Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day is here… it's a wonderful time of the Year!!

                                                             
                                                                            Sew-Mama-Sew Giveaway Day

My first give away on Giveaway Day and I want it to be a doosey!


Amy Butler's Sweet Harmony bag, in Kona Coal with various quilters cottons. (I can never remember all their names, but perhaps you recognize some of them…..).

 Interior detail: zippered and open pockets in Alexander Henry Farmdale Apples with a snazzy red zipper.
And button details on the handle/straps.

To enter, just leave me a comment. Tell me about one place you have visited/traveled to that has left a real impression on you. (Near or far- doesn't matter).

The winner will be announced back here on December 18th, 2011. So stay tuned.

Remember I need to be able to contact you if you win (hint hint if you are a no-reply blogger). If you don't have a blog, no problem, just leave me your email in your comment. I am willing to ship Internationally if you don't mind the possibility of a bit of delay with all the Holiday shipping going on out there in postal land. Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

118 comments:

  1. I LOVE this purse!!!! I've admired it since you first posted about it. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  2. very cute bag! id love to win! i visited/lived in italy for 2 months, i need to go back theres still so much more to see!

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  3. LOVE this bag, thanks for a chance to win! I went to Jamaica for my honeymoon and it is by far the best place I've ever been! I will go back one day!

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  4. I have to say that the trip that left the biggest impression on me was my trip to Washington D.C. I toured the White House and performed in front of the Wasington Monument. But the most memorable part was the Holocaust Museum. I have never witnessed something so chilling!

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  5. The purse is just lovely! I liked a lot to visit Norway. It was 20 years ago :)

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I think the place that has made the biggest impression on me is the Grand Canyon. It's just incredible.

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  7. Oh I love that purse!!! It is so me!!
    My husband was stationed in Turkey with the military and we lived there for 2 years. I loved it!! It got some getting use to but I met alot of nice people from all over and still keep in contact. It has been 20+ years but I always think about it.

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  8. Wow, that's a great purse. I traveled to Prague several years ago and the buildings and atmosphere was almost like you traveled back in time. It was a great trip.

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  9. When I was growing up, my family had a favorite little town in Colorado that we visited almost every year. Sometimes I took a friend along. Those were very special times for my family to be together, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

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  10. That is a stunning bag with amazing details. The inner zip looks amazingly well done.

    I lived in Sweden for a year when I was in 6th grade and it was the best year ever.

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  11. I really enjoyed driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views were breathtaking.

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  12. I really enjoyed visiting Germany. We had an exchange student for a year, then a year later went to visit his family. It was awesome to have an insiders look, and everyone we met was so friendly. Kinda made me want to live there...

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  13. Lovely bag! I find hiking in the woods or the mountains a great way to recharge -- I should go more often!

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  14. i love the apple fabric inside your bag! place i've visited.... well this summer, we took our kids on a 3 week, 5 province trek through the maritime provinces! i'm from nova scotia, so it was great to show my kids were i came from. i had never been to PEI, so it was new for all of us!

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  15. My family and I lived in Mainz, Germany for four years. Both of my children were born there, and I think about our lives there daily. Thanks for the sweet giveaway, and Happy Holidays!

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  16. Great detail. I can tell you put a lot of thought into the bag. I love it.

    I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan. Living there definitely changed my perspective.

    kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  17. i spent 3 years deployed to iraq, and that has had a huge effect on my life- good, bad and indifferent! :)

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  18. Oh MY I have to enter! This is lovely. I adore the details! A place that I've had some fond memories lately is the Oregon Coast. I really enjoyed Depot Bay and Astoria. Somewhat near to me but I still don't get to visit often.

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  19. Oh I love how you've done this bag, so colourful, and love the button details, thanks for the chance to win! As for places that have left an impression, probably where I lived in Canada as a high school exchange student (deepest, darkest Saskatchewan) and the 6 months I spent working in Johannesburg, both lots of fun, but very different places!

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  20. I love the colours on the bag!
    The place that has left an impression on me is Brazil - I was an exchange student at age 16. I yearn to go back someday!

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  21. Oooo I have fallen in love with those apples and those buttons!

    My most memorable trip was to Morocco where I met my partner, and we have been together 7 years since then!

    I am also entering the give away day, so pop round to mine and see

    http://sewasecondchance.blogspot.com/

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  22. The basilica in downtown St. Louis. Really amazing mozaics.

    Love the pop of color inside your bag, and your list of tutes at left. Nice blog!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  23. I loved Budapest...the history, the architecture. It was also a very easy city to get around and full of music!

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  24. Love the colors,lovely bag,wish I could win it for my birthday.We visit Turkey,Greece and Bulgaria and enjoy it all,hope to see new place next year.Happy holidays and than you for chance to win this lovely bag.

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  25. Love the bag! I loved PEI on our honeymoon! so romantic!

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  26. I always love to see new countrys, new places. Seeing the sea the first time was really great. And I loved the Eiffeltum at Paris.

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  27. One place I visited that has always left a huge impression on me is Budapest, specifically Princess Margaret Island. It was so serene and beautiful, I would love to find myself there again one day!

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  28. This is such a great bag! I haven't traveled very much so I'll pick the place I liked the best. Winnipeg. It was great there, we went once in the late fall and twice in the summer. They have all kinds of cool stuff there :)

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  29. What a great bag. One place that left an impression on me. We were able to visit Paris and when we went into the cathedrals and saw how old they were, it was very hard to imagine that some of those churches were 500 years old!

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  30. Detroit. I've never seen such a mix of classic architecture-and-brick and poverty rolled into one. It left an impression on me.

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  31. What a lovely bag!! I love those fabrics. We went to Cuba for our honeymoon - I will never forget that wonderful week of sun, beach and love.

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  32. India - I"ve spent about 8 months there total over the past 10 years. Each time I go back, the changes are stunning. Seeing a country doing its best to move into the modern era is fascinating.

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  33. We went to Ecuador for our honeymoon and that really changed my perspective on pretty much everything. I would love to go back.

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  34. For me Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada :-) Had such a fantastic time there, and myself and my partner would dearly love to move there if we didn't both have so many medical problems :-( Particularly loved the Halifax farmers market, which inspired me to start my own crafting business.

    loops(at)loop-da-loop(dot)com

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  35. When I was 14, my brother took me hiking in the Grand Canyon for three days. It was the most exhausting, blister-inducing, sun-burnt days of my life...and it was AWESOME!!

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  36. I haven't traveled many places, but I would say Disney this past summer b/c it was the first time we took our kids and the joy that it brought them was magical!

    Thanks for a chance!

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  37. What a great purse - Alexander Henry is just awesome. Sigh.

    Bath, England left a great impression on me - such incredible history.

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  38. Oh, dang, I was just thinking about this! I'd say the City Museum in St. Louis. My brother and I went there together as he was graduating college. It was one of the first times we'd ever had a "sibling date" as adults. Such a fabulous first date! Now where are those photobooth pictures....

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  39. Enjoyed Vanuatu. Was much nicer than Rarotonga and recommend people to go there

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  40. This bag is gorgeous! So colorful! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

    One place that has really left an impression on me is Montreal. I went to school there and I loved it. The city really comes to life during the summer - so many fun festivals and incredible outdoor markets!

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  41. Conwy, Wales and Oaxaca, Mexico. Both amazing places! Love your bag, thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. I would have to say that visiting bolivia really made an impression on me. :) It was so different and strange! I want to go back.

    Mary
    iammaryburke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Love the bag! I spent a summer in Wales, and had an awesome time!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  44. Cute bag!! Best place I ever went was DisneyWorld for my honeymoon. Well Orlando in general. It was great!

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  45. Oh my GOODNESS that is stunning!!! My husband's grandfather's cabin in Northern Wisconsin always makes me feel calm and recharged.

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  46. i went to washington dc in junior high - and i really want to take my kids there around that age. the museums are so cool!

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  47. That is a beautiful bag, I would love to win it! I really enjoy being in the mountains, in Jasper or Banff, Alberta.

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  48. The one place that really wowed me was Club Med in Mexico. I think I spent half my 20's there...lol...then came marriage and my daughter in the baby carriage. Maybe I will go back someday. Thank you for a great giveaway!

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  49. Hailuoto, a small island on the Finnish coast
    Thanks for the chance

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  50. How adorable! I love the buttons.

    I loved our visit to Boston! There's so much to see and it was a nice historical trip.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. What a beautiful bag. Love the colour choice.

    I remember fondly a trip I made to Denmark to visit a friend. What a lovely country.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. Alaska - it's beautiful. I'd love to win your bag! Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  53. I got to go to Costa Rica on a mission trip last year. Amazing place, but traveling to a 3rd world country with 2 little ones made the biggest impression!

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  54. Well I'm not really a traveler, the only place I've ever visited is Boston but I sure did love it there. The old streets and buildings were amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

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  55. I haven't travelled far but I love going to Ireland - each year we visit a little island off the west coast - it is the most atmospheric place I've ever been to!

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  56. Wow, I feel like the country mouse and y'all are all city mouses, or meeces, or something. LOL I have never been to the places that I see up there...but I love it when we can go to the beach here in our own state of SC. I love to be on the sand, don't care about shopping or nightlife. Sigh. Anyway, I love your bag - blue has always been my fav color, and you've made it shine with the piecework and fun buttons! I'm a new follower here!

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  57. I love to travel, the trip that had the biggest impact though was backpacking through eastern europe in 1991. The contrast between the west and east was shocking.

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  58. I think the trip that had the most impact on me was Guatemala - it was the first time I had seen such poverty - people living in garbage dumps! - and it changed my life forever.
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. How lovely! The interior fabric is awesome.
    My favorite place I've visited is Denver. There's so much to see. My husband and I drove up as high as we could go on Pike's Peak...then the next day we went to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It was amazing to see such brilliant, natural beauty in the entire area.

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  60. I love the fabric and the little button embellishments on it. One can never have too many buttons.
    Trunk Bay, St. John. It was just totally unbelievably beautiful.

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  61. What a lovely bag. My favorite place to visit was Ireland. I liked it so much that I stayed there for 7 years!!

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  62. everywhere i visit leaves an impression, but i lived in Japan and met my husband there so i think that's probably someplace i'll never forget!.

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  63. The most impression-y place I ever visited was Alaska! Everything was so big and bright. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  64. The place I've traveled that left an impression was Hawaii (the quiet, non-touristy places)! I never tired looking out over the ocean and enjoying the lush vegetation.

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  65. It would probably be Belize. I scuba dive and the diving there really made me feel inconsequential !

    And that Farmdale Apples is some of my favorite fabric.

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  66. Beautiful bag and giveaway Stephanie! We don't travel much, but I guess driving 10 hours to visit my Grandma and family is pretty meaningful to me!

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  67. Oh great bag !
    I have been many places but loved everything about my holiday to Italy, the Amalfi coast it was wonderful. I look forward to the day I can return !

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  68. I think the placce I was in awe of most in my limited travels was South Dakota especilly the area around Hill CityMt Rushmore and Crazy Horse were incredable. Needles highway was amazing how they ever made it was beyond me the wild animals roaming loose in the parks and walking right up to your motorcycle and stopping traffic. It was breath taking!
    Your bag is just perfect, I especilly like all the pockets! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  69. Unfortunately, we don't get to travel much yet, we just can't afford to. But we do travel from NJ to VA about twice a year (and ALWAYS at Christmastime) to see my husband's family, and I am always sad to leave - the Charlottesville area has sure made an impression on me!

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  70. I've traveled to Africa and it was a fantastic trip! Your bag is precious, especially the buttons! Thanks so much!

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  71. What a cute bag! Those apples, those buttons. Really neat!

    I love to travel. I always go by myself because my husband really doesn't like to be away from home. So far I've gone to Seattle, England, Wales, Ireland, and Vancouver BC! So much fun and so many beautiful things to see.

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  72. I just love the colors on that purse. And the interior is so cute!

    I think one of the places most special to me is Callaway Gardens. 13 years ago, my not-quite boyfriend had to evacuate from his apartment in St. Pete because of an approaching hurricane. We just sorta got in the car and wound up driving to Georgia because he remembered this cool place he went as a kid. Wound up staying over there two days and it started our relationship. 13 years later, it's our anniversary and very special to us both.

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  73. Loves the bag.
    Thanks for the chance to win ^^v
    I ve travel to Koh Sa Mui Island, Thailand. Beautiful beaches.

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  74. fiji was nice, although they are not being nice right now....
    love this bag, is so happy.
    imisswaylon@hotmail.com

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  75. I loved visiting Charleston, SC. Such a beautiful old old city. I loved all the history. Made it so much more real.

    What a gorgeous bag! I love the buttons!

    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  76. I loved the 2 weeks I visited Arusha in 2009.

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  77. I have been to Montana many times and love its beauty! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. I went to Japan last month, and was in awe over the tokyo fabric district...great prices, beautiful japanese fabrics everywhere I turned! wish i had brought more cash with me! (next time i will!)

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  79. thanks for a great bag! BEAUTIFUL!

    I think that New Mexico left a real impression because it was so rugged and the people were very poor but very proud of their heritage! was a beautiful place as well! thanks again!

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  80. The most beautiful place I've ever been to were the Azorean islands. You can learn more here: http://www.azorestourism.com/english/
    Thanks for the giveaway; the bag is awesome!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  81. When I was in junior high I visited Japan as part of a sister cities program. It was an amazing experience to stay with a Japanese family for two weeks!

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  82. the most memorable place I've been is Mont St. Michel in France.

    ab3belote at gmail dot com

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  83. I love printed piping. It's so dramatic!

    I think the most memorable place was Goliad, Texas, at the Presidio La Bahía. Just before the Battle of the Alamo, Texas forces were slaughtered there. One of my favorite books is Promised Lands, by Elizabeth Crook. This is where the Texians were held, and many spent their last days in the chapel there. Ms Crook's descriptions were so realistic. The chapel is still an active church, and standing there, and in the courtyard, you could feel the presence of those brave men. It sticks with me now.

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  84. Beautiful bag! I just finished a trip to the Galapagos Islands. It was fascinating to be in a place of such historical and natural significance.

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  85. Love the bag! City of Orvieto (not far from Rome)

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  86. My 1st real trip was in 3rd grade. My class went to the world's fair in Canada. I had never been much anywhere before that and it really opened my eyes to new cultures and the joy of traveling. I still love to explore new places, near or far.

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  87. I love to go to Paris, it's only 2 hours by train from here.

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  88. Cute Purse. San Antonio, Texas

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  89. We traveled part of Route 66, and stopped at the Blue Whale - it was awesome!

    needlegrrl at gmail

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  90. I think the most rememberable trip I took was a cruise to Alaska with my mother and her cousin.

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  91. I loves Japan.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

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  92. Gorgeous bag! I love visiting the Cascade Mountain Range in central Oregon. Beautiful! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  93. lovely bag. the buttons makes it even 'cute'. well, i haven't travel far or near because of my two kids. thanks for the giveaway.
    ivyworis(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. I loved the redwood Forrest.
    This bag is awesome!! I would love wear it!
    Thanks
    Clunsford at gmail dot com

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  95. Wow, if you were going for a doosey of a giveaway, you succeeded! As for travel, I spent a month traveling all over Ireland with my sister when I was in college. I've been itching to go back ever since. akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  96. I am in love with this bag! I lived in Norway for three months after graduation - a wild whim to go live with my Norwegian bf at the time! I still go back to visit every few years. christielamb1982@yahoo.com

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  97. I have lived in several places, all similar although far from each other, but all with quirky differences. I like the volcanos in Southern Chile, and the glacier fed turquoise lakes at their feet.

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  98. New York City was really impressive. So exciting!

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  99. My family went to Williamsburg, VA when I was 11. It made such a big impression on me I went to college there. Merry Christmas!

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  100. Lovely bag, thanks for the chance to win ☺
    This year I vent to south Afrika for the second time, it was wonderful!
    liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  101. such a lovely purse! thank you for the giveaway. I loved Europe and especailly France where everyone was so nice to me while visiting and helpful. thanks!

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  102. Mexico left a HUGE impression, I went when I was 15 and since I went I was able to get into a higher Spanish class even though I skipped a year in between my 1st and 2nd years of Spanish. Plus it was beautiful. The bag is beautiful too!

    hwcutie@hotmail.com

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  103. I loved a trip to Tonga when I was 18. I have been dying to go back ever since!
    Lovely bag thanks for the chance to win it.

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  104. Great giveaway! The best place I ever visited was Egypt-- the pyramids were amazing!

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  105. I haven't been to many places, but Warsaw definitely left a deep impression!
    blackasphodel@yahoo.com

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  106. Great bag! I love the details. One place I've visited and loved was Quebec City. Gorgeous! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  107. That is a wonderful bag! I love all things Hawaii, but San Francisco for honeymoon was fabulous too. Thanks for sharing!
    (hrmaris at yahoo dot com)

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  108. I visited Scotland when I was 12, and have never forgotten how beautiful it was there! You certainly did come up with a beautiful giveaway -- thanks!

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  109. Die Kölner Dom has left an impression on me. Fantastic church!

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  110. I really enjoyed going to the Statue of Liberty as a teenager.

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  111. Love your color choices So cool.

    Rotorua, NZ could blow your mind. Words can't explain http://www.google.com/search?q=rotorua&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=7sbrToiYFqr64QSdqM2mCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CCQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1090&bih=748

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  112. ohmygoodness, this is a doozy! what a gorgeous bag! and you're giving it away - not keeping it for yourself! thank you so much for the chance to win!

    i don't travel a lot, and when i do, it's uaually home to the prairies or south to portland, both of which i ADORE. however, many years ago i went to a camp on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, in Canada, and it's stuck with me ever since. I was on the beach, and the winds were about 70mph, and it was incredible. i've often said that it was the most religious experience of my life, despite growing up with weekly catechism classes and a religious family.

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  113. Beautiful bag. I believe it'll be so suitable for a walk in a beautiful city, enjoying the richness of its culture, just like Kyoto-Japan or Yogya-Indonesia.

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