Pillow Talk

I had surgery this morning. It was a relatively short procedure but its results are drastic and permanent. So as not to weird out any male readership I might have out there, I won't go into much detail. I'll just say that I've been having, uhm... "female problems" for several years, well pretty much ever since my last labor & delivery. These "problems" left me with severe iron deficiency and the anemia brought on a whole slew of new problems. Those of you who've been long time readers of my blog may recall this incident last year.

Well, I tried some temporary solutions that did not fix my problem but just left me with less than desirable side effects. I had had enough, so I did it. After this, I won't be able to bear children anymore, but don't feel sorry for me. I am totally at peace with this. Jon and I had decided, even before getting married 10 years ago, that we wanted 2 children. That was always the plan and we were both so happy that we felt the same way. See, we both came from small families (Jon has one brother, I have one sister) so we are used to, and comfortable with, the dynamics of a small family. This just feels right, like it was meant to be, you know?

So now it's done and I am recuperating. In preparation for today, I went out a couple days ago and bought myself a nice synthetic down pillow (nothing against the real stuff, I'm just deathly allergic to it). And I've surrounded myself with all my favorite "comfort items": my laptop, my iPhone, TV remote, 7-Up & crackers (just in case), pain meds (of course!), pictures of my kids (to make me smile) and even a vase full of fresh daisies to brighten up the room. I know it sounds weird that I would find comfort in my computer & cell phone, but I do... I would go absolutely batty without them.

So now I just sit.
And wait.
And heal. (kinda nice not doing anything for a change)


Another thing that always makes me feel better is to give gifts... especially when I know the recipient will totally and utterly love it! I know that anyone who reads my blog must love fabric. And pretty things. And pretty things made with fabric. And how about pretty things made with fabric by ME? Ahhh, I see I got your attention! ;)

3-pillows

So, let me tell you about these 3 pillows. I made these for my Quilt Market debut of Flora & Fauna and they were a huge hit. So much so, that our Australian distributor, Mac's Crafts, took them home with him, along with my Hummingbird Quilt and a few outfits, to display in his booth at the Australian Quilt Market. In the meantime, while my beloved pillows were Down Under, I decided to develop a sewing pattern for these but since I didn't have the originals in hand to photograph for the instruction booklet, I had to make them all again. I didn't mind, it was a labor of love.

Well, the pattern is done and off to the testers and then I got my pillows back from Australia and I did a double take... I have 2 of each now! haha! So, how would you like to win one of these? I'll give away the original pillows... the ones that traveled Down Under without me... lucky ducks!

Up for grabs we have Hummingbird Patch:

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And Ragged Blossoms:

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And Busy Bee Hive:

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I will draw 3 winners, 1 for each pillow, one week from today. And since it is Gift Giving time, I won't be totally offended if you re-gift these. ;) Just leave me a comment below this post to enter. If you've experienced anything similar to what I did today, I'd love to hear of your experience. If not, you can tell me a funny story or a joke or a sweet poem to make me smile. Or just pop your head in and let me know you're here. :)

If you don't win, you can still grab the pattern, available in January 2010, along with 5 other brand new MODKID patterns. I'm super excited about this release... wait till you see all the fun stuff we have in store for you! I'll do a full reveal in a few days...

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Retailers: this pattern along with the other 5, will be up for pre-order in about a week or so. Contact Jon at jjyoung@modkidboutique.com if you'd like to be added to our mailing list.

260 comments:

  1. ElanaE6:43 PM

    I hope you feel better. I have a friend that went through something similar. It changed her life for the better. Take care!

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  2. Robyn C.6:48 PM

    Hi Patti!
    I have two little girls as well and a very similar condition to you. I had to "get fixed" after my last child due to the fact that I flatlined after giving birth. Very rare, but left a whole bunch of side effects similar to yours. I feel so much better now, and know that it was the best decision. Please get lots of rest and relax!

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  3. I am head over heels over the hummingbird pillow. Gorgeous!

    I did have a similar experience, but it was to be able to have children. They couldn't completely wake me up after, but since it was closing time, they pored me into my clothes, dumped me in a wheelchair and pushed to the curb. Fun:(

    Hope you feel better soon, but enjoy this chance to relax! You deserve it.

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  4. HEY!! Hope you feel better!! I actually just got a sewing machine, so I now I need to learn how to use it, so I can make things with your amazing fabrics!!

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  5. Hope you Recoup well! I had a tubal after my last baby, but not by choice LOL. I am an octo mom sympathizer and would have continued to go on having children until my husband went old and grey : ) Just to let you know too, I am doing a thorough study of your studio and running to Ikea in a couple of weeks to copy for my new sewing room in my new house! Sew excited! Get to feeling better!

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  6. Beautiful pillows, can't wait to see all the new patterns. I hope your recovery is short and sweet:)

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  7. I hope you feel better soon!
    Marina

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  8. I hope you are feeling better very soon. For the long haul. Here's a joke from the twins. What do you get when you cross a brown chicken with a brown cow? Brown chicken brown cow!(said with a slur and a twang!)

    why didn't the bear want any dessert? Because he was stuffed.

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  9. Hi Patty!
    Wishing you warm wishes and positive thoughts for a speedy recovery!

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  10. I love these pillows! What a great way to brighten up a room!

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  11. Rest up and relax! I hope you enjoy the break as much as you can considering!

    The pillows are beautiful, great work....I will be happy for them to come back down under to my house!!

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  12. My friend just had the same surgery! Hope you are back on your feet in no time!

    I LOVE the pillows...just gorgeous! Definitely would NOT re-gift. :)

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  13. Beautiful pillows!
    I hope you recover quickly. I had a similar situation years ago, the advise I wish I had taken, is to really give yourself time to heal before you try to do to much.
    Take care, and good luck.

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  14. Renae7:12 PM

    Sorry you had surgery. I had a "fix" for a big issue a couple years ago. It's all great now! I hope you feel better soon!
    LOVE the pillows!

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  15. I hope you will feel better soon:)

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  16. Hey take it easy! You'll heal faster if you just give yourself some time. Love your pillows, by the way...especially the hummingbird but they are all gorgeous. Can't believe you are post-surgery and doing a 'giveaway'. Take care!!

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  17. uh, yeah! thanks for the chance to win such beautiful pillows. i really admire your bold style. i tend to be fairly conservative in my personal style, but i love what you do! No horror stories here, but i will pray for a speedy recovery and for a pain/trouble free future for you :)

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  18. love the pillows, the bee fabric is awesome!

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  19. Hi Patty!
    I was just thinking about you yesterday, wondering why you weren't tweeting. Now I know why!

    I hope your recovery is fast & smooth.

    I'm excited for more new goodies from you!

    I would have my laptop & my iPhone by my side as well...always do ;)

    Get well soon,
    Jaclyn

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  20. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery -- and wishing ME luck to win a pillow! :)

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  21. Hope you have quick recovery Patty!! I would love to win one of the pillows! They are all fantastic!

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  22. I hope you are relaxing and watching lots of good (hg)tv! LOL. Take care, be pampered and rest up.

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  23. Get well soon, best wishes to you. I love the Hummingbird pillow-cannot wait until the pattern for the quilt!

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  24. Although I have not had a similar experience, one of my good friends just had similar surgery. I got to see her yesterday when I brought lasagna, cookies, turkey soup and bread to her house for her and her family. Hopefully, you and my friend will both be better for it. Hope you get better quick!
    Awesome pillows by the way. Pillows are a super cool canvas to experiment with different designs aren't they?

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  25. this feels a little strange... aren't you the one suppose to be receiving gifts at a time like this, not giving them away ; ) i love reading your blog and seeing all of the vibrant pictures. your fabric and patterns are amazing!

    thanks,

    i hope your feeling better soon,

    sandra

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  26. My sister had to have the same thing and she said that she felt much better afterward. Hopefully you will get the same results.

    I love the new pillows!! Very pretty!!

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  27. A smile for you...while our family was watching a Charlie Brown Christmas, my son Carson (6) asked me "Mom, do you know why they call him Pigpen" and I replied "Because he's always dirty" and Carson said "No, because he's covered in pen marks". PRICELESS.

    I'll say a prayer for your speedy recovery - give yourself the time to heal.

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  28. Your pillows are beautiful. Hope you feel better soon.

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  29. I hope you're feeling better. The pillows are awesome!

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  30. I can't wait to see the new patterns! I have just about all of the ones you have done so far, I think I don't have 2 or 3?

    Blessings to you on your little procedure. I know it wasn't so "little". I may be in your shoes soon if I don't get to my Dr but for other reasons.

    I would be honored to have one of your pillows! I am afraid that I would keep it and not give it away, lol.

    Long distance hugs that don't hurt.

    Christie @ Stitch'N Love Boutique

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  31. Gentle hugs... hoping you heal quickly.

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  32. beautiful pillows, i'd love to win one! hope you recover quickly and enjoy your "down time"!

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  33. I hope your recovery is speedy! I don't have your female problems, but am having problems conceiving, so I can relate in someways. Lots of tests and so forth.

    As for the pillows - they are so awesome! My favourite is the hummingbird one.

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  34. Oh Patty! I'm going to get the first "procedure" done. Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. I'm gonna definitely do what you did if it doesn't work for me. We're done having kids, and I HATE female issues. Don't want to gross anybody out, but YUCK! Hope you recover quickly. Just take it easy and you'll be back to normal (without the yucky "time of the month") in no time! *Hugs* Paige

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  35. Hope you feel better soon!

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  36. Hi, I hope you are feeling a little better.
    I had a tubal ligation after my 5th c/section, (only 4 babies though), I think its only a matter of time for me before they take the lot. One thing I learnt from all my recoveries, was to really really take it easy, recovery is better and quicker if you do what your told lol!
    Your cushions are gorgeous, and I'm pretty sure one of them would like to go back down under to live!!

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  37. christinelindh@hotmail.com8:29 PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

    I love the hummingbird pillow!

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  38. Lovely pillows, Lovely You! Wishing you a very speedy recovery. Things can only get better from here. =)

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  39. Hey Patti,
    Im glad to hear you are doing Ok and at peace with the decisions you've made...thast very important. Im saying a prayer for you right now...for more peace, comfort and healing. HUGS!
    Thank you for having such a lovely (or 3 rather) giveaway(s)! The winners will be so lucky to get any one of them!
    Feel better soon!
    God Bless,
    Sarah
    esgutierrez4@msn.com

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  40. hello patti! really hope you'll recover from surgery soon *hugs*

    and of course am also drooling at those gorgeous pillows! :)

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  41. Hope you have a speedy recovery. I had surgery summer before last to fix some female problems that I had after having my daughter. It took some time but I'm mostly better.

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  42. I truly hope you get well soon. Surgeries of this sort or any for that matter, are serious busniess. Be well.

    Angie

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  43. If I won any of these pillows there's no way I'd re-gift them - they'd be all mine and no-one else's - like a christmas present to me!!

    I hope you're feeling better - I had something similar done, but I have 4 kids (all in 5 years and all c's), and would've probably had more but body said to quit while I was ahead. Your kids are beautiful and I love seeing the pics of them modeling your stuff.

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  44. I wish you a quick recovery! I need the surgery but have a military Doctor who seems to think my body will heal itself! I need to go in and get a second opinion! I have two children 9 years apart and my lovely little girl did a number on my body! But she is well worth it! We are too done having children! Hope everything goes well!

    I love your pillows, very beautiful!

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  45. I really love the bee hives, such a clever idea!

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  46. I haven't gone through it... Heck, I still have yet to give birth. My sister went through what you did and all I can say is REST. She is one that can't stay down and after about a day or so, she wanted to get going. Your body is saying "STOP... I just had something major done and I need to heal". Your head will say something totally opposite. So, listen to the body and REST.

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  47. wishing you the best of health! stay positive & focus on WELLNESS & that's what you'll get! =) I totally believe in the power of positive thinking.

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  48. i hope you get feeling back to normal soon! I would have loved to see what you came up with in a half-drugged state. When I had my appendix out I had the same thing happen, he told me he was going to strap my arms down and then.... what? what else did he say? I have no idea. I woke up to see a nice nurse handing my a cough pillow so i could press it up against my incision for laughing or coughing purposes.

    I won't tell you any jokes, because, well, I don't want it to hurt when you laugh. :)

    Love the hummingbirds!

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  49. Hey Patty,

    I went for my pre-op today because I am having surgery for the same reasons on Monday. My husband and I have the same feelings about children and he had the vasectomy 13 years ago after the birth of our second child.

    I finally decided it as time to try to end the monthly nightmare that I saw my mother go through until she was much older than I am.

    I hope you are feeling OK after it all. I am nervous about Monday, but keep hearing about others. I can't believe I just checked your blog and read you have gone through similar things and had surgery today.

    Wow!

    I know just what you mean about the computer and cell phone!

    Feel better!

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  50. Brownchickenbrowncow! That was too funny! Rest well, and here's too all kinds of cool finds on your laptop!

    The pillows are GORGEOUS! And I bet one would have a permenant spot in my house!

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  51. Nicki C K9:22 PM

    Give yourself LOTS of time to recover Patti! My Sister had "female problems" for years after her last child and she had to have the same sugery when she was just 28. Fortunately for her she also has 2 children and didn't want anymore. Now I'm the one having the "female problems" at 35. It runs in our family.

    I am SO excited about this giveaway! I've LOVED these pillows since their first debut!! I'm SO happy that you finished the pattern! REGIFT?!? NO WAY! If I am lucky enough to win one of your creations, it's mine, all mine! *insert evil laugh here* !

    Thanks for your constant stream of inspiration. Love your creations, love your blog! Feel better!!
    thekirkfamily4@gmail.com

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  52. First off, I have been waiting and waiting for these fabrics to appear online, and finally to my excitement I think I have spotted some.

    I am sorry to hear about you having to have surgery. I hope you feel better soon. I have not had female problems like this. Mine are a little different. More the type of having a hard time getting pregnant. I have one beautiful daughter who is 4. About 1 1/2 years ago I gave birth to our second son who was born with Anencephaly. Unfortunately he only lived for 9 hours, and that was difficult. we are so thankful for the experience, because it has helped us to grow in so many ways as a family. I hope that your experience will also help your family to learn and grow too.

    You are so talented, and I look forward to that humming bird quilt pattern.

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  53. I saw in a blog post from an interview with you and (I think) Boutique Cafe that you would be offering the pillow patterns. TDF!!! I am thrilled about it, love the look!

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  54. So sorry you had to have surgery. Because of having stage IV breast cancer and having to have chemo a lot, I am on the "other side" of the change of life at 36. So I understand what a huge change it is for you.

    I hope that you heal quickly and enjoy your "me" time. Take it easy and give yourself lots of grace in the near future as you get used to the differences in your body.

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  55. I hope you get the rest you need to get better. I love all the designs you make. I just bought about 15 meters of mezzanine. I can't wait to make stuff for my daughter with it. Unfortunately, your gorgeous little girls patterns are too small for my daughter. She's in size 12 now. But I plan to make her a few dresses and skirts. I love your new line of fabric. Those pillows are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  56. beautiful cushions! love them... get well soon♥

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  57. love the vibrant colours of those pillows!
    Sure hope you feel better soon and enjoy relaxing while you can.

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  58. Wow!! You turned the baby factory in to an amusement park!!
    I hope you feel better soon !!!! And I win something!!

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  59. I hope you're continuing to heal and feel better. I'd be most comfortable with my computer and tv remote, too!

    Your hummingbird pillow is beautiful! I can't wait until the patterns come out!

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  60. Hi Patti, I am facing the same thing as you except I have decided to go for the hysterectomy as I don't want to take any chances that it doesn't work. We tried the temporary fix and it worked sort of ok until 3 months ago but I have had enough of taking pills and all the side effects (all but one apparently) so thats it. I am happy with 2 kids and really ok with my decision.

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  61. My mom went through this same thing too. She was better off for it. Hope you have a quick recovery! I absolutely LOVE the fabrics and pillows!

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  62. Your pillows are GORGEOUS!!! I love the bee hive one the bestest.
    I've had 4 "female surgeries" since I had my one and only DD. The first was a uterine lift because I had uterine prolapse. The rest were all for pelvic pain they thought were caused by cysts. Finally at my last surgery they diagnosed me with endometriosis. I went to see a specialist, and am now on this medication that makes me be in a menopausal state. Well that is no fun! So I know some of what you have coming. Hopefully I can get off the medication and my pelvic pain won't come back. If not I think I'll go for the surgery finally. I just hope I don't regret only having 1 child.

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  63. Jan Richards11:03 PM

    Hope you are feeling better each day. I have 2 grown girls and love having the small family. When you add their spouses and kids you will have plenty of family in the future! Thanks for a chance to win one of your world traveler pillows.

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  64. You're so sweet to be giving away fun stuff to us, when you're the one who is laid up in bed. Thanks for the giveaway. The pillows are so rad. I would love to get my hands on one of them. Thanks again!

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  65. Hope you have a swift recovery!

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  66. I hope you feel better real soon. I can't say that I have gone through anything like that, but I hope everything goes well for you. I love your pillows, and would love to have one of my own. Take care.

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  67. Those pillows are awesome! Can't wait for the new pattens! Hope you fell better soon :)

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  68. I was only 21 when I pushed mine out with my son, and then had to have a TVH. I was devistated and not even close to ready to stop having kids! but God had a different plan for us. after fostering over 65 kids we adopted 3 children, 2 babies and 1 teen who is now 22 and has made me a grandmother at a very young age, lol. I do have to say I love not having aunt flo visit anymore and life is good. good luck and have a quick recovery!

    BTW the Bee Hive is the cutest! I am not a quilter but I just may have to try that patten out. I am also drooling over your new line! I am having a hard time trying to figure out which ones I want first!!!!

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  69. Wow, what a super weird coincidence. I am scheduled for a hysterectomy (yes dudes I said it--get over it) in EXACTLY 2 weeks. For basically the same issue, chronic anemia caused by a misbehaving uterus (yep, said that too) I hope you take it easy for reals and have a speedy recovery. Shout out to all of us hyster sisters!!!

    P.S. thank you really so much for sharing. I feel comforted to know that I am not alone.

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  70. It's way too early in the morning for me to be funny, so I'll just pop my head in and let you know that my couch would look great with one of those pillows in it! :)

    And I hope you'll have a good recovery after surgery.

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  71. yep, been there done that too. give yourself plenty of time to recoup. I mean, in a few weeks after you seem to be back to a regular routine, it's ok take to take a nap now and then. totally ok. even beneficial.

    and I love to win a pillow. it would look smashing in my redone sew room.

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  72. I hope you have fast and easy recovery. :)

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  73. I hope all is well after the surgery. When I was in my mid-twenties (I am now 39) I asked my gyno for a hysterectomy. I had had ENOUGH of the pain. Of course she wouldn't do it. I am now lucky enough to have a wonderful boy aged 4. But inbetween I also had endometroisis. Lordy that was awful. Not just pain once a month but all the time. At times I seriously wondered why girls have to go through this crappy stuff. Glad to hear you have planned well and have some creature comforts. I wish you a speedy and comfortable recovery.

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  74. Get well soon, Patty! :)

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  75. Sending the Get-Better_soon Fairies your way xoxoxo hugs from Clo in Oman.

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  76. i just want to wish you to feel better, recover fast and always be healthy!
    thanks for the giveaway

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  77. i sure hope you feel better soon, and i know a friend who had the same issues, and had a procedure done, and she feels great!! those pillows are so awesome!! i would save it for my new house that should be in progress next year. take care patty!!

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  78. I had surgery along the same lines a couple of years ago, while mine was not as drastic I was resigned to the outcome whatever it would be. Take care, I know how much it hurts!(physically).

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  79. I love these pillows!!! Precious!

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  80. I hope you feel better soon! I know what you mean about the computer. Went to visit family so I was without a computer almost the entire 2 weeks. It drove me crazy.

    The Hummingbird Pillow is fantastic. I love the color combination that you used in your new line of fabrics.

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  81. I completely and totally love Hummingbird Patch! And I think it's probably missing Australia and would like to come and live Down Under with me! I have a 'marieliz' Andalucia bag I use all the time (and for which I receive many compliments), and am desperately hoping she'll be making some from the exact prints you used in this cushion. Get well soon.

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  82. Wow sounds like a tough road especially after all we have to go through to have chrildren in the first place. I wish you a speedy and full recovery. You are being so generous with your pillows. They are lovely.

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  83. Haven't had that surgery but have experienced severe anemia and know just how debilitating it is. Hope your pain is controlled and enjoy your "down" time. Catch up on all those great old holiday movies! Oh, and the pillows are fantastic - love the hummingbird one!

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  84. OOOOOHHHH this would be perfect! I am redoing the spare room and would LOVE LOVE to put one in there!!!!!

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  85. I hope you are resting and recover well and fast!! Would LOVE to win a pillow....nothing better than saving time but reaping the benefits of someone else's handywork! :oP Take care!

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  86. Oof. Get well soon! I hope you're able to take it easy and relax.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win your lovely pillows.

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  87. feel better! thanks for being such a giver even in the midst of pain.

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  88. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Love the pillows! I have to have my second D&C next week for a miscarriage I have been waiting for for 3 weeks.
    allysont@ecologyfund.net

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  89. WOW! Thank you all so much for the well wishes and for sharing your (or your friend's or relative's) experiences. I am surprisingly pain-free this morning... and without the pain-killers! I'm up and about and feeling great! And looking forward to being healthy from now on.

    Also, thanks for all the "pillow love". I do adore these but since I had doubles I thought someone else should get to adore these at home too! Good luck, everyone!!!

    patty

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  90. The pillows are so beautiful-looking at them should definitely put a smile on your face so I won't bore you with a crummy joke!!!

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  91. I have a friend who did what you did, the best thing she could have ever done. In fact I am trying to get my dr to do it, since I both of my children are adopted, I hope you feel better soon!

    Here is something to make you smile, 2 weeks ago, my almost 3 year old glued his hands to his trike with my Roxanne's applique glue! Luckily it is water soluble, bit after much panicking on his part, I realized I should have taken a picture of this event, because it was quite funny!

    Thanks for giving us the chance to win these pillows! They are awesome!

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  92. Oh Patty, I hop you feel better real soon. What a bummer to have to recover from surgery. I am like you I would HAVE to have my computer and phone right next to me too! Take care and feel better soon!

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  93. The pillows are so pretty. I especially like the pink and green one. Hope you have a quick recovery

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  94. Those are the prettiest pillows! Hope you feel better soon!!

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  95. Dh and I are both from 2-kid families and that's all we wanted too..except in our case, dh had the surgery after our kids. :}

    I hope the surgery will eliminate all the problems you've been having!

    The pillows are so pretty and so happy - they're like a breath of spring and are perfect for the dreariness of winter!

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  96. HI Patti

    your pillows are beautiful.

    I did order your's new fabric but

    they didn't ship them yet :(

    And I hope you'll have a good

    recovery after surgery.

    arwa

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  97. Patty,
    Heal fast and feel better. You are one extraordinary woman!

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  98. I hope you are feeling better soon Patty! I have not had the same or similar experience to you, but I think I know some of what you're feeling. I am 25, but was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia 3 years ago and am still dealing with it. I may need to have surgery also, since the fix of just "waiting and seeing" doesn't seem to be doing anything. I know how it feels when there is something going on"down there". Please be good to yourself and take all the rest you need!

    I really love the bee hive pillow - it's gorgeous, but of course I would be happy to receive any of them! :D

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  99. Hope your recovery is swift! Just like the delivery of any one of these wonderful pillows to my doorstep! Ha!

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  100. Plus, I was commenter # 100 - that is LUCK. I just MUST win one...*hint*hint*

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  101. I don't have any experiences to share but I do love your blog and your fabric and patterns. If I had a girl I'm sure I would buy all your patterns but I have 3 boys, but now I can get a pillow pattern from you and use it. Thanks for the give away, I love the humming bird pillow.

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  102. HUMMINGBIRDS, oh, hummingbirds!
    We had one who kept visiting the (seed filled) feeder, looking lost, so we got a hummingbird feeder. The bumblebees loved the feeder, but the hummer still gazed longingly at the seed. Raised by chickadees, perhaps?
    Oh MY how generous you are.
    Hope you feel all better very, very soon.
    ggross(at)gwendolengross(dot)com

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  103. Love the pillows and glad you're feeling better

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  104. I hope you are having a restful recovery!

    Each pillow is so different from the others, but each one is fabulous

    I'm trying to get my 5yo to re-tell the funny joke she told me last night to share with you, but somehow she doesn't remember it either! I'll be back if either of our memory returns!

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  105. Anonymous4:16 PM

    I hope you feel "back to normal" soon!

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  106. Anonymous4:21 PM

    I'm glad to hear you were blessed with your two girls before the problems started. I am also glad your family brings you peace. Blessings for a speedy recovery.

    Dolores

    Thanks for your generous giveaway!

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  107. Hope you heal up quickly! Enjoy the rest. Just want to tell you that I've been waiting - and not so patiently at that for Flora and Fauna to get to stores so I can purchase it! Love, love, love it!

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  108. I hope you are feeling better. The pillows are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  109. Just ordered ALL your newest patterns and can't wait to see what else you have in store for us! Take care of yourself--I hope you feel better soon.

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  110. Anonymous5:37 PM

    i hope you feel better.
    waiting the arrival of your fabric and patterns. love doll dresses.

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  111. Wow - those are beautiful. The bees are especially bright and fun!
    Here is my favourite joke: What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt!
    Hope your recovery goes well and quickly.

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  112. Hope you are feeling better.

    What's a pirate's favorite fast food chain?

    Arrrrrbys!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  113. Thanks for such a nice giveaway! I am contemplating the same surgery you just had. Hope you are feeling back to yourself soon.

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  114. Aw, I hope you feel better!
    and I'd love to win a pillow!
    shou.milk@gmail.com

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  115. Gorgeous, gorgeous fabric, and beautiful pillows. I hope you feel better. For complicated reasons, it has turned out that we can only have one child. We're fine with it, she is enough to make a whole world happy. And we are both only children. But I'm from a huuuge family, so its a little strange to be so ok with it.
    All the best!

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  116. I hope you feel better soon, i had some female surgery about 5 years ago...laparoscopy...a few hole and into my belly button. I will never forget how the office squeezed me in before doc left for vacation (and i would miss yet another month trying to get pg)...and to top it off...after they gave me the sleepy medicine...as i was going to dreamland, the doctor took my hands and offered up a prayer, and i smiled knowing i was in good hands. and 2 beautiful kids later i still smile thinking of that dr. thanks for a chance at your fantastic pillows, i love all your work.

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  117. wow, so generous to be giving when you are going through something major. i wish you well and fast recuperating!
    i love your fabric and each pillow is beautiful in it's own way, so if i am luckily chosen, i'd like you to surprise me.

    thank you!

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  118. I hope you are doing well and truly taking it easy! It is so hard for us moms to do :)

    Love, love, love the pillows!!

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  119. SO cute! I think i watched a video of you and these pillows on Portabellopixie's blog a few weeks ago! :) I hope you feel better soon, maybe you should pop in A Christmas Story or Babes In Toyland or maybe Miracle on 34th Street,... great feel better movies during the holidays!

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  120. Anonymous8:22 PM

    I am luckily surgery free to this point in life. My daughter is beginning to say 'i love you' that certainly makes me smile, hope it brightens your day too! thanks for the generous giveaway, I am a big fan!
    Brina
    blrohloff at aol dot com

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  121. very cute...sorry to hear of the problems..I am glad that it is getting taken care of!!!

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  122. Ohhh.....that hummingbird pillow....I could only be so lucky!

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  123. Way back in 1997 I had a vaginal hysterectomy. I didn't try any of the non-surgical things before I went ahead and had my surgery. My mother had tried everything and ended up with an emergency hysterectomy. I'm a cut to the chase kind of girl.

    Of course, I'm laying in the hospital bed the night of my surgery, on pretty good drugs and just resting and such while watching NCAA basketball and my team makes a LAST MINUTE BASKET and WINS THE GAME! I almost tore all my stitches out! LOL

    And when I win a pillow you can email me at kim.b.funk@gmail.com

    I'm feeling lucky today! LOL

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  124. I *did* experience something similar and in the end, it made me proud to be a strong woman! I am blessed to have such a high tolerance for pain and the strength, emotional and physical, to persevere! GET WELL and BE STRONG! Thank you for the generous giveaway, too! Beautiful, beautiful designs.

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  125. Goodness, Patty! Feel better soon and I am jealous of the pillows trip Down Under too! I love the colors in the first pillow and the birds are awesome! :)

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  126. I hope you're feeling better! And I hope the procedure takes care of everything. "Girl problems" are no fun at all.

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway. The pillows are just fabulous!

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  127. may you recover well from your surgery. your cushions are lovely.

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  128. Love them - they'd be great in my daughters' room! And wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  129. quick recovery! super cute fabrics!

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  130. Lovely pillows! They will instantly cheer up any room. My fav is the hummingbirds--love the color combinations :O)

    Ah, well, if laughter is the best medicine then here's a joke...

    there are 4 potatoes in a room. how do you know which one is the prostitute?
    It's the one wearing a sticker that reads, I-DA-HO!

    now that's funny stuff.

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  131. Hmmm...I feel kind of guilty trying to win a pillow from someone who just had surgery! Not guilty enough not to enter, though! :) No experience here...I'm wanting a baby sooo badly! Hope you feel better soon!

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  132. Hope you're feeling better soon. The hummingbird pillow is my favorite. I just received my first ModKids pattern this week. Looking forward to making a cute outfit for my youngest.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jenny~

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  133. I had a hysterectomy just over two years ago. Honestly, it felt like a year before I was hitting on all cylindars again. BUT....it's great once you get there!

    We also have 2 children, but we adopted!

    Blessings--
    Dana

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  134. I absolutely adore your hummingbird patch pillow! I can't wait to get the pattern!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  135. What lovely pillows! So cheerful and sunny!
    I haven't had the same surgery as you, but here goes a funny TMI surgery story for you. I had surgery 2 months after my son was born and I was nursing him, so I had to pump enough for one week (enough time for the meds to clear out. I was totally engorged after surgery, and my husband brought my son to see me. Well, he started crying, and I *let loose*. Sprayed down the whole room! Ha!

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  136. I wish I was a glowworm
    A glowworm's never glum
    'Cause how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum?

    :)

    Lovely pillows! The bee one is SO cute!


    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net
    www.prettywit.etsy.com

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  137. Knock, Knock
    Who's there?
    Interrupting cow
    Interrupti...
    MOOO!!!

    :)

    Marg
    daisy(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  138. hi
    i love the hummingbird one - not too many hummingbirds here in the uk!!
    hope you feeling better soon
    gill x

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  139. I hope you feel better soon, and that the operation will come out with the result you want.

    Your pillows look gorgeous, I would love to win one, and I'm going to look out for when the pattern is coming out.

    Thanks

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  140. Luckily I didn't have to go what you've gone through. I hope it is all better for you know!

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  141. Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity. Hope you feel better soon.

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  142. Hope you heal quickly! I can't believe that you are even blogging. I would be in bed. End of story. But would love to take advantage and get a pillow! ;)

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  143. reading all of the comments makes my tummy hurt! lol

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  144. I hope you are feeling better soon. I LOVE these pillows but I think the beehive is my favorite. Then again anything made with this great fabric line is sure to be a hit.

    Never had an experience like yours myself but I took care of my MIL after a similar surgery. The best advice I have is don't try to do to much to soon. Get lots of rest.

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  145. These are gorgeous! And I have to ask...could your girls be any cuter?!! I love the Great Wolf Lodge pics! We've been wanting to go there - looks like a fun time! I'd love to win one of your pillows - thank you for the opportunity! I'll be checking out the pattern next month ;-) Take care!

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  146. I hope you're well on your way to a quick recovery! I love your fabrics!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  147. Hope you are up and going very soon. But DO enjoy your down time!
    Hope your recovery is short and peaceful.
    Love your fabric as always and love the pillows.
    You do amazing work with your creativity.
    Always love checking your blog and looking at all the wonderful pictures.
    GOD BLESS!

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  148. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Love the beehive pillow!

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  149. Wow, these are super cute! I love the hummingbird pillow!

    shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

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  150. Nirnaeth10:25 AM

    I hope you get better soon, at least you're nearly there by having the surgery. I've seen in friends how horrible the pain can be from any such "lady" problems, so congratulations on being free from it!

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  154. CassandraG.10:48 AM

    Wow! Amazing craftsmanship. Such beautiful work as always. I LOVE seeing each and everything you create! And would be honored to have one of your creations :)
    I can't imagine going through what you did but know you must be a very strong woman to have done so. Take care of yourself, get plenty of rest and looking forward to seeing your new upcomming designs.

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  155. I hope you're recovering nicely. This post meant a lot to me as I've also been experiencing some health problems - of a different nature - but health problems none the less. Wishing you the best.

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  156. Holy smokes, I am so glad I stumbled across this while going through the giveaway blogs! Your pillows are so cool!! I don't have anything funny to say but I bet this cute cat video will brighten your day!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmhjf0rKe8

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  157. I hope you have a quick recovery and thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    I am a homeschooling mom of 16 years. I have five children from ages 21 months to 21 years.

    I am also having a giveaway; so be sure and stop by my blogs. I have two, one for sewing and one for art. www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

    My 9 year old daughter is also having a giveaway on her sewing blog. Hers is www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

    Trudy
    trudy dot callan at gmail dot com

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  159. It's nice to have kids, sometimes it will wear you out and you just need a bit of space, where you just sit and do "nothing" ... when I need my "time-out" from constant "mommy here" or "Mommy there" I hid in a corner and read some silly stuff on the Computer or I just wait patiently (as patient as I am able to) until the kids are in bed an hubby infront of the TV and I sew and embroider and just mind myself (it's really relaxing for me to sew and get my stress directed in a productive creativ way).

    I hope the quiet time work for you and you healed a good deal ... ;)

    Prechristmas Greetings from Luxembourg
    Simone

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  160. I hope your recovery is speedy and relaxing. You will feel so much better than you have in years! Aren't you thankful for modern medicine.
    Thanks for thinking of others while you recuperate. (I love your hummingbird pillow.)
    God's blessings on you and your family.

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  161. Having those pillows near me would brighten my day! Hope you are healing well. :)

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  162. Oh, what a great giveaway!

    I had my wisdom teeth extracted...but no more major surgeries than that. I hope you feel all healed and better than ever soon!

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  163. how very pretty. I love the hummingbird pillow, it just made me smile.

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  164. I follow your blog, buy your fabrics and am so amazed at how so very talented you are! Amazed!! I would loveeee one of thes great pillows and I have to say, I wouldn't re-gift, but keep it selfishly for myself! I would love to talk more about what you just went though. I have 4 kids (16-3) so no more here for me either, but I have been going through what you have and I don't know what to do!! I have been google searching every night. So if you get a minute and would like to give me some advice, I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much. And Happy Birthday to your daughter. I love that age!
    Marnie Peck
    peckfamily03@verizon.net

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  165. I am sending the mending gnomes your way! Hope all is well soon. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  166. Heal quickly! And I would love to regift these...

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  167. I saw those pillows on a video from Market. Can't remember which blog it was on, but I thought then wow those are beautiful. I would love to win one!

    I had done what you did about 3 years ago, and I feel soo much better now. Take it easy, get some rest and you'll be good as new!!

    Hugs,
    Gina
    www.gigglekidsboutique.com

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  168. Love the pillows! Just found your blog and love your stuff! What a great line(s) of fabric... I will have to keep my eye out!

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  169. So sorry to hear about your health problems, but you seem to be in a good place spiritually and that will help you mend.

    Happy holidays, happy crafting, and healthy healing!

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  170. Can't wait until the new patterns come out!!

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  171. Seeing the hummingbird pillow took my mind back 25 years in time.
    My youngest brother was about 5 years old and he loved birds. He drew me a picture of a hummingbird sipping from a flower, which was so special to me that I carried it with me everywhere I moved as I grew up, received an education, first career, first home etc.
    I had forgotten all about that special momento, and now I will have to dig it out.

    Thanks for bringing back some very sweet childhood memories. After a rough day at work today, it reminded me that the little things in life are the important ones!

    Bless you.

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  172. such great,. bright, lovely, smile making designs and colours! Thanks indeed for sharing and take the time to mend.
    cheers

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  173. The pillows are gorgeous. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  174. Wish you well. Get some rest.

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  175. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Best wishes for speed healing. You're so selfless to be doing a giveaway while recovering! valsue14(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  176. hope your recovery is quick.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  177. I love the pillows! Hope that you repair quickly.

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  178. Hi! I found your blog through the Sew Mama Sew giveaway and I just wanted to say I love your work and will be adding you to my bloglines list. I LOVE the Busy Bee Hive pillow. It's really great. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  179. I hope you recover fast and feel well soon!

    My favorite pillow is the Busy Bee Hive.

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  180. These are seriously gorgeous pillows. Hope you are feeling better! God bless you!

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  181. wowsers. what a beautiful, colourful website! i love the ragged blossoms.

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  182. lovely pillows!!! i hope all goes well with your recovery and that it is super quick!!!

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  183. Oh the pillows are beautiful!! Wonderful!!

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  184. hope you are feeling better and will be back to normal soon.....i love the pillows, especially the bee-hive one put a smile on my face that hasn't l left yet....

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  185. Love the pillows, you are so talented! I'm praying for a quick recovery for you!

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  186. i hope you feel better soon, especially with the holidays almost in full swing.
    thank you for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway! i really hope i win. like really REALLY hope i win!
    happy holidays and again, i hope you feel better soon!
    yawkar618 at yahoo dot com

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  187. Hope you feel better soon.

    Something a little funny?! I asked my twin daughters (2.5 years) today what they want to be when they grow up. Answer from both of them in unism: "Hockeydude".
    Great! Have to figure out how to deal with that....

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  188. Praying for a quick recovery!! My lil one told me this cute little joke just the other day hope it makes you smile :) How do you make a kleenex dance? Put a lil boogie in it :) God Bless and get well soon. and absolutely LOVE your fabrics.

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  189. Feel better soon! Here is a joke for you
    Knock, Knock.
    Who's there?
    Icon
    Icon who?
    Icon tell you another knock knock joke if you want.

    You want me to, Okay!

    Knock, Knock.
    Who's there?
    Pecan.
    Pecan who?
    Pecan someone your own size!

    Thanks for the chance to win one of those beautiful pillows. I like the busy bees the best but I would gladly have any one of them.

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  190. I hope you feel better soon !
    Thank you for such gorgeous patterns !
    Take care and rest.
    Hugs,
    Sandy-

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  191. I've never experienced anything like what you've been through, but I think your attitude about it is amazing. I also think that attitude will help you heal. Sounds like you've got a pretty amazing husband too! Love all the pillows - would love to win one!!

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  192. Ah, yes...I had the same thing and the Dr said,'You will be up and around in time for all that company you have coming for Christmas!' He obviously had never had the same surgery! YOU are doing great to be blogging today! Thanks for the darling pillows. Gorgeous! I like the bees best, but they are all wonderful and cheerful!

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  193. So delightful! Wish you a speedy recovery! Sounds like you are doing well already!

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  194. Beautiful pillows! I am so happy that your new fabric line is available to purchase--I would like to have so many of them and may just have to gift myself some holiday fabric. =) Hope you are feeling super soon!

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  195. Computer brings me comfort too; skip the phone though...I hate talking to people (most days) :) Here's to a speedy recovery...I reach for crackers too, my craving are for starches and usually the crunchy kind...
    Nice pillows, any of them would be a special treat!

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  196. I hope your recovery is quick! Sounds like you are cozy and willing to accept a few days off! Hope I win!

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  197. i am so in love with your line! these pillows are great. i especially love the hexagons with the bees. such a clever idea! it's like a hive.

    i hope you are recovering easily & quickly & you are getting lots of love.

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  198. Your Hummingbird Patch is the bomb! I LOVE LOVE LOVE pillows! What a great addition that would make to my growing collection. No way would i regift it!

    Thanks for the giveaway though!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  199. Oh, sweet! A pillow giveaway. Love these giveaways. All are equally cute but I have to say the one with the hummingbirds is stunning!

    Hope you feel better and I wish you the best of health. Blessed day!

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  200. I hope you feel better now. During my second pregnancy I had so many issues the doctors thought was related to hormones. Two years later, one doctor discovered that I had a tumor on a gland that was causing all of the problems! I had the surgery last month and am so glad to be in the recovery stage and not in the messy part...

    and on another note--your fabrics are gorgeous! I cannot wait to make my daughter dresses from the the Kyoko pattern.

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