Fabric Teddy Bear Kit

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Yet another productive day! I am so proud to have been able to knuckle down! I am making the most of this creative burst whilst it lasts!

So I also managed to make a fabric bear and photograph every step! So now I will have two different teddy bear kits to offer on my website.

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I also managed to write up 2107 words of instructions! Phew! Busy bunny!

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Now I have the task of laying out the pages for the step by step tutorials and placing over 400 pictures after spending nearly three hours editing and cropping every photo! It’s a good job I love doing this!

Here are a few of the images.

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Do you think £29.99 is a fair price for the kit? It includes everything you need to make the bear and you get to choose your fabrics.

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Teddy complete! Pattern next!

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One completed teddy!

So my productivity has been fab over the past few days, I have designed a pattern and made a teddy, plus taken photos of every step to put it all together in a step by step kit to sell on my website.

The kit will include:
All materials (that you choose from a selection… Truly a bespoke bear!)
Safety eyes and nose
Toy stuffing
Needles
Pins
Threads
Pencil
Pattern (on trace so you can match up patterns and grains easily)
Arm, leg and head joints ( so it will be a full jointed and possible bear)
Photo tutorial step by step
Detailed instructions

They will be categorised in a difficulty rating as it is far easier and less time is needed to make a fabric bear. A fabric bear would take around 4 hours from start to finish, whereas a fur bear could take up to 10hours if you are hand stitching.

I intend to sell just the pattern too as both a PDF and paper pattern, so you can use what supplies you may already have.

This is where I need your comments and suggestions 🙂

Pricing … Is it realistic?

PDF pattern sent via email £3.50
Paper pattern sent by snail mail with free postage £5.50
Full kit £29.99 plus postage of £5 within the uk and £10 worldwide

Would you buy the kit? It is suitable for 11+ so it could make a lovely Christmas present for a budding creative!

Also any suggestions for improvements would be much appreciated!

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Items I have made for sale: free Halloween patterns

So I have been really busy making lots of goodies and planning what lessons to offer to teach people.

I will be uploading these images to my website and adding buy it now buttons. If you would like custom orders in whatever colours, fabrics or yarns you wish, just drop me an email, comment on here or phone me 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you x

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Find them all for sale on my website within the next few hours … I will post again when they are available for purchase.

http://www.selinagreen.com

Xxx

Free crochet flower tutorial

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Here is another crochet flower for you to try … A little more complicated than the last free tutorial, but I just love how it is layered. Enjoy!

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You will need;
Two different colour wools
3.75 or 4 crochet hook
Scissors

Stitches you need to know;
Slip knot
Chain
Double
Half double
Treble

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Make a slip knot

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Chain 5 (this forms one treble and 2 chain in the completed circle of crochet)

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*Treble into first chain

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Chain 2

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Repeat from* four more times. Join to third chain stitch from first step with a slip stitch.

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Chain 1

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*Double crochet over chains into gap

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Half double crochet over chains into gap

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Three trebles over chains into gap

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Half double crochet over chains into gap

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Double crochet over chains into gap

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Repeat from * in every gap. Join with slip stitch.

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Fasten off

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Tie in second colour

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Flip over flower and work on the back

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Slip stitch

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*Chain 5

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Join to next bar with a slip stitch

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Repeat from * all the way round, join with a slip stitch

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Working on the right side from now on

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Chain 1

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*Double crochet over chains into gap

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Half double crochet over chains into gap

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Five treble crochet over chains into gap

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Half treble crochet over chains into gap

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Double crochet over chains into gap

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Repeat from * in every gap, join with slip stitch

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It will be all scrunched up like this. DON’T PANIC Just straighten it out.

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Weave in all loose ends.

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Why not try my free leaf tutorial too.

🙂 Enjoy!

Free crochet flower tutorial

A really easy flower to crochet, it is sooooo quick to make!
Enjoy!

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What you will need

2 different colours of wool
3.75 or 4 crochet hook
Scissors

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Make a slip knot

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Chain 3

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15 trebles into first chain

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Join 3rd chain with a slip stitch

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Fasten off

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Tie in second colour wool

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*Chain 3

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Miss one stitch, slip stitch into second stitch (repeat from * all the way round)

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Chain 1

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*Double crochet over chains

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Half treble over chains

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Three trebles over chains

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Half treble over chains

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Double crochet over chains
Repeat from * in every gap to the end

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Fasten off

Granny …. You’re a star!

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Picture this …. One kitten in the land of nod on my lap after having an exhaustive wrestle with the yarn, the other kitten sprawled out around my neck purring madly and demanding kisses!

I’m going to try my best to crochet a few stars, photographing each step to give you a free tutorial. Yay!

I intend to sew them all together in a blanket, but you can use them in a variety of ways.

So here goes … Wish me luck!

Make a slip knot

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Chain 4

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Slip stitch into first chain to create a loop

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Chain 3

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2 trebles into loop

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Chain 3

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3 trebles into loop

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3 chain 3 trebles … Until you have 5 …. Slip stitch into 3rd chain of first chain three.

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Fasten off.

Join 2nd colour

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Chain 3

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2 treble into gap

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Chain three

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Three treble into same gap

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Chain one … Repeat in next gap

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Repeat all around, joining in the same way as before to complete the round … Fasten off.

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Join 3rd colour IN POINT OF HEXAGON CREATED

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Chain 3

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2 trebles into gap … Chain 4

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Three trebles into same gap then double crochet into side of hexagons gap.

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Treble into next point of hexagon (it looks a little funny, but it does work when all trebles in set are completed.)

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Two more trebles to complete set

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Chain 4 three trebles into same point.

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Double crochet into side of hexagon and repeat all the way round.

At the end of round ….Double crochet third stitch in first chain into flat edge of hexagon.

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Tricky to explain so there are a few photos …

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Fasten off.

And here is your completed star!

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And if that wasn’t tricky enough by having a kitten sleeping on my lap…. Fu decided she would make it more difficult by laying under my arm, then testing how fun the stars are!!!!!!!!

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It’s all in a days work

For the past few days I have been having a crochet indulge to say the least! I am finding it a bit tricky to sleep normal amounts at the moment and quite literally I am engrossed in crochet from 7 am until 1 am…. I just can’t put the hook down! My partner fears for his life when he has to ask to do normal daily routines like ‘ can we go food shopping?’ or ‘ can we have tea now … It’s 10pm!’ OOPSY! I turn into a demon or even worse a stroppy teenager!

Friends and family are supporting me in many ways as I mentioned in my post ‘appreciation’ … I have some great requests, and have been going through them merrily!

Teaching friends how to crochet … They are amazing! It started with just two of them and now we have a lovely group on the go! I am so proud of each and every one of them as they have committed to learning, developing and perfecting their new skill. They really have inspired me to be crafty again … Something I lost last year and avoided due to many reasons. I really should photograph their work as they have progressed sooooooo much and are producing really beautiful things!

Making amigurumi ponies
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I have made three of these so far … This white and blue one, another one exactly the same only with pink hair and a pink body and pink hair with grey hooves one. I will make another one, a unicorn and possibly a Pegasus too this week. I also intend on writing up a pattern for them (you see I just free form the shapes I like and make it up as I go along!) I hope to sell both in my etsy shop soon 🙂 so watch this space … I will let you know when they are available.

Making amigurumi lions
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Rar! I absolutely love him to pieces! He took around 20 hours to make as I kept re shaping him until I was happy and THE MANE!!!! Seriously! That was my life for a whole day! Strand by strand fastening in each one! But it was soooo worth it!

Writing my blog on crochet … Which obviously requires me to make a variety of goodies and then share pictures and tutorials.

Designing and making a beautiful bedding set … Baby Amelia is getting her cot in a few weeks, and in return for Amelia modelling my creations I am making a bedding set including all kinds …
Granny square blanket with scalloped edging
Granny square cushion
Granny square bumpers
Granny square blankey with teddy head
Teddy
Flower garland
Star garland
Tulle canopy
Pom Pom mobile
Patchwork quilt with matching pillow (may have to sneak I some crochet edging! Hehehe!
Matching nappy bag
Matching curtains
Personalised bumper
Patchwork teddy

So far I have completed the top five items and have started the flower garland. I will upload the photos as soon as I have taken them. I may even squueeeezzzzeee in a tutorial on how to make the flowers 🙂

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They include …
A variety of crochet baby cardigans … I have shared the pattern free on here, plus I will be selling the finished cardigans on my etsy soon. I will replace this sentence with a link to my shop when it is available.

I have also created new cardigan designs with a matching bonnet, both of which I am writing up 🙂

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None of the cardigans have fastenings yet, but they will either have buttons or ribbons to finish the off 🙂

Appreciation

It has been a while since I have blogged due to a variety of reasons. Nearly two weeks ago my heart was broken as my darling giant rabbit passed away 😦 I miss her sooooo much and have been trying to deal with our loss xxx

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I am sure she didn’t want to leave us and I am sure she had something to do with the coincidental blessing that has happened!

On the very same day we adopted some kittens that were found abandoned in a derelict house. My partners brother and some friends on his street heard the meowing and rescued them from the house, but they couldn’t keep them as they had babies. So our intentions were to take then to the RSPCA in the morning.

Let the fun commence!

Poooooo party! I have never gagged so much in my life! The kitties had really upset tummies and pooped in the carry case… Seriously… How much can a cat poop? We had two chocolate coated kittens in a tiny Toyota yaris … Quiiiiiicccckkkkk …. Windows down and drive faster!

I know that you are not supposed to bathe cats … But seriously, there was no other way!

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We made them a play pen so they were not too scared by our huge home.

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And then we decided to name them. My partner and I are veggie and the most apt name would obviously be To (pronounced Toe) and Fu … So yes we run around the house calling ‘Tofu’ 🙂

As the kittens were so young we didn’t know the sex, but as they are growing we have a boy (To … The white one) and a girl (Fu … The black one).

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Due to the cats being abandoned they were really scraggy 😦 To had really sore scabby skin under his fur on his face, legs and paws. We have treated him and now he is much better with baldy patches, but the fur is growing back 🙂

We did say we would just get them better then take hem to be rehomed, however I think thy have chosen us and they are sooooo loving! When we are upset they purr so loud, the way they look at us it is as if they are saying thank you, or I love you, or it’s ok to be sad… They are our little angels xxxx

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I think about our rabbit all the time and miss her dearly, but I have to appreciate the time we had with her and what we have now! When times are tough it is easy to give up, but now its my time to make a change… I can make positive changes, and I have been overwhelmed by the responses I have had to my free crochet patterns! I appreciate all of the positive feedback… The first thing I was floored by was how I got 123 views on ONE DAY!!!!! All over the world!

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This is due to the wonderful Janette who shared my pattern on her blog www.greendragonfly.wordpress.com after she had a go at making the cardigans. Really beautiful crochet! Thank you so much Janette!

Yesterday when I couldn’t sleep I checked my etsy and had a browse when I saw that I had my first convo! Woop woop! Colleen shared her beautiful baby set she had created from my pattern! I was over the moon to receive this gratitude and see how I can hav a positive impact on other people … The other side of the world! Truly awe inspiring!

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These have sold already … And I’m not surprised! Beautiful! Here is a link to her website, so many beautiful crochet makes!http://www.tricityhokescreations.weebly.com/
And Colleens facebook … https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tricity-Hokes-Creations/281815340083

I feel as if things are on the up for me and I really should embrace everything. I have a few goals and feel that I can achieve everything I put my mind to. I am going to try my hardest to make all I want a reality 🙂 any help or advice wold be much appreciated 🙂

1.) to share my creativity.
I was a textiles teacher in a secondary school, and I love all things craft! I wish to teach adults how to crochet, knit, sew, embroider, and be all round creative geniuses! I also want to share free patterns and tutorials trough the world of blogging.

2.) to sell my creations.
at present I am loving crochet! Friends and family are being really supportive and encouraging me in every way they can! Anything from borrowing babies for photo shoots, to custom requests. I have an etsy shop which has a few Blythe capes on, plus I intend to list some of my crochet creations for babies over the next week or so.

3.) to publish a craft book.
this has always been an ambition of mine! I have nearly 300 craft books. My favourite has to be the Tilda range! I aspire to achieve the same! … This is where I need he most help! Hopefully my blog will eventually get me there!

So in short … This post today is a big thank you to everyone for your ongoing support! I really do appreciate all of you x

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Free crochet baby cardigan pattern

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Here is a free pattern for you to try.

I used a size 4 crochet hook and double knit wool for the red and the grey cardigans. Whilst I tried a super soft organic cotton for the white one. All designs have been slightly adapted, so feel free to play around with different combinations. The red one has no button holes and is fastened with a big double satin ribbon. The grey cardigan has button holes (in the picture I have not sewn on the buttons yet … Couldn’t quite decide!) and the white cardigan has a scallop edge plus short sleeves finished again with a scallop edge. The possibilities are endless… So have a go at the basic design and then play! I would love to see your completed cardigans!

You can also order bespoke cardigans from my shop

The pattern for a newborn

Slip knot
Chain (ch) 50

Row 1
Treble (tr) into 4th ch from hook
Tr into every ch (47 sts)

Row 2
Ch 2
Turn
*1tr into next 4 sts, 2tr into 5th st (rep from * to end) (57 sts)

Row 3
Ch 2
Turn
*1tr into next 5 sts, 2tr into 6th st (rep from * to end) (67 sts)

Row 4
Ch 2
Turn
*1tr into next 6sts, 2tr into 7th st (rep from * to end) (77 sts))

Row 5
Ch 2
Turn
*1tr into next 7sts, 2tr into 8th st (rep from * to end) (87sts)

Row 6
Ch 2
Turn
*1tr into next 8sts, 2tr into 9th st (rep from * to end) (97 sts)

Row 7
Ch 2
Turn

Create a bobble
*Yarn over hook, Hook through 2nd st, Yarn over hook, (rep from * two more times)
Pull yarn through all sts on hook (7)
Yarn over, pull through st

Create a bobble again through same st.

*Ch 1, Miss three, 2 bobbles ( rep from * twice more)
Miss three, 1 bobble (3 1/2 bobble sets on the front)
Count 19
1 bobble into st
(this leaves a space for the armhole)

*ch 1, miss three, 2 bobbles (rep from * 7 times)
Count 19
1 bobble into st

*ch 1, miss three, 2 bobbles (rep from * 3 times to end) ch1 miss one st
1 tr into last st

So you should have 2 x 3 1/2 bobble sets on the front
Then
1/2 bobble, 7 bobble sets, 1/2 bobble on the back plus two arm holes of 19 chains in each gap.

Row 8-16

Ch 2
*Miss three, 2 bobbles, ch 1(rep from * to end)
Tr into last st

When the cardigan is the required length ch 1, turn, double chain (dc) around the edge into every st. Repeat.

I like to complete a third row of dc at the base of the cardigan to give a professional finish.
Fasten off and weave in loose thread.

Sleeves
Knot in yarn under arm to fasten the two bobbles together.
Row 1-7
1 really loose ch
*2 bobble into first st,ch1, miss three (rep from *) (6 sets of bobbles)
Slip stitch (ss) into first ch

Row 8&9
1ch, dc into every st, ss into 1st st
Fasten off and repeat on other sleeve.

This pattern has no button holes as I used a ribbon at the waist through two tr.

How to create button holes

On the second round of dc when you reach the desired side for button holes all you do is sacrifice some 2 dc’s, ch 3 instead and dc into 2nd ch from hook for as many buttonholes as you require.

Now I think you will need to stock up on wool as this is a lovely little design.

To make larger cardigans

All I do for slightly larger and looser designs is increase the size of my hook and yarn.

You can also add multiples of six to enlarge the design. This is due to the design requiring two extra bobbles (one for each side to keep it even).

Enjoy and let me know how you get on 🙂

Update

Look look look!

I am sooooo happy, other bloggers are using my patterns and sharing their creations with me! I am sooooo happy!
greendragonfly

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And look at this beauty

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