504 Main by Holly Lefevre: August 2010

8.31.2010

I Almost Quit!

Whew!
I almost quit...
but instead I finished.
Yep...book has been sent to publisher!
{doing a happy dance - be glad you cannot see it}
I am TICKLED PINK, Purple, Blue, Green - EVERYTHING!
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I just wanted to say hi to everyone and thank you all for sticking
around during this period of craziness and blog neglect. 
{I have not abandoned my blog for Twitter}
I was seriously questioning my sanity for the last 6 weeks or so.
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There is all kinds of fabulous getting ready to happen here
{at least I think it is fabulous}
like...
TONS of DIY Projects - I have been very busy!
Cool giveaways!
Bloggy Bootcamp Notes.
Some real writing {again}
{other than my DIY tutorials}
a mini makeover
and whatever else strikes my fancy.
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 Also, be on the lookout for...
huge projects and opportunities with the DIY Club.
The new party starts this Friday!
Are you ready?
We have some changes coming!
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That's all for now folks!
{did you see Bugs Bunny run by}
Yes, I have slept 8 hours in the last 3 days
{I know people have it much worse}
but now I can barely see - it is all fuzzy...
I am slightly delirious...
must go to bed.
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I miss visiting everyone and hanging out in the blogworld.
I promise I'll be by to visit very soon
{I think I am only 4-5 posts behind!!!}
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8.26.2010

Tickled Pink No. 20

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What does it mean to be Tickled Pink?
"The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough
to make the recipient glow with pleasure ."
-The Phrase  Finder
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Before we begin, I must warn you - this is a LLL-OOO-NNN-GGG post!
I am tickled pink because I survived Bloggy Bootcamp, and hubby and the kids survived without me- I knew they would! I have zero photos to show you - it all happened so fast! I am trying to collect my thoughts and share a quickie version with you. The one thing I can share quickly...apparently everyone is obsessed with Twitter.
I am not sure where I stand with it.
 You can follow my brilliant {and not so brilliant} thoughts
by clicking on this birdie over on my sidebar!
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We have had 4 days of gorgeous weather and even took the kids to the beach after school. I want more - Mr. Sun do not go away yet! Of course Jules told me she did not want to play outside and just wished it would rain! Crazy child!
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Heather from Gerber Days is awesome and
thanks for helping me with my hair dilemma!
Thanks again Heather!
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Yeah for the Design Star winner - Emily!
LOVE this show - sad it is over - it made my Sunday nights!
I think Emily is real and quirky and love that {Antonio still is #1 though}.
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Just a few days until the deadline for the book.
I am stressed and relieved!
But one thing is for sure I will be TICKLED PINK when I am done.
Now, cue the broken record...
this is the reason that visits have been sparse or non-existent,
that most emails have gone unanswered.
I hope that changes sometime next week.
Thanks for sticking with me.
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Tickled Pink No. 20!
Don't be shy! 
Nominate a  product/person/idea/recipe/your own blog to be featured, simply email me!
It is cool  to nominate yourself! I am only one person and blogland is ginormous...
I would love your input...I know there are amazing finds out there that I have not seen!
NOW...Link up...a craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...
a short story...a poem...a fashion
find...a  favorite product...your favorite post...
whatever makes your blog  fabulous.
 You get the idea, right?
Guess what? You post does not have to be PINK!!
This day is about stuff we {heart}  from our own blogs or from others.
Click HERE for the "I've Been Tickled Pink" feature button.
NOW...on to BUSINESS
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a trip through life
I have to tell you how much I love reading The Thoughts and Travels of Rachel Cotterill.
I am beyond excited to share Rachel and her amazing writing, storytelling, and photographs with you. I cannot quite remember when Rachel and I first met, but I have been enjoying her blog for a while now. She cooks, crochets, has amazing adventures, and shares a little segment of her life through her blog. I am kind of living vicariously through her.
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 Just take a peek at these photos of the midnight sun. It looks peaceful and amazing...and I am ready to jump on a plane - I could use some peaceful right about now. Seriously, the glow just makes me feel re-energized. Rachel did an amazing job capturing the warmth and mystery of the midnight sun.
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If you prefer, take a look at Costwold Crazy and get introduced to the 37 year old tradition of Tetbury Woolsack Races -  men, women, and children racing through town with heavy bags of wool. I personally am a sucker and a lover of these eccentric events that make towns and countries so unique.
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And, yes, I mentioned she cooks...I saw the recipe for truffles - very unique truffles -  and have not had a chance to try it yet, but it is printed out and waiting for the right occasion - I am waiting because I think I may eat them all myself...I need visitors to share them with! I am not going to say anymore go check them out to see what makes them so unique!
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paper bag LOVE
How to Create a Paper Bag Floor...no I am not joking!
Look at this technique from Family Corner.
I am so excited to try it..maybe on a wall or even some furniture!
I begged for hardwood floors...my days as a blogger and, um, well, anything would come to an end if hubby cam home and saw me putting paper bags on top of the wood floors.
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do I look like maude?
You remember when I said this last week, "If you write about s'mores and I see it, you pretty much guarantee that your post will tickle me pink. If only I could have s'mores and pizza all day and I would be a happy woman."
Well, my Bloggy Bootcamp and real life buddy Jenn from Rook No. 17 has done it again!
She created a fudgy s'more crinkle cookie!
Look at all that ooey-goooey goodness!
She even  created - or updated - the Golden Girls jingle for me {us!}.
{that is where the Maude - OK, Bea Arthur technically - part comes in. I grew up watching Maude with my Granny - so she is always Maude to me...and Jenn says I make that same face!}. Head over and check out the recipe!
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Word Nerds!
I saw this in the newspaper yesterday - and thought it was marvelous. The article was written by Art Carey for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Anyway, the article is about two friends who formed TEAL - Typo Eradication Advancement Movement. They carry a typo correction kit of sharpies, crayons, markers, chalk, correction fluid, etc. and go around cities asking business owners if they can correct the incorrect grammar and punctuation on their signage.
I am actually appalled at the number of typos I have found on my blog recently! YIKES-O!
For more, check out their blog, The Great Typo Hunt.
Here is a link to the article.
And they have a book!

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Pretty birdie pillows stole my heart this week!
First from Flamingo Toes - isn't this gorgeous!
AND
From a new friend, Claudie at Bubblin' Over this marvelous work of art!
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Don't miss your chance to win an EA Active game from Wii. I want one!
Thank you Vanessa at Adventure is Out There! Go enter HERE.
The contest is open until 9/7/2010.
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The Gorilla Glue giveaway is over, but the DIY Club has a Gorilla Glue PARTY coming 9/9!
{This is in addition to the regular DIY Club monthly contest}
This project can be pretty much whatever you want...
BUT YOU MUST USE A GORILLA GLUE PRODUCT TO ENTER.
Gorilla Glue Party
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SPOTLIGHT
YOU ARE MAKING THIS DIFFICULT! IN A GOOD WAY!
I have a hard time choosing...I am trying to give everyone their spotlight...A big huge THANK YOU for all who have participated and visited and picked up the blog hop on their blogs.
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Did yo know there was a National Garage Sale Day?
Dog's Mom shares some of her finds. LOVE vintage glassware!
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A prelude to Fall with Christine and Co.
What's your favorite season?
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"The best thing you can do for your kids is love our spouse well."
I love this photo tradition they have created.
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So Wonderful, So Marvelous shares a great idea for a wedding basket
for the happy couple. What a unique and thoughtful gift!
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 Gorgeous, better-than-designer bag from La Maison Reid.
I am making one. She has a great tutorial!
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An ode to fresh summer corn and a trick/tip
I have NEVER heard of before from The Thrifty Groove.
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I am inspired by I Can Find the Time's drum shade.
I just scored some of the supplies at the thrift store.
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A Harry Potter tea party to please boys and girls from Inside BruCru Life
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Caramel Corn from Mommie Cooks - caramel corn is my Fall s'mores.
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from glitter to gumdrops shares her PBandJ Cupcakes! 
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Time Crafted's brother climbed Mt. Everest -
that surely should tickle you pink. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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Look at this dresser transformation from Love2Create!
Love the detail on the top!
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Interchangeable wreath from Scraps and Scribbles.
So cute...so clever...so Fall!
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 Gorgeous crocheted flowers from The Queen of Dreamsz
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 This mirror from Debbiedoos is gorgeous.
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That's it...
I am done...anyone still there?
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Who won the last giveaway....drum roll please.....
Think Tank Momma
I am going to have to think hard to please this mama!
{if you want to know how I pick these...I scientifically ask my son for a number between 1 and however many comments there are. So technical!}
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This week's giveaway is...a surprise.
Hope it tickles you pink!
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There is ONE way to enter!
*You need to be a follower of 504 Main {some of you may want to double-check if you are trying to enter} AND
*You need to leave a relevant comment about at least one feature!!!!
Contest begins on 8/26/10 and closes Thursday, 9/2/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST
The  winner will be announced on Friday 9/3/10.
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Happy Friday!
I know everyone is super busy right now!
Thanks for taking the time to link up!
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****By linking here you are providing permission to feature your post {along with a link to your blog/post}****
****I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not adhere to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.****
****These are my own opinions. No one has offered me anything, nor have I accepted anything to include them in this post. Prizes are supplied by me.****
{photos appearing here are copyrighted and property of the respective blogs featured}

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PINK RULES
****By linking here you are providing permission to feature your post {along with a link to your blog/post}****
****I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not adhere to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.****
****These are my own opinions. No one has offered me anything, nor have I accepted anything to include them in this post. Prizes are supplied by me.****
{photos appearing here are copyrighted and property of the respective blogs featured}


*It does NOT have to be pink or pink-related*
*Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button to the post*
{people need to know what the heck they are doing!} 
*It does NOT have to be a new post*
BUT
***PLEASE LINK TO A POST URL, NOT YOUR MAIN URL****
*Visit some peeps on the hop*
*It would be great if you were a follower or subscriber {*wink*}
The Linky OPENS 8/19/10 at 11 pm PST and CLOSES on 8/25/10 at 10 pm EST

8.22.2010

Gorilla Glue Winner! Mark Your Calendars for the Gorilla Glue Event!

Hi All! I just got back from Bloggy Bootcamp...
I am tired and my brain is in overload.
I will probably have a post about the experience tomorrow.
But for now, I have a winner of the Gorilla Glue Package...

is the lucky winner from this blog!

The other winners are:
Stinky Monkey won from Its So Very Cheri
Michaela won the Gorilla Glue from Tatertots and Jello
Jenn Erickson won from The DIY Showoff
Janet Faye won from Under the Table and Dreaming
An Amy Named Mom won from Whisperwood Cottage

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The Gorilla Glue PARTY
Sept 9th through Sept 30th
Our theme is:
Something OLD
Something NEW
Grab the CREW
(Yeah, get the family involved)
And the GORILLA GLUE
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Repurpose something OLD or create something NEW, Grab your CREW,
just be sure to use Gorilla Glue in your project!
You have plenty of time, to plan, and
22 days to enter...
why TWENTY TWO?
Just because it rhymes with NEW, CREW and Gorilla GLUE!
What you will enter?

We can't wait to see your projects.
If you have entered a Gorilla Glue project into one
of our DIY CLUB monthly contests,
you CAN re-enter it into this special event.

MANY MORE PRIZES will be awarded to our Gorilla Glue
contest winners of the party event.
Our Regular monthly party event will still take place.
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Before you go...
Go visit the DIY Club to see
who won the August Contest!
****COMMENTS OFF****

8.19.2010

Tickled Pink No. 19

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What does it mean to be Tickled Pink?
"The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough
to make the recipient glow with pleasure ."
-The Phrase Finder
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I am tickled pink and a little nervous because...I am off to SITS Bloggy bootcamp in San Fransisco. I will be leaving my baby {OK, she is 3} for the first time ever...overnight. I am crossing my fingers for hubby. And then there is the whole social aspect of Bloggy Bootcamp...I am much more interesting and witty and marvelous {ha!} on the blog than in real life! Am I a fraud? Will I be exposed! Perhaps.
I am tickled pink because I scored some awesome old wood windows at the dump...I have so many ideas! I need to go back and buy the rest. There was a chair calling my name too, but I am not sure I am ready to tackle a reupholstery job! My friend got the 2 best scores...it is good and bad to shop with a friend with similar tastes!

So, I will see ya on Monday with all kinds of ways to improve my blog (maybe, hopefully) or at least a full nights sleep (maybe, hopefully)
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Tickled Pink is a little different this week. I am swamped with my "real" paying gig and prepping for out of town...and just about everyone seems to be having a final summer hurrah....so no featured bloggers today...that is back next week.
For today some fun stuff I found and the spotlights!
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Tickled Pink No. 19!
Don't be shy!
Nominate a product/person/idea/recipe/your own blog to be featured, simply email me!
It is cool to nominate yourself! I am only one person and blogland is ginormous...
I would love your input...I know there are amazing finds out there that I have not seen!

NOW...Link up...
a craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short story...a poem...a fashion find...a favorite product...your favorite post...whatever makes your blog fabulous.
You get the idea, right?

Guess what? You post does not have to be PINK!!
This day is about stuff we {heart} from our own blogs or from others.
Click HERE for the "I've Been Tickled Pink" feature button.
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NOW...on to BUSINESS!
The Antonio Treatment ran on HGTV after one of my favorite shows, Design Star. I LOVE this show! And, well, I love Antonio - yeah, I like a bad boy {didn't marry one though!}...I think he is dreamy {in a tattooed designing dude way}. He won me over with his Bright pink painted birds last season...
 {photo above from HGTV}

...and then he painted a room purple {I have a purple living room!}, and well, on his new show, let's just say I cannot wait for more of him...I mean his designs.
Check out this wall of reclaimed wood! I have watched this part of the show at least 4 times. You will be seeing this in my house, my garden, anywhere I can sneak it is. L-O-V-E! Sorry for the photo quality - I could not find one photo online, so I took photos of my TV - I felt so 13 again! Now I need to go record some songs from the radio and try to sing them.
{above photos from my TV...of The Antonio Treatment}
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CraftGossip

Craft Gossip has a new Home and Garden category...and I was so happy to be featured on it with my What a Crock DIY. Tons of great ideas over there. I could get lost for days on that site! And, I admit...I like a little gossip now and then!
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Charles and Marie have a selection of odd, fun,
and interesting items like the Carve Card and the cookie stamp.
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If you write about s'mores and I see it, you pretty much guarantee that your post will tickle me pink. If only I could have s'mores and pizza all day and I would be a happy woman.
So, Think Tank Momma made s'mores pie and said I was her inspiration.  {I am singing Chicago's hit from the 80's in my head now}. She even has a whole new recipe blog devoted to Share A Spoon now!
Did you know there was a National S'mores Day.
Thanks to Hoosier Homemade I do. Check out these creations!
 Moore Minutes s'mores dessert buffet - is perfection!
Amy Atlas thought so too - now that is B-I-G time. Congrats Lisa!
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I just got the most fabulous canvas from Canvas People
. I am not showing it to you yet...I have plans for its display and that is a post of its own. Let me just say their product is amazing.
And they have a great deal happening - $25.00 off a canvas.
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If you are a crafter, DIYer, home improvement guru...you need Gorilla Glue. Along with the DIY Club, there is an awesome giveaway happening right now. The winner will be announced 8/22. Go check out my post and enter HERE.
Gorilla Glue Party
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SPOTLIGHT
YOU ARE MAKING THIS DIFFICULT! IN A GOOD WAY!
I have a hard time choosing...I am trying to give everyone their spotlight...but man here is so much good stuff on this linky...certain things just catch my eye at certain times!
A big huge-a-licious THANK YOU for all who have participated and visited and picked up the blog hop on their blogs. I am so enjoying visiting your links and seeing what Tickles You Pink! Who will be in the SPOTLIGHT next week?
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Happy Anniversary to Saving Money and Living Life!

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Yet another great idea from Yesterday on Tuesday....
Scrabble pendants as a school fundraiser.
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Rosemary Chicken and Marscapone Risotto from 5 Minutes Just for Me
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Amazingly elegant headboard from Cottage Hill.
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Chalkboard garden markers at From Glitter to Gumdrops.
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Do you know what all these gadgets are for?
Food Floozie gives us a sneak peek at her tools.
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Chocolatey Drizzle Coconut Cookies fromThe Pursuit of Happiness.
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My Computer is my canvas offers up two great ones:
conversation coasters and a tutorial on installing fonts! Yeah!
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Stories from the Shoebox shares her caterpillar art...takes me back - my son loved this this book and I once found him reading to a caterpillar.
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Lambaround's secret to the salad!
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Too many good things to make with peaches at The Paisley Cupcake.
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Naan Bread from Mommie Cooks.
We have been making our own tortillas, so I must try this!
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Great Wedding Gift from Green Eyed Girl Crafts
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Who won the last giveaway....drum roll please.....
 BJ of Sweet Nothings
{if you want to know how I pick these...I scientifically ask my son for a number between 1 and however many comments there are. So technical!}
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This week's giveaway is...a surprise.
Hope it tickles you pink!
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There is ONE way to enter!
*You need to be a follower of 504 Main {some of you may want to double-check if you are tyring to enter} AND
*You need to leave a relevant comment about at least one feature!!!!
Contest begins on 8/12/10 and closes Thursday, 8/19/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST
The winner will be announced on Friday 8/20/10.
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Happy Friday!
I know everyone is super busy right now!
Thanks for taking the time to link up!
Show me what you got!
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****By linking here you are providing permission to feature your post {along with a link to your blog/post}****
****I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not adhere to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.****
****These are my own opinions. No one has offered me anything, nor have I accepted anything to include them in this post. Prizes are supplied by me.****
{photos appearing here are copyrighted and property of the respective blogs featured}
504 Main
PINK RULES
*It does NOT have to be pink or pink-related*
*Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button to the post*
{people need to know what the heck they are doing!}
*It does NOT have to be a new post*

***PLEASE LINK TO A POST URL, NOT YOUR MAIN URL****
*Visit some peeps on the hop*
*It would be great if you were a follower or subscriber {*wink*}
The Linky OPENS 8/19/10 at 11 pm PST
and CLOSES on 8/25/10 at 10 pm EST