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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another WEEKEND GIVEAWAY, Some Spring Changes in Our Living Room, and a Dear Lillie Update

So, I finally got rid of my Valentine's Day pillows! Well, actually I just moved the large Je T'aime one over to the chair on the other side of this room but I did finally get around to moving the one that actually said "Le Valentin" on it and made two new silhouette pillows. I wanted to keep the pop of black in there but figured I had done enough scripted pillows lately so decided to screenprint two of my favorite silhouettes.  I can't decide yet if I like them being different or if I would prefer to have two of the same on this sofa. They've only been there for a day though so I will just ponder it a few more days before deciding.

Before I show you the pillows, though, I wanted to give you all some updates on Dear Lillie. First, the plan is to officially close our Etsy shop on March 30th and not reopen until August. I am due in about seven weeks and want to have those last three or four weeks to just have fun with Lillie and then when our new little bundle arrives I want to enjoy every minute of those first few months with her before getting back to the craziness of running an online shop.

We have quite a few changes planned for Dear Lillie when we reopen which I am so excited about, including hiring my brother to take on the business side of it so that we can go back to taking on wholesale orders and the hope is to expand into doing more home decor and we want for our blog to continue going in that direction and hope to start doing more tutorials. (Even though we will have our shop closed for a few months we will continue blogging on a regular basis). As far as our shop goes, I am not 100% sure what items we will continue to carry and what items we won't or exactly what we will be adding but as the summer goes on and we define more the direction we want to go in we will give some updates. One thing that we will most definitely no longer be doing is custom orders of any kind. We changed our policy last fall to that and want to really stick to it. It has been hard because we have gotten to know so many of our customers so well that it can be so difficult to say no, especially because so many of them have been such a pleasure to work with and it can be fun to design something unique, but it has just become too overwhelming and we have found on many occasions that we actually end up losing money on custom orders.

And the last thing I want to mention is e-mails. First, I want to tell you all how very much your e-mails mean to us! All of us at Dear Lillie (myself, my mom and sisters) love reading each and every one of them and have been so touched by so many of them. In fact on long days I have often opened one up and felt like crying over some of the most incredibly sweet and thoughtful things that you all have shared. Up until now I have tried to respond to each and every one (although I am often running a few weeks behind) and I want to be able to continue to do that. Since Christmas, though, the amount of emails we receive each day has grown to the point where it isn't possible unless I find a better system.  I am first and foremost a stay-at-home mom. Lillie doesn't go to daycare or have any regular babysitter. I was one of those girls that dreamed my whole life of being a mom and love every minute of it and I don't ever want to look back and feel like I missed out on this phase because I was so wrapped up in Dear Lillie.  Because of that I try to not to any Dear Lillie work while she is awake. (Fortunately, Lillie is very into doing projects right now so I often can get a lot of our house and holiday projects done with her as my little helper, although the projects generally take five times as long and make twice as much of a mess). Once she goes down for her nap each day and then to bed at night is when I do all of my work. Because Jon is a basketball coach he generally has very long hours and is out of town recruiting a ton so that can make for some very long days here where I often don't get to start on my work until close to eleven at night. (We do have a wonderful stretch of time in May and June where they have a "dead period" and we get to have very normal lives before he leaves for the entire month of July to recruit. Needless to say over the last few years May and June have become my most favorite months!) Anyway, I am getting sidetracked - sorry! Generally I start working sometime around ten or eleven each night and work until three or four in the morning. Even staying up that late I struggle to get everything that goes into running a small business done and that is often without even making a dent into e-mails.

So, to help organize the e-mails better I am going to first start with how I approach the questions on the blog. In the past I have tried to send both an e-mail to the person as well as answer the question in the comments section. From now on I am just going to answer all of the blog questions that are in the comments section right there and not also send an e-mail. I have found that so many times I have taken the time to reply to the comments only to find in my sent box that they weren't even going to the person because they had their e-mail turned off in blogger. So, if you ask us a question on the blog in the comments section just check back later that day or the next and your question will be answered right there! I spent some time last night going through them all and think I got caught up on answering most of those questions and from now on I will try my best to go in each night and answer, although occasionally it may take a little longer. I WILL definitely answer them so just check back.

Also we get a ton of e-mails regarding paint colors. The first time I post a room I always try to include that information but often when I have already posted about a room I don't think to repost that info. For now you can go to our feature at The Old Painted Cottage and scroll to the bottom to see all of our paint colors. As soon as we close up our shop and I have some more time I am planning on adding a FAQ section here on our blog where I will include all of that information along with answers to a lot of the other questions we frequently get asked. And if you are looking for paint colors there is a brand new blog called Favorite Paint Colors that you will love!

I feel horribly that it has taken me so long to get back to so many of you, but I am hoping with those simple changes (not writing both an e-mail and blog comment for blog questions and adding a FAQ page) that should help alleviate the situation a little bit. Thank you all for being so patient. I know it can be annoying to write a quick e-mail with a simple question and have it take forever for me to get back to you. (Also on that note, I was organizing our inbox today and finally made some progress but noted that I cannot find one of the e-mails I was planning on getting to tomorrow. It was from someone asking about consulting on designing/decorating their home. I have literally looked everywhere for it and even went through our whole deleted mail section and still can't find it so if whoever wrote that happens to be reading this would you mind resending it?)

Anyway, I am really excited about the new direction we will be going in because I absolutely love decorating and design and can't wait to start focusing more on that! Alright, enough rambling about all of that. I had meant to keep it all to one paragraph but didn't even come close - sorry!

Here are the new pillows I made yesterday for our living room to replace the Valentine's ones:






I added one of the "dream" pillows to this chair. 
We will be giving another one of these pillow covers away 
in this post so scroll to the bottom to see how to enter!

And speaking of giveaways, I actually won one myself! Last weekend a beautiful package arrived from Cabbage and Roses. I had won a giveaway that Lu had hosted on her beautiful blog the week before. If you haven't ever been to her blog or website you definitely need to head on over there. We discovered we had quite a bit in common including the fact that she is pregnant with her second little baby too! I have really enjoyed getting to know her. She is so sweet and so incredibly talented. You should see the post Rachel Ashwell (yes THE famous Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell), just wrote about her on her blog! Anyway, Lillie and I were headed out the door to head to Richmond for the CAA tournament when the package arrived and of course I couldn't resist opening it. There was a beautiful laundry bag which I immediately added to our suitcase and we used last weekend. I almost didn't use it because it was so pretty I hated putting our dirty clothes into it! And then there was this lovely scented candle and notebook which are now both in our living room!





If you would like another shot at winning one of the rêve pillow covers we gave away last weekend  here is how to enter this weekend's giveaway:

The giveaway rules are the same as always:

 How can you win?

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post!

You don't have to have a blog to enter, either. If you aren't a blogger, just enter a comment and then where it says "comment as" scroll down near the bottom and click on anonymous. However, if you do that, make sure to leave your e-mail address so we can confirm that you are the winner. If we draw the name of someone who doesn't leave any identifying information we will simply draw a new name. Make sure to check back here on the blog to collect your prize!

You can comment each day if you would like to up your chances!

For an extra entry become a follower of our blog!

Just write "follower" as a second comment so it counts as an entry.

You can enter until midnight on Sunday evening
and then I will post the winner either Monday or Tuesday! 
I am completely caught up on all of this weeks orders and everything has been packaged and shipped on out so I am hoping to finally get to visit some of my favorite blogs this weekend as well as hopefully make another ruffled lampshade so that I can do a tutorial on it this coming week and then continue to clean out closets and get ready for the new baby! I am also hoping to get some more pillows printed. We should have some more of the Je T'aime ones available at some point this coming week and if there is any interest in these silhouette pillows we will probably make one batch of them as well.
I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend!


233 comments:

  1. Would love to win your rêve pillow! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  2. Dear Lillie,
    Your style makes my swoon!

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  3. I would love that pillow! :)

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  4. Love the pillow and love your living room! Can't say it enough. Thanks for the giveaway. ;-)
    shaunna

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  5. Couldn't wait to wake up this am and read a new post!! Love the giveaway as always!

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  6. Love the pillow.

    E-mail ginmae85@yahoo.com

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  7. love reading about your business plans! Can't wait to have dear Lillie open back up! :)
    *oh, and really hope I win the pillow* haha

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  8. Jennifer, I don't know how you do all you do. I hope everyone understands that your family comes first. Sounds like wonderful ideas for your business when you reopen. Love these new pillows and would love to win the other one.

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  9. I'm happy for you that you decided to take the time for you and your family and close the shop for a few months, I'm sure that wasn't an easy decision but certainly the right one. I can't imagine how you get it all done. I have a small etsy shop and packing up just a couple items to ship at once seems like a ton of work! I can't wait to see what you come back with in August. I would love to read a post sometime about the story of how you grew your business because I'm so inspired by fellow sahm's like you =) Good luck!

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  10. I'd love to win the pillow, it would look so nice on my sofa:) Please enter me!

    Best wishes on your new baby girl!

    Rondell

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  11. p.s. I love to follow your blog!

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  12. I am a follower. Thanks, Stanna
    (shabbyloft@aol.com)

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  13. I would love to win a pillow. I also love your photos on The old Painted Cottage.... Thanks, Stanna
    (shabbyloft@aol.com)

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  14. I would love to win ANYTHING from your shop. Also wanted to say how much I enjoyed the article on you and your home that Jennifer wrote at The Old Painted Cottage....I love both of your styles! Enjoy your extra family and best of luck to you when the new baby comes!

    Judy

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  15. P.S. I am a happy follower of your blog!

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  16. I love your new profile pillows and the Cabbages and Roses candle is so chic! I would like to win a Rêve pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Jennifer,

    I applaud your decision to take the time off and be with your daughter. Embrace every moment as you make memories together. I love the new pillows you made and would love the opportunity to win one of the reve pillow covers.

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  18. I am a follower! Love your blog!

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  19. Would jump for joy to win one of your pillows! You make such gorgeous things!

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  20. thanks for the chance to win!! xoxo's nancy

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  21. i'm a follower & adding you to my daily reads on my sidebar!! xoxo's nancy

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  22. Would love to win on of your beautiful pillows..Thanks for the opportunity!

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  23. You already know that I LOVE your pillows, so winning this would give me one for my living room too!!!

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  24. Of course, I am a follower!!!

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  25. Love your blog...and good for you for taking the time with your daughter and new little one. My daughter is the same age...and its going so fast!

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  26. And yes, indeed, I'm a follower!! xoxo Beth

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  27. I would LOVE your pillow cover!!!!

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  28. Hi Jennifer, what beautiful pillows I would love to have a chance to win one. Martina

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  29. Hey you-
    I'm so glad you are taking some time off before and after the baby, it's the most precious time to enjoy! I cherish those moments!

    Your way too hard on yourself. I'm so much like you but it is impossible to get back to each and every person sometimes. The fact that you feel bad about it just shows us the type of loving person you are.
    Enjoy your weekend, most importantly, don't respond to my comment. (tee hee)
    XO
    Kristin

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  30. Hi Jennifer, I am following your blog.

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  31. And I would love to out your pretty pillow in my living room, it would go quite nicely!

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  32. I just love your decorating style. I so totally agree that you need to take time for yourself and your little ones...They are only little once.

    Patricia Droste

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  33. I'm a follower too!

    Patricia Droste

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  34. Hi Jennifer,Thanks for the opportunity I would LOVE to win your beautiful pillows, is nice of you to taking the time with your daughter and new little one.
    Thank you so much for your giveaway!!!
    XOX
    Isora

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  35. Hi Jennifer,I'm a follower too!
    XOX
    Isora

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  36. The pillow would be such a treat for my living room!

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  37. I'm a follower of your blog (and LOVE it!)

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  38. Of course I would love to have this pillow in my home!

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  39. I'm glad you're taking time off from your shop. There's so much to do with a new baby on the way. Enjoy all your time with Lillie!

    I love looking at all the gorgeous pictures on your blog!!

    emmillee(AT)gmail(dot)com

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  40. P.S.S. I bought one of your tanks this week and I'm super about excited about it. I featured it on my blog the other day.

    http://misstrixiesfavoritethings.blogspot.com/2011/03/tanks-and-thanks.html

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  41. That pillow would look extra good in my living room!! .... just sayin![:

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  42. Always up for one of your giveaways! So talented. Glad I got an order in before you start your shop break.

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  43. Love your pillows!!!
    Melissarhudson@gmail.com

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  44. following!
    melissarhudson@gmail.com

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  45. So glad you are taking some time to be with your sweet girl before the baby arrives. of course i'm a follower!

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  46. I would love to be entered, I love your creations! ;-) Such an honest post, and good for you for taking a small break to bring in your new bundle of joy!! What a wonderful exciting time. I can't imagine balancing it all, I don't have children yet and it's hard enough with work, a horse, the side business, my family and friends!!
    Have a happy weekend!
    ~xo/michelle~

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  47. I would be delighted to have one of your pillows! I love your blog very much. It definately is one of my favorites. Thanks!

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  48. I love this pillow!! I have the perfect chair for it to live on!

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  49. I would love to win this beautiful pillow!
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  50. I follow you via GFC.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  51. Enter me!

    shanban456@sbcglobal.net

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  52. Follower

    shanban456@sbcglobal.net

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  53. I have the perfect chair waiting for that lovely pillow!

    amducote1986@gmail.com

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  54. I would love to win this pillow!

    Nancy5678 at aol dot com

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  55. I love your new silhouette pillows. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  56. Thanks for another chance to win a wonderful pillow! Thanks for your being so generous!!

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  57. Good for you! Way to take time for yourself!

    I do virtual assistance for photographers mainly, but I help bloggers as well. I would love to discuss possibly helping you out with your future endeavors when you return!

    Email me at smile@thephotogshelper.com if you are interested!

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  58. What a fabulous giveaway!! Would love to win the pillow. And congrats on your fabulous win.

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  59. You're doing a fabulous job keeping up with Lillie, your shop, home and being pregnant! I can't imagine anyone would expect an automatic reply to an email at this time. You have your priorities exactly as they should be and I wish you the best of luck in the coming months with the exciting changes occurring in your family! Congratulations!

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  60. I absolutely love your blog! I am a mom of two boys, if i had a girl i would totally be purchasing your cute items on etsy. I just became a follower:)

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  61. Those silhouette pillows are so beautiful. I can totally relate to your situation with trying to keep up with everything. When my girls were young I kept a very similar schedule...and I didn't blog or run a business. I did all of my sewing and home decor projects when they went to bed. Take care of yourself too. That's really important as well.

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  62. Love your blog AND your pillows!!! I also just received the little silhouette t-shirt I ordered and it is just adorable. And it comes packages so cute. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. You're blog is gorgeous! I love the colors, I love the styles, I love everything! <3

    That's my comment. ;)

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  64. I so love visiting your beautiful blog. I would love one of your gorgeous pillows.

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  65. Wow, I covet that pillow, very pretty!

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  67. I'm a happy follower and I'd love to win the beautiful pillow! I also wanted to say being a busy mom is hard, but spending giving your full time to your precious dolls is so important and cannot be replaced. Keep up the amazing work! :)
    Terrell
    froufroudecor@yahoo.com

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  68. Hi, im not a stalker no more, im a follower, im not sure how i came across your blog, but i have been reading & admiring your home/style for a little while, im decorating & renovating my home & so i probally found here through gooling "home" site's or something?? But i love your blog & your dd is gorgeous!!
    Just wanted to pop in & say hi x

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  69. Loving the new nursery!! Just beautiful!!

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  70. I would love to win the lovely pillow cover!

    embodymentalhealth@gmail.com

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  71. would love to WIN and just LOVE the new pillows just can't get grandkids to stand sill long enough to get profiles

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  72. Thank you for the chance to win! Your blog is so beautiful.

    autumn@therujis.com

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  73. follower ;)

    autumn@therujis.com

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  74. Love the blog and love the pillow!

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  75. i love that pillow cover, it is so beautiful and would go so nicely on my bed :)

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  76. i'm a follower! love your blog!

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  77. What a lovely giveaway! thank you.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  78. I am a follower!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  79. So beautiful! Would love to win!

    megancrose at gmail dot com

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  80. Follower

    megancrose at gmail dot com

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  81. I love your beautiful pillow cover!!
    oh, and if I would be so lucky to win....feel free to send along that beautiful linen covered chair that it is pictured with!! LOVE IT!!
    Your pictures are brilliant!
    Lisa

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  82. love the pillows! the silhouette will go lovely with the silhouettes i had made for the kids at disneyland!

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  83. I love love love the pillow's especially the one that says "reve" on it. So cute...

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  84. I would love to win one of your gorgeous pillows Jeni! Thanks for the chance:) Always such fabulous giveaways:)

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  85. i love that bowl of pears photo!

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  86. L O V E your blog. Follow when I can.

    rrhooker88@yahoo.com

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  87. Jennifer..where do you find the decorative balls in that natural grassy green texture that you have in the basket on your dining table? Been trying to find that type with no luck.

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  88. Love your blog!
    reading44654@yahoo.com

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  89. I am a follower.
    reading44654@yahoo.com

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  90. would love the pillow!

    stephaniegriffin08@yahoo/com

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  91. follower
    stephaniegriffin08@yahoo.com

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  92. I am a follower and hoping to win! Love all of your etsy items!
    salsberry.t@gmail.com

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  93. These pillows were my favorite of all of your new items - LOVE, LOVE,LOVE them!!!

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  94. Always a follower of your blog!!! Forgot to leave my email before - hwhiteford@nc.rr.com

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  95. count me in Jen, and your silhouette pillows are amazing! I love it when you do posts on your home! It's so beautiful! xoxo, Melaine

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  96. Wow, I'm in LOVE with that Jane Austen pillow!!!

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  97. I would love to win your pillow ...thanks so much for the chance!

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  98. I feel the same way about staying home with my babies... Being a mom was "what I wanted to be when I grow up" ;). Enjoy the special time with your big baby before the equally special time with your little baby comes! You'll never regret spending time with them.... P.s. Beautiful pillows!

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  99. Hi Jennifer! I'm channeling your nursery in our guest room and found a similar chair today to the one I asked you about!!! So I neeeed this "dream" pillow. ;)

    Also, IT WAS ME that emailed you about the decorating/design consult. I don't save my sent messages (darn it!) but I will email you again with my main question! :) I was so thrilled to see you mention it here in this post and I'm excited to hear back from you WHEN YOU HAVE TIME. :)

    Fingers are crossed for the pillow!

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  100. Gorgeous!

    -maryellen

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  101. You are wayy talented!

    Just Better Together
    come check out my giveaway

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  102. I love it. Please count me in!

    Cindy
    cindymikewong[at]yahooDOTcom

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  103. Love that pillow for our new home!

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  104. Love your creativity:) It is so uplifting to win!

    lynchmob@telus.net

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  105. I, like everyone else, would love a pillow! :)

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  106. I'd love to win! You do such beautiful work. :)

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  107. These pillows are amazing...

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  108. I am a follower that loves your pillows, thanks for the chance to win!
    smittysbunch@sandcreektelco.com

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  109. Forgot to add my email. Thanks again. Gormley.k@hotmail.com

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  110. I read that we can make a comment each day, so here is my Sunday comment! I hope I win!

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  111. Would love your pillow for my black couch......Thanks for the chance of winning it

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  112. I would love to win a pillow! Heck, I'd love to win anything! lol. :) Lovely post - hope I win!

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  113. Hi Jennifer! I'm new to your blog and thrilled I found you. Thanks for the chance to win one of your creations!

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  114. I am a follower....dying to win this pillow!
    Betts :)

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  115. I adore the pillows!
    kellywc818@hotmail.com

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  116. I am a follower also.

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  117. I am a follower.
    kellywc818@hotmail.com

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  118. I think those simple changes are great. A FAQ page is a wonderful idea!

    I adore the pillow! (:

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  119. The pillow is wonderful...but then again, so is everything you have! Lori L

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  120. I would love to win that gorgeous pillow cover! I just recently re-did my office/guest room and it would look amazingly beautiful in there! Love all your designs and your creativity and ideas are amazing! Thank you! And enjoy your time with your little one!

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  121. What a beautiful pillow cover! I love your style! So classic! ♥

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  122. My new home would love that pillow. Check your blog out when I get a chance.

    rrhooker88@yahoo.com

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  123. I would love to win! I loved reading your post and can tell that you have your priorities straight! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  124. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. We are so the same, when it comes to dreaming of being a stay-at-home mom and not wanting to do "business" when our kids are awake. My girls are 4, and 1 (just turned one last week.....tear!) and it is getting harder as my business grows, and their demands of my time grow. They don't go to daycare or a regular babysitter, but Leila (4) does go to preschool for two hours twice a week. I usually just take that time to enjoy being one-on-one with Gianna(1) and sometimes I'm lucky enough that they'll both fall asleep for a long nap at the same time, after preschool. That and after they're asleep for the night are the only times I can work. It's getting hard!

    Anwyays, enjoy every second with Lillie and I can't wait to "meet" your new little bundle! Love the pillows, and EVERYTHING Dear Lillie!

    xo,
    Heathe

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  126. I am a follower.

    verlan.day@gmail.com

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  127. I like the pillow with the girl reading. It looks like she is relaxing on the sofa enjoying her book. HA!

    verlan.day@gmail.com

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  128. I love your designs, pillows and clothing... so pretty... I love the quotes... thanks for the chance

    debbebennett at yahoo dot com

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  129. I love your blog and would love to win a pillow. Glad you're taking some time off with the girls and husband. Your photography is beautiful...what kind of camera and lens do you use for your photos? We have bought a Canon 30D and need to purchase an all around lens for the camera. Thanks, Karla

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