The March Kit is here! Spring Fever!

OMGOSH! I am soooooo ready for spring. I would love to get out in my yard and clean it all out and plant some flowers and see some new growth! It has been so darn cold! So imagine how much fun it was to work with some bright colors and spring prints! I loved it! This fabulous kit goes on sale tomorrow - head on over to Dixie Pieces and pick one up!

Here are my "HAPPY" designs for the month!


ticket for fun


berry pickin

happy day card

OH YEAH! If anyone is heading down to Portland next weekend to the CKConvention, give me a call! I am heading down for Austin's soccer team and I'm going to sneak to the vendor faire on Saturday and then spend Saturday night with the Dixie Pieces Crew at their table at the crop! If you're there---come on over and say hi!

Leaving you with one more layout---this was is for the Color Scheme Challenge over at DP this weekend --the crop is in full swing and we are having a fabulous time!

Here is the inspiration and the color scheme:

spring color pallette

And here is my sample layout:

spring fever fun

There is still time to head over to the crop and look around!

Favorite Layout of 2008

I was challenged today to blog about my favorite layout that I completed in 2008. So, without too much fanfare, here it is:


Just love this one--makes me happy!


Breakfast in Bed

I stayed in bed just a bit later than usual this morning - it snowed again and I knew classes would be delayed - and to my surprise, in walks Luke & Chase with cereal and toast. How sweet is that? Breakfast in Bed for no apparent reason. Love those boys! To top it off, Luke presented me a never ending coupon for breakfast in bed whenever I want. Hmmmmm......I think I could get used to that!


Scrapping Reminders!

This weekend over at Dixie Pieces we are having our 2nd annual "Beat the Blues" Crop! The fun starts on Friday at noon on the West Coast and runs through Sunday night at 9:00! There will be tons of fun games and challenges to keep you busy and there will be a random winner who will receive their choice of a Dixie Pieces Kit! Don't forget to join us!
Here is a sneak peak of my challenge for the weekend!
sneak peek
Don't those colors just make you smile? Fun way to "Beat the Winter Blues"

Speaking of crops, the Scrap-Diner will also be having one coming up here really soon! Keep the first week of March open and watch my blog for more info coming this weekend!

It's still Friendship month over at the Diner and her is the layout I completed for my VLF Challenge.

friendship to me

It is full of yummy Jenni Bowlin products that of course you can find in the Scrap-Diner Store! While you're over there, check out the new products that just arrived. Tons of new CHA stuff arriving every day! You should see my wish list ---- okay, maybe you shouldn't see it!

Here are a couple more fun layouts for you:

crazy little thing

these girls

This last one was created playing with a sketch from Creative Scrappers - Deb!

Oh, the memories this brings...

I found this today and it made me remember so many things!

You know you were a child in the 70's if....

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it. Yep, it had pink flowers and a yellow seat!

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels. Yes, at the Ridgerink - 6 blocks from our house. Never did learn how to stop!

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!) Love Boat was my absolute favorite - didn't have a crush on Gopher though.

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island . Who didn't --- the little man was just plain scary!

You had either a 'bowl cut' or 'pixie', not to mention the 'Dorothy Hamill'. People sometimes thought you were a boy.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days. My moon boots were 3 colors of blue and oh, so cool

YEAH! You owned a 'Slip-n-Slide', on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.

You owned 'Klick-Klacks' and smacked yourself in the face more than once! Never played with them again!

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. Yes, all three in multiple colors!

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits, or the sunshine family - Nope---no Donnie & Marie

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once. I have scars to prove it!

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (Oh yeah!) Yes, I remember spending the whole day on Thanksgiving making these!

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals. Had them cause they were cool---but ugh they were not comfortable!

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Oleson!

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink! ---- yes it was! Does by the roller rink count?

PONG! ('video tennis' ) was the most remarkable futuristic game you've ever heard of ! I mastered this game within days!

Your hairstyle was described as having 'wings' or 'feathers' and you kept it 'pretty' with the comb you kept in your back pocket. When you walked, the 'wings' flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna 'take off' . I was feathered for sure---and that comb in the back pocket - tie died shades of pink

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. With the thermos inside some were glass inside and broke the first time you dropped them.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend. I wanted them both!

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too! Nope---not me.

It was a big event in your household each year when the 'Wizard of Oz' would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags! no--I am scared of the witch till this day!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: 'Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy?' Leif Garrett --- I just knew I was naming my first born - Leif!

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom. Oh and they were bad---so bad.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! I had an iron-on bunny--it said, "Soft in all the right places" ---loved that shirt.

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat. Absolutely!

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books. (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret.) All Judy Bloom books ---and Confessions of a teen-age alcoholic. Go figure.

You thought Olivia Newton John's song 'Physical' was about aerobics. (?? its not??)

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbowdesigns.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

You drowned yourself in Love's Baby Soft - which was the first 'real' perfume you ever owned. I still love this scent.

You glopped your lips in Strawberry Roll-on lip-gloss till it almost dripped off. I should have bought stock in this!


Party on!

More fun picks from the party last night.

Austin & Jordan swing dancing:

group shot

The ladies flocking to dance with Luke:

luke dancing ladies

Crazy Busy

Yep--that was me yesterday, on the go from the moment I got out of bed at 5am!

Yesterday was the scrapbooking garage sale up in Bellingham that Trasury of Memories sponsers. They rent a church hall and you pay $20 a table to bring your stuff to sell. We share tables and so we share that fee. You price all your own stuff with labels they provide with your # on them. It's some crazy stuff, let me tell you. The vendors get to set up at 7:30 and then start shopping if they want. The general shoppers get let in at 9:00am. When they open those doors, over 100+ shoppers dive at the tables. At that point, we take a seat on the stage and just watch! Amazing all the stuff that they buy! By 11:45 it's all over and most of the stuff is all gone. Everything left can be donated to the Children's Hospital!

I headed up with Andrea, Pam, Tamara, and Sara. We took turns watching the tables and walking over to TOM - the Scrapbook Store - to check out their sales for the day too. I think I priced about $500 worth of stuff, but including the stuff that didn't sell, the stuff I ended up donating, and the stuff I marked down, I think I sold about $300 worth of goodies! I will have a gift certificate for that to spend up there at their store. I am going to wait till my new scrap space is finished and then take a day trip up there and spend it all at once on new goodies for my room. That is the fun part!

I arrived home at 3:30 in time to find out that Austin was not feeling great and that our family dinner party plans might need to be canceled. Needless to say, I found myself extrememly grumpy and thought for a minute about not going. But, we had bought dress clothes and planned this for a month, so everyone humored me and we went. Well, we got lost and by 5:00pm (an hour after the party started) we arrived at the Newport Yacht Club late and I was even grumpier than when we left the house. Remember I was exhausted. I had gotten to bed really late the night before - and was running an about 4 hours of sleep.

So, we arrived just as they were saying grace for dinner, and all the tables were packed and we ended up grabbing plates and eating outside on the deck. It was a fantastic dinner and ever thought it was 50 degrees out, it was the first warm day of the year and the sunset was gorgeous. My mood finally started to lift and within the hour I was glad we were there. After dinner and cake they cleared the tables from the dance floor and the party started.

OMGosh---Luke can dance. He started out being a gentleman and dancing with Lily. They must have danced for 15 minutes before the music changed and off he went. At one point, everyone cleared the dance floor to watch him go - I had people I've never met coming up and asking me if he was my son and where did he learn to dance. It was hysterical. He took it all very seriously and he went non-stop for over an hour. It was a very proud mom-moment. Keep in mind that I am musically challenged and that carries over to the dance floor. I just can't dance. There was even a time, when 3-4 ladies at the party - came over to him and asked him to dance.

dancing1luke dancing

There were 3 other little boys there his age and the other little girls wanted to dance too. So at one point Luke was dancing with three of them and trying to figure out how to spin them. He went over to the other boys and said---hey can you dance too? They said no way. So he went back to the girls and one by one took them by the hand, gave them a spin, dipped them and moved on to the next one. I thought I was going to pee myself. I don't think the other boys thought it was very cool --- but they definitely knew that Luke was having way more fun than they were. They would just stand and watch like the rest of the crowd. One of them got his courage up and tried to cut in and have a turn, but by then Luke just said - No.

Did I mention he was doing a lift too? Remember he is only 8 and the little girls are 4 and 5. But he would pick them up and twirl them aroung before gently setting them back down and carrying on.

Anyway this continued for awhile and then the chicken dance came on and then the hokie pokie and then the twist ---you get the idea. All the music that they play after everyone has loosened up and the kind of music everyone can dance to. So off we all went - then you just keep dancing. Even Chase gave the dancing thing a try and he was great too. All the kids were! Jordan & Austin did some swing dancing, Chase mastered the YMCA, and David & I even had a few moments too. A great time. We danced for the last hour of the party. All of us -- out on the dance floor sweating and having a great time. A fabulous family moment. So glad we went.

dancing 2chase dancing

Sorry about the terrible pics, I didn't have my camera and this one was the worts - delay and flash issues kept me from getting any good pics. But, I'll take what I can get.

Did I mention that it was my great- great Aunt's 80th birthday? Tons of extended family that I have only met once or twice in my adult life. So happy to see everyone again, and most of them commented on what a fantastic family I have. Friendly, outgoing children not afraid of anything. Again I was amazed because I am an introvert. I was never the life of any party growing up - and the reason I barely remember any of these folks is because I usually kept a very low profile at family events growing up. Where do my kids get this from? I don't know - but man am I glad they have it. Their lives will be full of tons of fun moments that they make for themselves. Fabulous!

Almost forgot --- funny moment of the night. When they were giving the toast to the birthday girl, they introduced all her kids. She has 5, 4 boys and a girl. As I was watching, I felt like I was watching a vision of my life in 40 years. My kids, 4 boys and a girl, throwing me a 80th birthday party. Right about that time, Austin must have seen it too. He leans down and gives me a kiss and says - don't worry, we'll throw you a party just like this..........................in 20 years!


Finally - a little scrappin!

The new products from CHA are starting to hit the shelves and I am pretty darn excited! Brooke at the Urban Scrapbooker rec'd her first shipment of the new Cosmo Cricket lines! Oh, so Yummy! SHe has the new wedding line and this line - "Lil Man":

B is for Boy


American Crafts has a couple new spring like collections that have just released, Craft Fair and Backyard. The best thing about these lines is their bright fun colors and the fact that they coordinate with each other! You can find them locally at the Urban Scrapbooker and on the web at the Scrap-Diner.

all smiles



Brownies---I mean Cake!

As we were sitting at the dinner table tonight, Chase asked if we had any dessert. Rarely do we have time for a sit down dinner all together let alone have dessert planned. So the answer to Chase's question was no---we had no dessert. So, a plan was devised. David & Austin would go for ice cream and Luke, Chase & I would make brownies and we would have a hot delicious dessert within the hour.

We grabbed a box of dark Chocolate brownie mix (or so we thought) and added extra chocolate sryup and a cover of mini chocolate chips:


As I was mixing it, I thought to myself --- hmm, this seems lite & fluffy! I checked the ingredients and all was okay. So in the oven they went. The timer went off and the ice cream arrived. We pulled out the brownies and they were 2 1/2 inches thick! Turns out we had cooked a fabulous Dark Chocolate Cake! It was a good thing that we added all that extra chocolate so it still ended up moist! It was one heavenly dessert!

Oh Happy Day!

The morning has started off FABULOUS! The kids are doing a lite day of school & I am catching up on all the things I have forgotten about all week! Especially blogging!

Some fun news to share! A fabulous friend and talented scrapbooker, Lucy Chesna, has a sketch blog - My Sketch World and she has just announced her newest Design Team. Head on over and check it out --- yep, my name is on there and I couldn't be happier! How fun is that! In addition, she has just opened a forum so that we all can chat, scrap and chat some more! It just opened today and it is hopping already! Lucy makes some fabulous sketches --- perfect for getting your mojo flowing. Hey mom---if you are reading this --- head over there and look at her sketches---then you will have so many ideas for your scrapbook pages, you won't know what to do!

I had an adventure downtown with some girlfriends on Sunday --- Shelly, Laurie, Robyn & I headed downtown to see the final performance of the musical Memphis at the 5th Avenue. WOW! It was fabulous - totally a fun & hopping musical. We also enjoyed luch at the Purple Cafe---if you haven't tried it -- you should! I had the Cranberry Chicken salad and sweet potatoe fries. OMG! it was to die for. Many thanks to Shelly who shared her tickets with us!

Over the weekend, David finished up the taping of the sheetrock and we are ready for painting. Well, priming and touch up first -- but paint soon! I am having fun today, playing with color combos on the Benjamin Moore Paint site. I just need to be sure -- but I have lots of colors coming soon!

Yesterday was 50% off at Value Village and after a trip to the drive thru Starbucks, Jordan, Shanna, Anna & I hit the store. We had a great time and found some fun stuff --- even with the discount, we spent $100 but came home with 6 huge bags full of goodies.

I think you're caught up with us now! No pics, sorry---need to remember to get that camera out.


Happy Birthday Coop!

Yep-It's Cooper's birthday. Let me tell you, I love this dog. He is a perfect example of everything you want a dog to be: sweet, cute, playful, faithful, gentle, attentive and patient. WHo could ask for anything more?

coop on his birthday

It was another busy day without too much excitement, school, a fire drill, swim lessons, the scrapbook store, and more school. Yes--another perfectly boring day.

On the way to swimming lessons, I started asking Luke some questions about his swimming. You see, I thought he had the crawl stroke and side breathing already down pat, but during his lessons, he was doing three strokes, taking a breath and then putting his feet down instead of going all the way to the pool side. The same was happening with the back stroke. The conversation went something like this:

Me: I see that you are working on your side breathing.

Luke: Yep--but I already know how to do that.

Me: I thought so. Does your teacher know that you know how?

Luke: I don't know. I do it when she tells me.

Me: WHat does she tell you guys to do?

Luke: Three big arm strokes and then take a breath.

Me: (At this point the light went on!) You are doing EXACTLY what she tells you?

Luke: Yep

Me: I think she wants you to keep doing it --- three strokes, breath, three strokes, breath

Luke: OH--

Me: We will ask her.

Turns out that that was exactly what was happening. SO today --- after 5 lessons, he finally shows her what he can do and guess what? He needs to be moved up to the next class. I think the teacher is going to clarify those instructions a little bit next time. She was a little bit sheepish when I pointed that out!

pool 5-7

lessons mix


sNOw more - please!

I am ready for spring---or even rain. I just don't want anymore snow or 30 degree temperatures. That's my complaint for the day. I just need some warmth. Lucky for me that it is swim lesson day, and it is definitely warm in there by the pool! I think I may just take a nap in all that wonderful warmth today! We'll see if I can do that without embarrassing my kids by drooling or something!

The crud is back at our house again and Chase & I have sore throats and stuffy heads. Doc says it's probably just multiple viruses but took strep, mono and epstein barr blood tests just to be sure. Ugh--wouldn't that be miserable!

Okay--here are some pics from the last few days for you:

This is one of my recent favorites --the boys sharing the Zsa Zsa couch with the dog:

zsa zsa couch

These are from Luke's basketball game last weekend---you can see that I was playing around with my camera and never did find the right setting:

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These are the Valentine Chocolate bars that I made for the kids"


These are a couple layouts I completed for the Scrap-Diner. The first one was made to emulate the wonderfully simple design of fellow design team member, Christi! I didn't quite capture her finished look - but I love it just the same!

fast friends copy

your eyes


Happy Birthday Mom

It's my mom's birthday today - So I just wanted to make sure she knew how much I love her!


Love you Mom! -- Have a great day.


The economy

yah - it's on everyone's mind. Not a day goes by where we don't have to face more bad news and we don't even watch the national news. Here in the Northwest we have enough bad news. Boeing, Microsoft and even Nordstroms are posting loses and handing out layoff notices. To make it worse, there are companies flat out closing their doors leaving 100's out of work. I can't think of one person who isn't affected in some way or another.

We have friends who have recently lost their jobs or soon will - friends with families, large families with only one income. I can't even begin to imagine how their lives will change. The hardest part is watching it all happen. No one is immune. But even in the midst of all the terrible things occuring there is hope.

There is hope in the Lord. Hope in our friends. Hope in the faces of our children who know how to find joy even when times are tough. There are plenty of reasons to have hope. FAITH is the main one. I have FAITH ---faith that we will pull out of this better off than when we started - FAITH that God won't let me face anything that I can't handle with His help. FAITH that good will come from the bad. FAITH that David will provide for us. Don't get me wrong, FAITH isn't easy to have -- it doesn't just fill me up every day and push out all the bad. I have to make the choice to have FAITH. I have to pray to have FAITH. I have to be the one to push out the bad feelings and fill that space with FAITH. Me ---with the Lord's help that is. This is my struggle - I get so wrapped up in the crap that I forget. I'm telling you --- don't forget to find the FAITH. If everyone could find just a bit everyday - we would all make it through this better people. I will pray for you -- you pray for me, Okay?

Sometimes, I need to remind myself of what Iwe are thankful for. Currently we are so thankful that David has a stable job and a job that is needed no matter what the economy is. For that, I praise the Lord every day. We are thankful that he was given a Cost of Living Adjustment this year. We are thankful that all our kids are healthy and strong. We are thankful that we live in a warm, safe place with plenty of room. We are thankful for a strong marriage. Financial troubles are tough on a marriage. We are thankful for great friends and extended family who remind us daily that we are loved. Most of all we are thankful for a God who will never leave us or forsake us.

Praise the Lord today - find the joy and the Faith to smile.


As promised...

...some of the highlights of my trip. First let me say that I love to be at CHA - for those of you not familiar with that - it stands for the Craft & Hobby Association. CHA holds a trade show twice a year where all the craft manufacturers present their new releases and retails stores and designers get to shop and learn. Scrapbooking makes up 80% of the show, but there are booths with other craft products as well. I enjoy looking through all of them, but I keep my focus on the painting and scrapbooking ones.

This year I spent my time with Sher - and helped her shop for the Scrap-Diner. I was able to visit with lots of folks and even got to have lunch with Sherry, Brenna and Brooke. The atmosphere was a little different this year. You could definitely feel the bad economy hanging over everyone like a big, black cloud. The number of people there promoting their product was down, the amount buyers were spending was down, and the amount of the fun giveaways were down. There was still plenty to do and see - it was just not as happy as it usually is. There is trouble on the horizon and it was already apparent at the show. I hope that my favorite stores and manufacturers can weather the storm. It is a wait and see issue.

As far as my favorite things goes:

1- I fell in love with Basic Grey's new LIME RICKEY line. It is bright, cheerful and reminds me of the warm days of summer. You can see it here: http://www.basicgrey.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=97&page=1

2-Crate Paper didn't disappoint with 3 new collections that I love; Little Sprout, Lillian, & Orbit. You can check them out here: http://www.cratepaper.com/page/page/3692363.htm

3-Cosmo Cricket did it again with Snorkel. This line is perfect for the Pacific Northwest and again the bright colors just make me smile and think of warmer weather! http://www.cratepaper.com/page/page/3692363.htm ANother one of their lines that I love this time around is Girl Friday. I don't have much call to use girly stuff but this really appealed to me. http://www.qbaroo.com/cosmocricket/main.cfm?categoryoid=1&productoid=45

4-My Little Yellow Bicycle put out a few lines - but my favorite is their travel line - Fresh Print Traveler. I think what I love the most is all the embellishments that make working with their stuff so easy. Check them out here: http://www.qbaroo.com/cosmocricket/main.cfm?categoryoid=1&productoid=45 See those huge acrylic arrows! My favorite.

5-I liked Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Dream Street Papers and quite a few others too---the list could go on & on!

Some of the manufacturers go all out decorating their booths - and there were those that really stood out to me.

1-Clip-it-Up is a company who makes innovative ways to display and store products. Their booth was so darn cute! It was completely retro and grungy and so much fun!

us in pink

2-ANother of my favorite booths was Graphic 45. I don't scrap with vintage type paper often, but I loved the decor in their booth!



kim phone

3-Cosmo Cricket had huge versions of their new "spinners" - they were fun too!

spin kim

for sure sher

So - all in all - the show was a good time - I even won a couple prizes!

Here are a few fun pics of SHer & I - just hanging out snapping self portraits!


rain forest


We hit Disneyland and California Adventure too - there was almost nobody there so we were able to get rides without waiting at all. That was really cool - but we ended up whizzing through there in less than a full day! Didn't spend too much time shopping but that turned out okay too- I was able to find something fun for everyone at the big gift store on our way out!

This was the only shot I really wanted - me & Tigger. Just something about Tigger that brings back great memories and makes me happy!


Other than Tigger, I was able to talk Sher into a pic with Mickey:


On the day before we left, we spent the afternoon in Orange - at the fabulous antique stores there. They are all over and so much fun to browse through. It was an adorable community and we could have spent a whole other day there if we had had the time!

There you go, my trip in a nutshell --- a great time but man is it good to be home.


Home again --- with some fun Design Team News!

I am so thankful to be home for the forseeable future. I loved every moment of everything I got to do this month, but there is just something about being home that is comforting to my soul these days. The last trip was amazing - I was able to absorb myself in the scrapbooking industry for 3 days, spent some great time with a great friend, and even get some rest in. I have never been away from David for that many days in the 22 years we have been married. That was really hard for me. By the 5th day I was having withdrawals! He is definitely my rock and my best friend and the phone calls just weren't enough to satisfy my need to be with him.

Okay, enough mush --- I will post more fun stuff from the show and the trip in the next few days.

But, first to update you on all the fun stuff happening on my design teams these days!

The Scrap-Diner:

This month at the Scrap-Diner we are celebrating Friendship! There is going to be tons of fun challenges, and there is even a great prize for bringing new friends to the site.

When you refer a friend and then they sign up in the Welcome Wagon using your name as the referring friend, you will get a chance to win a huge prize package from Little Yellow Bicycle! You can see a picture and learn more about the referral contest here:


What's even better is that the new friend will have a chance to win a great prize package too! They have a chance to win a $25 Scrap-Diner Gift Certificate and a Little Yellow Bicycle prize pack! You can see a picture and learn more about the newbie contest here:


This month is also all about Ribbon at the Scrap-Diner and there are already some fabulous ideas and challenges posted. Make sure to check it all out!

Dixie Pieces Kit Club:

The new kit is ready for purchase and let me tell you -- it was a really fun kit to scrap with! It was full of bright papers and fabulous embellishments! Krista even designed a full sheet of transparent robots! They were so cool! You can order your kit here.

Here are my designs for the month:


educated at home

the places you'll go

boys of summer

soft hearts

I will be back later with some fun stories from the vacation and some good pics too! But, for now---I need to get back to the boys and homeschooling---it is a school day after all!

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