weekly giveaway - you are my fav:

August 24, 2009


if you haven't been over to the blog, you are my fav, you are missing out! melanie blogs about daily inspirations and she also takes really lovely photographs! you are my fav offers a really neat monthly polaroid subscription - and who doesn't love polaroids? see her FLICKR account for an example of the polaroids you will receive.

melanie has been so generous to offer one lucky reader a 6 month polaroid subscription, where you will receive 1-2 polaroids a month! they are not available to purchase in a shop or anything, so it's pretty rare! (although, I believe you can email her if interested in purchasing a subscription and receiving some lovely mail each month)

win: 6 month polaroid subscription, $27 value!


Please tell us a little about you and your blog: I always wish I had something really awesome to say about myself. When I was in high school I used to tell people I was Miss Rodeo Montana even though I've never ridden a horse. Now I think I'm going to start telling people I was an extra on The Three Ninjas because that movie was awesome when I was like eight.

Really my main role right now is the wife of a law school student. I know that sounds like super wimpy but anyone whose gone through law school will sympathize. I started blogging to create a virtual file for all my finds and for an outlet from a terrible job I had. I've discovered that it has a lot of benefits, one of which is getting a daily self esteem boost from my awesome readers.

What are some things that inspire you? blogs, bike rides, house tours, old movies, the night sky, pretty parties, paper goods, hot air balloons, the summertime, and the list goes on...

How do you find great subjects to photograph? I just always have my eyes open for any opportunity even something as small as balloons outside an apartment building. I usually keep one of my Polaroid cameras in my car just in case.
Does it just come or do you plan it out? Sometimes an idea pops into my head and I turn into a little art director. My husband is very good at taking direction.

Favorite Blogs/Shop/Inspiration Links:
Abby's photos make me swoon (http://abbytrysagain.typepad.com/)
I want to be Erin Jang when I grow up (http://theindigobunting.blogspot.com/)
Brooke always has the best ideas (http://inchmark.squarespace.com/)
Real weddings give me endless party inspiration (http://www.oncewed.com/)
And everything Liz posts I heart (http://www.sayyestohoboken.com/)

Visit melanie's blog or flickr account and leave a comment with your a favorite photo, a message to melanie, whatever! be creative if you'd like. ;)

Be sure to leave your email address in your entry! feel free to spread the love around your blogs, twitter, etc! it is greatly appreciated friend.

giveaway ends on monday, august 31 at 8am, pst.

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one lucky winner will receive this lovely package for 6 whole months! :)



113 hello's:

  1. You need to change a few of your bulbs

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    99 Red Balloons

    They are all so sweet and lovely!

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  2. This has to be one of my favourite giveaways!
    I love the "Enjoy" pola :)

    winterperfume@yahoo.com

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  3. I never new about Melanie's blog until now. So far, I'm loving it! And she has such great photos, too!

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  5. My favourite photo is cosmos, how pretty.

    belongstotogsy@hotmail.com

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  6. bikes are love and i heart balloons are my favorite! thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Polaroids are SO fun! I really like "Pieced" and "Pieced Together" I am totally into quilting lately. AND I also love to bake, so I'd have to say that the "Polka Dotted" image of the cupcake wrappers is totally adorable! How fun to get monthly surprises in the mail!!!

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  10. How cute is this giveaway. Love your blog, love her blog - thanks for giving me a new site to add to my reader!

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  11. Oh Melanie...you are my fav!!
    I got an old bike for 3 bucks this weekend at a garage sale so I like your bike polaroids because they remind me of my new little bike!
    xo
    kph522(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. They are all so lovely, but I really like the brick balloon and the few of the beach 'brella.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    allison.laney.harris@gmail.com

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  13. I love the "Bucket seat" print! They are all fantastic! I would love to win.

    thecapricioustraveler@yahoo.com

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  14. i love the polaroids of your great grandmothers quilts. they are beautiful! my nana just recently passed away and i was given a few of her quilts which i adore! they will forever remind me of all the good times my little sister and i had at her house.

    jenofarch@yahoo.com

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  15. I wish Melanie would snap a photo of my beach cruiser with her polaroid camera. Her shots are just beautiful! A few of her polaroids on my office walls would give me inspiration in my writing.

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  16. I LOVE "Bucket Seat" from flickr. Totally been on my mind to find a fair lately and take the kids for great shots of the ferris wheel!
    Your photography is stunning!

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  17. I love "cosmos" - its beautiful.
    simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Oh I've been reading her blog for a while and it's just amazing! A great place to be inspired, and she leaves such heartfelt comments, too.

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  19. I love "I Heart Balloons"! They definitely represent childhood innocence and make me all nostalgic. :)


    Kelly
    jelly.kelly@gmail.com

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  20. i love them all, especially "happy". thanks for posting such a cool giveaway!

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  21. How lovely!! I'm a more recent reader of her blog... in the past couple weeks... but I have loved what I have seen!

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  22. Ummm... I love Melanie's blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win! I love the brella shot http://www.flickr.com/photos/youaremyfave/3838416773/

    kateandoli.blogspot.com

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  24. I love "Cosmos"! Beautiful photos.
    Christina
    considerthecoffee(at)gmail.com

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  25. I love the ok go polaroid: http://www.flickr.com/photos/youaremyfave/3346714971/ bikes are my favourite!

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  26. I love " one of each please"..reminds me of going to thrift stores (which I love!) this is such a great idea, i would definately send a photo to my sister each month who is away at college..who i terribly miss!(and who loves polaroids)

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  27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/youaremyfave/3772687477/
    thats my favourite, it's so lovely :)

    sammy4svt@hotmail.com

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  28. I love the "cosmos"! so pretty!

    ealoves@gmail.com

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  29. oh, I love melanie! you are my fave is one of my daily stops around the blog world. I would so love to win a 6 month subscription, that would be the best! all her shots are lovely! and that packaging... so cute!

    carissanicole@gmail.com

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  30. I love the giveaway!
    Also, blog 'youaremyfave' is VERY inspirational. I'll be sure to stop there evryday from now on!

    alalaura@gmail.com

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  31. I've been reading Melanie's blog for awhile, and it's always full of lovely images and ideas that make me want to jump up and get creative! The "Heart to Heart" polaroid is lovely, and I'm also a fan of her P is for Party pages.

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  32. i like "conversations hearts"...

    Polaroids are classic!

    email: janepak04@gmail.com

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  33. i would jump in joy if i win this giveaway! i hope i do! of please oh please *crosses fingers*
    my favorite Polaroid by her is 'Spread love around the world'

    jazz_star07@sbcglobal.net

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  34. Love Melanie's blog, and as a fellow law student's wife (one year to go!), I'd love to have a little extra happiness as the months go by. I think these Polaroids would do the trick!

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  35. What a lovely giveaway! My favs: "Bikes Are Love" and "The best fruit of all", mostly because I just had my wisdom teeth out and would love to bite into a juicy peach! Sigh, maybe in a week or so.

    narrowhouses@gmail.com

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  36. I love them all! The lighting is amazing!

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  37. melanie is my fave! so many of her faves are mine too.


    abrim24@yahoo.com

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  38. I love, love, love the "String of Light" polaroid.

    And I hear there might be cookies involved so sign me up for this giveaway!

    Email: faryles [at] gmail.com

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  39. This is so insanely fun! How fun to just have a polaroid swap among friends every month like this too... if only I had a polaroid camera!

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  40. What a fun idea the polariod subscription is!! She takes such great photos

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  41. I love "Double Seater." Gorgeous shots, and I dig her blog -- read it regularly, and yours. :)

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  42. This is such a great giveaway :) Love the polaroids - my favorite is Bucket Seat! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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  43. Wow, amazing giveaway! I'll be keeping my everything's crossed; my walls are just calling out for some of Melanie's polaroids... and I'll def. be following her blog!

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  44. I love the rainbow brella on her flickr page- so colorful and pretty!:)
    -Asal

    thenameisasal@yahoo.com

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  45. Love her photos &her blog! I especially love her "I'm crazy (watch out)" polaroid! Awesome giveaway! :)

    naked_tile@yahoo.com

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  46. Wow I really want to win this - what a WONDERFUL giveaway! :)
    I love the "bucket seats" polaroid. But all of them are beautiful, really. xx

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  47. I love polaroids! My favorite from the flickr site is Summer Skirt and Popsicle. There is nothing better than sitting in the grass in the warm summer breeze with a pretty skirt and yummy popsicle.

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  48. How amazingly pretty. I love R stands for Rad and Heart to Heart. (And Red Barn and Bucketseat and Happy and dozens of others).

    paigemadsen@gmail.com

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  49. Very fun. I adore the Summer skirt and popsicle picture.

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  50. no way i could choose a fave - i love them all!
    i purchased a subscription a few months ago - it is SO awesome to get fun mail once a month with a fab polaroid! i display them in my home and have used them in my art journals also. i think i have only one month of my subscription left so to win this would be PERFECT timing (plus the giveaway ends on my b-day - even more perfect :)

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  51. My favorite is Sand Castle. It reminds me of me and my little sister, who I lived with for the past 4 years while we were in college (and out of college). Now I'm in law school in NY and she is in grad school in VA and I miss her ALOT. A polaroid subscription would definitely cheer me up :)

    meg.burruss@gmail.com

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  52. Another lovely blog to add to my reader. I love so many of her pics, I couldn't pic a fave but I heart polaroids, and with the rarity of film I think it is an incredibly generous giveway. I would love to win.

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  53. oooo it's so hard to pick!!
    i love them all and i <3 polaroids!
    thanks
    megan

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  54. This is my new favourite! I love melanie's blog and photographs. Thanks for sharing the link to 'urban weeds'...
    What a great giveaway this would be to win!
    alyssaraebrooks@hotmail.com

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  55. i love her pictures of the ferris wheel and carnivals!! Summer at its finest.

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  56. Oh my I love Melanie's photos-like
    "Cosmos" and "Best Balloons Yet"

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  57. i love all the balloon shots :)

    Thank you for the chance!

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  58. I love perfect swinging weather, and not just because her hubby is kinda cute, lol! I grew up in a small town in southern Wisconsin (you know, one of those where you can walk around the town all by yourself at the age of 9 and your mother doesn't have to worry because she knows the only trouble you could get into is the kind you create yourself and anyways everyone in the city knows you and would be more than willing to call your Mom and tattle on you that evening anyways). Anyways, long story short, that town had a playground in the center of it and it looked just like the one in the picture; steel frame swingset and all!

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  59. ooh la LOVE everything about you are my fave!

    dreamy polaroids of vintage quilts are my fave! Melanie is my fave!

    Awesome giveaway <3

    breadofmany{at}gmail.com

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  60. I am officially a huge fan!! And randomly a craft swap partner of hers too! :)

    Love the flickr account, especially the colorful shots. Lovely

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  61. Um, best giveaway ever! I love "cosmos" and "bikes are love".

    I've been following both Melanie's blog and yours for a while now, and they are both such great sources of inspiration. Enjoyed the interview...I can definitely sympathize with Melanie; my husband's in med school, and it isn't easy.

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  62. I love the tire swing! It reminds me of my childhood - we had one in our yard!

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  63. Melanie, your polaroids are so charming and cute! I love the "happy" with candles in the grass. I don't know how you find/afford all of this film, but i love it!

    margosivin@yahoo.com

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  64. i have two faves!

    polka dotted and bikes are love!

    <3!

    j.
    jmt413@gmail.com

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  65. I love all of these polaroids! They're so whimsical and full of childlike imagination.

    antancia@gmail.com

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  66. Summer skirt and popsicle and the happy basket are my favourites because they make me feel summery and happy ;)

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  67. I love Melanie's blog, what a wonderful giveaway, I'm too excited!

    Its so hard to pick just one but I think my fave is Pansies.

    rhiannelouise@gmail.com

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  68. i would love to win- to add more to my you are my fave polaroid collection!

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  69. I love Melanie's blog and images! So many of them are too perfect for words.

    I would love to win!

    meaghan.kennedy9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. my favorite is the one of stacks of anthropologie bowls. maybe cause i love to eat breakfast in my aqua bowls from there. or just look at them.

    this is a great and inspiring idea.

    carissagallo@me.com

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  71. my favorite is the one of stacks of anthropologie bowls. maybe cause i love to eat breakfast in my aqua bowls from there. or just look at them.

    this is a great and inspiring idea.

    carissagallo@me.com

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  72. I love all of the balloon pictures. :3
    <3 shelby
    shelbatron@mac.com

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  73. I love the dream-like quality of her most colorful prints. I have to say "Summer Reads" from her flickr page is my favorite. It would be perfect to frame above a bookshelf!

    kateshannon15[at]gmail[dot]com

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  74. I love the brick balloon photo! So creative and whimsical! She is very talented!

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  75. Melanie - i follow your blog on google reader. I love your polaroids too. They are my faves. xxx

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  76. What a beautiful blog and gorgeous photos! I love Birthday Cupcakes!

    jessica at jessicatorresphotography.com

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  77. bucket seat is my favorite - i love ferris wheels!

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  78. Oh! I love photography and Melanie's are delightful. Pretty sure if I won, the days photos came would be my favorite of the month. By the end I would have an established routine of delight upon recieving the new photos, carefully adding them to my collection, and then sipping on a glass of wine, enjoying the beauty of life as she has captured it. :)

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  79. It's hard to pick just one favorite because they are all so captivating!

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  80. Wow! Such wonderful photos!

    I think my favorite is Enjoy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/youaremyfave/3424379701/). The perfect capture!

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  81. oh melanie!
    what wonderful captures!!

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  82. bucket seat is my fav!!!!
    Soooo lovely

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  83. Danni thankyou for sharing about melanie and her beautiful blog you bring us such great treats and people luv kat x
    ps I left a comment on her blog to enter this fab giveaway

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  84. Melanie is my fave and "Summer Reads" is my fave picture on her photostream!

    mustardandsage AT gmail.com

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  85. I love polaroid photos- the washed out, vintage-y feel of them, so it's hard to pick one favorite! The photos with the ferris wheels are great, though. :)

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  88. What a delightful idea! I adore all of them... how could one choose?!

    amanda.brooks08@gmail.com

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  89. Love cosmos!

    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  90. i'm a fan of balloons so "red balloons" and "the best balloons yet" are among my top faves. i am a huge polaroid fan and can't believe that they decided to phase it out. but....it's coming back! good work, Melanie. keep the polaroids coming!

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  91. LOVED the COSMOS photo, also love all the bike love. Bikes + Polaroid = good combination

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  92. I love You Are My Fave - it always brightens my day.

    My faves are:

    POLAROIDS
    Dogs
    My boyfriend, Lucas
    Girls that wear cute, vintage clothes well (which is not me!)
    People that aren't pretentious and that do not take themselves too seriously
    Bikes!
    Surprise letters (getting and receiving)
    DIY blogs and magazines
    The Catorialist

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  93. if i had to pick a fav . . . i would have to say "one of each please."

    jaimelynn_19@hotmail.com

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  94. What an incredible idea! I wanted a polaroid camera for my last birthday, but decided to spare my parents the money, since the films is so darn expensive. Well, this could be my lucky belated birthday present. :) It helps that August 28 is my half birthday, too. :)

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  96. well there are about a gajillion people entering so i have a feeling my chances are super slim. but my fav photo is this on:http://www.flickr.com/photos/youaremyfave/3253750959/
    the best balloon yet. i love balloons. especially the best balloons. yet.
    email:waitingonchrist@yahoo.com

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  97. polaroid pictures plus snail mail. two of my favorite things ever so this is basically my favorite giveaway ever! such a great idea! sign me up!

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  98. Hmmm i love the ferris wheel one uploaded on her flickr.

    addie_da_baddie@hotmail.com

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  99. Yup, best giveaway ever! My favourite is "conversation hearts" but "cosmos" is a close runner up. I only own two polaroids and they're quite dull whereas those two are vivid and full of life that I'd hope to see in a photograph. I sometimes find myself on eBay checking out SX-70's but I always chicken out!

    bronwyncoombs@gmail.com

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  100. They're all so cute! I do love the "Happy" polaroid of the candles in the grass!

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  101. oh yes please!
    i read her blog daily...so talented!

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  102. I loved Bucket Seats on her flickr page!

    thereisbeautiful{at}gmail{dot}com.

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  103. there are just far too many that i absolutely love (the popsicle and matching skirt, the birthday cupcakes, heart to heart...) I used to have an old polaroid camera, but got rid of it and her pictures make me very much regret that decision

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  104. I seriously can't pick a favorite because all of the pictures are lovely! and I am so in love with polaroid photos :)

    iva[dot]yanev[at]gmail[dot]com

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  105. i love "enjoy" and "bucket seat." all of her photos are gorgeous though. the subscription sounds so lovely. truly something good to look forward too each month!

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  106. beautful photos! i especially love the bucket seat!

    can't access her blog link though

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  108. these giveaways in which you have to pick your favorite of something are so very hard for my indecisive personality. thus, in honor of my favorite thingS, i picked 5 favorites. "polka-dotted" "summer skirt and popsicles" "enjoy" "heart to heart" and "me and the wall"... they are all lovely, though, so i was proud i narrowed it down this much.
    also, i am new to melanie's blog, which is absolutely amazing. she is now one of my favorites. and you gotta love any girl that gives love to three ninjas. my sister, brother and i used to love that silliness...

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  109. 'ferris wheel rides' is my fave. :)
    kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. i love the happy cakes photo!
    Lmhoot@flash.net

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  111. the bucket seat.
    they're all so very awesome.

    npbradshaw@hotmail.com

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