Monday, January 31, 2011

sponsor love: giveaway and interview with Laura of Along for the Ride!!!

today's sponsor is probably one of the most inspiring ones that i know out there in blog-world. and i'm talking that this pretty lady knows how inspire readers in so many creative ways. we're talking about crafting it up on her Saturday Craft Day posts and her recent "What Inspires" Series. she also inspires readers with her faith in God especially when it comes to everything in her life, which does includes her blog and shop.

meet laura.


Tell us 3 random facts about you! 

1.I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and I filled in "Alaskan Native" on standarized tests until my teacher came over and informed me that I was not actually an Alaskan native despite the fact that I was born there. I was devastated.
2. My favorite band is Hootie and the Blowfish. I walked down the aisle to "Hold My Hand."
3. I met my first real boyfriend when he drove to Ohio State University and gave me a hubcap that he turned into a clock (I kind of collected hubcaps in college). The hubcap man and I have been married for 2 and a half years.

What is the story behind 
your blog and shop name? 

I've always seen blogging and creating as just another way to worship the Lord. I chose "Along for the Ride" as it is a daily reminder that, although I try, I am not in control, God is. He has a life perfectly planned and I need to be along for the ride that he has in front of me. Being along for the ride isn't about taking a back seat or being apathetic along life's journey, nor is it about taking the journey lightly. For me, being along for the ride is about trusting in the Lord to guide your everyday moments and to be a constant companion on your journey.

If you could interview anyone for your blog, who would that be and why?

I'd love to interview Lisa Leonard. I'm constantly inspired by her. In her roles as a mom, wife, blogger, crafter, and business owner, she shows women that it doesn't always have to be perfect to be beautiful and that the little things in life are really what make it sweet. What a wonderful lesson to learn every day.

take a peek into her adorable shop...


are not these pieces so lovely and just stinkin' adorable? 
i'm gushing over the robin egg blue rosette necklace! 
and wouldn't those earrings be perfect for a Valentine's Day date?!

[giveaway]

welp, guess what?! 
if you love her goodies as much as i'm loving them, you'll be thrilled to know that to one of you lucky readers have a chance to snatch up laura's delightful giveaway:

$15 shop credit 
to her lovely shop!!!

how to enter:
1. be a public follower of Much Love, illy
2. visit Laura's shop and comment with your favorite item 
and that's it! 

unless you really, really want to win...
extra entries:
(keep in separate comments so that they count!)
- follow Laura's blog
-heart her shop
-follow her twitter
-tweet about the giveaway 
(include @muchloveilly and @aftr_laura so that we can track your tweet!)


Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers and closes at midnight, Sunday, Feb. 6th. 
Winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 7th.

much love. 
[happy monday, friend.]

176 comments:

  1. I really love the tangerine peony hair pin. ALSO, I really love Hootie and the Blowfish. Most people think that's really weird, but their tunes are so catchy.

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  2. Oh my goodness, her stuff is so cute!! My favorite is the necklace in both the Robin Egg and the Gray!

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  3. I added her shop to my favorites!

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  4. I love the Mum Ring Sunshine! :D

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  5. I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  6. I'm a follower of your blog!

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  7. I'm now following Laura's blog!

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  8. i'm loving the Peony Hair Pin- Tangerine.

    and i follow your blog through GFC.

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  9. Oh yeah and I am a follower of your blog!

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  10. I am a follower of your blog : )

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  11. Such a cute shop…i LOVE the Peony Hair Pin- Lilac : )

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  12. I am loving the light aqua rose earrings & I am a follower! :)

    michelleesque[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. I'm a follower of much love, illy

    twinart[at]juno[dot]com

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  14. I love her mum ring!

    twinart[at]juno[dot]com

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  15. & I hearted her shop :)

    twinart[at]juno[dot]com

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  16. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66146470/rosette-pendant-necklace-gray

    such a sweet & simple piece. & might I add, I definitely think I should win because my first name appears in most of her creations, "Rosette." I've loathed it all my life, but for a chance to win anything from her store, i am absolutely embracing my first name from the R to the E :) hahaha!

    & Illy, I am definitely a follower of you already! ;D

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  17. 2) I'm now a follower of her blog :) ah! such a relief to find other bloggers who aren't scared to tell the world about Jesus! I will definitely be reading daily for encouragement & inspiration :)

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  18. 3) I also heart her etsy via my own shop : howsweetthesky(at)etsy.com :)

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  19. What a wonderful giveaway..I love her shop and my favourite must be the bias tape rosette earrings. They are so cute! Happy Monday, darling
    Kisses

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  20. wow what a beautifully inspiring interview! i've never thought about creating and blogging being another way to worship God, i love that concept! reminds me of a quote i read recently : "God is so great that all things give Him glory – if you mean that they should." :)

    i'm a follower of your blog!

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  21. and i love her bias tape rosettes in mustard. darling!

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  22. I absolutely love the reusable coffee cozies she has. Too cute. I also really love the rosette barrettes she has. I think the lilac one is my fave.

    *kate

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  23. The whole shop is adorable! I really like the bias tape earrings, among many other lovelies that caught my eye!

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  24. I'm a follower and love the Mum Earrings in Dark Gray from Laura's shop.

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  25. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66147174/rosette-barrette-lilac
    This is my favorite thing from her shop, although,everything is completely adorable!

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  26. I'm following Laura's blog via GFC

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  27. also following Laura on Twitter

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  28. I am a fairly new follower of your blog and I LOVE it!!!

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  29. I just became a follower of Laura's blog and I can't wait to begin exploring!!

    I absolutely love her shop!! Her prices are very reasonable for such cute items!!

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  30. what a wonderful giveaway! i love her shop!! esp the rosette earrings :) xoxo jcd

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  31. just hearted her etsy shop!!! xoxo jcd

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  32. just tweeted!! xoxo jcd
    @cornflakedreams

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  33. and finally :) now following laura via twitter! xoxo jcd
    @cornflakedreams

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  34. I'm a follower and I love the peony hairpin in tangerine! Gorgeous!

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  35. I love the cluster sable necklace. she sounds like a cool girl!! The alaska native thing made me laugh :)

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  36. I'm a follower! I love the Rosette Pendant Necklace!

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  37. I LOVE the Rosette Pendant Necklace :D
    Of course I follow your blog :D

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  38. I am a follower or your lovely blog!! ♥

    xo.

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  39. I absolutely adore the Rosette Pendant Necklace- Just Rosy!! :]

    xo.

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  40. I follow Lauren on Twittah! :]

    (@kikicamaro)

    xo.

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  41. Rosette Pendant Necklace- Robin's Egg is my fav. and the 3 things about her made me laugh out loud! (well, not #2 but 1&3, yes.)

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  42. I'm a follower.
    And I love the yellow Mum Ring by Laura.

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  43. I'm following Along For the Ride. :)

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  44. I follow your blog & I like the Rosette Pendant necklace in Robin's Egg!

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  45. Hey I follow your blog anddd I looove the Cluster Necklace in Oliver! So cute! Thanks for sharing this wonderful Etsy shop!

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  46. I'm a follower! And the rosette pendant from Laura's shop is completely gorgeous in Just Rosy.

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  47. Oh! And I'm following Laura's blog!

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  48. I'm a follower of your blog-

    And if I had to choose a favorite from Laura's shop, I'd pick the Peony Hair Pin in Tangerine. But everything is so gorgeous!

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  49. i'm a follower & like the Rosette Barrette- Lilac!

    jessicacotten{at}gmail{dot}com

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  50. Her explanation of why she named her blog "Along for the Ride" is exactly what I needed today. I keep telling myself that all day and am trying not to pray for what I want, and instead pray that He knows what is best and his will be done. But yeah, it's hard to give over full control and just trust!

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  51. I'm a follower, and I love the beads bracelet in aqua!

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  52. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66388968/mum-earrings-pure-white
    very cute!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  53. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66388968/mum-earrings-pure-white
    very cute!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  54. i follow her as well!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  55. I follow your blog!
    I love those rosette earrings. Fun!

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  56. I also follow Laura's blog :)

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  57. and I also follow Laura on Twitter

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  58. I love the chains and beads sea glass necklace...so pretty and neutral! I follow your blog!!!

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  59. not only do i love laura's shop, but i also loooove the meaning behind its name. if i won this sweet giveaway, i would absolutely get the pink petal set of earrings and bracelet. fingers crossed!!
    -kait

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  60. p.p.s. i'm her newest blog follower :)

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  61. The Rosette Barrette in Spearmint is adorable- I can think of so many outfits to wear it with!

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  62. Oh yah...I follow here.

    Favorite thing in Laura's shop would be any and all of her mum earrings.

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  63. Absolutely I follow Laura's blog! She's such a sweetheart!

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  64. I follow with google friend connect, and I love the adorable teal mum earrings in Laura's shop!

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  65. Just started following you! :) and I really like Laura's Rosette Necklace in Just Rosy. :)

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  66. totally follow you! :)

    my fave is the rosette necklace in robins egg!

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  67. i also follow her twitter (@jlandres)

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  68. I adore the green damask coffee cozy. Going green in GREEN!

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  69. I follow her sa-weet blog, too!

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  70. I *heart* Along For The Ride on Etsy!

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  71. already a follower ; )

    favorite item in her shop is:
    Bias Tape Rosette Earrings...

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  72. following along for the ride on twitter...

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  73. following along for the ride....the blog!

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  74. i love laura's shop {& blog!) if i had to pick a favorite item it would be the bias tape rosette earrings- in peacock...or leaf...or chocolate! :)

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  75. i heart ashley's shop
    {crafteemcgee}

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  76. i follow laura on twitter! {@crafteemcgee}

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  77. and last but not least...i tweeted! {@crafteemcgee}

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  78. follower.
    and I love the Mum Hair pins!
    Thank you.

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  79. Her stuff is lovely and inspiring!! I love it!!! I really love her Chains and Beads necklace-sea glass and her last pair of rose earings-agua!!! (I know I can't decide!!) She is amazing!

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  80. I follow Along for the ride blog!

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  81. love her Robin's Egg necklace AND her reusable sandwich bag. oh how I need that!

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  82. love the mum earrings in pure white.
    im following you!

    keandresATgmailDOTcom

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  83. and i also followed her blog as well .

    keandresATgmailDOTcom

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  84. I follow your blog, and my favorite is the gray matters chains and beads necklace!

    jennywigdahl@gmail.com

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  85. I added her shop to my favorits on Etsy!

    jennywigdahl@gmail.com

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  86. tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/bbgoad/status/32197753371107328

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  87. I'm a follower! And the aqua rose earrings are my fave :)

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  88. I really would like a couple pairs of her Bias Tape Rosette Earrings.

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  89. Already following Laura's blog.

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  90. I like the Rosette Pendant Necklace- Robin's Egg!!

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  91. I like the Rosette Pendant Necklace in Gray!

    jen.photo@yahoo.com

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  92. Following Laura's blog!

    jen.photo@yahoo.com

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  93. Hearted Laura's Etsy shop!

    jen.photo@yahoo.com

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  94. Following on Twitter! @jenphotonerd

    jen.photo@yahoo.com

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  95. i love her turquoise rosette necklace & i am a follower!

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  96. I love all the little bias tape earrings! I think I like them best in pearl - so cute, & a nice spin on classics.

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  97. I'm a follower. =D

    adelyn
    noble1ofgod@gmail.com

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  98. Love this...

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66825744/chains-and-beads-necklace-gray-matters

    adelyn
    noble1ofgod@gmail.com

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  99. I'm a follower of Laura's blog

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  100. I'm a follower and I like the Aqua Bead Bracelet. It's so cute and simple
    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  101. I follow Along for the Ride
    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  102. I hearted Laura's shop on Etsy
    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  103. I follow Laura on Twitter
    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  104. I'm a new follower of Much Love, illy. Thanks!

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  105. I like the Chains and Beads Necklace- Gray Matters in laura's etsy.

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  106. I <3 Laura's etsy as kluckingbear.

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  107. I'm a twitter follower as kluckingbear.

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  108. I tweeted about the giveaway as kluckingbear.

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  109. I love the sunshine mum ring and rosette hair pins. All of her items are super cute! :)

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  110. I am now following Laura on Twitter.

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  111. And I tweeted. :) http://dft.ba/-cMm

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  112. love the rose earrings.
    boon1211 at gmail dot com

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  113. i follow her as well!
    boon1211 at gmail dot com

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  114. I follow your blog :)

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  115. I'm following Laura's blog as well!

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  116. I hearted her shop!
    <3

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  117. I follow her on Twitter!

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  118. Tweet Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/ashhleygarcia
    :)

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  119. It's so hard to pick just one thing! I really like the Peony Hair Pins though :)

    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  121. I am a follower of yours. :-) And I love her biased tape earrings!!!

    www.chicgeekdesgins.com

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  122. Love the rosette pendant necklace!

    devorahedelman@gmail.com

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  123. SQUEEEEEE! I want want want the Carnelian dangle earings! Holy Guacamole those are cute, and perfect for my short short short hair!

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  124. I am publicly following you now, although I have been stalking you on twitter for months! Love YOU! (@knitmyrhino)

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  125. I'm following Ms Laura on her blog now, and I think if I would have found her before you introduced me, I might have followed her anyways! Pure Awesomeness!

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  126. I "hearted" her shop, mostly so I can email some favs to my hubby for my bday wish list...but it counts as an entry, right?

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  127. ok, so I am following Laura on twitter now...I hope she can handle me

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  128. I tweeted! Look at me gooo: Along for the Ride. @aftr_laura has the cutest baubles & @muchloveilly is hosting a giveaway here: http://tinyurl.com/6z8l9tlooooo!

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  129. I publicly follow Much Love, illy!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  130. LOVE the rosette earrings in peacock!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  131. I heart along for the ride's shop!!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  132. I follow Laura's blog!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  133. I follow laura on twitter! (@elisekayem)

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  134. Tweeted!!

    http://twitter.com/#!/elisekayem/status/34422165692489730

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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