Monday, 25 January 2010

Riding the magic carpet: One World One Heart 2010

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Join me and hundreds of other bloggers on a wonderous event where bloggers from across the world come together for a fab party. Just click on the picture above for more information.

Welcome friends old and new alike. Your magical carpet floats delicately before you. Before our flight departs, let me give you some history and a small safety briefing.

You are about to be taken on a wonderful ride through Bloglandia. The journey (since it is magical) can be as long or as short as you like. Perhaps you merely want to gaze at a few sites and treasures before alighting at your next stop, or you may stay and explore. Whatever you choose you are most welcome - for this is a One World; One Heart journey as the residents of this land of the imagination open their doors and share a little love.

The carpet before you may look a little threadbare and lack the usual creature comforts one expects with modern travel - there will be no drinks service I'm afraid, nor indeed any chairs; but I can assure you of a trouble free and safe flight.



(image: Annie Liebovitz)

Are you sitting comfortably now? Then we'll begin. Let's go right back to the beginning...

My Great-Great-Great Grandmother Elvira was a lady born with wanderlust sewn into her silk stockings. It was many years however, before it made its way from such a bizarre home and took this fine lady on her many adventures.

Her husband Ernest had regrettably grown into his name for he was a most serious fellow and not taken with the idea of travel outside of England's green and pleasant land, nor indeed even the small country town where they had made their home. After spending her honeymoon gazing wistfully at the lands across the English Channel from a wind-swept Brighton beach, Elvira begged her husband to take her to see the world.

Ernest thought he could placate his wife with trips to Bath and Edinburgh, but not even the ghosts of Holyrood Palace could tame her wild spirit. Eventually, for he was a kind man at heart and dearly loved his wife, he agreed on one special trip. They would travel to Spain.

Elvira's heart was bursting with excitement as they clambered aboard the steamer in Plymouth that would take them to the magically named Bilbao. However, what followed was not quite the journey of their dreams. Foul weather followed in their wake tossing and throwing their craft across the Bay of Biscay. A mysterious ailment struck the crew down who were unable to fulfill their duties. Ernest and Elvira took turns with the other passengers to steer the ship and guide her away from the terrible rocks that threatened to smash them to pieces. Wild storms swallowed them whole and spat them out into a maelstrom of confusion and far off course. After days of terror listening to the moans of the crew and wrapped in a blanket of confusing fog, they at last sighted land and made for the welcoming arms of a harbour on what appeared to be a small island.

Elvira and Ernest thankfully stepped onto dry land once again. A bustle of humanity greeted my relatives and their fellow travellers, whisking them up into a small town which appeared to be in the middle of a busy market day. Crowds thronged the streets admiring exotic fruits, vegetables and spices piled high. Garishly coloured clothing swung like washing on lines and the noise of colourful birds and beasts fought to be loudest among the strange language spoken by the residents of this haven.

The travellers wandered lost among the chaos unable to make sense of any words. The Captain, now sufficiently recovered, was using the universal language of barter for food and a new compass (since their own was behaving in a manner that indicated six poles instead of two). He instructed his crew and passengers to be back at their ship before sunset when he would guide them back home to Plymouth, thinking they had possibly had enough adventure to last a lifetime. Or at least he hoped he would, since at this moment he hadn't the slightest idea where they were.

Knowing that this might be her only chance of travel in this lifetime, Elvira grasped at it with an enthusiasm that surprised even her. She lifted her skirts and, leaving Ernest surrounded by chattering ladies, ran through the market laughing and waving at the surprised traders. Her senses were alive and devoured all that she threw at them. There was one sense however that was just waking up... Her sixth sense suddenly took Elvira away from the crowded market and into a narrow alleyway. With no fear she walked alone toward a small shop almost hidden in the shadows. Moving aside a dusty curtain she entered...

An old man bent his head in greeting and beckoned her in. As her eyes adjusted to the gloom, Elvira noticed that the tiny room appeared to be covered completely in carpets of the richest hues. There was not a scrap of wall, ceiling or floor to be seen among the beautiful patterns swirling before her eyes.

At last she stopped in her inspection as she beheld a small rug of outstanding beauty. Ruby reds, met sea blues and greens that were surely the colour of mermaid tails. Elvira stroked the soft fibres and breathed in a mysterious spicy scent that wafted from them. The man smiled and lifted if from its hook on the wall. He gave it to her to hold and Elvira gasped with surprise when she felt a weight no heavier than the silk shawl she wore over her shoulders.

Elvira knew at that instant that she must have this carpet. It already seemed a part of her. She had no money with her and somehow doubted that this shop would accept her Queen's Sterling. The man, sensing her thoughts just smiled, placed a gentle hand to her back and guided her towards the door. Elvira turned in confusion, attempting to return the treasure, but the man would not take it. It seemed he wished to gift it to her. Elvira could not possibly accept such generosity from a poor stranger and the man, again reading her thoughts, continued to smile and pointed at silk shawl.

Elvira shrugged it from her shoulders and gave it to the man who wrapped it around himself and smiled, before returning to find her frantic husband and return to their ship. They sailed within the hour and two weeks later were back at home believing they had visited a small and uncharted island off the coast of Africa.

You might think that the story ends here, but readers, this was just the beginning. I am sure you have guessed correctly that mysterious illnesses, navigation equipment failure and unknown islands appearing out of the fog can only mean one thing... that magic was afoot... and it wasn't long before it showed itself again.

The very first night they were home, Elvira carefully placed the carpet on the floor of her bedroom. She slept fitfully and after waking from an incredible dream clambered out of the warmth of her blankets to fetch a glass of water. The second her bare foot touched the carpet, she was thrown first to the ground and then in the air. Bracing herself for impact she was shocked again when none came and to her utter amazement she found herself seated on a carpet suspended mid air. When it took off out of the window and she disappeared with it into the night she was tempted to faint, having no suitable lady-like reaction stored up for just such an occasion, but curiosity and her sense of adventure got the better of her and so she was fully conscious when they landed just outside the Parthenon in Athens. Just as she was when subsequent trips took her to the Pyramids, The Grand Canyon, Paris in the Spring, The Ganges, Victoria Falls, Machu Picchu.....

Elvira recorded her adventures in her many journals illustrating each with words and drawings that excelled the imagination. After she died (at the grand old age of 102), the carpet and her 'fanciful' stories were packed away in storage waiting for the next female in the line to come of age... Many sons were born to my family.... until 1970 when a baby called Lisa made her entrance into the world!


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Well, I have to confess that this post wasn't at all how I thought it would be. I had no idea that Elvira would appear and tell me her story. I was just going to give you a short tour around my blog. If you're still with me by this stage I'm sure you're exhausted so I'll give you leave to depart. Thanks for your visit and do pop by again. What you'll find (apart from evidence of an over-active imagination) are the varied ramblings of my words and creativity. I'm a rather enthusiastic blogger who rediscovered a passion for art and enjoys combining the two. I hope you'll return for a longer look around.

Before you go, you may like to enter my little giveaway and take a piece of Elvira's story with you. Who knows, there may be some magic lingering with it. This mixed media painting and collage is made from fragments of Elvira's journal, letters, photographs and paintings (yes, that's her bottom left, she was quite a beauty!).

To enter, simply leave a comment to this post ensuring that I can reach you if you win via your blog or email. All comments must be received by February 14th and I'll announce the winner on the 15th.

219 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed this carpet ride...what an amazing journey! Thanks for rekindling my sense of wanderlust, no where shall I head to next???

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  2. I loved the story and want to read more. You have a true gift!

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  3. Ugh....lost the comment I just wrote!! Grr. Let's try this again...

    You definitely have the gift/talent of writing. Wow! I LOVED this and want to hear more!! :) It's fantastic!

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  4. wonderful to see you participating!!! you are amazing with your writing...keep it up !!!

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  5. Impressive writing, WS, and I enjoyed your story immensely. thank you. i will follow.

    Jim

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  6. Oh wow Lisa yes I will win. Please count me in.
    Wonderful piece and lovey story.

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  7. Brilliant Lisa, thank you for popping by my blog too x
    Please count me in ;-)
    ps: Cant wait for Eclipse huh lol xoxo

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  8. extraordinary lisa ... just marvellous!! i was transported and truly wished i was elvira :) and you know what .. i dunno why, but at the last paragraph i was overcome with emotions and teared ... smiling, but teared :)

    "After she died (at the grand old age of 102), the carpet and her 'fanciful' stories were packed away in storage waiting for the next female in the line to come of age... Many sons were born to my family.... until 1970 when a baby called Lisa made her entrance into the world!"

    i thought this phrase was absolutely magical ... just like in stories, just like in movies :))

    i so very love this post :))

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  9. 'One World One Heart' is so much fun... visiting new blogs, meeting creative people, making friends,...

    Thanks for your beautiful story! Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your lovely giveaway...I can only dream it's me! :)

    Greetings from Belgium,
    Saskia :)

    http://lusaro-snippers.blogspot.com/

    Saskia.imbert@telenet.be

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  10. Lovely ride on the carpet; I'd love to win this giveaway! This is the first time I've done OWOH and it sounds like it's going to be a blast!

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  11. Great story. Make sure you keep it up and go back to the novel. Hope you'll pass the magic carpet onto my brood of gals!

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  12. You should be a writer, you have such a gift - I wanted Elvira's story to go on and on forever!

    and I have to say you moved me to tears with the comment you left on my blog... Thank you, I shall wear a smile all day xxxx

    OWOH #82

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  13. Wonderful post - most enchanting! Maybe there will be more beautiful adventures for Elvira in the future? I will definitely have to check back - cheers! Thanks from Rhonda in Canada for your OWOH offer.

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  14. ewww another story, elvira is amazing, your writing makes me feel like im inside her skin, this is so fun, I have become your 100th follower, i adore writing and cant wait to get to know your work, thanks for stopping by
    hoping i win : )

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  15. Great story and artwork!Please count me in too! :)

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  16. hey a writer, I so wish I could write
    and an artist as well!
    What beautiful work,I would love to join in your draw.
    I am also participating to please hop over to my blog I'd love to see you

    www.nicksartystuff.blogspot.com

    Nicks xx

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  17. Great giveaway, please count me in and if you have time come and visit mine (#154)
    Greetings from bonny Scotland

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  18. beautiful collage - I´d love to win!

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  19. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Thanks for the carpet ride! All the best, Susan Faye

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  20. You write beautifully! And you express your stories even more beautifully through your art!

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  21. What an adorable mixed media piece to go along with Elvira's story. So well told, so well done.

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  22. Totally terrific! Kathy over at Everyday Bliss
    http://www.blisspot.blogspot.com/

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  23. Please add me, I'd love to win too!!!!
    Blessings,flora

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  24. you are a fantastic story teller
    and love your artwork as well
    have really enjoyed visiting your blog
    will call again
    lesley

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  25. love your story! and what a great give away, please count me in!

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  26. I visited your etsy shop and love the "Something from Nothing" Your artwork is exceptional and your storytelling is even more amazing. I will be back to visit often. The picture of the twosome on the carpet is enchanting as well. Great job on this post.
    I think you already visited me and I thank you. I'm number 33 on the carpet. Please come back again.
    HealingWoman

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  27. Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Pop over to my blog (#92 on the magic carpet) for a chance to win, too! :)

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  28. Oh!!! You are the best story teller. I have enjoyed my visit, as I always do. Your giveaway is truly beautiful. Please enter my name for your drawing.
    debby

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  29. Beautiful piece, that I'd be proud to have in my home. Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway and visit my blog to see mine.
    Eileen eyeleeeen@optonline.net
    http://artsaveslives-paperqueen.blogspot.com/
    (I'm #156 on the Magic Carpet Ride)
    P.S. I'll be out of the country and away from the internet from the 14th-20th, so if I'm luck enough to win, PLEASE don't give my prize away! PRETTY PLEASE....LOL!

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  30. Elvira's story is fabulous as is the collage you created. Please include me in your drawing!

    *smiles*

    Sue

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  31. love your collage and would love to be entered!

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  32. great collage...please count me in

    Visit my giveaway as well. #257

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  33. Wonderful story and fabulous collage, Please enter my name into the draw Linda:)
    and visit us at..
    http://artwolfs-briar-rose-gate.blogspot.com/

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  34. What a delightful tale - I love Elvira and her spunk!

    My giveaway is for one of my fine art photographs, I'd love you to drop by.

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  35. Thanks for the visit! I love your pieces (story and painting :) Throw my name in there, please!

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  36. I'm so glad you showed off your truest talent with this giveaway! ;-) Please do enter me for a chance, thanks!♥

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  37. What a great giveaway! Please include me in your draw! Loved your story! Great addition!

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  38. Beautiful story and wonderful art! Please enter me!
    Please visit my OWOH giveaway!
    http://inspiringadventuresofalwaysinspired.blogspot.com/

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  39. Blimey, I am all agog now...more of the story please!!! The art is beautiful..please include me...and thank you for visiting me earlier...and for your lovley comment x

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  40. Wow, cool story and work! Genies love tales of traveling on magic carpets... ;)

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  41. Very nice! Count me in! Thanks a lot! I'd love to win this! :]

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  42. Thank you for the opportunity of entering your beautiful OWOH giveaway. Please visit me at my blog...I am # 431 on the magic carpet. Your giveaway is wonderful!
    Hugs, Gayle Page-Robak/Stampers Touch

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  43. What a wonderful story you have written! She finally got her wish in the end to travel but yet always coming home to her loving husband. Please enter me to win Elvira's collage & stop by mine to enter as well! The link is in my profile. xoxo Tracey

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  44. I got completely lost in your story. It felt like I was with Elvira and not here in gloomy Iowa, thank you so much for the short escape.

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  45. Hurrah for another storyteller-- and a collage queen, I see! Did you assemble the blog frame, too? Loverly!

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com
    OWOH ticket #21

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  46. What a fabulous giveaway. Please enter my name, thank you.

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  47. Wow, VERY creative.

    Awesome giveaway!! I'm #252 on the OWOH list.

    http://nelliebugs-swaps.blogspot.com

    I am giving away soaps, and a custom tutu. I'd love it if you'd participate!

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  48. WOW! I love your story and the art piece that goes with it - they are both so magical! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a beautiful piece. BTW, I love the new look of your blog too, Kristin xo

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  49. Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing that incredible journey. The artwork is just magical, so rich in color and texture.
    Thanks for hopping aboard the magic carpet! I hope you have a chance to visit my blog #258 during your tour.
    hugs from ON, Canada
    Heidi
    heidig@gmail.com

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  50. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful story and the generous giveaway
    tanyainjville@yahoo.com

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  51. Thank you for Alvira's story. Thank you for the chance to win one of your great creations! It's nice to meet you and don’t forget to come visit me too. I’m #391 on OWOH.
    http://giddygreetings.com
    giddygreetings@yahoo.com
    Thanks! Monica

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  52. Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!
    OWOH #473

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  53. You do such beautiful work AND beautiful writing! I'd love to participate in the giveaway; I love multimedia art and haven't done much of it, so I really enjoy seeing what other people do. Thanks also for visiting my blog. This is FUN!!
    Best regards,
    Anna
    alear@gilanet.com
    http://thelaughingraven.blogspot.com/

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  54. Please enter me in your draw! Also pop over to my blog, have a browse around and enter my give away. I’m number 303 on the magic carpet :)

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  55. Fantastic Piece..enter me please...

    Stop by blog when you have a moment and enter my giveaway #280 :)

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  56. I would love to have a permanent reminder of Elvira's story, please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you

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  57. what a beautiful giveaway. Please count me in. Why not drop in at my blog and join in my giveaway.

    xx

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  58. Greetings & Salutations,
    Fabulous Story & OWOH Giveaway!
    Forbidden Planet Giveaway #242 On The List @:
    http://todaysgold.blogspot.com/

    Cosmic Blessings, Lyndy Ward

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  59. WOW, your story was amazing, please count me in for your give-away.

    Isn't this a wonderful and exciting event, there's so many participants to keep track of, I hope you get a chance to visit my blog too (if you haven't already).

    Have fun and enjoy the ride!!!

    Hugz......

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  60. What a wonderful gift you're offering! I'd love to enter and you can enter on my blog as well.

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  61. What a great tale... and the collage is fab Lisa! Would be lovely to win it!!

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  62. OK, that blew me away. First of all, my Great Aunt, who probably was really my grandmother was named Elvira so you snagged me right there.
    Second, I have an alter ego from Zettiland called Sir Corkey who is a time traveler and I bet, yup, good money on this that he and your Elvira met up at some time. lol
    What a wonderful, wonderful way to introduce your give away. Very Impressed, I am.
    So, thanks for stopping by my blog. Thanks for the wonderful give away and I hope you come back to visit me again. :)Bea
    Doginthehole@aol.com

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  63. Love the story! Love your collage!

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  64. That was quite a story! I lvoed it -- and I would love to win part of Elvira's life :)Please enter me into the draw! Thank you!

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  65. I always need a little more magic in my life, I love your phrase about the silk stockings. Please enter me. Visit my blog for my giveaway. I'm #25.

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  66. Your beautiful collage is made even better with your story to enhance it. I would love to be the lucky winner.

    I am stopover #70 on the Magic Carpet Ride. Please come by and visit me too......enjoy the ride....and happy landings.

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  67. this is a beautiful piece and a great story. my blog is http://paperfanatic.blogspot.com/

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  68. Thank you for the opportunity to win in your giveaway! Please stop by and sign up for mine, I am #387 on the carpet ride!

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  69. Loved to ride the carpet with you. Is it just me or does that dashing young lady on the flying carpet look a little like J-Lo? LOL.

    Your artwork is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
    It's good to meet you!
    Thespa

    www.vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com

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  70. Such a lovely give away; your are so generous. So pleased to have the chance to win :-)
    Please hop on the magic carpet and see my blog on your way through this fascinating world !

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  71. Hi Lisa! Beautiful story! Your writing is so magical! Thanks for a chance to win a part of Elvira's story! Lisa :)

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  72. Hey Lisa! Love your blog! I wanna win so just pick me now :) Beth
    http://threetrees-art.blogspot.com
    threetreesart@gmail.com

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  73. Gorgeous give away, please count me in. I have something on my Blog also;o)

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  74. Great story & wonderful giveaway. Please include me. Thanks so much!

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  75. What a fantastic artwork, Lisa!
    I`m happy to have a chance of winning you wonderful giveaway.
    Please visit mine as well (I´m number 17 !!!)
    Thanks and best wishes
    MARTINA from Stuttgart/Germany

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  76. Elvira's ride was great! Please enter me into your drawing. And then come over to my blog and enter my giveaway.

    BrendaLea
    Magic Carpet #460
    http://prpldy15.blogspot.com/
    prpldy@comcast dot net

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  77. A beautiful story! It seems you are a writer too. I'd love to win this prize, and hoping my name is picked.

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  78. I loved your story! Your art is amazing! Thanks so much for the chance to win! HBKHotie1@msn.com

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  79. What a great story...

    Please enter me in the draw and don’t forget to enter mine.

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  80. There is nothing better than a marvelous story. What an imaginative post and a stunning piece of art to accompany it. What an honour to have a chance to win it.

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  81. What a fantastic giveaway, I'd love to win it! I’m also participating in One World One Heart. Please come by my blog and leave a comment to have a chance to win what I'm giving away.
    Cheryl
    http://cheryl-comfort.blogspot.com/

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  82. Lisa,

    Good to see you again! Lovely magical give-a-way! Brava!

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  83. Hello Please include my name for your wonderful giveaway...
    So nice to meet you...

    Stop by Creager Studios #411 and say Hi...

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  84. Lovely,lovely! I would love to be entered to win your wonderful gift!

    http://wondrousstrangedesigns.blogspot.com/

    Please stop by and enter my give away as well! I'm number 290.

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  85. Beautiful! angelandspot(at)yahoo.com

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  86. Fabulous collage, but now I really want to read Lisa's story! LOL way to leave a cliff hanger! :)
    Blessings, Theresa

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  87. Jumping up and down, pick me, pick me! hehe Please enter me in your giveaway and make sure you come over to enter mine, I'm #116. I so enjoyed Elvira's story:) Thank you!! xox

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  88. What an amazing story! I truly enjoyed reading it and didn't want for it to end.
    Your collage is absolutely beautiful and I would love to be entered into your drawing.

    Please stop by my blog to enter mine - #548.
    Thanks,
    Jenn

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  89. I would love to have the opportunity to win this giveaway.

    Renee xoxo

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  90. What a lovely giveaway and what a pleasure it's been to visit you blog. Be sure to stop by and enter my drawing.

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  91. oh my, you are a gifted writer!

    thanks for stopping my OHOW giveaway!

    Shona
    http://shonastudio.blogspot.com/

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  92. Lovely, please include me in your draw. Please feel free to call on me at #60.

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  93. Great story and wonderful artwork.Please count me in too.

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  94. Oh my goodness, I'm number 98 in a very long line of people who have enjoyed your story of Elvira. Your writing is rivetting! You really take the reader with you - or, at least, Elvira does.

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  95. Stunning journey!
    Please enter my name in your drawing. I invite you to visit my blog to enter my drawing.

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  96. Greetings from Maine. We have to talk again after the next few weeks of frantic magic carpet riding. I loved your story!! That you took the time to write and to share is wonderful. I too spend as much time story telling on my blog as I do talking about creating and anything vintage. Hope that you stop over at #499 to say hi and please enter me in your drawing. Looking forward to future conversations.

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  97. I really enjoyed your little story - and would love to hear about Lisa's adventures next! Your collage painting is fab and I'd love to win it.

    I hope you can come and see my giveaways too

    http://sherrysimpleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-world-one-heart-giveaway-blog-event.html

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  98. Nice to meet you and visit your blog! Love this giveaway! I am having so much fun looking at all the wonderful blogs. I don't have a blog, due to arthritis I cannot type much at all but I enjoy surfing the net. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  99. How beautiful! What a lovely giveaway. I'm having so much fun traveling the 'Magic Carpet Ride'. If you can, pop on over to #395 that's me!

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  100. my goodness lisa...what a story! & a fabulous journey this is!

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  101. There's always magic lingering...
    Amazing story, loved reading it.

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  102. Such magic! Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck!

    www.taffetamoon.com

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  103. I love reading everyone's imagination! This one is delightful!

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  104. You are a gifted writer! Please enter me in this giveaway, as I would love a chance to win.
    Micki
    #123

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  105. Thank you for offering this giveaway. What fun. Please enter me.
    stamps@scrollswork.com
    Thanks,
    Jacque

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  106. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story, it was magical just like this event going on. I love the print actually of them. I went to your Etsy shop had to heart you, just amazing work.

    Please be sure to check out my giveaway with this OWOH event at http://www.calkatthejewelryjunkie.blogspot.com

    Bright blessings from Las Vegas, NV
    calkat_etsy@live.com

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  107. This is such a beautiful collage - please enter my name in your draw. Thanks so much!

    Cindy :)

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  108. I wish I had some of Elvira's spunk. What a wonderful story. I would love to win your mixed media piece! Please enter me.

    k
    http://artful-musings-of-kathyl.blogspot.com/

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  109. Very nice journal.
    Please stop by #657 and give me a shout out.
    Happy Creating
    RobbinB
    rmb21@cox.net

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  110. your blog is beautiful, your story was entertaining, and believe it or not I read it from start to finish and still found myself poking around your blog and visiting your etsy store! You a very talented lady! ~Xanna

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  111. Great story and beautiful art! Come visit my blog for a giveaway prize, too.

    Kathy V in NM
    Artful Muse (#513 OWOH)

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  112. Goodness you are a fabulous story teller as well as an artist *hugs*

    Please include me in your draw, and it would be wonderful if you could pop by and visit my giveaway at number 671 too :)

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  113. thank you for this amazing read! you are so cute for telling this story!!! I absolutely LOVE the pink color, it would look amazing on my wall!! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! count me in, xo mendy

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  114. Beautiful! Please enter me in your draw to win your lovely collage :)

    #711 on the Magic Carpet

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  115. great story! love your giveaway piece..just gorgeous! count me in please and take a minute to visit my blog at #381 on the magic carpet.

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  116. A lovely story! Please enter me in your giveaway and be sure to come enter my OWOH giveaway too!

    (My giveaway: #185 A Vintage Cottage Home...Come on over!)

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  117. Lovely work! Glad to meet you here!
    Greetings from Ohio, USA
    Gabriela
    treasuregab@yahoo.com
    OWOH #322

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  118. love the story, please include me in your giveaway....

    Blessings,
    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  119. That was fun, thank you! Count me in please.
    Thank you for playing in OWOH.
    So very nice to meet you.

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  120. I just adore Elvira's magical story! What fun! And your giveaway piece is just beautiful!

    Thank you for hosting a giveaway and participating in OWOH!

    Small Footprints
    reducefootprints (at) gmail (dot) com
    http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

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  121. What a great story and prize. I would love a chance to win. Please add my name to your drawing!

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  122. How fantastic!!

    Hugs,

    Gina Luna

    http://inginasworld.blogspot.com/

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  123. you are an amazing story teller.. Loved looking at your site.. your give away is beautiful and hoping that I win it.. Thank you for stopping by my blog and posting #723. Enjoy your day!

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  124. I really enjoyed your story ! I'd love to be entered ♥

    Missy ~ Winnipeg , Canada
    http://misfitmomma.blogspot.com/

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  125. Elvira's story is wonderful as is the collage piece. And I can tell you that taking this magic carpet ride in Bloglandia is a wonderful adventure, and this is a great stop along the way.

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  126. You should be a writer! I was enthralled in the adventure, great giveaway too. Come to my blog and play along. kmeddy@centurytel.net

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  127. Loved Elvira's story, and your piece is gorgeous!!!

    Sandi
    sugarbushfarm219@yahoo.com

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  128. When are you going to write the next chapter. What great story.... and giveaway. AND What a wonderful magic carpet ride this has turned out to be. Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. GOOD LUCK
    OWOH. I am #177 http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/

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  129. Love your Elvira story and would love to win this little piece of her story. Thanks.

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  130. What a brilliant story! I really enjoyed it and will definitely be back for more later!
    Sarah :)

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  131. How very special! You ARE a writer, a good one at that, thank you for inspiring me to write more and more as well, and write my dreams too!

    I hope you drop in and see my prize on #615
    http://calej.blogspot.com
    calejbitsvyk(at)gmail(dot)com
    Blessings!

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  132. Greetings Wright Stuff. So happy to meet you on this Magic Carpet Ride. Pretty place. Pretty Musings. Blessings to you...Eden

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  133. sweeeet!! lovely offering!
    please check out my blog & giveaway too~#774
    blessings,
    abigail

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  134. This piece is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  135. What a truely magical carpet ride! I so loved the story and a terrific ending to a fabulous journey!! If I was to win your painting it would always remind me of your story..... Happy endings are the best!! Elaine x

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  136. A fantatstic story, and a wonderfull painting.
    please count me in, and maybe vivit me at # 625

    Dorthe

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  137. What a beautiful piece of art. Would so love to have this in my studio.
    http://usingupallthatstuff.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-world-one-heart-lets-ride-magic.html

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  138. Beautiful story! Please add me to your drawing and thank you for your generosity

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  139. loved your story, Please enter my name in the drawing
    Hop on the magic carpet, come visit me in Florida and enter my drawing #649

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  140. What fabulous collage work you do! Please add my name to the hat.

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  141. I am so glad that carpet ride took me on a stop here.. thanks for the opportunity.. t c
    mitz_zee@yahoo.com

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  142. Very magical-I was the first girl born in my family after 29 yrs too. Please enter me in your giveaway and come on over to my blog-#35 and enter mine if you wish. Thanks so much!

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  143. A journey and giveaway :) I'd be very lucky to win :) Thanks for the chance. You can find my post and giveaway at http://twinkietinydog.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-world-one-heart.htmlOWOH #351 (minus1plus1@aol.com)
    Twink!

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  144. What a fantastic story.
    Thanks so much
    anji
    anji.gallanos@gmail.com
    http://anjigallanos.blogspot.com

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  145. Thanks for the chance to win, it is lovely. tricklestogether@hotmail.com

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  146. Wow, quite a story! Please count me in for Elvira's inspiration. #276

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  147. Great story, enter me, please
    hugs
    Brenda

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  148. oh my goodness, oh my goodness! What magic you've woven for me this morning! Elvira! I want to read your stories! THANK YOU!
    xoxo-kate

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  149. What a pretty giveaway, please add me and feel free to come to my blog too.

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  150. Greetings from Salem ! Such fun traveling by magic carpet to visit new and old friends. lovely giveaway please enter me too! Susan
    pedolbailey@msn.com
    I invite you to visit my blog giveaway I have fresh baked brownies and cinnamon tea prepared for my visitors!
    seasonalwhimsies.blogspot.com

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  151. Hi Lisa!

    What a lovely blog you have here! Terrific story and fabulous giveaway too. Please count me in!

    I'm #818 Studio 64-Chicago on the magic carpet. Please be sure to stop by for a chance at my giveaway too.

    Hope to see you there!

    ~Connie
    mrscmc7 at gmail dot com

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  152. Swooping by on my magic carpet from Alabama. This is such a wonderful adventure!! Loved your story.

    Love your giveaway, thank you..please enter my name.

    Please come by my place Southern Ooaks #760 for a visit...have some Sweet Ice tea after your long flight..sit for a spell and then enter for one of my treasures.

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  153. Hey "Wright" Lisa!~~~Love this pretty piece!~~~XXOO, Beth

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  154. What a great give-away event! You make beautiful things!

    greetings from the Netherlands

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  155. Oh wow, it's great. A wonderful giveaway. Please count me in. Thanks.

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  156. Hi Lisa! I've been thoroughly enjoying both your writing and your artwork. You officially have a new follower! Thanks for visiting my site earlier (#831) - I'm so glad to have discovered you!

    ~Nikki

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  157. Your story is wonderful and intriguing. Your artwork is beautiful, such talent! So glad I stopped by. Enjoy OWOH
    xo-junie

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  158. Hello, nice to meet you and visit your blog! Please enter me in your giveaway, I have just submitted mine so please visit my blog to enter #865!

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  159. Hi from the Netherlands.
    Love your blog and giveaway!
    Come fly with me to my OWOH blog (#7) at Loose Ends and take a chance on winning my giveaway too!

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  160. Oh,this is gorgeous!I'd love to know exactly how you did it!thanks for the chance to win it!Sue
    Salut15@aol.com

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  161. I love the story! Wonderful artwork.
    I will be back...
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  162. What an amazing "carpet ride!" Loved the story and the artwork! Please count me in.
    **smiles**
    Carol

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  163. Wonderful giveaway! That is quite a journey! Please enter me and stop by #890 on your Magic Carpet ride!
    Shelly from Western Suburbs of Chicago, USA
    Shellymc2@comcast.net

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  164. Your collage holds all the warmth and eauty of autumn. Thank you for the chance to win.

    http://natureswhispers.blogspot.com/

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  165. Superb!

    Please count me in!

    XOXO

    Rich Witch

    http://rich-witch.blogspot.com/

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  166. Great post/story- really transported me to another land and another time- great use of language-thank you for the wonderful moment to sit back, relax and read a great carpet ride. Nancy

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  167. Really beautiful, thank you for sharing your talents with us.

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  168. I truly enjoyed Elvira's story, and I would be delighted to win your art encompassing her spirit.
    Please enter me into the draw.
    Thanks
    http://taylormadeinoztales.blogspot.com/

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  169. I loved the story and hope I can win!!!Thanks for the giveaway.

    Connie (chubmoma@verizon.net)

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  170. Greetings from Wisconsin! Please enter me in your awesome giveaway, and stop by and enter my OWOH giveaway at Heavenly Humor! (#922)

    Blessings!

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  171. Thank you for your generosity!
    Please add me to your giveaway and stop by and visit either one of my blogs.

    Danielle
    http://blog.collectiveelements.com #913
    http://www.projectdanielle.com #914

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  172. bonjour from French Riviera and thanks to stop your magic carpet by my blog. Please add me in your wonderful drawing.
    Pat de Verre
    OWOH#923

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  173. I really love this collage and would love to win it. I have wanted to do collage like this but haven't quite succeeded yet, it would be wonderful to own one. Thank you for flying by to visit my blog, I am going to put you in my favorites and come back later when I have more time.

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  174. Hi from Las Vegas!

    Your work is truly lovely and so is your blog! Thanks for having us over to visit.

    We hope you'll come visit us (#467) and check out our OHOW Giveaway...
    http://ametistadea.blogspot.com

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  175. I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing.
    Sandra

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  176. OOOH what a great tale and what a lovely piece. Please sign me up!! And please check out my blog for more OWOH action!
    -Rita
    #934

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  177. What a beautiful story about your Grandmother!Let's hope you are carrying on with travel adventures of your own.
    Suzanne in Florida
    http://BlueSandStudio.blogspot.com

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  178. What a wonderful story! Loved reading it! Please consider me!

    Lea
    OWOH, #102, #558

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  179. What an amazing story you have created!! I loved it and would love to read more. I am now a follower and will definitely be stalking- I me visiting your blog again.
    Your offering is beautiful- both the story and the journal.

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  180. Greetings from Manila, Philippines! Thanks for the giveaway ( :

    A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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  181. Of course I'd love to win that lovely collage :-) So please include me in your drawing!
    Have fun riding that Magic Carpet!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Dagmar (#160 on the carpet)

    http://quiltmoose.blogspot.com/
    quiltmoose(at)gmail(dot)com

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  182. Great Giveaway! Please count me in :) Also drop by my blog and check out my giveaway! Hope you have a great weekend :)

    Isn't this event fantastic!

    Thanks
    Much Love
    Rachel

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  183. Beautiful blog!I loved the story and wanting to read more of her travels,thanks for sharing!!
    I am flying on my magic carpet ,visiting from Connecticut. Thanks for the lovely giveaway I am blog #937
    Thanks
    matternu@gmail.com

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  184. Beautiful work - I'm amazed at the wonderful items on all the sites. This is my first time I've taken part and am having a blast.

    Please include me in your contest

    Sue
    #834 & #835

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  185. Hello from the north of 60! I hope you are enjoying ride on the Magic Carpet as much as I do. Please add my name to the draw!

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  186. Please enter my name. :0)
    OWOH #1025

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  187. Thank you for the story and your collage tells the story well! Love it so much!I am a collage artist too :)
    With love from Tennessee, U.S.A. #1035

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  188. A wonderful story. Please enter me in your drawing.

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  189. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Do visit me at #976 (http://singtatter-corner.blogspot.com) to win a personalised tatted nametag!

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  190. Please count me in this beautiful giveaway!

    Thanks!

    deb55106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  191. such a lovely story and a pretty collage too! please enter me in your drawing and drop by my blog too if you haven't. #955 on the magic carpet!

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  192. What a fabulous collage and a lovely story. I love your blog!

    http://leslie-mylifeandtimes.blogspot.com/

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  193. This is oh-so-awesome! Please pick me. <3 I love your blog, btw. :)

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