Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tour Ireland!

Did you know... why folks celebrate St. Patty's Day?? Me either! until... now! St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. I thought it was about... a lot of booze, some... inappropriate jokes,

and some... hot Irishman!

but, apparently... there's quite a bit more to it then i thought! LOL... pretty typical result of assumptions! ;) So, when Miss Pat Sloan asked me to be a part of her (Tour Ireland) book blog-hop on this party day... i said, "UUuuuhhh... { H } yeah!" cause, i thought... again, booze, jokes, hot Irishman. Then i received her FABulous book in the mail and i was GREEN with ENVY! and NOT from what i was expecting, yet still fierce!! LOL Aaackk... you should see the countryside pictures, the cottages, the sheep ( wait did i just say that??? ), i mean the castles... This has to one of my most favorite quilting books ever! It was like a little mini trip/ vacation catalog with quilt patterns! I mean come on... does it get any better then that! The book showcases 12 different projects that embrace Ireland... and i swear, i want them all and to badly go there after pawing through this book! I do adore Pat, but i am praying she has a big hangover after making me this jealous! ;) kiss, kiss... sweetness!

Thankfully, i will choose to forgive her since... she and Leisure Arts are giving 2 of these gorgeous books away to a couple of my "lucky" readers! Just leave a comment here telling me one of your St. Patty's Day traditions!! then pop over to these celebrating babes blogs and try your luck at winning a book over there!

Leisure Arts Blog Pat Sloan me! mrs schmenkman quilts cv quilt works The Happy Zombie crazy mom quilts Pam Kitty Morning

Want to see more of Pat and the making of this book... she's got video! check them out and have a SAFE night my friends!!!

Xo, Heather

part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeN7yofjbuo

part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU3SmJRDsDI

PS... Leisure Arts is going to offer 25% off Tour Ireland for the entire month of March..! Just incase you're not feeling lucky! (wink, wink)

232 comments:

  1. Who wouldn't want to tour Ireland with Pat Sloan! I guess I'll have to settle for her book instead!

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  2. What fun with Pat Sloan - would love to have her book!

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  3. Oooh love the pictures of the hot Irishmen! Thank you for brightening up my day and for the chance to win this awesome looking book!

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  4. I've always wanted to go to Ireland. WE don't do much for St Patrick's day other than wear green

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  5. The leprechaun visits our house every year! Makes a huge mess and mayhem! The challange for the kids has been to find all the mayhem, they usually find extra things the leprechaun didn't even do? Its all fun!

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  6. oh I forgot about the HOT Irishmen!! knew you were on this hop for a VERY good reason!

    Green Shamrock Smooches

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  7. Looks fabulous! I can't wait to tour Ireland with Pat Sloan!

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  8. I love St. Pats day music! And quilts! And Pat's quilt books....

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  9. Really my family tradition is to not celebrate on the 17th but to celebrate St.Urhos day (Finnish custom and totally made up) on the 16th. Silly but we do it. Thanks for the review of Pats book and congrats to her and thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Are there any hot Irishmen in this book?! Thanks for the eye candy this morn'!

    I would love to tour Ireland through this book (in real life too, eventually) - thanks for the chance!

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  11. HAPPY ST PADDY'S TO YOU!
    IT'S CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH MINT-FLAVORED FROSTING TINTED GREEN FOR US! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  12. This book sounds wonderful. The quilts are absolutely beautiful and I would love to get it so I could make some of them.

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  13. I'm jumping on board for the tour and hoping to win a copy of this awesome book!! Thanks for the chance.

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  14. I'm retired school employee, the kids are grown,the green socks and jewelry are put away, but a new tradition has evolved...both my son and SIL are home brewers-the beer is better than ever with the corned beef and cabbage and even finds it's way into the cake!

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  15. I love visiting Ireland and indeed I'm off again in July!
    This book would be the perfect book to take!

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  16. Tonight we will have our traditional St. Patrick's meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and maybe carrots and onions. Would enjoy owning one of Pat's books.

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  17. Heather, thanks so much for visiting Ireland with us (even if it was only in pictures). Oh, and thanks for making my day even luckier...oh, Patrick Dempsey...
    Cheryl at Leisure Arts

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  18. I'd love to win the book. A trip to Ireland would be even better! Kathie L in Allentown

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  19. We go to a concert at the local Irish fiddle school - great fun and fundraiser!

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  20. Oh gosh, I would LOVE to win this book. I am of Irish descent and my hubby and I are planning a three-week trip to Ireland next year...it would be fabulous to have this as a "tour guide" of sorts. I'd also love to give several of those quilts a try!

    As for my St. Paddy's Day traditions...living in Cincinnati where there is a large Irish population, we always attend the St. Patrick's Day parade downtown, then go to our favorite Irish Pub, Claddagh's, for corned beef and cabbage, and of course, green beer!

    Thanks so much for the give away and the chance to win! Erin go Bragh!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  21. One of my youngest cousin's does Irish step. Her elementry school has an Irish fest where her dance school performs. So a bunch of us cousins buy a table and celebrate.

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  22. Other than wearing green in subtle ways so you can fool others into thinking you forgot...no traditions here. Pretty sad, I know. If we can look at HOT Irishman on other days, too, I might consider making that a new tradition :D

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  23. We're pretty boring- we do the green milk, and usually green pancakes and green scrambled eggs for dinner with green Kool-aid to drink. I must say, I didn't even think about spending part of my day admiring hot Irish men. That was a lovely surprise! I must add it to the yearly traditions!

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  24. The book looks great!
    WHen we were kids, we got the Green Eggs (scrambled) and Ham, with Green Milk for breakfast.Made sure we dressed in green. Now I don't do anything...

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  25. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. This is a special day for me as my Mother was born in Ireland. Now, my family has corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots on this day. An American tradition for St. Patrick's Day.

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  27. Only tradition we have is wearing green! Maybe I should try some green beer...

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  28. I'm half Irish, so Happy Patty's day! and someday I'll get to go to Ireland! Yahoo....

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  29. Wow, what a good looking book. I would love to do every pattern in it. Pat Sloan is my favorite quilter. I love the designs and fabrics. I do have a couple of her books now and would highly recommend them.

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  30. Irish music, green and Guinness in whatever order they happen :) We consider this a national holiday!

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  31. I be still my heart, such lovely faces those boys have

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  32. Ooh!!! My dad's family is from Ireland (only 3 generations back) so today is very special to him. I'd love to win this book to make something for him after I get done drooling over the pics myself!!

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  33. What a great tour guide with the Luck of the Irish on your shoulders. Liked checking those Irishmen for the gleam in their eyes.

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  34. I took a look at the videos - the book looks awesome - would love to win!!
    No St. Patrick's Day celebrating here - but I used to wear green when I worked in the public school system.

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  35. I want a book! Hope I'm lucky today.

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  36. My St.Patrick's tradition is the tradional corned beef and cabbage dinner. When I was younger I marched in the NYC parade as a college student. That was fun!!! Would love the book since my trip to Ireland was cancelled when my husband became ill.

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  37. OK, so I do not have an ounce of Irish blood in me but I do celebrate every year by making Irish Soda Bread. Just had some for breakfast a few hours ago.

    Pat's book looks awesome!

    -debby
    Chester, NY
    crowefan0517@yahoo.com

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  38. Hey Happy St. Patricks Day! I'm ready for the hot irishmen...yum! Loved your post and am enjoying the blog hop. At my house we make an all green supper - green food colouring in everything, usually green pasta & green beer

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  39. I love these tours because I always find a wonderful blog I've not seen before. Would love to tour Ireland - love your gift of cards and pictures. Especially the pictures! My night will be short because it's back to work tomorrow.

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  40. we always celebrate st. paddie's day ..... it's my birthady, too! would love to win this book; i saw pix of some great green quilts in it!

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  41. Wearing my Celtic Knot earrings from Ireland is a must today! Loved Ireland when I visited and the parade on St. Patrick's Day was just wonderful-a highlight of the trip! Pat's book is fabulous! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  42. OMGosh, Heather, you are just the cutest thing and sooooo funny!!! Pat's blog hops are always a hoot but I think I love your description of how to celebrate St. Paddy's Day the best of any I have ever heard. Especially those HOT Irish guys. ;-)

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  43. Love, love, love Pat's books!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  44. The book looks awesome and who wouldn't want to tour Ireland! Especially with all the pretty men the country produces!!

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  45. We always serve corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes. . . and of course, have to wear green to work.

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  46. This blog hop is a good way to meet new people. Heather, I like your style!

    Thanks for participating with Pat--she generates "fun" in quilting.

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  47. Love your pictures of those handsome Irishmen!
    Now I know why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day!!!

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  48. Thanks for starting my day off right with the pictures of those FINE Irishmen.

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  49. Oops! I reread your blog and forget to mention our Irish celebration--traditional corned beef but without cabbage, substitute potatos. Just a good, we believe.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book and "meet" you.

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  50. 1. I ADORE Mark Wahlberg!
    2. Mumford & Son's is the only band on my playlist right now. LOVE!
    3. I would love to see Pat's book and tour Ireland through quilts!
    4. I don't drink beer, but I might have some broccoli. It's green.
    Happy day Heather!

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  51. I can't wait to get a copy of pats book. Hope I win one
    My st pattys tradition is wearing green And eating corned beef and cabbage !

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  52. I can claim Irish decent cause my mom was. Yeah, would love to win Pat's book. Don't have a tradition except wearing green.

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  53. Thank You for being apart of Tour Ireland and sharing with Pat Sloan. I'm Green with envy myself, I would love to visit Ireland some day. Will be reading more of your blog. I'm only half Irish, but some is better then none. LOL

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  54. Fun book - my favorite St. Patrick's day tradition is reminding my husband of many, many years how he feels after too much green beer. He literally turns green all over again just thinking about it.

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  55. Great pictures of the Irish!

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  56. Next trip I am in, looks like a blast. Nancy

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  57. My first love of quilting was an Irish Chain Quilt. I bought the fabric before I chose the pattern. My dad owns it!

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  58. I don't really have a st. patty's day tradition, but I love touring the blogs and reading about Ireland. what a gorgeous country. thanks for the opportunity to try to win the book. : )

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  59. Now I'm just hungry for Ireland.
    Cabbage and Bacon oh my!

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  60. Don't really have a St. Patrick's Day tradition other than wearing green. I'm actually named for this saint, and me father's people came over from the old sod...

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  61. We are pretty lame for St. Patrick's Day, everyone wears a little green, but that is about it. Maybe this book will inspireme to go all out next year!

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  62. Happy St.Patrick's Day! Would love to own this book even though I live there:)

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  63. No kids at home so no more pinching a cheek ( of whatever variety) if they weren't wearing green. I am a total Celtic music person so I think I celebrate every day as that is what I listen to, now aren't y'all green with envy :)
    Marsha in Va Beach

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  64. Fun Post! I'd love to tour Ireland with Pat and while I was there I would develop some St. Pat's traditions cause I don't really have any. I did where a jacket with some green in it today though.

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  65. It has always been a dream to go to Ireland!

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  66. Corn beef and cabbage...no green beer here! Would love a copy of Pat's book! Have a great day!

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  67. I would love a copy of the book. I wear green and play Irish music all month and especially today.

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  68. It sounds silly, but my mom would always call me around the 17th to see if I wanted to go downtown on the 17th. It started over 20 years ago after we went downtown to pick up tax forms at the IRS building. We got caught up in Parade Traffic - two years in row! We finally learned. Mom would call no matter where I was living to ask me. Now I ask my husband or he asks me.

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  69. Any chance one of those handsome fellows will take me to Ireland?

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  70. Those pictures of the quilts are as beautiful as the scenery itself.

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  71. I really want to visit Ireland. Pat's new book would be a great way to pretend I am traveling around Irelend.

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  72. oh marky mark... i love you so! i love you so!

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  73. All of my favorite traditions involve baked goods. Irish Soda Bread, scones, yesterday I made shamrock cookies.

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  74. I always try to wear something green on St Patrick's day. When I was in school if your didn't have on green you got pinched.

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  75. Heather, if you set aside the pics of those GORGEOUS Irishmen to read through Pat's book, then it must be one SMOKIN' read! I want one! (Book, that is...my man would definitely disapprove of the other gents. :D)

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  76. My son is celebrating by making a glorious green food coloring mess of the kitchen while I celebrate by blog hopping.

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  77. oh we just do the 'ol wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage. this book looks inspiring - add me to the pot.

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  78. Ooo la la - hot Irishmen...love them!!! Great post, thanks!

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  79. What an awesome tour of Ireland. Almost as hot as those Irishmen!
    ♥♥♥ Be still my racing heart! ♥♥♥

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  80. The book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  81. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Thank you for the chance to win the Tour Ireland with Pat Sloan! The book is on my Wish List!!

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  82. Ahhhhh, McDreamy :)

    We just got back from watching the big parade (big being a relative term). It's been a tradition for a few years since my daughter was born. I don't know what next year will bring with her in school and me back to work.

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  83. I am married to a hot irishman! We do the traditional boiled dinner. I tried to make Irish soda bread once but it could have been used in the garden it was so hard!
    Juliie M

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  84. My only longstanding tradision it to wear Green, but after a trip to Ireland last fall...tonight is a Bailey's night.

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  85. Our tradition is quite simple....wear green and eat green! (hard when you're a school teacher.....the drinking green is strictly 'soft'! LOL)
    I certainly would love to include Pat's Green trip to Ireland book.....and one of those hot Irish lads....purely to share an Irish toddy!!!!! LOL
    sugary hugs
    Wendy :O)

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  86. Wow, Love those Irish Men!! Would love to go with Pat Sloan to Ireland or even have her book to imagine what a great time she had. Thanks Pat for a chance to win your book!

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  87. Love Pat Sloan and would love to win this book.

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  88. Great teacher + great quilter + great location = great book!

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  89. I love the sheep in Pat Sloan's book! I want to go next time.

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  90. Family traditions; corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and staying toasty warm in a beautiful "Irish" quilt with one of your hot Irishmen.

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  91. I love the sheep and the border collies in the book. I want to go on the next tour!

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  92. Would love to have this book. It looks so good. Makes you want to go to Ireland and make all the quilts. Thank you for the chance.

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  93. Such fabulousness all around today! Thanks for this opportunity. Love the blog and hoping I get to win this book!! (Since I can't tour Ireland with Pat!)

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  94. The pictures of the hot Irish men were defo worth a celebration day. Over in the UK a lot of us are a bit baffled by the whole St Paddy's day thing because...well most people who celebrate have a very tennuous link to Ireland - ie they once knew someone who, had a cousin 12 times removed who went to Ireland on a school trip and feel the need to celebrate their 'Oirishness'...It is most definitely an excuse for a booze up lol

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  95. This is such a fun hop! The trip looked like it was a blast and what an awesome book to come out of it. would love to win!

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  96. Oh! and I forgot to thank you for the Hot Irishmen photos!

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  97. Oh my!! You're cracking me up!! Hot Irishmen, green beer, and food, what more could a girl want??? Oh yeah, I want Pat's book!! Happy St. Patty's Day to ya!!

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  98. I made an Ethiopian dish with cabbage for St Patrick's Day. The book looks great.

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  99. Since my sweetheart is part-owner of some Irish pubs, St. Patrick's Day for me is quiet, as he is out controlling the mayhem, while at home, quilting and watching my favorite shows uninterrupted. (Bones tonight!)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink d0t net

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  100. Hmm, St Pat's day traditions?? Don't really have any. That is why I need Pat's book, so I can stitch up the Irish Chain quilt. I have always loved that quilt pattern!!
    I deserve a pinch, because I forgot to wear green. Can you send one of those good lookin' Irish guys over here to take care of that??????

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  101. great videos about the trip
    the book looks like a nice reminder of this trip

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  102. I just love the pics of Ireland, Pat Sloan and Hot Irishmen pics!!
    Would love to win Pat's book!

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  103. We spend the day with friends, watching the parade and eating lunch at Coney's and listening to the bagpipes.

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  104. Wow what great reminders of those hotties. Corned beef and cabbage is always a tradition at our house on the 17th. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  105. I love the music on your blog. What group/person is that? bimbi9 at verizon dot net.

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  106. ooooh, I hope the Luck of the Irish is with me !!

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  107. St Patrick's day is a time I reflect on my Irish immigrant great-grandparents.
    My siblings and I are third-generation of our Sheehan-Carroll family in America.
    Would love to win a copy of Pat's book. Watched the videos and see a couple of projects I'll be making.
    Irish Hugs,
    Gerry

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  108. I'm going to Ireland with my sis in August. So I really need Pat's book. I have already decided to make both of us a quilt from the stash I purchase over there. So I'm hoping the luck of the irish is smilin' on me today but if not I'll just buy the book!!! We always go somewhere and drink green beer on St. Patty's Day. It's just a really fun holiday for us lassies!!!!!

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  109. No green beer for me! I'll be making a shamrock cupcake for my hubby tonight. He'll not dare pinch me. Did you know to wear RED for a Kiss on St Patrick's Day?

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  110. I'd love to win book! Love the pics of the hot Irishmen, too.

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  111. It's my husband's birthday so we celebrate every year. If the kids are in school they wear green (they're on spring break this year though.)

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  112. Well, no traditions here. We used to have "build your own Rueben" night at my dad's house, but everyone went their own ways and that stopped. I do try and wear green, even though I am Irish all year long! :)

    Sandy A

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  113. My St. Paddy's Day tradition? Why, celebrating my SISTER'S birthday!

    (She finally told me a couple years ago that she really was kinda, you know, sick of having GREEN cakes every year. Imagine that! LOL)

    Thanks for the chance to win this cool book!

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  114. My St Patricks Day tradition is to sit and watch "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne. What a super Irish movie....a little popcorn too!

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  115. I'm hoping to win the book so i can enjoy tue tour of Ireland from my couch as much as you did!

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  116. I love Pat's designs and anything Irish so this book has to be great! Please sign me up for the chance to win it!!!

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  117. The book makes me want to go to Ireland even more than before.

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  118. Leprechaun visits leaving a treasure hunt to the pot of gold, green water in the toilets, green food for breakfast (green eggs and ham, green pancakes).

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  119. My husband and I had our first real date on St. Patrick's Day and tried to go out for green beer, but alas, they were out of it by the time we got to the bar after bowling. We have been together ever since - 39 years.

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  120. Hi Heather...(what a beautiful name, especially on St. Pat's Day and thinking of Ireland.) My husband and I are both Irish and honor our families by cooking good Eire food, including my favorite, colcannon....a dish of potatoes mashed with cabbage, Spring green onions and lots of butter. Makes plain mashed potates seem blah! God bless!

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  121. Ooo...thanks for the eye candy! :)

    First time visiting your blog....having fun reading.

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  122. Would love to win this book. I don't have any St. Patrick's Day traditions.

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  123. May I still have a chance to win if we don't have any St. Patrick's Day traditions?

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  124. I love the idea of doing an Irish blog hop, almost as good as doing a pub crawl.
    Sherri Kennedy

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  125. I'm all for a vacation and quilt tour in one. Thanks for participating.

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  126. Love that Patrick Dempsey. Usually we have a couple of Guinness at our local pub.

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  127. We drink an Irish beer, of course! Happy St. Patty's Day!

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  128. I love Pat Sloan & would love to have her book! Happy St. Patick's Day!

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  129. Our tradition is that we celebrate our wedding anniversary - yep, we got married on St. Paddy's Day. He can't forget it, since it's a holiday (wink).
    Hope I can win - the book looks wonderful. Pat has a special touch on her projects.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  130. Sooooo need to see past that cover!!! lol

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  131. What a fun place to visit and what a terrific book that you are going to give away to some lucky winners.
    I think Ireland is so beautiful- my husband grew up in Newfoundland Canada and there are lots of similarities to Ireland.
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  132. Our St. Patrick's Day traditions include marching in the parade, getting together with family and friends, a visit from the leprachaun who leaves chocolate gold coins, and celebrating my son, Patrick's birthday!

    I will be green with envy if I don't win.

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  133. thanks for joining in the blog hop Heather - you're posts are always great - looooove the vomit card - reminds me of a story one St Paddy's Day...oh but that's for another time...

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  134. Would love to win Pat's Irelend book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. Like your blog. I am so glad that Pat asked you to collaberate with her about her book so I could visit.

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  136. Wow what a great new book! Thanks for such a fabulous giveaway. What better way to spend St Patty's day :-)

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  137. i spent 3 lovely weeks in Ireland in 1998 and would dearly love to go back! When I was a child my mom would put on Irish music and we would dance then she would tell us stories about fairies. Now I limit my particpation to wearing green and humming one of those Irish tunes Mom loved so well.

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  138. I have a hot Irish man to add to you list - my hubbie! We do the usual Irish things in our house, corned beef, wear green. I also spend the day listening to Irish music with my son for the past few years..he loves to march and sing to McNamara's band. But see in our house that could be any day! I'd love a chance at Pat's book, I'd have loved to tour Ireland with all of you!
    Maria

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  139. Would love to have this book after seeing the previews on the blog pages. It also would make a wonderful 35th anniversary gift to me..
    Brenda
    Indiana
    brendamm6435@sbcglobal.net

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  140. Looks like a great book! My favorite St Patty's memory was having a lock of hair dyed green a tradition my Irish mom's family has.

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  141. I would love a tour through Ireland with Pat Sloan. My favorite St. Patty's memory was having a lock of hair dyed green for the day a tradition started in my Irish Mom's family.

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  142. We actually have a couple of Irish pubs here in Hawaii, & we've been known to go have a pint! Not today though-just some wearing of the green!

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  143. We always have cornbeef and cabbage, with carrots and potatoes and some green beer. ( I truly would prefer a green drink like a margarita). Of course I wear green. Loved the men's pictures and wish that we could have seen one of her quilt's pictures.

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  144. Love the pictures on your blog today! Ireland is a gorgeous place to visit...and Pat's book looks so enticing.. I would love to win it!

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  145. When my children were small I would make green colored pancakes for them on St. P's day.
    Looks like a fun book!

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  146. This is so much fun. I have always wanted to go to Ireland. It looks like Pat and her group had a great time.

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  147. Who wouldn't love to be wrapped in a quilt with a hot Irishman reading Pat's book???!!!!!!!!

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  148. I'd love to go to Ireland one day with Pat!!! The book looks awesome

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  149. Man I would also love to got there. This year, I made green snacks i.e. rice crispy treats and kool aid... you know healthy stuff.... for the kiddies. I'm going to try to make it a tradition... I would tell you to remind me, but I'm sure my boys would never let me

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  150. Looking at hot Irishmen, that's my 2nd favorite St. Patty's Day pastime. First from now on is dreaming about Ireland wrapped in one of the beautiful quilts in Pat Sloan's new book!

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  151. HA! The Mumfords as your background music - love it. I would love love love to go to Ireland, but if you can't send me there, can you choose me to win that fabulous book?? Please?

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  152. Would love to win a great book!

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  153. We always make sure to wear green, but now that my son is getting old enough I expect we'll be having leprechaun visits next year.
    I can't wait till we take a trip to Ireland! I guess in the mean time I'll have to live vicariously through others. Thank you for the chance to win the book!

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  154. Oh...I can't wait to see the book!!
    Thank you for the Hot Irish men....

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  155. Celtic Music, green-ness, entertaining writing - and hunky Irishmen. (We need Liam and Pierce in there, too, though!) Loved the blog - and your blog name! I would love to win the book, but I'll continue reading the blog anyway!

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  156. Being part Scottish, and now married to a Brit, we don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I do wear green though!

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  157. Our tradition is to wear green, eat corn beef & cabbage & Irish soda bread. One of my favorite holidays.

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  158. What a treat - the fabulous pics, eye candy and chance to win an awesome book! Thanks!

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  159. When I was little my grandparents would celbrate Saint Patrick's Day with singing, dancing and cabbage and cornbeef. It's the only time my grandpa would dance and I would dance on his feet.

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  160. We always wear green for St Pat's Day and the kids all wear green to school and sell patty cakes for fund-raising for charities! Ireland is a fabulous country and would love to return there some day.

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  161. Thanks for the History lesson. Our tradition is Corned Beef and Cabbage w/ carrots, onion, bell pepper and Irish potatoes of course. Win win win.

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  162. What a great opportunity. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I'm afraid the only thing I do for St. Paddy's day is wear green. It is one of my goals to someday visit Ireland.
    :)Carol

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  163. I've always wanted to go to Ireland. WE don't do much for St Patrick's day other than wear green

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  164. Enjoyed your view of St. Patties Day. Haven't thought of it like that before either. Love the chance to be one of the lucky winners of Miss Pat's book.

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  165. Love the Irish men pictures you displayed! Love miss Pat and her book. Would love to take the tour and make the quilts.

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  166. I'm an American living in Dublin. We have a great quilt guild that meets every 4th Saturday, September through May. I think our membership is in the 200-220 range. We meet in St. Anthony's Parish Hall, a ten minute walk from the Clontarf Dart station. If you come for a visit I would recommend May or September for the relatively great weather. Everyone is welcome!

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  167. used to celebrate by having a few Killian's Irish Reds :) but getting a little older so just enjoyed a Bailey's on the rocks. Thanks for a chance to win - Laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

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  168. Hot hot Irishmen! Guess I'll have to do it with my memories (can't remember such handsome men) and maybe Pat Sloan's book.

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  169. Love the book and love everything Irish

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  170. Since my name is Erin (which is "Ireland" in Irish) I try to exploit my name for free drinks. Just to add to your St. Patty's day history, the holiday was co-opted by Irish-Americans during the turn of the century to celebrate their ethnic heritage and rise in power in America after years of discrimination. Lots of the Irish think we're a little crazy over here with St. Patrick's Day and acknowledge that at this point it is more of an American holiday than an Irish one. :o)

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  171. You are HILARIOUS!!!! Thanks for the great laugh this am! And the Irish hunks.... ;-)
    In my 20s I definitely partied, green beer and all....in my 30s and 40s I was raising my children...need I say more? Now? Sigh....it's all about getting enough sleep to function the next day!

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  172. Other than wearing green, I don't really have any St. Patrick's Day traditions. And my mother's maiden name was Ireland...maybe I need to get some Irish traditions going!

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  173. At our house we do the following on St. Patrick's Day: wear green, listen to Irsh music, eat corned beef, cabbage, roasted potatoes and Irsh Soda Bread. This book looks like it ha the best of everything. I can't wait to see it.

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  174. Thanks for the eye candy this morning! We always have corned beef and cabbage and try to find something green to wear.

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  175. On St. Patrick's Day I send good wishes to friends who celebrate their anniversary. What a great book! Who wouldn't want to go visit Ireland?

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  176. I usually go for a film with some beer for me and my husband. films should fit two criteria: either be set in Ireland or have Irish actors or actors of Irish decent star in them! THank you for featuring this giveaway! I also enjoyed listening to your interview with Pat!

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  177. A fun time in Ireland with Pat Sloan. On St Patrick's Day, I always packed a green lunch for my kids, green bread for a sandwich, green pickles, green cookies, limeade to drink, green candy etc. This year I sent a care package to my son in college so he wouldn't miss the green lunch.

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  178. Thanks for sharing those lovely examples Irish heritage!

    The tour with Pat Sloan looks like it was a blast! So glad she is sharing it with everyone!

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  179. One thing I love about Pat's blog hops is that I get to discover new bloggers that I might not have. I enjoy your blog and the song too. And of course- I hope I win a copy of the Ireland tour book. Have a great day!

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  180. Looks like a fun book! I actually lived in Ireland for a while and would love to make a quilt to commemorate!

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  181. I try to wear green....love your Irishmen!

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  182. I would love to win a copy of the book. From a girl in Ireland we don't actually have any Patricks Day traditions except to be with family as it's a holiday for us. Corned beef and cabbage is my favourite meal though!
    Laura - Dublin. Ireland

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  183. We love St Pats day at our house. No one leaves the house unless they are dressed in the traditional green.

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  184. I love your blog and have visited you before. Would love to get my hands on Pat's book.

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  185. I can hardly wait for our trip to Ireland! Hubby and I are going this June for 10 days. This has been a dream of mine and never thought it would really happen. There's Irish decent on both sides of my family. Linda R

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  186. We wear green and eat green foods like spinach, celery, asparagus, and such. Having Irish roots I love this day. We often go out to an Irish pub where a friend's band plays Irish music on St. Patrick's day, but alas this year I missed it as I am sick. Winning Pat's book would be a great way to make up for it. Love your blog.

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  187. Ireland here I come. We are going in May. This book would be great inspiration.

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  188. Woohoo! I'm doing the Irish jig.
    My tradition for St. Patty day... to find the most garish green clothing and wear it. I don't want to be pinched.

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  189. A tour AND quilts! Sounds fabulous. And green is my favorite color and the cover is quite green.

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  190. I wish I had some really cool tradition. But sadly, I just wear some green. How boring is that!

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  191. I make an Irish feast with my sister. it's the one day of the year our husbands get corn beef. Gag. I would love this book!! Thanks for the giveaway

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  192. Been celebrating St. Paddy's day since I was born due to both Gram's being Irish and my oldest sister (1st Grandchild) born on that lucky day! Learned to make Irish Coffees before I was legal!! We dress in as much green as possible, decorate the house inside and out, cook corn beef and cabbage and consume Irish Coffee!!
    Longin' to make a trip to Ireland to research my heritage...

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  193. We don't do much for st. paddy's day.But my daghter thought it was fun to dress in green with green bows in her hair!

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  194. Would love a copy of this great book.

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  195. Pick me! I'm Irish!
    Have to admit that I have no St. Pat traditions except avoiding the restaurants in our neighborhood and having a beer at home.
    This year I spent the evening having a beer and working on my green quilt.

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  196. Oh my gosh! I love your blog! I'm toasting a nice, tall, frosty mug of beer to ya! :o)

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