Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's my Blogiversary!

It's my 4th Blogiversary!!!  This little blog has come a long way since that very first post.  In fact, the very first post didn't even include a photo.  The photo above is actually from my second post about the Most Dangerous Cake in the World.  And if you were to go back and look at that first post, you would see that I really never - ever - had any intention of becoming a blogger.

But here we are some 4 years and more than 485 posts later.  I find that blogging is a great way to chronicle my crafty achievements, as well as document some family events.  And I've made some great friends through my blog, which is perhaps the highlight of it all.  You have all been so wonderful and supportive.  It warms my heart to know that I am not alone in this crazy quilty life.



To celebrate, let's have a little giveaway, shall we?    The prize will be a fat quarter bundle of Bonnie and Camille's April Showers dots from my favorite little fabric shop.  I've just opened up my first charm pack of April Showers, and I have to say, these dots are so fun!  I hope you'll love them too.

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment below and tell me your family's favorite Easter tradition.  If you don't celebrate Easter, how about a fun spring tradition your family enjoys. 

2.  If you're a follower of my blog (or become a follower) you get a second entry.  Just leave a second comment.

3.  For a third chance to win, head over to my Facebook page and "Like" it and leave a comment there, then come back and leave another comment (sorry - I'm not tech savvy enough to manage comments in two places).

WH's birthday is Friday, so we'll close the giveaway Friday, April 4, 2014 at midnight, and I'll choose a winner sometime Saturday.

Please be sure you are not a no-reply blogger.  You can leave your email in the comments if you're not sure (wendi dot mihalik at gmail, for example.)

Thanks again for visiting my blog and celebrating 4 bloggy years with me!
 

144 comments:

  1. So far we don't really have any traditions. It turns out different every year. Congrats on the anniversary and thanks so much for the chance

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  2. Every Easter morning when I was growing up, the Easter Bunny would hide our baskets somewhere in the house along with a dozen or so little caches of jelly beans or treats here and there. The most infamous hiding spot was in the oven. We also had an Easter tree (branch) that we decorated with colored egg shell ornaments. I still remember my mom making the holes with a skewer and letting us carefully blow out the egg. As for Spring, I like planning the garden best...when the dining table is covered in a spread of seed catalogues and row diagrams. :)

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  3. Congratulations on your anniversary! Our easter tradition is just to eat a lot of chocolate easter eggs ;) thanks for the chance to win

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  4. And I liked your fb page! Thanks again for the chance to win!

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  5. I left a comment on your facebook page. Really, congratulations on four years!

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  6. Our whole family goes out for an "Easter Brunch" together. Then in the afternoon my dear son and future daughter-in-law head to celebrate with her family. Thankfully they are still able to celebrate with both families because it just wouldn't be the same without them!

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! Easter traditions... hmm even though the kids are grown, I still fill up their Easter baskets with fun treats! How's that?

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  8. Oh and I am a follower! And happy to be your bloggy friend

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  9. Also, I left a comment on your FB page!

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  10. We still do easter baskets for each other. All grown up.

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  11. Happy 4th Blogiversary! My family likes to celebrate Easter by having a LARGE family dinner. We usually have the whole family at my grandmas house to celebrate. -Brittany

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  12. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I don't even know what date mine is. No particular traditions here for Easter or spring. Just enjoying the beauty of nature when everything finally starts to pop.

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  13. I already follow your blog with Bloglovin.

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  14. I already like your Facebook page. Thank you for this generous giveaway. I've added it to my weekly giveaway link up on my blog.

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  15. I don't have any Easter traditions anymore; I haven't since I was little and dyed eggs at my parent's house. But my parents usually do come visit me in the spring and it's happening around Easter this year, does that count? :) Thanks for the chance to win. I love polka dots!

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  16. Happy 4th Blogiversary!! Our favorite tradition (when the kids were growing up) was to have an indoor Easter egg hunt.

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  17. Happy blogiversary! I'm a follower:)

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  18. We really don't have any easter tradition except for going to church;) hahaha:D

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  19. Our son loved hunting his Easter basket when he was young. Now he's grown and we'll have to wait for grandchildren to have basket hunts.

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  20. Happy Blogiversary! I follow via GFC.

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  21. Easter wasn't very exciting growing up in Alaska - some years we had snowstorms on Easter. I do remember the wonderful rabbit face cake that my mom made every year - white (or yellow) cake, iced in white and decorated with coconut and use toothpicks dipped in food coloring for the detail work - loved those cakes.

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  22. I follow you via bloglovin and I love dots!

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  23. Congratulations on your blogiversary! We always decorate hard boiled eggs for Easter and put them in a basket on the table for a decoration. Thanks!

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  24. Congratulations!
    Apart from gong to church we don't really have any traditions!

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  25. We just usually eat a big dinner and then we always have carrot cake! Nothing too fancy!

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  26. I am a new follower via bloglovin!

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  27. I just liked you Facebook page and left a comment! :)

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  28. My husband's grandma was super into Easter. She would have a huge Easter egg hunt every year and then get a picture of all the grandkids with their baskets sitting on the front steps. I love seeing all the pictures of my husband and his cousins. My twin boys are the first grandkids and we made sure to get a cute picture of them on the front steps last year, just for Grandma. :)

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  29. Lots and lots of egg dishes!

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  30. I don't know about everybody else's house, but at our house, when the Easter Bunny comes in (through the door, in the night), he drags in Easter grass and he leaves the biggest dadgum mess you have ever seen, all the way from the door to wherever he decides to hide the Easter baskets. I suppose that's my favorite tradition. You may have been looking for something more meaningful, but that's my answer!

    Now I may or may not be off to make some chocolate cake in a coffee mug before the biggest little gets off the bus . . . .

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  31. I follow you by Feedly, thank you for the great giveaway, and congrats on quite a blogiversary!

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  32. Love those dots!

    As a kid - I loved hunting for Easter eggs. I haven't been a part of an Easter egg hunt in a while though as me and my siblings are grown but none of us have kids of our own yet.

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  33. My favorite Easter tradition is the egg hunt. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your anniversary!

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  34. Besides going to church, we love to tell the story about one Easter Day after church, I accidently kicked a bush and snakes went everywhere. There must have been a nest because before the day was over, my son and his friends, teenagers at the time, had caught 26 snakes. They took them to the woods and let them go. I still get the "willies" just thinking about it, and we live on Main Street, not in the country. I want to move to Ireland!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  35. I follow you via bloglovin', thanks!

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  36. I liked and commented on your FB page, thanks!

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  37. I follow on bloglovin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  38. Congratulations and thanks for sharing with us this fantastic giveaway. No Easter traditions here as we don't celebrate it, however, I am a huge fan of chocolate covered marshmallows which are always abundant around Easter!

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  39. We do an Easter egg hunt for the kids each year. It is a bit easier to limit the amount of chocolate they get that way and they get a run around at the same time

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  40. We love worshipping as a family at Easter service and then head off to my sister or my house with our families. Most of our kids don't want to hunt for eggs anymore so if the weathers nice, we'll play some games outside, and if not we play inside games. A fun family day!

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  41. I follow you on IG and FB. Spetzie at att dot net

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  42. I like your Facebook page. And happy blogiversary

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  43. Chocolate treats are hidden around the house for the kids to find!!! Love to find sneaky places... sometimes it will be days before some are found! Teeheehee

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  44. I follow your blog via Bloglovin' - thanks, I just love dots... so much fun!

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  45. I am now following your FB page!!

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  46. I've done Easter bags for years and although the kids are now 30, 25, and 21 they still want them every year.

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  47. I follow you with blog lovin

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  48. Congratulations on four great years! We don't have any major Easter traditions except going to church. We seem to do different things each year.

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  49. we have a dinner and easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday

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  50. We always have an Easter Egg hunt!
    Thanks!

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  51. The Easter Bunny always hid our baskets and with 4 of us he had to get pretty creative as we got older. When the cousins would come over we would have an egg hunt.

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  52. Our Kiddo's are grown now...but we always colored eggs together....and now they help me make a grrrreat Dinner!! (every special holiday tho too...) Our 2 youngest Son's are both Chefs!!! (yeah...I am one Spoiled Mom!!)

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  53. I'm already a Follower thru Bloglovin too :)

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  54. Congratulations on your blogiversary and thank you so much for your giveaway.
    My favorite Easter tradition is to go to the play that my church puts on every year.

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  55. I already like you on Facebook. Thanks again.

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  56. We don't really have any Easter traditions right now. No little ones to hide eggs for. My MIL lives in a senior apartment building and she leaves little baskets on everybodies doorstep.

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  57. I follow you on BL. Don't you love Grandchildren?

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  58. Reading a book and going through a set of "ressurection" Easter eggs with symbols inside, Church Easter morning, dying Easter eggs, and baking Kulich (Russian easter bread). Thanks for the giveaway!
    sarah@forrussia.org

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  59. Happy Blogiversary! I too have made some great friends through my blog. My husband's sister usually hosts Easter dinner at her house. We all bring something and have a lovely time. The kids love dyeing the eggs and hunting for them multiple times.

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  60. I follow you on Facebook and I left you a message there!

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  61. Over here Easter is in autumn but the feelings are similar, change of season, getting cooler, a great time for a holiday. It is an awesome time to hit the beach!

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  62. Surely I like you on FB! I will go and double check now :)

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  63. My sister hosts an Easter dinner and egg hunt for everyone in the family! Lots of fun! thanks!

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  64. I am a follower w/ GFC thanks!

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  65. We are usually in church on Easter and then would go to my parents for a meal afterwards. This year will be a break with that tradition, as we'll be away and my Dad is in heaven. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  66. We (the women/girls of the family) always make something special. It might be jello eggs, coconut nest cookies or table decorations. Love Bonnie & Camille's new line. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  67. Liked you on FB. Happy anniversary! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  68. Going to the Botanical Gardens and then for a spring picnic.

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  69. I struggle with questions about family traditions. My husband and I haven't been able to have children, so family traditions just seem to pass us by

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  70. The Easter Bunny hides the eggs while kiddies are asleep, then when they wake up the hunt is on. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  71. I am a new follower on Bloglovin. Happy Blogversary!
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  72. We love to have a breakfast then egg hunt on Saturday, and celebrate Christ on Sunday.

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  73. Spring always meant a vase of pussy willows! Thanks for the chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com.

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  74. I like you on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win! VermontPines at aol dot com

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  75. Going to Church and then coming home and looking for baskets. We also like to die easter eggs.

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  76. Spring means vases of Welsh daffodils

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  77. Having Easter dinner together with my family after church.

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  78. Since moving to Greece, we grill a whole lamb for Easter, it's A LOT of meat.

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  79. I'm a new follower, I have always loved your work on Flickr.
    grecomara at gmail dot com

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  80. A favorite spring tradition is planting a small spring vegetable garden. I use a 4'x4' raised bed, with 16 1" squares (sorta reminds me of quilting at this point)....this year I have tomatoes, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and ichiban eggplant in it. (The onion sets don't count as a spring tradition because I plant them in another area before spring starts!)

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  81. I follow you via feedly. Congrats on 4 years!

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  82. Feliz aniversario!! No tenemos tradiciones familiares pero nos encanta comer un dulce que se llama Torrijas para desayunar y empanadas rellenas de patatas que son muy típicas de esta zona y también ir a las procesiones.

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  83. I follow via GFC.Thanks for the chance!

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  84. My favourite tradition is the Easter egg hunt.

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  85. I follow you via GFC. (pippirose)

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  86. Happy Blogaversary! Our favorite Easter tradition is lots of food! We have a big breakfast at church after the sunrise service and then run home to make a big meal for the extended family who all come over in the early afternoon. Thanks for delightful giveaway and for your inspiring blog!

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  87. I don't know if this qualifies as tradition but it is always early church for us and then a family feast.

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  88. I'm a new follower on Bloglovin. I love your star flower quilt. And I enjoyed your post about finally finishing your recent quilt. Congratulations! I have a few UFOs that have been aging for a few years too. :)

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  89. I like your Facebook page! Thanks again for all the eye candy and inspiration!

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  90. We dye eggs the day before Easter and my dad does the "egg dance". It basically consists of him placing an egg next to each ear and walking around. The kids think it's the funniest thing.

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  91. Happy follower and forward to more great content. Thanks!

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  92. I love Easter Bread, It's a sweet bread that I look forward too all year long

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  93. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! It's just not Easter without some good chocolate!

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  94. we always have an easter egg hunt in the back garden!

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  95. I'm a happy follower :-) Congratulations on your Blogiversary :-)

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  96. Easter chocolate rabbits. But no real traditions.

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  97. I follow you by Bloglovin, I I really look forward to reading all these quilty blogs. I get so inspired by seeing what everyone else is doing.

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  98. I just started celebrating easter last year! So even though I'm too old to participate, I really enjoy watching easter egg hunt!

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  99. I'm a new follower on bloglovin!

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  100. I started following your blog and on Pinterest as well!

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  101. Here's a weird one....wait for it. My family remembers Christ's sacrifice each Sunday, but my favorite Easter tradition has to be dying eggs with my Mama as a kid, dying eggs with my girls when they were little, wearing homemade Easter dresses Mom made me and my girls. After a family Easter dinner at Mom n Dad's home on the riverbank, it's time for a serious "take no prisoners" Egg hunt for the young and old, finished off by an Egg Chunking Contest to see throws the cracked eggs the farthest out into the river!! The fish and turtles get Easter dinner...no more rotten stinky eggs found in June, hidden in an Easter basket in a closet for us (yep, that's another story)! Win win for both fish and family!

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  102. Here's a weird one....wait for it. My family remembers Christ's sacrifice each Sunday, but my favorite Easter tradition has to be dying eggs with my Mama as a kid, dying eggs with my girls when they were little, wearing homemade Easter dresses Mom made me and my girls. After a family Easter dinner at Mom n Dad's home on the riverbank, it's time for a serious "take no prisoners" Egg hunt for the young and old, finished off by an Egg Chunking Contest to see throws the cracked eggs the farthest out into the river!! The fish and turtles get Easter dinner...no more rotten stinky eggs found in June, hidden in an Easter basket in a closet for us (yep, that's another story)! Win win for both fish and family!

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  103. Easter traditions, well we are pretty traditional, egg dying, new church clothes, although the girls still get gloves and hats....lets see we have an egg hunt and a super prize golden egg. A good Sunday family dinner. Really I guess our best Easter tradition is Family Time

    I don't know about non-reply status so my email is : m3reyna at gmail dot com

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  104. My grandmother and great-auntie would help me make May baskets and take me to their friends' houses to hang them on the door. They told me to ring the bell and run. The ladies would pretend to chase me and get kisses in return. It is a very sweet memory.

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  105. I'm in the UK and we get 4 days off for easter, so traditions in my house usually involve jobs around the house getting done. I read your post about the most dangerous cake - I agree, it does sound great and very dangerous. I love the fabrics you picked.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  106. Sunrise services and then if it is windy enough we fly kites after a huge Easter meal.

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  107. I don't have any Easter traditions, but I'm thinking of starting one, since I just saw this great tutorial for filling egg shells with glitter and having egg fights with them!

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  108. My fav tradition is going to celebrate Jesus' resurrection at church! It's such an uplifting time!

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  109. We used to dye eggs the night before Easter, then wake up and find them in the morning. It was fun! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  110. I follow by bloglovin karrie smith

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  111. I commented on FB as karrie smith. Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

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