Sunday Scenes

Sunday has provided time . . . to consider thoughts of many kinds.

A mid- summer Sunday
Trees swing and sway
Clouds intermittent, white to gray

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My living room has creams and browns
and lots of straight lines can be found.

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Seeing below, I want some rounds
And need to add more color!

BHG August PublicationSource:  Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, August Issue

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Saw my girls yesterday
Realized how time slips away
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From little ones to keep in tow
See how quickly they did grow.

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Here’s one more pretty for you today
Then I must be on my way :)

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Glad you stopped by again.
Remember now, don’t stress too much, just go ahead with something.

Later – Cheryl

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Killer Pain . . . but Man, Was It Fun!

Last week was almost MY last week!  After three straight days of shopping, the walking nearly killed me.  Two of my cool and crazy cousins came to visit, and Thursday noon through Saturday evening, all we did was shop!

Well, not all . . there was the talking . . . and the eating . . . and all the laughing.  Not much sleeping though & all that walking . . . yikes.  Hubs said it didn’t kill me, it did me good.  Okay, yes, I’m still alive (barely) but my new best friend is ALEVE!

We ladies are three of a kind, so we set out to visit as many thrift and 2nd Hand stores as we could find.  My area is chock full of em’ so no problem.  And we got some deals!  Can’t remember theirs (or even all of mine) but here are some of the things I found. ARTZZLE.COM Milaca Discovery Thrift was having their “Third Thursday Sale”, where each month on that day, everything is 30% off EXCEPT furniture which 15% discount.  Last month, I purchased a beautiful wooden  bureau (for $63) so I didn’t buy big this time.  The cute strawberry themed items @ $2.50 were all I left with.

Our local Family Pathways in Princeton, was where I found the vase, cup & saucer and these fun foam stamps..  Plus a glass casserole w/lid, a chrome wine rack, and a couple of miscellaneous things.  FP has “color tag sales”.  On our visit, green tags were 20% off; 40% off on yellow, and 60% discount on lavendar tags.  I spent around $9 for all my items. ARTZZLE.COM

Princeton Used Clothing Center  also has toys and household items.  And I recently started volunteering for them, so we had to stop in.  They were having 50% off on hardware items, and any clothing or fabrics, etc. was $3 a bag for all you could get in one. ARTZZLE.COM

No kidding, I got everything pictured for $3 . . . the clothes and the beautiful table cloth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything.  No spots, tears, nothing.  It’s all washable.  The slacks also have a casual accompanying blazer, and the pieces are inter-changeable.  Love it!  It’ll be great for the wedding I’m attending in November.  The table cover will work for several different holidays and occasions.

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At the Elk River Goodwill  it was twenty minutes to closing when I discovered a 10 books for $2, green tag sale.  I used my time wisely!   Picture books, funny quotes and sayings, decorating books . . . wow!  All hard-cover except one.

ARTZZLE.COM At a local “Thrift with a Twist”,  my cousin Robin pointed out a sandwich cooking gizmo.  Brand new with a little spatula and instruction booklet, she said it was perfect for me . . . easy, fast and step by step directions.  (She knows I hate to cook).  I bought that and a set of 4 glass mugs for $5.

My final great find was at “Savers”,  the pitcher below.  At $5.99, this was my biggest expenditure, but hey . . . it matches those $2 glasses from a recent garage sale! ARTZZLE.COM The ladies come up every summer and we always have a blast.  But in planning for next year, we decided to

  • Day one – shop
  • Day two - relax, gossip, talk design and decorating
  • Day three – shop, eat out

That way I won’t have to take so much ALEVE.

Hey, what fun finds have you come across lately?  Share with me.  You can email any pictures.  My address is on the About Page.

As always, try not to stress out, just get going!

Later – Cheryl

The First Alarm Clocks

Cheryl @ Artzzle:

Company’s a comin’. Busy . . . busy . . . busy! Cleaning, painting, yard and garden work and . . . oh, those mosquito bites! Aahhhck!

So sharing a FUNNY from one of my favorite London sites. Hope you like.

Later – Cheryl

Originally posted on The Journal:

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History rawks don’t it??!!! :)

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“EZ Pack” Summer Trip Wardrobe

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Let’s drop all the grays today . . . and bring some color out to play!
For a Short, Summer “Trip Away” . . . it’s Mix & Match with these 8 basic clothing pieces. interchangeable, to accommodate varied activities and weather, casual stops and anything a bit more formal, like a dinner gathering.
Daydreaming about the above collection . . . two of my granddaughters were main characters in the scenario.  Each has week-away trips this summer, and so packing, travel and specific included events were considered.  But Fashionistas of any age could easily adapt this look . . . by simply choosing a different skirt and shorts length and style.     Also, some women would want to choose a less flared leg cut in the slacks, for a more flattering look.
Let’s start with these basic pieces. The item list stays the same for everyone, but of course, each of you will consider your individual size, style and color choices.
  • 1 Skirt
  • 1 Pair Shorts
  • 1 Pair Slacks
  • 1 Basic Dress
  • 2 Casual blouses (1 patterned, 1 plain color; short sleeved works too)
  • 1 3/4 Sleeve Top (for variety and rainy/cooler conditions)
  • 1 Jacket (I chose a short-waist, b/w stripe that works as dressy or casual)

 

Are you asking “Why  Choose Black For Summer”?   I chose black because my daydream was about my granddaughters’ upcoming events, and the “on-the-road” aspects. First of all, the “Black goes with most anything” idea and the “Little Black Dress” rule (which also includes slacks) always travel well.  Black doesn’t show spots  and stains as boldly as lighter colors do.  An easy wipe away will usually do the trick, without laundering, which no one wants to do on a short leisure trip (especially teenagers!).

Perhaps the best reason for black in basic pieces is . . . it’s trait of adapting so well in a mix & match group.  It DOES go with almost anything, and BETTER yet, in classic styles as seen with this dress and slacks choice, these items can be “dressed up” or “kept more casual”, depending on which accessories you use.
Accessories List.
  • 2 – 4 Pairs Shoes.  The 2 for me would be the striped heels and the aqua flats.
  • 2 – 3 Belts
  • 2 – 3 Scarves
  • 1 medium sized purse/bag
  • 2 – 3 each of jewelry pieces, i.e. necklaces, bracelets, earrings, optional broaches

 

Here comes the color . . . and the Fun!

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Do more with everything.  For example, that cute striped jacket looks great with the black slacks.  And the separate jewelry items can be mixes in a million ways.
The purpose of MIX & MATCh is versatility from few items.  These clothes (and necessary personal pieces) will fit into one decent sized suitcase.  A smaller, carry-case would hold accessories, makeup, hair essential and the like.
So you’re on your way,to that quick, easy and light trip . . . but you have all you need!
TIPS:
  1. Folding and packing clothes FLAT allows more room AND doesn’t wrinkle as badly
  2. Slip shoes into ZIP LOC bags to contain pairs, and not get clothing pieces dirty
  3. CHOOSE easy care fabrics when possible; can be rinsed/hung/dried by next day
  4. ZIP LOCs are also great to contain all those small items AND jewelry if you don’t have a cloth jewelry roll available
  5. Bags are best for all liquid and twist lid items.  No problems accidental leaks.

I would love to get your ideas on outfit combinations . . . and all else from today.  Leave a comment or you can find my email on my profile page.

This post was fun for me . . . hope you like it too!

Remember  . . .  if you stress too much . . . that trip won’t be as much fun!

Later – Cheryl

PS:  APOLOGIES for the erratic spacing in this post.  Working between VISUAL, TEXT and three individual Polyvore articles, seems to have scewed the platforms.

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A LOOKBOOK . . . In Grayscale

IT’S POSSIBLE THE “G” COLOR IS IN MIND LATELY BECAUSE . . .  I’m such a magazine maven, and it’s everywhere one looks, in all my magazines and books.  I’ve been putting together a piece from the July/August TRADITIONAL HOME, with some beautiful stuff for you.

THEN TODAY, WOULD’NT YOU KNOW …  my email contained a Joss And Main flyer, and there it was!  A Grayscale Lookbook!  Just for me … well … at least in MY email :)

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View their IN GRAYSCALE LOOKBOOK .

IT HAD TO BE DESTINY . . .  because things didn’t stop there.

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LOOMED LARGE . . . another LookBook, had so many ideas in grays AND coordinating accents.  Of course the first picture (above) jumped right out.  

ONE OF MY LONDON FOLLOWERS . . . Jess Weber, recently purchased a new “flat” and asked me about gray (grey) carpets.   Hey Jess, look at all these great examples! Catch her hilarious blog at JESS WEBER.

AS FAR AS NEUTRALS GO . . . most people consider either beige or grays as the main choices, other than white, of course.  Many relate beige with warm and gray with cold.  I’m here to prove that . . . “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.  And as for whites, go to any paint store or website and look at their “Whites”.   You’ll find a wide range of choices, BOTH warm and cold!

EVERY COLOR IN THE SPECTRUM . . .  has warm AND cool tones, even those you consider as neutrals.  Also, the “feel” of the color can depend greatly on the accent and accessory colors you use with it, and those in adjoining spaces.

DONNA FRASCA IS A COLOR EXPERT . . . literally.  Check out what she has to say about neutrals.  Here’s Another interesting perspective on her blog.

YES, IT’S STILL CRAZY BUSY . . . around our place.  I have at least four other ideas I’m developing for articles.  After the great results with our bathroom cabinets redo, Hubs and I have begun those in our kitchen.

YOU  MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT . . . to believe but, we didn’t choose the same gray finish for our kitchen.  Big shock there, huh?  And we want our island to be a different color than the rest of the cabinets out there.  There was an entire quart left over of the gray from the bathroom.  Now, I had (what I thought to be) a clever, and cost effective idea.  I took it to my favorite paint mixer,  Sue, at our local Marv’s TRUE VALUE.  

SUE REALLY KNOWS HER STUFF AND WE’VE WORKED TOGETHER BEFORE.  (That’s probably why she groans when I walk in!)  I explained my idea was to tint the gray to a bit different shade.  After agreeing to sign in blood, saying I wouldn’t have repercussions if things didn’t turn out as I had hoped . . . we worked (for at least an hour in between other customers) until I hit on something I liked.

Below is the color our island will be.  Only the drawers and doors are finished at this point.

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I’M NOT SURE WHAT YOU WOULD CALL THIS COLOR . . . gray, brown, greige?  With the light and wall color in the room where this picture was taken, it looks almost lavender, but really isn’t.  Whatever, we love it – yes, Hubs does too!  So a money saving, good idea right?  Well, YES and NO.

TIPS:
1.  Yes, it is possible to retint leftover paints.  Just be sure you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing … like SUE.
2.  BEFORE you have extra paint recolored … REMEMBER to keep a bit of the original color, for retouch and patching on your original project.  Ooops … Cheryl forgot that part :(
3. Always keep in mind that all colors NO MATTER WARM or COOL, are affected by their light and surroundings. You need to be aware of that when choosing your paints.

NOW, I’LL CLOSE WITH ONE MORE FANTASTIC GRAY . . .
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the lovely, Gracie Mae. And aren’t those pink, beige and gold accents so becoming!

IT’S THE STANDARD LAST LINE . . . don’t stress, just start!

Hope this was a fun one. Check out all the links . . . they’re good ones!

Later – Cheryl

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AFRAID of GRAYS . . . Part 2

JUST A QUICK POST TODAY . . .
Perhaps to change some minds about GRAY!

AFRAID of GRAYS . . . # 2

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WHY DOESN’T THIS GRAY BELOW FEEL COLD? The picture below is from one of my HOUZZ IDEABOOKS. It’s a favorite for many reasons, but note the gray walls and patterned wallpaper. It’s nice and warm because of the furniture pieces.

The shelves pick up the warm oranges, browns and gold with the accessories and the gray wallpaper backing works, because of the added neutral pattern. This paper use also adds texture and a fun interest to the room’s decor.

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HERE’S ANOTHER PAPER BACKED SHELF EXAMPLE.. Erin over at How to NEST FOR LESS used it in her pantry.

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LOOK AT THIS WILD GRAY! It certainly heats up this bedroom! (get it, hot … bedroom … maybe I’ll just stick to decorating!) :( Anyhoo … another of my HOUZZ pictures.

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AS PROMISED, CLOSING NOW TO KEEP THIS SHORT. Have fun with all the links . . . and some of you gray grievers, let me know if things are warming up for ya!

YOU KNOW THE LAST LINE. Don’t stress out, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

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ARE YOU AFRAID . . . of Grays ?!

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CRAZY … CRAZY… CRAZY !   That’s our place lately. So I multi-tasked today and combined Polyvore work with this post.  Above, the task was to create a bedroom for myself, decorated personally and including a canopy bed.  Grays have been batting my brain cells around, so I used a gray-blue color range and a few specific, spunky pieces.  Go ahead and link up for all the details.   Canopy Contest by artzzle-com

APOLOGIES FOR . . .  so few posts of late, but honest . . . I really have been working on them. What’s  happening though, is so many great ideas are flying around that, I have trouble finishing any because I need to write down another one before I forget it!

COLORS AND PAINTING . . .  are topics that have been right up front in my thoughts most often. Both because Hubs and I are working on main projects in our own home, and I’ve been researching for an upcoming series of posts.

READERS, YOU PROBABLY AREN’T SURPRISED . . .   when I say that our preferences always lean WARM. Lots of beige, browns, coppers, and like that! Well you may be shocked to hear that we’re (mostly I’m) craving a change.  We just bought new furniture pieces . . . two recliners and a cute little love seat.   Don’t get too excited yet . . . they’re brown. A beautiful soft, chocolate tone. 

NOW, THAT SAID . . .  we are changing accents and a few wall colors.  They’re running to GREEN (warm of course), and I’m bringing back a favorite, AQUA.  Not the bright, neon shades.  I’m muting them, with warm gray tones.  And speaking of gray, I’m pulling in several versions of it, and a couple of wonderful gray-blues.

ARE YOU MAKING A SOUR FACE YET . . .  at all the gray?  The nose turned up . . . the lips scrunched and grimacing?  “Grays . . . seriously?”  Well . . . YES, and let’s do get serious.  All you TREND FOLLOWERS will be on top of things with grays.  They are VERY POPULAR presently in decor.  Not only have color combos with grays as primaries, been favorite decor schemes for decades, they continue to be as useful as the beige family, for neutrals OR accents, as well.

TAKE A QUICK LOOK . . .   at the Polyvore set below.  Some of these ideas are on the mood board Hubs and I are working on.

Great Grays

IN A SERIES OF UPCOMING POSTS . . .  I’ll feature more info, ideas and examples of just why grays are so wonderful to work with.

LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME  . . .  how you feel about GRAYS. Then we’ll see what you think at the end of the series. Who knows :)

MEANTIME . . . you know the line. Don’t stress too much, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

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IT’S ABOUT TIME . . . I Took My Own Advice!

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DON’T STRESS TOO MUCH . . . JUST START SOMETHING!

How many times have you heard me say that !?

There’s been a lot of extra stress lurking around here lately!  Vehicles down, allergies up (WAY up) and a couple short-check weeks, just for a few examples.  Oh, and that nasty neighbor (who of course, lives right next to us) in our otherwise amicable neighborhood!  Doesn’t it seem like every area has one stinker in the bunch.  Ack!

The blog and accompanying social sites have kept me very up and down i.e. great then lousy, and quite literally UP at night!  That isn’t new of course, but continuously stressful.

Well, I’m thinkin’ it’s about time I followed my own advice!  I’m tired of stressing out.  Just tired period.  So I sat myself down, took a bit of “me” time with the little notebook . . .      and started a list.

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OK, I hear some of you groaning … “Cheryl, you’re always making lists”!   But hey, most times IT HELPS ME!  I’ll thank you to cut me a little slack this time.

First, I affirmed that these would be concise notes.  When writing anything, I always have to remind myself to edit, edit, edit.

              Beginning, I jotted down three presently good specifics. Thought it would help to start on a positive note.

  1. Summer has finally come (though up here, who knows for how long!)
  2. Excluding the allergies (irritating but normal for the season), we’re in decent health
  3. I have fun company visiting soon, and YES . . . company is good . . . this company anyway because it means . . . SHOPPING!

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Okay, those are self-explanatory. Lets get to the crappola.  Next, I listed 3 big stresses.

  1. The Blog
  2. Money issues and/or retirement
  3. A certain personal relationship in our lives

Yes, THE BLOG is still very troublesome.

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Traffic and interest are very inconsistent, which I almost dread saying for fear I may get even more of those “Pitch emails or supposed new followers who say  “I/We can make your blog wonderful . . . for just a few hundred dollars or so”.

I KNOW

I need assistance, but am very picky about where to find it, and also very self-critical that I can’t do everything myself.  It still isn’t quite the look I’m going for.  I’m not particularly thrilled with some of my posts.   And although I’m venturing to more outlet exposure, most of the Social Media Tools are frightening to me!

I AM VERY REALISTIC

in knowing that odds are slim of making any measurable amount of monies from the blog.  But I was hoping for a little mad money or occasionally enough for a minimum household payment or two.

That leads us to the other money issues . . . which are MORE than just a bit scary, especially when full retirement is looming. Once we decide what things we can create and sell when Hubs retires, we should be okay but It will be a penny-pinching ride all the way,

Last, the personal issue.  Don’t worry, Hubs and I are fine; just celebrated 29 years of marriage and nearly 31 years together . . . and NO . . .

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. . . this IS NOT our wedding picture!

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The stress is another relationship that has changed drastically for us in the past few years and seems headed for a complete breakdown.  Something once loving, caring and sharing, has become discounted with limited contact, little sharing or inclusion and too often, rudeness with no consideration or caring shown us.  We’re told we are at fault, yet NOT told the why or what of the matters.

So there you have it.  I’m STRESSING . . . a lot, and I always tell you NOT TO STRESS.

WHAT DO YOU DO

in stressful situations?  How do you approach the problems?  There aren’t any magic solve-all formulas for any of us.  Just curious to know what helps others.

My list did help.  The physical writing then reading, helped me – shall we say- get a grip on things.

  1. Considering positives first allowed me to calm down, take a few healthy deep breaths, and reach a more reasonable demeanor.  Stress just tends to freak us out doesn’t it?! Who can function like that?
  2. I was reminded to be appreciative of good things in my life, of which there are many.
  3. Reviewing main stress factors assisted me in evaluating and devising helpful alternatives.  We can’t just have a nervous breakdown .. . seriously.

For all of us, it’s a very personal journey.  We are the prime players in our lives, and so must be the primaries in how to handle the problems in those lives.

WOULD YOU AGREE

that there is no such condition as a stress-less life?  That said we do have choices.  Perhaps I should say we can give ourselves choices.

I chose to stay with the blog . . . and what do you know. A few nice “someones” came along with some helpful advice and encouragement.

And instead of brooding, Hubs and I have been scouring Pinterest and our own project notebooks and compiling a nice list (yah, yah . . . another list) of cost effective items that would be sale worthy in our direct area, and others that would have a broader, more urban appeal in the cities.

The more personal area is a toughie.  No one can control someone else’s behaviors, especially if communications aren’t welcomed.  But we can lean on others who do care, and try to toughen up when people get hurtful.  We can let them know we continue to care about them and will be as supportive as possible.

BUT (and that’s a BIG ONE HERE)  if/when people become abusive . . . and YES, verbal and/or emotional abuse count … I’ve learned to not allow it and remove myself from the situation  IMMEDIATELY.  Many wise people have shown me that over time.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Hey, let’s talk more about this stress stuff.  Leave a note.

As always, don’t stress too much . . . just start something!   Geez, did I really just say that!

Later – Cheryl

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Design Inspirations from Kelly Wearstler

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I’m Linking Up at the party over at AKA Design and Life today

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Hi All.

One of the
WILDEST
and
WIDELY KNOWN DESIGNERS

around today is
KELLY WEARSTLER.
She’s literally everywhere.

IN PRINT . . . here are just two of tons.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST featured her, saying “To hire Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is to buy into her singularly bedazzling, high-chroma style.”

VOGUE MAGAZINE, writer Hamish Bowles discovers “Kelly Wearstler brings fearless graphic flair to everything from hotels to scarves—and now, to her own Hollywood manse.”

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I couldn’t possibly begin to list every online avenue for Kelly. So I’d suggest a simple GOOGLE to choose which sources look most  interesting to you.  HOUZZ, of course, is on my fav’s web source list. It’s a stockpile (14,800+ images) of pictures of Wearstler’s designs  Regular Readers know and follow me there.

In wallpaper

In upholstery and decor fabrics.

And with a wonderful line of accessories, both decor and fashion.

 Be sure to look up her publications, including this one.

A basic summary on Kelly can be found on WIKIPEDIA

CHERYL SAYS: Ms. Wearstler is fearless in her pursuit of design, in any area she chooses to explore.  And need I mention . . . successful in all of those pursuits.

As often mentioned on Artzzle, I like a few things about many, many designers and styles. I very much enjoy her bold use of black and white (DYNAMIC DUO), and I admire her decor AND fashion accessories pieces. While product line pricing is prohibitive to many shoppers’ budgets, you CAN find some of the smaller items affordable if you research online.  And you “KNOCK OFF” DIYers, could have some fun with her wonderful works.

Thanks so much for visiting.
As always, don’t stress too much, just start something!

Later – Cheryl

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