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  1. June 10, 2013
    Laurie@Vin’yet Etc.

    This is the sweetest thing ever!!!! That’s such a thoughtful and touching gift, your friend Leona is a lucky lady! Growing up in and now having my own Military family I know how special these friendships are, they are a blessing and it’s so heart warming to see you cherish that gift! Thank-you for sharing!
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      I thought of you when I posted this, Laurie. I was going to send it to you today!

      I have such great respect for military families – I can’t imagine how much work it is to set up house every three years or so! I’m also incredibly grateful for the cheapie long-distance plans of today. They have helped our relationship immensely! πŸ™‚

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  2. June 10, 2013
    Laura Jane @ Super Sweet Life

    Love the map underneath the overlay – what a great idea! The project turned out great!
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you Laura Jane! I really like it too!

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  3. June 10, 2013
    Jen @ de Jong Dream House

    I adore this! As an international family. I love map art. I can’t wait to make my own version! Pinning now!
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Jen – let me know if you make this! I’d love to see how yours turned out!

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  4. June 10, 2013
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

    I love this so much! In all of my crafting, the projects I tend to love the most are the ones I give away to special people in my life. This is beautiful – both the gift itself and the love behind it. Great job. πŸ™‚
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    • June 17, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Kirsten! It’s true- the crafts that you give away to others tend to be the most cherished. I’m so thrilled to be giving this to Leona.

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  5. June 10, 2013
    kelly thompson

    i love this- I like the map underneath and the trellis design and the blue colors! what a great gift!
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    • June 17, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Kelly! It was a lot of fun creating this!

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  6. June 10, 2013
    mel mccarthy

    This is the most thoughtful gift. It’s stunning! Love the combo of the cut out letters & the vinyl ones (and of course the perfect paper you used with the map).
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Mel! I really like how it turned out. I have to say that I was a bit worried when I had everything in pieces in front of me, but now I’m very happy with it!

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  7. June 10, 2013
    Shari

    What a great idea Tara, and I love your description of Leona, she is a pretty amazing lady… but so are you! Love you guys!

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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      And I love you right back! πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can get this in the mail to her without smashing it into bits. I’m thinking that bubble wrap will be my friend!

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  8. June 10, 2013
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Wow, Tara. I don’t think I realized before what a gifted writer you are. I hung on every word in this post, and perhaps my favorite sentence was, “We became fast friends – treating each other’s pencil box as if it were our own.” Chills. I admire your friend for her resilient spirit. That has to be a challenge, moving so frequently, and your wall art is such a wonderful reminder that home is not a building…it’s a state of mind…or heart, rather!

    A beautiful post on a beautiful creation for your beautiful friend.
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, what a wonderful comment, Lauren. I do think that writing is my favourite part of the whole blogging process. Though I do admit that I don’t get to spend enough time re-reading what I write. So sometimes I cringe when I read some my posts…

      Yes, Leona has an amazing spririt. She takes the changes in her life in stride; I’ve learned a lot from her.

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  9. June 10, 2013
    Tanya

    This project is soooo sweet! I love it. It will be your friends FAVORITE gift. (well, besides money..j/k) Can’t wait to see your next project.

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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Tanya! I hope that she likes it! πŸ™‚

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  10. June 10, 2013
    Jeanie @ create&babble

    This is such a unique, pretty and special gift for your dear friend. I love it!
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you Jeanie! I really enjoyed putting this project together; I hope that she likes it!

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  11. June 10, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    What an incredibly beautiful post about friendship. How wonderful that even though you’ve been in different towns since you were 19 that you were able to keep in touch and remain friends for all of these years. I love this sweet project. It’s so thoughtful and meaningful. Very sweet.
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Amy! Leona and I have definitely had to make our friendship a priority in our lives; we can’t just pop into each other’s kitchens for a cup of tea. Thank goodness for email and the telephone. It’s been the lifeline of our friendship. And still, when we see each other (about once a year), it’s like no time has passed at all. There’s something so incredible about childhood friendships.

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  12. June 10, 2013
    Coley

    What a great gift! So creative & sweet!

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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you Coley! I’m glad you like it!

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  13. June 10, 2013
    Beth @ Whole New Leaf

    Such a great idea! I pinned it for future inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
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    • June 10, 2013
      Tara

      Beth – Oh, thank you for the pin! I’m so glad you liked it!

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  14. June 11, 2013
    Lynne N

    That is really a wonderful gift. I like the map behind, I would not have thought of that, but is fits so well. I know she will enjoy that.

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  15. June 12, 2013
    Jenna

    LOVE this! Using the map for the letters is brilliant! Such a great idea! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
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    • June 14, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Jenna! It was a project that was simple, but really meaningful, so I was really pleased with how it turned out!

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  16. June 13, 2013
    Megin

    Super cute! I love that sentiment and the map showing through is really cute.
    I just wanted to stop by today and say hello, friend!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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    • June 14, 2013
      Tara

      Oh thank you Megin! I’m so glad that you liked it (especially from a paper-savvy lady like yourself)!

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  17. June 14, 2013
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    Love this sweet gift Tara. I really need to get me a silhouette…
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    • June 14, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Krista, and yes you do! Time to start entering some contests! (Or isn’t there a store on the Island that carries them? I seem to remember that…)

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  18. June 14, 2013
    Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Tara! I love it!! I couldn’t imagine being a military wife. And I am for sure not nice enough to make new friends every few years.
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    • June 14, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I, too, am boggled at how adaptable a military wife must be. Though I think you’re fibbing when you talk about your temperment. You seem pretty sweet (and kind) to me! πŸ™‚

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  19. June 15, 2013
    Lynden Blossom

    What a Lovely, Meaningful, Thoughtful gift for your Dear Friends! I’m sure they will really appreciate it! An idea that can be modified for many projects – ;-}
    Lynden (Mother of a Marine Capt.!)

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  20. October 15, 2015
    Maria Slater

    Thank you for this great gift idea! My BFF married recently to a marine and they are soon moving for the first time as family, so I’m searching the best moving away gift and the best way to say goodbye. Thank you for this cute idea, I thiunk I might use it. Greets!

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    • October 20, 2015
      Tara

      Oh, I’d love to see pictures if you do create this gift, Maria! And thank you for the wonderful comment. πŸ™‚

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