4 Year Freckled Nest Anniversary + Giveaway!!

Today is Freckled Nest's 4 Year Blog and Business Anniversary so I'm doing a fun Giveaway... a Yellow Fisheye Camera!!! It takes cool film pictures like this!!

ETA: The winner has been drawn & announced here.
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To Enter:  I'd love to hear why you like Freckled Nest... leave your Name and Reason in the comments and I'll draw a random winner in a few days! Anyone can enter :)
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This is the story of my first blog and internet excitement...
It all started as a teenager with my obsession with Orca Whales... more specifically, Keiko, the whale from Free Willy, on his journey to real freedom. I had dreams about Keiko, I wore 'Free Keiko' pins to school (high school!), I painted pictures of Keiko swimming in the ocean, I even had a whale wallpaper border in my bedroom--- it was like a obsessive consuming crush, but on a whale.
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While I was in high school, marine biologists and doctors were working to assimilate Keiko back into the ocean and he was living at a facility in Oregon. There was a camera that took pictures in his tank every five minutes and you could view them live online. Without the internet at home, I went to my school library everyday on my 10 minute break (pretending it was for a school project), hoping that after the dial up signal loaded, I could log on and see my Keiko swimming by. Day after day, it was just photos of water. Until one day, I logged on and saw him. There he was... right by the window, smiling (at me). My heart stopped and burst outta my chest. I squeeled in the library and secretly printed the photo on the school printer. It was like a high that I needed more of... I needed the internet at home so I could look more often! I begged my parents to get the internet hooked up for a year, constantly showing them the free AOL internet cds, wishing I had a credit card so I could just hook it up myself.
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When we finally got internet in 1999 or 2000, the stalking Keiko phase had faded. But my obsession with connecting online was far from over. I was getting really into music, regularly going to local punk and hardcore shows with Tanner, my cousin/friend. I loved taking pictures of the bands and crushing on all the cute screaming singers. My hotmail account (ha) led me to "geocities" and I built a website for my band photos and I updated it weekly. It had a yellow font on a black background, 3 columns across with scanned pictures down the center and lots of clickable buttons. Oh- and a hits counter... i think it reached 800 :) Essentially, it was my first blog... before blogs were blogs ;)
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In my naivety, I called my blog "Hardcore Chick 204"... www.Geocities.com/HardcoreChick204 to be exact ;) Lol... 204 for my area code, and hardcore for my music preference. This was in the era of ICQ Chat Rooms and my nickname matched my website. I was so perplexed-- why were all these guys chatting me being so frisky and gross!? Lol... it wasn't until my friend Jenny-Lynn said, "I'm not allowed to receive emails from you anymore LA, your hardcorechick204@hotmail.com address got my dad in trouble from his work". I was like, "Why?!" Duh... They tracked his computers' online activity and thought he was getting serviced or something. Yikes!
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That was my first blog and internet experience. I never would have thought the internet & design would become my career... so much has changed in 10 years! Gladly, my old nickname and dial-up have been retired since then ;)
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Thank you for joining me over the last 4 years, it's been very special to me to share it with you! 
To many many more,
Love Leigh-Ann 
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[ Cred: Tape Strips from one of my favorite bloggers, Pugly Pixel ]

238 comments:

  1. I love freckle nest, because it gives me so much inspiration!

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  2. Happy anniversary Freklenest!
    I discover this blog o don'tknow, maybe a year agoand ibecame a follower immediatly. I think what i look for in blogs are style and sincerity and Freckelnest really is both!
    So once againe Happy B-Day et longue vie à Frecklenest!
    Marion.

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  3. I love frecklednest because you have such cool style and always have cute pics and ideas!!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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  4. Happy anniversary, LA!

    I love FreckledNest because your style is amazing! You create practical things that are different from all the similar stuff around. Your work is always somehow brighter, cuter, ... And you manage to make your albums and everything the way we can see you put your love into every single piece :)

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  5. Hi L.A!
    Happy anniversary!! i became a follower of your blog when i joined style school. You are such a sweet, creative and inspirational person, love reading your blog & following your classes xD

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  6. reading your blog makes people cheerfull i think :) i love the site project cuz it's colorfull and happy.. and your life isn't as perfect as some other super famous blog owners.. it's interesting to read about your life, your job, not always happy thoughts.. :)

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  7. I always come back for inspiration.

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  8. i love your blog cause you always keep it updated and you're brilliant ideas are so creative. it makes me say wow alot. it's really brilliant.
    especially the swap thing, what a great idea!

    thanks for the inspiration.
    Annie, Kilkenny, Ireland

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  9. Hi LA,

    Whats not to love about you and your blog - you come across as such a cute person. Your sense of humour is so endearing - I love the way you describe the funny and wacky things you think and do. I really enjoy your tutorials and the things you make - Happy to say I own some of them!

    You really are just a big bunch of fun and someone I'd love to have around .... ya know if I lived close by! hehe

    Congrats and Happy 4th Birthday =P

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  10. Happy Anniversary, LA! I love your photography and your creative projects!

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  11. Wow 4 years! That's a really long time :) Congrats!
    I really love you blog, because it's really inspiring and it makes me happy in general :)

    xxx

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  12. Happy anniversary!! I really love your blog, especially the tutorial of your DIY. I always waiting your new DIY :)

    girlsrocktheworld@rocketmail.com

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  13. Happy blogoversary! I love looking back at the things that brought us here, and that Keiko is responsible for you taking the first step in your online presence makes you even more adorable than I thought possible! <3

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  14. I'm definitely a fan of your genuine nature :)
    Plus, I love seeing/learning about new things :)

    Congrats on 4 fantastic years!

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  15. Happy Anniversary to the one and only LA! I've been following you for over a year now. I love that you are REAL and not afraid to show life's good and bad moments. You are one of life's little joys! (Plus we share a love for buttons!) Here's to many, many more years of Freckled Nest!

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  16. WOW-4 YEARS! That is awesome. I like Freckled Nest for the photos you share. I've also been enjoying your personal journey posts. I learn about a lot of cool bloggers and artists through your blog, as well. Thanks for being great!
    -Briana

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  17. What I love most is that you are so relatable. You are so cute with your stories (like this one) that so many of us (or is it just me???) can totally see ourselves in! You're silly and quirky (in a good way, promise!) and full of great ideas and creativity. I always look forward to your new posts!

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  18. Hi L.A. - Congrats of the years of blogging. I keep coming back because of all the different inspiration - not only scrapping, not only that your real, not only photography, it's these items, and so much more.

    Thanks.

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  19. I forget how I found your blog but I am so glad I did.
    I really like this blog b/c you are so inspirational plus you are just a cutie patootie.
    I like your self confidence and your art etc.

    Keep up the good work!

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  20. I love your blog because of your personality! Not only are you adorable and so sweet, but you are real and seem like someone your readers could go out for coffee with. Congrats on 4 years!!!

    Lily

    P.S. And I LOVE your tutorials!

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  21. aw wow, that's a long time in blog world!

    i love freckled nest because it is so bright and cheerful! you always have great photos and i can always count on seeing a photo of you with a big smile on your first in at least 2 spots on your page. i like your blog because i feel like we might be friends in real world life too...i relate to a lot of the more personal sides that you've been sharing with us lately and also the crafty sides as well.

    you inspire me on a daily basis and THAT is something to admire about someone,

    thanks for being you leigh-ann!
    xo,
    carly

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  22. i love FN because you are so awesome and you give so much pretty inspiration :)

    congrats on 4 years!

    xoxo,
    christen

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  23. i love freckled nest because of the great inspiration i find here daily....and i love all of your tutorials....and i love the style of your blog and you have great posts.
    i just generally love freckled nest! (and LA of course!!!)
    happy 4 years!
    <3,
    kendra

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  24. Happy Anniversary Leigh-Ann!
    I love Freckled Nest because you are real, honest, fun, inspiring and true...you aren't afraid to just post a simple photo with a small caption and at the same time you aren't afraid to post your whole Odyssey! You are a true inspiration to so many people...Thank you for that!

    xoxo~Meg

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  25. Happy Anniversary!

    I love Freckled Nest for inspiration, but also because you come across as very friendly and helpful! I don't feel like a lot of other bloggers are this way (although they probably are), so I really like the "atmosphere" of Freckled Nest! (I hope that makes sense!)

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  26. I love how you tell a story and I also really love and appreciate your photos...I'm a geek for fun photos. You have a very relatable quality to you my dear!

    :-)
    Jenna

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  27. Honestly,I have never been to your site before.I just found you today. Happy Anniversary.I just became a follower now. If this is for old followers,thats cool.Keep on blogging!

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  28. I love freckled nest for oh so many reasons,
    not only is it completely inspiring, but I think it is totally sincere. I love the fact that not only do you inspire but you encourage readers to make their own, giving DIYs and such. Its just so nice to feel like your somebody to a blogger and not just random readers.
    Happy 4th year!
    love Jess

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  29. I love frecklednest because it's coloured, funny and because it brings desire to create!
    happy anniversary!
    marisa
    (http://www.bussolacreazioni.blogspot.com/)
    (bussolacreazioni@gmail.com)

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  30. I love coming to Freckled Nest because I feel like I can relate to you. Not many of my friends thrift, like good music or craft, so it's fun getting to know someone who has similar interests to mine.

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  31. happy anni


    i love your blog because you are FUNNY and relate able! you don't pretend to have this perfect life like alot of bloggers do! and i think we all love you more for it!

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  32. i loved your story! earlier this week i did a post about how i got into blogging...great minds think alike i guess :)

    i love your blog because i feel like we have a lot in common. you also inspire me to stay creative and have fun with whatever i'm doing :)

    thanks leigh-ann!!

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  33. I love FN b/c you always have a unique perspective on things & introduce me to inspiring things! Congrats on 4 years! Jessica D.

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  34. HAPPY BLOGGYVERSARY!!!!! and OMG i loved Free Willy too, so much so that i wanted to be a marine biologist forever...until, of course, i discovered the crafty world of art and design :) CHEERS to a fabulous 4 years and many more to come! you are an inspiration, thank you for sharing so much with us everyday!! xo

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  35. When blogging started, I couldn't understand why anyone would want to blog? Seemed a silly thing to me and now I couldn't live without it. Well, I could, but who wants to, right?!?! :)

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  36. What a CUTE little camera! I love it!! I love your blog because I love your style, crafty tips and your stories. You are a super nice/fun person that I could see as one of my bff's in real life.

    I love your internet story, that's super cool! I was super into music at the same time as you, I was going to shows every week as much as I could. My friends and I had even started a website called capunk.com...where I posted news, reviewed, photos, etc. Lol. Fun times!

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  37. I love your blog because I find it inspires me to be crafty and gives me ideas. Plus you're totally adorable!

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  38. Why do I love Freckled Nest...I'm such a huge arts and crafts kind of girl, and I absolutely LOVE looking at other people's crafts for my own ideas, not necessarily to copy, but to generate some inspiration for things I could do myself. It's also refreshing to see so many unique people have some of the prettiest blogs I've ever seen who are real and true to themselves. :)

    And my name is Courtney Lynn!

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  39. I'm Maria and I love FN because is refreshing, colorful and so so inspiring!

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  40. Hello Freckled Nest! Congratulations on FOUR years! What I love about your blog is that it is always fresh with new inspirations, true feelings and insights, and fantastic colors. Thank you for sharing your time and energy, your blog is so wonderful!

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  41. fun giveaway and congrats to you on your blogaversary!!! i love reading your blog because you always have cool crafts to try, yummy eye candy, and i really have been loving your more personal entries lately. thanks for doing this blog!

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  42. I love freckled nest! I love your stories and how honest you are in your posts. You always have something new and interesting to say!

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  43. How awesome! Ha. I remember when we first got internet at our house I was always on it & it kept disconnecting on me. But anyways! I love the genuine personality & inspiration of your blog. It keeps me constantly interested! I love it!

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  44. i love the freckled nest because of your stories too! your photos!
    like you said it's about connecting with people from far away! it's brilliant.
    happy 4th year! here's to 4 more~

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  45. I love Freckled Nest because you always post the best photos!

    Happy 4 years!
    -Chelsea

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  46. Happy four years!

    I love FN because I never feel like you're trying to sell me something. I feel like you're trying to be my friend!! I LOVE YOU AND YOUR BLOG!

    <3,
    Sarah

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  47. I love the inspiration and eye candy! You are so fun and genuine. Happy Anniversary :)

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  48. I love blogs that are cheery, bright and colorful...and yours is just that! :)

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  49. Lauren Carroll6/27/2010 11:51:00 am

    Wow you are 4!!! Thank you for inspiring me and helping me get through the mundane life of a housewife. You are a beautiful, fun, colorful spirit! Keep on keeping on!

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  50. I love Freckled Nest b/c of posts like THIS! Witty, soo witty, and just plain fun. To many more. :)

    Congrats!

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  51. I love Freckled Nest because you have style and spirit. =)

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  52. I love Freckled Nest because the etsy store has saved my gift-giving butt several times and the blog always puts a smile on my face! Thanks, and congratulations, Leigh-Ann!

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  53. congrats! you blog is a good mix of inspiration, crafty goodness, and a good dose on the story behind the blog writer. its really a good combination and it keeps me coming back every day to see what new things you come up with. keep up the great job!

    Suzanne B

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  54. I adore freckled nest because it's easy to relate to such a beautiful and real person. Also you churn up super cute clothes ;)

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  55. LA!

    i loved freckled nest because of YOU!
    duh.
    you are a great blogger and your personality really shines through in your posts. i love all your awesome inspiring posts and your humor!
    in short...
    you rock

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  56. Happy anniversary, L.A.! Love your blog! So inspiring!

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  57. Hi :) My name is Mariana, I love your blog because I reaaally enjoy it's design and the contents in it! Your stories are truly entertaining and your pictures are so beautiful! :)

    XO

    Happy anniversary!!!!

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  58. love your creativity, and the inspiration I get, and I think mostly because you are here in Winnipeg :)

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  59. I love the Freckled Nest style and your honest approach to sharing your life on this blog!

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  60. LA,
    I love reading Freckled Nest because it brings me daily smiles and inspiration. I love every bit! Stay awesome.
    xoxo
    cait

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  61. I love FN because a few years ago it showed me that I could do what I love. It gave me the inspiration that I was lacking. Growing up I was told by teachers I couldn't make a good living as an artist and it wasn't realistic. My parents always encouraged me but I always thought thats what parents did. Thru your blog I found several others that have encouraged me to really give my dream a try. Also you by yourself are inspiring and as stalkerish as it sounds I really love reading about your adventures. Thank L.A.!

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  62. wow 4 years! congrats!

    i love your blog because you have such awesome ideas and you take time to share them, and your life with us!

    being a fellow canadian helps too :)

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  63. Congrats on all the years of blogging! I love your blog because it's very inspiring.

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  64. Congrats on 4 years!!! That's so exciting:)
    I found your blog just over a year ago and its one of those blogs where you just HAVE to read everyday. You're real and down to earth, and your talent is amazing! Its inspiring to see someone who's crafty but also LOVES and is successful at the business sides as well!
    Keep on rockin'

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  65. I love your blog because it's always full of colors and inspiration.. plus I love your style!

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  66. Your blog is inspiring and I like your pictures!! :)

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  67. What's not to love? I come back for the creativity and inspiration. Your pics are amazing! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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  68. Yay! Happy Anniversary! I hope I can make it to four years! I love Freckled Nest because you have amazing photography, very inspiring posts, and you're too cute! <3

    Cheers to another great year! :)

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  69. I love Freckled Nest because you have the most creative ideas, and you're so honest and adorable!

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  70. Simply, I love it because of how real you are. You don't try to be some huge internet crafting star and you share all the awkward or silly moments (such as when the glass pan shatterd or the ramp with your car) that make life interesting and it makes us all feel connected. Well, myself at least. Not to mention your style is just so cute! Kristin

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  71. I love this blog because of the constant inspiration it brings to me! Congrats on 4 years :)

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  72. I enjoy your unique style and inspiration and i wish that i too had a great imagination as yourself. Congrats on the 4 years on the blog =)

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  73. freckled nest is cute, funny, and honest.

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  74. That camera is fantastic! I love Freckled Nest because it's inspiring, raw and refined at the same time, honest, and creative! I love reading your blog.

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  75. Congratulations LA and Freckled Nest!!!
    I don´t have any particular reason why I like FN - you´re just so super and I love everything you create. That´s my reason! :)
    Hugs, Inka

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  76. Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary! I only found this blog a few months ago but immediately became an avid follower. Whenever you update your blog, it brightens my day! You're such a rad girl and I've been appreciating your adding a 'voice' to your blog with stories of your childhood and when things don't always go to plan. I think too many people don't talk about so many things because they think it is taboo or are worried about what others may think, but in the end that's what makes us us and we shouldn't be scared to speak our minds! I also love your style, sweet personality, down-to-earthness, quirkiness, kawaiiness, creativeness, zest for life, enthusiasm and colours to name just a few. You inspire me to make more effort to unleash my creativeness and ponder life!

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  77. Wow four years is a long time.. congrats! I like to come here for inspiration & to see what new & creative projects you've come up with. And now that you've added posts about your personal life, it feels good to know everyone has to go through struggles to get where they want to be. Well again congrats & hope you had a great weekend. `=)

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  78. I love FreckledNest because I love to see a woman who wears colors! No monotony here.

    <3 Kelsey

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  79. wow~~~
    best giveaway ever!!!
    happy anniversary girl!
    I love Freckled nest for many reasons:the inspiration, the colors, the ideas, the good vibe and many more!

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  80. i always learn about nifty stuff on your site :)

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  81. LA, I started reading your blog after taking your Indie Biz class. I get a lot of inspiration from your posts and photos so keep em coming!

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  82. yay for 4 years! i just love how fun, creative and crafty you are! thanks for the chance to win.

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  83. I love your blog because you mix personal/business/and just plain fun stuff. Your posts are always interesting and you do not hide yourself <3 Beth D @createathought

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  84. you have amazing inspiration and d.i.y's!
    plus, you're also a canadian girl!!!
    congrats! (and funny story! haha)

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  85. Happy Annivesary! I love that you didn't realize how terrible that email is xD

    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jaco

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  86. I love Freckled Nest because you have this amazing ability to be yourself and let your personality shine through. Yours was the first indie/craft blog that I had ever seen and I was jealous of your freedom and creativity from the start. What you do is amazing LA, you're a true inspiration.

    ~Rachael from Sincerely Rae

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  87. inspiration and beautiful photos! happy anniversary

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  88. I really love your photos. Both the ones you've taken yourself and the ones you've found online. They are always so cute.. I especially love all of the vintage.

    love Marita from Norway

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  89. I love your blog because of you. I kinda didn't like it at first. Ok, I didn't think I liked you. I know that is lame but sometimes, even over the internet, people can rub you the wrong way. However the more you share about yourself, the more I like you. Now I just wish you posted more.
    xoxo
    valerie

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  90. Happy Happy Joy Joy, Happy 4 Years. I do Love your site. I have spent many hours reading what you write, have often linked to the sites you have recommended, and even shed a tear over your personal in-sites into your personal life. Thank you. Hugs fm Shani New Zealand

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  91. Happy Anniversary! I've been following your blog for about two years now, and I love each and every post! You feature great artists and products, which inspire and motivate me to create!

    Here's to more years for FN!

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  92. I love your unique way of doing sponsor giveaways (never seen it done like that anywhere else)!

    I love your DIYs and your fun inspiration/colorful photos. I like you lots LA, and here is to many more years of Freckled Nest!!

    Tiffany

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  93. Congrats! The reason I like freckled nest is there is so much on the site; so many beautiful photos and crafty things that inspire me to crate something awesome!

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  94. Freckled Nest is really inspiring to me and I really feel like I can relate to you. Congrats on the anniversary!

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  95. dear Hardcore Chick 204: YOU ROCK. i enjoyed reading this post A LOT. it's always fun to read how bloggers got their first taste of the great Internet and your tale is classic and made me smile and chuckle throughout. :D

    many thanks for the props LA -- i totally feel the same way about FN!

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  96. wishing you happiness! 4 years...so exciting!

    although i am rather new to the frecklednest fan club...i now check it daily, finding great amounts of inspiration and joy here everyday.

    thank you for sharing your life and creativity with us!

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  97. Happy 4 year anniversary!
    Hope you have many more great years of blogging ahead of you. (:

    I love your blog because you are just such a huge inspiration. Your writing is amazing and your pictures are wonderful. Your blog is truly awesome.

    -Megan

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  98. I love keeping updated with your creative pursuits and I also really enjoy the way you write, it is very honest, but also positive so it feels comfortable and familiar when I read your posts. I feel like you are the type of person I'd love to grab coffee/tea and just chat and relax and not feel too forced to do or say anything. I can't wait to see what else you will make or do in terms of your creativity and I'm glad I found your blog. Take care!
    p.s. Thanks for the chance at this lovely giveaway. I have and love cute cameras and yet I still don't have the lomo fisheye, so here is hoping! *crosses fingers*

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  99. Amanda Hitchcock6/27/2010 04:16:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary Freckled Nest!

    I love this blog because LA is the COOLEST!

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  100. Congratulations!

    I read your blog because I love how creative you are, and also how honest. You're a real, awesome, crafty lady!

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  101. i love freckled nest because i feed off other people's creativity... you have a great eye for design and your creations are amazing!

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  102. I love freckled nest b/c you are original!!! You are such a positive spirit. And, you share a great mix of ideas. love love love it!

    Thanks for being you and congrats on the 4 year mark!

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  103. 4 years??? WOW!!! That's pretty amazing! Congratulations! I just discovered your blog recently and absolutely love it! Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! :)

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  104. This is so exciting for you! I love your blog because you are so honest in your blogging. I like that you are candid and not afraid to show who you really are. <3

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  105. I just recently found your blog when a friend (Moorea from Rumination Reading Room) sent me the link to ask about your design - she's designing something new for me, & we were looking around for inspiration!

    Love what I've seen so far!

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  106. Happy Anniversary!

    My name is Nicole, and I like Freckled Nest because you're real. It's nice to read about someone out there in cyberland that is REAL and open. Thank you!

    Nicole

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  107. hi LA! i love freckled nest because of the awesome stories you tell that always make me laugh out loud. i love how genuine you are and how much you love life and cute things! xoxo andie...

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  108. Happy Anniversary LA! Your story made me laugh out loud. That's why I look forward to reading your blog every day; you're so real. You share with us the good and the bad; pulling at our heart strings along the way. I feel that we're friends because you treat all of your readers that way. I wish you all the blog success in the world!

    PS. I don't want to win (I just got that exact camera), but I still wanted to tell you why I <3 you.

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  109. Hi LA!

    I like your site because I am inspired by both your craft and personal posts.

    I also love that you had a crush on a whale. Haaa!

    Coleen :)

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  110. Hardcore!!! LOLing 4 ever!!!

    Wow..hoping to get my hands on the fish eye camera! LOVE your blog cus your honestly one of the few "real" ones out there. ie: your life isn't perfect and you have problems JUST like everyone else :))

    i love you for that!
    xo.

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  111. I love your posts: they are inspiring, creative, & i heart discovering new shops & blogs on your monthly giveaway.

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  112. I found you because of your huge giveaway and I decided to stay because of how honest and inspiring your blog is. When you decided to start sharing your odessey I was suoer inspired and impressed with your bravery! Your blog is a lovely treat!
    <3 Kristen

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  113. I love your blog and stories because I can relate. Youre a beautiful person inside and out and I love having a little "cheer" in my life. So thank you for that :)

    Happy Anniversary! Ahh, the Internet is wonderful

    xo Julie

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  114. I love your taste, talent and most recently your odyssey posts.

    Julie

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  115. What a cuuuute camera!

    I love Freckled Nest because unlike a lot of other blogs with large followings, you seem to be very down to earth and not blog with this huge ego. It's refreshing :)

    ps; Love that you were obsessed with the whale. I was obsessed with Jesse from Free Willy LOL.

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  116. Happy Birthday/Anniversary!
    I love your scraping style-also your style in general!
    -Kokie

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  117. Happpy BLOG-A-versary!!! Your blog is full of cute ideas,things and creations! Yet.. also very real! Congratulations!!!

    :0)
    -Stephanie

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  118. i'm a new blog reader, but i love your site because of all the new, creative things i see here. happy 4 years!
    hialissa@gmail.com

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  119. yay happy 4th birthday freckled nest!!! i love freckled nest because of your honesty as a blogger. you actually post your feelings and it makes us feel like we know you.
    xoxo
    Erica

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  120. Congrats! I love Freckled Nest because I feel like I can relate to you. You are honest and talk about what you are going through in your "real-world" life on your blog, and I truly appreciate and admire that. Thanks so much for all of the hope and inspiration and pretty things you have brought to my world!

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  121. Happy Aniversary Freckled Nest!!! Your blog is inspiring. I love your photos and tutorials and when I get a break at work i go on your blog and it let's my mind wander to happy-happy thoughts! love yr blog! congrats =)

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  122. i <3 visiting your blog to see all your great photos, tips, clothing style, and links to other great blogs as well. you have an amazing writing style too! xo

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  123. We totally must be around the same age. I used to get on ICQ Chat rooms all the time and also had a geocities blog...I would put all my music favorites.
    That is why I love your blog, because you make me not feel so alone with my silly things and you make me remember things I have once forgotten. I love your blog, because if we would have met at school we would have been great friends :)
    I love your blog because you are inspiring, creative and an awesome person!

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  124. i love FN because it's a great source of inspiration for someone like me who loves to dabble in web design as well as crafting. i remember first stumbling upon your blog and falling madly in love with your mini albums and book kits!

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  125. What a cute story!

    I love Freckled Nest because you're so real!
    I also love your design, and you really inspire me, because you showed me that web design can be a lot of fun, and is a lot more than code. As a graphic design major, I have been struggling with how I will make money after I graduate, since I've been so anti-web design. You've inspired me to go for it! :-)

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  126. Happy Anniversary!

    I love your blog for the style, inspiration and creativity.

    And it's just so cute!!

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  127. happy blogiversary! too funny about your hotmail name! i am definitely inspired by how far you have come with your blog - you should definitely be proud of yourself!

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  128. I love your blog because it's refreshing to see someone who is so true to herself and living her dream! Your posts are always the cutest :) Congrats on your blogoversary!

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  129. i love seeing the different blog designs you create...so lovely!
    ~erica

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  130. i think you're designs are amazing! i'm going to school for graphic design. you're inspirational!
    -hannah

    hhoneyman.blogspot.com

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  131. Love your photos! Your perky posts! Your overall attitude & your cute, cute bloggy design ^_^

    Happy FOUR years!! YAY!

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  132. Happy Aniversary!! I love everything you post :) everything is so cute :o i hope you keep posting for another 4 years :)

    biie!

    XoXo
    Daniela :)

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  133. I love Freckled Nest because I NEVER skip over a post. They are full of inspiring photos and your entries have a genuineness and honesty to them. And I'm not gonna lie, the giveaways are pretty sweet, too. ;) Congratulations on your four years of Freckled Nest (and ten years of loving the internet/blogging)

    xx
    Kirry

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  134. WOW! 4 years!!! Happy Anniversary!

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  135. Hey im Chloe!
    i have been following you for almost 3 years now! i love love love your amazing raw talent and passion for the things you create! you bring a refreshing happiness and color to the blogging world!.... and your personality is totally is one of a kind! thank you for being you! its so inspiring how you find joy and beauty in almost everything =]

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  136. Gussy hearts Freckled Nest because it's a place to be real. You share your heart and your love for the indie biz scene and I love it. Plus, you're a great pal!

    Bonus for Gus!

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  137. Happy Happy Anniversary.

    I think you and your blog are super cute.
    That's why I check in.
    Plus, your puppy is adorable.

    hugs,
    Fritzi Marie

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  138. I love freckled nest because you paint the world in a beautiful way, but let us know you're just like everyone else. It's a choice to see the everyday the way you do, and it's very special. Love you!

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  139. i love the layout and creative inspiration your blog brings to me everyday!!!

    -Zandra D.

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  140. I love your honesty, and genuine heart. You are super talented, super creative, super inspiring, and super cute! Thank you for making the world a prettier place :)

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  141. I love Freckled Nest because of your honesty, and your open-heart. I started a craft blog recently and think that honesty and being genuine are a huge part of creating the most beautiful things. You really inspire me!

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  142. YAY!
    i love your colourful blog and the inspiration i find through it.
    it´s nice to follow a creative life :)
    love from berlin/germany
    <3
    hilka*

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  143. i love your freckled nest blog because... you are so lovely !!
    you share so much with everyone who reads and seriously put a smile on my face each time i check back. it's all inspiring and even the pretty woodgrain background is so perfect. i love everything about it :)
    elia xo

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  144. Freckled Nest is one of those blogs that I read in the morning, and it gets me excited to see what the day has in store for me!

    Kaitlyn

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  145. Happy B'day! Congratulations (in dutch: Gefeliciteerd)

    I love freckeled nest, because it inspires me and you can see that you love to do this. That makes it so lovely and real.

    xo Ariska

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  146. You are just too cute! Love your blog girlie!

    Christina :o)

    http://www.sillysock.com

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  147. i like freckled nest because it is very inspiring. It's inspiring because you are real and seem like someone I would be friends with in non-virtual world if we lived in the same town and you make wonderfully pretty things, and you find wonderfully pretty things!

    <3

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  148. your crafts are very inspiring and your not afraid to be yourself. and as you probably know, it's hard to find genuine people these days. so excited about the giveaway!!

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  149. my name is jes and
    i love your blog because your not afraid to get personal. also i love that some times you do diys that are fun. and you always have funny stories like the one with the bull. i love knowing someone else is crazy fun.

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  150. Hello LA, My name is Christine :)I love your blog because you are personal but in a impersonal way (if that makes sense) so i feel like i know you. I found your blog almost a year and a half ago and have been following you ever since, there is just something about you that pulls me to your blog. I hope you keep writing for a long time to come
    xoxo
    Christine

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  151. Congrats! I love reading your blog because you're open & honest, plus you're talented so everything is pretty to look at!

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  152. Happy Anniversary Freckled Nest!!! You're one of my favorite reads every morning with my cup of coffee (no lie, it's a daily routine I have). You inspire me to stretch my creative skills, and I applaud you for that!!!

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  153. Congrats on the four years! Thats a bloody incredible accomplishment. I just started my blog and it's been alot of fun. I hope that in four years time I too can celebrate a blog aniversary.
    I've been really enjoying your post sharing awesome goodies, especially tutorials!
    Keep up the good work!
    <3

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  154. What a fun giveaway! I love reading your blog because you are pure fun - uninhibited (well, I'm sure you have some inhibition, but much less than I do :), you are super crafty, and if we lived in the same town I would want to be your friend. :)

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  155. I'm newer to this blog, but I love it because you're such an easy person to relate to. A lot of the blogs I read are girls I admire but don't feel like I could be buddies with, but with yours it's different!

    xoxo,
    susannahbean

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  156. happy anniversary! I think your blog is so awesome, cause besides just watching the crafty cuteness, we get to know LA and whats going on with you. I luv to catch up with whats new, and once again congrats on the 4th yr!
    IM Cyd :p

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  157. Happy anniversary! I love your blog because you and your blog are quirky and inspiring :)

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  158. Aww!! I love your honesty!

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  159. I like the Freckled Nest because it's real- and CUTE! :)

    Happy anniversary!

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  160. Happy Anniversary!
    I like FN because I love reading what you post! You are genuine and cute too! hehe
    and for inspiration!

    x0 Laura

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  161. Bah! That's too funny. :) he he. If it's any consolation, my first icq name had backstreet boys incorporated in it somewhere, I'm sure...lol. bsbgirl? goodness. lol. I love you cuz you're so relatable, miss LA. Real. Honest. And totally rad. :) Happy 4 years!!

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  162. I like FN because your personality really comes through! You seem like such a sweet girl!

    XOXO

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  163. I love your blog for your humor, for the honesty, and for the awesome likes you have!
    Congrats on four years! Thank you again for the giveaway!

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  164. Congrats on your blog-aversy!

    I love stalking your blog when I'm not pretending to design, craft or be productive otherwise.

    Your posts are a great reminder of what I could be doing if I wasn't sitting in front of the computer. Ha.

    Keep up the great work!

    xo amber elizabeth

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  165. Congratulations!!! I love your blog for the little piece of brightness it puts in my day....yes I check Every day!! Your vintage style really speaks to me. I too am a lover of all pre-loved, vintage goodies. You are so generous to share so much of yourself...

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  166. Hey LA! I love your blog for sooo many reasons, but here are a few: 1) you seem real and genuinely nice. 2) the design of the site makes it so easy to look at and read! 3) I love seeing your photos and silliness. 4) it's nice to keep tabs with someone who shares similar interests. 5) you're amazing, plain & simple :)
    Congrats on the anniversary - I hope you keep it up forever!

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  167. i love freckled nest because you're so crafty! i would love to have the time and energy to create things all day long. i also love your vintage style and think about adopting that for my own wardrobe....cute dresses always! happy anniversary!

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  168. OH MY... 4 YEARS!!!

    That is awesome! I love reading your blog for the inspiration you give me and the friendship that you and I have. I love the long chats we have We need to do these again soon). I MISS YOU LDR!

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  169. uh, yeah, and you thought it would be fun to invite me over and help me make my first email address, which you promptly chose for me as hardcorewannabe@hotmail.com

    thankfully I don't have that one anymore either.

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  170. Hi. My name is Erin. And I like you. But why do I like your blog? Let's see.

    I love your style. I love your honesty and oh-so-beautiful heart. You have a nice balance going on here and you are just too cute for words! :)

    Are those enough reasons? 'Cause I got more! ;-p

    love youuuu! erin

    ... Now hand over that camera. (Kidding... kind of. ha!)

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  171. P.S. Your blog story is AMAZING. Kiiiinda forgot to tell ya. ;)

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  172. Thank you (although I only have been following you for +- a year)

    I regurarly shift through mu blog reads, blogs I'm no longer interested in go, but yours has been there for at least a year, and I always like reading you!

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  173. I started following after the Indie Biz class. I was very inspired by your story and some of the similarities I saw between us. Your blog is cheerful, makes me laugh and is a great source of inspiration. LOVE IT :)

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  174. I love this blog because it adds a breath of fresh air to my busy day and there is such variety into what you put on your day to day posts. LOVE IT! And plus it looks so cute!

    xoB

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  175. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Freckled Nest because its my constant source of inspiration and laughs (the PERFECT combination :)

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  176. aww great giveaway! i'm so happy for you. i love your blog.. i love your writing style. i always get excited when i see a new post. xo

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  177. I've only just discovered this lovely blog a few months ago, but right away I loved the honesty I've seen here. It seems like most bloggers are so perfect I can't relate at all, but not the case here! Big congrats on your 4 years, and keep up the fabulous work :)

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  178. Happy Anniversary LA! Wow 4 years that's so amazing. I love reading your blog because it's like a cupcake for my eyes! Every post is filled with things that make my day brighter and keep my inspirational cells flowing.

    TO 4 MORE YEARS! xoxo Danielle

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  179. happy anniversary! cute story of how freckled nest came to be!

    i love freckled nest because it's FUN. and i have freckles. lots.

    =)

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  180. happy anniversary!
    i love visiting this blog to find new and exciting inspiration!

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  181. freckled nest is very inspiring! even if i don't have time to read every word everyday i love looking at your pictures:)
    Tara

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  182. Hi LA!

    Well, Happy Belated Anniversary! I found your blog via Elsie and have been a loyal reader since. You're so sweet and endearing. I appreciate all the things that you share with your readers, from personal experiences to cute finds (loved all the old school toys...I want a camper!). Here's to another 4 years (and more?).:)
    Liz

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  183. I love Freckled Nest because it's always inspiring and helps get me out of creative ruts!

    -Emma

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  184. Hi there! Mmm... I guess I love your blog because of your honesty. I don't know, reading it feels a bit like having a friend on the other side of the ocean! ;) Congratulations on those 4 amazing years!X

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  185. I am a new Freckled Nest Fan, and can I just say you had me at "hello"...I love everything you put out there, don't stop :) the inspiration is addicting!

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  186. Just discovered your blog today! Love what I've had the chance to read so far. Your bloggy style is fabulous from pics, to inspiration, to the way you write the words! Happy Anniversary!

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  187. Happy Anniversary Freckled Nest(Leigh-Ann) Freckled Nest was one of the few blogs I first started ready, well 4 years ago!!!!! And you happen to be my very first Skype call I ever made as well. Congrats and here is to many more blog posts:)

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  188. HA!! That story is pretty funny. So love your honesty, style and all the eye candy you share. HAppy happy to Freckled Nest!!!

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  189. first of all HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

    I TOTALLY LOVE YOUR BLOG it's very insipirational i love all things that you post like the one of the lip piercing i love that one, i also love the story of willy :) ilove everything you do you inpired me to do so much even though i do not post as much as you do :P i will love my blog been like yours (not a copy but this cute)...i totally love that camara ir look retro jajaja well for my age everything looks retro :)i hope i win xD

    xoxoxo
    mafer :D

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  190. I'm so glad you've been blogging for this long- I LOVE reading your posts everyday because you have the wonderful-est design, and beautiful (cute!) pictures every day. I'm jealous of your amazing skills with computers and with paper, but love to see what magic you can do with the simplest things! LOVE your DIYs.

    ♥ Allison
    abiteofallison.blogspot.com

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  191. I loooove Freckled Nest because you are so super honest. You share awesome style, and inspire my creative side. Thanks for cheering up my indoor desk job with a little LA pizazz.

    Emily Surface

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  192. :O i am a camera addict! I love photography, that fisheye is gorgeous <3

    I love freckled nest because it's perfect for when I come in from school and need something to inspire me for an evening's creativity sesh :) you also update often which is really good compared to other bloggers! your blog gives me ideas and is some colour to my usually black-and-white world.. like sprinkles, hehe!

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  193. Wow!! Happy 4 years! I love FN because I love your style! You are so inspiring!

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  194. I love freckled nest because (even when you are going through tough times) you are so positive and happy and it shines through your blog...which makes it so much fun to read! Thanks for sharing all of your crafts and ideas...you are an inspiration!
    -Megan

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  195. Bonne anniversaire!! I love coming to visit because I come away inspired by your creativity, your warm and funny personality, great stories and that AWESOME woodgrain background! Thank you for having me xx

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  196. I love your blog simply because you post cute & pretty things, your posts are fun and lovely and your personality shines through your blog so it's easy to feel like I sort of really know you :).
    There are those rare blogs that when I find them I get really excited because I'm sure I'm going to enjoy them, and Freckled Nest was definitely one of them!
    I like that you post random things, and I especially love your posts about your story life. Can't wait to the next chapter!

    :), Efrat Kashat

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  197. congrats on the anniversary! i really like freckled nest because it's a fun, well designed blog! your post are down to earth and inspirational :) i always look forward to new posts.


    ~stephanie

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  198. I have been following your blog for about a year and I keep coming back not only for the inspiration, but you seem like such a 100% real and relatable person. I feel like we have a lot in common and we have similar interests. Good luck in the future and keep up the good work, all your readers are behind you!

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  199. I absolutely LOVE your blog because you have such wonderful stories, ideas, photos and adventures. You inspire me daily and even though you don't know me, I feel like we would be instant friends. I was after all mentioned in this post (just kidding...but weird huh?)

    xoxo
    Jenny-Lynn

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