Monday, March 18, 2013

Welcome to the IHAN® Machine Embroidery Blog Hop Sponsored by Anita Goodesign


Hello, this is SewCalGal back as a guest blogger today.  And, Jean is also helping out with this post too!

Kelly has organized a wonderful blog hop this week that we hope you'll enjoy.  Before I share insights with you, I do want to invite you to join us in wishing Kelly a Happy Birthday and hope all her special wishes come true!  SewCalGal and Jean also hope you'll leave a comment on this post to wish Kelly a Happy Birthday too!

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Time to talk about the blog hop.  Anita Goodesign is the sponsor for this wonderful hop and they have also donated prizes that will be offered on the blogs in this hop. Everyone is invited to join the fun this week and we encourage you to visit all the blogs for inspiration, tips, some tutorials, as well as more opportunities to win a great prize!


SHHHH....Kelly here.....
I snuck into this post, those girls thought I had my plate full (I have some of the best friends on this planet) but I just have to share with everyone what I made on Sunday for my Mom.  I choose the "Art Quilts" designs by Anita Goodesign for this blog hop.  
"Art Quilts" a Premium Design Collection from Anita Goodesign

I'll show you more of the designs later....now I'll share my process with you :)
The instructions for these designs come in booklet form as well as on the CD. The instructions were very easy to follow.  The recommended stabilizer is Floriani No-Show Mesh.  I hopped it with some muslin as suggested.
Then I put some batting on top of the No-Show Mesh, the machine basted it in place.  Then I laid the background fabric over the basting stitch lines.  (It doesn't get any easier than this.....really.)  
 Lucky for me, the software  indicates which colors of Floriani Embroidery Thread to use.  I just had to change a few based on the colors of fabric I choose for the appliques.  All of the thread in this design is Floriani Embroidery Thread other than the bobbin thread.
I use Wonderfil Prewound Bobbins when I do machine embroidery....I like the convenience.  Winding bobbins is not anywhere near the top of my list of fun things to do.
The quilting lines were stitched first and then an outline stitch showed me where to place the fabric for the background of the angel's wings.  After they were stitched down, I simply cut around the outline.
Taking photos of every step would have bored you to tears so I've jumped forward a bit.  I used silk for the dress and the skin on the angel.  
Knowing silk can fray, I decided to use some Mistyfuse and fuse the No-Show Mesh to the back of the silk.  I could have used the Fusible No-Show Mesh but I didn't have a package open at the time.  
It always seems that I am stitching a project when the local quilt shop is closed.  I didn't have any flesh colored fabric but fortunately I remembered I did have some small pieces of silk dupioni. 
Believe it or not, I actually got all the way through most of this design without any mistakes....up until step 30 something.  The thread color that was indicated was a dark brown and it said it was for an outline.  Thinking it was for the bird, I just put it in the machine and hit the button.  YIKES....in a minute or so I noticed the dark brown was outlining the hair.  I specifically made the angel with red hair and didn't like the dark brown outline.
The most difficult stitches to take out, in my opinion, are machine embroidery stitches.  I used my Famore Seam Rip and Famore Micro Fine Tweezers to remove that dark outline.  Where would I be without those tools? 
Here she is, a beautiful angel holding a dove....sans the dark brown outline!  
As promised, here are the other designs included in the Premium design collection, "Art Quilts."
 
The designs can be made into greeting cards, wall hangings, post cards, mug rugs or added into quilts....your imagination is really the only limit.

I hope you have enjoyed this little journey with me....I sure had a great time making this angel for my mother.

Now....back to post written by SewCalGal :)



Schedule for this blog hop that will share tips, tutorials, inspiration and oodles of giveaways:

Mon., March 18th 


          I Have A Notion® aka IHAN®- Kelly Jackson

SewCalGal

Tues, March 19th

Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty.com
Wed., March 20th

Marjorie's Quilting Bee
Margaret - The Average Quilter
Thurs., March 21st

Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti
Fri., March 22nd

Gene Black - Alabama Artist
SewCalGal

And, don't forget today is sweet Kelly's birthday.  Happy Birthday Kelly!

SHHHH...it's me again....Thanks for the Happy Birthday thoughts....I've been bowled over by people remembering my birthday.  Sure does lift the spirits :) :) :)

If you leave a comment on this post you will have an opportunity to win a Special Edition Embroidery Software from Anita Goodesign.  (Value: $99.95).  Make sure you leave a comment on each of the participants blogs....there will be one winner from each blog!   Please join me in thanking Anita Goodesign for their incredible generosity.

THANK YOU ANITA GOODESIGN!!!!!

Smiles,
Kelly

99 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Kelly! That's a beautiful piece for your mother. Hope things are going smoothly there. (Do not count me in for the giveaway.)

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  2. Happy Birthday Kelly. I love that beautiful Angel Art quilt you stitched out and plan to give to your mom. Perfect. She is such a sweet angel too. I'm sure your mom will love her.

    And, I really do appreciate all your insights on this collection. Really shows off the beautiful design better than what I see on the Anita Goodesigns site. Absolutely beautiful.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  3. Happy Birthday Kelly! Love the angel art quilt and what a lovely gift for you mom ! Hope she is feeling better!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Kelly! (count me out of the drawing - thanks)

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  5. Happy Birthday, Kelly. Thank you for teaching me about machine embroidery. I know NOTHING about it but I am learning.

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  6. Wow. That is just beautiful Kelly. And Happy, Happy Birthday. I don't do machine embroidery but I hope the winner enjoys the prize.

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  7. Happy Birthday Kelly. I love your project. It is wonderful and inspiring. Now I want the Art Quilt set.

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  8. Happy Birthday Kelly. (Yes I am telling you AGAIN! ) I really enjoyed seeing your process.

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  9. The angel is lovely. I am sure your mom appreciates it. Happy birthday.

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  10. Happy birthday Kelly. Love machine embroidery so really looking forward to this blog hop. Wonderful designs

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  11. Happy Birthday Kelly, I hope you have a funtastic day.
    Thanks Anita for the designs, although I don't do machine embroidery, as I don't have a machine, I do admire all the work that does go into it. I used to do a lot by hand.. Long ago ..

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  12. Happy, happy birthday to you! Beautiful project for your mom, that angel is sure cute.

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  13. Ohhhhhh Happy Birthday!! Your work is just stunning...and was very interesting to see how you go about it

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  14. Happy Birthday Kelly! The angel is beautiful. Such a nice gift for your mom...

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  15. Happy birthday, Kelly! Your angel is sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  16. Happy Birthday! I'm just beginning to venture into machine embroiderer,and I am looking forward to learning LOTS through your blog hop. Thanks to you and Anita Goodesign.

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  17. Hope you have a Happy Birthday Kelly! The embroidery looks so lovely--thanks for sharing it with us!

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  18. Have a wonderful birthday, Kelly. That angel is beautiful.

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  19. Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing all the hints and your beautiful work.
    Judy

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  20. Happy Birthday Kelly. Your angel is beautiful.

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  21. Happy Birthday Kelly! Thanks for hosting the blog hop. I love AnitaGoodesign embroidery designs and I own tons of them. My latest completed AG project was Christmas Town, it was fun to stitch and made a beautiful wall quilt.
    ~June in AZ

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  22. Happy Birthday Kelly. Hope you have a great day. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  23. Happy Birthday!! Gorgeous angel and design! Beautiful! Rose in IN

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  24. WOW! that is GORGEOUS!! I want it..... My eyes have really opened to more embroidery stuff. just got my machine this weekend, so still playing. I DO want to join future hops you host :-)

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  25. Happy birthday, Kelly. Be kind to yourself today!

    Your embroidery is beautiful.

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  26. Kelly, Birthdays should be fun and I hope yours is. Thanks for hosting this machine embroidery blog. I am getting into machine embroidery and love Anita Goodesign's designs. I am working on Foundations and can't wait to see the finished quilt. Linda in TN

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  27. Thanks for walking us through the steps - cool of you to try the silk! Your angel looks very beautiful, and I do like her red hair.
    thanks
    Happy birthday Kelly!

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  28. Happy Birthday, Kelly! Praying for you and your Mom. Love the angel!

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KELLY! Your angel looks very beautiful.

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  30. I very much enjoyed seeing your project. Thank you for taking the time. Happy birthday!

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  31. Happy Birthday Kelly. Great Blog hop, glad you are sharing.

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  32. Happy birthday Kelly! SCG, you did an awesome job on this quilt. Gosh, you make it look so darn easy! I can't wait to stop quilting with my new embroidery machine!

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  33. Good blog today, Enjoyed it.
    Bev

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  34. Good blog today, Enjoyed it.
    Bev

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  35. Oh...I just love your little angel...and glad that you snuck in for a bit.

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  36. Happy BIrthday Kelly!
    That angel is beautiful!!!! Don't think I would of unsewn that little bit of borwn...maybe back up and stitch the red over it?

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  37. LOVE Anita Goodesign! Have only been machine embroiering for a year but love it. Have to look into the prewound bobbins that you recommned as well as the cutting tools!

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  38. Wanted to wish Kelly a very Happy Birthday! May you be richly blessed today & throughout this coming year.

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  39. Happy Birthday Kelly! Hope you are able to celebrate!
    And thanks for the blog hope, and the INCREDIBLE giveaways!

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  40. Happy Birthday Kelly. I'm glad you joined in and showed us your project. Beautiful. THis will be a fun hop. thanks

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  41. Happy Birthday Kelly!! I love your angel she is beautiful. Don't Anita Goodesign's stitch out perfect? I love their designs too an am sorry that I was unable to renew my membership this month.

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  42. Happy birthday :-)
    Love the embroidery

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  43. I love Anita Gooddesign but have yet to do a project of hers

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  44. Happy Birthday Kelly! What a beautiful little quilt you made.

    Cindy

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  45. Happy Birthday Kelly. The angel is beautiful!!

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  46. Happy birthday Kelly! I love the embroidery! Thanks so much to Anita Gooddesigns, SewCal and you!

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  47. Happy birthday Kelly!--don't enter me in this giveaway

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  48. Happy Birthday Kelly! Your angel is gorgeous. Thanks to Anita Gooddesigns and SewCal Gal.

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  49. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY!!! AWESOME BLESSINGS!!

    You did grrrreat job on your angel! Love her!! :)

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  50. Happy Birthday Kelly. I don't do machine embroidery, but admire it, so don't enter me in the giveaway.

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  51. Happy, Happy Birthday, Miss Kelly! I hope you got to do something special on your day. I love how your angel came out!

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  52. Happy Birthday, Kelly. Hope that your day is special. Love your angel; Anita's designs are fabulous!

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  53. Happy 29th Birthday Kelly! Hope it is marvelous! Thanks to all of your friends for keeping your blog going, and the great tutorial for the machine embroidery. I am just learning, and appreciate all the help I can get!

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  54. Happy Birthday Kelly; may all your B-day wishes come true. Your mini-tutorial on the angel art quilt makes me sew eager to have a go at it; can't wait to get started! Being new to machine embroidery, I especially appreciate the great instructions included with all the Anita Goodesign products. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  55. Happy Happy Birthday Ms Kelly I wish you many many more. Thanks for your shhh tutorial we didn't read a thing...lol Also want to thank Anita Goodesign and SewCalGal...you all are appreciated.

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  56. Happy Birthday Kelly! Thanks for the great tutorial using Anita Goodesign angel.

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  57. Happy Birthday. Today is also my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. She lives in Chicago which is a long way from me. The tutorial is great!

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  58. The allthings crafty link doesn't work unless you go in and add the www. just FYI

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  59. I have never stitched an applique design with my embroidery machine. Thank you for the clear photos showing how to do it. There are lots of great tips in your tutorial. I also hate taking the time to wind bobbins when embroidering. The prewound Wonderfil bobbins look like something I ought to try.

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  60. Those are beautiful designs and I enjoyed seeing your process and materials you use and like. I have an embroidery machine and I do not use it for that, time to learn, would love to make designs like this.

    And a Happy Belated Birthday to Kelley!

    Debbie

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  61. The designs are very pretty, as are all Goodesigns. Love the picture too of the filled bobbins. That is a small pleasure for sure.
    Happy Birthday Kelley, though I am a day late.

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  62. Beautiful desugns I am just getting into using my embroidery machine, and am looking for ways to add embroidery to my quilting and sewing. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw. and have a very Happy Birthday
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  63. Gorgeous gorgeous GOR.GE.OUS angel, Kelly! Thank you for showing me the micro tweezers & the Famore seam ripper -- unfortunately I make careless color mistakes, too...
    Happy Birthday to you!

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  64. Happy Birthday Kelly. Thanks for the information on how you did the embroidery. I have never used fabric in my embroidery pieces before but really like how they turn out.

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  65. Happy belated Birthday Kelly, this seems like is going to be a great embroidery hop. Just got my baby out of the shop yesterday for cleaning and ready to follow all of the participants. I love what you have done it is great. I love Anita Goodesign designs and the Floriani threads and stabilizers they are great.

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  66. Happy Birthday, Kelly, from all of your pals at Island Batik! :)

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  67. Many Happy Birthdays and hugs to you and your MOM.

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  68. Happy belated birthday Kelly. This blog hop is going to be so much fun. I love getting tips & ideas from all the talented ladies out there. I love Anita Goodesign & Floriani. I use their products a lot & have great success with them. Thank you for doing this blog hop!

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  69. Happy birthday Kelly.
    I hope you had a nice day, despite the worry about your mother.
    Dutch hug
    Dea

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  70. Happy Birthday, Kelly! I hope you are doing well!

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  71. Happy birthday. Oh my goodness what beautiful embroidery designs...

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  72. Happy Birthday Kelly! Love the designs!

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  73. Belated birthday wishes to you. I love the way you have used the designs

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  74. Your project gives me the courage to try this type of embroider. I have patterns using this technique but lacked the courage to start!

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  75. Happy Birthday Kelly....

    Love the angels..thanks for the tutorial

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  76. Your angel is beautiful, Kelly, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your mother's quilt is as beautiful as the hearts of the quilters who came together to help you get it finished. That just goes to show that, when you send enough kindness out into the world, it will come back to you when you need it the most.

    Hugs,
    Rebecca Grace

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  77. I just found your blog! I am new to machine embroidery so these blog posts are great for me. Thanks so much for hosting this. So informational, and casual at the same time. Thanks for your generous giveaways. Shelley W.

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  78. I love to do machine embroidery, Anita goodesigns are some of my top favorite. I think I own them all..

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  79. Happy Birthday! I was so lucky to stumble upon this blog today. The angel is so pretty! Love my embroidery machine and I'm going to go take a look at all the other blogs on this fun and unique blog hop.

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  80. Happy B-Day Kelly! Absolutely love the angel!

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  81. Just found the blog hop this evening. Thanks for the info and chance to win.

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  82. Happy Belated Birthday Kelly.....I have had no computer all week, so am only just getting to the hop now, so have probably missed out on the giveaways, which is a bummer, especially for this one as I've just got myself an embroidery machine! Oh well, sigh.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  83. Just found the hop--happy belated b'day. I'm "lusting" after the birds that Rebecca Grace did! Thank you for your tutorial. It's great.

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  84. WOW - - - incredible Anita Gooddesigns, as usual - -I haven't seen any that I don't think -- I'd love to have those - - and your tutorial makes the task seem so doable. . .with ease - - - inspiring!! I'm awed at all the hoops (pun intended - LOL !!) you jump through to make your mom as happy, healthy and comfortable as you are humanly possible. . . Bless you !! Wishing your mom many more better days !!

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  85. Thanks for the tutorial. I am new to ME so this was very helpful!

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  86. Hope you had a great birthday! Thanks for a super tutorial.

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  87. Loved the step by step information. Makes trying these patterns less intimidating! I'm ready to give one a go!

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  88. Happy Birthday Kelly! Thank you for the giveaway! I love ME!

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  89. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  90. Happy Birthday Kelly! Have more blessings to come. Btw, I love the Angel embroidered design. It's so cute. <3 <3

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