6.23.2012

Great Summer Gifts and Beach Tote Give-away!

Hooray for Summer!  Such a fun time of year for us in 
Newport Beach and Mammoth Lakes, California.

Here are some gifts to make you and/or your hostess smile.
How cute is this well-made bag from 
details like the stitching and checked liner???  
Our son has a summer job at the local store.
   You should have this to kick off your summer so keep reading.


You can find more cute tote bags from Etsy at Sixth Street Design School here.

A hostess gift is really nice when it is personalized.
These melamine trays are fun by the pool and there are lots of other cute patterns.
We gave these frosted plastic cups with the shell to our
friends for letting us stay in their Awesome Beach Penthouse.  

 Fine Stationary has some great personalized paper guest napkins.
You can also find a good selection at The Stationary Studio.

How about these pretty napkins for a colorful dinner outside?  Or...

I always love fresh dishtowels.

 My cousin, a recent house guest, gave us these delicious teas from Starbucks.

When I am at garage sales or flea markets, I look for silver spoons
... to wrap with tea or jam, like delicious French Bonne Maman,
 available at many grocery stores.  

Take a box of chocolates...especially if it is local brand that your host doesn't have.  This box of
 See's candies only looked like this for about 30 seconds after we opened it (thank you, Billy).

This pitcher from Anthropologie would be a sweet present to give filled with 
fresh lemons and a recipe card...


NOW FOR THE FUN SUMMER GIVE-WAY...
Not complicated, just
follow me via Facebook, email subscription 
or Google 
and tell me you are with a comment below...
for a chance to win this Vineyard Vines tote.

Make sure I have your email address.

Happy Summer everyone and 
thanks for reading!
PS.  If you get this on Facebook or email and do not know how to comment, click on the 
# COMMENTS  below and leave an anonymous message with your email address!
My sister said Mitt Romney is giving these away too...he copied me.

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124 comments:

  1. Follow by Facebook and google.
    Mary Ann, this tote is a fabulous giveaway! Love Vineyard Vines.
    I love this post, and will go back and follow the links. Always great referrals, and we can never find too many great hostess gift ideas.
    Happy Saturday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. Hello,

    They just opened a Vinyard Vines near us...love going because we usually only get to visit once a year during our summer vacation. Cute tote...facebook follower.
    Thanks for sharing and love the Anthropologie pitcher too. Will check out.

    Have a great summer!
    Claudia

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  3. Love that tote. Actually love anything Vinyard. I'm not a FB person, but I am a follower of your blog. Please put my name in the hat.
    Thanks.

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  4. I follow you via google reader! Love Vineyard Vines!

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  5. Just found your blog and became a subscriber yesterday. I'm so enjoying your style and love these vineyard vines tote!

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  6. Love the tote! I subscribe to your posts in email.

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  7. Hi Mary Ann, I love this tote, too! I'll bet your son is attracting lots of female customers to the local Vineyard Vines. I'm going today to look for pretty napkins, so thanks for the inspiration and fun ideas. P.S. I've used pretty napkins before, layered diagonally over a flat rod, to make a sweet little valance in our beach house kitchen window. Maybe its time to update!

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    1. its me, your Atlanta e-design client! laszcz@mindpsring.com -- I'm following by email.

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  8. I'm a follower on Google. Love your blog and would love to win the beach bag!

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  9. Oh, my...that tote is too cute! I would love to have one...I'm an email follower. Thanks, Tina :)

    tinab158 at hotmail dot com

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  10. HI. I love your blog. Thanks for entering me in the contest!
    Marilyn
    netter@tir.com

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  11. The tote is adorable! Thanks for the chance. I have been following your blog for awhile and LOVE it.
    Thanks again.

    tery_hodges@yahoo.com

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  12. Such thoughtful ways to say thank you. The tote is adorable. I am a follower by email. Thanks for the chance to win.
    w beducian @ gmaildotcom

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  13. Hi Mary Ann, I am always looking for good hostess gift ideas and these are excellent. Vineyard Vines bags are wonderful to use with all their pockets and the pretty lining, and I have started seeing them in college stores with the school colors and symbols! I am a happy follower on google and by email so I hope I have double the luck :) ! Linda

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  14. Mary Ann,

    Great ideas for hostess gifts! Love the tote, what a great give away! I am a follower by email. LRS4AMANDA@aol.com

    Linda

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  15. HI!
    I just happened to stubble upon your blog, what super timing!!!
    I am your newest follower :) LOVE that bag, but don't think I would "only" use it for the beach, too cute not to carry around :)

    Pick me, pick me! ... ok, too obnoxious? sorry...

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  16. I like you on fb and subscribe by email!

    intheloop13 at gmail dot com

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  17. What a great bag!!! I am in need of a new Beach Bag and this is a GREAT one!! I follow you on Facebook.
    Trinkwons@yahoo.com

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  18. Love that bag! I follow you via an email subscription and I like you on FB!!!
    vlanewalker@aol.com

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  19. I look forward to every new blog posting. I love your design style and am constantly inspired by your ideas. I subscribe by email. Sonyaseyle@live.com
    P.S. love that bag

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  20. Mary Ann , I follow you on google and email. You are delightful! Thanks for the chance. XO

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  21. Love that tote! Love Vineyard Vines anything! My email is jenmastalski@yahoo.com Enjoy your weekend!

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  22. Good morning Mary Ann...great post as always! So many cute summer things! Love the beach bag...so fun and practical.

    Not only do I follow your blog, I am practically a stalker of your blog, checking in daily to see what's new!

    Have a great day...

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  23. I love that tote !! Fantastic give away!! I follow you :) Marcy

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  24. Beautiful things here MaryAnn. Love that Anthropologie pitcher, I've had my eye on it for quite awhile. Now following on fb!

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  25. Such fun gifts to take to the "hostess of the mostest", or to even give a little gift to myself! I follow you on Facebook and email! That way I never miss my favorite blog! The scotch mellows are one of my fav's too...but then I have many favorites! Having grown up with a See's candy store in town....they are truly the BEST chocolates!

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  26. I follow on google! I hope I win, its a cute bag!

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  27. Chiara (gandlucasmom@yahoo.comJune 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    LOVE getting your posts to my inbox! Thanks so much for such a fun, beautiful and inspirational blog!

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  28. Would love to have that great looking tote for summer. My email address is: jan_walton@sbcglobal.net

    Jan

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  29. How CUTE is that bag?! I love it! What a fun giveaway (and thanks for all the gift ideas...sometimes I get stuck in a rut with that!)

    Follower on here and Facebook!
    More than the mulberries at gmail dot com

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  30. Great gift ideas. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

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  31. It's so cute! I "liked" you on facebook! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  32. Great hostess gift ideas.

    I'd love to win the cute bag. Yes, I'm a follower.

    Pam

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  33. Wonderful list! I'm a long time follower and that bag is just perfection. I would love to win.
    abby

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  34. Love that tote! I follow you thru e-mail.

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  35. Hi Mary Ann,


    Love, Love this tote. Huge fan of the beach and your blog (follow you via email) I wish we had a Vineyard Vines in Canada ... but sadly we don't :(

    Keep up the inspirational blog I love your ideas! Thanks!

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    1. Janice@totalweddingshow.comJune 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      I think I should of entered my email address (here it is) to the post above.

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  36. Love this tote, and I live at the beach -- Virginia Beach! Joni F. at hjwkfitz@verizon.net. I follow you on Facebook!

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  37. Mary Ann, Love this tote! My email is gaylelowrey@gmail.com. Love the plastic cup idea :) Hope you are having a great summer. Gayle

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  38. You know I follow you...everywhere! No, I'm not a stalker! You have found some pretty gifts that just about anyone would love to have. The fabric napkins are gorgeous!

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  39. Wonderful summer items. I am a follower of your blog, and i enjoy it very much.Love the cute beach bag too. Would love to win it!!

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  40. okay....
    i love the tote!!
    have a sweet weekend.

    xoxo

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  41. I am a follower of your blog. Love that darling beach tote. It would be the perfect beach accessory!
    Andrea
    andreamac9@hotmail.com

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  42. Hi Mary Ann,
    This post was timely, we need a few hostess gift ideas for upcoming events. They all look like something I would like to have. The tote is great.
    I follow you already and will follow you on facebook as well.
    Karen
    klbunch@gmail.com

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  43. I subscribe to your blog via email! Thanks for the chance to win this cute bag---

    camorrison5@gmail.com

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  44. Love your blog! I check it out all the time. We love Vineyard vines too! We liked you on facebook.

    Thanks,
    landba@verizon.net

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  45. Love your blog! I am a follower on Facebook, which is how I found out about your give away! My husband & I just moved to San Diego from Chicago about a year ago, I would love to win this tote to take to the beach this summer! Thanks!
    emily.m.barrette@gmail.com

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  46. Love this tote! Leaving for the beach in the next hour and wish I had seen it sooner. I am a follower by email.
    kelleygardner@optimum.net

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  47. Happy Summer!!! Facebook Follower and Vineyard Vines fan too!
    corrierinaldi@verizon.net

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  48. Hey Mary Ann, love that beach bag - beautiful colours! Also, Bonne Maman jam is the only jam I buy because it had the highest fruit percentage than any other jam on the shelf!!!

    Sharon
    xxxx

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  49. I love this tote! I follow via Google Reader.
    danibrooke42 at gmail dot com

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  50. I love the beach bag! I follow you by email subscription and love your house and decorating style. Sharon
    slbolderson@hotmail.com

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  51. I grew up in Southern California and your blog makes me feel right at home! I love your home. It really is perfect.
    I follow you via email. Thanks for the chance to win a lovely giveaway!
    Sherene
    thejube78@yahoo.com

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  52. Hi Mary Anne oh yes I am a follower!! What a perfect Giveaway and I would use this lovely tote!! A lot!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    Artist Series 2012

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  53. I am a follower through email and GFC!! Thanks for sharing the awesome gift ideas and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  54. I am a follower and a fan! Love this bag. Please count me in! X Sharon

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  55. Love all of these great ideas!!!

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  56. Love love love that vineyard vines beach bag! Madeline just sent them her resume to work at the one in Westport or Greenwich. I remember you mentioned that Tommy wanted to work there this summer...I guess everything worked out. Madeline is going to FI with her friends...I'll have to have her stalk him!! haha

    Love those monogrammed cups too! And what a great idea to add a silver spoon from a flea market to a jar of jam for a little hostess gift...you think of everything.

    xo
    annie

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  57. Great giveaway - count me in!!! I follow you via email and on Facebook :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  58. I follow you with GFC. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Lisa

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  59. I happily follow you via Google, Mary Ann! Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway and for all the wonderful hostess ideas! Love those pretty cloth napkins from Gracious Home.

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  60. Love your blog, Mary Anne. I always look forward to an email from you!! Thanks for the fun bag giveaway :)
    Elizabeth
    Briecorp@aol.com

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  61. I follow you on Google! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  62. I love your blog...it's the first one I look for in my Google Reader. Since you're only a little ways south of me...since I'm in Long Beach, I love visiting familiar sites on your blog and finding new ones!! Thank for the opportunity...
    Teri
    Fitzfam5@hotmail.com

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  63. Great giveaway! I follow you on Google!

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  64. You had me at your name - classic, casual and home, three words I LOVE to describe my style. I became a follower a while ago. We have a beach condo in San Diego and I find lots of inspiration from your posts. Thank you! The beach bag is perfect!!

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  65. Thanks for the neat giveaway. That beach bag would work well on the Atlantic coast. I could see me taking it out to Tybee.
    Thanks again, I follow on GFC. Ginger

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  66. I follow you..all over!
    Great giveaway for the summer!

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  67. I follow you via email and google......I loved your gift ideas and would love to win the adorable beach bag....we are heading to the beach in a couple of weeks....it would come in really handy!!!!!!

    Andrea
    AndeM1@hotmail.com

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  68. So many fabulous ideas!! Bookmarking this post...and hellooooo you so had me at See's ( can literally devour the entire box.....)

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  69. I follow daily. I would love to win this bag!!

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  70. I I follow you on Facebook and have your blog on my FlipBoard on my iPad.
    Cherylt7atcoxdotnet

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  71. I am so happy to have so many great comments and chances to win!!!

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  72. Nice beach bag!
    I follow via Google Friend Connect.

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  73. I love those napkins! Bright, cheery, great patterns. Sure to take even the everyday table out of the mundane!

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  74. I LOVE your blog! I follow on Google Reader and can't get enough of the classic/casual style, it fits me to a tee :) And that beach tote is adorable!

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  75. I follow on my Google homepage! Love the blog!
    Christine
    ckeches@gmail.com

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  76. Great giveaway! (and blog)
    I follow you via email
    (eb91990@aol.com)

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  77. I'm a new follower. I found you via Cote de Texas.I love the frosted cups. What a great idea for sprucing up something so mundane.

    sunmumsie at yahoo.com

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  78. Love Vineyard Vines! My dad lives in MV and I live in San Diego so I would get a ton of use out of this bag.

    Christie
    Chistienapier@yahoo.com

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  79. I covet anything from vineyard vines...they do not have any stores here in Canada...I would love to win this beach bag too Cheers Frances

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  80. Love this bag! So cute. Love your blog as well. I follow on google.

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  81. Thanks for sharing your clever and classic hostess gift ideas! (Oh my gosh, I just remembered I was invited for coffee in the morning, a tad late for anything monogrammed, but a towel or tea would be nice!) A google follower. :)

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  82. Love your blog.

    Connie
    rishworthc@culligankc.com

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  83. Love the Vineyard bag!!! What a fun way to carry swimming gear! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful decorating ideas! Always read your e-mail first! Happy Summer!
    Jane
    janekessinger@hotmail.com

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  84. Love your blog. mkerstner@gmail.com

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  85. Love this bag!!! Your blog is great :)

    I follow via GFC (lyndsey127) and like on Facebook (Lyndsey Aaron)

    xoxo,
    Lyndsey

    lyndsey127@.com
    www.theeyelinermanifesto.blogspot.com

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  86. What fabulous ideas - those colourful napkins are adorable!
    Paula x

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  87. Faith B - Interiors UniqueJune 26, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Love the colorful napkins!

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  88. What a great idea to collect silver antique spoons to give away with gifts. Its a pretty touch to the gift. Your so creative! Great bag, perfect for summer.

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  89. Love the bag, won't it look great hanging on my arm during my cruise this fall ;)
    Following by email & can't wait!

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  90. I just recently found your blog and spent one evening reading every one of them. Thanks for the great hostess gift ideas and chance for the giveaway!! Sue
    szarzana65378@comcast.net

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  91. Following here! What a great give-a-way! I saw this in the store and wanted it so badly! Thanks! Christie at robbthomas@rhtc.net

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  92. Excellent information. Your site definitely explains essential concepts to its readers. Thanks for continuing to write such wonderful articles.

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  93. Love the tote, thanks for the chance to win. I follow you using google reader.
    lori.dorrington@yahoo.com

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  94. Cute stuff, great ideas! I follow you on Google Reader!

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  95. I follow you via Google Friend Connect! Cute giveaway!

    Thanks for stopping by today.

    I am hosting a fabulous giveaway, too. So, come by and enter if you like!

    http://www.mixandchic.com/2012/06/giveaway-win-25-pounds-gift-certificate.html

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  96. I'm following you by email.
    Melissa Tichy
    Teamtichy@sbcglobal.net

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  97. I just became a subscriber. I love the tote. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win!
    -Rachel

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  98. I subscribe by email to your blog!
    Love the bag! Wouldn't mind winning one from Mitt either!!! :)
    All the best!

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  99. Mary Ann....I am following you on Facebook, email, Google and everywhere. I wanted to thank you for your tip on Dorett Fabric in Fountain Valley. I found a beautiful Waverly print last summer for my master bedroom duvet. Love it! I am an OC girl now living in Temecula. If you ever out this way :)

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  100. I follow on email and on facebook! Love your blog.

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  101. I am a google follower. Love the bag!

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  102. I have been reading your blog for some time, but just became a new follower

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  103. I have been reading your blog for some time, but just became a new follower

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  104. Faith B - Interiors UniqueJune 29, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Love the totes!! I am a google follower for quite awhile.

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  105. I follow you on FB and email! :) Thanks for all the great summer hostess ideas/gifts. Love summer! :)
    (careyotto@gmail.com)

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  106. I'm a Google follower--thanks for the chance. Pop over to Monkey Grass Hill. I'm doing a Novica giveaway.

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  107. I subscribe to you by email. love your blog :)

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  108. Followed you on FB! Love your site:) Happy Summer! Ava
    ava.whalen@hotmail.com

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  109. Hi! I follow on fb and email! Love the bag. But I really love your bathroom makeover. Gorgeous! Thanks :)

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  110. I follow you on fb and email

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  111. I am in LOVE with this tote!!! love the details and the checkered lining fabric!!! I alos love your blog, found you from Emily Clark's blog... Just added you to my Google reader, so I can follow, and liked you on facebook too!!!
    my email: julieaspear AT gmail DOT com... thanks also for the links in this post for the fabric napkins and dishtowels. beautiful!!!
    thanks!!!
    Julie

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  112. Love your blog, and of course the bag.... Love seeing my home away from home.... My Mom grew up on Balboa Island... Still have family in Newport.... Miss it!
    jwohlrab@yahoo.com
    XO... Julie

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  113. Really cute tote! I would love to bring it to Lake Tahoe! dwink@charter.net

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  114. Hi!

    I adore your blog and follow by google! I love the beach tote!!!!

    Happy weekend!

    Danalynkylie@gmail.com

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  115. Already a follower ... love your blog. LOVE the tote!!

    Mary

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  116. you know me...big fan of yours!! love the tote super cute!! xo nancy elizabeth

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  117. Love the tote! I subscribe to your posts in email.

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