5 Days of GIVEAWAY:: DAY 4 - Plus, how I became a Protester!

10/01/2014 11:43:00 PM

Welcome to day 4 of 5 Days of Giveaway! 
I am loving your blogpost comments, and I want you to know that while I am reading ALL of them, I cannot respond to them all. Thank you!

11 FQs AND Emmaline Bags Store Credit!

READ THIS! Before I get on to the contest, you are going to have to endure a little story about adventure and spontaneity while on holidays. As some of you know, I traveled to NYC with 5 friend from here in Alberta, and met up with 2 friends from Ontario and one from NZ.  We had a blast!

This story is about a day I planned to go with Natalie and Jo from Ontario and Deb from NZ to the Museum of Natural History.  It was going to be a nice quiet afternoon looking at previously alive things. They are always quiet and relaxing, aren't they? (Unless you are in the movie, Night at Museum.) This is a picture I took of the museum while driving by on the top of the double-decker bus the day before, whilst wearing my herringbone wool wrap and handmade flower pin that you read about in yesterday's post.  Isn't it lovely and relatively quiet looking?

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On our way to the Museum, the subway was PACKED, just like in the movies!!! It was only my second time on it, so I just thought it was normal. Very NY. When at the Columbus Circle stop, right at the start of Central Park, we heard the announcement, "for those of you going to the rally, this is your stop. Next stop Harlem - 125 street".   ACK! Harlem?  We were supposed to get off at the Museum station.  Everyone was getting off! The four of us ran for the exit and one of us muttered, something about maybe it was an express train? But oh well, we could go up and walk to the Museum. And a rally? I thought, " a rally, how cute!"

Columbus Circle, Manhattan. 

A couple of weeks ago I had never been in a New York subway train, and a couple of weeks ago I had never been in a protest. Now I can say that I not only rode the subway to the Museum of Natural History in NYC, but also came up from the below the street into the largest protest in the world, the protest for climate change with 310,000 people! OOPS! That was unexpected, but rather exciting.


Moral of the will be given in the middle of the story: Always consult current events if you don't want to end up on the same street as 310,000 people, and if you do end up on the street with 310,000 people - enjoy the atmosphere because you won't be going anywhere fast.


We ended up detouring through Central Park for a while, as walking against the crowd was not working. We decided a parallel route might work.

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I got to see parts of the park that I didn't know I would see that day. It's 843 acres, you know.


We eventually made our way to the steps of the museum.


Somehow we were all wearing protest buttons and carrying stickers and papers that we never started with. Security told us we had to put them in our bags though because protesters were not allowed in the museum.  Protesters? It was peaceful!! I did pocket the button and stickers and I am very happy I did, because my daughter loved receiving them when I got home. I had hoped to pick up a poster for her of the Statue of Liberty holding a wind mill turbine instead of a torch, but sadly when we came out much, much later - they were all gone.


At the time, we did not know there were 310,000 people, but we could tell there were a few thousand. It wasn't until we were in the museum basement at lunch that we googled the NBC news and found out. The museum was amazing and I feel very lucky to have gotten to see it. We kind of raced through, but I saw some elephants and plenty of awesome bones.



I was going to show you my pictures from B&J Fabrics on Fashion Ave.. but I think I've gone on long enough, so I will share those with you tomorrow.

ON to the Giveaway! 
(Sorry, but if I am going to try to give you free things, you must endure my stories! )


Thursday Oct 2, 2014 - Giveaway!! 
11 FQ's Waterfront Park by Violet Craft
AND $15 Store credit from my shop Emmaline Bags

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You can still enter in the previous contests from this week, they are right here on my blog! Make sure you stop in tomorrow for the LAST DAY and a great prize from the Online Fabric Store!!

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  Janelle

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149 comments

  1. Such pretty Fabrics. Thanks for offering.
    I love your NY story of the protest and getting caught up amongst it.

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  2. I love the fabric. A very long time ago we lived in NY. It's such a wonderful city. So much fun.

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  3. love the colors and how exciting in NY - and a protest LOL

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  4. I'm glad you were able to get to the museum! I love the colors in this giveaway. :)

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  5. love your stories and pictures :D

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  6. What an adventure you had! A great day by the sounds

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  7. what an amazing story! all those protesters glad you had fun x from fionadavid@yahoo.com

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  8. NYC would scare the quiet country girl in me I think!

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  9. Sounds like you had heaps of fun and quite the adventure!

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  10. Wow! I'm glad you got to the museum after your protest adventure.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  11. What an awesome experience! I would so love to visit Manhattan one day. I think I am hyperventilating over todays giveaway though. My two favourite colours in awesome fabric patterns, I can so see these becoming a butterfly sling!

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    1. Okay where did I pull Manhattan from? Maybe it from your previous blog post or am I just going crazy lol! NYC also looks very inviting! Think I'll just blame this dreaded flu bug that has hit me.

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  12. I think I would be happy to live in New York. It is a place I have always loved

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  13. Sure enjoyed your story about becoming a protester!

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  14. What a crazy way to visit NYC! A one-of-a-kind experience, I'm sure.

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  15. Got to love NY! thanks for sharing!!

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  16. A tad late in reading my blog post, glad I decided to sit down this morning to do so, your NY experience sounds so fun, I love the unexpected moments of traveling.

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  17. What an exciting time you had in NYC. I sure hope I get to visit there someday.

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  18. I would love to visit NY, and the museum of national history looks awesome, I'll keep that in mind for when I'm going to NY, also that I should check if there isn't anything going on like a protest.

    Speaking of awesome, those fabrics are really really really awesome!
    I would love to win them!

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  19. I've been to New York a few times but I seem to've missed this museum - looks fab! We do have a great one here in London though which my daughter loves. So glad the protest was peaceful & friendly! S :-)

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  20. I love those fabrics! I had my NCW pattern sent to my mother in law who will come visit me in Switzerland in two weeks. I can't wait to make one.

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  21. I don't know what I would do in such situation. Probably I would resign from sightseeing (I don't like crowds:(.

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  22. That looks like a lot of fun! I ended up in the middle of a protest in Spain once totally by accident. It definitely changes the atmosphere of a city!

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  23. I haven't been to NYC, yet. I do remember a movie about the Museum, as a child, that was hilarious!

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  24. Lovely combination for some of your patterns.

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  25. Loved all of the pictures that you took on your way to the museum.

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  26. something exciting always happens in NYC, I'd love to live there! I love Central Park, so many unexpected things that you just come across.

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  27. Very pretty fabric. dollartistcarla at aol dot com

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  28. Thank you for these giveaways! :)

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  29. I've always wanted to visit NYC. I love reading about your adventure.

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  30. Looks like you had a great time in NY :)

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  31. Cute story - I love NYC!

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  32. Wow, what an experience! So good that you saw the good and fun side of it too. Crowds of people are a stress for me. Probably being from small Switzerland I am just not used to it..lol!

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  33. Love the fabric!

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  34. Love your patterns...buying more...love your blog, signing up...looking at your supplies and patterns and I want it all....fabrics....I am loving....do you see a pattern forming here? Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  35. Love love love your patterns!!!!! You are sooo creative!!!!! Enjoy your trip!!!

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  36. What a Great Adventure!! Thank you so much for for sharing the pictures. Central Park must be beautiful!

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  37. It was an amazing Museum happy I went. It was my one and only protest while in New York. With that many people around I'm surprised we made it to the Museum.

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  38. This fabric is GORGEOUS! Thank you for the chance

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  39. I will probably never make it to NY so I am so enjoying reading your posts and looking at your pics. Thanks for sharing and a chance for a giveway prize.

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  40. Sounds like your trip was memorable!

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  41. Love your blog! I have always wanted to go to NYC so I loved your pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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  42. What an amazing trip! Some of the best times travelling are when the unexpected happens!

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  43. What an eventful day and one you won't forget in a hurry lol. Beautiful fabric x

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  44. I've been following you for quite some time and love all your patterns, even as a beginner!

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  45. I'm working on a NCW featuring a vintage NYC post card on the front flap.

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  46. Thanks, Janelle. Love this fabric.

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  47. I guess a trip to NYC isn't complete without an unexpected adventure. The last time I was there my unexpected adventure involved the subway and walking a ridiculously long way. Oh and a taping of the David Letterman show!!

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  48. Those are some beautiful fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Great story, Janelle! Thanks for the giveaway

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  50. Central park looks amazing! Fun you got to see so much of it.

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  51. I loved NY when I was there years ago! I got to see the St Patricks Day Parade and let me tell you, I have never before seen so many "Men in Blue" than that day... I was told they were all fire fighters (and this was pre 9-11). What a wonderful city :)

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  52. Nothing like traveling that far to see dead stuffed Elephants, they much be a certain kind..

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  53. What an adventure!
    Love the fab fabrics. Gorgeous!

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  54. That's so funny.. picturing you emerging from the crowd decked out in their buttons and swag. Loved the pics of Central Park!

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  55. Looks like you had a great time in NY....beautiful fabric and awesome giveaway.
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  56. I liked your story! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the giveaway. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  57. What a fun story! I'm glad it stayed peaceful and you had a great time!

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  58. Love the assortment of the fabric bundle. Thanks

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  59. I love how easy you made it seem to just 'go with the flow' on your vacation. We do much the same, just pack a cooler, and a suitcase and hit the road.

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  60. I love New York! I've only been once in 2013 - We loved the museums and especially the side trip to Mood!

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  61. Glad you enjoyed NYC. So many things to experience.
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  62. Great story and I live this fabric.

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  63. I would love to go to NYC to fabric shop!!! You're so lucky :) The fabrics are beautiful, our tastes are very similar.

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  64. What a day. Glad you were finally able to get to the museum. What an adventure you had on the way.

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  65. Even if you weren't giving away stuff I'd still love to read your stories.

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  66. Wow, what an adventure! Those will be great memories with your friends. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  67. Love reading through all your fun stuff, the giveaways are just a bonus :)

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  68. That sounds like quite an adventure! I'm glad you still managed to make it to the museum!

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  69. What a great story to tell your family and to remember your trip. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  70. OMG! What a surprise you had! I have to get myself to the fashion district next time I go visit NJ. Is just a matter of taking the subway. I'll be sure to check for events before!! :-)

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  71. Our visit to New York was very enjoyable. We have to go back some day as there is much more to see.

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  72. NYC is a great place to visit! So many things to see, I would never leave the fashion district myself lol. Love the fabrics you have up for this giveaway fingers crossed!

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  73. What an experience!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  74. Great adventure you had and some great photos too.

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  75. Green with envy...great story telling Missy!! Sounds like a blast was had by all.

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  76. I have my first ncw cut - just need to order the tape from you then I can start :)

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  77. I have always wanted to go to NYC ...it's on my bucket list!!

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  78. I should have gone on this trip with you all! Next time!

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  79. Love hearing your stories of New York. I visited there for a day two years ago, and sprained my ankle on double decker bus tour. Ouch! So I missed the last stop on the tour, the Top of the Rock. Thanks for your picture! I need to go back and have more time to do museums and the garment/fabric district. Thanks for the chance to win a beautiful bundle! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  80. Love checking in, to see more of the grrrreat pictures & info about your trip! Thanks for all the sharing...and Give-a-way too! :)

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  81. What an adventure! Love this fabric line- thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero (dot)com

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  82. Love this fabric, thanks for the chance to win!

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  83. Love the colors in this fabric....sounds like an adventurous trip

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  84. Thanks for hosting all these lovely giveaways!

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  85. I like reading and seeing pictures about adventures of areas I haven't visited. Thank you for the chance to win another awesome giveaway.

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  86. Fun to read your NYC adventures! Beautiful fabric, fingers crossed!

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  87. What a crazy strange exciting adventure. So many people! I love natural history museums. That dinosaur standing with the articulated neck is awesome!!

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  88. I'm sure you have tons of stories from your trip, loved reading about it. Trying my best at this soc. media stuff and these giveaways of yours are putting me to the test, lol.

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  89. Oh my what a story! Fun, though! I haven't been to NYC but Chicago can be crazy, I do know that!

    I love that fabric! I placed my order yesterday - yay - some "handmade" pulls I have wanted forever and the Teardrop Bag pattern.

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  90. Lovely fabric. These are some colors that I need to add to my stash.

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  91. Years ago on a class trip to France our group ended up in a protest parade by accident too! We even saw ourselves on TV later that night.

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  92. Great story. You have wonderful patterns.

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  93. Wow, what an adventure! and Waterfront Park is an amazing fabric line… love the print with the buildings, and also the domino dots!!

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  94. Love reading about your wee adventures, happy travels.

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  95. Bless you! What an adventure you had...that's happened to me too in that city. Never ran into Protestors tho:)

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  96. Hmm, I need to make another bag. Just waiting for our guests to leave :)

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  97. Love NY! Sounds like a very fun time!

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  98. Yay for unexpected adventures! Thanks again for all the giveaways. Its always fun imagining what one would do with the winnings and doesn't seem to matter much if its a state lottery or some fabric!

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  99. I'd love to visit NY sometime - don't know if it will ever happen, but I can wish.
    I'm a new Bloglovin follower.
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    Peggy
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  100. Thank so much for the great post about New York! I've always wanted to go there, so I appreciated being able to enjoy your adventures! And thanks for the great giveaway!

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  101. What a great way to remember NYC.
    :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  102. Sounds like a fabulous trip.

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  103. Great story!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  104. Thanks for sharing your photos of your trip. I would love to visit NYC one day.

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  105. Awesome story of the accidental protestor :) Thanks for sharing and for the fabulous givaway.

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  106. Man, I'm always trying to get in a protest! Lucky you! Glad your daughter enjoyed the stickers, etc. (I try to avoid dead animal museums. Stick with the Art Museums!)

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  107. Purple, purple, purple!!! My favorite color....I see some serious NCWs waiting to be made from this :-)

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  108. I absolutely love the colour combination in this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Pauline

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  109. What a fun story. I love travelling and ending up somewhere unexpected!

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  110. Loved your story. Because I'm directionally challenged, I can see that I would have ended up at that protest, too.

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  111. Ok, trying this again. My original message disappeared somehow. I just wanted to say that your adventure sounds like a lot of fun! My brother had a similar experience in that he got lost on his first trip to Chicago. He ended up in a protest as well. The only difference with him is that he jumped right in and later had to spend several hours in lockup until he was released. So, it could have been worse, lol. I also had to add that I'm loving the fabrics this week! Today's is precious with all the different patterns and the color combinations. <3 it!! Thanks for the chance to play along. trinity b. (ramsaygrace) trinityvaughanbains@gmail.com

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  112. I would love to see that museum. Preston and Child wrote several thrillers that take place there. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  113. Thank you....great fabric.:).

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  114. What a fun story. I get lost on a regular basis even with great directions, isn't it fun I always think of it as a great adventure.

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  115. I have so enjoyed all your interesting stories and pictures, thanks so much for sharing with us.
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  116. Such awesome giveaways! Congrats on 5000!!

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  117. So much things going on in New York.Oh, I love to stay in the states just for how cheap everything is. More holidays and stories please....

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  118. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip!

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  119. Your pictures make me want to go on a similar trip sooooo bad! Thanks for sharing! notwendy gmail

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  120. What great fabric!! :) Thanks for sharing your trip -- looks like you had a fabulous time! :)

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  121. I love to travel, you never know what you'll find.

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  122. I loved your story. What an adventure.

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  123. I traveled to NYC this summer with my sister and my nieces. While we had a great time, I just couldn't imagine being around all those millions of people all the time! I can't even imagine getting caught in the middle of a protest march! Glad you made it out! :)

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  124. It's great that you had so much fun, despite all your detours.

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  125. I thoroughly enjoyed your story! The fabric is fabulous. Thanks for both!

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  126. Traveling is so much fun and creates the best memories. Great photos! I love this collection of fabric...all in my favorite colors!

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  127. I like looking at your pics and reading your experience. Beautiful fabric! Thanks!

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  128. What a fun adventure. One you'll never forget for sure. :)

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