No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!

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First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!

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With eggs and without!

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Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!

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First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.

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Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!

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How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!

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Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.

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I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!

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Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.

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Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.

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Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.

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And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!

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We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?

 

 

Easter is on It’s Way!

Today the kiddo and I went to see the Easter Bunny!

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I was recently contacted by Southcenter Mall about an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. I almost just said ‘Nope.’ But then I asked the kiddo and he was super excited! And full of questions. Is he going to be real? Or just a fake one to take pictures with??? I didn’t really answer the questions. I wanted to see his reaction!

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There were all sorts of cute eastery- details around the bunny!

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Love the smug smile on the kiddo! Whenever we get these pictures it’s hard to get a real smile from him!

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The Easter Bunny will be at Southcenter Mall through April 4th. There are 5 different photo packages to choose from. A portion of the Easter Bunny photos go to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Non-Profit, Bright Pink! A great reason to go see the bunny!

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A little High Five with the bunny!

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Other Southcenter Mall Easter activities include:

Free Easter crafts: Westfield Southcenter will be offering a free Easter craft on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April, 2 from 11 a.m. to noon near the Easter photo set in the Children’s Wing.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Join Cha! Cha!, the adventurous and brave red-eyed tree frog, and the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra-special” breakfast buffet at Rainforest Café on Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 or Saturday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. Families can also participate in an Easter egg hunt, as well as enjoy free goodie bags and a free Easter basket raffle. Reservations required.

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It wasn’t the ‘real’ easter bunny, but we had fun! After the pictures we headed to the craft store to get glitter to decorate eggs with. Seeing the bunny really put us in the Easter crafting spirit! Are you crafting for Easter yet?

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

A Kitchen Inspired Gift Set

We didn’t know what to get my in-laws for Christmas. My husband wanted me to make placemats. I didn’t think I had time to make placemats…. So I bought a spoon…

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A really cool Spoon! And then I decided to buy some cool napkins at Bed Bath and Beyond to go with the spoon. When I found the awesome napkins, I also found a really cool Seattle neighborhood map cutting board (yes this one is Chicago, but our store actually had Seattle even though it’s not online. Trying not to take that personally…). And then of course, you need placemats to go with everything else!

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So I made placemats! Everyone needs them. I love making them. So why not!

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This one I used one of my favorite patterns, the Mini Trajectory Paper Piece pattern by Simply Cotton! I’ve used it before a few times… Once for a do Good block, I made a placemat for us with it and I used it for my paper piecing tutorial!

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The wonky log cabins is a favorite. No pattern here!

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Another no pattern mat… Just some hexi’s to match the napkins!

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Again, a bit of paper piecing with improv! This pattern is a free pattern from Wombat Quilts, the Star String Paper Pieced Pattern. I did have to scale the pattern down a bit, just like I did with our placemats!

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I do love the circlular stitching. I haven’t attempted it on a large quilt yet, but it looks awesome on the little placemats!

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And for the back, I used some fabric that I had been hoarding…. For the whole project I used fabric from my stash! So that felt really good!

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Don’t they look good together??? I think so!

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I LOVE making placemats! I think it’s the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, but it’s just a tiny quilt! I don’t do many mini quilts because I don’t’ have anywhere to hang them. And they just get rolled up and stashed… But the placemats get used so I feel like I can make them! And they make for a fantastic gift!

A Heart Tree Pillow

Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day? Sitting here writing this, I realized I didn’t really decorate this year! I made a wreath and a ton of kiddo Valentines and my own quilted postcards, which is all WAY more than I usually do for Valentines Day!

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I usually do a little something, but this year I’m in love with the hearts!

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But this year I was just having so much fun with the postcards, that I decided to make a pillow. But I didn’t really want pink for the house. That’s when the whole tree thing hit me!

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So I ran back to West Seattle Fabric Co and picked up some of the wood grain fabric from the Nutmeg line of Dear Stella! And got to work. Even ‘carving’ our family initials into the tree!

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There’s still time to make yours! It’s really super fast! The pattern is available here. And you can just throw together an envelope pillow and boom! I think I’m going to keep this one out all year!

A Printable Lego Valentine for You!

My son is all about legos, crayons for book making and magna blocks. I don’t have any more to say about magna blocks except that they are awesome. But I do have a lot more to say about legos, crayons and valentines!

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So what did we decide to do for classroom Valentine’s this year?

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Give legos and crayons in the shape of legos!

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My favorite part of the Valentine is the lego hearts! These aren’t easy to find! I called the local Lego store and asked if they carried these, 2×2 coupling plates. They said no, those are pretty sought after. Why I asked. Because people like to make them into hearts! Oh…. Yep! That’s why I’m one of those people searching for them!

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I looked and looked for these, but none of the tutorials I found, told me where to get the pieces. So I finally found them at Brick Owl. The website is pretty cool. You can pick your country, your brick and your color, then sort by seller and their shipping rates and minimum order requirements. Very cool!

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The kiddo’s favorite part is the lego crayons we made!

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They are so easy to make. The hardest part was finding the old crayons! I reached out to our neighborhood parenting groups and gathered up everyone’s rejects! Loaded up the silicone molds that I got on Amazon.

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Leaded them in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes. Of course, temps and times vary per oven. Just keep an eye on it.

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Take them out of the oven, let cool for a few minutes and then freeze! Freezing is the key!

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Then pop them out!

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The kiddo loved putting a little of every color in each mold. They turn out pretty muddy. I wanted them all one color. We compromised and just used 2 or 3 colors per mold!

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And then we put them all toegther! You can download the card here.

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I debated doing a lego heart shape on the front, but decided to leave it off the part and add it to the back.

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We can’t wait to give them out! We’ve got a few more to make and load up before the big day. But I think we’ll make it! Anyone else have a lego lovin’ kiddo?

 

Valentine’s Day Quilted Postcards- a Tutorial

I’m super excited about this project! Our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Valentine Postcard swap. When we first heard about it, I decided I was in, but I wasn’t super excited. Then I started making mine and got hooked!!! Obsessed!

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I came home and started looking around online for instructions and sizes so I could make some and mail them. I couldn’t find a tutorial that didn’t include an applique type edge. I wanted a more quilted look….

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The first one I made was this one. I used a bunch of 1 inch squares, but then couldn’t quite get the back to work. It’s also super thick for mailing with all the seams! So as much as I love this one, it’s not what I wanted for a quilted postcard valentine up taking the plunge into the mailbox!

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So I made some more! But this time I made patterns! More paper piecing for me! I couldn’t decide on just one, so the pattern actually has 3 patterns in it! I have the set of patterns in my Craftsy store, for $5.00. But the tutorial is free! So let’s get to it!

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You’ll need a little bit of fabric, a 4×6 piece of batting, a 4×6 piece of cardstock, patterns and I use basting spray. I used mostly scraps, so needless to say, you don’t need much fabric!

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Print and pick your favorite pattern. Each pattern has two outside lines. One for making a 4.5 x 6.5 inch block. The second is larger for making the postcards.

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Paper piece your hearts! If you’re new to paper piecing, my tutorial on that should help! Sew together and then tear off the paper.

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Center the batting on the quilt block. I use basting spray, but you can pin too. Spray the spray on the batting, not on the quilt block. You’ll have a little more than a half inch on each side.

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Quilt the block and the batting together.

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Iron the edges in half and over again.

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Spray baste the cardstock onto the batting.

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Time to do the ‘binding’! Fold the block over the edge of the card stock and start sewing. The corners are a bit tricky. Especially if you have a bunch of seams like I did in my first postcard. So following the pictures, fold, fold, fold and fold one last time. Then continue sewing!

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And you’re done! Ready for mailing!

 

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And just in case, I mailed one to myself, just to check… I did use a regular letter stamp instead of a postcard stamp. One, because I had it and I didn’t have a postcard stamp. And two, I though they might need extra postage since they are thicker than a plain postcard…..

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These are so fun! Pretty quick, too! Now I have to make more. I need some for the swap and now I want to send them on to family!

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Which one is your favorite!

A Happy Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Are you getting your Valentine’s Day crafting on yet? I don’t think I did much of it last year… I think I’m making up for lost time. I just keep coming up with ideas to do that invovles pink and hearts…. I can’t help myself!!!

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The funny thing is that I started making this wreath and it seemed so hot pink! Then I made the melted bead hearts that are pink. The pink of hte hearts make the wreath look almost purple! I think I might have to make more melted bead hearts… Maybe some silver ones…. Anyway, I’ll show you how I made this one!

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For this project I used my My Own Fringemaker, curly ribbon and a wreath form. Do you throw out those forms that come on your Christmas wreaths? No!!! For one, I hate throwing things away. And secondly, Seattle is crazy with trash, recycling and compost. So you can’t just throw things away these days, so I always take the dead pine branches off the wreath form and save the forms.

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The first part is winding and winding and winding the ribbon along the fringemaker. Tie a knot at the beginning, wind and then tie another knot!

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Now sew! Be sure to pull at least 3 inches or so of thread out before you start. Then sew along the middle of the frame. I wind my ribbon pretty full, but as I sew I pull the ribbon so it’s not so tight. It also just kind of happens, the ribbon pieces just don’t sew as tight together as they go through the machine. And like when we started, leave a thread tail!

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Next, cut the ribbon off the My Own Fringemaker frame.

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And you get this great fringe! I might have to make more and more of this for the mantel!

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Using your thread tail, tie the ‘garland’ onto the wreath form. Then wrap around and around and around. Next, bunch it together. I had to do ALL the previous steps 4 times to get the amount of ‘bunch’ I liked.

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And you’re done! You end up with a cute little fringe wreath!  You could be done… Or you can keep going and add the hearts!

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I used my own melted bead tutorial. Yes, I had to go back and check it out since it had been so long since we had made them! These I did do a little differently though. Instead of using a pan, I used cookie cutters on a cookie tray. I made one batch while I was watching the Seahawks playoff game. The game got pretty stressful there at the end, so I had to make a second batch to ease my nerves!

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I just hot glued a few together and hung them on the wreath. Finished!

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What are you making for Valentines Day?

 

Merry Christmas!

From my family to Yours!

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We were making wishes tonight and my son wished for everyday to be Christmas. I don’t want everyday to be Christmas, but I would like to see the kindness of Christmas last all year.

I’m taking the rest of the year off from the blog, but will be back after the first of the year! I’m going to enjoy the family and some sewing. I hope you can do the same!

Thanks for reading!

 

Santa and Our Christmas List Printable

It’s that time of year again! That time of year where Santa comes to town!

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Please excuse the pictures, I totally forgot my camera! What??? I know! No idea what I was thinking! Our local Westfield Mall contacted me about taking pictures with Santa before Thanksgiving. At first I was thinking no… I don’t do Christmas before Thanksgiving. But then that weekend, Dad had to work, so it was just the kiddo and myself hanging, so I said why not??? And of course the kiddo didn’t mind!

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So we updated the date on our Christmas List, printed it and started filling in the blanks! You can get the updated letter here to download.

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We’ve been loving this list for a few years now! From 2012 to now!

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So we headed to the mall!  The kiddo got to go over his list with Santa and chat about whether he was naughty or nice (of course he was nice!) and smile for the photo!

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This year they have a great setup so that you can even make an appointment with Santa, so no waiting in lines. Pretty nice! If you are local, be sure to check out Santa’s schedule here for the times he gets away from his Christmas planning to take pictures at Westfield Southcenter Mall! 

Each guest will have an opportunity to share their Christmas wishes and pose with a naturally bearded Old Saint Nick, as well as receive special offers, including:

  • A $10 or $20 promotional card with Shutterfly.
  • Two complimentary youth tickets to the Pacific Science Center for guests who purchase photo package ‘A’ (up to $29 value)

Photo packages range from $22 to $47. Guests can pre-order their photo packages and make their Fast Past reservations by visiting here, which permits guests to bypass lines by going straight to the Fast Pass line.

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?? Santa knows! And despite my griping about going early, we had a great time visiting with Jolly Old St. Nick!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Cone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial

Today I’m bringing home a post I did last year for Thanksgiving. I don’t do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but this is a fun one!  I’m excited to share a fun craft my son and I created for you and your families! This is a great project to do today or even with the whole family while you’re waiting on the real turkey to cook on Thursday!

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We call these funny little guys the Salad Spinner Ice Cream Cone Turkeys! hehehe! Or just Spinner Art Turkeys for short!

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We love salad spinner art and made a lot of it a while back. Then just recently my son found the spinner again and got it out and we’ve been loving it again! So after we were playing with it, I knew we had to incorporate this into a Thanksgiving craft. Hence the turkeys were born!

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What you’ll need is fall colored, acrylic paints, paper plates, waffle cones, googly eyes, glue, a little bit of yellow fabric and a little bit of red fabric, and scissors! And of course a salad spinner!

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We LOVE making salad spinner art! As you may be able to tell from the paint build up along the sides! We found a used, cheap one at Goodwill for our art. I don’t recommend using the same one you use for your tasty salads. I’ve found that there’s usually a good collection of used ones at our local Goodwill or thrift shop.

So first you insert your plate in the spinner and add the paint. I try to get it in circles, but sometimes (most of the  time) it ends up in little dots!

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Then spin!!! The fun part!

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While the plates are drying, let’s work on the rest of the turkey. First off, you want to, very carefully, carve a little slit in the back of the cone. They are fragile and you might loose a few cones. You just want about a 1/2″ slit about 1″ up from the top of the cone.

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Next, cut out the beak and the ‘snood’. The beak is a little triangle and the snood is kinda like an mix between a l and a S.

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And glue! The beak, then the snood and lastly the fun googly eyes!

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Once the plates are dry, cut them in half with a little tab in the middle.

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Insert the plate in the back slit of the cone. It’s going to want to flop around, so add a little glue and it will stand up straight!

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You can try to make just one… But once the salad spinner is out… Good luck with just one!

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I’ll bet you’ll end up with a ‘rafter‘ (a little Turkey Day trivia for ya) of turkeys! Make as many as you want for your Thanksgiving table! How many will you make???

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