Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Throwing In The Towel and A Giveaway


One of the best parts of my job, in addition to seeing great homes, is meeting wonderful people.  Often times when I write about someone's home we end up becoming friends.  And because of this, I have a large circle of great people I've met during my time as a writer who have then introduced me to even more wonderful friends...a completely amazing ripple effect that has enriched my life immensely over the years!  


Such was the case with Lyla from Old Spool Embroidery!   I met Lyla thanks to the wonderful girls from The Vintage Source when my friend Cathe brought me some of Lyla's wonderful beach inspired embroidered towels as a hostess gift.  I fell in love with these wonderful cotton flour sack towels and Lyla's imaginative designs and posted about them here...before I even knew who Lyla actually was.




One thing led to another, and at one of  The Vintage Source sales a few weeks after I received my gift, I had the chance to meet Lyla and see more of her beautiful towels!



Since that time, I've been dying to introduce you to Lyla and show you some of her wonderful wares!  She has so many wonderful designs to choose from... birds, nautical, patriotic, holiday, and children's themes...so many really wonderful and unique styles there really is something to suit everyone's decor!

 

With so many great towels to offer, I ended up selecting a few of her fall designs to feature in this post.  And I think you'll agree that these towels are something special!  I love all of them, and found myself having a difficult time trying to choose just one to be my favorite!   Just look at the detail that goes into each one, like the beautiful rooster towel above.

 


If I had to pick just one...ok 2, it would be this darling set...



I love the saying on this set...If the broom fits...




Fly it!!!   Such a fun way to add some whimsy to your kitchen or bathroom for Halloween don't you think?!





As I snapped away having fun looking at all the different designs Lyla offers, I couldn't help thinking about all the ways you could use these great towels.  Teacher's gifts, for a housewarming gift, hostess gifts...especially if you'll be visiting family or friends for Thanksgiving dinner this year.  And at just $6.00 US a piece, how can you go wrong?!




If you're like me and love them yourself, why not buy a few to decorate your house with as well?  And at that price you can afford to buy some to give and some too keep without feeling even a little bit guilty!







 There are pumpkins and apples...




 Reminding us that fall is all about the bounty that surrounds us this time of year.




And why not have your child give his or her teacher an apple towel this Christmas as a thank you for all they do throughout the school year?




Is there someone in your family who makes the best pies every year during the holidays?  This towel would be a great way to show your appreciation for the yummy desserts they bring!




 I love the simple detailing on this pumpkin towel.




And don't forget there's still time to pick up a few great towels for Halloween, like this one "witching" a hostess or special friend a Happy Halloween!




This spooky tree would be perfect in a powder room to welcome your guests.




 And wouldn't this be perfect in a child's bathroom?!  I love this adorable bewitching doggie towel!




Since we're all a little batty at my house, this Home Sweet Home towel would be very appropriate!




If your tastes run on the more formal side of things, then these great designs will be right up your alley.




 I love the pumpkin one...




Paired with the beautiful witch's hat they would make quite the statement no matter where you decide to hang them!




In case you've skipped past fall decorating and are thinking about Christmas already, you'll love the great Giveaway Lyla has generously offered to one lucky reader!  I'll be posting more of her wonderful holiday designs, like the one pictured above, in a post a little closer to Christmas, but I couldn't pass up this wonderful giveaway!

You see, Lyla has offered to give one of you a set of holiday towels that are just too cute for words!




 They feature the days of the week...




Each one more darling than the last...




Embroidered on soft white cotton, these happy little snowmen will bring a smile to your face every day of the week!




Wednesday's snow child is clearly not full of woe!




And Thursday's child seems to have far to crow...ok sorry I couldn't help myself!




I think Friday is my favorite, I love his kicked back attitude...which is what Friday's are all about, right?!




If you're like me and can't snow ski to save your life...straight down the mountain lickity split and completely out of control, then you can simply admire this happy fellow instead!

Lyla normally sells this darling set of 7 towels for $32.00 US but she's generously offered a set for my latest Giveway!!  Thank you Lyla!






Lyla recently...as in yesterday...opened her Etsy store, Old Spool Embroidery, which you can visit by clicking HERE.  Because it's so brand spankin new there aren't a lot of things offered there yet, but don't despair, you can contact her via email at oldspoolembroidery@comcast.net to order some of the wonderful towels you see above.

And soon she'll have everything she has available in her shop including lots more wonderful items that I didn't have room to feature in this post...so check back to her Etsy site often to see what's new!

If you live in southern Maryland and need instant gratification, or one of Lyla's wonderful towels right away, you can stop by The Vintage Source for their big flea market event this weekend!  Lyla's towels will be on sale and ready for immediate pick up!

Ok, so now on to the Giveaway for the Days of the Week Holiday Towels!!!

1.  For one chance to win visit Lyla's Etsy store, Old Spool Embroidery, by clicking HERE and then come back and tell me which towel you loved the most...if you liked one of the ones in my post the best then you can simply tell me which one of those was your favorite!
2.  For a second chance, become a follower and leave me a separate comment letting me know that you've joined in the fun!  If you are already a follower...thank you, and be sure to leave a second separate comment so that you are entered twice!

3.  For a third opportunity to win the towels, Tweet, Facebook, or Blog about the giveaway and then ***come back and leave a 3rd comment letting me know.***

The Giveaway will be open until next Wednesday, October 20th at midnight PST.  Good luck!

135 comments:

  1. I love the fall leaves the best.

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  2. I am a follower and enjoy your blog so much.

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  3. I think that the holiday days of the week towels are so cute!

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  4. I am a follower. You are on my blog roll too:)

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  5. I love the Home Sweet Home Halloween theme towels! I am a follower :).

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  6. I can't decide. Is it the fall leaves or the spooky tree. Spooky tree I think.

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  7. Kat, there is only on towel on her etsy site. I like the roosters and apple basket ones you showed and the fall leaves, too.

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  8. The towel with the apple basket was my favorite. Then of course the days of the week snowmen. I am a follower as well as having you on my blog roll.

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  9. Good luck to all. It would be a blast to win.

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  10. I love the Days of the Week towels. I sure hope I win!

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  11. Kat those towels are just too cute. I love the spooky tree one which is unusual because I'm not a big Halloween person.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Second post to say that I certainly am a followers.

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  13. I have also posted this wonderful giveaway on my blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  14. I adore the Christmas Snowman!! What a great post and wonderful towels that she has!

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  15. There's only one left on her Etsy site, but from what I see here, I love the broom one the best followed by the red rooster.

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  16. Oh... the witch and broom set is adorable and I know the perfect friend I'd like to send a set to. Really cute!

    Di

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  17. Having previously worked in an embroidery store I can fully appreciate the beauty and work that has gone into these towels. I love those apples in the basket that's such a different vintage looking design. However, I also love the "if the broom fits" duo. Then there's the fancy scrolled witch hat and pumpkin duo, and of course that whole weekday set. Who am I kidding I totally love them ALL!

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  18. Just a reminder, I am already a follower!

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  19. I will very happily post this on my blog too!

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  20. I went to her shop and (pout pout) she only had two towels listed. Hope there will be many more.

    I am a follower.

    Di

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  21. Hi Kat, I like "If The Broom Fits" duo! They are all adorable.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  22. Thanks to everyone who has tweeted and blogged about the giveaway! And Lyla will definitely be adding more items to her Etsy store...so be sure to check back! Or you can email her directly to place an order!

    Kat :)

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  23. Fun giveaway! I love the vintage style pumpkins!

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  24. These are just gorgeous!
    I think I love the black and white rooster towel, best. But it's such a tough choice, because they're all so darling!

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  25. I've posted this on my sidebar, too!

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  26. Hi again, Kat!
    Of course I'm a follower, thank you for the chance to win. :-)

    Anne

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  27. Beautiful towels!i love the fall leaves the best.

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  28. I've been a follower for a while now and your blog is always a good read.

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  29. If the broom fits...omg, I need to find a way to put that on my license plate!

    You know I'm a follower, girl! =)

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  30. Love the fall leaves and all the snowmen.

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  31. I looVe the RoosterS! The reD oNe is My faVoritE, bUt I alSo LiKe tHe BlaCk And WhiTe OnE tOo!

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  32. What pretty towels ~ of course Im digging the elegant Halloween towels. I didn't mention it before but I love your new Fall header as well ~ those wooden acorns are great.

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  33. love the roosters but i sooooo love the snowmen!!

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  34. i am a follower and always love your photgophy

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  35. Pick one!? I'm sure my kids would say "if the broom fits"...but, I love the damask with the pumpkin and hat...so festive & elegant.

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  36. Love the "formal looking" halloween towels. SO many cute choices hard to pick a favorite.

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  37. I think my favorite is this:

    Halloween Filigree Pumpkins Embroidered Flour Sack Towel

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  38. They are all so great but the Sunday towel with the snowman caught my eye.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  39. My favorite is the haunted house "Home Sweet Home" towel.

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  40. I honestly like all of them. My fav may be the "if the broom fits!". The scrollwork is pretty, too.
    -Trish

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  41. I tweeted, here: http://twitter.com/TheOldPostRoad

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  42. ooops- Hi - one more thing - Im mailing out MY giveaway items today and you were a winner. Can you please send me your mailing address. Thx - Dee

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  43. I am a follower and the leaves are gorgeous!

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  44. Kelly J/Hunters HillOctober 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I really love the elegant Halloween towels and 'if the broom fits' as well as the rooster onces .... beautiful work and ideas

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  45. I like the Halloween Machine Embroidered Filigree Haunted House Flour Sack Towel. The colors and embroidery are cute!
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  46. I follow your blog. :)
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  47. I think that I like the leaves the best!

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  48. These towels are gorgeous. And my favorites are actually the Xmas ones! So I hope I win.

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  49. And I follow you. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  50. I'm a follower! I love the towels!

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  51. WoW!!! These towels are so unique! My absolute favorite are the Christmas days of the week, but next to that is the set with all of the Autumn leaves on them, I love the orange colors and shades.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  52. I am now a follower!
    Hugs, Cindy
    cstower.blogspot.com

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  53. I love the 7-Day set for winter!

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  54. What a generous giveaway! Great items in her shop! My favorite is the orange and white pumpkin/witch formal design hand towel designs that you posted here in this post.

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  55. Already a follower of your blog!

    Entry 1

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  56. Already a follower of your blog!

    Entry 2

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  57. In her etsy shop I like the haunted house the best -In your pictures the pumpkins and the roosters

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  58. I like the red pumpkin one...kind of reminds me of old fashioned Turkey Red work!

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  59. And, yes I am a follower. Thanks for the reminder to comment here rather than on fb!

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  60. Kat, I love the Halloween Filigree Witch towel!

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  61. I have blogged about this giveaway on my blog! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    cmcdermitt1@carolina.rr.com

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  62. So cute! Lyla does beautiful work! I think the Christmas days of the week are just adorable!

    xoxo laurie

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  63. I've been a happy, faithful follower of yours!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  64. I especially love the doggy witch; but would gladly display any of these lovelies in my home!

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  65. I really loved the Halloween Haunted House towels. I mostly have nautical so I'm interested in what she has in that style too.

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  66. My favorite is "If the broomstick fits, fly it." I was just over at her site & started a conversation with her via Etsy to order 4 of them. Hopefully that works out & I would love to win a set of those snowmen towels. They would make the perfect gift for my mom - she's gaga over snowmen. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Those snowmen towels are so darling. And I know the red rooster is traditional, but the blue one really caught my eye! ~Lili

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  68. And why of course I am a follower! ~Lili

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  69. LOVE the Spooky Tree! So darn cute!

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  70. Okay, here is is
    what I love....
    1. The Roosters
    2. Formal Halloween
    3. Christmas wreath
    4. If you have a broom
    And of course....the days
    of the week! Lovely
    giveaway and wonderful
    to meet Lyla!
    xx Suzanne

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  71. Love the Rooster (in Black) - will keep checking her store for more updates! These will make great stocking stuffers :)

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  72. I've followed
    you since I first
    dipped my toe in
    the bloggerhood...!
    xx S.

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  73. I'm a follower! I love them all, to difficult to choose and such beautiful work.

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  74. Oh my, I have a weakness for dish and tea towels that I inherited from my mom. The selection you show here is just amazing. You are right you do have a wonderful job. Hope you enjoy a great Fall weekend.

    ~jermaine

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  75. All of them are such a beauty...

    My family really favors rooster designs because my husband breeds some as his hobby...

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  76. I love the red rooster best. That and the simple pumpkins on the vine...
    My #1 entry!

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  77. I am already a follower! Yay!
    entry #2

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  78. just shared your blog on facebook!
    entry #3

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  79. I love the orange and green pumpkin towels (actually any from the picture they are in).

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  80. Call me a copycat, but I also LOVE the "if the broom fits" towel. Very cute.

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  81. Putting it on my FB right now!

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  82. I really love your towels...i love the leaves the most!
    can I join your give-away?
    greetings
    Anita
    http://alle-mooie-dingen.blogspot.com

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  83. I also became a follower of you.. and i looked at the site of ellen..
    greetings
    Anita
    http://alle-mooie-dingen.blogspot.com

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  84. and I've put an link to your blog on my computer
    thanks for joining!
    greetings
    Anita
    http://alle-mooie-dingen.blogspot.com

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  85. Hi, I just love the Holiday Towels and of course the Red Rooster!!

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  86. i love the pumpkins! they're my favorite fall fruit and decoration.
    thanks
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  87. i gfc follow.
    thanks
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  88. i tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/mamipdx/status/27684480973

    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  89. I've favorited her Etsy store. I love the formal Hallowe'en towels.

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  90. I've been following your blog and enjoying your photographs for a while. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  91. I love the Snowmen days of the week. TOO cute! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  92. I am a new follower. I found your lovely blog from Hartwood Roses. I love your remodel. Everything looks great! Thanks for including me in your giveaway!

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  93. My favorite keeps changing! lol I love the pumpkin with the red thread...and the Fall leaves! They are all really beautiful! Thanks for the fun, girlfriend! ♥

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  94. I am a follower...of course! Love your blog! ♥

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  95. I put your button on my sidebar for the giveaway! Thanks! ♥ It looks cute there! ♥

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  96. What an absolutely wonderful give away. These are absolutely gorgeous! Please enter me, I'd love to have a set of these! Thank you! Carolyn

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  97. I'm already a follower so please enter me twice. Wouldn't these make absolutely gorgeous shabby Christmas pillows? Awww I love 'em! Thank you again!
    Carolyn

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  98. I'll put a link on my blog of course for a third entry! My favorite is the black threaded rooster on the fence. But them again I like the red rooster too, along with the leaves, oh my I like them all! Carolyn

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  99. I just saw your giveaway posted on the sidebar of another blog and had to come and check it out. Oh my goodness, her work is just beautiful. I'd love to win your giveaway, but if I don't I'm so happy to have found out about Lyla as I'd like to order some for gifts.
    Picking a favorite is almost impossible as I like them all. I suppose for this time of year I'd have to say the one with the pumpkin pie is calling my name.
    Thanks for this chance to enter your giveaway. I'm off to become a follower.

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  100. I am now a follower of your blog. I look forward to reading along.

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  101. I love the fall leaves, but my favorites are the Snowmen days of the week. I love the fun and festive look! These would be great for people of any age.

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  102. Not sure if I can enter this being from Australia but I would so love to! Those Christmas ones are truly gorgeous!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  103. I am signing up to be a follower right now too-thanks.
    Natasha.

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  104. Love the snowmen towels. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  105. I only see Halloween towels in the shop right now...and I love all of them. And those snowmen towels are adorable!

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  106. The home sweet home haunted house towel, spooky!

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