401st post giveaway



My 400th post slipped by me so, to celebrate, here we are at my 401st post giveaway. I don't have a special piece to offer this time (my daughter got sick and the plan for that went out the window) so I will offer four printables of your choice to four people that post a comment and a little framed surprise in the mail to a fifth person. I will end the drawing on Jan. 20th at midnight. To participate simply leave a comment below and answer one little question for me. I want to make another group of gift boxes but I'm undecided as to what theme to run with this time. Do you have any thoughts for me? If you don't, how about... what do you want to see me make next? Just curious.

And to give you a heads up... Starting January 17th (until the end of the month) with the purchase of any 2 A Little Hut printables you will receive a 2009 Patterned Initials Calendar for free!

Thank you to all of you that visit and comment on my blog and make my efforts here so very rewarding. It is all truly appreciated.

100 comments:

  1. I dont know if its even possible .. but something patriotic .. like a flag on top, a star .. etc. 4th of July is the next holiday coming up that i dont think you've done something for yet :)

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  2. gift boxes with 'bows' on them would be darling. thank you for the giveaway!

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  3. I really enjoy your blog and seeing your projects....gift box design ideas....oh boy I really wish it was spring so my thoughts are on hopping bunnies, baby birds, and spring flowers as I enjoy the beautiful weather (-12 degrees at 11am) here in the north country!!!

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  4. I think a combo of Valentine's/St. Patrick's Day design would be cute. Hearts, shamrocks, etc. Or a Summer theme would be cute too. With sun, flip-flop, beach ball, etc. I really like the spring boxes you created, cute!!

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  5. I think some boxes with letters and numbers on top would be interesting.
    So Abgail would get a box with an A closing it or a guy could receive his gift in a box with his age on top (40, for instance).

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  6. congratulations Patricia!!!

    i'd love to see some sort of decorative paper cut photo frame. something white and simple and beautiful.

    xo
    Kelly

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  7. I am quite sure that ANYTHING you end up making will be lovely, simple, and added on to my list of favorites.

    My idea? More animals: lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), zoo animals, jungle animals, etc. Or, teddy bears, just cats, just dogs, or a mix.

    Happy 401st post!

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  8. I'm new to your designs, but I'm loving my perpetual calendar! I liked the idea of boxes with different bows on top!

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  9. Congrats on all the posts! Absolutely anything you design is just fine with me - Mother's/Father's days are both coming up, maybe something for those. Thanks so much for all you share with us. ~chris

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  10. congrats on the posts! how about a set of zoo animals. i love your farm ones, so i'd love to see what you'd do with a lion or an elephant....that sort of thing!

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  11. Congrats! I love your daisy box in the Spring collection, so I vote for a collection of flower boxes. I'm anxious for Spring, I guess.

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  12. What about boxes with trees on them? (I love trees...) And I always check your blog to get som ideas that I love (but will never make, because I'm too unpatient to paper craft...

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  13. i've just recently started reading your site and LOVE it. i think gift boxes with different types of leaves would be a fun spring/summer combo.

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  14. I think that the following themes would be great:

    1) Circus animals
    2) Astronomy (sun, moon, stars, shooting star)
    3) Travel (rocketship, plane, train, car)


    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  15. I'd love a series of letters, though I realize that a set of 26 would be intimidating (maybe release in a series of 4 each?). I think these could be very popular as wedding favor boxes.

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  16. congrats! I am a big fan of your work in our bedroom se have a cut out tree with green background that you made for me.

    I think a nature theme would be great för boxes. För example a leaf, a tree, a flower and å pinecone. Or switch any for a sun or something else. I guess this theme could be called forest as well.

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  17. I was going to say zoo animals too, but also like the idea of a nature theme.

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  18. Wow! 401 posts is impressive! Well done. AS for boxes...I think insects and seaside would be good themes.

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  19. i also think a set of leaf boxes would be great! love your work.

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  20. I'd love to see some Chinese New Year Boxes. We usually use red envelopes but i think red boxes would be fun. There are some characters you could use or the zodiac animal for the year. You could even do all 12 animals and make it a 3 part set!

    I love your little boxes. Thanks for such an interesting blog.

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  21. I would like to see some 'baby' inspired boxes, perhaps with a boy/girl theme or a catch-all design.

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  22. Congratulations, Patricia, and warmest wishes for continued magical creativity! Perhaps a birthday set for the gift boxes, like a cake, candle, party hat, balloon, etc. Any maybe, possibly also include "happy birthday" or some other message on the boxes as part of the template? All of your ideas are beautiful, and I look forward to your next creations.

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  23. No suggestions but I just wanted to say how much I love looking at the the photos of your work, especially your trees.

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  24. Love your designs so much!

    Baby themed boxes woud be good (as suggested above). Maybe a rattle, a bottle, a bootie, and a button (in as cutes as a button)?

    V-day would be good as well - a heart with an arrow through it, XO, etc.

    Thanks again!

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  25. Without looking at any other suggestions, I'll say a monogram... I guess that would be a lot of work, being 26 letters, but I think it would make a nice personalized little box. Congrats on 401! It's an impressive number.

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  26. I think a 4 season gift box would be nice. Congrats on the 401 post!

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  27. I think a summer theme would be good - sandcastle, sun, ball, ummm, I'm not sure what else. Or you could do an 'Under the Sea' theme - seahorse, starfish, fish, jellyfish...

    That's all I've got.

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  28. Wild animals - bears, otters etc......this would be so cool! xx

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  29. Freebies! The trees that you cut out are always a joy for me to see. Have you ever done anything large scale before with your art? That might be interesting.

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  30. hmmm- how about baby gift boxes, wedding themed, seems like anything princess is popular these days, fishing, sports, pets (puppies, kittens gold fis...etc.), a set of flowers....hmmm ok that's all I have.

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  31. I'm absolutely thrilled when I see dioramas! Please make more :)

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  32. I love your work! Congrats on your 401st post :) Thank you for your give-aways! I love the blogging world!

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  33. I'm not sure if this has already been posted but, I would love to see a school days theme. I think it would be nice for small gifts to teachers, bus drivers, etc.

    P.S. I have to agree with one of the other posts--more dioramas, please. Thanks!

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  34. I really love your work, it's so inspiring! =D

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  35. I think you should do some sports ones with different kinds of balls on the tops or a bat and glove - those kinds of things. I'd also like to see some that teachers could use - like pencils, apples, stars - for kid give aways.

    Thank you so much for all your great ideas!

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  36. How about a sea theme? Or different sea themes, one maybe shells, another sea creatures, etc. The colors you could use would be so cool!

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  37. It would be really cool if you could do gift boxes with different bows on top since those could be used for any occasion.

    Have you thought about doing a line of Alice In Wonderland artwork like the ones you did of Red Riding Hood?

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  38. Ooooh! I like the idea above of combining your beautiful trees with your boxes... Actually, maybe that's not really what she meant. But that would still be cool

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  39. Um, themes...
    Dinosaurs
    Craft stuff
    School
    Sport
    Toys
    Bugs
    Boat stuff (sail boat, anchors, knots etc.)

    Ok, I give up now. My well of inspiration runneth dry.

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  40. Hmm, maybe some more flowers. Or fruits (apples, strawberries, etc.). Congrats on 401!

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  41. My brain was overworked today, but I will give this a try. Something a little more mod and off the wall might be Boy/Girl boxes. You know like the figures on public bathroom doors. It would be a fun favor for any co-ed event. :)

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  42. hey, after a few weeks of reading i feel brave enough to utter suggestions..it's been inspirartional to pop in each day- am currently backpacing in Queensland (Aust)& missing my creative corner at home in the UK..I digress..Your query..
    since you have a spring 'collection' already, why not go with the seasons? starting on summer now gives time to create a bundle..i know someone above suggested summer and went down the seaside theme.... i'll add to that & say within the 'summer' idea ..a picnic...gives you leeway with cakes(could be a whole range in themselves)/ice-creams/parasols/frisbees..

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  43. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but how about some woodland themed boxes - mushroom, squirrel and, um, well, other woodland stuff :)

    I like someone else's idea for bugs, too. My son would be thrilled with the bugs!

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  44. I like your colors, and style. Have you thought about trying to make paper dolls or little books/notebooks?

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  45. I like your ideas and color combination.

    since valentines day is next month, valentines theme will be good.

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  46. hmmm trees, owls... anything you do is adorable!!

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  47. leaves, flowers, trees -- nature would be grest

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  48. How about birds ... a dove, an owl, a cardinal, a turkey ... love your creations. Congrats on the posts and thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. Hi Patricia

    My thoughts on new designs are:
    Dinosaur collection
    Wedding/ Engagement collection eg cake, ring, dress, I Do!
    PLants/ trees/ flowers
    Baby collection: Dummy, pram, onesie, nappy! etc

    Love your site and your prints and designs.

    Have a nice weekend Claire

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  50. Sweeties?! (OK so I hope all these sweets are just in the UK but I'm sure there are American equivalents) like Jelly babies, jazzies, licorice allsorts, chocolate bars etc. BTW - Thanks for such a great blog, I love reading it and think your work is great!

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  51. I love the barn yard animals so maybe some more animals like an elephant, puppy, turtle, lion. these would be great as gift boxes for kids to take home after a party.

    Jenny

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  52. Thank you! your blog is a huge inspiration

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  53. Thank you for the giveaway!

    As for the gift boxes - maybe bunnies and teddy bears? Or doggies and kitties? Any cute animal will do. :-)

    iritca [at] gmail.com

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  54. Those boxes are lovely, I would love a bird theme!

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  55. I think a fruits & veggies set would be very cute. Nice job!

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  56. Great giveaway! As for future box designs, different bows or more animals or fruits/veggies all sound good to me! I'd love an elephant one.

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  57. Oh, boxes with letters would be fantastic! Of course, if you set yourself out to do the whole alphabet, you're in for a real task... But how fun would it be to spell someone's name out with them and put little trinkets inside each one? I'm already sold.

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  58. So glad I stumbled upon your blog (found you through twitter!) and shop. You have lovely lovely stuff. Hope you don't mind if I add you on Twitter (I'm new to it, and feel like a stalker already!). All good things.

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  59. OOH! OOH! Pick me! I have ye to purchase from you but you are on my favorite sellers list on Etsy.

    As far as new ideas go, I agree with a previous post that you should make more animal boxes. And I know this might no be in your league, but I think some of your designs would go great as wall decals. Those are getting pretty big these days, eh?

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  60. I vote for a girlie theme. Some ideas are a high heeled pump, a ring, a purse, nail polish bottle, lipstick tube, or a bow.

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  61. It's already been mentioned, but I would also love to see some Chinese Zodiac boxes. They'd be so cute!

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  62. I'd love to see a set of woodland creatures: owl, squirrel, otter, and bear. Good luck!

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  63. A giveaway--how fun! Congratulations and may the creativity continue this year!

    I love the idea of letter boxes and (maybe looking ahead to summer) different fruits.

    I would love to see more cute series like you did with Little Red Riding Hood. Maybe a boy theme? I am expecting a boy in May and am looking at cowboys and Indians and vintage boy things . . . I just love your cut paper illustrations and you could never make too many trees!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity so generously with us!

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  64. Congrats on your 401st post!!!

    I'm thinking something back-to-schoolish, like apples, pencils, crayons or something birthday partyish, like balloons, cupcakes, or a bow (to look like a present)--somehting that could be filled and sent home as a party favor.

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  65. I love your work and your blog. Congrats on your 401st post. I check your site everyday. I recently purchased several of your templates and cannot wait to make them.

    Here are a few ideas for new gift boxes:
    Trees (loving anything with a tree on it right now)
    Birds (loving these too)
    Flowers / Leaves
    Awareness ribbons
    Frogs
    Turtles
    Wedding theme

    Again, love your work, your blog, and your site.

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  66. I really like the idea of Alphabet boxes. Though again, I could see that being a challenge. Also, I'm partial to anything that goes along with St. Patrick's Day.

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  67. Congrats on your landmark post plus one. Your projects have given me inspiration to get creative stuff done over the past year.

    Gift boxes: flowers, leaves, something food related...

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  68. Thank you for the giveaway!
    I´m looking forward to it. I would like to see a fish theme!

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  69. Congrats on 401!

    A fairytale theme would be cute - you could do boxes with a crown, a magic wand, a unicorn, a castle. That would be adorable!

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  70. I love your stuff! I think my ideas have already been posted, but I would think wedding- or baby-themed boxes would be popular to use as favors.

    Wedding ideas: dress or veil, top hat or bow tie, champagne glass, bouquet, bells, rings

    Baby ideas: rattle, diaper pin, bottle, cradle, teddy bear

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  71. I don't get online to read your posts as much as I would like but Congrats on the 401st. My suggestion would be dragonflys and butterflys or the seasons. Thanks for putting in all the hard work to do 401 posts!

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  72. Congrats on your 401st post! I really love your designs :) I think trees or leaves would be nice for your boxes.

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  73. Congrats. Maybe a theme of fairies!

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  74. OOH! How about a wedding cake? or a diamond ring?
    Linda N.

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  75. I emailed you a while ago suggesting a baby line of boxes that would be perfect for showers, like a footprint or something like that. I love all your stuff, especially your framed paper cuttings. Really cool stuff! You're very inspirational in your designs!

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  76. I love the idea of a leaf theme or trees to use for friends and loved ones.

    For the kids, there aren't a whole lot of awesome boy things out there so I'd love to see a space themed box set maybe a rocket ship, robot, the planet Saturn and a shooting star?

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  77. With three girls, we have had our share of princess parties. How about a crown, ring, dress and castle? A lot of people like dogs and cats too. I love your products!

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  78. shamrocks? shells? the ubiquitous mushroom? initial letters?
    love your boxes.

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  79. I would love to see a template for making your own wall art, though you might not want to give away your secrets :)

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  80. What about little Valentine boxes.. maybe pink, red, white with hearts, two birds... real girly. I think that they would be popular even after Valentines.

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  81. I loveeee woodland theme...i.e. owl, red riding hood, trees :)

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  82. Mmm...what about numbers? Sounds complicated but that's okay as I am not the designer! Then you could give a couple together for those longer in the tooth.

    I have your perpetual calendar and have made 3. I also have a card and box file. Thought today that it would be nice to give a gift box with the person's initial cut out of the side and the 'hole' backed with paper, just as on the perpetual calendar.

    I love everything!

    Do you do kids stuff? I am thinking of buying a stationery file for my girls because I loved the stuff when I was a kid and, as you may have guessed, still do!

    What about an initial/monogram stationery set? or one with cut outs like the calendar? Did you notice that i like the cut out thing?!

    Thanks for your great products,
    Sheryl

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  83. I found your blog in Wee Wonderful list. I decided to have a look and in the first post I read there is a "give away". So I decided to take the chance... Will I be lucky?????? An idea for boxes???? I don't know (yet) your work,... but I love kids drawings!!! My boy turned 6 last week and his drawings are amazing!!!

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  84. Congratulations on your 401st post! I didn't read all of the comments,so I apologize if this has been mentioned, but what about a "Back to School" set of gift boxes? It would be perfect for teacher gifts!

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  85. Love your blog! Ideas: insects, pirates, valentine's day, cupcakes... Your boxes are beautiful!!

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  86. Congratulations! Maybe flowers, leaves...

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  87. You are so talented, I know I will learn so much from you. I have just started my own blog, please go and see. I think some green tree frogs would be devine, maybe with a lotus flower and say perhaps som lilly pads?? Im so happy I found you.

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  88. congratulations on so many posts! I adore your cutouts and come by here for inspiration often. As for box ideas, what about fish? Or flower blooms? They could be lovely. Keep up the good work!

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  89. In celebration of a president who wants the country to come together as one and appears to hold the environment of this planet as a thing to protect, why not a theme around the environment, earth day, coming together (helping hands), alternative energy...

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  90. HI, I just discovered your website and think it is awesome. I can't wait to check out our older posts and read more about you! This is great!

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  91. What about something Arbor-day inspired, and encourage the use of recycled (or re-purposed) paper ?

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  92. Congrats on your landmark post and thank you for the giveaway!
    To repeat a few suggestions from above, I would also love to see some boy themed boxes, or perhaps a woodland theme.

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  93. Wow! 401 blog postings! What a great idea to ask your readers for input! What about something about making with hands...
    cutting with scissors, opening the ribbon on the box, sewing, folding, typing on computer...
    reflecting the lifestyle in a new age against massproduction

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  94. Hi Patricia! Love your blog..thanks for this lovely giveaway! Picking box design ideas was easy...a peace sign would be terrific, or robots/spaceships, or sports...my son would flip if he got a treat in a baseball box! So those ideas were with my kids in mind. If I bought a set for myself, I'd want one with the shape of scissors on top! Good luck! xo corinne

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  95. For themes, maybe tropical fish? There are all sorts of different body shapes, and the bright colors would be a great antidote to all of this winter weather recently. :-)

    Congrats on your 400+ posts! A good milestone.

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  96. how about nature inspired, like leaves or something?

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  97. How about initals? You could use them as weedding favors or birthday party favors...
    Tisa

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  98. Hope I'm not too late! I love your blog and I visit regularly; you are a constant inspiration! How about bird boxes? Maybe an owl, a swallow, a dove, etc.

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  99. Maybe this will sounds strange - but I love insects - dragonflies, bees - they could be wonderful "hovering" on top of your boxes!

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