Dec
21

Recent Work: Jessie + Chris

When Jessie, an old friend from high school, asked me to design her save the dates and wedding invitations, I was so excited. Not only is she a long time friend, but her proposal story (Chris carved a heart in an old tree where Jessie and him went hiking frequently and proposed the next day by the tree) gave me so much inspiration, I almost instantly knew what I wanted to do. Chris and Jessie have been together since our freshman year of college and everyone is so excited they are finally getting married (although everyone knew even when they were in junior high that the two of them would end up together). I feel so blessed to be able to help my close friends and be a part of their wedding celebrations…enjoy!

Jessie & Chris’ carved tree save the date, kraft envelopes and custom labels.

Dec
21

It snowed….a lot!

Remember that big snow storm I was telling you about on Friday? Well, it certainly did not disappoint. We got a little under two feet of snow here. Here are a few shots:

1) some of the snow Saturday 2) Bob (haha) 3) Bob + me

Dec
18

Let it snow!

The National Weather Service is calling for a 100% chance of 7-13 inches of snow in my area over the weekend! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good snow – but this couldn’t come at a worse time.  We have 2 holiday parties on Saturday, Christmas shopping to get done, more moving to do and tons of errands! It makes me sad that I may be missing the chance to see some friends this weekend!  Man, I should have bought an SUV instead of the Jetta. Haha.

Anyway, I picked up two jobs from the printer last night, so that means next week you will see some new work finally! I also am putting together an entire week of photographers that inspire me, so stay tuned for photography week!

Have a safe and snowy weekend!

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Dec
17

Most Incredible Gift Wrap – Ever!

Who would of thought that an old sweater would be so beautiful to wrap a gift? Summer from Grey Likes Weddings shared this incredible DIY wrapping inspiration. Enjoy!

All you need is old sweaters, other miscellaneous fabric, ribbon & twine. The entire post is available over at Style Me Pretty as well.

For the fancy bow? Cut, stack, tie & snip.

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Dec
17

Meet Natalie of All Buttoned-Up

The days are approaching to the launch of All Buttoned-Up’s official website, so I wanted to take a second to introduce the face behind it all, Natalie.

All Buttoned-Up was created to make the perfect party a reality. With over five years of event planning experience, including her own wedding in Washington, DC, Natalie decided to open the doors to her own event planning and design boutique.

Natalie has an innate attention to detail and takes a fresh out of the box approach to each event. Her clients immediately recognize her passion for planning and commitment to their events. She has gained a strong reputation as an innovative coordinator, willing to go the extra mile to ensure each event is as unique and exquisite as the clients she works with.

Natalie’s background in Public Relations has given her the perfect blend of organizational skills and creativity to execute any event of any size. Whether your affair is an intimate dinner party or an extravagant wedding, All Buttoned-Up will enhance every creative detail to make it a reflection of your individual vision.

I will let you know when the site is live! There are still a few little tweaks, but we are so close!

{headshots by pang}

Dec
16

Poster Love: A. Micah Smith

Today I hit the jackpot and found these fabulous concert posters from A. Micah Smith. Below are some of my favorites, but you can view his entire collection on his official website.

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Dec
15

Creme Brulee

It’s a fact, I LOVE Creme Brulee. I don’t know what was wrong with me as a child that made me think it was “nasty” – I was way off. These days I just can’t get enough. There’s a restaurant in my little town that has Lavender Creme Brulee on the menu and it is to die for. I mean amazing. I have to talk myself out of going there several times a week . . .

The love doesn’t stop there though. This weekend I grabbed a quick “pick me up” at Starbucks. Instead of ordering my usual, I tried their new Caramel Creme Brulee latte! OMG. It was amazing.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Dec
14

Etsy Gift Guide: Part 4

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was filled with packing, shopping and more packing. Also, I attended the cutest baby shower, styled and planned  by Natalie of All Buttoned-Up. I can’t wait to show pics later this week!

Here is part 4 of my Etsy Gift Guide! I hope you guys have made better progress in the holiday shopping area as I have -at this point I’ve only bought 1 gift. Ugh.

alain earrings by elephantine ($24)

Love 5 x 7 print from Lolas Room ($15)

I Love You, Blogs and Coffee print from jenniferramos ($20)

Kitchen Art Print – Vintage Cookie Jars by Colliebox ($18)

Hand Embroidered Greeting Cards from bybelinda ($12 set of four)

Bohemian Slouch Hat by KnotsbyAshley ($21)

Coffee sleeves by JennySwanson ($7)

Fabric covered thumb tacks from blackwhiteyellow ($5)

Eat, Drink and be Merry coasters from peppersprouts ($28 set of four)

Yellow Swirl Business Holder by upliftingarts ($20)

Happy Holidays!

Dec
11

Friday!

Where did the week go? It seemed to fly by, at least for me anyway. I’m sorry today’s post isn’t too exciting. It’s freezingggg here today (my car said it was 18 degrees, 18!) and tonight I have to start moving!! Ugh. Anyway,  I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be back next week with another Etsy gift guide and some pics from a baby shower I’m photographing this weekend! Yay!

Dec
10

Macarons

I can’t help but notice how much French macaron’s have been in the spotlight lately. What is a French macaron exactly? Well, I believe they are a traditional French pastry made of egg whites, almond powder, icing and sugar. They have a round meringue-like domes appearance with a flat base. Not to be confused with Macaroons, which are a sweet dense cookie made of coconut, egg white and coarse almond paste….and in my opinion, not nearly as pretty as the French macaron.

Here are a few places recently I’ve seen these beautiful delicacies:

DIY Holiday Macaroon Project over at Style Me Pretty.

Paulette Macarons (which you can buy online here!)

Ohhh, how I love the packaging! There are so many flavors too!

They are also showing up in weddings too! Like this one featured on Style Me Pretty.

and this one over at parcel post!

I think I need some macarons in my life! Have you had a chance to try these yummy treats? If so, where can I get some!?! Hhaha. Have a good day.

{images from style me pretty, parcel post, and paulette macarons}

Dec
9

Last Night’s Dinner.

Although I’m feeling a little under the weather, I threw together a better tasty meal for  B and I last night:

  • Baked Pear Spinach salad with fresh Parmesan {bake cored, halved pears for 25 mins at 400 degrees}
  • Salmon with a brown sugar & mustard glaze {recipe} I baked this instead of grilling….too could out.
  • Sauteed green beans & cherry tomatoes with balsamic vinegary and garlic {recipe}

Enjoy!

Dec
8

Recent Work: Logo

I ‘m so pleased to finally be able to share this recent project with you. Tina, a fantastic seamstress that specializes in quilts, commissioned me to create a new logo for her company Little Blue Cottage. What do you think?

Dec
8

Stocking Love

As the holiday season approaches us, I wanted to share a few handmade stockings I came across. These are adorable!

Ahna Holder’s Shop

Miss Mosh’s Shop

Dec
8

Recent Work: Luella’s Announcement

As promised, here is a peak of some recent work . . . MUCH more to come.

Dec
7

Exciting & Productive Weekend!

Phewww. It feels so good to get things accomplished!! Although I spent 85% of the weekend in front of the computer, I really got through so much on my to-do list. Logo for the Little Blue Cottage is almost finished, Jessie & Chris’ Save the Dates are on their way to the printer, Julie & Matt’s Save the Dates are on their way to the printer, Larissa  & Doug’s Save the Dates are almost done, Baby Luella’s Announcements are complete and web edits & business card comps for All Buttoned-Up are finished. Not to mention, half of my Christmas cards are written out, 7 loads of laundry are done & folded and I even went to the grocery store. Man. I was lucky enough to do all this and watch the snow fall outside my window. Love it. It’s really beginning to feel like the holidays.

Onto way more exciting news. My dear friend Jess got engaged this weekend! Her boyfriend  proposed in front of the Christmas Tree at Rockefellar’s Center during their weekend trip to NYC. I couldn’t be more estatic for the two of them.  Ahhh!!

Dec
4

Happy Friday

Hey there everyone, Happy Friday! This weekend they’re calling for snow! I am sooo excited! I have so much going on but I’m going to try to make time to squeeze in a little shopping at this Holiday Baazar. ! I’m sending FIVE jobs to print over the weekend and I can’t wait to share everything to you once it’s finished! Just a little while longer!!

Dec
3

Anthro Love

Loving ALL these items from Anthropologie right now. Maybe I should create a wish list? Haha.

Dear Santa,
I’ve been a good girl this year . . . can you please make this an Anthro Christmas this year? :)
Love,  Jess

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Dec
2

Etsy Gift Guide: Part 3

Hey there everyone! I wanted to share Part 3 of my Etsy Gift Guide today. I’m going to try to continue this until Christmas, so keep visiting for more great ideas. (part 1 guide) (part 2 guide)

Personalized Initial Necklace from wiyomu ($16)

Elisa lace earrings from whiteowl ($18)

Mobile of Rain by leptitpapillon ($22)

Knit Lavender Sachetd from halpal28 ($20)

Wasp T from flytrap ($22)

Tree Frost print from jellybeans ($15)

Child’s apron from roddy&ginger ($24)

New House Kitchen Towel from PataPri ($14)

Headphones Hand Printed Letterpress Poster from rollandtumblepress ($20)

Bamboo Cube Earrings from theharbingerco ($18)

HAPPY GIVING!

Dec
1

Bridal Shower Idea

With several of my dear friends getting married soon, I’m always searching for new ideas to incorporate in their celebrations. Today I came across this adorable bridal shower game over at Orange Beautiful.

They were inspired by this post over at madesweet.

{images via Orange Beautiful & madesweet}

Nov
30

I won!

What a great way to start my week off, I was randomly picked for the weekly giveaway at oh, hello friend! I never win anything! This is so exciting. Can’t wait for my yokomonostudio bag!!

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Nov
26

happy thanksgiving

I am so thankful for my family, friends, clients and awesome followers…enjoy your day with family + friends…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov
25

Easy Apple Crisp

Last night, I decided to whip this up to bring over to a friends house.  It was sooo good.

Easy Apple Crisp

  • 4 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a 9 inch square baking pan, mix sliced apples with brown sugar. In a large bowl, mix together flour, white sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, beat together egg and melted butter. Stir into flour mixture. Spread evenly over apples.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until topping is golden and crisp.

Yuuummm.

Nov
24

Pang is awesome.

I know I’ve blogged about her before, but Pang is so awesome. Not only does she create the cutest little creatures but she is also an amazing photographer. I had the oppurtunity to use Pang to do a photo shoot for my cousin, Natalie, who is just starting her own event planning business (All Buttoned-Up). Pang had the greatest ideas, was so full of energy and made Natalie feel so comfortable. She’s such a pleasure to work with – I can’t wait until I have another chance to work with Pang again. Here is just a sneak peak of an image we shot during one of our breaks between locations. I happened to see that little treasure (an old window frame) in someone’s burn pile – jackpot.

L to R: Meg, Natalie (in the middle) & myself!

Nov
23

Etsy Gift Guide: Part 2

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend was great! Mine was filled with time spent with old friends and an AMAZING photo shoot (pics to come soon).

Please enjoy Part 2 of my Etsy gift guide. Have a wonderful day!

French landscape photo by opart ($21)

Mauve Hoops from sparkleandmetal ($24)

Harvest leaf locket from pangeastore ($25)

Write it in your heart print from vol25 ($25)

Bobbi pins from ohhellofriend ($5)

Dhyana Gocco Print from sooooound ($25)

Stainless steel water bottle with wrap from prettynpreppy ($16.50)

Lime Green Strip Silk tie from rabbitshop ($17.50)

Gourmet spice rub & bbq kit from purposedesign ($17)

tiny text bowl from palomasnest ($22)

Nov
20

Etsy Gift Guide: Part 1

For some people, gift giving this year might be a little harder than years prior . . . so, I wanted to take some time today and share some great gifts! The best part, they are all under $25.

Beautiful Sterling Silver earrings from FableBay ($24)

Shampoo & Conditioner Rocks from inalather ($16)

Leather Journal from peaseblossomstudio ($24)

Camera strap slip cover from Shealynn ($18.50)

Vintage zipper purse from madebyhank ($16)

2010 Letterpress Calendar from 1canoe2 ($24)

Turquoise earrings from cindyhoo ($25)

Brown leather pouch for iPhone/iPod by designsforhim ($15)

Custom coffee mug by mudpie2 ($25)

Bicycle T-shirt by locomotive ($28) sorry I couldn’t resist!

Look for my gift guide, part 2 coming soon . . .

Happy Weekend!

Nov
19

Scissors.Paper.Cake

I think everyone always has dreams of starting their own business and doing something cool everyday. (I’m not complaining, I have a cool job – one I love) For my brother, who’s an extraordinary cook, it’s starting his own restaurant. For my friend Meg, it’s starting her own clothing boutique.  For Mandy, another friend, it was starting a clothing boutique as well (and she did)!

I came across scissors.paper.cake yesterday and it was so inspiring! You have two people; Naomi (who I’ve blogged about before here) of hello naomi and Nathalie of imprintables. These two extraordinary women joined forces and created scissors. paper.cake. – perfectly styled parties. Everything from the decor to the food to the invitations is specular. My dream come true! You have to check out their site. Below are images from just one of their amazing events.

 

Nov
18

Paper Garland: Linea

Today I came across the most beautiful paper garland made by linea. I need everything in this shop.

Nov
17

Baltimore Weekend.

WOW. Well, I can finally say that the crazyiness of last weekend is finally over. I couldn’t mention it before because I didn’t want to spill the beans, but I threw a surprise birthday for my boyfriend on top of everything else that’s going on. Call me crazy, but it was so much fun. I had such a hard time keeping it a secret, but now that it’s over the party was so worth it. Believe it or not, this is the second year in a row that I surprised him! No more after this, I swear.

After the party, we spent the weekend in Baltimore to celebrate our anniversary. Honestly, I’ve always been a little skeptical of Bmore, but I’m glad we decided to give it a shot. It was amazing. Our hotel was awesome (all glass walls with great views of the Harbor) the weather was perfect and I had two of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had in my life.

The first, was this awesome tapas restaurant called Mezze, located right in the heart of Fells Point. The restaurant was packed when we got there, but now I can understand why. We literally stuffed our face with this amazing food and the best part was how affordable it was! The goat cheese stuffed roasted red peppers were my favorite!

The second amazing meal we had was at Miss Shirley’s. We arrived there pretty early in the morning so we could get a head start and I’m so glad we did! When we left, the wait for breakfast was almost two hours!! Geeez. Anyway, the restaurant was a few blocks away from our hotel but it was soooo worth the walk. The food was out of this world and the ambiance was just as good. I had pumpkin cheesecake stuffed french toast (which I wish I was still eating it right now).

Nov
12

I heart pennants

Right now I’m loving DIY pennants, especially in place of the traditional streamers & balloons. I’ve seen them popping up everywhere lately so here are a few of my favorites!

To make the lighted paper pennants yourself, Anna of Rifle design has a great tutorial over at Once Wed. Check it out here. All other pennants are available for purchase. (Green fabric banner from Dance in my garden, Mustard/Teal fabric pennant from pamwears,  mini pennant from knottednest, and Happy Birthday banner from Pinwhirls.)

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Nov
11

Nice Package

I am soooo in love with Nice Package right now it’s not even funny. This amazing shop was created Ez of Creature Comforts Marichelle of Heart Handmade. With three amazing weddings I’m working on coming up, I have to put some of these lovely pieces to use!

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Nov
9

Brainstorm Prints

Loving these prints from Brainstorm Print & Design right now. All these great prints (and many more) are available to purchase on their website.

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Nov
6

Oh, hello friend!

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I am so excited to announce that I’m sponsoring oh, hello friend for the next few months! You may remember me blogging about Danni’s wonderful creations in the past, but since then her work just gets better and better! Her Etsy shop is filled with tons of amazing goodies. Check it out!

Starting today, the next week or so is going to be pretty hectic for me – so I might not have time to blog as much. Heading to Philly, celebrating two years with my amazing boyfriend, juggling a few new clients, celebrating Bob’s 31st birthday and lots of more fun stuff!

Happy Weekend!!

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Nov
5

New Invitations

Here are a few new invites available in my store!

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Nov
4

Happy Birthday Emily!

I had to share the design for Emily’s 2nd Birthday! How cute is she?

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Nov
3

Join me on Facebook!

Sublime Design, or also known as jesscreates, is on Facebook! Check out my page here.

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Nov
2

Happy Monday!

Hello friends, happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. TodayI want to share a great find from Etsy, Jenn Ski Art. Her paintings and digital giclée prints are amazing. You must check out her blog too!

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Oct
29

Happy Halloween!

I know it’s not Friday yet, but I’m taking off the rest of the week to be productive! Tonight: working on some self-promotion, putting away 87 loads of laundry, wrapping up a few things for some clients, making Bob & I’s Halloween costume, hanging out with some girlfriends, packing to go out of town….what a jam packed night!

So, on that note, have a Happy Halloween and a great weekend!

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Oct
28

New Logo? For me?

For those of you who are a graphic designer – you probably have the same problem I do. Which is, the person you design for absolutely last is yourself.  In midst of everything that’s going on I threw this little number together last what. What do you think? I think the colors need to be switched up a little, but at least its a start!

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Oct
27

Etsy Love: Ice Cream Social

The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty crazy for me. Designing for three weddings, an event planning business, a birthday party, my regular clients, running an Etsy store . . . the list goes on an on. I can’t complain though – this is what I love to do. I’m especially dying to show you an itsy, bitsy peak to Jessie & Chris’ Save the Date . . . but I can’t. She might kill me.

Anyway, I did want to share an adorable Etsy shop, Ice Cream Social. Visit their  blog too!

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Oct
26

Etsy Find: madebyhank

Browsing one of my favorite places (Etsy) this morning, I came across MadebyHank, home of the beautiful creations of Katie Henry. Here are just a few of her lovely pieces. Hurry and check out her blog and flickr page, you’ll find about 56 different things you love. Promise.

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Oct
26

Skyline Sunday

Hello! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I finally got to spend a little time outside on Sunday (thank god)! I think I was starting to get a little stir crazy. Anyway, I ended my weekend here (Skyline Drive) and I’m a happy girl.

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Oct
23

Friday Eye Candy

Recently I have been introduced to Laura Kay Photography. She is so talented I could stare at her photographs all day. Check them out for yourself, they are simply stunning. For more images visit her website or blog.

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Oct
22

Halloween Inspiration

These images alone are enough to make me want throw a Halloween Party. Courtesy of the one any only, Amy Atlas.

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Oct
21

Recent Work: Damask Wedding Invites

Here is a quick look at a recent wedding suite. Emily was amazing to work with – congrats Emily + Nicholas! Design is available for purchase at my shop.

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Oct
20

Hello Naomi

All this baking and cooking over the past couple of days, lead me to this amazing website, Hello Naomi. Have you ever seen more perfect cupcakes in your life? Too bad she’s in Australia. :(

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You can view more of Naomi’s beautiful work on her website or  flickr page.

{images via hello naomi}

Oct
19

Sweet Treats

This weekend I didn’t do much, except for a lot of cooking and eating. Huge brunch on Sunday, pumpkin cookies on Saturday, Apple pie on Friday.  The cookies were amazing though. Here is the recipie.

Pumpkin Cookies
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 can of pumpkin pie filling
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside. With mixer cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla; beat until light and creamy. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased cookie sheets. Smooth tops of cookies. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until light brown. Cool on wire rack. Yum.

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Oct
16

Rainy Friday

This sums up my whole week . . .

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My Sat/Sun plans have been postponed due to this yucky weather. That just means lots of coffee, movies and sleeping in. Happy Weekend!

{image via LuckyBluebirdArt}

Oct
15

Etsy Love: Pretty Little Fings

I just can’t help myself, I have to share these lovely creatures created by my friend Pang, of Pretty Little Fings . I fell in love with these little guys at a booth she had during one of our town’s street festivals. Here are some of my favorites:

Marie the Vampire Strawbaby (which I actually own)

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Coco the Cute Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Corny the Owl

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Daliah the WhozitWhatzit

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View all of Pang’s creations at in her Etsy Shop and read her blog!

Oct
14

Etsy: Jewelry for the Designer

Here are some great finds, perfect for any designer.

Ampersand necklace from Isette.

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RGB and Avant Garde necklaces from Plastique.

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Mac earrings from Recycle Jazz.

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{images via Recycle Jazz, Plastique and Isette}

Oct
14

Decision.

Ladies and gentleman, after 3 months of pulling my hair out (well, almost) this is in my driveway. Yay!

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