September 18, 2007

And then Life Happens

I fully intended to announce a giveaway last week to celebrate the kindness and support of all my wonderful blogging friends, but then, as often is the case, life happened. My mom came for a visit and I am not sorry to report that I was too busy spending time with her, antiquing, cooking and eating to pay much attention to blogging. Mom left yesterday and life is getting back to normal (although I will be working especially hard on the treadmill this week). I look forward to catching up with all of you in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, I am happy to offer this gift of appreciation to one of you that leaves a comment on this post by Friday Sept 21st at 6pm Eastern time. Your box of cottage goodness will include, but is not limited to the items shown in the foreground of this photo, as I intend to continue adding to the package as inspiration strikes. These things really represent The Cottage Nest and my love for cooking, entertaining, decorating, crafting and being a smidge sassy. I hope you will enjoy having a little bit of my cottage in yours.

119 comments:

  1. I love checking your blog! Thanks for introducing me to the Farm Chicks!!! Have a super day and ENJOY it "when Life Happens"!!!!!
    maggi

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  2. Oh my! Treasures and cottage goodness! I read your blog daily for the inspirational goodness you share. Thank you for sharing! (Tommorrow is my birthday and I plan on spending it at my local thrifts looking for treasures!) Cheers.

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  3. Such a fun give-away! I love your blog - I can relate to the "country girl at heart" style that you share. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  4. I kept coming by to see you! I'm so happy you had a great visit with your mom!!

    Looks like you have a great giveaway going!

    Pat

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  5. Count me in! I have been so busy in the last couple of weeks that I haven't been in blogland and yours was the first I checked today!!! It must mean that I am supposed to win, (wink, wink):)!

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  6. Pesky life is really getting in my way right now too. LOL

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  7. aren't moms the best? that necklace alone is to die for! i emailed you also...blessings!

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  8. Exciting! I love give-aways! Glad to hear you had a good visit with your mom.

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  9. Count me in too! Glad you had a nice time with your mom, but also happy you are back.
    Heather

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  10. Glad you had a good time with your mom, love your blog, I check it every day. Looks like a sweet give-away:>) Please add my name to the list!

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  11. How nice that you had a great visit with your mom!!
    Who doesn't love a good cottagy giveaway??
    Have a great week,
    Rosemary

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  12. RSWherry@gmail.comSeptember 18, 2007 3:14 PM

    How about a blast from the past? Hi Jen! Rachel here! Amazing who you will find when you start reading blogs. Life seems to be treating you well. Your girls are beautiful! I can't believe how Maddie has grown! Gage said "Wow!" when I showed him her picture. Your blog is great! Lots of beautiful things! You always had a great sense of style!
    Glad you had a great visit with your mom!

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  13. I've missed you and am glad I've been checking in daily - it pays to be loyal, you know! LOL

    Okay, where did you ever find the adorable wicker desk organizer? I must have one!

    I have to agree with Maggi - it was through you that I found Farm Chicks too and absolutely adore them. Thanks.

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  14. What a fun giveaway! I always love reading your blog and coming here for inspiration. Thanks!

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  15. Wow what a great stash! I really enjoy your blog!

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  16. How fun Hun! Count me in, maybe I"ll win.(what a rhyme) Ill let you in on a little secret,Jen- your the first blog I ever read. Id like to thank you for openening my eyes to a wonderful new world! Thank you thank you thank you! All of you girls are so interesting and insightful in your own little ways. Even though I dont know any of you, I feel a real connection. If anyone would like to-please go and check me out. Life is very lonely in blogland with no comments! whaaaa whaaa whaaa. Any tips on help would be grateful too.
    Lisa@ coastal nest.

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  17. Glad you had a fun visit with your mom! I just bought a new house (move in next week!) and can't wait for my mom to come up and see it.. yay! Thanks for being such a great blog to visit!

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  18. You are so fun to give away great treasures! Love it.

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  19. Hey, there you are again :)
    Fun to hear about your mothers visit. Did you find somethign at the Antique shop?
    I am tottaly blown away just looking at all the goodies you are willing to give away. Such treasures!!I hope i will be the lucky one :) I am soon going to have a give away too...Enjoy the week! Aina (",)

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  20. Ah, who could resist the chance? Such treasures would truly be treasured.

    :)
    Sandi

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  21. Oh my gosh. I want to see that book!!! I love your blog. I was thinking the other day that I need to make a stack of books like yours and get started reading. I borrowed from the library one of Jan Karon's books on CD to listen to while I cook. I've read and re-read her books, but I just love the storys so much. I am going to read the final Harry Potter book this fall. I didn't read it during the summer, it's just a fall book to me. Love the give away and your blog. I hope to start one someday.
    Take care,
    Beth

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  22. I REALLY enjoy your blog!
    You are a daily must read~

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  23. How fabulous is this?? Thank you so much for the continued inspiration and the chance to win such fabulous prizes!

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  24. I love reading your blog. Thanks for the chance to win some great goodies. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Have a great day!

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  25. Hope you had fun with your Mom,my sister is on her way here so I totally relate!

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  26. What wonderful goodies! I always look forward to your blog... I love your photos!

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  27. Oh my what a lovely gift! I would be so thrilled to win it!!!

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  28. oooh, I love giveaways! pick me! pick me!

    your blog is always such fun to check out, and then you go & give us gifts, too. what a gal :)

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  29. I am so glad you had a good visit with your mother. Family is so important. I always gained weight when my mom visited, too, or I went home to see my parents. She loved to cook, my mom!

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  30. Oh my goodness what a box of goodies.I love dropping by to visit each day. I am glad you had such a nice visit with your Mom.

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  31. Jen ~ Your Mum's visit sounds wonderful.
    What a fantastic give away you have put together! I always enjoy visiting your "cottage nest".

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  32. Sounds like you had a great time with your mom!
    Love your blog.
    Please add my name to the pot for the give-away!

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  33. I totally understand - in the past 2 weeks I've had a wedding (my son) family in for that (2 sisters, 2 daughters, 1 grand daughter, other son & finacee) a rehearsal dinner, birthday party, garage saleing, girly lunches out and an after wedding party! Then I rested for 4 days and my brothr and his wife came to visit!
    My blogging is my escape. I love reading yous as well as others. Thanks for sharing part of your life and making our days brighter!
    Colleen

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  34. I check your blog almost every day and love what I read and see. What a fun give-away!

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  35. I really hate it when your Mom visits...;) I must be addicted to the Cottage Nest???? Better than other things I suppose. :)

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  36. I love that organizer you you made and showed a few posts ago. Been behind in reading blogs I like -yours being one. Maybe this is a sign I should win the drawing!!! We all benefit from your blog though - good inspiration. thanks!
    Kathy (kspilsbu@gmail)

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  37. I was wondering if you had left the earth ;-). Yes when a mother comes calliing, or a mother-in-law, or a daughter---there is not much time for the ole blog.

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  38. I gotta jump into the giveaway, and give a shout to a fellow Hoosier!!!! Wonder if we're around each other anywhere? I LOVE your blog, everything always looks so beautiful, and like you, I'm a country girl at heart...us old fashioned girls gotta stick together!

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  39. Wow! What a great give-away!! And oh, yes. Life is VERY much in the way right now...sigh. Deep, deep sigh...

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  40. Oh wow! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I read your blog daily and always enjoy my visit.

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  41. I read your blog daily! Thank you so much for this giveaway! What a nice thing to do.

    Debbie

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  42. Wow! That looks like some great things...that book really looks interesting! Love reading your blog and getting my daily fix.

    Posey

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  43. Love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. What a beautiful and generous give away! Thank you for including me.

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  45. I am glad you had a lovely time with your mom -- those times are so precious!
    Please enter me in your giveaway! Thank you!!
    :)

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  46. With the cost of shipping that pile of loot to Canada, you'll be praying you don't pick me!! However, my fingers and toes are crossed...
    How nice to have a great visit with your mum. My mum came to see me too, and I blogged about our treasure hunting, crafting, and well, I'm sure we didn't eat THAT much...!!!

    Linda

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  47. Reading your blog is always inspiring! All of those trinkets look charming. Such a sweet give-a-way.

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  48. I recently found your blog and am now thoroughly addicted. It's extremely charming and inspiring. Cheers!

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  49. This is my first visit and I am ~*enchanted*~. I will visit again soon. *Many Blessings~*

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  50. I just love your blog! Please include my name!

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  51. You are sooo sweet and kind and generous to give away such beautiful things. Its such a blessing to have people like you in this world who always offer hope and passion for what you love. Thanks you for your kindess and would love to have these things in my home!!!Meri

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  52. You are sooo sweet and kind and generous to give away such beautiful things. Its such a blessing to have people like you in this world who always offer hope and passion for what you love. Thanks you for your kindess and would love to have these things in my home!!!Meri

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  53. WOW! Jen! What a turn out! You lucky ducky! I wish I got that many for my giveaway! But still fun! Jen, I have to say I stop everyday and always leave a comment, how can I not! I love your site! Thanks for always sharing a little piece of your life with the rest of us! Many blessed hugs to you and your lovely family!

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  54. Moments with Mother can be the best and most lovingly remembered. Thank you for the give away. Carolr

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  55. What a wonderful giveaway! It's so nice that you got to spend some time with your mom, ain't that the greatest!

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  56. glad you had some treasured time with mom.
    how fun--a drawing--yippie!

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  57. Glad you had a great visit with your mom. I'll join you on the treadmill!

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  58. I can't resist a giveaway -- especially one featuring a pink tractor!
    Count me in!

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  59. So nice to have a visit with your mother. Your blog is wonderful, and your give-away has so many lovely things. Thank you for inspiring all of us!

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  60. You already know I love your blog...even when I don't leave a comment, I'm always reading it.
    Thanks for all the pretty pictures and inspiration (and sligthly sassy commentary).

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  61. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but never posted. You're so fresh and inspiring! I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  62. I am so glad you had a wonderful visit with your Mom! I really enjoy visiting your blog.

    What a wonderful givaway! Sign me up!
    Penny

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  63. I check you everyday and have you listed on my blog as one of my favorites!

    enter me.......thanks!

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  64. You're one of my favorite blogs. Glad your visit with Mom was a good one. Sign me up to be eligible for the box of goodies!

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  65. I enjoy checking in with you, tho' I have not left a comment before. Thank you for taking the time to let us peek into your life.

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  66. Oh!Oh!Oh Pick me! Pick me!

    I wish I were your neighbor. Then we could be cottage-y and sassy together!

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  67. Your blog brightens my workday. Thanks for sharing your creativity and enthusiasm.

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  68. That's so nice that you got to spend time with your mom! Wow, that is quite a giveaway you are having, please count me in...I haven't seen that book before but it looks great!

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  69. What an amazing and generous giveaway Jen. Thanks for all of the inspiration you give to so many of us. Cammy

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  70. Oh how sweet! I would love to win this give away!!!

    alhtaoutahgbnroeru - Opps, it is hard to type when you have your fingers crossed!

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  71. What a great giveaway! And a beautiful blog!!

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  72. thanks for being so generous. i love your blog and check in often.

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  73. Your blog has brought whimsy and creativity to my decorating endeavors. I'd love to be part of the drawing. Thank you.

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  74. fingers crossed. love that book...so generous of you. thanks, jen. :)

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  75. I've been enjoying your blog for quite awhile (and added you to my blogroll a few months back. I'm trying to get better about delurking...but obviously I need to work on that. Lol!) :) I have many similar interests and your blog is very inspiring. What a great giveaway! Thanks for doing the drawing!

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  76. Hi Jen! Your pile of books looks just like my nightstand! Each book for a differnt mood but all half read! I must confess I also write in my books and highlight great quotes ~ do you? Happy Fall! Terri

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  77. oh, yes, count me in, Jen! I'd love to win one of these great giveaways.

    Rhoda

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  78. I enjoy reading you little slice o'life...are you still going to the Country Living Fair in Morrow, OH? Let us know all about it if you do.

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  79. What a great and inspirational blog! This is my first, but certainly not my last, visit to The Cottage Nest! Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to reading more of your ideas, inspiration and fun!

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  80. Wow, I love your blog and I visit often. Love how it represents your cottage nest...Beautiful, Congratulations

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  81. Hi. My name is Lara Berch. I have just launched a new website with step by step art tutorials. I was wondering if it's possible to exchange links with you. http://www.laraberch.com
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Sincerely
    Lara

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  82. Jen...So glad you had a nice visit with your mom...what better way to spend your time...than with your mother! I am sure you two have a great time together. Hey..sign me up...for whatever...if you're giving something away...I know I will love it...I have enjoyed your blog site for a while now...love checking it daily! Have fun...with the 1000's of entries you will most likely have!

    blessings...
    "T"

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  83. Love your blog for all its inspiring ideas! Please enter me in the giveaway - thanks!

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  84. ooh a fun giveaway! add my name to the drawing please...
    and good grief! I was stopping by your blog to tell you about my wee drawing over at my blog..haha.

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  85. wow love your blog so glad you got to spend time with your mum
    have a fab day hugs Beth

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  86. Glad to hear you had a lovely time with your Mum. Definitely more important than blogging. I'm going to see my Mum and Dad at the weekend. Looking forward to it. The giveaway looks great!

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  87. Love your blog!!
    Thanks
    Kim

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  88. Jen.......I try to drop by- I love your blog too! You have great style...........Bonnie

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  89. I have just recently found your blog and I love it!

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  90. Clearly late in the pile of fans but I'd love to add my name to the hat.

    Visiting your blog is like taking a mini vacation.

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  91. OH, OH, OH, OH, OH pick me!

    Sounds like fun hanging out with you mom by the way!

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  92. I Was wondering where you were, as I check in with you daily! Hope all is well. Haven't seen you on Kristi's in ages...I haven't been either. I'd love to win your giveaway. You always find the best goodies!

    Take Care!
    Sheila
    (Soleil)

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  93. Was wondering where you were, as I check in with your blog daily! Haven't seen you on Kristi's in ages...I haven't been there either. Hope all is well. I'd love to win your giveaway...you always find the best goodies!

    Take Care!
    Sheila
    (Soleil)

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  94. Antiquing with your Mom sounds like way more fun than anything else. But sign me up for the give away anyways.

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  95. Nice to read about your cottage interests! Enjoy, Dianntha

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  96. That is really sweet of you. I NEVER win but would love to! Thanks!

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  97. what a beautiful giveaway! thank you for your lovely blog...it's one of my favorites to check :)

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  98. Hello! Your giveaway looks like a lot of fun! Please add my name to your list. BTW, today is the last day to enter my giveaway. If you haven't done so already, just go to my 9-14 post and leave a comment. I am drawing the name in the morning. smiles, Becky

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  99. Isn't funny how people come out of the woodwork during a give-away. 102 so far. How fun is that?!

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  100. Oh, I'm so glad I didn't miss this give-away! Add my name please. Just looking at your artful display is lovely!

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  101. I really enjoy your blog. What a great give-a-way!

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  102. I neva neva win anything....the 23rd is my BDAY...maybe just maybe...


    Oh BTW...how does one jump from 20-30 some comments to 135?????
    Go girlie

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  103. Your blog is one of my favorites. I love checking it and you have wonderful ideas!

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  104. My goodness, over a hundred comments so far! I'm proud to be among them. Yours in actually the first "cottage" style blog I ever bookmarked, and so I blame you for setting a high standard for my expectations. :)

    It's always a fun browse here.

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  105. My goodness, over a hundred comments so far! I'm proud to be among them. Yours in actually the first "cottage" style blog I ever bookmarked, and so I blame you for setting a high standard for my expectations. :)

    It's always a fun browse here.

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  106. know what you mean about the mother/daughter 'thing'...My daughter & I are heading to Nell Hills tomorrow for a 'special' day!!!...can't wait!!...really enjoy your blog...I LOVE all the things YOU love!!!...have a great weekend!!!...Lacy

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  107. Love checking in on your blog! Glad you had a great time with your Mom. LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

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  108. So sweet of you to do a giveaway!

    I love visiting your blog, there is always lots of inspiration to be found.

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  109. Wow! What a great giveaway. :) I love antiquing with my mom too.

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  110. Love your blog!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  111. Glad to hear that you had a great time with your mom. I love stopping by to see whats happening here at the cottage nest. Please stop by and see me sometime. Please add me to the drawing. It looks like an amazing giveaway.

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  112. Jen,

    Everything looks awesome! Count me in too please! Isn't nice that life happens?

    Cheryl

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  113. Hi! I just found your blog. I'm hoping I'm in for the give away just under the wire! Ha! Have a blessed evening.

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  114. So glad to hear you had a lovely time visiting with your mom. Afterall, a girls best friend is her mother! Love your blog and reading about all your creative and homekeeping pursuits.

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  115. Yipee... a giveaway. I found your blog through my sister. We both love it.

    Have a super weekend!

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