Monday, May 21, 2012

My First Giveaway!


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*Giveaway is now closed! Thanks for entering!  Over 100 entries!  So exciting!*  Winner has been chosen: read about it here!

Well, I debated and finally the urge to give something to some random stranger won over!  I don't have many readers here, I don't blog very often, but I do love to create and share!  So after a morning filled with looking at tons of fantastic blogs (all of which are far fancier and do much more than my little blog) and entering tons of giveaways, I decided to host my own!







I love owls...I really really do.  I have a corner of my living room dedicated to Doctor Who, Bublitchki Fest (more on that another day), and Owls!!

Bublitchki Fest (a family festival celebrating our heritage)

I really love owls, and have discovered a new found love for birds in general.  So when we take our son hiking, my husband and I like to look for birds that we haven't seen before as well as any bird, really.  This past weekend we saw Red-Winged Black-Birds, American Goldfinches, a Blue Heron, and a Barn Swallow!  Neither of us had seen the Barn Swallow before and it was beautiful.  Full of iridescent blue feathers...
American Goldfinches, there are 3 in this photo

a hunting Blue Heron
the barn swallow is hard to see, but he's on top of the left side post

Anyhow, on to the giveaway!


I'm giving someone a set of four fantastic fabric coasters!  They are reinforced with an absorbent yet thin birdseye diaper cloth to soak up any condensation your cold beverage may be experiencing this summer.  The outer layers are a cute 100% cotton owl print!  I love these and am planning on making more for myself as they will fit perfectly in my living room.





To enter, just leave me a comment doing any of the following that you choose:
a.) tell me your favourite bird
b.) tell me your favourite plant or flower
c.) tell me your favourite blog

You can feel free to answer all of the choices, but please, do it in one comment.  Only one comment per person.  At the close of the May Giveaway Day (week), I will use a random number picker---my seven year old son---to choose a winner out of all the entries.  I will ship anywhere so everyone can enter.  Please make sure you leave your email address in this format: someone(at)gmail(dot)com if you are a no-reply poster so I can contact you if you win!  If you forget it in your first comment, please leave another one with your email address.  It'll still count as one entry!  I'll announce the winner next week on a new post and I'll email the winner that day!  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blog world.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT!!!  I've gotten many no-reply comments with no email addresses!  You can't win if I can't contact you!  Thanks!

UPDATE: The winner has been chosen!  Announced here: http://fernsfrocks.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-first-giveaway-winner.html

125 comments:

  1. Oh, i love owls, too - there are so many lovely patterns out there now with owls - they are very cute!

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    1. i love cardinals, carnations and imagine gnats blog
      quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  2. Oops - forgot to leave my email (mill1(at)sympatico(dot)ca)

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  3. There's an all-white peacock at our zoo... so beautiful!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    melissajpalmer at yahoo dot com

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  4. My favorite bird is the Cardinal- I guess because I live in St. Louis and the Cardinals are my favorite baseball team!
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  5. I love owls too, they were my grandmother's favourite, when she passed away I inherited a few of her owls, they always make me smile when I see them on the mantle :)

    My favourite bird though is the Blue Jay, and this year we have a mating pair in our yard, they are oh so beautiful! (And oh so annoying when they start to yell at us for being too close to 'their' tree, heh, good thing they're pretty).

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  6. When I lived in Michigan-I always looked
    for the Robins! Their orange breast was
    telling me spring was coming soon.
    Thanks

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  7. Ohhh I'm in love with Cardinals!! I recently relocated to the USA and where I'm from Cardinals are a rare treat! Down here where I am now they are everywhere and I love their bright, cheery color! Anyway thanks for the chance to win!! krencamp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Hi!
    My favourite bird is an owl, my favourite flower is sunflower :)

    I would like to win this :)

    my email: vesna.tursic@gmail.com

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  9. I love the lavender plant. I have one in my backyard and it blooms so pretty and smells AWESOME!

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  10. Those coasters are so cute! I love owls, but my favorite birds are mockingbirds.

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  12. My favorite bird is the blue heroin. So beautiful!

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  13. I'm a ridiculously obsessed birder, my favourite bird is the long-tailed-tit (British), currently live in Canada though, and spent this morning chasing round a Baltimore Oriole for a photo - no luck yet!!!

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  14. My favorite flower is the iris--I love the huge array of colors.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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  15. My favorite bird is a cedar waxwing. I lived for many years with a biologist who was a terrific bird-watcher (or twitcher). From him, I learned so much about birds and to be more still and slow when in the woods so as to be able to see more birds. Though we've parted ways, I still think of bird-watching skills as a great gift from him.

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  16. So cute!

    I don't like too many birds.. but I LOOOVE hummingbirds! They're just so teeny and adorable!

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  17. My favorite bird is the loon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. My favorite bird is the loon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I love the daphane plant as when it flowers the smell is define

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  20. oh cute!

    i think my favourite blog is anne hanson's.. she's a knitwear designer and she's pretty cool!

    you can reach me at supersharmie at gmail dot com :)

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  21. Owls are my favorite bird. My husband recently bought me this stain glassed/wire owl lamp.. its so cute!! I also love daisies.... a weed thats beautiful, my kinda flower :) Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  22. My favorite birds are owls (guess that's not too original but still..). I love Doctor Who too! We have a Tardis cookie jar front and center on our kitchen table :)

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  23. favorite bird hummingbird
    favorite flower stargazer lily
    favorite blog World of Charity Stitching

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  24. My kitchen is all owls, but I kind of wish there were more quail-themed things.

    Flower / Plant: Giant sequoia. Or my cucumbers.

    Fav. Blog: Apartment therapy.

    aprill (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. My favorite bird is a Swan or Hummingbird. My favorite flowers are white roses. My favorite blog is Brasier House.

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  26. 1. Ducks - I got to hold a duckling for the first time last week, and it was amazing
    2. aloe. I have a hard time killing them
    3. sew mama sew!

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  27. I'm another owl lover. So your coasters make me happy.
    Today I was out taking pictures of ferns, and I love sunflowers and tiger lilies.
    Pat Sloan is who got me searching around and visiting blogs.

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  28. I think you may love owls more than me...which is saying a lot! My favorite bird is an owl! My favorite flower is a daisy or sunflower!

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  29. Oh my favorite bird has to be a Flicker! They love my fig tree out back and are so beautiful! I love watching them out my kitchen window. My favorite flower is a day lily. Thanks for the give away! And thanks also for entering mine :-)

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  30. My favorite flower is the sunflower,owls are my mom's favorite. So if I am lucky,she will be too on her birthday next month :)

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  31. My fave:
    Bird: Robin
    Flower: Rose
    Blog: Wild Olive!!!!

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  32. I would love to win these cute coasters! My favorite bird is the Peacock, then the owl! My fav flower is the hydrangea.

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  33. I love mockingbirds for their song. thank you.

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  34. I love owls too, and there are so many gorgeous owl fabrics and things around at the moment. I also love chicks.
    I love pink lilies, daffodils and roses.
    My favourite blog changes from week to week. I love people who write with honesty.
    Hugs, CK

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  35. My favourite bird is the owl, because of all the cutie pies owl prints on fabric! And because Harry Potter has a beautiful one. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    Please come join my giveaway too:
    http://whimsyloft.com/2012/05/may-giveaway/

    Hugs,
    Grace
    whimsyloft (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. Owls, in my part of the world are a sign of bad luck. If one is seen near your home you know someone is going to die.
    But that is just superstition.
    I love blue jays and my favorite flower is the rose.

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  37. Hmm...my favorite bird might actually BE the owl..they are fascinating little things. I love daisies, as far as flowers go and my favorite blog is MINE! HAHAHAHA! Thanks for these AMAZING coasters! I seriously love them! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  38. I love penguins! Owls are pretty cool too though, (and I'm also a big Doctor Who fan)
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  39. One of my favorite blogs is Dollar Store Crafts as it is fully of thrifty inspirations.

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  40. I love owls, but I have to say my favorite birds are cockatoos! They are smart and pretty!

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  41. Love the owls! My favorite flower at this moment is a red tulip that my daughter gave to me for Mother's Day. It's not a common flower in a tropical country like mine and don't last long so, i'm enjoying every second of it's blooming :)
    Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  42. I love Snowy owls! thanks!

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  43. Oh wow - your owl collection is gorgeous :)

    Thank you for a chance to win the lovely set of coasters.

    My favourite bird is the love birds. My mom had two when we were growing up and they were just lovely.

    Marilize
    marilize (dot) paulsen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. ooh Owls are my favorite too I also like pyrrhuloxias! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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  45. My favorite flower, without a doubt, has to be the sterling silver rose. It smells like perfume!!!

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  46. I love Violet's and Lilies so I named my daughters after them.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  47. My favorite bird? That is easy-BIG BIRD! All joking aside? I love hummingbirds. They fascinate me.

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  48. These are so professional looking :) My fav bird would be the Wag Tail. I had never seen one before until I moved to the UK. They flick their tails up and down and are petite and nicely coloured.

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  49. My favorite bird is the hummingbird. Last fall while walking with my dog on on unusually cold fall morning, we came upon one that had gotten too cold to complete it's migration. We picked it up and took it to the local wildlife center where they fed it warmed it up and once it was ready, released it so it could continue on it's journey. Maybe it will be back this year!

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  50. Adorable! I don't have a favorite bird, but I love all of the owls in the crafty world!

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  51. So cute! I love peonies and hawks.

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  52. favorite bird is the cardinal

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  54. Tulips are my favorite flower! But I also love tomato plants, because I love tomatoes. :)
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  55. What cute coasters. Buttercups.

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  56. My favorite bird is the hummingbird. My favorite flower is the yellow rose. Those coasters are so cute.

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  57. I love sparrows. I know most people don't but I do they are very sweet and let me hold them. I also love chickadees.

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  58. i love owls, but i really love watching mockingbirds defend their nest against crows and sometimes the random, nonsuspecting person... :)

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  59. Hello, My favorite flowering bush in my yard is a blue hydrangea bush. Thanks for the chance to win your adorable coasters. Linda
    rodlindafansler at gmail dot com

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  60. Oh my these are just too cute! The colors in this fabric are great! I love cardinals and owls. I love spider plants and lilacs. Thank you so much for the great giveaway, and the chance to win!
    jackieinmi67(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. These are so cute! love em! gabbies at woosh dot co dot nz

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  62. wren
    sweet woodruff
    soulemama

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  63. My favorite birds are Owls, Red Pepper Quilts is my favorite blog. I like Pansies :)

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  64. I love owls and so does my son, who would receive these sweet coasters if I win. He would be thrilled. thanks

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  65. I can't pick a favorite blog, it would hurt someones feelings for sure. I like so many. Thanks

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  66. My favourite flowers are tulips!

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  67. I love the green fenches, they have a nest in the ivy at our house!

    I love typical summerflowers like marguerites,mellows, poppy!

    My fav blog is verryberryhandmade.co.uk!

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway and the chance to win.

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  68. My favourite flower is the Strelitzia aka Bird of Paradise. Try carry a bunch of those home on a packed bus during peak hour...lol

    xo Steph

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  69. I love hostas for all my shade, and their easy care. Favorite flower is the tulip though

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  70. I love peonies and dahlia!
    thanks for this great giveaway
    ciao dall'Italia
    joyblonde(at)libero(dot)it

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  71. My parents are birders and my mom's favorite is the scarlet tanager. :) Love the coasters!!

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  72. I really like cardinals because they are so vibrant!

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  73. My favorite flower: Hydrangeas! (especially white or blue)

    celeste@mail4me.com

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  74. My favorite birds are owls too :)

    littlespool@gmail.com

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  75. These are the CUTEST things ever!! I do hope I win. . . Anyway, as to your question My favorite flower is the lowly daisy! They just look so happy to me, almost like a smiley face, and they are inexpensive to boot!

    My contact info is: scrapgirl1467 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Thanks so much for participating in the giveaway and for this lovely prize!

    Hope you have a terrific day,
    Maureen

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  76. I love owls too, but my most favorite is the Eastern bluebird.

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  77. I love peonies. I saved some from my dad's house when i sold it. I love how they smell like cold cream!

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  78. I love owls, hawks and eagles. Love to watch them fly. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ravensrascals (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. My favourite bird is the wren

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  80. My favorite bird is the loon. I love hearing their call in the evenings on the lakes in northern Minnesota.

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  81. cute! My fave bird is the bullfinch. I am trying to entice them in our garden but having no luck

    hannah dot kitching at hotmail dot co dot uk

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  82. I love owls... and sharks, which never show up on fabric designs.

    gypsyjolie@gmail.com

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  83. I love Lovebirds...so sweet and such gorgeous colors!

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  84. I really like watching humming birds. especially when they are all grouped around plants. I had never seen one other than in a book untill I moved to Oregon. Thanks for the chance to win the coasters are so cute.

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  85. I love cardinals. My favorite flower...daffodils!

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  86. I love your coaster! That fabric is so very cute. I love goldfinches.
    smcintosh12(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. My favorite blog is probably flamingotoes.com. My favorite bird... hmm. The family I'm living in with Costa Rica has a parrot that likes to chatter a lot, so I guess him. And favorite flower - roses for sure.

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  88. I'm starting to love owls too. We used owls for my daughter's nursery and they're everywhere now. Very trendy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. I love peacocks not because they're beautiful, but because they make the most annoying sound I've ever heard in my entire life. We had "wild" peacocks roosting in the tree outside our apartment while living in India and now every time I see a peacock, I'm reminded of that magical year living abroad.

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  90. I love lilies of the valley-- they're so fleeting, so sweet, and so delicate.

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  91. my favorite flower is peonies. :) love them!

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  92. My favorite flower is Sakura aka Cherry Blossom ;)

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  93. thehappycrochetchic@yahoo.com

    I love daisys and hummingbirds;)

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  94. My fab bird has to be the pileated

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  95. right now I am loving meadow larks because one comes and sings to me every day

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  96. owls are my favorite. although, I love watching the newly hatched robin in our tree from our window....the kids do too. nature is incredible!!!

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  97. I love hummingbirds. Thanks for the cute giveaway.

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  98. Adorable!
    My favorite Bird: owl or bluebird,
    Flower: daisy, hands down,
    Blog: The Modest Mom.

    I don't check gmail much:

    trulyskrumptious@irishsteps.org

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  99. My favorite bird is a ruffed grouse. Great question and thanks for the giveaway!!

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  100. My favorite bird is the bluebird. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  101. We have a beautiful cardinal that visits our yard everyday. I have several favorite flowers, gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, and tulips.

    kaety-scott (at) att (dot) net

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  102. My favorite bird is the Spotted Towhee...it sings a song like"Drink-your-teeeee" and it is black, white and orange. Favorite flower: tie between hydrangeas and lilacs. Right now I have 2 favorite blogs: Maureen Cracknell Handmade and Attic24.
    The coasters are adorable! mynadala(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. OMgoodness, I got thirsty just reading your description! Lovely little coasters!
    1. favorite bird: chickadee, because I love their two songs, the chick a dee dee dee, then their spring one that goes like: yoo hoo!
    2. favorite flower: ranunculus, close second is peony
    3. favorite blog: House of Turquoise (my favorite color!)

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  104. I love lots of plants but I will always find a home for and aquilegia. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely owls

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  105. I love mockingbirds and hummingbirds. And orange Gerber daisies. And choose in favorite blog is hard...there are so many good ones out there! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

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  106. My favourite flowers are lilacs. :)

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  107. I think owls are my favorite bird. Penguins run a close second.

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  108. I love fantails (piwakawaka) - they're a native New Zealand bird, cute and small, with tails that look like fans. :-)

    macska at gmail dot com

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  109. Owls are my fave, and maybe peacocks. But owls are cooler.

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  110. hmmmm, favorite bird, i think probably hummingbirds. they are just so quick! however my sister's favorite bird is an owl and i would definitely give these to her!

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  111. I Love kookaburras ;) I love their laugh, and they often wake me in the morning...

    You can contact me on cathpburman at hotmail dot com

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  112. I love orioles. Their color and song are so pretty

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  113. Hm, my favorite local bird is the golden plover. At least, I think that's what it is! :} Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. I love birds as well!
    Where we live we have lots and they're beautiful. I don't have only a favorite one, I have many of them... the curlew, the little egret, the white throat... My favorite flower is tulip and my favorite blog... like the birds, too many! thanks for the chance!

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  115. my favourite blog is probably http://www.wronginalltherightways-travcat.blogspot.com It's awe inspiring :)

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  116. my daughter's favorite bird is OWLS ... does that count ? :) Thanks!

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  117. I'm not really a bird girl, unless it's fabric of course. Those owls are adorable.

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