidora faz tempo.Faço hexágonos de todos os tamanhos,e gosto da mistura,no momento estou fazendo pegadores de panelas e luvas para presentes de natal.Obrigada.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  6. I love string piecing and crazy log cabin with my scraps!

    Hoping to win....

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  7. damn it, I've been trying to avoid all the foq talk so I didn't get jealous but you got me! Perhaps next year....then if you go I can have a cuddle with baby 3 :-)

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  8. I love making pillows with scraps!

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  9. of course the last comment should have said I was already a follower! And this one is to say I love scraps for appliqué and fabric pictures, plus I want to know if you have had your 20 week scan/know the sex yet, not saying why ;-)

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  10. Sounds like a lot of fun Lucy! I get to meet Chelsea (pins and bobbin blog) soon and I'm excited about it. Would love to win the scrap bag. I like to make donation quilts with my scraps.

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  11. Wow those scraps look amazing - I am currently using my scraps to make a great granny square quilt but I also make the polaroid blocks too. Yummy giveaway!!

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  12. I am in the process of making a Scrap Vomit quilt SOO these would be super helpful!

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  13. I am working on a scrap vomit quilt (a la imagingermonkey) and a scrappy hexagon flower quilt, so scraps are my favorite thing. I am also making 3/4" hexagons from my tiny scraps for a project to be designed later :-)

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  14. I am a new follower via GFC, but I have read your blog for quite awhile. It is official now!

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  15. It sounds as though you all had a great day!
    I'd make pincushions or needle cases!

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  16. Glad you had a great time at the festival! I love using scraps for small projects (like ornaments) or for patch working.

    handmadebytracie at gmail dot com

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  17. I am also a follower (via my wordpress reader)

    handmadebytracie at gmail dot com

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  18. I am a follower!! That is really surprising!

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  19. Ok so now to the wall comment! I forgot to mention on my blog that you nearly missed you train - focused on the fact that we nearly missed the winners board... I am making a lot of scraps right now as I decided I did not like the colour scheme of my totally groovy QAL.. So the more the better, I want to make a triangle scrap quilt! Would fit in well with your own purchase as well!

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  20. Popped over from P&J's blog hop and wasn't expecting to find a Manchester girl as the link before me. Originally from St Helens I now live the States and it's always fun to find other quilters from the UK. I've just started following you :)

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  21. I had an amazing time at the FOQ as well, and I *love* scrap packs! They're my favorite thing - I love doing small projects, like pouches and that sort of thing, patchwork-style and scrap bags are perfect for that kind of project. All that variety to chose from in just a tiny pack! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  22. Why, for scrappy patchwork quilts!

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  23. I love scraps! I use them to add a bit of fun to a quilt, for pillows, mug rugs, potholders, I spy quilts are my favorite. :)

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  24. I am also a follower whoop whoop!

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  25. I always forget to go back and go into giveaways so here I am...a faithful follower

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  26. Scraps are great for making little buttons..of course

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  27. I love that owl hat, how cute, I'm doing the scrap vomit quilt so could really use these lovely scraps.thanks for the chance :)

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  28. Ooh, they look great, i neeeeeeeed them!!

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  29. I do love turning scraps into quilts, though my favorite recent scrappy project was a tiny messenger bag I made for myself. :)

    You two look so cute with your bumps, by the way! And thanks for the chance to win!

    :)

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  30. ..and did i mention, i'm a follower of your blog!

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  31. I almost bought one of those fabric packs while at the FoQ. I was thinking to put my freezer paper piecing I learned at the retreat with Kerry to practice. Great giveaway you. And love your make too!

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  32. I'm still quite new to quilting, and so far everything I've done is sewn by hand, so I've not got many scraps yet. My favourite thing to do with them right now is hoard them until I've got enough to use.

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  33. Oh, and I follow you in my RSS feed reader. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  34. I'd love to start a scrap vomit quilt, this should make a good starter. Glad to hear of another FoQ fan, maybe we'll met next year. Thinking of making it at least 2 days next time.

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  35. Ooo, & I'm a follower now too, thanks for the giveaway :)

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  36. The Festival of Quilts sounds so fun! It must be so great to meet blog friends and chat for hours!

    The owl hat is adorable! I love the bunny! I've seen it in the Davis book, it's so adorable to see it made here. What an excellent exchange!

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  37. Ooh I would love to win those beautiful scraps. X

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  38. Thanks for the chance! I would be so happy to win thiis. Most every thing I make is out of scraps. I love scraps!

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  39. Wish I had been able to go, sounds like a fantastic day. What a cute little hat and I love the Buddy rabbit
    At the moment, my favourite thing for scraps is my double wedding ring quilt which is EPP - and also the tiny 1" hexies sent to me in the purse swap
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  40. And I am most definitely a follower

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  41. I am mad about picushions at the moment, for no very good reason. Lived over 50 years without one and now I am going potty! Scraps are perfect for these!

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  42. And I follow! so, please include me in your giveaway!

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  43. Scraps - I collect them, treasure them and gaze at them -planning what to do with the beauties when I have enough.

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  44. I'm a flower....oops follower - love the bump swap owl and suffie :o)

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  45. Hi! I like to use scraps when I need a little bit of something to finish a block, whether it be pieced or appliqued.

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  46. Hi! I already follow you by email :)

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  47. I use scraps for all sorts- mini quilts, cushions, that sort of thing :)

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  48. I love to make picnic tablecloths and blankets with scraps or even table runners! awolk at rogers dot com

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  49. I follow you on Google reader

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  50. I follow Charm About You via email newsletter and love it! awolk at rogers dot com

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  51. Buddy Rabbit is adorable!
    right now, my favorite use for scraps is to put them into the postage stamp quilt I'm making :) thanks for the great giveaway!

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  52. I haven't been quilting long, so I don't have many scraps (yet!), but I've been cutting all the small pieces leftover from my projects into squares. I have grand plans for a postage stamp quilt from them, when I have enough.

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  53. I give the teeny tiny non-see able scraps to someone who uses them for dog bed stuffing. The others I use for button covers, cards, paper piecing... :)

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  54. i like to sew scraps together and make pot holders

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  55. I like to use scraps for the many projects in the Zakka Style book. I also use them to make hexagons for a quilt I hope to do someday.

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  56. I follow you via Google Reader

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  57. Sounds like a great day, and love the baby gift swap items :o)

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  58. I was there! Looked out for u but didn't see you (and I usually have a radar for pregnant women!) I am a follower

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  59. and my favourite thing to do with scraps is put bondaweb on the back, cut them into shapes and applique!

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  60. i love making patchwork potholders out of scraps-thanks for the chance to make something w/yours!

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  61. i follow via email-thanks!

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  62. Such cute swap items!

    I'm currently using mine to make up some wonky log cabin blocks. Which will eventually become coin pouches.

    Thanks for the great giveaway =D

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  63. I follow you through blogger.
    Thanks again =D

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  64. I like to use scraps for pouches!

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  65. Scraps are good for quilts - of course.
    And Vomit scrap quilts are really good;-))

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  66. I follow you.
    (everywhere!)

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  67. I saw your picture on Susan's blog - you were wearing your new dress! Lovely give away, thank you.

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  68. And of course I follow your wonderful blog, and by the way the baby gifts are both so cute!

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  69. My favorite quilt to make is a scrap quilt because it involves much fabric playing and rearranging. Thanks!

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  70. I think I will jump in here. I like doing scrappy projects because they usually make me dig for more, therefore using up more! Thanks.

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  71. I like to use scraps small projects like pin cushions and pouches.

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  72. I am SOOOOO jealous! Can I come play too? ;)

    I'm currently trying to make an i spy thingy-me-bob so some of those scraps would be perfect. I shall keep my fingers crossed that I will get lucky again.

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  73. Of course I'm a follower! Now please excuse me while I go sleep with... err... bribe Mr Random. ;)

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  74. I use scraps for leaders-and-enders for a postage stamp quilt, and - I have to admit that - I collect some of them for the lovely fabric they are.

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  75. I hadn't done anything with my scraps & after nearly two years of quilting they were starting to build up. I've recently bought two books that feature scrap quilts so that will be my next project.

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  76. I'm a happy follower of your blog, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  77. Sounds like you've had lots of fun at the FoQ. Lovely scraps you've got there. I'm currently making a scrap jar star quilt using scraps from a completed charm quilt.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  78. I am a follower and thanks for the opportunity!

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  79. Sounds like a fabulous time, Lucy! I wish we could meet in person too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. Whoops, I meant to add that I was a follower! And I just learned to make landscapes with torn scraps trips. Awesome!

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  81. It sounds like you had so much fun! The little hat is way too cute and I love the softie you made. How sweet! I have a tub of scraps that I like to use if I am using fusible web.

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  82. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for a great giveaway. I like to use my scaps making hexies and tiny dresden pincushions. The owl is adorable, lucky baby.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  83. Sew them all together and make wonky blocks is what I like to do!

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  84. Lucy I follow you in all the ways you keep me laughing! God bless you, without you life would be boring. Can I have a few scraps now? Ha ha ha

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  85. I'd def do paper piecing w that!

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  86. I love scrap bags! I just love to sew them together and decide what I'm going to make after the fact. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I love scraps and my favorite thing to do with them is make good, old-fashioned patchwork! It all blends together so great and makes such a lovely quilt for a picnic or to curl up under on cold nights. It makes me think of where each piece came from or meant to me and that is special. :)

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  88. I love scraps and my favorite thing to do with them is make good, old-fashioned patchwork! It all blends together so great and makes such a lovely quilt for a picnic or to curl up under on cold nights. It makes me think of where each piece came from or meant to me and that is special. :)

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  89. And you know I follow you! I love my Lucy!

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  90. Hi Lucy! (hand waving) Glad I didn't miss this giveaway, I love me some scraps.. for scrappy blocks. My favorite scrappy block of late is the kickin stash block. I've been dying to make some more. Thanks for sharing a chance to win some. :)

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  91. Of course I follow you. ;)

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  92. Well I love to make little table runners and picnic quilts with scraps! Lots of memories of past projects all drawn together! awolk at rogers dot com

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  93. I follow Charm About You via email newsletter! awolk at rogers dot com

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  94. Would love those!!! Would make hexies with them! My email address is jenjeb@juno.com

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  95. I'm a new follower! My email address is jenjeb@juno.com

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  96. Scraps are for mug rugs and pot holders and mini quilts ...

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  97. Scraps are good for everything! For me, I would try making pincushion with them:)

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  98. I've been playing with alot of my scraps lately and randomly piecing them together to make 6 and 12 inch squares for a quilt I'm working on!

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  99. Scraps are like treasure to me! So much creative possibilities and my mind just whirls with ideas looking at what you're offerring, Lucy. ;o) You're so generous!

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  100. Yipee skippy! I am a happy follower. :o)

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  101. I thought I'd entered this giveaway! I love scraps- fabric indulgence at its best!

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  102. I make quilts for downey quilts for kids and a couple of other charities. i would use the scraps in a couple of quilts i'm currently working on.

    i don't think i'm a no-reply. but just in case:
    tickledpeep(at) yahoo (dot) com

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  103. and i follow you via email.

    tickledpeep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. I don't know what I am doing tomorrow never-alone what I would make - some thing cute??

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  105. I have been wanting to make a journal cover so I think some scraps would be great for that!!
    Thanks for the chance!!

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  106. I love making gift caed holders with scraps!

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  107. Sounds like you had fun!! Bet you wish you had that ruler before Sana's block.. or was that why you made the purchase ;)

    My fav thing to do with scraps is def our bee--I love it so much!!

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