Monday, December 19, 2011

So this is what 31 feels like...

I'm officially 31 years old today.  I have to say, 31 feels no different than 30.  Not that I really expected it to, but every couple of years or so, I sort expect to have that magical feeling you feel when you're a kid and it's your birthday and you actually "feel" different.

I don't have any real big plans today, though I am thinking of maybe going to a local quilt store and treating myself to a few new fat quarters.  My husband already treated me to my big birthday present, a shiny new laptop.  My old one was getting awfully old and decrepit, so my new laptop is taking some getting used to.  It's so fast!  But, since I love gadgets, I'm enjoying getting to know my new machine, especially while my most favorite machine (my sewing machine!) is getting a thorough cleaning at the shop.


And because it's my birthday and it's fun to get presents, I'm sharing a present with you!  The lovely Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics is giving away a layer cake of Sweetwater's upcoming line, Reunion, in my honor today!  I'm super excited about this collection, there are some really fabulous prints in there!  To enter, simply leave me a comment here on this post, and Mr. Random will draw a winner on Wednesday morning.  Good luck!  She's also offering a 15% off discount on your purchase today with the code DCMB15.  She's got some fabulous fabrics in stock right now, including brand new Moda precuts, Half Moon Modern yardage, AMH's Folksy Flannel, and way more!


I almost forgot!  Make sure to hop over to Pink Chalk Studio's Handmade with Love Tutorial contest today too!  They have announced the top 15 holiday handmade tutorials, and my Munchkin Soft Book tutorial made the list of top 5 gifts for kids.  The top vote getters will win some great prizes, so scoot on over there to vote and you might just get some last-minute gift inspiration!  Have a great day!

Pink Chalk Studio

178 comments:

  1. happy birthday!!! thanks for sharing your day and the chance to win!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great day already. Congrats btw for being a finalist at Pink Chalk. yay

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  3. Happy birthday, Elizabeth! Thanks for the chance to win fabric.

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  4. Happy Birthday...I've already voted over at Pink Chalk...also did a bit of pinning to my craft board...those projects are great!

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  5. Yay! Happy birthday to you! And congrats on the new laptop.

    (And 31 is very young. I can say that for sure because I'm 32.)

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  6. Happy Birthday! Oh to be 31 again. :)

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  7. happy birthday! you are just a baby!!! (i turned 40 this year!!!?? how can it be??) all the best!!

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  8. happy birthday! i turned 31 earlier this year...i feel like birthdays after 25 don't really matter anymore. but i'm not bitter or anything. :)

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  9. Happy birthday Elizabeth! Hope you have a lovely day! How lovely to be giving away such lovely fabric to celebrate! I love Sweetwater :)

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  10. Happy birthday! Thanks for celebrating by giving us a chance to win fabric! I voted for you on Pink Chalk - such a cute book that I hope to make for my niece and nephew some time. (P.S. I wish I was 31 and not 39!!) ;)

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  11. Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  12. Happy Birthday! I am coming up on 32 & wish it were as exciting as it was when you were little!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth. What a lovely giveaway. 31, wow...you won't feel different until you start approaching the "big" numbers...but I hope you feel well and happy and have a lovely Christmas and birthday with your family! Good luck in the contest, too.

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  14. Happy Happy Birthday to you!! I hope your having a fantastic day. Get some goodies at your LQS and enjoy your new laptop. Thanks so much for such a great giveaway. Happy Birthday again.

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  15. Happy Birthday Elizabeth!! Hope you have a fabulous day with hubster and the munchkin :-)

    Reunion is one of my absolute favourite up coming lines. Fingers, toes and eye crossed to win!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday! I hope you have an amzing day!

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  17. What a fun day for a birthday!! Enjoy!

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  18. Happy Birthday Elizabeth! May your day be as wonderful as you are.

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  19. Happy birthday beauty! I keep waiting for those feeligs too and the years keep ticking away! Hopefully you get to sew sew sew soon. ♥

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  20. Happy birthday! I'm always amazed that I really don't feel that different inside as each year passes. This next year I will be 50 and I really can't believe it at all.

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  21. Happy Birthday! Congrats on your tutorial! I hope you win.

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  22. Happy Birthday! I love the Reunion line. I will probably be spending Christmas money on it soon. :)

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  23. Hope it's a great birthday! Thanks for the give-away.

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  24. Happy, happy birthday! I think I remember 31!!
    How nice to you to share with us. I have had my eye on Reunion for a while now, so thanks for the opportunity to win some.

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  25. Happy happy birthday Elizabeth dear!!!! I hope your day is Perfect!!!

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  26. Happy Birthday! It is hard to have a birthday so close to Christmas. Hope you had a great day!

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  27. Happy Birthday, and thanks for spreading the birtyhday love our way too :) I'll be 37 this year but still feel like a teenager half the time lol! Enjoy your new lap top and put your feet up xx

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  28. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing the birthday goodness!

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  29. Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day!

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  30. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  31. Happy birthday and thank you for the giveaway! My husband's birthday is tomorrow and he keeps insisating that he is only turning 17, ha ha.

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  32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL! Hope you have a great day - including that LQS!!

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  33. Happy Birthday! Enjoy being 31, it's great!

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  34. Happy birthday! I'm just 2 years behind you :)

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  35. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day :) Congrats on making the top 15!!

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  36. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy your new laptop!

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  37. I'm on my 22nd annual 31st birthday. It does keep getting better!
    May you have many more wonderful birthdays with family and friends. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  38. Have a fantastic Birthday! thanks for sharing the birthday joy with us.

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  39. Happy birthday! What a great new fabric line.

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  40. Happy birthday - I hope you found lots of new FQs at the shop and persuaded them to come home with you!

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  41. Happy Birthday! I sort of thought I'd feel different when I turned 40, but it didn't happen for me, either. lol Maybe when I turn 50? ;)

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  42. Happy birthday! No it doesn't feel any different getting older... Strange and not what one thought being younger! How sweet of Brenda to offer a giveaway!!! Pink chalk also have a geeat sales section, I can't help myself drooling over some fabric! And Reunion- I just love love love it!!!

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  43. Happy Birthday! What a sweet way to celebrate! Many happy returns and may all your quilts this year be special ones!

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  44. I love Sweetwater's lines. And Reunion looks so cute!

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  45. Happy Birthday! I loved my 30s. Yesterday I turned 50. I've never really had trouble with my age, but wow that sounds old. Anyway, have a great day and thanks for a chance to win this fabulous fabric!

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  46. Happy birthday! 33 doesn't feel different than 32, either. I'll let you know about 34 when I get there. :-)

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  47. Happy Birthday! The Summersville blocks look great. Thanks for sharing and for the givewaway, too.

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  48. Happy Birthday!
    (I feel like Frosty the Snowman every time I say that.)

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  49. Happy Birthday!! 31 is fun, though I keep forgetting and tell people that I'm 30! Have fun with the new laptop!!

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  50. Happy Birthday! I found 30 a little tough, but every year since then has been easy, and no different than the one before. Although, I do find it funny that at 34, I'm suddenly supposed to be out of the loop on everything in popular culture! Who knew??

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  51. Happy birthday! Enjoy your day!

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  52. Only 31? You are a baby still :) Wait until you are 43....THEN you'll start to feel really old :)

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  53. Well Happy Day Day! (That's how the little people say it my family:-)

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  54. Happy birthday!!! I love presents, and what better present than fabric. Thanks for a chance.

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  55. Happy happy birthday!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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  56. Happy birthday! If you keep having birthdays, you may even catch up with me ;-)

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  57. Happy birthday to you!
    You can also expect to feel exactly the same as the day before on your 41st, 51st, 61st, etc birthday ...
    Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Now I'll hop overto those tutorials.

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  58. Happy Birthday Elizabeth!! I totally cried at 30 but was happy to find out that 31 wasn't much different too. 32 isn't bad either. Hopefully the rest of our 30's will be nice to us! Thanks to you and Brenda for the giveaway. I've seen that pennant fabric before and never did know where it came from. I probably should have asked you, the walking fabric-paedia. LOL

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  59. Happy Birthday!! A laptop is an awesome gift and enjoy your quilt shop outing. Nice sentiment a giveaway being done in your honor!! I'm in!

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  60. Happy Birthday-you're still a baby in my books! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Happy Birthday! December birthday's are the best. Thank you for the give away chance.

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  62. Happy Birthday! I turned 31 back in October and I have to admit I had a bit of a freak out this year. I really expected it when I turned 30 but no it was fine life as normal. But 31 I don't know something clicked and I had a melt down about all the things I haven't done yet and all the things I've had to resolve myself to knowing I will probably never get to do. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize in honor of your birthday.

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  63. Happy birthday! We share a December birthday! I'm looking forward to Reunion coming out. It looks like a fabulous line.

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  64. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your day with us!

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  65. Happy Birthday! Hope it's super awesome!

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  66. Happy Birthday! How nice of you to have this giveaway on your birthday. Enjoy your day, even if you don't feel any different.

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  67. Happy birthday Elizabeth! I'm a few years further down the line than you but still feel about 22 in my head! Hope you're having a lovely day :-)

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  68. Happy birthday, Elizabeth! I'll be 30 in April and wish I could say I've accomplished as much as you! Thanks for being an inspiring quilter! =)

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  69. Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday dear Elizabeth...
    Happy birthday to you (I do apologise about the off key bear at the end there, you just can't get the choirs these days...)

    Love that reunion line too, how nice of you to share :o)

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  70. And a very happy birthday to you! Ah to be as young as 30 again! It's all in the perspective. Congrats on your surviving 30 and moving on.And Merry Christmas too.

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  71. Happy birthday! I'd love to. Win!

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  72. Happy Birthday! Have fun picking out new fabric!

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  73. Happy Birthday!! I hope it is a great day filled with fun surprises and happy moments. :)

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  74. Happy Birthday! Congrats on making the top 15 with your Munchkin book...so cute...I've voted. Hope you win!!

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  75. Happy Birthday sweet Elizabeth! Hope you have a fabulous day!

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  76. Happy birthday! I just turned 30 last week and still feel like I'm in my teens some days! I certainly don't get why many of my old classmates have been freaking out about this birthday. Enjoy your day!

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  77. Happy Birthday! I don't know about you, but I had a really hard time when I turned 30, but it was all for nothing! I have loved my 30's!

    I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your trip to the quilt store!

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  78. Happy Birthday!!! It'll be the best year yet!

    michaelacking (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  79. Happy Birthday! I say 50 is the new 30!

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  80. Happy Birthday! The 30's are great!

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  81. Happy birthday - you wait 'til you are 41!! It doesn't feel any different, until you look in the mirror! x

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  82. What a brilliant way to celebrate your birthday! Thank you for the chance to win :) Let me tell you: 38 does not feel that different either!

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  83. Happy Birthday and enjoy your day! I still feel 31! Thanks for the chance.

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  84. Happy Birthday...may your day be filled with lots of "you" time.

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  85. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. Happy birthday Elizabeth!!! How generous are you letting us win prizes on your birthday!!

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  87. Hip hop happy birthday. Love the book too - off to vote now.

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  88. Many happy returns! :)

    And thanks for the giveaway.

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  89. Happy birthday! And congratulations! I'm so excited to check out all the finalists!

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  90. Yay! I have to tell that 32 feels much the same as well....it does for me anyway! I still think I'm 28 LOL

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  91. Happy Birthday! Your book was one of the projects that caught my eye. I'm always on the lookout for a good baby gift because all my friends are that age so it seems like I'm always making stuff for a shower.

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  92. I struggled more with the change from 29 to 30 - going to 31 didn't seem like such a bad thing! :)

    Happy Birthday!! :)

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  93. Happy Birthday!!! Love the reunion fabric! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  94. happy birthday to you - ah, 31, i remember it well........

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  95. Happy birthday! :) I wish I was 31 again! ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway! Reunion looks awesome!

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  96. Hope you had a wonderful birthday today!

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  97. Happy birthday! I hope it is a nice one for you!
    Thanks for sharing the cotton happiness!

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  98. Happy Birthday! I turned 31 a few months ago, and agree with you, it didn't have an "older feel" to it at all! Enjoy your day!

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  99. yay for 31! I'm 31 too and its still young! Happy Birthday!

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  100. Happy happy birthday!! Hope it was fabulous!

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  101. happy birthday and thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. hope you had a great birthday! thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. Happy 31st! I hope you had a wonderful day!

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  104. As my 2 year old nephew says, Happy to you!!

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  105. A very happy birthday to you! I turned 31 in September...so far so good I'd say!
    Awesome giveaway too! thanks!

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  106. Happy Birthday! Hope your day is great!

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  107. Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fabulus day. I remember when I was 31, a long long time ago. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway.

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  108. Happy 31st Birthday! A laptop is a great gift!

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  109. Happy birthday, Elizabeth! Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  110. Hope you have a very happy day!

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  111. Happy Birthday...hope you and your family have a nice holiday season.

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  112. Happy birthday!! This is a big time of year for you. :)

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  113. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day!

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  114. Happy, Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!! Spending it in a fabric shop and with your family sounds just right. xx Adrianne

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  115. Happy birthday - I hope it was a lovely day. 31 is nothing. It's just 29 for the third time. Me, I get to be 35 in March. Kinda excited for that one.

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  116. Happy Birthday. What I would give to be 31 again.

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  117. Happy Birthday! And congrats on your new laptop.

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  118. Happy Birthday! 32 doesn't feel any different either...

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  119. You are young Elizabeth! believe me! :) Happy B-day. I just spotted this line of fabric the other day!...thank you for the chance to win a layer cake.

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  120. Happy 31! You're as old as the person you feel!!!! Love that sweetwater. :) Have a lovely birthday

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  121. Well, Happy Birthday! Let's hope you don't feel any different when it is 41......51.....etc. I just got a fat quarter bundle of reunion in the mail from Green Fairy Quilts (she was having a GREAT special & I couldn't resist). So if by some weird chance you draw my number-please draw again-I've got enough to snuggle with for the moment.

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  122. Happy Birthday! I'd love to have some Reunion. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  123. happy birthday! I think you should be abit more open minded about what you might buy at the fabric store today! after all, its your special day ;)
    thanks to Brenda for this generous offer

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  124. happy birthday! i hope you had a great day. and for what it's worth, i don't think any birthday after 21 "felt" any different.

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  125. Hope you had a lovely birthday!!

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  126. Happy Birthday. I also have a
    December birthday too, but I turned 36.

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  127. Happy Birthday Elizabeth! If I had your energy and imagination at your age who knows where I would be now? You deserve a great day!

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  128. Aww Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day. I remember being 31, now at 39 we are at the opposite ends of the 30's. I know where I'd rather be!!lexilucas@gmail.com

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  129. Well Happy Birthday. It's so nice of you to share a giveaway on your special day. Hope it's a happy one.

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  130. Happy Birthday and congratulations! I will hop right over and look at Pink Chalk's site!!

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  131. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  132. Happy late Birthday. Pink Chalk rocks, i get the best service from them! Sweetwater is my fav, would love to win the layer cake. :)

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  133. Hope you had a most excellent birthday!!! Can't wait to check out all the Sweetwater sends.

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  134. Happy Birthday!! I'm 31 too, and I can't say it felt too different for me either!! Enjoy your day!!

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  135. Happy Birthday to You! Hope your day was wonderful!! :)

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  136. Happy (belated) birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day :)

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  137. Happy birthday to you, and a happy un-birthday to someone lucky!

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  138. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!!! Hope you enjoyed your day! My birthday is today and I would be very, very happy with your great giveaway!

    And Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

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  139. happy birthday! mine's friday so maybe your generous giveaway will be for me!
    thanks and cheers!

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  140. Happy belated birthday! I just turned 37 last month so you are still a spring chicken in my eyes!

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  141. Woohoo, such cute fabric!! Happy belated bday and thanks for the opportunity :)

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  142. Well, Happy Birthday to you! May 31 be a fabulous year for you!

    I scooted on over and voted......your book is adorable.

    Thank you for the chance to win. : )

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  143. Happy Belated Birthday!! I'm a bit behind on the blog reading because of all the Christmas sewing I'm still doing! Hope you got lots of lovely treats :)
    Yesterday was also my sister's birthday, so you're in good company!

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  144. Happy Birthday!!! :) Yes once the big three o is crossed it doesn't seem very different from there! :) Enjoy.

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  145. Happy birthday!! What an awesome giveaway...Thank you for sharing!!
    :-)
    mugirl113 at gmail dot com

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  146. Happy Birthday!!! I'm turning 30 next month, so I'm right behind ya! :)

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  147. Happy birthday!!!!! I'll have to come visit soon and we can celebrate! :)

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  148. 'gefeliciteerd' as we say in Dutch!

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  149. Happy Birthday! Hope you are having a great day!

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  150. Hope you had a lovely birthday! Best wishes for a great year.

    I'm heading over to Pink Chalk to vote... fingers crossed for you to win.

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  151. HaPpY bIrThDaY!!! I'm 37 and it's wonderful! I hope you are treated to a wonderful dinner tonight!

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  152. Happy Birthday!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

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  153. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!! I still wonder what it feels like to be a real grown up. I'm 37 and I always thought that somehow I'd feel all grown up when I was as old as my mom was when I was a kid. You know, all responsible and with it and stuff. Nope, I still feel pretty much the same as I always have. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  154. Happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day...and year...

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  155. Happy birthday! I turned 31 this year too - its one of those strange 'nothing' ages I think.

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  156. Happy Birthday!!!

    Oh I love that reunion fabric...it might be my new favorite! :-)

    brookeali(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  157. happy birthday!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  158. Happy 31st! I love the idea of buying some FQ's on your birthday. I think I will do this on my birthday. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  159. Wishing you a very happy birthday! I love Reunion too. Thx for the chance to win it. Merry Christmas!

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  160. Happy Birthday! I too thought that turning 30 would be different somehow.

    Thanks for the chance to win that fun fabric.

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  161. Happy Happy Birthday! Hope your day was wonderful. Thanks for sharing a chance at such a wonderful gift.

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  162. Happy birthday, and happy giveaway!

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  163. Happy birthday!!! Hope it was lovely!!

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