Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Focus On... Hide n Seek And A Giveaway!

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Hide n Seek is a magical shop full of whimsy and wonder and wildness. I feel as if I'm stepping into a fairytale everytime I enter. And when you actually look at her pieces... it's amazing. Eloise (who has the fabulous habit of signing every correspondence with "take care and bear hugs") is such a talented artist I couldn't help but buy quite a few of her pieces and she is such a generous artist she included some extras for a giveaway!

This little goat is my favorite piece of hers - I have it hanging in my room!

Tell me some basic info about yourself.
I am Hidden Eloise, the pencil and brush behind Hide n Seek. I have been drawing as if my life depended on it since I was a little girl. Yet, the old and ancient household council of family and parents spoke and decided: I was to become an Architect!... and that I did, yet, as expected from anyone forced in slaved-education, I eventually followed my dream of drawing and painting my way away from Architecture. No amount of family, peer and social pressure has managed to make me stop drawing. There is no inspiration behind my choice and there isn't even any choice to speak of, I have to draw pretty things. Or else!

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
Daydreaming is where it all begins and, unsurprisingly, the most important decisions are not taken over paper. When the strange stories in my head decide they are ready to appear through pencil, I start drawing. After a lot of scribbling and sometimes some brushwork, I move to digital colouring where I stay for as long as it takes. I never rush an artwork and I often redraw parts of it and change them again and again until I am satisfied, the whole process taking usually more than two weeks and, more often than not, a month and more since I have to run my shops as well. When I look at a new artwork and it makes me smile, I know it is ready to be shared with the world.

What made you decide to sell on etsy?
Etsy seemed like a fun place to promote my art, easy to join and filled with kind etsians ready to help a new soul anytime. It was meant to be: Hide n Seek + Etsy = ♥ :)

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspired by silent creatures, faded memories of childhood, childish scribblings, monochromatic lithographies, repetitive mechanical sounds of bizarre gadgets with no apparent use, old toys, vintage illustrations from children's books and waiting for a rainbow to appear after the endless rains here in England.

What is your favorite music to craft by?
Bat for Lashes, Ehma, Cocteau twins, Big heart in wool, Piano Magic, Rocket to the sky and of course a big variety of Classical music.

When it's cold outside...it's warm inside :)

When I'm hungry...better duck n cover!

When I need a boost...I drink silly amounts of obscure oriental teas.

I wish I was/were...an old, hunched witch in a dark fairytale
.....but fairytales aside, i wish i was fluent in Japanese that has been so hard to master :)

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be...Easiest question ever! A handcrafted Newtonian telescope, of course.

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be...Utagawa Hiroshige. His ukiyoe and style have been a great inspiration of mine.


If you were an animal, what would you be?
A grizzly bear of course :)

What's your favorite piece of your own?
I love my latest piece I created for the Glass, Cinder n Thorns Gallery show called "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child......all sailors whisper, the night before they brave the sea." for all it's dark fairytale and nautical nature.



Eloise has offered a beautiful selection of items for a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive an 8x11 print of "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child..." {frame not included} and a postcard version of "My Captain... We've reached the end of the world" plus a couple secret goodies!



- To be eligible for entry, you must be a follower of my blog through google friend connect or through your preferred RSS reader. -
- Make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win. -
- Please leave separate comments for each entry. -

First entry (mandatory):
Head over to Hide n Seek and tell me your favorite item!

Extra entries (optional):
- Follow the Hide n Seek Blog.
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list (in sidebar).
- Add my button to your blog (in sidebar).
- Become a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli.
- Follow Hide n Seek  and Kate and Oli on Twitter.
- Tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- Post on facebook about this giveaway and leave me some way to verify.


Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard time May 27, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on May 28, 2010 and will be emailed promptly. Hide n Seek will ship anywhere in the world!

125 comments:

  1. Wow! great illustrations! I love her "mom,this is the friend I told you about" !! Cute!!

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  2. Seductress:Pocket Mirror
    susanerios at hotmail.com

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  3. FB fan of Kate and Oli
    susanerios at hotmail.com

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  4. facebook posted, susanerios at hotmail.com http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home

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  5. wow...some of these are a little eerie! my favorite, too, is the little goat - very sweet :)

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  6. Following Hide n Seek's blog

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  7. Favourite item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46196572/my-what-big-heart-you-have-print-8-x-11

    arithmoquine (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. second entry - I'm a fan of you on facebook! facebook.com/thetrial

    arithmoquine (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. And following both of you on twitter! twitter.com/thetrial

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  10. also now following the hide n seek blog!

    arithmoquine at gmail dot com

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  11. This is just fantastic - What a lovely interview!

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  12. I love "I'll make the ocean my home -- Print 8 1/2 x 11 inches --"!

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  13. I follow the Hide n Seek Blog.

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  14. I am signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list!

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  15. Your button is on my fault!

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  16. I am a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli.

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  17. I follow Hide n Seek and Kate and Oli on Twitter.

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  18. I love the drawings of Hidden Eloise - I have more than one favourite so I'll choose Envy, with the dress nibbling deers.

    I'm already signed up here & a FB fan. I'm now following both on Twitter & have retweeted one of your tweets about the giveaway (I am @thesockgarden);

    This is such a lovely giveaway - someone's going to be very lucky. x

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  19. Love the Mom, this is the friend I told you about -- Print 5 x 7 inches. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child..." it's my favorite print!

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  22. i follow you + her on twitter!

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  23. i'm a fan of Kate and Oli on facebook!

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  24. i tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/beeyum

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  25. your button is on my page.

    contact info: beeyum@ymail.com

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  26. I like the Dad, this is the friend I told you about -- Stickers, a great way to add a little to notebooks.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  27. This is such a sweet giveaway, thank you! I love "He Says He Can Hear The Forest Whisper" tags, so very lovely!

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  28. I subscribe via email, thank you.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  29. Wow! This is beautiful work and real contemporary twist on the fairytale. Thanks! My favorite is Dad, this is the friend I told you about.

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

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  30. These are beautiful! I love the ones posted here, and I also love the "She's pretty good at school though" print.

    Lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

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  31. Lovely illustrations - I absolutely love the waves in your header but the forest whisper print with the bear is my favorite.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  32. Awesome illustrations! I'm in college as an illustration major myself, these are totally inspiring :) My favorite out of all of them is actually the "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child..." - just awesome composition and colors.

    kerincunningham@yahoo,com

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  33. My favorite item is the He says he can hear the Forest whisper -- Print 8 x 11 inches --
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I follow Hide n Seek's blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I signed up for Kate & Oli's newsletter!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Resting on Trees is my favorite! lovely!!! xo

    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  37. Following the hide and seek blog via google reader! xoxo

    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  38. Signed up for your mailing list!!!
    xo
    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  39. Following hide and Seek and kate and oli on twitter @sparkily

    xo
    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  40. Wow! i love the Mom, this is the friend I told you about print. great work!

    swapper13 at hotmail

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  41. i love the resting on tree print.. but I want them all! such an amazing artist!!

    steph.rutledge@gmail.com

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  42. This is my favorite from her shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/33406343/ill-make-the-ocean-my-home-print-16-x-11

    kimberlymarquez@gmail.com

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  43. I am following you both on twitter!
    @poppyluxedesign

    kimberlymarquez@gmail.com

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  44. i think that the suduction print is brilliant! i am a follower under kshuttle btw :)

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  45. hi, i am in lovey with http://www.etsy.com/listing/44150865/thinking-of-you-large-print-8-x-11?ref=v1_other_1

    email me :)
    liz_crowny@yahoo.com
    pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

    thankies for helding this giveaway ?

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  46. I'm a follower via friend connect.

    My favorite is We are here, so cute!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    (email in blogger profile)

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  47. love 'she's pretty good at school though' ah- a redeeming quality. :-)
    i follow as john/sb
    thanks
    shen
    divertida(at)fastmail(dot)com

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  48. i subscribe by email
    shen
    divertida(at)fastmail(dot)com

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  49. aw, there's so much to love!! here's my faves:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46025854/seduction-print-8-x-11-inches
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46025857/pray-the-anchor-stays-heavy-my-child
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43490445/little-lost-bear-print

    @FlamingBlingy
    phranne[at]yahoo.com

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  50. following you both on twitter 8)
    @FlamingBlingy
    phranne[at]yahoo.com

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  51. hey, my favie is i'll make the ocean my home

    enter me :)

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com

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  52. hi, i am laready hide and seek follower

    enter me :)

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com

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  53. Like this!:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43165082/my-captain-weve-reached-the-end-of-the

    Tanya_Starpower@yahoo.com

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  54. I like .Resting on the woods print

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  55. The My Captain... We've reached the end of the world print is my favorite! Wow!!

    sucre.et.cannelle@gmail.com

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  56. Great interview and giveaway!
    Eloise your Artwork is so magical..everything is so lovely!!
    Many favorites including 'I'll make the ocean my home' and the 'I Love You' Prints.

    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  57. I am following Hidden Eloise through google reader.
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  58. I am an email subscriber
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  59. I love Seduction -- Card --


    asia19-9[at]o2[dot]pl

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  60. Very talented artist! I love "She's pretty good at school though"
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  61. FB fan of Kate and Oli
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  62. email subscriber
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  63. wow i love the prize print and i also love the "i love you" print :)

    iceflurrie(at)hotmail(dot)com

    thanks!

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  64. My 2 favorites are: "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child...." and "My Captain... We've reached the end of the world"

    (I get an error msg. when I attempt to subscribe to Hide n Seek's blog.)

    TheWorldIsMyStudio (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  65. I follow Hide n Seek and Kate and Oli on Twitter.

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  66. I tweeted about it.
    http://twitter.com/TheWorldsStudio

    TheWorldIsMyStudio (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  68. I blogged about it.

    http://theworldismystudio.blogspot.com/2010/05/awesome-art-love.html

    TheWorldIsMyStudio (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  69. I posted it on facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/TheWorldIsMyStudio

    TheWorldIsMyStudio (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  70. I signed up for Kate and Oli mailing list.
    TheWorldIsMyStudio (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  71. WOW LOVE this artist! fav print, I'll make the ocean my home.

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  72. I also tweeted http://twitter.com/PeachyTuesday2
    and facebooked this!
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/profile.php?id=557367170

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  73. Oh OH WOW! How gorgeous are these? Love SALE-- My Captain... We've reached the end of the world -- Print!

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  74. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I really like "He says he can hear the Forest whisper....I can only hear his Big Heart"!

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  75. My favourite item is the Envy print and the tiny little wee house button

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  76. I'm in love with the illustrations! I love the 'little lost bear'
    six_one_nine_girlie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  77. Kate and Oli FB fan Jenna Marie-Wood
    six_one_nine_girlie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  78. I follow both on Twitter! Pyrodamsel
    six_one_nine_girlie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  79. My favorite item would be this one:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46827056/sale-one-black-baby-goat-print-new

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  80. I can't find the gfc follow button on Hide n Seek Blog :(

    I just signed up for her mailing list :)

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  81. I signed up on your mailing list as well:)

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  82. I added your button on my sidebar: http://bugs23.blogspot.com/

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  83. I like your FB Page as Michael Xp
    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  84. I follow Hide n Seek on twitter as @confrosh

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  85. I follow you on twitter as @confrosh

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  86. Here's my tweet about this giveaway:
    http://twitter.com/confrosh/statuses/14547963598

    bugs(dot)bittle23{AT}gmail(dot)com

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  87. I love them all, but my favorite is 'Hunter n Prey'

    Thank you so much for offering such a beautiful & generous gifts. :)

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. I'm following the Hide n Seek blog via Yahoo reader

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. I joined the Kate and Oli mailing list

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. I'm a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. I follow Hide n Seek and Kate & Oli on Twitter via @hellcatvintage

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  92. I'm a blog subscriber and a long time HidenSeek fan - and as someone who has had Indonesia rip off my jewelry designs, I'm absolutely heartbroken over her copyright ripoff :(

    I've never been able to choose a favorite piece, since I love all those that have to do with wolves, red riding hood, and whispering to the animals... but the Anchor piece has always been at the top of my list. A reoccurring theme in my own jewelry making, when I saw it was the prize up for grabs, I had to run over here and try my luck!

    Keep up the beautiful work!

    Allison of RockLove Jewelry
    info@rocklove.com

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  93. I like I love u -- Print 8 x 11 inches -- the best...
    jswandrn at gmail

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  94. My favorite item from hide n seek is the "He says he can he hear the Forest whisper" Pocket Mirror

    zannidmail (at) gmail.com

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  95. Signed up for the kate and oli mailing list.

    zannidmail (at) gmail.com

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  96. Following hiddeneloise on twitter!

    zannidmail (at) gmail.com

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  97. following ichbinseins on twitter!

    zannidmail (at) gmail.com

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  98. I am a fan of ur facebook page

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  99. "Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child..." IS actually my current favourite

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  100. Signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list

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  101. AND subscribed to the hide and seek blog!!...hope i win!

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  102. I love The girl with the six button red coat who hated skiing Print. thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  103. I follow Hide n Seek and Kate and Oli on Twitter. @Lubaska
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  104. I am a facebook fan of Kate and Oli.
    Ľubica Kotmániková
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  105. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/Lubaska/status/14698122215
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  106. I put a link on my FB wall
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183939846#!/profile.php?id=1183939846&v=wall&story_fbid=126747827351855&ref=mf
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  107. My favorite item is the anchor one featured in this giveaway. It's just gorgeous!

    waterwaif at cfl dot rr dot com

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  108. I have subscribed to Hide n Seek blog RSS feed via google reader
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  109. Wow her work is so haunting and beautiful, I love it! I think my Fav is "Mom, this is the friend I told you about" but I love them all!

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  110. I love the I'll make the ocean my home Print.
    ~Emily
    pocketfairy{at}gmail{dot}com

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  111. I like the Envy Pocket Mirror.

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  112. my favourite - Pray the anchor stays heavy, my child.

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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  113. my fav is "dad this is the friend i told you about"

    missbanana(at)dwx(dot)com

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  114. i am already a follower
    missbanana(at)dwx(dot)com

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  115. i grabbed your button

    missbanana(at)dwx(dot)com

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  116. I love the http://www.etsy.com/listing/34284068/dad-this-is-the-friend-i-told-you-about

    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  117. Became a facebook fan of Kate & Oli as (Heather Eakes Hill)
    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  118. They are all pretty spectacular
    my favorite right now is Seduction..

    crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

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  119. I am following your blog!

    nvlasky at gmail dot com

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  120. My favorite item is the Seduction card.

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