Friday, October 7, 2011

can you Microcraft? (giveaway)

 

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Do words like 'mini' and 'teeny teeny tiny' get your attention? Do you have a fascination with doll house furniture? Does pocket-sized anything make you happy? Did you ever wish the Littles were real? Do you secretly play with your kids' Polly Pockets? Are miniature scissors, toothpicks and tweezers in your craft box? This might be just the craft book for you. And it's a giveaway!

It was pretty thrilling for me to hear from Margaret Mcguire at Quirk last year about this book they were putting together, Microcrafts. The idea was to showcase crafts that were all smaller than a spool of thread. I've always loved miniature things and the particular challenge that making tiny objects brings, so contributing two projects to this book was really pretty dreamy. I had more ideas than I could execute and it was wonderful working with Margaret and Alicia. They're swell.

Quirk Books, "Seekers of all things Awesome", are known for publishing titles that are refreshingly off the beaten path. These are the same folks that brought you classics like The Worst-Case Scenario series and now are enjoying the success of bestselling Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which is on my list to buy. If you browse their selection of current titles you'll be sure to see something that intrigues you.

I recently received my copies of Microcrafts and was so excited to see the attention to detail in the layout and the photography. It's a beautifully designed book and chock full of so many tiny treasures to make, and of course I must highlight my own two projects! I'm very excited about them, made with the two materials most dear to my heart: wool felt and paper.


First up, a felt pendant with itsy bitsy flowers on the front and a pocket in back to stash a diminutive photo of your loved ones or teeny love note. Here are some closeups:


That's my mom and uncle up there in the black and white photo. Don't they have sweet little cherubic faces? Mom says they were both absolute rascals.

And my other project, miniature papercut notecards and envelopes with three folktale themes, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Tom Thumb:


They also would double as miniature framed artwork instead of notecards. And there are many other projects in the book that are now on my must-try list. Here are some highlights:

 Miniature bound books by Melissa Jacobson.

 Tiny deer heads to complete any micro decor by Katie Hatz.

Crazy cute thistle bird feeders for your bonsai trees and terrariums by Len and Alicia Kachmar.

 
and this is one of my favorites, this tiny adorable dog and all its itty bitty accessories by Holly Keller.


There's also a great spread at the end with short bios of each author and contributor and their websites. There I am at the top left of the righthand page!

If you would like a random chance to be the proud owner of this copy of Microcrafts, leave a single comment here and I'll come back with the winner on Tues, Oct 11th. Good luck!

128 comments:

  1. What a majorly cool book! I love doing things in mini. It gets me at a whole new level of focus.

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  2. Wow! What a neat idea for a book. I'm terrible with mini crafts, but I've always wanted to get better! Here's my chance!

    tiffanynielsen at hotmail dot com

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  3. I love minis! I'd like a chance to win.

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  4. Minis are always so cute! It will be amazing to get more ideas!!

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  5. I love cute mini things and I really would love to win this book! Thank you for the chance.

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  6. How awesome! I love miniature things. My friend and I used to talk about opening a Miniature Emporium and selling all things tiny. Your projects are GREAT!

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  7. Wow! I used to tease my mum for her fascination with all things mini, but now that I'm a mum, too, I seem to have been bitten with the same bug! Would love to cut out that Snow White series with my little girl... just adorable!

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  8. These mini projects are so CUTE. You just want to have them all!

    Thanks for the giveaway, my kids would love it if I won this book!!

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  9. my sister in law, Cami, is the queen of mini. She can tie the tiniest bows you've ever seen. She would croak over this book- So darling. If I win, I know what she's getting for Christmas :)

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  10. OMG! I want this book so bad! I would make mini things all day and then play with them and giggle at the cuteness for hours on end!

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  11. I love your pendants... and your cards... And the book would be so fun to win!

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  12. This is so cool! I love the whole idea!

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  13. I have just renovated a dolls house and would love this book for some ideas on cute things to make for it. Loving those little fairy tale cards too, what a gorgeous looking book.

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  14. I would love this book!!! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

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  15. Ha ha! I'm giving one away this weekend too! I just love your projects, Larissa!

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  16. Yes please. How cute are those mini books!!

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  17. Oh I love the necklace. And as a kid my favorite things to get was anything tiny, I remember loving sets of tiny colored pencils, lol.

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  18. Oh! Amazing teeny things I have loved you forever! I filled my desk at school with you and saved you until I could share my itsy treasures with my children who scrunched up their cute little faces and said,"Mom, you are so weird!"
    But I still love you all and have hope that the grandchildren will prove more appreciative.

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  19. How does one's fingers not cramp up working that small? All those small, cute things ... I'm definitely intrigued!

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  20. Wow! You are amazing! Love your mini cards! Love all things tiny! And how about that mini dog and those bones! Darling =)

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  21. I would so love to win this book--thanks for the chance :)

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  22. Enchanting little tiny things! Love the secret pocket on the back of the pendant

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  23. This book is so cool! I love the pendants with the picture pocket. Those would make great grandma gifts for Christmas!

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  24. I love miniatures! The necklace is so cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I have always admired your papercraft work. Those cards are amazing. You truly are a gifted artist.

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  26. I would love to win a copy - minis are so fun :-) Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on having your work included in the book :-)

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  27. Wow! That looks so interesting. I'd love to give some of these projects a try.

    winterwrens at gmail dot com

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  28. So stinkin' cute. I'd love to own a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. What a cool book! I'd love to enter!

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  30. Sounds like a fun book - thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. I would love this book! I love being crafty and this book seems to have the inspiration i need!

    Thanks

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  32. Beautiful book and great ideas! I love minis, cards, crafts.
    Thank you for the chance to win the book.
    Hugs, Luciana.

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  33. Wow!! Congratulations, Larissa!!!
    looks like a wonderful book, I'm crossing my fingers!

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  34. As a child I made tiny things all the time...seeing this book reminded me of that. I'd love to have this to share with my daughters. :)

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  35. it' wonderfool
    i'm italian and i read your blog
    maestrapalola@alice.it

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  36. I LOVE that flower pendant! This book looks super fun!
    aesprouse at gmail dot com

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  37. How adorable! I love your little lockets . . . SO CUTE!!

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  38. Oh goodness! You've completely hit on one of my secret obsessions. My fridge has mini clips on it, and my husband just laughs when I find something teensy weensy and say "It's so cute!" I would love love love to have this book! Your projects in the book are fabulous too. Inspires me to do some crafting now that the weather has turned cooler ;) Thanks!

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  39. love your cards and pendants. would love to have the book. so beautifully done. thanks for the opportunity! also love your wolf/grandma and am looking forward to your red riding hood reveal.

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  40. I would FLIP if I won this book, I adore miniatures!!!!!

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  41. super adorable especially your felt pendant & papercut notecards ~ I want to make some, too :)

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  42. I am so thrilled that finally works in miniature are being appreciated and recognized as a real art form! Lovely pieces showcased here that I would love to try out...

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  43. Love this! Would love to win!

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  44. I would love to have this book - Love tiny things!

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  45. i haven't seen this book in person yet but it looks great. Actual stuff that i would make.

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  46. Whoa....this is seriously a book made for me! I would dearly love to have a copy....Thank you for the chance to win....

    Susan

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  47. Tiny is always so intriguing. This books looks wonderful.

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  48. Every idea was so cute, it would be hard to pick one to start with! I love tiny objects!

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  49. I love mini things. Thanks for the chance to add to my library!

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  50. I wuv this wittle book and would love to win one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. My mom and I collected dollhouse miniatures. This book is delightful. Brings back many memories!

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  52. That tiny dog is so adorable and how true to long for the tiny toys that are around now and wishing that they were in my childhood- itching to make those tiny cards too! Thanks for sharing.

    Lorraine

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  53. What an amazing book full of super cute wee projects!

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  54. I LOVE all things teensy tiny! Even as a child, I loved tiny things. I make a lot of mini things for dolls and such. This book looks awesome! Karin

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  55. How cool is this!!?!?! Awesome! I looooove that pendant necklace you designed!

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  56. What a fantastic theme for a craft book - I just love the flower pendant and the fairy tale cards. Indeed it would be a fairy tale if I won!!

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  57. OH MY! OH MY! LOOOOOVEEEE THE MINI's and a chance to win the book! Thanx for the chance!

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  58. What a cool giveaway!! I LOVE mini stuff!! Yay!

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  59. Oh! I am having palpitations over the page shots of that book! This is fantastic! Your projects look like so much fun and that entire book is RIGHT up my alley. (One of my favorite museum visits of all time was when we went to see the miniature museum in Victoria, BC! Also? Cinderella's castle in Chicago.)

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  60. This would be an awsome book to have. I would love to try this. I love little things. rickimoo@cox.net

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  61. I adore your projects and this book looks fantastic - I'd love a copy of this book - would be perfect for Xmas gift making.

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  62. This looks like such a fun and useful book. Thanks for the chance.

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  63. I would LOVE a chance to win this BEAUTIFUL book! your work is amazing..Very generous giveaway!

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  64. Oh wow!! I didn't even know that had a book like this! I really hope to win :D

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  65. I'm in love with this book!!I hope I win!

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  66. What a lovely little book. I'd like a chance to win it.

    Dawn x

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  67. Oh my gosh, this book was made for me! I just made a miniature gumpaste dessert table to go on a cake on a dessert table full of miniature desserts (Gnome themed party). Love. LOVE. Must own, whether I win or not!

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  68. What a very cute little book, thanks for offering it as a prize - hope I win!
    Jane

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  69. These little felt necklaces are stunning! The heartfelt note of photo is such a beautiful touch.

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  70. Oh, shiny! How fabulously cute!

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  71. This is such a GREAT idea!!! How adorable!

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  72. This is simply beautiful!!! I love love love it!

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  73. I love, love, love those little felt necklaces! How fabulous! I wonder what other secrets that great book holds! I'm a new follower and excited to look around your blog a bit. Thanks!

    www.sewdivertimento.blogspot.com

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  74. Wonder if I would have enough patience to do so small things :)

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  75. How adorable! Sometimes you just need something small to work on.

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  76. Ooh, this looks so cute! I love making small things (part of what I love about tatting) and this book would be perfect for trying out all sorts of craftiness.

    And your flower pendant pockets are simply delightful!

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  77. Great book, looks like a lot of great thing to try.

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  78. Mini makes my heart go pitter patter! Like teeny tiny little feet! I would so love a copy of this book!

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  79. love everything mini! This is the cutest! thanks for the chance to win a copy -- awesome.

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  80. This book looks great. Would love the chance to win it.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  81. Everyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with mini everything. Hope I win!

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  82. Fabulous book. I'd love to make a flower pocket pendant..they're lovely.

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  83. How perfect! I have a jar where I keep all my little toys from gumball machines that I've been filling since I was a kid! This book reminds me of some of my tiny treasures!

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  84. What a cute book. I would love to win it!

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  85. Such adorable projects ... and just in time to start planning Christmas gifts!

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  86. Oh my goodness. This books looks awesome. thanks for a great giveaway!!!
    Lucie (lucka73601@gmail.com)

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  87. oo, oo, oo! I love love love this book. I can squeal.
    thanks for sharing

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  88. Wow, I had not heard of this book yet!! I read the Mrs. Peregrine book, bought the Worst-Case book as soon as I saw it in the bookstore (long ago).. .I think this publisher is right up my alley! (never made the connection)

    Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  89. Great book to feed my love of all things tiny. Thanks for the chance!

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  90. I would love to win this. I love small and tiny things. I always visit the travel size section in the stores just because I think the small bottles are cute.
    Fingers crossed,
    Melissa B.
    mbabecka@gmail.com

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  91. Oh please can I drop my name inthe proverbialhat too?
    What a great review this was, many thanks for the heads up about this book.

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  92. I'm working on a dollhouse right now, this would be fantastic!

    prills@aol.com

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  93. I love it. I want it. Pleeeeeeaaaaase!

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  94. Hi everyone:
    I,ve seen this book and I,m just in love. I work with tiny crafts and it will be wonderfull to have it. let see if I have luck
    Kisses
    cris

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  95. love the world of tiny. love the projects in this book.
    thanks for offering it.

    jean
    overtwistedyahoocom

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  96. I collect minis and a book on mini crafts would be perfection! Love the pendant.

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  97. A very beautiful book! finger-crossed!
    :-)

    Serena

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  98. I'd absolutely love to have this book!

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  99. Ooh this looks wonderful - and it would make a great bday present - for me! :)

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  100. cute stuff! i'd love to win this book.

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  101. I would love to win this book. Looks awesome.

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  102. wow i love u book to much i can tell u put u heart in it i love the mins card i love the felt pendant i would love to have u book the Microcrafts i would love to win it someone going to. ty for share hugs prayers love darla
    copdlungs@yahoo.com

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  103. Miniturizing things increases their cute factor by at least 10 fold. I love this book:)

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  104. wow - i love it! great book! The notecards and pendants are fantastic.

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  105. Such a great looking book! Would love to win!

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  106. I love minis! I even have a board on Pinterest just for miniature crafts.

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  107. So cute! Reminds me how I always wanted a doll house when I was a kid and never got one.

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  108. My daughter and I would have SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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  109. Hi!
    It seems a very nice craft book.
    I usually visit your blog and i like your work.

    kisses Paula

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  110. Great ideas in tiny format is lovely!

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  111. I love miniature things - collect small books - and love the concept (and new word) microcrafting! Hope I win this book!

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  112. I would love to share this book with my daughter.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  113. The book looks great I wold love to win it!
    Thank you!

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  114. Your necklaces are charming! <3 <3 I've seen some of the other projects in this book on it's "tour," and it's a keeper! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  115. Gah! This book looks a-ma-zing! You must be so excited! I just crocheted some teensy charms last night :)

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  116. So cute! I do love all things pint-sized. I even still have my childhood dollhouse. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  117. So cute!! thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win it

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  118. What a fun book! I love tiny, meticulous things, especially crafty stuff. Those felt necklaces are just lovely. Thank you for the chance to win this book!

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