An Extra Special Giveaway

75 comments:
 Do you remember the project that we did a while back ,
where I asked some blogger friends to use their talents 
and frame some vintage pressed flowers?
It was really lots of fun...you can read more here if you like....

But here is what I would like to do...
give the same gift to you!

I will be giving away 4 pressed botanicals,
unframed,
 just like these,
.....from the same book actually 

But lets make this more fun 
and give away the same gift to two people!

You will get your pressings just the way I found them in the old book 

 and you can frame them any way you wish!


No crazy gimmicks...just leave a comment on this post and you are entered.

The winners will be picked, at random, on August 15th 

I know you will love them....

 finally:
 I wanted to add a note about blogging.

I occasionally get comments about how reading blogs can make people feel inadequate and I find that to be true sometimes for me too.

I have pretty much thrown the towel in about a dozen or more times this last year...

But then I think about the creative part of it all...
and how many really wonderful people  I have met through blogging.

So I push on.


No body has a perfect life and if it appears that way...it just isn't so.

I hope you will enter this giveaway 
because you are all such a joy to me 
at times when I need it the most.

Thank you so much for being...you!

xo
Kelley

PS

I need to kiss my dog!





75 comments:
  1. Those botanicals are absolutely gorgeous, what a cool gift idea. Thanks so much!

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  2. Whenever I need to slow down and 'escape', I love looking at the photos of your yard in Ojai. They capture the feel of your yard, and I just imagine what it would be like to plop in a chair with a cup of coffee and a good book and enjoying that space. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  3. beautiful, thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Oh yes! I want more to add to my grouping! Count me in! Thanks K! Melaine

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  5. Hi Kelly!
    I would kiss that darling dog of yours, too.

    Yes, there are so many creative and talented bloggers out there (you being one of them!). And many have incredible resources. But I look at blogging as an opportunity to meet new people, to make new friends, and to get some wonderful ideas and inspirations. I don't have as much time as I would like to comment on all the blogs I read, but then most of us don't have unlimited time. We just have to do the best that we can...comment on those blogs that really "speak" to us, and answer all those we have time to answer...and not feel guilty about not getting to everyone. Besides, it's important to have HUMAN contact...even DOGGY contact... As for me, I need to get some paintings completed!
    Have a fabulous weekend...enjoy your beautiful new bathroom!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  6. The botanicals are wonderful and so is your blog!

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  7. wonderful giveaway and wonderful blog! girl, you better not throw in the towel! i enjoy reading your words and seeing your photographs too much! i have been wanting to start a blog for over a year, but the "techie" side of it scares me to death. so thank you for sharing your posts with all of your readers here.

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  8. Very beautiful botanicals. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  9. So pretty! the dog is adorable.:)

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  10. Hi Kelley,
    You couldn't have said it better. I just about threw in the towel today. But it's a long story...Anyway, please enter me in your giveaway. I love those botanicals so much.
    Keep blogging my dear. I love your blog and I love following along with all your projects. You and I know that nobody has a perfect life, but it can sometimes appear that way.
    Now I have to go kiss my dog! ~xo Delores

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  11. These would be so perfect and I love your blog...

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  12. Gorgeous--thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  13. You are so creative! I love your projects! thanks for sharing!

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  14. OK...this is just too weird because this topic is exactly what I wrote about today. Sometimes I look at that "followers" section in my sidebar and the number sometimes goes up and I get excited and sometimes it goes down and I take it so personally. Was it something that I said to make them leave? Should I have not said this or that because I offended them? And just exactly who left? (Then I try to remember all the people I have "met" in my blog and for the life of me I can't figure out why the number dropped). Oh well. I feel like you: I do it for ME...because I feel like it is my creative outlet at this time in my life. I get the chance to look at things around me with a more critical eye. I get the chance to "meet" new people. I get the chance to play with my camera and (hopefully) improve my skills. So, Kelley, I think this is a sign from the cosmos that I should win this giveaway. I would do something wonderful with them, I just know it. And if by chance I DON'T wind, I'm not going to hold it against you. :) I know that everything happens for a reason and I hope that you will continue to blog forever (or at least until you finish that bathroom!!) I need to know how it ends. Seriously...LOVE your blog and always look forward to something new and exciting. So many great ideas come from this blog. I would hate to see you leave.

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  15. Kelley~
    Oh Oh Oh how I would LOVE to win these... you have NO idea!!! Please enter me and I will cross my pinkies!!

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  16. I love everything you share on your blog and would love to have them hanging in my house.

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  17. Right now with what is happening in the world, there are very few who have a perfect life, whatever that means. All I know is I love reading your blog and Delores' and many others. They add inspiration and escapism and joy to my life. Now I am off to kiss my dog.

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  18. I know what you mean. I just started bloggoing and I feel it can be very difficult and overwhelming. Just have to remember the original intended purpose. I really love your blog because it is comfortable. I think your giveaway is sweet and maintains a simplicity that others will recognize for its innate beauty. Reminds me of that opening scene in Braveheart the movie when the little girl gives the boy the flower and he saves it all those years by pressing it. It is a treasure! Regards, Andrea @ townandprairie

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  19. Love the flowers, hope to win!

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  20. What a nice idea! Thank you, Kelley for being so generous with your readers.

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  21. I love the idea of framing the pressed flowers. Thank you for sharing,
    Jen Borba
    bb2339@aol.com

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  22. I am with the reader who said that she has limited time but every now and then loves to sneak over to the computer and escape for a couple of minutes! Please don't quit because this is one of the few blogs I take time for and look forward to! IF anything I am sooooo needing more photos of your garden! it is soooo dry here in Texas that every thing is parched! I know it is tough to deal with a remodel everyday and all of its ttrials (especially the dirt! EVERYWHERE!) and then come to blogland and try to show how perfect everything is but I just want to hear about how you dig holes in the dirt just like the rest of us and then wha-la you have a fantastic paradise! Ok, I need to go find my charger and plug in my camera to charge so I can take photos of my garden and do a blog post for the first time in a long long while... all before the three year old and one year old get up! Oh yeah, and I need to feed the horses, water the flowers, etc.! LOL!

    Oh yeah, throw my hat in for the prints as well! Whoo hoo!

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  23. I loved your botanical project so much that I tried to do my (very amateurish) own! Would be so excited to win some of the real ones. Please keep blogging away...it just makes my day when you have a new post. Your new bathroom is an inspiration!

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  24. Gorgeous botanicals! Your blog is truly inspiring. The purpose is to create a welcoming home not the "perfect" home.
    dorene at pine dot net

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  25. Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely piece of art. I have to say that the imprint left by the pressing would be a wonderful base for another project.

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  26. Kelly,
    These botanicals are just so esquisite. I remember the post,where three of you framed them; each was very unique and lovely.I especially liked your comments about the appearence of a perfect life.None of us travel through life effortlessly,devoid of problems, conflicts and losses.Love your blog!

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  27. I love, love, love your blog! And, thank you for your "feeling inadequate" comment and pep talk! My next project is to get a forever four legged friend!

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  28. What a great giveaway! I'm finally getting around to filling in the blank wall in our bedroom, and these would be perfect!

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  29. Please don't throw in the towel! Whenever I have a chance to pop onto my Blogger Dashboard, and to read the latest updates, I always hope to have an update from the Polished Pebble! I truly enjoy your blog, your comments and your photography.

    Jenny D in the Desert

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  30. Dear Kelly,
    These are just what I need in my life! I have an old herbarium like yours but for sentimental reasons can't break it up to frame. I ADORE yours & the frames you selected. Actually, I adore you & your blog too! Please keep pushing yourself to share with us, you are my favorite! P.S. I am dying for an update on your backyard, we would all love to see how that lavender has grown :)

    Lexi @ jkeppel@prodigy.net

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  31. Kelly! I appreciate what you do here! I benefit from your design sense, your down to earthiness, and I just plain enjoy the time I spend catching up with your latest project. If someone feels inadequate, hell, what can you do...start making god's eyes out of string or stars out of tin foil to make them feel better?! Isn't it more their problem? Good Grief. I love you and your dog and your beautiful pictures. Okay. I'm done. Have a really fine day.

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  32. I would so love to win a set of those. I've been drooling over them since your first post about them. I too struggle with finding the time to blog and get a bit down on myself too. I love to see what you are up to and your posts are always inspiring. Keep it up!

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  33. I live in a neighboring southern California community & I LOVE your blog. Ojai is an enchanted corner of the world and you capture it beautifully.

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  34. I love that you addressed the "pink elephant" in the room - I think it is easy for readers to feel jealous or inadequate of a blog/blogger they admire. And equally easy for blog writers to feel the pressure to perform especially if the blog "takes off." But you make a great point that nobody's life is perfect. And don't feel pressured to present that. Bloggers naturally present an "edited" version of ourselves on our blogs and that is OK by me. What I like about stopping into blogs (and I choose very few to read) is the escape that it gives me - just for a few minutes I can take a break from my own imperfect life and enjoy the one that is presented to me. And on the flip side - you should remain true to the blog intent...to share beautiful,inspiring, design and creative inspirations. An electronic scrapbook for you to record your renovations and ideas - fully formed or not. And a fun lighted conversation between like-minded people. networking!
    As for me and my blog writing - just for a minute in the beginning, I got caught up in the fever and than I remembered...it doesn't matter that I have like 8 readers and 5 of them are family...I just like the format to record my unique recipes and it gives me a creative writing outlet.
    Post when you want and don't when you can't and just make sure you take time for yourself, family, friends and the dog. We will be here.
    (ps on a lighthearted note - frankly I can't keep up with a prolific blogger so the pace is just fine by me!)

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  35. FIRST I went and kissed my dog. I immediately felt better. Back to the subject at hand I thought I'd add my two cents. Especially in the summer, for me at least, it is much harder to find the time to blog. The surf and sand and my family call me. I never want to feel pressure to write, which would take the joy out of it for me. I don't do it as a job or for any kind of supplement. I meet wonderful people and reading the blogs of others always gives my hope for humanity a boost. So many creative and truly genuine people out there. I love to chronicle my thoughts, have an outlet to share my pictures and hopefully entertain a few blog readers now and again. Aren't we lucky to have an outlet to do that! I haven't had a give away yet but I'm excited to enter yours! Keep doing what you do, you are an inspiration of creativity and I always look forward to checking in to your blog. Blessings.

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  36. Love the flowers...love the blog!!!

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  37. Count me in your contest. I have only been blogging only a few months and I can see where it could be a roller coaster ride. But that is a ride that I'm going to try ;) for what it's worth I really enjoy your blog and always look forward to you posts.

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  38. enter me! I love these. And thanks for the encouragement!

    Meg

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  39. We all have bloggy doubts and insecurities.
    Is my whole life wonderful? Of course not!
    I'm filled with doubts.
    Sharing the good parts of my life on Velvet and Linen helps me to focus on the positive and to stay grateful.

    I enjoy all of your posts. I read every single one. But only blog if it feeds your creative soul. If it becomes a negative, then stop...but I hope it never comes to that!

    xo
    Brooke

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  40. I agree (as usual) with Brooke!
    I love your blog; it is wonderful

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  41. What? You are one of the bright spots in blogland. I love my California blogs, La Dolfina, Velvet and Linen, and vignette design, and Censational girl. You are all real adults, have fabulous taste, and write interesting posts. Don't stop. I can't think of any reason why you would feel inadequate. Cut down on your posts if you want. We just like to see what you have bought, and what you have planted. That's all. You don't have to break new ground. Just take a few pictures with captions. Pictures of your dog in your gardens would be just fine. So many blogs are written by people with no writing skills, not much taste, and rudimentary crafting skills. Many seem to have an agenda to make ad money. You are much different. Your bathroom is inspiring. It makes me want to change one of mine. As I mentioned to one of my bloggy friends the other day, Are you sure you aren't perimenopausal? Thanks for being you and elevating the blog discourse. Ann

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  42. Beautiful botanicals & blog!!! "You can't please everyone so you got to please yourself" !!! Ojai has a very special place in my heart as that is where my beautiful & only child was born,,Thank You so much for sharing it with us!!! Linda

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  43. Perfect combination of natural and beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Great giveaway.....but I don't want to take the chance away from someone else since I already have some of them. I wanted to comment about what you said at the end of your post. Of course other people are going to have more than some of us. And some less.......that is just life. I think blogging is a way for people with similar interest to interact and how awesome if you make a friend at the same time. I started blogging for me.....to express my thoughts on design.....it has become so much more. When it is time to quit, I hope I will know. For now I will just keep plugging along. In my opinion, I think you still have a lot to say.

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  45. Hi Kelli! I am sorry that you seem to be down today. I just want you to know that what you do is very worth it. Sometimes I think we are "sisters from other Mothers". I enjoy your blog so much because so many of your great ideas could have come right out of my head. But you have actually gotten them done. I even have a table that could be a twin for the one you used in you new bath. I hope you will continue your blog.I love the ideas and the friendliness of your writing.
    I first discovered your blog with when you sold your other home with all the goodies. Don't know how you could have done that! I could have moved in there and lived happily for a long time.
    Can't wait to see all the wonderful things you do with your new place. Yours is my favorite blog. I would really miss you if you were not there. Hope this is not too long. Just wanted you to know how many people feel about you. Give that sweet dog a kiss for me,

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  46. Kelley....I am so excited to join this extra special give a way....I have search for pretty botanicals to frame and even attempted to make my own (whoops).....I would so love to win....my fingers and toes are crossed!!!
    Andrea
    AndeM1@hotmail.com

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  47. I love the pressed botanicals. They remind me of a project I did in college.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

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  48. These are gorgeous. I would love to mat them in cream linen and frame them in gold or wood. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

    sageabf at mail dot com

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  49. What a great giveaway!! I was just coveting some similar prints at a local flea market. I'm so tickled to have a chance to win some!

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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  50. I have thought about your huge wall of framed botanicals for a long time. Hope i win!

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  51. A wonderful gift to share! This is just what my daughter is looking for for her new dining room - it will be hers if I'm lucky - and - thank you!

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  52. hi kelley, i know you are talking about me! i keep hanging in there also b/c of the wonderful people i've met. i think of you everyday b/c of the blue and white notebook that sits on my table. it has important little notes written in it and little quotes i come across. you are so sweet and i'm not saying that b/c i'm kissing up to win your contest.

    BUT i do wnat to win b/c i want to ditch that big chalkboard in my dining area and put up a bunch of botanical pressings just like this.


    have i mentioned lately just how beautiful you are?

    xo
    janet

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  53. Honey....you are PURE JOY to come and visit each post! I hope you continue...your inspiration is stunning. And those herbariums...DROOL...how amazing are they. I do believe they would LOVE achance to visit my casa...wink.

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  54. Kelley, I've already had the opportunity to enjoy some of these, so please don't enter my name into the giveaway! I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that I stopped by. Your blog is inspiring, lovely, and real. It's a daily stop for me! xoxo, A

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  55. Love the botanicals and would display them in my entry hall. Thanks!
    Amy

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  56. Hey! My comment disappeared! I remember your botanicals project and thought they were all beautiful. Would love to win this one! Thanks for a chance at it.

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  57. PLEASE do not throw in the towel, I hardly ever post a comment but enjoy your blog so much (one of my top ten) Thank you for the give away!

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  58. Thank you for the giveaway and a great blog! Would love to win the beautiful botanicals. Your blog provides a 'getaway' to many. I hope it provides something special to you too.
    Michelle

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  59. I found you through Vignette Design and am so glad I did!!!! YOur note about blogging hit the nail on the head for me! I have been in a blogging SLUMP lately. But, as you said, I push on. I know, come Fall, there will be so much more inspiration in this head of mine:):) This is a WONDERFUL give away and THANK YOU for allowing it to be SIMPLE! I detest having to do 78 things to enter a give away!!!!! I promise, I will be back!!! XO, Pinky

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  60. Oh my! I could really use those botanicals in my dining room. Love your simple, classic,yet unique decorating. You are an inspiration to all who love clean and vintage style . Thank you
    beckcart@ yahoo

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  61. These are stunning! Thank you for the opportunity to win such lovely pictures.

    Alecia

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  62. I loved these in your "blogger challenge post" so much. Would love a chance to win a few for my guest bathroom! Keep blogging sister!

    -Becky D

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  63. Thanks for the opportunity and for the pep talk...as a fellow blogger it does seem daunting sometimes, especially when there are so many amazingly talented folks out there.
    Karen

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  64. Would love to win these for my newlyweds home. Walls fall down the list when starting a home. They needed things like refrigerator, bed, etc.
    Thanks for the opportunity to bless them.
    hbran1199@aol.com

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  65. love the flowers! what a great giveaway, thanks for sharing this with us.

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  66. Love those! They make the perfect artwork!!

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  67. I have similar botanical prints in a guest room and would love to replace them with these!

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  68. This inadequate girl would love to receive those botanicals!

    Thanks for being genuine.

    Christi

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  69. Hi there, I've just wandered over from My Notting Hill via White & Wander...one of those mornings where I find myself...laptop on lap...in bed...wandering all over the place...love those botanical prints...such a generous prize...and I've just visited your new bathroom and it's lovely, with some great interesting detail and character. I'm planning new bathrooms (in my head) for when we return to Australia...got my kids living in the house and the will really need a reno by the time we get back!! I'm off to read more of your posts. Have a great weekend. Robx

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  70. Hi Kelley.

    I love visiting your polished pebble. It's a real gem! :D
    Enjoy seeing the progress you are making. Your bathroom is gorgeous. Your gardens divine.
    Thank you for hosting such a generous give-away.

    Deborah

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  71. Just found your blog today - what a beautiful giveaway! I've got my fingers crossed! Now I need to scroll through and look at your previous posts!

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  72. we all feel inadequate at some point or another...human nature, i guess. i love the botanicals...thanks for the opportunity. now go kiss the dog!
    erin
    xo

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  73. What lovely pieces and a worthwhile project! Cheers!

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  74. My girlfriend just said 'let it be my wall one day' when she saw the photo of those framed plants :) I like them too. Someone must have been very lucky ^^
    Best regards
    Szymon

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