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Happy Holidays Home Tour

Today, I am sharing our home tour for 2015 holiday season. Happy Holidays to all of you! And welcome to the neighborhood! I am so excited you are here. I hope this home tour is inspirational to you.

Happy Holidays Home Tour 2015 featuring gorgeous cottage style neutral decor and industrial flair via #cottagestyle #farmhousestyle

(I was provided product by Canvas Corp Brands for this home tour.)


First, I would like to thank Country Living Magazine and the amazingly talented Ashley with Cherished Bliss for including me in this holiday blogland home tour. I am so honored to be one of the many creative bloggers sharing their spaces this week. This tour is going to rock your world with holiday decorating inspiration. Whatever your style and season of life, you will definitely find what makes your heart skip a beat on this week long Christmas home tour!

Cherished Christmas Home Tours via


The Cherished Christmas Home Tours will feature bloggers each day this week, Monday November 30 through Friday December 4, 2015. Yay! Feel free to share your Christmas inspiration with us and Country Living Magazine by using the hashtag #CLChristmasTour on Instagram. We will be featuring some of our favorites on our IG feeds, so get ready and follow along.

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To kick things off, did you happen to see Kelly’s gorgeous Christmas decorating over at Live Laugh Rowe? She is amazing!

Live Laugh Rowe Holiday Tour



**Here is the rest of the line up for today…..Ashley at Cherished Bliss, Rachel at Maison de Pax, Jamie at Anderson & Grant, and Lucy at Craftberry Bush.**


To begin my home tour, I want to share our Christmas tree. It is the heart of Christmas decorating in our home. This year I did break down and purchase an artificial pre-lit tree. After the fiasco last year with our first tree dying and then the second tree being in constant shed mode…and dying (sigh), we were ready for a stay green, shed-free, pack-away-box type of Christmas tree. The kiddos were disappointed, but we will still take them over to the tree farm for a train ride and hot cocoa by the fire. Our covered front porch needs a tree anyway, so we will be decorating it for the birds this year!

Along my decorating journey over the past few weeks, I came to realize something and I am ready to confess to you all. I am a gift tag addict! Yup. I went a little crazy with gift tags this go around. But, I love their versatility. I used gift tags from the tree to the table…and back again. Should we play a game of I Spy? I bet you can’t find them all! Ha.

A huge thank you to the Dollar Spot at Target, Michael’s, and Canvas Corp Brands!

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Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine neutral Christmas tree decorated with gift tags as ornaments via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring gorgeous farmhouse style Christmas tree via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring lovely farmhouse style neutral Christmas tree and galvanized gift tags as ornaments via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring gift wrapping and glass cloche with fairy lights via #farmhousestyle


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring cottage style living room decked out for Christmas via #cottagestyle


White floral arrangement with greenery lends a soft and fresh alternative to Christmas via #cottagestyle


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring cottage style living room via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine featuring neutral farmhouse style decor for Christmas via


Happy Holidays with Country Living Magazine cozy cottage style living room in neutral Christmas decor via


Happy Holidays Home Tour living room wall art

Source for boxwood wreaths

Happy Holidays with Country Living Magazine Living Room gray hutch decorated for Christmas farmhouse style via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine peace joy love pillow with mercury ornaments via

Source for Peace Joy Love pillow

Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine. Chunky candle holders with DIY pom poms via

Pom pom tutorial

Happy Holidays Home Tour mini knit stocking garland with sprigs of cedar via


White slipcovered chair with neutral decor with a cottage style aesthetic via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine. Bowl of mercury glass ornaments via


Happy Holidays Home Tour vintage wooden floor grate becomes wall art with galvanized envelopes, DIY pom pom garland, and sprigs of cedar via



Living room dining room combination in lovely cottage style decked out for the holidays with neutral decor via #cottagestyle


Cozy cottage style dining area with vintage charm decorated for the holidays via #cottagestyle

Mason jar vase tutorial

cottage style floral bouquet in mason jar vases via #cottagestyle


cottage style holiday tablescape in neutrals via #cottagestyle #christmas


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine Christmas tablescape with cedar sprigs and mason jar vases via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine neutral tablescape with chalkboard chargers via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine vintage postal sorter with galvanized letters of Joy via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine dining area postal sorter decked out in its holiday best farmhouse style via


Santa was good to you this year gift tag with vintage postal sorter glass jars


cottage style black and white modern calligraphy gift tags attached to glass jars via


cottage style gift wrapping with burlap and bakers twine via #cottagestyle


Cottage style dining area with an industrial flair via #cottagestyle



cottage style dining and kitchen area with gray cabinetry via #cottagestyle


Cottage style kitchen with industrial flair. Gray cabinetry. via #cottagestyle


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine white mugs of hot cocoa via


Happy Holidays Home Tour with Country Living Magazine industrial pipe shelving decorated for Christmas farmhouse style via


industrial pipe shelving on plank wall with chunky reclaimed wood shelves via


industrial pipe shelving with chunky reclaimed wood via #industrial

Industrial pipe shelving tutorial


cottage style with industrial flair eye chart wall art via #industrial

Source for calendars



cottage style foyer and stairway with upcycled mirror wall via


cottage style foyer with white hutch decorated for the holidays via #cottagestyle


cottage style hutch vignette with vintage books, bottle brush trees and DIY pom poms via #cottagestyle

Source for tobacco basket


cottage style hutch with holiday vignette of vintage books, crocks and DIY pom poms via #cottagestyle


cottage style entry and foyer decorated for the holidays via #cottagestyle


cottage style entry and foyer with faux woodgrain front door via #cottagestyle


This pretty much wraps up this holiday home tour. Thank you so much for joining me! Please don’t be a stranger! Before you go, I wanted to share that I will be posting our home office decorated for the holidays later this week. I hope you will join me! Don’t forget to check out last year’s home office Christmas tour. I hope you found some inspiration for your holiday decorating! It was so much fun.

Now it is time to pass the home tour baton over to Jamie at Anderson & Grant.

You will love her style! Her photography is top notch! All you need to do is click on the ‘Anderson and Grant’ photo below!

Christmas Home Tours with Anderson and Grant


Cherished Christmas Home Tours via


Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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Pampered Pets Feature No. 2

Hey friends! I am back with another Pampered Pets feature! I want to introduce you to my friend and amazing blogger, Lauren from Bless’er House. She has a one-of-a-kind fur kid named Lola. I know you are just going to love her to pieces!

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First, let me just say that little Lola bean is not a fan of Mondays! But, she is not alone…I am not a fan either! Although, it is nice to send the kiddos off to school after a long weekend. Hip hip hooray!

Lola (2 of 2)


What is Lola’s story?

When my husband Robert and I first got married, we knew we wanted a dog. We lived in a little 700 square foot apartment at the time and knew we would only get a small breed. I scoured Craigslist for weeks until finally I found this family who was moving and couldn’t take their 3 month old puppy with them. It was love at first sight. Lola is our silly, furry first born.

Lola pampered pet from Bless'er House
How does your family pamper her?

We’re low-key with the puppy birthday thing. She gets a few treats in her stocking at Christmas, but our three year-old seems to be the one to pamper her the most. I catch Olivia constantly feeding her when we’re not looking. Too bad for her, Lola doesn’t eat Brussels sprouts.



What quirks does Lola have that make you laugh?

Oh my gosh. She’s a total ham! She and Olivia chase each other and Lola bolts around the house when she gets a random burst of energy playing keep-away. We can practically see her laughing…if dogs could laugh.



What is her favorite activity/play object?

Any stuffed animal she can get her teeth around. She steals Olivia’s toys all the time. Whenever we walk in the front door, she always runs around and finds a toy as fast as she can and wiggles her little butt and spins her tail around and greets as at the door with whatever present she found to let us know she’s happy to see us.


How has having a pet in your home changed your decorating style?

She’s really easy going. We thankfully made it through the teething puppy years when we lived in our apartment over four years ago, so now she’s good at leaving everything alone.


Where does Lola like to kick back and relax? Favorite room?

She has two favorite sleeping spots- the back of our couches in the living room where she totally looks like a cat. And at night, she sleeps smack in between Robert and me, under the covers and everything like a little human.

Lola (3 of 2)


Lola (5 of 6)

She’s the best little cuddle buddy. We don’t have the heart to tell her she’s a dog. Most mornings I wake up and she’s curled right up against my side as close as she can get. It’s like a sweet little puppy hug every morning.


If she could pick a decorating style, what do you think it would be based on her personality?

Um…a room full of nothing but pillows? Yep. That’s probably all she’d need to be happy. If there’s a pillow on the floor somewhere, she’s sprawled out on it.

Pampered Pet Lola from Bless'er House

What is your advice for creating a pet-friendly space? Can your home be pretty & pet-friendly?

That’s a tough one since I think we got really lucky in the low-maintenance pet department. Lola is one of the most obedient dogs I’ve ever known. I will say I hope to get slipcovered couches the next time we purchase new ones since she does give our current upholstered couches a workout. We have created a shelf in the pantry just for her things and she has a dog bed in the corner of our living room where she can escape from our kiddo when she needs a break from her.


What have you learned from having a pet in your family?

I always grew up with a little dog, so I really don’t know any differently from that. Really the biggest lesson was during the first two years when she was a puppy. She tore up baskets, threw garbage all over our kitchen one day, ripped up tissue boxes everywhere, even chewed through my $90 laptop cord. I came home from my teaching job one day and she’d gone on a total rampage in the place. She never ever does that now. They’re like kids. A lot of times, they’ll grow out of a phase like that as long as you teach them what’s right and wrong.


Lola’s last words…



Bahaha! It sure was fun getting to know a little bit about Lola and her family! Isn’t she just the cutest? I love her so much!

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Now, a little bit about Lola’s mom, my friend Lauren. As I mentioned earlier, Lauren writes a blog called Bless’er House. Lauren’s personality shines through on every post she writes! I love how she makes me laugh. She is the DIY queen!  I hope you will take some time to visit her blog and stay awhile because she is always creating amazing projects for the home. I certainly cannot wait to see what projects are in the works for next week. You can also find Lauren over on Instagram sharing special moments and DIY’s.


Here are a few projects I hope you will love! I certainly do!

DIY rope chandelier from Bless'er House

DIY rope chandelier makeover

knock off no sew dining chair from Bless'er House

Dining chair makeover 


china cabinet makeover

China cabinet makeover

Do you have a one-of-a-kind fur kid in your home? Would you love to share his/her story on Dandelion Patina? Let me know in the comments or you can email me: to talk about being featured.

Enjoy your day,

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BOTM: Table and Hearth

Can you believe it is half way through November already? Whew…where has it gone? Today, I am featuring the stunning Emily from Table and Hearth as November’s Blog of the Month. Emily lives only a few miles from the beach. Can we all agree that is just awesome? It is a dream of mine to live on or near the beach! So, I am already hooked on Emily’s coastal design aesthetic. I hope you will love her as much as I do! Let’s get started.

 BOTM feature Table & Hearth
What an average day is like at the Table and Hearth blog homestead?
I work as a full-time biologist for an environmental consulting company, so any DIYing and blog work during the week is spent in the evenings (and daylight savings time ending is NOT my friend right now!).  I’m a very OCD person but my blogging schedule could definitely be improved on.  I try to blog three times a week in addition to our link party on Thursdays and most posts are written the evening before they go live.  Project work and cooking dinner is done on the non-blog days if I can.  There’s really no rhyme or reason to it, but so far I’ve managed to stay on top of it all…


What is your favorite space in the home and why?
Man, this changes almost monthly it seems, and our house is small so all of our spaces can be enjoyed regularly. Plus, I’ve poured blood sweat and tears into almost every space.  Right now our backyard patio where I am about to complete a makeover for the One Room Challenge is probably my favorite space. 


coastal outdoor back patio via
I am utterly in love with my DIY farmhouse table and just want to sit and stare at it all day. Other rooms I’m very proud of and like to stay in are our master bedroom (done in the Spring 2015 ORC) and our guest bedroom.


master bedroom from table & hearth
Our home has come a long way in the six years we’ve been here so there’s something that I’m proud of in each room.


What is your favorite DIY project and why?
This is a three-way tie between the DIY farmhouse table I just did for our patio, the guest bedroom shiplap, or the guest bathroom subway tile back splash.  I’m still learning all sorts of new techniques and projects so pretty much everything new that I attempt successfully becomes my current favorite project.  I feel bad choosing any of them over the others, but I feel like these three were totally new to me and had such great results. 


guest bedroom shiplap wall table & hearth


What goals you have for your home in terms of decorating, projects, etc.?
My biggest goal on the horizon is to paint our kitchen cabinets white.  It’s the one space that isn’t totally “us” yet.  They’re pink pickled oak and I can’t take it anymore.  But with 42 doors and drawer fronts plus a long bar faced with ornate wainscoting, it’s a feat that’s taken me about 5 years to decide to tackle.  Thank goodness I finally received a paint sprayer.  After that project is done, I plan to focus more on recipes and small crafts and take some time to enjoy our “new” spaces after all the work.


chocolate salted honey pie via table & hearth
What is your decorating style?
I would call my style Rustic Relaxed Coastal.  Or Coastal Farmhouse.  Nothing fancy, nothing flashy, nothing bright.  Textures speak to me much more than colors do.  We live on the Texas coast just a couple miles from the beach so our style echoes this environment; weathered textures, wood tones, neutral colors, and light and bright. 


If you could meet one blogger, who would that be and what would you say to her/him?
There are SO many that I idolize and would love to meet in person!  It’s probably cliche, but I’d choose John and Sherry of Young House Love, just because they really are the ones who inspired me to learn to DIY and who introduced me to this thing called a “blog”.  And if Joanna Gaines can count as a blogger, I’d kill to meet her and would probably shove photos of my DIY farmhouse table in her face and be a total weirdo.  


Tell us how you started blogging, what you love about it, what is challenging for you?
It all started when I got fed up with our ugly mid-90s guest bathroom and knew there had to be a way to update stuff in there without hiring a contractor and all that.  I started searching online for tutorials about tiling, replacing light fixtures, and changing out faucets and sinks, and stumbled on Young House Love.  It was all downhill from there.


I became totally inspired…and obsessed…and just kept finding more projects I wanted to do.  I figured I could help teach others how I learned, just as others had taught me. So, I figured what the heck and randomly started a blog one day.  Which became another obsession in itself 🙂  I love that it gives me an outlet to chat about all things DIY, crafts, and cooking (other than bugging my husband about it all).


I’ve met some of the best friends I’ve ever had in the blogosphere.  There’s nothing that can describe the feeling of connecting with readers from all over and hearing that you’ve helped them learn how to do something, especially that you’ve inspired them to do it themselves.  The only challenging aspect for me has been to find time to get it all done.  Many people don’t realize how much time goes into a blog post; from doing the project in the first place, photographing it, editing photos, writing the post, then sharing it across the web, each post takes many, many hours and can be a struggle to stay on a schedule sometimes. 


metal top table from table & hearth
What is one detail/characteristic that makes you unique?
I honestly don’t think I’m unique, especially since I’m constantly so inspired by other creatives and bloggers, but I do work hard to establish our coastal-meets-farmhouse style.  We are lucky enough to live in a pretty unique place and I love to show how to incorporate your environment into your decor (even if it involves stinky seashells sometimes…). 


What is on your bucket list?
To swim with a whale shark.  We see them while fishing offshore in the summer but haven’t been able (allowed to) to jump in with one quite yet. The guys would rather catch the fish around them 🙂


What is your personal motto?
I’ve never really thought about this!  I catch myself thinking “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself” alot.  Although, I’m not sure that would be the greatest motto.  It has spurred many of the DIY project around here 🙂


typography art via table & hearth bog
 I hate to shop for…
Ugh, clothes!  I’m just not a girly-girl and feel weird in anything other than paint-splattered yoga pants and workout tee.  Thank goodness for StitchFix!
Favorite board game…..
Honestly I’m a HORRIBLE game player.  I’m way too competitive and sensitive.  Although not a board game, the only games I’ve ever had any fun with are Cards Against Humanity and Pictionary. 


I have a style crush on….
Joanna Gaines, duh.  Also, Dana of House*Tweaking and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed.  Their spaces are both so amazing and they are all so talented. 


I wish I could tell my younger self…
Don’t take out those student loans for grad school!  Also, to keep up with my passion for art.  I had to choose between art and biology in undergrad and went with biology.  I wish I had tried to double-minor and still do art.  Or maybe I would have gone to school for Interior Design…


blog of the month table & hearth


Thank you so much Emily for sharing your thoughts and projects with us here at Dandelion Patina. I love having these blog of the month posts. It is just another way to support other bloggers and get to know them that much more. Yay! Be sure to hop over to Emily’s blog, Table and Hearth and find more DIY’s, recipes, and crafts.

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OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Oreo Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Let’s face it…cooking up that Thanksgiving meal for family and friends can be stressful! Am I right?

It can be a chaotic time with little kids running around looking for something to do.

They may have even asked that dreaded question a million times….

When are we gonna eat?

So, to keep their minds busy and fingers out of Grandma’s prize winning pumpkin pie…let’s have them make OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys!

Yay! Creative. Fun. Simple. Totally Adorbs!

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys via #OREOCookieBalls

Shopping tip:

I love to have the kiddos write down their own list for the ingredients on these turkeys. It keeps them busy while shopping for your Thanksgiving meal items and teaches them a bit about recipes, shopping, and money.

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Kitchen Essentials:


  • Start by placing your Golden OREO’s into the food processor and crush until the OREO’s are like cookie crumbs.
  • Mix in your softened cream cheese bar.

OREO cookie ball ingredients

Thanksgiving OREO Cookie Ball Turkeys

  • Use a cookie dough scoop or spoon to create 1 inch balls.
  • Roll these in your hands to form.

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  • Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Place balls in freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Following directions on the baking chocolate package, melt and cover your OREO cookie balls.
  • Roll the balls in the crushed pretzels to cover completely.

OREO Cookie Ball Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys

  • Gather a few bowls for frosting the pretzel feathers.
  • Place cream cheese frosting into each bowl and add your food coloring gel. Mix well.
  • Take your pretzel sticks and swirl the tips in the colored frosting.
  • Then push the pretzel stick into the crushed pretzel ball body.

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  • Take a peanut shell and make an indentation on the top of the ball.
  • At this point, create your turkey face with black writing gel for the eyes.
  • Then, cut small triangles from dried mango pieces for the beak and adhere to the peanut with the melted chocolate. Clean up edges with a toothpick.
  • Finally, add melted chocolate to the bottom of peanut and place inside the indentation previously made.
  • Once you have the desired amount of turkeys, place your cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1 hour.

I served my turkeys with dark Belgian chocolate dessert cups on white cupcake pedestals.


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Adorable, right? The kids might even eat their green beans now! Ha.

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OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys for Thanksgiving via


OREO Cookie Ball Turkeys with crushed pretzels. Salty and sweet goodness via


And here is a printable recipe for you too! Just because I want this to be an easy and carefree fun time with the kiddos.

Make those memories and start a new tradition!


OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys


OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Such a fun and creative little snack for the kiddos. Created by: Dandelion Patina


  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted


  1. MAKE IT!
  2. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  3. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  4. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative embellishments
  5. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm
  6. Share and enjoy!


Optional Ingredients include:

Pretzels sticks for turkey feathers. Crushed pretzels for bodies. Shell peanuts for turkey bodies. Dried mangos for turkey beaks. Black writing gel for turkey eyes. Cream cheese frosting and food coloring gel for tail feathers.

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How do you bring creativity and imagination into your holidays?


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How to make mason jar pedestal vases

Hey there! Today, I am sharing how to make mason jar pedestal vases. These babies are the sweetest inexpensive project I have done yet.


How to make mason jar pedestal vases

Why I love mason jars:

I have grown quite fond of mason jars. We love to use them in the kitchen as drinking glasses. They are also great for storing craft items. Just an all around great multi-purpose jar.

You can dress them up or down. You can group them together for a phenomenal table centerpiece or you can use them separately around the house. Heck, I know I will be making more of these for housewarming gifts and for holiday arrangements.

Don’t spend the extra money purchasing one of those character-less vases from the floral shop…and ultimately storing them all in the basement or under the sink! Oh…come on…you know you have several! With just a few simple supplies you can create a unique vase that is the perfect match for those special floral arrangements.

I hope you are as excited as I am to get started on these beauties!

how to make mason jar pedestal vases from glass candlesticks

Supplies needed for mason jar pedestal vases:

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how to make beautiful mason jar pedestal vases with glass candleholders

Instructions to make mason jar pedestal vases:

  • Flip over mason jars and clean surfaces
  • Apply E6000 to glass candlesticks
  • Attach candlesticks to mason jars
  • Let dry overnight

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DIY mason jar pedestal vases. A simple tutorial via


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Wasn’t that so simple?

They look so elegant. I could totally see these at a barn wedding too.

And, if you have flower gardens in your landscape, you can totally rock the floral arrangement for free. I used a combination of limelight hydrangeas, yellow tansy, and a few weed type flowers growing in my flower beds.

The flower frog lids really helped keep the arrangement full. I love them.

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Other crafty projects you may enjoy:

Check this out!! The easy way to make chunky pom poms via #pompoms #farmhousestyle


Interested in creating flowers that last a lifetime? These vintage style DIY fabric flowers are simple to create and are super cute as a table centerpiece or summer vignette.


Until next time,

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