A Picnic! AND A Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!

Today's picnic is courtesy of my friend Tracy at Ms Bake-it! Awhile back I was the very lucky winner of Tracy's giveaway of a choice of picnic baskets. Poor Miss Tracy, she had a dickens of a time with this basket! She sent it out to me filled with extra goodies and I never got it. Now being the amazing and generous lady that she is, she was determined that I was going to get this picnic basket! She ordered another one, filled it with more goodies and shipped it Fed Ex to me! I can't believe that she went so out of her way and spent so much on this whole giveaway just to make sure I got the picnic basket! But, that is Tracy for you! So, I want to again, thank Tracy for such a wonderful gift!! You rock girl!

Tracy had this basket loaded down with wonderful goodies. Toys and a beautiful sundress for the princess. Snacks and treats for us to enjoy. It was quite a basket to open up!

The Princess and I decided to head to the park and break this basket in!

Here is the beautiful basket.





Look at all the fun things it comes with.




Even though it was just the two of us, I set it up for four to show you all the pieces.

The flatware is nice and sturdy. No flimsy stuff here!
Real glass stemware. So nice!


The Princess was very patient while I set up everything and took pictures. of course, she was really just enjoying watching the ducks and the boaters heading out to Lake Erie.


The heavy fleece tablecloth is actually a blanket with a heavy vinyl backing and all folds up into it's own case.


Okay, honestly, I really did plan to make a fantastic picnic lunch. But, because things just keeping popping up and I kept delaying this "picnic shoot", I said forget it, we will just grab some food and have a nice time!


Nothing like ice cold A & W rootbeer in nice stemware!




I hope you enjoyed spending some time at our picnic on Lake Erie!

Now on to the giveaway!!

We all know and love the folks at the CSN Stores! And they are doing it again! They are offering one of my readers a chance at a $70.00 Gift card!! Woohoo!

I have to confess, one of my absolute favorite CSN stores is Cookware.com! They carry the most amazing stuff. I have a tendency to head there first 9 times out of 10!

You can find wonderful cookware brands such as
Le Creuset. Or check out my personal favorite, all the amazing dishware!

Or maybe you are looking for something for your patio or garden. The
CSN stores have it all!

The rules and the How-to's:

Open to USA and Canada residents

The giveaway starts Now and will end on July 30, 2010 (at Midnight EST)

How to win:

**Leave a comment on this post that you would like to win.

** Leave a another post telling me you are a follower or you just signed up to be a follower

**Blog about this giveaway, leave a link back to your blog post in a separate comment for another chance to win.

Thats it folks! Good Luck to all of you!!



I am joining.....

Tablescape Thursday

Show and Tell Friday

Friday~~Finding Beauty

Tickled Pink Friday

Favorite Things Friday

HodgePodge Friday

159 comments :

  1. What a sweet picnic basket! I love picnics. But I don't have anyone to go on a picnic with. :(
    I would love to win this csn giveaway! They have totally ignored my blog. hahah I haven't been offered anything, my feelings are hurt csn!
    gail

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  2. ohhh, I was the dreaded #1, maybe #2 will be lucky for me!
    Of course I am a follower!
    gail

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  3. I'd love to be entered! I have my eye on the Diaper Dude diaper bag at CSN.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. I'm a new follower.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  5. picnic baskets are so fun!! i love yours:)

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  6. oooh i went to the site and found the Lexington Garden Trellis planter and oh my is it cute!!! to be able to have $70 to put toward it would be FABULOUS!! you know I am all about transforming my yard and planting right now, so this would be PERFECT!!! oooh i hope i win:)

    here's the link... http://www.csnstores.com/DMC-7051-XMC1024.html

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  7. I have visited the CSN site and there are so many things I would love to buy. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  8. I am a follower and always enjoy visiting.

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  9. I love your picnic-such a pretty place. And the food looks good-love root beer too!

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  10. Wonderful post..the basket is fabulous..and so awesome she made sure she got it to you! Wonderful treasures inside..and very festive colors..lovely picnice...awesome!! Looks gorgeous!

    Sure I'd love chance to win..thanks for your generosity!
    Kiki~

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  11. I really like this table, so bright and cheery! You really did a great job putting it all together. Take care, Mary :O)

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  12. I'm a follower.

    jspara324@aol.com

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  13. love the picnic set. Beautiful. I love your lunch too. lol.

    I need a frying pan so bad and CSN has one that I want. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    Jessica
    jspara324@aol.com

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  14. That's the sweetest thing I've ever heard of.
    To send you another basket full of goodies is so nice. What a good friend.

    Love the picnic spread. Love A&W rootbeer and hotdogs too! Yum!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. Your picnic looks like so much fun and the basket is just fantastic. What a fabulous gift. I would love to win your giveaway. I really like to many of their stores and could spend that GC in a heart beat. Hugs, Marty

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  16. Yes, of course I am a follower. Hugs, Marty

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  17. The picnic basket is lovely!!! I am a faithful follower and would love to win your giveaway. I'm always for a "portable party" with friends!

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  18. You are too funny Diann! I am glad you finally were able to use your picnic basket.

    I am still looking for a chandelier for my bay window so I would definitely love to be entered into your giveaway!

    ~ Tracy

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  19. You know I am a happy follower!

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  20. I posted about your giveaway on my sidebar with a link back to this post.

    ~ Tracy

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  21. That was so Wonderful that she sent you another basket. Last year I won a very nice giveaway and it was "lost"...NEVER rec'd it and the gal never sent me anything else. I was so sad about never receiving all the goodies.
    Deb :)

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  22. I love the basket. I have one too--not the same, mind you, but we hardly ever use it. We use our coolers. Ah well.

    Put me down for the drawing!

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  23. Oh please please let me win. I am a follower.
    Diann your picnic basket is waaaaay cool!

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  24. what a fun time.. Have a great night..

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  25. I love that picnic basket! That is one of the nicest I have ever seen. What a nice lady to go through all that so you got your picnic!! Well I love CSN and I would love to win this gift card!!! I am looking at a glass pitcher and matching glasses.

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  26. You know I'd follow you anywhere girl!!

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  27. What a beautiful picnic basket and goodies. It made for a nice tablescape and picnic.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  28. Diann...I LOVE this picnic basket. We do not have A&W's here in NE but every year when we visit MN, we make A&W for a snack :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

    P.S. Please enter me in for that FABULOUS giveaway :)

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  29. Oh, and I am a faithful follower :)

    MORE Blessings!
    Gail

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  30. Now that looks like a yummy place with all the best of sitting at your home kitchen table. Nice

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  31. OOOH, oooh- I'm in please! And you know we follow!
    LOVE that picnic basket! I'd love to have a relaxing day like that- fabulous!
    xoxo Pattie

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  32. I would love to win this gift card.

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  33. Of course I'd love to enter, and you already KNOW I'm a follower! That is one favorite store of mine - I bought a baby gift for my new grandson from there, and everyone loved it!

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  34. I would love to win my daughter a 2nd birthday gift...a trike perhaps! They have such a good selection.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  35. OK it is my turn to win! I would like to win a cat bed.

    Carol

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  36. I am a follower so I would like to win twice LOL!

    Carol

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  37. I posted about your giveaway on my sidebar!!

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  38. Tracy is a sweetheart to have resent the basket and all the goodies. Your table looks so cute and that chili dog looks tasty too!

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  39. Oh, and of course I'm a follower. I'd love to win your giveaway. I'd probably give it to my son who recently moved into his first apartment. He still needs some of the basics so this would be such a treat for him.

    Thanks for offering this!

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  40. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

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  41. that is an awesome picnic basket! and what a fun day out by the water! Count me in for the giveaway, I LOVE CSN!

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  42. What an Awsome picnic basket Wow! :) It has it all . And no exspence was spared in getting it to you. How nice of her:) I'm sure it will see many wonderful picnics to come.
    Have a Great weekend ~
    Angel

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  43. Please count me in your giveaway...they have some awesome stuff!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  44. I'm a happy follower:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  45. Of course I would love to win!! My CSN list keeps getting longer and longer !

    bee blessed
    mary

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  46. I blogged about your fun giveaway too!

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  47. I love your picnic!! A and W yummy!!!! I would love to win your giveaway please enter me!!!!

    :) Michelle

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  48. Love it!! I am having a CSN Giveway on my blog My Dream Canvas and would love for you to drop by.

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  49. I love your blog and CSN too! They are quite generous.I have my eye on a ceiling fan over there! There stuff is amazing!
    The picnic is picture perfect. Thanks for sharing too. Your giveaway friend Tracy is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Anne

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  50. Hiya Darlin!

    What a fun post today and great give away... i have to say Im feeling lucky... as where i live is called St Tropaz :) dunno just thought i would toss that out there to the universe for luck! :)

    Have a great weekend. Thanks so much for joining in with us at FFB :)

    Claudia

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  51. I am a follower!!
    Let me be a winner!!
    Loui♥

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  52. wouldn't mind winning the picnic basket!!
    it is adorable!!
    Loui♥

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  53. What a great picnic basket. I say it's not what you eat at the picnic it's how you eat it that makes it fun.

    Oh and I would love to win your giveaway!

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  54. I would love to win this!
    jenn14_85 at yahoo dot com

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  55. Your picnic set up was nice and how lucky you were sent a second basket.
    I would like a chance to win your CSN giveaway.

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  56. I would LOVE to win this Gift card! I'm in such a need of updating EVERYTHING and this would really come in handy!

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  57. I am a follower and visit your site daily! I'm on your email feed and I have also included your blog link on my blog list!

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  58. I have posted about this giveaway on my blog. Here's the link: http://mamazuke.blogspot.com/2010/07/thrifty-groove-giveaway.html

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  59. What a great giveaway you won - love the picnic basket and all the goodies! Tracy is so sweet and kind! Love your giveaway too. Please enter me.

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  60. Diann, I am a follower. Please enter me a second time in your giveaway. Thanks for joining up with CSN stores for this - whoever wins is quite lucky!
    Beth

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  61. So..... the purpose of this comment is to tell you how much I enjoyed seeing your little picnic. I guarantee the little princess didn't care one lick that it was take out food. It was the adventure that was special! Love the root beer in stemware. It make me smile.

    I love your picnic basket. You've inspired me to get cracking on a remake of my 25 year old one. The fabrics are faded.

    And... it's an added bonus that I get to say that I would love to win the giveaway too, right?

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  62. it would be super cool to win this, I'd really like to win this!

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  63. That basket is just so wonderful! What a grea place to enjoy a picnic!

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  64. I would love a new set of sheets or an All-Clad roasting pan.

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  65. Well, you definately made a memory for your little princess...drinking A&W from your stemware and all.
    I love the picnic basket.

    Have a fabulous Friday. ~Natalie

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  66. Oh my - I love the picnic basket! So glad you got yours!

    Deborah in NC

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  67. I am you follower!

    Deborah in NC

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  68. Hi, Oh my goodness how generous of CSN Stores! Wowww! If you would be so kind to enter my name in this awesome and incredible Giveaway I would so much appreciate it! A great big thank you to CSN Stores for this wonderful opportunity and to you for doing this on your blog! I love all their stores but I really do love their lamps...they're gorgeous!
    I hope that you have a beautiful day!
    Hugs...
    Bobbi

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  69. Hi, me again, just back to tell you that I am a follower of yours already...thank you and have a great rest of your day!
    Hugs...
    Bobbi

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  70. The basket is awesome!! I can't believe it's so wonderful! Lucky girl! I would love to be entered in the giveaway!! Thanks!

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  71. That's a very bright and cheerful set! I've never seen one like it!

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  72. What a fun set. Count me in. I am glad you were willing to just go with the flow and get a chili cheese dog. That looks scrumptious to me right now!

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  73. fantastic basket anyone would be happy to have this

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  74. I follow you via my wonderful blog reader on Google.com. Thanks for all the cool things you find and post on here.

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  75. I would like to be entered in your give away. Thanks.

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  76. Hello,
    I just want you to know that I find you made a phantastic picnic with those pretty set. That is one of the nicest picnic baskets I have ever seen. It was so thoughtful of Tracy to make sure, you finally got your picnic badket and you and the princess could enjoy it. Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  77. I would soooo like to win....never won anything in my life....and that's the truth.

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  78. I am a follower and enjoy seeing what you're up to everyday. Thanks

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  79. I am suffering pangs of jealousy! They closed our A&W, which I found out when I had promised the kids root beer floats. Glad that didn't happen to you.
    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

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  80. WOWZA I missed this one...glad I saw it! I want in, and am a happy loyal follower. I would buy something cool for the kitchen. I just read your post about being at the camp ground.....We had those power outages when we lived in South Florida...no fun...we then purchased a generator and that was great! Be safe! Debbie

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  81. Thought I had posted on this before now, love your blue and orange picnic table!
    I haven't had A&W for at least 30 years...not even sure where to find one around here.

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  82. Cute, cute picnic. That chili dog makes my mouth water. Would love to win your prize.
    Jan
    bammajan10@aol.com

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  83. Glad you and your little princess enjoyed your picnic! Thanks to both you and CSN Stores for this wonderful giveaway!

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  84. I am a follower (and email subscriber-love that option) and enjoy your blog, Love the variety of post topics! thanks for giving us a chance to win!

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  85. I am a happy follower that loves your blog!

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  86. Well, I was going to say that csn has some nice weightlifting gloves that I'd like to get for my husband, but that picnic basket made my heart hurt a little. I would adore one just like it! Lucky you!

    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  87. Oh my goodness, Please add my name to the hat!
    Thank you so much!
    Leticia
    www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

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  88. Whoa I love CSN stores, I just finished having a giveaway with them..I would love to win this certifcate..I think I would get a picnic basket like the one you have!

    Barb

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  89. I just posted your giveaway on my blog at
    http://dogmomdiva.blogspot.com/2010/07/check-out-this-csn-stores-giveaway.html

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  90. Count me in for the giveaway- would love to win and get some great gifts for my daughters birthday! Thanks
    emsfsemsfs(at)gmail.com

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  91. Thanks for the chance. Would love to win. I would buy the Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat in Katie Pink.
    luvtosave at gmail.com

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  92. i follow your blog.
    luvtosave at gmail.com

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  93. It would be so great to win this! I'd use it towards a Go Gaga bag, been wanting one for a long time now!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  94. I'm a new follower!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  95. I would love to win! :) i love their bakeware section

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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  96. I am a follower

    dreamzz12[at]aol{dot]com

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  97. http://deegee13.xanga.com/730673921/the-thrify-groove-blog-giveaway/

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot]com

    blogged

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  98. I would just LOVE to win that Gift Card from the CSN Store! We are currently updating our living room, dining room and kitchen. I found bunches of things on their website that would be so perfect for the "new" rooms.

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  99. I am a faithful follower of your blog! Enjoy the heck out of it too!

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  100. I would be so grateful if you would please enter me. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name

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  101. I am now your newest follower :)

    dizzybloom@gmail.com

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  102. Great giveaway! I would love to win. Thanks for linking to FTF!

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  103. Would love to win- I would get a new comforter for the master bedroom! Thanks

    bairdism99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  104. I was visiting Cindy's and found your web page. I am enjoying it!. Please enter me to win the giveaway duenml@comcast.net Linda
    Last Sat. I went on a picnic and no basket! What a lovely gift. Thanks

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  105. I would love to win CSN $$. Great Giveaway! Thanks Diann. Sign me up.
    Sherry

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  106. Oh, please do put my name in the hat for this drawing. I've got my eye on several things. :-)
    Thanks ~ Sarah

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  107. Forgot to make a comment about the lovely picnic basket full goodies. The strip linens are perfect for a picnic at the lake or any where for that matter. :-)
    I'm a long time follower. ~ Sarah

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  108. Love your picnic...especially what you served...I laughed out loud when I saw your menu...too funny.
    I will have to check out this CSN store if I'm going to win a giftcard from it.Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for sharing your picnic with us.
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    ♥•.*.Thank you.*.•♥
    ♥•.*.from Vicki.*.•♥
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  109. I love a lot of stuff I saw at the CSN stores. But I would probably use the money towards a beautiful armless chair for the living room!

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  110. I have a long wish list at CSN and would love to win this!
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  111. I'm a follower.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  112. cute picnic basket! i would love to win a CSN giftcard!!

    jtwilson@gmail.com

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  113. What a great picnic basket...everything looks so nice and the linens are great too...It looks like the perfect picnic! The CSN stores have pretty amazing items! Great giveaway!

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  114. I would love to win your giveaway from CSN! I would use it towards some beautiful flatware!

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  115. I am already one of your followers!

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  116. what a big stack of entries you have!!
    i'm already a follower!

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  117. i'd love to win the gift card, too!

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  118. count me in, I'd love to win that gift card!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  119. I would love to win some towel bars from CSN and a toilet paper holder. :)

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  120. Please eneter me in your giveaway!

    Hugs,
    Angela

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  121. Please enter me again! I'm a follower!

    Hugs,
    Angela

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  122. Oh please please please let it be me I could use some good vibes after the day I've had.. I'd be all over an icecream maker.

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  123. I would love to win the csn giveaway please enter me.

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  124. I'm a new follower and would love to have another chance at winning the giveaway.

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  125. I would like to get the Heartwood Lady Bug Loft Bug House
    CalifKitties (AT) aol.com

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  126. I follow you on GFC - Krissie
    CalifKitties {at} AOL.COM

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  127. I posted this giveaway on my Blog
    http://kristysstuff.blogspot.com/p/csn-contests.html
    CalifKitties {at} AOL.COM

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  128. Oh, there is so much stuff to pick from. I think I would look for a new side table for my bedroom.

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  129. I'm a new follower. I can't wait to check out all your thrifty goodness.

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  130. How fun! I'm throwing my hat in the ring. Who knows? I may get lucky.
    Have a great day.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  131. I would definitely like to win!

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  132. I just signed up to be a follower on GFC via Twitter.

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  133. Would love to win this giveaway!
    Best wishes.
    Chanticlear1@gmail.com

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  134. I'm a follower, too!
    Chanticlear1@gmail.com

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  135. I love CSN stores! Would love to win! Nice picnic!

    cluedn[at]embarqmail[dot]com

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  136. I am a follower of your blog and enjoy seeing your wonderful finds!

    cluedn[at]embarqmail[dot]com

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  137. Your basket looks great.
    I am a follower and enjoy reading your posts.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  138. I'd love to win the gift card. I can always hope.

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  139. Yes, I'm a follower and I look forward to your emails every day.

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  140. What a wonderful giveaway, I would love to win. Have a wonderful time on your camping trip. Terri

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  141. I am also a follower and enjoy visiting your beautiful blog. Terri

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  142. The picnic baskert looks wonderful and what a fun picnic! Glad I made it to enter in the giveaway....Christine

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  143. I have been a follower, Diann!...Christine

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  144. I have a birthday coming next month and would LOVE to win!

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  145. What a great picnic basket...congrats on winning it! Picnics are sooo much fun! Happy 100th TT!
    Susan

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)