Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Claire’s Good-bye Tension, Hello Pension GIVE AWAY!!

It’s the first day of school for students here in Canada…which means my friend Claire is one VERY happy teacher!  Make that a very happy EX-teacher…because today is her FIRST DAY too…of RETIREMENT!!  To help celebrate the day,Claire asked me if she could borrow my blog for a Retirement GIVE AWAY!  I just KNEW you wouldn’t mind!! :o)

So here’s Claire..the party animal…

              

It's the first day of school here and we are celebrating my retirement with a giveaway!

As the air gets cooler and the season starts to change, the fall colours and crisp air just scream WOOL!  It's the perfect time of year to start a wool project and who better to turn to than my favourite wool designer, Stacy of Buttermilk Basin!  She has designed over 60 new patterns to tempt you! Stacy is such a talented artist and I’m so happy that she has translated her designs into wool. Designs such as this…image

So, get the kids off to school, grab a steaming cup of coffee or apple cider and head on over to Buttermilk Basin to check out all of the new patterns. While you're there, check out the old ones, too, because there are some beauties! You'll find patterns for little monthly mats and stitcheries, seasonal runners, pincushions, rugs...the list is endless.

You'll probably have a hard time choosing a favourite, but when you do come back and leave a comment telling me which pattern is your favourite and I will enter your name for a chance to win MY latest favourite pattern-the WINTER Wool Runner.

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You will have lots of time to stitch this before the season changes again.  Here’s my version of this pattern…it’s fast, easy and adorable.image Oh, and there just might be a little bit of wooly goodness put inside the parcel to help you along with your project.  I will pick a winner for this great pattern on Thursday.

Until then, happy first day of school!

Claire

So there you go!!  Good luck everyone in Claire’s Good-Bye Tension, Hello Pension Give Away!!  Love this little wool Winter banner!!  I wouldn’t mind winning it myself! 

As for Claire, let’s wish her a VERY happy Quilty-Wooly retirement!

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Quilting!~P

 

82 comments:

  1. Today is the first day of high school for my youngest of four kids! The older three are all graduated.
    My favourite (set of patterns..lol!) are the By the Hand BOM patterns. What a great BOM!
    Happy retirement Claire :)

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  2. What a cute tablerunner. Just tried to sew with wool once before and would like to try it again. I visited their website and I really liked the A full moon needlework BOM.

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  3. Let the quilting begin Claire! Happy retirement.....it's the best.

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  4. Happy Retirement--you will wonder why you waited so long!
    I have been thinking fall, so the 'Autumn' mat is probably my favorite. (right now-LOL)

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  5. CUTE name for a giveaway!!!! I'll have to remember that one.

    I loved the Pumpkins in the Sunflowers. The BOM blocks are awfully cute too.

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  6. Happy Retirement Claire.
    Thank you for the chance. =D
    These designs are absolutely wonderful, I got quite a kick out of the "Chickens Thru the Year".
    Too funny, Feb's is hilarious rooster crowing/hen delivering!
    hahaha =D

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  7. Congratulations Claire on your retirment. There's no life like it. Checked out the website, the Noel Table Runner is very cute but it was soooo hard to choose.

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  8. Ohhhhhhhhh enjoy your retirement Claire. Lovely giveaway

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  9. Whoo Hoo on retirement.. congrat's to you Claire.

    Thanks for doing a giveaway - I love working with wool and I think I would pick the "Batty Boo Woolen" pattern.

    Enjoy your retirement.. 12 months and 2 weeks and I hope I will be doing the same.

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  10. I love all the patterns, but one called 3 Olde Snow Heads is so cute (love the eyes). Happy retirement Claire everyday day is Saturday for you. Sally from Oregon

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  11. Congratulations on your retirement. I have 12 years to go!
    Though I love the autumn wallhang, I really need yo make winter things so I will ho with the winter wallhanging.

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  12. I really liked March's BOM! I have never worked with wool before, this will give me the perfect opportunity to try it out! Thank you for the chance to win!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  13. A very happy Quilty Wooly retirement, Claire. What a hard time I had trying to choose a pattern. I loved every one of them. But I love cats, so I chose the Spooky Cat Candle Mat. It looked doable for a first-time attempt. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway.

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  14. Happy retirement! Thanks for thinking of us on your first day of retirement.

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  15. Congratulations on your retirement...love your take on life from now on! I retired after 37 wonderful years...and feel the same way. Picking a favorite is sooooooooo hard...I love them all! Right now my pick would be Halloween Blackwork. Enjoy and thank you:)

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  16. Congratulations on your retirement, Claire. Retirement is the best job i have ever had.

    I like the Frosty pattern the best--part of the Warm Winter Wishes Collections 1.

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  17. Oh I love the wool crazy year BOM. So sweet. And I can't resist snowmen, just can't, lol! Happy retirement Claire! May you have time for all the things you always wanted to do!

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  18. Thanks for retiring so we can have a give away!!! Congratulations! I like them all but my favorite is "My crazy year-September".

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  19. Well, sure. I'll celebrate Claire's retirement by perusing Buttermilk Basin...though I don't need another excuse for that :-) what is not to love there!
    What a delicious month to start this new adventure. I hope she has hours and hours of relaxed fun and sweet times.
    If I were to pick a favorite...which is too hard to narrow down...maybe the whole Autumn splender group or Hand made. It is all too beautiful. Including this winter table runner. Lovely work, by the way.
    And thank you, Claire for sharing your joy!

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  20. I cannot imagine you two together! lol

    I just hung up my Autumn banner and LOVE it! The winter one would be perfect when the seasons change.

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  21. Happy NO School Day Claire. Sounds like you are enjoying retirement already. Good for you! I'll be happy to help you celebrate by taking that charming pattern off your hands. Thanks! Much appreciated.

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  22. Whoohoo, it' back to school here today too...time to do some stitchin'!!! I love the BOM blocks the most. So easy and quick to finish up!

    Ilene

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  23. I have always loved Jan's patterns, wonderful designs that are fun and easy to do and love the new winter one. I also love, By the Hand, june block, nice piece and would make a nice gift idea for friends and family.

    Debbie

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  24. I absolutely LOVE her Wool & Needles BOM!

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  25. I love the by the hand BOM and the wool & needles BOM....so I don't know which one I will buy...thanks for the website I'm putting it on my favorites.....

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  26. What a wonderful site! I really liked the Simple Pleasures thru the Year patterns. So cute!
    Thank you!
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  27. I'd love to be entered in Claire's give-away. Adorable patterns and beautiful wool. Doesn't get any better!!

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  28. I really like By The Hand August pattern,love me some acorns. Congrat's on your retirement.

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  29. Enjoy your retirement, a wonderful new phase of life..I love so many of the patterns, anything autumn and winter would be my favorite..thanks for the chance at this giveaway..

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  30. Love all the patterns, can't chose just one. Thanks for the chance to win a "woolie".

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  31. Claire, I hope you will start your own blog now that you are retired.

    Buttermilk Basin has the prim kind of designs I like. I think a new set that I like are the Wool Crazy ones. I need those!

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  32. Happy Happy Retirement, Claire! No more first days of school for you! Enjoy all your new "firsts". :-)

    I love all of the designs at Buttermilk Basin so it's hard to pick a favorite. I live in the desert so there is no snow for us to enjoy - the Winter runner would make me very happy. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  33. Happy retirement!
    My youngest is off to uni next week so I have no children at school for the first time this year!!

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  34. My favorite would be the "By the Hand" BOM, all of them, I couldn't choose just one. I love that they aren't square and they're pieced and also appliqued. Thanks for sending me to a new to me site. ;-> Enjoy your retirement. Toni Anne

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  35. isn't it grand to sit back and 'do nothing?' love the My Wool Crazy Year - September, 20" x 11" leaf mat. thanx for the chance to win claire's winter banner!

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  36. Hey Paulette, just finished reading your week-end posts and want to send a big thanks for all the information you give on your blog re 'free patterns' and such. Very helpful! your friend, Vicki

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  37. Good Bye Tension Hello Pension! LOVE that quote! Happy retirement Claire!

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  38. Congrats on your retirement Claire! Thank you Paulette for letting her post and have a give away. I am a big fan of Buttermilk Basin. I am partial to the Halloween Jacks Candle matt. This is one company that all their patterns are awesome!

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  39. Your title made me smile! Congrats on your retirement! Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

    I'm still in the middle of a busy life...so retirement, if ever, is a LONG way off for me! =)

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  40. I'm a Fall person. Can't wait for the weather to change, the leaves to paint their beautiful pictures, and ooohhh the smells!!! I have a wrought iron tree in my diningroom that I decorate for each holiday/season. I already have the "Ornies" pattern and I think the "Halloween Stars" would be a great addition to my tree!!

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  41. Congratulations to you! I was a teacher also and retirement is wonderful. Enjoy! There are so many lovely patterns that it was hard to decide, but one of my favourites is the Joyous Winter Runner. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  42. Congrats..here I am dreaming of a teaching job and not sure when any will ever open up...

    I love all her patterns, so choosing just one is hard...but the Fall basket one...towards the end of the page..is a fav.

    Enjoy retirement. Is Paulette going to convince you to "winter" in Southern California with her?

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  43. Happy retirement...you will love it! I love all the Xmas block of the month patterns! Bookmarked her site.....thanls

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  44. Happy Retirement,have fun.I`m a teacher too.

    There are many patttern to choose and thinking in holiday seasons I chose Vintage Redwork.Thanks!!

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  45. I can't do it! Please, please don't make me choose just one fav from Buttermilk Basin. I love them all but I would really love to win the giveaway. Congrats on your retirement! I'm sure Paulette will help you stay focused. (?!?)

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  46. How sweet of Claire to have a giveaway to celebrate her retirement!!! Love the title of the giveaway and the prize - awesome!! Wishing Claire a 'stress-free' retirement ;-)

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  47. Reaoghwer? I can't even spell it and the word is not in my dictionary. I own my own business, hence will never be able to afford what has happened to you. O but wait, my husband feeds me so maybe there is hope! Congrats and many days of rest and doing what you want!

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  48. A girl after my own heart. I love wool projects. The kids here in Illinois have been in school here several weeks already. Of course it is too hot and they let them out early.

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  49. Congrats om Claire's retirement.I really the By the Hand BOM. Cute patchwork block and then a wool block. Love it.

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  50. Happy Retirement Claire!! Enjoy!! Like you said, this is really hard to pick a favorite- soooo many nice patterns! But, I really like the 3 Olde SnowHeads runner! Loving the quilt patterns too! Thanks!:)

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  51. Congratulations on retirement. I retired early two years ago and have not regretted a single moment. I visited the shop and I love all of the Holloween projects but if I have to pick one it is Trick or Treat needlework. I haven't ever done needlework but would love to learn.

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  52. i like the olde egg cart. and love them all i have been retired for 10 years and love it

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  53. You'll love retirement Claire! Buttermilk Basin has so many wonderful patterns and projects. The autumn wool runner looks stunning and I have oodles of acorns dropping in my back yard right now just like the one on the runner.

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  54. Happy Retirement! I hope to join you someday.

    I fell in love with the Halloween blackwork pattern last year at the Madison Quilt Show, but Stacy was sold out so I didn't get it. I still haven't gotten around to getting it, but I'll pick it up the next time I'm somewhere they are selling it.

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  55. Hiya Claire! Congrats on the retirement, my brother-in-law just retired from Chief of Police at a local hospital, so I know a little of what you're going through. I hope you have many happy years ahead of you now.
    I love a lot of the designs I saw (Simple Pleasures Thru the Year, Americana Thru the Year, Autumn Splendor Collection, Christmas Patchwork Star Quilt, and all of the Spring designs), but my favorite by far is Bennie the Squirrel! He is just darling!!!
    Thank you for having the giveaway, it's so nice of you. I've never worked with wool before, but I'll give anything a try.
    Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  56. Congratulations on your retirement, Claire! I long for that day myself but it won't be for a few more years yet. But at least we have no kids left in school anymore...all grown and moved on.

    Love the WINTER pattern in your giveaway. It just happens to BE my favourite of all the patterns at Buttermilk Basin. I LOVE snowmen! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  57. Congrats, Claire! I love all the vintage Halloween patterns, and I just finished making Witch Wilma--I'm looking for a frame for it now. I've also ordered Hootie the Owl. It's really hard to pick just one pattern favorite--and I love the winter patterns too. So many patterns, so little time!

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  58. Congratulations on your retirement, I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute of it! I love all of Stacy's patterns, but my very favourite is her Christmas Tree Penny Mat. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. Congratulations on your retirement. I, too, look forward to that day. I like the batty boo pattern. She had so many nice ones and it was hard to pick.

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  60. Happy Retirement, Claire! AND thanks for the giveaway opportunity.I love Buttermilk Basin patterns. So hard to choose, but for the time of year, I like Pumpkin Harvest. Love the blackbirds sitting on the pumpkins!

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  61. Congratulations, Claire. As an also retired teacher I can guarantee that you are in for a wonderful time. Just imagine the pleasure of shopping or going on vacation without every child in the country being there. Bliss!
    As crazy as it seems, the Winter pattern is one a my favourites.
    Hav a wonderful time!!

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  62. There are a lot of great patterns. My favorite is by the hand, April.

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  63. Good way to celebrate a retirement. I love all the Buttermilk Basin patterns.

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  64. I just love Pumpkin Harvest! It is so fun to decorate for fall. I could always use another cute fall decoration. Congratulations on your retirement.

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  65. Hi Claire, Congrats on your "official" retirement. Now you can play all the time with Paulette! (that is, until she flies away for the winter). No need to enter me in the drawing. I have the pattern already. Are you shocked? LOL

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  66. Congratulations Claire on your retirement. I'm envious of all that time you will have on your hands with nothing to do but sew! I have not worked with wool, but would like to try, so that cute little winter runnEr would be the perfect thing to start with.

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  67. Aackl, I commented on the wrong post!

    Congratulations to Claire on her new life project. I love the February and November wool and needles. I ordered the wooly sheep and blankets.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the banner, they are both cute!

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  68. Patterns By the Hand or Wool and Needle; hard to decide. Although I would change Wool and Needle for the moon to be without a face.
    Happy Retirement Claire. As a fellow teacher I know how consuming the job is so enjoy these well deserved days. You've earned them. Wishing you sunny days, soft and warm days, and days of joy, peace, and laughter.

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  69. I have never worked with wool, but the winter one looks adorable.:)

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  70. Choose a favorite she says--um...There are some great patterns, old and new. The Barn Star penny mat is one that caught my eye, and then there were the ones with pumpkins...Hope you really enjoy your retirement, Claire.

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  71. Congratulations on your retirement. Definately "By the Hand - March" is my favorite...the weather is rapidly turning to spring here (South Australia), but some wild weather tonight that inspires winter stitching still!
    Happy quilting, Sue SA.

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  72. Congrats Claire on Retirement.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    How to pick only one?? Hmm not possible. So I will just start with these two. 1) Joyous "Winter" Runner 2) Vintage Redwork Snowmen Quilt

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  73. I think the Sweet Gingerbread Needlework is adorable. I own several of their patterns for wool and love them...thanks for the chance to win.

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  74. Hi Claire, Welcome to your Retirement. Our Boys went back to school today, Wednesday, (I am way behind on looking at my blogs I follow!!) and I miss them so much when they go back. Roll on seven weeks and then they have a week off, yeah and it is Halloween!! I hope you really enjoy your retirement. A good friend retired last year from school and she can't believe a year has gone by already. Thanks for the Giveaway I love the table runner it looks so cute. Susie x

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  75. Congratulations Claire. And thank you for the generous giveaway :-)

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  76. Congratulations to Claire :-) My favorite pattern was Hootie the Owl and I want to thank you for introducing me to this site , I have bookmarked it for further investigation , beautiful patterns .Thanks for the chance .

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  77. I love this pattern, it's on my "To Buy" list. I hope you enjoy your retirement Claire!!

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  78. I love the "My wool crazy year - patterns" that they just released. They are so beautiful. Congratulations on your retirement!! I hope you really enjoy it!!

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  79. Yahoo!! Yea for Claire! I am a retired teacher, too. This is my third year of retirement and it is FANTASTIC!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
    The patterns were wonderful. I love all the fall things, especially the full moon stitchery quilt and the black jack quilt, and I also really liked the vintage wreath quilt.

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  80. Congratulations on your retirement Claire! I've been retired for a year and a half and it is awesome. I highly recommend it to everyone. :) I love the Buttermilk Basin patterns. It's a toss up between the barn star pattern and the crow with pumpkins and sunflower pattern for a favorite.

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  81. Best Wishes on your retirement Claire.
    I love all the Buttermilk patterns. Love anything snowman,as I am a collector of them. Especially like "My Wool Crazy Year". Wool is sooo fun.

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  82. Congrats, Claire. Thank you for the chance to win your lovely prize.

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