September 5, 2009

It Must Be A Sign

It's Day 5 of the special 15 Days of Ivy giveaways. Until Ivy's first birthday on September 15 I'm going to post some fun giveaways every day- you can see all the other giveaway posts so far here.

For my Mom's birthday I had no clue what to get her (other than a Coach purse and that wasn't in the budget.) The Studio by Danielson Designs was in the budget (in fact, it was free)- they offered to let me design anything I wanted, and didn't ask for anything in return.

I enjoyed custom designing a frame online and watched my creation develop as I went along. Change around the words, colors, everything- you can see the final product right there as you go. They ship really fast and are perfect for last minute ideas (not that I'd know or anything...)

I chose to put "Mimi" with all the grandkids' names in birth order. I think it turned out wonderfully.

Leave a comment below if you'd like to win a customized sign or frame of your choice from The Studio. Today's giveaway is open to US residents only. I'll choose one winner at random on the night of Ivy's birthday, September 15. Winner will be contacted via email (so please include it when you fill out the secure comment form) and I'll also announce all winners here by September 16.

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177 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea, my mother would love that!

    The email is at the bottom of our blog page :-) thank you.

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  2. Very nice! I'd love to do one of these for my husband.

    mel (at) crazyreinvented (dot) com

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  3. That is so neat. Might have just found a wedding present for my brother's wedding in October. Thanks for sharing so many neat things.

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  4. I would love to win this contest!!! What a beautiful piece!

    sheworshipsonlyone (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thank you!

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  5. Awesome idea! I would love to win!

    Thanks - Heidi P.

    h.polcaster@sbcglobal.net

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  6. These are lovely! As we prepare to move into our new home, in which our little ones will finally have their own rooms, this would be perfect for nameplates for each of them!

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  7. What a great gift!

    Jenn
    schreierjennifer@sbcglobal.net

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  8. very cute! Mimi will LOVE that!!!

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  9. Love your design idea for the sign. I'm sure Mimi will love it too!

    -Abby

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  10. Beautiful sign you had made. They do lovely work!

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  11. Cool idea! Never heard of this before!
    eowyn1220@comcast.net

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  12. A sign with my favorite quote, a Native American proverb: "We do not inherit the earth from our fathers; we borrow it from our children"

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  13. What a cute idea. My mom would love something like this with her 4 grandson's names.

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  14. I LOVE your mom's sign. I know my mother would treasure that far more than a Coach purse! :)

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  15. I looove this idea, my mama would love that, oohhh - or even my grandmother.... you've got me thinking!

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  16. I love the sign and all the Grandbabies names are so cute.

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  17. That is a really sweet idea. I love custom gifts like that. I am sure your mom will too!

    aaclampitt@gmail.com

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  18. Oooohh, I LOVE it! What a perfect gift! I'm sure your mom loves it!

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  20. Heck yes! I'd love to have one of those!

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  21. I think that everyone that I know would like one. What a great idea.

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  22. I know your mom loved it.

    Happy Birthday Ivy!

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  23. wow, I can't believe our babies are turning a year old already! I remember this time last year waiting to hear about your good news so I knew mine would be coming soon.

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  24. This is really cool. I would love to win!

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  25. I'm sure your mother was just delighted by this. So thoughtful. When I'm a Grammy, I'd love to receive gifts from the heart, like these.

    Nell

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  26. beautiful. gorgeous. exactly what i've been wanting to surprise my girls when they finally start sharing a room before the new little arrives. i've been looking for something that will make it THEIR room.
    jenniferlivolson@hotmail.com

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  27. I love it, I just picked out about 3 as christmas gifts, but to get one of those for free would be even better!!!!
    erikadeanne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I thought that was a lovely gift and I know she was thrilled with it.

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  29. What a fantastic idea for someone who has everything!!!!

    PS - turned out very nice, I hope you didn't spoil your mom's surprise.

    Michelle

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  30. so classy! love it!
    hilarysurratt@gmail.com

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  31. So cute, Steph! I'm sure your mom will love it! Wow, and a free giveaway?! I need a frame for an oddly-shaped piece of art I have. :)

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  32. That's super cute. My grandma would love that. I don't know how you would fit all 10 grandkids plus 2 great grandkids on there though.

    my email is tropicaljello1988@yahoo.com

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  33. I would love to win one!
    I would have to dig through my poetry archive to decide what to put on it:)

    tout_est_des_roses@yahoo.com

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  34. Is it permissible that I'm entering most of your giveaways? This is a good idea. Even if I don't win this one we might do this for my mom in law. She's accrued 5 grandchildren in 3 1/2 years!
    ashleynw@gmail.com

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  35. I love your idea! I would need to change the Mimi to Nana though.

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  36. I would LOVE to get one for my hubby.

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  37. Happy birthday Ivy!

    Audrey :)
    audrey_cale at hotmail dot com

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  38. Oh, wow. You are having the best giveaways!

    I would love to win this. But deciding what to get would be hard... Something for the new baby's room? Something romantic for our bedroom? A prayer for the kitchen wall?

    Or give it as a gift?

    LOVE this idea! And your mom will love her sign!

    Happy birthday, Ivy!

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  39. This is a pretty great idea! I'm always coming up short on gift ideas every time Christmas rolls around...

    sportivacliff@yahoo.com

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  40. Wow, that's really cool! I would love to win this! Great giveaways you've got going. :)

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  41. I loved when I saw your mom's sign on one of her posts. This would be great to win. You have my email. Thanks!

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  42. What a great site/store! Lots of great ideas.

    evitafjord@gmail.com

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  43. I would love to win that!! Happy Birthday Ivy.

    kristenvia@verizon.net

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  44. that is such a neat idea!
    thegoodmanfam(at)msn(dot)com

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  45. How neat! I always wanted one of those!

    daronml (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  46. So, so cool! Would love it, of course.

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  47. What a wonderful gift! It is so meaningful AND nicely done.

    Aaryn_lee[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  48. Very cute.

    I am so bad about actually hanging the portraits we have taken of our kids. (Reminds me...I never actually ordered the prints from the last session. Doh!)

    Maybe if I had a cute frame, I would be motivated to hang them.

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  49. Love the sign!

    ceruleanblue42@gmail.com

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  50. Oh, yes, I would like to win one. Thank you.

    By the way, our kids call my husband's mom Mimi. I love it!

    Bri

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  51. It would be great to finally have something with my dd name...she has 13 letters and nothing will fit that many.

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  52. I'm sure Mimi will love it! They have really cute stuff...

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  53. I had seen Mimi's when she posted about it and thought that was a great idea Steph!

    I'd love one!

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  54. Absolutly beautiful! I would love one of these for my Grandma for Chirstmas. We are always trying to find things for her that are special or personal and this would be perfect.

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  55. has been on our list to get- a family sign- for some time. Thanks for the giveaway!

    joshandjoanna at gmail

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  56. Great idea!
    charlotte_allen at comcast dot net

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  57. That looks fabulous. I'd love one of these.

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  58. I would love to win!! The sign you had made was so beautiful!

    kellytwatson@yahoo.com

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  59. I would love one of those for our house! We have a new baby on the way, and I adore having things with everyone's names on them :-)

    plannedimprovisation (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. This is sooo cool! Love it.


    msbraam@hotmail.com

    Thank you,
    Missy

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  61. My mother would love one of these!! She is redecorating and updating her house. Thanks for the great idea!
    cybender@yahoo.com

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  62. My mom would love something like that. So would I for that matter. :)

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  63. What a great sign. I would probably do something with our family name on it.

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  64. We are getting a new house soon and I'd love to have a new sign with our names on it for the new house

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  65. that is the perfect gift!
    thanks!
    moore.g@Insideconnect.net

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  66. Such a great idea!! I love that!

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  67. Would love this idea!!! jtcosby@gmail.com!

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  68. So cute.

    jagarmywife at gmail dot com

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  69. What a neat gift! I'll have to bookmark that site. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. gretchen from lifenutSeptember 06, 2009 4:27 PM

    Pretty! What a great gift. I bet your mom loved it.

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  71. What a great idea, especially for a grandparent! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

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  72. Too fun!
    thedaytontime at gmail dot com

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  73. what a fabulous gift! i would love it too!!! myjcrew@gmail.com

    p.s. ivy's birthday is two days after mine!!hoping i win atleast one of your giveaways for a present of my own!!

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  74. this is a great idea for a grandma! (in your case, a mimi, or in our case, an oma!) would love to win this as a christmas gift for oma this year. leah *nystraldjo at hotmail dot com*

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  75. Those are gorgeous! I've been on the hunt for a nice sign with our last name and I think I've found the one I want!

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  76. This is so cool, 'cause I usually can't find exactly what I want to say already printed up...what a neat idea!!

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  77. What a beautiful sign!
    lane_jackson@hotmail.com

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  78. what a super sweet gift idea!

    xo,
    erika
    InspiredMama@msn.com

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  79. very cute! Would love to give a gift to someone... or keep it for myself! :)

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  80. Thanks for this info!!! I am sure I'll be completing some of my Christmas shopping there soon!

    angleicka (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. I would like a frame the best.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  82. I subscribe via reader

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  83. I follow you on Twitter

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  84. I love the sign you made for your Mom. It's sweet and creative. I bet she loved it.

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  86. What a special personalized gift idea! I know a couple of people I could get these for christmas!

    teshadle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  87. Jennifer Fetterman (jenniferfetterman@yahoo.com)September 07, 2009 8:12 AM

    Love that sign. I saw it a while back on your mom's blog.. It's such a thoughtful idea. Lovely.

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  88. These are so nice - thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  89. How beautiful is that?!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    TerraLJones at Gmail dot Com

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  90. This is ssooo cute! I'd love one of these for us!

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  91. great gift! i'd love one.
    phyl613 at yahoo.com

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  92. this is a wonderful idea!


    amnhunte@ius.edu

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  93. Man, I would love to be able to give this to my mom or dad.

    What a great idea.

    bananadc@yahoo.com

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  94. ooh - my mom would LOVE that - come to think of it, I would like one too! thanks!

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  95. What a fabulous gift! My moms birthday is coming up and I would love to get her one of these, very cute!

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  96. What a great idea to do the grandkids' names! My moms would be pretty full since I'm about to birth #11!

    Your mom is going to LOVE it!

    Thanks for the chance again, Steph! :)

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  97. Wow those are beautiful! My mom would also LOVE something like this! Her bithday is at the end of this month. :)

    tinycandi @ gmail . com

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  98. This is fun!!! Are you having fun? I am having fun!

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  99. What a great gift. Personalized is a great idea for Christmas gifts!

    Tasha at
    cheekabeeka@gmail.com

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  100. The signs are gorgeous!
    I would love to make one of these for my husband.

    vpg71 at hotmail.com

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  101. My mom's birthday is coming up, and I love your idea! This is really neat!

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  102. Talk about sooo many wonderful things to choose from! I could so see a sign like that hanging in my kitchen!

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  103. That is a wonderful idea. My mom would love that for her anniversary!

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  104. Very neat!

    Please enter me :)

    nikimom@live.com

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  105. Great idea for a gift. I now have a Christmas gift in mind.

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  106. That is so unique and beautiful! LOVE it!

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  107. That is such a great gift idea!

    Love it.

    Zakaryw at gmail dot com

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  108. Oh that is a beautiful sign! I'd love to get something similar for my mother-in-law for Christmas. :)

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  109. This site is FANTASTIC! We're starting construction on a new home, and I've been dreaming about all the ways I want to write the Lord's name on our walls - and this is a great way to do it! I'd get a plaque with some sort of scripture...etc...

    This is a site I'm for SURE bookmarking!

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  110. That sign is simply beautiful, I am sure your mom will treasure it always!

    hdurdil at mac dot com

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  111. Oh, my this is beautiful too! Catching up after the holiday. My parents would really love this...all the grandkids. What a great idea.

    Heather

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  112. ~ great giveaway ~

    thanks, steph, for introducing us to such wonderful finds!

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  113. I love these signs. There's one in our living room that says "delight" in larger font, with a Scripture verse using the word delight underneath.

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  114. That is gorgeous - your mom will LOVE it!

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  115. What a great idea for a Nana who has E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.!!!

    I heart this!!!!

    missy.richards@yahoo.com

    http://therichards-itsawonderfullife.blogspot.com/

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  116. that is so beautiful. you should check out femail creations, they have a lot of great stuff like this too!

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  117. Awww, I want to make one for my mom!!

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  118. SOMEONE is going to have a new house and would love a witty saying above her door as she walks out everyday.
    JUST SAYIN' ;)

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  119. That is so beautiful!
    cdenton_80@yahoo.com

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  120. I'd love to have a sign with my son's name in big block letters, with the quote, "I am a child of God" across it.

    beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

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  121. I love the signs. My only trouble would be deciding what to put on it. And whether to selfishly keep it for myself or to selflessly (and begrudgingly) give it as a gift.

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  122. I, too, would have a problem deciding whether to keep it or give it away. Maybe I should use the word battle instead of problem.
    I LOVE customized things.

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  123. This would be lovely to start personalizing a new home we're buying. I love that you can see it change online as you tweak it.

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  124. These are great! Cool idea! thanks!
    staceylavers(at)gmail(dot)com

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  125. What a cute idea for a sign! How neat that you can make your own...I will have to keep it in mind.

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  126. What a great idea. I would love to pick out something unique.

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  127. I love this, but I have no idea what I would do with one. I am so not creative. But I would still love to win!

    megandenny841@yahoo.com

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  128. This is an awesome gift - amandarj01 at hotmail dot com

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  129. I forgot to leave my email in the other comments! Darn, oh well.

    Sarah (at) dougandsarah (dot) net

    Not dot com.

    Beautiful frame btw, a great resource for future giftgiving!

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  130. Awesome sign! Great idea for Christmas! Bookmarking it now!

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  131. What cute stuff! Bet your momma loves it!

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  132. Very neat, love it! Please enter me.

    mommainflipflops At gmail.com

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  133. I loved this sign when your Mom posted it!
    I'd love to win one for my Mom, who is my kids MeMe, with an "E"! :)

    Stacy
    SCole62003@aol.com

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  134. What a neat idea! I can think of so many different ones I'd love to do! Thanks!
    garyandalesha at cox dot net

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  135. That is soooo cool!! Now if I could just find a decent photographer to take a photo of my kids . . . LOL!

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  136. ooh my mind is already going crazy with ideas for what I could put on that sign.

    A sign for our front door? Emma's room? A Christmas piece? Hmm.... I would really really love to win this one!

    Thanks

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  137. I would love to win! I would give one to my kids' own MeMe...

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  138. This would be so fun! I'd put some scripture on it.

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  139. I love this online store...I spent forever on there earlier just browsing and wishing...

    Awesome giveaway, thank you!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

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  140. How perfect - I know Mimi fell in love!

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  141. I love that! What a great gift idea!

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  142. Those are just lovely signs, Steph.

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  143. I'd love to win one for my Mother-in-Law. She'd love it.

    -Abby

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  144. What a great gift idea! Love it!

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  145. i never know what to get our parents for christmas. that would be a lovely gift for everyone. thanks for the tip...


    melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  146. I would love to win this, it would be a great present!

    jessiekaitlin at hotmail dot com

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  147. What a beautiful sign! Would love one for our family!

    Stephanie

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  148. What a fantabulous idea! Ugh, if only I were that creative! :) (You realize that if I win I will be doing a very similar design to yours #1 because I love it so much and #2 because of aforementioned creativity-ness-less!

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  149. thank you so much,. . .would love to list all in our family for grandma the way you did

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  150. i just checked out their site! They have so many great quotes that you can pick from if you need help! Their signs give me that warm and fuzzy feeling!

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  151. I would love to get this for my hubbys mom. wrcham2004@yahoo.com

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  152. I'd like a frame. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  153. this would be beautiful in my living room
    brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

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  154. Gosh it would be SO hard to pick - I loved everything on their site, but I think I would do what you did and make a sign for my MIL similar to yours - she deserves it!

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  155. Oh my goodness, they have so many amazing things.

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  156. Oh that is really cute, I would love to have a custom sign for my daughter!

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  157. so very neat! I love personalized gifts.

    jenna dot grubbs at gmail dot com

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