Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Blackbird Design Americana Giveaway is here!

Memorial Day is coming up soon!

 And then not too much later we will celebrate America on July 4th, Independence Day.

This morning I tried to find something that you would love for a giveaway. This would be a great Americana piece as well. I've admired it many times but have not stitched it myself. Stitching away at at Americana samplers from now till July 4th would be fine by me!

Proud to be American, and in memory of those who served our country and those who gave their lives for our freedom, this is one of the samplers I really think you will like.

SO, without further rambling, post on this post only if you are interested in a 1,2 or 3 times chance for a beautiful Blackbird Design sampler AND ALL the threads including overdyeds to go with it.


America The Beautiful

by Blackbird Designs

Threads recommended by the pattern AND included with this give-a-way are:

Gentle Art Sampler Threads----Dark Chocolate
Gentle Art Sampler Threads---Maple Syrup
Gentle Art Sampler Threads---- Mulberry
Gentle Art Sampler Threads-----Tarnished Gold
Weeks Dye Works---Angelhair
Weeks Dye Works---Twilight
Weeks Dye Works----Kudzu
DMC 221
DMC 224
DMC 3045
DMC 3051
DMC 3722
DMC 869
DMC 924
DMC 926

The stitch count is 203w  x 163 h


International accepted

Post once if you are a follower or become one.

Post with a second posting if you put it on your blog (in you have one)

Post a third posting naming any special person you know and remember on Memorial Day (can be general or specific)

Starts today and ends midnight June 1st!!

Winner will be announced on or about June 2nd.

The winner will be chosen by the random number generator so make your postings three separate ones for more chances.

Please leave an email with one of your postings so if you are the winner I can email you.

If winner doesn't respond by 4 days after, another winner will be chosen.

The winner will also receive another sweet treat surprise with your goodies. Lips sealed on that one.....  ;0

Hope your week started out well yesterday and today. It's jetting by for me.

Miss Abbie is being her spoiled -self as usual and reminded me that bikini weather is coming up soon.




Our AC unit upstairs is broke.....again. This is the new one that was fixed already once this year (in fact 2 weeks ago) . So, waiting for the AC man to fix that one----again--- and then the entire unit downstairs has to be replaced as it's many years old and only the air works, temp fixed for right now.

One of the Labs we have, Raven, is still losing weight and the doc can't figure out why and $400.00 later.
She is just not herself right now. We are trying to get her to eat some high calorie puppy food now but she is got to go back to the vet ----way too much weight loss in a short time.

Good news is that my new computer will be loaded up this afternoon by a tech and hopefully a new printer installed as well.

Prayers are being answered and I want to thank each and every one of you who have written personal emails for encouragement and introducing yourselves. I hold them close to my heart and want to thank you again for your prayers.

Also thank you for writing me and letting me know that this blog is meaningful to you. I know some days I ramble on about things not stitchy related but I'm pretty much holistic in my life right now. Stitching is my love and it's intertwined and inspired byother areas of my life. It's the grounding force for me when all the other parts of my life change. I feel honored to share the passion with so many people around the world and I welcome newcomers here as well.

I also practice yoga and have a deep love for it. If someone had told me even 2 years ago I would love yoga, I would have laughed but it's really not hokey and it's great exercise for the body, mind, and spirit.

Stay cool,
Jennifer

124 comments:

  1. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win that great chart!
    xsgail@gmail.com

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  2. I remember my hero, my dad, a WWII veteran who passed away at the young age of 49, the day before my son, his first and only grandson was born. I miss him every day.
    xsgail@gmail.com

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  3. Love your blog. I find your thoughts meaningful always.

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  4. I am a follower also. Please add me for a second entry to your giveaway. Hang in there.

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  5. I am posting on my blog about this giveaway

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  6. I am a veteran of the Army and my father -in-law is a WW2 vet from the Army. I am thankful he came back alive.

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  7. Oh yeah that means I want three tries to your giveaway please. Love the design that came out in Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. I have a number of older magazines and wondered what other ones you have had designs published? I would like to check my stuff but I have hundreds. I am a crazy magazine stasher for needlework.

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  8. What a lovely giveway Jenifer! Please include me in your drawing :)

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  9. this is me again .. as a follower :)

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  10. I am already a follower-mostly silent, but enjoy reading your posts.

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  11. I have posted about your giveaway on my blog sidebar.

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  12. Memorial Day is the day I remember my grandparents-they are alive in my memory. I try to remember that when interacting with my own grandson now.
    kiddlady@yahoo.com

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  13. Jennifer, I'm a follower and would love a chance,in fact I was looking at this very chart online this morning.
    Thanks so much.

    Give Abbie a hug from Sophie and me.

    sheilarbales@gmail.com

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  14. My father served in the military as did my husband and now my son is serving.
    So a special thanks for all the veterans.

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  15. I am a follower and I would love to be included in this giveaway - Thank you so much for the opportunity

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  16. During the holidays that celebrate America - I always think of my Mother - She was born on the 4th of July - If I win I think I will stitch this for her birthday ;)

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  17. I am a follower so please enter me in your drawing.
    Rita E in AZ
    requilt (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. I posted about your drawing on my blog here
    http://stitchdays.blogspot.com/2011/05/america-beautiful-giveaway.html
    and added a link in my right side bar.
    Rita E in AZ
    requilt (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  19. I also remember my Daddy on Memorial Day.
    Rita E in AZ
    requilt (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. What an awesome drawing... I am also a follower... Please add me to this list...
    THank you!
    stitchinpeanut@insightbb.com

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  21. Wow what a great giveaway. For Raven, have you checked to see if she may be allergic to gluten? My friend's Rottwieler was and lost a ton of weight before she found out and switched his food.

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  22. Wow Jennifer! I've always loved this design, and I don't own it so count me in!
    I am a faithful follower. :)

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  23. I am remembering my Grandparents on Memorial day. My husband has served for 20 years in the military, so even though he is still here (thank goodness), I remember all of our friends and family that have helped us make it through many deployments over the years.
    Here's to all our soldiers fighting everywhere in the world. May they be protected, and come home safe.

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  24. I am a follower and love all things BBD.

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  25. I remember my husband. He passed away 6 years ago and was way to young. Actually, I think of him everyday.

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  26. i am a follower - thank you for a lovely giveaway - its a lovely sampler.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  27. I honor my dad - who served in the Korean War and my father in law who served in WWII. They are a blessing to us. thank you.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  28. I am also a follower. Please place my name in for a chance to win your giveaway. Thank you.

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  29. My second posting is I remember the many men in my family who have served our beloved country, but particularly my grandfather who served during WW2 and the Korean War. He had a deep and unweavering love for God, family and country.

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  30. I am a follower and just love your blog. I have it on my Yahoo feed so I see it on my homepage every morning first thing!! I would love to be included in your give-a-way for such a wonderful chart. I will be praying for your lab I currently have 2 sick dogs (out of 3). Thank you for all your wonderful posts!
    rosek418@yahoo.com

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  31. Please add me for a second chance to win. On Memorial Day I will remember my dad who proudly served in WW2 and My nephew who will leave for boot camp in August. Thank you for being you.
    rosek418@yahoo.com

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  32. I would love the chart. I am a follower please include me! Love the updates on Miss Abbey - she is a cutie - really enjoy your blog!

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  33. When I think of Americana I think of my grandfather who served in WW11. He has passed away, but he was very patriotic always standing tall and proud and saluting the flag! I miss him!

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  34. I love the America the Beautiful sampler. Please include me in your drawing :). Abbie looks to priceless....Hope you are having a good day.

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  35. I would love a chance to win your giveaway! What a beautiful patriotic chart! I am a follower! Thanks!
    fnelson1@comcast.net

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  36. When I think of all the men and women who have given their lives for me and my country I cannot help but be extremely grateful. Quite a few of my relatives have served in many of the wars but I always think of my Grandmother, Mabel, who served as a nurse over in France during WW1. She was their for Armistice Day, and I know that the soldiers she treated made a huge impression on her the rest of her life. I have her Red Cross cape and that is one of my most treasured possesions.

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  37. I remember my father, a WWII glider pilot, who is no longer with us. I also remember his brother, a WWII fighter pilot who was killed in action and his other brother, a WWII army veteran. We are a very proud and patriotic family! Thank you for asking about our personal thoughts that mean so much to us.
    fnelson1@comcast.net

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  38. Jennifer I would love to enter your giveaway and I am a follower. I love reading your blog. I hope your puppie is going to be okay. Our pet bunny of 9 years died in my arms a month ago and I am still so sad.
    Abbie looks adorable....

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  39. I am a follower. Thank you for the chance to enter this wonderful giveaway!
    ann.bergeron@gmail.com

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  40. On Memorial Day I first think of the Unknown Soldier and who he represents. After that, I think of my maternal great-great-great uncle who didn't make it home from the Civil War and was the last casualty of war that our family has experience (thanks be to God).

    Thanks again for the chance to win your chart.

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  41. I also love yoga. A great de-stressor. The giveaway is great. Please put my name in the random generator. My cousin was in the military and he should be honored along with all our soldiers. He passed away 2 years ago of brain cancer.

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  42. I am a long-time follower fo your blog!

    This is a lovely giveaway -- thank you!

    Terri
    bronzemom AT gmail DOT com

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  43. I've posted a link to this giveaway on my blog:
    http://stitchwraith.blogspot.com/

    Terri
    bronzemom AT gmail DOT com

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  44. Oh... there are so many to celebrate, honour, and remember on Memorial Day:

    My Great-Uncles Boyd (USMC), JD (Army Air Corp), and Louis Lindsay (USN) Mize and Bob Black (Seabees) as well as my Uncles Charlie (USN) and Gordon (USA). My husband, Mike, (USN).

    I love them all!

    Terri
    bronzemom AT gmail DOT com

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  45. I am a follower! Thanks for the chance to win this great chart! I love BBD!

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  46. This is the perfect give away! Please include me as a follower.

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  47. I think most often (though there are others who are truly in memory only) a friend who has suffered from his Vietnam trauma all these years. He is a wonderful, loving husband, father and friend, and I wish his memories would disappear and let him feel peace.

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  48. I would love to be included in this giveaway. I am a long time follower of your blog

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  49. This is my second entry - Ive added a link to this drawing on my blog

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  50. This is my third entry - I had two wonderful great uncles who were part of D day. Both were very quiet but you knew you were loved by what they did. Spending time with the ton of kids that make up my generation was fantastic.

    I miss both of them very much.

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  51. Would love a chance to win. Of course I'm a follower. As for remembering someone this Memorial day, my Grandfather passed away last year, one day before his birthday in July. He was in World War II, and I sat with him these past few years and he would tell stories about the war that he hadn't ever told anyone. We miss him very much. Thank you so much for the giveaway, you are very generous and kind.

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  52. Hi Jennifer,

    I have always enjoyed following your blog......ramblings and all. Plus I love your animal stories and seeing pictures of Ms Abbie :) That bikini is way too stinkin cute! She looks so "cool" in it.

    Please enter me in your drawing,
    Carol E. in Az

    carolinmesa@yahoo.com

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  53. Hi again,

    Of course I would love a second chance at that beautiful BBD. I love their patterns.

    Memorial day has several meanings to me.

    1. It's the weekend I married my sweetheart (had to choose a day close to a big holiday so he'd remember) :)
    2. It's my father's birthday and he was a Korean Vet.
    3. Last buy not least, I remember my cousin who was a causality of the Vietnam war.

    Thanks again for all your blogging. I really appreciate it and it causes me to think about things that I might forget.

    Carol E. in AZ
    carolinmesa@yahoo.com

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  54. First of all, I'm very concerned about Raven. Did they check her throid, for cancer, for diabetes?

    I'd love a chance at your giveaway. I've been without internet due to storms but I'm here again...for now.

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower and love your blog!

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  56. On Memorial Day, I remember my father and my great uncle, who both served! God bless all the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country!

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  57. Jennifer,
    I'm a true follower and have loved every one of your wonderful posts. I would be so excited to be entered in your give away.
    markdonnaharris@yahoo.com

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  58. It's me again and I honor my father in law with his many, many years of service. He's an awesome man that I'm delighted to have in my family.

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  59. Last one, I will post about your awesome giveaway on my blog.
    http://dirtymartiniqueensmusings.blogspot.com/
    I love all things Blackbird and that's one wonderful pattern that's not in my stash
    Thanks,
    Donna

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  60. What a great giveaway! I'm a follower so that gives me one chance.

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  61. I work at a VA hospital so I am reminded every day of the sacrifices our men and women make for our country. It is an honor and a privilege to serve our veterans. Hopefully this will give me a second chance at your give away.

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  62. I am a follower of your most interesting blog. What a lovely
    chart of offer!
    Many blessings...

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  63. My dad is 89 and a WWII vet. He was sent to Chile to get the uranium. May we all remember the vets from all wars....

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  64. Hi Jennifer, I am a follower, and I find your words sometimes reflect how I am feeling. Love your designs.
    Been thinking about yoga for a while, as I need to get back in shape, but need something that will not be so stressfull, so I don't give up to easily!

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  65. I remember my father ( and i miss him terribly ) and my father in law (miss him too) they were both veterans and I am very proud of both of these wonderfull men. God bless all our soilders.

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  66. What a wonderful giveaway. I am a follower.
    Thank you.

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  67. I've been following your blog for a while now. Please enter me in your drawing!

    ann70821@gmail.com

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  68. On Memorial Day I think of the man behind the name on my POW/MIA bracelet from the Vietnam War...Waring Bennett of Natchez, Mississippi. Shot down in the early days of the war, missing and then declared dead.

    ann70821@gmail.com

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  69. You are on my blog listing. So thanks for the chance to win something that is near and dear to me.
    I come from a long line of soldiers, 11 generations worth, which includes myself and my son. Every service member is worht remembering on Memorial Day.

    Jackie
    http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

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  70. Would love to be entered in the giveaway! I enjoy reading your blog...it is high on my list of followed-blogs! Keep your thoughts coming...
    GGdragonfly60@gmail.com

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  71. I remember my father Henry this Memorial Day...a WWII navy veteran who sadly left us at age 56. But he remains in our family's hearts every day.

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  72. I am a follower and would love to be entered, thank you.

    pegcoleman@fineenamels.com

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  73. My hero is my Dad. I always give thanks on Memorial Day especially for him and all that he sacrificed not only during WWII for his county, but throughout his life for his family.

    pegcoleman@fineenamels.com

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  74. I'm posting about your giveaway on my blog.

    pegcoleman@fineenamels.com

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  75. I am a follower of your blog! Would love to win this chart. Thank you for the chance.
    Pam

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  76. My dad is my WWII veteran who I am most proud of!
    Pam

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  77. I just posted about the giveaway on my blog...www.with-my-needle.blogspot.com

    Thanks again for the chance to win this beautiful chart and the threads!

    ann.bergeron@gmail.com

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  78. What a nice give away. I love patriotic stuff. I am a follower.

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  79. On Memorial Day I think of all the brave military folk who have given ther lives for our freedom. I am lucky that all my loved ones survived WWII and Vietnam.

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  80. I will go and post a link to your wonderful giveaway on my blog for my May 26 post.

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  81. I have reading your blog for several months...but just joined as a follower...I love, love, love, this blog. You are so uplifting! I am praying for you and Raven! Definitely enter me in the give-away for a chance to win that great chart! I have a Scottish Terrier named Sophie who is my baby just like Abbie is yours...Sophie and I want you to give Miss Abigail a hug from us. Thanks! Look forward to your blog everyday during my lunch at work!

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  82. Oh, Jennifer what a perfectly lovely design for Memorial Day and the 4th of July! It's absolutely gorgeous and I would Love the chance to win! I am a long-time follower of your lovely blog... Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

    blessings always in stitches...

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  83. I always think of my Papa on Memorial Day and all the other brave souls, living and who have passed on, throughout time who have fought for our freedom! God Bless them all!

    Thank you again Jennifer... blessings always in stitches...

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  84. I am a follower Jennifer.
    Thanks for the chance at this wonderful giveaway!

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  85. Hey!I am a follower and i love your blog..thanks for this opportunity
    Rossella

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  86. I am a follower. I always remember my maternal grandfather, who was a sergeant in WWII, who passed away on the day that my nephew, Christopher, was born. A sweet memory...

    Please add my name to your BBD patriotic design giveaway. I love that piece!

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  87. So excited about your June 2nd BBD Americana Giveaway, and I just added a note on my blog sidebar too!

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  88. Every Memorial Day, I remember all of my grandparents, who left such lasting and sweet memories with me. I also think of my brother in law, Jerry, who passed away at the young age of 47 from leukemia. God Bless Them All!

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  89. I am a follower and enjoy your blog very much.

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  90. My served in the National Guard and Reserves for over 30 years. My uncle was also in WWII.

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  91. I am a follower and would like to be added for the giveaway. threadsandneedles@yahoo.com

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  92. I have been an honored follower of your blog for quite some time now. Thanks for this terrific giveaway opportunity. Love patriotic themed stitchies.
    Abbie is so cute in her little bikini....soon time to break mine out too.
    YEAH RIGHT!! HA!!

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  93. As soon as I finish with this comment I am going over to my blog to let everyone know about your giveaway.
    Thanks!!
    kentuckysampler@gmail.com

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  94. I have to say I am in awe of ALL the heroes who serve our country...in any capacity.

    It goes without saying I am most proud of my husband (Masterchief) who served our country in the USN for 23 years, 3 months and 10 days.

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  95. I am a follower and would love to be included in your giveaway. -
    xstitcher199@hotmail.com

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  96. I am a follower and would like to be included in your giveaway.

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  97. I am a follower Jennifer!! I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

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  98. My grandfather fought in the South pacific in WWII and my Dad was in the National Guards. They both are no longer with me, but I thank them for keeping us safe!!

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  99. What a wonderful giveaway Jennifer!! I have always wanted to stitch this beautiful patriotic piece...I am a follower of course and will certainly post your giveaway on my blog also... Thirdly, I think I thought of my dad and my father in law more than anyone yesterday in honoring Memorial Day. They both are now deceased but fought in WWII and lived to share the most amazing stories....Those stories I will hold forever...

    Again, thanks for your continued generosity! Faye

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  100. I Jennifer, I am a follower and I will post on my blog. I have 2 heroes. The first is my Dad, he served proudly in the Navy during WWII and Korea. He loved to tell my brother and I stories about his Navy adventures. He was proud to serve. Next, I want to remember my son, Mike, who is serving as an officer in the Air Force. He leaves for Afghanistan in 2 weeks.

    I hope I win that great chart. If I do, I will dedicate it to all the men in my family who've served in our Armed service.

    Thanks and I love your blog, especially when you write about Abbie.

    Joanie
    www.joaniesworld.blogspot.com

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  101. Just became a follower. Hope your sick doggy has a happy ending.

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  102. I remember my grandad, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. He used to tell me the most interesting stories about his wartime adventures. Sadly, he is no longer with us.

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  103. I would love to stitch this one...

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  104. I signed up as a follower...beautiful blog!!

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  105. What a nice giveaway - thank you! I'm already a follower, so this is my first entry.

    Mary in MN

    m_kaeding@hotmail.com

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  106. This is my second entry - I would stitch that design to honor my oldest son, who served in the US Navy for 8 years. I'm very proud of the work he did on the aircraft carrier George Washington.

    Thank you again for the opportunity.

    Mary in MN

    m_kaeding@hotmail.com

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  107. I would love to be entered in your drawing!

    I look forward to your blog entries! I really love your outlook on life! Very uplifting!

    Amy from OK
    amyfrazier@hotmail.com

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  108. Hi Jennifer

    I am a follower and thank you for the chance to win this lovely chart.

    Mary Joan
    http://maryjoanstitching.blogspot.com/

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  109. Hi Jennifer

    I have entered your giveaway on my blog in the side bar.

    Mary Joan
    http://maryjoanstitching.blogspot.com/

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  110. Oh jennifer, what a lovely giveaway!
    I don't have that one! so I would love to be entered into your drawing Thank you so much for the chance.
    Have a good one
    Darlene N
    mlndkn@comcast.net

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  111. Hi! I would love to enter, I have been follower for some time, I adore your pictures of your stitchings and flosses!
    ilmatar_lady@yahoo.com

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  112. Please enter me for your drawing.
    I enjoy stitching and this is one pattern I do not have.
    Take care.

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  113. Let us rember those who have gone before and those that are keeping us free and safe today. Our military men, women and their families should all be thanked.

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  114. Please enter me in your drawing.
    Love this BBD design and would like to stitch it.

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  115. Think of all military, those who have gone before and those who today keep it safe and free. Our military men, women and their families should all be thanked
    for their service.
    Shop4baskets

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  116. i am a follower already

    wonderful giveaway - thx : )

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  117. I'm a long time follower, Jennifer and just adore your blog although I don't get to comment as much as I'd like to. Please enter me in your giveaway for the beautiful chart.

    Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
    Hugs, Sandy

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  118. Hi there - I am a follower. Thank you so much for a chance to win.

    Kathy Kelly

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  119. me again - I remember my Grandma K. Such a sweetheart ;)
    Thank you.

    Kathy Kelly

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  120. I am a follower.. thanks for the giveaway of the lovely chart!

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  121. I am remembering my wonderful son Tim who we lost this past month. I know he is in God's arms. We miss him terribly but know we will see him again someday in heaven.

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  122. Blackbird....patriotic... is there anything better?! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  123. Blackbird Designs.... patriotic...is there anything better? I'd love to be entered in your givaway.

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