Thursday, July 8, 2010

Focus On... Mark Poulin And A Giveaway!

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Mark Poulin is a talented man. As his website says, "He combines his passion for metal work and eye for color into playful jewelry which has won him a loyal following across the country. All of his jewelry is cast from hand-carved wax models. Screenprinted images from his original sketches are kiln-fired onto three layers of vitreous enamels." Basically, he's my fave.


Tell me some basic info about yourself.
I love to work. If I didn't have a partner, family and friends to pull me out of my workshop I could get sucked in for days on end. I'm obsessed with good design, and beautiful things. I am constantly striving to make something I am completely satisfied with. That never happens, or if it does it is such a fleeting moment.. I am then projected forward in the never ending (but happy) cycle of making things.


What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I work with metal because it is the perfect vehicle for enamels. Enamels allow my love of color and my need to draw and doodle on everything a permanent outlet.


What made you decide to sell on etsy?
I love both sides of etsy, buying and selling. I really appreciate being able to gift shop by key words. On the selling end I love the sense of community that etsy is still able to make us believe in... even though etsy has become so huge. I still feel like I am somehow important and a part of this little group of crafters. I am a proud member of  the "Old Time Etsy Team."


Where do you get your inspiration?
I'm inspired by DIY style of self published comics and zines. By pop culture. By shapes I see everywhere and in everything. By the cute little voices in my head.



What is your favorite music to craft by?
It changes all the time. This song just shuffled by at the gym, so I'm tripping on The Perishers this week.
{Ed. note: I LOVE The Perishers!}
When it's cold outside... I make good soup.


When I'm hungry... which is all the time.. I'm the snack master... lately that's rice crackers.


When I need a boost... I go to the movies.


I wish I was/were... oh, this could be a huge list. There is so much I want! Lets leave it at I wish I was better at singing and dancing...and squeeze in not so clutzy... and just also squeeze in I wish I was less shy and better spoken!


If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be... Loving, supporting people to surround them.


If you were an animal, what would you be? Something that flies but doesn't migrate. I'm kind of a homebody.


What's your favorite piece of your own?
I love this kitty on a clothesline right now.


What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?

CONNECT:
WIN:
One of you lucky readers will win this reversible tree and bird necklace (an $85 value!)


- 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 Mark Poulin's Etsy and tell me your favorite item!

Extra entries (optional):
- Sign up for the Mark Poulin mailing list.
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
- Add my button to your blog (in sidebar).
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.

Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard timeJuly 16, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on July 17, 2010 and will be emailed promptly. Mark Poulin will ship anywhere in the world!

135 comments:

  1. fave is the hedgehog necklace

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  2. already signed up for your mailing list

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  3. signed up for mark's

    fizleglitz@gmail.com

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  4. and already following you on facebook

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  5. I completely love the Night Owl! What great stuff! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I don't think I could choose just one favorite animal, that is why I really like Mark's Animal Charm Bracelet. Too cute for words!!

    Thank you for the chance.

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  7. This is a really really cute shop! Every item brings a smile, absolutely adorable! My favorite is the Animal Charm Bracelet, how cute can that be?

    I'm a gfc follower, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  8. Email subscriber, thank you.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  9. The Giraffe Kid Print is my favorite. It was so hard to decide on a favorite!

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  10. I signed up for the Mark Poulin mailing list.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  11. I'm on the Kate and Oli mailing list.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  13. I love the little sheep! But that's because I'm a knitter.

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  14. love the little dino charm
    susanerios at hotmail.com

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

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  16. I like the Night Owl Little Charm Earrings. so cute!

    sandy
    slblog@post.com

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  17. Signed up for the Mark Poulin mailing list.

    sandy
    slblog@post.com

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  18. already on the Kate and Oli mailing list.

    sandy
    slblog@post.com

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  19. (already a blog follower)

    I love the happy dog necklace

    celeste@mail4me.com

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  20. I love this little darlin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/43203627/deer-heart-necklace

    Following your blog!


    woolyworld(at)ymail(dot)com

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  21. My favourite piece is the 'Love Kitty and Orbit Girl' enamel necklace

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com
    http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/

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  22. I'm a fan on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com
    http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/

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  23. All the jewelry is adorable, I couldn't pick just one, but I do really like the Sea Monster print.
    I'm following on google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  24. The Little Duck necklace is awesome! It reminds me of the fact that one is very alone with a rubber duck.

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  25. Great interview and giveaway. I enjoyed checking out his shop! I like the FOREVER Neclace a lot!!
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  26. I am a Kate and Oli email subscriber
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  27. I signed up for Mark's mailing list.
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

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  28. I follow your blog!

    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  29. My fave is the .Rabbit wishes. charm necklace!

    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  30. Joined mark's mailing list!

    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  31. I joined your blog.

    www.thecrochetloft.etsy.com
    or
    callalily198970@aol.com

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  32. My favorite are these owl earrings
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/45926559/night-owl-little-charm-earrings

    www.thecrochetloft.etsy.com
    or
    callalily198970@aol.com

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  33. Joined Mark Poulin mailing list.

    www.thecrochetloft.etsy.com
    or
    callalily198970@aol.com

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  34. I follow and I love the Little Whale Necklace :)

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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  35. fb fan!

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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  36. I follow and I love Tauruses are Bossy (in a cute way) necklace.

    carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  37. Tauruses are Bossy ( in a cute way ) is my favorite item!

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  38. i'm on kate and oli mailing list!

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  39. i have your blog on my sidebar :)

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  40. i am a fan of kate and oli on facebook!

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  41. The Aquarians are original necklace is my favorite!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. It's hard to pick out my favorite, because I'm really liking everything. One that I just love is the Animal Charm Bracelet!
    google friend follower (Snowflake07)
    hotpepper71 at bell south dot net

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  43. signed up for the Kate and Oli email list
    hotpepper71 at bell south dot net

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  44. I love the Crown Heart Mother Daughter Set but would like to rename it the Nana and granddaughter set....

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  45. I've signed up for Mark Poulin's mailing list

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  46. I subscribe through e-mail

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  47. I'm a facebook fan.

    Donna Hufman Warrington
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  48. Little Planet Heart Necklace! So Cute!

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  49. I love the Orbit boy. I love the originality in Mark's art!
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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  50. email subscriber
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

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

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  52. i like the Little Turtle Necklace

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  53. your button is on my blog www.redfuzzycow.blogspot.com

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  54. i like you on facebook (jen reda)

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  55. the little whale necklace is by far my fave!

    boswife @ gmail .com

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  56. My favorite thing is the Tom-Tom necklace. It's so cute!

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. i am loving the night owl little charm earings so cute

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  58. Great giveaway!

    I like the Rococo Reversible Necklace.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at]yahoo [dot] it

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  59. Aww Heart Land
    is just perfect!

    I love cats! I love stars! I love hearts! I love pink!

    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  60. FB fan Janine Mon********

    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  61. Email subscriber of yours

    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  62. Mark Poulin email subscriber


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  63. I love the little pocket cat necklace!

    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  64. So hard to choose! If I could only have one piece, I guess it would be the night owl ring... great work!


    danielle.embry@gmail.com

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  65. Enter me please! My favorite item is Fluffy Little Sheep
    Following via google, as fisiwoman

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  66. Following on FB (Ana Belén R M)


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  67. I can't say the Little Dino necklace cause I already have it (!) so my next favorite would have to be the Little Dino print....I'm a little biased towards dinosaurs :)

    Devin
    dbwais[at]gmail[dot]com

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  68. ps (I follow you)

    Devin
    dbwais[at]gmail[dot]com

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  69. blog follower
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  70. my fav item is Reversible Branch and Rings necklace
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  71. I signed up for the Mark Poulin mailing list.

    lubaska at hotmail dot com

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  72. I signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.

    lubaska at hotmail dot com

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  73. facebook fan of Kate and Oli (Ľubica Kotmániková)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  74. Is really dificult choose only one, I ove everything, but when I see the blue puppy earrins I can see my own dog! Is fantastic!!

    sarahrl at hotmail dot com

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  75. I absolutely LOVE Orbit BOY!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49508329/orbit-boy

    claudecampeau at videotron dot ca
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  76. I blogged: http://becauseitsfuntowin.blogspot.com/2010/07/giveaway-at-kate-oli.html

    claudecampeau at videotron dot ca
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. Oooh, drooling over these earrings!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46604689/retro-flower-earrings

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  78. I am already a Kate and Oli fan on Facebook (as Deborah Davey).

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  79. my favorite is the love bunny ring!

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  80. I love the Little Rabbit Necklace.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  81. I'm on mark's mailing list!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  82. I signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  83. I'm a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli.[Aik Chien]

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  84. fave: star chaser print
    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

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  85. subscribed to kate & oli mailing list
    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

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  86. My favorite is hedgie. What a cute little guy.

    zannajune at gmail dot com

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  87. My favorite item : http://www.etsy.com/listing/50003246/fluffy-little-sheep

    Alix.S[@]live.fr

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  88. I like the
    Little Whale Necklace
    ... tiffypoot@aol.com

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  89. Signed up for the Mark Poulin mailing list. ... tiffypoot@aol.com

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  90. Signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list. ... tiffypoot@aol.com

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  91. Button on my blog tiffspixiedust.blogspot.com tiffypoot@aol.com

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  92. I LIKE/Friend on facebook http://www.facebook.com/tiffypixie tiffypoot@aol.com

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  93. My favourite item: Rococo Reversible Necklace

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  94. i love
    Foxy Love

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com
    http://pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com/

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  95. I think the Fluffy Little Sheep is so cute!

    squarekitties@yahoo.com

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  96. Hi,
    So many wonderful choices!
    My absolute favourite (as there are so many) would have to be Bunny and Squirrel. Although....Pajama Bear is up there too :)
    Thank you for enlightening me!

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  97. Hi,
    I have subscribed to Mark's mailing list and I am following you :)
    Thanks
    Caron

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  98. Hi,
    I am now subscribed to your mailing list.
    Thank you

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  99. Love the Bloom ring.

    nordstromemily at hotmail dot com

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  100. Subscribed to Mark Poulin's mailing dress.

    nordstromemily at hotmail dot com

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  101. Subscribed to Kate and Oli mailing list.

    nordstromemily at hotmail dot com

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  102. I am your follower via GFC (Elena) and I love the Cat Lovers Ring

    queen-of-pain(AT)yandex(DOT)com

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  103. Already like you on FB (Elena Rudaya)

    queen-of-pain(AT)yandex(DOT)com

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  104. The Quadrapus Earrings are so cute!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51349780/quadrapus-earrings

    I have subscribed to both mailing lists, starting following your blog, and liked you on facebook :D

    cheungshinyee@hotmail.com

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  105. I am a follower, and I love the little dog necklace.
    Email is in my profile.

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  106. I like the
    Little Turtle Necklace.
    jswandrn at gmail

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  107. My favorite item is this one : Tic Tac Heart

    hindandhare [at] hotmail [dot] fr

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  108. I adore your teddy bear ring, my nine year old daughter has carried her teddy bear, Trevor, with her everywhere since she was nine she has just started to stop now. This ring would keep him with her even when he is in my bag (where he stays when he is not with her). You are on my list of possible Chistmas gifts now LOL -
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  109. Hard to pick a favorite but I think mine is Pocket Cat. I just favorited it on Etsy and added your shop as one of my favorites. Great stuff!

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  110. Absolutely everyone of Mark's creations is marvelous! I especially love any-every design having to do with kitties and with the Orbit Girl. But my most favorite is the Tom-Tom Necklace since I have a Tom cat named Tom Cat and he looks a lot like the pendant (as well as all of Mark's "Universal Cat" creations!)

    Yes I am a Public Follower and I added MarMar to my Etsy Favorites along with many of his designs/items!

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com
    Salleefur (username)

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  111. Subscribed to Mark's mailing list.
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  112. (Already) Subscribed to Kate & Oli's mailing list.
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  113. I'm a follower and I would love to win this!! Mark has been one of my "favs" on Etsy for a long, long time. Of course, since I'm a Taurus, my favorite is the little Taurus fellow :) Thanks!!!

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  114. Lovely seller! I'm following your blog.

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  115. I'm a facebook fan too!

    getsudsy@mindspring.com

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  116. Oh I was going to say the hedgehog was my favorite:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/36824267/hedgehog-charm-bracelet

    but then I saw this Clouds & Pods charm and think it is really unique and I love the color. (I'm faving it for sure)
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48521606/clouds-and-pods

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  117. My favorite is the little dog necklace!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51151382/little-dog-necklace
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  118. I signed up for the mark poulin mailing list
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  119. I signed up for your mailing list
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  120. I like you on facebook as Jenny Bolech!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  121. My favorite item is the Mother and Child Necklace Set. Owl. I love owls and these two are way cute!

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

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  122. I'm a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli (Kelli Flanders Robinson).

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

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  123. i like the Heart Striped earrings and the Happy Puppy pendant/ring.

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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  124. i follow you via google

    frugalmdmom(at)comcast(dot)net

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  125. I like the little Dino necklace

    frugalmdmom(at)comcast(dot)net

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  126. My fav is Tom-Tom :)
    leemoor1 at gmail dot com

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  127. Subscribed to shop feed
    leemoor1 at gmail dot com

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  128. I'm on your mailing list
    leemoor1 at gmail dot com

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  129. My favourite item is the Little Elephant necklace.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

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  130. how adorable! I love the Space Cat earrings.
    lynnirenesa at gmail dot com

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  131. signed up for your mailing list.
    lynnirenesa at gmail dot com

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  132. subscribed to Mark's email list.
    lynnirenesa at gmail dot com

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