My DIY Valentine Apron


Valentine’s Day is this weekend!  Yay!  I love the love day.  :)

To celebrate the holiday, I made a pretty little apron to wear while I am cooking meals for my loved ones.  (Or putting donuts on a plate. hee.hee.)

 valspar marsala



I made this project as part of the #10daysofvalentines challenge from Valspar and Porch!

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We were given a gallon of Valspar paint in the beautiful Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.


We were also given a “mystery” item to create with.  I got a pretty little stencil, and for some reason, immediately knew I wanted to make an apron with it.  I think because it resembled “lace.”


I lined up the larger part of the stencil on top of the bottom part of my apron.



I always spray the back side of my stencils with this adhesive spray to make the stencil stay put when painting.  It also keeps the paint from bleeding underneath the stencil.


For my paint mixture, I mixed together even amounts of paint and fabric medium in a small bowl.  The fabric medium helps the paint to not be stiff when it dries on the material.  You will need to heat set the paint before the first wash.

Then I used a small sponge “dobber” to apply the paint on top of the stencil.


Then I did the same thing to the right and left of the painted stencil pattern. 

I repeated this process at the top of the apron using the other half of the stencil. 


Then I bought some ribbon from Walmart and used fusing tape to attach it to the middle of my apron.

I love the way it turned out!  It was hard taking a selfie of me in this apron!  I need to invest in one of those “selfie sticks!”


This project was super easy, super quick, and super cute!  


It will be fun to wear it on special occasions like Valentine’s Day!  (Well, unless my hubby takes me out to eat!)  :)


Thank you Valspar and Porch for sponsoring this project!

“Porch is much more than just a home improvement network. It is the place homeowners come to find the right professionals, get inspired, and manage their homes.”


To see more great Valentine’s projects, check out these other bloggers!


Feb 1- Restoration Redoux
Feb 2- East Coast Creative
Feb 3- Simply Darrling
Feb 4- Brepurposed
Feb 5- Persia Lou
Feb 6- DIY Playbook
Feb 7- Honeybear Lane
Feb 8- That’s my letter
Feb 9- Live Laugh Rowe

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Craft Closet Makeover


Today for my “Throwback Thursday” post, I am going to share one of my most popular posts on my blog.  It’s also the project on my blog that was featured in Organize Your Life. 

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This closet organization post was original posted on March 13, 2103.


I have finally finished my craft closet makeover!  Woo to the hoo!

Thanks to Lowe’s I was able to get the materials I needed to get it finished.  I am so excited to be a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network!


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Here is what my closet looked like less than two weeks ago…

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And here it is now!…

craft closet makeover

So much bettter!

craft closet makeover


It all started with taking everything out of the closet and removing the header.

craft closet makeover

Cy helped me with this part.  I wanted to open up the closet so it was easier to reach the top shelf and so it wouldn’t look so much like, well…. a closet.  Smile

craft closet makeover

Eventually, we are going to pull up all of the old carpet in this room, so we decided to go ahead and remove the carpet from our closet before we built our shelves.

Eli helped with the clean up.

craft closet makeover

Next, I painted the closet the same color as the rest of the room.  It is called Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams, but I always have them color match it at Lowe’s and use Valspar.

craft closet makeover


We went to Lowe’s to buy some shelving pieces and decided to use these…

craft closet makeover


We decided to build shelves to hold some baskets on each side of the closet.  When we nailed these pieces together, we made sure that we used wood glue as well in between the pieces to make sure that the hold was strong.




craft closet makeover


We bought some pegboard from Lowe’s and covered the back and side walls with it.


craft closet makeover

Then we were able to place the first shelf right on top of the pegboard and 1×2’s.


craft closet makeover

I wanted to go a little out of my comfort zone and pick a bright color to paint the pegboard.  I will with Caribbean Holiday by Olympic.

I LOVE this color!


craft closet makeover

I bought 6 corbels from Lowe’s and painted them white using my favorite Valspar paint in Satin White.


craft closet makeover

To make the shelves look a little more custom, we added trim work to the front of them.

craft closet makeover

After  a lot of filling nail holes, caulking, and painting, the closet was ready to be organized and decorated.

To help me organize my craft supplies, I bought the following pegboard organizer kit from Lowe’s…

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

It is so nice to have all of my supplies out in the open.

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Now I don’t have to waste time searching for supplies when working on a project. It is all within plain view. Smile

craft closet makeover

I really like the decorative touch that the corbels I bought at Lowe’s give to the shelves.

craft closet makeover

I wanted to be sure to add a cute pendant light to my closet, so I bought this Edison Light from Lowe’s.

craft closet makeover

Here is the link to this light…

allen + roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light with Clear Shade

Allen + Roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style

Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light

Oh, we also painted the subfloor with white paint.  I am planning on painting the wood floor in the rest of the room as well {eventually.}

I am also wanting to put a stool in the space in the middle of the closet.  However, I have yet to find the type of stool I am wanting to use.


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But for now, I am thrilled with my new craft closet!!  There’s nothing better than feeling more organized!



Let’s check out the before and after again!


craft closet makeover



Want some more DIY inspiration? Check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas for free ideas and plans:


Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase the supplies for this project.  The idea of this project was my own, as well as the manner in which I shared it.


See you tomorrow for my

Closet Organization Linky Party and Giveaway!

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DIY Hex Nut Bracelet

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Hey friends!

I wanted to share something fun with you today!

It’s a DIY Hex Nut Bracelet.

diy hex nut bracelet

This is fun to make for yourself, or it could be a great Christmas Gift for someone.

I went to Lowe’s and picked up some hex nuts and twine.  The hex nuts come in several different sizes, so you can pick which size you would like for your bracelet.

If you know how to braid, you can make this bracelet.  I made each strand of my braid three-strings thick (total of 9 pieces of twine.)  You can make it however thick you want. :)

I tied a knot at the top of the strings and began to braid.  After I braided a few inches of string, I began to add my hex nuts.  You basically add one to the right side, then the left side, then the right, etc., as you braid.


The hex nuts begin stacking one beside the other. 


Now I did enlist the help of a couple of my boys.  Eli held the top of the bracelet to keep it from twisting on me as I added the hex nuts.  If you don’t have someone to help you, you could attach the end of the bracelet to something else, like a clipboard to keep it still.


I also had Jonathan help me put each hex nut on the strands of strings.  I could have done it by myself, but it was MUCH faster with the help of my boys!

When I was finished, the bracelet looked like this…


I went to Hobby Lobby and got some supplies to make the clasp on my bracelet. 

I used gold rings and a fastener. 

It’s a little hard to explain this part, but I will do my best.  I basically threaded the end of the bracelet into a gold ring.


Then I took one of the loose strings and wrapped it around all of the strings directly below the gold ring.





To secure it, you tuck the string you were wrapping down into the “wrapped” part of the strings.  Clear as mud?


I did that on both sides of the bracelet, and then used small pliers to add another good ring and clasp to each side.   Done!


I think it turned out super cute!  You can also make them in different colors.  Here are some others I found online…

hex nut bracelets

Just search “hex nut bracelet” on Pinterest or Google.  You can also find them for sale on Etsy.


For more Lowe’s Creative Ideas, be sure to check out their free magazine and the other projects by fellow Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers.

This post was sponsored by Lowe’s.  

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DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters


 Summer time is here, and I am so excited to be outside on our back patio grillin’ and spending time with my husband and four boys.  We love to eat out on our back patio, so I have been sprucing it up the past few weeks.  (I will be sharing a “reveal” of my back patio on my blog soon, so be sure to follow along.)  Smile

Since we will be eating outside a lot this summer, I thought it would be fun to make some colorful mason jar lid coasters for our patio table.

DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

These coasters were so easy and inexpensive to make!

All you need is:

  • Wide mouth mason jar lids
  • Thin sheet(s) of Cork
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)


Step One:

Trace mason jar lid onto the cork and cut out circle.  (I found these pre-cut cork coasters at Hobby Lobby which made it even easier to cut out.)

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Step Two:

Hot glue mason jar lids to the metal ring bands.

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Step Three:

Spray paint mason jar lids the color of your choice.  (I decided to use some red spray paint I already had.)

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Step Four:

Stamp the cork circles with permanent ink.

I found my stamp at Michael’s, and I used my black StazOn ink pad.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the cork inside the painted mason jar lid.

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Step Six:


DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

Aren’t they cute?!

I just love them!

DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

And you could create so many different versions of these coasters.

If I was hosting a UK (University of Kentucky) party, I could paint the lids Kentucky blue and stamp a wildcat paw on the cork.  GO CATS!  Smile

If I was hosting a graduation party, I could paint the lids black and stamp a graduation cap on the cork.

If I was hosting a wedding party, I could leave the lids silver and stamp wedding bells or the couples monogram on the cork.

See?!!!  The possibilities are limitless!

If you make some for yourself, I would love to see what you create!

P.S.  I had these wide mouth jar lids left over from another project I recently completed on my blog.

Painted Mason Jars!

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You can see how I completed that project HERE.


 Have a blessed day!!!


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Easy Teacher Gift Idea

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So, last year I waited until the last minute to get my kids’ teachers an end-of-the-year gift.  (Truthfully, it happens every year.  I know.  I’m terrible.)

I had over 10 gifts to make, so I wanted to do something quick and easy.

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I bought some canning jars, dollar store baskets, polka-dot straws, lemonade, gum, and yellow flowers.  I wanted the gift to look bright and summery.

I snapped the photo above quickly on my phone thinking, “maybe I can share this on my blog next year?!”  Smile

So I apologize for not having better pictures, but I am just throwing this idea out there to ya!

I did snap a picture of me making holes in the top of my canning jar lids with a hammer and screw driver.

easy teacher gift

Oh, and one more of the paper straw that I put inside the canning jars…

easy teacher gift

But that’s it.  I was rapidly trying to put these gifts together so the picture taking stopped.

I put about half of the jars in baskets as gifts, but I left the other half alone for Jonathan’s middle school teachers.  For his teachers, I just put some of those little individual-sized lemonade packets inside each jar, and tied a note to the straw that said, “Have a Sweet Summer.”

easy teacher gift

For the baskets, I wrote “Hope your summer is as sweet as you!” on a card and stuck it in the flowers.

So easy, but fun!

Here are a few more teacher gift baskets that I found on Pinterest that I thought you might like…

Sunny Side Up: Teacher Gift Ideas

The Lovely Cupboard


Free and editable printable at Skip to My Lou.


great staff/co-worker gift ideas

The Family Historian




Have a blessed day!!!

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Custom Leather Portraits by Tergus Fax


Y’all, I get to brag on my beautiful sister-in-law today!!  I have been wanting to share her amazing talent with you for some time!  Smile

My husband has two beautiful older sisters, Ida and Sarah.

They both get their beauty from my beautiful mother-in-law, Elizabeth.

Here is Ida with her mom…

They are partners in crime. Smile  Ida creates one of a kind leather portraits, and her mom frames them for her.  A dynamic duo!

Ida created her first leather masterpiece when she was 18 years old.


Over the years, she has continued to perfect her craft, and it shows in her portraits.   This one that she created of Adam Levine blows me away.  I’ve seen it in person, and it is amazing!


See if you can guess who these celebrities are?…







Did you get them right?

They are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lucille Ball! Smile


Ida is great at sculpting celebrities, but she can do custom work as well.

She created this custom leather portrait for a lady in Georgia.  It was created from a picture of her mom and dad.  Her mother had passed away, and she was giving it as a gift to her father for his birthday.


She had a request from a customer who had lost her beloved cat…


Ida created this one-of-a-kind piece of art from that picture…


I LOVE this adorable portrait that Ida did of her own dog.  The detail in his face just kills me!\image_1


I think these leather portraits are so creative and unique and would make great gifts for someone special.


If you would like Ida to create a leather portrait of your favorite person or pet, you can contact her by clicking HERE.

You can also “like” Tergus Fax on facebook HERE.

And you can visit her website, TergusFax.Com, to see more of her amazing work!

Click on the “eye” icon on the top of the wooden frame on her website to view her gallery.

Have a blessed day!!!

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Submerged Color Mason Jars {#LowesCreator}


I am absolutely in love with the submerged colors trend right now.

Don’t know what that is?  Don’t worry…I didn’t either until last week!  Smile

I AM in love with all the shades of blue, especially aquas lately, but I had no idea they were called “submerged colors.”  I think it has to do with “water” colors, hence “submerged.”

Go figure.

submerged colors mason jars

As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was given the challenged to do a project using submerged colors.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to paint some large mason jars in beautiful shades of blues and greens!

When I decided to paint my mason jars, I googled it, and it lead me to my friend, Tonya’s blog.  She had recently painted some mason jars for a bridal shower, and I like how she painted the jars black first.  So I decided to do it too!  {Thanks, Tonya!}


I bought some mason jars, and then went to Lowe’s to get some cans of paint in different shades of blue that I liked.

The names of the colors are:85201 Gloss Exotic Sea, 15310 Koi Pond Satin, 86007 Flat La Fonda Mirage, 85208 Tropical Rain Forest

submerged color mason jars

Next, I spray paintde the mason jars with one coat of black.

submerged color mason jars

{Sorry for the grainy pictures.  It was dark and rainy when I took these pictures.}

Next, I spray painted the jars in different colors.  I sprayed them once upside down.submerged color mason jars

When they were dry, I turned the right side up and gave them one more coat of paint.

Aren’t they pretty?!!

submerged color mason jars

I wanted the “Ball” logo to show up well, so I  lightly sanded the paint off until I could see it.

submerged color mason jars

You can see how I sanded the two on the right in the picture below…

submerged color mason jars

I love how pretty they look all lined up on my mantle with hydrangeas in them!

submerged color mason jars

The different hues of blue add such a fresh feeling to my living room.

submerged color mason jars

As you can see, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  Smile

submerged color mason jars

I also lined them up on my coffee table for fun!  You can see my aqua throw and pillows in the background.  I told you I am loving these colors right now!

submerged color mason jars

This project was so easy and so inexpensive!  It can be done in no time at all!

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Have a blessed day!


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*This project was sponsored by Lowe’s, but all creative ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

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DIY Burlap Canvas Art {Pinterest Party with ME at Michaels!}


Hey friends!

I’m sharing a DIY Burlap Canvas Art with you today…

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But first…

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in a Pinterest Party with Hometalk at Michael’s in Lexington, the Lowry Road location, and I am hoping you will join me!!!

I would LOVE to meet some of my local readers and have fun crafting together.

So here are the deets!

* Join ME, Hometalk, and Michaels for a Pinterest Party!

* Feb 16th, 1pm – 4pm  at the Lowry Road Michaels store in Lexington, Ky.

* Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet me in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project. {You can make one of the suggested projects or create your very own Pinterest inspired project.}

You can find coupons to buy your supplies by clicking HERE.

To celebrate, Hometalk is having a great giveaway!

Now, here’s a quick tutorial of how I made my burlap canvas art.

First, I painted my canvas with white paint.

diy burlap art

Then, I drew lines with a pencil and ruler.

diy burlap word art

Lastly, I wrote the words of my saying with black paint.  I had wanted to create a stencil with my Silhouette, but that didn’t work out so I free-handed it.  It’s not perfect, but that is okay. Smile

diy burlap stretched canvas art

That picture of Cy and me was taken when we were dating.  Smile  We dated four months before we got engaged and married 6 months later.  You can read our love story HERE.

I also used a 4×12 stretched burlap canvas to make something for Eli’s room.

diy burlap canvas art

I used a cup to outline the size of baseball I wanted.

diy burlap canvas art

(Yes, we love Duck Dynasty.) Winking smile

Then I used white paint, a sharpie, and a red chalk paint pen to make my baseball.

diy burlap canvas art

You wouldn’t have to use those supplies, but that is what I had on hand.

diy burlap canvas art


Soooo, would you like to party with me?

(Please say yes.)

You don’t have to make a burlap canvas.  You can make these other great projects too.

michaels pinterest party

If you do not live in Kentucky, you can see if there is a Michaels and Hometalk Pinterest Party in your state by clicking HERE.


Join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!

You’re invited to join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!
Expect laughter, inspiration, pictures, and prizes!

Hometalk Michaels TweetChat
Time & Date: Monday, Feb 10 at 9PM ET.

How to participate
Use hashtag #CraftParty
Use Tweetchat for easy chatting.

RSVP HERE to enter to win one of six $25 gift cards to Michaels. Winners will be announced at the end of the chat.


I hope to see you there!!

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12 Snow Day Activities


Okay, so I didn’t post two days this week. Sad smile

That is not normal for me, but having the kids home from school all week because of snow days is also not normal for me.   SmileIt totally throws me out of sync.

I cannot just sit and work on my computer, or work on any DIY projects for that matter, while the boys are home.  It also doesn’t help that I have been down in my back for almost a week.

I could have stressed out about it all, but I chose not to.  I’m thankful that I could take a “break” with them this week.

They do not have school again today, so I am trying to come up with some new ways to keep them entertained.  I found some very cute “snowy day” activities that I thought I would share with you since a good majority of us are covered in snow.

snow day activities

These are great for parents, babysitters, or grandparents, and can be used on rainy days as well as snowy ones.




Make some Cloud Dough with just two ingredients.

How to make Cloud Dough



Create a work of art with Shivery Snow Paint

kids snow day activities



How to make Snow Playdough

Snow Day Activity For Kids – How To Make Snow Playdough



Make a Physical Activity Cube



Magical Rainbow Treasure Hunt



Color Hunt



Indoor Racetrack

rainy day masking tape track



Build with Pipe Cleaners and Straws



Contact Paper Window Art



Paper Plate Ring Toss



Pom Pom Balls Racing

Racing pom pom balls!



And my personal favorite that I shared on my blog two summers ago…

Station Rotation

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If you have any great indoor activities that you would like to share,

feel free to leave the links in the comments.  Smile

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Deer Heads and an Electric Knife {for mature audiences only}



**The Listening Heart devotional book winners will be announced at the bottom of this post.


DIY deer head wall hanging


Things got a little crazy around here last week as I was preparing for my Christmas Home tours.

So crazy that I took an electric knife to a paper mache deer.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Sometimes you’ve just gotta do whatch gotta do.

Let me explain my madness.

I was wanting a deer head for my fireplace mantle.

Specifically, this one.

DIY deer head wall hanging

I saw it at a local home décor shop and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was sold when I went back to get it.

So I put out an SOS on my facebook page for this blingy little fella, and I got some wonderful responses from everyone.

They found my deer several places online, but they were all sold out too.  Sad smile

DIY deer head wall hanging

I loved this deer that someone else found, but it was out of my price range.  Like, $200 out of my price range.

DIY deer head wall hanging

I did a lot of searching on ebay and amazon and google, but most of the deer heads were way too expensive.

Determined to have a deer head, or three, hanging on my fireplace mantle, I decided to get creative. Plus, I was running out of time.  I wanted to have deer heads on my fireplace for my Christmas home tour last week.

I finally found these faux deer at Garden Ridge for about $8 a piece.  However, I only wanted their heads. {You see now where the madness began.}

DIY deer head wall hanging

I was trying to think of the easiest way to remove their heads, and since my electric knife does pretty darn well on a large turkey, I thought, “Why not a small deer?”  Completely logical thinking.

I had Luke capture the moment on instagram and then leave the room.  I didn’t want to scar him for life.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It was quick and painless, at least for me.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It did take me a few tries to get the angle just right.  It wasn’t perfect though.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting any to climb up on my mantel and look at them that closely, so perfection didn’t matter. Smile

For the base, I got these wood slices at Michael’s.  They were originally about $14, I think, but were on clearance for $9.99.  Then I used a 40% off coupon that I had to purchase them.

DIY deer head wall hanging

You can only use one coupon per item, so I just went through the line 3 times to buy them separately.  Yes.I.Did.  Do you ever do that?

DIY deer head wall hanging

Then I used some of my leftover chalkboard paint from Lowe’s to paint the wood slices.

Next, I just hot glued the deer heads to the wood.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Lastly, I used my drill to drill a hole in the back so I could hang them on my fireplace.  If you didn’t want to use a drill, you could just attach a wall hanging clasp to the back.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Then I hung them up!  It only took me a about 30 minutes to do this whole thing.

DIY deer head wall hanging

These deer heads are not the shiny, blingy, rhinestone deer head that I wanted, but I love them just the same.  They are different and unique, and they look really cute up on my mantle.

Now, I have to believe I am not the only person who has ever used their electric knife for something other than cutting their food.

‘Fess up! 

What crazy thing have you used your electric

knife for?


The Listening Heart

Giveaway Winners are….

Yvonne (Carsonshouse@****.net)


Bonnie (braes01@***.com)


Vicki Westfall

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If you didn’t win, but would like a copy of The Listening Heart for yourself or to give as a gift, click HERE.


 **I’m linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.


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